SATURDAY | 4.6
ONE MAN’S TRASH
While most people look at scraps of metal or broken glass and see a pile of junk, discarded items are so much more than that for the artists who participate in the City of Flagstaff’s Recycled Art Exhibition—now in its 17th year. In this annual low-stakes art show, the sky is limit; the only requirement is that each entry be made of at least 80 percent recycled or repurposed materials. “All you need is an idea and a little bit of time,” says Artist's Coalition of Flagstaff executive director Mike Frankel. “You don’t need to be an ‘artist,’ and that’s what's nice about it.” At the opening reception this weekend, artists in attendance will discuss their creations in a one-on-one setting, there will be refreshments, contests and many surprises. Awards will be presented at the reception to artwork entries in the exhibition for eight categories, and a People’s Choice Award voted on by all attendees will be announced at the close of the show later this month. The Recycled Art Exhibition welcomes new participants each year, and Frankel says it has drawn visitors from as far as Phoenix. Ellen Ryan, a former city employee in the conservation department, created the event as a way to encourage the reuse of a variety of materials in new, different, and creative forms and to promote recycling and resource conservation. “It has grown so big from there,” Frankel says. “I get people come up to me literally a day after the one year closes with ideas for the next year.” Attend the free opening reception on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the Art’s Connection in the Flagstaff Mall, 4650 US-89. The exhibition will run April 6-28. Hours are Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. and Sundays from noon-6 p.m. www.flagstaff-arts.org
LIKE A PHOENIX
Forget girl power. A band comprised of three Native and African American sisters specializes more in electric shock. Albuquerque-based Lindy Vision played their first show in 2012 and have since gone on to kick ass and take names with their synth glam-rock act, inspiring comparisons to artists like Devo, M.I.A., Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Santigold. Dorothy, Natasha and Carla Cuylear are members of the Jicarilla Apache tribe and were raised by parents who struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, experiences which they drew from for their fifth album, Adult Children, Part I, named for the book Adult Children of Alcoholics. They celebrate how far they’ve come in life despite obstacles, and don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. See them tonight at The Hive, 2 S. Beaver St., with support from Naming Our Monsters, India Peterson and Gal Gracious. Tickets are $7 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY | 4.4
WAY OVER YONDER
It’s been two years since the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band released an album, but don’t call this a comeback. For more than 20 years, the band has toured endlessly, showcasing their artistic and creative flair, all while showcasing their roots as one of the most electrifying and versatile bluegrass bands out there. Their most recent album, Love. Ain’t Love, is a testament to such dynamic contemporary bluegrass and Americana, with songs like “Chasing My Tail” and “Alison.” Yonder Mountain String Band’s 2019 spring tour will bring them up the mountain to the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Avenue, for a special performance with Dangermuffin. Tickets for the all-ages show are $27.50 in advance, $33.50 day of, plus fees. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. www.yondermountain.com
FRI-SUN | 4.5-7
TO BE AN ARTIST
Last year the Museum of Northern Arizona introduced its first poet-in-residence, Jodie Hollander. Her most recent book of poems, My Dark Horses, published by Liverpool University Press, wrestles with her relationship with her mother, as well as her family, and how those relationships have come to impact her current life. It’s a beautiful and bitter exploration of familial relationships, using narrative, music and imagery to tie an emotional tether from the internal to the external world. Hollander says she struggled in high school attempting to fit in, but when she attended a writing workshop at the University of Virginia she was introduced to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. “I remember opening it up, and it was to me what a Bible is for a lot of people. It was sort of like a manual about how to live life and what it means to be a sensitive person, what it means to be an artist,” says Hollander. Poetry for the former Fulbright Fellow provides a means of deeper connection to each other and the natural world. Before, during and after her time as the museum’s poet-in-residence Hollander has been dedicated to sharing the potential with everyone. This weekend, April 5-7, she’ll be back in town hosting three workshops: Ancient Inspiration ($50 nonmember, $30 MNA members), Nature Writing ($50 nonmembers, $30 MNA members) and Publish and Polish ($30 nonmembers, $15 MNA members). Each workshop will be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 Fort Valley Road. Visit www.musnaz.org or call 774-5213 for more information and to register.
WENDESDAY | 4.10
TO THE MOON AND BACK
What does the moon mean to you? Is it simply a feature of our galaxy, or is it something deeper? For Flagstaff resident and Coconino Community College graphic and web design student Delmy Payne, the moon means that there is light in the darkness. Sometimes, she says, people feel darkness around them, but there is always a light that they can find. It is a metaphor for life, to be sure. As part of the requirements for an art class she took last semester, she completed a charcoal drawing of a serene, snow-covered rural landscape with a full moon hanging in the night sky. Little did she know her drawing would make its way into a public art exhibit. Payne’s drawing will be part of the Lunar Dreams exhibit at CCC’s Lone Tree campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road. The exhibit explores and celebrates our connection to the moon and opened March 25. A public reception will be held Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. at CCC. The exhibit is part of the yearlong Lunar Legacy celebration organized by the City of Flagstaff and Lowell Observatory. Other stakeholders include Meteor Crater, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Flagstaff Unified School District, CCC and more. The Lunar Legacy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first human’s walk on the moon and Flagstaff’s role in helping prepare the astronauts who made the journey.