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December 2009


Holiday Calendar Voices of New Mexico will perform: Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 PM at the Loretta Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 PM at The Cathedral Church of St. John

– Friends of Cathedral Music Series, 318 Silver Ave. SW Polyphony’s candlelight program this season includes the cherished audience favorite, A Ceremony of Carols, by Benjamin Britten and internationally renowned harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder. Also featured are the works of G. P. Palestrina, Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, New Mexican composers Richard Hermann, Iain Quinn, and Bradley Ellingboe, favorite seasonal carols from Italy, France, Great Britain and Germany, and a newly-commissioned work based on the poetry of Walter de la Mare for choir and harp by the distinguished Canadian composer Andrew Ager, entitled Winter-An Evocation. Tickets for concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe may be purchased online in advance at (The Loretto Chapel: $16-$35; The Cathedral Church of St. John: Adults $20, seniors $15, students $5.) Remaining tickets will be available at the door with early seating strongly encouraged at all venues.

PM; and Dec. 24, 6-11 PM. The “Bugg Lights” is a free walk-though display. Donations will be accepted to help Menaul students in mission week in the spring. Call (505) 345-7727.

Through December 30 River of Lights at Rio Grande Botanic Garden, 6-9 PM. Closed Dec. 24-25. Dazzling holiday walk-through light show. Designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen. Supper with Santa Dec. 14-23 at the Shark Reef Café; and Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on consecutive Wednesdays Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for children. Located 2601 Central Ave. NW. Call (505) 7646280.

Through January 1 Annual Holiday Sale, at New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery. Reception Dec. 11, 5-8 PM. Featuring art that everyone can afford. Prices range from $25-$125 by local artists 3812 Central Ave. SE, Ste. 100 B. Call (505) 2688952 or visit

Through January 7 Our Lady of Guadalupe: Goddess of the Americas, an exhibition on view at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Tues.-Sun., 10 AM-5 PM. Contains 17 works of art portraying La Virgen, revealing artists’ venerations and imitations of her image. Exhibition is free in the Center’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts during regular business hours, 1701 4th St SW. Call (505) 246-2261.

December 1–26 UNDER 500 – Holiday Show exhibition by Gallery Artists Matrix Fine Art. Affordable, fun art from small sculptures to drawings and paintings by gallery artists. Prices starting as low as $100. Free admission. 3812 Central Ave. SE. Call Regina Held (505) 268-8952.

December 4-26 Ongoing Through December 24 “White Christmas” at Albuquerque Little Theater – a musical experience for the whole family. Performances: Dec. 5, 10-12, 18-19 at 8 PM; Dec. 13, 20 at 2 PM; and Dec. 24 1 p.m. Ticket prices: adults $22, seniors $20, students $18, children 12 and under $10. Group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased by phone or by visiting ALT Box Office, 224 San Pasquale SW open Monday through Friday 10 AM - 5 PM.

Through December 24 Bugg Light Display at Menaul School. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-19, 21-23 from 6-9 PM; Dec. 20, senior night, 4:30-9

517 Central Gallery – December Holiday Showcase by Sumner & Dene. Showcase includes the jewelry of Dawn Estrin, Alice Bailey, Robert Redus and Laura Cardenas; tinwork by Kevin Burgess and Drew Coduti; Laurel Burch handbags; Goody Goody slippers, vases by Ely, Joan Baker and Carol Kaleko. Call (505) 842-1400 or visit

December 5 Holiday Open House at Casa San Ysidro, 5-8 PM. The historic home will be decorated with farolitos and holiday greens. All ages can participate in making ornament and singing carols around an open bonfire. Free. Located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales. Call (505) 898-3915.

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December 11-27

Christmas Traditions Westside Community Chorale, directed by John Clark. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montano Road NW; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 PM at West Mesa Christian Church, 8821 Golf Course Road NW. Tickets available at the door for $5 for seniors and children, $10 for adults. Call Josie Gibson at (505) 2776633.

The Secret Garden, A Magical Show for the Holidays. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Orphaned in India, an 11-year-old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate included a magic-locked garden, completely forgotten for many years. Flashbacks, dream sequences, a strolling chorus of ghosts, and music written for Broadway dramatize the show’s compelling tale of regeneration. $20 general admission; $18 student and seniors; $16 children 12 and under; group rates available. At the African American Performing Arts Center, Copper and San Pedro NE at Expo NM. For tickets, call (505) 265-9119. No shows on Christmas Day. Additional matinee on Dec. 26.

December 6 Placitas Artists Series and reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Featuring the work of Lisa Chernoff, Woody Duncan, Leila Hall and Molly Hyde. On display from the first Saturday of December through the first Friday of January. Located six miles east of Interstate 25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.) For more information, call (505) 867-8080 or visit

December 6 Las Placitas artist series at the Presbyterian Church will feature De Profundis – a 13-member Albuquerque-based men’s a cappella ensemble. The group was founded in 1994 by current artistic director David Poole. Members include: Tenor I: Dave Bailey, Greg Haschke, Ken Lienemann; Tenor II: John Berry, Omar Durant, William (Bill) Foote, Edward Seymour; Bass I: Bruce Castle, Michael Finnegan, Dominic Kollasch; Bass II: Jon M. Aase, Ed Fancovic, Roy Morgan and director David Poole. In the intervening years the group has evolved a repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant to folk songs to new works, including pieces commissioned by the ensemble from eminent composers. The artists’ reception begins at 2 PM. The concert begins at 3 PM. Concert tickets will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at PlacitasArts. org. Prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.

December 6 Albuquerque Concert Band, KiMo Theatre, 3-4 PM. A Holiday Concert. Free admission. Located at 423 Central Ave. NW. Call KiMo Ticket office, (505) 768-3522.

December 11-13 “Queen of the Winter Night” Dazzle Dolls 2009 Boogie Woogie Holiday Concert fundraiser. Friday, Dec. 11, 7 PM; Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 PM; and Sunday, Dec. 13, 3:30 PM. All performances held in the Charles Piano Concert Hall, 5000 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friday concert is by donation. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday concerts $15 to $100. Income supports The Harmony Project (nonprofit organization) and the Dazzle Dolls (the “voice” of The Harmony Project). Call director Julie Christine, (505) 410-9981 or visit

“Holly-Day” Holiday Card Design Workshop Saturday, Dec. 12 10:30 AM - 4 PM Instructor Lisa Coddington MA, art instructor who specializes in drawing and watercolor, will conduct a one-day workshop on how to design a holiday card. Using botanical holiday subjects, participants will draw and paint from prints or live plant subjects to create their own unique holiday card designs. All levels are welcome. Quantity of finished cards will depend upon each individual’s ability. Fee: $95 registration required. Space is limited to five people. It will take place at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center (Unser at Western Trail) register call (505) 899-0205, Ext. 332 50 percent pre-registration fee is non-refundable after Dec. 8. For more information, call Susanna Villanueva, (505) 899-0205 Ext. 332

December 12-24 “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Repertory Theatre at KiMo Theatre. Dec. 12, 22 at 7 PM; Dec. 13, 20 at 2 PM; Dec. 19 at 2 and 7 PM; Dec. 24 at 1 PM. An enchanting world where life-sized mice battle toy soldiers, snowflakes dance, and delicate sweets entertain. Reserved seating. Tickets: $15-$25, with discounts for students, 60+, children 12 & under and groups of 10 or more. Located at 423 Central Ave. NW. Call KiMo Ticket office (505) 768-3522.

December 19 “Christmas Classics” by Albuquerque Civic Chorus, 7:30 PM. Choruses from Handel’s Messiah and John Rutter’s Gloria, as well as settings of traditional English Carols. Accompanied by members of the UNM Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: $8, children under 5 free. Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Carlisle and Central Avenue). Visit ABQchorus. org.

2009 12 December  

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2009 12 December  

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