Special Events: Arts & Culture

Special Events at The J!

To register, please register at the event listing or call 520-299-3000. Refunds will not be offered once the event has begun. Note regarding ticket quantities: ticket = “session” ; 1 ticket = $10, 2 tickets = $20, 3 tickets = $30 and so on.

2/03/2019 @ 2PM: Celebration of Heritage Series: Broadway Meets Hollywood

Tucson J Ballroom
Listen to the music of the best Broadway hits and Hollywood masterpieces. Performed by The Arizona Symphonic Winds, under direction of Veres with special guest, vocalist Jack Neubeck, who was a member of the original Broadway cast of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ and ‘Evita.’

2/13/2019 & 3/13 Wednesdays @ 5:00 PM-7:00 PM: Pot-Luck Dance Socials w/ Bob Kay

Music by Bob Kay, the singing/drumming DJ, playing great dance music, featuring oldies but goodies. Do not miss our pot-luck dance party! Couples and singles welcome. Bring a dairy dish to share. The kosher kitchen will not be available for use.

2/24/2019 @ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM: Jane Gabin Reads From New Book & Signing Session

The Paris Photo is a work of historical fiction, set partly at the end of WWII, partly in the recent present, linked by a picture taken in 1945. Interweaving mystery, romance, and historical research, The Paris Photo is a story of how the traumas of wartime ripple into the present. The book creates a vivid picture of life during the dark days of Occupation, as well as of the contemporary city that reveals its own scars from the war around almost every corner.

Jane S. Gabin is a writer and educator from New York City and now based in Chapel Hill, NC. She has published several academic books; this is her first novel.


3/03/2019 @ 2PM: Celebration of Heritage Series: We Write the Songs

Tucson J Ballroom
Desert Melodies presents songs made famous by Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, and Barry Manilow! These four Jewish entertainers have been delighting audiences for decades and their recordings have become some of the most familiar songs of our lifetime. Enjoy our renditions of ‘People’, ‘You Don’t Bring me Flowers’, ‘Hello, Again’, ‘The Wind Beneath my Wings’, ‘Copa Cabana’ and many, many more! We’ll entertain you with songs from ‘The Jazz Singer’, ‘Funny Girl’ &’Funny Lady’, ‘Yentel.’ Our fabulous vocalists and live band will make this a concert you do not want to miss!

4/02/2019 @ 7:00 PM: Freedom Song!

Tucson J Ballroom
The cast of Freedom Song is not a cast of actors; they are actual addicts in recovery who have broken off the shackles of drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. By interweaving a Passover Seder with personal stories of addiction, Freedom Song poses one stark question: WHAT ARE YOU A SLAVE TO? Using song and dance, tears and laughter, and an intense post-show discussion with the cast, Freedom Song will open your eyes to the real life struggle against the bondage of self that we all fight every day. This is an amazing and relevant program created and presented by Beit Teshuvah in Venice, California.

4/07/2019 @ 10:00: Jillian Cantor Book Signing!

Join us for a celebration of Cantor’s new work, IN ANOTHER TIME, a sweeping, heartbreaking story of love and loss, passion and music, and a family secret that may prove to be the means of survival. Stunning, resonant and deftly written, this is a captivating story and a beautiful reminder of the power of hope and the human spirit.

“In Another Time returns readers to the place for which Jillian Cantor is known and adored: the heroism and heartbreak of the Second World War. Bookended by dueling narratives set in pre-war Berlin and cities across post-war Europe, In Another Time chronicles the star-crossed love between Hanna, a Jewish violin virtuoso and Max, a non-Jew. With her bracing prose and unflinching eye, Cantor catches us up in the sweep of history and reminds us of the interminable power of the human bond and the moments that can last a lifetime.”     — Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale


4/07/2019 @ 2:00: Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus presents “Sacred & Profane”

SAWC is a local, 25-year-old, nonprofit chorus with about 50 singers. They sing a varied repertoire, ranging from pop and gospel to classical. They have performed at Carnegie Hall (2006), at the D-Day Celebrations in Normandy (2016), and at the Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremonies in Hawaii (2017). Here in Tucson, SAWC has collaborated with many other musical groups such as the Sons of Orpheus, The Tucson Girls Chorus, The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, and Jovert (the Steel Drum Band from Tucson High School). In addition to ticketed concerts, thgey regularly do outreach concerts at assisted living facilities and retirement communities.

Director: Terrie Ashbaugh, Executive/Artistic Director; Founder of the Arizona Choral Arts Association

The first half, “Sacred,” will consist of psalms and songs of peace in Hebrew, Latin, and English.
In the second half, “Profane,” we will sing fun, lighthearted songs such as “Jabberwocky,” “A Three Toed Tree Toad,” and “Songs Mein Grossmama Sang.”

Length of program: approximately 90 minutes including a 10-minute intermission