SATURDAY | 11.16
THE GRANDEST OF CANYONS
It’s been 100 years since Arizona’s great big hole in the ground was designated a national park. We all remember that great 1903 speech by then President Theodore Roosevelt in which he said, “[The Grand Canyon] is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world.” The Grand Canyon has been drawn, painted and captured in still and video form. On average, five million visitors from around the world make the trek every year to our state to feast their eyes upon its massive chasms, and now we see the canyon on a little square on little phones in the palms of our little hands, cropped and Instagram-filtered, colors and contrasts boosted up way too high. In many ways, our appreciation for the Grand Canyon has diminished somewhat. But one look at Tony Foster’s new exhibit Searching for a Bigger Subject: Watercolour Diaries from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon will reignite that wonder. His exhibit depicts two subjects: the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest. Drama infuses both, unfolding with grand wisps of wind and sweeping vistas that are beautiful and dangerous. The paintings in Foster’s exhibit, 22 in total, are intimately crafted by an artist who not only finds a muse in these places, but has lived and breathed in them for extended periods of time. “They’re very much like journals,” Kristan Hutchison, marketing director at the Museum of Northern Arizona, said. “They’re incredible pieces of art, but [he’s giving you] that feeling of immediacy, not just of place, but of the person who’s looking at the place…And the journey that it took to get there. What the weather was like and what had to happen. There’s a whole story there.” Searching for a Bigger Subject opens to the public Nov. 16 at MNA, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd., and will be on display through Feb. 16, 2020. At the opening reception Nov. 16, a panel of regional artists including Bruce Aiken, Dawn Sutherland, Curt Walters and Merrill Mahaffey will discuss the influence and impact the Grand Canyon has had on art. Begins at 2 p.m. Regular museum admission applies.
THURSDAY | 11.14
CINEMA AT ITS FINEST
November is Native American Heritage month--though celebrating and elevating the tribes upon whose land Flagstaff was built seems like something that shouldn't be reserved for just one month out of the year. Heritage Month is an opportune time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present. The Indigenous Film Festival will center three local filmmakers: Tinia Witherspoon, Keanu Jones and Deidra Peaches. Films by each will be shown at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave. The evening is also a benefit for Uplift, whose mission is to empower young leaders advocating for revolutionary unity to address climate change on the Colorado Plateau. Tickets for the event are $4.50 and can be purchased at www.orpheumflagstaff.com. Doors at 6:30 p.m. show at 7 p.m.
YOU SAY WHISKY, I SAY WHISKEY
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Ah, Jameson. It’s the old go-to whiskey. Imagine: you’re at a bar and you see walls and walls of strange bottles with fancy descriptions. What to order? Then, that ol’ transparent green friend eyes you from the corner. “Jameson, please,” you say. And the night is all right. Now imagine cool jazz as you walk away briskly into a dimly lit bar. Perfect, right? Well, this Friday, Nov. 15, make your dreams come true at Jameson & Jazz at Uptown Pubhouse, 114 N. Leroux St. The event will feature two specialty IPA and stout editions of Jameson Irish Whiskey, as well as a musical gypsy jazz performance by Swing Coco. The event begins at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY | 11.15
528 YEARS OF RESISTANCE
Firecreek Coffee Company is hosting a night of very special music; music that doesn’t get the mainstream or often even the DIY recognition that other bands take for granted; music that is varied and catchy, and intense and soft and hardcore and runs the gamut; music by indigenous bands and musicians. An Evening of Indigenous Music features Sihasin, made up of brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo Nation. The two have long created their own brand of music with brass and drums, protesting environmental and human rights abuses against their tribe and culture. Sihasin is fresh off their win for best rock recording at the NAMMYS 2019 Native American Music Awards. The Cody Blackbird Band, which just won rock group of the year at the same ceremony, will also be playing. Cody Blackbird is of Eastern Band Cherokee, and Roma descent and the son of Thomas Blackbird, an accomplished American Indian Cowboy poet who traveled the country. “Cody often accompanied his father, laying the foundation for his love of music and the road,” his bio reads. The two bands will be joined by local musicians, including Mary and Scottie, Neci Nite and Rikat Structure. This will be an evening of music "in celebration of Indigenous existence after 528 years of resistance." The show will take place at Firecreek, 22 E. Route 66, at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, kids 13 and under are free.
WEDNESDAY | 11.20
MOUNTAIN DEWS, BABY
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals. He also holds the most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder and has won 10 ESPY Awards. But White’s life extends beyond the slopes. In fact, at 9-years-old he caught the attention of many at his local skate park. Among those paying attention was Tony Hawk, who ended up mentoring a young White. He received his first sponsorship for snowboarding at age 7 and since then he’s been tearing it up on half pipes and superpipes. Sometimes they tore him up, as in 2018 when White crashed into the edge of a superpipe while training for the Winter Olympics, resulting in a facial injury that required 62 stitches. Talk about gnarly. Despite the incident, White qualified, and on Feb. 14, 2018, he won his third Olympic gold medal for the Men’s Halfpipe event with a score of 97.75 and two back-to-back 1440s. An occasional actor, solid musician and authentic athletic, White is renowned for reasons beyond our word count. See An Evening with Shaun White this Wednesday, Nov. 20, at NAU’s Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, 1115 S. Knoles Dr. White will discusses his success, failures and motivations. Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for NAU staff and faculty, $5 for children, free for NAU students. Tickets are limited. Begins at 6:30 p.m.