Arts, Music & Entertainment in Tucson
Even though Tucson is situated in the desert, there is a seemingly unending oasis of talent, art, and music to be enjoyed in various venues throughout town. From cutting edge art and trendy gallery exhibits, to a great little band that's creating a buzz or a hilarious new stage production, you'll enjoy the expanse of the arts scene in Tucson.
Dating back to 1920, Tucson's Rialto Theatre
is not only a historical beacon on the city's landscape, it's an equally bright beacon of culture, music and entertainment. Its rich vintage atmosphere is only built upon with great live music from local, regional, and national names like Omar and the Howlers and Ben Folds. It also features special screenings of locally produced films as well as other events that always attract an eclectic but artistic group of observers and participants.
Address: 318 East Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701 - MAP
Phone: (520) 740-0126
Boasting twenty-five years of performances, Ballet Arizona
still puts forth incredible effort and attention to detail each and every time their dancers enter the spotlight, as if it was the first time these seasoned, graceful performers have stepped on stage. From such evergreen performances as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, Ballet Arizona poises itself not only for another season of great productions, but also for another twenty five years that celebrate the artistic expression and beauty of ballet.
Address: 3645 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018 - MAP
Phone: (888) 3BALLET (322-5538)
Contemporary paintings, sculpture and works on paper are all featured in the Conrad Wilde Gallery
. The walls in this classic building are adorned with artwork that showcase the evolution of the talent of its creators, and harken back to a time that was much simpler but no less ambitious than our world today. These works only hint at the still-unknown-future, but the promise and eventual reality we are all familiar with is fascinating when traced back to these finely crafted and well-thought out works.
Address: 439 North 6th Avenue #171, Tucson, AZ 85705 - MAP
Phone: : (520) 622-8997
Art for art's sake is all very good and fine, but watching it actually being created before your eyes adds a completely different dimension to the piece. At the Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio
, that kind of connection with the featured glass creations is a fairly common occurrence. Come in and gaze at the extensive glass art in an amazing array of styles and colors. And don't forget to peer into the glass blowing studio and watch the master artisan glass blowers create something that you'll definitely want to take home with you before you leave this clearly unique collection of art and it's dramatic creation.
Address: 711 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 - MAP
Phone: (520) 884-7404
Powerfully mixing history and art, the Etherton Gallery
will amaze you with their collection of vintage photography and classic portraits that date back several decades. The Etherton also provides several pieces on loan to various other corporations and museums and has a sterling reputation as one of the leading purveyors of vintage images and their preservation. Their gallery also features equally moving works rendered in a variety of media like paint, sculpture and various other mixtures.
Address: 135 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 - MAP
Phone: (520) 624-7370
As you wander around Tucson, don't miss the incredible photo opportunity of seeing the city's oldest work of public art, the Pioneer Memorial by Benjamino Bufano and Bernard Maybeck
, originally created in 1920. This impressive marble bench featured the collaboration of the two artists' styles, which in a sense was a combination of the modern and traditional.
Address: 200 South 6th Avenue at the Tucson Children's Museum - MAP