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March for Love

March for Love. Photo by Taylor Mahoney

SATURDAY | 1.20

LOVE TRUMPS HATE

When the election came to a close in November 2016, many people felt as though they had just stepped through the looking glass. What had seemed like a sure thing was suddenly no longer an option. A highly experienced woman who spoke eloquently of environmental issues and world politics lost the presidential election to an old white man who often resorted to insults of his opponent in lieu of original ideas. History repeats itself. Opponents weren’t content to settle in line though. If anything, they became more energized and motivated to fight harder for what they believe in. Women made history last year with the first annual Women’s March, held in cities across the country and worldwide with an estimated 2.5 million people participating. “We were answering a call to show up and be counted as those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction,” explains the ‘About’ page on the official Women’s March website. In Flagstaff, A March for Love drew over 1,000 people downtown despite almost two feet of snow on the ground and a biting cold. “I think we shattered that glass ceiling here in Flagstaff today,” Kathryn Jim of the Northern Arizona Pride Association told a cheering audience. “We’re not going to be silent and we’re not going to be erased.” The movement continues this weekend with A March for Love 2.0, beginning at Flagstaff City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave., at 1 p.m. Speakers include Jim, Mayor Coral Evans, Councilwoman Eva Putzova, Desiree Perez of Planned Parenthood and more.

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Loving Vincent

Sandra Hickey, one of the 125 painters who worked on Loving Vincent. Courtesy photo

THURSDAY | 1.18

SLOWLY BUT SURELY

Loving Vincent tells the story of Vincent van Gogh’s untimely death the only way that made sense: with the impressionistic style in which the Dutch artist had worked. Touted as the world’s first fully painted movie, the scenes were filmed with actors before each frame was recreated by more than 100 painters. It took four years to develop the technique and then another two to paint over 65,000 frames, depicting each movement and gradually bringing the story to life. As part of the Flagstaff Community Film Night, the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., will be screening the movie with proceeds benefitting Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office. The movie starts at 7 p.m. www.lovingvincent.com

FRIDAY | 1.19

LIKE, TOTALLY RAD

The ‘80s were a strange time—just ask our parents’ high school yearbooks. And more than rising tensions in the Cold War and President Ronald Reagan’s administration, pop culture defined the decade. Video games were on the rise, Brat Pack films were the new things and a new electronic dance music called techno was, like, totally rad. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Beastie Boys, Metallica, Whitney Houston, Suicidal Tendencies, N.W.A, all at their peak. And the fashion, the jeans and, of course, the hair! Relive it all this Friday at The Orpheum Theater during Back to the 80s dance party, with live music and covers from Signature. Bust out the leather, shoulder pads and acid-washed jeans for a costume contest with a chance to win cash prizes and tickets. The event is free. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. More information at www.orpheumflagstaff.com

SATURDAY | 1.20

HONOR AND PROTECT

With President Donald Trump’s recent scale backs of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments, environmental activists and organizers feel now more than ever is the time to stand up for sacred lands. And for four years, Rumble on the Mountain’s annual event combining art, education and music has raised awareness for issues surrounding the Colorado Plateau and the indigenous people who inhabit the region. “All of these things are very intertwined to our life and our identity on the Colorado Plateau,” said event organizer Ed Kabotie in an interview with the Navajo-Hopi Observer. “I guess I feel like our lives are tied to the land and it is a responsibility to honor and protect it.” This year, Rumble on the Mountain presents Sacred Lands of the Colorado Plateau, with performances from Sihasin, hoop dancer Derrick Davis and Tha ‘Yoties, as well as presentations from Black Mesa Water Coalition and Mayor Coral Evans. “The entertainment is really people, from their heart, who have a prayerful burden for the Colorado Plateau,” said Kabotie. Catch Rumble on the Mountain: Sacred Lands of the Colorado Plateau at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. $15 for adults, $10 for students. More information at www.flagartscouncil.org

SATURDAY | JAN. 20

THE PERFECT WINTRY MATCH

Let’s just get right to it—Flagstaff is a craft brew town. Mother Road Brewery consistently makes it into top lists for their exceptional brews that get recognized across the state, and new breweries seem to be popping up like daisies. The annual Flagstaff BrewHaHa, nowin its eighth year, celebrates all Arizona and the Southwest region has to offer with a tasting event featuring more hundreds of beers from more than 50 breweries. A Snowman’s Choice Award will be given by the local homebrew club and People’s Choice Award for best brew. With snow in the forecast for Saturday, this winter tasting event may actually get the landscape to match the mood. Though, it definitely won’t beat last year when we had to stumble through foot-high snow drifts after drinking one (okay, maybe five) too many beer samples. Tickets can be purchased online or at Trail Crest Brewing Company, 1800 S. Milton Road, for $45. If you haven’t guessed by now, this event is open only to ages 21 and up. It begins at 1 p.m. at the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Ave., and ends at 6 p.m. The fun doesn’t stop there though; the State Bar, 10 Historic Route 66, is hosting the official after party with live music from DuB and Down with the Blues and even more local beer. Visit www.flagstaffbrewhaha.com or find Flagstaff BrewHaHa on Facebook for more information. 

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