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Food, Art, Fashion and DIY in Santa Fe

In addition to the Edible Art Tour, ArtFeast weekend (Feb. 21-23) includes a Gourmet Dinner and Auction, Fashion Feast, Art of the Home Tour, and Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction, all to benefit art-making opportunities for New Mexico youth. Indulge your craving for chocolate at Divine Decadence, an orgy of cacao-inspired creations from top chefs (March 1) to benefit La Familiar Medical Center. Be sure to check out the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Food & Wine Guide, which includes quite a few tidbits beyond the culinary.

March is designated DIY Santa Fe, a time to showcase the many workshops available from professional artists encouraging do-it-yourself expression. Most are offered year-round, so you can try your hand at painting, photo collage, silk painting, egg decorating, glass bead making and glass blowing, or children’s book illustration anytime you come to town.

The symphony season is in full-swing, with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang in an outstanding program of Bruch and Rachmaninov (March 23). The Santa Fe Concert Association presents mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (who recently performed here as La Donna del Lago) for a concert and after-party (March 31). In his continuing series of popular piano talks, conductor Joseph Illick  takes on Mendelssohn (March 11). Santa Fe Pro Musica presents an evening of Debussy, Mahler, and Shostakovich with mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski (March 1 & 2), as well as a performance by The Variation Trio (March 16) with a post-concert dinner option featuring Benjamin Hochma on piano. For family-friendly classical music, the Curtis Institute of Music brings student and faculty to perform Mozart and Poulenc (March 18 & 19) in a short immersion program.

In contemporary music, the irrepressible Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings celebrate recovery from adversity in a performance March 18. Guitarist David Russell performs at St. Johns College (March 7), while the school’s jazz-club series features Larry Ham with Woody Witt (March 15) and Alan Pasqua (March 29).

When was the last time you saw Casablanca on the big screen? Relive the magic on Valentine’s Day at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, along with other shows. For the child within, The Wizard of Oz will screen in full living color (Feb. 15). A grander, longer cinematic experience can be had with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, featuring Prince Igor (March 1 & 2) and Goethe’s revolutionary romance Werther (two shows March 15), while the National Theatre Live in HD broadcasts from London the original production of War Horse (Feb. 27).

For avant-garde film buffs, the Center for Contemporary Arts’ Cinematheque is showing the documentaries The Tightrope: A Theatrical Adventure with Peter Brook (from Feb. 14), Inside the Mind of Leonardo (dates TBA), The Singularity (Feb 22 & 23), and Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (March 14), as well as the acclaimed dramas Bethlehem (March 7) and Two Lives (March 14). While you’re at CCA, check out the art exhibits Icepop, a commissioned installation and performance series about global warming, and All the News That’s Fit to Print, an exhibit of art incorporating the New York Times.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet continues its season with a world premiere commissioned from the daring choreographer Nicolo Fonte (March 21 & 22). Vibrant contemporary choreography is set to Taiko drumming from Japan in Tao Phoenix Rising (Feb. 22). And Albuquerque’s Fusion Theatre Company performs The Other Place (March 7 & 8) from Broadway.

The Lannan Foundation’s mind-expanding speaker series presents short story writer George Saunders with The Times deputy editor Joel Lovell (Feb. 12), Latin America historian Greg Grandin in conversation with Canadian journalist Avi Lewis (Feb. 26), and photographer Trevor Paglen speaking about his work on government secrecy with writer Rebecca Solnit (March 19).

Finally, fans of the renowned art-collecting mavericks Herb & Dorothy Vogel will want to check out the New Mexico Museum of Art’s share of their 50 Works for 50 States collection, through April 13.

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