Arts & Entertainment


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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.

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Payson’s 2016 Fiesta Bowl Float on display today at 4:00 p.m.

It's the largest float ever built by the town

Come out and view the 2016 award-winning float for Payson at the Payson High School Football Field Parking lot off of Longhorn Road from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

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Payson wins again at the Fiesta Bowl Parade

Squad of volunteers awaits 11 a.m parade start time

For the third time in a row, Payson’s Fiesta Bowl float takes the top honor the “Elevate Arizona” award.

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Art teacher’s head in the clouds

GCC instructor seeks deeply ‘intuitive connection’

Ever interested in learning to paint from memory or in the moment?

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Payson’s whimsical western artist inspired by Zane Grey

Down the Street painter’s Rim Country visit changed his life

Growing up amongst the tall buildings and cornfields of Illinois, Conrad Okerwall decided he would paint pictures of the rough wild cowboys and life of the Old West — probably because of his love of Zane Grey novels.

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Sedona Arts Center Gallery Presents Eclectic Visions

Exhibition of New Works by Sedona Artists Featured during November

Sedona Arts Center invites the public to explore its Uptown gallery and experience unique new works by November’s featured artists John Foster (ceramics), Birgitta Lapides (mixed media), Joan Roberts (jewelry), Jan Sitts (mixed media) and Pat Stacy (mixed media). The featured exhibition, Eclectic Visions, will be showing from November 6 to November 22, with an opening reception planned for the First Friday Gallery Walk on November 6 from 5 to 8pm. Admission at the Sedona Arts Center’s gallery is always free.

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Splendor in Payson’s night sky

Photographer DJ Craig captured these dramatic images of the Perseid meteor shower in the skies over Payson. The meteor shower peaked on Aug. 12 and 13 as Earth passed through the trail of debris left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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KRIM radio back on the air

Non-commercial rock station off airwaves for three weeks after falling out with KMOG

After a three-week hiatus, KRIM Radio crackled back to life on the Rim Country airwaves Tuesday, running out of a new station with a new outlook.

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Payson gains community theatre group

The Rim Country has a choral society and lots of bands, but no community theatre.

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Modern success with an ancient technique

Local artist C J Lukacsik’s voice still carries the essence of her native Taiwan, although she’s lived in the United States for most of her life.

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Children discover happy inner artists at after-school program

Stepping into the room at the first official Divinity Art class, it was hard to hear yourself think over all the giggles and excited jabbering. More than a dozen boys and girls were either walking around a pair of tables filled with colored pencils, paper and modeling clay or seated and pouring attention into their creative work.

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State offers schools help in tracking student data

The Arizona Department of Education has awarded a contract with a private vendor it hopes will significantly reduce the cost to school districts of tracking students, in the face of shifts that will increasingly link school funding to student test scores.

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Trio seeks the heart of jazz

Payson crowd tours of a century of a bewildering brilliance

Three music-obsessed chums took a near-sellout, foot-tapping Payson crowd on a sly and ecstatic tour of a century of musical innovation and improvisation Sunday.

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On the run in Rim Country

DJ's Music Trivia

This past Saturday, Julia Randall Elementary played host to two very healthy activities. On a beautiful Rim Country fall morning, inside the gymnasium, hundreds of area residents gathered for the annual Community Health and Care Fair.