FRIDAY | 8.2
POWER DUO SINGS THE BLUES
Buddy Guy is nothing short of a legend. The singer and blues guitarist is a trailblazer, an icon and one of the best guitarists in the world, according to Rolling Stone—number 23 in the world to be exact. Guy was born in Louisiana, where his parents were sharecroppers and a young Guy picked cotton for $2.50 per 100 pounds. He went on to win eight Grammy Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement award and was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Need we say more? No, we don’t. He’s basically the patron saint of the blues. Now imagine this bill: Buddy Guy playing alongside famed brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, also a legend in his own right. Is it a dream? Is it a fantasy? Are we in a different dimension, one where blues reigns and guitars wail sweetly all day long? Good news for you, your feet are still firmly planted on the ground, you don’t need to ask us to pinch you. This is very real. Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan will be sharing a bill and a stage at Flagstaff’s Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. Jimmie Vaughan, often relegated to the shadow cast by his late brother, who died almost 30 years ago, is known for his own personal style. In 1969 Vaughan’s group opened for the Jimi Hendrix experience in Fort Worth. Vaughan lent Hendrix his pedal, with Hendrix famously breaking it and buying Vaughan a new one. Together Vaughan and Guy are a veritable force of talent and a voice for blues both past and present. The two will play at the Pepsi Amphitheater on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pepsiamp.com
THURSDAY | 8.1
FROM THE ASHES
The Museum Fire that burned approximately 1,961 acres of land has been a topic of nationwide conversation. Many of us awoke that Sunday to plumes of smoke coming from the mountain. Those near the fire were evacuated, and even now there is threat of flooding from the monsoon moisture. Although currently more than 80 percent contained, the experience has been traumatic on the land and people of northern Arizona. As a result, the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, is hosting a free workshop for the community to write down their recent experiences with the Museum Fire. Writing from the Ashes will be hosted by the museum’s former poet-in-residence Jodie Hollander who will lead participants through a series of writing prompts. Event is open to the community and begins at 4 p.m. at the museum library.
SATURDAY | 8.3
SCHOOL PARTY, BABY
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It was a cool party. Cool school party. La la la la. That’s right. It’s back-to-school time, and the fine folks over at Wanderlust Brewing Company, 1519 N. Main St., are hosting Get Schooled, a fundraising event for the Flagstaff Unified School District. There’s going to be food, and school supplies and more food… and Mike Gerudo’s coming! (Please, contain your excitement.) Also, you know there will be beer. In fact, if you bring in school supplies (pencils, pens, notebooks, sticky pads, colored paper, tape, crayons, etc.) you’ll get $1 off beers. Also, $5 gets you a succulent to plant in a Wanderlust bottle. All school supply donations go directly to FUSD. Stay for live music from local lovelies Sap Dabblers and a beer lecture and trivia. Food will be provided by Route 66 Dog Haus. The event is free and begins at 3 p.m. Super killer school party.
SATURDAY | 8.3
BURSTS OF PROTEST
Following last weekend’s Rumble on the Rim at the Grand Canyon, Cloudburst will serve as a sort of after party and continuation of an event centered on and amplifying indigenous voices, protest, art and speakers. The event will be “an ongoing protest” against the use of reclaimed wastewater, which is used to produce fake snow on the San Francisco Peaks and Arizona Snowbowl. Cloudburst will be a celebration of the sacred gift of water. Along with information about the history and proposed new developments by Arizona Snowbowl, the show will feature the voices and talents of Klee Benally, Radmilla Coyd, JJ Otero, Ed Kabotie and Tha ‘Yoties. Water has long been important to local tribes, it has also long been taken from them by early colonizers as well as current governments. Water is central to existence and Cloudburst seeks to highlight that reality. “’Water is life’—literally,” Kabotie said in a recent interview. “It’s commonly parodied by the culture around us, but to us it’s literally life.” The event will be held at the Green Room in Flagstaff from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. (all ages until 10 p.m.) on Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information visit the Greenroom online at www.flagstaffgreenroom.com
FEED ME, SEYMOUR
It’s campy, it’s catchy, it’ll send shivers down your spine; join Theatrikos Theatre Company in its upcoming performance of vanguard rock 'n' roll musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Directors Jan Rominger and John Propster have stayed true to the original musical and staging in the Flagstaff production of the piece, setting it as Howard Ashman did, in the confines of a dingy flower shop with its carnivorous occupant in the background all the while. Meek and unassuming floral shop owner Seymour Krelborn discovers the murderous occupant in question, a plant who he names Audrey II. He can’t draw from his typical experience of caring for plants, though, as it turns out she hankers exclusively after human flesh. The plant singlehandedly brings business back to the until-then fledgling store, but her hunger for people is impossible keep up with and Seymour is forced to meet her insatiable demands. Audrey II will be portrayed by four plant puppets at different stages of growth as local actors portray the main characters, Seymour and his crush Audrey—after whom the plant is named. Opening night of the musical will take place on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. through Aug. 18. Individual tickets are $28-30. Student and senior discounts may be applied. Tickets can be purchased online at Theatrikos.com; by calling 774-1662; or by visiting the theater’s box office.