Econo Lodge University
1136 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 622-6714
Fax: (520) 617-0505
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.
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
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.
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.
The Living Room indeed serves quite as its namesake for all the art events it hosts. With the primary focus of the venue being the betterment of our community, it hosts a variety of art events. Believing art to be the purest source of expression, the Living Room works towards the elimination the individualistic streak prevalent in the society and promote harmony. The calender of events features local and international names from the fields of music and also a host of other artists. Apart from live music, Living Room also conducts workshops and art exhibitions.
Formerly the Plush, The Flycatcher is the brainchild of Justin McLamarrah, an ex-employee and now a realtor. This bar cum concert venue hosts all kinds of live music and offers a wide variety for music enthusiasts. Enjoy your drinks while you listen to talented musicians. Some of their previous listings are Freddy Parish, Sun Bones, MuskHog, The Trainwrecks, Technicolor Hearts and Hank Topless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
191 Toole opened in 2014 and has replaced Skrappy's. The former youth center is now open to all ages and is a concert venue covering different genres of music. Donning an industrial look, 191 Toole is one of the downtown gems of the city. Some of their previous listings are Cool Ghouls, Lenguas Largas, La Luz & The Resonars and River Man.
Each year in April and October, the Old Pueblo gives its local musicians a chance to shine and win a prize. More than 100 bands perform in clubs on Congress Street and Fourth Avenue and on stages set on the streets, while street vendors offer spicy Southwestern foods and refreshments. Hear blues, swing, rock, country and Latin music. The event will climax in the annual "Tammies" awards selecting Tucson's best musicians of the year. A wristband for around USD5 covers the cost for listening to live concerts in all venues. Food and alcoholic beverage costs are not included. See website for dates and details.