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THURSDAY | 10.17

YOUR CHANCE TO FEEL AWKWARD

Jonathan Richman seems like he might be immortal. With a musical career that spans more than four decades, he’s still kicking, and kicking hard. The former lead of The Modern Lovers, (before he went solo in the ‘80s), Richman is known for lyrics that are deeply clever and melodies that measure up—equally as creative and plain old weird, too. Proto punk, rock and something else we can’t quite name are his genres. In 1972 The Modern Lovers recorded its first set of demos with Velvet Underground founding member and producer John Cale; among those were hits “Pablo Picasso” and “Roadrunner,” which were both released on the band’s breakout album The Modern Lovers in 1976. It wasn’t long before Richman became a vanguard of the punk scene, a title that was aided by later albums including Rock N’ Roll with the Modern Lovers (1977), Having A Party with Jonathan Richman (1991) and ¡Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar! (1994), to name a few. One critic even called Richman the “Godfather of Punk.” Artists from the Sex Pistols to Joan Jett have covered tracks like “Roadrunner.” A version of “Pablo Picasso” was performed by the Burning Sensations in Repo Man, David Bowie also covered the song on the album Reality, as did Cale, Jack White and Iggy Pop. The latter even wrote an additional verse for it. It’s safe to say Richman has a cult following, even in Flagstaff, where, two years ago, at a performance of his at Firecreek Coffee Company, the audience appeared in all varieties. Fans young and old swayed to Richman who performed songs on his nylon string guitar; he prefers the instrument to the electric guitars of his past because they protect his hearing, at least that’s what the internet says. Flag Live! reached out to Richman’s management for an interview. Turns out he does not do phone interviews and email questions are out because, well, he doesn’t have a computer. We applaud him for that because that is true punk rock. Long story short, we love him and hopefully so will you. Richman will be playing at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., with drummer Tommy Larkins, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission. For more, visit www.orpheumflagstaff.com

THURSDAY | 10.17

LIKE KISMET

Arizona travel writer Roger Naylor knows a thing or two about Arizona’s state parks. Back in 2017, Naylor visited every single state park in Arizona. Why? Well, because “it seemed like a good idea,” he writes in his new book, Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State. “The parks were turning 60, I was turning 60—it felt like kismet.” Through his informative and detailed guide, Naylor shows us the beauty of Arizona beyond the Grand Canyon, with state parks just beyond the highway and in our backyard. Join the author tonight at Bright Side Bookshop, 18 N. San Francisco St., at 5:30 p.m. where he will give a presentation and read from his new book. Attendees will receive a day pass to Arizona State Parks, and folks who buy a copy of the book will also receive a copy of Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Magazine. Find the event on Facebook for more information.

FRIDAY | 10.18

RIDE ON

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As that old meme-tastic proverb goes, “Winter is coming.” In Flagstaff we’re dusting off our winter garb, adjusting those thermostats and exchanging our IPAs for stouts and porters. Before autumn slips away into the chilly corridor of winter, our friend Dapper Dre is hosting one last Bike Party of the season, ROCKtober Surprise, Friday, Oct. 18. Get a funky fresh costume, grab your two-wheeler and take to the streets for a spooky cruise. But just because they’re trying to be spooky doesn’t mean you can’t be safe. Bring a helmet, a light and check your head and the streets before you cross them. The party will meet at Wheeler Park, 212 W. Aspen Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY | 10.20

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WINE O’CLOCK

What pairs better than wine and books on a beautiful fall day? The answer is not much. Enter the second annual Read Between the Wines event on the cozy patio of the gardens at Viola’s Flower Garden. There will be all sorts of fabulous wines, live music by The Caverns and great company. Plus, it’s all for a good cause as proceeds will go back to The Literacy Center, a local nonprofit that hosts programs including drop-in tutoring and literacy classes for teens, adults and families. Both Viola’s—with its pumpkin patches, Christmas trees and seasonal flowers—and the Literacy Center have made names for themselves in Flagstaff and we promise it’ll be worth your time to give both of them some love. Plus, the wine will give you the perfect warm fuzzy feeling for this chilly time of year. It’s kind of an ideal event, to be honest, because on top of everything, Viola’s gives you a view of the surrounding forests and all the colors the trees are changing to at the moment. Read Between the Wines will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Violas, 610 S. State Route 89A. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thinkliteracy.org

WEDNESDAY | 10.23

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Some bands have interesting origin stories. The Doors, inspired by the words of Aldous Huxley, opened our perception to a new rock ‘n’ roll sound. The Aquabats, overwhelmed with the toxic mentality of local punk bands in Brea, California, formed their unabashedly silly punk band as an antithesis to such testosterone-ridden music. And Mac Sabbath—no one really knows much about those guys because its manager continually spouts outlandish origin stories, such as how its lead singer Ronald Osbourne comes from an enchanted forest “where hamburgers grow on trees.” The Red Elvis started when its lead singer had Elvis appear to him in a dream, and Daikaiju simply delivers “loud sonic boom for earful pleasure.” Ziggy Stardust came from the stars. But Peelander-Z, a Japanese punk band, they come from the planet Peelander, and for more than 20 years they’ve been bringing all the strange, high-powered rock ‘n’ roll your human brain can handle. With color-coordinated costumes (Peelander-Yellow, Red, Green and Pink) the band dresses in sentai-style suits, kimonos and rubber Playmobil-style wigs. The band also encourages exercise regularly, and if you don’t do so already, you’ll be damned at one of their shows. Peelander-Z is playing this Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Flagstaff’s Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., with A Band Called Sports. Come to the show ready to get weird. 7 p.m. $12. www.peelander-z.com

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