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Photo of the ArtistFive-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Chapin Carpenter, will appear at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater on Friday evening.  Carpenter’s tour marks her return to singing timeless hits and deep cuts from her beloved 13-album catalog.  Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals.  7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $51 – $74.  Opening act – Aoife O’Donovan.

The Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of Funny Money continues this weekend.  In an uproarious farce, Henry A.  Perkins, a mild mannered C.P.A, accidently picks up the wrong briefcase — one full of money.  Henry assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it.  Later, his inept attempts to extricate himself from this impossible situation lead to increasingly hysterical situations.  Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $14 – $20.

Also this weekend, the Northern Arizona University Symphony and Opera Theatre present Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, a comic story of a scheming count who is outsmarted by his clever staff.  It’s the farewell production of NAU Opera director Nando Schellen, after a 15 year career. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $18 – $22.

It’s the week for Flagstaff’s First Friday ArtWalk, — one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events – a downtown street party – with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, and treats.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Many downtown hot spots remain open later.  View an interactive ArtWalk map.

If you like a good auction, head over to Full Circle Trade & Thrift on Saturday morning (2 S. Beaver St.).  Auctioneer Col. Russell Mann will be on hand to auction many consignment items, including a Grand Canyon painting by artist Derryl Day, a 16-foot sloop rigged Fillip Tornado sailboat, and a new New Belgium Cruiser bicycle from last October’s Tour de Fat Beer festival in Tempe.  Much more!  No minimum bids, no sales tax, and no buyer’s premium.  Preview items at 9:00 a.m.  Auction at 10:00 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Warner’s Nursery (1101 E. Butler Ave.) invites you to its Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Festival.  The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. for all ages.  There will be arts and crafts for the kids and fun for the whole family.  Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities.  The event includes a food drive for the Northern Arizona Food Bank. Bring a can of food (or other non-perishable item) to donate and the admission fee will be waived for arts & crafts ($2 per child participant).

Also on Saturday, the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program (CCSBP) presents this year’s Sustainable Building Awards at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 1:00 p.m.  At this year’s awards ceremony, several buildings throughout the region will be recognized as sustainable buildings and models for the community. Learn about sustainable building from homeowners and professionals.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

On Saturday evening, Dr. Gerard van Belle presents The Pluto Vote, part of the Stars on Mars Lecture Series at Lowell Observatory.  The 2006 vote on the planetary status of Pluto has had a long-lasting reverberation throughout astronomy. With an outcome that remains controversial both in the public eye and within the professional community, the debate on what to call this world remains a lively one.  Dr. van Belle’s accidental involvement in this question has its own amusing tall tale, which he will recount along the way to re-examining a question: What is a planet, and why do we care?  Included with observatory admission, 5:00 p.m.

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

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