Arts & Life

Murals of the Tucson community

Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) is kicking off spring with a call to artists, from all backgrounds, to take part in a three-day mural festival dedicated to creating stories of culture through the arts. Artists and groups of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside TAB, along with residents of the historic Sugar Hill and Jefferson Park Neighborhoods, to gather stories and transform them into murals. Read more

Medieval and modern worlds collide

In the Highland Commons courtyard stands a group of students, known as the ‘current middles ages’ or The College of St. Felix, with their knight armor and swords ready for battle. The College of St. Felix is part of the The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe. If it was done in the Middle Ages, you'll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it. Read more

From objects to people to exhibit

Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions regardless of their actual value, whether a person is defined as a compulsive hoarder or not everyone feels connected to objects in some way.  Ashley Dahlke, a second year graduate student in the University of Arizona’s School of Art explores this connection through her art installation “The Space Between” in the Lionel Rombach Gallery.  This instillation works to “engage with the subconscious relationships we have with the things around us and questions what they signify.”  Read more

Finding your voice; Fred Fox School of Music hosts annual opera competition

The Fred Fox School of Music hosted the annual Amelia Rieman Opera Competition Sun. March 19  which featured students from the UA voice studios. This competition serves as a chance for undergraduate and graduate students to earn scholarships for their vocal performances. Amelia Tataronis-Rieman was the original founder of this competition, wanting to spread her love of Opera to the younger generation and encouraging the continuation of a seemly unrecognized vocal art.  Read more

Japanese archery club aims for student engagement

Gaining the skills of concentration and persistence while also experiencing ancient Japanese cultural traditions is the main focus for the University of Arizona’s Kyudo club, the first of its kind on campus. The UA Kyudo club consists of both undergraduate and graduate students who share an interest and dedication to the technical Japanese art of archery.  Said to date back as far as 500 BCE, Kyudo and the use of the bow and arrow evolved from a weapon used on the battlefield to a competitive and even meditative sport.  Read more

UA alumnus masters the art of movement

Local artist and University of Arizona alumnus Nathanael Myers brings creativity to life in Tucson through his exploration of several artistic mediums and his desire to kindle the notion of conceptual and visual poetry.  Myers, who graduated from the UA in 2015 with a degree in fine arts, works in a variety of artistic mediums, including two-dimensional art, dance and music. His passion for artistic creation fuels his current work in each of these platforms. Myers was a proud recipient of the Buffalo Exchange Emerging Artist Award for 2017. This annual award highlights emerging artists in the performing arts and visual arts and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts through education, organization and advocacy. Read more

Tucson Cine Mexico Film Festival returns with a lineup of mexican cinema presented to the public

The 15th annual Tucson Cine Mexico film festival, a co-presentation of The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute and New York-based Cinema Tropical, showcases the people of Mexican cinema, serving as an international exhibit for audiences to view and enjoy Mexican films. Tucson Cine Mexico, which runs from March 21through March25, presents films in Spanish with English subtitles andis free and open to the public.This year’s line-up includes an array of films from documentaries to thrillers and romantic comedies. Read more

UA’s The Merchant of Venice brings audiences serious issues within a Shakespearean dramedy

The Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) kicked off its spring season with a rendition of "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespeare play that features hard-hitting issues such as discrimination and anti-Semitism.  The play follows the interactions between a Jewish man and a protestant merchant and their serious money loan agreement. When things go south in paying back the loan, the merchant must be prepared to give it all to the Jew.  Read more

Memorable moments on the screen: a peek into the Loft Cinema's Lesbian Look film and video series

Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series returns to the Loft Cinema this Sunday for its 24th year of celebrating film created by and featuring stories from the lesbian community. Presented by the Institute for LGBT Studies and co-sponsored by various groups from the UA campus and the greater community of Tucson, the festival will be screening two short films by renowned filmmaker Michelle Citron. Citron has been making documentary film that borders on experimental since the 1970s and her films have been screened at festivals and museums across the globe. Citron plays with form and content in order to get her messages across and create meaningful, potent art that sticks with audiences long after the final frame. “Her work interrogates storytelling itself,” wrote Beverley Seckinger, the director of Lesbian Looks. When Citron first began experimenting with film, feminist film theory was asking questions about form and how structure plays into the creation of political and activist films. Read more

'The King and I' comes to UA's Centennial Hall

UA Presents and Broadway in Tucson present "The King and I," an intricate performance of high quality and creative innovation that will transport audiences through time. The show will be in Centennial Hall until Sunday, March 18. This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is based on a novel by Margaret Landon, which recounts the unconventional relationship between the King Mongkut of Siam, located in modern day Thailand, and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher. Read more

Hindu culture expressed on UA campus

On a dimly lit wooden stage in the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Florida professor Vasudha Narayanan spoke about Hindu culture in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and America, on Tuesday, March 13.  Narayanan teaches in the religious studies department of UF and was a former president of the American Academy of Religion.  She has written and edited seven books, as well as many articles and encyclopedia entries. Narayanan wore a turquoise traditional Indian silk outfit and gave a brief history of the Hindu culture using pictures of ancient statues and temples from all around the world. Following her talk, Indian dancers filled the stage wearing traditional Indian silk costumes and jewelry. Read more

Spiritual healing in the desert

The desert has been regarded as a place of spiritual healing for centuries; the dry climate, natural springs, cavernous valleys and immense mountains attract yoga gurus, landscape worshipers and meditation experts alike.  Tucson is an ideal destination for those looking to explore spiritual healing opportunities, including shamanic, energy, reiki, crystal and more. The city is located in the southern part of the state and rests in the middle of one of the most prominent vortices in North America, according to an article on Sage Goddess Online. Tucson offers different places to go when seeking spiritual healing in the desert based off variety and services.  Read more