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Flagstaff SymphonyThis Friday evening, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 66th season with Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, as internationally-acclaimed concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Flagstaff. Her very special violin was selected in 1897 by Brahms himself for this monumental concert!  Read more about the remarkable journey of Barton Pine’s treasured 273-year-old violin at the Symphony website. She also discusses it in a YouTube video.

“I love the fact that Brahms heard “my” violin in the hands of his protégée, Marie Soldat,” said Barton Pine. “It’s amazing to know something of an instrument’s history and realize that you’re the next chapter in its life. Hopefully, it will have lots more adventures long after I’m gone.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium. Visit the Flagstaff Symphony website also, for a rundown of this season’s concerts.

Also on Friday evening, theater lovers might choose the opening performance of Theatrikos Theater Company’s production, Good People. The play is a thought-provoking and often hilarious comedy/drama. 
Performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Weekend dates through October 11th. At the Doris Harper-White Playhouse. Tickets are $12 – $19.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Hopi Tribe hosts its 6th Annual All Native Arts and Cultural Festival on Heritage Square.  Native American tribes from across Arizona and New Mexico celebrate togetherness, happiness, and stewardship of the earth. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days.  Native American dance, arts & crafts, and entertainment.

The Flagstaff Festival of Science continues all weekend.  See the Festival of Science website for all events.  Here are some highlights:

  • Friday: Head to the first annual SCI Talks (Science, Communication, Innovation) event. The SCI Talks will highlight local scientists and science educators sharing their research and innovative science communication ideas. At Coconino Center for the Arts, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts its Festival of Science Fall Open House – a free celebration of science and nature in the gardens especially for families. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Interactive Science Programs, 10:00 a.m. – Kid’s Nature hike, 11:00 a.m. Garden Tour, 12:00 noon – Airborn Raptors program, and more
  • Northern Arizona University hosts Science and Engineering Day at the High Country Conference Center, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. From physics magic shows to walking through Earth’s history to the Center for Science Teaching and Learning’s Open House in the brand new Science and Health building, there’s a little something for every member of the family.
  • Sunday: Lowell Observatory hosts a Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Event.  Lunar eclipse talks beginning at 6:00 p.m.  View the eclipse through telescopes afterward. The moon will be partially eclipsed when it rises at 6:13 PM and will be totally eclipsed from 7:11 to 8:23 PM. Regular observatory admission fees apply.

On Friday, the Native Americans for Community Action Wellness Center (1500 E. Cedar Ave.) hosts a Health & Fitness Expo, free to the public, with family-friendly activities, kids corner, fitness classes, food demos, and a blood drive.  More information and blood drive registration at the NACA website. 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

On Friday evening – and every Friday evening — the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (main library downtown) presents Friday Flicks. All ages. Bring a blanket and a pillow to get comfy on the floor and enjoy free popcorn. Movies are rated G or PG. Call for title and running time: (928) 213-2381

Sun Entertainment at Northern Arizona University presents the indie-pop band Echosmith on Friday evening, 7:30 p.m., in Prochnow Auditorium. Hear their hit songs “Cool Kids” and “Bright.” $15 students, $25 general public. Tickets available at NAU’s Central Ticket Office.

On Saturday, bright and early, the Grand Canyon Railway hosts a special event as they roll out their steam locomotive for Man vs. Machine. Locomotive No. 4960 will race hundreds of cyclist from around the world to the Grand Canyon. Ride the train on a special excursion – adults $75 and children $45.  (No layover at the Grand Canyon). The Café Car will be on board offering snacks, ice cream, soft drinks and adult beverages for purchase. 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Full details at the Grand Canyon Railroad website.

There’s a 3-Bin Composter Workshop at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday in the Colton Community Garden. Learn about the benefits of composting for enriching soil for healthier food production as well as improving local ecosystems. It’s free, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Recommended attire: long pants, work shirt, and closed-toe shoes such as hiking/work boots.

The folks who brought you Hullabaloo host the Cornucopia Fall Festival on Saturday at Thorpe Park, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  It’s a community celebration of fall. Cornucopia will feature a ferris wheel, fun house, hay maze, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, hay rides, petting zoo, carnival games, circus performers, pony rides, huge kids area, live entertainment, local microbrews, great food, lots of vendors and more! Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Family Food Center.  General admission $5, VIP $35.  Free for the first 250 people with two cans of food.

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