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Sat, Nov 22 2014, 11:00 - 2:30 PM
The Lensic & The Santa Fe Opera present The Met: Live in HD – Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini).

The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy, featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera, stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

Estimated run time is 3 hours, 30 minutes.

The 2014-2015 Met: Live in HD season is dedicated to William Zeckendorf Jr., and Dr. Patricia McFate. Nov 22, 6:00 PM
Sun, Nov 23 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Don't miss our acclaimed annual performance of Handel's Messiah, featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Guest Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney, and renowned guest soloists Devon Guthrie, Joseph Beutel and Joshua Dennis. A musical rite of the holiday season, this Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners after more than two-and-a-half centuries.
11th Annual Circus Luminous
Fri, Nov 28 7:00 PM thru Sun, Nov 30 2014, 10:00 PM
WHEN: November 28 - 30, 2014
Santa Fe's favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition features local acrobats, clowns, and aerialists.
Sat, Nov 29 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Lensic & Wise Fool New Mexico present the Eleventh Annual Circus Luminous.

This Santa Fe Thanksgiving weekend tradition is back with a breathtaking cast of aerialists, acrobats, and rope walkers. This year's production, based on Italo Calvino's short story, The Distance of the Moon, is directed by Deirdre Morris and includes original music by Jeremy Bleich as well as performances by youth from Moving Arts Española, the Peñasco Theatre Collective, and the break-dancing ensemble 3 HC Holy Faith. The production was co-written by Morris and Wise Fool's Sarah-Jane Moody

The Lensic and Wise Fool thank LANB for their generous and long standing support of Circus Luminousǃ Nov 29, 7:00 PM , Nov 30, 4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 6 2014, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
One of the finest acoustic guitarists in the word and a long time Santa Fe favorite, Leo Kottke returns to the Lensic.

After mercifully giving up the Trombone as a teenager, Leo mastered finger picking on the 6 and 12 string guitar under the tutelage of guitar pioneer John Fahey and the legendary Chet Atkins. His original compositions are as clever and witty as his droll on stage demeanor. With a voice he once likened to "Goose farts on a muggy day", Leo's always thoroughly enjoyable live shows are a perfect blend of his incredible comedic storytelling and his deft musicianship, the two often intertwining and careening down the road together to where, only Leo knows, but the audience is sure to enjoy the ride.
Tue, Dec 9 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Lensic Presents National Theatre Live in HD: JOHN.

Please note: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for audiences 18 years and older.

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring this powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company's new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8's Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don't miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.
Gary Shteyngart with Mary Karr
Wed, Dec 10 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Lannan Foundation presents Readings & Conversations: Gary Shteyngart with Mary Karr.

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., in 1972 and immigrated with his family to New York at the age of seven. Speaking of fellow Soviet Jews coming to America under Jimmy Carter, Shteyngart dead pans: “Russia gets the grain it needs to run; America gets the Jews it needs to run: all in all, an excellent trade deal.” His first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, follows the rollicking times of young Russians in New York and Prava, “the Eastern European Paris of the 90s,” a thinly veiled Prague.

His recent memoir, Little Failure, equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, chronicles his early memories of the Solomon Schechter Hebrew School in Queens, New York through university years to his present status as an established (albeit insecure) writer. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times reviewed Little Failure as “…a testament to Mr. Shteyngart's abilities to write with both self-mocking humor and introspective wisdom, sharp-edged sarcasm and aching—and yes, Chekhovian—tenderness.”
Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and memoirist. She is the author of Lit, the long-awaited sequel to her critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoirs The Liars' Club and Cherry. “[Karr's] most powerful tool is her language, which she wields with the virtuosity of both a lyric poet and an earthy, down-home Texan,” wrote The New York Times about The Liars' Club. Her poetry collection Sinners Welcome: Poems traces the path of her troubled childhood and how it led her to the Catholic Church.
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