The do-it-yourself theme of March has artists offering a range of immersion workshops: glass fusing, glass blowing, paper making, visual journaling, Southwestern egg decorating, intuitive painting, painting with Venetian plaster, mini painting, and more. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Education Annex always offers low-cost workshops for adults and families, such as this month’s memoir writing and painting skyscapes. And for beaders, the national extravaganza Bead Fest is coming to town for three days of workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits.
In music this month, the Santa Fe Symphony presents Voyages of Discover IV: The Beauty of Mathematics and Music, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute. In April the symphony performs a free concert of Faure’s Requiem at the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. And Santa Fe Pro Musica offers Baroque Holy Week concerts at Loretto Chapel.
World music phenomenon Oliver Mtukudzi, one of Zimbabwe’s most successful artists, performs with the Black Spirits this month at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Also at the Lensic, enjoy Arlo Guthrie’s tribute tour honoring his father, Woody’s centennial.
A number of theatrical performances are scheduled this month at the Lensic Performing Arts Center; including Guy Masterson in the one-man play Shylock, a powerful exploration of an important Jewish character in Shakespeare. The Santa Fe Concert Association presents the classic Fiddler on the Roof and The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch, a fully operational Battalion in the modern British army. 2012 Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris comes to Santa Fe for three performances. This wickedly funny, provocative play also won the Pulitzer Prize.
As part of the Lannan Foundation’s intellectually stimulating literary series, novelist Russell Banks speaks with Stona Fitch at the Lensic. The New Mexico History Museum hosts, art historian Joy Sperling for a talk on “Women’s Visual Narratives of New Mexico between the World Wars,” and author Mary Mortenson Diecker speaks about “The Ghost Towns of New Mexico” at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
If you’re in need of a break from the slopes, the Banff Mountain Film Festival on tour from Canada is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts, featuring thought-provoking films shot by the world’s finest mountain filmmakers. As part of its own 8th Annual Wednesday night movie series, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute will screen Genetic Roulette. Admission includes local food tied to the theme and a guest speaker.
Kids might enjoy a stargazing party in the Cerrillos hills, with close views of distant star clusters and galaxies through telescopes. And finally, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society presents its tenth annual ¡Celebración! fundraiser, with an elegant Spanish dinner from the restaurants La Boca and El Farol, paired with Spanish wines, and featuring a dance presentation by artist, Maria Benitez.