- Your Voice
I would love to have a municipal golf course in Oro Valley, but not the one proposed.
1 Enjoy an exclusive concert celebrating Tucson’s starring role in the new music video “Like A Cowboy” with singer/songwriter Randy Houser talking about his experience filming the 1880’s western-themed video at Old Tucson. Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30; 547-3040.
The bighorn sheep reintroduction project in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson is ill-advised. The habitat on the mountain isn’t suitable, and the sheep have a right to live their lives without heavy handed management.
Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.
Location: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
From the new Madaras coffee table book chock full of Tucson paintings, to hand-carved bowls and lazy Susans, to glass cutting boards and trivets featuring local scenes, to hard-to-find Southwest ornaments and holiday cards, and then, of course, art --including prints, canvases and the ultimate gift: an original painting—Madaras Gallery is the go-to place for holiday gifts with the Tucson touch. Add a personal signature from iconic artist Diana Madaras, and the gift becomes priceless. This year, the gallery has also added Southwest gifts from other renowned artists including statement jewelry from Kim Yubeta, Judson mosaic cowboy boots and Diane West’s hand-crafted gourds, masks and gourd ornaments. Other unique finds include mosaic menorahs, miniature bronzes, and Southwest holiday decor.
1 Bring the entire family to Fantasia live in concert with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original 1940 animated film as well as the 2000 version. Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $28-$84; 882-8585.
Start holiday celebrations with the crown jewel of feature animation, Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Scenes from the masterpieces, 1940’s classic “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000”, will be presented on a large HD screen, hung above the stage, featuring the live accompaniment of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The audience also will experience the never-before-seen animation of Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, which was created for the 1940 original version but was not included in the final release. Guest conductor Keitaro Harada will lead the TSO in matinee performances Saturday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall, located at 260 S. Church Ave.
Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation are pleased to showcase Native American visual and performance arts at the Native American Arts Festival on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. The goal of the festival is to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about, enjoy, and purchase Native arts and crafts including baskets, carvings, paintings, sculpture, masks, jewelry, and recordings.
A $1.7 million sale in Stone Canyon late last month is the biggest residential sale in Oro Valley since 2010.
Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala didn’t always believe his future would be rooted in the music industry. A Tucson native, Ayala had originally taken on the guitar playing that he is now acclaimed for around the world for reasons that may surprise you.
Marana announces the appointment of Jeremy Knight as its new Director of Music. A Tucson native, Knight is a professional singer, music teacher, and choir conductor with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has taught music privately and in schools for over ten years, and previously conducted a local Episcopal Church choir.
On Monday, Sept. 29, my friend and I went to the Pima County Animal Center on Silverbell. The PCAC now consists of a large tent that holds 100 kennels.
What does Russia and the south side of Chicago have in common? According to two local restaurateurs, they’ve each inspired the perfect margarita.
Everyone has problems; odds are you have a few. Many people living in today’s society tend to perceive their lives as a series of problems. I overheard a person graphically explaining her problems as being comparable to the inexhaustible supply of prairie dogs popping up on a summer morning in Montana. Maybe the theme song for the TV Series CSI and recorded originally by The Who describes the human predicament most accurately: “Who are you?”
Blizzard Entertainment announced last week that they have canceled their seven year in the making MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) project called “Titan”. For years now, the project has remained a mystery to all but those in-the-know on Blizzard’s development team. With the game in the can, the mystery remains. What was Titan?
Tucson Tamale Company will celebrate the grand opening of their third location on Oct. 18, 2014. The renovated 2,400-square-foot space is located at 7286 N. Oracle Road north of Ina. During the grand opening, dine-in guests can enjoy free pumpkin dessert tamales as well as 50 percent off packages of frozen tamales to take home and enjoy. (Limit 6 packages.)
St Mark’s United Methodist Church presents “Harmonies under the stars,” a benefit concert, on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.