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Hot Picks: Valentine's Day, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, I Heart Pluto Festival

Hot Picks: Valentine's Day, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, I Heart Pluto Festival

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FRIDAY | 2.14

CUPID, DRAW BACK YOUR BOW

OK, OK, OK. We know. Valentine’s Day is terrible, right? Watching all those couples being all ooey-gooey gross. Like, get a room, right? Well too bad. The holiday of love is happening and there’s nothing you can do about it. Cupid is drawing his bow as we type this but we do have a couple ways you can either celebrate, protest or be somewhat neutral about Feb. 14. Start your day by roaming around Historic Downtown Flagstaff where several local businesses will have special deals, treats and other offerings on Valentine’s Day. At 7 p.m., hit Prochnow Auditorium, 307 W. Dupont Ave. for Hungry Hearts Cabaret & Love Advice Show featuring a panel of Flagstaff’s sex and relationship experts followed by a steaming hot cabaret performances. If that’s not your speed, catch a round of speed dating at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 1520 S. Riordan Rd. 30 First Dates will be hosted by the fabulous Revelucien and Jewel the Drag Queen. This is a gender neutral event and though it’s free, signups ahead of time are required. Want more of Revelucien? Catch her and other incredible queens at Hops on Birch, 22 E. Birch Ave. at 9 p.m. for DRAGentine’s Day. See Tow’rs at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. for a concert and chocolate tasting at 7:30 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m., Uptown Pubhouse, 114 N. Leroux, will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Day Sucks: A St. Practice Day Celebration show featuring Celtic band The Knockabouts. If you prefer an intimate, classical setting head to Ardrey Auditorium, 1115 S Knoles Dr. at 7:30 p.m. for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s Simple Gifts concert. Other Valentine’s Day-themed events will take place at The McMillan, Firecreek Coffee Company and more. Look ‘em up!

THURS-SAT. | 2.13-2.16

LET’S GO TO THE PICTURES

Back for its 18th year, the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival brings a wide and wonderful variety of outdoor adventure, social, cultural and documentary films. From movies about kayaking dangerous white water, a young Navajo woman who explores the Grand Canyon and a girl biking the glaciers of Alaska to short pieces by local directors on recycling in Flagstaff, a slackline connecting the U.S/Mexico border and more, the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is three days of films you shouldn’t miss. FFMF locations include The Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., where the first session of films will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 13, to Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 W. Route 66, Flagstaff Bike Revolution, 3 S. Mike’s Pike and Bright Side Bookshop, 18 N. San Francisco St. For a full schedule and list of films, visit www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org

SATURDAY | 2.15

ART AND JUSTICE

Join anarchist, musician, artist and traditional dancer Klee Benally, Navajo muralist Jerrel Singer, San Carlos Apache Nation street artist and founder of Apache Skateboards Douglas Miles, and print and textile artist Darcy Faulk as they discuss art, social and environmental justice. At the heart of this panel will be how people use their voices in activism and art as tools to shed light on issues that impact our communities and shared humanity. The event will be moderated by Jill Sans, owner and artist at The HeArt Box. The panel is free and open to the public and will take place at The HeArt Box, 17 N. San Francisco St. Suit 1B, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/178631890021059/

SAT.-TUES. | 2.15-2.18

OUR FAVORITE (DWARF) PLANET

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto this weekend with the I Heart Pluto Festival Saturday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 18—the actual day that Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. On Saturday, visit Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd.,any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., observatory staff and guests will rededicate the Zeiss Blink Comparator, the machine used by Tombaugh to discover Pluto. At 4 p.m., members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists will be on hand for the opening reception of a space art exhibition. During this reception, Mother Road Brewery will unveil Pluto Porter, a limited-release, nitrogenated beer created in conjunction with Lowell astronomers. Head to Cline Library at 6:30 for a performance of the song “Asteroid #134340: Pluto’s Lament” by a brass sextet of the Flagstaff Community Band. Then, several guests will take the stage including Alden Tombaugh (son of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh) among other big names. Head to the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, as Lowell retraces Tombaugh’s steps the day he discovered planet and discusses current Pluto research in Flagstaff. City officials will also discuss Pluto’s importance. The evening concludes with several movie shorts highlighting adventure and discovery. For more, visit https://iheartpluto.org/

TUESDAY | 2.18

LISTEN AND EXPERIMENT

In the Interference Series’ Performance Lab, a brand new monthly initiative at Firecreek Coffee Company, the trusted curators bring in a featured artist for one set, and then invite local performers to join for a second set of experimentation, improvisation, jamming, collaboration and creativity. What else can you ask for from a Tuesday evening? This upcoming Tuesday features Rebecca Whitehurst, a theater artist and educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stanford, and then attended the CalArts’ MFA program in choreography before embarking on a professional career with Diavolo Dance Theater. Freelancing as an actor, director and choreographer in New York City led her to the Institute for Advanced Theater Training MXAT/A.R.T. at Harvard, where she received an MFA in acting. While on a Fulbright Scholarship to Russia, Rebecca spent a year conducting research, guest teaching and choreographing for actors at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Drawing from her multidisciplinary education and professional experience, Rebecca has created a movement approach to voice and speech for performers called Somaesthetic Voice. Talk about a $10 word. Somaesthetics refers to a philosophical discipline involving the use, appreciation and knowledge of one's own body. Curious to see this in action? Doors open at 7 p.m., at Firecreek, 22 W. Route 66, with an entry fee of $5 per person. Visit www.rebeccawhitehurst.com or www.interferenceseries.org for more information.

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