Memento Mori

Memento Mori

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Master Work

Five Movements will be a highlight of Ballet Tucson’s fall concert next week. The show also features In the Mood, a new big band work by choreographer Mark Schneider for the whole company, and a reprise of Jekyll & Hyde, created by the company’s Chieko Imada and Cabana.

Royal Treatment

The Scoundrel & Scamp’s adaptation of the novel The Little Prince, translated by Claire Marie Mannle, and adapted and directed by Holly Griffith, delivers everything I so love about this book.

Star Turn

For those of you who want to know more about Silent Sky: If you loved Hidden Figures, this is a similar story.

Twists and Turns

Accomplice, written by Rupert Holmes, is a whodunnit shell game that switches intended victims and motivated murderers at every turn. Just when you think you know who is doing what to whom, the tables turn and a new scenario and context are introduced.

Lush strokes

Two new exhibits, “DeGrazia Paints the Jungle” and “DeGrazia Downtown,” feature never-before-seen paintings by Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia.

Mid Century Madness

The late Tucson architect Judith Chafee’s day of recognition has arrived. One of the best architects Tucson has ever had, Chafee made beautiful houses simultaneously filled with light and protected from the harsh desert sun.

Go Mod!

Learn about all 45 of the cool events on modern architecture and design happening in town from Oct. 4 to 13. Be sure to buy your tickets—and RSVP for free events—ahead of time on the website. Some popular events are already sold out.

Drawing on Experience Phoenix artists at Bernal Gallery honor immigrants in bright and bold ink paintings

Artistic Benevolence, is a dazzling suite of 15 oversized paintings, mostly in colored ink on paper. Bold and stripped down—like brothers Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul's outdoor murals—the works picture simple figures, drawn in black lines and colored a flat white.

Ring of Fire

America is suffering through an openly racist period right now, but the forgotten histories of African Americans are finally being told, by scholars, by journalists—and by artists, like the team that brought us The Royale. And new ATC director Sean Daniels deserves kudos for choosing this provocative play as the first show of his tenure.


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Staff Pick Events

  • Tour the UA Tree-Ring Research Lab @ The UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

    • 1 going/interested
  • Art Walk Sundays @ Madaras Gallery

    • Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free
    • 1 going/interested
  • Arizona State Museum’s Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest @ Arizona State Museum

    • Ongoing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for all adults. Students and youth under 17 years old are free
    • 4 going/interested

Popular Events

  • Holiday Watercolor Workshop with Cactus Cloud Art @ Creative Kind Shop

    • Thu., Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. 40
  • Hand Lettered Ornament Workshop with Selah and Bloom @ Creative Kind Shop

    • Sat., Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $45
  • What I Love About Tucson and Postmark, San Diego @ Postal History Foundation

    • Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28 Free

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