Presented by Mesa Arts Center in partnership with National Geographic


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Enjoy our Nat Geo Live series 2023-2024, and you'll experience five of National Geographic's top photographers, filmmakers and adventurers as they share behind-the-scenes stories live onstage. Reserve the best seats today! Get 5 shows for as low as $119*.


  • Mesa Arts Center Members Pricing: $199, $169, $153 or $119.
  • Non-Member Pricing:  $229, $207, $180 or $147.
  • Explorers Circle Package: $580 ($551 for Members) - Includes premium seating, private reception & gift! $250 of each Explorers Circle Subscription is a tax donation to the National Geographic Society


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Wild Cats Revealed

Sandesh Kadur | Photographer and Filmmaker

Oct 11 | 7:30 PM


Filmmaker, photographer, author, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2013) Sandesh Kadur creates award-winning wildlife documentary films and photography books exposing the need to conserve threatened species and habitats around the world. With subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards, his films have appeared worldwide on the National Geographic Channel, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and elsewhere. His photographs also have appeared in numerous books and magazines.

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Hunt for Sleeping Giants

Andrés Ruzo | Explorer

Nov 1 | 7:30 PM


Residents of a coastal town in Italy were enjoying afternoon snacks of walnuts and dried figs in A.D. 79 when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted after centuries of dormancy. Andrés Ruzo will explore the fiery portals to Earth’s core and reveal how smoking peaks have shaped civilizations across the globe, from Iceland to the deep Amazon. Journey to far-off lava fields and hidden boiling rivers.

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Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Erika Woolsey | Marine Biologist, Divemaster & Virtual Reality Filmmaker

Jan 17 | 7:30 PM


Once a year, Australia’s most famous reef turns into a snow globe, as millions of coral polyps reproduce to send the next generation afloat. However, this incredible display disguises a harsh truth: the Great Barrier Reef is under attack. More than half of the coral there has died in our lifetimes, with climate change bleaching much of this vast natural landscape. But don’t give up hope! There is still plenty to see and plenty to save in this reef and others around the globe. Discover thousands of species that live in these underwater jungles with marine biologist Dr. Erika Woolsey and find out how scientists and citizens are fighting to protect reefs of the world.

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Wild Wolves of Yellowstone

Doug Smith | Explorer & Wildlife Biologist

Feb 21 | 7:30 PM


Yellowstone National Park’s two million acres of wilderness have many stories to tell, from the original native peoples who lived on the land to the epic supervolcano that powers the park’s iconic geysers. But Yellowstone is also a case study in wildlife conservation, from bison to wolves. Now, join Doug Smith on a behind-the-scenes look at the ecosystem and his decades-long quest to reintroduce wolves to the world’s first national park. Return to the wild and witness the beauty, wonder, and science behind America’s greatest wilderness.

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Life on Thin Ice

Kiliii Yüyan | Photographer

Mar 20 | 7:30 PM


Photographer Kiliii Yüyan illuminates the stories of the Arctic and human communities connected to the land. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American, he has traveled across the polar regions working with Indigenous cultures and wildlife. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, chased fin whales in Greenland and found kinship at the edges of the world.

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