FRIDAY | 2.2
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING
One day Neil Simon sat down to write a play… and on Dec. 31, 1990, that play, Lost in Yonkers,debuted at the Center for the Performing Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When it eventually moved to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, it became an instant hit, winning a handful of awards including a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (Mercedes Ruehl), a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Kevin Spacey) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, Lost in Yonkers follows the lives of two young brothers, Jay and Arty. After their mother dies of cancer, Jay and Arty come to live with their stern Grandma Kurnitz, a German immigrant who owes her intolerance of “weakness” to her own harsh childhood, and their 35-year-old Aunt Bella, who, despite her age, seems child-like due to her slowing mental state. Though the boys initially detest their new home, over the course of the play they learn from their Aunt Bella and Grandma Kurnitz lessons about family, love and life. To kick off its 2018 season, Theatrikos Theatre Company presents a production of Neil Simon’s award-winning play, Lost in Yonkers, directed by Michael Rulon and Patricia McKee and starring Scott Ballou, Harper Bowie and Susan Chastain. Of Simon’s playwriting, McKee said, “Neil Simon is well-known for his vibrant depictions of 1940s family life. His storytelling rings true to audiences, regardless of our ethnic, cultural or geographic backgrounds.” Rulon adds that “a central focus of the play is the melding of a Jewish family—immigrant and American-born—during a pivotal time in our nation’s history. The grandmother faced hardships that her American-born family members cannot imagine.” With a story that is both humorous and heartfelt, Lost in Yonkers talk about the importance of family and its influence. Lost in Yonkers will premiere at the Doris Harper-White Playhouse on Feb. 2 followed by a post-show reception with the cast. With reoccurring performances through Feb. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays, tickets and information can be found online at www.theatrikos.com and by calling 774-1662.
SATURDAY | 2.3
WET YOUR WHISTLE
It’s no secret: Flagstaff is a town that loves its craft brew. From Mother Road to Flagstaff Brewing Company to Dark Sky, there’s no shortage of quality local beer to wet your whistle. So when Arizona Beer Week comes along we go hard, and inevitably regret it the next morning. Just one week short of the state-wide celebration, the Orpheum Theater is hosting its 5th Annual Northern Arizona Beer & Gear Expo, an evening honoring the best in local, regional and statewide breweries and outfitters, with gear demos, beer samplings. Participating breweries and outfitters include Lumberyard, Grand Canyon, College Street, Peace Surplus, Babbit’s Backcountry Outfitter and Simple Outdoor solutions. What’s more is a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, so your chronic alcoholism is not without philanthropy. Join the revelry this Saturday. Doors at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m Tickets are $16. This is a 21 and up event, under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. More information at www.orpheumflagstaff.com
SATURDAY | 2.3
PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF
While on their first tour in 2012, The Talbott Brothers found themselves playing shows to five people and living in their car with nothing but a few guitars, an old kick drum and an electric piano with several broken keys. It would have been easy to give up then, but the inspiring stories they heard each night from those they met on the road pushed them to go after their goals. With three albums under their belt now, the band, made up of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott, has a better understanding of what they want to accomplish with their Americana folk sound. Catch them this weekend at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at CCA, Arizona Music Pro or online at www.flagartscouncil.org
FRI-MON | 2.2-2.5
THERE’S NO SIBLING RIVALRY HERE
Los Angeles may be the land of broken promises for those hoping to be the next big name in television and movies, but it still has the potential to be the city of dreams for musicians. Brothers John and Ted Siegel make up the LA-based band The Deltaz, which takes inspiration from heavy blues, psychedelic rock, classic country and folk music. They’ve been playing music together since their high school days, refining an energetic sound that demands to be experienced in person. Ted lays out the guitar chords, finger picking a melody that John keeps time for with his drumming. Over the years, John has expanded his skill repertoire to combine drumming with playing the harmonica at times and also singing, eventually catching the interest of Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas who has become a mentor them. When the two aren’t touring and playing shows across the country, they’re either playing at southern California institution The Old Place most nights or recording the threads of what will one day be a fully sewn record, adding to their discography. Luckily for Flagstaff though, they are on the road and will be doing a mini tour of sorts while in town, hitting up four different venues over the weekend. On Friday, they perform at The Annex Cocktail Lounge from 8-10 p.m. They play at The Green Room Saturday at 8 p.m. and then the lunch crowd Sunday at Flagstaff Brewing Company gets them from 1-4 p.m. They wrap up their time in Flagstaff with a Monday night show at The State Bar from 6:30-9 p.m. Also, all of these shows are free. Check out their music at thedeltaz.bandcamp.com
EXPLORING THE POWER OF WORDS
Everyone has the ability to be an artist. All it takes is inspiration, dedication and confirmation that, yes, people want to see your creations. The Hozhoni Artist Studio and Gallerytakes this to heart, providing space for artists with developmental disabilities to showcase their talent in four shows each year. The medium of choice can range from oil, acrylic and watercolor paints to collages, sculptures and even films. The nonprofit arts program gives the artists an outlet to work out their thoughts through colors and textures and impressions. For their first show of 2018, the artists created something a bit different that can be difficult to describe with words, funnily enough. The Written Word features poetry, handmade books and even some asemic writing. Many of the pieces will also be for sale and the profits go directly to the artists. The exhibit will be on display at The Hozhoni Art Gallery, 2133 N. Walgreen St., through the end of February. Entry is free and gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit www.hozhoniartists.org for more information.