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.
Here is some aerial footage of the Slide Fire, taken around 2pm on May 21st 2014, when the fire had burned over 4000 acres. Please note that the video has no audio track.
After the recent rains in Northern Arizona, we flew out with Arizona Helicopter Adventures to capture video footage of some majestic waterfalls in and around Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona! Be sure to watch in HD to see the waterfalls in all their glory!
Met: Live in HD Broadcast
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 10:00am – *Encore performance, original air-date: 03/01/14.
Approximate run time: 4 hours 40 minutes (On Air: 10:00am – 2:40pm), 1 intermission.
Pre-opera talk by Russell Fox beginning at 8:45am in the theater.
Box office opens at 8:30am.
Fear ye not! With so much in the news today about Russia we are pleased to present The Met: Live in HD with Alexander Borodin’s epic opera Prince Igor about the 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces. Famous for the “Polovtsian Dances” which were recently featured in the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Prince Igor returns to the Met for its first company performances since 1917. The second scene of the first act is set in a field of 12,500 red poppies that the Met’s scenic department made entirely by hand.
An extraordinary Russian cast led by Ildar Abdrazakov (Enrico VIII in 2011’s Anna Bolena) in the title role, opposite Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as his emotionally unstable wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili is the fiery princess Konchakovna.
The National Theatre of London celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a star-studded event featuring the “who’s who” of British theatre from stage and screen, on Friday, Nov. 22. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the gala celebration at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be two shows at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents “National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage”, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast from London to cinemas around the world, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre here in Sedona.
A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed by the National Theatre’s current Director Nicholas Hytner, including award-winning actors Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Frances de la Tour, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Andrew Scott, Penelope Wilton, and many more.
Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to Sedona for one special evening.
“National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 and 7:00 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 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.
The “South Korean Minister of Veterans Affairs” from Seoul, Korea, will attend a June 14th celebration hosted by Sedona’s Korean-American Association to celebrate 60 years’ friendship and gratitude since the cease-fire of the Korean Conflict. Local area veterans are invited to join the delegation at a 10am at Sedona Military Service Park, at the intersection of State Route 89A and Northview Drive. There will be a short musical performance and Korean War photo exhibition, followed at 12pm with a complimentary lunch at the Sedona Meditation Center, 340 Jordan Rd. Sedona, to which all area veterans in cap or uniform are invited.
Sedona Korean-American Association has worked with the Sedona Marine Corps League to create the Sedona Military Service Park. This project was dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served their country during times of peace and war.
Sixty years have passed since the cannons ceased in the Korean War. According to Korean culture, 60 years has special meanings associated with the blessings of longevity and wisdom. Banya Lim, president of the Sedona Korean-American Association said, “We believe this applies to the relationship between South Korea and the United States, too. Underlying the purpose of the Sedona Korean-American Association is the Korean people’s appreciation for the years of continuous friendship and support from the United States.” She also added, “The importance of the strong ties between Korea and the U.S. is highlighted by the recent military tension on the Korean Peninsula.”
That was the spirit that moved Korean-American Association to participate in the Sedona Military Service Park Project. According to Lim, “we wanted to demonstrate and establish a good example of how this tie can be strengthened by voluntary activities in a local community.”
Please RSVP luncheon attendance by calling 928.282.3600.
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Sedona Arts Center to present EXHIBITION: Art on Screen on Sunday, May 19 when it hosts the big screen premiere of the work of renowned artist Edouard Manet. There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
From the people who brought live Metropolitan Opera performances to a movie theater near you comes the next big-screen cultural attraction: museum art exhibits from around the world. Art critics and film critics from all around the world are raving. “EXHIBITION” is a new theatrical series of events, bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinema screens worldwide. “EXHIBITION” will feature the world’s foremost upcoming art exhibitions, creatively captured especially for the big screen. Each Event Film – hosted by art historian Tim Marlow – will go beyond the gallery with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
The “EXHIBITION” series begins with a career-encompassing collection of the works of Edouard Manet on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The eagerly awaited exhibition, “Manet: Portraying Life” has been captured for cinema screens worldwide. This is the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, spanning his entire career. The exhibition will bring together great works from across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The show features about 50 portraits and related works by Manet, the 19th-century French realist who is considered “the father of modern painting.” It is the largest Manet show ever staged in Britain and the first to concentrate on his portraits. Manet redefined portraiture by depicting his friends and relatives wearing contemporary dress and engaged in everyday activities with a new painterly immediacy. He gave their expressions and poses both a fleeting freshness and a sobering sense of isolation, even of enigma, that feel modern. He also blurred portraiture with other traditional art categories, like genre painting, still life and history painting, achieving new hybrids.
Cinemagoers will see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy’s exhibition preparation – moments usually hidden from view — and experience a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris. Host Tim Marlow along with expert guests examine the work of one of the all-time great artists.
EXHIBITION: “Manet: Portraying Life” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival or Sedona Arts Center 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: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.
Friday, April 26th, 6:00 to 10:00 PM
The idea that inspired this 2013 Focus on “Acts of Kindness” has already resulted in over $6,000 for Big Park Community School. Marketplace Cafe has chosen Yavapai Food Council as the designated charity for its second community event on April 26th. Previously named the Verde Food Council, this expanded organization is now addressing the hunger issue across Yavapai County. Most of us have no idea how serious the issue of hunger is in our community. It isn’t obvious, and so it can easily be ignored.
On April 26th, you will learn how the community is already responding to the hunger issue and how you can become involved by demonstrating compassion for those who are experiencing hunger through your own acts of kindness.
At the Marketplace Café on Friday the 26th of April, there will be performances by seven outstanding local musicians, who are donating their time and talent to help with this fundraising event.
6:00 – 6:30 pm: Chris Jamison
6:45 – 7:45 pm: Robin Dean Salmon and Chris Robin
8:00 – 8:45 pm: Diversity – Rene’e and Tim Claybon
9:00 – 10:00 pm: Michelle Williams and Alan Standingbear
They will provide a musical concert for which you would pay more than $26 to experience in any other venue. A $26 cover charge is requested as a ticket for admission. The entire $26 fee will be donated to Yavapai Food Council. Some of the benefits for those in attendance will include surprise gifts to be distributed to those who participates in the event, $2.60 well drinks, house wine and beer for the entire evening and “Kindness Charms” created by the Women of Sedona that will be randomly placed on the tables. Perhaps you will be one of the lucky individuals who will be found by the “Kindness Charms” and have the opportunity to pass them on.
Throughout the evening you will have the ability to simply sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance the night away. It will be a
celebration of life! Take action and join us for this second “Acts of Kindness” event. The first 26 people to make reservations will receive a free calendar called “Reflections”, a gift from Beverly Copen and Pat Brazil, with twelve beautiful photographs suitable for framing, plus a copy of Ken Rouse’s book, “Putting Money In Its Place.”
Friday, April 26th, 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Plan now to be a part of this second “Acts of Kindness” Event.
Make your reservations now!
Marketplace Café – 928-284-5478
Chamber Music Sedona proudly presents
The Dover String Quartet with cellist Norman Fischer
“Music making that can only be described as astonishing.” –The Birmingham News
Sunday, January 13, 2013 @ 2:30pm
“The Austro-German Masters”
St. John Vianney Church
180 St. John Vianney Lane, Sedona ,AZ
Quartet No. 4 in C Minor Opus 18, No. 4
by Ludwig van Beethoven;
Five Movements Opus 5
by Anton Webern; and
Quintet in C Major (D. 956, Opus posth. 163)
by Franz Schubert with cellist Norman Fischer
With Edward Ingraham
$40 reserved, $19 general admission
$10 students with full time ID
Available on line at
Sedona at Bashas’ and Rycus’ Corners-VOC
Cottonwood at Planet Video & Music
Flagstaff at Arizona Music Pro and Cedar Music
For additional information call 928.204.2415 or visit