Eats and Beats

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.


Good news for Deadheads: This weekend dozens of local and national musicians will come together in Flagstaff to pay tribute to the Grateful Dead. Over the course of two days, they’ll interpret the band’s music and recreate the Dead’s landmark 1973 performance at the Watkins Glen Summer Jam festival in New York State that also featured the Allman Brothers and the Band. In the latest installment of KNAU’s series Eats and Beats: Stories About Food and Music on the Colorado Plateau, we hear from musician and Grateful Festival mastermind Tony Abrams about his lifelong love of the Dead that started at his first show.

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The national drink of Japan is losing popularity in its home country. Sake sales have steadily declined for years, as more young Japanese turn to beer and cocktails. Now, sake makers are looking West, hoping to tap into new markets, including Arizona. One brewer even set up shop in the old route 66 town of Holbrook, where he produces some of the finest sake on the planet. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo reports customers can’t get enough of Arizona Sake.

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Northern Arizona University has a new, unofficial, “campus mom.” Deborah Mcglothlin makes and hand-delivers home-baked goods to hungry students, who are away from home for the first time. It’s her new business, Pinecone Pastries -- a new kind of bakery that specializes in college student care packages. In this latest installment of Eats and Beats, Mcglothlin takes us inside her home kitchen, where she bakes her so-called “home baked hugs.”

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Who can forget the iconic silver screen moment when candy maker Willy Wonka opens the doors to his chocolate room for five lucky children? Another candy maker in Flagstaff ends her busy season the same way, by inviting friends and kids to see the magic of the candy room. Christine Kenndy is a second generation candy maker working in the dwindling art of small batch handmade candies. She grew up in her parents’ candy factory in Colorado. After college, and her father’s death, she jump-started the old family business with the help of a couple of friends. Their business, the Candy Plant, was born in 1999. It remains a one room factory in the woods of Flagstaff, and is no less magical than Willy Wonka’s. The Candy Plant is the latest installment of KNAU’s series Eats and Beats, stories and music from the Colorado Plateau.