Off The Hill 05-24-12

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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.

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The Ojo Sarco Pottery Spring Celebration will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Daily demonstrations from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 505-689-2354 or send email to ojosarco@gmail.com.

Book signings

Working with Georgia O’Keeffe and learning the rustic ways of Northern New Mexico filled author Margaret Wood with memories that she shares in her newest book, “O’Keeffe Stories,” a limited edition production by the Press at the Palace of the Governors. Wood reads from the book at 6 p.m. Friday in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. The event is free and the books will be available for purchase at $225.

Linda Mae Valencia of Rio Rancho will sign her book, “God, the Angels and Me,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 542 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

Join author Michael McGarrity for a discussion of t he research underpinning his latest book, “Hard Country,” a novel documenting a family’s struggle to settle in the untamed territory of New Mexico. McGarrity will speak at 2 p.m. June 3 in the History Museum Auditorium and sign copies of his book afterward. The event is free with admission. Sundays are free to New Mexico residents. For more information, call 476-5200.


The Route 66 Casino Legends Theater presents Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $35-$65, are available at startickets.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 13th Annual Thirsty Ear Festival will be June 6-10 at Santa Fe Sol. Dozens of folk, blues, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, roots rock and world music artists will be featured all weekend. For more information, visit ThirstyEarFestival.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.

94Rock presents Scorpions with Tesla at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the Pavilion. Tickets, $15-$105, available at livenation.com.

Ford F-Series presents Toby Keith with Brantley Gilbert at 7 p.m. June 16 at the Pavilion. Tickets, $25-$85, available at livenation.com.

Phil Vassar will perform at 8 p.m. June 27 at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Tickets, $15-$100, available at ticketmaster.com.

The Beach Boys will perform at 8 p.m. July 6 at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Tickets, $40-$65, available at ticketmaster.com.
The Pavilion presents the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at 1:30 p.m. July 7. Tickets, $30-$95, are available at livenation.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. Saturday 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 7th Annual Festival of Local and Regional Contemporary Dance presents, “We Two Boys,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at N4th Theater, VSA North Fourth Art Center, 4904 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque. The performance is choreographed by Meshi Chavez and performed by Chip Sherman and Chavez, with original music composed and performed by Adrian Hutapea. At 8 p.m. June 1-2, Victoria Marks of Los Angeles will present an evening of film and dance, featuring short films, “Not About Iraq; Veterans; Men; Mothers and Daughters.” For more information, visit vsartsnm.org.


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.


The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Route 66 Casino Legends Theater presents, “The Reckoning,” Anne Sophie Mathis vs. Holly Holm at 8 p.m. June 15. Tickets, $25-$250, available at startickets.com.

Open house

The Couse Foundation is hosting its first Open House for 2012 from 5-7 p.m.  June 2 at 146 Kit Carson Road. Tour the historic studios of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp, two of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists and enjoy a stroll through Virginia Couse’s vintage garden. As part of the Kit Carson Road Artwalk, this is a free-admission event. For more information, send email to cyndeegustafson@mac.com or call 575-751-4308.

The Press at the Palace of the Governors invites the public to an evening of limericks with poet Stuart Hall at 6 p.m. June 1 in the Meem Community Room. The event is free and guests will receive a keepsake of one of Hall’s limericks printed at the Palace Press. Seating is limited. For more information, call 476-5200.


The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center presents free Friday talks in May. From 6-7 p.m. Friday, Barbara Arlen will present, “Mastering Color and Design.” Arlen’s 35 years of global color, product and textile consulting with the fashion and home furnishing industries has allowed her to constantly expand her expertise. For more information, visit evfac.org.

The Abiquiu Workshops has partnered with the Abiquiu Inn to create a new lecture series. The programs will be in the Galleria Arriba located upstairs at the Abiquiu Inn. The purpose of the program is to provide a setting for an exchange of creative ideas and knowledge as well as entertainment. The lectures will be at 7 p.m., beginning June 7 with “The Aesthetic of Rust,” installation house art by Larry Sparks. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call the Abiquiu Inn to reserve a seat at 505-685-4378.


“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. For more information, visit abiquiuworkshop.com or send email to info@abiquiuworkshops.com.