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Did you know that Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical? Truthfully, neither did we, but now we do so it’s fine. It’s always healthy to admit to the gaps in your knowledge, or at least we think so. All that is to say Flagstaff now has a chance to see the historic musical based on Victor Hugo’s eponymous novel live and in person. Featuring new orchestrations based on the 2014 Tony nominated Broadway Revival, Les Misérables School Edition will be put on by Flagstaff’s own TheatriKids. It's so popular, we've already added extra performances,” Chris Verril, executive director of Theatrikos Theatre Company, wrote in an email. Be prepared to be transported back to 19th-century France where there will be love, fear, romance, alliances and action of all kind. The musical begins just after lead character Jean Valjean is released from unjust imprisonment, after he finds nothing on the outside but mistreatment. Valjean breaks his parole in the hopes of starting a new life but is pursued by police inspector Javert. After Valjean saves his pursuer’s life, however, Javert must reassess his allegiances. “Several of our teen performers have just graduated and will be off to college in the fall,” said Director Joe Maniglia. “They have fond memories of performing this show four years ago and wanted a chance to perform it again. [Musical director] Kenlynn Winsor and I have really enjoyed seeing some reprise their roles and how they’ve grown as artists. It’s also exciting to watch others experience Les Misérables for the first time.” Performances of Les Mis will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 21-30, at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, 11 W. Cherry Ave. Individual tickets are $12, plus applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatrikos.com; by calling 774-1662; and through the theater’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and two hours prior to performances.

FRIDAY | 6.21

DUE EAST

Everyone knows First Friday. It’s busy, it’s full and a lot of tourists show up (nothing against tourists; just an observation). Less known is The Eastside Art Xperience, which takes place every third Friday of the month all across east Flagstaff. Happenings and venues for the upcoming iteration of this event on June 21 include blacksmithing demonstrations, art exhibitions and music at Wanderlust Brewing Company, Hozhoni Art Gallery, Market of Dreams and The Arts Connection at the Flagstaff Mall—just to name a few. The first Art Xperience was held in November of 2018, and it continues to grow and expand. For more information as well as a map of all participating venues, find the event on Facebook. Art Xperience is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY | 6.21

EGGS IN THE BRAIN

It’s been a minute as the kids say—or so we’re told—but our favorite small-winged creatures are back. After a brief winter hibernation, Tiny Bird, the four-piece outfit of local weirdos, have hit up MOCAF and have been working on some new jawns that are straight up evil. Eggs-in-your-brain, holes-in-your-teeth, where’s-my-damn-money? kind of evil. With demented rock ‘n’ roll lullabies and calls to kill your idols, Tiny Bird’s newest work aims a spotlight on the culture of music itself, the disillusionment of an industry that transforms its inhabits into cigarette-smoking, binge-drinking, ego-thirsty ghouls. Before your realize it’s too cool to dance, boogie down with Tiny Bird this Friday at Flagstaff Brewing Company, 16 E. Route 66, with local wizards VeloValo. The show is free and begins at 10 p.m. See the event on Facebook for more information.

SATURDAY | 6.22

BEAUTY IN THE DECAY

Following a boom of Southwest settlements between the late 1800s and early 1900s, an even faster decline saw ephemeral towns forgotten as gold or copper reserves dried up. Later, roadside tourist attractions weren’t always as lucrative as developers expected, and projects were abandoned, leaving behind urban decay along with tales of cursed land, cold-blooded murders, satanic rituals and more. Photographer Susan Tatterson said she has always been drawn to such places. Tatterson began photographing abandoned landscapes in 2008 while attending the University of Baltimore and decided to focus on deserted mills, schools and asylums throughout Maryland for her MFA thesis project. She gathered photos from that project and released them in a book, Abandoned Maryland: Ruin and Restoration, in October 2018. Now, she lives in Arizona, is a professor of digital media at Central Arizona College in Coolidge and has done her fair share of exploring the Southwest’s forgotten treasures. Her most recent book, Abandoned Arizona: Ghost Towns and Legends, includes almost 200 full-color photos taken at 10 locations across the state. “I’ve been all over the place,” Tatterson said. “I just love standing amongst these ruins and imagining what had went on.” This Saturday, Tatterson will host Abandoned Arizona, a discussion of Arizona’s dusty ghost towns and silent masterpieces, at the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Call 779-4395 to make your reservation.

SUNDAY | 6.23

LIFE THROUGH A LENS

When Flagstaff loses one of its own, the city mourns. When Flagstaff lost Jake Hoyungowa, it had a deep effect on the city, northern Arizona and beyond. From Munqapi, Arizona, and of Diné and Hopi decent, much of Hoyungowa’s video and photographic works focused on Indigenous rights and life on Dinétah (Diné Land-Nation) and Hopitutskwa (Hopi Land-Nation). Deidra Peaches met Hoyungowa when she was 12, a young burgeoning filmmaker herself. “[Hoyungowa] put his soul into everything he made. He was a very strong individual that believed so much in his Hopi culture,” Peaches said, emphasizing Hoyungowa’s focus on Indigenous issues. “There’s no one else that’s going to tell our story. It’s up to us. It’s up to the next generation. It’s up to the filmmakers. It’s up everyone to be able to cultivate those ideas and work together and share those perspectives." Hoyungowa’s eye for cinema extended into northern Arizona’s music scene as well, where he lent his directing and cinematography chops to produce many music videos including Sihasin’s “Strong Together,” CoCec’s “Dopamine,” Donivan Berube’s “So Much for No Mountain” and more. He also served as contributing photographer for the Grand Canyon Trust, and a video consultant at Tolani Lake Enterprises. Prolific and profound, to say Hoyungowa’s work touched Flagstaff’s cultural heart would be an understatement. This Sunday, June 23, join the community for Celebrating the Life & Work of Jake Hoyungowa at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. The event will showcase Hoyungowa’s photographic and video works, and feature live music and screen printing.

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