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Mousetrap

Detective Sergeant Trotter (K. Garcia, right) bribes Christopher Wren (Robert J. Quick, left) for information with candies in NAU's production of "The Mousetrap." Photo by MacKenzie Chase

THURS-SUN | 3.1-4

WELL, WHODUNIT?

As news of a murder in the city is announced on the radio, eight people are stuck together in a snowed-in country guest house, the phone line has been cut and something just doesn’t seem right in the Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre’s current production of “The Mousetrap.” Since its debut in 1952 at London’s West End Theatre, Agatha Christie’s play has captivated audiences with its classic whodunit murder mystery that includes enough twists to throw even scrutinizers off the scent of potential suspects. Christie estimated her play would only run for eight months when it opened, but "The Mousetrap" has claimed the title of the longest-running play in the history of modern theater, racking up over 27,000 performances by the time it celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2017. NAU’s production of the play is directed by Professor of Theatre Bob Yowell and the set, designed by Naoko Skala and built by NAU theater students, features a fireplace, rotary phone, plenty of comfy chairs, large window panes and a snow machine to depict snow falling outside. The first act opens as Mollie and Giles Ralston (Emily Wood and Morgan Gallob) are preparing the new Monkswell Manor guest house for the first round of vacationers while a snowstorm outside worsens. Not everything is what it appears to be though as the rest of the cast, made up of suspicious characters who all seem to have something to hide, is introduced. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. in The Studio Theatre, located at the north end of the Performing Arts Building, 1115 S. Knoles Dr. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and NAU employees, $8 for NAU students and youth. jan.ucc.nau.edu/cto-p/event/the-mousetrap

THURSDAY | 3.1

GET STOKED ON THESE FOLKS

Described as “equal parts melodically innovative and lyrically wrenching” on their Facebook page, Los Angeles’s Gestures & Sounds sure sound like band you want to gesture along with—in a good way, of course, not the bird variety of gesture. Their talent doesn’t end with the music and vocals though; the official music video for “To: Rivers, From: Chomp,” on their new album “Bill Nye Thinks We’re a Band,” was directed and animated by the members themselves. And what’s more, they will be taking the stage with the equally fun and impressive Denver-based duo of Flyin’ Hot Saucers who play “genre-transcending mutant rock.” Catch these two bands tonight at the Green Room with a free show beginning at 9 p.m. Ages 21 and up.

FRIDAY | 3.2

A SIMPLE THREE-PIECE MEAL

Before iPods and cellphones and streaming services like Spotify, there was just the radio and old record players. That’s how Tony Balbinot of Cadillac Angels was raised. Born in a small rural town in Illinois, Balbinot found a deep connection to Midwestern roots, blues and rock music, citing influences such as Dick Dale, BB King and John Fogerty. Music didn’t need to be a potpourri of strings and synths and pianos and rhythm sections and gongs and bells. You just needed a guitar, a bass and some drums. It’s that simple three-piece meal which makes Cadillac Angels a treat to listen to. After their most recent effort Hillbilly Girls, the band took an extended break, but now they’re back with their hip-swinging, toe-tapping music, ready to soothe some souls with some true rock ‘n’ roll. Catch the Cadillac Angels this Friday, March 2, at the State Bar, 10 E. Route 66. $5 entry fee. Show begins at 7 p.m. More information at www.cadillacangels.com

SATURDAY | 3.3

THE OSCARS OF FLAGSTAFF

The Viola Awards Nominee Showcase on Feb. 9 was a beautiful reminder of all the arts and sciences Flagstaff has to offer. NAU professor Annette McGivney read from her outstanding new book, Pure Land, Dark Sky Aerial gave a deeply moving visual performance and Tiny Bird rocked the house with a surprisingly intimate set. The books were read, the music was heard, the art was consumed and now the day has come: the Viola Awards Gala, also known as the Oscars of Flagstaff, where the winners will be announced. Some finalists in the new categories are Tow’rs album “Grey Fidelity” for Excellence in Music, Dark Sky Aerial’s TILT performance in Innovation, Dawn Tucker of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival for Community Impact (Individual) and the Flagstaff Foundry for Community Impact (Organization). With a cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m. and a dinner from 6-9 p.m., the Viola Awards on Saturday at the High Country Conference Center will be a night celebrating art, science and culture. Sounds great, right? Well, unfortunately for you the event is sold out, but if you would like to be added to the waitlist for tickets, call 779-2300. But don’t feel too bad. With the advent of technology, you can now get news in real time, which is what the Flag Live crew will be doing. Stay in the know and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @flaglive, for live updates on what’s what at the 2018 Viola Awards. Because you gotta be in the know to know, you know?  www.flagartscouncil.org

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of mice and men

Of Mice & Men. Courtesy photo

MONDAY | 3.5

THE SAME AS IT WAS BEFORE

In the short span of about 10 years, the Orange County, heavy metal, heavy hitters Of Mice & Men have experienced a musical lifetime. With five studio albums, more than 150 million Spotify streams and 20 million YouTube views, Of Mice & Men have never stopped pushing themselves to go further and harder with their music. The band’s fifth studio album Defy marks the first album since the departure of Of Mice & Men’s co-founder and vocalist Austin Carlile, who cited his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome for his leaving. After Carlile’s departure, the band’s bassist Aaron Pauley stepped up as lead vocalist. "The only real difference was, in the past, [Carlile] and I would work on vocals together and stuff, and for writing the music, everything else was the same as it's been before, which, for us, felt very good to kind of go back in the studio,” said Pauley of Carlile’s departure. Of Mice & Men will perform this Monday at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. More information at www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com

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