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The 7th Annual Flagstaff OktoberfestFlagstaff Octoberfest is Saturday in Wheeler Park, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Join the fun and enter the yodeling contest, costume contest, Satchmo’s brat eating contest, Arizona Snowbowl’s Frozen T-shirt contest or the Findlay Volkswagen “Stuff the Bug” Contest.  Beers, brats and live music!  $5 admission, ages 12 and under are free.  Proceeds go to Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future – helping kids get the food they need.

Northern Arizona Theatre’s production of the Off-Broadway musical Closer Than Ever begins this Friday and Saturday, with 25 songs about life, love, and the ups and downs — a riveting song cycle exploring the everyday struggles of love in the modern world. At Coconino High School’s mini auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: general admission $15, students $10. Call (928) 203-4700. Additional dates October 10 and 11.

In challenging running events, Aravaipa Running hosts The Flagstaff Sky Race at Arizona Snowbowl on Friday and Saturday. Visit the Aravaipa Running website for full details and fees.

The Theatrikos Theater Company’s production, Good People, continues on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The play is a thought-provoking and often hilarious comedy/drama that will have you pondering what it means to truly be a good person.
Weekend dates through October 11th. At the Doris Harper-White Playhouse. Tickets are $12 – $19.

This Friday is the first Friday in October, and time for the popular First Friday ArtWalk.  Art galleries and businesses in downtown Flagstaff open their doors from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, and treats.  Downtown hot spots remain open late. See an interactive map at the Flagstaff Art Council website.

Northern Arizona University music faculty and friends present Kaleidoscope – a chamber music concert on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium. The program includes “Shakespeare Songs” by Igor Stravinsky for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet and viola; “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives for string quartet, woodwind quartet, and solo trumpet; and “Facade” by William Walton. It’s free.

Here’s a very special opportunity for guitar players!  In advance of his “Zappa Plays Zappa” concert at The Orpheum on Saturday night, Dweezi Zappa, — son of the late, legendary guitar player Frank Zappa – hosts a Guitar Masterclass on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Arizona Music Pro (122 E. Route 66). Cost is $75.

Saturday evening, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) hosts its annual event – PLATE — showcasing delicious food (catered by Simply Delicious), locally produced wine (from Page Springs Cellars), served on plates created by local potters that participants take home. After the meal, FALA students make pitches to the audience to promote their art and community building projects. The participants vote and the winner earns $1000 in grant money to fund the project.  At Coconino Center for the Arts, 5:30 p.m., $25 per person. Read all about FALA.

The Northern Arizona University Symphony Orchestra presents its first concert of the season on Sunday afternoon, 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $8.75, seniors $3.75.

Nahko and Medicine for the People (“a mix of hip-hop and folk rock with a world message”) plays the Orpheum on Friday evening, 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 – $22.  Phutureprimitive (moniker of Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain) plays the Green Room on Saturday evening, 8:00 p.m., $12 – $15. ( . . . dripping wet love drops of nasty mind melting sonic bliss.”)

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