By Steven Robert Allen
Catch them when they're young ... and cheap. Many singers in the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program have gone on to impressive national careers. Actually, this season, eight former SFO apprentice singers have come back to Santa Fe to perform principle roles in main stage productions.
Lonely Planet at the Vortex Theatre
By Steven Robert Allen
On some days, Carl works as a reporter for a supermarket tabloid. On others, he's the official plant waterer for a corporation. On still others, he's a crime scene investigator, an art restorer or a technician at an auto glass repair shop.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
By Katy June-Friesen
When Albuquerque native Steven Michael Quezada moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and comedy, he couldn't land a gig or find an agent. He thought no one wanted to talk to a skinny Chicano from Albuquerque. He wondered if he might be on his way to becoming homeless, and he sat down to write a play about this fear. Quezada's play, Homeless, was first performed in Albuquerque 10 years ago, and it's likely Quezada's commentary on society's pressures and expectations are still relevant. The play is not only written by Quezada—he's also the actor. Homeless opens on Thursday and runs through August 7. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors/NHCC members. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and the NHCC box office. For more info, call 724-4771 or got to nhcc.org.
Peace: The Monologues
By Katy June-Friesen
Sixteen teenage girls from Israel and Palestine have been attending a peace camp this month in Glorietta. Supported by Project Life Stories/Project World Stories and Creativity for Peace, the girls have been using art and dialogue to develop life stories through a therapeutic monologue process. On Thursday, July 21, the girls will present their autobiographical monologues to an audience. Photographs of the girls—who are Muslim, Christian and Jewish—and their artwork will also be presented. Music will be by Donald Rubinstein. The Sweeney Center is at 201 W Marcy in Santa Fe. $15 general, $25 for seats in the first 10 rows. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office, (505) 988-1234. For more information, call (505) 466-0007.
Build It and They Will Come
Review by Steven Robert Allen
Religious Architecture in Hispano New Mexico
Godless liberals might not like to admit it, but it's impossible to deny that religion has been responsible for many and possibly even most of humanity's most impressive artistic achievements. You can argue that the Big Guy doesn't exist, but you can't legitimately argue that belief in Him—or She or Them, depending on your particular bent—hasn't led to some astounding creations. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The pyramids. The Hagia Sophia. The Pieta. Chichén Itzá. And those are just a few of the more obvious works of timeless genius. Trust me, it's a long list.
Ice, Ice Baby
Review by Kane S. Latranz
Canadian author Deborah Jackson holds a science degree and is a skilled writer with an impressive imagination. That said, her debut adult science fiction novel, Ice Tomb, clearly adheres to the sensibility of modern fiction publishing. That sensibility, interchangeable with big budget Hollywood, requires the plot to undergo more twists than the dough in an apple strudel. While diverting, this can tax the suspension of disbelief and runs the risk of insulting the intelligence of your readers, unless they happen to be so entertained by the plot acrobatics that they don't snap to the believability factor.
Eat, Drink and Be Charitable
By Megan Reneau
Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
By Maggie Grimason
A personal and political response to the deaths of unarmed black people, examining the long tenuous relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.
Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace and Persia
By August March
A performance featuring the Iranian Santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.
Looking Around: Photographs and Narratives Reception
By Taylor Grabowsky
Photographs and writings of people, places, and things gleaned from artist Martha Heard's travels. Runs through 4/28.
Fiftieth Anniversary Concert for UNM’s Pipe Organ
By Joshua Lee
Internationally acclaimed organist Maxine Thévenot performs on one of the largest organs in NM, the Holtkamp.
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