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Ornaments and other hand-painted ceramic items from Angie Bray-Widner, one of the featured artists at the Artist's Gallery. Photos by Diandra Markgraf. (copy)

Ornaments and other hand-painted ceramic items from Angie Bray-Widner on display at the Artist’s Gallery during a 2016 First Friday ArtWalk. Photo by Diandra Markgraf.

FRIDAY | 1.5


Between starting that new diet and saving more money, New Year’s resolutions can be hard. But here’s one that is pretty easy: Experience more art. See more live music (there’s something happening almost every day), support more artists, attend more theater plays and orchestra performances. Here in Flagstaff, First Fridays are perfect for getting a healthy dose of music, arts and crafts, all from local talent and all located walking distance from each other downtown. For the first First Friday ArtWalk of the year, Flagstaff is kicking of 2018 with events around town to awaken your curiosity for life after a rough ending to 2017. At the Green Room, Electric Kingdom presents a night of live art and music from illEgo, Atom and FriaSol, all accompanied by visuals from Joshua Tree Media. Then over at Firecreek Coffee Company, the Rumble Arts Collective presents Sacred Lands of the Colorado Plateau, an artist’s opening reception and concert featuring live art by Jerrel Singer, Bahe Whitethorne Jr. and Randall J. Wilson. Performances from Ed Kabotie and Frederick Andrews begin at 6 p.m. before Tha ‘Yoties close out the night at 9 p.m. Also, don’t miss art, paintings and other handcrafted pieces from artists at locations such as The Artists’ Gallery, West of the Moon Jewelry & Art Gallery and 1899 Bar & Grill. For more information and a map and guide, visit



Alex Squared, a punk band hailing from Payson, Ariz., is all about fast guitar chords and lyrics that implant themselves into your brain in the span three minutes or less. Made up of Alex Giordano (Gio) on guitar and vocals, Michael (Mu’ham) Abdoo on bass and vocals and Steven (Meatbag) Lendrum on drums and vocals, the band has been making a name for themselves with their energetic live performances since they first formed in 2012. Join them in celebrating the release of their fourth studio album, Mexican Fishing Tricks, at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St. The free show is open to ages 21 and up with Skull Drug and Birth of Monsters starting the night off at 8 p.m.


Succulents in unique mugs. Courtesy photo



A quick Google search for “millennials and succulents” brings up numerous articles with headlines like “Succulents, Hops and More Plants in Millennial Gardens” and “Why Are Millennials Obsessed With Houseplants?” Another headline answers: “Millennials are obsessed with houseplants because they can’t afford kids.” To be fair, is that so wrong? Why are we being called out for wanting to care for something that’s not a human? Succulents are sturdy, and plants brighten up living areas with minimal effort while reducing carbon dioxide levels in our homes. Studies have even shown that houseplants can contribute to a sense of wellbeing and can give plant parents a purpose. This weekend, Warner’s Nursery & Landscape Co. is hosting a Thrift Store Planter Workshop. Participants can bring any unique container they may have laying around and purchase plants for 20 percent off. Warner’s will provide soil and other planting materials to help prospective gardeners creatively arrange their new plants. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. at Warner’s, 1101 E. Butler Ave., and goes until 11 a.m. A limited number of containers will also be available for purchase. Visit for more information or call 774-1983.

SUNDAY | 1.7


The art of storytelling can be expressed in many ways. Books can enchant us, movies can thrill us and songs can sooth us. Likewise, live readings can capture us in its uniquely bonding expression. With literary reading series such as Narrow Chimney and Juniper House Readings, it’s easy to experience live literature in Flagstaff, and PineStories Story Slam has decided to a make it a friendly competition. For more than three years PineStories Story Slam have held bi-weekly literary competitions where storytellers from the public can, from memory, share true, personal stories, relating to its ever-changing theme, which is then scored by the audience. This week, the literary series is changing things up with PineStories Reads. While some rules such as the story being true and personal still apply, storytellers are allotted 12 minutes to tell their story which, rather than told from memory, can be read from a script, and there is no theme for the event. Share your story and join others for a night of stories from Flagstaff at PineStories Reads at Firecreek Coffee Company. 22 E. Route 66. Admission is $3 and it begins at 4 p.m. Find more information about the event on Facebook.



After checking out all of the talented folks whose work is featured for this month’s First Friday ArtWalk, how about you tap into your own creativity? One of our New Year’s resolutions (a continuation of last year’s) is to create more than we destroy. Every single one of you (yes, even you!) has the ability to create art. Maybe the last time you picked up a paint brush was in your middle school art class. Perhaps you feel the extent of your skill ends at stick figure drawings. Either way, you have the chance to flex your talent with the first Paint + Pints event of 2018 with local artist Emma Gardner leading participants through one of her original paintings at Dark Sky Brewing Company, 117 N. Beaver St. Tickets are $45 which includes all of the materials necessary to create your own masterpiece, plus a pint of beer. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Pick up your ticket in person at the taproom or online at


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