Canyon Movement Company

It was a marvelous night for a moon dance at the annual Spring Dance Festival in Flagstaff presented by Canyon Movement Company. This year’s theme was the Apollo missions. How do dancers translate science onto the stage? In this installment of Eats and Beats: Stories about Food and Music, we hear three choreographers explain how they used music and movement to cast a different light on the moon.

Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso has spent the last eight years documenting the places where migrants have died trying to cross the U-S Mexico border. Using public records, he finds the exact spot in the Sonoran Desert where a body was found, then marks each place with a unique wooden cross.

Enciso is in Flagstaff Friday for an interactive exhibit that explores human stories from the border. It’s Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on Beaver Street in Flagstaff. 

Courtesy of Michael Brown/The Weight of Water

The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival begins today. Many of this year’s films celebrate the Grand Canyon, a nod to the national park’s 100th anniversary. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with director Michael Brown about his film “The Weight of Water.” It tells the story of two blind kayakers—Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell—and their descent through the legendary rapids of the Colorado River.

Melissa Sevigny

Visitors who walk the Grand Canyon at dawn expect to find beauty and awe, but they don’t expect a grand piano perched on the rim. Musician Will Munroe is on a quest to play improvised music, from sunrise to sunset, in as many national parks and monuments as possible. It’s his way of calling for stewardship and protection of threatened public lands. For this installment of Eats and Beats, stories about food and music, KNAU brings you the sound of a grand piano in the nation’s grandest park.

Courtesy of Pat Talbott

In 1967 an artist named Robert Miller hand-carved a scale model of Glen Canyon. The enormous topographical map stood in the visitor center in Page for half a century, before it was dismantled and packed into storage. But a local artist decided to seize the chance to bring the map back to its former glory. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Pat Talbott about the restoring the historic work of art, now on display at the Glen Canyon Natural History Association in Page.