Tucson Goings-On in 2019: January (1 of 2)

Happy New Year! Are you ready for fresh beginnings and new opportunities for entertainment and education? We’ve got you covered.

First Day Hikes in Tucson 2019
Celebrate the first day of 2019 on a ranger-led, guided, or self-guided hike in an Arizona State Park as part of the First Day Hikes program conducted by Arizona State Parks and Trails. First Day Hikes is a national effort to kick off the year on a healthy note. On a hike, families can welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. When hiking, remember to wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water, a camera and your sense of adventure. Park entrance fees apply. Please check park website for more information and to register (if required). In the Tucson & Southern Arizona area, the following parks are participating: Catalina State ParkDankworth Pond State ParkKartchner Caverns State ParkOracle State ParkPatagonia Lake State ParkPicacho Peak State Park.

Desert Dwellings Exhibit at Gallery in the Sun
The landscape paintings of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia are featured in this new exhibit at the Gallery in the Sun. Distant adobes, ranch houses, and saguaros populate these moody landscapes, many of which have never been on display. The exhibit will run through January 30, 2019.

Power: A Closer Look at Queens Throughout History
In 2017, through a generous donation by Eunice and E.G. Hernandez and Family, the museum acquired a collection of 32 one-quarter-life-size Historical Figures made by artist George Stuart. Created between 1957 and 1958, these early works by Mr. Stuart include individuals who were the driving force that shaped human history, featuring the famous and infamous from ancient civilizations, European nobility, and political crusades. Three spotlight exhibits per year feature different selections from the collection through a variety of themes, at the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures.

Automata: Miniature Mechanized Narratives
Contemporary automata combines problem solving and mechanical ingenuity with imaginative storytelling to delight the eye and mind. The wind up of the crank builds the narrative, and then the release reveals the punchline of the story– which may be whimsical, clever, amusing or absurd. This exhibit, from the collection of metalsmith Michael Croft, includes over forty miniature machines created by twenty-three contemporary automata makers from around the world, at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

Lukie D at Rialto Theatre
The Historic Rialto Theatre presents an all-ages concert featuring Lukie D, reggae’s vocalist sensation, well known for his interpretation of Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud.”  His pristine voice and incredible vocal range has made him a darling of reggae fans around the world, especially in Europe, where he has performed at every Reggae Festival over the years.  Born in Jamaica to a musical family, his stepfather, Devon Russell was a member of the Sugar Belly Band. Lukie D’s childhood years in the choir, and his teenage years in Detroit, exposed him to a variety of music styles and genre. A choir boy, whose singing of Jazz standards or country and western songs is as good as his renditions of cantatas, has managed to combine a variety of these styles into his music. This exposure to diverse musical influences, resulting in the broadening of his repertoire, makes him one of the unique voices of our time. He has travelled all over the world performing in countries from Europe to Asia, and USA to the Caribbean.