Sedona Events

  • July 24th, 2017
  • Reds
  • 2250 W. SR 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

  • July 22nd, 2017
  • Vino Di Sedona
  • 2575 W. SR 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

  • July 21st, 2017
  • Bella Vita Ristorante
  • 6701 W SR 89A Sedona, AZ

Jerome author Zushka Biros announced her book signing tour, which will begin in the Valley of the Sun in late July.

“Troubled by my past and seeking a new life, I suddenly found myself homeless and meandering through the heart of the Midwest,” Biros said of the premise of her book, “The Secret Butterfly Trail.” “From New Mexico I traveled to Michigan to live with my son and his family. With nothing but a bike and a backpack, I made my way following the trails of southwestern Michigan. Two thousand miles away, my ex-husband’s suicide drove me into the winter of my deep despair. Reconsidering the choices I had made in my life, I did what was for me, the unthinkable. I traveled back to my hometown in New England, which I had left 21 years earlier. On a quest to find a final resting spot for my ex-husband’s ashes, I found more. In death, he led me back home to face what I had run from in the first place — myself. This is a story of death and rebirth, of despair and hope, the journey of my lifetime.”

Meet Biros and hear about her story at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave. in Phoenix, during the Phoenix First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Half of the proceeds from the evening will go to support gallery owner Laura Dragon, who is fighting cancer.

Local coffee shops, book stores, cafes and a few surprise venues will be hosting Biros during her Phoenix-area tour starting in late July. The summer tour will continue from Phoenix to Southern Arizona, beginning with Bisbee, and making its way back north to the Sedona and Jerome area by the end of August.

Biros was born in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1965, and grew up in Bethel, Conn. The eldest of three children, she graduated from Bethel High School in 1983, and worked during her early adult life as a paralegal for various law firms in Waterbury, Conn. She married her high school sweetheart in 1985 and they had two children, a daughter and a son.

Biros’ life changed in 1989 when they decided to move to Arizona. During their 16 years of marriage, Biros dealt with her husband’s alcoholism and drug addiction, which resulted in a turbulent divorce in 2001 and his eventual suicide in 2009.

An avid journal writer since age 7, she eventually began to write professionally, beginning with “God Knocked Me Off My Bike,” published in May 2010. A second book, “The Secret Butterfly Trail,” was released in November 2013, and forms the basis for a series of stories titled “An Ordinary Life,” the succeeding books anticipated for release in late 2017.

An author of numerous blogs, essays and short stories, Biros is a freelance writer and model, and enjoys a simple life of hiking, yoga and belly dancing. She lives and blogs in Jerome.

“‘The Secret Butterfly Trail’ is a raw and heartwarming look into one woman’s search for meaning and purpose in a deeply troubled life, in the same page-turning fashion as Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat Pray Love,’ and Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild.’” — Don Kirchner, author of “A Matter of Time”

  • August 4th, 2017
  • {9} The Gallery
  • 1229 Grand Ave. Phoenix

Join more than 80 artists and presenters at the Museum of Northern Arizona for a weekend of cultural immersion at the 68th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Reaching the 68-year mark for the Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture is an incredible milestone on many levels,” said museum director and CEO Carrie M. Heinonen. “The festival is a place where culture, creativity and community come together, and it reflects the long-standing relationship between MNA and the Diné people.”

It all began in August 1949 through a group of traders on the western portion of the Navajo Nation, when 15 trading posts submitted 10 of their best rugs to the Museum of Northern Arizona to compete for prizes. The museum’s goal was to align both weavers and traders in keeping alive the old styles of weaving and improving the quality of yarns, dyes and designs.

Today, this weekend event draws thousands of visitors from across the region and around the world, and comprises of much more than traditional weavings.

The public will have the opportunity to purchase traditional and contemporary examples of silverwork, jewelry, painting, weaving, folk carving, sculpture and more directly from the artists. Artist demonstrations, musical performances and the pageantry of Navajo social dances will also be featured.

“What is unique to this festival is the rare opportunity to meet and engage with so many talented artists,” said Cristen Crujido, the museum’s director of marketing and public affairs. “Each of our heritage festivals provides an in-depth look into the cultures and peoples of the Colorado Plateau and allows for inspiring exchanges between artists and visitors.

“Our main stage entertainment includes some of the region’s best performers. Both traditional and contemporary entertainers will take the stage Saturday and Sunday.”

Festival favorites the Pollen Trail Dancers and Jones Benally Family will present authentic social and hoop dances. New to the festival this year are two musical groups: The Sweethearts of Navajo Land, performing social songs, and Blackkiss, whose music reflects the influences of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

The Heritage Insights lecture series, presented by Arizona Humanities, will foster cross-cultural communication and understanding by presenting Diné history, personal experiences, family traditions and current issues facing the community.

Series highlights include:
n The Painted Desert Project Parts I and II. The Painted Desert Project is a community-building effort, begun by African-American physician and documentary photographer Chip Thomas, also known as Jetsonorama, which manifests as a constellation of murals across the western Navajo Nation, painted by artists from all over the world.

The large-scale paintings and photographs adorning roadside structures address contemporary social, environmental and political justice issues deeply impacting the Navajo Nation. In Part II of this presentation, Thomas will look at how the project has evolved, its ongoing dialogue with the Diné people and its future.

n The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868. In 1864, Navajo people were forced to walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico. Imprisoned on a 40-square mile reservation for four years, they suffered from hunger, loneliness, illnesses and severe environmental conditions. The Long Walk has been collected in historical literature by non-Navajo authors. Absent from the literature is the Navajo perspective. Visitors will hear the Navajo elders’ version of the Long Walk in this presentation by scholar Evangeline Parsons Yazzie.

n Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era. American Indians are the only ethnic group in the U.S. who were subjected to forced education by the federal government for generations. This presentation will impart a social interpretation of how life among American Indian nations began to change due to the plight into which American Indian people were forced in the name of education.

The presentation, led by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, is from an American Indian perspective and will include the experiences of other community members.

The festival will also feature a public viewing of the Staples Rug, a large two-faced Navajo weaving created between 1885 and 1890 at the behest of pioneering trader Juan Lorenzo Hubbell. The weaving will be on view from noon to 2 p.m. at the Museum’s Easton Collection Center. The viewing is included with festival admission. The Staples Rug was last exhibited at the museum in 2004.

A free member preview Friday, Aug. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., includes a juried arts award ceremony, silent auction and first opportunity to purchase artwork from participating artists. To become a member of the museum, call (928) 774-5213, ext 219.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students with ID, American Indians age 10 and over with tribal affiliation, and youth ages 10 to 17. Children under age 10 are free. Weekend passes are $18 for adults and $12 for youth.
Located at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona is three miles from historic downtown Flagstaff on scenic State Route 180 leading to the Grand Canyon.

The festival is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Humanities, city of Flagstaff BBB Revenues and Flagstaff Arts Council, and Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery.

Visit musnaz.org for more information, including a complete list of scheduled performances and participating artists. Information is also available by calling (928) 774-5213.

The Museum of Northern Arizona inspires a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau. Founded in 1928, the 200-acre campus includes a museum with nine galleries showcasing the geology, anthropology and art of the region; research and collections facilities; a museum shop; and more than 450 public programs annually. To learn more, visit musnaz.org or call (928) 774-5213.

  • August 5th, 2017
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff

Featuring the guitar skills of Anthony Mazzella on Saturday, July 22, Bella Vita Ristorante invites everyone to enjoy a warm evening on their dining patio.

Enchanting the audience with a fusion of world influences on guitar, Mazzella performs acoustic fingerstyle, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, Celtic and rock ‘n’ roll music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Performances by Mazzella have a $5 cover charge per person; the other shows are free.

Mazzella began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Café Wah, Birdland, etc. He then landed a headlining spot at the Blue Note NYC. Mazzella went on to perform on stages all over the world as a solo artist, and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk.

Mazzella’s study of music began on the violin at age five. He proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age 13. His influences are many, but most profoundly Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Eddie Van Halen and Andres Segovia, among others.

Another opportunity for fun is with the electric Sammy Davis on Friday, July 21. Davis doesn’t disappoint with his lively vocal renditions of your favorite Motown, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll songs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 23, Gioia Cohen is back to accompany Jon Weekly with vocal harmonies of golden hits on acoustic guitar. They play a long list of favorite tunes from the baby boomer era, including songs by The Beatles, James Taylor, John Denver, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Eagles, Cat Stevens, Buffalo Springfield, John Prine and more. Cohen and Weekly will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The duo Diversity keeps the party going Thursday, July 27, with a diverse playlist spanning several genres.

Delightfully entertaining to a wide audience, they sing the night away with the best of Motown, jazz, country, reggae and contemporary music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Live outdoor music is available Thursday through Sunday evenings at Bella Vita during the summer months. Light acoustic guitar is also offered indoors on Friday and Saturday evenings by Jon Weekly.

The restaurant is at 6701 W. SR 89A at Sedona Pines Resort, two miles west of West Sedona. Large groups are welcome with a reservation. Call 282-4540 for reservations or more information.

  • July 22nd, 2017
  • Bella Vita Ristorante
  • 6701 W SR 89A Sedona, AZ

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