DOLLS, DIAMONDS, DARKNESS
When an astute and capable woman is imperiled by crooks in her own apartment, she realizes her blindness may be the key to her survival. Theatrikos Theatre Company’s second production of its 2019 season, Wait Until Dark, is a dark (both literally and metaphorically), edge-of-your seat thriller. Wait Until Dark was originally written by Frederick Knott for Broadway in 1966 and adapted into a film the following year. Audrey Hepburn earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her performance of the blind Susan Hendrix. In October 2013, Jeffrey Hatcher’s version of the play opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, featuring Allison Pill, Adam Stein and Mather Dickel. Hatcher tightened up the script, changed the setting to 1944 Greenwich Village and made the pivotal doll filled with diamonds instead of drugs. John Propster, director of the Theatrikos production of Wait Until Dark, stuck to Hatcher’s version for the most part, but made one big change of his own. “We’ve added our own twist and cast a female to play the most ruthless of the criminals,” Propster says. “I wanted to cast two females in the lead so that it would be a struggle between two women, one that thinks that they’re in charge and has a sadistic, dark side, and a woman who is light and cheery and dealing with not being able to see but sort of rockin’ it right now, feeling that she can deal with [the con artists] and puts them to the test.” The cast of six includes Amanda DeLano, Hannah Gurne, Rob Peters, Jessica Pinaire, Michael Rulon and Wade Thorson. Performances for Wait Until Dark will be held at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, 11 W. Cherry Ave., 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays from March 29 to April 14. Individual tickets are $22-24 plus applicable fees. Student and senior discounts may be applied. The March 29 opening performance includes a post-show reception with the cast. Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office, by calling 774-1662 and online at www.theatrikos.com
FRIDAY | 3.29
THE GOLDEN PITA
Whoever is on the council that designates National Insert-Random-Thing-Here Days has a pretty sweet gig. There’s National Donut Day, National Kiss A Ginger Day and National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Adding to that, once a year, you can celebrate the world's warmest, fluffiest, most delectable gluten-based cuisine, with National Pita Day. This year’s celebration takes place on March 29 and coincides with Pita Jungle’s 25th anniversary. As such, the restaurant is hosting a Willy Wonka-inspired celebration called “The Golden Pita.” All across Arizona, guests can win prizes when they dine in and receive a special golden wrapper on Pita Day, and one lucky winner will receive food from Pita Jungle for an entire year. Visit the Flagstaff Pita Jungle, 320 S. Regent St., on March 29 and make your bed-ridden grandpa suddenly walk again when you win the Golden Pita.
FRIDAY | 3.29
EVEN HOTTER THAN GREY
This Friday night, a tantalizing selection of bold and seductive red wines have been curated for your pleasure at the 50 Shades of Red Wine Party & Benefit. Presented by Vino Loco, Flagstaff Social & Mingle and Lady Loco, the event promises serious hot tunes from local band Streetwise as members of the community come together to raise money for Friends of the Library, a local nonprofit that provides supplemental support for the public library. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres from Il Rosso's Pizzeria and Bar will include an anti-pasti spread with meats, cheese and olives. Red attire is encouraged along with masquerade masks. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a bottle of red wine being given away every half hour. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Library. The event will be held at Vino Loco, 22. E. Birch Ave., from 6-10 p.m.
MONDAY | 4.1
X MARKS THE SPOT
It might be April Fool’s Day, but this band is no joke. Founded in 1975, the musical pioneers who make up British jazz fusion, progressive rock ensemble known as Brand X helped create an entire musical genre and have influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands. Playing with the likes of Phil Collins of Genesis and Robin Lumley, and co-founded by Percy Jones and John Goodsall, Brand X released their first album, Unorthodox Behaviour, in 1976, which peaked at 191 on the Billboard 200 that same year. The album, which featured heavy bouts of improvisation in its extended pieces, is often regarded as one of the sparks that led to a jazz fusion explosion. Only active for about five years, the band reformed between 1992 and 1999, all the while creating eight studio albums, two live albums and a host of compilation albums. And in 2016, Goodsall, Jones and Kenwood Dennard reunited with new musicians Chris Clark on keyboards and Scott Weinberger on percussion, continuing to inspire musicians the world over. Catch Brand X this Monday, April 1, at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages event are $36 for prime seating, $30 for general admission, $26 for students, plus applicable fees. www.orpheumflagstaff.com
WEDNESDAY | 4.3
SING LIKE NOBODY’S LISTENING
One can do a lot of things over the course of 20 hours. Take a transatlantic flight from Phoenix to Dublin (including layovers and all the driving involved in reaching airports/final destinations). Dry a large oil painting. Read the entirety of Proust’s Swann’s Way (if your reading speed is 150 words per minute). Ride a bike from Flagstaff to Las Vegas. Or you can set a record with the longest karaoke marathon Flagstaff has seen. The Green Room will set out to make history beginning Wednesday, April 3, at 6 a.m. when they pull out the microphones and cue up lyric videos for those wanting to belt out their favorite songs ‘til the break of dawn (baby got it goin’ on). Hosts will include Matt Gewald, Spacebar and Androo, who introduced the weekly Happy Hour $hit Show Karaoke exactly one year ago, along with several guests such as regular Sunday night karaoke host TJ Clevy, Tuesday night host Sean Meehan, Cody Mills and more. The event is sponsored by Legacy Beverage Co., which will have representatives giving away merchandise and prizes through the wee hours, with the party wrapping up at 2 a.m. on Thursday. Stop by the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., on your lunch break, or stay the whole time so you can cycle through your favorite movie soundtracks. Afterward, maybe you can even start counting down the days until a possible follow-up marathon is announced. After all, records were meant to be broken. www.flagstaffgreenroom.com