At times you’ll hear someone say, “That person was meant to have that job.” Patrick Schweiss is one of those people.
For the last 13 years Schweiss has been the face — and executive director — of the Sedona International Film Festival. During the nine-day event he is everywhere and approaches each film, special appearance or concert with the same enthusiasm and showmanship.
Sedona-Oak Creek School District officials are searching for savings that would enable the district to increase salaries in next year’s budget.
“I want our school district to have the most competitive salary schedule,” Superintendent David Lykins told the SOCSD Governing Board when he presented the budget Feb. 7.
Last year, when Proposition 123 passed, the district used all the funds it received to boost salaries, which historically had been lower than other districts.
Peter Marshall is best known for saying things like “circle gets the square” while calling on celebrities to answer a variety of crazy questions for a vamped up version of tic tac toe.
But that stint as host of the popular “Hollywood Squares” makes up just a small portion of his nearly 76 years in showbiz. His true passion — singing — was on full display during a live performance on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. He was one of the featured guests at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, which concludes this weekend.
The Arizona State Legislature and city governments don’t always see eye to eye — and this year is no exception.
During the Feb. 14, Sedona City Council meeting, City Attorney Robert Pickels gave an update on some of the bills before state legislators that may impact Sedona. To date, more than 1,050 bills have been introduced.
One of the items was House Bill 2116, which was introduced by Rep. Bob Thorpe [R-District 6] and co-sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 6]. It came at the request of the city of Sedona to clarify the zoning area within which property owners adjacent to an area subject to a rezoning application may protest. An amendment will be offered in the Senate which will include the subject property in the definition of a zoning area.
“Prodigy” will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 25. The star of the film is Savannah Liles, a Sedona native now living in Los Angeles with her mother. At 11 years old, Savannah has already had an impressive acting career and is now celebrating her first feature-length film hitting the big screen.
In “Prodigy,” Liles plays Ellie, a borderline sociopathic girl locked in a maximum security facility. A psychologist is commissioned to work with her and soon discovers her dark past as well as outstanding intelligence. The two engage in a psychological chess match under the vigilant observation of experts staggered by Ellie’s case — a match that soon turns into a perilous situation.
With a combined 175 years in showbiz — not to mention 19 Emmy Awards among the three — Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner and Valerie Harper know how to keep an audience laughing.
They did just that on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center before a sold-out crowd. It was part of “Cloris on Comedy,” which kicked off the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival. That night Leachman also received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to Sedona Red Rock High School Principal Darrin Karuzas and Assistant Principal Deana DeWitt, administrators are working to address results from the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey that indicate two out of five sophomores who took the survey did not feel safe at school.
First up, Karuzas said that he and DeWitt will be forming a student advisory committee in the next few weeks. It is not the first of its kind, but with the current iteration Karuzas intends to “really talk to them about real-life concerns,” becoming a “vehicle to talk and discuss” issues of safety, substance abuse and negative family situations reflected in the survey.