Put down those bath beads—no one wants those for Christmas. Instead, pick up some one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork for the loved ones left on your list. Neighboring galleries Matrix Fine Art and New Grounds Print Workshop (3812 Central SE, Suites 100 A and B) invite you to their holiday show and sale. The reception on Friday, Dec. 11, goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Artwork is priced from $25 and up. For more information on these galleries and this event, go to newgroundsgallery.com or matrixfineart.com.
The NMSO Is Back!
Labor negotiations between the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and its players have concluded, and while this has resulted in a reduced salary for the performers, it also means that the 76-year-old NMSO can continue its mission of providing our state with top-notch music and programming. The first gig since the band got back together is the annual A Very Merry Pops, conducted by Matt Catingub, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Popejoy Hall. The matinee show begins at 2 p.m., and the evening performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $60 and can be had at the NMSO Box Office (4407 Menaul NE), at nmso.org, or by calling 881-8999. As they'll be joined by the Manzano Day School Chorus, special student prices are available, with 20 percent off tickets. Or, try the student rush beginning 90 minutes before the show, when a student ID gets you in for $8. Glad you're back, NMSO.