Peter Rothstein’s musical, All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, premiered on Minnesota Public Radio in 2007 under the auspices of the company he co-founded, Theater Latté Da. The national tour, directed by Rothstein, comes to the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux has chosen to publish the autobiographical sketches of Welcome Home concurrently with Evening in Paradise, a collection, selected from a trove of uncompiled Berlin stories, that brings Lucia Berlin's biographical notes into glittering relief. 

Restaurant Review

La vie en rose: Clafoutis

Customers have been lining up at Clafoutis since it opened in 2007, the loyal local following undeterred by the tiny, tightly packed dining room, the long wait for seating, or the totally inadequate parking at the bakery’s original location on Guadalupe Street. The restaurant’s move to Body’s former café space on West Cordova Road last spring resolved two of those decade-old problems: The seating has almost doubled, and the parking is now easy and abundant.

Using imagery derived from a pre-Columbian divinatory manuscript, artist Moira Garcia created a series of mixed-media works on paper that commemorates the artistry of the Mixtecs. She gives a talk on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Store.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet gives The Nutcracker its annual go-rounds at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in four performances on the afternoons and evenings of Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. This much-revived production includes some incursions of flamenco and circus artistry, but it is based on the choreography ostensibly created by Russian Imperial Ballet Master Marius Petipa for the ballet’s world premiere, which took place in December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs holiday music with an emphasis on Spanish and Latin American repertoire and arrangements of British carols in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, Dec. 18-22.

Vox Lux is the highly stylized story of eighth-grader Celeste’s rise to superstardom, following a school shooting incident.

Why Religion? A Personal Story, by Gnostic Gospels author Elaine Pagels, traces her experiences with love, motherhood, and death while attempting to answer a question she’s been asked repeatedly in her career: Why do you study and write about religion?

We all remember Mark Antony as the fellow who asks people to lend him their ears in Julius Caesar, but Shakespearians have fewer occasions to follow through with him to what might be considered the sequel, Antony and Cleopatra. That later play is aired at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

GLOW – Cosmic Nights, a nightly twinkle-lights festival with refreshments and live music, returns to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, from Friday, Dec. 14, through Dec. 31.

The sensitive Pisces moon conjuncts Neptune and Mars this weekend. We may feel washed away on the tide of holiday lights at one moment and overwhelmed by rising seas and complicated humanitarian crises in another — and both realities are true.

Judith Espinar and her ex-husband, Tom Dillenberg, have an extensive folk art collection in Espinar’s Santa Fe home that they have chosen to donate to the Museum of International Folk Art. Espinar, who has been collecting folk art since her time in the Peace Corps in the 1960s, co-founded the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in 1994.

I often cast a gimlet eye at baking books that blithely ignore the fact that about one-third of the world’s population lives at high altitude, so I was prepared to dismiss the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook out of hand — until I began to leaf through it.

Artist Denise Wallace presents a free public lecture, “I Am the Walrus,” on the subject of ivory use in works of art, at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, Dec. 9. The lecture is followed by a trunk show of walrus-inspired pieces that includes art made by other Alaskan jewelers and carvers.

Steeped in the psyche’s archetypal imagery, where the ego is confronted with the id, the mystical art of Peter Rogers illuminates the universal spirit at the center of being. An exhibition of his paintings, including a selection on the major theme that dominated his works for more than 40 years — an evocation of the monomyth, or hero’s journey — is on view at the Gerald Peters Gallery. 

Jazz singers John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell are a great one-two punch in spite of — or more likely because of — their differences. Pizzarelli is known for his soft, easy voice and debonair manner. Russell, who is a veteran of work with Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Roseanne Cash, possesses a more rollicking character. The pair present “Billie & Blue Eyes,” a salute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 8.

"I don’t know anybody on the planet who’s as impassioned about gnocchi as I am,” Christine Hickman laughed ruefully one evening in her well-appointed passive solar kitchen on the north side of Santa Fe. “There’s got to be. But I don’t know who would write a whole cookbook on it.” Hickman was referring to her new culinary tome Gnocchi Solo Gnocchi: A Comprehensive Tribute to Italy’s Other Favorite First Course, which she presents on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Garcia Street Books.

Perfect Love, a darkly comedic romantic play by Talia Pura, began as a theatrical writing exercise. Pura wanted to see how long she could sustain dialogue that could be said by any characters, regardless of gender, age, or their relationships to each other. Pura directs the world premiere of Perfect Love, opening Friday, Dec. 7, under the auspices of Blue Raven Theatre, at Warehouse 21.

Terrell's Tune-Up

Jon Spencer goes it alone

Jon Spencer is back, this time with a solo album called Spencer Sings the Hits! 

“Silent Night” probably qualifies as the quintessential Christmas carol, and anybody who attends a musical event in December has an excellent chance of encountering it. But this year, it is going to be simply everywhere, because Dec. 24, 2018, will be its 200th birthday. 

Whether artist Rose B. Simpson crafting monumental warrior figures in clay and mixed media, wall-mounted masks, dolls, fashion designs, or other figurative works, she employs the same aesthetic in each piece, conveying a sense of raw, unpretentious earthiness. 

The soprano Maria Callas was mostly revered by opera-lovers — a reputation that continues in posterity — but in some quarters she was reviled, which adds spice to director Tom Volf’s bio-documentary Maria by Callas

In Sacred Smokes, an autobiographical collection of linked short stories by Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., the teenage Teddy is a member of a Chicago street gang in the 1970s.

Ley Line plays a folky mixture of crosscultural multilingual music Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Kitchen Sink Recording Studio. 

The Chatter ensemble performs several Mozart (or Mozart-attributed) works at SITE Santa Fe on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

The stars are sending us mixed signals this week. A new moon in restless Sagittarius wants us to speak our minds and hurry up as the weekend begins, but we still need patience. 

A documentary photographer, William Coupon, whose exhibition Portraits continues at Photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space through Jan. 5, 2019, has been shooting ethnographic subjects and notable cultural icons for more than 40 years. 

A visit from the Mark Morris Dance Group always promises to boost the spirits. The group appears Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, courtesy of Performance Santa Fe, in a program of four works that cover a range of musical and emotional territory. 

Built as a warehouse for the lumber company owned by Charles W. Dudrow, the false-front building with ornamental brickwork and a stepped parapet topped by two squat towers on a modillion cornice was disguised over the years with stucco and paint. But its original architectural countenance has been restored for its new status as part of the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) high school and art institute.

Not a whole lot has been written about Gene Kloss. Although she was a master printer of alluring landscapes and portraits, she’s among the lesser-known New Mexico-based artists of a circle that included Taos art colony regulars Joseph Henry Sharp, W. Herbert Dunton, E. Irving Couse, and Oscar E. Berninghaus. 

His name was Buster Keaton, and for most of the 1920s he was, if not the King of Silent Comedy, the Grand Duke, creating a string of classic comedies in which he performed physical stunts that the best CGI couldn’t re-create today. 

Restaurant Review

Meals on wheels

Santa Fe’s food truck scene changes often enough that I’ve considered mounting a pushpin wall map to mark which truck is where from week to week. This is a volatile business: Truck activity, analyzed over time, would tell a story of promising new arrivals, abrupt relocations, and mysterious disappearances. 

One Raaga Go menu item stands out as having been particularly missed. It’s the kind of dish I’ve never had anywhere else at anywhere near this level of tastiness: the spinach chaat. 

Theater, dance, sport, historical re-enactment, a hike, a catwalk, an immersion in virtual reality: There is truly no limit to the scope of what performance art can explore, and how. Museums have taken note of the art form’s relevance, RoseLee Goldberg explains in Performance Now, her new book on performance art of the 21st century. 

Ensembles that operate beneath the banner of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony offer a cornucopia of concerts this week, beginning with a jazz concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in the Driscoll Auditorium of Santa Fe Prep (1101 Camino de Cruz Blanca). 

Wendy Lesser knows how to start a work with a blast. Her brief new biography of choreographer Jerome Robbins, published in October to commemorate the centennial of his birth, opens with the line, “He may well have been the most hated man on Broadway.” 

The website of the Mark Morris Dance Group offers a dizzying array of drop-down options, a necessary reflection of the many things the organization does apart from performing dance concerts. One of the most urgently important of these is Dance for PD, an incentive the group co-founded in 2001 with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and has since subsumed under its sole aegis.

The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Barbara Hatch, continues through Dec. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas St.), Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.