At the museums: Through May 19, SITE Santa Fe is showing State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, exploring the West Coast contribution to conceptual art, with 150 works by 60 artists. The New Mexico History Museum opens a yearlong exhibition on Cowboys Real and Imagined, and will screen Tom Mix movies for free. The living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrina,s re-enacts the New Mexico battlefields of the Civil War.
Classical music: The Santa Fe Concert Association presents pianist Richard Good performing Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The vibrant Signum Quartet from Germany will play Haydn and Schubert. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its Spring Classic Weekend, with programs including Brahms, Bach, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Beethoven. The Santa Fe Symphony’s spring concert, “April Joy,” features the exciting duo Anderson & Roe performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The symphony also holds its 4th annual Party of Parties gala at the Scottish Rite Center with the theme “Hollywood.”
Contemporary music: The Lensic Performing Arts Center will highlight various acts this month. Acclaimed singer/songwriter, Ian Tyson will perform solo and together with friend, Tom Russell. The Monterey Jazz Festival comes to Santa Fe on its 55th anniversary tour, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter, and Ambrose Akinmusire. The 13th Annual Nuestra Musica celebrates the unique hybrid known as “New Mexico music,” performed by veteran local musicians.
Dance: Trey McIntyre Project returns to Santa Fe with a new body of work featuring Arrantza, Pass, Away and Queen of the Goths, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Also at the Lensic, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; men in full prima ballerina costume dance in toe shoes as swans, sylphs, and water sprites.
Film and theater: Albuquerque’s Fusion Theater Company will perform Charlotte Jones’ award-winning Humble Boy, a poignant contemporary retelling of the Hamlet story. Ironweed Productions, together with the Santa Fe Playhouse, present the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Buried Child by Sam Shepard (a frequent visitor to La Fonda) at the Santa Fe Playhouse. And the Greer Garson Theater at Santa Fe University of Art and Design presents the Tony Award-winning Once on this Island, a story in song and dance about a peasant girl who falls for a wealthy boy on their Caribbean island. Lensic Performing Arts’ program Met Opera Live in HD features Giulio Cesare, in David McVicar’s lively production with the world’s leading countertenor David Daniels.
Speakers: The Lannan Foundation presents Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, chronicling the migration of black Americans from the South, talking with John Stauffer, a leading authority on interracial relations. Later this month, hear novelists David Mitchell (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) and Tom Barbash (The Last Good Chance).
Workshops: The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s education department invites you to practice plein-air pastel drawing with a master, do some creative writing in the galleries, or paint flowers in the style of O’Keeffe. Other one-day or half-day workshops around town include glass fusing and slumping at the Bullseye Glass studio, or painting with pure pigment and Venetian plaster. A hands-on workshop for clothing designers from the Santa Fe School of Fashion Design shows how to size patterns by hand. Ceramic artists can survey surface decoration techniques in a morning workshop at Baca Street Pottery. At the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, learn traditional colcha embroidery or the simple art of paper casting.
Food and farming: Santa Fe is mad about backyard do-it-yourself projects, and regularly teaches such things as chicken-keeping or beekeeping. Get started in the spring garden with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, start seeds early to extend the growing season, or join a two-day conference for women farmers and ranchers. Survey the range of New Mexico gardening groups at the annual Master Gardener’s Association Garden Fair at the Santa Fe Fairgrounds. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden will also feature a talk on classic New Mexico landscape plants, at the Museum of International Folk Art.