Arts & Entertainment


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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.

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Middle school musicians tear it up

A light show, solos, bells, award-winning choirs, guitars, and the debut of the new middle school jazz band — all just part of the Rim Country Middle School Spring Concert.

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Rim music scene has two new groups

The newly formed musical group Áine (pronounced AWN - ye) includes six local musicians who perform Irish/Celtic music and songs.

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Longhorn concert band makes state finals

Musicians qualify for second time in school history

For the first time since 2013, the Payson High School band will perform at the Arizona state competition and the audience at the spring concert got to hear why.

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Geologist turns tour guide, turns painter – with a flare for color

Jeffrey D. Wiles identifies himself first as a geologist, then as an educational travel guide/geology and natural history instructor and somewhere around the time he pulls out his Merchant Marine captain status, he will mention he’s an artist.