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Out and About 12-22-11

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Art openings

Act I Gallery presents “Seasons of the Rio Grande,” a solo exhibition by Ken Daggett. There will be an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The show will continue through Feb. 17.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an exhibition celebrating the significance of the L.A. art scene from post-World War II year through the 60s and 70s. Artists included are John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Guy Dill, Sam Francis and Edward Ruscha. The show opens Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 17. A public reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.

Comedy

The Route 66 Casino present Paul Rodriguez at 8 p.m. Jan 14 at Legends Theater. Tickets are on sale at startickets.com.

Gabriel Iglesias will perform at 7 p.m. Jan 27 at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Ticket information is available at livenation.com.

Jeff Dunham takes his characters on his “Controlled Chaos” show, coming to the Santa Ana Star Center March 14, 2012. Tickets, $47.25, are on sale now and may be purchased at ComcastTIX.com or by calling 888-694-4849.

Concerts

Route 66 Casino presents the Mariachi Mystery Tour at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. General admission is $5.

Tool will perform at Tingley Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets, $47.50 and $57.50 are available at livenation.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Awolnation at 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets, $15, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Steve Aoki and Datsik at 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets, $30, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

The Sunshine Theater presents Social Distortion at 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets, $35, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.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. From Jan. 6-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.

Film

 “The Nutcracker,” is presented on film by director and choreographed by Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov and performed at the Royal Opera House by the Royal Ballet at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux St., Taos. Tickets are $12 for Alliance Members, $15 for non-members, $8 for children 12 or under; available at the admissions desk one month before the screening. This film is brought to the Harwood by Emerging Cinemas.

Performances

Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the KiMo Theater, Central and 5th Street, downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $15-$40, with a $5 for seniors (60 and older) and college students with current ID. Tickets are available at the KiMo Theater, 768-3544 or KiMoTickets.com.

Santa Fe Pro Musica performs “A Baroque Christmas,” from 6-8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Loretto Chapel, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail. Tickets, $15-$65 are available by calling 988-4640, ext. 1000 or 988-1234.

Concordia Santa Fe presents “The Nutcracker (Swing!),” featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew at 7 p.m. today at St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Tickets, $35-$50, are available at ticketssantafe.org or concordiasantafe.org, or call 505-795-9979.

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents pianist-conductor Joseph Illick, violinist Jackie Tso: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Saturday. Tickets are $20-$92. Call 984-8759 or 988-1234 for more information and tickets.

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Broadway star and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell in concert. Tickets are $20-$92. Call 984-8759 or 988-1234 for tickets and more information.

Santa Fe Pro Musica performs the “Complete Brandenburg Concertos” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at the St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Tickets, $15-$65 are available by calling 988-4640, ext. 1000 or 988-1234.

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Clair Huangci, pianist; Joseph Illick conducting the SFCA orchestra: Prokofiev Piano Concert No. 3, Beethoven Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $20-$92. Call 984-8759 or 988-1234 for more information and tickets.

The Santa Fe Concert Association will present a free community opera performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Opera present “The Med: Live in HD, Siegfried,” rescheduled to noon Jan. 14. All tickets from the canceled Nov. 5 performance will be honored. To purchase tickets, call 988-1234.

Catherine Donavon sings the Rosemary Clooney songbook at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St., Santa Fe. Tickets are available at the door for a minimum donation of $10. For reservations, call 986-1801.

Sing “Hi-De-Ho” and travel back to the era of zoot suits and jazz orchestras. Join the legendary music of Cab Calloway as led by his grandson Calloway Brooks, for one night only at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Popejoy Hall. Tickets, $19-$39, can be purchased at UNM Ticket Offices or by calling 1-877-664-8661.

NETworks Presentations presents a new production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “South Pacific,” making its Albuquerque debut Jan 20-22 at Popejoy Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Offices or by calling 877-664-8661.

Talks

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents, “The Anatomy of Controversy,” a series of talks. At 2 p.m. Dec. 28, Byron Johnson a social scientist at Baylor University will discuss how religion came to be a powerful antidote to crime. In his book, “More God, Less Crime,” he argues that increasing religiosity not only reduces crime, but also promotes beneficial behavior. At 6 p.m. Dec. 29, the Stanford Nobel Prize (physics 1998) winner Robert B. Laughlin will talk about his book, “Powering the Future — How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow.” Events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Collected Works Bookstore at 988-4226.

Upcoming

Cirque du Soleil presents “Dralion” at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho Feb. 29-March 4, 2012. Tickets, $35-$75 for adults; $28-$61 for children 12 and younger; and $31.50-$63 for military, seniors and students, are available at comcasttix.com or by calling 1-888-694-4849.

Workshops

Clarifying Meditative Work – A Fresh Look. A workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. They will explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of lives, not theoretically, but from a simple meditative listening. From 2-3:45 p.m. Jan. 14, and then continue to 5 p.m., for those who want to stay, at the Wat Center, 145 Madison NE, corner of Madison and Copper, east of Washington in Albuquerque. A donation of $2 is requested. They will also meet on Feb. 11, March 17 and April 21. 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.