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Metalachi will perform Friday night at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff. Photo by Jeremy Saffer

SATURDAY | 7.20

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

The 50th anniversary of the day men first walked on the moon is finally, finally here. Is anyone else tired of hearing about the moon? It’s OK, we won’t tell anyone. Celebrate the day we’ve all been waiting for and Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy with a day (and night) full of lunar events. From Lowell Observatory to dancing your moon boots off at Upton Pubhouse, Saturday, July 20 will have a little something for everyone. Lowell Observatory will host events from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. including Lunar Legacy tours to hear the story behind the moon mapping and astronaut training from 10:15 a.m. through 4 p.m. At 1 and 4 p.m. see the tools used in the mapping of the moon. At 5 and 6 p.m. listen to a talk by Greg Vaughan of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center as he leads an interactive talk about the moon; 5:30-6:30 p.m.  will see live music from the Flagstaff Community Band, outdoors with a space song theme; 7:45-8 p.m. watch the One Giant Leap video with narration from Neil Armstrong followed by an 8 p.m. retrospective of the film; 8:30 p.m. get a chance to mingle with living lunar legends including Bill Tinnen and Ray Jordan; From 8-10 p.m meet astronomer Phil Massey and take a peek at real time images of planets stars and galaxies using the observatory’s MallinCam system;  From 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. take part in the After Hours Clark Viewing, a chance to stay late and view the night sky through the historic 24“ Clark Refracter that was used to map the moon. Admission is $17 per adult; $10 per child aged 5-17; $16 for seniors, AAA, military, college. Finally, spend your night at Uptown Pubhouse, where MoonDance 1969 will bring party-goers through space and time by dancing to all the best moon tunes from the year the space craft first landed from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. “Rocket Flight” Emmett White and “MoonWalk” Marty King will spin classic hits from 50 years ago. Dress formal, celestial, sparkly and come dance to the light of the moon. For more information on Lowell events, visit the website at www.lowell.edu.

FRIDAY | 7.19

MY TORTILLA, MAMA MIA

We all know the two best genres are metal and mariachi music. It’s a fact. Don’t look it up. But do look up the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi. The band is comprised of a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings that have been fused together with the power of heavy metal. Hot off the release of their third album Tres, Metalachi just put out a video for their audacious cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” In true Metalachi form, the band has taken a classic and transformed it into something quirky, innovative and entirely unique. Catch An Evening with Metalachi Friday night, July 19, at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave. Tickets are $17-19, plus fee. Doors open at 7 p.m. www.metalachi.com

SATURDAY | 7.20

FLOWER POWER

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They love me. They love me not. They love me… Ah, flowers. And this time of year, they’re aplenty. The Master Gardner Association is taking advantage of such abundance with its annual Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens, providing Flagstaffians a chance to go poking around and frolicking in other people’s yards legally. Six local homeowners will open their creative gardens and outdoor living areas for the day. Not only are the plants, flowers and surroundings visually stimulating, but it’s fun to see how the gardeners have added their personal touches. The tour is July 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $12 per person, cash or checks, and no pets. Maps to the locations will be sold only the day of the event at Viola’s Flower Garden, 610 S. State Rt 89A. Coffee 911 will have hot and iced coffee, as well as juice for sale. For more information call 853-0315.

SAT-SUN | 7.20-21

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SUPER FIONNUAR

This festival is a favorite in Flagstaff and for good reason. It happens every year, there’s good food, there are games, there are activities for kids, there are activities for adults. We personally are big fans of the festival and anyone that goes likely will be, too. It’s pretty dang cool, or as one would say in Irish, according to Google Translate, fionnuar. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society was founded in 1997 as a way to promote and preserve Celtic culture. Part of that mission is the annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival. The gathering is decidedly jolly and filled with fun and games, but it also serves as a way to educate the public on the language, traditions and art of Celtic people—both ancient and modern. This year the festival will play host to many known and loved staples, including music from The Knockabouts, The Wicked Tinkers and The Ploughboys as well as demonstrations of Highland Dance, Scottish Athletics and Tug o’ War, plus reenactments, workshops and whiskey tastings. Also included will be a Celtic Kids Corner, geology exhibit, Celtic societies, genealogical research tent, Scottish clan information and more. The festival will be held Saturday, July 20-21, at Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop. For more information, visit www.nachs.info/festival.shtml

TUESDAY | 7.23

TIME TO BOOG-IE

Jerry "J Boog” Afemata will get the whole Orpheum Theater to bounce this coming week. A reggae singer of Samoan descent, Afemata was born in Long Beach and was raised in Compton, California. Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry. A variety of musical influence combined with reggae’s feel-good air has molded the artist’s sound into what it is today. J Boog has not taken a break since the release of his debut album Hear Me Roar in 2007. The record was a close collaboration with island music pioneer, George "Fiji" Veikoso, who also helped spur the creation of J Boog’s unique sound, as well as pave the way for many other Polynesian artists. In July J Boog released the EP Live Up! on Washhouse Hawaii, which reached number 18 on the Top Heatseekers chart and number four on Top Reggae Albums. He has also worked on a mix tape release of his tracks called “My Diamond Life” for fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co. J Boog has toured around the world in Europe, Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, United States and Japan. J Boog will be at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, July 23. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the Orpheum website or at Eventbrite. 

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