SATURDAY | 4.21
THE STARS LOOK VERY DIFFERENT TODAY
Three years ago, two days after his 69th birthday and release of his 25th and final album Blackstar, the Starman, David Bowie, left this earth for the cosmos. Blackstar is perhaps the most revealing insight into the enigmatic star who was diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months prior to his death, with long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti calling the album Bowie’s swan song and “parting gift” to the world. Even after his death, new Bowie songs were being released, with an extended play featuring original songs written for Lazarus, a Broadway musical, called No Plan released posthumously on Jan. 8, 2017, which would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. His body of work as a musician, actor and fashion pioneer spanned more than 50 years. If Bowie showed us anything, it was everything. He was Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Andy Warhol, Nikola Tesla, The Thin White Duke, Halloween Jack and the Goblin King. He was everything. And in that spirit, since Bowie’s death in 2016, Dapper Dre (or Deep-Space Dre) and the folks over at the Green Room have hosted an annual Bowie Ball to celebrate the life of one of the most fascinating artists of our time, featuring specialty Bowie-themed drinks, costume contests and live performances from Heebie Jeebies, or Heebie Drebies at Bowie Ball, and Angry Ostriches, as well as aerial performances from Flagstaff Aerial Arts. This year marks the third annual celebration and is aptly titled Bowi3 Ball, with Deep-Space Dre again as the event’s interstellar MC and featuring performances Emmy Gnardust, Heebie Drebies and Jerusafunk, as well as a pole performance from Beth from Beyond. Don’t forget to dress in your Bowie best for the costume contest. The event is ages 21 and over, $5 at the door and begins at 9 p.m. Find the Facebook event for more information.
FRI-SUN | 4.20-29
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST
Sometimes history repeats itself, other times it gets a makeover and comes back more relevant than ever. NAU Department of Theatre presents the 1669 satirical play “Tartuffe,”written by John Baptiste Molière, with some contemporary symbolism added. Department chair and director Kathleen M. McGeever collaborated with writer Kristen Le Pine to adapt it to modern times with themes of technology and social media utilized to demonstrate society’s ambivalence while telling Molière’s famous story of an imposter who nearly destroys a family with his lies. Tickets are $14, $8 for NAU students. Performances will be held at the Clifford E. White Theater, 1115 S. Knoles Dr., at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, and Thursday-Saturday, April26-29, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sundays.
FRIDAY | 4.20
IN A HAZY DAZE
True or false: the number 420 became code for getting high because that’s the police code for a marijuana arrest in progress. False. Without getting into too much detail, it actually spread from a group of California high school friends in the ‘70s who would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke. No matter, 420 has since become commonplace when alluding to these habits and to celebrate, Sold Out Productions presents its second annual 4/20 Bash at two venues this weekend. Maybe stop by the Green Room for Sticky Icky Jam Land to hear some tunes from Four Cornered Room, Sol Drop, Paper Foxes and Tiny Bird beginning at 9 p.m. Or, check out Flagstaff Brewing Company for Sativa Diva Drag Paradise with drag performances by Buster Hymen, Laila L. Estrella and more beginning at 10 p.m., as well as music by The Blunts and DJ Emmett White. And yes, both of these events are completely free. Visit Sold Out Productions on Facebook for more information.
MON-FRI | 4.23-27
IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP-HOP
Often rap and hip-hop are used interchangeably. Hip-hop music can be defined as rap, but hip-hop is also an artistic movement and subculture, something far deeper than a genre of music might insinuate. Killer Mike of Run the Jewels once said, “Hip-hop is not rap. Hip-hop is the thing that houses rap, graffiti, breakdancing, DJ-ing and entrepreneurship. What it did was give poor kids the opportunity to organize as an alternative to violence.” According to the Ethnic Studies program at Northern Arizona University, hip-hop has five major pillars: DJ-ing, MC-ing, bboy/girling, graffit/street art and knowledge of self. And since 2013, the program has been dedicated to showcasing those five elements to NAU students and the greater community with its annual Hip-Hop Week, citing its goal as exposing “the nuances of hip-hop not readily apparent in music videos and Top 40 playlists.” This year, the fifth Hip-Hop Week features five days of performances, poetry, discussions, workshops and forums, with appearances by Tiff the Gift, Mike 360, Boom Box Bros, MC Supernatural, Talib Kweli, DJ Z-TRIP and Del the Funky Homosapien. Hip-Hop Week runs Monday through Friday, April 23-27. Tickets and prices for events vary. For more information, call 523-8481 or visit www.nau.edu/hip-hop-week
WEDNESDAY | 4.25
In the language of the Tuareg people of the Sahara, “imarhan” means “the ones I care about,” which is fitting for the five-piece band of that name. Members Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane (aka 'Sadam'), Tahar Khaldi, Hicham Bouhasse, Abdelkader Ourzig and Haiballah Akhamouk grew up near each other in Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria, where they discovered their passion for music. Following the success of their 2016 self-titled debut, Imarhan released their second album, TEMET, in February 2018. The first track, “Azzaman,” translated to “A Time,” layers blazing electric guitar licks on top of funky drum beats. Lyrics explore how time changes places and people: “The indifference of a community/Is the ruin of its own culture/Life is a vast valley/Crossed by multiple paths/To each, his own/To each his pathway of suffering.” The accompanying music video shows saturated snapshots of everyday life in Algeria, where crumbling buildings are juxtaposed alongside a modern freeway system and the natural wonders of rock formations and sand dunes. Imarhan’s music blends a variety of influences, rhythms and feelings together, ranging from the funky groove of Western Africa to the fire and romance of Algerian Rai music and the modern pop and rock they listened to growing up. It really is more of a universal language than solely a regional style of expression. Experience their powerful sound for yourself on Wednesday at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased at CCA, Arizona Music Pro, online at www.flagartscouncil.org or by calling 779-2300. www.imarhan.com