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Tucson January 2016 Events Calendar Listings

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Tucson Events Day by Day

Throughout January

  • The Children's Museum Tucson is celebrating 30 years of bringing play-based learning and fun to the kids of Southern Arizona. Celebrate the whole month with activities!

Thursday, January 14, and 21, 2016

  • Tucson Botanical Gardens presents Mindful Yoga from 8 am – 9 am. Led by certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Vivianne Uyeda.

Through Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Through Friday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 9-10, 2016

  • Moonstruck: Schumann & Schmidt - MasterWorks - Catalina Foothills High School, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, featuring George Hanson, conductor laureate, program includes Schumann: Manfred Overture; Schmidt: Lunar Reflections, a world premiere; Schumann: Symphony No. 1, "Spring;" 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org

Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Tucson Dragway sponsors Open Test & Tune. Gates Open: 8:00am, Track Hot: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • As part of the Beyond festivities, Living Streets Alliance in partnership with El Grupo Youth Cycling will lead Kidical Mass, a community bike ride that is free and open to riders of all ages and abilities. The ride will meet on the southwest corner of Armory Park near the intersection of South 6th Avenue and East 13th Street at 12 pm.
  • The Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave., will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, as part of the citywide BEYOND event. The Children’s Museum is one of the sites for the BEYOND Kick-Off Event: “Together We MOVE!” where families will celebrate health and wellness from noon to 3 p.m.
  • The Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery is excited to host local artist Joshua James Osteen as their first exhibit of 2016. Exhibition through January 13. Artist Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 9
  • Circus Academy of Tucson Grand Opening. Come check out our beautiful new space and see some of our talented youth and adult students share their acrobatic skills. Demonstrations and performances will begin at 3:00pm.
  • The American Legion family of Post 24 is sponsoring their 6th Annual Golf Tournament on January 9th 2016 at San Pedro Golf Course.
  • Living History Day at Tucson Presidio - a replica of the city's original adobe-walled fortress with museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life, with craft- and food-making demonstrations, soldier drills and more, $3, 10 am - 3 pm, 520-837-8119 or http://www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org

Sunday, January 10-22, 2016

  • Writer and artist Mary Alice Kellogg creates images of the Southwest using recycled materials, including the magazines she has written for throughout the years. She will be Guest Artist in Residence at the DeGrazia Foundation’s Little Gallery,

Starting Monday, January 11, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Artistic Expression Under Glass. Join contemporary artist, Bonnie Pisik, as she leads this fun and completely original art workshop at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Mountain Dulcimer Concert and Demonstration, 12 PM & 2 PM. Hear an American original! Originating in the Appalachian coves of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, the mountain dulcimer is a beloved American traditional instrument. Performer and teacher Mary Walker delights in showing the range of styles and moods of this “sweet sounding” instrument. Come and enjoy mountain, Celtic, Cajun, and blues tunes. The National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, 520-622-6014.
  • Telescopes, astronomers and food trucks are the focus of the fourth annual Star Party and Food Truck Roundup on Jan. 13 at Green Fields K-12 School in northwest Tucson.
  • Afni Job Fair. Afni will hire more than 500 front-line Customer Service Representatives in Tucson during the first three months of 2016. New employees will work from two of the Company’s three Tucson contact center locations at 5320 N. La Cholla Boulevard and 5451 E. Williams Boulevard.

Thursday, January 14 - 24, 2016

  • Tucson Jazz Festival - Fox Tucson Theatre, kicks off the Tucson Jazz Festival, presents jazz of all genres and brings thousands of people to historic downtown Tucson, http://tucsonjazzfestival.org/ World Class Jazz comes to Tucson from the Tucson Jazz Festival

Thursday, January 14-23, 2016

  • 25th Annual Jewish Film Festival - Jewish Community Center, series of American and international films that entertain and foster understanding of Jewish culture and heritage, 520-299-3000 or http://www.tucsonjewishfilmfestival.org

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Oro Valley Concert Series - Ocotillo Rain & Thunder - Oro Valley Marketplace, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents Ocotillo Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band made up from 11 members of all walks of life; they all agreed on one thing when they formed this band, to give back to the community, each month they choose a charity and all tips and wages go to that charity, bring a chair, free, 6 pm, 520-797-3959 or http://saaca.org/Oro_Valley_Concerts.html
  • Film: Trading Post Stories, 12 PM & 2 PM, Journey through the Four Corners region, learning the history of the early traders who lived with the Indian people. Visit the old trading posts including: Goulding’s, Hubbell, Shonto, Toadlena, Oljato, Two Grey Hills, Rough Rock, Burch’s Notah-Dineh, and more. The film captures a way of life and explains the important role early trading posts played in the development of the American West. The National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, 520-622-6014.

Friday, January 15-17, 2016

  • 26th Annual Shootout - Fort Lowell Park, three-day soccer extravaganza open to under-9 to under-16 teams, boys and girls teams affiliated with U. S. Youth Soccer or Arizona Youth Soccer, starts with the Parade of Teams and Soccer Olympics, 350-370 teams with 1,500 games scheduled, 520-529-1493 or http://www.fortlowellshootout.com
  • Tucson Area Square Dance Festival - Tucson Convention Center, hundreds of dancers from all over the US and Canada attend, square dance (mainstream through C Star tips) and clogging at all levels, top callers and cuers, $, http://www.sardasa.com/

Saturday, January 16-17, 2016

  • Byron Stripling: Sounds of New Orleans - SuperPops! - Tucson Music Hall, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, conductor Stuart Chafetz, a spectacular trumpeter with a wide range, beautiful tone, and ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Stripling is an extroverted performer, the happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals and his words is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, yet very much his own, 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org
  • APACHE JUNCTION: 7th Annual Superstition Mountain Heritage Days - Superstition Mountain Museum, celebrates heritage of the Old West and the Apacheland Movie Ranch, performances by the Yellow Bird Apache Dancers, Sat. flag ceremony by Buffalo Soldiers, gunfights by the Mojave Muleskinners Reenactment Group and the Apacheland Day Cowboy Reunion, special exhibits, living history displays, local artists and crafters, with goods related to the local history, cowboy culture, Apacheland or Native American cultures, $5, 9 am - 4 pm, 480-983-4888 or http://superstitionmountainmuseum.org

Saturday, January 16-February 26, 2016

  • Fences - Temple of Music and Art, by Arizona Theater Company, the gripping story of sanitation worker Troy Maxson, a star baseball player whose career was blunted by the racism prevalent in pre-Jackie Robinson America, feeling his world rapidly changing, he builds a fence to protect what is familiar and hold off what threatens, shows what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams, 520-622-2823 or http://www.arizonatheatre.org/

Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Family Circus Gym. The fun event gives children and adults of all levels a chance to explore circus arts as a family in a fun and open environment. This is a great way for experienced students to share circus arts with their families or new students to come check out what we do. 5:00-6:30pm.
  • Arizona Theatre Company celebrates the new year with a great American classic in August Wilson’s stunning, Pulitzer-Prize winning play, "Fences." Performances at the Temple of Music & Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. Runs through February 6.
  • The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents Gabriel Ayala in concert. A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona,
  • Tubac Home Tour - Tubac Center for the Arts, 520-398-2371 or http://www.TubacArts.org
  • Sun Run 5K & 10K for Pima College Track and Field - Reid Park, pancake-flat, lightning-fast USAT&F Certified 10K course or opt for the shorter 5KRun/Walk, kids' run, includes two water stops, benefits Pima Community College Cross-Country and Track & Field, $22-26, 9 am, 520-977-4072 or http://azroadrunners.org/

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wednesday, January 20-February 7, 2016

  • Tucson Desert Song Festival - a 10-day classical voice festival bringing internationally known soloists and conductors to perform alongside Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, UApresents, Chamber Music Plus, Ballet Tucson at varied locations, http://www.tucsondesertsongfestival.org/
  • Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave., is marking 30 years of bringing discovery, learning and fun to kids in Tucson and Southern Arizona. In celebration, the Museum is offering $3/30s - $3 admission on the 30th of every month.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Cochise & Geronimo: Chiricahua Apache War Leaders, 2 PM only. Hear the story of the greatest Apache Chief, Cochise, including a description of the events that led to his war and his fascinating relationship with his white blood brother, Tom Jeffords. The talk, presented by Jack Lasseter, also includes the story of the Apache leader Geronimo and what happened to the Chiricahua Apache people, so famous in our regional history. $5 for all registrants. To register call 520-622-6014. This month's presentations brought to you by Bon Voyage Travel. The National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, 520-622-6014.
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens presents A Flourishing Potted Garden. Learn well-established methods for potted plant survival in our challenging climate from desert potted garden expert, Marylee Pangman.

Wednesday, January 21, 2016

Thursday, January 22-24, 2016

  • Mahler and Martial Arts - Classic - Tucson Music Hall, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, featuring George Hanson, conductor laureate and Sasha Cooke, mezzo, Richard Cox, tenor, Anne Gratz, cello; Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde a TSO premiere of full orchestra version; prepare for Chinese New Year by delving into ancient Chinese legends and poetry, in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival, 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org/

Thursday, January 22-23, 2016

  • 2016 Annual Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress, Downtown Tucson. Dillinger Days in Downtown Tucson, Friday night's Speakeasy recaptures the spirit of the 1930s; Saturday activities include re-enactments of John Dillinger's capture, vintage car shows, live music, tours of the Hotel Congress, and downtown walking tours, free, 520-622-8848 or 800-722-8848 or http://www.hotelcongress.com/

DIllinger Days

Thursday, January 22, 2016

  • TUBAC: Joe Bourne Trio - Tubac Center for the Arts, vocalist, in a Tribute to Nat King Cole, 7:30 pm, 520-398-2371 or http://www.TubacArts.org

Friday, January 23-24, 2016

  • La Encantada Fine Art Festival - Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents its annual fine art-festival featuring works by some of the nation's finest artisans, free children's art activities, theater and dance performances, and live music, the Four Corners Festival encompasses the four plazas at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, free, Sat. 10 am - 5 pm; Sun. 11 am - 4 pm.

Saturday, January 23-Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • This Weekend At Tucson Dragway is the Open Test & Tune This Saturday! Import Face-Off is this Sunday January 24th!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • The Tucson Girls Chorus will hold an Open House from 10 am to 11:30 am for open enrollment for spring 2016 choirs.
  • R&B icon Brian McKnight is coming to the Diamond Center.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • 9th Annual Sunrise at Old Tucson Cross Country Trail Run - Old Tucson Studios -family-friendly competitive running race, participants receive free entry, trailside breakfast and a T-shirt, admission to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 4-mile trail loops through the dusty streets, horse trails and desert terrain, cowboy costumes, children and strollers are welcome, also a little kids race, $12-35, 8 am, 520-991-0733 or http://www.azroadrunners.org/races/detail/sunrise

Sunday, January 24-February 14, 2016

  • American Indian Arts Exposition - Flamingo Hotel Ballroom, demonstrations and artist change every 3-7 days, dances and food held at poolside, music concert/jam session on Sunday, authentic crafts and art from 80 tribal nations, free, 520-622-4900 or http://www.usaindianinfo.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

  • Minquet Quartet - Leo Rich Theater, taking its name from an 18th-century Spanish philosopher who attempted to make the fine arts available to the masses, Germany's Minguet Quartet brings its "Homage to Glenn Gould," featuring the Bach fugal music Gould loved so much, a Bach concerto Gould loved to play (here featuring the compelling German pianist Andreas Klein), and Gould's own rarely-heard string quartet, $10-30, 7:30 pm, http://arizonachambermusic.org

Thursday, January 28-February 8, 2016

Jogs Gem Show Tucson

  • Get the Latest info on the Jogs Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show held. J.O.G.S. Show - Tucson Expo Center, this exciting gem and jewelry show event draws buyers and exhibitors from all over the world, products like fine and finish jewelry, silver, gold, gemstones, findings, beads, minerals, watches, fashion jewelry, gem decor, jewelry gift items will be presented at the show, 600 exhibitors, 10 am - 6 pm, http://www.jogsshow.com

Friday, January 29-31, 2016

Friday, January 29-February 13, 2016

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows event listings.
  • Globe-X Tucson Gem Show- Days Inn, 200 dealers of gems, minerals, fossils, mostly direct-import merchandise from around the world, including gem stones, decorator minerals, polished minerals, rough minerals, beads, opals, fossils, amber, crystals, Arizona minerals, septarians and carvings, 9 am - 7 pm, http://www.gigmshows.com

Friday, January 29-February 10, 2016

Saturday, January 30-31, 2016

  • Oaxacan Woodcarvings, 10 AM–5 PM, a magnificent expression of Mexican folk art, are created entirely by hand and capture the imagination with intricate patterns and intriguing colors. This trunk show will feature today’s most celebrated and popular Oaxacan artists, Jacobo and Maria Angeles, and celebrates their dedication to creating a sustainable artistry. At the National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. 520-622-6014.

Saturday, January 30-February 15, 2016

Saturday, January 30-February 14, 2016

  • African Art Village - approx. 100 African exhibitors showcasing African masks, beads, statues and various other African artifacts from countries throughout Africa, 7:30 am - 7 pm, 520-869-7895 or http://www.xpopress.com/AZ-AAV-show-schedule.html

Saturday, January 30-February 12, 2016

  • Tucson Electric Park RV Gem Show - gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, lapidary equipment supplies and tools, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, 800-983-0133 or http://www.xpopress.com

Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • 22nd Annual Santa Cruz Collectors' Car Show - Tubac Golf Resort, more than 400 collector cars, vintage cars among those to be features, fund-raiser for local youth, 10 am - 3 pm, 520-398-2704 or 520-885-6630 or http://www.tubacaz.com or http://www.carnuts.org

Sunday, January 31 to February 14, 2016

Sunday, January 31-February 13, 2016

  • Fine Minerals International Gem & Mineral Forum - InnSuites of Tucson, offering the finest minerals and gems from all over the globe, including new material from China, Russia and Brazil, 732-318-6760 or http://www.xpopress.com/

Sunday, January 31-February 8, 2016

  • To Bead True-Blue - Tucson Doubletree Reid Park, a juried bead show, 500 exhibitors, the finest artists, artisans and merchants, artistic suppliers, direct importers, textile arts, jewelry design, lapidary, handmade artistic glass, fused glass, clay arts, metal smith, antiquities, enameling techniques, collectibles, wearable art, interior décor and art jewelry, 10 am - 6 pm, 530-274-2222 or http://www.tobeadtrueblue.com or http://www.xpopress.com/

January 31, 2016

  • The Magic of Beethoven: The Complete Cello Sonatas - Leo Rich Theater, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music offers all of Beethoven's original works for cello and piano, by cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Benjamin Hochman, a journey through Beethoven's life, from his early Classical period through his largely optimistic, tuneful middle period, to his intense, concentrated final phase, not only all five sonatas, but also Beethoven's three sets of variations on themes by Handel and Mozart, two full-length concerts separated by a dinner break, $10-30, 3 & 7:30 pm, http://arizonachambermusic.org
  • Sheryll McManus will perform the lush Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 31, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 also, three fabulously famous classics by Morton Gould, Sergei Rachmaninov and Antonin Dvorák .
  • Invisible Theatre kicks off 2016 with GENE KELLY – THE LEGACY™ Written and performed by Patricia Ward Kelly. TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY! Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3:00 PM at The Berger Performing Arts Center.

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Previous January 2016
Events day by day

Friday, January 1, 2016

  • First Day Hike - Catalina State Park, meet at the Equestrian Center parking area, join Volunteer Gaston Meloche for a hike on the 50-year trail loop, this is a seven-mile hike with 450 feet elevation gain, this is a relatively easy hike and participants will return on an equally pleasing trail to make the loop, 8 am, 520-628-5798 or http://AZStateParks.com

Weekend of January 1-2, 2016

  • Tucson Dragway presents the Hangover Nationals Drag Racing Tournament on New Year's Eve 2016 on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Just for Kids - Tucson Symphony Center, filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, our interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate our youngest listeners (and our older listeners too!), this week features a string quartet, free for everybody with a suggested admission of $3 per person at the door, 10 & 11:15 am, http://tucsonsymphony.org/

  • Hopi Katsinas, 10 AM–5 PM. During this festive trunk show, explore a remarkable selection of old-style and full-figure katsinas from the finest Hopi artists represented by Kachina House of Sedona, Arizona. National Parks Store.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Zuni Fetish Carvings, 10 AM–5 PM. Made from various materials, Zuni fetish carvings traditionally serve a ceremonial purpose and depict animals and icons integral to Zuni culture. Arizona. National Parks Store.

  • Willie Nelson Returns to the Diamond Center.

Thru January 3, 2016

Tuesday, January 5-10, 2016

  • Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour - Centennial Hall, the international Irish dance phenomenon back by popular demand , drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, http://www.broadwayintucson.com/

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Dream Catcher Workshop with Tony Redhouse. Join spiritual teacher Tony Redhouse as you create your own personal dream catcher. 9:30 AM–12:30 PM. National Parks Store

Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Jack Hanna, World famous animal ambassador and conservationist, at the Fox Theater at 6:30 pm!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 8, 9 & 10

  • Weaving the Navajo Way, 10 AM–2:30 PM, weaving is an iconic and time-honored cultural tradition. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to study this ancient skill. Join fifth-generation Navajo weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas for a three-day hands-on weaving workshop. $490 for WNPA members/$530 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 10 students. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. Call 520-622-6014. The National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, 520-622-6014

Friday, January 8-9, 2016

  • 8th Annual Southern Arizona Clogging Festival - Old Pueblo Dance Center, featured instructor Eric Bice of Lakewood, California, dancing is on a wooden floor, workshops and evening dances, 520-620-1566 or http://www.sardasa.com



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