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“How to Survive your Adult Relationship with your Family”

“How to Survive your Adult Relationship with your Family”

Wednesday, September 21st     7:30 pm     Studio Live Sedona

Tickets: $17/day of show and $15/advance

Polly Frost’s humor has been published widely, including  The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Narrative and The Barnes and Noble Review. Her humor was selected for both of The New Yorker “best humor” anthologies: Disquiet, Please! and Fierce Pajamas. Polly’s humor book, With One Eye Open, was published in 2010. Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll raved: “Miss Polly Frost is so funny and so wildly intelligent, she is the Edith Wharton of her generation.” Polly is married to Ray Sawhill and the couple collaborates frequently together. Most recently, they co-wrote the comic one-act, The Last Artist in New York City, which was selected for Best American Short Plays 2008-2009, the audio comedy Sex Scenes, and they just finished a suspense novel. Polly’s website is She loves Sedona and often visits her mother and step dad there.


“How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family”

Everyone focuses on how to get over your childhood. But let’s face it: the really important thing is to learn how to survive your family as an adult! Acclaimed humor writer, Polly Frost, will give us a comic look at the emotional curveballs our beloved — and not so beloved — relatives can throw us throughout our adult lives.

Polly Frost’s humor has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Narrative and The Barnes and Noble Review. Her humor has also been included in the recent anthology “Humor Me,” as well as in both “best of” New Yorker humor anthologies, “Fierce Pajamas” and “Disquiet, Please!”


Celtic Harvest Festival coming back to Sedona!

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic heritage.  Let us share with you our rich culture and history.  Shop with our merchandise vendors for everything from Celtic souvenirs to the finest products imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Eat drink and be merry in our Celtic food court.  Enjoy crafts and activities in the special children’s area.

Discover the magic that keeps people returning to Celtic festivals year after year.  Come and experience the rich traditions that we Celtic folk hold dear to our hearts.  Enjoy “Celtic Ways” featuring workshops on Celtic art; artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance; food and beverage vendors.  Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation.  Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine.  Make new friends and greet old ones.

Visit the Celtic Harvest Festival at Tequa Festival Marketplace in Sedona on Saturday, September 24th, 2011.

For more information, visit

Sedona Film Festival hosts free premiere of family comedy ‘Nativity!’ on Dec. 10

Nativity poster
"Nativity!" is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of the true meaning of Christmas. The feel-good British comedy is great family entertainment that all ages will enjoy. The Sedona Film Festival is presenting the Arizona premiere of the film Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the new Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the exclusive Arizona premiere of the award-winning family holiday comedy “Nativity!” on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The new, state-of-the-art, 750-seat theater venue is located at Sedona Red Rock High School. The screenings are free and open to the public and are presented by the Sedona International Film Festival in this one-night-only special engagement. Free tickets are available now and can be reserved by calling 282-1177.

The film festival is proud to announce that this is “Community Appreciation Night” where everyone is admitted free of charge as a way of thanking Sedona for its year-round support of the film festival.

“This is our holiday gift to Sedona and our way of saying thank you for the generous support our members and this community has shown us all year long,” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “It is a fun, family-friendly film, appropriate for all ages, and we are proud to present it in the new, extraordinary Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food or cash donations for the Sedona Community Food Bank for this special event.

Produced by BBC Films and Family-Approved by the Dove Foundation, “Nativity!” is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of the true meaning of Christmas. Starring Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins, in the upcoming film “The Hobbit”, BBC TV´s “The Office” and PBS´ Masterpiece Mystery “Sherlock”) and Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”), the film is great family entertainment that all ages will enjoy.

Receiving tremendous box-office success during its theatrical release in the UK, the film was hailed by Variety as “entertainment that gives family fare a good name . . . will have a long future as a yuletide favorite.” “Nativity!” is a feel-good British comedy that will jingle everyone´s bells!

This holiday season, St. Bernadette’s Elementary School teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school’s musical nativity play. Competing against the fancy rival private school and his arch rival Gordon Shakespeare for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is, they haven’t spoken in years.

With one “little white lie” escalating events out of control he becomes a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.

Overnight, Maddens finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm comprising the mayor, the media, a posse of pushy parents, and an army of pint-sized potential Marys and Josephs.  All St Bernadette’s is floating on a cloud of stardust and the children are bursting with Christmas spirit.

But can Maddens possibly persuade Jennifer to bring Hollywood to Coventry and make their dreams come true or will his tangle of lies finally catch him out?

“This is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season with a laugh-out-loud, feel-good, joyous celebration of a movie that all ages can enjoy,” added Schweiss. “We promise a few holiday surprises and fun additions to the evening as well. We hope entire families will come and experience this great film in this extraordinary new venue.”

This free community appreciation film premiere is made possible from grants by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.

“Nativity!” will be shown at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Free tickets are available now and can be reserved by calling 928.282.1177 or by visiting the Sedona Film Festival office at 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, in West Sedona.  The lobby box office will open at 5 p.m. the night of the show. For more information, visit:

Sedona Winefest – September 25th and 26th 2010

The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets

The weekend of September 25 and 26 will be a busy one at the Sedona Airport. Sedona Fair, Inc, the non-profit, which produced the Sedona Community Fair in 2008 and 2009, will produce the 2010 Sedona Winefest on the last weekend of September, from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The event will be located on airport
mesa, taking advantage of the substantial parking available at the airport, as well as spectacular views. The airport’s traditional airport open house and fly in, and the classic car show will join the Winefest but will only be held on Saturday, the 25th. The full scale Community Fair will return in September 2011 after the new airport restaurant has been
built and is open to the public.

The two-day wine festival, which celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona, particularly the wineries in the Verde Valley, is being sponsored by Sedona Airport as a community service. The Sedona Winefest will feature great wines from 13 Arizona wineries. The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will also be available, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase wine by the case, bottle and by the glass from participating wineries.

Patrons will delight in tasting wines from Freitas Vineyard, Javelina Leap, Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Jerome Winery, Bitter Creek Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Pillsbury Wine Co., Oak Creek Vineyards, Juniper Well Ranch Vineyards, & Carlson Creek Vineyard. The popular wine lovers magazine, Arizona Vines & Wines, will be on hand as well as an olive oil tasting booth and several vendors to enhance your wine experience. There will be a raffle both days, including prizes from participating wineries and local restaurants.

The Sedona Arts Center will be also host an adjacent pavilion with their “Artists in Action” program – where over a dozen artists who are also instructors at the art center demonstrate their artistic skills, Visitors will be able to join in and get on the pottery wheel to see if they can create a masterpiece.

The Sedona Winefest pavilion will include a food court with a variety of menu items and snacks throughout the day. Food providers for 2010 are Dahl and DiLuca and the Grille at ShadowRock at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa. There will be an area for patrons to sit, sip wine and enjoy food and live music. Scheduled on Saturday is Steve Douglas’ gypsy jazz trio, ZAZU, and on Sunday, patrons will enjoy the popular trio Soundscape Sedona, featuring Susannah Martin.

Families take note: On Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the airport will also host the annual airport open house and fly-in and the classic car show. Included in this wonderful family event will be the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft which is only one of 5 such aircraft still flying in the world. Rides on the Tri-Motor will be offered for $60 a person. Other aircraft, including 4 brand new, state of the art airplanes representing the best of American aircraft manufacturers will be on display. The Sedona Car Club will once again host their competitive 100+ car show with car buffs from around the state
completing for prizes for best of show. This event ends on Saturday, Sept 25 at 2 p.m. The Sedona Winefest is both days, Saturday September 25 from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Sandy at or visit

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Every September for 37 years visitors from Phoenix and all over the Southwest have headed to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona for a late summer weekend getaway. Why? To attend one Sedona’s signature events: the family-friendly Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, celebrating Mexican Independence Day with music, dance, food and fun activities for kids. The free event, open to the public, takes place Saturday, September 11, 2009 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

For more information about Fiesta, performance times and other events visit, or call 928.282.4838

Celebration of Life at Sedona Arts Center

Celebrate the end of summer through the joyful creations of the featured artists in the Sedona Arts Center’s August Exhibit, Serendipitous Adventures, which opens with a wine reception from 5 to 8pm on First Friday, August 6th and runs through September 1st.  Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

The playful mix of colors, media, and styles shown in the exhibit will engage your senses and remind you of the joyful, lazy days of childhood summers. Featured artists are: Gale Craig (Mixed-media), Sue Hunter (Pastels), V. Norton (Calligraphy & Ceramics), and Norma Cox Miller (Mixed-Media).

Norma Cox Miller working

The exhibit is lovingly dedicated to Norma Cox Miller who died expectedly on July 22.  Her spirit, her talent, her passion for art, and her love of life will always be part of the Sedona Arts Community.  She will be missed!  The Friday night reception will be a celebration of her life and her art as we showcase her newest and final works together with the works of the other featured artists. Please, join us to bid her farewell in the way that she would have wanted.

Norma Cox Miller grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. Her memories of the sunlight and shadows, the small stream near her home and the changing colors of the leaves, season by season, influenced her paintings throughout her life.  She did not have the opportunity to formally study art until she entered Morehead State University where she learned the basics, which was only the beginning.  An avid life-long art student, with an insatiable appetite for learning and improving her skill, she was always seeking more and studied with many well-known artists such as Edward Betts, Charles Reid, Gerald Brommer and Virginia.

When she was no longer as challenged by landscape painting, she turned to abstraction.  At first she used landscape elements in her work, and slowly began to paint completely non-objective abstractions, reverting occasionally to semi-abstraction. She preferred stretched canvas or watercolor paper using acrylic paint and various collage and texturing materials to add variety and interest to her pieces. She began showing in juried exhibitions in 1970 and has received numerous awards for her work in acrylic and mixed-media.

“NEPTUNE'S DANCE” by Gail Craig

Gale Craig is both a painter and designer of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Gale paints primarily in oils, acrylics and encaustics, a 2,000 year old process which uses heat to fuse layer upon layer of pigmented beeswax and damar resin. The wax delivers color in a way no other medium can, producing magnificent translucent effects.

The first thing that strikes you when you look at Gale’s vibrant, colorful abstract paintings is that she paints from the heart. Her remarkable use of color reflects her passion for the mystical and healing arts. However, what is truly unique about Gale’s style is that you can feel the essence of spiritual energy in everything she paints.

She states, “I see in the Universe a mystical world of flowing energies. My visions are inspired by the colors and movement of the energies I see within and around an object. It is the beauty and vibrancy of this universal energy that I try to capture in my paintings.”

Sue Hunter was born in Arkansas but has lived in Arizona since 1960 and thinks of Arizona as home.  The lovely desert colors, wide open spaces, and diverse landscapes of the southwest provide her with endless subject matter for her paintings. She works in pastel, oils, watercolor and acrylics.  Her subjects include landscapes, still life, figures and animals.  She is known for her paintings of roosters.

Color is an important aspect of Sue’s art which is reflected in her impressionistic style.  “I try to put into my paintings the emotions I feel using color, light and shadow effects to create design.”

Sue graduated from Western International University and has studied art at Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale Community College, with local art instructors and has attended numerous workshops locally and in Europe. She is a consistent award winner in juried exhibits and her work is included in many private and public collections.

V. Norton (Victoria) is a dual artist – ceramicist and calligrapher. She has been a resident of Sedona for 25 years, and works in a studio overlooking the beautiful red rocks. Her inspiration comes from the exquisite landscapes, animals, and people around her.

Sue has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, which has influenced her amazing masks and has impacted the artistic path which she is currently following. She takes the realistic and interprets it in abstract forms and designs, using the clay as her canvas. This occurs both with her sculptural and figurative pieces.

Her calligraphy has been another 30-year adventure.  Sue was a teacher at the Arts Center for fourteen years, dating back to the time when the studio was downstairs in the Art barn. From there, she became an adjunct faculty member at NAU for five years. Now her focus is on original commissions: evolving a series of calligraphy cards, and most recently, getting back into creating one of a kind, hand bound books.

The Sedona Arts Center is located at the corner of 15 Art Barn Rd. and State Rte 89A in Uptown Sedona – on the right just before entering Oak Creek Canyon. For more information about the Poets Corner or the Sedona Arts Center please call 928.282.3865. The evening event is free of charge and open to all who would like to attend.