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Best bar in Flagstaff, or so they say

May 16, 2007 20:05 UTC

MuseumClub2.jpgLocals — including a top fire department official — insist the Museum Club on E. Route 66 on Flagstaff’s east side is the city’s best bar. MuseumClub1.jpg

We were running late for an appointment in Winslow, so couldn’t they stop in. But it looked groovy on the outside and the interior is known as a vision of hell for anyone with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals-type sensibilities, featuring, as it does, dozens and dozens of taxidermied critters. 
 
Photos: Nick Carey/May 15, 2007 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Not standing on a corner in Winslow, Ariz

May 16, 2007 19:35 UTC

The lyrics seem to leave little room for debate. In “Take It Easy,” the 1970s country-rock song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey that The Eagles recorded as their first singlTakeItEasy.JPGe, the second verse is… 

Well, Im a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
Its a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin down to take a look at me

 

So where exactly was the corner that Jackson Browne was standing on when he wrote “Take It Easy”?

Cannes opener a risky business

May 16, 2007 16:21 UTC

As far as opening films to the Cannes Film Festival go, Chinese director Wong Kar Wai’s “My Blueberry Nights” was a risky business all round. Wong was directing in English for thJude Law, Norah Jones and Wong Kar Wai in Cannese first time, and set his story in the United States, unfamiliar territory. He also cast singer Norah Jones as the central character, an ambitious screen debut if ever I saw one. She took the plunge having seen only his acclaimed “In The Mood For Love”, and seems to have just about pulled it off. For the organisers, there was also the worry of getting the film to Cannes in time for the grand opening ceremony tonight. In 2004, Wong had them sweating in their tuxedos with “2046″, which he only just got to the Riviera resort in time. This time it was not much better. The director, wearing his trademark dark shades and close-cropped hair, told reporters he was in LA two days ago finishing the mix. Little wonder neither Jones nor co-star Jude Law have seen it yet. They get their first view at the opening tonight on a giant screen on which any flaws in their performances will be painfully exposed to a large, expectant and knowledgable audience. Rather them than me.

The ripple of polite applause after this morning’s screening was an indication that, while not exactly blowing away the press, “My Blueberry Nights”, a touching love story, will at least not be the critical turkey that was “The Da Vinci Code”, last year’s opening film. In fact, in response to yesterday’s blog entry, a reader was asking about the impact a poor reception at Cannes could have on a movie. My feeling is that if it is a blockbuster, with so many other channels of promotion and hype at its disposal, then often not much. “The Da Vinci Code”, for example, went on to gross $760 million at the box office, making it the world’s second biggest film in 2006, according to www.boxofficemojo.com. A big budget movie will certainly use good press in Cannes to generate buzz, but can usually survive without it. For smaller films, the festival can play a much more important role.

Musing on America in the Zane Grey Bar

May 16, 2007 16:10 UTC

WeatherfordHotel2.jpgA trip down Route 66 provides travelers with a rose-colored view of the early automobile era, an age that also consisted of institutionalized discrimination against blacks and anti-Communist hysteria. A reading of Zane Grey’s works connects readers with the Old West an Old West that is often free from ambiguity.

In Flagstaff, just off Route 66, the two come together at the Weatherford Hotel, where Grey wrote Call of the Canyon while he was a guest in the early 1920s.

Today, his room and several others on the second floor have been transformed into the Zane Grey Bar, as enough a place to have a drink in Flagstaff as youll find.

One of the more appealing mysteries along Route 66…

May 16, 2007 15:55 UTC

Dino2.jpgIf you take the trip along old Route 66 in Arizona, you will inevitably come across old business ventures that once enticed tourists to visit and break up the monotony of a long journey.

These are always somewhat mysterious experiences. Just why and when did the Indian trading post go under? What were those tumbledown buildings part of? What else was there besides the sign that declares Route 66 Mountain Lions?

Just east of Holbrook, Arizona, for a distance of some two miles, large plastic dinosaurs appear on eithDino.jpger side of the road in the thin desert scrub and red dirt.

Listen to the Flagstaff lullaby

May 16, 2007 15:43 UTC

Motel6.jpgHave you always wanted to sleep near busy train tracks but never managed to find the right spot?

Never fear, the Motel 6 in Flagstaff just off old Route 66 or Interstate 40 (the address is 2210 E Butler Ave) is just the place for you.

This Spartan but clean establishment is located so close to the main line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad known around here as simply the Santa Fe that you can wile away the hours watching more than 100 heavy freight trains a day pass through here, either heading east from California or going back the other way.

Flagstaff real estate is tough on the young

May 16, 2007 15:25 UTC

Brittney Walsh (right) is somewhat of an anomaly in this town.

At the age of 21, she haWalsh_web.jpgs been to buy a house in Flagstaff, thanks in part to inheritance money she received from her grandparents and a loan from her father.

Without that help, there is no way I would be able to afford a house, said the hostess at the Weatherford Hotel in the heart of this picturesque mountain town in northern Arizona.

Over the past few decades, Flagstaff has grown in popularity among wealthy Phoenix residents looking to escape the oppressive summer heat- its always cooler up here in the mountains and keen to buy a second home.

Flagstaff: ‘I vote for the man. Not the party’

May 16, 2007 14:29 UTC

Ed’s note: As Nick Carey and James Kelleher retrace the path of Route 66, they’re  asking some of the people to tell us — in their own words — what issues matter most to them.

We met Richard Gravdahl, a 73-year-old retired accountant from Parks, Arizona, outside City Hall in Flagstaff. He was on his cell phone, arranging to pick up his 25-year-old grandson from a local medical facility, where he was being treated for major psychiatric disorder that causes him to — among other things — mutilate himself.

“Health care is a concern. I’m in good shape and I’ve always been insured. In fact, I just had a blood test today. But I have children and grandchildren who are Gravdahl_web.jpguninsured. And I have one grandson suffering from schizoaffective disorder. His medical bills are mounting.”

Where Pluto still has weight

May 16, 2007 14:20 UTC

OldLowell_web.jpgNewLowell_web.jpgThe Lowell Observatory, located off old Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona, is where astronomers first discovered Pluto in 1930.

The scientitific community’s decision in 2006 to demote it from a planet to a dwarf planet was taken rather personally by the city.

(Old Lowell and new Lowell towers, left to right)

A tale of two towns on ol Route 66

May 15, 2007 18:19 UTC

Needles, Ca./Seligman, Az. Before the four-lane highway that is Interstate 40 opened up in this part of the United States, Route 66 was the main artery serving the U.S. Southwest.

roadkill.jpgThe road brought visitors and business to many small towns here and elsewhere along its route.

When the interstate came, towns like Seligman, Arizona population 456 as of 2000 continued to do well out of Route 66 and do so now even long after this famous highway was decommissioned in 1985.

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