THURSDAY | 9.13
THE CALLING OF A POET
Growing up in a family of classical musicians, Colorado poet Jodie Hollander says they were often compared to the Von Trapp Family Singers. Hollander wasn’t bad at music, but she didn’t quite have perfect pitch the way her brother and sister did, and after trying multiple instruments, Hollander decided music wasn’t for her. Instead, she became an observer, and a love of poetry began to develop. “I would lie under my father’s piano and watch the rest of the family perform together, watching not only their musical interaction but also their personal interaction, and I guess at that period I was sort of taking mental notes,” says Hollander. “It was always sort of in me that poetry felt very natural. Music is very important to my writing, but my calling always felt like the calling of a poet, not the calling of a musician.” Hollander’s passion for music and poetry has garnered the poet a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy and a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland. Now, Hollander is bringing her talents to Flagstaff where she is acting as the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Poet-in-Residence. During her residence, Hollander will stay at the studio adjacent to the Colton House, once the home of museum founders Mary-Russell Ferrell and Harold Colton. “[The studio is] serene, away from the noise and bustle of Flagstaff. It’s out in the trees, beautiful and peaceful. It’s the ideal place to work, and I can’t wait to get started.” Tonight, Hollander will host a poetry reading with poems from her latest book, My Dark Horses,at the museum, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. The reading is free, open to the public and begins at 5 p.m. Hollander will also host an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop on Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. The workshop is $50 for general public, $35 for museum members. www.jodiehollander.com
For those of us that grew up in the Valley, there was nothing better than spending what little money we had on Hot Cheetos, Dr. Pepper and bolstering your pop-punk record collection. Some of us still do that. But, undoubtedly, the best place to cool off, listen to new tunes, peep new DVD releases and dive into a new book was Zia Records, a valley staple since 1980. Throughout the years, Zia has expanded into nine locations across the valley as well as in Tucson and Las Vegas, becoming the leading independent music retailer in Arizona and Nevada. This weekend, Zia is taking a trip up the mountain for a special pop-up vinyl shop weekend at Dark Sky Brewing Company, 117 N. Beaver St. From Sept. 14 and 15, spend all that money you don’t have on craft beer, new wax and other exclusive merchandise. Find the Facebook event for more information.
FRI-MON | 9.14-17
NO BATTERIES NECESSARY
When was the last time you really lost yourself in a good book? If it’s been longer than you can remember, spend some time familiarizing yourself with that simple joy away from the distractions of technology and find your new favorite book at the Northern Arizona Book Festival. For its 23rd year, the Northern Arizona Book Festival returns for one jam-packed literary weekend, with young readers, Indigenous symposium and general festival readings, talks and interactive events featuring local and regional authors, publishers and literary journals. The events and activities will be spread across town at Bright Side Bookshop, Firecreek Coffee Company and Uptown Pubhouse. Speakers include young adult authors Bill Konigsberg and Austin Aslan, poet laureate of the Navajo Nation Laura Tohe and much more. Catch one or catch them all, you bookworm, you. See the full schedule of events at www.nazbookfest.org
SATURDAY | 9.15
FROM THE DESERT
It turns out Phoenix is made up of more than just hot asphalt, cacti and scorpions. The music scene has turned out many successful bands like Jimmy Eat World, the Gin Blossoms and Authority Zero, and now Fayuca joins that list with their unique brand of reggae and Latin-alternative rock. The four-piece isn’t afraid to use their music as a platform for change; for their MTV debut of “Por Que Seguir” (Why go on?) from 2013’s album Barrio Sideshow, they filmed a politically-charged video where they wore luchador masks representing their Latino pride while indicting the government for systemic oppression. They fearlessly blend genres and strive to inspire people around the world with their message of courage, love and empowerment. Since putting out their first album in 2004, Fayuca has gone on to tour internationally and open for bands like Slightly Stoopid and Sublime with Rome, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have time for shows in their home state. Make sure your dancing shoes are in good shape before you check them out Saturday night at the Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St., starting at 8 p.m. with openers Of Good Nature and Black Bottom Lighters. Tickets for this 21-and-up show are $12, $15 at the door. www.fayuca-music.com
SUNDAY | 9.16
FRESH FABLES FOR FINE FRIENDS
As a chill begins to introduce itself to mornings and nights in Flagstaff and colorful leaves gather on the ground, the impending change of seasons certainly feels like a fresh start. We need changes to break up the monotony of day-to-day life and, sometimes, completely starting over can be more productive than trying to fix something that clearly isn’t working. When the monthly PineStories Story Slam kicks off its fifth season this Sunday, it will bring six storytellers to the stage to share anecdotes surrounding the theme of “Fresh Start.” With a time limit of 12 minutes and the only requirements being that the story relate back to them in some way and be told without the assistance of notes, each participant will share their unique take on what fresh starts mean to them. Similar to the Flagstaff Poetry Slam, each performance will be judged by randomly-chosen audience members and each week’s winner will get a chance to compete in the PineStories Grand Slam at the close of the season. When PineStoriesfirst formed in 2015, it was to fill a hole in the literary community. Creator Wil Williams, who says she was able to find a community in Flagstaff’s literary scene as a regular at Firecreek’s poetry slams and the Narrow Chimney Reading Series at Uptown, still felt that more could be done within that niche. Come listen to real human stories at Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Route 66, beginning at 4 p.m. $3 suggested donation.