FRI-SUN | 7.13-15 & 7.20-22
THE BARD LIVES
This weekend welcomes Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival back for its fourth season. The Taming of the Shrew gets things started with the familiar story of a young fortune-seeker named Petruchio who meets his match when he crosses wits with his bride-to-be, the brilliant and independent Katherine. Schemes are hatched, dowries are won and freedom is lost in a madcap romp that explores family dynamics and the meaning of love, and questions how we treat others. The comedy has been one of Shakespeare’s most popular since it was first performed in the late 1500s. (There was also a small movie adapted from the play which came out in 1999. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s called 10 Things I Hate About You and starred some nobody actors such as Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.) FlagShakes’ production stars Ryan Jenkins and Keath Hall in the lead roles and is set in the Italian Rennaissance. In all of their productions, Elizabethan staging practices ensure each play is accessible and provides a unique learning opportunity. The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. FlagShakes is also using this season to further explore these themes through gender-swapped casting in both Titus Andronicus and The Tempest, which open July 20 and Oct. 5, respectively. Through these intentional choices, FlagShakes hopes to spark conversations about inequality and underrepresentation, on the stage and otherwise. Audiences will witness the timeless stories that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today. The Taming of the Shrew opens July 13 at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, and runs through July 22. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22.50; $16.50 for students, teachers, active-duty military and seniors; $12.50 for children ages 6 to 14. Visit www.flagshakes.org for more information.
FRIDAY | 7.13
AN ORDER OF MUSIC WITH A SIDE OF FRESH AIR
Summertime in Flagstaff is practically synonymous with outdoor activities. From exploring the Flagstaff Urban Trail System and biking at Fort Tuthill County Park to attending outdoor concerts and art shows, there are many ways to enjoy the mild temperatures which make northern Arizona the envy of Phoenix-area residents. For more than 10 years, Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series has offered live entertainment from local and regional artists in the Square’s outdoor amphitheater most Friday nights in May through August. This Friday, weather permitting, Americana singer-songwriter Nolan McKelvey will take to the stage from 6-8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Other upcoming performances include Piñon Pickers on July 20, Circus Academy of Tucson on July 27 and Magnificent Day Drinkers on Aug. 10. Visit www.heritagesquaretrust.org for more information.
SATURDAY | 7.14
NOT JUST IN MORDOR
Ever since the incredible images and videos of the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, volcanoes have been on our minds. Two months later, the tragic and impressive eruption is still causing vast amounts of destruction, evaporating Big Island’s largest lake and transforming Hawaii’s tropical landscape. Behind all the sheer destruction, there’s a lot of science and geology to these massive ruptures in the earth’s crust. Learn all about magma chambers, lava, volcanic ash and gases in STEAM Second Saturdays: Viva Volcanoes at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. Join geologist Dr. Colbath and explore the explosive world and geological history of volcanoes and northern Arizona. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for youth, free for museum members and children under 10. Event begins at 2 p.m. More information at www.musnaz.com
SUNDAY | 7.15
HOLY SOUND WAVES, BATMAN
With their third studio album, Adult Fear, Austin-based psych-pop band Holy Wave took a step back from their previous release, Freaks of Nurture, in which they ventured into the expansive sonic universe to experiment with more styles and traditional pop elements, bringing a completed album heavier and louder than their first album yet still worthy of gazing at your shoes throughout an entire live set. They now come back to their sparse roots to give listeners lo-fi tracks that seem simple on the surface but contain multitudes of unique instrumentals and a feeling of otherworldliness. Even the pastel cover art hints at what to expect once the CD, vinyl record or cassette tape is popped into its respective receptacle. Shades of pink, green, blue and taupe are layered into a mix of geometric and barely-there shapes to create a surreal scene. A review from All Music calls the album “essential to hear for anyone who likes hazy, trippy and unassumingly captivating psychedelia.” Catch Holy Wave live this weekend at Firecreek Coffee Co., 22 E. Route 66, along with Four Cornered Room and Seth Terrell. Tickets are $10 in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. holywave.bandcamp.com
MONDAY | 7.16
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER
The sudden and unexpected death of Arizona Daily Sun managing editor Randy Wilson has not only sent shockwaves throughout the newsroom here, but throughout the city of Flagstaff. Readers from all over the city have sent in their heartwarming messages of condolences as well as flowers and food and Firecreek coffee, which is currently powering us all through this week. It’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of love and support. Wilson was a firm believer in the importance of journalism and speaking truth to power, and every year he proved that by giving students from Northern Arizona University’s journalism program a chance to participate in apprenticeships with the Sun. Wilson was tireless in mentoring these students and helping them develop as journalists who understood the value of community news. However, the fact that the apprenticeship was unpaid limited the number of students who could participate in the program. The newly-created Randy Wilson Journalism Award aims to change that. Funds donated to the Randy Wilson Award will provide financial support to students interning in the Sun newsroom and help continue Wilson's mentorship legacy. The tax-deductible fund is managed by the NAU Foundation. A celebration of Randy Wilson’s life will be held on Monday at Coconino Community College, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite stories of or by him. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Randy Wilson Journalism Award. To donate online, go to www.nau.edu/giving