The latest column about cultural happenings in Flagstaff by our Executive Director, John Tannous:
Have you seen the Peaks this week? Those patches of glowing yellow that wrap around them majestically, according to my daughter, “look like someone threw up on the mountain.” I don’t agree! I love the gold, and I love the burnt orange glow of the sun in the fall. It’s such a beautiful time to be in Flagstaff. And a wonderful time for the arts, too. The stage takes the lead this week, with new theatrical productions and a lot of authors reading their work.
We start this week with the kick-off to NAU Theatre Department’s opening show of the season. They feature The Christians, about a pastor who begins to have some doubts about his core beliefs and the challenges this raises for his community. It opens Friday and Saturday, and also plays next week. This is also the final weekend to see The Constant Wife at Theatrikos Theatre Company.
Flagstaff is playing host to the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals this weekend. Pretty cool, right? Watch twelve finalists bare their souls with spit and truth at Prochnow Auditorium and see who comes out on top. The Northern Arizona Book Festival is fully underway now, and there are a handful of literary events for you. Thursday night, there are readings featuring the author behind the TV show Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, among others. Friday night, the Orpheum hosts a Tribute to Jim Harrison.
The Pioneer Museum doesn’t mess around when it comes to titles for events about Halloween. They are going to scare the pants off of you with Night at the Museum: Halloween Wine & Die. No, I didn’t miss the ‘n’ in dine. Shudder.
Friday night is the opening reception for a new exhibition of twelve works of art celebrating the land and people of Coconino County. A Wild Beauty opens at CCA Friday night, 4-6pm. If sports is your thing, NAU has home games this week for football, volleyball and soccer – and it’s Homecoming Week. There’s also plenty of live music to be had in town this weekend, headlined by Los Lobos at the Orpheum Saturday night.