Things To Do In Tucson: November 16,17 & 18.by Jim Gressinger on Nov. 10, 2012, under Day/Weekend Adventures, Downtown Tucson, Exceptional Museums, Southern Arizona Attractions, Southern Arizona History & Culture, Things To Do In Tucson, Things To Do With The Kidz
Next Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, November 16 – 18, the Tucson Museum of Art hosts two worthwhile events.
Annual Holiday Artisans Market
The Annual Holiday Artisans Market will have more than 140 of the best Southwest artisans offering their unique creations for sale. I’m going because this annual event has proven most useful for acquiring original holiday gifts. Moreover, it saves me from having to go to a mall where I would certainly be assaulted with insipid Christmas music, long lines, and pushy crowds.
This event also interests me because it gives me an opportunity to see the Museum’s latest exhibits, Barbara Rogers: Imperative of Beauty, a fifty-five year retrospective; and Henri Matisse: The Pasiphae’ Series. There are also two other exhibits of which I know nothing. The Shape of Things: Four Decades of Paintings & Sculpture and Art + The Machine. I expect to be impressed & enlightened.
There will be food trucks, although I don’t yet know which ones, and a beer garden sponsored by 1702, Nimbus Brewing Company, & Dragoon Brewing Company. On my SouthernArizonaGuide.com website, I have reviewed all of the Southern Arizona breweries that I am aware of, except Bisbee Brewing Company. You can read my local brewery reviews by clicking HERE. I am particularly partial to Nimbus’ Old Monkeyshine.
Admission to the Holiday Artisans Market is FREE, as is admission to the Museum on these days.
In addition, the Museum also celebrates the opening of El Nacimiento on Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 PM. This is Tucson’s most impressive nativity, the creation of Maria Luisa Tena who in this way has honored her mother for over 30 years. El Nacimeinto contains about 800 figurines depicting various Bible stories.
The following Friday & Saturday, November 23rd & 24th, the Museum’s historic Corbett House will be decorated in its holiday finest and open to the public. There will be two daily tours on Friday & Saturday at noon & 1 PM. Only one tour at 1 PM on Sunday, November 25th.
At the turn of the last century, the home of J. Knox Corbett was among the prominent mansions along what was then referred to as Snob Hollow. Southern Arizona Guide has a short video of the interior, sans holiday trimmings. Click HERE to watch it.
Admission to this mission-revival treasure is included with Museum admission.