Film Festival hosts Ballet in Cinema: “Esmeralda” on Jan. 14

Renowned production from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet debuts on the big screen at Fisher TheatreEsmerelda ballet

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Monday, Jan. 14 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Esmeralda” from the famed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Victor Hugo’s tale of love and loyalty triumphing over corruption springs to life in “Esmeralda”, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, with a new version by Yuri Burklava and Vasily Medvedev. “Esmeralda” stars Denis Savin, Ruslan Skvortsov and Maria Alexandrova, who “infuses her perfectly shaped classical style with contemporary energy” (The New York Times).

Poet Gringoire, sentenced to be hanged, is saved by beautiful Esmeralda who agrees to marry him. Archdeacon Frollo, torn between his love for God and his obsession for the gypsy girl, sends his henchman Quasimodo to capture her. Esmeralda is rescued by Phoebus, the captain of the guard, who gives her his scarf as a souvenir. Later, alone, Esmeralda, starts dreaming about the handsome captain.

Choreographer Marius Petipa (France 1818 – 1910) is considered to be the most influential ballet master and choreographer of ballet in history. Noted for his long career as Premier Maître de Ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres (1871-1903), Petipa created over fifty ballets and revived a substantial number of works by other Ballet Masters. Most of his choreographies are cornerstones within the classical ballet repertory. Yuri Burlaka — admitted into the Moscow Ballet School in 1986 — became first soloist of the Russian Ballet Company on the same year. After many successful productions (such as Le Corsaire which he created with Alexei Ratmansky in 2007), he became artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009. Vasily Medvedev — A graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg — has worked with many theaters across the world both as a dancer and/or choreographer. He has been a member of the International Dance Committee (UNESCO) since 2007 and the artistic director of International Dance Festival “Dance Open”.

“Esmeralda” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:

The Met: Live in HD in Sedona!

Verde's Aida
Verde’s Aida: December 15th
Arizona’s premier place to see The Met: Live in HD, the beautifully appointed Sedona Performing Arts Center, comes to life three Saturday mornings in December: the 1st, 8th and 15th all at 11am presented by Chamber Music Sedona.

December 1st is the timeless classic La Clemenza di Tito starring the virtuosic Elīna Garanča as she sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

December 8th is Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—in a new production by Director David Alden’s in his dreamlike setting providing a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.

December 15th The Met brings Aida to the big screen in its unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama starring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.

“The Sedona Performing Arts Center opened its doors October 2010 and continues to develop as an important cultural center,” said Chamber Music Sedona’s Bert Harclerode. “We are pleased that the Metropolitan Opera’s technical specifications were installed into the audience chamber including the big screen and projector, and surround-sound system resulting in a magnificent sound and picture. Seats are brand new and each opera is preceded by a pre-opera “Curtain Raiser” lecture from 9:45-10:30am: December 1st with Edward Ingraham, December 8th with Russell Fox and December 15th with Thomas Cleman. Box lunches round-out the Sedona Met HD experience complemented by the spectacular panoramic red rocks visible from the lobby and patios.

Tickets, $23 for reserved and $19 for general admission may be purchased on line at or by calling 928.204.2415. Lunches must be purchased by 12:30pm Thursday prior to the Saturday opera. Student tickets are $10 at the door with ID. The 2013 Sedona Met Live in HD simulcasts continue January 5.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Margaret T. Morris Foundation, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.

For information call 928.204.2415 or visit

26th Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat in Uptown Sedona

Halloween in Uptown SedonaAll good ghouls, goblins and ghosts are welcome for “Spooktacular” festivities in Uptown Sedona on Halloween, October 31st, from 5 to 8 pm. Treats are available at storefronts all along the sidewalks and plazas of “Main Street” (SR 89A & The Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe) in Uptown, thanks to the merchants. Storefronts are decorated and costumed employees and owners add to the celebration. Sedona Fire District will give away glow bracelets to promote “Be Safe, Be Seen” and Sedona Police Department will be on hand to help keep it safe.

“Thriller – Ghost Rave” dance performances will take place from 5 to 8 pm at C-Market, on the corner of SR 89A & Jordan Road. Prepare to be mesmerized by these dancers from the local community coordinated by Martha Edwards, all generously donating their time and talent.

Parking is available in Sedona’s Public Parking Lot on Schnebly Road, all along SR 89A and in parking lots at plazas and shops in the area. This free event is made possible by the generosity of all the participating merchants and coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program.

So don your costumes or come as you are for this howling good time! Contact 928.204.2390 Monday-Friday or visit

“Birds, Beasts and Beauty – the Genesis to Revelation Alliance with Animals” Traveling Fine Art exhibit & experience October 4 – Nov. 4th, 2012

The First Temptation paintingBirds, Beasts and Beauty is a fine art visual journey with the animals. From Genesis to Revelation experience their magnificence, their prominence, and their uniquely designed connection with the heart of God and man. Including works by nationally acclaimed artists Ron DiCianni , Michael Dudash, Chris Hopkins, Tom duBois, Mick McGinty, historic masters and more.
Wayside Chapel, Uptown Sedona, 401 N. Hwy 89A. Regular Daily Admission is free/donations welcomed. 10 – 5pm Mon/ Tues/Wed. Fri & Sat. 11 to 7pm (closed Thurs.). Sun. Noon – 5pm. For more info call Lynne at 541.326.1786.

Film Festival presents Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y on Oct. 28

Julia Child
“On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” will be featured on “Live from NY’s 92nd St. Y” on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre via a live simulcast. In this centennial year of Julia Child’s birth, Judith Jones, Laura Shapiro and Alexandra Leaf come together to celebrate America’s first lady of French food.
New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona on Sunday, Oct. 28 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the live simulcast of “On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” featuring Judith Jones, Laura Shapiro and Alexandra Leaf. The special simulcast event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre, live as it is happening in New York.

In this centennial year of Julia Child’s birth, Judith Jones (vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf and editor of Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking) and Laura Shapiro (culinary historian and author of the prize-winning Julia Child biography) come together to celebrate America’s first lady of French food. Alexandra Leaf, a culinary historian and cookbook author, will also join in the conversation. This event is part of the Ruth Stanton Illustrious Women Series, supported by The Ruth Stanton Foundation.

Judith Jones is Senior Editor and Vice President at Alfred A. Knopf. She joined the company in 1957 as an editor working primarily on translations of French writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. She had worked before that for Doubleday, first in New York and then in Paris, where she was responsible for reading and recommending The Diary of Anne Frank. In addition to her literary authors, she developed a list of first-rate cookbook writers including Julia Child. She published Ms. Child’s first book and was her editor ever after.

Laura Shapiro was a columnist at The Real Paper (Boston) before beginning a 16-year run at Newsweek, where she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and won several journalism awards. Her essays, reviews and features have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Gastronomica, Slate and many other publications. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on culinary history, and contributed a regular column on a wide range of food topics to, the Gourmet magazine website.

Alexandra Leaf, author, lecturer and culinary historian, is a well-respected figure in New York food circles. Drawn to subjects that range from contemporary wedding cake trends to wine and chocolate pairings, Leaf brings a unique perspective to her work. She pioneered the teaching of culinary history at The New School University where she has been a guest instructor since 1996. Leaf is a former chair of the Culinary Historians of New York and she is on the board of The New York Food Museum.

Now in its tenth year, “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” brings the world’s most compelling people to over 50 cities across North America via a unique live, interactive satellite broadcast program. The Sedona Film Festival is the official host of program in Northern Arizona. Join some of the world’s most fascinating people for compelling and thought-provoking interactive discussions on the issues and events that affect our lives. Most of the programs provide opportunities for questions and answers with the presenters where participants from remote locations can ask questions as if they were in the New York audience.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: “On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” will be shown live on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Billy and Cheryl Geffon.

Tickets are $15 (general admission) or $12.50 for Film Festival members and are available in advance at the festival office. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. Call 928.282.1177 for tickets and information or visit

October 2012 ~ Magical Music in the Red Rocks

Chamber Music Sedona Opens 30th Anniversary Season with October Musical Harvest


L’Elisir d’Amore

Chamber Music Sedona kicks off its thirtieth season with two performances of The Met: Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Saturday, October 13 with L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, and Saturday October 27 with Verdi’s Otello.

The Met: Live in HD has proven to be a wonderful addition to Sedona’s cultural landscape,” said Bert Harclerode, Chamber Music Sedona executive director. “The ambiance of the Sedona Performing Arts Center – it’s surround sound, the big screen installed to the Met’s specifications, the pre-opera talks and intermission gourmet lunches all combined make SPAC Arizona’s place to see The Met: Live in HD,” said Harclerode.

The Met: Live in HD, the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 9.6 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone. Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

The Live in HD season begins October 13 at 10am with a new production of Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini. Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri will sing the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. “L’Elisir d’Amore is kind of two operas at the same time,” Sher says. “It’s an opera that’s a great entertainment, and it’s an opera that has something else happening underneath. It’s informed by when in Italian history it was written—you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence.” A pre-opera talk “Curtain-raiser” will be presented from 8:45-9:25am by Russell Fox. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Sally and Stan Gorski.

Saturday, October 27 at 10am is Verdi’s towering masterpiece, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, makes its first Live in HD appearance. Semyon Bychkov conducts an extraordinary cast led by Johan Botha in the title role of the jealous Moor of Venice, opposite Renée Fleming in one of her greatest roles, Otello’s innocent wife Desdemona. Falk Struckmann sings Iago, Otello’s disloyal ensign, and Michael Fabiano is the captain Cassio. A pre-opera “Curtain-raiser” talk will be presented by Edward Ingraham from 8:30-9:25am. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Ann and John Steinbrunner.

In November CMS presents a two-day weekend of Magical Music in the Red Rocks: Saturday, November 10 is Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, a Met Premiere. Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work and Sunday, November 11 The Romeros, “The Royal Family of the Guitar”, makes its Sedona debut in a 2:30pm program at SPAC.

Tickets to all operas and concerts are available on line and range from $10 to $40 and ‘member’ prices are available the day of the event. Gourmet Opera lunches are available on line only and must be purchased Thursday prior to the Saturday opera.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins, Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.

For information call 928.204.2415 or visit

National Theatre of London is coming to Sedona June 30:

Film Festival hosts outrageous British comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

Play nominated for 7 Tony Awards debuts on big screen at Mary D. Fisher Theatre


The National Theatre of London comes to Sedona on Saturday, June 30 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the outrageous British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The play was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including a win for Best Actor for James Corden. The comedy by Richard Bean is based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”.

The National Theatre of London comes to Sedona on Saturday, June 30 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the outrageous British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors.” There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s new Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


“Think of it as getting fifth row orchestra seats to the best show on the London stage, right here in Sedona,” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “This is the kick-off preview to the entire season of the National Theatre productions that we will carry in the coming year. We are excited to bring an event of this caliber to our city and our patrons.”


“One Man, Two Guvnors” was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including a win for Best Actor for James Corden. Thecomedy by Richard Bean is based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”.

James Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” (“one man”). Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding (“two guvnors”), both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations — none of which Francis can keep straight. So he has to do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting.


“One Man, Two Guvnors” is, at its heart, a physical comedy. Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and a fabulous on-stage band are just some of what awaits at the most deliriously funny new play in decades.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is currently playing acclaimed productions in the West End and on Broadway where James Cordon was just awarded the Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play.


Critics are raving about the play, calling it “the feel-good hit of the summer. An evening of riotous delight … I found myself physically incapable with laughter.” (Daily Telegraph)

“A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.”(Guardian)
“Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a classic comedy hilariously updated.” (The Times)


“Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they’re choreographically beautiful as well as funny.” (Sunday Times)


“The single funniest production I’ve ever seen.”  (Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4)


“One Man, Two Guvnors” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information,

GumptionFest VII issues call for artists, volunteers and vendors

GumptionFest, Sedona’s largest free, community arts festival takes place along Coffee Pot Drive in West Sedona on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

GumptionFest VII: A New Hope is opening the call to all artists who want to participate. Performers should contact GumptionFest organizers now to voice their interest in performing. The deadline for all performers to get in is Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Vendors are also invited to come to display and sell their wares to the estimated 1,200 attendees.

This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest ever, expanding from the main stage at Oak Creek Brewing Co. to other locations along State Route 89A: Olde Sedona Bar & Grill, Szechuan Martini Bar, Heart of Sedona coffee shop, outside New Frontiers Natural Marketplace and the outdoor stage at the Old Marketplace.

The festival features some of the most well-known names in the Sedona and Verde Valley as well as regional artists from Flagstaff and Phoenix, and other performers from Kingman and Los Angeles. The artists include singers, songwriters, performance poets, rock bands, painters, sculptors and fire-spinning performance artists. Poets are welcome to compete in the fourth annual Haiku Death Match poetry slam.

However, what makes GumptionFest unique among Arizona arts festivals is that anyone who wants to play music, perform poetry, display art or dance is eagerly invited to participate. Talent levels are not important: participants range from full-time professional artists and musicians and published poets to recreational artists, part-time photographers and those who pen poems in private journals.

Youth and teen artists are strongly encouraged to participate whether they aim to become professional artists as adults or just create art, write poetry or play music to pass the time.

The GumptionFest VII kickoff party begins Friday, Sept. 14.

GumptionFest VII officially starts on Saturday, Sept. 15, with performances all day long. GumptionFest VII Day Two continues the party on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a whole new lineup.

Volunteers are also still needed this year, so even those who don’t play an instrument, paint, sculpt or write poems can help and be a part of one of the largest free arts festival in Sedona.

Organizers for GumptionFest VII: A New Hope invite visual artists, photographers, dancers and dance troupes, musicians, bands, theater groups and poets who want to be a part of the festival for either one, two, or all three days to attend and spontaneously create or perform.

To participate, volunteer or contribute as a sponsor, contact or visit or GumptionFest on Facebook.


12th Annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival: May 25-27, 2012

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12th Annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival May 25027, 2012. Over 30 short films and two features will be screened. Filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, following screenings.

The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) is proud to announce the 12th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival, May 25th to May 27th 2012. Over 30 films will be screened!  Saturday and Sunday will be filled with screenings of student shorts, High School Film Competition winners, Alumni films and ZGI Award winners from the Class of 2011.

Dan Gordon’s Screenwriting Awards will be presented Saturday evening, followed by a special feature film presentation. Cinephile’s will be treated to a Q&A with the filmmaker, after the movie.

For more information:


• Career & Gear Fair, May 25 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm All Events at 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona. Check out internships, explore film equipment, watch demos & win raffle prizes!

• Film Screenings, May 26 & 27 Saturday, 10am -5pm // Sunday, 10am -5pm

• Reel Café – Food, Beverages & Popcorn, May 26 & 27 Saturday, 9:30am -6pm // Sunday, 9:30am -3pm // hosted by Westside Deli

• “Bullied to Silence” followed by Q&A with filmmaker Sunday, May 27 @ 10:00am

• Screenwriting Awards & Director’s Pick Feature Saturday, May 26 @ 5:30pm

• Awards Ceremony & Raffle Drawing Sunday, May 27 @ 5:30pm

• Wrap Party & BBQ Sunday, May 27 @ 6:30pm

Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival: May 30 – June 3, 2012

Tim O'Brien and Bryan SuttonGrammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass, and rising stars Run Boy Run are the featured performers for the sixth Sedona Bluegrass Festival.

This year’s Sedona Bluegrass Festival will once again be held at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa – Creekside. Come and enjoy an afternoon of great Bluegrass in this spectacular setting on the bank of Oak Creek in the middle of Sedona.

Performance schedule:

12:00 – 1:15  Muskellunge Bluegrass
1:45 – 2:15  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 1)
2:30 – 3:45  Run Boy Run
4:00 – 4:30  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 2)
4:45 – 6:00  Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton

For more information, visit



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