SAT-SUN | 8.17-18
TWO DAYS ON THE LAND
Flagstaff has been abuzz recently. Everyone is filled with anticipation—for what we’re not entirely certain. The monsoon rains are late, sporadic at best, and summer’s end inches nearer and nearer. Maybe that’s it. Time is liminal right now, changes are afoot, seasons are shifting. Maybe that’s it. But in pondering recently, we realized that the undercurrent of energy that has been building, building, building recently could in part be attributed to the lead-up to this weekend, which will see the first ever A S H E S Art and Music Festival at the Sacred Mountain Ranch in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks. With respect and listening as its starting point, the festival will be a land-based one that centers art in its multitudinal and seemingly endless iterations. Music, sculpture, spoken word, performance art, visual art, DJs and food will all be part of A S H E S. At the center of the festival is the acknowledgement that it is taking place on native land. Indigenous artists are center stage at A S H E S and so is having all ticket sales go directly back to all participating artists. For co-directors of the festival Jacques Cazaubon Seronde and Andres “Dapper Dre” Adauto, A S H E S represents a meeting of identities and a place to lift one another up. The festival will last two days with plenty of room to camp. All attendees should bring their own supplies, including camping gear, utensils, cups, plates and water bottles. There will be dinner provided, with tamales being made by a local family. Water will also be on site. A S H E S begins at 2:20 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, and goes until 3:30 a.m., Aug. 18. Carpooling is encouraged, a shuttle will be available and directions to the site are posted on the A S H E S Facebook page. Attendees should not bring pets if at all possible. Gear up for a night of profound listening and community in a beautiful and sacred outdoor space. For a full lineup and other info visit A S H E S festival on Facebook.
FRI-SUN | 8.16-18
CONFRONT AND OVERCOME
Since 2007, the folks over at Táala Hooghan Infoshop, a community-based and volunteer-run collective dedicated to confronting and overcoming social and environmental injustices in Flagstaff and surrounding areas, has been offering access to media with the goal of empowerment and community. The organization promotes this mission through zines, performance spaces, movies, DIY art nights, discussion and presentations, focusing on combating capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism and more. Furthering its discussion, the infoshop is hosting the Indigenous Anarchist Convergence, a three-day gathering with book fairs, discussions, workshops and more. Topics explored during the convergence include “Autonomous Organizing Against Borders,” “Locating an Indigenous Anarchism,” “Organizing Indigenous Radical Space” and others. The three-day convergence lasts Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16-18, at Táala Hooghan Infoshop, 1704 N. 2nd St. Visit www.taalahooghan.org to register as space is limited.
FRIDAY | 8.16
TWO WHEELS, ONE LOVE
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What’s better than taking an evening ride on your bike through downtown Flagstaff? Oh that’s right—taking an evening ride on you bike through downtown Flagstaff with Dapper Dre. For some time now, he’s been hosting monthly bike parties and this month, the two-wheeling crew is hosting Bike Party Flower Power, celebrating 50 years since the summer of love.BYOBike, dress like you’re headed to Woodstock and be prepared to take a communal, safe and fun cruise through the streets of Flag. Lights, water bottles and helmets are each encouraged. This will be an event for the young, old and in between and is free and open to the public. Meet at Wheeler Park, 212 W. Aspen Ave., at 5:30 p.m. See you there!
FRIDAY | 8.16
MESSY AND BRILLIANT
For almost five years Flagstaff’s Interference Series has been challenging the status quo with musical, spoken-word and artistic performances that bridge the radical and avant-garde. In its run, the series has featured a recurring celebration of Sun Ra and the 8x8 silent film festival, as well as renowned experimental artists such as clarinetist David Rothenberg, Vesica Piscis, Frank Rosaly, The Nakatani Gong Orchestra and more. Founded by Owen Davis in October 2015, the series provides a platform for artists who are not often offered a stage to perform on—according to the series’ website, “underprivileged art.” The performances range anywhere from body art to surreal videos to noise, but the intent is to expose listeners to a show outside of what is conventionally considered art or music. “People are so wonderfully complex, complicated, messy, brilliant, noisy, contradictory, inspiring and more adjectives that fail to capture the breadth of who we are,” Davis says. “The more we come into contact with art that is different than our normalized conception of what art is or can be, the more we are given opportunities to reconsider ourselves and our relation to the world.” This Friday, Interference is hosting its Season 5 Premiere featuring Abe Hollow, Andrew Weathers and Color Quest. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at KickStand Kafe, 719 N. Humphreys St. $5 suggested donation at the door. www.interferenceseries.org
TUESDAY | 8.20
KROL TO THE GREEN ROOM
Mike Krol is a punky powerhouse, and his most recent release Power Chords chronicles his journey back to punk rock as a genre, also picking up where 2015’s Turkey left off. The new album harnesses both Krol’s guitar prowess as well as his tendency to reference influences including Misfits, The Strokes, Weezer and The Ramones. It’s all there and we love him for that. According to Krol’s team, he’s gone somewhere entirely new. “Music ruined Krol’s life. And then saved it,” the event description for the Green Room reads. Isn’t that great? Don’t you love that? Ain’t that the truth for all of us? Doesn’t music save humanity, time and time again? We think so. Mike Krol will share the stage with some special, but as of yet unidentified, guests, so you’ll just have to find who they are by actually going to the thing. And going to the thing is exactly what we recommend you do, otherwise we wouldn’t be writing this right now. Right now. Right now is also when you could be buying your tickets. Mike Krol will play at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., on Tuesday, Aug. 20. 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of. For more information, visit www.flagstaffgreenroom.com