Come learn all about the “terrible lizards” (dinosaurs) that used to live in our back yard, as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Park Ranger Merle Graffam and Interpretive Specialist Mary Dewitz present two extraordinary events with assistance from Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP).

Dinosaur Extravaganza!

Friday, May 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Kanab City Public Library Community Room, will be a showcase of recent dinosaur discoveries at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM). The collection will include several life-sized skull casts of dinosaurs found on GSENM, including Deinosuchus, the 65-million-year-old alligator that once lived here, and Gryposaurus, a favorite meal of the “super croc”!

GSEP, the friends group for GSENM, will present opportunities to learn more about its supporting efforts on the Monument that emphasize education, science and conservation of the resources on GSENM.

Calling all kids

Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, children can enjoy the Dinosaur Mystery Puzzle for Kids. Youngsters will be asked to solve a dinosaur mystery: Who killed the Utah Ceratops? Children can investigate a CSI-like crime scene, looking for clues to determine which of the three suspects is the real murderer. Spectacular life-size dinosaur skull casts of creatures found on GSENM will remain on display Saturday morning until Noon.

Do you like live music?

Live performance events begin on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 - 9:30 p.m., at Calvin T’s Smoking Gun BBQ & Saloon, with the Kanab Picking Circle - Keeping the Music Alive! Bluegrass and folk musicians gather for some pickin’ and grinnin’ at Calvin T’s. Bring an instrument and join in. You’ll have a knee-slappin’, toe-tappin’ good time!

Wed. Night at the Gazebo

May 18, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., enjoy live music by Tumbleweedz, local Kanab folks playing a variety of folk and bluegrass music on guitar, banjo, mandolins, bass, fiddle, and harmonica. The band recently created their first CD, Tumbleweedz On a Roll, and will soon produce their second, Tumbleweedz in Your Backyard.

Gala Folklife Concert,

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Crescent Moon Theater features the best in regional talent. Slickrock String Band will perform authentic old-time Appalachian fiddle/banjo duets and ballads. Doug Griffin on banjo and Terry Griffin on autoharp and fiddle will share contemporary folk music and original songs.

Peter and Mary Danzig from Salt Lake City are known as Otter Creek and for their versatility in style, instrumentation and vocal harmonies. They perform a mix of original Utah and American roots music.

Cowboy Poet Laureate of Kane County Doug Keller is a Silver Buckle winner at the Western Legends Round-Up, and will delight the audience as always.

Kenny Hall, a favorite in Kanab, is one of the premiere Cowboy Song and Western Folk Life performers in the Intermountain area, and a native son of Utah. He will perform music and stories that grip the imagination.

Symphony of the Canyons

Cap off the week by attending an outstanding musical event. Amazing Earthfest presents the Symphony of the Canyons in concert with Music Director Kortney Stirland and guest conductor and violist Joel Rosenberg. Rosenberg will direct Canyons and guest musicians in a full-length performance of orchestra and chamber music on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m., in the Kanab High School Auditorium.

Rosenberg will perform Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante on viola with violinist Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca and pianist Kortney Stirland. He will conduct the Symphony of the Canyons in a performance of Mozart’s Symphony in A Major K. 201, and also perform as a soloist with the orchestra in Songs of Glinka, orchestrated by Kelly Richardson, from his Russian Music for Viola and Piano.

During the evening program, Rosenberg will conduct the Kanab High School Orchestra in music of Jules Massenet, Bach and Vivaldi.

Ghidossi-DeLuca earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma.

Rosenberg is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City. Presently, Rosenberg conducts the American West Symphony and Paradigm Chamber Orchestra in Salt Lake City.

Tickets for the Gala Folklife Concert and the Symphony of the Canyons Concert will be available at the door, and can be purchased in advance at Kanab City Library, Crescent Moon Theater, Zion Pharmacy, and Critter Corner. Children under 12 are admitted free. All other events of Amazing Earthfest are provided free of charge.

Opportunities to contribute to Amazing Earthfest will be available at selected events, to assist them in reaching a goal of $1,200 to obtain Federal IRS 501c(3) non-profit status.

Ticket sales to major entertainment events and the silent auction of a beautiful stone and weathered wood sculpture created by Ron Henderson are valued sources of funding to help produce outstanding programming.

Bids can be placed on Henderson’s sculpture at The Rafters Gallery, the Gala Folklife Concert, The Dinosaur Extravaganza and the Symphony of the Canyons Concert.