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Tucson Happenings December 2016

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Artist Profile December 2016 Artist Profile: Chris Bubany

Submitted by the artist.

Each of my ceramic pieces are hand painted in my studio, here in Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in the Southwest where the brilliant colors and designs influence all my art. You'll find hummingbirds, wildflowers, quail, desert scenes and more - all designed to help you Celebrate the Everyday!

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Artist Profile Artist Profiles from Past issues

Tucson Happenings is devoted to our local artists and have been publishing monthly artist profiles for years. This page will list many artists that have profiled since we went digital in May of 2015.

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Artist Profile Featured Gallery Exhibits

Watercolor, acrylic, oil, oh my! Plucked from the hundreds of events in the November 2016 calendar, we have our monthly rundown of local galleries and artists with special and ongoing exhibits this month..

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  Legal Talk December Legal Talk: A Hastened Death

By Ronald Zack

There is some tension in the law between the right to refuse treatment, often referred to as a right of self-determination, and laws regarding suicide, assisted suicide, and the state’s interest in preserving life. - Read what Ron thinks about it."

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  Legal Talk December Your Medicare: Medicare Benefits for the Terminally Ill

By Cate Kortzeborn

When I talk to people with Medicare about planning for the end of their lives, the statistic that always strikes me is this: If you ask people where they’d rather die – in a hospital or at home – 75 percent say at home and 25 percent say the hospital. But when you look at what actually happens, only 25 percent of people get to die at home, while 75 percent pass away in hospitals. The only way you can ensure that your doctor understands your wishes is by talking about them. And now, Medicare will reimburse your doctor for that conversation.

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  Fashion December Fashion: Holiday Shopping Guide

By Karen R. Smith

I think there are two kinds of people in the world--the folks who enjoy the actual physical experience of Christmas shopping, and the folks who avoid it like the plague!! I've got friends in both camps and there are ideas for everyone here

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  Origami December Origami Page: Origami Poinsettia

By Mary Ellen Palmeri

December's origami model is a colorful flower that represents the beautiful poinsettia plant. This plant is indigenous to Mexico and named for Joel R. Poinsett, who introduced the plant to the United States. He was a botanist and the first US Ambassador to Mexico. The poinsettia is particularly well known for its red and green foliage, although there are more than 100 varieties, some of which feature pink, burgundy or white foliage. Some even come in speckled or marbled colors. The plant is widely used in floral displays for the winter Holidays. The showy colored parts of the plant that people think of as the flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts.

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  Origami December Arizona Paranormal: Investigations

By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen

Some may ask why do we try to debunk, the reason behind this is because if we call everything paranormal we wouldn't be taken seriously when we did find something ghostly. We would be like the boy that called wolf. We have been on cases that we find a lot that we can debunk and explain; such has exposed wiring can cause high EMFs which can cause you to feel like you are being watched. Shadows being seen because of angles of mirrors and lights hitting them certain ways. Odd noises due to certain appliances or animals, etc; we want to rule out everything that isn't paranormal so when we can't explain it, we know we got something good.

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  Origami December Gringo Dave Cooks: Concentrated Turkey Stock

By David Francis

So you've successfully roasted, smoked, grilled or fried your Thanksgiving bird*, and you're left with a huge pile of bones. You didn't throw them away, did you? Because those bones can be used for months in the form of liquid gold known as turkey stock. *Even if the bird didn't come out that great, you can redeem your culinary ego by using the remains and make a flavorful turkey stock.

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New Year's Eve Ring out 2016 and ring in 2017 Old Pueblo style. We have plenty of options to put 2016 in our rear view mirrors and toast to the hope of a great new year this year. Tucson Happenings is here to help you find the festival to fill your need to celebrate. From dinner shows to rocking parties, here is a round-up of what's happening on New Year's Eve.

Join the Gaslight Theatre for a family-friendly journey with Dudley the Elf to find the Christmas Spirit. His adventures take him from the North Pole all the way to New York City, where he stumbles upon a plan to ruin Christmas for everyone. Dudley and his friends sing the Christmas Spirit into the hearts of everyone they meet and manage to save Christmas! Santa and his elves join in on the fun and so should you! 

Every Friday and Saturday Night Take a full three course table-served fine dining experience; combine it with a classic, hilarious 3-act, interactive Comedy Murder Mystery Whodunit; throw in the setting of an award winning Magic Performance and be prepared for one of the most unique and memorable experiences of a lifetime.

Catalina United Methodist Church Events throughout the month of January 2017: Catalina welcomes all “wherever you are in your spiritual journey, whatever your age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, education, physical or mental ability, family structure or religious background, you are welcome here!” Catalina has been a hub for social justice and outreach to the children and disadvantaged. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Saturdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Premium Outlets present a series of free, family-friendly concerts beginning September 3, 2016. Enjoy the sounds of some of Southern Arizona's finest local musician's at Tucson Premium Outlets. The signature free concert series, held every Saturday evening, will feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands.

Through December 23, 2016 Join Johnny Christmas and the Reindeer Rockers at the Gaslight Music Hall this winter in Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree! The amazing cast of characters will have you dancing and singing along to your favorite seasonal songs, but with a rockin’ twist! With blackout jokes, dancing reindeer, sing-a-longs, and Santa, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree promises to be Gaslight holiday fun for the whole family!

Saturday December 3, - 9 AM - 3 PM Join Sun City Oro Valley's 50+ artists on Saturday, December 3rd from 9AM-3PM at our Activity Center (1495 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd in Oro Valley) for our 8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival. Free Admission, free parking, tons of cool arts & crafts, some demos, we have a raffle and lunch offering by our wonderful Views Restaurant.

Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 pm: The Gaslight Music Hall is proud to present: “Presto! A Night of Magic, Comedy, & illusions!” Don’t miss this fun-filled, family-friendly evening of Wonder and Astonishment starring Tucson’s very own International Award Winning Illusionists, John Shryock & Mari Lynn along with Los Angeles based Comedy Magic Superstar, Chris Blackmore! Together, they have performed hundreds of sold out shows at Maui’s number one evening attraction, Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Club for the last nine years.

Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 pm: The Gaslight Music Hall is proud to present: A Classical Christmas! Join some of Tucson’s most talented, classical musicians as they put you in the Christmas Spirit with some of your holiday favorites. It will be a night to remember! Featuring Alexander Lipay, Betsy Bright, David Morgan, Homero Ceron, James Karrer, Joseph Muñoz, Micheal Fand and Victor Velenzuela.

Wednesday December 14, at 7:00 pm: It’s time to grease back your hair, put on your boogie shoes, and shake things up with our Twist & Shout Dance Party at the Gaslight Music Hall! Arizona’s favorite dance band, the Retro Rockets, will play a mix of Rock and Roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s- guaranteed to have you twistin’ the night away! We’ll clear out the front seating section so there will be plenty of room for dancing, the kitchen and bar will be open for food and drinks, and the band will be rockin’ and rollin’.

Saturday, December 17 & 18, 10 am to 5 pm each day: Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) annual Santa Adoption Party: Generous support from Tucson Electric Power and PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC, have made this event possible for a second year in a row. This celebration will feature Santa himself who will give gifts to adopters and pose for family portraits, printed free onsite for adopters, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for all who attend. Every adoptive family will also leave with a gift for their new best friend, such as treats or toys.

Saturday, December 17, at 3 and 7 PM: Lisa Otey and the Desert Divas will present a jazzy, bluesy concert filled with your holiday favorites! Lineup for this concert: Vocalists Liz McMahon, Regina “the Queen” Wills, Diane Van Deurzen, Keli Carpenter, Lisa Otey (piano), Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy (violin), Mitzi Cowell (guitar), Steve Grams (bass), and Chip Ritter (drums).

Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm: Celebrate the Holidays in Traditional Mexican Style! You will enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas in Mexico with exuberant mariachi music and dynamic dance to represent the traditions of Mexico at Christmas. The swirling dresses, lively violins, and joyous horns will ring in the season with El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, Ballet Folklorico Tapatio, and Mariachi Corazon de Tucson!

December 22, 23, & 24: Celebrate the Christmas season with Ballet Tucson’s 2016 production of The Nutcracker, returning in grand style to the Tucson Music Hall. This beloved production, with a cast of 100 performers, is led by Ballet Tucson’s outstanding company of professional dancers in leading roles. Prima Ballerina Jenna Johnson reprises her role as the “Sugar Plum Fairy,” partnered by Season Guest Artist Fredrick Davis, formerly with Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City.

Friday December 30, at 7:00 pm: Looking for some music for your soul, and maybe even your dancing feet? The George Howard Band joins us at The Gaslight Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 30 for one of our famous dance parties! The front section will be cleared out for your dancing pleasure and from Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B and Motown, you will find the best party music in town!

Encore Show Added January 1 at 7 PM: Direct from Las Vegas! An Evening with Cher and Elton, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand! World Famous Impersonators! The Edwards Twins come the Gaslight Music Hall!

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