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Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw will perform at the Green Room on Thursday, March 8. Courtesy photo

THURSDAY | 3.8

MOVING ON TO BETTER THINGS

When most people go through a breakup it can be difficult to move forward. But for Scranton, Pennsylvania-based band Tigers Jaw, they just kept on going after losing three members. Their fifth studio album, spin, released last May, was a clear shift away from the pop punk the band first became known for when they formed as a five-piece in 2005. A lineup change in 2013 before the release of their fourth studio album left Ben Walsh, guitar and vocals, and Brianna Collins, keyboard and vocals, as the sole members of the band while giving them room to shine as the primary singers and songwriters of powerful indie hooks. As their first major label debut on Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint, Black Cement Records, spin is a melancholy exploration of what it means to be vulnerable. “The lyrics I wrote for spin are very personal in the sense that there’s a lot of material relating to mental wellness, coming to terms with getting older and pursuing something creative like this band even though that might not be the conventional path for someone my age,” explains Walsh. Producer Yip has had a hand in working with some of the stand-out emo and punk bands of recent years like La Dispute, mewithoutYou, The Menzingers and Title Fight. When he went into the studio with Walsh and Collins they had an entire month to play around with different ideas, a completely different process than with the band’s previous four albums which they recorded on tight deadlines. “He had ideas especially about song structures that I might not have thought of and we had enough time in the studio to fully explore a lot of those ideas and see how they turned out,” says Collins. In short, spin is Tigers Jaw fitting right in outside of their comfort zone. See the band tonight at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., at 7 p.m. with Yowler and Looming. Tickets are $13, $15 at the door. This event is ages 16 and up. www.tigersjaw.com

THURSDAY | 3.8

SOUP’S UP

The forecast may show a brief break from the winter weather we’ve been seeing in town, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still soup season. Support student travel today by warming up with hot soup at the NAU Clay Club Soup Bowl Fundraiser. For $15, supporters will get a one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic bowl filled with hot soup. The money raised will go toward helping students attend The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in Pittsburg where artists from all over can get together to share innovative experiences, discourse and resources. Stop by the Drury Inn and Suites, 300 S. Milton Road, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for your bowl. For more information, call Jason Hess, 523-2398.

FRI | 3.9

A LITTLE SEED, A LOT OF PATIENCE

We’re only a couple of weeks until the spring equinox. What better way to celebrate than by starting your own backyard garden? Gardening can provide numerous benefits to your physical and mental health. It can also save you tons of money in the long run. All you need is some soil, some little seeds and a lot of patience. While they can’t help you out with all that patience you’ll need, the Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library can help you out with a few seeds to get you started. Join the community this Friday for its Flagstaff Community Seed Swap. The Seed Library, along with Flagstaff Foodlink, the Coconino County Cooperative Extension and NAU’s SSLUG Garden invite the community to participate in the seed exchange by bringing seeds of vegetable, herbs and flowers to share our local food heritage. If you’re bringing seeds, provide information on the seed variety, year collected and tips. If you’re new to gardening, no worries! The Seed Library will extend seeds to anyone who is interested. To learn more about the event Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library, visit the Facebook event page.

SAT | 3.10

SCARY SPARKLY DREAMS

When Chicago-based lo-fi duo Zigtebra first started playing music together, singer Emily Rose and Joe Zeph came to an unusual realization. Both were part of Pure Magical Love, a “grotesquely sexual” dance troupe and “Emily and I just kind of magnetically came toward each other,” said Zeph in an interview with Chateau Racine. “One thing led to another and we ended up actually finding out that we had the same dad.” Though unusual at first, the unknown siblings quickly took a liking to each other’s musical styles. “It was great, actually, because I always felt kind of out of place, and I said, ‘Where are all the musicians?’ Then I met Emily and we started pretty much performing right away.” Since then the band has written a play, released a handful of singles and videos, as well as their Sparkle Tip EP and a full-length LP called The Brave. Zigtebra’s sound is darkly dream-pop, minimalist and catchy. “Since we don’t use a lot of fancy programs, we can keep it minimal and keep the emphasis on song structure and just try to keep it as magical as possible without getting lost in production,” said Rose. Catch the dreamy duo this Saturday, March 10, at Firecreek Coffee Company with Tucson-based artist Karima Walker and Flagstaff lovelies Fake Nails and Cyam. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m., with a $6 cover. www.zigtebra.bandcamp.com

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Small is beatiful

Small is Beautiful, directed by Jeremy Beasley. Courtesy photo

SUNDAY | 3.11

LIVING SMALL IN A WORLD OF EXCESS

Do you ever get the urge to sell all of your belongings, get in a car and just float around from location to location? Just us? Either way, you may have seen or heard something about a newfound cultural desire to live minimally, without the burden of excess that so many tend to accumulate over the years. Tiny homes and small living techniques have been explored on lifestyle blogs, Portlandia sketches and numerous photo spreads showing off how a little can actually be a lot. Energy-efficient electronics, hideaway storage and nonexistent mortgage payments are just some of the draws people consider when deciding whether or not tiny living is for them. Australian filmmaker Jeremy Beasley wanted to explore this trend with his debut feature documentary, Small is Beautiful. It follows four people as they attempt to build their own tiny homes, which generally range from 100 to 400 square feet, 26 to six and a half times smaller than the typical American home. Each of the people featured want to gain independence but find that living small may be harder than it looks on television. Watch a screening of Small is Beautiful as part of the Flagstaff Community Film Night at the Orpheum Theater this weekend. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. This event is suitable for ages 16 and up and is a benefit for Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, a nonprofit organization promoting an environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically prosperous Flagstaff. www.orpheumflagstaff.com

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