FRIDAY | 9.8
FINDING THE LIGHT
Beginning with their name, Sihasin is taking a positive stance in the face of negativity. Sihasin is a Diné word that means hope and assurance. Made up of brother and sister musicians Clayson and Jeneda Benally, the band creates songs that speak against injustices to the Navajo Nation and people. In their single “Take a Stand,” the duo looks at how the culture has been lost over time. Jeneda sings “Convenience and greed have replaced Hozho/And tomorrow’s children won’t know us anymore.” But still hope remains as the refrain repeats, “Stand up for each other, take a stand.” They will be performing their powerful songs at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley, following 2½ Minutes to Midnight, a collaborative performance led by artist Frederica Hall. The concert ties into Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, the center’s current exhibit touching on the theme of uranium mining on Navajo land. The evening will include music, butoh dance, poetry and more as the artists explore the paths open to each person in life. They ask, “Which will we take? And where will we find ourselves in the dawn light?” Find out for yourself. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
FRI-SUN | 9.8-9.10
WRITE ON, FLAGSTAFF
It might be redundant to say that Flagstaff is full of talented writers and artists, but it’s true. On practically any night of the week you can pop into one of the bars or art galleries downtown and admire the hard work of musicians, painters and poets. This weekend, treat yourself to the 10th annual Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase featuring the winners of this year’s 10-minute play contest. The tradition was the brainchild of NAU graduate students Patricia Petelin and Brooke Wonders, and one of their professors in the creative writing program, Ann Cummins. They imagined a partnership between the community and Theatrikos Theatre Company that would “encourage new plays by novice and seasoned playwrights and provide acting and directing opportunities for new and experienced dramatists.” Over the years, the showcase has grown from humble beginnings to become a celebration of the theater and local writers. See the performances at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, 11 W. Cherry, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Theatrikos season ticket holders get a free ticket, but they can also be purchased by the general public for $10 at the box office or online at theatrikos.com.
SUNDAY | 9.10
FAST BEATS AND ACCENTS
The Green Room has been raking in all the punk bands this year and this weekend’s lineup is no exception with The Murderburgers, all the way from Scotland. They’ve worked to make a name for themselves in the expansive music world by touring almost constantly and getting in front of new audiences as often as possible. Their most recent album, The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People, was released in October last year and includes songs that succinctly sum up the ups and downs of life in three minutes or less. Catch the Murderburgers live at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz. The show starts at 7 p.m. with opener City Mouse and tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. If you're a fan of the Descendents and having a good time, it’ll be worth it. www.themurderburgers.co.uk
SUNDAY | 9.10
There are two things we know to be true from personal experience: Fresh air does the body good and drinking wine (always in moderation, of course) can boost your mood. So what could be better than enjoying both at the same time? The Arboretum at Flagstaff must have been thinking the same thing because it is combining these two great activities with the fifth annual Wine in the Woods. Enjoy up to 10 samples from Arizona wineries and restaurants in the beautiful gardens of the Arb. Advance tickets are $30 for members, and $35 for the public. Prices go up the day of to $40 and $50 respectively. A free shuttle from the W.L. Gore and Associates parking lot on Kiltie Lane will be provided in case of overflow. The event runs 1-5 p.m. at the Arboretum, 4001 S. Woody Mountain. www.thearb.org.
MONDAY | 9.11
SLOWLY BUT SURELY
Progress takes time. Environmentalist, economist and author Winona LaDuke know this. She’s been getting recognition of her work on sustainability and tribal land claims for decades, and yet there’s still work to be done. She helped found the Indigenous Women's Network in 1985, and in 1994 Time Magazine nominated her as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40. Rising up to the challenge, she’s spent the 23 years since then fighting for liberties and founded another organization, the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country, which works to revive cultivation and harvesting of wild rice. And, as if that weren’t an impressive enough resume, she became the first Native American woman to receive an electoral vote when she ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket during last year’s presidential election. As a public speaker, she’s sought after by universities and conference organizers for her inspiring words. It’s a good time for environmentalists in Flagstaff because the 14th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau is hosting LaDuke at the Prochnow Auditorium on the NAU campus Monday. Be sure to make it to the auditorium, 317 W. Dupont, early to get seats for the presentation that begins at 7 p.m. The free event is co-hosted by NAU's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and could fill up fast. (928) 523-0683.