“Rock music is essentially a hybrid type of music that incorporates elements of folk and blues and country and gospel and whatever, like that. Camper [Van Beethoven] has a broad palette of styles that it incorporates. We get into the Eastern European stuff, all the surf stuff that was heavily influenced by Middle Eastern music,” said front man David Lowery. Lowery brings his two bands, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, to The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Five dinners. Five operas. So many possible pairings. Pasatiempo plucks imaginative food options — all based on elements in the works — from the stories of Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 season.

The colorful brass band/Mardi Gras Indian group Cha Wa plays Music on the Hill in Santa Fe at St. John’s College, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, and at Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Slow down. If life gets hectic, sit still, if just for a minute. Summer’s heat and five planets in retrograde ask us to take our time and think things through. Catch up and reconnect with the past, work on old projects, and handle life right here, right now.

Così fan tutte can be viewed as the quintessence of the Enlightenment, the 18th-century movement that believed “The proper study of mankind is man,” as Alexander Pope put it in An Essay on Man.

The mixed-media exhibition I Don’t Have a Type, created by three Albuquerque artists, Caitlin Carcerano, Emma Rose Casady, and Izabelle Fernandez, opens at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at [AC]2 Gallery.

The appeal of this stirring documentary is the pleasure it affords in spending of a couple of hours in the world of the great Toni Morrison, her friends, and her literary legacy.

Joseph Johnson steps outside his orchestra roles this weekend in a pair of solo concerts that will test his instrumental voice: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at SITE Santa Fe and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Las Puertas Event Center in Albuquerque.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival launches its 2019 season Sunday, July 14 with a concert highlighted by the New Mexico premiere of IF, a monodrama for soprano and ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison.  Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schubert are also on the program, which will be repeated on Monday, July 15.

It’s not your imagination. The catchy Guster song that you’ve been hearing on the radio, “Overexcited,” does sound remarkably like the 1982 Madness hit “Our House.” And Guster front man Ryan Miller really is singing in a British accent as he narrates a neighborhood walk.

When the audience settles into their seats and Puccini’s beloved score begins, they’ll see one face of La bohème, just one facet, the one they were intended to see. But there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before, during, and after a performance.

AMP coordinated the 4th of July Music Weekend Getaway in Taos’ Kit Carson Park, where Lake Street Dive plays on Friday, July 5. The band is part of a multi-day lineup that kicked off with WAR and Ozomatli on July 4 and finishes on Saturday, July 6, with The Mavericks and Los Lobos.

Many summers ago, I tagged along on a weekend trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, with some friends who were serious habitual gamblers. We stayed at the Stardust Resort and Casino, which had not yet been imploded and razed, and while I clearly recall a friend winning $25,000 during one very long night of baccarat, I have utterly forgotten any specifics about the food we ate.

The Santa Fe Wine Festival is celebrating its 26th anniversary with a wide range of festivities at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, featuring New Mexican wines from 20 vintners around the state. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. 

Make the most of this weekend. It begins with a sociable Leo moon that encourages us to build resilience by enjoying our lives and one another’s company.

On the evening of July 11, the Santa Fe Plaza plays host to scores of artists from around the globe with the International Folk Art Market’s annual “Procession of Nations.” The free community celebration starts with the folk-artist procession at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6:00 p.m. 

David Berkeley plays at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, as part of the Sunset in the Garden concert series at Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

It’s gospel in the publishing business that readers want light, enjoyable fare this time of year, and Very Nice, Marcy Dermansky’s fourth novel, fits the bill.

Sabine Hauert is a robotics researcher intrigued by the problem-solving possibilities inherent in engineering robotic swarms. Her lecture, “Swarm Engineering Across Scales,” takes place at the Lensic at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. 

Canadian-Portugese musician Awna Teixiera plays Gig Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5. 

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Thollem McDonas kicks off a six-month U.S. tour, performing solo piano and in various ensembles at Littleglobe, a collaborative art nonprofit on Fox Road. The concert features his ever-changing Everywhere Quintet and his Silver Ochre duo, with video artist ACVilla.

Art Briefs

News of art

Elizabeth Jacobson named Santa Fe Poet Laureate, and other news

Book Reviews—D.C. Roundup

Which D.C. novel best captures the city?

A lot of novelists try to capture Washington, D.C., but not many get it right. So what makes a great Washington book? That depends on which D.C. the author is trying to portray. 

The French opera The Pearl Fishers premiered in 1863 and quickly became beloved for its stunning composition, especially the duet, which is considered by opera experts to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

World premiere of La bohème was Feb. 1, 1896, Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy; music by Giacomo Puccini, Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The Santa Fe Opera 2019 production is directed by Mary Birnbaum and conducted by Jader Bignamini.


Kevin Nealon brings his stand-up act to the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on June 28 and 29.

This summer, the downtown Albuquerque gallery 516 ARTS is dedicated to two artists with concurrent solo shows. Mira Burack and Paula Wilson explore similar themes, born in part from their experiences moving to New Mexico — Cerrillos and Carrizozo, respectively — from more urban settings.

Random Acts

Marks the spot

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the original lineup of X plays at The Bridge Patio at Santa Fe Brewing Co. This is a 21-and-older event.

Though it might not rock as hard as an actual Queen concert, a free outdoor screening of the biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the Railyard Park at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28, is a great place to start a weekend of Pride festivities.

    Summer waxes full. Time slows down as Mercury, symbolic ruler of movement, speech, and our thinking processes, prepares to turn retrograde from July 7 to 30. The stars…

    Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People (Balboa Press), is the first in a series of four memoirs by Erica M. Elliott. She will sign copies at Garcia Street Books at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.