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Film Noir is a genre of movies produced between World War II and 1958 that uses shad- ows and lighting to portray complicated plots concerning the fate of individuals caught up in situations that involve fear, mistrust, loss of innocence, and despair. This type of film sprung from a frustration of movies with Hollywood “happy endings,” reflective of a realistic human condition.
In 2016, the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff pre- sented the 1st Annual Film Noir Festival as a fundraiser for the group. The festival took place at the group’s Arts Connection at Flagstaff Mall. Despite the less than ideal conditions of hosting the event in a transformed art gallery, the festival was both a critical and financial suc- cess. Over the course of three days, the films presented played to over 700 satisfied patrons.
This year, the Coalition is presenting 8 major,
classic film noirs at the newly opened Harkins
16 Multiplex on Saturday and Sunday, October
28 and 29. Stars appearing in the films include James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bo- gart, Lauren Bacall, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edward G. Robinson, and Marilyn Monroe. The Festival will be exhibiting the films with state-of-the-art projection, and again bringing in expert presenters to enhance the enjoyment of knowledge of each film screened.
Single tickets are $10; all access, two-day passes are $60, and are available through the Harkins 16 ticketing website, in person at the theater, and at the Arts Connection. For more information, check or call 928/522-6969. — Mike Frankel
A young man’s sense of duty to his family clashes with his desire to strike out on his own and start a new life in Joe DiPietro’s heartwarming comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, being staged for three weekends in October at Theatrikos Theatre in historic downtown Flagstaff.
Nick is a single Italian-American from New Jersey whose parents withdrew from their familial obligations when they retired and moved to Florida. This evacuation leaves Nick — the only grandchild — on the hook with both sets of his grandparents. Without fail, Nick has an uneventful dinner with his grandparents every Sunday — that is, until he tells them he’s been offered his dream job as a marketing executive ... in Seattle. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around (including bringing to dinner the lovely — and single — Caitlin O’Hare as bait) in this loaded-with-laughs comedy.
Directed by Mickey Mercer and co-directed by Amelia Swann, the cast of six includes: Dean Benforado, Virginia Brown, Kelly Gibbs, Page Latendresse, Rob Peters, and Stan Sutherland. Performances will be held at 7:30PM Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2PM Sun- days, October 6-22. Individual tickets range from $13-24, and can be purchased online at or by calling 928/774-1662.
Also this Halloween season, Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase will put on a themed evening of staged readings of new “micro plays” by Flagstaff writers. This one- night only production takes place Thursday, October 26 from 7:30-9:30PM. Stage Fright playwright-directors include: Angelé Anderfuren, Jane Armstrong, Adrienne Bischoff, Gavin Buckley, Will Cordiero, Ann Cummins, Eric Dovigi, Richard Gaughn, Lawrence Lenhart, Tom Marcinko, John Propster, Bob Reynolds, and Levi Stallings. Local actors will bring the staged readings to life, like all good Halloween storytelling should.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Alcoholic spirits will be sold during the intermission, along with spooktacular snacks and treats.
— Drew Purcell
Once again, the King of Dots, the most excel- lent maestro of musical interludes, Sir David Rentz, will be gracing the walls (and stools and tables and nooks and crannies) of West of the Moon Gallery this First Friday October 6. His pixilated creations of color and pizzazz bring smiles to the most refined of fine art collectors, as it’s anyone’s guess as to what his latest muse (and detail-defying trinket) will be. Mr. Rentz has long been an innovator in the field of the dot ma- trix, though it should be noted his audio disks of delight are a must-have for anyone who is rhyth- mically inclined. The artist himself will be avail- able for comment and reflection from 6-9PM at 14 North San Francisco Street in Flagstaff.
— O. Victor
And no October ArtsBriefs would be replete without mention of the Jerome Artwalk on Sat- urday the 7th from 5-8PM, an event imbibed in spirits of all varieties. | the NOISE arts & news | O
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