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Music in Flagstaff is always on high!

Judith Cloud, Northern Arizona University Vocalist

On Friday evening, join the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra on a journey through Spain, as the orchestra presents Spanish Nights, featuring mezzo-soprano Judith Cloud and Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez.  The musical program will include Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, Manuel de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs, Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and Emmanuel Chabrier’s Espana.  NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  Tickets.

On the first Friday of each month (this Friday), art comes to life throughout downtown Flagstaff during the First Friday ArtWalk. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and after!

On Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.), The NAU Department of Theatre presents Forgotten Places: Looking for a Lost America.The play explores people and places along the national landscape that have faded from view and memory.  NAU’s Studio Theatre (120 S. San Francisco Street).  Adults $14, seniors and NAU students $12, and students/children $8.  Tickets at NAU’s Central Ticket Office.

March is National Youth Art Month, and the Coconino Center for the Arts hosts its annual Youth Celebrate Art & Culture Exhibition with an opening on Friday evening. Student musicians, actors, dancers, and drummers will perform. Refreshments provided.  Free, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  The show is open through April 5th.  Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On the first Friday afternoon of each month, the Flagstaff Mall and The Marketplace hosts its Kids Club powered by Nat Geo Kids!  It’s a great opportunity for children to learn in a fun, interactive setting. The Mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club is a free program for children ages 0 to 10.  In the court in front of JC Penney. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Check out the Kids Club website for more information and interactive games.

Discovery Hikes at Wupatki National Monument continue on Saturday. Guided hikes provide the only public access to many areas of the monument, which are home to a rich cultural and biological landscape.  12:00 p.m. at the Wupatki Visitor Center. Group size is limited.  Reservations are required: (928) 679-2365.  Full details at the Wupatki website.  Well worth the drive!

On Saturday, the Museum of Northern Arizona invites you to a public talk by Ulrike Arnold, 2:00 p.m.  Her Earth Art exhibition is on display at MNA through May 4th.  Arnold travels the world and creates artwork at remote places known for their spiritual qualities. Her materials are the rock and earth she finds at the sites. In her latest works she uses materials from the heavens – nickel, iron and other metal particles from meteorites. Arnold’s paintings are abstract portraits and visual journals of her experience at the enchanted locations.  Included with regular museum admission,

Also on Saturday at MNA, it’s Discovery 2nd Saturday – Archaeology Day.  Explore prehistoric Native American cultures by examining artifacts and hands-on demonstrations, for children of all ages.  Try your hand at a pump drill, create pictographs, excavate for artifacts, learn how to use prehistoric hunting tools with a specialist and more!  Free with museum admission.  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Men’s Basketball hosts Montana on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the NAU Skydome.  Tickets.

Also on Saturday, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy hosts Chairs for Change, a fundraiser to benefit girls education organizations – The Malala Fund and One New Education. Fifty chairs, benches, desks, & stools that have been transformed into art sculptures by local artists will be auctioned to raise funds for these organizations. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. with refreshments, mingling and bidding on the chairs. A groundbreaking feature film, Girl Rising will be shown at 6:00 p.m.  Auction closes at 8:30 p.m.  Coconino Center for the Arts.  Admission $10, $5 for students grades 6 through college. Tickets can be purchased at FALA’s front office, at Bookman’s, or call to reserve your tickets at (928) 779-7223.

See the Annie Moses Band in Concert on Saturday evening at NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  The band’s innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world, in record-breaking numbers of airings on PBS, and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets through NAU’s Central Ticket Office, $20 – $25.

Railroad Earth rolls into town on Sunday evening for a gig at The Orpheum, 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 – $28, presented by Greenhouse Productions.

Arizona Snowbowl received 22 inches of snow last week, making for better skiing conditions.  Take advantage of the “Fill the Chair” promotion on Friday:  Three Friends – Three Lift Tickets — $99.00.  Available online only.  90% of the ski area’s runs are open!

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