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TUESDAY | 3.26

FIND THE PHISH

We know what you’re thinking. Sure, Pink Floyd is pretty cool. Yeah, the Talking Heads—they’re classic, man. And Phish? Go phish yourself for asking such a silly question. But what if—stay with us now—there was a way to combine all three of those bands? Pink Talking Fish is the answer to our outlandish fantasy. Combining the music of three musical spectacles, Pink Talking Fish take the inspiration of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish to create an unforgettable live experience. One moment you’re swimming in emotions, experimenting with sound and vision to the music of Pink Floyd and the next you’re getting down to the funky, danceable hits of the Talking Heads. Rounding all of that out is the complex compositional structures and undeniably fun music of Phish. Featuring Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Cal Kehoe on guitar, this is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts.  Its purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.  Fun though it is, Gould asserts it’s not always easy to combine the vastly different genres of music. “Many musicians can play these songs, but to do this concept—and every one of these band members fit this bill—you have to have a certain mindset,” said Gould in a 2018 interview with Relix. “It’s a mix between being able to chameleon between the songs, between the emotion involved and the technical capacity involved within it, and it’s also being able to lose yourself in the moment of what this music provides.” Catch Pink Talking Fish this Tuesday, March 26, at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave. Advance tickets for the all-ages event are $18, $23 day of, plus fees. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. More information at www.orpheumflagstaff.com

SATURDAY | 3.23

HUNGRY FOR SPRING

March 20 marked the first day of spring, a time for blossoming flowers, opening those windows and taking a much needed road trip. But where to go? If you’re in the mood for a small road trip down south and have got a hungry stomach, our friends in Sedona are hosting their very own food truck festival. The third annual Sedona Food Truck Festival will feature dozens of food trucks, each with a $5 sampler menu and more. $5 beer and wine will be on sight to wet your whistle, and a special appearance and live music from The Naughty Bits will keep those feet tapping. The festival will be held at the Posse Grounds Park in Sedona, 525 Posse Grounds Road, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

SUNDAY | 3.24

TO READ OR NOT TO READ

An unlikely love affair. A tale of revenge. A batch of apricots? When a duchess marries below her class, her two brothers unlatch a plan of revenge that destroys themselves in the process. John Webster’s 1613 play The Duchess of Malfi is part love story, part Jacobean drama, part nightmarish tragedy—three parts that craft a delicious revenge story, ranking it among the greatest tragedies of English renaissance drama. The Duchess of Malfi will be among the many plays during Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 season, but you can catch an early sneak peek this Sunday at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave. Join the cast as they read through Webster’s enduring play during Shakespeare Allowed! Event is free and begins at 11 a.m.

MONDAY | 3.25

ALIENS MADE HIM DO IT

David Liebe Hart is anything but normal. When people watch the enigmatic actor, singer, alleged UFO abductee, train enthusiast and puppeteer on stage performing his multimedia variety shows, they’re often left bewildered, uncertain whether to laugh, cry, cheer or simply marvel at the mystery. Claiming to be in communication with aliens, clearly relishing the spotlight and being extremely talkative without any filter, Hart is nothing if not interesting. For his fans, the songs about paranormal encounters (“Ghost Frog” and “Space Train”), sour romance (“No Sex Since 94”and “You Don’t Love Me”) and innocent adoration (“I Love Water Lilies”) are endearing, funny and even inspirational. For others they are simply weird or depressing. Hart’s prolific creative output (including not only music and puppetry but paintings, what he calls standup comedy and various acting roles) might be considered to be a sort of Rorschach test. Everyone seems to be affected differently. Witness the one and only David Liebe Hart on March 25 for a special performance at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St. He’ll be appearing with a host of hot acts including Flagstaff’s own VeloValo and A Band Called Sports, as well as Whatever Your Heart Desires, electronic dance music for time-traveling extra-terrestrials. The event begins at 8 p.m. 21 and up. Advance tickets are $10, $12 day of. www.artbyliebehart.com

WEDNESDAY | 3.27

GOING HAM AT THE SLAM

On Wednesday nights at Firecreek Coffee Co. you’ll find a packed room of aspiring poets heckled and clapped in support of the style and rhythm of competitive spoken word. Simultaneously tender and brutal, the poets dissect facets of the human condition with humor and narrative exploration. Otherwise known as slam poetry, this phenomenon has dominated Flagstaff since the millennium’s turn. Flagstaff Poetry Slam has further cemented the resilience of this community and its attachment to poetry. Fresh after NAU’s spring break, the slam community is back and gearing up for National Poetry Month in April. If you’ve never been to a slam, we’ll break down the rules for you: you’ve got three minutes to tell your best poem, with two rounds, five judges and an audience scoring from 0-10. Except, there’s a twist. Every week this month, the event is featuring a different form of poetry not typically seen in the slam scene. This week: sestinas. A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi. Get those creative juices flowing for the Sestina Slam this Wednesday, March 27, at Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Route 66. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

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