Here is something different: a major exhibition of Lowbrow, Post-Pop, and Pop Surrealism in the heart of downtown Santa Fe that features plenty of local and regional artists, as well as major players from a movement that began on the West Coast in the 1970s. 


Tiki life

With soft Exotica tunes lilting in the background, tasty rum potions can send the land-locked sailor on a journey to exotic ports of call, where willing wahines sway in the warm climes of an eternal summer.”

In the opening pages of Spider Woman’s Daughter (2013), Lt. Joe Leaphorn gets shot. In that moment, Leaphorn, the protagonist of the late Tony Hillerman’s best-selling mystery series set on the Navajo Nation, was written out of his lead status. The culprit? Mr. Hillerman’s daughter, Anne Hillerman, who has continued her father’s series since his death in 2008. Her fifth installment, The Tale Teller, begins with Leaphorn — now retired from the force — sitting in his car, complaining to himself.

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society engages the idea of "music of the spheres" in its concerts at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center.

Presented by the Santa Fe Institute, the InterPlanetary Festival celebrates the complexities of science and human ingenuity in the Railyard Park and features music, screenings of classic sci-fi movies, outdoor art, food, beer, and a roster of informal educational panels from Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16. General admission is free. 

Chances are you don’t know a wonderful debut novel published almost 20 years ago about lobster fishing called Stern Men. But you know its author: Elizabeth Gilbert. Her 2006 book, Eat, Pray, Love, became one of the best-selling memoirs of the modern age and effectively eclipsed her earlier, better work.

The queen of Late Night is Thompson, whose character’s impeccable timing and dry-as-gin wit makes you wonder why she hasn’t been dominating the late-night TV talk show scene for the last quarter century. 

This film is director Dónal Foreman’s redemptive exploration of the similarities and differences between him and his father, told in three separate sections through voice-over narration, still photographs, home movies, and documentary footage of The Troubles, the bitter dispute between the nationalist Catholic minority and the Protestant government.

Writer-director Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I) has, by and large, done a worthy job of tracing the rise and fall of the man described as America’s first great international fashion superstar.

Jill Magid’s extraordinary art project, the genesis and execution of which unfold in this strange, almost dreamlike documentary, is like a story devised by Edgar Allen Poe, or perhaps Edward Gorey.

In 1923, Amelia Elizabeth White and her sister Martha White moved into a house on Garcia Street that they called El Delirio. The sisters bred Irish wolfhounds there until Martha’s death in 1937. Two years later, in her sister’s honor, Amelia donated funds to establish the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. 

Any Midwestern transplant can tell you that hiking in New Mexico is worlds away from strolling through a suburban forest preserve. 

Here comes a truly super septet, The Cookers, playing the intimate Gig Performance Space on Saturday, June 15. 

Arroyo Vino is a casually elegant restaurant and wine shop tucked into the La Tierra neighborhood — about a 10-minute drive from downtown Santa Fe — that hosts a happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. 

We have a planetary traffic jam this week. Free will and grace always co-create with the planetary patterns. We could easily feel overwhelmed or called to protect something important, like our relationships, country, or ecosystem.

Santa Fe Bandstand concerts begin Wednesday, June 19 several times a week and continue through Aug. 10. Most are held on the Plaza, but a few take place on the Southside at Swan Park on Jaguar Drive at Highway 599.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer N. Scott Momaday received the 2019 Ken Burns American Heritage Prize at a ceremony held May 1 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The prize was presented by American Prairie Reserve, a nonprofit organization that has a three-million-acre wildlife conservation area in northeastern Montana.

Currents - Robotics

Digital art-omation

Robotics is a broad art medium driven by robotic or automated technology. Pieces can respond to viewer input, be operated remotely, and often utilize sensors, computer programs, and other innovations.

Currents - Experimental documentaries

Distorted reality

Experimental documentaries are art films or videos that, like traditional documentary films, are grounded in reality, but the images are manipulated, or perhaps the sound is distorted.

Currents - Multimedia Performance

The music of random objects

Multimedia performance: a live performance that’s often interactive and combines elements of theater, dance, music, film projection, video, props, and immersive enviro…

Currents - Outdoor videos and installations

Collective flight simulation

Outdoor videos and installations: art that doesn’t fit inside, such as larger-than-life sculpture and wall projections. Pieces might incorporate the environment or a local setting and can be interactive.

Currents - Sound art

The life-giving waters

Sound art is distinct from music but in which sound is primary. The sound might be aesthetically challenging; it might even be silence.

Currents - Virtual reality

Ready, Player One

A virtual reality, or VR, environment is a fabricated realm that emulates a real environment by using computer hardware and software technology.

Currents - Interactive new media environments

Radar love

Either you’re the agent affecting the art, or the art is the agent affecting you.

The 2014 Tony-winning Broadway show Beautiful, honoring the work of Carole King, stops at University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque from Wednesday, June 12, to June 16.

Even though reality seems stranger than fiction a lot these days, life is not a TV show, and Albuquerque is more than what’s presented in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. You probably won’t see the leader of a drug cartel discussing business over chicken-fried steak in a booth at Loyola’s Family Restaurant, but what you will see is a lovely and true slice of life in the Duke City.

The exhibit Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience runs through Nov. 3 at the Albuquerque Museum. It focuses on many aspects of the Japanese American experience, including military service and forced relocation, and also honors people who challenged the war hysteria that demonized Japanese Americans and reached out to help their neighbors.

The cast of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home, which opens at the Santa Fe Playhouse on Thursday, June 13, takes that journey with cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The show deconstructs linear time, as the adult Alison recalls milestones in her life, and begins to look for the truth around a period in college that changed her life.

A painter of landscapes and interiors who is showing 15 new works at Nüart Gallery’s exhibit Perspectives, Charles Ladson isn’t really painting details. He’s capturing the rudiments of a scene.

Christine Fawson gives the first performance in St. John’s College 2019 Music on the Hill concert series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Concerts are held every Wednesday through the end of July on the St. John’s athletic field. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2, an animated film about canines (and other domesticated critters), doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by real-world pooches.

The four-piece band Nohe y Sus Santos (Nohe and Her Saints) crosses cultural borders and languages in their unique fusion of Central and North American alt-rock en Español, cumbia, and pop music that features English and Spanish lyrics. They perform at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill on Thursday, June 13, as part of the Sunset in the Garden concert series.

Digest This! pairs fine art with food or drink. SITE Santa Fe presents music from Tristan and Isolde at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

The railroad came to Santa Fe in 1880, shocking the sleepy frontier capital into the modern era. Newcomers from the East traveled to the Southwest on the Atchison, Top…

Center, a support organization for gifted international photographers, presents a juried selection of photographic images to be projected outside El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe on the east side of the building on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. 

Japanese Americans living in New Mexico during World War II had vastly different experiences. That is particularly true when comparing Gallup and Clovis, where one town forced out its neighbors and another defied that impulse.

Enjoy new moments of beauty. As the sun in Gemini opposes Jupiter this weekend, it brings an ephemeral sense of humor with liberating moments that can ease our souls and smooth our interactions. Underneath this late spring bounty growls a more substantial conversation.

Temple Grandin, one of the first people on the autism spectrum to have publicly shared her perspective, has been lecturing on the subject for more than 20 years. At the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 6, the 71-year-old discusses the different ways people think.

Mary Springfels and her six-member contingent known as Severall Friends will offer excerpts from an enormous music manuscript as she imagines they were performed 700 years ago; the performances are at Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

“This is different from any place in the country,” said Caryl Farkas, who has played a central role in organizing the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare festival and is president of the International Shakespeare Center in Santa Fe.

If it had not been for the rediscovery of a cache of unopened family letters, which had been squirreled away and forgotten for 30 years, the most comprehensive biography of painter Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936) might never have been written.