Beat the Heat: Weekend Highlights

| - July 22, 2014

Benny Prasad and his self-designed Bentar

This weekend, Santa Fe heats up as droves of artists and art-lovers flock downtown for the 64th Annual Traditional Spanish Market. It can be exhilarating to be in the heat of things but when the Santa Fe Plaza gets hotter than the enchiladas you had for lunch, there's plenty of other cool ways to entertain yourself in the City Different. When you need a break from Spanish Market, chill out with ice dancing performances, witness the world's fastest traveling man (and his Bentar), or take a walk on the wild side in the Jemez. As always, if you don’t see your event listed here, please submit it.

Friday, July 25:

Don't miss the final weekend of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony-nominated play "Good People," showing at the Santa Fe Playhouse. This provocative production is sure to leave audiences pondering the contradictions of humanity and the defining qualities of "good" people. 

The New Mexico Jazz Festival presents Terri Lyne Carrington and her Grammy-winning Mosaic Project, which brings together some of the world’s most celebrated female instrumentalists and vocalists. Join in the celebration of female artists coming together from a musical and social perspective at the Lensic.

Beat the heat with the Chavez Center's "Ice Dance Weekend" and watch local and regional ice dancers from the Santa Fe Skating Club test and performing social ice dances. 

The Brothers Grimm fairytales come to life in Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, combining the plots of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella," among others. Watch the once-upon-a-time performance by the Santa Fe Performing Arts Teen Ensemble at the Armory for the Arts Theater.

Saturday, July 26:

The 63rd Annual Traditional Spanish Market offers locals and visitors the chance to experience colonial arts and crafts from more than 200 artists, as well as learn about traditional art forms, designs and techniques.  The market festivities venture beyond art, providing market-goers with traditional Spanish food, music, dance, literature and more, Saturday and Sunday. 

Take a trip to the Santa Fe Opera to watch the American premiere of what is billed as "one of the most enthralling historical operas," "Dr. Sun Yat-sen." For history buffs and opera fanatics alike, this production explores a variety of love stories amidst the search for modern identity during the ancient Chinese monarchy.

If you feel like going for a drive, head up to the Valles Caldera for the Jemez Mountain Storytelling Jamboree. The event not only brings the area's best storytellers together to share tales of the Land of Enchantment, but it acts as the anchor to a larger celebration of the creation of the Valles Caldera Preserve. The three-day celebration includes wildflower tours, self-guided hikes and various van tours around the Preserve. 

The CCA's Auteurs Series continues this weekend with Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries," a film drama of a grouchy, old professor who is forced to confront and reevaluate his life upon returning to a place of his past. 

Sunday, July 27:

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival began its 2014 season this week, bringing together chamber music with some of the world’s finest musicians. The festival continues through August 25, but you can end this weekend on a calmer note with a performance of Haydn, Ligeti and Mendelssohn at the St. Francis Auditorium downtown. 

Go back in time with Cerillos Hills State Park's petroglyphs event and listen to expert geologists explain the historical links between ancient pueblos and their rock art, which has survived thousands of years. See the images in the Cerrillos area that remain sacred to contemporary Pueblo peoples.

Benny Prasad, world-record holder and world-renowned musician, brings his enchanting life story and instrumental guitar playing to the Light at Mission Viejo. Listen to the fusion of Western and Indian styles performed on Prasad's self-designed "Bentar," a guitar that has two bongos and a harp built in.

Take a break from the market and enjoy an outdoor concert with the Santa Fe Concert Band's "Midsummer Concert," featuring classical dances, show tunes and patriotic marches. The show takes place at Federal Park.

These are only a handful of the events taking place this weekend in Santa Fe. Check our events calendar for a full list of what's happening, every day.