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Pick up a fresh Flag Live! today. This month’s cover story is on artist Dana Kamberg, who explores mental health through...
04/07/2022

Pick up a fresh Flag Live! today. This month’s cover story is on artist Dana Kamberg, who explores mental health through portraiture. Her series Anxious Ladies chronicles her own journey with depression through a series of distorted self portraits that capture, among other things, the alienation of mental illness. Plus, check out Kamberg’s current project Finding Water in a Desert, which asks volunteers to tell their stories when it comes to mental health and healing, later to be immortalized in paint form by Kamberg.

Voices of the Grand Canyon will be one of many at this year’s Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, which is celebrating 20 ...
04/07/2022
‘Voices of the Grand Canyon’ A Q&A with filmmaker Deidra Peaches

Voices of the Grand Canyon will be one of many at this year’s Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, which is celebrating 20 years this year! HBD, FMFF—no better way to mark the occasion than with a lineup of great cinema. Click the link below to learn more about this film by Deidra Peaches, which chronicles Indigenous histories told by Indigenous people regarding the ancestral homeland that is the Grand Canyon. Plus, check back for an article about the history of the festival that’s screening it. Photos courtesy of Deidra Peaches. Third photo by Jake Hoyungowa.

It’s been about two months since Deidra Peaches’ Voices of the Grand Canyon premiered in a sold-out screening at the Indie Film Fest in Phoenix. The documentary is still making

Performances today at 3 p.m. at the Murdoch Community Center and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at NAU's Kitt Recital Hall. Tomek...
03/31/2022
Crossing boundaries and borders: Cellist Tomeka Reid to perform at various Flagstaff venues

Performances today at 3 p.m. at the Murdoch Community Center and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at NAU's Kitt Recital Hall. Tomeka Reid is an artist not to be missed and Interference Series has brought her to Flagstaff as part of this year's lineup. Check out this article by Interference's own Rob Wallace--he used to write for Flag Live back in the day, so this guest article is extra special to us.

Cellist Tomeka Reid, like many of her peers in contemporary creative music, has made a career of crossing borders—literal and aesthetic.

We had a very special guest from  write a little something about the prodigious Tomeka Reid, who will be performing seve...
03/30/2022

We had a very special guest from write a little something about the prodigious Tomeka Reid, who will be performing several shows in Flagstaff starting tomorrow. Tap the link in our bio to read the full story by Rob Wallace. Head to the Murdoch Community Center tomorrow at 3 p.m. or NAU’s Kitt Recital Hall Friday at 7:30 p.m. to catch the Tomeka Reid Quartet live and in its full glory.

There's nothing quite like sugar on a savory corn dog. Don't believe us? Check out this article by MacKenzie Brower on F...
03/20/2022
Tastes from Korea: Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs opens in Flagstaff

There's nothing quite like sugar on a savory corn dog. Don't believe us? Check out this article by MacKenzie Brower on Flagstaff's new Korean corn dog joint. Then head over to the shop for a true taste sensation.

Korean music plays as neon signs and television screens depict individuals holding colorful corn dogs in two hands and taking slow, deliberate bites, leaving some lips coated in sugar.

In last week's Letter from Home, Margaret Erhart revisits her first ever piece for the series, this time while looking a...
03/19/2022
The war in which we live(d)

In last week's Letter from Home, Margaret Erhart revisits her first ever piece for the series, this time while looking at Ukraine. Click the link below to read something beautiful. You will not regret it.

It’s the second day of March. This won’t go to print for more than a week. We all know what a week can bring. It was exactly a week ago

A little something different from the prolific Stacy Murison a couple weeks ago.
03/19/2022
Ephemera at the end of the world

A little something different from the prolific Stacy Murison a couple weeks ago.

Scientists discover that sea slugs can self-decapitate.

Looking for things to do in Flagstaff the next few weeks? Tap the link in our bio for our suggestions! Including but not...
03/17/2022

Looking for things to do in Flagstaff the next few weeks? Tap the link in our bio for our suggestions! Including but not limited to an appearance from Caroline Polachek (so hot she’s hurting our feelings tbh) at the Orpheum Theater this Saturday.

A professor at Northern Arizona University and working artist, it wasn’t until graduate school that Debra Edgerton began...
03/17/2022
'A back and forth of understanding': Artist Debra Edgerton explores African American and Japanese heritage in ‘Between Two Edges’

A professor at Northern Arizona University and working artist, it wasn’t until graduate school that Debra Edgerton began to think of her identity as multiple parts of a whole – as something that lent itself to her own analysis and examination.

The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother, through her work Edgerton explores her own identity and the moments of confluence and separation therein. Her exhibit, Between Two Edges, is currently on display at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany as part of the Art in Action series and features watercolor paintings as well as a set of kakejiku, or hanging scrolls.

Debra Edgerton’s Voices Along the Stream is a piece of art in motion. Narrow slivers of paper cascade down the length of a tall, hanging scroll, each piece filled with

Lizzy Simkins and Jeff Caylor of ZANI cards & gifts     could not be happier about the absence of construction on Phoeni...
03/16/2022
'We're Back, Baby': ZANI Cards & Gifts reopens after months of forced closure

Lizzy Simkins and Jeff Caylor of ZANI cards & gifts could not be happier about the absence of construction on Phoenix Avenue. To see some before and after photos, plus learn about the months of construction that forced the business to close temporarily, click the link below.

It’s possible no one is happier about the absence of construction on Phoenix Avenue than Lizzy Simkins and Jeff Caylor.

Say hello to Flagstaff's new neighborhood chippy, Evans Fish and Chips. We hear it's the real deal.
03/16/2022
Matters of Taste: Evan's Fish and Chips

Say hello to Flagstaff's new neighborhood chippy, Evans Fish and Chips. We hear it's the real deal.

Fish and chips have been a grab and go British classic for nearly 200 years. The earliest references are found in Charles Dickens’ novels, Oliver Twist and Tale of Two

Six months ago silversmith Jonah Hill's life changed drastically following two amputations. Earlier this month he left h...
03/15/2022
How Hopi Quechan artist Jonah Hill found a silver lining

Six months ago silversmith Jonah Hill's life changed drastically following two amputations. Earlier this month he left home for the first time since the procedure to participate in one of the most prestigious Indigenous art markets in the world.

Hopi Quechan artist to sell at prestigious Heard Museum market this weekend after life-altering injury.

In September, Hopi Quechan silversmith Jonah Hill suffered a life changing injury. Six months later he is still relearni...
03/10/2022

In September, Hopi Quechan silversmith Jonah Hill suffered a life changing injury. Six months later he is still relearning how to walk, but the artist is taking things one step at a time. Last weekend, Hill took part in one of the largest and most prestigious Indigenous art markets in the world. To read more about Hill’s art as well as his healing journey, tap the link in our bio. Photos by Jake Bacon.

Pick up this month’s Flag Live! featuring  on the cover. The local company manufactures some of the most sought-after ge...
03/10/2022

Pick up this month’s Flag Live! featuring on the cover. The local company manufactures some of the most sought-after gear in the bike and bikepacking industry. Owner Nick Smolinske, himself an avid bikepacker began making his own gear, including bags that fit on nearly every part of a bicycle, eventually turning the venture into a business. Tap the link on our bio to read the full story. Photos by Rachel Gibbons and Rogue Panda.

Happy Birthday, Bright Side Bookshop! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics half of all small businesses fail with...
02/28/2022

Happy Birthday, Bright Side Bookshop! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics half of all small businesses fail within the first five years. But this is certainly not the case for Flagstaff’s local independent bookstore, which is celebrating its fifth birthday today. Stop in the shop for an all-day sale, plus treats from Honeycomb Pastries. Tap the link in our bio to read Sean Golightly’s story on this important milestone. Photo of Annette Avery and Lisa Lamberson by Jake Bacon

Happy 5th Birthday, Bright Side Bookshop! The local independent bookstore is marking a major milestone with a big sale a...
02/28/2022
The future is bright: Celebrating five years of Bright Side Bookshop

Happy 5th Birthday, Bright Side Bookshop! The local independent bookstore is marking a major milestone with a big sale all day today, plus sweet treats from Honeycomb Pastries. Stop in before close (8 p.m.)

Bright Side Bookshop will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on Monday, and the public is invited to enjoy a champagne toast and baked goods from Honeycomb Pastries at 5:30 p.m.

Innings Festival is back and with it Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, The War On Drugs and many more. Plus baseball legends li...
02/24/2022

Innings Festival is back and with it Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, The War On Drugs and many more. Plus baseball legends like Ryan Dempster and Roger Clemens. Flag Live! contributor Matt Hayden chatted with a couple die-hard local festival goers who are making the journey from Flagstaff to Tempe for this beloved springtime event. At the link in our bio, read more about Innings and the Flagstaff folks who are headed south this weekend to ditch the cold and soak up some sun and good tunes. Plus catch our post-festival coverage next week. Photo by Joe Cornett

A warm welcome to the snow we all thought would never come! Flagstaff Aiport is reporting 10 inches, with 12 inches or m...
02/23/2022

A warm welcome to the snow we all thought would never come! Flagstaff Aiport is reporting 10 inches, with 12 inches or more recorded in parts of Flagstaff, according to the National Weather Service. Photo by Rachel Gibbons. Cold white powdery stuff by Mother Nature.

The I Heart Pluto Festival is back and with it Lowell Observatory () and Mother Road Brewing Co.’s () limited edition be...
02/12/2022

The I Heart Pluto Festival is back and with it Lowell Observatory () and Mother Road Brewing Co.’s () limited edition beer. This year it’s the Lowell Lager, a Mexican-style beer with flaked maize that gives it a sweet, masa taste. Let’s toast to Clyde Tombaugh’s 1930 discovery of the dwarf planet we all love. More at the link in our bio. Cheers!

"I’ve always had a preference for what the author William Least Heat-Moon famously called “blue highways,” the smaller, ...
02/11/2022
The road north

"I’ve always had a preference for what the author William Least Heat-Moon famously called “blue highways,” the smaller, windier roads that guide travelers to places that are, if not off the map, at least farther afield from the main patterns of circulation. So it is perhaps no surprise that to me Flagstaff is defined less by the major roads than by the blue highways that crisscross here."

(Read Peter Friederici's latest Letter from Home then tell us your best and wildest 89A stories in the comment section)

The fortunes of cities rise and fall with their connections to the rest of the world: seaways, airways, roadways, a principle so fundamental that the word “arterial” is defined not

Nothing like a good Money Shot for your Saturday morning. This one was sent to us by Timothy C. Thomason. Do you or your...
02/05/2022

Nothing like a good Money Shot for your Saturday morning. This one was sent to us by Timothy C. Thomason. Do you or your loved ones or acquaintances or neighbors have a Money Shot? Send it to [email protected] and be famous for a month when we print your hilarious and amazing photo in Flag Live!

My charge to my students, and myself, is to recognize the path we’re on, acknowledge the presumably grim ending, but als...
02/04/2022
Nicole's impossibly possible Ideas: The 'what if' of combatting climate change

My charge to my students, and myself, is to recognize the path we’re on, acknowledge the presumably grim ending, but also try to imagine a different future. How can we hope for a non-dystopian future if we can’t write one?

I’m teaching a climate science writing course this semester. On our second day of class, we pulled out the threads of the difficulties of writing about climate change and tied

It's not every day that a medical procedure leads to the formation of a band.But when a mutual friend needed heart surge...
02/03/2022
When sparks become embers: The story of a Flagstaff folk trio

It's not every day that a medical procedure leads to the formation of a band.

But when a mutual friend needed heart surgery, Rachel Paietta, Scott Place and Jeremy Brougher banded together–literally–in attempts to provide their pal some entertainment.

Check out this month's cover story on The Morning Embers!

When three friends started playing music together, they realized they were onto something big. The Morning Embers’ first EP “Early” came out in January.

For me, the home environment (and my workplace) became the perfect place to notice distractions when they arose. I resis...
02/03/2022
A home-grown retreat: Ringing in the new year with silence

For me, the home environment (and my workplace) became the perfect place to notice distractions when they arose. I resisted the urge to adjust a crooked painting on the wall. I noticed how books I’ve had for years suddenly called out for me to read them. I turned away from the snack shelf over and over. As the days wore on, I noticed how mindfulness extended beyond walking and sitting meditations.

On the first day of 2022, the sun rose into a cloudless sky, emerging from star-studded darkness and quiet. With my partner, Mike, I rang in the new year silently,

Each week, Kirsten Mathisen (.of.words) creates an original piece of word art using a past Flag Live! article. This one ...
01/31/2022

Each week, Kirsten Mathisen (.of.words) creates an original piece of word art using a past Flag Live! article. This one was made from words found in contributor Sabrina Proffitt's () article "Flagstaff’s New Year’s tradition is finally old enough to drink."

That Place Projects is known for class. For flavor profiles that go beyond the call of duty. For Annex Cocktail Lounge, ...
01/29/2022
It’s in your hands: Taco pop-up Corn and Flour sets sights on future

That Place Projects is known for class. For flavor profiles that go beyond the call of duty. For Annex Cocktail Lounge, Tinderbox Kitchen, Tourist Home All Day Cafe and soon-to-open Italian restaurant Teatro.

What they are also known for? Tacos, obviously.

Braised beef, carne asada, chorizo and potato are just three of many tacos from pop-up Corn & Flour that fit beautifully into the palm of one’s hand.

That Place Projects is known for class. For flavor profiles that go beyond the call of duty. For Annex Cocktail Lounge, Tinderbox Kitchen, Tourist Home All Day Cafe and soon-to-open

Notice any changes at the building next to Dark Sky Brewing Co. lately? Well, there’s a reason. Dark Sky is expanding!  ...
01/27/2022

Notice any changes at the building next to Dark Sky Brewing Co. lately? Well, there’s a reason. Dark Sky is expanding!

With the recent purchase of what used to be India Palace, owners Larami and Ryan Sandlin can fulfill their long-time dream of a beer garden. The plan for the new digs is a beer, cocktail and wine space with an in-house chef. The current taproom will remain, with Pizzicletta cranking out 'za and Dark Sky still slinging their famous brews. The goal is to open the new space on May 7, so stay tuned. In the meantime read the story at the link in our bio.

Happy Birthday, Theatrikos! This Friday, Theatrikos Theatre Company kicks off its 50th season with a production of the t...
01/27/2022
We find the defendant: Theatrikos Theatre Company kicks off 50th season with '12 Angry Jurors' (copy)

Happy Birthday, Theatrikos!

This Friday, Theatrikos Theatre Company kicks off its 50th season with a production of the timeless classic “12 Angry Jurors.” The production, originally a teleplay written in 1954 by Reginald Rose as “Twelve Angry Men,” was later adapted for the stage and to be more inclusive and diverse in casts throughout the years.

There is an old saying among sculptors that to find the art in a block of stone, you must chip away everything that isn’t the art.

The Orpheum Theater will be reinstating its mask policy as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Flagstaff and Coconino Cou...
01/26/2022

The Orpheum Theater will be reinstating its mask policy as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Flagstaff and Coconino County. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status, so mask up! Find out more at The Orpheum Theater

Don't let that car idle, folks. Nicole Walker and her daughter Zoe tell you why in this month's "Nicole's Impossibly Pos...
01/18/2022
Nicole's impossibly possible ideas: Moving to The Grove and other dreams

Don't let that car idle, folks. Nicole Walker and her daughter Zoe tell you why in this month's "Nicole's Impossibly Possible Ideas."

The humming? It was coming from my car. I’d left it running while in the shops—for an hour. I immediately started crying. Not only do I hate it when people

Like many things we take for granted, pockets have a long and checkered history, beginning in the 13th century with fitc...
01/15/2022
Pockets: A history

Like many things we take for granted, pockets have a long and checkered history, beginning in the 13th century with fitchets. Fitchets were vertical slits in the outer garments, and they gave rise to bona fide pockets by the late 15th century. Back then, pockets only appeared on trousers and waistcoats and were therefore only utilized by men. But a century later, women got into the game.

There sometimes arises a subject matter so unextraordinary, so taken for granted, that by its own pedestrian nature it becomes something of a rockstar. I hope you’ll agree with me

“We’re going to keep [Dark Sky] the same,” Larami said. “Keep brewing and keep pizza-ing. Our plan for the new space is ...
01/13/2022
Growing up and out: Dark Sky Brewing makes room for new beer garden

“We’re going to keep [Dark Sky] the same,” Larami said. “Keep brewing and keep pizza-ing. Our plan for the new space is to become more of a beer, craft cocktail, Arizona wine space. We’re also going to bring on an in-house chef to bring on some elevated pub grub.”

Larami and Ryan Sandlin, co-owners of Dark Sky Brewing Co., watched their neighboring building for years. The space at the corner of Birch Avenue and Beaver Street cycled through many

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Tony Buck and Cadillac Angels are part of the Flagstaff Heritage Square Concert Series, this Friday June 17 at 6PM.
Arizona’s Largest Blues Festival, Flagstaff Blues and Brews is Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t miss award winning music from 10 bands, beers from 10 breweries, wine, canned cocktails, food vendors, lawn games, a kids area and so much more!



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Thank you Flag Live for this article on the 14th Annual Viola Awards! Tickets for the event are currently on pre-sale for members and will go on sale to the general public tomorrow!

Arizona’s Largest Blues Festival is Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona! Kick off your flip flops, sit in the grass and throw back a cold brew from your favorite regional breweries, yard games, arts and craft vendors, a variety of food vendors and did we mention the killer music lineup with 10 bands playing over 2 days? Grab your friends, jump in the car and head to the mountains.



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American Three-toed Woodpeckers: a science lecture. By Joe Crouse. March 22. 7:00pm Sponsored by Northern Arizona Audubon Society. All invited. Zoom link:
Arizona’s Largest Blues Festival is Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona! Don’t miss bands like Mr. Sipp, Cedric Burnside, Dana Fuchs and ANDERS OSBORNE!!!!



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Looking forward to being back in my hometown soon at Flag Brews! Thanks for your support!
Rest in peace Ray. You sure gave Flagstaff a hell of a lot of music and heart and soul to go with it. Ray WAS Flagstaff and he leaves a big empty space in this town and in the hearts of those of us that knew and loved him.
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