An exhibit depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mission in the Sun built in her honor by legendary Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia is now up at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road. The exhibit, “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” features works in watercolor, encaustic, and tempera. The exhibit, which opened May 17, will be up through Feb. 14. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave., currently has a show featuring the work of photographer Ken Shorr and sculptor Chico MacMurtie. It will be up through Sept. 30. MOCA is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
A cool way to wind-down from a work week is the Friday Night Live concert series at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the courtyard of Geronimo Plaza, 820 E. University Blvd. Tonight (June 7) Arizona native Domingo DeGrazia blends his Spanish guitar passion with the flair of flamenco music. On June 21, Real Tears, a local jazz band, will take to the stage. On July 5, Butch Diggs and Friends will perform smooth jazz. And July 19, Heather O’Day and her jazz quintet will perform. The shows are free, put on by the Main Gate Square merchants and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Two acclaimed documentary films open this weekend at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. One is “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” which looks inside the venerable 111-year-old New York luxury goods department store. The other is a film from director Sarah Polley titled “Stories We Tell,” which follows Polley’s efforts to unravel a family mystery after the revelation that she was the product of an extramarital affair.
Opening at the multiplexes is the comedy “The Internship,” which stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as slackers who try to get an internship at a major tech company. Also out this week is “The Purge,” which depicts a world where all crimes are OK for one night. The film stars Ethan Hawke and looks to be a scary ride that combines action and horror themes.
Contact Herb Stratford at herb@ ArtsandCultureGuy.com. Stratford teaches Arts Management at the University of Arizona. His column appears weekly in Inside Tucson Business.