Pair your denim with a tux jacket and mosey on down to the fourth annual Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Dance. Benefiting Horses for Heroes New Mexico—a local non-profit that provides horsemanship training, wellness and skill set restructuring via equine therapy to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Festivities include cocktails, a silent art auction and the toe-tappin’ jams of Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band. Gourmet grub, dancing, men in tight jeans and a good cause? Sign me up!
6 pm Friday, Dec. 13. $100. La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., 798-2535
Spread Holiday Beers
CoCopelli Chocolatier teams up with Duel Brewing for the best seasonal combo since Rudolph and fog, Cognac and eggnog, mistletoe and mono—the first-ever Chocolate and Beer Pairing. Think hand-crafted chocolates and bonbons directly inspired by Duel’s ale, coming together for flavors like almond paste dark chocolate truffle (which has Duel’s syrup for their Imperial Porter as the creamy center). A couple of these and, true to lore, visions of sugarplums will dance in your head.
3 pm Saturday, Dec. 14. $12. Duel Brewing, 1228 Parkway Drive, Ste. D, 699-6119
For some, holiday cheer comes in the shape of a 300-pound bearded man; if you’re like me, it comes in the form of a 7-foot, plus size drag queen. Yes, the gayest time of the year is here, and with it comes the fiercest show around: Silver Bellas, wherein local chanteuse, performer and reigning Miss Santa Fe Pride, Bella Gigante shines like the purdiest ornament around. “This ain’t your normal holiday show!” teases Gigante. We believe her.
8:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 14. $10, La Casa Sena Cantina, 125 E Palace Ave., 988-9232
Unwrap THIS Box
Mark your [advent] calendar for what is sure to be the most glamorous holiday happening in town, as the ladies of Jewel Box Cabaret return to the Maria Benitez stage. Just picture it: feathers, sequins and the hypnotizing smell of balls and pantyhose (Glade candle scent developers, take note). Along with riveting performances, the ever-giving Madame Marie Antoinette Du Barry tells SFR the night doubles as a toy drive for Santa Fe’s children in need. “It’s going to be a foamgina of fun,” Du Barry advances, adding that the evening is primed to deliver “fab show tunes and a night of dreams coming true!”
8:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 14. $10-$20. The Lodge, 750 N St. Francis Drive, 992-5800
Happening a day after the Christmas at the Palace and one day before Las Posadas, the Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale features the unique creations of the children and grandchildren of the talented Palace Portal artisans. Think that finicky person on your list really has everything? Think again.
10 am-4 pm, Sunday, Dec. 15. Free. Meem Community Room/History Museum classroom at the NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., 476-5200
A Very Zombie Christmas
Is the 24-hour A Christmas Story too vanilla for you? Head down the Jean Cocteau Cinema’s way on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 for an 11 pm screening of Christmas with the Dead—a feel-good movie filled with holiday charm, a mental hospital and the undead. Rumor has it, that just like that sly Santa, Joe R Lansdale—on whose short story the film is based—might drop by.
On Friday and Saturday Dec. 20 and 21, 1964’s Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (starring Pia Zadora as a Martian youth, no less) is projected. The premise? Theater manager Jon Bowman weighs in: “The children on Mars are all bummed out, so the Martian supreme council sends a raiding party to Earth to kidnap Santa and spread joy and goodwill on the Red Planet.” You know, traditional holiday stuff.
11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13-14 and 20-21. $7. Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave., 466- 5528
Flicks & Chopsticks
Family get-together’s not your thing? Well, you’re in luck as the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Flix & Chopstix: A Reel Jewish Christmas. The contradiction in terms kicks off with a mini Mel Brooks retrospective, that showcases two of his classics, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and concludes with the longstanding Jewish tradition of chowing down on Chinese food, courtesy of Yummy Café. Known for pushing the comedic envelope and crossing the boundaries of good taste, Brooks famously once said: “I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.”
2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 25. $18-36. CCA Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-1338