Off The Hill 05-17-12

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Art openings

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the exhibition of James Harvard, “Staying Ahead of the Beast.” This exhibit spans 40 years of painting with an emphasis on his “Abstract Illusionist” era, featuring paintings, archival boxes and sculptures dating from the late 1970s to 2012. The show opens June 29, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at 435 S. Guadalupe St.

Book signings

Meet Belinda Vasquez Garcia, Albuquerque author of an historical fiction series, the first novel of which takes place in Madrid during the Roaring 20s and Great Depression. Vasquez Garcia will sign copies of “The Witch Narratives: Reincarnation,” from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Heart of the Lotus Gift Bazaar in Santa Fe Place Mall. There will also be a reading.

Rosemary Zibart, author of “True Brit Beatrice ~ 1940,” will sign her book at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beehive Books, 328 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe.


Judy Tenuta brings her comedy show to the Maria Benitez Cabaret at the Lodge, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $35, are available at ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at Sol Santa Fe, 37 Fire Place. Tickets are available through the Lensic Box Office by calling 988-1234. For more information, visit ThirstyEarFestival.com.

Jane’s Addiction will perform at 8:30 p.m. May 30 at the Kiva Auditorium. Tickets, $48, are available at ticketmaster.com.

Primus will perform at 8 p.m. June 5 at the Kiva Auditorium. Tickets, $42, are available at livenation.com.

The B-52s will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Tickets, $15-$40, are available at ticketmaster.com.


The school of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico present the 2012 Annual Spring Recital at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 26 at The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 in the orchestra and mezzanine and $20 in the balcony. They can be purchased at The Lensic, 988-1234, or ticketssantafe.org.


The New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors presents, “Contemplative Landscape,” through Dec. 31, 2012; “The Letter, the Word and the Book,” through Sunday. 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.


“Clarifying Meditative Work — A Fresh Look,” is a workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. We’ll explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of our lives, not theoretically, but from a simple meditative listening. The workshop will be at 3:45 p.m. Saturday 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. There is a $2 donation. They will also meet June 9. The seven-day retreat is the first week of December. For reservations and information, contact Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, at 505-281-0684 or visit cuttsreviews.com/meditation/.


Friends of Coronado Lecture Series present Dr. David E. Stuart, a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. The cost is $5 for adults; students and members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument are admitted free. For more information, contact Gary Williams, program chairman, at 505-792-4851.


“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.


“Honor the Stone — Honor Your Vision,” an escape to enchanted New Mexico will be June 18-22 at the Abiquiu Inn. Join a group of participants in a hands-on workshop retreat. The workshops offer a five-day retreat for artists and writers, led by nationally acclaimed artist-instructors. Instruction is designed for amateurs to emerging and professional artists. Register before April 18. For more information, visit abiquiuworkshop.com or send email to info@abiquiuworkshops.com.