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This Weekend – Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

Sedona Rouge Wine Package

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is offering a special 2-night wine tour package.

November 21st – November 23rd, 2014

Indoors, outdoors, and nightlife. Sedona always has a great selection of fun and interesting events to choose from, ranging from art to family fun to metaphysical,  and more. Plus there is always live entertainment and great independent film happening when you visit Sedona and the Verde River Valley. 

Sedona Visual Artist's Coalition Presents Fall Art Exhibition

Now through December 7th, 2014
15 Art Barn Rd. in Uptown Sedona

SVAC Fall Art Exhibition 2014The 14th Annual Sedona Visual Artists Coalition's Fall Art Exhibition is happening now through December 7th at the Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery, 15 Art Barn Rd. in Uptown Sedona. This year's theme is “Who Am I?”.  A special reception, for Sedona’s “First Friday” art walk, is December 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27th and ends on December 7th.

Guided Bird Walk at Red Rock State Park

November 22nd, 2014 8:00 AM
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

Red Rock State Park - Bird Walks

Saturday and Wednesday Guided Bird Walks at 8 am

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 am, bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park.

No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures. Hummingbirds are almost always there to take advantage of the feeders! Another good viewing point is the visitor center roof. Most of the year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field that is behind the visitor center. While visitors hike the trails, they will see many birds who call the Park "home.

Featured Sedona Entertainment

Old Sedona Bar and Grill Entertainment

Free Live Entertainment & Sports Bar
1405 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ
928.282.5670
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When you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill!

Upcoming Entertainment at Olde Sedona:

  • Tuesday 11/25 - All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Friday 11/28 - The Mike Reeves B
  • Saturday 11/29 - College Football All Day, DJ DB Frank, 9PM
  • Sunday 11/30 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke, 9PM
  • Friday 12/5 - Live Music with Blues Dawg
  • Saturday 12/6 - DJ Raphael
  • Saturday 12/13 - DJ DB Frank
  • Tuesday 12/26 - Live Music with Mike Reeves Band

Happy hour specials daily 4 - 7 pm daily
7 big screen TVs with sports on all the time

Check out their events calendar or call 928.282.5670 to see what is happening while you are in town.

Sound Bites Grill Entertainment

Fun * Food * Music
101 Highway 89A
Sedona AZ 86336
928. 282.2713
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Sound Bites Grill is the fun place to eat, drink, and enjoy top quality live entertainment in Sedona. It’s a unique dining and supper club experience with amazing red rock views, great all natural fresh healthy foods, and stimulating entertainment. In the Hyatt Shops at Pinion Pointe at the junction of Highways 89A and 179 , Sound Bites also offers dinner specials on Tuesdays, wine tastings on Thursdays, and very special “Supper Club” dinner shows, unique to Sedona.  Come in for lunch or dinner with a view, and check out the Guitar Gallery while you are there. You’ll leave satisfied and smiling! 

Entertainment Schedule:

  • Wednesday 11/26 - Eric Miller, Jazz Guitar and World Music 6pm No cover
  • Thanksgiving Thursday 11/27 - Live Jazz with Susannah Martin, Steve Sandner, Zirque Bonner
  • Friday 11/28 - Esteban's Christmas in Sedona Concert, 7pm. Dinner & Show Package or Show-Only Tickets.
  • Saturday 11/29 - Esteban's Christmas in Sedona Concert, 7pm. Dinner & Show Package or Show-Only Tickets
  • Sunday 11/30 - Esteban's Christmas in Sedona Concert, 7pm. Dinner & Show Package or Show-Only Tickets.
  • Wednesday 12/3 - Eric Miller, Jazz Guitar and World Music 6pm No cover
  • Thursday 12/4 - Miller Martin and Ki, Susannah Martin, Eric Miller and Patrick KI, 6pm No cover
  • Friday 12/5 - Steve Sandner Jazz Trio, 7pm, classic, original and contemporary jazz
  • Saturday 12/6 - Closed for private event
  • Sunday 12/7 - Susannah Martin Jazz Trio, Scintillating jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, classic pop, 6pm No cover

Call 928.282.2713 or check out their website and Entertainment Calendar for more details.

Sedona International Film Festival

At the Mary D Fisher Theatre (unless otherwise noted)
2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona
928-282-1177

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

The Sedona International Film Festival brings great independent film and live events to Sedona all year long, in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Check the film festival website's Coming Attractions page to read the details and see the trailers of these shows or to see what is showing when you come to Sedona.

Upcoming Attractions

  • Comedy 'All Relative' debuts Nov. 21-26
  • Award-winning 'One Chance' premieres Nov. 21-26
  • Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in 'The Skeleton Twins' Nov. 28-Dec. 2
  • Award-winning 'CITIZENFOUR' premieres Nov. 28-Dec. 4
  • 'War & Peace' Opera from Mariinsky Theatre - Nov. 30
  • Live from NY's 92nd St. Y Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism - Dec. 2
  • 'Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians' film premiere with special guests on Wednesday, Dec. 3
  • Live from NY's 92nd St. Y America and Israel: The Way Forward - Dec. 4
  • Music-driven romantic drama 'The Song' premieres Dec. 5-11
  • 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' debuts Dec. 5-11
  • 'Of Mice and Men' starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd debuts Dec. 6 & 7
  • 'From Here To Eternity: The Musical' from London's Shaftsbury Theatre debuts Dec. 7 & 8

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Mary D Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona. Visit the film festival website or call 928.282.1177 for show times, ticket prices, and to purchase advanced tickets.

Blazin' M Ranch

Get Fired up for FUN!
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
800.937.8643

Blazin M Ranch Ad BannerChuckwagon Supper and Stage Shows
 Every Wednesday through Saturday Nights

For more than twenty years Blazin’ M Ranch has been providing visitors and locals alike with memories to last a lifetime! Come for the chuckwagon supper and western stage show, hang around for an authentically replicated Western town with an abundance of attractions and activities sure to delight and entertain! Check out the shooting gallery, get some ropin’ lessons, ride a vintage tractor pull; visit the saloon, one of a kind museum, Old-Tyme photo studio and boutique Western shops, all just twenty minutes from Sedona! Don’t miss a visit to the Blazin’ M Ranch, where “happy trails” are just the beginning.

Special Holiday Show November 28th - December 27th

The holiday season show features the same toe-tappin' knee-slappin' good time that folks know and love, with a holiday twist! Check the Blazin M Ranch's website for more details, or call 800.937.8643 if you have any questions.

We have more Sedona and Verde Valley entertainment venues on our Entertainment PageTo list your event or entertainment on this page every week, contact us at 928.282.1396 or by email

Daniel and the Lion Perform at Sound Bites Grill

Daniel and the Lion at Sound Bites GrillOpening band for Counting Crows, will perform at Sound Bites Grille Tuesday August 5th from 7-10 PM.

Many amazing bands enjoy picking up gigs as gas money, sightseeing and engaging new fans when on tour. This is exactly what Daniel and the Lion are doing while on the road heading from El Paso Texas to Tucson Arizona while touring with the famous band “Counting Crows”. 

Sound Bites Grill LogoDaniel Pingrey and Jimmie Linville, friends since high school and hailing from the secluded town of Baraboo, WI, formed Daniel and the Lion 2009. They have released two albums: Sweet Teeth and Death Head. Their sound is a dichotomy of forces with Daniel’s heady musicality and lush arrangements starkly compliment Jimmie’s heartfelt lyrics and canyon voice.  They play 200 shows a year and have shared the stage with The Bodeans, Lucy Rose, Marc Broussard, Meiko, Toad the Wet Sprocket and PHOX. And they love to tour!

Tuesday Nights at Sound Bites Grill is always a dance party with reverse happy hour from 9-10p. Cover charge for this event is $12 in advance and $15 day of event. Call 928-282-2713 for more details or visit SoundBitesGrille.com

4th of July Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

July 4th – July 6th 2014

'Americanaire" Exhibition at Greg Lawson Galleries

Fourth of July Weekend
2679 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
928.204.4744
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Greg Lawson GalleriesSedona’s Passion for Place Gallery, located at 2679 West State Route 89A, features American iconic imagery in a summer exhibition entitled “Americanaire.” All are welcome to celebrate America's glorious and picturesque seasonal diversity at Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place Gallery on Friday, July 4, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Sedona Gallery Association’s First Friday Art Tour.

“The Passion for Place Gallery in Sedona which features Lawson’s images from throughout the world, represents one of the largest archives of Americana to be found in any privately produced portfolio in the USA,” says Gabrielle. ”Each of the fifty United States are represented because Greg Lawson’s photographic art has been purposefully created in all of them.”

In celebration of the “Americanaire” exhGreg Lawson Brooklyn Bridgeibition, Passion Place Gallery will be offering a limited number of signed first edition copies of Greg Lawson’s coffee table book Natural States which includes nature imagery from all fifty states of the USA. The gallery is also offering free shipping for this edition anywhere in the USA during July. This collector’s portfolio features exhibition quality production values with 208 pages of art-quality paper, bound in lie-flat hand sewn signatures and encased in cloth covered hardboards.

Greg Lawson will be in attendance at the gallery Friday evening. The Passion for Place Gallery is located at 2679 West SR 89A in Sedona and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at other times by appointment. The message phone is 928-204-4744 and the website can be accessed at www.GregLawson.com

4th of July Weekend at Tlaquepaque

Friday July 4th - Sunday July 6th 2014 - Free Event
336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-4838
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TlaquepaqueEnjoy the 4th of July holiday in the cool courtyards of Tlaquepaque great food at Tlaquepaque's four popular restaurants, always great shopping, and on July 4th, fabulous entertainment from noon to 7:30 PM.

  • Kick off Friday, July 4th in the cool courtyard of Patio de las Campanas with Sedona local, Paloma Lokus, performing songs from her latest CD "Country Girls Do It Better" from 12 to 1 pm. A singer, songwriter and musician, her amazing vocals are sure to please and liven your spirits.
  • Crosby Tyler, the one-man tub-thumpin band, will follow up from 1 to 3:30 pm in Patio de las Campanas. Blend back porch blue grass with Delta blues and add a keen sense of social commentary and wrap it in a one man band.

Geritol Hipsters

  • Then if you haven't danced, chilled and shopped enough, join us for the Geritol Hipsters in Patio de las Campanas, Prescott's award-winning 6 piece Dixieland band, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm during First Friday in the Galleries. This fun-loving group is sure to make you smile with songs from a bygone era, comedy and great vocals.

     

  • Also check out join Patrick Ki,Tlaquepaque's own world-class guitarist, and friends who will be performing in Patio del Norte· 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

On July 5th and 6th...

On July 5th and 6th, enjoy two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2 p.m .to 5 p.m - Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Mockingbird has recorded 6 albums as Burning Sky. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

Tony DuncanAlso on both July 5th and 6th, Tony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will present a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance. They will perform from 10:00 to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte. Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see...

2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show at the Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona AZ

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Sedona PRIDE Big Gay Art Show 2014Last year, Sedona's first BIG GAY ART SHOW at the Sedona Arts Center was a huge success! It set records for attendance for a July event, and the art was spectacular. The 2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show will be, well...bigger and gayer than ever, with even more art. Celebrate America's diversity and plan on attending the show on July 4th - 6th at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown Sedona. 

Call for Artists
Artists submissions are being called and the submission package is due by June 15th. Submissions can be made online. Click here for more information.

The Verde Canyon Railroad FIRECRACKER EXPRESS!

July 4th 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
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Verde Canyon Railroad Firecracker ExpressOn Friday, July 4 Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard.  At 1 p.m. you’ll board our historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon.  You can celebrate America’s birthday by riding the waves of a fruit smoothie under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows which are the celebrities on our mid-summer Canyon stage. You’ll be back in time for Cottonwood’s dazzling fireworks.

For more information and reservations, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website or call 800-582-7245.

4th of July Free Laser Light Show and Concert


Laser Light Show ImageSpend your 4th of July having a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the spectacular red rocks and listening to an upbeat live concert. Spectators will be allowed onto the field at 6:30 p.m. to set up their blanket and chairs and enjoy the live concert and delicious food. Live music is provided by David Parker & the Big Time from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the light show once it is dark! This patriotic themed light show will cast light over the audience while the lasers dance to the music during this 15 minute show. Currently this show is set to begin at dark (around 8:45 p.m.) but you will want to arrive early for parking. Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place.

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight.
  • Arrive early for convenient parking.
  • Food is for sale or you may bring your own picnic.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted!

Fourth of July - Give Thanks to Our Fire Fighters

Hillside Sedona Shopping Center
671 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ
928.282.4500

Hillside SedonaJoin the celebration in thanking our fire fighters at Hillside Sedona this Fourth of July, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. States Hillside Manager, Karen Dilks, “The Merchants at Hillside came up with a wonderful idea of community celebration in appreciation to our brave fire fighters. Scott Simmons, of Sedona’s new Baskin Robbins and Ken Saxe of Mooney’s Irish Pub, quickly jumped on board to co-sponsor event. It’s always wonderful to see community come together. This will be a fun way to show our gratitude.”

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  • The Sedona Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service will have meet and greet starting at 11:30.
  • Big Bambu Band, playing classic rock and blues will begin at noon.
  • The honorable Mayor Rob Adams will give dedication at 12:30 with community salute and cheer. 
  • A barbecue and ice cream social will add to the family fun.
  • Children are welcome to bring jacks, puppets and adults should bring dancing shoes.

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Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings Brings the Dancers Out

Sound Bites Grill LogoAn evening out sometimes is dinner at one place and live entertainment and drinks at another. Sound Bites Grill located in uptown Sedona has combined the two! A unique music themed restaurant which is being tagged as an upscale Hard Rock Café with a twist of the House of Blues offers a great night out. On Saturday June 7th from 8-11pm they have added a fun dance band, Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings to your evening.

The band leader Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry.

Sir Harrison and the Blues KingsSir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. His current band, “Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings,” was formed in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s smooth, funky, rock-in and a whole lot of blues power. Sir Harrison is known for getting you on the dance floor.

As a result, his fans are a diverse crowd, spanning generations, cultures, and ethnicity, their common ground being that they are all astute music lovers grateful to have Sir Harrison in their local music scene. The Blues Kings perform all over Scottsdale, Phoenix, Prescott and Northern Arizona.

Whether you’re a guitar enthusiast, music lover, foodie or just love to have a good time, Sound Bites Grill has it all. Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings will be performing from 8-11pm Sat. June 7th. There is no cover. Call 928-282-2713 for reservations or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com for more details.

Sedona Arts Week Starts Today

Sedona Arts Week3 Festivals and 10 Arts-Fusion Events in 11 Days
May 28th – June 8th, 2014

Sedona’s arts and cultural community is coming together like never before with 11 days of festivals, arts-fusion events and world class talent during Sedona Arts Week, May 28 to June 8. Organized by the Sedona Cultural Collaborative and designed to provide a diversity of activities and experiences, Sedona Arts Week will include:

FESTIVALS

The Illuminate Film Festival  – May 29-June 1, the nation’s first mind-body-spirit film festival featuring 22 transformative films, 15 enlightening speakers and workshops, a Healing Village and an innovative “view and do” experience for moviegoers to more deeply process and integrate what they see on screen while surrounded by Sedona’s stunning backdrop and transformative, healing qualities. At venues throughout Sedona.

Sedona Bluegrass Festival 2014The 8th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival  – Saturday and Sunday June 7th and 8th which includes concerts at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 106 Portal Lane, featuring Darol Anger & The Furies, Peter Rowan with special guest Yungchen Lhamo, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Ben Sollee, Pick and Hollar, Sonoran Dogs; screening of the film “And Then There was Darol and Mike” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, at 7 p.m. on June 4; a Bluegrass BBQ at Segner Ranch in Munds Canyon at 5:30 p.m. on June 5 (special transportation will be arranged); Bluegrass in the Galleries, from 5-8 p.m., Friday June 6; and Bluegrass MEAD Program for Youth from 9-10:30 a.m. and Community Bluegrass Jam Session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa.

The Sedona PhotoFest - presented by Sedona Arts Center, a series of educational and inspiring presentations on photographic technique, use of digital software and personal artistic perspectives from some of the country’s top photographers, June 5 and 6 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop. The second annual Juried Camera Club Exhibition will be mounted from June 3-8 at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery.

MORE EVENTS

• Wednesday, May 28: Illuminate Invitational Launch Party: 24 Peaces Premiere, 7 p.m. at a private home (tickets are required). This intimate evening includes an art auction featuring the works of Sedona’s most-distinguished peace artists and California-based visionary artist Gene, who has created the 24 Peaces Collection reflecting his journey to meet 24 of the world’s greatest living peacemakers. Two time Oscar award winning Ron Judkins , Director 24 Peaces will be present.
• Sunday, June 1: Mile…Mile & A Half: A Film, Hike, Music Immersion, 4 p.m., Sedona Performing Arts Center. Sedona Arts Week’s opening event is a tribute to all Greater Sedona organizations that nurture visual and performing arts and enhance the community’s cultural enrichment. The event surrounds the Sedona premiere of this humorous visually masterful film that follows five friends as they tackle California’s historic 211-mile John Muir trail under extreme winter conditions. Filmgoers will then embark on a hike with eARTh and Spirit musicians, artists, healers and a Native American Spiritual Emissary and Cultural Guardian who will offer joyful musical celebrations and ceremonies along the route. Tickets are $12 for artists and $20 for the general public.
• Monday, June 2: The Spirit of Peter Seeger: A Music and Literary Tribute, 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Spend an evening with Michael Miles, America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo player and storyteller who will lead an exhilarating and provocative multi-dimensional political and social journey of America spanning 300 years and the transformation of the banjo from an African instrument to the quintessential expression of the American voice.
• Tuesday, June 3: Spirited Creativity Exploration, 2 p.m., Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Michael Miles will join with fiddler Darol Anger to improvise, jam, tell stories and present a whole new genre in music.
• Friday, June 6: Arts of a New Dimension, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sedona Performing Arts Center. A full day of demonstrations, dialogue and dance that stretch your photographic intelligences which includes the premiere production of “Restless Elements,” an innovative ballet interpretive dance choreographed by Brandon Ragland, principal dancer of the Louisville Ballet. The short piece will be performed by several members of the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company, local children and guest artists from a major ballet company. Artistic direction is by Tracy Julias, former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer and artistic director at Northern Arizona Youth Ballet School.

FREE EVENTS
• Illuminate Film Festival Healing Village at the Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., May 31 and June 1.
• Sedona PhotoFest, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 5, Sedona PhotoFest 9 a.m. tp 5 p.m.
• Sedona Chamber Ballet: Open Dress Rehearsal, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, June 5.
• Bluegrass in the Galleries, 5-8 p.m., Friday, June 6.

TICKETS

Individual tickets and Sedona Arts Week packages can be purchased by visiting the Sedona Collaborative Website. For more information, visit the website or call (928) 282-0549.

Sedona Arts Week is presented by the Sedona Cultural Collaborative, Illuminate Film Festival, Sedona Bluegrass Festival, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Chamber Ballet Company, Sedona Studio Live, City of Sedona and the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District.

Sedona Film Festival Opens Saturday

Featuring 160 films, special guests Susan Sarandon, CNN 2012 Hero of the Year Mariel Hemingway, and Brad Paisley

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

Films From The Joe Show to Waiting for Mamu and Toxic Hot Seat to Le Chef 

The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a powerful lineup of nearly 160 features, documentaries, shorts and special guests, February 22 to March 2. 

Film screening committees reviewed more than 1,000 films from around the world in making the final selections that will be shown on six screens at three venues surrounded by Sedona’s world-famous red rocks and hospitality. 

Wide-ranging documentary subjects include The Joe Show about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Waiting for Mamu, a film by Morgan Spurlock and Susan Sarandon about the CNN 2012 Hero of the Year, Pushpa, and Toxic Hot Seat from Robert Redford’s son, Jamie, about the toxic effect of fire retardant chemicals surrounding us.

Mariel HemingwayAmong the features are Le Chef, a French comedy film starring Jean Reno; Cas & Dylan, a comedy directed by Jason Priestly about a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) planning to check out on his own terms who takes a reluctant detour and winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-yuear old girl; The Letters, a new film about Mother Teresa based on her real-life letters starring Juliet Stevenson, Max Von Sydow and Rutger Hauer; and Girl on a Bicycle, a German comedy about an Italian driving a Paris tour bus with a German fiancée, a French wife and two Australian children who call him “Papa.” TV, film and stage star Ed Asner will be in Sedona to introduce The Letters, directed by his friend, William Riead.

This year’s Festival also includes the premiere of These Storied Streets from producer Thomas Morgan. Morgan also produced Waiting for Mamu, a remarkable documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet’s organization on those children. Pushpa, known as Mamu, was CNN’s 2012 Person of the Year. Waiting for Mamu also will screen in Sedona and Morgan will be on hand with his business partner Susan Sarandon, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in a special presentation during “An Evening With Susan Sarandon.” The full list of films can be accessed at www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

SIFF-Schedule-Banner2Veteran screen actress Mariel Hemingway will present her film, Running From Crazy, a documentary examining her personal journey as the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. The film stars Jack Hemingway, Langley Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway. The Festival also will welcome Emmy Award nominee Stefanie Powers who will present her one-woman show. In addition, veteran actress Shirley Knight will be honored at the Festival and Academy Award winning producer Kathleen Glynn will be hosting the Filmmaker Conversations Series. Full details of Festival workshops will be announced shortly. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Country music star Brad Paisley, whose films have been screened in Sedona, will make a special appearance and present a new project, followed by a Q-and-A session.

Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 22 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Platinum All-Access Passes are $990; Gold Priority Passes are $490; 20-ticket packages are $210, and 10-ticket packages are $105. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $85. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. 10- and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 17 through a new, faster, more efficient ticketing system.

Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $65 for a basic membership. Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $130. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($275), Screenwriter ($550), Producer ($1,200), Auteur Society ($5,000) and Legacy ($10,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available on the website.

Packages, other than for full-time students, are available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org or through the Festival Box office at (928) 282-1177. Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

The Sedona Verde Valley Entertainment Guide

Golden Goose

Casual Fine Dining in West Sedona

December 16th – December 22nd, 2013

Welcome to our weekly Sedona-Verde Valley Entertainment Guide. 

You can always find a good time at Sedona’s regular night life venues, Sound Bites Grille, Olde Sedona Bar and Grill, and the Encore Theater. so check out what they have to offer this week. Plus, the Sedona International Film Festival always has a great selection of independent films to offer. All the details you need are below.