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The SUNS in Phoenix

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News on June 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think there is indeed more than one sun residing over Phoenix. I moved here Fall 2011 and the weather felt delightfully Spring’ish (compared to the cold/hot Texas weather). We are now in the early throws of Summer and every time I walk outside I immediately hear that song, “We built this city” [by Starship], but the words are tailored to capture the warm essence of Phoenix and is sang by Satan of course. The lyrics are as followed:

“I built this city!
I built this city on brims and coals!”

Yes. It’s hot in the Phoenix metroplex, so I tend to stay in the house more often than not and talk to you [blog]. I’m 7 months into new residency here in the Arizona state and I’ve finally stumbled upon a free SANTAN SUN NEWS copy and a plethora of COOL THINGS HAPPENING in Phoenix this Summer by way of Films and Music.

Where do I start? Well, let’s start with films – since I’m a ‘reel go-getter’. The following 10-Film Get Reel Series of DOCUMENTARIES span topics ranging from Johnny Cash to 1960’s urban blacks to competing pastry chefs will be Shown For FREE at the Downtown Chandler Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays June 5th through July 31st:

June 5thCALAVERA HIGHWAY
A sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings. [90-minutes]

June 12thJOHNNY CASH: The Man, His World, His Music
In this classic 1969 documentary, the Man in Black is captured at his peak, the first of many in a looming roller coaster career. Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album Cash reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. [90-minutes]

June 19thREVOLUTION ’67
An illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history – the black urban rebellions of the 1960’s. [90-minutes]

June 26thUP HEARTBREAK HILL
The film follows two Native American teens torn between the lure of opportunities outside their remote Navajo reservation community and the cultural ties that blind them to home. [60-minutes]

Please stay tuned to this site on which you can rely,
because there are more FREE DOCUMENTARY FILMS in July.

And for all of you who like eargasms of class —
here’s the calendar where you can find some good JAZZ:

June 5HONORING DAVE COOK
Lifetime Achievement Award from Phoenix Musicians Union Local 586 featuring a re-creation of Cook’s Vanguard combo, led by Ted Sistrunk-bass + Beth Lederman-piano, Big Jim Henry-trumpet, Byron Ruth-tenor sax, John Lewis-drums, and more….
7:30 p.m. Tues., $5 – $3 students, FREE for Union Members & children under 12.
Kotter Hall, Union Bldg, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006

June 8thPRESCOTT JAZZ SUMMIT’S: Jazz at Noon
Various musicians, noon -1 p.m. FREE. Outdoors, Courthouse Square, in Prescott.

June 10thHOWLING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Presented by Prescott Jazz Summit: Renee Patrick-vocals, Mix Vax-trumpet-flulgelhorn, Tony Vacca-sax-flute, Beth Lederman-piano, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Cleve Huff-drums
3-5:30 p.m., $20
Highlands Center for Natural History Ampitheater
1735 S. Walker Road in Prescott #928-776-9550

June 14thRAMSEY LEWIS QUINTET
7 p.m., Thurs. $40 – $50
9 p.m., Thurs. $30 – $40
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 85050 #480-478-6000
themim.org

June 17thDENNIS ROWLAND and EXTREME DECIBEL BIG BAND
Annual Jazz in AZ Fathers Day Dance, 3-7 p.m. Sunday, in Scottsdale Plaza Resort Main Ballroom
7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253
$30 [advance purchase], $35 [door price], $5 DISCOUNT for Members
#480-994-0807
jazzinaz.org

June 24thDAN REED (trumpet) + 52ND STREET JAZZ BAND
1-4 p.m., Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler
Arizona Classic Jazz Society event
$10 members
$15 non-members
FREE Under 18 #480-620-3941
azclassicjazz.org

So many to pick and choose from when The SUNS in Phoenix are so nigh,
I’m Qui
Glad to have cool alternatives
when a sister wants to stay on the inside.

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  1. The phoenix is a cool name/creature; great post, young lady!

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