WORTH THE NOTING
As the adage recounts, after three days, something stinks—and it surely isn’t the fish. Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece Much Ado About Nothing places Don Pedro in the house of Leonato for a freakin’ month and, in that time, all those involved watch their house flip upside down (metaphorically speaking, of course). Beatrice and Benedick are caught in a love-hate battle of wits as they pick at each other’s most ridiculous traits much as that schoolyard bully pushed you in the sand because they “liked” you. Claudio and Hero, though, have it a bit worse as they totally dig each other, but Claudio is tricked into thinking his lady is running around on him. Natch, ‘tis not the case in this merry game of cat and mouse which mixes gossip, rumor and an incredible amount of miscommunication. As part of its 2019 season, Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents what’s been considered the Bard’s warmest, funniest comedy to Flag audiences for select dates beginning Friday and running through Sunday, June 16. Under direction of Jesse James Kamps, professional actors bring the story to life in all its glory complete with a bumbling detective, a prince in disguise and scheming villains. Performances will be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd., outside under the festival tent. However, if our lovely spring weather (a fickle fiend if we ever knew one) refuses to cooperate, have no fear—the performance will be moved to an indoor stage. Visit www.flagshakes.org for the full list of dates and to buy tickets. Prices range from $15 to $25.
FRIDAY | 5.31
As the world’s very first International Dark Sky City, it might be safe to say Flagstaff is a little obsessed with the night sky—just visit the Coconino Center for the Arts to view a little bit of that pride on display at NightVisions VII. Then there’s Lights Out Flagstaff, a celebration of the city’s breathtaking night sky and its commitment to responsible energy consumption. For one night, homes, businesses and city buildings will flick off their lights (that’s right—all of them! Maybe leave a nightlight if you have clumsy folks or little kids in the home) and enjoy free public astronomy programs provided by local community organizations like Lowell Observatory. This Friday, go behind the scenes during a tour of the observatory before taking a free bus ride to Buffalo Park where telescopes will offer views peering way off into the stars burning billions of miles away. The bus leaves the observatory at 8 p.m. and availability is on a first-come first-serve basis. www.lowell.edu
SAT-SUN | 6.1-2
SHORN ENOUGH, IT’S BACK
Humans have long relied on the natural commodities that animals have to offer, wool being a major one. In Ireland, the tradition of sheep shearing for sweaters, socks and other cold-hearty items dates back hundreds of years, and sheep have long played an integral role in food and clothing on the Navajo Nation. These modes of existence continuously face the precipice that is extinction as the world speeds by and life gets too busy. But Flagstaff will slow down and take the time to harken back to fiber crafts this weekend with the annual Flag Wool and Fiber Fest. There will be sheep shearing demonstrations, artisan vendors, workshops, lectures and lots of animals, food, beer, wine and mead. This year’s keynote speaker is Vickie Howell, who, in addition to having published many knit and crochet books, hosts Knitty Gritty on HGTV as well as her own award-winning web series. The two-day event will be held at the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum, 2340 N. Fort Valley Rd. It is free and open to the public. www.flagwool.com
SAT-SUN | 6.1-2
HOW DO YOU HULLABALOO?
Since 2010, Flagstaff’s own Hullabaloo has been celebrating all things Flagstaff, raising more than $80,000 for local non-profits and sharing all the art, beer, food, parades and puppets you can handle. This year is no different, featuring performances across two stages from Flagstaff-born groups such as Circus Bacchus, Tha ‘Yoties, Muskellunge, F-Town Sound and The Naughty Bits!, as well as Onus B Johnson and Sambatuque. Hullabaloo organizers aim to throw the party of the year, offering something for everyone. It all starts Saturday morning with the famous bike parade at 9:30 a.m. Wear your Flag best—the stranger the ‘fit the better and, let’s face it, it’s probably not your first time dousing yourself in glitter while wearing a tutu. The parade is free, and general entry to the festival is $8 in advance, $10 day-of, or $90 in advance for a two-day VIP ticket. ($65 for Saturday only or $50 for Sunday only.) If you do desire the red carpet treatment, the pass will get you four complimentary drinks, free re-entry, free massage, private bathrooms, snacks and more. Either way, join your fellow Flagstaffians and out-of-towners alike for the 10th annual Hullabaloo Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday at Wheeler Park, 212 W. Aspen Ave. Tickets and more information at www.flaghullabaloo.com
WEDNESDAY | 6.5
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CARNIVOROUS PLANT
It’s scary, it’s campy, it’s catchy and its main character is a giant, murderous plant. Really, there’s nothing more you could ask for from Frank Oz’s vanguard rock ‘n’ roll horror film, Little Shop of Horrors. And what better way to fundraise for a classic Flagstaff thespian venue such as Theatrikos’ Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse than by showing a movie that is just as fun and unusual as the theater company itself. Want a little taste (pun intended) for the film before you commit to attending? The plot goes a little something like this: Meek and unassuming floral shop owner Seymour Krelborn discovers a strange plant who he names Audrey II. He can’t draw from his typical experience of caring for plants, though, as it turns out she hankers exclusively after human flesh. The plant singlehandedly brings business back to the until-then fledgling store, but her hunger for people is impossible keep up with so Seymour is forced to meet her insatiable demands. The famous 1986 movie featuring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and Bill Murray will be shown at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $20. Following The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Little Shop of Horrors is the next production planned for Theatrikos' Main Stage. All proceeds will go to Theatrikos to help rebuild its theater, which was damaged by severe flooding in late April. So, gather your dead flies, tune up those rusty singing pipes and “Feed me, Seymour.”