Special Events: Arts & Culture

 Around The World: Adult Summer Camp

Travel the world in a day without even leaving The J! Channel your inner adventurer and introduce yourself to the languages, cultures, and cuisines of China, France and Italy. Each day of the Around The World: Adult Summer Camp will focus on a different country’s culture.

You can sign up for the $60/ $50 member (day rate)  or call the Welcome Desk at 520-299-3000 to register.

China: Tuesday, June 13

9:00am-10:15am  Introduction to Mandarin class with Tucson’s Chinese Cultural Center 

10:15am-11:30am Chinese Calligraphy with Tucson’s Chinese Cultural Center 

Italy: Wednesday, June 14

9:00am-10:15am Introduction to Italian class with Italian instructor Theresa Levy

10:15am-11:30am Italian cooking demonstration with Roma Imports’s Lilian Speith

France: Thursday, June 15

9:00am-10:15am Introduction to French with Alliance Française de Tucson

10:15am- 11:30am Crepe Cooking Class with Alliance Française de Tucson

For questions, please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at bfenig@tucsonjcc.org or call 520-299-3000.

Syrian Breakfast Cooking Class

Syrian Refugee Chef Shahd will introduce you to Syrian breakfast cuisine as she once again shares her expertise in creating delectable Syrian dishes: Syrian fattet hummus, a common Syrian breakfast dish served with yogurt and pita chips; falafel; ful medames, a fava beans dish made with sautéed vegetables; and baid maslooch, a hard boiled egg dish.

Sunday, June 4
$70/ $65 J members

Space is limited! To register, please or call 520-299-3000. Co-hosted by the International Rescue Committee.  

The Loft Cinema At The J!

The Loft Cinema is upgrading their main theater with brand-new seating, so the theater will be closed for the month of May, and The J has stepped up to help! There will  be eight Loft Cinema screenings in May at The J, including a series celebrating the films of Mel Brooks!


Blazing Saddles
Wednesday, May 24 @ 7:30pm
Purchase tickets on The Loft Cinema’s website.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Saturday, May 27  7:30pm
Purchase tickets on The Loft Cinema’s website.Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire star in Tom Stoppard’s celebrated comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London!

Sunday, May 28 7:30pm
Purchase tickets on The Loft Cinema’s website.

Book Release for The Lost Letter by
local author Jillian Cantor



“Past and present collide in Jillian Cantor’s latest propulsive and eloquent gem of a novel. Cantor captures the gravity of wartime Europe and combines it with
powerful stories of love, loss and self-discovery. The Lost Letter is transporting; its flawless, breathtaking finale will make readers fall deeply in love with this                  stunning tale.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author

The Tucson J is thrilled to celebrate the launch of The Lost Letter by local author Jillian Cantor.
A beautiful, poignant and devastating novel, THE LOST LETTER illuminates the lasting power of love. From a stamp engraver’s apprentice in Austria on the eve of Kristallnacht to a journalist
coping with her father’s memory loss in Los Angeles in 1989, THE LOST LETTER traces the path of a mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families. Expertly weaving together stories inspired by real WWII resistance workers who used coded messages in stamps to
communicate and a propulsive modern day family mystery, THE LOST LETTER explores what it means to love across time and place.

Jillian Cantor is the author of award-winning novels including, most recently, the critically acclaimed The Hours Count and Margot. Born and raised outside Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

Tuesday, June 13
Jewish Heritage Center

Event is free and open to the public.
Books will be for sale from Mostly Books.

Desert Melodies Performs The Best of Broadway Tunes & Hollywood Music!

Broadway Goes to Hollywood on June 25th at The J! See your favorite songs from favorite songs from the best Broadway shows and Hollywood musicals. Enjoy music from West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys & Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Muppet Movie, LA LA Land and much more performed live by Desert Melodies, Tucson’s most eclectic vocal cover group.

Desert Melodies is Vocalists AmberLee Harrington, Janet Roby and Mike Rhodes, Harriet Siskin on piano, Brenton Kossak on bass and Darin Guthrie on drums.

Sunday, June 25
Tickets are $10
To register, please visit www.tucsonjcc.org or call 520-299-3000