Imagine the Possibilities: Book-building with Repurposed Materials
June 1 An all-ages workshop designed to teach participants how to create simple, handmade books. 1:30-3 pm. The Drawing Studio, 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 620-0947. Thedrawingstudiotds.org.
Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space June 1-Nov. 30 This exhibition investigates the impact that the people, landscape and universities in Arizona have played in space exploration. Photos, objects from NASA, the Lowell Observatory, UArizona, etc. Arizona History Museum. Tues-Sat: 10 am-2 pm. 628- 5774. Arizonahistoricalsociety. org/museum/Arizona-history- Tucson Sugar Skulls take the field at the TCC June 5 and 19. museum.
Rialto Theatre — The Gallery Project June-TBA The venerable downtown landmark opens its doors to show off photographs of a wide range of musicians — from Leo Kottke to Justin Bieber — taken by C. Elliott and Mark A. Martinez. Friday and Saturday nights, 6-9 pm. Rialtotheatre.com/galleryproject.
Tucson Fire Fighters Ball June 5 This 10th annual gala fundraiser from IAFF Local 479 takes place at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort. 5:30 pm. 623-810-9766. Tucsonfireball.com.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum June Saturday Nights June 5, 12, 19, 26 Watch nocturnal creatures do their thing as the museum extends its hours until 9 pm this month. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Desertmuseum.org.
Tucson Sugar Skulls June 5, 19 Arena football competition continues at the Tucson Convention Center as the Sugar Skulls take on the Iowa Barnstormers (June 5) and the Massachusetts Pirates (June 19). 6:05 pm. 573-3000. Tucsonsugarskulls.com.
Tucson Saguaros June 6-25 Pecos League pro baseball resumes in the Old Pueblo with the Tucson Saguaros taking on Santa Fe Fuego (June 6-8); Alpine Cowboys (June 9-14, 20-21); and Roswell Invaders (June 22-25). Amphitheater High School, 95 W. Prince. Saguarosbaseball.com.
THEATER & FILM
Invisible Theatre June 9-20 Tiny Beautiful Things, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book by Nia Vardalos, centers on a writer who takes over as an advice columnist. 1400 N. First Avenue. 882-9721. Invisibletheatre.com.
Live Theatre Workshop June 10-July 10 David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre delves into questions of age, work life and creativity through the interactions of two actors at opposite points in their careers. 3322 E. Fort Lowell Road. 327-4242. Livetheatreworkshop.org.
The Loft Cinema June 11-TBA In The Heights, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical about love and life in Washington Heights, comes to screens courtesy of director Jon M. Chu. Live, in-person screenings. 3233 E. Speedway. 795-0844. Loftcinema.org.
The Loft Cinema June 18-TBA Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, a dual-portrait documentary about two of the most powerful writers of the 20th century and their sometimes difficult relationship, comes to your streaming device. Check The Loft’s website for details. 3233 E. Speedway. 795-0844. Loftcinema.org.
Gaslight Music Hall Concerts June 4-27 June 4: The Great Gentlemen of Swing, Blues & Pop with Joe Bourne; June 5: You’ve Got a Friend with The Tributaries; June 6: Down on the Corner — The Best of CCR; June 11: Bluegrass Jamboree; June 12: Take It Easy — A Salute to The Eagles with The Tributaries; June 18: Strait Country with Kevin Sterner; June 19: Ultimate Manilow Tribute; June 20: Hot Blues Father’s Day; June 25: Backroads Country Band; June 26: 1980s Rock with Gigi & The Glow; June 27: Mariachi Extravaganza with El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson. 529-1000. Gaslightmusichall.com.
Editor’s Picks JUNE
Pima Air & Space Museum
Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018 Exhibit
The skills of U.S. Marines as warriors are legendary. But you may not know that many current and former Marines are fine artists, as well. An exhibit that will be on display throughout the summer will take you into the lives, minds and hearts of the men and women who serve our country.
Lin Ezell, retired Founding Director of the National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) in Quantico, Virginia, has curated this exhibit, which can be seen at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
The traveling exhibit is a logical offshoot of the corps’ museum. “The National Museum of the Marine Corps has about 9,000 works of art,” explains Ezell, “and we did not have a permanent art gallery to have any exhibitions until 2017. We had used art throughout the museum, however, for a long time. After the first successful show there, we thought, ‘why not put this art on the road?’ So I took a subset of the first show and we are traveling it now. The first stop is Tucson, and it will travel to another six cities or so over the next couple of years.”
There are 36 works on display, two of them sculptures. The 15 artists represented include two civilians, but the rest are by active duty or former Marines.
The exhibit is divided into three themes. “The first is ‘Every Clime and Place.’ The Marines are ready to go wherever this country needs them,” observes Ezell. “If a hurricane or a problem besets an island, and the president wants to assist, it’s often the Marines who are the first to be there.”
The second theme quotes a phrase from retired Marine Corps Four-star Gen. James Mattis, who was himself paraphrasing an ancient Roman epitaph, “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.”
It’s the final theme that may hit home the hardest: “The Price.” “You cannot talk about what any service member does without realizing that they may not come home,” notes Ezell. “How do they and their families deal with that possibility? That’s what this section deals with.”
Though the subject matter differs throughout the exhibit — with everything from a somewhat comical depiction of a Military Working Dog at rest, to a tense scene of a Marine during an urban raid in Iraq — Ezell says there is one thing that unifies them. “You can always tell an Air Force piece of art because it’s all about the machines. Navy art is mainly about their time at sea, but Marine Corps art is about the people. It’s very moving and it does help you to understand what it means to be in their boots.”
The exhibit will be on display in Tucson through Sept. 12, and on Sept. 11, visitors will have an amazing opportunity. “We will have a couple of the combat artists at the museum,” says Ezell. “You can come by and meet them, and even draw with them. We’re going to encourage visitors to bring their sketchpads and easels and do art with the artists.”
The art on display in this exhibit not only will help civilians understand what service members experience a little better, there is a benefit for the artists themselves. “Today, helping returning service members deal with PTSD and other problems, therapists often turn to art, music and writing,” comments Ezell. “This art isn’t about therapy per se, but I have talked to several of the artists who said what they’ve accomplished through art has helped them deal with what they experienced in combat.” 574-0462. Pimaair.org.