Page 20 Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2008 Classic stories brought to life through artistic interpretation TAYLOR CARLSON The Lumberjack Classic fairytales are coming to life in “Stories to Life: A Sunday Series of Musical Storytelling.” In a partnership between Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff-Coconino County Public Library, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Theatrikos, Stories to Life is a thematic series of story reproductions enhanced by live music and acting. Stories to Life is on the second Sunday of every month from now until March 8 at the Coconino Center for the Arts. John Tannous, executive director of Flagstaff Cultural Partners, said Stories to Life was developed by Judy Finney, an NAU alum and FlagstaffCoconino County public librarian. “The program is the brainchild of Judy Finney,” Tannous said. “She wanted to do a program that would help promote reading for kids and adults alike, in a fun and dynamic way.” Finney, who works as the program manager for Stories to Life, said she came up with the idea at an education convention last year. “I was attending the (Flagstaff Cultural Partners) Arts and Culture leadership education day last winter and had the opportunity to hear Cindy Gould, the principal trumpet player of Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and J.T. Tannous presenting on their agencies; they both stressed the need to provide even more cultural programming in northern Arizona,” Finney said. “As a librarian, I’m very interested in promoting all forms of literacy. After hearing Cindy and J.T. speak, the idea for Stories to Life just popped into my head.” Tannous liked Finney’s idea. After funding from the Arizona State Library was secured, they worked with the various organizations to put it on at the Coconino Center for the Arts. “(Judy) talked with all the partners, wrote a grant, re- ceived the funding, and then brought us all together,” Tannous said. “We met, brainstormed and created the program Stories to Life.” Finney said the main focus of the program was to promote literacy among children and adults. “I’m an advocate of the library and believe literacy and cultural experiences are important for people from all walks of life; people need to have the opportunity to participate in the life of their communities as well,” Finney said. “Another reason I worked to develop this project is because I had so many great people so very willing to be active and engaged partners in producing the series. It’s a fine partnership.” Opening night, Sept. 14, featured “Fairy Tales from Around the World,” which included stories such as Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, Henry Rousseau’s The Snake Charmer, John Chapman’s Johnny Appleseed, The Legend of El Dorado and others. Ben Baker Sipe, a senior cord 4.8 million viewers. I think I stopped watching TRL when Carson left. Remember when he got really skinny and weird looking? Yuck. Did he have a problem or something? Anyway, MTV reports he’ll be appearing on the finale of TRL. I wonder if he still looks like a POW… Well, since I’m out of clever jokes, that’ll have to do it for this week. Make sure to tune in for the last episode of TRL, whenever that happens, to give Carson some love. And keep watching The Hills, so you won’t have to spend the money to find out about Lauren’s life from a book. Love! education major, enjoyed the variety of stories presented. “I really like the fact that there is such diversity among the shows being offered,” Sipe said. “Each of the plays that I have seen through Theatrikos have been different but put on extremely well.” “Haunting Tales and Spine-Tingling Music” on Oct. 12 will feature a compilation of stories from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and John William Polidori’s The Vampyre. This event is free to the public and suitable for all ages. For the events schedule and information please visit http:// culturalpartners.org/storiestolife.htm. Jim Truncali/The Lumberjack THEATRIKOS AND THE Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra perform Sept. 14 for “Stories to Life: A Sunday Series of Musical Storytelling” to help promote reading. The series continues until March at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Pop from Page 15 Punk (real name: David Ortunga) appeared on VH1’s I Love New York 2. That’s the real punch line here. She’s claimed an Oscar, he once claimed… New York. Ewie. I really want to know how this happened. I don’t know a lot about Jennifer Hudson, but she seems like a solid lady. Looks like a sweetheart. And Punk? Well, his name is Punk, for one thing. Although, I am completely in love with his last name. Ortunga. It’s fantastic. Or-TUNG-a! I hope that’s how it’s pronounced. Love it. But I really do have to question the legitimacy of someone who was on I Love New York. And the second season, at that. Even I couldn’t watch another season of New York eating the faces off of selfproclaimed thugs and players. Just thinking about it is rather vomit-inducing. Congratulations to Jennifer, nonetheless. Everyone deserves happiness, even if they find it with a man even New York didn’t want. Ortunga! Think you can handle one more joke for this week? MTV announced Sept. 15 it will be canceling TRL after 10 years. The joke here is that the show is even still on. I personally had no idea. Does anyone even know when it’s on? I only watch MTV for The Hills. TRL is reported to have peaked in 1999, just one year after its debut, with more than 750,000 viewers. Just to compare, the first episode of The Hills season three pulled a re- Vibrations from Page 15 even when times get rough. When the writing is flowing and new songs are born, there is nothing more inspirational than that,” Carpenter said. “That’s enough to keep you going for a long, long time.” “We love to play,” Miller said. “You’ve got to accept good and bad. Sometimes you have a packed house, and sometimes you don’t.” Despite these obstacles, the musicians stay positive. “We love just playing, sharing what we got,” said Aldy Montufar, The Tryst’s trumpet player and backing vocalist. with style. Yes, their cuttingedge technology would no doubt place their handheld at a slightly higher price point than the DS and the PSP, but Apple has already established they have an audience that is willing to pay upwards of $300 for their other portable devices. With their trustworthy name, technical prowess and uncanny design, I could see Apple as the one company that “We love to make music and share it with the world.” Carpenter said both bands have the desire and the talent to expand. “All of the players ... hunger for playing music, so we eventually would like to perform all over the country and abroad doing what we love to do,” Carpenter said. Gaming from Page 17 the design been based around gaming, instead of just incorporating gaming into their existing MP3 player. There is no doubt the handheld would be a sexy piece of machinery. If there is one thing Apple knows how to do, it is combine functionality could actually compete with Nintendo in the handheld department, a market in which Nintendo has reigned supreme for over 20 years. This is saying something, considering even powerhouse companies like Sony still could not cut into Nintendo’s handheld lead. Alas, for now I will have to be content with the enhanced iPod Touch, and hope there is more to come.