Our annual Performing Arts edition provides us with the opportunity to introduce our readers to the more than 100 organizations who entertain us year-round. Whether you are in the mood to watch award-winning dancers, listen to the premiere of a new chamber work, or experience a thought-provoking drama, we have suggestions for you. Turn to page 26 to start reading about the exciting new season, and what groups you can check out around town.
One of the shining lights in the firmament of our performing arts scene is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, which has been presenting beautiful music for people in Southern Arizona for 90 years. We caught up with Music Director José Luis Gomez, President and CEO Tom McKinney, and Concertmaster Lauren Roth (photographed by Tom Spitz for our cover) to find out the significance of the TSO’s anniversary, and to get some insights into the upcoming season. Go to page 24 to read what they have to say.
Though there are performing arts events in venues all over the city, two of the biggest areas for concerts and plays are downtown, and the UA campus. The latter has the additional benefit of numerous sports facilities in which to watch the Wildcats in action. Before you head to UA for a performance or a playoff, you may want to stop nearby to grab a bite to eat. We asked Sarah Burton to profile some of the hot spots for a quick dinner before (or possibly after) a show. See her picks beginning on page 74.
And vision problems are a fact of life for many of us. When should you have an eye exam, what should you be checked for, and what tests are an optometrist likely to perform? On page 66, you can read about the basics on maintaining eye health. Also, we asked Shelley Welander to photograph some of the stylish frames that are available locally. Peruse her picks on page 68.