This week’s cultural events highlights by our Executive Director, John Tannous:

sambush_atarticleLet’s call this one the Weekend of Art, with so many opportunities to see and experience great art! I’ll begin with what should be a must-attend event for lovers of the Grand Canyon and art. Legendary painter Curt Walters will be giving a Gallery Talk for his new Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

In other new art: the NAU Art Museum has an opening reception for the new exhibition, Shrouded Histories, New Narratives. It features photography by Benjamin Montague, who is an Associate Professor in Photography at Wright State University. Viola Award winner Bryan David Griffith has his photography exhibition, The Last Bookstores, open at the Coconino Center for the Arts alongside The Road Ahead. Also, it’s the final weekend to see Trappings of the American West at MNA. Don’t miss it before it’s gone!

The big festival this weekend is the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival. For music fans and especially bluegrass lovers, it’s a homerun event, sitting in the perfect fall weather under the pines on the big grassy lawn at Pepsi Amphitheatre at Fort Tuthill. Plus, they’ve got Sam Bush (pictured) headlining. Every year, I have several family members staying as house guests with me because they love Pickin’ in the Pines. Do yourself a favor and spend some time out there.

If you like meditative activities in outdoor settings, then the Stone Balancing event his weekend is right for you. At Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, the Stone Balancing event is Saturday, and there’s a workshop Sunday morning at CCA where you can learn the calming practice yourself.

nau-new-football-jerseys-1_categoryLast but not least, NAU Football kicks off with its home opener this Saturday. They play New Mexico Highlands at the Walkup Skydome. Also, another installment in the CAL Film Series is My Darling Clementine, set for Tuesday evening.

Do you want me to list YOUR event in my weekly recap? (I post these on Facebook, too.) Your event MUST be listed on Flagstaff365 for me to include it here. So head over to that site to learn more about all these events and add your own events. Thanks and have a lovely weekend of art!