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January/February/March Events

Find out what theatre arts, music, dance and Bernal Gallery events are scheduled for the 2017-2018 Season: IMAGINE!

January 29-March 9
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed for rodeo 2/22-23)
Reception/gallery talk: February 1, 4-6 p.m.
Lecture about Rodolfo Morales by Nancy Mayagoita: February 1, 6 p.m.

Curated by David Andres. The exhibit includes the work of well-known French photographer Philippe Salaün, New York photographer Vicki Ragan, famous Mexican painter/collage artist Rodolfo Morales from Oaxaca, MX (1925-2001), and handmade paper/printmaker artist Helen Baribeau, from Tucson.  

Bernal Gallery director David Andres first thought of the idea for the Trans-Atlantic Fusion exhibit when he travelled to Paris, France five years ago. While there, he met Salaün, whose photos portray a humanistic look at the world. Salaün also printed work by other famous international photographers including Seydou Keita (a photographer from Bamako, Mali 1921-2001) and Vicki Ragan (who introduced Andres to Salaün). Regan had met Salaün when he visited Tucson while traveling throughout the United States. Salaün and Regan both are included in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. (read more about the artists)

photo by Philippe Salaün Moai by Philippe Salaün

Select works from the artists in this exhibit will be on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery January 25-March 29.

February 22-March 4
Thu.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m./7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
ASL interpreters: March 1
Tickets $18
discounts available

Written by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott with well-known pop songs as its score. Brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Martha Reed and Dr. Mark Nelson. Based on the smash-hit movie, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” (Contains adult themes and language.) 

The musical is a heartwarming, uplifting, crazy adventure of two drag queens and a transgender woman traveling aboard a battered old bus, named Priscilla, to perform a drag show in the remote Australian desert town of Alice Springs. During their journey the trio encounters an array of characters, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle. The trip is, at times, both funny and poignant; yet hidden in the story is an uplifting message of tolerance, diversity, friendship and love. Flying divas, over-the-top-set, imaginative and glamorous costumes, outrageous wigs, drag makeup, and a hit parade of 80s dance floor favorites makes this wildly fresh and funny musical a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Numbers include It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife.

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, the musical is the most complex costumed show Pima Theatre has ever produced, requiring the skills of four costume designers. Kathy Hurst, Chris Allen, Julio Hernandez and McVay Keith are costuming 22 student actors in over 500 costume pieces. Director Poelstra comments, “Underneath the mascara, glitter and sequins, the story is really about finding your family and yourself.”


Priscilla Queen of the Desert graphic

The opening night pre-show event, GLITTER & GLAM – Night at the Oasis, features production-themed contests, activities, refreshments and prizes. The celebration is Thursday, February 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and is included with the purchase of the ticket. Everyone is invited to attend dressed in drag or their most sparkly outfit for a chance to win prizes. Tucson drag queen stars will be on hand to mingle and judge the costume contest. Activities include lip-syncing and a high heel relay. Attendees can also put their creativity to work signing the bus or taking photos in the photo booth. The opening night performance of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, the musical follows at 7:30 p.m.

March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. The concert features selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. Program information TBA.

 Chorale &


March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The concert features classics for full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. Program information TBA.

 Wind Ensemble

For information on community events happening at the Center for the Arts visit the Center for the Arts calendar.