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Tue, Mar 31 onetime 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Lensic

Lensic Presents Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant 50th anniversary tour.

Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie returns to The Lensic, this time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the story behind his classic song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree."

Fifty years ago on Thanksgiving day, Guthrie visited friend Alice Brock and her husband at their home, a church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He did them a favor by taking out their garbage. The dump was closed that day, so Guthrie and a friend dropped the garbage off a cliff where other locals had previously dropped trash. Guthrie was arrested the following day, and the mark on his record miraculously kept him out of Vietnam by making him ineligible for the draft.

Guthrie recalled the incident in hilarious detail in 1967's 18-minute musical monologue, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," which became his most beloved song. The song also became the subject of a 1969 movie and is also a Thanksgiving tradition, played nationwide on public radio every year.

Guthrie last played at The Lensic in 2013 for his "Here Comes the Kid" tour, which honored his father, the legendary Woody Guthrie, in what would have been Woody's 100th birthday year.

Throughout his career, Arlo Guthrie has honored his father in song as well as in life, practicing social and political activism and connecting with audiences as a storyteller, philosopher, and musician. He is known for performing his own original music as well as songs his father made famous. visit our website
Wed, Apr 1 onetime 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Lensic

EVHS and Heath Concerts present Mary Chapin Carpenter Trio. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10am. $150.00 tickets include a special benefit meet and greet.

The Espanola Valley Humane Society is proud to present a special Benefit Concert event featuring Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this spring. The tour marks Carpenter's return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He'll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. visit our website
Mon, Apr 6 onetime 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Monday, April 6th at 7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco Street.

Please call Performance Santa Fe at 505-984-8759 for subscription orders or for student, teacher and group discounts.

Spend a night relishing the superlative sounds of four longtime friends and musical colleagues - violinist Daniel Hope, violinist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finckel, and pianist Wu Han - as they delight Santa Fe concertgoers with two Romantic piano quartets by Schumann and Brahms, and a beautiful single-movement creation by Mahler. visit our website
Tue, Apr 7 onetime 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Location: The Lensic

Heath Concerts presents An Evening with X Special Acoustic Showcase
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10am

X emerged from the L.A. punk scene as the most critically lauded American band of the early '80s. X helped to vindicate the West Coast scene, which had lagged behind New York and London's early punk and new-wave movements. X's music then was properly labeled as punk, the music and lyrics were more sophisticated than the hardcore sound that would later define the genre. And for all the speed and thrust of their playing, X claims roots in rockabilly and old-time country music, which echoes in the vocal harmonies of John Doe and Exene.

The band began in 1977, when John Doe and Billy Zoom met through classified ads in a local publication. Doe's family had moved all around America when he was growing up, and he settled in L.A. in 1976. Exene first met Doe at a poetry workshop in Venice, California, and the two soon became lovers and bandmates. The couple, who later married and divorced, also write all the band's lyrics. With D.J. Bonebrake, they began playing at the Masque, Hollywood's seminal punk club. visit our website
Fri, Apr 10 onetime 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Lensic

Lensic Presents the 15th Annual Nuestra Musica.

This evening of shared songs and stories celebrating New Mexico's diverse musical heritage continues at The Lensic. Last year's event was curated by musicologist Enrique Lamadrid, aural historian Jack Loeffler, and author and archivist Celestia Loeffler.

Every spring, people travel to the The Lensic from northern and central New Mexico to perform in and attend this special evening of music. Nuestra Música premiered on The Lensic stage in the spring of 2001 and is the only annual concert featuring the Hispano folk music of the state. Past performers have included Hermanos Martinez (Rob and Lorenzo Martinez), Cipriano Vigil y la Familia Vigil, Roberto Mondragon, Frank McCullough y Sus Amigos, and El Trio Jalapeño with Antonia Apodaca. visit our website
Stratford Festival HD: King John
Sat, Apr 11 onetime 7 PM - 10 PM
Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Plays from Canada's renowned Stratford Festival, broadcast in high definition

King John
April 11, 2015
7 pm, $22 (discounts for Lensic members)

War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favor of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion, and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother's grief for her son. King John is directed by Tim Carroll, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for Twelfth Night (Best Direction of a Play).

“Director Carroll… has turned King John into the season's must-see for Shakespeare aficionados.” —Montreal Gazette

“…an impressive and compelling production.” —Broadway World visit our website
Sun, Apr 12 onetime 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: The Lensic

Don't The Santa Fe Symphony's dramatic tribute to three incomparable composers, whose masterworks encompass the full spectrum of human emotion—one of the wonders of the classical repertoire. With its soaring crescendos, Brahms' Symphony No. 1 promises to transport and inspire you, and Dvorák's lively Slavonic Dances are among his most memorable works. Filled with fireworks like the Northern Lights, Sibelius' virtuostic Concerto for Violin will be masterfully peformed by Alexi Kenney, Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition Winner. visit our website
Wed, Apr 15 onetime 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Tickets for this event go on sale at noon on March 7

Lannan Foundation presents Readings and Conversations: Wallace Shawn with Michael Silverblatt.

Wallace Shawn, playwright, actor, screenwriter and essayist, has said, “I don't know about you, but I only have one life, and I don't want to spend it in a sewer of injustice.” Best known for his roles in My Dinner with Andre and as Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn also has had an illustrious career in theater, both as an actor and writer. His plays include Grasses of a Thousand Colors and The Designated Mourner, described by The Times (London) as “…highly unconventional, much concerned with matters of politics, culture and human significance.” Shawn has written on subjects such as war, money, sex and aesthetics. In his collection entitled Essays: Wallace Shawn, he writes, “Every once in a while, though, I like to take a break from fantasy land, and I go off to the place called Reality for a brief vacation.”
Michael Silverblatt, described as “the guy authors go to when they want a serious literary conversation about their work,” is the host of KCRW's Bookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program showcasing writers of fiction and poetry. Describing his interviews as “conversations,” Silverblatt has hosted hundreds of the most celebrated writers of our time, including David Foster Wallace, Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates and Susan Sontag. visit our website
Wed, Apr 22 onetime 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Santa Fe YouthWorks presents Jobs not Jails: An evening with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries.

Santa Fe ¡YouthWorksǃ, a local non-profit organization specializing in education and job training for disconnected youth, presents a special speaking event featuring Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest working with disconnected youth and young adults in Los Angeles.

As executive director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities, as well as spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and others about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.

“Jobs not Jails” and “Nothing stops a Bullet like a Job” are the key mottos of Homeboy Industries and ¡YouthWorksǃ operates in Santa Fe with a similar philosophy and approach to improving the lives of local youth. visit our website
Thu, Apr 23 onetime 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Live Nation presents John Mulaney.

John Mulaneyis quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Mulaney can currently be seen starring in FOX's new comedy Mulaney, about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level. He also serves as creator, writer and executive producer on the series.

Mulaney began his career in New York's East Village as part of the two-man “Oh Hello Show” with comedian Nick Kroll. He has since performed everywhere from Ireland, to Australia to Grand Isle, Nebraska. He was named one of Variety's “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008--the same year he began working at Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader.

Mulaney's first comedy special, The Top Part, was released in 2009 and reviewed as "a finely-crafted piece of work" by the Huffington Post. He released his second Comedy Central Special and Album New In Town in 2012, and upon review hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”LIVE NATION

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Lensic Performing Arts Center

Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Lensic presents over 200 eclectic performances year-round, which include an array of local, national, and international music artists.
Santa Fe Film Festival

Santa Fe Film Festival

Various Venues, Santa Fe, NM 87501
WHEN: December 2 - 6, 2015
This four-day film buff's dream screens films from around the globe and hosts panels, workshops and other festivities. Various venues.

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