Off the Hill 03-15-12

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The Spanish Colonial Arts Society presents a woodcarving workshop with Pete Ortega, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Participants will carve a series of three small animals, each requiring more practice, with Ortega’s guidance. Cost of the class is $75 for Society members and $90 for non-members and includes a $15 materials fee. All participants need to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information or reservations, call 982-2226.


Grammy Award winning rock group Chicago comes to Santa Ana Star Center at 8 p.m. today. Tickets, $26-$51 go on sale Friday at ComcastTIX.com or by calling 1-888-694-4849.

The 94 Rock Blarney Bash featuring Cheap Trick will be Saturday at Route 66 Casino Hotel’s Legends Theater. Tickets, $32-$70, are available at startickets.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Red, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $18-$35, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

Eddie Vedder will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Kiva Auditorium. Tickets, $75, are available at ticketmaster.com.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at The Pavilion. Tickets, $27-$97, are available at ticketmaster.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Tyga, at 7 p.m. March 21. Tickets, $25, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis Band, The Safety Fire and Today I Caught the Plague, at 7 p.m. March 30. Tickets, $16, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents The All-American Rejects and A Rocket to the Moon, at 8 p.m. March 18. Tickets, $22, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.


The New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors presents, “Illuminating the Word: Saint John’s Bible,” through April 7, 2012; “Contemplative Landscape,” through Dec. 31, 2012; “The Letter, the Word and the Book,” through April 15, 2012. The museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe.

The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens. Through Nov. 25, 2012, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. For more information, call 476-5200.


The Santa Fe Archaeological Society presents lecturer Roberto Nardi at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Courtyard Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe. For more information, call Ava Fullerton at 982-2846 or Diane Lenssen at 455-2444.


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet premieres a new ballet titled, “Square None,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets $20-$72, can be purchased at aspensantafeballet.com or by calling 988-1234.

Popejoy Hall presents the Celtic Tenors at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $19-$39, are available at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com, or by calling 877-664-8661.

The Grammy Award-winning Swingle Singers a cappella group will perform at the Lensic at 7:30 p.m. March 20. Tickets, $20-$72, are available at 988-1234 or ticketssantafe.org.

The works of more than 50 contemporary composers with ties to New Mexico will be featured at the 41st Annual John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium, March 22-31 in venues across Albuquerque and Santa Fe. For a full schedule of events, visit robbtrust.org.

Concordia Santa Fe presents, “Grounded” at 2 p.m. March 25 at St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, visit concordiasantafe.org or call 505-913-7211.

The New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors presents, “Preserving Ancient Books the Benedictine Way,” at 2 p.m. March 25. The event is part of the programming series for the exhibits, “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape.” There is no charge with museum admission and is free for N.M. residents.

The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a talk by Sarah Wood, manager of the Cerrillos Hills State Park. The talk titled, “Cerrillos Hills State Park and its Grassful Assets,” will be at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at Morgan Hall in the New Mexico State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail. Free parking is available in the Land Office parking lot. For more information, call Tom Antonio at 690-5105 or tom@thomasantonio.rog. Meetings and talks are free and open to all.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas presents the 2012 Winter Lecture Series, featuring John Barham at 7 p.m. March 29. He will present, “Speaking of Traditions: New Perspectives on Old Traditions” at the Santuario de Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe.

Clarifying Meditative Work — A Fresh Look. A workshop for people from
any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. They’ll explore directly
what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of their lives. They will also meet on Saturday and April 21. Seven-day retreat is the  first week of Dec. For reservations or more information, contact Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, at 505-281-0684 or visit cuttsreviews.com/meditation.


The Great Southwest Civitan District of New Mexico announces Autism Awareness Month. There will be an Autism Awareness banquet from 6-9 p.m. March 31 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. Cost is $30. Special guest will be Dr. Rajesh Kana, PhD, from the Civitan International Research Center. For more information, call Patsy Perkal at 505-299-5040 or email pperkal55@gmail.com.