Cartonería artworks often create the illusion that they're sturdy and possibly heavy, belying the fact that they're constructed solely of paper, glue, and cardboard. The style, which was created in Mexico, is showcased in the La Cartonería Mexicana exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art. More than 100 pieces are featured, some reaching nearly 6 feet tall. Many of the pieces came from the collection of late Santa Fe art connoisseur Alexander Girard.

He was just a talented kid thrust into an unfamiliar position by his diligence and preparation. Five decades later, Eric Henderson is still touring and mining the skills he learned from Spanish guitar master Andrés Segovia.

There's something to please just about every musical taste on Santa Fe Pro Musica's Winter Orchestra Concert. For new music lovers, there's the area premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Earth. Tenor fans get Nicholas Phan, soloist in Earth. Musical archeologists get a symphony by Joseph Bologne, an unjustly neglected 18th-century Black composer. For those seeking an energy fix, Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony and Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance" will be just the ticket.

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I, Zombie

Bill Nighy anchors screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro's elegant adaptation of the 1952 Kurosawa film Ikiru.

Zahn McClarnon will be part of Native Change Makers in Film, a panel discussion Saturday, Jan. 28, at La Fonda on the Plaza.

Tune-Up Café has been a popular burger-and-burrito stop since Salvadoran native Jesús Rivera opened the restaurant in 2008. 

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Lita: A Survivor’s Life in Images takes you inside the family photo album of Carl and Lita Blake, who escaped Vienna in 1938 just before the onset of World War II.

Seven Contemplations by Swoon — aka Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia Curry — is featured through March 14 at Container.

Ever gone to a concert with new work and wondered, "What was the composer thinking?" Now you can find out in advance, at least for the New Mexico Performing Arts Society's presentation of Aaron Alter's Earth Cantata, at a meet-the-composer event about a month before the world premiere takes place.

In an era of such celebrated French polymaths as Voltaire and Beaumarchais, Joseph Bologne certainly stood in their company, as many contemporary reports indicated. 

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Love Sucks — a Valentine’s Day standup special brought to life by CloudTop Comedy Festival — will celebrate the awkward first dates and the soul-crushing monotony of courting in the instant match era.

French-born Hervé Koubi only learned of his Algerian roots in adulthood — a realization that set him on a path to become one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers, known for the highly-physical, gravity-defying work he creates for his 13-member troupe of male dancers from North Africa and the Mediterranean basin. 

Tony Furtado likes working with his hands — whether it's writing songs on his banjo, performing to appreciative crowds, or creating sculptures. The artist performs Saturday, Jan. 21, at San Miguel Chapel.

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The Axman cometh

Los Alamos promises to be the site of some very high-level pianism on Sunday, Jan. 22, with a solo recital for the Los Alamos Concert Association by the legendary Emanuel Ax.

People passing the Farmers Market Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20, will probably notice beer lovers’ mugs all over the place. Seventeen breweries from throughout New Mexic…

Immortal, an exhibition at the Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery, honors seven artists with ties to the college who died in the past two years.

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Taos in a bottle

Thirty winemakers and 22 restaurants will be part of this year's Taos Winter Wine Festival, which includes a reserve tasting and silent auction, a lamb roast, and a grand tasting.

We come out of a deeply personal winter cycle and begin a season of community responsibility as the sun enters Aquarius. 

Rik Allen's Rockets art at Blue Rain Gallery draws on both his love of science fiction and his growing concern about the environment.

The Modern Jazz Quartet was one of the most important and highly regarded groups working in the genre for several decades and its "third stream" style was created by pianist and Albuquerque native John Lewis. The Aaron Diehl Trio and guest vibraphonist Jason Marsalis reinterpret the MJQ songbook in a Jan. 19 concert at the Lensic.

There was only one Aretha Franklin, a point made clear with the new tribute show R.E.S.P.E.C.T., which has a total of four vocalists, plus a live band, to tell her story and perform her most famous songs.

Junior Brown will showcase his unique guitar playing and many original songs during a performance with his wife, Tanya Rae Brown, in Madrid.

Madrid has a new arts offering: Mad Contemporary Gallery and Art Center, which will hold its grand opening celebration Saturday, Jan. 14.

Movie Review

The primal wound

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A group of misfits find a family in Broker, Hirokazu Koreeda's unexpectedly heartwarming road movie about baby sellers.

The Couple at the Table is the 12th book in the prolific author's psychological thriller series which began in 2006.

This could be a week of dénouement. Some lost items will find their way back, hidden plans or agreements sneak into the open, and old grudges get exposed as Mars progresses in verbal Gemini and Mercury retrograde stations turn direct on Wednesday.

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, Santa Fe Pro Musica’s new artistic director, is on a mission to widen the classical music tent. He’s just as comfortable programming works written by a contemporary American jazz great or a composer from the classical Indian Odissi dance form or by a Syrian clarinet virtuoso as he is with the Eurocentric tradition, so future Pro Musica seasons will start to take on a more global sensibility.

Jared Weiss' art focuses on figures interacting in ambiguous ways, with the New Mexico desert as a backdrop.

The Center for Contemporary Arts Cinema plans to put 12 classic films under the audience's microscope this year as part of Closer Looks: Cinema + Conversation.

The restaurant's large menu reflects a mixture of Argentinian, Armenian, and Italian foods that somehow, strangely, makes culinary sense. 

Photographer Gary Goldberg has been photographing the textures of the Oaxaca region's landscapes for years. His work will be showcased at Hecho Gallery.

Fragments is the theme of Strata Gallery's juried exhibition, with a reception running from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

The History and Use of Chocolate in Chaco Canyon and Beyond will shed light on the discovery of chocolate residue in what's now the U.S. Southwest. 

It can be hard to be back at work after the winter holidays and so tempting to stay curled up and take some private time, a month of introversion. 

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An exhibition titled Endless Journey at SITE Santa Fe includes 37 of the artist's works produced over 60 years.

If your New Year’s resolutions include attending more live performances by our major music and theater groups in 2023 (and we hope it does), this is the story for you.

You can head east, north, or west in the upcoming months to take in rarely performed operas in three cities with very different vibes — St. Louis, Denver, and San Francisco.

As Casey Parks follows the mystery of a stranger’s past, she is forced to reckon with her own sexuality, her fraught Southern identity, her tortured yet loving relationship with her mother, and the complicated role of faith in her life.

You can celebrate New Year's Eve with superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (last seen in Santa Fe as a vampire in The Lord of Cries at the Santa Fe Opera) in music by Handel, Gershwin, and Beethoven with conductor-pianist Joe Illick and the NYE Orchestra at the Lensic.

The Santa Fe International Literary Festival has announced part of its roster of authors, including famous names such as Gillian Flynn, John Irving, and David Treuer.

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Lounge lizards

The Faculty Lounge will perform twice on New Year's Eve, in back-to-back 90-minute shows, riffing off suggestions from audience members. 

On a day of few organized activities planned around the Santa Fe area, two are set at Madrid's Mine Shaft Tavern.

The coming year may start slow but eventful with Mercury, Mars, and Uranus all retrograde.

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Writers from all over Northern New Mexico offered up their efforts in more than 150 entries in the 2021 Pasatiempo Writing Contest.

Juliette Grace May Anderson, Chloe Stengel, and Zeke McMillan impressed the judges in the Youth Fiction category of the 2021 Writing Contest.

In the Adult Poetry category, works by Aaron Rudolph, Eleanor Channell, and Beate Sigriddaughter were the judge's favorites.