Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin, a French nonprofit based in writer James Baldwin's adopted hometown of Saint Paul de Vence in southeastern France will visit Flagstaff on Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a houseparty thrown in the spirit of Baldwin. Les Amis' mission is to deploy the arts and culture to remember the novelist and social critic in the small, riviera village where he lived until his death in 1987.
As such, the nonprofit is using the summer months to conduct a tour of fundraising houseparties to support the 2018 James Baldwin St. Paul de Vence Writers-in-Residence Program.
Profits from the parties will make possible the residencies of ten writers working in the the Baldwin spirit by bringing them to St. Paul de Vence in Fall 2018.
The houseparty tour, which stopped in Portland on July 28 is coming to Flagstaff on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Uptown Pubhouse and will be hosted by Erin Stalcup. Following its Arizona stop, the houseparties will continue in Tucson and Santa Fe.
Baldwin's books Just Above My head, If Beale Street Could Talk and the Harlem Quartet were written in St. Paul de Vence; it was there that he also wrote his famous "An Open Letter to my Sister, Miss Angela Davis" in November of 1970. Baldwin passed in St. Paul de Vence in 1987. Last Thursday, August 2 would have been his 94th Birthday.
For more information on the event as well as Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin, visit www.facebook.com/events/1753821468046650/ or www.lamaisonbaldwin.fr/.
Film Festival to screen road movie "Boundaries" at Flagstaff Harkins
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the acclaimed new film “Boundaries” — featuring Christopher Plummer, Vera Farmiga, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Lloyd — at Harkins Theaters Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others and animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in LA.
Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family. And along the way Laura finally confronts Leonard — her dead-beat ex-husband (Bobby Cannavale).
“Boundaries” — writer/director Shana Feste’s unabashedly autobiographical portrait of her charming grifter of a dad — takes the West Coast road trip places it’s never before been.
The film will be followed by an optional discussion.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. $8 for students with valid ID. Call 928-282-1177 or visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.