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Visiting Santa Fe in March?

Ever-innovative SITE Santa Fe is focusing on the theme of dining as art in Feast: Radical Hospitality through May 18. A series of talks, documentaries, and public projects includes Lee Mingwei’s three-night performance of The Dining Project, a meal as performance shared with a visitor chosen by lottery (April 22), a crash course on Japanese food and drink (March 25) and an exploration of  cooking with kids and the New Mexico chile (March 18).

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art explores depictions of the death figure Doña Sebastiana, through May 27. As described in Jenny’s letter,  works created in Hawaii by O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams are on display at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum through Sept. 14. Hurry if you want to catch a show of contemporary masters at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, including Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns and others through March 22.

An exploration of pinhole photography is opening at the New Mexico History Museum (April 27), featuring 225 photos and 40 cameras.

Classical concert season continues with Van Cliburn competition winner Vadym Kholodenko playing a program focused on Rachmaninov (April 1). Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns to Santa Fe for a special performance (March 31), while Santa Fe Symphony Maestro Steven Smith returns to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 (April 13). Or revisit the Middle Ages at Easter as Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Baroque Ensemble plays a Holy Week concert (April 17-19) using period instruments at Loretto Chapel.

Among the hot contemporary acts with Santa Fe on their tour calendars this spring are Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (March 18), The Mavericks (April 7), Neko Case (April 14), Neutral Milk Hotel (April 18), and the Dandy Warhols (April 29). An annual celebration of New Mexico music, Nuestra Musica  (April 13) showcases traditional Spanish-language folk music, from ballads to polkas.

Heading back to the future, the technologically enhanced performance LUMA: The Human Light Show has plunged audiences around the world into a darkened space where a tapestry of illuminations take the stage, combining gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, physics, and experimentation (April 6). Also taking the dance stage is an elite troupe founded two years ago by international ballet stars, Ballet Next, which produces cutting-edge choreography and classical ballet (April 25-26). Aspen Santa Fe Ballet premieres a commission from the daring  Nicolo Fonte (March 21-22, April 19) in a program of original works.

Theater buffs have a range of options, from the feel-good romantic thriller from India The Guru of Chai (April 1) to The Queen of Madison Avenue (March 13), one of the Lensic Performing Arts’ series of works in progress. Another program nurturing local talent is the Sounds of Santa Fe, an evening of eclectic music (March 28). Check the calendar at the After Hours Alliance for details. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Met Opera Live in HD, which presents Werther (twice on March 14), Puccini’s La Boheme (April 5), and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (April 26).

Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote Queen Bees & Wannabees, inspiration for the movie Mean Girls, talks about her latest work on issues faced by boys (March 12) at the Lensic Performing Arts in a benefit for the Santa Fe Mountain Center. Also at the Lensic, Mountain buffs will want to catch the returning Banff Mountain Film Festival (March 10-11). And for film connoisseurs, St. John College offers a three-day community seminar on the works of Akira Kurosawa. Tutor David Carl will discuss Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Ran, as well as the filmmaker’s biography (April 11-13).

At the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, workshops explore making art in an unfamiliar place (March 18), a demonstration cooking class (March 25), an artist’s guide to commissions (April 3 & 21), and making floral wreaths (April 8). Talks at the museum include the Maya, Aztecs and views of Latin America (March 26), a brief history of Abiquiu and O’Keeffe’s personal garden (April 7), Ken Robinson’s book about finding your passion ( April 15), and videographer Alan Michelson (April 23).

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