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Off the Hill 12-27-12

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Art exhibits

Act I Gallery celebrates new gourd maidens by Nancy and Mark Hargis. The show runs through Dec. 31 at 218 Paseo de Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, visit ActOneGallery.com, or call 575-758-7831.

“New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas,” is on exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, through Jan. 5. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org.

Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

Art openings

“Long-Time Co-Conspirators,” opens with a reception and talk, at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show, featuring Karen Simmons and Jas Simmons, will be on display through Jan. 28.

“Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance,” opens Jan. 26 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. The exhibit will be on display through May 27. For more information, visit spanishcolonial.org.

Ballet

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Popejoy Hall. Tickets, “$20-$54, are available at UNM Ticket offices, popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com, or by phone at 877-664-8661.

Festivals

Join the Jemez Springs community for the annual Fire and Ice Festival at the Village Park in Jemez Springs, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 23. Enjoy a professional chainsaw carving exhibit, a chile cook-off and crosscut log sawing competitions. There will also be chicken poop bingo and many other activities. For more information, visit JemezSprings.org.

Film

Join Jack Loeffler, the “River Runs Through Us” artist-team, Bobbe Besold, Valerie Martinez, Dominique Mazeaud, Felicity Broennan, director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association and local poets at 7 p.m. Friday at CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe. A poetry reading and screening of “Chasing Ice,” James Balog’s documentary about climate change and disappearing glaciers, will be followed by dessert, conversation with Loeffler and the “Rivers Run Through Us” project. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or by calling 982-1338.

Miscellaneous

The Peking Acrobats bring their stunts to Popejoy Hall for the fourth consecutive year, at 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Tickets, $20-$39, are available at the UNM ticket offices, at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com. To charge by phone, call 877-664-8661.

Travelin’ Jack, award winning, pet-travel writer for New Mexico tourism industry, announces his new and latest pet-friendly project — a book showcasing pets and raising money for New Mexico Animal Welfare. This just-announced book “Terrie Q  and Travelin’ Jack’s Pet Friends” will be a collaborative effort to showcase photogenic pets of New Mexico (and beyond) as well as raise funds for Albuquerque City Shelter’s two non-profit organizations, Save Lucky Paws and Kennel Kompadres. The book is the brainchild of Paul Rhetts and Barbe Awalt of Rio Grande Press and is being created as a way to involve New Mexico pet owners in a way to showcase pet photos while helping animal welfare simultaneously. Anyone can enter their pet‘s photos for a fee of $5 per photo. That money goes directly to the two animal welfare groups, Save Lucky Paws and Kennel Kompadres. The photo entry phase runs through Jan. 15. People can submit as many photos as they wish. For more information, visit TerrieQPets.com.

New Year’s Eve

Welcome the new year at La Posada de Santa Fe with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live band, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Also, the SFCA Orchestra and Harlem String Quartet will perform at 5 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 984-8759 or visit ticketssantafe.org.

“A Toast to the New Year,” will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe; and at 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday at the Church of Holy Faith. For tickets, visit ticketssantafe.org/tsf, or call 988-2282 or 988-1234 for more information.

Opera

There will be free performances of Massenet’s “Cinderella,” with professional opera singers and SFCA EPIK artists at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, at the Scottish Rite Center, Santa Fe. For more information, call 984-8759 or visit ticketssantafe.org.

Performances

Sutton Foster, award-winning actor, singer, dancer and Broadway star will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 984-8759 or visit ticketssantafe.org.

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents “Mozart Holiday,” at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, at the St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Tickets:  $20-$65, are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office 988-4640, ext. 1000, or Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic 988-1234. Students $10; family tickets $12. For more information, visit santafepromusica.com.

Folk troubadour Greg Brown will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Tickets, $29-$39, can be purchased by calling 988-1234.

Taos Chamber Music Group presents “Moving On,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Taos Community Auditorium. Music includes “Different Trains” for string quartet and pre-recorded sound by Steve Reich. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door; and $12 for children younger than 16. For more information, visit taoschambermusicgroup.org.

Louis Lortie plays Wagner/Liszt, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 984-8759 or visit ticketssantafe.org.

Upcoming

Popejoy Hall presents “Rock of Ages,” Jan. 3-6. Tickets are on sale now at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

The Sixth Annual New Mexico Stampeded PRCA Rodeo comes to the Santa Ana Star Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Tickets, $15.50-$31.50, are available at the Santa Ana Star Center Box Office, online at comcasttix.com or by calling 888-694-4849.

The Harlem Globetrotters come to Albuquerque at 1 p.m. Feb. 3. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made. Visit harlemglobetrotters.com, to vote for the groundbreaking rules you want to see implemented in the game. Tickets, starting at $22, are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, unmtickets.com, at the Pit box office or by calling 505-925-LOBO.

Popejoy Hall presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” April 6-7. Tickets are on sale now at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.