Mayoral announcements. A prez who gets up in front of the UN and practically declares nuclear war. A brand-new H&M at the mall. It's been nuts lately, and we can all be forgiven for feeling a little down in the mouth. The remedy? Weekend outings and fun stuff to do! We'll bring the suggestions, you make the decisions. Let's all just regroup and try to do better on Monday.

Landscape painter Kenney returns to Santa Fe with a show featuring his signature aspen tree works, known for their brilliant colors. His oil paintings bring life to the aspen groves he paints, often en plein air. This show also includes a series with new subjects, including owers, oak trees and cloudscapes. Kenney’s use of color and layered paint textures create landscapes with incredible depth, transporting the viewer into the scene. Through Oct. 2.

Students from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design present a musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Celebrate the talented students of SFUAD, not to mention the wit and genius of musical theatre's most influential artist. Tickets are free, but reserve a seat, because the Playhouse can only fit 99 folks per night.

These dudes are the only cover band we will actually pay double digits to go see at a bar. All the best songs from "Luck Be A Lady" to "Thrift Shop." Sounds dumb, actually is amazing.


The Smithsonian is partnering with art spaces around the country for Museum Day Live, which gets you in for free! A ticket is available for download at smithsonian.com/museumday—visitors who present the ticket will gain free entrance for two at the CCA to check out Tom Joyce's Everything At Hand.

This daylong Steampunk festival has a Wizard of Oz theme. Beware the Witches and keep an eye out for the Munchkins. Peruse Merchant’s Row for garb, gear and gadgets. Day time activities include live entertainment, a Murder Mystery LARP, workshops and costume contest with prizes!

The Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band helps celebrate Rising Stars in the Southwest, which helps young folk develop their personal leadership skills and begin to set goals and directions for their lives beginning at an earlier age.


The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, the Museum of International Folk Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian are all free! Featuring live music by the Varsity Marimba Band from the Academy for Technology and the Classics; and, from 1-4 pm, run to the hands-on art-making for ages 3 to 103 making notched and layered paper photo frames. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts is hosting a pig roast ($12 for all you can eat!) and don't miss even more awesome stuff all over the hill.

Join in with an interactive African drumming program led by Akeem Ayanniyi, a ninth-generation practitioner of the Yoruba talking drum. Akeem engages kids and adults in conversation about the continent of Africa, framed within his own personal story about growing up as a drummer in Nigeria. In addition to stories and song, he demonstrates the traditional talking drum, ashiko, djembe and bata drums.

The ticket price gets you a reception and one film, so choose wisely. Tonight's reception features Champagne Perrier Jouet, Flora Springs and Coppola Director's Cut wineries.

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