A Musical Piñata for Christmas, now in its seventh year, is a bilingual, pointedly heartwarming theatrical event that’s both a celebration and a reflection of life in the City of Holy Faith. This year’s installment opens 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and continues 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, through Dec. 15.

Recent Lensic Performing Arts Center screenings of Hansard (National Theatre Live in HD) and Akhnaten (The Met Live in HD) were potent reminders of how much these broadcasts (and their high artistic standards) have added to the local cultural scene and that a significant emotional impact can be generated by the simplest of theatrical means as well as the most complex. They’re also an excellent value, with ticket prices capped at $28.

In Vanessa Vassar's debut children’s book, Evan and the Skygoats (Leaf Storm Press, 48 pages, $18.95), the Albuquerque author writes of the loss of a daughter and — for her 3-year-old son, Evan — the loss of a big sister, which Evan struggles to understand.

Las Posadas is recreated in Santa Fe, presented by the New Mexico History Museum, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. A candlelit procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Santa Fe Plaza and end in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. 

Pre-solstice frivolity glazes over deep emotions. We can enjoy camaraderie and still feel the world changing. 

Bill Frisell joins guitarist Julian Lage for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Taos Community Auditorium. 

Tencha Ávila set her play, No Number Home, in the small, southern Colorado migrant community where she grew up. Based on events that transpired when Ávila was a toddler, the play takes place in the days before Christmas 1944.

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Wise Fool returns to the Lensic Performing Arts Center with its Thanksgiving show. This year’s extravaganza, Circus Luminous: Chaos! plays 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; and there is a sensory-friendly show 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Other Words: Poetry

Books by NM poets

An impressive new crop of books by New Mexico poets includes three debut collections, a seasoned sophomore effort, and the latest from a former Santa Fe Poet Laureate. 

As 2019 draws to a close, Amuse Bouche decided to look back at the restaurants we reviewed in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Some were uniformly beloved by our crit…

Queen & Slim is full of violence and danger, but it isn’t a hectic, plot-driven caper. Its mood is dreamy, sometimes almost languorous, at least as invested in the aesthetics of life on the run as it is in the politics of black lives.

You don’t have to go to New York, London, or Austria to see A-list talent. Just head about 25 miles northwest to Los Alamos and the programs of the Los Alamos Concert Association.

Whyt Rbbt, a new collaboration between electropop music artist Indigo (vocals) and acid crunk artist An-Ten-Nae (beats), land at Meow Wolf on Friday, Nov. 29,  9 p.m., with guest act ATYYA opening. 

This post-Thanksgiving weekend starts on a thoughtful note that can stray into grim determination. We may want to corner a younger relative — skewer them with tough qu…

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Lensic Performing Arts Center will offer its first sensory-friendly performance. “We want to make shows universal so everyone can enjoy them,” says Joel Aalberts, the Lensic’s executive director. 

Can this divorce be saved? For all its satirical jabs at bourgeois mores and self-involved artists (a MacArthur “genius” grant pops up for a cameo), Marriage Story is suffused with humanism and forgiveness.

Art News

Art briefs

Santa Fe’s former poet laureate wins National Book Award; Antiques Roadshow seeking hidden treasures in Santa Fe; Taos museum names new executive director, and more.

In Scott Johnson: Fissure, a beguiling, immersive exhibition of more than 30 works by Colorado artist Scott Johnson, the viewers’ perspectives are challenged; at Center for Contemporary Arts through Feb. 2.

Tony Vaccaro: La Dolce Vita continues at Monroe Gallery through Jan. 26. The gallery screens the HBO documentary Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC Tony Vaccaro at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30; free, but RSVP required. 

Suzanne Sbarge combines oil and acrylic painting with found imagery and invests all of her work with a surreal quality. There's a reception for Suzanne Sbarge: Dovetail 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Turner Carroll Gallery; the show runs through Dec. 14.

The clocks have caught up with me, folks, it’s really time to go. This is my last Terrell’s Tune-up. After more than 32 years at The New Mexican, I’m officially retiring as of Nov. 22.

Glowing paper lanterns light up the sky (weather permitting) during the annual Lantern Launch, a family-friendly event at Towa Golf Club hosted by the Pueblo of Pojoaque, 3 p.m-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

 

Phelim McDermott’s spectacular new production of Akhnaten by Philip Glass can be seen in Santa Fe via the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast series 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 6 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Lensic. 

Guillermo Figueroa leads the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and  four vocal soloists in a performance of Handel's Messiah at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. 

The sun enters celebratory Sagittarius this morning. From now until the winter solstice, we are inundated with holiday feasts and way-too-honest conversations around the dinner table. 

With its obsession with process and how-it-all-went-down chronology, The Irishman is tiresome, at times even dull in its pointless arguments and profane ego trips. But that leaves viewers confronting how movies — especially Martin Scorsese’s — have shaped our most disquieting desires.