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An up-close look at just some of the decorations on the Christmas tree at Riordan Mansion.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

Audiences won't believe the mayhem (and the fun) when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to be delivered to local children through Toys for Tots.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 30 through Dec. 16. Individual tickets are $21-24 plus applicable fees. Student and senior discounts may be applied.

Tickets can be purchased online at; by calling (928) 774-1662; or by visiting the theater’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and two hours prior to each performance.

Theatrikos Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse is located at 11 W Cherry Avenue in downtown Flagstaff.

Arts & Sciences roundtable and reception with Berlin author Zehra Çirak

On Friday, November 30 from 7-9 p.m. at the NAU International Pavilion, join a reception and informal discussion between Berlin poet Zehra Çirak and a local panel of artists and scientists.

Çirak and her late husband, sculptor Jürgen Walter, have paired his sculptures with her poems since the early 80s, displaying their work both within and outside of Germany. As a culmination of Walter's series, "Chairs of Science," the book "The Art of Science" was published after his death in 2014--each sculpture in the book is placed next to a poem by Çirak and explores the relationship between the arts and the sciences. The sculptures featured in the book have toured several German cities, including the town of Tübingen, where they were on display for almost a month as part of the Literaturtage festival.

Currently, a large-scale photo exhibit of the sculptures and poetry presented by Çirak herself are in Flagstaff by way of a grant from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Friday's panel will feature artists, professors and scientists including: S. Ahluwalia, Women's Studies; B. Dineen, STEM City; E. Doerry, Engineering, P. Friederici, Communications; C. Graham, Music; J. Heredia, Spanish; K. Kirkov, Filmmaking; A. Klocke, German; Bradley Olson, Joseph Campbell Foundation; Shawn Skabelund, Visual Art; Nicole Walker, English; and Jessica Wood, German.

The event will be introduced by Valerio Ferme, Dean of NAU Arts & Letters with comments by Kathrin Steinbrenner from the German Consulate in California; Moderated by Marilya Reese, Cirak's NAU translator and Professor of German. This is the final opportunity to view the Art of Science Exhibit.

Riordan Mansion launches season's holiday tours 

The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery, and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present.

Thursdays-Mondays: Tours on the hour. First tour is at 11 a.m.; last tour at 4 p.m., December 1 to January 6. Reservations are recommended. 928-779-4395. 

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