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“National Day of the Cowboy” Celebration – July 24th 2010

Come enjoy “a whole lotta cowboy goin’s on” in the midst of spectacular red rock country. Sedona is celebrating National Day of the Cowboy, July 24th, 2010, with a FREE event co-presented by Red Rock Western Jeep Tours and Sedona Main Street Program from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm in the Main Street District along State Route 89A. It is befitting our cultural heritage, since Cowboys were a vital part of this town from its early days. And the Cowboy Artists of America was founded by resident and area cowboys at the Oak Creek Tavern in Uptown Sedona.

Rodeo cowboy storytelling starts the day, along with Hopi Elder Fakina Bluestar storytelling and dances. Listen to Brian Denali tell Native American stories interwoven with flute playing. Cowboy poet Mike Peach will perform at Oak Creek Marketplace during the day. Western trades people will demonstrate their skills at Sinagua Plaza all day.

Gunfights, whip crackin’ and ropin’ start at High Noon as part of live performances ’til 5 pm in front of Red Rock Western Jeep Tours! There will be gunfights in the fast moving action and drama from local cowboys & gals, too! Historical re-enactments by Boots & Bustles of Prescott will take place from noon – 4pm.  You can try your hand at roping a steer (the stationary kind!) and get a tip or two from the cowboys giving roping demonstrations. Take a picture with Babe, The Giant Horse, and try a pony ride. For more information please call: 928-204-2390.

Sedona Photofest 2010 – July 18-25th

Photography Enthusiasts, Students, Educators, Emerging Pros:
Come to Sedona for an Eight Day Celebration of Southwest Photography Amidst the Stunning Red Rock Country of Sedona

Sedona PhotoFest 2010 brings together Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga, “Sedona Masters,” six competing “Apprentice Photographers” juried from Arizona high schools, and the public for three days of field photography in Sedona. The highlight of Sedona PhotoFest 2010 is our 3-Day Symposium including keynote talks, workshop presentations and panel discussions. Two fine art landscape gallery exhibitions along with special evening events make this week ideal for photographers, educators, students, families and art buyers worldwide to celebrate Southwest photography’s contribution to the fine arts.

This inaugural year brings photographers an incredible chance to see Sedona, hone skills and learn in a unique and intimate setting at the beautiful Creative Life Center in Sedona. If you’ve been to other photography conferences and seminars, you’ll find Sedona PhotoFest offers you an excellent program while keeping it affordable.

PhotoFest’s “Master Photographer-in-Residence,” Jack Dykinga, blends landscape photography with documentary photojournalism. His landscape art photography, magazine contributions, and nine wilderness advocacy, large format books are world-renowned. He is a captivating public speaker whose work is driven by his passionate advocacy for preservation of the natural world. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic.

For more information, call the Sedona Arts Center at 928.282.3809 or visit sedonaphotofest.com

Sedona Bluegrass Festival Concert – Sunday May 9th, 2010

Bearfoot Band
Bearfoot Band

This year’s Sedona Bluegrass Festival is nearly over – but it’s not too late to enjoy the last event! Tomorrow, May 9th is the main festival concert at Los Abrigados Resort from 11am to 5:30pm.

11am-12pm: Open jam
12:00-1:00pm: Crystal Ridge
1:15-2:30pm: Burnett Family Bluegrass
2:45-4:00pm: Bearfoot
4:15-5:30pm: Trischka Territory

Tickets are $40 for aduts, $20 for student 13-21 with ID, and free for kids 12 and under, and are available at Basha’s Sedona and online at www.ChamberMusicSedona.org. For more information call 928.204.2415.

Alex Sepkus Jewelry Show at Geoffrey Roth Gallery, May 7th-9th 2010

Alex Sepkus Jewelry

This weekend, Geoffrey Roth Gallery in Tlaquepaque invites you to take a wonderful opportunity to see the full line of Alex Sepkus designs.

Alex combines his own imagination with designs and symbols many diverse cultures around the world have long used. Recognized by many as a “jeweler’s jeweler”, each one of Alex’s pieces is clearly a labor of love brought about by phenomenal attention to detail.

His intricately patterned pieces are cast in platinum, eighteen karat yellow or rose gold and set with diamonds and colored stones. Texture and design is added by hand, using a technique called stippling.

Alex combines his own imagination with designs and symbols many diverse cultures around the world have long used. Recognized by many as a “jeweler’s jeweler”, each one of Alex’s pieces is clearly a labor of love brought about by phenomenal attention to detail.His intricately patterned pieces are cast in platinum, eighteen karat yellow or rose gold and set with diamonds and colored stones. Texture and design is added by hand, using a technique called stippling.

Friday Evening Wine Reception from 5pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday all day showing from 10am to 5pm.

For more information, call the gallery at 928.282.7756 or visit geoffreyrothgallery.com

Sedona Film Festival’s 2010 Award Winners

Here are some treats from this year’s Sedona International Film Festival! See exclusive footage from the award ceremonies, presented by festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss.

Michael Moore accepts his first ever Lifetime Achievement Award:


Legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara receive their Lifetime Achievement Award:


2010 Best Feature Film – “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story“, based on the true story of an unbreakable bond between a college professor (Richard Gere) and his loyal Akita:


2010 Best Independent Documentary – “The Elephant In The Living Room“, which exposes the controversial world of exotic animal ownership in the United States:


Check out the trailers for these two award-winning films here: Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, and here: The Elephant in the Living Room.

Sedona Artist Show at Exposures Gallery, March 19th & 20th

"Edgewater" by Eric Lee
"Edgewater" by Eric Lee (Acrylic on glass)

You’re invited to Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art in Sedona for a Spring Artist Show featuring the work of Eric Lee and Penelope Bushman. Stop by this Friday, March 19th from 3-8pm and Saturday, March 20th from 1-5pm to meet the artists and enjoy their work.

Eric Lee is an artist who creates original acrylic paintings on glass. Each one of his pieces shows his passion for color and rhythm. The beauty of Lee’s work lies in the astute blending of hues and colors combined with the artist’s media of choice – acrylic on glass. The colors move as if floating in air, luminous and caressing to the eye. The glass is never glaring but instead calming and weightless.

Penelope Bushman creates original oil paintings that feature rich textures that testify to the artist’s early training in sculpture. Breathing new life into ancient imagery, she portrays her sentinels and shamans with vibrant colors and rich patterns. Her abstract compositions are magical conceptual journeys that explore human emotion and touch the soul.

Exposures Gallery is located at 561 Hwy 179, Sedona, AZ 86336. For more information, call the gallery at 928.282.1125.

“Arizona’s Little Hollywood” Book Signing in Sedona Today!

Arizona's Little Hollywood book coverEl Prado Gallery in Tlaquepaque welcomes author Joe McNeill today, where he’ll be signing copies of his new book “Arizona’s Little Hollywood: Sedona and Northern Arizona’s Forgotten Film History 1923 – 1973“.

This isn’t the same old story, and you’d better be sitting down when you read it. This book will amaze you with facts never before revealed about this inspirational area and the art it has produced. “Arizona’s Little Hollywood” features more than sixty films over 692 pages and is illustrated with 175 photos, many never previously published. Each production is described from its conception straight through to its reception by the critics and the public, and includes a plot summary along with complete cast and crew details. Dozens of other films that have relied on stock footage of Sedona are also noted.

Visit El Prado By The Creek today from 5-8pm to meet the author and get your autographed copy fresh off the presses! El Prado is located at 336 SR 169 in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Call 928.282.7390 for more information.

Sedona’s Red Rocks Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 6th, 2010!

Sedona St. Patrick's Day Festival Logo
The 40th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 10:30am on Saturday, March 6th. Title Sponsor Cowboy Club and Barking Frog Restaurants will be on hand with coffee service before and during the parade. They and many additional business sponsors and contributors make this community tradition possible.  Grandstands are available along Jordan Road near Mesquite Avenue, thanks to the City of Sedona, or you can bring your own chairs.

The parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Grand Marshal Joe Vernier will lead the line-up of dignitaries, a color guard, bagpipers, bands, dancers, clowns, animals, vehicles and walking troupes from the entire Verde Valley and Flagstaff, plus a special appearance from the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders & Mascot Big Red.

The Parade Festival begins immediately following the parade until 3pm. Stay to enjoy more free festivities thanks to A Day in the West, Festival Title Sponsor and other business sponsors, all set up next to the end of the parade in Sacajawea Plaza and BR Clinic Parking lots. Ally & the Boys is our featured Celtic band, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Arizona will perform, and the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and Big Red will visit and sign autographs until 12:30. A multitude of children’s activities are available free of charge! The festival food & refreshment features Barking Frog and Cowboy Club Restaurants. Sedona Fudge Company will have a sweet treats booth. Thanks to Oak Creek Brewing Company, there will be a Beer Garden featuring Oak Creek Brews of course!

Michael Moore tribute at the Sedona International Film Festival

Promo shot from "Capitalism: A Love Story"Academy-Award winner Michael Moore is in the red rocks of Sedona! Tomorrow, Saturday February 27th at 2:10pm, he’ll be at the Sedona International Film Festival for one of the highlights of this year’s program, “A Conversation With Michael Moore“. Moore will be joined by his wife and producing partner Kathleen Glynn for the session, which will be hosted by Mary Fisher. One of the most outspoken and sometime controversial filmmakers of all time, Moore has opened the consciousness of the American public with his riveting, challenging and thought-provoking documentaries.

Following the Q&A, the festival will be screening Moore’s latest film “Capitalism: A Love Story” at 4:20pm. Moore will be on hand for another Q&A right after the film.

Robert Osborne hosts classic films at the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival

Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movies television network, returns by popular demand to the Sedona International Film Festival. Over the course of three days he will present three classic films as they were meant to be seen on the big screen! Osborne will introduce the films and will also host Q&A discussions following each screening.

Wednesday February 24th, 4:50pm
“The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1937) with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland

Thursday February 25th, 4:35pm
“A Place In The Sun” (1951) with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters

Friday February 26th, 4:35pm
“Leave Her To Heaven” (1945) with Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde and Vincent Price

To find out more about this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, visit the festival’s official site at sedonafilmfestival.com.