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SATURDAY | 10.12

200 YEARS OF MUSIC

We write a lot of Hot Picks, and we’ll be honest: We don’t always go to all of the events. And as for you, dear reader, feel free to ignore our Hot Picks suggestions every week, but it’s absolutely crucial that you make this one. Between the six members that round out Absolutely Crucial, the band has close to 200 years of musical experience. When you add that all together you get one of the most interesting rock ‘n’ roll bands in town. The six-person group formed in January and is made up of Neil Wilson (guitar and vocals), Tony Chavez (guitar and vocals), Aspen Wilson (drums, violin and vocals), Jack Van Haverbeck (keys and bass guitar), Nina Wilson (alternate percussion and vocals) and Avery Wilson (lead guitar and bass). The members range in age from 15 to 61, with almost-62-year-old Chavez leading the pack and 15-year-old Aspen drumming her way through several songs. Avery, Neil, Nina and Aspen are related, though they consider Van Haverbeck and Chavez to be part of the family. In short, Absolutely Crucial says they have sort of an out-of-this-world feel. The band is full of a little bit of everything, Chavez with about 50 years of music experience, Neil with 30. They’ve all played with a lot of different musicians, and it shows in the layered, complex songs they’ve crafted. Their weekly Sunday practice, which is never missed by a single band member, has also helped. “It really is one big family,” Chavez says, “and it just proves that all ages can get along together, through the power of music.” This Saturday, Oct. 12, the band is celebrating the release of their new album, Oxygen, at Firecreek Coffee Co., 22 E. Route 66, with Random Impulse, and featuring a guitar giveaway. 8 p.m. $6.

THURSDAY | 10.10

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

When traveling, sometimes it’s good to have a guide. That’s where Avenues of the World, Inc. comes in. Just read the mission statement: “As your personal Travel Advisors, we share the love for travel and the exploration that comes with it.” Today, Avenues is hosting its sixth annual Northern Arizona Travel Expo, an educational event for eager travelers at the Double Tree by Hilton, 1175 W. Route 66. The event will feature Cruise lines, hotel chains and tour operators will be on-site, and don’t forget to enter into the raffle for gift cards and other prizes. Happy traveling. 5 p.m. Free.

THURSDAY | 10.10

LOVE TO HATE(BREED)

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With song titles like “Destroy Everything,” “Everyone Bleeds Now,” “Life is Pain,” “Suicidal Maniac” and more, Hatebreed is pretty straightforward. Say what you will about the band, but there’s no denying the unadulterated metal madness that is Hatebreed. Since 1994, the band’s been getting the pit started with their blend of hardcore, metal and punk. This year, Hatebreed is marking 25 years of gut-punching metal, making a special appearance tonight at Flagstaff’s very own Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Cherry Ave., with openers PRONG and Incite. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-28, plus fees. For more information, visit www.orpheumflag.com

SATURDAY | 10.12

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GOODBYE FOR NOW

Well, the last flea market is upon us and we at Flag Live! have been crying about it all week. Are you telling us no more trinkets, vintage clothes, soaps, strange sci-fi books, whacky stuff, Elvis heads, Dapper Dre walking around, Art Babbott, plants, planters, tamales, lavender iced tea, vests, pants, dresses, tie-dye shirts, reusable straws, people, more people, people you know and don’t know, records, old postcards from far-away places, fleas (just kidding), linens, kitchenware, jewelry, furniture, rugs, sometimes dogs, knick-knacks. We could go on but we won’t. The point is, the Flagstaff Urban Flea and Artisan Market is a mainstay of Flagstaff summers as people meander through the City Hall parking lot and admire all the goods being hocked by local and regional vendors. The event starts up every spring and goes through early October, which is upon us now and so it’s time to say goodbye and sayonara and until next time and however else you want to say it. Auf wiedersehen, ciao, nos vemos. The Flagstaff Urban Flea Market is held every second Saturday of the month, and this last one will take place this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 211 W. Aspen Ave. in the Flagstaff City Hall parking lot. The market opens at 8 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. For more information, or just to look at some cool stuff and past photos of the market, visit the Flagstaff Urban Flea and Artisan Market on Facebook.

MONDAY | 10.14

RECLAIMING HISTORY

There is a lot that has been left out of history or re-written to favor a settler-colonialist narrative and, unfortunately, the latter is often what makes it into school textbooks. Enter local activist, visual artist and musician Ed Kabotie who, through An AlterNative History of America, will share an indigenous perspective on American history at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Through stories and original art and music Kabotie will create and foster the space in which to learn about that which has been pushed to the sidelines or simply left out of history, including the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, when the Pueblo Nations of New Mexico and Arizona banded together 339 years ago to regain their freedom and liberate their lands. Kabotie is a multi-faceted Hopi/Tewa artist and musician who also incorporates a variety of instruments and languages to create moving compositions. Kabotie is the artist-in-residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona and has been researching and teaching about Native American culture and history for many years. The event is included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults, $10 for military members and $8 for youth and Native Americans. AlterNative goes from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. For more, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/528503571270002/ or call 774-5214.

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