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Off The Hill 03-22-12

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Arts and crafts fairs

The Spiders’ Market — a Fiber Arts Sale presented by Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Admission and parking is free.

Book sales

The 21st Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair will be from 5-9 p.m. April 6 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7 at the University of New Mexico’s Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd., Albuquerque. Dealers of used, out-of-print and rare materials from across the Western states will participate. They will offer books, maps, photos, prints, postcards and other printed collectibles in diverse subjects. Admission for both days is $6 and $2 for Saturday only. Free parking will be available both days. For more information and an admission discount coupon, call Alan Shalette at 505-291-9653 or send an email to AlShal@unm.edu. For more information, visit unm.edu/~alshal/aabf.html.

Book signings

Vicky Kress will sign copies of her book, “I Didn’t Come Here to Lose,” at 1 p.m. March 31 at Tribes Coffee House, 3470 Zafarano Dr., Santa Fe.

Concerts

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. April 2. Tickets, $22, 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.

104.1 presents EdgeFest 2012 featuring Incubus and Cage the Elephant and more at 2 p.m. April 28 the Pavilion. Tickets, $25-$75, are available at livenation.com.

Weird Al Yankovic performs at the Kiva Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 30. Tickets, $25-$49 are available at livenation.com.

Exhibits

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, 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.

Performances

Concordia Santa Fe presents, “Grounded” at 2 p.m. Sunday  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.

Spring Swing: Anita O’Day Tribute Concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. Tickets, $20 are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents Rachel Podger performing the “Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin,” at 7:30 p.m. April 3-6 at the Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe. Tickets, $15-$65, are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office by calling 988-4640, ext. 1000 or 988-1234.

Popejoy Hall presents The Manhattan Transfer at 8 p.m. April 7. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble has achieved worldwide sales in the millions and has performed to countless sold-out international tours. Tickets, $39-$59 are available by calling 877-664-8661.

Encore! Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature live violin accompaniment by Ari Isaacman-Beck. Tickets can be purchased by calling 988-1234 or visiting aspensantafeballet.com.

Presentations

“The Need to Return: Four Writers no Family Heritage,” will be from 3-4 p.m. April 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 W. Barcelona Road. The presentation draws together four authors with stories about their ancestors, family and heritage. Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Talks

The New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors presents, “Preserving Ancient Books the Benedictine Way,” at 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

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.

St. John’s College presents “Antiquity as a Political Project,” as part of the Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series at 3:15 p.m. March 28 in the Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center. Frank Pagano, tutor at St. John’s College will concentrate on the contributions of Aeschylus, Herodotus and Sophocles. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Ron Sharp, professor of English at Vassar College will give “The Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature” at 8 p.m. March 30 in the Great Hall, Peterson Center, St. John’s College, Santa Fe. The event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming

“Batman Live, Crime-Fighting Arena Spectacular,” is coming to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio  Rancho Oct. 17-21. Tickets, starting at $19.50 are on sale at comcastix.com or by calling 888-694-4849.

Workshops

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.

Misecellaneous

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, from the Civitan International Research Center. For more information, call Patsy Perkal at 505-299-5040 or email pperkal55@gmail.com.