See what's on tap at University destinations reopening this fall

See what's on tap at University destinations reopening this fall

By Mikayla Mace KelleyUniversity Communications
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Sure, it appears empty in this photo. But on Aug. 24, this new gallery at the Center for Creative Photography will host the opening of an exhibit titled "Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present."
Sure, it appears empty in this photo. But on Aug. 24, this new gallery at the Center for Creative Photography will host the opening of an exhibit titled "Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present."
The popular SkyNights StarGazing program has returned at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.
The popular SkyNights StarGazing program has returned at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.
The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is now open Thursday-Sunday.
The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is now open Thursday-Sunday.

Whether you have family coming to town or you're itching to see a play, a planetarium show or a world-class art exhibit, you'll want to check out this list of campus destinations that are reopening this fall (or sooner!).

Below please find a variety of in-person art, science, performance and family-friendly venues and the events they have scheduled for the coming months.

Note: These destinations have COVID-19 precautions in place to ensure the health and safety of the campus community and visitors. If you have any questions, please contact the venues using the links and telephone numbers provided.

Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

Reopening | The museum is open for general admission Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Programs | Formerly located at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, the museum has moved to the newly renovated historic Pima County Courthouse. General admission tickets can only be purchased in person. Tickets for limited guided tours are available online.

Arizona Arts Live

Reopening | Arizona Arts Live performances were virtual due to the pandemic, but live events will return starting July 23. The in-person box office opens Aug. 24.

Programs |  Centennial Hall is home to Arizona Arts Live, Broadway in Tucson and touring artists from around the world.

Arizona Repertory Theatre

Reopening | Live performances will return for the 2021-22 season. More information will be available in August by visiting the box office online or by contacting the box office at 520-621-1162.

Programs | The school's six-show season will run from October through May. The lineup: "Into the Woods," one of Stephen Sondheim's most popular musicals; "Three Sisters," the Chekhov classic; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "Everybody," a modern riff on "Everyman," one of the oldest plays in the English language; "Living Dead in Denmark," Qui Nguyen's witty action-adventure/horror sequel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" the rock-and-roll musical "High Fidelity;" and the New Directions Festival, a showcase of content created by students in the School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Arizona State Museum

Reopening | Beginning Aug. 24, galleries will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Programs | A new exhibit, "Wrapped in Color: Legacies of the Mexican Sarape," opens Aug. 24 and will run through July 2022. It will explore the origins, spread and current role of the Saltillo sarape design.

Center for Creative Photography

Reopening | The center reopens with new hours on Aug. 24. Galleries will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Programs | The center is holding an open house on Sept. 23 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by to tour the new Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, which houses "Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present," open through Jan. 1, 2022. The gallery combines photographs, lectures, essays and journals drawn from the center's collection.

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Reopening | The exhibits and planetarium were closed during the last year due to COVID-19. Flandrau is open again and can be visited Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or in person.

Programs | Find the planetarium show schedule online. Other offerings include field trips, self-guided exhibits and student-led discovery programs.

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Reopening | In-person programs resumed May 14. Advance reservations are required for all programs.

Programs | The popular SkyNights StarGazing program has returned with COVID-19 precautions. Tickets can be purchased to spend the evening atop Mount Lemmon, where visitors will learn about constellations and view the cosmos through the 32-inch Schulman and/or the 24-inch Phillips telescopes. Group day tours allow visitors to safely view the sun through a solar telescope. Located at the summit of Mount Lemmon.

Poetry Center

Reopening | The center will reopen Aug. 17. Check the center's website for updates.

Programs | Readings, lecture series, classes, workshops, exhibits and more will be offered this fall. Dates and times will be listed on the Poetry Center's calendar.

Special Collections

Reopening | Faculty, staff and students can visit Special Collections by appointment Monday through Friday. Appointments will be available to the public starting Aug. 2. Virtual or in-person class instruction requests can be submitted online.

Programs | In-person programming is not planned for the fall semester.

University of Arizona Museum of Art

Reopening | The museum will reopen this fall after completion of construction in the courtyard it shares with the School of Art. In the meantime, the museum is offering virtual exhibitions. Follow @uazmuseumofart on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Programs | "The Art of Food," opening Oct. 24, explores why food is such a powerful and persistent subject in art throughout time and includes modern and contemporary works by artists including Andy Warhol, Enrique Chagoya and Lorna Simpson curated from the renowned collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. An opening day event will feature local food demonstrations and activities from 12-4 p.m. Other upcoming programs include virtual and in-person events, including the popular monthly Virtual Art Trivia Happy Hours.

Worlds of Words

Reopening | Worlds of Words closed due to the pandemic but plans to open this fall. Check the WOW website in mid-August for updates.

Programs | WOW has offered the Teen Reading Ambassador program virtually since the end of the 2019-20 school year. WOW is currently recruiting for the 2021-22 program, which will likely be hybrid. WOW will continue its virtual Imagination Fridays and will also offer virtual tours of its "Critique to Support and Stretch" exhibit, which was closed due to the pandemic. The next exhibit will be a touring exhibit from the International Youth Library called "Around the World in 70 Maps." WOW also hopes to offer in-person field trips for University of Arizona and K-12 students to visit the exhibit. WOW is located in Education, Room 453.

Is your unit reopening a destination that's not on this list? Let us know and we'll add it.

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