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We’re All Mad Here

Practice your mini-golf swing with the Cheshire Cat

July 12, 2017, 12:00 am

Tumble down the rabbit hole and join the May Center for Learning over two days of mini-golf in the Railyard Park. This week, students transform the park from Southwest garden-scape to magical wonderland golf course inspired by Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. Golfers can enjoy Wonderland references with themed greens like “Through the Looking Glass,” “The Queen’s Croquet Match” and, of course, “The Cheshire Cat.”

The 10-hole course opens on Friday afternoon at the Bring-the-Kids Gala with mini-golf, food, drinks, prizes and more. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for the May Center, with ticket sales going towards the center’s satellite tutoring programs around Santa Fe. For you avid golf fans out there, keep the game going with Happy Gilmore at 8 pm, which plays as part of the Railyard Park Summer Movie Series. Dinner, a movie, and mini-golf? What more could you want on a summer evening?

The festivities continue on Saturday morning when the course is free and open to the public. And, if themed mini-golf isn’t enough for you, enjoy a little theater with your game. May Center students are scheduled to entertain golfers with performed excerpts from Alice in Wonderland in costume—it wouldn’t be a party without costumes, right? And if that still isn’t enough for you, maybe a prize would change your mind? Whether you’re a champ or a chump on the golf green, all players have a chance to win with prizes like lowest score and “Maddest Golf Hat.” (Sounds like you should come dressed for tea, too.)

Don’t fret if you don’t have all the trappings of a mini-golf superstar, though, because the May Center’s got you covered. “This is the golf event different for the City Different created by students different,” May Center Executive Director Amy Miller tells SFR. “They’ve used their imaginations and ingenuity to craft something that is new and inclusive, rather than exclusive; our event motto is ‘No Clubs? No Cart? No Course? No Problem!’” So bring your kids and your A-game to the Railyard and take a trip through Wonderland. It’s sure to be a mad time. (Lauren Thompson)

The Mad Hatter’s Tee Party
Noon-6 pm Friday July 14; 9 am-2 pm Saturday July 15.
Ticket prices vary;
donations suggested.

Happy Gilmore Screening
8 pm Friday July 14. Free.
Both events at Railyard Park,
Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe St.,

Guitar You Ready?!

Chiang Pang Fei
Good news, fans of intricate and baffling guitar styles—Roberto Capocchi and Mohit Dubey are here with a tour of fingerboard excellence. Capocchi is, of course, a longtime local favorite who draws from classical and international styles with beautiful aplomb. Dubey, meanwhile, is the young upstart, a natural talent whose age belies his skill in a way that would be almost maddening if he weren’t so skilled. Gorgeous, we think, is the right word to use for both players—and if baroque, Arabic and classical are your styles (and that’s only naming a few), this is your don’t-miss show this week. (Alex De Vore)

Roberto Capocchi and Mohit Dubey:
7:30 pm Friday July 14. $20.
GiG Performance Space,
1808 Second St.,


Courtesy Grupo Fantasma
Austin, Texas, has quite the little music scene going down—but for a band residing there to really make waves, they must set themselves apart in a sea of talent. Grupo Fantasma, of course, has that covered in spades with their Grammy-winning Latin funk sounds and a staggering nine-piece killer live show. This is music that respects tradition but breaks new ground, an enticing reminder of the Latin roots that came before and a simultaneous vision of the genre’s future—all from a completely independent act. Local Latin jazz/rock act Nosotros opens, and we couldn’t think of a better combo for Latin music lovers. (ADV)

Grupo Fantasma with Nosotros:
8 pm Saturday July 15. $20-$24.
Meow Wolf,
1352 Rufina Circle,

Farmer’s Tan

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The Southside knows how to host its own Farmers Market and proves it tenfold with El Mercado del Sur, a massive afternoon event featuring all the veggies and fruit you can handle plus health screenings, demonstrations, a bouncy house for the kids and much more. Seems it isn’t just those downtowners who want fresh honey and gigantic tomatoes. El Mercado del Sur also offers arts workshops and affordable meals. We’d add as well that the later-in-the-day start time does wonders for our confidence in getting quality items without waking with the sun, and that we love living in a town where the farming types can ply their wares in more than one neighborhood. (ADV)

Santa Fe Farmers Market: El Mercado del Sur:
3-6 pm Tuesday July 18. Free.
Plaza Contenta,
6009 Jaguar Drive,


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