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SATURDAY | 11.9

THE HOLIDAYS ARE NEAR

There’s an event that the Flagstaff Arts Council hosts every year, and the folks over at FAC have done so every year since the mid-1980s, so you know it’s the real deal. The mid-1980s is old for Flagstaff, honestly. It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition that serves as the perfect lead up to the holiday season, and Flagstaffians love it because everybody gets to show off a little bit and hopefully make some money, too. Plus, there’s a ton to feast your eyes upon. Back in its early iteration, the exhibition was titled simply Wood, Fiber, Clay. It wasn’t until Coconino Center for the Arts reopened in 2001 after a brief hiatus that this favorite Flagstaff festival was given its new and current name. After all this background information, you’d probably like to know what exactly we’re talking about, wouldn’t you? Well, hang on, we’re getting there. It’s Elemental is a popular fine craft exhibition that showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and every kind of art imaginable. It’s really the place to be when it comes to shopping for unique pieces for friends or loved ones. Plus, CCA just replaced its floors as well as put in a new reception desk, so, you know, lots and lots to see when and if you go. A reception for the exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5-6 p.m. for Flag Arts Council members, and 6-8 p.m. for the general public. CCA will also reveal its Christmas tree, which is yet another thing to look forward to at this event. It’s Elemental will remain on display through Dec. 14. CCA is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

THURSDAY | 11.7

WHERE THE POINTS DON’T MATTER

It’s the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter. That’s right, the points don’t matter, just like all that cursive you learned in grade school. The side-splitting comedy troupe of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway are bringing their on-brand irreverent wit to the Orpheum Theater stage at 15 W. Aspen Ave. tonight during its improv tour, Whose Live Anyway? See Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley and Joel Murray as they bring 90 minutes of improv comedy and song based solely on audience suggestions. Be ready. You may be asked to join them onstage. The show begins at 7 p.m. $39-78. www.orpheumflag.com

FRIDAY | 11.8

IT’S FRANKEN-SCHTEEN

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This week, Northern Arizona University’s Department of Theatre brings to life a familiar staple of literature classes and a masterpiece of Gothic fiction. Playing with Fire: After Frankenstein, written by Barbara Field, picks up where Mary Shelly’s novel left off: at the North Pole. Dr. Victor Frankenstein is dying but has gathered up his remaining gusto to track down his monster, who has developed something of a consciousness and conscience. (The age old question, am I right?) The scientist is seeking to kill his monster, but when the two find each other, some questions remain. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9, and 14-16; afternoon performances at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17. All performances will be held at the Clifford E. White Theatre in the Performing and Fine Arts Building (Bldg. 37) at Northern Arizona University. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for students and youth, and $12 for seniors, NAU faculty and staff, available at NAU's Central Ticket Office.

FRIDAY | 11.8

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HEED THE CALL

The Phoenix-based rock trio known as Ultraviolet Communication got its start the way all great friendships get theirs: through Craigslist. The band formed in December 2017, when Lee Pickett (drums) and Josiah Rodriguez (guitar and vocals) “met at a coffee shop after discussing mutual musical interests through responses to a craigslist [sic] ad posted by Rodriguez,” according to the band’s bio. “Interestingly enough, the two hit it off right away and began to meet regularly to jam.” Those jam sessions led the musicians to Matt Morgan (bass and vocals), who rounds out the trio. Ultraviolet Communication’s music is reminiscent of ’60s psych-rock, and their single “Headstone,” which was released earlier this year, only adds to that catchy, groovy vibe. Recently, Flagstaff has tuned in to the communication, crowning the band as winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands at the Orpheum Theater. Hosted by KJACK, the annual Battle of the Bands has become crucial for discovering new, up-and-coming bands, and we’re glad to have discovered this crew. This Friday, Ultraviolet Communication will return to the north at Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Route 66, to share the stage with last year’s Battle of the Bands winner Winter Haven and Minivan. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $6.

WEDNESDAY | 11.13

LOADS OF HISTORY

Bright Side Bookshop never falls short when it comes to interesting, important and engaging community events that also educate. It’s exactly what you’d want from a local independent bookstore, and time after time it delivers. An upcoming event is the perfect testament to the shop’s dedication to bringing in a diverse and varied guest-reader list. R.E. Burrillo will be in the store presenting "The Anthropology of Paleontology: A Quick Look at Native American Depictions of the Fossil Record in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region and Beyond." Burillo, who has made stops at several places in the Southwest, will join book shoppers and audience members alike for this event. Grand Staircase Escalante is a national monument located in Utah. It is a Delaware-sized area of sedimentary erosion that leads wanderers down a more than 200-million-year old staircase of animals, minerals and more—all a deep look into history and evolution. The monument has faced continued threats under the Trump administration and has been of renewed interest lately. What a better time than now to learn about this feat of science, nature and time. The event takes place at Bright Side Bookshop, 18 N. San Francisco St., Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m. For more, visit www.brightsidebookshop.com

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