By MICHELA WILSON
PCC Theatre Arts
Inspired by an astronaut named José Hernández, the plays centers on the chal- lenges Pepito endures in school as the son of farmworkers.
However dif cult the challenges are, Pepito remains committed to school, which helped him achieve his dreams. And after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing, it only strengthened his will to be an astronaut.
The play will show at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at the Proscenium Theatre. Tick- ets are $8, with discounts available.
“Popul Vuh: The Story of the Seven Macaw” shows a retelling of the Mayan creation myth from the sacred Mayan
text “Popol Vuh,” using puppetry, dance, masks and a fusion of modern music. A set of twins takes center stage, who are sum- moned by the creators of the world to deal with the Seven Macaw, who have Earth in their claws. The twins are able to outsmart the avian rulers of the world through stealth, trickery and shapeshifting. Per- formances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays- Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 with discounts available.
In “Places We’ve Seen Before,” long- time Tucson Symphony Orchestra princi- pals Homero Cerón (percussion) and Jim Karrer (bass) will present a faculty recital of vibraphone and string bass. The pro- gram will include Stravinsky, Gershwin and Bernstein. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 with discounts available.
Wind Ensemble concerts, under direc- tion of Dr. Mark Nelson, will feature classics for full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and solo- ists. Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Nov. 30, March 8 and May 3 at the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $6
The Chorale & College Singers con- certs will feature selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, the singers will perform 3 p.m. Oct. 22; 3 p.m. Dec. 3; 7:30 p.m. March 6; and 3 p.m. May 6 at the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $6 with discounts available.
Alexander Cardieri Popular Piano is a faculty lecture recital featuring popular music in America. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 with discounts available.
On Nov. 16, Michael Thrasher and Judy Biondini will perform in “The Vocal Clarinet.” The guest artists will perform a variety of works that explore the “vocal, expressive and song-like qualities” of clarinet and piano, featuring Felix Men- delssohn, Paul Ben-Haim and others. The show will be at 7 p.m. at the Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 with discounts available.
Jazz standards performed in Big Band style, from a variety of periods, will be featured in concerts by the Jazz Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and May 1, under
the direction of Mike Kuhn. The shows will take place at the Proscenium Theatre.
Tickets are $6 with discounts available. Orchestra concerts, under the direc-
tion of Dr. Alexander Tentser, will feature a classical repertoire for orchestra, with students and community adults. Shows will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and May 5 at the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $6 with discounts available.
“Signature Selections” is a dance con- cert under the direction of Nolan Kubota that will highlight diverse and contempo- rary choreography and music. “Signature Selections” can be seen at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $10 with discounts available.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
The rst exhibit of the year, “Surround- ings,” features an eclectic collection
of work expressing reactions to world conditions. The show, featuring work by Aaron Coleman, Patricia Carr Morgan, Ray W. Parish and Michael Stack, can be viewed at the Bernal Gallery from Sept. 5 to Oct. 6. The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. “Sabbatical” will open on Oct. 23, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Work by Christina McNearney, Hiro Tashima, Angie Zielinski, Ann Phong and Thomas Kerrigan can be seen through Dec. 8. The appropriately named show in- cludes sabbatical work from Pima faculty McNearney and Tashima. (Closed Nov. 11 and Nov. 22-23.
Beginning Sept. 5, “Surroundings” will be on display at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. The show will feature new work by Aaron Coleman, Patricia Carr Morgan, W. Ray Parish and Michael Stack.
A reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the gallery. There will be a lecture by the artists at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Recital Hall.
Carr Morgan has traveled to opposite ends of the earth to take photographs in Greenland and the Antarctic. For her se- ries, “Ice: A Fragile Force,” she has taken those photographs and painted them with coal.
According to a press release, Cole- man’s work was inspired by current events including “sociopolitical issues of dis- crimination, civil rights and the misuse of mainstream religion.” Coleman is the new head of the printmaking department at the University of Arizona, and this is the rst time his work is being shown in Tucson.
Abstract, multimedia sculptures by Parish are “based on his rst experience seeing a whale at close range.” Parish is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at El Paso. This is his rst show in Tucson.
Stack, who recently returned from sab- batical, showcases his new drawings in “Ink Forms.” He is a member of the visual arts faculty at Pima Community College.
Gallery director David Andres said he’s excited about showing some of the artists’ most recent work.
“A lot of commercial galleries won’t feature new work. It’s nice to give artists an opportunity to show work that’s cur- rent,” said Andres, adding that his goal
at the Bernal Gallery is to choose themes that will expose students to different ideas.
For “Surroundings,” that theme is the concept of environmental and social com- mentaries.
“Some do it more blatantly, some do it more subtle,” Andres said.
Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is located at the Center for the Arts on West Campus, 2202 W. An- klam Road. For more information, contact the gallery at 520-206-6942 or centerfort- firstname.lastname@example.org.