Flagstaff is a center for both the visual and performing arts in Northern Arizona, with museums, a local symphony, light opera company and theatrical troupe. Galleries, studios, boutiques and unique locally owned businesses abound in the downtown area, and numerous venues feature live music.
The Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill is Northern Arizona’s largest outdoor amphitheater. This state-of-the-art facility has hosted acts as varied as BB King, Steve Martin, Ani DiFranco, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Primus, and Willie Nelson. Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion Show” has broadcasted live from the site. The Amphitheater is home for high-profile events such as the Fourth of July Concert, Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival and Flagstaff Food & Wine Festival. pepsiamp.com
Heritage Square, the heart of Historic Downtown, hosts family-friendly “Movies on the Square” Saturday evenings in the summer and many live outdoor music performances through the week. heritagesquaretrust.org.
The Orpheum Theater in Historic Downtown offers the best in local and national artists as well as exciting and unique film screenings. First constructed in 1911 and entirely renovated in 2002, the Orpheum Theater features plush seating, an expansive balcony, state-of-the-art sound, a full bar, and a lounge. orpheumpresents.com.
The Museum Club, a Flagstaff landmark since 1931, began its life as the dream of taxidermist Dean Eldredge, who built what he called “the biggest log cabin in Arizona" to house his lifetime collection of stuffed animals, six-legged sheep, Winchester rifles, Indian artifacts, two-headed calves, and more than 30,000 other items. Operating as a museum, taxidermist shop, and a trading post, it wasn’t long before locals dubbed the museum "The Zoo,” a name that has stuck to this day. Now the Museum Club hosts some of the best live entertainment in all of Arizona. themuseumclub.com.
Flagstaff Art Council serves as the regranting organization for the city of Flagstaff’s Art and Science Fund. It also manages the Coconino Center for the Arts, the cultural hub of the Flagstaff community. The center’s 4,000-square-foot gallery features diverse exhibitions and the intimate 200-seat theater offers concerts, performances, films and other presentations. (928) 779-2300, culturalpartners.org.
Smaller art exhibits can be found in small shops, galleries and restaurants throughout Flagstaff. Many of the shops and galleries are in Flagstaff’s Historic Downtown district, easily accessible through a walking tour. The First Friday Art Walk is an event created by local artists whose shops stay open late the first Friday of each month. Many of the shops serve hors d'oeuvres and have the artists in attendance to speak with patrons. Maps of the downtown area and participating businesses can be obtained at the chamber or in Flagstaff Live! (the local arts and entertainment weekly tabloid).
Established in 1949, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Elizabeth Schulze, brings classical and pops concerts to Flagstaff audiences at the recently renovated Ardrey Auditorium at NAU. The orchestra also offers master classes and children’s concerts. flagstaffsymphony.org.
Local play productions can be enjoyed at the Theatrikos Theatre Company in the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse. This community theater troupe is always looking for those with an interest in any aspect of the thespian arts. For the 2014 season, Theatrikos is featuring “God of Carnage,” “39 Steps,” “The Miser,” “Boeing, Boeing,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Almost, Maine.” theatrikos.com.
Northern Arizona University’s theater department produces a number of long and short plays, musicals, operettas and operas throughout the academic year. NAU also provides a rich tapestry of artistic offerings in Flagstaff with performances by students, faculty community groups and guest artists. nau.edu/theater.
Musical performances are also available throughout the year from the Flagstaff Light Opera Company (thefloc.org) as well as Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (ffotm.net).
For an up-to-date calendar of cultural activities, visit www.flagstaffchamber.com.