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FRIDAY | 9.27

IT’S A LIVING THING

Most 17-year-olds are languidly prepping for their ACT’s or SAT’s or ABC’s or whatever they’re called these days, learning how to drive, starting really bad garage bands and making really big mistakes. (Just us?) But at age 17, Daniela Liebman is a piano prodigy, rapidly establishing herself as an artist of eloquence and poise. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Liebman began piano studies at age 5, and currently studies with Dr. Tamás Ungár in Fort Worth, Texas. To date, she’s performed with more than 25 orchestras on four continents, and in 2018, she released her eponymous debut album. Marking her Carnegie Hall debut at 11, Liebman has received first prizes in the 2017 Piano Texas Concerto Competition, the 2012 Russian International Piano Competition in California and the 2011 “Night in Madrid” in Spain. With her father a professional violinist, Liebman comes from a musical family, but Liebman says she was around 9 years old when she felt a connection to music that she’d never felt before. “For the first time, I kind of realized that music is kind of like a living thing, that you breathe life into,” Liebman said in an interview on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. “Sometimes when I play and I really get into it, there’s a certain connection where you kind of feel like you’re part of the piano.” This Friday, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra begins its 70th season with Fire & Energy with Daniela Liebman, at NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 1115 Knoles Dr.,featuring performances of John Estacio’s “Frenergy,” Frédéric Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 21, F minor” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5, op. 64, E minor.” Fun fact: Chopin was only 20 when he composed Concert No. 2 in 1829. As per FSO performances, there will be a conversation with conductor Charles Latshaw ahead of the performance at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. $20-74. www.flagstaffsymphony.org

FRIDAY | 9.27

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For one day only the Hops on Birch parking lot will transform into the first ever Sticky Fingers Fest. This local fall festival will feature some of Arizona’s best musicians performing the Rolling Stones iconic 1971 album Sticky Fingers in all its glory. ”What all will the festival include?” is something you may be asking yourself. Good thing we’re here to help with the following list of some event highlights, including (drumroll, please) dogs for adoption, food drive and a pet drive, free sticky fingers toys for kids, family friendly games, happy hour (from noon until 7:30 p.m.), lots of food trucks, local artists selling their creations and  a Mr. Crewniverse pageant and fundraiser. The event goes from 12 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at 22 E. Birch Ave. The musicians start playing their sweet, sweet noise at 8:30 p.m. For more, follow the event on Instagram: @stickyflagstaff

FRIDAY | 9.27

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

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Comedian Paula Poundstone began her entertainment career early, garnering laughs from her 7th grade class during a science presentation. “We had to pick an element from the periodic table, and I picked tin,” she told Flagstaff Live! in 2017. The problem was there were no tin items readily available for her show-and-tell, so she brought to class two aluminum items—a can and pie plate—and did her best to pass them off as tin. “My teacher said, ‘I’m giving you an A+ for entertainment. But for the science part I’m going to give you a C.’” She’s a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!; has a public radio podcast, Live from the Poundstone Institute (“Where we gather all the knowledge of the world and mock it relentlessly.”); and she’s produced shows for HBO and ABC as well as three performance CDs. This Friday marks her return to Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., for An Evening with Paula Poundstone. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $28-68, plus fees. www.orpheumflagstaff.com

SATURDAY | 9.28

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YOUR PIE-ER FIGHTER

Firefighters have done a lot this summer. Really, they do most. Wildlands crews, Hotshots, men and women doing crucial work to keep other people safe. It felt apocalyptic watching the Museum Fire burn a couple months ago, choppers carrying massive Bambi buckets full of water, dipping and dipping and dipping to gather liquid, bright orange fire retardant blasting through the sky, unforgiving heat, boots on the ground. And Flagstaff thanked its firefighters, through signs, by paying for their coffee as they waited in line at Late for the Train or Macy’s. Still, it doesn’t feel like enough and so, we continue to thank profusely—not only the Wildlands crews but also local firefighters, whose work has them criss-crossing Flagstaff where they are needed. This weekend, Your Pie will, among other things, host a benefit concert for firefighters and first responders. Celebrating Local Heroes: A Day of Gratitude & Giving will take place all day, with free pizza for firefighters and first responders. All profits from the day will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. There will be raffles, a silent auction, live music and flicks on the patio from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at Your Pie, 2619 S Woodlands Village Boulevard, Suite 650. So, go ahead, buy a hero a beer why don’t ya?

SAT-SUN | 9.28-29

FALLING HARD

One of Flagstaff’s favorite fall events is coming up this weekend. Cornucopia Fall Festival is still relatively new, with this being just its sixth year, but that doesn’t mean it’s not very, very beloved. This annual celebration of all things autumn includes carnival rides, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoos, a hay maze, circus performances, kids' talent shows, local vendors, craft beer, wine, cocktails, food…we’re running out of breath here. What better way to ring in the pumpkin spice, wool socks, spooky, cold, picturesque, leafy, crisp time of year than at this fun, family friendly event? Plus, the festival always features local and national live music performances. In year’s past, folk singer Josh Ritter has graced the main stage with songs like “Girl in the War” ringing out among the ponderosa pines. This year’s music will include Breakdown: A Tom Petty Tribute Band (we love it), Sambatuque (you’ll want to get up and dance, trust us) and Flagstaff’s own Rock Nine. Also on the list are magic shows and an 1880s variety show, which, well, sounds really cool— that’s all there is to it. Cornucopia takes place at the Thorpe Park Softball Complex Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, kids ages 6 and under get in for free. Unlimited ride wristbands are $35. All proceeds go to the Flagstaff Family Food Center, Flagstaff Shelter Services and Northland Family Help Center. For more, visit www.flagcorn.com

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