Hot Picks Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Gatsby Night, Anytown Zine Release Show, Compliment Death Match

Hot Picks Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Gatsby Night, Anytown Zine Release Show, Compliment Death Match

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It is the summer of 1922. A young man by the name of Nick Carraway moves to Long Island’s West Egg to begin work as a bond salesman, and he becomes enamored with the elusive multi-millionaire next door who holds lavish parties and lives a life of exuberance and decadence, a man who has built his image around and within the American Dream, a man whose search for lost love and prominence ends in tragedy. He is Jay Gatsby. What follows is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s peek into the 1920s, its parties and pitfalls, and the glorious and dazzling fun everyone is having. The book is also the inspiration for the annual Gatsby Night, a Flagstaff staple for nearly a decade now. This Saturday, don your best 1920s garb, grab a drink and come dance the night away at Gatsby Night 2020: A Decade of Decadence. There to make the night sparkle even more will be the ever-present voice of Dapper Dre as well as music by Swing Coco, who will be bringing their brand of acoustic swing and gypsy jazz, Le Chat Lunatique, performing their finest mangy jazz, and DJ JONESIN’ for the moments in between. And don’t forget the special appearances by the fierce Revelucien as well as Guns & Heels. Revel in the jazz, swing, beats and art and forget all your cares. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, most Gatsby and other categories. Gatsby Night takes place at Uptown Pubhouse, 114 N Leroux St., a space very kindred to the dives frequented by the literary greats of 100 years ago. It all begins at 7 p.m. with the party carrying on until 2 a.m. Admission is just $5 at the door. Cash only. For more information, visit Uptown Pubhouse on Facebook or just show up—isn’t the mysterious allure enough to make you want to see it all with your own eyes?



Phoenix-based band The Senators are fresh off the release of The Promised Land EP, a collection of soft and steady, ponderous yet energetic songs paving the way for their soon-to-be-released sophomore album. And their single “Monsoon,” which came out a mere six days ago, is a Lumineers-esque ode to weather and love. Joining The Senators will be Rebekah Rolland, whose warm harmonies with partner Matt Rolland circle around fiddle and mandolin like the best of classic American folk songs. It’s a bill crammed with talent and great tunes. The concert will be at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-14. Call CCA at 779-2300 or visit for more information.



Anytownis a zine. Anytown is a Flagstaff zine. A zine is a small collection of poetry, art, prose, photography—you name it—all compiled in a self-made booklet. Anytown is releasing its January issue on Saturday. To celebrate, there will be the so-called Anytown Zine Release Show. The show will feature music by Minivan, Heliosheath and Maria Divina. The bands and zine will be celebrated with art and more art and more zines for sale. The whole thing takes place at The Hive. The Hive is a venue in downtown Flagstaff, located on Phoenix Ave. next to Human Nature Dance Theatre. Mark your calendars. Doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Come out and support your local scene.



We know, we know, we’ve bombarded you with too many events taking place on the same Saturday. As much as we’re sorry for doing so, we also trust you to make your own decisions. Heck, maybe you can even make it to all Saturday events in Flagstaff this weekend. If not, that’s OK, because, lucky for you, the following Flagstaff happening we’re featuring this week takes place on a Tuesday. Join Bright Side Bookshop and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby for a discussion on climate change. Part of the first Tuesday Climate Solutions Series, topics of discussion will include the carbon pricing bill currently in Congress, what the bill would do, whom it benefits and a definition of the carbon pricing bill. How might these bills help in the fight against climate change? As voters, which bills do we want to see passed? The talk will be the first of the series’ 2020 lineup, so come together to prioritize climate action and take care of the earth. As Coretta Scott King said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." Come to Bright Side Bookshop, 18 N. San Francisco St. at 6 p.m. More information is available on Bright Side’s Facebook page. 



They say the line between love and hate is a thin one, and what better way to test that theory than making you dole out loving and heartfelt compliments in a competition. Flagstaff Poetry Slam has the right idea with its Compliment Death Match. Do you want to tell a poet just how much they mean to you? Pour your heart out on stage for all those assembled to hear? Good thing, because this event is your chance to do all that and so much more. Compliment Death Match is a poetry slam taken to the next level, with a twist of sap and love. There will be 16 poet slots available for sign-up with a 30-second time limit for each performance, which may be pre-written or improvised on the spot—whichever you choose. Judges in the audience will be selected to score the performances. No props, musical accompaniment or nudity—nobody wants to see that, OK? And remember, it’s not about the points, it’s about the compliments. The top compliment giver will win $20 in cold hard cash with second and third place taking home drink tickets redeemable at Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E Route 66, which also happens to be the venue for this event. Sign up at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $2-5 for spectators. Visit Flagstaff Poetry Slam on Facebook for more. 


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