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Stand-up comedian Jimmie Walker to appear live onstage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 22-24

Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. His catch phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970's that Time Magazine named him "Comedian of the Decade".
Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade”.
Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be three performances Aug. 22-24, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

Rising from the streets of New York’s ghettos to television superstardom, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.

Born in 1947, Jimmie was on stage at the African Room in Manhattan by 1969 along with a few other up and coming talents, including Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg. Brenner was the first to get his big break and then helped Walker and the others, moving them all to Budd Friedman’s Improv in New York where they occasionally got some valuable stage time. To top it all off, Walker spent a year as the youngest MC in the history of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.

In those early days, doing “The Tonight Show” was a direct line to the Big Time. Jimmie’s first guest shot was successful beyond anyone’s expectations. Dan Rowan, who had seen the show, immediately flew Jimmie to Los Angeles to guest on a “Laugh In” special. That was followed by a second guest spot on “Jack Paar”, and a contract with CBS to perform each week as the audience warm-up for the sitcom “Carlucci’s Department.”

Spotted by the casting director for Norman Lear of “All in the Family” fame, Jimmie accepted a part in Lear’s new urban-styled comedy series, “Good Times.” The role of the broadly strutting, wisecracking J.J. Evans would launch him into television superstardom. “Dyn-o-mite!” was the phrase that made him famous nationwide. As “Good Times” enjoyed a six year run, Walker’s fame grew exponentially. He was the first winner of the NAACP Image Award, and won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Even with his demanding television schedule, Jimmie continued to appear as the headliner at top comedy clubs, including the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His joke writing team included a young David Letterman, Jay Leno and Byron Allen.

Walker’s television work would lead to movie roles, like boxer Bootney Farnsworth in “Let’s Do it Again,” co-starring with entertainment luminaries Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Jimmie also released a smash comedy album, “Dyn-o-mite!” that went gold. When “Good Times” ended in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered Walker a starring role in the short-lived “B.A.D. Cats” and returned to cast him again in 1983 in “At Ease”, an ABC series about a bunch of United States Army misfits. He also landed choice roles in films like “Airplane!” and “Airport ’79”, and was a regular on television shows like “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. In recent years he’s made scene-stealing appearances on “The George Lopez Show”, “Everybody Hates Chris” with Chris Rock, and “Scrubs”.

But despite all Jimmie’s success on the big and small screens, stand-up comedy remains his first love. Walker currently tours the country 35 to 45 weeks a year performing live, and guesting on game shows and late night television. In his spare time he writes scripts for TV and movies, and continues to enjoy a comedy career now approaching five decades.

There will be three performances of Jimmie Walkers comedy show Aug. 22-24. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23; and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $20 general admission and $17 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Jimmie Walker in the lobby after the show.

Visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org for tickets and performance information or call 928-282-1177. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.

Sedona Winter MusicFest Inaugural Season

January 6 – 12 featuring Six of This Generation’s Most Brilliant Artists
Concerts, Salons, Special Events, In-school Concerts and more

clip_image008“January is one of the most beautiful times of year in Sedona and to complement the winter season we’ve got six of this generations most brilliant artists performing in a variety of community service programs – all leading up to the Friday and Sunday concerts hosted at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa,” said Chamber Music Sedona director Bert Harclerode.

Festival co-artistic directors Alexander Fiterstein and Nicholas Canellakis have invited four superlative young artists to join them including violinists Benjamin Beilman and Erin Keefe, violist Cindy Wu and pianist Orion Weiss – all superstars in the chamber music world as well as acclaimed orchestral soloists.

Monday, January 6 at 7pm the Festival kicks-off with the documentary “Talking in Strings” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in cooperation with the Sedona Film Festival. The 1999 documentary (premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 1999) is directed by Paola di Florio and received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary Film at the 72nd Academy Awards. The film is based on the life of Italian-born violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg who in 2002 performed for Chamber Music Sedona. Artistic and executive directors will talk about the film and Festival from 6:30-6:50.

Tuesday, January 7 from 6:30-8:30pm clarinetist Fiterstein, cellist Canellakis and Orion Weiss will perform a mini “Meet the Directors” concert at the home of Victoria and Dan Bresnan. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served in the intimate setting for a limited 40 guests. Reservations are $55/person or $100/couple.

Wednesday the Festival sextet will perform a series of four in-school concerts in Sedona and surrounding schools made possible by Arizona Tax Credit funds and support from Aspey Watkins & Diesel PLLC.

Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-9pm is the first Festival Salon & Gala at the Hilton featuring the Festival Sextet in a light and fun evening. A silent and live auction will take place (with the silent auction running through the Sunday concert), champagne and desserts will be served, and the concert featuring the Festival Sextet is in celebration of Chamber Music Sedona’s recent acquisition of the Steinway D previously owned by Ignat Solzhenitsyn during his tenure at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. “These artists represent some of the most dynamic young artists today,” said Harclerode. Fiterstein and Weiss are Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, and along with Canellakis and Keefe are regulars at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Cindy Wu is the youngest Viola Professor ever at the University of Southern California. “The evening promises to be a lot of fun and we’ll celebrate all night long as the Hilton is offering discounted rooms for the evening’s guests,” said Harclerode.

Friday, 7:30pm at the Hilton, the Festival Sextet performs its first program “The Folk Spirit” featuring music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Bartok and Brahms. The concert will be preceded by an informal early-bird dinner at the Hilton from 5-6:15, followed by a panel discussion lead by Canellakis and Harclerode along with additional Festival artists from 6:30-7pm. The concert is made possible with support from Karen & John Dansby and Dr. Ronald Krug.

Saturday, January 11 at the Hilton from 9am to 4pm, Festival musicians will be featured in an open-rehearsal, followed by master classes for clarinet, piano and strings for local musicians grades 8-12, as well as hands on coaching by Festival artists. “This is a new and truly noteworthy program supported by the Sedona Community Foundation and we’re reaching-out primarily to Sedona as well as regional youth,” said Harclerode. The afternoon will come to a close with an afternoon concert featuring participants as chamber musicians and soloists from around northern Arizona.

Sunday, three Festival artists will perform at morning services including the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in VOC, St. Andrews Episcopal in West Sedona, and at Christ Lutheran.

Sunday, 2:30pm at the Hilton the Festival comes to a close with its program “Celebration” with music by von Weber, Dvo\0x0159ak and more. The Festival Sextet artists will greet patrons at a post-concert dessert party. The concert is made possible with support from the Chamber Music Sedona Advisory Council. “We’re excited to return to Sedona and bring our friends for their first experience. We’re looking forward to making new friends and plan for the Winter MusicFest 2015,” added Canellakis and Fiterstein.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 31st season is made possible in part with funding from the City of Sedona, The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sedona Community Foundation, The Verde Valley Medical Center, Aspey Watkins & Diesel PLLC., WESTAF and nearly 200 Sedona households.

For complete information including tickets and special events call 928.204.2415 or visit ChamberMusicSedona.org

Sedona Film Festival presents “Still Mine” and “The Look of Love” Aug. 13-16

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of “Still Mine” and “The Look of Love” showing Aug. 13-16 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

 

STILL MINE

 

In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in “Still Mine” – an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years.

 

Based on true events and laced with wry humor, “Still Mine” tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (Academy Award-nominee Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Academy Award-nominee Genevieve Bujold). Although Morrison uses the same methods his father, an accomplished shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials.

 

Married for six decades, Craig and Irene have raised seven children together and are still in love and very happy together, both physically and emotionally. But lately Irene’s health has begun to fade. As Irene becomes increasingly ill – and amidst a series of stop-work orders – Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against all odds in a truly inspirational story.

 

“Still Mine” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 13-16. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

 

THE LOOK OF LOVE

THE LOOK OF LOVE: Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love" stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond - the man behind Soho's notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.
THE LOOK OF LOVE: Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond – the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.

Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond – the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine.

 

Paul Raymond began his professional life with an end of the pier mind-reading act. He soon realized that the audience were more interested in watching his beautiful assistance, and that they liked it even more if she was topless. He quickly became one of Britain’s leading nude revue producers.

 

In 1958 he opened his revue Bar in Soho, the heart of London’s West End. As it was a private club, the nudes were allowed to move. A huge success, it became the cornerstone of a Soho empire, prompting the Sunday Times in 1992 to crown him the richest man in Britain.

 

The film focuses on Raymond’s relationships with the three most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his lover Fiona (Tamsin Egerton), and his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots). Raymond appeared to have it all, but behind the glamour lay heartache. At the height of his wealth and influence, his life took a dramatic turn.

 

It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.

 

“The Look of Love” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 13-16. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

 

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.