"Hothouse Hybrids #2" is Barbara Rogers' newest oil on canvas, part of Natural Facts/Unnatural Acts, a series exploring the essence of nature through January 13 at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Call 624-2333.
Gail Marcus-Orlen investigates birds, among other things, in a show of recent oil paintings through January 16 at the Temple Gallery, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Hours are Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and prior to all ATC performances. Call 622-2823 for details.
Natural Wonders features paintings and wall sculptures by Syd Clayton-Seeber, including "Rainbows End," through December 31. An artist's reception is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Porter Hall in the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Call 326-9686 for hours.
A Southwest Nutcracker includes coyotes, cavalry, rattlesnakes and ballerinas. Tucson Regional Ballet shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the TCC Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets cost $12 general and $10 for seniors, students, kids and groups. For details, call 886-1222.
"You'll shoot your eye out" is the general response to Ralphie Parker's request for a BB gun. Scott Eichling (center) plays the Midwestern 9-year-old in Tucson Community Theater's A Christmas Story with Desiree Toledo and Steve McKee. The show opens Thursday and continues through December 16 at the Randolph Art Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Call 791-4663 for details on the free performances.