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Broaden Your Horizons in Santa Fe This Month

Interesting workshops this month range from clay painting at New Mexico ArtSpa to a daylong tour of Pecos and Glorieta. A historian guides you through Pecos and the Forked Lightning Ranch of Hollywood star Greer Garson in one of the Southwest Explorations offered by Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Program.

Need inspiration? The New Mexico Museum of Art is showing two exhibits to mark the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement: Chromatic Fusion, and Emerge 2012, both featuring artists from around the globe working in kiln-formed glass.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is showing a rare, major exhibition of North American Indian baskets, each revealing a complex woven identity. And for a true smorgasbord of New Mexican craft, visit the 24th Winter Spanish Market, with six award-winning artist demonstrators, a storytelling and flute performance, a screening of award-winning films, and the Winter Nite preview party on November 30.

Don’t forget the Last Friday Artwalk in the Railyard Arts District to get your contemporary-art fix. Or go to hear Iris Häussler, one of the artists exhibiting in SITE Santa Fe’s More Real? exhibition, discuss her focus on conceptual- and installation-based practices.

Classical concerts dominate the musical offerings this month as symphonies and orchestras open their 2012-2013 season. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its Fall Classic Concerto with pianist Per Tengstrand performing Beethoven. The Santa Fe Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah; Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra and Chorus focuses on neglected works from the 17th to 21st centuries; and conductor and Santa Fe Concert Association artistic director Joseph Illick presents The Life and Music of Debussy, with special guest soprano Gina Browning, as part of his continuing series of performance talks marked by candid humor and enlightening anecdotes.

In popular music, world-renowned acoustic guitarist Ottmar Liebert performs with Luna Negra in a benefit for Waldorf School at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The hot Irish acoustic group Lunasa comes to Santa Fe, as does the popular Americana band Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band. And for an insider’s peek into Santa Fe’s music scene, check out the casual gigs at the new Gig Performance Space.

Also in entertainment this month is Mark St. Germain’s hit drama Freud’s Last Session, and the popular Thanksgiving tradition Circus Luminous, featuring performers from Wise Fool New Mexico. Another holiday favorite is The Nutcracker, with a cast of more than 60 in lavish sets and costumes from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Expand your knowledge of New Mexico with lectures such as “Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca” at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; and “New Mexico Women: The Road to Statehood.” Or enjoy German curator Hans Grunert’s introduction to the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibition Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May.

At the Lensic Performing Arts Center, David Suzuki speaks on climate change; African-American poet Kevin Young talks with Colson Whitehead; and public radio station KANW presents An Evening with David Sedaris in a one-night appearance in Santa Fe.

Of course you’ll also want to honor of Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday, maybe by entering the flower photography competition, or at another event such as the free screening of Bone Wind Fire, a film that incorporates various thoughts and meditations of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, and Frida Kahlo. Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall, author of the book that inspired the award-winning 30-minute film, will introduce the film.
The chefs of the Santa Fe School of Cooking will honor O’Keeffe with a three-hour demonstration class and birthday celebration meal. An illustrated talk by biographer and art historian Roxana Robinson explores how the artist’s complex body of work illuminates her life. Jazz artist Karyn Allison will honor O’Keeffe with a special concert. And the whole family can wish the artist a happy birthday at the Free Family Birthday Party at the museum.

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