Off The Hill 11-15-12

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Art openings

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up Nov. 30-Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

“Metal and Mud — Iron and Pottery” features the work of 10 Spanish Market artists working in the media of iron and micaceous clay. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, 750 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill. There will be gallery talks by the artists between 2-4 p.m.

“Pentti Sammallahti —Here Far Away,”opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe.

The 30th Annual Invitational Theme Show, “Universal Expression, Change,” opens with a reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Weyrich Gallery/The Rare Vision Art Galerie, 2935 D, Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

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 Santa Fe Archaeological Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 3347 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announces a series of events from Nov. 14-17 to celebrate O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday. Events will include a screening of the award-winning short film, “Bone Wind Fire,” free admission to the museum, cooking demonstrations on desserts and cakes popular in New York and New Mexico, during O’Keeffe’s lifetime, an illustrated lecture by O’Keeffe biographer Roxana Robinson, a jazz concert featuring Grammy award-winner Karrin Allyson and more. For more information, visit okeeffemuseum.org.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is offering artists the opportunity to submit work for jurying into the Traditional Spanish Market of Santa Fe, Feb. 2. Artists must be Hispanic and have traceable roots in New Mexico. All artwork must use traditional Hispanic methods, materials and iconography. Guidelines are available upon request. For more information, visit spanishcolonial.org, call 992-8212, ext. 111. Applications are due by Jan. 25.

The Taos Chamber Music Group’s 20th anniversary season continues Saturday and Sunday, at 5 p.m. at the Harwood Museum. A program called “Old Friends” includes Chan Ka Nin’s “Among Friends,” David Lang’s “Sweet Air” with a film by Jake Magee, Philippe Gaubert’s “Medaille Antiques” and Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Trio, opus 8.” Tickets - $20 in advance; $22 at the door; $12 for children younger than16. For more information, visit taoschambermusicgroup.org.

“Chanticleer: An Orchestra of Voices,” featuring Grammy award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble of 12 men singing as one voice, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the St. Francis Cathedral. Tickets are available at ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.

Experience a night of music with award-winning a cappella group, New Directions Veterans Choir. The group includes veterans who have overcome challenges with homelessness, incarceration and addiction. They come to Popejoy Hall at 8 p.m. Dec. 7.  Tickets are $20-$39 and can be purchased at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

The Romeros with Massimo Paris and Concerto Málaga, a virtuoso string ensemble from Spain and world-renowned guitar quartet present a Holiday Concert at St. Francis Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are available at ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, an opening reception for “Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May,” will feature a lecture by Hans Grunert, curator of the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. There will be refreshments in the lobby at 3 p.m. For more information, call 476-5200.

“Sesame Street Live” comes to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho at 7 p.m. Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets, $15, $18 and $26, on sale now by calling 505-891-7319  or 888-694-4849.

Danú brings Albuquerque a glimpse into Ireland’s Christmas traditions. Danú returns to ring in the holiday season in true Irish fashion for one performance at 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets, $20-$44, are available at  popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

Supermercado El Mezquite presents Joan Sebastian live in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Santa Ana Star Center. Tickets, $23.75-$93.75 are on sale at comcasttix.com or by calling 888-694-4849.

Ring in the holiday season with Mariachi Christmas, featuring Mariachi Jalisciense del Valle and Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte. Tickets, $20-$39, are on sale now at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine opens Dec. 9 at the Museum of International Folk Art, with “World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más.” The exhibit runs through Jan. 14. “New World Cuisine” explores how foods around the world developed from mixing the old and the new and how many dishes and desserts came to be associated with New Mexico. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org or call 476-1200.

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.

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.

Popejoy Hall presents “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from May 22-June 2. Tickets are on sale now at  popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

Clarifying Meditative Work — A Fresh Look. A workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. They’ll explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of their lives, not theoretically, but from a simple meditative listening that includes others. They will meet Saturday. Seven-day retreat is the first week of December. For more information or reservations, contact Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, at 281-0684 or cuttsreviews.com/meditation/.