Chamber music and classical dance get the elaborate marriage they deserve in an inaugural festival that kicks off this week at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). The Ballet Pro Musica Festival's main performances will be held next week. This week, accomplished local dancers can take advantage of master dance classes beginning Tuesday, July 31, taught by Ballet Pro Musica's principal choreographer Peter Anastos and Colorado Ballet's artistic director Gil Boggs. For details, call 352-1281.
In case you haven't heard, the 56th Annual Traditional Spanish Market is drawing bazillions of people to Santa Fe's plaza this weekend to listen to live music, watch live dance performances and eat delicious chow. The main draw, of course, is the handmade art by New Mexican artisans, including santos, colcha, tinwork, pottery, woodcarving and more. Admission is free and this hugely popular arts circus runs Saturday, July 28, through Sunday, July 29. For details, call (505) 982-2226 or go to www.spanishcolonial.org. Bring elbow pads.
Our 15th Annual Haiku Contest has arrived! This year’s categories are:
1) Best Traditional Haiku
2) Best Albuquerque Haiku
3) Best Haiku About Zombies
4) Best Campaign Slogan Haiku
5) Best Text Messaged Haiku
6) Best Haiku About the iPhone
7) Best Haiku Movie Review
8) Best Personal Ad Haiku
9) Best Haiku Using As Much Slang As Possible
10) Best Miscellaneous Haiku
Entries must be 17 syllables, broken into lines of 5-7-5. Submit a maximum of 10 haiku. (In other words, you may submit 10 haiku in a single category, one haiku in each category, five haiku in two categories, etc., but no more than 10 total.) Send paper mail entries to Alibi, 15th Annual Haiku Contest, 2118 Central SE, #151, Albuquerque, N.M. 87106. Send e-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. (No attachments.) Deadline is Monday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. Include name and contact information. Winners will receive heaps of prizes—including free sushi!—and their entries will be published in the Sept. 13 issue of the Alibi. Get crackin'!