Dances of the Season

Dances of the Season

Each December, thousands of dancers take to stages all over the country to dance The Nutcracker, the beloved Christmas tradition. Set to a splendid score by Tchaikovsky, the 1892 ballet was created in Russia by two choreographers, the French Petipa and the Russian Ivanov, and based on a story by a German, E.T.A. Hoffman.


Come and Hear the Music Play

Arizona Theatre Company brings an all-new production of Cabaret (written by Joe Masteroff with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb) to Southern Arizona this winter. Set during the waning days of Weimar Berlin and the Nazis’ rise to power, Cabaret is a deliberately timed choice for ATC. Its warnings about noxious populism and apathy in the face of evil resonate strongly today.

Memento Mori

Two tragedies are unexpectedly brought together in a gigantic installation by Los Angeles artist Ali Silverstein at MOCA Tucson.

Trick Play

Tilly the Trickster, a family-friendly show, written by Jeremy Dobrish with music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola and based on the children’s book written by actress and comedian of SNL fame, Molly Shannon, is running now at Live Theatre Workshop, just in time for the holiday season.

Fantastic Four

Right at the front of the Davis Dominguez gallery is an exhilarating sculpture by Tucson’s Barbara Jo. A curving female-esque figure 6 feet tall, “Whirl” is wrapped in a stretch of green copper that defiantly swings outward, just as Victory’s wings do.

A Cabaret for today

The world of Cabaret, Arizona Theatre Company’s next production, is centered at a nightclub called the Kit Kat, where a character called the Emcee oversees a world of decadence, bawdiness and reckless abandon.

Witness to history

From the 1960s right up to this minute, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly has used his camera to capture a who’s who of political leaders.

Awkward Dance

The last night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry, takes place in 1939 in the Atlanta home of an assimilated Jewish family whose social-climbing matriarch, Boo (Eavan Clare Brunswick), directly rejects their heritage. Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of Ballyhoo, while witty and sometimes charming, lays victim to a script filled with sappy sentimentality and conflict with no payoff.

Refugees by Land and Sea

“No Place,” a largescale oil painting by Paula Crawford, is a highlight of Take Nothing for Granted, a large group show at Pima College’s Bernal Gallery that also features pieces by Kate Breakey, Danny Lyon, Jenny Day, Ernesto Esquiver, Ellen McMahon and others.

A haunting comedy

The Rogue Theatre’s production of Blithe Spirit is, in the words of the play itself, “a jolly time with Elvira.” Noël Coward’s play, directed here by Joseph McGrath, is at turns cheeky and biting, even occasionally caustic, but always a great deal of fun. 

Shining Lights

Marcus-Orlen, a long-time local painter, has always been a consummate colorist and a magical realist, making oils on canvas that dazzle the eye and the imagination.

Gender Bender

TransFormations is framed as a trans support group. Whether they know it or not, the audience is full of new group members with varying levels of knowledge on this subject.

Season of Ghosts

This weekend kicks off the annual Open Studio Tour, as well as a swirl of activities related to Día de los Muertos, the Mexican—and southwestern—holiday honoring the dead. Here’s a quick list.

Ad Astra

Playwright Lauren Gunderson's prolific pen did not falter in writing Silent Sky, currently on stage at Arizona Theatre Company. Silent Sky is the story of 19th-century female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.


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