Investigate Life, Or Qatsi
Through A Film Trilogy
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Feb. 11, 2016 — Trilogies have become the standard in Hollywood blockbuster success, mainly in the action-adventure genre.
A trilogy from experimental director Godfrey Reggio, however, doesn’t deal with saving the world through feats of super-human strength or skill, but from the will of humans to transcend their place in the order of the Earth and universe. The trilogy, created by Reggio and legendary composer Philip Glass is centered around the Hopi word for life: Qatsi. The three films were created over a 20 year span, the first in 1982.
The three films explore, “the dynamic between man, nature, and technology as it enters the 21st century, while only using sound and picture.” Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance will be presented Feb. 12. Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, will be presented Feb. 19. Naqoyqatsi: Life as War, will be presented Feb. 26. Each presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., at the Marston Exploration Theater, 781 E. Terrace Rd, Tempe. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/
Feb. 8 to 14
Phoenix Sister Cities, Chengdu and Taipei committees and the Phoenix Chinese Week Committee will celebrate Chinese Week 2016 and Chinese New Year 4714, "The Year of the Monkey" from Feb. 8 to 14, with cultural and educational events at a variety of Valley locations. A highlight of the activities is a free, three-day Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 14; at Margaret T. Hance Park (East), 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/news/econdev/1152 or http://www.phoenixchineseweek.org
Thursday, Feb. 11
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Land Reuse Strategy Community Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The City of Phoenix Aviation Department will hold the this meeting in regards to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Land Reuse Strategy (PHX LRS). The meeting will give attendees information regarding the project and community input to help inform project decisions will be welcome. This event is open to the public. For questions, call 602-273-3476. For more information, visit the event page at https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/aviation/1097.
“How Can The United States Win The Information War?” at 6 p.m. at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Russia, certain Islamic groups and ISIS have all been able to convey information and sway public opinion recently and the United States will have to take on new techniques and adopt new technologies to be able to win the information war. This event will take on the topic of what the information war is, what is influencing it and how the U.S. can get ahead of the curve. This event is free and open to those who would like to attend. For more information, visit the event page at https://www.mccaininstitute.org/events/upcoming/how-can-the-united-states-win-the-information-war.
Friday, Feb. 12
As part of the the Created Equal Film Series presented by The Center for the Study of Race & Democracy and The Philosophy and Film Series at ASU, The Loving Story will be presented at A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix at 5:30 p.m. The film tells the story of a Virginian couple who in the 1950s were persecuted because they were of different ethnic backgrounds. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/158110957890935/
Fridays: Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26
Explore, “the dynamic between man, nature, and technology as it enters the 21st century, while only using sound and picture,” and attend the free Qatsi Trilogy presentation at the Marston Exploration Theater, 781 E. Terrace Rd, Tempe. Experimental film director Godfrey Reggio and legendary composer Philip Glass have crafted three film events around the Hopi word for life: Qatsi. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance will be presented Feb. 12. Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, will be presented Feb. 19. Naqoyqatsi: Life as War, will be presented Feb. 26. Each presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1670839303184931/
Saturday, Feb. 13
The yearly gathering of anarchists and radicals known as The Phoenix Anti-Capitalist Conference, will gather at The Night Gallery, 1011 N. 22nd Ave., Phoenix, beginning at 11 a.m. The conference features a variety of presentations, discussions, and workshops, with a strong emphasis on “anarchist praxis.” For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/775521639225251/
The Voice of the People Association of Arizona, a project started by Terry Goddard, will host an “Anti-Dark Money Kick Off!” at 5 p.m., 502 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. For more information, visit
Sunday, Feb. 14
Learn a bit about the history of one of the city of Phoenix’ historic neighborhoods at the 28th Annual Willo Historic Home Tour & Street Festival. Willo is west of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell roads from First to Seventh avenues. Homes vary from Tudor to Spanish Revival, Bungalow to Ranch, from the 1920 to 1940s. Admission is $20 and home tours and a street fair will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.willohistoricdistrict.com
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mesa Public Library Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa. It is tax season, and income tax preparation can be expensive and potentially stressful. VITA can help though, and those who make less than $54,000 a year or have other special needs can get assistance through the program. This event is free and open to those who qualify. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page at http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=10911.
Hugh Downs, television legend, Emmy Award winner and longtime resident of the Phoenix metro will discuss politics, religion, sex and science in 70 years of life on television from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the origins dialogue at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale. Tickets are $35 for VIP access and $15 for anyone else. For more information, visit https://origins.asu.edu/downs-krauss-origins-project-dialogue
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Author and journalist Peter Bergen will be at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, at 7 p.m. in support of his new book, United States of Jihad; Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists. For more information, visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/bergen-feb2016
Addiction Haven, a group formed in May 2015 to advocate for addiction discussion, will make an appearance at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, beginning at 8 a.m. The group says it will, “be providing breakfast for legislators and staff and then meeting with them individually to lobby for the following bills: Third party access to the life saving Naloxone, ban the box, sober living regulations, prevention education. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/886639324786913/
Thursday, Feb. 18
“On My Own: A Discussion with Diane Rehm” from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This event will feature NPR syndicated radio host Diane Rehm for a conversation on journalism and her new book, “On my Own.” The event will include a live stream of her interview on “Arizona Horizon” followed by a brief in-person question-and-answer session with attendees. This event is open to any who would like to attend. To RSVP or for more information, visit the event page at https://cronkite.asu.edu/news-and-events/events/featured-event/my-own-discussion-diane-rehm
Friday, Feb. 19
The MonOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St, Phoenix, will host a candlelight vigil beginning at 6 p.m. in remembrance of lives lost to homelessness. A mural entitled, I Have A Name was recently completed at the building and the artists, Brian Boner and Wayne Rainey, will speak about the vision behind the imagery and message within the mural. Others will also address the homeless issue, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/850575028384522/
Saturday, Feb. 20
Riders USA is promoting a Second Amendment rally from noon to 2 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Motorcycle riders are expected to meet and travel from Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, to the capitol. For more information, visit http://ridersusa.net/event-2142304
Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22
The Arizona Students’ Association will hold their 38th annual LobbyCon at the state legislature. This two-day event provides students at every level of organizing and leadership the ability and opportunity to learn new skills in student organizing, network, and lobby their elected officials on student issues. Cost is $20 and registration is necessary. For more information, visit http://azstudents.org/lobby_con or https://www.facebook.com/events/209153572765058/
Tuesday Feb. 23
In order to vote in the March 22 presidential preference election, voters must be registered by Feb. 23. Register at www.servicearizona.com or in person. For more information on registration locations and more, visit http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information
Take a rarely offered behind the scenes look into the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground by taking a “Behind the Big Guns” tour. Cost is $55 and includes lunch and transportation. Tickets are available for purchase at the Visitor Information Center, 201 N. Fourth Ave., Yuma, and online. For more information, visit http://www.visityuma.com/behind-the-big-guns-tours.html
Saturday Feb. 27
The Arizona American African Republican Committee is hosting a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation from 2 to 4 p.m. at East Lake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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