Dance, music and theatre make a strong showing in this relatively small city of 50,000. The Canyon Movement Company of Flagstaff is a modern dance ensemble established in 1993. The company performs in many venues, including Wheeler Park at Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and Phoenix’s Herberger Theatre. They have also made a few appearances at the Arizona Contemporary Dance Festival and the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland. Tickets and information can be obtained at 5680 East Sunset Drive, or by calling (928) 774-3937.

The well-established Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, which plays in the Ardrey Auditorium at Northern Arizona University, holds seven concerts between September and April, with season and individual tickets available at the university’s student union. They can also be purchased on Ticketmaster, or by calling (888) 520-7214 or (928) 523-5661.

Besides these venues, there are also more informal places with musical performances. Some of the restaurants and cafes that consistently have live entertainment are Campus Coffee Bean (1800 South Milton Road, #24), Charly’s Pub & Grill in the Weatherford Hotel at 23 North Leroux Street, and Black Bart’s (2760 East Butler Avenue).

For more performing arts, there are also the Orpheum Theatre and the Flagstaff Light Opera Company. The Orpheum Theatre is usually rented out to bands and singers for concerts; many shows require patrons under 21 to be accompanied by a parent. An events calendar, contact information and an online box office can be found at www.orpheumpresents.com . The Flagstaff Light Opera Company usually has several major productions every year; call (928) 773-1456 for upcoming shows and tickets.