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For events taking place during your visit, check Flagstaff Live (www.flaglive.com), a free weekly newspaper available at shops and restaurants downtown. The university has many musical and theatrical groups that perform throughout most of the year, and several clubs around town book a variety of live acts.

The Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen St. (tel. 928/556-1580; www.orpheumpresents.com), in downtown Flagstaff, gets the best of touring rock, folk, and country acts, so be sure to check the schedule while you're in town. In summer, also check out what's showing at Movies on the Square (tel. 928/853-4292; www.heritagesquaretrust.org), a free outdoor movie series shown at downtown Flagstaff's Heritage Square on Friday nights. There's live entertainment before the movies, as well as on Thursday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In addition, during the warmer months, regular outdoor concerts are performed at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park (tel. 928/774-0899; www.pinemountainamphitheater.com), which is located at exit 337 off I-17 south of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff has four good brewpubs. My favorite is the Beaver Street Brewery, 11 S. Beaver St. (tel. 928/779-0079; www.beaverstreetbrewery.com), described under "Where to Eat," above. This brewery also operates the Lumberyard Brewing Company Taproom and Grille, 5 S. San Francisco St. (tel. 928/779-2739; www.lumberyardbrewingcompany.com). Also try Flagstaff Brewing Co., 16 E. Rte. 66 (tel. 928/773-1442; www.flagbrew.com). Climb the stairs to the Wine Loft ★, 17 N. San Francisco St. (tel. 928/773-9463), a wine bar located above the Artists Gallery in downtown Flagstaff; if you're like me, you'll wish you had a place like this in your town. Local musicians play live several nights per week. I wouldn't think of leaving Flagstaff without hanging out here at least one evening. Also check out Cuveé 928, 6 E. Aspen Ave., Ste. 110 (tel. 928/214-9463; www.cuvee928winebar.com), a wine bar/bar right on Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff.

For a livelier scene, check out the Museum Club, 3404 E. Rte. 66 (tel. 928/526-9434), a Flagstaff institution and one of America's classic roadhouses. Built in the early 1900s and often called the Zoo, this cavernous log saloon is filled with deer antlers, stuffed animals, and trophy heads. There's live music (mostly country) on weekends.

Other places around town with live music include Charly's Pub, 23 N. Leroux St. (tel. 928/779-1919; www.weatherfordhotel.com), inside the historic Weatherford Hotel. This place has long been a popular student hangout featuring live blues and rock. For a mellower scene, see what's on the schedule at the Campus Coffee Bean, 1800 S. Milton Rd. (tel. 928/556-0660; www.flagcampuscoffeebean.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.