The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Mar
28
Sat
Writing Workshop with James Jay and Stacy Murison – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present a three week Writing Workshop with James Jay and Stacy Murison

Dates: March 28, April 4 & 11 2020

Pricing: $175 / Members receive 10% off

It’s time to keep your New Year’s Resolution to write more! James Jay and Stacy Murison have created a series of classes to help you get started on your long-awaited memoir project, regroup after putting aside a poetry project, or to take you to the next level in your writing. They will also explore our writing obstacles and discuss strategies for creating and maintaining a productive writing practice. Whether you’re writing poetry, nonfiction, or fiction, you will be able to apply lessons to your writing and leave each session with the beginning of a project and, in some cases, a finished “flash” or “micro” piece.

The classes are 1.5 hours each for a total of three hours over three weekend sessions (9 hours total). The classes build on each other and the instructors share concepts and language across sessions. We recommend taking the whole series, but of course you may choose what best works for your schedule and your writing needs. If you wish to sign up for individual classes please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org.

The instructors:

James Jay has worked as a bartender, a wild land firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. He has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, Northern Arizona University, and given Irish Literature lectures at the Northern Arizona Celtic Festival. For nine years, he wrote the Bartender Wisdom bi-monthly column in Flag Live. He recently received the Copper Quill Award and his poetry is featured regularly on NPR/KNAU’s Poetry Friday. His third collection of poems, Barman, was recently published by Gorsky Press. He owns a bar, Uptown Pubhouse, with his wife, the musician Alyson Jay. They have two sons, Wilson and Henry, and a dog, Neville

Stacy Murison was the first Writer in Residence for the Flagstaff City-Coconino Public Library in 2019 where she taught memoir writing and flash-fiction writing workshops. Her fiction and nonfiction works have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals in the United States, Hong Kong, and the UK and is currently a Letter from Home columnist for Flagstaff Live. She received her Master of Fine Arts in creative Writing from Northern Arizona University where she now teaches composition.

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For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300 Or email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Apr
5
Sun
Slaid Cleaves & Robbie Fulks – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

Slaid Cleaves & Robbie Fulks

Slaid Cleaves

The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rootedin country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to have held interest in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early ’90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released on Rounder’s Philo subsidiary in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Not surprisingly, the album rode high into the charts at Americana-formatted radio stations around the U.S. and Canada in 1997. The release set the tone for the rest of his career.

After many years in Portland, Maine, he sought new mountains to climb, and found some of them after moving to Austin, Texas, in 1992. Despite the echelon of great singer/songwriters like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, and Joe Ely all centered around the Austin scene, Cleaves was able to make a name for himself there.

During the following decade, Cleaves released Broke Down (2000) and Wishbones (2004) prior to switching to Rounder proper for Unsung (2006). After signing with Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren’s Music Road label, he issued Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009, featuring liner notes from fan Stephen King), the two-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011), and Still Fighting the War (2013). The title song of the latter album was inspired by Craig F. Walker’s Pulitzer-winning photo essay regarding a soldier’s postwar civilian life. 2017’s Ghost on the Car Radio found Cleaves exploring the traditions of American small town life.

Robbie Fulks

Nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album (Upland Stories) and Best American Roots Song (“Alabama at Night”)!

Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In the mid-1980s he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, with whom he made one record (Hole in My Heart, Turquoise, 1989) and toured constantly. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music. He was a staff instructor in guitar and ensemble at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to 1996. He worked on Nashville’s Music Row as a staff songwriter for Songwriters Ink (Joe Diffie, Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon) from 1993 to 1998. He has released 10 solo records on the Bloodshot, Geffen, Boondoggle (self), and Yep Roc labels, including the influential early alt-country records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997), and the widely acclaimed Georgia Hard (2005).

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Cafe” and “Laura Ingraham Show.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s TodayLate Night with Conan O’Brien,  Last Call with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. TV/film use of his music includes True BloodMy Name Is EarlMary Shelley’s FrankenholeVery Bad Things, and Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and he has voiced or sung campaigns for Budweiser, McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, and Applebee’s.

Robbie’s writing on music and life have appeared in GQBlenderChicago Reader, DaCapo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004, Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters. As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin’ by Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include Woody Guthrie’s American Song and Harry Chapin’s Cottonpatch Gospel.

Robbie Fulks’s newest album is a collaborative album with Memphis rock-n-roll legend Linda Gail Lewis. Wild! Wild! Wild! will be available on August 10th, 2018.

TICKETS NOT ON SALE

The show will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 advance/ $30 day of show. Arts Council Members recieve 10% discount! Contact the Center for details.) Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
7
Tue
Acting for the Everyday Workshop – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm

Join Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival’s Dawn Tucker for a five-week workshop on best practices in communication.

When: Tuesday’s, 7-9 pm | April 7 – 28, 2020
Where: Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Pricing: $115 (Arts Council Members Receive 10% off!)

Those seeking to enrich their life through artistic exploration will find the class helpful in everyday matters, from speech giving to mediation to self-awareness. Acting empowers us to understand not just what we hope to convey, but what others perceive and, thereby, how to increase the effectiveness of our communication tactics.

This workshop will focus on helping you cultivate your ability to communicate in an effective, engaging manner in everyday situations including:
  • Interviews and presentations: How to appear confident, make your thoughts engaging, “read” an audience, and use non-verbal communication effectively.
  • Speeches and toasts: Channeling emotion to avoid “overwhelm” while still being genuine, and crafting a speech using rhetoric tactics and structures common in monologues.
  • Social Events (parties and dates): Reading non-verbal communication correctly, listening actively, and moving conversation energetically forward.
This workshop series is for all experience levels, and while it is focused on real world scenarios, is equally helpful for those looking to “brush-up” their acting for the stage skills. Everyone from from beginning actors to skilled practitioners, students, business professionals, community leaders and everyone in-between are encouraged to sign up.

About the instructor: Dawn has a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare in Performance from the American Shakespeare Center in partnership with Mary Baldwin College and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Wisconsin. She worked for five years as an actor and the Director of Education for Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona. In 2015, she founded the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival with Jesse Kamps, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Christine Schmidle, Shakespeare’s Globe. Dawn is a Flagstaff native. As an educator, Dawn has been fortunate to work with both high schoolers and adults within the education system at Veritas Preparatory Academy, Mesa Community College, and Coconino Community college as well as outside the education system through workshops and directing. Dawn directed FlagShakes’ Merry Wives of Windsor for which she is a Viola’s finalist in 2018. Dawn is also a Viola’s finalist in the category of Community Impact.

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.

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Apr
24
Fri
Mater Chorale Presents A Cappella! @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm

Arizona Master Chorale presents

Arizona Mountain Chorale (AMC), Master Chorale of Flagstaff’s chamber choir  Photo by Nancy Wiechec

A Cappella! 

Join us for a night of old and new unaccompanied favorites performed by the Arizona Mountain Chorale in partnership with NAU student a cappella groups.

Music will include featured hits by James Taylor, George Gershwin, Bill Joel, U2, and Cole Porter.

The show will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

about AMC: masterchorale.net/arizona-mountain-chorale

Guest artists
Northern Voices (NoVo): One of Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) vocal jazz groups, NoVo consists of 14-18 beginning jazz singers who are developing the skills in solo singing, stage presence, and vocal improvisation to prepare collegiate jazz literature. NoVo performs at concerts throughout the school year at Ardrey Auditorium and at the NAU Choral Union Holiday Dinner. Second year graduate assistant Albert Lee is the current conductor.
The Highlanders: Founded in 2013 at NAU, The Highlanders is made up of 17 male voices ranging from super high to super low, with everything in between plus amazing vocal percussionists. The group is a two-time semifinalist in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competition, has won awards for Best Choreography and Best Vocal Percussion at the same competition, and is currently working on releasing a full album this spring. Sague Molina is the group’s music director/arranger.
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May
5
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The four-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers. Drop-in’s welcome!

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

To register in advance please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
12
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The four-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers. Drop-in’s welcome!

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

To register in advance please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
16
Sat
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents “Sam Shepard’s most personal American drama,” set in the gritty American West. The story alternates between two families after severe spousal abuse alters all their lives, culminating in a collision at an isolated cabin. “By turns aching and hilarious — and always as lyrical as its accompanying [live] country music.”

Dates: March 12-14  (March 20-21 POSTPONED)
*New dates added: May 16-17, 2020

7 PM • SATURDAY

2 PM • SUNDAY 

Pricing:

Child (6 & Under) – Free
Student/ Senior – $18
Adult – $25

Season passes also available! Click here.

REVIEWS

  • A Lie of the Mind may be its author’s most romantic play. However bleak and chilly its terrain — some of it unfolds, in more ways than one, in blizzard — no character, alive or dead, is beyond redemption. There is always hope, as Mr. Shepard’s closing metaphor has it, for a miraculous ”fire in the snow.” And the work’s buoyancy doesn’t end there. A Lie of the Mind is the unmistakable expression of a major writer nearing the height of his powers. — Frank Rich, NY Times
  • Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait to be compared with Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Harold Pinter’s Homecoming. —  Ben Brantley, NY Times
PURCHASE TICKETS

Event-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

May
17
Sun
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents “Sam Shepard’s most personal American drama,” set in the gritty American West. The story alternates between two families after severe spousal abuse alters all their lives, culminating in a collision at an isolated cabin. “By turns aching and hilarious — and always as lyrical as its accompanying [live] country music.”

Dates: March 12-14  (March 20-21 POSTPONED)
*New dates added: May 16-17, 2020

7 PM • SATURDAY

2 PM • SUNDAY 

Pricing:

Child (6 & Under) – Free
Student/ Senior – $18
Adult – $25

Season passes also available! Click here.

REVIEWS

  • A Lie of the Mind may be its author’s most romantic play. However bleak and chilly its terrain — some of it unfolds, in more ways than one, in blizzard — no character, alive or dead, is beyond redemption. There is always hope, as Mr. Shepard’s closing metaphor has it, for a miraculous ”fire in the snow.” And the work’s buoyancy doesn’t end there. A Lie of the Mind is the unmistakable expression of a major writer nearing the height of his powers. — Frank Rich, NY Times
  • Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait to be compared with Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Harold Pinter’s Homecoming. —  Ben Brantley, NY Times
PURCHASE TICKETS

Event-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

May
19
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The four-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers. Drop-in’s welcome!

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

To register in advance please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
26
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The four-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers. Drop-in’s welcome!

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

To register in advance please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
29
Fri
Emily Scott Robinson @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 29 @ 8:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album and performed on the main stage of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as winner of the Telluride Troubadour Contest.

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

The show will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $12 advance/ $15 day of show. Arts Council Members recieve 10% discount! Contact the Center for details.) Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued. *This show was rescheduled from April 4, 2020 due to health and safety precautions related to COVID-19, all tickets with the original date will be honored. 

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

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Jun
11
Thu
BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

FlagShakes & The Southside Association Present

BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey

BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey, written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd, is a 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello. It showcases her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth. It is complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem.

The show will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 8pm. 

Pay-What-You-Will:
Discount (for anyone needing a little assistance) – $5
General Admission – $10
Abundance (for those will a little more to give) – $20+

Tickets Available at the Door.