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FRIDAY | 9.6

WALK TO YOUR ART

Each month, the fine creators in our town prepare exhibits for you to view during a night out on the town while taking a brief respite from all of life’s bumps. You already know—it’s the First Friday ArtWalk, and we’ve got stops on our list that you might want to check out as well. The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 423 N. Beaver St., will hold a closing reception for its most recent Art in Action exhibit, Water is Life. Featuring work from nine local artists, the exhibit ends Sept. 10, and also includes educational displays on fracking, Black Mesa Trust, the Navajo Water Project and more. During the closing reception, Erin Young with City of Flagstaff Water Resources will hold an open discussion with the community on the water issues we encounter locally. Free refreshments and a music performance by Bill Vernieu will greet attendees beginning at 6 p.m. You can also make your way over to Lotus Lounge, 106 N. San Francisco St., for cocktails and to view the expressionist work of Alexandra Melina. Her abstract work is driven by a balance of color and shape, a process she says is therapeutic. “I think it requires a lot of time and focus and energy, so if you’re putting that into art and putting that into something creative rather than destructive, it’s a beautiful thing,” she said in a Flag Live! interview this past May. If you’re a fan of art your body as well as on the canvas, stop by the newly remodeled Flagstaff Tattoo Company, 111 W. Birch Ave., for a grand opening celebration from 6-9 p.m. As the hours creep into the double digits, galleries begin to close, but the party is just getting started. ‘90s Night with Enormodome at the Monte V is one of those events you return to time and time again. See page 5 for a brief profile on drummer Mikey Seitz and then dance the night away while you sing along to your favorite hits from the ‘90s. Yes, even that one. Visit www.flagartscouncil.org for a map and full listing of First Friday events.

FRIDAY | 9.6

WINTRY WILES

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival returns this Friday with The Winter’s Tale. The Shakespearean romance, with an ending many critics see as comedic, is nothing short of colossal. A story about a family separated by anger and envy as well as geographic distance, this 1623 play follows the characters as they find their own follies but return to love and forgiveness. There may or may not be a happy ending—we’ll leave that for you to decide when you see it. Flag Shakes’ production of The Winter’s Tale, featuring familiar local actors Jim Dugan, Katie King, Audrey Young, Dawn Tucker and more, will take place within Branigar Hall at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, with an opening performance Sept. 6. For a full list of dates and to purchase tickets, visit  www.flagshakes.org

SATURDAY | 9.7

FASTFOOD FANATICS

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What do McDonald’s and Black Sabbath have in common? We'll give you a minute. Still thinking? Confused? Well, look no further than Mac Sabbath. A fast food-themed metal band which parodies Black Sabbath, these screamin’ rowdy boys come in the form of the Hamburgler, Ronald McDonald, Mayor McCheese and that big purple blob, Grimace, all on stage, all at the same time. It’s your childhood nightmares come to life. They call themselves Drive Thru Metal—we’re not quite convinced that it’s a real genre, but we’ll take it. “The culinary disgrace that is Mac Sabbath” is coming to the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., with openers Playboy Manbaby at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, visit Mac Sabbath on Facebook.

MONDAY | 9.9

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TV PARTY TONIGHT

Or, on second thought, maybe save the party until Monday. More than five years since the punk band last toured, Black Flag is making its way across the country with stops in Arizona, including Tempe, Bullhead City and Flagstaff. You’ve seen the bumper stickers. You’ve listened to the albums. Now it’s time to welcome Black Flag into our city with a rowdy show at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., next week. This isn’t your father’s Black Flag from the ‘70s, though. While guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn has been a mainstay, the ever-changing lineup of performers has cycled through various names while the other original members formed a competing band called FLAG. But this isn’t about them. The newest iteration of Black Flag consists of pro skater Mike Vallely on vocals, bassist Tyler Smith and drummer Brandon Pertzborn. Have no fear—this lineup has proven their high-energy punk is not a put-on. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Phoenix-based punk and metal band The Linecutters is scheduled to open the show. Visit www.flagstaffgreenroom.com or Black Flag on Facebook for more information.

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TUMBLE DRY LOW

According to his biography, Canadian sculptor Eric Conrad uses exclusively “anti-art” materials. What does this mean? We found ourselves wondering. As it turns out, these materials employed by Conrad include cast-off clothing and kitschy, cheap souvenirs. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Conrad earned his bachelor’s degree in math and fine art from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and has been creating ever since. His sculptures sometimes resemble the human form, other times something biological, biomorphic, unidentifiable. A duo, titled “Us Two,” embraces awkwardly, tall and gangly. Conrad’s work often positions the figures in strange or unnatural placements, as if they were confused, in love, wandering or perhaps searching for a semblance of self. “Heaps of figures are mixed-up, entangled, disfigured and forced into co-dependent communities, fragile structures where there is potential for reconciliation and collapse,” his website states. Conrad’s work will be on display under the title Rough and Tumble: Sculpture by Eric Conrad at the NAU Museum of Art, located in Old Main, 620 Knoles Dr. The exhibit opens Tuesday, Sept. 10, and will be on display through Nov. 23. For more information on the show as well as Conrad, visit www.nau.edu/artmuseum/erik-conrad-rough-and-tumble/

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