Arts & Entertainment


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Smooooth Sounds for Jazz lovers

Jazz lovers enjoyed another stellar concert Sunday recently at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street. Performing were Jerry Donato on sax, Jack Raqdavich on bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums and John Darst on guitar. Lew Turano (piano) sat in for a few numbers. The Oct. 30 concert will feature Ioannis Goudelis on piano.

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Master quilters show their stuff at the 12th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Payson’s 12th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The $5 per person exhibition runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days, with children admitted for free.

Correction about upcoming Jazz All Stars Concert performer

We inadvertently printed that “the famous” Yanni would be taking part in the next Jazz All Stars Concert at the Community Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30.

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Fiddlers converged on Payson – and the winners were ...

The new Arizona State Champion Fiddler is Ben Shu of Tempe, Ariz. The young man competed in the 2016 Young Adult Division of the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Memorial Payson Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 at the Payson Event Center.

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Swiss Village Social to benefit local charity

The shops at Swiss Village will host a Social with live music, activities and a raffle to benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy and Education Center.

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ another triumph for Missoula Children's Theatre

This year, the Missoula Children’s Theatre brought “Alice in Wonderland” to Payson.

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Old Time Opry, fiddle fest launch fall music season

Fall has arrived in the Rim Country and so has a new lineup of diverse entertainment. Opening the fall music season is the Payson Old Time Opry and you can also get entertained at the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Memorial Payson Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration.

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Time to rosin up the bow

It’s time to get out and get entertained and that’s what the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Championships, Country Acoustic Celebration and the Old Time Opry promise.

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A life of adventure, a love of Rim Country

Jim Hagen fought fires, flew planes

Jim Hagen fell in love with Rim Country at age 11. Pushing 90 this year, his heart is happy to call this place home, many moves and adventures later.

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Gila Community College Dean's art makes the big time

Dean of the Gila Community College Payson campus, Pam Butterfield, has her art on display at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix through Oct. 2.

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Missoula Children’s Theater back in Payson

Do not follow the White Rabbit’s mistake that made him mutter, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

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Thomas Walling - A life of service

On Tuesday, friends of Thomas Walling, the Payson Unified School District Auditorium Director, found him in his apartment. He had passed away.

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Nude man assaults Flagstaff police officer

Officer injured after taser has no effect on deranged man

On Monday afternoon, the Flagstaff Police Department issued the following release on an assault on an officer by a nude, drugged, deranged suspect encountered in the forest.

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Community theater finds a home

Humor Me Theater Troupe has finally found a home for its down home show full of homegrown talent.

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Plein air painters inspired by nature

Whether it’s a camera lens, the tip of a brush loaded with cerulean blue paint, or a No. 2 pencil pressed against writing paper, someone in Rim Country is trying to capture the special essence of our mountain area.