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There’s so much to do in Flagstaff this first weekend of Autumn.  Here are a few of the many choices:

violin-sheet-musicFriday evening is the opening concert of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 65th Season: Visionary Sounds.  The evening’s program, Symphonic Synthesis, celebrates the relationship between art and science including wonderful music by Bach, Saint-Saëns’ symphonic tour of the animal kingdom, and Schumann’s triumphant “Rhenish” Symphony!  At Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  (Discussion with the conductor at 6:30 p.m.)  Tickets $20 – $70. I’ll see you there!

Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of God of Carnage opens this weekend – Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  The play, by Yasmina Reza, is about two pairs of parents, one of whose children has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter. As the evening goes on, chaos occurs. At the Doris Harper-White Playhouse (11 W. Cherry Ave.)  Tickets $11 – $18.  Dates through October 12th.

This weekend is Family Weekend at Northern Arizona University, presented by the University Office of Student Life, with many activities to go around — Hotel & Restaurant Management’s Casino Night on Friday evening, the Flagstaff Symphony concert on Friday evening, NAU Theatre’s Guest Artist on Friday and Saturday evenings, a Family Weekend BBQ, NAU Football and Volleyball, a Sunday Family Brunch, and more!  It’s all detailed at the website.  Event tickets and package tickets available.

The Hopi Tribe presents its 5th Annual Hopi All Native Arts & Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Flagstaff’s Heritage Square.  The festival brings arts and culture from a variety of tribes in and around Arizona, where a display of art and entertainment.  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days.  Admission is free.

The Flagstaff Festival of Science: A Grand Adventure continues through the weekend at various venues across town.  Check out the many family events and activities at the observatories, historical sites and science centers.  Download a complete schedule of events.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the NAU Department of Theatre presents a special guest performance by Gail Manghan in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins.  “Red Hot Patriot is full-blooded American woman speaking the truth with humor, intelligence and exquisite– almost painful– compassion. Like Texas bar-b-q, it is deliciously satisfying to sink your teeth into.”  NAU Studio Theatre (201 West University Drive, Building 37, north end of the Performing Arts Building). 7:30 p.m. both evenings.  Tickets.

Flagstaff’s Cornucopia Fall Festival is a celebration of the changing leaves and an abundant harvest on Saturday.  Think “Hullabaloo” in the autumn.  There will be a hay maze, tractor rides, carnival rides, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, petting zoo, disc golf tournament, kids talent show, carnival games, circus performers, giant puppets, laser tag, kids zone, two stages of entertainment, five local micro breweries, great food, and lots of vendors. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Family Food Bank.  At Thorpe Park (191 N. Thorpe Road), $5 general admission and $35 VIP tickets.  10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society (GCGS) hosts its first-ever fundraising event – Corks and Cords Wine Tasting and Music.  The Society hopes to raise funds in order to expand its teaching programs to more students. In addition to wine, appetizers, desserts, live and silent auctions, GCGS will present performances from local and regional guitar programs.  It’s at Thornagers (2640 W. Kiltie Lane), 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Single ticket is $35, $60 for two. $5 suggested for those 12 and under.

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