FSO GalaOn Saturday, have a gem of an evening at the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Gala, celebrating 65 years of music, magic and memories in Northern Arizona.  It’s the fundraising event of the year for the Flagstaff Symphony, with a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, a sapphire jewelry raffle, and dancing to the Big Band Connection.  The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. at the High Country Conference Center (201 W. Butler Ave.).  Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight.

This weekend, celebrate Lights Out Flagstaff on Friday and Saturday.  It’s a weekend celebration of Flagstaff’s incredible night sky heritage and commitment to responsible lighting and energy consumption.  For two nights, homes, businesses and city buildings with turn off their lights and enjoy free public astronomy programs.  Flagstaff is the first International Dark Sky City!

  • On Friday evening, witness the lights turned off at Heritage Square and look through telescopes at the stars, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., take a shuttle bus up to Buffalo Park and learn about dark-sky-friendly lighting along the way.  At Buffalo Park, a National Park Service ranger will give a constellation program.  Bus service returns to Heritage Square.
  • On Saturday evening, enjoy free admission at Lowell Observatory near downtown Flagstaff, for exhibits and telescope viewing, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • The Coconino Astronomical Society presents Fifty Years of Astrophotography at Lowell Observatory. Astrophotography can trace its origins to the mid-1800s but became widely accessible to amateur astronomers in the 1960s. Dr. Klaus Brasch took his first grainy photos of the Moon as a teenager in 1959, and has continued ever since. He shares both the joys and tribulations of this wonderful pastime with you – along with some of his fabulous astrophotos. 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
  • At Northern Arizona University’s Central Quad, celebrate Earth Hour with activities including long exposure photography, live music, and more. Saturday night 8:30-9:30.

This weekend, take in the original play, Origin of the Seasons, by Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy Playwright-in-Residence, Dr. Kathleen B. Jones. The murder of a young woman student by her boyfriend provokes a feminist professor to confront her guilt about a traumatic loss in her own past. Demeter and Persephone. Mother and Daughter.  Connection and Loss.  Origin of the Seasons is a timely, provocative drama about domestic violence. Performed by FALA’s advanced acting class.  A trio of musicians perform an original score.  A panel discussion follows.  Mature language and situations.  Two performances at the Coconino Center for the Arts, Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Adults $10, students $5.

The New West Guitar Group performs on Friday evening at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.  Based in New York and Los Angeles, the group was founded by Perry Smith and John Storie in 2003, and known for their pop covers, jazz standards and original music – celebrated as one of the world’s premier guitar group.  Presented by the Thomas Byers Guitar StudioTickets are $18 online, or by calling the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

Saturday is the Grand Opening of the Market of Dreams — a multi-cultural cooperative market and micro-business center located at 2532 E. 7th Avenue, on the northeast corner of Fourth Street and 7th Avenue.  12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.  Browse unique crafts, jewelry, woodworking, knitted clothing, children’s furniture, medicinal balms, household goods and many other art works from local artisans, as well as fresh produce and other food items.  The Market also offers business workshops, classes, and mentoring resources, for people who are interested in starting a business or wish to expand one.  Free admission.

One of the benefits of living in a college town is the array of cultural amenities and artistic performances!  This weekend, take your pick in music from the Northern Arizona University School of Music Student Artist Series:

Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall – recitals by Jennifer Wiser, mezzo-soprano, and Kevein Penner, tenor.

Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Ashurst Hall – recital by Justine DeMarco, violin.

Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall – recital by Amber Roehrig, bassoon.

Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Ashhurst Hall – recital by Jesse Neumann, violin.

Also on Sunday, hear the Kokopelli Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in Ashurst Hall, part of the School of Music Faculty Artist Series.

Check out Flagstaff’s weekend nightlife in the weekly entertainment magazine FlagLive!

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