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WED | 6.12

PUNK SPRINGS ETERNAL

Rolling Stone called 1994 the year that [West Coast] punk reached “new melodic heights” and “unheard levels of international exposure,” among other things. This rise to fame came in part thanks to Green Day and a young, still-emerging band known as The Offspring. According to Rolling Stone, The Offspring’s record Smash was at that time, the best-selling album ever to be released on an indie label. And though it feels strange now to look back at a band—that has since etched itself firmly into (punky) the cultural consciousness—as once being infantile, it was in its first years of existence that the four-piece unit made the biggest waves. Smash, only The Offspring’s third album, which featured its biggest hits like “Self Esteem” and “Come Out and Play,” sold more than five million copies in the United States alone—a number that has since rocketed to well over 10 million copies worldwide.  And the passage of time hasn’t dulled The Offspring’s grunge, scratchy sound—beset by Dexter Holland’s raspy vocals—nor its unapologetically hard lyrics, which often teeter between self-deprecating lashes and socio-observational battle cries. So it was with surprise that audiences received The Offspring’s recent all-acoustic tour. Had it softened with age? Had the band, once so hardcore several of its shows were shut down by police only minutes in, slipped into the dreaded arena of the acoustic? One might have shuddered to think of such an electric-heavy band as going “unplugged” and yet, it works. So much so that The Offspring added dates to its recent and ongoing acoustic tour. And lucky for northern Arizona, one of those additional concerts will be at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater, 15 West Aspen Avenue.The Offspring will be rolling into town faster than you can say “The Kids Aren’t Alright.” The Offspring Acoustic Show will take place on Wednesday, June 12. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $49.50-$54.50 and can be purchased online at www.orpheumflagstaff.com or at the box office. 

ONGOING

THE HEART WANTS

When a duchess marries below her class, her two brothers unlatch a plan of revenge that destroys themselves in the process. As the adage goes, the heart wants what it wants, but in the case of the Duchess and her steward Antonio in John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi, there’s something larger than their pride at risk when their love is found out. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents Duchess of Malfi with a series of performances outside under the festival tent at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. The play opens Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. and runs through June 16. Tickets are $15-$25. Visit www.flagshakes.org for a complete list of dates and times and more information.

THUR | 6.6

CARNE TACOS & DESERT SUNSETS

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You can find a lot in Arizona’s deserts. From vast, saguaro-ridden landscapes with unimaginable sunsets to some of the best tacos in the Southwest, Phoenix has got a lot going for it. That’s not even mentioning the music scene. Don’t just take our word for it. Jared & The Mill, the five-piece Phoenix-based indie-rock outfit, speaks louder than any silly Hot Pick can. Consisting of five best friends, the band captures the expansiveness of desert lands with acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, accordions and heartfelt lyrics. Catch Phoenix’s Jared & The Mill tonight at The Greenroom, 15 N. Agassiz St., with special guests Sundressed. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of. More information at www.jaredandthemill.com

FRI-SAT | 6.7-6.8

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BLUES-Y AND BREWS-Y

June 7 marks the return of the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival, a two-day bacchanal centered on all things music and beer. The event is held on the lush grasses of the Flagstaff Continental Country Club, 5000 E. Old Walnut Canyon, and is basically one big party filled with food, drink and dance-worthy sound. Mellow and somehow filled with energy still, Blues and Brews begins when the sun sits golden in the sky, later sending crowds of listeners into those special northern Arizona nights, beset by the blues. Headlining this year’s festival is renowned Louisiana blues guitarist, Tab Benoit whose vibe relies heavily on improvisation while taking its lifeblood from his Baton Rouge and Houma, Louisiana, upbringing. Benoit’s music is marked in particular traditional Cajun sounds as well as the Delta blues, one of the earliest styles of the genre that found its origin within black communities along the Mississippi River Delta. Benoit has shared stages with the greats of the genre and is a staple of sorts in Louisiana, especially among NOLA connoisseurs and locals; though he also has a significant national and international following. Benoit will be headlining the Friday, June 7 Blues and Brews lineup with his trio of equally talented music-makers. Blues and Brews begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon and goes until Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Benoit plays at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. For a full list of performers or to purchase tickets, visit www.flagstaffblues.com

SAT | 6.8

DADS, DOGS AND HOME DECOR

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are in bloom. Summer is just around the corner. The Flagstaff Farmer’s Market is in full swing. Dad’s waiting for his last-minute poorly thought of gift. Don’t get the dude another tie this year. Instead, why not try your luck at the Flagstaff Urban Flea & Artisan Market? Forget what you’ve been told about the weekend. The annual flea market is kicking off its fourth season bright and early at 9 a.m., offering a grand variety of wares such as antiques, records, books, bicycles, food, gems and minerals, handmade woodwork, ceramics, vintage clothing and more. You’re bound to find something unique and interesting for Dad. Plus, even if you can’t find something in the myriad of local vendors, think of all the pups you’ll see running around. All the pets! Also featuring delicious food and treat vendors for those of you who show up hungry, there is something for everyone at the one-and-only Flag Flea. Set that alarm clock for dawn (and don’t hit snooze) and catch its season opener this Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Flagstaff City Hall Parking Lot, 211 W Aspen Avenue. Every second Saturday, now until October. www.flagstaffmarket.com

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