1560 West Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 547-1755
Fax: (520) 547-1754
This 500-seat hall, located on the School for the Deaf and the Blind campus on the west side of town, has become one of Tucson's most popular venues for small orchestras, chamber musicians, folk music performers and dance troupes. Occasionally, it is used for corporate board meetings and scientific conferences. Acoustically, it has earned praise from noted musicians; quite an achievement in this age of questionable acoustic design. Call ahead for event schedules.
Tiny Town Gallery is a creative space used for concerts, movies and anything that is artistic. Done up minimally so that it can be transformed according to the event, Tiny Town also has a screen printing facility in its premises. Artists can create their own posters and stickers in this zone. A DIY venue, it is equipped with a good sound system and lighting to make any live gig a success. Some of their previous line ups are Terry Malts, Human Behavior and The Crux.
Located in Tucson, the Tucson Symphony Centre hosts a large schedule of enriching orchestra and symphony shows. The center is home to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for their 60 yearly performances. Many other touring performances also make a stop at this theater. The center is very modern and comfortable, and provides for great acoustics and views from nearly every seat.
The Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center is named in honor of the Tucson resident’s over four decades-long stint at the city’s Parks and Recreation department. This venue plays host to an array of cultural and community events throughout the year. From fun days and game clubs, to fitness programs and fundraisers, their schedule offers something for all ages. Sports enthusiasts can avail of their excellent sporting facilities.
The Pound is a popular music venue that hosts entertaining gigs throughout the year. Featuring different bands/artists, it appeals to a wider base of music lovers. This modern venue is equipped with the latest acoustics system that further enhances the musical experience. While you are in town, do attend a gig here.
A collective and collaborated effort, Dry River Collective is for Radicalism. A unique attempt to bring about change in the society and promote liberal ideas, it provides source to help attain this goal. The venue features a media center and written content and documents on such issues; it also screens movies and presents live acts. Usually focusing on local talents, it however also brings international artists. Apart from this it also offers a free store with apparel, books and stickers etc.
With the focus on providing platform for local talents, Topaz Tundra, located close to downtown Tucson, offers its small and intimate space for art and cultural events. Young, amateur artists in the fields of photography, contemporary and modern art have displayed their artworks here. Apart from the exhibits, visitors also get a chance to interact with these artists. While you are at it, you can walk in to the Zia Vintage boutique, which is located inside the Topaz Tundra, and shop for trendy vintage wears. Serving as a perfect place to watch local talents in action, you can call ahead to schedule an appointment for a visit.
If you enjoy watching plays and dramas, Pima Community College Proscenium Theater is just the place for you to visit during a trip to Tucson. This dazzling theater is equipped with the finest equipment available, which makes the plays even better to watch, with their awesome sound effects and amazing lighting. The theater is large enough to accommodate 425 people and is extremely popular in Tucson. Definitely a great place to visit during a trip to Tucson.
With no more than 108 seats, this theater is the most intimate venue for dance performances in Tucson. Artistic directors Nanette Robinson and Nancy Mellan have saved the historic YWCA building south of University Boulevard from oblivion while creating a successful community-based dance school in the process. Modern dance, jazz dance, ballet and aerial dance on a trapeze are all part of the class schedule. The space can also be rented for special artistic events. Call ahead or e-mail for performance schedules.
This used to be Tucson's avant garde political theater, presenting plays about the plight of Mexican immigrants and other social issues. Now it's more romantic comedy and musical, but every once in a while, artistic director Susan Claasen presents a new play that intends to raise social consciousness again. It's a small theater with only 100 seats, which always gives productions a sense of intimacy and immediacy.
Inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday, this annual event regularly attracts over 20,000 participants. This public ceremony honors the soul in all beings and objects, animate and inanimate. The procession is the highlight of the weekend following Halloween and takes place on a Sunday evening. Costumes, altars, installation art, performers, music and dance take place all along the two mile parade route through the heart of downtown. It culminates in a performance and ritual burning of a large urn, which is filled with the offerings, hopes and prayers of the participants. The twenty plus year parade was created for the public to mourn, express and celebrate the universal theme of Death. -Ted Parks
Have you ever dreamed of flying? Do you long to dance? Experience a production from this dance theater and add a new dimension to your pallet for the arts. Artistic Director Anne Bunker weaves a spell in which her wizards of dance choreograph their movements to include the stage and the air above it, using sophisticated trapeze mastery. Singers, poets and composers enrich most productions to bring the story of dance to life with a visible, audible voice that will remain in the audience minds forever. The artistic dance team performs locally in Tucson and also takes the show on tour. Call for upcoming events.