FLAGSTAFF ENTERTAINMENT

The free weekly paper Flagstaff Live! (www.flaglive.com) details the local arts and entertainment scene. Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (928/774-5107, www.flagstaffsymphony.org) performs about eight concerts each season. The play's the thing for Theatrikos Theatre Company (11 W. Cherry Ave., 928/774-1662, www.theatrikos.com).

NAU Culture and Sports
Northern Arizona University presents theater, opera, dance, concerts, and a variety of sports events. For information and tickets, contact NAU Central Ticket Office (University Union, 928/523-5661 or 888/520-7214). Professional teams hold summer training camps on NAU's campus: The Arizona Cardinals (football) usually come every year, and the Phoenix Suns (basketball) and the Phoenix Mercury (women's basketball) arrive some years.

Nightlife
Something's happening nightly in the Museum Club (3404 E. Route 66, 928/526-9434, www.museumclub.com). The huge log structure opened in 1931 as a museum and trading post. Curious motorists sputtering down early Route 66 dropped in to see the thousands of exhibits inside, including such taxidermy oddities as a two-headed calf and a one-eyed lamb along with more conventional animals, Native American artifacts, and a rifle collection. Five years later another entrepreneur converted it into a nightclub to attract the growing crowds of motorists as well as local folk looking for some good music and dancing. Aspiring recording artists traveling cross-country stopped by to perform for appreciative audiences. The Museum Club continues the tradition of fine country music while introducing additional music styles popular with the younger crowd. It's also known as the "The Zoo" because stuffed animals still gaze down from the walls. Wandering through the rustic interior, you'll find photos and news clippings on the walls, a dance floor, and a magnificent late-19th century bar. Car and Driver magazine named it one of the top 10 roadhouses in the nation.
    You'll find most of the other nightlife downtown. The venerable Orpheum Theatre (15 W. Aspen Ave., 928/556-1580, www.orpheumpresents.com), once Flagstaff's opera house, now hosts bands and special events. Other downtown venues include Charly's (23 N. Leroux St., 928/779-1919), Flagstaff Brewing Co. (16 E. Route 66, 928/773-1442), Collin's Irish Pub (2 N. Leroux St., 928/214-7363), Mogollon Brewing Co. (15 N. Agassiz St., 928/773-8950), The Wine Loft (17 N. San Francisco St., 928/773-9463), and Monte Vista Lounge (100 N. San Francisco St., 928/774-2403). Out east at Little America, Tiffany Tree Lounge (2515 E. Butler Ave., 928/779-7979) presents a variety of entertainment by local musicians many nights in a smoke-free setting.

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