Tucson Calendar of Events for December 2009
December 18-20: Holiday Spectacular! TSO Pops! - Tucson Music Hall, featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker, Mariachi Atzlan de Pueblo High School, Tucson Regional Ballet, and holiday sing-alongs, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or http://tucsonsymphony.org
Through December 19, 2009: Ain't Misbehavin'. ATC. Bright lights. Glamorous gowns. And finger-snapping, toe-tappin' music. The joint is jumpin' and we're taking misbehavin' to a whole new level! Travel back to Harlem's sassy, swinging '30s with this riveting, Tony Award-winning musical-exuberantly performed by a quintet of irresistible talents. Spend a joyous evening partying with one of the greatest jazz songwriters of all time, Thomas "Fats" Waller. A composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life, he created jubilant melodies, soulful ballads and gleeful love songs like I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Honeysuckle Rose, I Can't Give You Anything but Love and, of course, Ain't Misbehavin'. This is one show that may just bring the house down! One never knows ... do one? See 2009 ATC's winter schedule 2009-2010.
December 24-27, 2009: The Nutcracker Tucson Music Hall, Tucson’s own full-length holiday classic, presented with live music by the Ballet Tucson Orchestra, $22-55, 800-745-3000 or www.ballettucson.org
For more holiday events in Tucson, see the daily event listings below.
Spa One and its Employees Show Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse. Spa One, Tucson’s most affordable spa, has teamed up with the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Southern Arizona’s largest domestic abuse shelter, this fall to raise awareness for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence. The campaign began in November, when Spa One will be hosting diaper drives and accepting monetary donations for Emerge! at all three of its locations. In the month of December, Spa One will donate products and services equal to half the value of its retail product sales made at all three locations. In a show of solidarity with victims of abuse, dozens of employees at all three Spa One’s three Tucson locations have volunteered to give over 150 free facials, manicures, pedicures, and therapeutic massages on December 7th to Emerge! participants. “Our ladies are very much looking forward to the spa day; it is the only pampering of this nature they are likely to receive until they are back on their feet financially,” said Tana Jones, Director of Development at Emerge! “We hope that the services will boost their morale and self confidence as well as their sense of physical well-being.” With locations at Campbell/Skyline, Grant/Wilmot, and Sixth/Campbell, Spa One welcomes the public to join its campaign to prevent domestic violence by stopping in to drop off diapers and make retail purchases in the month of December. For more information, visit www.spaone.com or contact Crystal Holum of Spa One at 520.318.1801 x119. About Emerge! Center: In April 2008, two outstanding and respected organizations Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services (founded in 1963) and Tucson Centers for Women and Children (established in 1975) came together to form Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Emerge!, the largest domestic abuse shelter and provider of domestic abuse prevention services and programs in Southern Arizona.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
ATC Girls' Night Out at Ain't Misbehavin' is Thursday, December 3!. The party gets started at 6:30 PM with paraffin hand treatments from Red Door Spas; an assortment of wines from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; cupcake desserts from Mini's; and fashion demonstrations from La Encantada. Enter to win one of our many extravagant raffle items which include spa and shopping experiences! Worried about your man? There's plenty for him at "Girls' Night Out" - including special prizes just for him. Start toe-tappin' and finger-snapping in the theatre at 7:30 PM! Girls' Night Out at Ain't Misbehavin' is at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson. Questions? (520) 622-2823.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Cultural Concert Series at Steampump Village in Oro Valley. Performer TBA6:30pm - FREE ADMISSION. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, southernazfestivals.org
Saturday, December 5, 2009
BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Action & Salvage) presents it's 14th Annual Art Auction fundraiser and celebration. Featured art includes sculptures, paintings, assemblages, jewelry and functional art all made using recycled bicycle parts or with bicycle themes. Auction will be held at The Art Gallery, 122 N. Stone Ave. (NE corner of Stone and Speedway) on Sunday, December 6. Celebration includes music, entertainment and refreshments from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Auction is silent bidding and final bids will be called at 9:00 PM. A sneak preview of the art to be auctioned will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 7:00 to 10 PM also includes live music and refreshments. Both days are free and open to the public, donations gladly accepted. Now in it's 20th year, BICAS is a non-profit 501(C3) that serves all segments of Tucson by providing community education and a recycling center for bicycles. Individuals learn how to repair and build a bicycle as well as basic tool use, mechanical skills, and bike safety. BICAS also offers the means for artistic expression to thousands of community members. Through advocacy and recycling of the bicycle, BICAS promotes education, art, a healthy environment and provides service and opportunity for those in need. Media Contact: BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Action & Salvage). John Salgado, 520-628-7950 / 520-881-5335. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.bicas.org
16th Annual Jingle Bell Walk - Reid Park, jingle bells on the shoes of 100s of people walking & running a 5K, costumes, food, fun, children's activities, free T-shirt, $35 minimum pledge for Arthritis Foundation, check in at 9 am, 520-917-7070 or www.arthritis.org H * x
5th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival AVA Amphitheater, (5655 West Valencia Rd. 85757), tamale competition and sale, tamales available in gourmet, green corn and traditional varieties, two stages with live music and entertainment, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s play area, free, 10 am 5 pm, 520-838-6700 or www.casinodelsol.com
Tucson Symphony Orchestra with cellist Yo-Yo Ma Tucson Music Hall, with George Hanson, director and conductor, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org
Sunday, December 6, 2009
CALL TO ARTISTS: BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) 44 W. 6th St. 628-7950. BICAS is accepting submissions for bicycle themed artwork for our upcoming annual art auction fundraiser to be held on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 2009. Auction to benefit BICAS community programs. All mediums accepted. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 4th. Call or visit www.bicas.org for more information. QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT: JOHN SALGADO AT 628-7950, [email protected]. web site: www.bicas.org.
La Fiesta de Guadalupe - De Grazia Gallery in the Sun, on the grounds of adobe gallery and chapel built by foremost Southwestern painter, the late Ted DeGrazia, spirited outdoor performances by mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, traditional Yaqui deer dances, ethnic foods, La Posada procession, arts and crafts, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-299-9191 or 800-545-2185 or www.degrazia.org H *
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
13th Annual “Christmas at San Xavier” Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of Tucson’s top choirs, The Sons of Orpheus in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the Mission, 6 & 8 pm, www.sonsoforpheus.org
Weekend of December 11, 12, 13, 2009
THE INVISIBLE THEATRE Presents RANDY ROBERTS LIVE! Headlining our WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY The Invisible Theatre headlines its Winter Wonderland Holiday Cabaret series with Randy Roberts world renowned female illusionist extraordinaire, direct from Key West! Randy features an all live, multi-media tribute to some of the world’s most loved performers including Bette Midler, Cher and audience favorite “Consuela The Latin Showgirl” From the moment he walks onstage, Randy Roberts is in charge of his audience. He is at ease with a song, a dance, or a joke. Roberts fills the room with gorgeous costumes, hilarious humor and a voice that never fails to thrill. Called “truly talented” by the New York Times and “luscious” by the Arizona Daily Star, he uses his own voice as he performs a Las Vegas-style show with broad audience appeal in an all live, multi media tribute to some of the world’s most loved female performers. Roberts’ uncanny impersonations of Bette Midler, Cher and Joan Rivers have kept him in the spotlight for more than 20 years. Ticket Price: $22. Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Discounts available for current Invisible Theatre season ticket holders.
39th Annual Fourth Avenue Fall Street Fair (between Ninth St. and University Blvd.), 400+ arts & craft booths, food, entertainers & musicians from around the US, 2 stages & street performers, “Van Grow” art area for kids, a cross between a fine art show & a carnival, free, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org H * z
Handel’s Messiah Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s command performance and a Tucson holiday tradition featuring the TSO orchestra and chorus performing Handel's most-famous work, including the "Hallellujah Chorus", 8 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or http://tucsonsymphony.org/
December 11-12, 2009
Expo - Hilton El Conquistador Resort, in conjunction with the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, www.tucsonmarathon.com
December 12-13, 2009
A Southwest Nutcracker Tucson Music Hall, with music by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, this original, full-length ballet translates the classic Nutcracker to 1880s Tucson. Ticket prices are $22 and $34. 520-885-0862 or www.tucsonregionalballet.org
Friday, December 11, 2009
Harps and Angels Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, the U of A Harp Fusion and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus present a concert featuring a collaboration of 14 harps and 70 angels performing Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" as well as Latin, jazz, and traditional holiday pieces, $10-15, 7:30 pm, 520-621-2998 or http://www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org/
Las Posadas Procession Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School, (440 S. Main Ave. 85701), since 1936, Schoolchildren walk through Barrio Historico neighborhood reenacting the Christmas story, free, 5:30 pm food and music, 7:30 pm procession begins, 520-225-1200 or http://www.lapilita.com/
December 12-26: Winterhaven Festival of Lights (entrances into the neighborhood during the Festival are off Ft Lowell and Prince), walk-through nights every night, drive-through on select dates, donations for Tucson Community Food Bank, 520-881-4483 or www.winterhavenfestival.org
Saturday, December 12, 2009
15th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights Armory Park, holiday parade with commercial, non-profit, community entries, Santa, lighted vehicles, floats, music, food and musical groups, free, 6 pm, 520-837-6504 or http://www.downtowntucson.com
"Buffalo Cody Beyond the Legend" movie screening about Buffalo Bill Cody. Held at Oracle Inn, Oracle, AZ. Tours of the Iron Door Mine." 5pm. Hourly tours of the mine available from Flint Carter 289-4566.
The Oro Valley Parade Committee is still accepting entrant applications for this year's event, to be held Saturday, Dec. 12. The event is the fifth for Oro Valley and starts at 9:30 a.m. at Ironwood Ridge High School before heading east along Naranja Drive to the town government campus. All participants are required to complete entry forms, which can be picked up at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, or online at www.orovalleyparade.org. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 2. Call (520) 404-2825 with any questions. Full details, a complete schedule of participation fees and a list of parade rules also are available on the Web site.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Tucson Marathon - Tucson Marathon & Expo. Scenic downhill course, ranked as one of America's fastest, from Oracle to Oro Valley, is a Boston Marathon qualifier. (520) 320-0667. Holualoa Tucson Marathon Starts at 7:30 A.M. Damascus Bakeries Half-Marathon Starts at 7:00 A.M. Marathon Relay Starts at 7:30 A.M. Tucson Marathon website.
Winterhaven Run Through the Lights - Winterhaven Square, non-competitive, 5K fun run through the lights of the Winterhaven neighborhood, flat, paved course, closed to automobiles, festive, holiday attire is encouraged, free, 6 pm, 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.org
Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson (Tucson’s Ugly Little Monkeys) Tohono Chul Park, (7366 N. Paseo del Norte, 85704), Tucson’s premiere youth mariachi band, ages 11-18, the band has been performing for 45 years, listen as members play guitarrón, vihuela and other traditional instruments, $20, 2 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org
December 15-20, 2009
Ten Tenors Holiday Show Fox Tucson Theatre, Broadway in Tucson presents the Ten Tenors Holiday Show, with the internationally renowned Australian singing group performing songs from their latest album Nostalgica, 800-745-3000 or http://www.broadwayintucson.com
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sons of Orpheus 12th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert - Berger Center for the Performing Arts, featuring holiday-themed choral music to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank, Free with non-perishable food item(s) or tax-deductible monetary donation, 7 pm, http://www.sonsoforpheus.org
Free Dog Training Seminar Offered. This Saturday Desert Pet will be sponsoring a free dog training seminar. The acclaimed Gerard Raneri from Bark Busters Home Dog Training will be here to cover such topics as: Toilet training, Crate training, Collar & leash training, Puppy proofing your home, The Bark Buster concept, The proper way to educate your puppy. The free seminar will be at Desert Pet Saturday the 19th from 11AM till Noon. After which Gerard will answer a limited number of questions. Desert Pet has been supplying Tucson residents with pets and pet supplies for over 20 years. They can be found at the corner of 22nd and Swan, just East of Swan. You can reach them at 745-5158.
December 17-20, 2009
14th Annual A Tucson Pastorela Leo Rich Theatre, Borderlands Theater presents a uniquely Tucson nativity story, features shepherds, sheep and a dog on a magical journey to Bethlehem, led by the shining estrella (star) and accompanied by Christmas carols in Spanish and English, includes piñatas for the kids, $10.75-20.75, 7:30 pm, www.borderlandstheater.org
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club’s newest location at Desert Diamond Casino-Hotel’s Monsoon Night Club is hosting the second night of comedy entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 17. The first comedian is scheduled to take the stage at 8:00 pm, with seating beginning at 7:00 pm. All shows are free to the public; guests must be 21 years old or older to attend. Tickets are required for entry; guests can pick up the free tickets at the Players Club at Desert Diamond Casino-Hotel, or at the hotel’s front desk. For more information, please visit www.desertdiamondcasino.com or www.thecomedyspot.net. Headlining the night is “The Versatile Entertainer,” T.A. Burrows. With more than 30 years of experience, Burrows has performed thousands of shows all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has become an accomplished comedian and impressionist, winning the Bud Friedman’s “Funniest Man on the Las Vegas Strip” contest and the Watney’s Stand-Up Comedy Challenge. During his time in the industry he’s opened for Bob Hope, The Temptations, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Pointer Sisters, Chicago and Brian McKnight. Originally out of New York, Burrows got his start in comedy while serving in the U.S. Air Force; during that time he was the five-time champion in the Air Force Worldwide Talent Competition and completed three world tours with the Air Force’s elite entertainment group, Tops in Blue. Also performing on Dec. 17 will be Andy Steinberg, Erik Nygren and Ruben Andrade. The Comedy Spot Comedy Club first formed in 2003 in Scottsdale, Ariz. They have been host to nationallyknown comedians that have been on Comedy Central, Leno, Letterman, HBO, and Showtime. In addition to professional comedy acts, the Comedy Spot also offers open-mic nights and comedy classes. Desert Diamond Casino on Pima Mine Road, Desert Diamond Casino Hotel on Nogales Highway, and the Golden Ha:san in Why, Arizona, are enterprises of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
December 18-20, 2009
Holiday Spectacular! TSO Pops! - Tucson Music Hall, featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker, Mariachi Atzlan de Pueblo High School, Tucson Regional Ballet, and holiday sing-alongs, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or http://tucsonsymphony.org
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tucson Boys Chorus Holiday Concert - University of Arizona Centennial Hall, featuring classic, traditional, and spiritual songs, 3 & 7:30 pm, 520-296-6277 or http://www.boyschorus.org
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at 2 PM- extended date. A joyously creative songwriter of the 1920s and 30s, Fats Waller penned over 400 songs in his career - many of which entered the classic repertoire of jazz standards that are still being sung today. Bright lights. Glamorous gowns. And finger-snapping, toe-tappin' music. Travel back to Harlem's sassy, swinging renaissance with a composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life. Thomas "Fats" Waller created jubilant melodies, soulful ballads and gleeful love songs like "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", "Honeysuckle Rose", "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and, of course, "Ain't Misbehavin'". Tickets start at $31 and are available at arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military on specific performance days. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). For discounts on groups of eight or more, call (520) 884-8210 x 8204. AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' runs through December 20 at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the ATC Box Office at (520) 622-2823 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.
Sunday December 21, 2009
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Fox Tucson Theatre, featuring a performance of The Nutcracker with spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers expressing the richness of Russian classical dance, $27.50-99, 7:30 pm, 520-547-3040 or http://www.foxtucsontheatre.org/
December 24-27, 2009
The Nutcracker Tucson Music Hall, Tucson’s own full-length holiday classic, presented with live music by the Ballet Tucson Orchestra, $22-55, 800-745-3000 or www.ballettucson.org
Christmas Day, December 25, 2009
No special events posted.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Dancing in the Streets Arizona will present the holiday classic, “Baile de los Cascanueses” (The Nutcracker Ballet) on December 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. The theatre is located at 2202 W. Anklam Road in Tucson. Live music will be provided by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. Tickets for the performance are priced at $10 ($12 at the door) and are available by calling the Box Office at 206-6986. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. According to Dancing in the Streets board President Marian Lupu, the balletwhich is based upon a fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmanwas first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892 and quickly became a favorite with audiences of all ages. “I believe our rendition is especially successful because of Joseph Rodgers’ ability to choreograph all his dancers, from three-year-olds to adults, in a way that brings out their individual strengths and abilities,” said Mrs. Lupu. “A generous dose of humor adds to the overall audience experience.” For additional information about the performance or to learn more about Dancing in the Streets Arizona, call 867-8489 or visit the organization’s Web site at www.ditsaz.org.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Fiesta Bowl Western Classic Tip Off Westin La Paloma, meet the coaches and players from the BYU Cougars and the Arizona Wildcats, autograph opportunities, cocktails, dinner, games, old time dance show and charro ropers, 5:30 pm, 520-327-BOWL or www.fiestabowl.org
December 27-January 1
USTA National Winter Tennis Championships Reffkin Tennis Center, (50 S. Alvernon Way 85711), top-rated 12- and under-14-year-old tennis players compete in major, annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned event, 520-791-4896 or www.randolphtenniscenter.com
December 30-January 11, 2010
Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market - Rillito Raceway Park, dancers from more than 50 tribes, authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, children’s activity area, dance to bring in New Year, $12, 520-622-4900 or www.usaindianinfo.org
New Years Eve, December 31, 2009
First Night Tucson, New Year's Eve Celebration Downtown, an alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration for all ages, with live music, comedy, movies, kids' activities, and more staged at multiple downtown venues on New Year's Eve, plus a fireworks show at midnight, $6-12, 4 pm 12:30 am, 520-837-6504 or http://www.downtowntucson.com
Musical Moveable Feast Arizona Inn, dinner and New Year’s Eve performance with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, $195, 6:30 pm, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org
New Year's Eve Jazz All-Stars Gala 2009 - JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, the Tucson Jazz Society presents a Grammy-award winning lineup, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Philippe Saisse, Chuck Loeb and Will Kennedy with "Triple Threat Divas" (Julie Anne, Crystal Stark and Katherine Byrnes with special guest Joe Bourne), $189, 7 pm, 520-903-1265 or http://www.tucsonjazz.org