Arizona Arts & Culture News: An ascending theatre scene; Stray Cat Theatre challenge; Ballet Tucson vision

October 7, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

The Phoenix theatre scene is in ascendance / Broadway World 

As it relates to the world of theatre in the Valley of the Sun, the trajectory of artistic excellence has soared, and the reservoir of talent is as vibrant and flourishing as ever.

Arizona museum exhibit marks end to de Kooning painting saga / Washington Post

After a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions was brazenly stolen in 1985 from an Arizona museum, the staff clung to the hope that it would turn up one day. But nobody could have predicted the painting, titled “Woman-Ochre,” would find its way back through the kindness of strangers in a neighboring state.

Arizona’s Stray Cat asks: Can we be the change we want to see? / American Theatre

A look at how Stray Cat Theatre, a small theatre in Phoenix now embarking on an all-BIPOC season, is challenging its local colleagues to make a change.

Ballet Tucson approaches its latest season with a new vision / Arizona Daily Star

Ballet Tucson’s 2022-2023 season is a testament to new artistic director Margaret Mullin’s vision of a ballet company that moves seamlessly between the traditional and contemporary, giving local ballet fans a chance to enjoy the art form’s past while looking ahead toward its future.

FlagShakes invites you to watch ‘The Comedy of Errors’ this October / Arizona Daily Sun

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival (FlagShakes) will be producing Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”—nearly three years after it was originally planned—through Oct.16 at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Aida Cuevas to celebrate nearly 5 decades as the ‘Queen of Mariachi’ in Scottsdale / Daily Independent

Aida Cuevas, a Grammy-winner and master of the mariachi art song, will present “45th Anniversary/Yo Creo Que Es Tiempo” on Oct. 15 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of a long-lasting career as the “Queen of Mariachi.”

‘Dinosaurs in the Desert’ brings new creatures to the Phoenix Zoo / ABC 15

Dinosaurs in the Desert, the popular prehistoric Phoenix Zoo exhibit that debuted in 2017, is back and will be open from October through April 2023.

Ecuadorian-American leads the Phoenix Symphony / ABC 15

The Phoenix Symphony conductor, Tito Muñoz, has led the 63-member orchestra for nine years. As a first-generation American of Ecuadorian descent, he says bringing a diverse perspective makes the sound of music even better.

Pascua Yaqui dance ramada display ‘comes home’ / Tucson Sentinel

A pascola dance ramada scene and informational panels now reside at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Itom Mahtawa’apo Community Education and Cultural Center, having been moved from the Arizona State Museum.

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