The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase gets under way this weekend with more than 40 shows set up across the metro area. Geoff Notkin, one of TV's "Meteorite Men, will have two exhibition spaces: a suite at the Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites, 475 N. Granada Ave., Friday through Feb. 16, and a tent at the Kino Gem & Mineral Show at Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Saturday through Feb. 17. Find a map to download, and earlier stories at azstarnet.com/gemshow
Charlie's Comic Books, one of the oldest comic book shops in the state, has moved to bigger digs at 5460 E. Speedway. The grand reopening, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, will include artists and comic creators sketching and signing autographs. There is also a silent auction that includes rare comics and original artwork. Proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The shop carries more than 10,000 comic books and graphic novels, including many that are out of print. Call 320-0279 for more information.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona is welcoming the Year of the Snake on Sunday with the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival. Presented by the institute and the Tucson Sino Choir, the music and dancing starts at 2 p.m. at the UA Centennial Hall.Tickets are $15-$18, with discounts available, at the UA Centennial Hall Box office. Check out www.confucius.arizona.edu.