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FPA presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

FPA presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

July 18, 2018   7:00 PM

After sold-out performances in New York, Chicago and D.C., awarding-winning actor Max McLean brings his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis to Santa Fe. Using Lewis’ own words, McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’ extraordinary theatrical journey from vigorous debunker of faith to one of the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century.

TheaterMania says McLean delivers an “Uncannily Spot-on Performance!” The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “Bristling, Provocative, Highly Entertaining and Highly Recommended!” And The Weekly Standard writes “C.S. Lewis Onstage delivers something truly novel in modern theater: a story about an immensely creative mind arriving at the threshold of faith… a truthful, richly textured and witty account of religious conversion.” Splash magazine calls it: “Very funny in a self-deprecating way.”

Tickets: $39-$89

$30 under 30/Student tickets available at BO with ID.

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FPA presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

FPA presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

July 19, 2018   7:00 PM

After sold-out performances in New York, Chicago and D.C., awarding-winning actor Max McLean brings his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis to Santa Fe. Using Lewis’ own words, McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’ extraordinary theatrical journey from vigorous debunker of faith to one of the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century.

TheaterMania says McLean delivers an “Uncannily Spot-on Performance!” The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “Bristling, Provocative, Highly Entertaining and Highly Recommended!” And The Weekly Standard writes “C.S. Lewis Onstage delivers something truly novel in modern theater: a story about an immensely creative mind arriving at the threshold of faith… a truthful, richly textured and witty account of religious conversion.” Splash magazine calls it: “Very funny in a self-deprecating way.”

Tickets: $39-$89

$30 under 30/Student tickets available at BO with ID.

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Roots & Wires with Taos Jazz Bebop Society presents Ranky Tanky

Roots & Wires with Taos Jazz Bebop Society presents Ranky Tanky

July 19, 2018   7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

A New Mexico Jazz Festival event at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership.

Ranky Tanky, which translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” is a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God."  The music ranges from “playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.” Drummer Quentin Baxter, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer currently on tour with Freddy Cole and Rene Marie; bassist Kevin Hamilton, a celebrated artist in Charleston’s vibrant jazz scene; trumpeter/vocalist, Charlton Singleton, who has shared the stage and worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world; and guitarist/vocalist, Clay Ross, who has established himself as an in-demand sideman and innovative bandleader on the international music scene, are all South Carolina natives who first came together in 1998, fresh out of the University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet.

 

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Arte Flamenco Society presents Juan Siddi Flamenco

Arte Flamenco Society presents Juan Siddi Flamenco

July 20, 2018   8:00 PM

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 24th at 10am

Over the past decade, Artistic Director Juan Siddi has choreographed extraordinary works which have been presented around the globe including NYC's Joyce Theater, Jacob's Pillow Festival, MA and the International Cultural Festival Doha, Qatar.

Alongside other premiere performers, Jose Luis de la Paz, Musical Director/Guitarist and Alex Conde, Jazz/Flamenco Pianist, Sonia Olla Fernandez, Guest/Dancer and many more will be highlighting the event.

This remarkable ensemble delivers a bold theatrical flamenco experience with authentic flair directly from Spain.

"I was drawn into their story"
-Broadwayworld.com

Tickets: $25-$65 Reserved Seating

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New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Ranky Tanky

New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Ranky Tanky

July 20, 2018   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

At Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque

Ranky Tanky, which translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” is a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God."  The music ranges from “playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.” Drummer Quentin Baxter, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer currently on tour with Freddy Cole and Rene Marie; bassist Kevin Hamilton, a celebrated artist in Charleston’s vibrant jazz scene; trumpeter/vocalist, Charlton Singleton, who has shared the stage and worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world; and guitarist/vocalist, Clay Ross, who has established himself as an in-demand sideman and innovative bandleader on the international music scene, are all South Carolina natives who first came together in 1998, fresh out of the University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet.

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New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Route 66 Summerfest

New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Route 66 Summerfest

July 21, 2018   3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

At Nob Hill, Albuquerque

Featuring Irma Thomas, Ranky Tanky + 15 Local Groups on 4 Stages

 

Grammy Award-winning singer, Irma Thomas is known as "the Soul Queen of New Orleans "and is one of New Orleans’ most beloved and iconic entertainers. The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Thomas sings warmly and forthrightly amid the two-fisted rumbas, R&B vamps, jazz ballads and barrelhouse flourishes." Her version of “Ruler Of My Heart” was re-interpreted by Otis Redding as “Pain In My Heart” and her version of “Time Is On My Side” currently has over 3.5 million listens on Spotify and was covered by The Rolling Stones. In 2008, Thomas was honored as the subject of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. She appeared on HBO’s hit series Treme, in which she sang with an All Star backing band including Allen Toussaint, who produced some of her best-known work. The Associated Press called her a national treasure, and declares, "she remains at the top of her talent...her lush voice, with its earthy tones and full-note roundness, has grown more nuanced and emotionally resonant with time.”

 

Also featured on the 3 Summerfest Stages throughout the day are the following outstanding New Mexico performers: The Memphis PTails; Max Gomez; Fat City; Oscar Butler; Rodney Bowe; John Maestas' Juan Tigre; the Silver String Band; Wagogo; Dogbone, Youth Performers on the KidZone Stage, and more!

Presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department & Mayor Tim Keller and Nob Hill Mainstreet

 

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New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Dave Grusin

New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Dave Grusin

July 22, 2018   2:00 PM

“Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” Film Preview, plus Dave Grusin Solo Piano Concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Each year, the New Mexico Jazz Festival honors legendary jazz artists living here in New Mexico, and this year, along with legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath (at Outpost Performance Space, July 12), the festival honors Oscar and Grammy-winning composer, producer, and jazz pianist Dave Grusin, who is the subject of a feature-length documentary film entitled “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time.”

This screening is a “special preview" of the full length documentary, which will be released theatrically later this year.. Produced by filmmakers (and well known Santa Fe jazz musicians) Barbara Bentree and John Rangel of Jindojazz Independent Media Productions, and with the full cooperation of Grusin and his family, the film chronicles Grusin’s extraordinary career and features interviews with some of the most important voices in the television, film and recording industries, as well as stories from Grusin about the evolution of the movie and music businesses. Over the past fifty years, Dave Grusin has been nominated for thirty-eight Grammy Awards, eight Academy Awards and four Golden Globes Awards and has performed in concert halls and major Jazz Festivals all over the world. He wrote the scores for such films as “Tootsie,” “On Golden Pond,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Three Days of the Condor,” and “Milagro Beanfield War," for which he won an Oscar.

He also co-founded GRP Records with Larry Rosen which was the best-selling jazz label for five consecutive years. Their forward-thinking partnership had a monumental impact on the record industry, setting the standard for digital recording fidelity. As a composer, pianist, arranger and producer, Grusin is one of the most prolific American musicians of the past century. Following the film preview, Mr. Grusin will perform a solo piano set of his music after which he will be joined by the filmmakers in a Q & A session.

Tickets: $25 - $45

For information on all 2018 New Mexico Jazz Festival events and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE

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New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring Hillary Smith

New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring Hillary Smith

July 24, 2018   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

At Santa Fe Bandstand | Santa Fe Plaza

The 19-member Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra (AJO), founded in 1982 by Pancho Romero, has been delighting audiences throughout the Southwest for more than thirty years. Currently under the direction of saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at UNM, Glenn Kostur, past directors have included John Sanks and Bobby Shew. Tonight, AJO is joined by one of Albuquerque’s favorite vocalists and a frequent AJO guest, Hillary Smith (hONEyhoUSe, Soul Kitchen, etc.). An award winning vocalist many times over, Smith’s classically trained vocal instrument, rooted in the Gospel tradition, has been called a natural wonder.  Opening the evening is the duo of guitarist, John Maestas and Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate, Hakim Be, two forward thinking, creative young artists who are embarking on an adventure in sonic poetry. Fusing an array or rhythms, roots, rhetorical devices and electronic soundscapes, (RE)Verse is part song, part story, part polyrhythm, part poem. It's art that is at once linear and non-linear, blurring the lines between song and prose. FREE!

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Pilobolus

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Pilobolus

July 24, 2018   8:00 PM

Continually testing the limits of human physicality, the internationally recognized troupe Pilobolus brings an evening of repertoire to Santa Fe that reveals just how diverse and surprising its work can be. Part Darwinian investigation, part love story, Symbiosis sweeps viewers away in an emotional duet. In Rushes, journey to what the Los Angeles Times called “a Fellini-esque carnival.” Whether exploring the competition between animals in Branches, to classic Pilobolus feats of strength in Gnomen, prepare to be amazed!

“Pilobolus embodied a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery.” – The Washington Post

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New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Charles McPherson Quartet

New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Charles McPherson Quartet

July 25, 2018   7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

At SITE Santa Fe.

 

Presented in partnership with the Santa Fe Jazz Collective & SITE Santa Fe
Sponsored by Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe

For more than 50 years, saxophonist Charles McPherson has been one of the most expressive and highly regarded voices in jazz. His rich musical style, rooted in the blues and bebop, has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners and he has performed and/or recorded with artists ranging from Pepper Adams, Nat Adderley, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Randy Brecker, to the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Pat Martino, Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, and many others. Born in Joplin, Missouri, McPherson grew up in Detroit and moved to New York in 1959 where, within a year, he was performing with Charles Mingus, with whom he played until 1972. McPherson can be heard on over 70 recordings both as a leader and as a sideman, and he released his latest recording, Love Walked In, in February 2016. He remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today and is at the height of his powers, his playing “combining passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation.”

The Charles McPherson tour of New Mexico is made possible, in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant from the Western Jazz Presenters Network (WJPN) and celebrates the 25th Anniversary of McPherson's first WJPN-sponsored tour of New Mexico in 1993.

The Charles McPherson Quartet will also perform at the Harwood Museum in Taos ,  Friday July 27 at 8pm in a New Mexico Jazz Festival affiliated event presented by the Taos Jazz Bebop Society. For information: www.taosjazz.org

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