Around the Town: Flagstaff mountain biking documentary at the Orpheum

Around the Town: Flagstaff mountain biking documentary at the Orpheum

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Flagstaff filmmaker Chris Gunn will premiere his documentary "Changing Gears: Flagstaff and the Mountain Bike" at the Orpheum Theater at 7 p.m. tonight.

The film tells the story of how local cycling legends like Elson Miles, "Cosmic" Ray Brutti, Ken Lane and many others were making their own custom mountain bikes at the same time the sport was developing in places like Marin County, California and Crested Butte, Colo.

The film takes a light-hearted approach to the early days of mountain biking in Flagstaff and how the cycling culture has evolved since then.

The documentary is anchored by the famous first mountain bike race down Snowbowl Road and works its way to the Coconino Club in the 1890s, which rode from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon, all the way up to the modern day professional mountain bikers who live and ride here.

Gunn, who is a psychologist and director of Northern Arizona University's counseling services, has been making movies in his spare time for decades and has made several entries into the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival in recent years.

Tickets are $6 or $5 with a can of food to benefit the Flagstaff Family Food Center. The film will also be featured during the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival on Oct. 15. For more info, see or call 556-1580.

Fall book sale at the library

The Friends of the Flagstaff Library are hosting their fall book sale beginning Thursday.

The newly expanded three-day sale will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Jan Romero Stevens Community Room at the Main Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave.

Thousands of donated materials will be for sale ranging from good-as-new to vintage condition and will include fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children as well as VHS, DVD's, and CD's. Nonfiction will be roughly sorted by topic. Sale items will be re-stocked daily. Money raised from the sale will be used to help support library programs and services.

New exhibit at MNA features Grand Canyon Archaeology

Between 2006 and 2009, the National Park Service and the Museum of Northern Arizona completed the largest excavation and research project in Grand Canyon National Park in nearly 40 years. Nine sites along the Colorado River at the Canyon bottom were investigated, revealing important stories about the lives of prehistoric peoples who made the Grand Canyon their home.

A new exhibit, Grand Archaeology: Excavation and Discovery along the Colorado River, opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 5, at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Sponsored by Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Association, and MNA, this exhibit was at the Historic Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park earlier this year.

The exhibit includes 24 large prehistoric artifacts, including pots, metates, bowls, jars and stone tools, plus numerous small projectile points, beads, pendants, gaming pieces and other artifacts from the excavation sites. Also included are excavation equipment, a 16-minute video by Tom Bartels, 23 text panels, and 20 fine art photographic prints by Flagstaff adventure photographer Dawn Kish, who traveled with the archaeologists to the Canyon floor and along the Colorado River corridor. There is also a hands-on, science-based excavation experience for kids.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, and is located 3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff on Highway 180. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors (65 and older), $5 students, and $4 children (7-17).

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at, or call her at 556-2241.


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