Sedona Event Calendar

May
21
Tue
‘Water Lilies of Monet’ Great Art on Screen
May 21 all-day
'Water Lilies of Monet' Great Art on Screen @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Sedona International Film Festival continues the Great Art on Screen series with “Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Great Art on Screen is a series of seven documentaries featuring an in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking art masters of their time.

Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

An in-depth, exclusive tour led by Monet scholars of the museums that house the largest collections of the prolific artist’s lilies paintings including the Musée Marmottan Monet, the Orsay Museum, the world-famous panels at L’Orangerie and concluding with Monet’s own house and gardens at Giverny, the site where his fascination for water lilies was born.

“Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, May 21 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 or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge @ Golden Goose American Grill | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Do You Love Guitar Music? Does your Sedona quest include a musical experience? Fulfill the desire: Fingerstyle guitarist Rick Cyge shares his unique arrangements of music from greats like Simon & Garfunkel, Sting, Norah Jones, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Everly Brothers and The Eagles also includes Baby Boomer Classics, folk, pop, Motown and a nearly endless selection of Beatles music. Call to request seating near the music!

May
22
Wed
‘Asbury Park’ Film Premiere
May 22 all-day
'Asbury Park' Film Premiere @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world to present a one-night premiere of “Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll” on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll” tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community.

A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.

“Asbury Park” returns Asbury sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after-hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances. Shuttered for four and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club which united both sides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent. Now, as Asbury Park enjoys its long awaited renaissance, it is music which has brought it back from the dead.

This major theatrical event will also include a bonus feature of never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, and Springsteen play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $9 for Film Festival members and students. For tickets and more information, please call 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.

May
23
Thu
‘Agave’ Premiere and Tequila Sampling
May 23 all-day
'Agave' Premiere and Tequila Sampling @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “Agave: The Spirit of a Nation” on Thursday, May 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

At this special event, guests will have the opportunity to watch “Agave: The Spirit of a Nation” and are invited to sample Mezcales and Tequilas from Mexico between the film screenings. This will be a treat for all the senses, as we take a journey to explore the culture of México through film and fine tequila. The brands of samples represented include: El Tesoro, Mezcal Vago and Tequila Fortaleza, among others.

This expressive documentary explores the fastest trending spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal. This journey takes us to the world’s most biodiverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations.

From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers — Carlos, Graciela and Aquilino — in this burgeoning renaissance. From a bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story. Discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it for the future.

Come enjoy an award-winning documentary and sample Mezcales and Tequilas from Mexico, which is included in the ticket price. The sampling will take place between the film screenings — after the 4 p.m. film and before the 7 p.m. showing.

“Agave: The Spirit of a Nation” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 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.

Eric Williams
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Eric Williams @ Steakhouse89 | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Eric Williams has been wowing audiences in Sedona for the past 25 years and he has no intentions of ever slowing down. Proficient on the piano, saxophone, guitar and harmonica he puts on a show people of all ages and backgrounds truly enjoy. He plays everything from classical music to classic rock with a preference for the Great American Songbook of the 1930’s and 40’s; and early rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & Blues from the 1950’s and 60’s. His expansive command of musical styles and arrangements makes him one of Sedona’s most sought after solo-musical performers. Catch him live at Steakhouse89 for a great time and great meal.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge @ Golden Goose American Grill | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Do You Love Guitar Music? Does your Sedona quest include a musical experience? Fulfill the desire: Fingerstyle guitarist Rick Cyge shares his unique arrangements of music from greats like Simon & Garfunkel, Sting, Norah Jones, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Everly Brothers and The Eagles also includes Baby Boomer Classics, folk, pop, Motown and a nearly endless selection of Beatles music. Call to request seating near the music!

Dan Rice’s Open Mike Night
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dan Rice's Open Mike Night @ Vino di Sedona | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Sedona’s Best Open Mic has entered into its fifth year and is running strong! Vino Di
Sedona and Dan Rice teamed up in January of 2015 to bring an open mic to Sedona
and it’s been a total success at creating a fun night for locals and visitors to get
together and play, or listen to, a variety of artists. Dan Rice provides a PA system,
always plays s few songs to get things started, and allows each musician time to play
3 or 4 songs. Open Mic is every Thursday, 6-10 PM. Musicians are encouraged to
arrive early.

May
24
Fri
‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Film Premiere
May 24 – May 29 all-day
'Meeting Gorbachev' Film Premiere @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

“Meeting Gorbachev” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 24-29. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Sunday and Monday, May 24, 26 and 27; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29.

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary “Meeting Gorbachev” — filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews — provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician.

Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals.

Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years.

One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that … opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.”

Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.

“Meeting Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev three times over a six-month period was a fascinating and enlightening experience,” said acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog. “I was anxious not to film a biography of him but to try to understand the character of such an important figure. Here was a man who changed the course of the twentieth century and whose actions transformed the world I grew up in; yet in Moscow, I found a somewhat tragic and lonely figure, surrounded by people who blamed him for the loss of the Soviet Union and for not fulfilling the promises of perestroika and glasnost that he had hoped would improve their lives.”

“Our conversations were frank, and wide-ranging, from his anger over the lack of progress over nuclear arms reduction that he had initiated with Ronald Reagan to personal tragedies such as the loss of his beloved wife Raisa in 1999. Although he was not a physically well man, his intelligence, charisma and sense of purpose were still sharp and illuminating and it was a pleasure to have been able to meet such a charismatic, genuine and significant giant of the 20th century,” added Herzog.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 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.

‘Red Joan’ Film Premiere
May 24 – May 30 all-day
'Red Joan' Film Premiere @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

“Red Joan” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 24-30. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Thursday, May 24, 25, 27 and 30; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29.

Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench stars in “Red Joan” alongside a stellar ensemble cast, including Sophie Cookson and Tom Hughes. The film is directed by Trevor Nunn.

There are two sides to every traitor’s story.

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades.

As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace.

Based on a sensational true story, “Red Joan” vividly brings to life the conflicts — between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal — of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history.

“A taut old-school spy thriller with a bewitching modern heroine.” — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A gripping story of one woman’s life — and a world-altering decision.” — Monica Reid, Far Out Magazine

“An intimate view from the lens of a real woman’s life during the war.” — Beth McDonough, Birth. Movies. Death.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 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.

May
26
Sun
‘As You Like It’ Royal Shakespeare Company
May 26 @ 3:00 pm
'As You Like It' Royal Shakespeare Company @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre | Sedona | Arizona | United States

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s extraordinary new production of “As You Like It” makes its Sedona big-screen debut on Sunday, May 26. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the high-definition premiere of William Shakespeare’s renowned play from its home in Stratford-Upon-Avon. There will be one show at 3 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?

Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

“As You Like It” has everything wonderful about live theater: music, comedy, a bit of pantomime, and is hugely entertaining. It is known as Shakespeare’s musical comedy, it has the most songs out of any of Shakespeare’s plays including the famous song “Under the Greenwood Tree”, as well as an amazing epilogue where Hymen, the god of marriage, makes an appearance as a giant marionette. Shakespeare’s famous “seven ages of man” speech, which begins ‘All the world’s a stage’ is part of this epic production.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is one of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles. The Company focuses on works by Shakespeare, other renaissance dramatists and contemporary writers. The RSC is dedicated to attracting and inspiring the best artists both on stage and behind the scenes, to produce performances of the very highest standard. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town.

Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961. The Royal Shakespeare Company pioneers contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights.

“As You Like It” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 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.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge
May 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge @ Golden Goose American Grill | Sedona | Arizona | United States

Do You Love Guitar Music? Does your Sedona quest include a musical experience? Fulfill the desire: Fingerstyle guitarist Rick Cyge shares his unique arrangements of music from greats like Simon & Garfunkel, Sting, Norah Jones, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Everly Brothers and The Eagles also includes Baby Boomer Classics, folk, pop, Motown and a nearly endless selection of Beatles music. Call to request seating near the music!

Pianist Sunny Hessler
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm