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Feb 14, 2013 7:23 PM by Faye DeHoff

Arts & Culture Guy: New movies and events around town

TUCSON - In today's Arts and Culture segment, Herb Stratford covers music, a new play and several movies opening this weekend.

One of the World's most celebrated violinists, Joshua Bell, will perform with the Tucson Symphony on February 16.

The one-night-only performance starts at 8pm at the Tucson Music Hall and will feature a program of works by Mozart, Wagner and Mendelssohn. Bell, who has been referred to as the "poet of the violin," has been wowing audiences around the world since the age of 17, when he performed at Carnegie Hall. Don't miss a chance to see this amazing artist in person.

Ballet Tucson is presenting a unique event entitled "Passionately Piazzolla!" on February 15-17 at the Temple of Music and Art. Blending the hauntingly beautiful music of tango master Astor Piazzolla will be joined by dance, voice and acting elements to complete the picture of a man who defined a musical genre.

First Kisses - a new love story that tells the story of a lifelong relationship over 60 years is on stage at the Invisible Theatre through March 3. The prizewinning play follows a couple from their first kiss through love, marriage, birth, death and everything in between.

Now here's a look at this week's new movies:

The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary head of mission control at BASA. When BASA's no-nonsense chief Lena Gary's warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker , it's up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira and their adventure hungry son Kip.

Ethan Wate 17, has had the same recurring dream for months. A mysterious young girl is waiting for him on a Civil War battlefield. Ethan desperately wants to be with her, but there is an unknown danger -- and each time a lightning bolt cracks like a gunshot, killing Ethan before he ever reaches the girl.

The danger of this strange dream world, however, is preferable to Ethan's waking existence in Gatlin, South Carolina, a small, conservative Southern town that hasn't caught up to the 21st century, where nothing ever changes and nothing ever happens. Trapped at home with a father who has completely withdrawn since the sudden death of Ethan's mother, Ethan yearns for a life he can only read about in books.

But Ethan's mundane world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes the beautiful and enigmatic niece of Macon Ravenwood, the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Ethan finds himself immediately drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to inexplicably follow her and it becomes apparent that she is a Caster, with powers beyond her control. The town, led by conservative Mrs. Lincoln, wants her banished. Even Gatlin's all-knowing librarian, Amma, is afraid history may repeat itself -- a history of family secrets and a curse that looms for Lena as she approaches her 16th birthday. It is that time when a Caster is chosen by the forces of either the Light or the Dark. But Lena's fate may already be sealed by the curse that draws both her and Ethan into a tangled web of spells and peril from which there may be no escape.

Bruce Willis is back as iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack- unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

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