Tucson Events


By Randy Montgomery

Sonoran Stories; If It Doesn’t Have a Hole, It’s a Bowl


There are only a few days left to visit two exhibits on display at Tohono Chul Park. The Main Gallery features a variety of works representing factual histories and puzzling mysteries found in the Sonoran Desert, relayed and conveyed by the creative hands and minds of artists. In the Welcome Gallery, on display are ceramic planters representing the balance of form and function and environment, featuring Arizona-based ceramists.

Tohono Chul Park, 7366 Paseo del Norte, 742.6455, tohonochulpark.org, times vary, free-$13.

Second Anniversary & John Nieto Celebration


Help Diana Madaras celebrate the second anniversary of her gallery’s Swan Road location. It features the largest collection of Tucson art, including 26 guest artists’ work. The vibrant original paintings and serigraphs of guest artist John Nieto will be featured, and during this event, exclusive discounts will be available.

Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road, 615.3001, madaras.com, 5:30 p.m., free.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, the award-winning play has been popular on the European and North American theater circuit. When a brilliant autistic boy of 15 is wrongfully accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out on an amateur investigation to find the real culprit. His discovery is life-changing.

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 E. University Boulevard, 551.2053 theroguetheatre.org, times vary, $28-$38

Free Opera Preview of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird


The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona invites audiences to a discussion on the upcoming Arizona Opera production. In addition, arias will be sung by UA opera students. Presented by the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona.

Town of Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Drive, 825.1563, azogsa.org, 2 to 3 p.m. November 5, free.

Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, 825.1563, azogsa.org, noon to 1 p.m. November 9, free.

Scrooge: A Gaslight Musical


The classic tale of magical spirits comes to the Gaslight Theatre’s stage. Set in the 1950s, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ heartfelt classic is told through humor. Ebenezer Scrooge is enlightened, thanks to those around him. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase.

The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway, 886.9428, thegaslighttheatre.com, times vary, $12.95-$22.95.

Crush Party 2018


Surround yourself with the city’s best chefs, brewers and bartenders at Tucson Museum of Art’s Crush Party 2018. In addition to the exemplary food and drink, there will be interactive art experiences and live music. The event is held at the museum’s Plaza of the Pioneers.

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Avenue, 624.2333, tucsonmuseumofart.org, 6 p.m., $45-$60.

Free Third Thursday


Every third Thursday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson has free admission from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to viewing the regular galleries and installations, there are themed performances, music, hands-on art making activities, as well as a cash bar and food trucks. For this themed event, participants of all ages can make their own “Oracle Cards” with MOCA staff. At the end of the night, a facilitated meditation will be led in MOCA’s South Galleries with the work of Alison Blickle.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, 265 S. Church Avenue, 624.5019, moca-tucson.org, 6 p.m., free.

Karla Bonoff, with Nina Gerber


Karla Bonoff began her singer/songwriter career at the age of 15 while living in Southern California. In addition to performing on stage, she is also known for writing popular hits for the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Wynonna Judd. During her concert in Tucson, Bonoff will be accompanied by Nina Gerber on a variety of guitars. Presented by In Concert Tucson.

Gregory School Auditorium, 3231 N. Craycroft Road, 981.1475, inconcerttucson.com, 7:30 p.m., $28-$30.

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird


Arizona Opera invites patrons to journey into the personal purgatory of the great American saxophonist and jazz legend Charlie Parker. Told through a series of interconnected scenes following his death, watch Parker attempt to compose his final masterpiece while examining the demons that propelled his genius. This production is sure to captivate from its first, blue notes, to its final rest.

Arizona Opera, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue, 293.4336, azorpera.org, times vary, $25-$110.

John Denver Christmas Tribute Show Featuring Jim Curry


Celebrate the holidays Western style! Head west to Old Tucson Studios for an evening of food and wonderful holiday music performed by John Denver tribute performer, Jim Curry. Purchase a ticket that includes dinner with ribs, chicken, delicious sides and dessert, or a show-only ticket and create your own meal once there. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Old Tucson Studios, 201 Kinney Road, 883.0100, oldtucson.com, 5:30 p.m., $28.50-$48.50.

Mama Mia


The music of ABBA is timeless and universal, so it’s no wonder this stage production has entertained more than 60 million people worldwide. Set on a Greek island paradise, a young woman on the eve of her wedding is determined to find the identity of her father. Presented by Arizona On Stage.

Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Boulevard, 882.6574, arizonaonstage.org, times vary, $20-$35.