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Ballad of ArizonaOn Saturday evening, the Northern Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society presents Ballad of Arizona: Our First 100 Years at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2:00 p.m. Historians, musicians, and storytellers will celebrate Arizona’s unique cultural and natural landscapes in this multimedia program of videos, songs and stories. Award-winning musician Jay Cravath, who designed the event, says, “Audiences can think of the program as A Prairie Home Companion for Arizona.”

  • Intermixed with live music and documentary footage, “The Ballad of Arizona” includes some of the more popular and unknown chapters of state history. ASU archivist Christine Marin tells the little-known but important story of Miami High School’s 1951 state basketball championship, which brought recognition and pride to the mostly Hispanic mining community.
  • Dan Shilling recounts the tale of forester Aldo Leopold, who came to Arizona in 1909, and eventually wrote hundreds of essays that shaped modern environmentalism. “The mountains near Springerville,” says Shilling, “where Leopold realized that humans and nature are members of the same community, are as important in environmental history as Thoreau’s Walden Pond.”

Appropriate for all ages, and it’s free! 

On Thursday and Friday evenings, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy hosts a Theater Fringe Festival.  See student-written and directed plays and vote for your favorite, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each evening.  Just $3.  (3401 N. Fort Valley Rd.)

Friday night is Lowell Observatory’s 2nd Friday Science Night.  This month’s theme is Chemistry.  See exciting science demonstrations and experiments.  Shows at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Free with regular observatory admission.

Friday night is also the Flagstaff Pioneer Museum’s Night at the Museum.  The subject – Wine and Wool, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Demonstrations and discussions on carding, spinning and weaving.  It’s a preview of the bigger and better than ever, 19th Annual Wool and Fiber Festival on May 30th and 31st.  Presented by the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum and Flagstaff Community Markets.  The Pioneer Museum is at 2340 N. Fort Valley Rd.

Saturday is National Train Day, thus it’s Flagstaff Train Day at the historic Santa Fe railroad depot – the heart of old Flagstaff.  Join the celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for train-related activities.  Live music, display of railroad items, a Kid’s Depot, local artists, tours, and raffles.  Win tickets for two, for a train ride to either Albuquerque or Los Angeles.

On Saturday afternoon, the Theatrikos Theatre Company presents a Play and Character Interpretation Workshop.  Novice and experienced actors and directors can learn new techniques for interpreting main and ancillary themes in a script, as well as how to analyze story characters.  The workshop will be based on the Tom Stoddard 1997 play, The Invention of Love, and facilitated by Flagstaff’s own Maria Mathern.  Mathern was born and raised in Czechoslovakia and graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia with a master’s degree in Theatre History and Criticism.  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  $15 per participant.  At the Doris Harper-White Playhouse.

Audition on Saturday for the Master Chorale of Flagstaff’s Flagstaff Follies II variety show, A Trip through the Decades.  This show will feature different eras with a diverse selection of music performed by the talented folks of Flagstaff’s musical scene.  At Pine Forest School (1120 W. Kaibab Lane), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  The grand performance will be at The Orpheum on Saturday, July 18th, with some mandatory rehearsals in July.  For more information, contact Drew Purcell: drewpurcell@hotmail.com.

See Ky Burt & Melanie Jean, in concert on Saturday evening in the intimate setting of the White Dove Coffee Shop (2211 E. Seventh Ave.).  They’ll perform their original New Americana music, some composed last winter in a cabin, tucked away in the mountains of Colorado.  Ky and Melanie are favorites of Flagstaff’s Friends of Traditional Music. $12 at the door, doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Vocal Workshop on Sunday at Flagstaff School of Music.

The 13th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition is on display through May 30th at the Hozhoni Art Gallery (2133 N. Walgreen Blvd.). Local artists from all over Coconino County, Sedona, the Native American Reservations, come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun, and inspiring exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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

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