Prescott offers a full menu of artistic fare for the eyes and ears

The Frontier Days celebrations aren't the only things to do in Prescott this weekend.

Along with two theater productions and three art shows to see right away, visitors and residents alike can enjoy continuing events that add a depth of culture to Prescott that reaches far beyond its size.

Look for fairs and art shows on the Courthouse Plaza almost every weekend during the summer months. Artists and crafters from across the nation gather here to share their wares with wandering shoppers under shadows of the plaza's giant elms.

Frontier Days this weekend offers a colorful parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sammy Kershaw in concert at Willow Lake Saturday and the "World's Oldest Rodeo" through Tuesday. Information and tickets: 1-800-358-1888.

Dancing to live bands at bars and clubs around Whiskey Order and at Prescott Live! on Iron Springs Road is the order of the night every Thursday through Saturday and extends this weekend through Tuesday. See Friday's Courier for specific bands and locations.

Prescott also abounds with museums, art galleries and two colleges that offer a plethora of theater productions and entertainment programs.

For events happening this weekend, see the Courier's "Steppin' Out" listing published in Thursday's newspaper.

Other summer's line-ups include:

Yavapai College Performance Hall events:

• Prescott Summer Pops Orchestra at 3 p.m. July 16 and Aug. 6. Tickets $7.50 adults, students under 18 free.

• Missoula Childrens Theatre's "Sleeping Beauty," at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. $6 adults, $4 children.

• Gordon Lighfoot in concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

The Yavapai College Performance Hall is on the Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon St. Tickets are available at the Community Events Office in the Art Gallery of the performance hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by calling 776-2033.

'Tom McClure: Painting and Scupture" is the exhibit at the Yavapai College Art Gallery through Aug. 5. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 776-2031.

Sharlot Hall Museum:

Blue Rose Historical Theater: (Tickets are $5 at the door or at the museum gift shop).

• "Same Difference by the Tenderfoot Youth Theater," a play comparing the similarities between the fables of the world, is at 8:15 p.m. July 7, 8 and 7 p.m. July 9, in the outdoor amphitheater.

• "Till the Last Dog is Hung," the story of the hanging of the last white man in Prescott, is at 8:15 p.m. July 14, 15, 21, 22, and July 16 and 23 in the outdoor amphitheater.

• "Of Legends and Lovers: Doc and Kate," about the legendary Doc Holliday and his long-time lover "Big Nose" Kate, is at 8:15 p.m. July 28, 29, and 7 p.m. July 16, 23, in the outdoor amphitheater.

• "The Red Shawl Ladies," Aug. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, is about the suffrage movement in Prescott.

• "The Baron of Arizona," about the largest land swindle in the state's history, is Aug. 25, 26, 27, and Sept. 1, 2, 3.

• The annual Arizona Poets Gathering is Aug. 17 through 19 this year and features more than 100 working cowboy poets and their music; Desert Sons and Sons of the San Jacquin concerts and more. Tickets and schedules: 445-3122.

Exhibits:

• "Frontier Discovery Room" in the Governor's Mansion exhibits hundreds of items from daily life in 1865.

• "The View From Thumb Butte: The Changing Townscape of Prescott, Arizona, 1864-1997," explores the evolution of Arizona Territory's first capital and of Prescott's cultural strides and growth-induced controversies.

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St. Phone: 445-3122. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Prescott Fine Arts Association

The summer art exhibit is "Vision: Southwest" from June 19 through July 26. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

In addition to their art gallery below the theater on 208 N. Marina St., PFAA has a full schedule of theater productions during the year and summer repertoire in the summer.

This year's fall season begins Sept. 7 with "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Season information and tickets: 445-3286.

Smoki Museum

The Smoki Museum is at 147 N. Arizona St. Phone: 445-1230 for hours and current exhibits, as well as a Sunday lecture program.

Phippen Museum

• "CelebratingOur Land, Our People," an exhibit of photo enlargements of the majestic landscapes, ancient cultures, and fascianting people that make Arizona unique in the world, runs through July 16.

• "On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club," that goes from July 22 through Nov. 5, is a traveling exhibit of 64 impressionistic works by 47 members of the club.

The Phippen Museum is at 4701 Highway 89 North. Phone: 778-1385. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Tuesdays. Website: www.phippenmuseum.com