Sedona Events

  • December 15th, 2017
  • Mooney's Irish Pub
  • 671 SR 179 Sedona, AZ 86336

  • December 16th, 2017
  • Cucina Rustica
  • 7000 SR 179, VOC

  • December 20th, 2017
  • Oak Creek Brewing Co.
  • 2050 Yavapai Dr. Sedona, AZ 86336

The Sedona International Film Festival presents a one-night-only special premiere of the documentary “Frank Serpico” on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Director Antonino D’Ambrosio will do a Q&A via Skype after the 4 p.m. screening of the film.

In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force. Hailed as a hero by many, hated by others, officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of bribery and corruption within the department. His one-man crusade for police reform inspired the Al Pacino classic that bears his name, but the real-life saga is as gripping as anything Hollywood could dream up.

Now, nearly 50 years later, Serpico breaks his reclusive silence, revealing the truth behind the story in this investigative thriller. A master performer since his days as an undercover cop, Serpico reenacts key scenes from his extraordinary life. Real-life characters from Serpico’s life further illuminate the story, while writers and artists such as Luc Sante and John Turturro add fascinating context.

Revisiting his story in today’s political climate, this groundbreaking documentary could not be more timely as it tracks Serpico’s fight against the abuse of power, challenging all to stand up and say no.

Featuring music by Jack White and interviews with Serpico’s associates and admirers, this is an inspiring, all-access portrait of a courageous man who refused to betray his ideals.

“‘Frank Serpico’ is a finely etched and fascinating documentary .... Serpico changed everything; he shifted the paradigm. It took a while [and it’s not as if police corruption no longer exists], yet he brought that rigged and oppressive and domineering system down.” — Variety

“Frank Serpico” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information. The theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for more information.

  • December 21st, 2017
  • Mary D. Fisher Theatre
  • 2030 W AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley hosts one of Sedona’s most memorable holiday festivities — Bubbie’s Hanukkah Dinner.

This annual event started when Sound Bites Grill owner Michele Moore asked the rabbi to help share her family’s traditions with the community.

This is a great learning and cultural experience for people to learn about Hanukkah and also an opportunity for those who aren’t around family to enjoy a Hanukkah dinner this holiday season. Moore shares her Bubbie’s — her Jewish grandma — traditions with fun, food and music.

Learn the story of Hanukkah, light the Menorah, sing songs, play the dreidel [a four-sided spinning top] game, and receive a Hanukkah gift [a surprise] and Hanukkah gelt [chocolate coins].

Magal explains the holiday, lights the Menorah and plays her guitar, encouraging the entire audience to sing along. There is a story behind every candle that is lit on the Menorah and the guests share in the stories.

For those who have not experienced Hanukkah before, this is a fun way to experience a series of family traditions that are performed every day throughout the eight-day holiday. Some research shows that Hanukkah is not a Sabbath-like holiday, and there is no obligation to refrain from activities that are forbidden on the Sabbath. There is no religious reason for schools to be closed, though in Israel schools close from the second day for the whole week of Hanukkah.

Many families exchange small gifts each night, such as books or games. Fried foods, such as latke potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts, are eaten to commemorate the importance of oil during the celebration of Hanukkah.
Itzhak Magal is also a great contributor to the evening, making sure all goes well and encouraging all to participate. Meet new people and leave with new friends.

The evening meal will feature Bubbie’s traditional dinner including matzo ball soup, a delicious holiday salad, slow-roasted brisket, potato latkes withapplesauce, grilled garden vegetables and dessert. The meal will be dairy-free. Dinner includes a non-alcoholic beverage. 

Price is $39 per person; kids age 12 and under are half price. Tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages are not included. This event is great for the entire family. Reservations are required for this event by calling 282-2713. Sound Bites Grill is at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe shops in Uptown.

  • December 16th, 2017
  • Sounds Bites Grill
  • Hyatt Pinon Pointe Shops, Uptown

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically acclaimed new film “LBJ” showing Friday through Wednesday, Dec. 15 through 20, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“LBJ” — directed by Rob Reiner — features an all-star ensemble cast including Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Stahl-David.

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson [Woody Harrelson] loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy [Jeffrey Donovan], he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president.

That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird [Jennifer Jason Leigh] by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy [Michael Stahl-David] and one-time mentor Georgia Sen. Richard Russell [Richard Jenkins] as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“LBJ” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 15 through 20. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Dec. 15, 16 and 18; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 17, 19 and 20.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information. Both the theater and film festival office are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona. Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for more information.

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

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