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Performing Arts/ Books: July 4 - 10

July 4, 2007, 12:00 am
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BOOKS/LECTURES

SFR PICK  PAGAN HOLIDAY
Laurence Nee gives a talk titled "Are There Fairies in the Woods?"about William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The talk addresses the fairy-like sides of our nature, as well as the founding of ancient Athens and the nature of liberty-perfect for Fourth of July revels.
3 pm Wednesday, July 4. Free.
St. John's College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000

SFR PICK  PRETTY ON THE INSIDE
Linda Applewhite signs her new book, Architectural Interiors: Transforming Your Home with Decorative Structural Elements. Sure, the stucco might be cracked, the lawn parched, the windows as old as Eisenhower; just blindfold your guests in the driveway and wow them in the foyer.
5 pm Friday, July 6. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

SHE WORE BLUE***image2***
Bestselling author Javier Sierra of Spain visits Santa Fe as part of his national tour to promote his new novel, The Lady in Blue.
5 pm Monday, July 9. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

ORAL PLEASURES
Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the Hopi Office of Cultural Affairs, visits from Third Mesa, Ariz., to give a talk titled "The Cultural Essence of Hopi Oral Tradition."
6 pm Monday, July 9. $10.
Hotel Santa Fe, 1500 Paseo de Peralta, 466-2775

TALK BACK
Alex Richards grew up in Santa Fe; although now a New Yorker, she returns to launch her first book, Back Talk.
5 pm Tuesday, July 10. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

TWOFER
Susan Tichy, author of Bone Pagoda and Aaron Abeyta, whose book Colcha won the 2002 American Book Award for Poetry, give a shared reading and book signing.
7 pm Tuesday, July 10. Free.
Collected Works Bookstore, 208-B W. San Francisco St., 988-4226

SFR PICK  READING ACROSS THE LINES
Beverly Bell and Jeff Contant discuss "A World of Many Worlds: Crossing Borders through Literature." Both authors have worked at home and abroad to bring social justice and education to the impoverished.
7 pm Tuesday, July 10. Free.
Narrative Art Center, 1315 Luana St., 988-5185




DANCE

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>>>> PUNK TU-TU
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns from a 32-city national tour to present Time is the echo of an axe within a wood by Karole Armitage. Vanity Fair recently described Armitage as the "punk ballerina." Also on the program: 1st Flash by Jorma Elo, Whispers in the Dark by Edwaard Liang and the bouncy Sinatra Suite by Twyla Tharp  (see SFR Picks).
8 pm Friday-Saturday, July 6-7 and 2 pm Saturday, July 7. $18-$52.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234



MUSIC

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MEN OF SUMMER

The Men's Camerata offers its summer concert in the lush, retro environs of Santa Fe's newest emerging venue.
3 pm Wednesday, July 4. $10-$20.
Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta, 988-9802

SFR PICK  OPERA, SANTA FE STYLE
The 2007 season of The Santa Fe Opera features the usual five productions, ranging from Rameau to the American premiere of Tan Dun's acclaimed Tea: A Mirror of Soul. The Mozart this year is Così Fan Tutte, the Italian in the house is Puccini with his tale of star-crossed lovers, La Bohème (a better bet than Rent in a heartbeat), the Teutonic installment is Richard Strauss' Daphne and the silliness is Rameau's Platée, the tale of an ugly frog who intends to marry Jupiter. Opening night in the parking lot is a spectacle in and of itself, sort of an upscale Dead show featuring real, live wealthy folks hobnobbing side by side with tailgating Bohemians. The cheap seats for the entire season are sold out, but standing room is still available; there's no bad sightline in the miraculous opera theater. The parking lot opens at 5:30 pm, providing plenty of picnic and sunset time.
La Bohème: 9 pm Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday July 7.
Così Fan Tutte: Friday July 6. $53-$170.
The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Drive in Tesuque,
986-5900

SFR PICK  WONDER SONGS
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale joins the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Pro Musica to celebrate significant anniversaries. The Desert Chorale is launching its 25th season with a program called "Great Cathedral Music: Endless Wonder." The program features Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir, world premieres by Kirke Mechem and Bradley Ellingboe and other choral pieces from Palestrina to Osvaldo Golijov.
8 pm Friday, July 6 and 8 pm
Tuesday, July 10. $15-$50.
St. Francis Cathedral, 213 Cathedral Place, 988-2282

SFR PICK  CLASSY FOLK
Santa Fe Pro Musica launches its very first summer series with a program titled "Folk Focus," which highlights the intersections between folk and classical music. This event features works by WFE Bach, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Ernesto Cordero, Robert Beaser, Enrique Granados and Joseph Haydn, with special guest performer Eleanor Ranney, soprano.
8 pm Monday, July 9. $15-$60.
Loretto Chapel, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-1234




THEATER

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SFR PICK  PLAYERS OF FORTUNE
Theater Grottesco offers it's new production, the original, collaborative piece Fortune: The Rise and Fall of a Small Fortune Cookie Factory. A family-owned fortune cookie factory on the brink of bankruptcy hires a destitute novelist to be its new fortune writer. His pithy creations lead to fame and…fortune. The venue, the long-abandoned  Healy Matthews Building on Cerrillos Road, provides for a unique setting, the perfect complement to the ever-surprising Theater Grottesco approach. The production is a must-see and offers a performance of seamless variety and inspired craft. Post-show discussions with the cast are slated for Wednesday and Sunday performances; guest commentators will be on hand after Thursday performances.
8 pm Wednesday-Thursday, July 4-5. 5 pm
Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8. 8 pm
Tuesday, July 10. $10-$25; pay what you wish Tuesdays. Through July 29. Healy Matthews Building, 515 Cerrillos Road, 474-8400

SFR PICK  KISS KISS
Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman made a huge splash as a novel and a 1985 film starring William Hurt (who won the Best Actor Oscar) and Raul Julia. The Santa Fe Playhouse and The Human Rights Alliance co-produce this version, with Wayne Cote and Angelo Jaramillo in the lead roles, as part of Santa Fe Pride. A production was originally scheduled for a past season, but was shelved due to inability to cast the play. Kiss is set in fascist Argentina, where gay men are sent to prison and political protest is a death sentence. Kiss demands much from cast and audience alike, but pays off in deeply moving truths unfettered by mawk.
8 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7. 2 pm
Sunday, July 8. $12-$15, donation Sundays.
Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St., 988-4262

MADRID MINES MELODRAMA
It's back. The Madrid Melodrama, this year a fun-filled sing-along with the wacky title, Bloodlines, or Hanged in Their Own Family Tree, continues a unique local tradition.
3 pm Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8. $5-$12.
Engine House Theater, State Highway 14, Madrid, 438-3780

SFR PICK  NO ORDINARY JO
For the 25th consecutive year, Joe Hayes tells stories. Hayes has a distinctive bilingual approach in Spanish and English, and specializes in Southwestern tales from Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures. The outdoor setting (weather permitting) in the cool evenings makes for the perfect backdrop to Hayes' mesmerizing tales.
7 pm Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8. Free.
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
704 Camino Lejo, 982-4636

 

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