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A Hometown Weekend with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in front of the
San Francisco Peaks
(Flagstaff, AZ)—Join Ted Danson and Mary
Steenburgen for “A Hometown Evening” at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater
on Saturday, November 5 and a Sunday Brunch on November 6 at the
Museum of Northern Arizona—two benefit events in support of MNA’s
Edward B. Danson Chair of Anthropology Fund.
The evening event will feature a dramatic reading by
Danson and Steenburgen, with Ted’s daughter Kate Danson and sister,
Jan Danson Haury, of Tales of the Dansons, drawn from the dairies
and writings of MNA’s second director, Edward “Ned” Danson and his
wife Jessica Danson. Ted will also talk about his life growing up in
Flagstaff and beyond. Film clips of Danson and Steenburgen acting
together will be shown, and the Nuvatukya’ovi Sinom Hopi Dancers
will perform. Capping off the evening, guests can mingle and dance
to the live music of the Voluntary String Band.
Ticket options for the 7:30 p.m. evening event
(doors open at 7:00 p.m.) are $22 for the lounge area and balcony
seating, $35 for general floor seating, and $125 for a
limited-availability VIP package, which includes seating in the
first rows, admission to a 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. personal pre-show event
with Ted and Mary, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction of
Danson and Steenburgen film memorabilia. Tickets for the VIP package
must be purchased in advance at MNA’s Museum Shop, Animas Trading
Company, Rainbow’s End, Bookmans, Stage Left Sub-Shop,
(Ticket processing fees may vary between outlets).
At Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Brunch at the
Museum, Edward B. Danson Chair of Anthropology Dr. Kelley
Hays-Gilpin will give a short presentation about her research at MNA.
Danson and Steenburgen will read selections from Tales of the
Dansons, focusing on Ned and Jessica’s collecting trips for the
Museum’s annual Hopi and Navajo festivals and their excursions with
artist Jeffrey Lungé, brother-in-law to Jessica and Ned. There will
be an exclusive live and silent auction of Danson family items and
artwork, including signed original Lungé paintings of the
Southwestern lands loved by the Dansons. An exhibit of Lungé’s art
will be on display, accompanied by the release of an illustrated
book, Jeffrey Lungé: Visions of the Southwest. Designed by Ted’s
cousin Pam Lungé, the book includes essays by anthropologists Dennis
Gilpin and Kelley Hays-Gilpin and an introduction by Katherin L.
Chase, a previous curator of art at MNA. It was published by Copper
Cliffs Press and will be available for purchase during the Brunch,
at the MNA Bookstore and through local and regional outlets.
Available at both events will be a recently
released biography Edward Bridge Danson—Steward of the New West by
Ned Danson’s grandson Eric Penner Haury. Published by the Museum, it
includes a foreword by Ted Danson and Jan Danson Haury, and an
introduction by MNA Director Dr. Robert Breunig. An archaeologist,
Dr. Ned Danson was a professor at the University of Arizona;
assistant director under the Museum’s co-founder and first director,
Harold S. Colton, and then director of MNA for 20 years from 1956 to
1975. The biography is available at MNA’s Bookstore for $50 hardback
and $20 paperback; the paperback is also available at
Business sponsors of the
event include, for Saturday night’s performances, KNAU and the
Orpheum Theater, and for Sunday’s Brunch KNAU and
KindVines|Sustainable Packaging Solutions. All proceeds of ticket
and book purchases will go to the Edward B. Danson Endowed Chair of
Anthropology Fund at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (MNA), an
independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more information about the Museum of Northern Arizona, visit
www.musnaz.org or call
928.774.5213. For information about the Danson/Steenburgen events,
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928.774.5213, ext 270.