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The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the critically-acclaimed new documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” on Wednesday, July 10 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Harkins Theatres.

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to 70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members ($10 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Harkins lobby. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 928-282-1177 or online at SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Lunar Lecture: How Gene Shoemaker spread Flagstaff’s legacy

Just 10 days before we celebrate the Apollo 11 50th anniversary, historian and retired USGS geologist Rich Kozak will discuss how “legendary” scientist Eugene Shoemaker, who came be the thirteenth man on the Moon, spread Flagstaff’s legacy all over the solar system, and whose vision may ultimately protect Earth.

The free lecture will take place Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at Coconino Community College’s campus on 2800 S. Lone Tree Road.

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Flagstaff is known around the world as the ‘home of astrogeology’, and its name is forever linked to mankind’s first explorations beyond Earth. Yet even most Flagstaff residents are only dimly aware of this fascinating history, or how Shoemaker fought the scientific and bureaucratic establishments to create a new science that made Flagstaff a “magic name” (in the words of Arthur C. Clarke).

International Boys and Mens Chorale Festival Concert

Male singers from around the world will join together in an International Choral Festival Concert at NAU’s Kitt Recital Hall, 1115 S. Knoles Drive on Friday, July 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert will feature a wide range of styles with individual performances by Yip's Children's Choir of Hong Kong, Boychoir of Ann Arbor from Michigan, Princeton Boychoir from New Jersey, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the Tucson Arizona Young Men's Ensemble.

A grand finale of the combined choirs will conclude the concert with the "Credo" from the “Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” by Franz Joseph Haydn, “Always Something Sings” by Dan Forrest, and the inspirational “Like a Mighty Stream” by Moses Hogan.

No parking permit is required for community members attending campus events on Friday after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends. Cost is $22.50 for adults, $15 for seniors and NAU Employees, $8 for students with valid ID and $5 for children 17 and under.

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

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