Off the Hill 11-8-12

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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.
Art openings

“Chairs Gone Wild!” will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs. This is a charity event with a portion of all sales benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The exhibit will run through Friday. For more information, call 575-829-3617.

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.


Brides Against Breast Cancer presents The Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns Charity Wedding Gown Sale from noon-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Brose through hundreds of name brand and designer wedding gowns while meeting top vendors in the wedding industry. Free general admission. Tickets required. To register and for more information, visit bridesabc.org.


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.


Canticum Novum, Santa Fe’s choral/orchestral chamber group will perform at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road, Santa Fe. Tickets are $20-30, or $15 for youth younger than 18 and full-time students. Purchase tickets at the Lensic Theater, at 988-1234, ticketssantafe.org or at the door (cash/check only) one hour before the performances.

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.


New Mexico Committee National Museum of Women in the Arts presents Elizabeth Clearwater, “Medicine Song Ceremonial Circle,” from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E #3. Ticket cost is $10, cash or check. RVSP only. Contact Judy Tully at judyktully@aol.com or 983-4337. For more information, visit newmexicowomeninthearts.org.


At 2 p.m. Nov. 18, 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.

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.

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 “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 “Rock of Ages,” Jan. 3-6. 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 Nov. 17. 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/.

A hand-picked faculty of New Mexico’s published authors who are also teachers will headline the 2012 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference through Saturday at Hotel Santa Fe. Registration information and a complete schedule is available at wordharvest.com.