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There will be a free screening of the documentary Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs at Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs examines the growing plague of wildlife killing contests. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and information on End Killing Contests initiative to ban wildlife killing contests in Arizona this year.

Wildlife killing contests are events in which participants compete for cash and prizes (guns, belt buckles, and more) for killing the most animals in a given time frame. The animals targeted are usually predators such as coyotes, bobcats, foxes and in some cases mountain lions. Outside of Arizona wolves are also included in these killing sprees.

The contests often include side bets and tiered prize levels awarded for the largest animal killed or the smallest (in other words, the youngest).

Recently in collaboration with the city of Dewey and Yavapai County, a resolution and proclamation were passed opposing these “contests.” EKC is now focusing on Coconino County where the killing contest March Madness will take place benefiting a local 4H group.

Killing Games is produced by the nonprofit group Project Coyote. It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Betsy Klein, Co-founder of I am Wolf Nation with panelists Matt Francis, Program Associate, Project Coyote; Joe Trudeau, Southwest Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity; Amber Fields, hunter and conservationist, and Emily Renn, Executive Director, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project.

The event is co-sponsored by four concerned residents of Arizona who started the campaign EndKillingContests.org with support from I am Wolf Nation and Project Coyote.

To RSVP and for more information email info@endkillingcontests.org or call (559) 425-6191.

Greg Brown folk concert with David Huckfield

Flagstaff Arts Council and Greenhouse Productions are pleased to present Greg Brown in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

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With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a Holy Roller preacher. Greg’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Greg studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions.

After Greg teamed up with Bob Feldman in 1983, they rereleased Greg’s first two albums under the name Red House Records — the beginning of the now legendary folk/roots label that has released nearly all of Greg’s 27 albums. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Greg continues to tour across North America and Europe, playing theaters, festivals and benefit concerts. When not on the road, he lives with wife Iris DeMent in Iowa City and spends time with his children and grandson.

Singer-songwriter David Huckfelt of Minneapolis will open the Greg Brown concert on Friday. His new release “Stranger Angels” captures the magic and spontaneity of a gifted band discovering the beauty and brilliance of the songs and each other all at once.

Tickets are $35 - $42, depending on seat selection, and can be purchased by calling Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Alexandra Wittenberg can be reached at 928-913-8624 and awittenberg@azdailysun.com.

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