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One of the ways in which the University of New Mexico collaborates with the City of Albuquerque is through the City's Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, which supports Albuquerque's fine arts projects.  The Division and UNM joined forces in 2015 to create an off-campus gallery that showcases student artists alongside local artists.  The College of Fine Arts (CFA) Downtown Studio is located just off Central at 4th and Copper.

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For the past five years, young composers who are out on their own for the first time and discovering what it means to be professional have found themselves invited to spend a week at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  The seven-day workshop centers on a string quartet written especially for Santa Fe and includes rehearsals and discussions with the Flux Quartet and then a performance of the new works in a Festival concert.

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The world thrives on innovation, but what role can innovation play in an art form based on tradition?  Folk art is about traditional materials, traditional techniques, and generations-old ideas of craft and style.  The organizers of The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe struck a balance between innovation and tradition by creating a new section for the 2017 Market, taking place July 14-16 on Museum Hill.

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Subhankar Banerjee is an internationally known writer, environmental activist and scholar.  He is also an extraordinary photographer and has said that photography, for him, is a portal to activism and knowledge.  Several of his large-scale photographs of Arctic Alaska are now on display in Long Environmentalism in the Near North, Subhankar Banerjee: Activism – Photographs – Writing at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque.

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Four years ago, the Santa Fe Symphony collaborated with the local think tank, the Santa Fe Institute, on a program for all ages that combined music with entertaining educational demonstrations.  The Majesty of Music & Mathematics caused a lot of excitement and it will return to the Lensic Center on June 19.  The performance will be taped for broadcast on New Mexico PBS.

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With digital projections and multi-channel videos, electronic artist Marcus Zúñiga is offering us a unique look at the cosmos.  His installation Ya Veo (Spanish for "I see") is on view June 10 and 11 at the No Land Art Space on the Santa Fe Plaza, as part of the opening weekend for the 2017 Currents New Media Festival. 

Courtesy Paul A. Hutton

Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico Dr. Paul A. Hutton specializes in U.S. history and history of the American West.  But he is also a scholar of film and popular culture, and he has curated an exhibit on view through August at the Albuquerque Museum, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television.

Photo courtesy of Anne Podlesak

The colors and patterns she creates are inspired by the landscape surrounding her studio in White Rock, in the mountains south of Los Alamos.  There, Anne Podlesak hand knits with yarn she spins and dyes herself.  Her work will be featured May 19-21 in the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council Fiesta at EXPO New Mexico.

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In the 1960's and 1970's, young people from both coasts, borne on a passionate wave of new ideas, traveled to the Southwest and settled into a landscape and mix of cultures that they found enticing and inspiring.  Their migration was part of what's now known as the "counterculture," and it's the subject of a new book from Museum of New Mexico Press and a new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum.

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When the New Mexico Philharmonic closes its 2016-2017 Classics Season on April 22 at Popejoy Hall, the concert's conductor will be under greater scrutiny than usual.  Brazilian-born Roberto Minczuk is the last of six candidates under consideration to become the orchestra's first Music Director.

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It was during his time in the forests of Northern New Mexico that Aldo Leopold first formulated his pioneering ideas about the environment.  New Mexico continues its kinship with the great conservationist with a state-wide program that engages 6th to 12th graders in ecological issues.  The 2017 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest will culminate as part of a special Leopold event on April 23 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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An exhibit on view through April 14 in UNM's Zimmerman Library gives individuals living with mental illness a chance to share their stories with the public.  Mentored by working photographers, these 18 amateur artists are each represented by a 12" x 12" photograph as well as a personal narrative of that photograph.  Untold Minds was put together by the Santa Fe non-profit, Compassionate Touch Network.  

The music might not be what you expect.  For six years now, the Iridium Quartet has been exploring new works for multiple saxophones.  What they've found is not jazz, not band music, but classical chamber music for the 21st Century.  This month, the Iridium will be in concert at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John and also take part in the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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After a successful premiere in Barcelona in 1911, the music disappeared.  Cant de les Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Spanish composer Enrique Granados wasn't heard again until almost 100 years later, in a new recording on the Naxos label.  Responsible for that recording, and for retrieving this lost score, is New Mexico pianist, and Granados scholar, Douglas Riva. 

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In Washington D. C., the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is a cultural institution.  Performances marking its 25th anniversary will take place this year at the Kennedy Center and the National Portrait Gallery.  The celebration will also include a special week-long residency this month in New Mexico.  That's because choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess is a native son -- he grew up in Santa Fe and received his dance degree from the University of New Mexico. Company performances and workshops will be held at NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe and UNM in Albuquerque.

Women On War

Feb 24, 2017
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Starting in the 1990's, women became eligible for a greater number of positions in the military than ever before, including, since 2013, combat.  What have been the challenges for these women?  Eight local veterans shared their stories with a group of New Mexico poets recently, and the poems inspired by these conversations make up Women on War, presented in early March by the Albuquerque organization Artful Life.

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The Surface Design Association, a New Mexico-based alliance of fiber and textile artists, recently asked its members to express their feelings about "place" -- the suddenly explosive topics of borders, bridges and sanctuaries.  The result is SDA's third international juried exhibition, Shifting Landscapes, on display February 24 - May 20 at the Santa Fe gallery, form & concept

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What can we do as a community to make education accessible and effective for everyone?  Students at the Working Classroom in Albuquerque have spent the last year looking for answers to that question -- through interviews, research and discussions.  The result is Solving for X, an original bilingual theater piece on stage February 16-26 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Heavy Metal is the story of one very difficult week in the life of Danny, a 15-year-old growing up in a Midwestern town.  Author Andrew Bourelle has published 20 short stories in literary journals and anthologies, but this is his first novel.  And it's the winner of the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, offering publication to young writers Autumn House believes will become the important voices of their generation.

http://unmartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/stories-from-the-camera/

Containing 10,000 photographs covering the complete 175-year history of the art form and representing its most important artists, the photography collection is the dominant element in the art holdings of the University of New Mexico.  A small portion of it is now on display in Stories From The Camera at the UNM Art Museum.

He was born in Albuquerque's Old Town in 1938 and passed away in January 2015, after a lifetime as a writer, historian, educator and activist.  Teatro Paraguas pays tribute to the beloved New Mexico poet Tony Mares with Rio del Corazon, dramatic readings of poems selected from his books.  Performances are later this month at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe and at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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The Santa Fe Symphony will welcome a new Principal Conductor in 2017, and filling the position will be one of the best known musicians in the area.  Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa was for twelve seasons the popular Music Director of the now-departed New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  His new role in Santa Fe begins with a concert on January 22 at the Lensic Center.

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Saturday nights this month, Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will recreate a wintertime tradition of New Mexico's pueblo communities.  Visitors of all ages will gather around a bonfire outside in the Center's courtyard to hear tales from pueblo storytellers.

Bettina Sandoval from the Center's Education Department has organized Stories by the Fireside.  She describes how her experiences growing up at Taos Pueblo inspired the series.

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Among the Spanish traditions brought north from Mexico along the Camino Real was Las Pastorelas, musical plays of the Nativity.  Told from the shepherds' point of view, the plays have been performed in the New Mexico Territory since the 17th Century.  One popular version, La Gran Pastorela, continues to tour local communities during the holidays.

https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/what-we-do/information/exhibits/oblique/

In 1929, from the open cockpit of their biplane, newlyweds Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took some of the first aerial photographs of the terrain and ruins of the Southwest.  Eighty years later, another high-flying photographer, Adriel Heisey, took the exact same shots.  Seventeen pairs of these magnificent photographs are on display in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

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Twenty-four young pianists will travel to Albuquerque this month to compete against each other for prize money, concert engagements and professional recognition.  The first-ever Olga Kern International Piano Competition has attracted contestants from, among other countries, China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Japan.  One of the Americans taking part is 23-year-old Joshua Rupley, born and raised in Albuquerque.

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The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico is 4,000 feet long, 600 feet wide and, at its highest point, 255 feet high; it comprises 8 acres of natural formations and is located 750 feet beneath the surface of the earth.  On November 4, and for the first time since 1933, the National Park Service will welcome the public into the Big Room for an evening of music.  A string quartet from the New Mexico Philharmonic will perform works by Haydn, Grieg, Bach and Dvorak.

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A group of anxious young people gather in a bar.  They're about to take part in a whirlwind game of romantic connection -- a sort of high-stakes musical chairs.  Speed Dating is a contemporary opera by the popular American composer Michael Ching.  The New Mexico premiere will be performed by students in the University of New Mexico's Opera Theatre program October 21-23 at Keller Hall in Albuquerque.

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"It's a rage right now, a new American pastime."  Local ukulele enthusiast, and professional percussionist, John Bartlit thinks that "in our jet set, apartment-moving society, it's a perfect fit."  The unassuming four-string instrument, which emerged in Hawaii in the late 19th Century, will be the center of attention in Albuquerque on September 23-25 when national and local musicians convene for the 3rd annual Ukekopelli Festival.

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On display this month at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center is a series of ten murals -- all made entirely out of seeds.  The murals were created in towns and schools and at community events all around New Mexico, as part of an artistic effort to promote healthy environments.

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