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Stay Warm in Santa Fe in January

Our across-the-street neighbor, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, opens a new exhibition of cutting-edge Native art, Thicker than Water, together with the symposium Personal Archive: Memory and Imagination in Contemporary Art. Also of interest to young collectors, the Zane Bennett Gallery does a show each year, Under Thirty-Five, showcasing up-and-coming artists whose work is continually reinvented.

If you haven’t seen the extensive exhibit Folk Art of the Andes, time your visit with the screening of Todos Santos a Candelaria, about a Day of the Dead celebration in Bolivia, or the lecture “Todos Santos: Reflections on the Roots and Celebrations of Day of the Dead in Latin America.” Free with admission to the Museum of International Folk Art.

Santa Fe may not match the bustle of New York City, which is why you can easily score front-row seats to the opera through the series The Met: Live in HD. This month, catch Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Or visit London virtually via The National Theatre of Great Britain Live in HD for a showing of the comic The Magistrate.

Classical concerts dominate the music calendar this month, with symphony season in full swing. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents a Winter Weekend Classical Concerto and Recital with young pianist Jan Lisiecki. The Santa Fe Symphony presents Winter Brilliance, featuring pianist Spencer Myer performing Nielsen’s Maskarade, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The Santa Fe Concert Association presents French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, known for his broad interpretive range. And composer and conductor Joseph Illick explores the work of Richard Wagner in his ongoing series of enlightening and amusing performance talks on the mysteries of music.

For contemporary music fans, Lensic Performing Arts presents an acoustic evening with the eclectic reggae pop rapper Matisyahu, performing his new album Spark Seeker. Folk musician and songwriter Greg Brown appears through Southwest Roots Music. And jazz fans will appreciate two jazz-club events at St. John’s College this winter, the first to feature arranger/composer/pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack. Check the website for updated details.

Families won’t want to miss a free production of Cinderella, an hour-long opera sung in English by professional opera performers, a gift to the public from the Santa Fe Concert Association. In lectures this month, William W. Dunmire, author of New Mexico’s Living Landscapes, speaks at the Spanish Colonial Art Museum. Chautauqua re-enactor Allan Wheeler delivers “The Life of William Bucknell on the Santa Fe Trail” for Wild West history buffs. And for the politically correct, the Lannan Foundation presents Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti in conversation with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!.

No matter what the weather, the weekly Artist’s Market and Farmer’s Market continue all winter in the covered pavilion at the Railyard each weekend—the perfect stroll for a cheery Sunday. And don’t forget Last Friday Artwalk at the Railyard galleries.

If snow graces your visit to the region and you’re not a downhiller, Valles Caldera holds a night of moonlight cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with each full moon. Or enjoy free admission Jan. 12 on Winter Trails Day. Novices are welcome to join in the Snow Shoe Classic 2012 race up near Santa Fe Ski Basin, a 3.6-mile run/hike and 1-mile loop for kids, with post-race raffle and prizes.

All suited up with no snow to go? Try ice skating at indoor rinks in Santa Fe or Taos, or swing on the trapeze at the school for clowns, Wise Fool New Mexico.

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