Sing, Sing, Sing

Lifesongs continues tradition of elder, songwriter collaborations 

We've written a number of times about Lifesongs, the program from the Academy for the Love of Learning that matches elder Santa Feans with local songwriters, dancers, lyricists, musicians, etc. to create unique compositions based on said elders' lives. It's a beautiful thing meant to honor those among us who have lived long and offered much, and even with a pandemic raging, the show must go on.

Enter Messages from the Heart: Intergenerational Connections, the newest installment of the long-running series, and one meant to foster a sense of empathy, not only for the Santa Feans who vulnerably allow songwriters to plumb the depths of their personal stories, but for all of us now faced with unprecedented levels of illness, anxiety, depression and so forth.

As it pertains to this week, Lifesongs will debut a new tune created by local singer-songwriter Martha Reich Braden in collaboration with longtime program worker Vanessa Torres McGovern. "You and Me, Forever and Always" was written alongside a local elder named Gloria, and in a special 30-minute Facebook performance this week, we'll learn more.

This runs alongside Lifesongs ongoing series of events, virtual concerts and Behind the Lifesongs mini-docs, which go deeper into how the songs are written, by whom and why.

Virtual attendance is free and heartily encouraged for anyone struggling with the way of the world right now. Sometimes a little positivity can go a long way—plus, old folks are adorable. (Alex De Vore)

Lifesongs Premiere: "You and Me, Forever and Always:"
6 pm Sunday, July 12. Free.
Register at

The Ninth Wonder

Courtesy Hugo Hagen

Isn't it weird there are pieces of music we just all know? Many of them are classical (hellllllo, public domain/no royalties), and there's a bit of a hierarchy to it. For example—y'all know Beethoven's Ninth, right? Of course you do. But what do you really know about it, save a vague melody? Not much, probably, but that's easily fixable with the Center for Contemporary Art's ongoing Living Room series, which, through the power of Zoom, welcomes director Kerry Candaele to screen his fascinating 2013 documentary, Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony. You'll learn how Beethoven composed while deaf, you'll hear from Candaele himself and the Santa Fe Symphony's Guillermo Figueroa might even give you a little insight into why the Ninth is such a beloved piece of music. Spoiler alert: because it's fucking awesome. (ADV)

CCA Living Room Series: Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony:
7 pm Friday, July 10. $12.

All That Jazz

Public Domain

If you absolutely must leave your home because you're craving the restaurant and live music experience, it seems the folks at Museum Hill Café heard your thoughts and answered. In addition to a totally stellar meal in beautiful environs high up on our city's most museumed-out hill, find Melanie Monsour and Paul Brown responsibly kicking out the jazz jamz from a minimum of 6 feet away. Will they be performing outside, you ask? But of course. "Being outdoors is the best," Monsour tells SFR, "and it's gorgeous up there at Milner's Plaza even when none of the museums are open!" She's not wrong, and a little smooth jazz might go a long way to calming the anxiety…y'know, depending on what kind of person you are. (ADV)

Melanie Monsour and Paul Brown:
11 am-2 pm Sunday July 12. Free.
Museum Hill Café,
710 Camino Lejo,

Ooh, Fashion!

Courtesy Facebook

Some of our friends have noted they're using this lockdown time to expand their intellectual repertoires by taking classes, and we think that's great—we've even got a suggestion. Indigenous Fashion: 1940s to Present is taught by the inimitably awesome Amber Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Nation), assistant professor of art history at the Institute of American Indian Art. The class is totally free and is your one-stop crash course to the world of fashions designed and executed by Indigenous designers over the last 70+ years. You'll get into the cultural, political and economic impact of the period's fashions and probably see some hot as hell looks while you're at it. Plan to attend Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the month, or even just once or twice. It'll be worth it. (ADV)

Indigenous Fashion: 1940s to Present:
Noon-1 pm Tuesday, July 14. Free.
Email to register.