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Mariachi has become popular world music throughout the Americas. Tucson is one of the centers for the art consisting of singing, music and ornate costuming. During the last weekend of April every year, students and musicians converge for a week-long celebration of Mariachi featuring several public performances. Concerts take place at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. Don't miss the colorful Mariachi Mass Sunday at the convention center. Tickets are available at the Mariachi Conference Web site.
This is Tucson's main venue for the performing arts, home of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera, as well as the locale for pop music concerts, sports events and major trade conventions. A result of 1970s style urban renewal, it is only somewhat interesting stylistically compared to the old adobe buildings that were bulldozed to make room for what now stands. However, some abstract sculptures and fountains outside the complex provide food for the art lover's imagination. There are three performance venues - Tucson Arena, Tucson Music Hall, and the Leo Rich Theater, as well as a number of Ballrooms. Every February the Center hosts the preeminent Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Under the auspices of the Tucson Convention Center, TCC Arena is the top place in town for concerts, wrestling, circus and sporting events. It is also home to the Arizona IceCats Collegiate Club Hockey. It can accommodate more than 9,500 people. The Arena floor measuring 29,520 sq. ft., can be converted to a place for holding exhibits or banquets.
The annual Arizona Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG) state rally comes to Tucson in May, bringing more than a thousand bikers and Harley enthusiasts through town. The rally includes a wide range of motorcycle related events at the Tucson Convention Center, a parade and a street dance. Thousands of Harleys will rumble through town on their way from Chicago to Santa Monica via the "Mother Road"—Route 66. Harley-Davidson devotees are sure to be in "hog heaven" at these special events.
The 1600 capacity Tucson Convention Center Ballroom follows the high architectural standards set by fellow Convention Center event places such as the TCC Arena and TCC Music Hall. The Ballroom is located beyond the lobby adjacent to the galleria. Unlike the Arena and Music Hall, which host roof-raising wrestling shows and music concerts, the Ballroom provides space for events which promise a touch of class. The center provides facilities for organizing other events to be hosted at the ballroom as well. Accessible seating and parking facilities are available. Every February, the ballroom hosts a number of seminars and lectures in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
The Leo Rich Theater is a notable induction to the varied event arenas at the Tucson Convention Center which include the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom, TCC Arena and the TCC Music Hall. Accessed through the northwest doors, this 501-seat theater provides excellent viewership from every cozy chair. The theater is located close to the Music Hall and the Meeting and Exhibit Center.
Located at the Tucson Convention Center, the Tucson Music Hall is a wonderful place to catch a performance. This venue has two levels, the Orchestra Level as well as the Balcony Level, both of which have excellent and comfortable seating arrangements. The Hall has hosted such popular touring events as Jesus Christ Superstar and Let Freedom Sing. Schedule varies seasonally, and tickets can be purchased at the box office.
Built in 1927, the Temple of Music and Art is a proper cultural arts venue. Constructed in an elegant, Southwestern style, the Temple breathes grace and class with its beautiful surroundings of cobbled stone, fountain–splashed patio, and quiet tree-lined street. Now home of the Arizona Theatre Company, the spacious Alice Holsclaw Theatre with its 623 seats is a marvelous place to see either Shakespeare or concerts. If a smaller, more intimate setting is desired for a performance, upstairs the Temple has the Cabaret Theatre available.
This is Arizona's official theater company, rotating productions between Tucson and Phoenix, the state's capital, for a one-month run in either city. There are six productions for each season, requiring a repertoire usually consisting of one classic (mostly Shakespeare), some twentieth-century standards, a musical revue, and a selection of recent plays. The acting and directing usually meets the standards of the best regional theaters. Half-price "rush" tickets are available one hour before curtain at the ATC box office.
As the name Borderlands Theater implies, this small professional theater focuses on, but not limits itself to, the culture of the lands North and South of the US-Mexican border and its mostly Hispanic communities, drawing inspiration from playwrights nationally. Most performances will be held at the Pima Community College West Campus Proscenium Theater, 2202 West Anklam Road.
Due to the Hispanic influence, Christmas in Tucson always takes on a specifically Mexican flavor. 'Las Posadas', a reenactment of the Christmas story, 'El Nacimiento', the nativity scene, and tamales are parts of the attractions offered at the annual Mexican Christmas Market downtown, which runs from mid-November into January. Enjoy shopping for your own Christmas celebration while learning about Mexican Christmas traditions and sampling the food from different Hispanic communities. Bring the kids.
This building, designed in 1929 by Los Angeles architect M. Eugene Durfee, once belonged to the chain of movie theaters showing Fox Studio productions and was decorated with those Art Deco motifs that were typical of the movie houses of the period. After long years of falling into disrepair and neglect since 1974, it is now in the process of being renovated and revitalized, due to the much-publicized efforts of a group of conservationist citizens. Today it hosts a variety of live performances, including concerts, musicals, and lectures.