Feel the Pride

We know that many of you have been celebrating Pride throughout the month, but with this weekend comes the gathering-party-music-fun aspects of the annual celebrations, and the gatherings are looking mighty fine.

"It's been a part of my life for 11 years and I'm kind of speechless about it," says Doug Nava, the outgoing president of the Human Rights Alliance, the organization that puts on the events. "I'm a part of history and I'm never going to turn my back on the organization, but it's time for someone else to take over."

The festivities kick off Friday night at 6 pm with the Closet Ball, an event that finds four drag queen newbies taking the stage at The Lodge for the first time, and half the proceeds go to the Southwest Care Center. The following morning, Pride itself begins with an 11 am parade from the PERA Building down to the Plaza where there will be music, food, information, guest speakers, performances and more. At around 10 pm Saturday night, the afterparty takes over The Palace with DJ Oona rocking the dance jams and proceeds going to the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association. Finally, on Sunday, attendees can take it back The Lodge for a decidedly more relaxed pool party with proceeds going to Los Alamos' burgeoning Pride celebrations, though Nava cautions there are a limited number of tickets available during the previous day's Pride on the Plaza.

"We're being very generous this year, considering we could always use that money," Nava says, "but it all comes back to you tenfold, I like to say—I'm sad, I'm happy, I'm probably every emotion you can think of."

Let that idea of reciprocity guide you as well, Santa Fe, as you party with Pride, love and understanding. Plus, there'll be some pretty killer outfits, so … score. (Alex De Vore)

Closet Ball:
6 pm Friday June 29. $10.
The Lodge at Santa Fe,
750 N St. Francis Drive,

Santa Fe Pride Parade:
11 am Saturday June 30. Free.
Starts at the PERA Building,
1120 Paseo de Peralta.

Santa Fe Pride:
12:30-5:30 pm Saturday June 30. Free.
Santa Fe Plaza,
100 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Pride Afterparty:
10 pm Saturday June 30. $10.
The Palace Saloon,
142 W Palace Ave.,

Pride Pool Party:
1 pm Sunday July 1. $10.
The Lodge at Santa Fe,
750 N St. Francis Drive,

A Hill Not Too Far

Courtesy Ryan Montaño

While we're all talking about the many outdoor events going down this summer, add Music on the Hill to the agenda. The annual Wednesday night bring-a-blanket music-a-thon takes over the athletic field at St. John's College, and this week find celebrated trumpet master and composer Ryan Montaño getting jazzy. Montaño merges influences like jazz and soul into the types of stunning compositions that have placed him in headlining slots at national jazz fests, piping through your radio and firmly into the hearts and minds of jazz fans. Note also that there's a free shuttle service from the PERA building (PERA Building, 1120 Paseo de Peralta, and look for the Santa Fe Pick-Up)—y'know, so you don't have to worry about parking. (ADV)

Music on the Hill: Ryan Montaño: 
6 pm Wednesday June 27. Free.
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca,

So Dirty

Courtesy @dirtyprojectors

Though Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth may have famously taken the band into the solo realm (don't worry, we hear there are plenty of collaborations on the horizon) after his breakup with fellow band member, singer Amber Coffman, his songwriting is strong as ever. Case in point: the upcoming full-length, Lamp Lit Prose, out this July. On the first single, "Break Thru," Longstreth presides over a delightfully upbeat and poppy rhythm and beat punctuated by as pleasing a kicky guitar lick as can be. "Break Thru" sounds like Paul Simon visited the future or something, and though Longstreth may be working through the things and feeling all the feelings, it really just means we're in for some great jams. (ADV)

Dirty Projectors:
7 pm Thursday June 28. $20-$25.
Meow Wolf,
1352 Rufina Circle,

Special Screening

Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art

The Museum of International Folk Art's exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru primarily features the screen prints of Lima-based collective Amapolay, which combine traditional Indigenous imagery and modern political statements for edgy images in buzzy neon colors. Amapolay founders Carol Fernández and Fernando Castro have traveled to Santa Fe to collaborate with local screen printers, and the resulting images will be available on free posters or to print onto your own shirts and bandanas you can bring to the Railyard on Saturday evening or to MOIFA on Sunday. Saturday also features a chicha concert from La Chamba, and Sunday features gallery talks—and both days give you a chance to buy badass political art from Amapolay at pop-up shops. (Charlotte Jusinski)

Amapolay in Santa Fe:
6 pm Saturday June 30. Free.
Railyard Plaza, Market and Alcaldesa Streets;
1-4 pm Sunday July 30. $6-$12 (free to New Mexico residents).
Museum of International Folk Art,
706 Camino Lejo,