Things to Do in Flagstaff This Weekend

Flagstaff Youth ArtEach year, the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Coconino Center for the Arts feature the best in student artwork in a month-long Youth Art ExhibitionFriday evening is the show’s 2015 Opening Reception, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Work will be displayed by K – 12 students from across the Flagstaff area, including paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and more. Several performances are scheduled throughout the evening by student musicians, actors, dancers and drummers.  Refreshments and treats provided. (The exhibition will be on display at the Coconino Center through April 4th during regular gallery hours – Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

It’s also the weekend of the Grand Canyon State Winter Games skiing and snowboarding events at Arizona Snowbowl, with a giant slalom competition on Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and a modified dual slalom challenge on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Grand Canyon State Winter Games take place all across the state of Arizona from January thru April, highlighting 44 different sports. Athletes of all ages and abilities are eligible to compete.  This weekend’s events are open to all, $25 per event, and competitors then get half off regular lift tickets.  Proceeds benefit the Flagstaff Ski Club.  Register online, or at Altitudes Bar & Grill (2 S. Beaver Street) on Friday at 6:00 p.m.  No registration after 9:00 a.m. on race day.

It’s the opening weekend for the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Department of Theatre production of Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. More than two decades ago, Tony Kushner brought the play to the American stage.  It was 1991 and America has changed, or has it?  NAU Theatre takes on the Pulitzer Prize winning play twenty-two years after it premiered on Broadway.  Performances through March 8th.  NAU’s Clifford E. White Theatre.  Tickets.

On Friday evening, Orchestra Northern Arizona (ONA) performs in concert — Classical Hits You Know You Know.  It promises to be an evening of eclectic familiar music. Perfect for kids, 7:00 p.m.  Open for seating at 6:30 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Flagstaff (3475 E. Soliere Avenue), the concerts are very popular and seating is limited.  A free family photo booth with be available.  Free; donations suggested.

On Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book From Powell to Power: A Recounting of The First One Hundred River Runners through Grand Canyon.  Dock Marston first thought it would take six months to write his book, in 1947, and some 30 years later he had amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of river runners, from the first log raft run to powerboats.  Tom Martin will chronicle Marston, and look at some of the highlights of Marston’s recounting.  At Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (409 W. Riordan Road), 7:00 p.m.  Free.

Also on Saturday evening, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society presents an evening of 19th century duets by Raphaella Smits and Adrien Brogna.  Belgian guitarist Raphaella Smits has long been an advocate of the eight-stringed guitar.  She began her musical studies at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels and has performed world-wide in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and on 17 albums. Adrien Brogna plays both 8 string romantic and modern guitars.  A founding member of the Alki Guitar Trio, has recorded for GHA Records as well.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.  At Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco Street), 7:00 p.m.

Rock guitar fans should catch The Hendrix Free Experience at the Orpheum Theater, downtown Flagstaff, Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.  The show features original music from Jimi Hendrix innovator and Grammy Award Winning and five-time Native American Music Award winning guitarist Micki Free.  Tickets are $9.

On Sunday, it’s Jacks on Broadway – a new, student musical revue, featuring a cast of over 40 NAU vocalists and instrumentalists, with solos, small group, and chorus numbers from 17 different Broadway shows. No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with musical theatre, Jack on Broadway will be a feast for the eyes and ears! This event is free. Tickets available from performers and at the door.  NAU’s Prochnow Auditorium (326 W. Dupont Avenue), 7:30 p.m.

Also on Sunday evening, comedian Brian Regan takes the stage at NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium.  With more than 25 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Regan’s fan base continues to grow.  He relates to a wide audience and is revered by his peers.  Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $46.95 at NAU’s Central Ticket Office.

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