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THURS | 9.19

TO THE MOON AND BACK

All right. So remember when we here at Flag Live! were like, “That’s it for all of the moon stuff!” Well, as responsible journalists, we’re here to tell you that we got it wrong. There is indeed more moon stuff, but we promise it’s worth it. “Why?” asks the voice in our heads. (That’s right; at Flag Live! we’re a Hydra—three-headed with one brain to rule us all.) Well, a couple of reasons. One: It’s the moon. Shakespeare swears not by it. Pink Floyd believes it has a dark side (or not; “as a matter of fact it’s all dark”). And two: It’s celebrating our local high school students whose artistic talents should and will be recognized. Over the summer, Lowell Observatory approached Kelsey Drayton of Brandy's Restaurant and Bakery about curating an art show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Drayton reached out to Ben Proctor from Coconino High School and Dave Hale from Flagstaff High School to see if they would be interested in pitching the project to their art students. Both high schools have regular art shows at the restaurant, which goes out of its way to support the art community and especially student artists. Both schools set out on a quick deadline at the beginning of the school year for moon landing-themed artwork. Coconino alone has more than 60 students represented at the show, which went up earlier this month. Officially titled Moon Walk: Celebrating Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy, there will be an artist reception for the exhibit Thursday, Sept. 19, at Brandy’s, 1500 E. Cedar Ave., from 5-7 p.m. The reception will feature students whose artwork is on display as well as a short discussion by Lowell Observatory historian Kevin Schindler. Moon Walk will be on display until Oct. 3

FRIDAY | 9.20

LONG LIVE PAINT

He’s not high. He just looks like that. Actor, comedian, musician and radio host Jim Breuer rose to fame during his stint at Saturday Night Live for his Goat Boy character and multitude of impressions including Joe Pesci. Don’t forget about his role in the 1998 comedy Half Baked. But a lot has changed since then. Now, Breuer focuses his stand-up act on comedic storytelling, sharing his life with a dash of insanity and a handful of laughs. This Friday, Sept. 20, SUN Entertainment is partnering with the Big Pine Comedy Festival to bring Breuer to Northern Arizona University’s Prochnow Auditorium, 317 W. Dupont Ave. Hosted by JC Anderson, tickets are $23, and the event begins at 8 p.m. www.officialjimbreuer.com

SATURDAY | 9.21

HAPPY BEERDAY

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It’s that bubbly time of year and Okto’Beer’Fest is returning to Lumberyard Brewing Co. This annual festival donates 100 percent of its proceeds back to the community. Over the past eight years, the event has raised more than $80,000 for various local animal advocacy organizations—this year, High Country Humane will be the recipient. Of course, there is beer, and 10 Arizona breweries will be represented to sling their suds. But it’ll also celebrate Oktoberfest fun through brat eating and stein holding contests, as well as games and live music. Get German this weekend. You don’t have to be 21 to join in on this autumn fest. Visit www.lumberyardbrewingcompany.com for more information.

SATURDAY | 9.21

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FORMIDABLY GOOD

Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable (made up of Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas) are just that: Formidable. On its fourth album now, the Brit-pop meets shoegaze meets the occasional and perfectly delivered metal riff band can at once reference hardcore greats and come the next song, be joyful and poppy as all get out. The band’s variation is precisely what makes it interesting; its songs are strange but catchy too, and that just ups the allure, right? AAARTH, which is that album number four we were talking about earlier, references its playfulness in the name alone (it’s the Welsh word for bear, with a few extra vowels). There are drums, there’s synth, there’s crunchy guitar and powerhouse vocals. Sometimes it sounds like Arcade Fire, other times it’s got a little bit of the Foo Fighters. The Joy Formidable is the kind of band that’ll give its audience a show to remember. And, since its recent move to the Southwest, its members will probably be able to relate to listeners in these parts all the more. The Joy Formidable will share the bill with DeVotchKa at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $24 in advance. Visit www.orpheumflagstaff.com

ONGOING

SCIENCE IS COOL

The 30th Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science returns this week. Encompassing 10 days of free events, including guided hikes, star parties, hands-on activities and presentations, it’s a star-studded event you don't want to miss. To make it extra glowing, (like the moon—oo so beautiful, right?) this year’s festival will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The keynote speaker will be Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot General Charlie Duke, the 10th and youngest person to ever walk on the moon. Duke will speak on Friday, Sep. 20, at 7 p.m. at NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 1115 S. Knoles Drive. Prior to the event, there will be a ballet performance by the NAU Community Dance Academy to prepare participants for an other-worldly journey. It doesn’t stop there, ladies, gentlemen and friends beyond the binary, the 10 days also include tours at Joy Cone, featuring super cool ice cream cone technology, a hike in Crater Field where every American astronaut has trained, fighting robots, monarch butterfly tagging, a Hart Prairie nature walk, the list goes on and on and that’s what makes it great. For a full schedule of events, because, truly there are so so many, visit scifest.org.

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