ALL IN THE FAMILY
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, in a letter to the Coconino Sun (now the Arizona Daily Sun) in 1927, just one year before the founding of the Museum of Northern Arizona, wrote about Flagstaff’s opportunity to showcase the surrounding area's taste and vision. “This is our ‘psychological moment,’” she wrote. “Will we look far enough ahead to envision the museum as a living, growing fact in the community, not only as a place for the storage and exhibition of archaeological material, but for the encouragement of modern and Indian art, so closely linked to the ancient, and as a unique setting for the exhibition of modern paintings, whose inspiration has been drawn from the deserts and canyons and picturesque native peoples of northern Arizona?” The works on display at the museum’s new exhibit, In Retrospect: Growing Our Own Artists, run the gamut of artistic methods and styles, showcasing how land and culture have blended, creating a unique form of expression found here in northern Arizona. Curated by Alan Petersen, the exhibit displays decades of contributions from museum donors over the years, showcasing its family of donors, as well as the myriad of local and regional artists who helped the museum grow into the arts, science and education establishment it is today. What started out as a modest fine art collection has grown into one with more than 3,000 works ranging from watercolor depictions of Hopi kachinas and Navajo social gatherings to large oil paintings of the region's remarkable landscapes. Styles span 19th-century Romanticism to 21st-century conceptualism. In Retrospect: Growing Our Own Artists is on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. Also on display, Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art until March 31, and The Ant Empire: Strength in Community. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior and military, $8 for youth, students and American Indian, free for children 9 and under. www.musnaz.org
THURSDAY | 3.14
A CREATIVE JOURNEY
It’s been almost 20 years since the Steep Canyon Rangers first came together in 2000. All the while the Grammy Award-winning sextet has flawlessly blended their bluegrass aesthetic with elements of pop, country, folk and everything in between. Their dedication to craft led them to collaborating with actor and banjoist Steve Martin in 2009. Their latest release, Out in the Open, is a milestone in the Steep Canyon Rangers’ ongoing creative journey. Catch the award-winning flavor of the Steep Canyon Rangers tonight at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave. Opening for the Rangers will be Flagstaff’s own Viola & the Brakeman. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 plus fees. More info at www.orpheumflagstaff.com
SATURDAY | 3.16
KISS ME, I’M IRISH
Move over, Patrick—Flagstaff has a group rousing enough to drive the snakes out of town, no sainthood necessary. Founded by Steve 'Doc Bobcat' Babcock, Greenlaw is one of the only Celtic bands that dabbles in a capella music. The band is rounded out by Rod Robinson, Andy Stanford, Michael Satterwhite and Matthew Bennett, with each playing a variety of traditional Irish instruments ranging from violin and whistle to bodhran, banjo and more. Experience a taste of Ireland with pub songs, ballads, reels and jigs during a St. Paddy’s Day celebration Saturday night at the Gopher Hole, 23 N. Leroux St., and Sunday at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde if you fancy a drive down the mountain.
TUESDAY | 3.19
WHAT IS TIME EVEN?
Long before he was blasting the president on Twitter for just about everything he does, the once-governor of California Arnold Swartzenegger was blasting shapeshifting killer robots back to the future. It’s a little confusing, but here we go: so, in The Terminator (1984)a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Swartzenegger) is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) who will later become the leader of the human resistance against the machine scourge known as Skynet. Long story short, the Terminator’s plan fails. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new Terminator known as the T-1000 is sent back in time to kill Sarah’s son, John. But future-John has reprogrammed an old Terminator (Swartzenegger) and has sent it back in time to protect his younger self. Whew. You still with us? Any who, the admittedly confusing time-travel narrative of the Terminator franchise has become a major staple in the canon of sci-fi action movies, with Judgment Day widely held as the best in the series. This Tuesday, re-watch the sci-fi classic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day at Harkins Theatres Flagstaff 16, 4751 E. Marketplace Dr., as part of its Tuesday Night Classics series. Every Tuesday, Harkins screens classic movies in the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. Screenings every Tuesday. Tickets are $5.
WEDNESDAY | 3.20
EMBRACE THE DARKNESS
Describing themselves as an “amalgam of swirling chaos and surgical precision,” Santa Fe-based metal group Dysphotic is ready to kick ass and take names. Just name a group with tighter guitars or more punishing drums not yet spoiled by drama. We'll wait. Each member had already established their talent in well-known bands within the local scene before forming this super group in 2015. Following a penchant for harnessing dissonance within their writing, the group weaves threads of unease and tension throughout their oppressive sound. No eardrums are safe. With an intent on capitalizing on a vision of relentless darkness, Dysphotic’s wide array of influences translate into a hybridization of pummeling, grinding death metal and menacing black metal, bound together tightly by sweeping undercurrents of doom. Dysphotic will be making a stop in Flagstaff Wednesday night for a show at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will get started with opening performances by Flag’s GRIMM and Prescott’s Ugly. Tickets are $10, or $8 in advance. Ages 21 and up.