Envision the spirited festivals of the small villages that dot Eastern Africa. Red dirt under dancing bare feet. Brightly-colored clothing clad in beads, shells and feathers. Drums and songs and bright smiles from everyone.
Now imagine you didn’t have to take a 16-hour flight to see all this. If dinner and a movie are becoming too commonplace for your Valentine’s weekend, or if you need to travel to forget about the holiday, consider a trip to Santa Fe’s Greer Garson Theater (1600 St. Michaels Dr.) to experience international performing troupe the Spirit of Uganda.
The show, which is tomorrow at 7pm, is a 2-hour folkloric musical and dance performance featuring the group’s 21 performers, all 12 to 20 years old. The performance is produced by Empower African Children, a nonprofit that benefits the youth of Uganda.
The cast and some of the crew have benefited from the organization as either orphans or at-risk youth; these include Santa Fe University alumni Peter Kasule. “I have always wanted to leave a mark in every community, and this is a great opportunity for me to be back in Santa Fe,” Kasule said. “Long live the arts.” Tickets, available at ticketssantafe.org, are $25 and benefit Empower African Children. Greer Garson Theater, Santa Fe • Sat Feb 15 • 7-9pm • $25 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Die Roten Punkte are ready to rock their lipstick-smeared, white-painted faces off for your viewing pleasure. The irreverent loudmouths behind impossibly catchy tracks like “Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter (I Am A Lion)” and “Burger Store Dinosaur” are bringing their show Super Musician to Tricklock Company’s celebrated Revolutions Festival tomorrow night and Saturday night at 8pm. Combining cabaret, Kraftwerk and “Flight of the Conchords” with a healthy dose of family dysfunction, Die Roten Punkte’s farcical Europop shtick has endeared them to fans across the globe.
If they remind you of the White Stripes, it’s not exactly an accident—their band name translates to “the Red Dots,” and Astrid and Otto claim to be orphaned siblings from Germany. Melodramatic and improbable origin story, check! Catch Die Roten Punkte at UNM’s Experimental Theatre X (inside Popejoy at 203 Cornell SE) starting Friday. Tickets are $20 (youth/student/senior) and $25 (everyone else); see tricklock.com/revolutions for more info. UNM's Experimental Theatre, Center for the Arts • Fri Jan 17 • 8pm • $20-$25 • View on Alibi calendar
When a festival’s mission is to unite live chamber music by virtuoso musicians with classical ballet by masters of their art, it becomes almost redundant to say the theme is “The Spirit of Romance.” But I guess “Romance Oozing Out Our Pores” didn’t strike the right tone. The seventh annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival dances its romantic heart out at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) tonight through Sunday, to the strains of Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Massenet and Dvorak. Mexico’s Compañia Nacional de Danza and La Catrina String Quartet with pianist Jacquelyn Helin combine their considerable powers to present four pieces, including two world-premiere ballets. Regular seats for the two-plus hours of the show run $35 to $78, while $125 per person snags you access to the Red Carpet lounge and fancy swag—including a “Champagne Symposium,” which sounds like a glorious new frontier in symposiums—today or tomorrow. Call the box office at 724-4771, or see balletpromusica.org for more info. National Hispanic Cultural Center • Fri Aug 9 • 8 pm • $35-$78 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
We could all use a little joyous expression in our lives. Get yours tonight when choral group Expressions of Joy opens for the Isotopes by singing the National Anthem. It’s the chorus’ second invitation to perform before an Isotopes game. Founded in 2011, the group’s purpose is “to bring the joy of singing to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or other special needs.” According to Expressions of Joy, Inc. President Jeannine Kammann-Cessac, “not everyone might be able to lift a bowling ball or run in the Special Olympics, but everyone can at least feel the music, sway, smile and sing to our tunes.” The choir welcomes new members 17 and older; no special skills are required. For more information, visit abqjoy.com. Hear tonight's performance at about 6:30 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Isotopes Park • Tue May 21 • 6:30 pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
The Santa Fe University of Art & Design (SFUAD) Contemporary Music Department will present contributing faculty member Gerry Carthy in concert on St. Patrick’s Day on the SFUAD campus. Carthy will perform traditional Celtic music assisted by SFUAD’s Celtic Ensemble, which he directs as an instructor at the school. Carthy, born in County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland, plays a variety of instruments including banjo, guitar, tenor guitar, tin whistle, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and contributes vocals. Inspired by the folk revival of Irish music in the 1960s and 1970s, he spent 10 years playing music in sessions around Galway. Carthy is also one of the founding members of the traditional Irish session at the Crane Bar, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary—the longest running session in Galway. Tickets to the event are free for SFUAD staff and students and $10 for the general public. SFUAD is located on St. Michael's Drive in Santa Fe on what was formerly the campus of the College of Santa Fe. Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe • Sun Mar 17 • 3 pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar
On the evenings of March 8 and 9, 2013, the UNM Department of Theatre & Dance will present a double bill of masterworks by their MFA candidates. "OPHELIA," an exceptional work of dance theatre by Jacqueline M. Garcia, draws inspiration from Shakespeare’s "Hamlet." Garcia’s work explores the intense subject matter of madness and fragmentation of the mind and self. Crystal Fullmer will present "Heritage Journey," an extraordinary work that explores the choreographer’s personal heritage and identity. The choreography tells a story through the thrilling combination of athleticism, musicality and delicate vulnerability. The performance will take place at Rodey Theatre, located in the UNM Center of the Arts. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and seniors, and $8 for UNM staff & students. Tickets are available at all UNM ticket offices, online at unmtickets.com, or by calling 925-5858. For more information, please call 277-4332. Rodey Theatre • Fri Mar 8 • 7:30 pm • $10-$15 • View on Alibi calendar
Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe consisting mainly of dance tunes and large instrumental ensembles for weddings and other celebrations. This weekend marks the return of the 11th annual KlezmerQuerque music and dance festival. This anticipated event is produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, its 20-piece intergenerational Community Klezmer Band and Rikud Yiddish dance troupe. Beginning tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a weekend of concerts, workshops, dance parties, traditional instruments, services, tasty foods and more. You can even learn the art of Profane Jewish Dance (aka “Yemenite hip-hop”). Visit nahalatshalom.org or facebook.com/KlezmerQuerque for more information. Congregation Nahalat Shalom • Fri Feb 15 • 6:30 pm • $15-$20 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
The city of Vienna, Austria, known by many for its namesake tiny sausages, is also noted for turning out classical masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Music from this capitol city ranges from opera to cabaret to the culturally-unique genre known at Wienerlied. Tonight, the The Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guillermo Figueroa, presents an evening of waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances and rhapsodies. So fancy up and ring in the new year Eastern European-style. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Journal Theater • Mon Dec 31 • 8 pm • $22-$60 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
The members of the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus have been singing their way into the hearts of Burqueños for nearly 31 years. This weekend, they present a show filled with the fun and surprises that have made this holiday concert one of the area's favorite traditions. This colorful, bright and gay variety of warm winter songs features special guest performances by Cathryn McGill, alto soloist, and Seth Sanchez, soprano soloist. Visit nmgmc.org for more information. Greer Garson Theater, Santa Fe • Fri Dec 14 • 7:30 pm • $15-$20 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar