Here is your weekly post on upcoming events from our Executive Director John Tannous:

novartwalkWith the beginning of November, many of you will begin thinking about the holidays: gatherings, family meals, gift-giving. It’s at this time of year that I like to send out a friendly reminder about the gifts we give and the choices we make with our dollars. In your holiday gift buying, I encourage you to spend local: buy from locally-owned businesses and direct from local artists. Why? Because you’ll give something special: one-of-a-kind handmade gifts that can’t be purchased anywhere else in the world. Plus, you’ll be using your dollars to support people you know in your hometown instead of sending most of your hard-earned dollars to corporate board rooms someplace else.

So, when it comes to your dollar, remember that how you choose to spend is the VOTE you make every day, year round – not just on election day. Please vote for local artists, mom-and-pop businesses, and your local non-profits.

By the way, both the opening reception for It’s Elemental (Nov. 11-12) and the Fine Craft Sale (Dec 3-4) plus the next two ArtWalks provide excellent opportunities to find great gifts and support local artists!

So I begin our weekly rundown of events in Flagstaff with First Friday Artwalk. Our Artistic Director Travis Iurato and his partner Allison Klion have curated a new exhibition at the Flagstaff Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery called Slash & Burn. Wil McNabb Fine Jewelry Studio is featuring photography by Dave Schleicher. ArtWalk has dozens of other new art shows – get out there and support local art! Also on Friday night, Firecreek Coffee Company is hosting Jonathan Richman on stage with Tommy Larkins on Friday night.

cloud-head-4-2012-jpg-opt391x264o00s391x264This weekend, there are a handful of great events on campus. NAU Lyric Theatre will present three operas in one show, including the premier of Beethoven’s Slipper, a one-act mono-drama by local musician and educator Judith Cloud (pictured). The NAU Art Museum opens A Subjective Archaeology: Recent Works by John O’Connell Thursday night. And SUN Entertainment hosts comedian Nick Swardson.

And now for the rapid fire round: local mockumentary film Orwell for President plays Thursday, and for live music: James McMurtry and Bon Fiction play Saturday, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons play Sunday, and Kyle Park is at the Museum Club Saturday. Whew! So much going on in Flagstaff.

As usual, for more events, visit Flagstaff365.