Off The Hill 06-07-12

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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.

“Other Views,” an exhibit of new work by Verne Stanford will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. June 29 at Mill Fine Art, 530 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.

“Boom Blooms, Bugs and Blossoms,” an exhibit featuring work by Cheri Reckers and Michael Ceschiat, will open with a reception from 5-8:30 p.m. July 6 at the Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show will be on display through July 27.

Book signings

Travis King will sign copies of his book, “Blessed are the Pure of Heart,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo.


The 13th Annual Thirsty Ear Festival will be through Sunday 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. today 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.


At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Donna Jewell will present, “The Tale of Natali,” choreographed by Jewell and performed by Natali Radelic of Croatia. All performances at N4th Theater/VSA North Fourth Art Center
4904 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque. 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.


Hop aboard the Button Wagon, a circus / theater performance of mixed up proportions and mind bending contortions. With Ember Bria, a button-addict cowboy boot wearing contortionist; and her quirky-counterpart, Matt “Poki” McCorkle, master of balance and object illusion. In each other, they discover a friendship in an unlikely setting of enlarged sewing implements and a dapper burlap rabbit. “Button Wagon” by Ember and Poki will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peñasco Theatre, N.M. 75, on the high road to Taos. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children on Saturday; and $10 and $5 for children on Sunday. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, visit penascotheatre.org.

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 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.


The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble will present, “A Spring Offering 2012” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave., Santa Fe. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Accessible seating is available. To purchase tickets, call 505-954-4922.

Guy Forsyth has adapted a diverse musical background in theatre, group and solo experiences and will perform at the KTAOS Solar Center June 23. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show and are available at the KTAOS Solar Center box office, La Bodega Fresca and The Coffee Spot in Taos. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult. For more information, visit KTAOS.com.


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 today 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.

Join painter and calligrapher Laurie Doctor for an illustrated lecture, “Landscape and Memory,” at 6 p.m. Friday in the History Museum Auditorium at the New Mexico History Museum Palace of the Governors. The event, part of the programming series for “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,” is free.

Photo-eye Gallery presents, “Protecting your rights as a photographer,” by Efrain Padro, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 13 at 376-A Garcia St. The lecture is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk by Dr. Thomas Antonio, president of NPSNM, science coordinator at IAIA and author of the book, “The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest.” The talk titled, “Sunflowers: History, Culture and Evolution,” will be at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at Morgan Hall in the State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail. Free parking is available in the Land Office parking lot. For more information, call Antonio at 505-690-5105 or email tom@thomasantionio.org. Meetings and talks are free and open to all.


“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.