Arts and Culture

Monday, July 11, 2016

Arizona Theatre Company Feels the Love—But Needs a Lot More

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Last we heard, Arizona Theatre Company had two weeks to come up with two million dollars, otherwise the theatre would be forced to close its doors for its next season. The announcement came last week in a press release, saying the company needed the cash or an entire year of reorganizing in the hopes they could raise the curtain the year after.

On July 8, ATC sent out another press release to announce that nearly 360 donors from Tucson and Phoenix have pledged a quarter million ($220,000 to be exact) in a fundraising effort to save the 2016-17 season. In addition to the 213 Tucson donors and 145 from Phoenix, an anonymous donor pledged a separate $100,000 donation to have the deadline for closure extended to July 15. Mike Kasser, board member at ATC, has also agreed to match the funds if one million can be raised before the deadline.

Members of ATC's governing bodies said in the release that the support from the Tucson and Phoenix communities is cause for hope, but they are reaching a critical timeframe that needs to be met otherwise "options are very limited," according to  ATC Managing Director Billy Russo. 

"Either we go on temporary hiatus to restructure the business model or close our doors," he said. "We are hopeful that the people of Arizona won’t let that happen.”

To donate to the cause or for more information, visit

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Homeless Photographers Exhibit Work in First Public Showing

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Sylvia Sander, local private investigator, began fielding interviews with the homeless early this year as a volunteer. She said a common complaint of the many homeless people she met living in the downtown area concerned the issue of photographs, namely those taken by street photographers and tourists who snapped shots of individuals living on the streets without so much of a "may I?"

Curious about what the homeless would capture given the opportunity, Sander gave her two inaugural volunteers 35mm disposable cameras to capture daily life on the streets of Tucson. The results eventually gave rise to the Bright Eyes Project, a venture promoting awareness and compassion through the work of homeless photographers.

The project, supported by The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation, will be having its first public showing on Sunday July 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Monterey Court (505 W. Miracle Mile) in Tucson (details here). The exhibition will feature the work of the Tucson homeless artists Sander contacted through the project, some of whom have since found residence off the streets. 

However, according to a Pima County count of homeless populations for 2016, there are still 381 persons living without shelter in Tucson, not including the over 1,300 other homeless individuals moving between temporary, transitional and emergency housing.

A short drive around the downtown and university areas reveal a grim reality for hundreds of homeless Tucsonans huddling under patches of shade in De Anza Park and beyond. With temperatures at a steady one-hundred-and-miserable for the rest of the foreseeable future, it behooves us to lend a hand to those who must endure the heat out of necessity and hard times. 

If you can spare a moment, some supplies or even a case of water, take a look at the 2016 list of summer sun respite sites around town. Points of contact are listed for each site and some may take donations or volunteers during the summer months. Additionally, the Community Emergency Medical Responders (C-EMRs), an organization under the auspices of volunteer MDs, trains street-based medical volunteers to facilitate healthcare for the homeless also takes donations here

For more information on the Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation or the Bright Eyes project, visit their Facebook pages or

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Not Your Grandma's Knitting Party (But She Can Come, Too)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The Loft Cinema and MOCA bring you an evening of fiber art goodness on Wednesday, July 6 with a special screening of the art film Yarn, a documentary following the work of four textile artists around the world as they enhance public spaces through knit and crochet creations. 

The film is narrated by writer and former Tucsonan Barbara Kingsolver and the screening will feature some serious "yarn-storming" of the theatre by Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild and Textile Tagger, Kristin Wolfe

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) For more information on the screening and the film, visit the Loft website

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cactus and Clouds Exhibition at The Galleria

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The Galleria at the YW is currently featuring a group art exhibition with more than 20 artists entitled Cactus and Clouds

The exhibition just opened June 29 and will run through Aug. 27. An artist’s reception featuring DJ Buttafly will be held Friday, July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and reception can be found in the YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center (525 N. Bonita Ave.). Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Galleria invites artists they believe are doing something important, and thought provoking. Most, but not all, of the artists featured are women. The Galleria aims to explore themes that connect to their mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Saguaro, by Regina Lord is one one the paintings to be featured at the Galleria's exhibition. Lord is a local artist. - REGINA LORD
  • Regina Lord
  • Saguaro, by Regina Lord is one one the paintings to be featured at the Galleria's exhibition. Lord is a local artist.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Arizona Theatre Company Uncertain Whether Curtain Will Rise For 50th Year

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

As a bright-eyed, eternally optimistic student of theatre in Tucson, a coveted spot on Arizona Theatre Company's stage was considered the peak of success during four years of actor training at the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

One of my most memorable acting experiences happened as an understudy in ATC's God of Carnage, a role I was egregiously unprepared for, yet one that hurtled me into a new phase of growth and appreciation for my craft at the time. ATC's understudy programs for young actors are crucial first steps into the realm of professional theatre and towards the golden ticket of an Actor's Equity Card. Not to mention Summer on Stage, Student Matinees and Cafe Bohemia, programs which foster youth performance and new works of theatre by up-and-coming playwrights. 

Now, facing its 50th year serving southern Arizona's theatre community, ATC might not see the curtain rise for its 2016-17 season. Without the $2 million necessary to keep its doors open by Friday, July 1, ATC will consider canceling the upcoming shows to reorganize, despite sustained efforts by private donors to keep the doors open. 

Although ATC's recent seasons left the company in the black by the end of the fiscal year, 2016's recent fundraising efforts to bring the business out of a substantial debt has reached a "critical juncture" according to a press release sent out Monday to donors and subscribers.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Tell Tucson Pima Arts Council About the Artists and Organizations You Love

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The Tucson Pima Arts Council is inviting you to celebrate your favorite artists and organizations by nominating them for 2016 Lumies Arts and Business Awards. 
  • Tucson Pima Arts Council
TPAC honors "luminaries" each year for the profound impact they've made on Southern Arizona communities through the arts. 

According to the TPAC their seven awards include:
Arts Education Award: Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in arts education and/or youth work. May apply to a program for youth and/or adults.
Arts and Cultural Advocate: Awarded to an individual or organization that has significantly contributed to the Tucson and Pima County cultural community and has raised the visibility of Southern Arizona's arts and culture sector. This may include work through direct advocacy efforts as well as promoting the value of the arts.
Business Award: Awarded to a private-sector business that actively supports and promotes local arts organizations, programs, and individual artists through advocacy and/or community outreach and involvement initiatives, such as work-place based gallery exhibitions, volunteerism, scholarships, and a variety of other activities that promotes the value of arts and culture in our community.
Artist Award: Awarded to an individual artist who has demonstrated excellence, originality, and ingenuity in the local arts and culture sector.
Arts Organization Award: Awarded to a public or private arts organization that has demonstrated excellence in serving the people of Tucson and Pima County. This may include exemplary work across disciplines, as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture in Southern Arizona.
The David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Awarded to an individual, organization, or arts administrator who has demonstrated excellence, resilience, integrity, and resourcefulness in the arts and culture sector.
Emerging Artist or Arts Organization: Award to an individual, collective, or organization with three years or less of operating experience that has demonstrated excellence in Southern Arizona's arts and culture sector. May apply to a program for or by youth.
Winners will be announced and nominees will be honored at the their gala event on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Rialto Theatre. 

For more information and to nominate and individual or organization click here. 

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, August 5. 
2015 winners. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • 2015 winners.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kink Machine Eric Kroll at Etherton Gallery

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Tucsonan Nadine Roselle getting a noninvasive butt procedure from Eric Kroll. - © ERIC KROLL
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  • Tucsonan Nadine Roselle getting a noninvasive butt procedure from Eric Kroll.

Eric Kroll has worked as a photographer for many well-known publications including
Vogue, Elle, the New York Times and Der Spiegel and is internationally known for his work in fetish photography. His work and the story of his impressive accolades in the world of photography are detailed in this week's TW cover story.

This Saturday, June 25 Etherton Gallery (135 S 6th Ave.) will be hosting a pop-up event featuring the photographer. 

The pop-up event will include a talk and Q & A with Kroll, where he will discuss his various interests and career as a famed photographer. With a career as long and infamous as Kroll’s, his stories are sure to excite and entertain. Those in attendance will get to glance into the mind of an artist who has never been afraid to push the envelope in the realm of sexually explorative photography.  

This gallery event is a unique opportunity to see some of Kroll’s black and white photography, most of which were publish in a variety of magazines and books. The gallery will also feature Kroll’s newer work.

The event starts at 2 p.m.

Kinky Machine: Eric Kroll's Photography
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Kinky Machine: Eric Kroll's Photography

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Bank of America Cardholders Get Free Admission to the Tucson Museum of Art this Weekend

Posted By on Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Tucson Museum of Art - JESSICA CANCHOLA
  • Jessica Canchola
  • Tucson Museum of Art

This weekend Bank of America is giving its cardholders a nice summer treat with their monthly Museums on Us program.

Museums on Us allows any Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders free admission to more than 150 participating museums in 33 states and 101 cities the first weekend of every month.

Participating here in Tucson is the Tucson Museum of Art &H istoric Block. The Museum offers a number of great exhibits. The most recently added exhibits include Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animal / Zodiac Heads: Gold, and Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition. The other exhibits currently at the museum are listed on the Tucson Museum of Art website.

All that Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders need to do to gain their free admission to participating Museums is present their credit or debit card and photo ID.

Bank of America says they’ve introduced this program to “provide its customers with free access to artistic and cultural experiences across the United States at some of the nation’s most celebrated cultural institutions ranging from art, children’s and history museums to aquariums and science centers.”

If you’re out of town and want to know if there are any participating museums in the city you’re visiting Bank of America has a list on their website

This may be your only opportunity to say that your bank helped you learn something without monthly payments plus interest.

Student loan jokes aside this is an admirable promotion that people should take advantage of.

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