Living in Flagstaff will be great this weekend with this long list of Flagstaff events – even though we’re going to have a turn to chilly weather.
The Grand Canyon Guitar Society presents Flamenco Guitarist Grisha Goryachev on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in concert settings. He strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces, creating his own interpretations of these masterpieces. Goryachev began to play the guitar at the age of six, then performed regularly as a child before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Riga, and other major cities in the then Soviet Union. $20 advance, $25 day of show. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco St.
The Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters hosts the Opening Reception for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition on Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition is held each semester to showcase capstone projects of students in the Fine Arts program. Join the featured students and School of Art faculty at the reception. The exhibition continues through December 19th at NAU’s Beasley Gallery. Free.
On Saturday, a new exhibition opens at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) -- Nampeyo :: Namingha - Tradition & Transition. The heritage of a Hopi/Tewa family unfolds through artwork -- ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and conceptual art inspired by the traditions and landscapes of the ancient Hopi and Tewa villages of northern Arizona. The exhibit tells the story of artistic expression in the family descended from the Hopi/Tewa potter Nampeyo (1860-1942), including contemporary works Through May 14, 2014. Included with regular museum admission.
The Flagstaff Light Opera Company production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music, continues on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:30 p.m.). Sinagua Middle School. Adults $20, Seniors and students $15, and 12 & under $10.
On Saturday, NAU’s Community Music and Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker Tea, an annual, festive, holiday tradition designed for all ages. Enjoy a light lunch with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, a reading of the Nutcracker story, arts and crafts activities for the children, interviews with some of the soloists from the upcoming Nutcracker ballet performance, and a silent auction. Costumed dancers will teach an excerpt from the ballet and be available for pictures with guests. Proceeds benefit the Academy Scholarship Fund. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Adults $30, children $20, table for eight is $200. Call: (928) 523-1889.
On Saturday evening, the NAU School of Music presents NAU Opera Scenes at 7:30 p.m. in Ardrey Auditorium. The event celebrates the Bicentennial of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, along with the centennial of Benjamin Britten. Opera Scenes features Wagner scenes from Lohengrin and Die Walküre, a Verdi scene from Rigoletto, and Britten scenes from Peter Grimes and Billy Budd. Scenes from the musicals Chicago and Candidewill be included. The evening will end with a scene from Bizet's Pearlfishers. Tickets.
The Flagstaff Public Library and Flagstaff Cultural Partners Stories to Life Series continues on Sunday with Homers on the Range: Writing Out from Kane Ranch. Readers will present writings created during a retreat at Kane Ranch, a working cattle ranch in the Vermillion Cliffs near the North Rim. The writings focus on how the land impacts these authors’ work. Readers include Tony Norris, Jean Rukkila, Laura Kelly, Darcy Falk, Shonto Begay, and Kate Watters. Free and open to the public. Not appropriate for ages 6 and under. 6:00 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
On Sunday evening, enjoy Ballroom Dancing Lessons and an Open Dance at Canyon Dance Academy (2812 North Izabel Street), 5:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Learn and practice social ballroom, swing, and Latin dances. Join a fun, encouraging community of dancers. Beginners, experienced dancers, singles, couples, and students welcome. No partner needed. Adults $8, students $5.
The popular Polar Express Train has begun its seasonal run at the Grand Canyon Railway, just 20 minutes west of Flagstaff. Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey through the nighttime wilderness to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”— where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Reservations necessary! See the Polar Express website for complete details, availability and price packages.
The Evolving Universe Exhibition continues at Lowell Observatory, exploring how the stars and universe undergo the same stages as life on Earth — from birth, to maturity and, eventually, to death. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and is circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Included with regular observatory admission.