Sedona Events

  • October 17th, 2017
  • Golden Goose Cafe
  • 2545 W. SR 89A

  • October 14th, 2017
  • Oak Creek Brewing Co.
  • 2050 Yavapai Dr. Sedona, AZ 86336

  • October 13th, 2017
  • Mooney's Irish Pub
  • 671 SR 179 Sedona, AZ 86336

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the next Met Live Opera presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” [“The Magic Flute”] on Saturday, Oct. 14. There will be two shows at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre: A
10 a.m. live simulcast and a 4 p.m. encore.

Plan to come early, as Ed Ingraham will lead a pre-opera talk one hour before each production: 9 a.m. for the morning show and 3 p.m. for the encore.

Music director emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina, with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher and René Pape as Sarastro.

“Die Zauberflöte” — a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism — was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel [“song-play”] format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score.

The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons — the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals — and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.

Act I
In a mythical land between the sun and the moon, Prince Tamino flees, pursued by a terrible serpent, before three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save him. After they have left, the bird catcher Papageno appears.

He explains that the Queen’s ladies give him food and drink in return for his birds. Then, he claims that it was he who killed the serpent. Hearing Papageno take credit for their work, the ladies return and padlock Papageno’s mouth for lying. Turning to Tamino, they give the prince a portrait of the Queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say is being held prisoner by the evil Sarastro.

Tamino falls in love with Pamina’s portrait at first sight. The Queen appears. She grieves the loss of her daughter and asks Tamino to rescue Pamina. The ladies offer Tamino a magic flute to ensure his safety on the journey, and to Papageno, who will accompany him, they give magic silver bells. Finally, the ladies summon three spirits to guide the men on their journey.

In Sarastro’s palace, the slave Monostatos pursues Pamina, but he is frightened away when Papageno arrives. The bird catcher tells Pamina that Tamino loves her and is on his way to save her.

Led to Sarastro’s temple, Tamino learns from a priest that it is the Queen who is evil, not Sarastro, and that Pamina is safe. He plays on his flute, charming the animals with the music and hoping that it will lead Pamina to him. When he hears the sound of Papageno’s pipes, he rushes off to follow it.

Monostatos and his men chase Papageno and Pamina, but the sound of Papageno’s magic bells renders them helpless. Sarastro, entering in ceremony, promises Pamina eventual freedom and punishes Monostatos. Pamina and Tamino are enchanted with each other, but soon the priests separate them to maintain their purity.

Act II
Within the temple’s inner sanctum, Sarastro tells the priests that Tamino will undergo initiation rites. Papageno and Tamino are sworn to silence. The three ladies appear and have no trouble derailing Papageno from his course of virtue, but Tamino remains firm.

In a garden courtyard, Monostatos tries to kiss the sleeping Pamina but hides when the Queen of the Night arrives. She gives her daughter a dagger and orders her to murder Sarastro. When Monostatos finds Pamina alone in tears, he forces himself upon her. Sarastro intervenes, consoling Pamina and explaining that he does not seek vengeance against her mother.

Inside the temple, Papageno is quick to break a new oath of fasting and jokes with a flirtatious old lady, who vanishes when he asks for her name. Tamino remains steadfast, even to the point of breaking Pamina’s heart — she cannot understand his silence. The priests inform Tamino that he has only two more trials to complete his initiation.

Papageno, who has broken his oath, is eliminated from the trials. Pleading for a wife, he eventually settles for the old lady. When he promises to be faithful to her, she turns into a young maiden named Papagena but immediately disappears.

In one of the temple’s gardens, Pamina despairs over Tamino’s apparent indifference and contemplates suicide. Before she can take her life, the three spirits intervene to save her. As Tamino prepares for the final trials, Pamina runs in. Together, they face the ordeals of fire and water, protected by the magic flute.

On a hillside, Papageno dejectedly resolves to hang himself. The spirits arrive just in time and remind him that if he uses his magic bells, he will find true happiness. When he plays the bells, Papagena appears, and the two are united.

At the entrance to the Temple of the Sun, the Queen of the Night, her three ladies and Monostatos prepare to attack but are defeated and banished. Sarastro joins Pamina and Tamino as everybody praises the gods and the triumph of courage, virtue, and wisdom.

The Met Live Opera’s “Die Zauberflöte” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 14 at a 10 a.m. live simulcast and a 4 p.m. encore. The pre-opera talks will take place one hour before each show. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members and $15 for students. Season tickets for the entire 12th anniversary season of the Met Live Operas are also available. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177.

The theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Visit for more information.

  • October 14th, 2017
  • Mary D. Fisher Theatre
  • 2030 W AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

Enjoy an evening of romantic dancing or just listening to beautiful songs with Music by the Classics at Sound Bites Grill in Uptown on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.

This new band features Jeanie Carroll, Eric Williams, Steve Douglas and George Bein. Bring dancing shoes, as the combo plays very danceable music. A variety of Latin and up-tempo songs will be played, as well. Favorites include “When I Fall in Love,” My Funny Valentine,” “Moon River,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Besame Mucho.”

Music by the Classics features vocalist Carroll, a music educator and professional singer. She also performs with Red RockAppella, Sentimental Journey and the Flagstaff Master Chorale, with whom she traveled to Turkey and Bulgaria. She has appeared in several Flagstaff Light Opera Company productions, in “Cabaret” and “Sounds Like Sinatra” for Theatrikos and in several productions with Red Earth Theatre. She has a degree in French and has lived and performed in France, England, and all over Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Williams will be playing keyboard. He will also be doing some vocals and performing some duets with Carroll. He has been using his amazing musical talent to entertain and educate for over 30 years. Williams has performed for audiences across the U.S., United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean. He has an extensive repertoire in jazz, blues, rock, country and popular songs from the 1990s through today.

Playing bass is Douglas. He is driven, dedicated and passionate about the arts and youth jazz education. He has been performing in Northern Arizona for many years.

Rounding out the combo is the drummer Bein. He started playing drums in high school, and also played in various dance bands in college. However, his career took a non-music path and he received a Ph.D. in electrophysics. But he was happy to get back into music by joining the percussion section of the Cottonwood Community Band two years ago. Bein said he is pleased to have created and be a part of Music by the Classics.

The Classics will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. with no cover. Call 282-2713 or visit for more information or reservations.

Sound Bites Grill is at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe Shops in Uptown. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. Lunch and dinner are served daily; happy hour is from 4 to
6 p.m.

  • October 14th, 2017
  • Sound Bites Grill
  • Hyatt Pinon Pointe Shops, Uptown

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Exhibition on Screen series with “Girl With A Pearl Earring” and other treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The event will show in Sedona on Monday, Oct. 16, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

The festival is the official host of the series, joining hundreds of theaters around the globe for this special exhibition on screen. Cinema guests can now enjoy unprecedented high-definition access into the lives of renowned artists, their art and the fabulous museums and galleries that are the custodians of such masterpieces.

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, “Girl With A Pearl Earring” has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations. With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of her enigmatic beauty and nearly 1.2 million visitors at its stop in Japan, the enduring appeal of this masterpiece is indisputable.

In “Girl With A Pearl Earring” — and other treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague — the camera offers an exclusive view of world-renowned Mauritshuis Museum, going behind the scenes to look at the extraordinary “Girl With A Pearl Earring.”

The beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding the extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Johannes Vermeer. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

The film seeks to answer these questions that have haunted art lovers for decades. Many of the clues that the film finds lie in other masterpieces housed in the collection.

Vermeer is one of the great Dutch masters and his “Girl With A Pearl Earring” from 1665 is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art. He was the master of light, a talent that is beautifully depicted in “Girl With A Pearl Earring” in the softness of the girl’s face, the glimmers of light that touch her lips and, of course, the shining pearl.

Following two years of extensive renovations, the Mauritshuis in The Hague was reopened by King Willem-Alexander in June 2014. A bright and spacious new underground foyer connects the Royal Dutch Shell Wing to the historical 17th century building that has been thoroughly renovated and embellished. The world art critics gave a unanimous five-star review to this wonderfully refreshed venue.

The Mauritshuis displays a collection of world-famous paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters from the Golden Age. Masterpieces such as “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, “The Goldfinch” by Carel Fabritius, “The Bull” by Paulus Potter and of course Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this majestic 17th century house.

Cinema audiences will enjoy unparalleled access to what some call the jewel of Northern Europe’s museums and detailed, fascinating, illuminating insight into an extraordinary work.

“Girl With A Pearl Earring” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Oct. 16, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, by calling 282-1177 or online at The theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.

  • October 15th, 2017
  • Mary D. Fisher Theatre
  • 2030 W AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

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