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Fine Crafts Show in Corrales

Works by two of the more than fifty artists showing at the Corrales Fine Art Sale. Left: jewelery from silver coins and copper on leather, by Deb Kennedy. Right: punch bowl set, by Sandy Lipka;


The Visual Arts Council of the Corrales Historical Society will present their fourteenth annual Fine Crafts Show, a New Mexico crafts exhibition and sale, at the historic Old San Ysidro Church on Old Church Road, three tenths of a mile west off Corrales Road. The exhibition will be open to the public December 7 through 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. There is no charge for admission or parking.

Among the exhibitors selected from Corrales are Claire Haberfield, fiber art; Carol Van Den Avyle, mixed media; Debbie Skilling, eggs, jams and jellies, dried flowers; Dorothy Hawkins, painted wood; Hope Grey, gourds, leather pillows, and vests; Lieselotte Stude, gourds; Mel Eisenstadt, jewelry; Sunny Birklund, puppets and dolls; Sandra Garcia, pottery; Larry Shetter, metal art; and Melanie Stansbury. Another forty-four crafters selected from Albuquerque, Cedar Crest, Jemez Springs, Rio Rancho, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Santo Domingo, and Tijeras will be included in the show.

An opening reception will be held December 6 from 5 to 8:00 p.m. A portion of each sale at the show goes to the Corrales Historical Society for restoration and preservation of the Old San Ysidro Church.


A romantic comedy at the Adobe

Bell, Book and Candle, the popular romantic fantasy, will be staged at The Adobe Theater December 6 through 22.

In John van Druten’s charming comic play, we are left to wonder whether the seeming witchcraft is real or the result of genuine romantic attraction. The lovely Gillian Holroyd is played by Leslee Filusch, Aunt Queenie by Adobe regular Enid Sorenson, Shepherd Henderson by Jeff Mocho, Gillian’s brother, Nicky, by David Riner, and Sidney Redlitch by Edd Schuller. Leslie Reynolds, who views the play as a romantic comedy, directs the play. She says, “This is a love story, and it is perfect for Christmas, for it is set during the holiday season. It is a tale of giving all for love, the ultimate gift.”

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 898-9222, or e-mail Group rates are available at 892-0697.


Holidays will boogie with Brian Setzer Orchestra

Greg Johnston

Just in time for the holidays, the Brian Setzer Orchestra has released Boogie Woogie Christmas. Even better, Setzer and his big band have scheduled a New Mexico concert to show us how to stuff our stockings with rock ‘n’ roll.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform a Christmas Extravaganza on Monday, December 16, at 8:00 p.m., at the Santa Ana Star Casino. The show promises a jumbo portion of Christmas music to the tune of a sixteen-piece band. Setzer will introduce a cool factor to some selections that haven’t been heard for years. Even Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite gets hip through Setzer’s treatment.

In a press release Setzer said, “You have Bing Crosby and Andy Williams, but there’s nothin’ hip and rockin’ to listen to over the holidays. You have these songs that are such classics. You just have to find that cool factor.”

On the new recording, Setzer and his band cover “Winter Wonderland,” “Blue Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Setzer’s version of “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” is taken from a 1952 chart by jazz master Lionel Hampton. For “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the ultimate cool chick Ann-Margret duets with Setzer.

Setzer fronts his band on lead guitar and he handles the vocals. This year the Brian Setzer Orchestra will provide the accompaniment when the massive Christmas tree is lit at

Rockefeller Center in New York City.

“Boogie Woogie Christmas” was recorded in July at a studio in the desert near Palm Springs, California.

“When you think about it, the first Christmas was in the desert,” Setzer said.

Tickets for the Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza are $30 and $40 and may be purchased at Santa Ana Star Casino or by calling 1-800-585-3737.


December holiday concert in Placitas

Gary Libman
Placitas Artists Series
Board of Directors

The Placitas Artists Series again takes great pleasure in presenting the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in their annual Holiday Concert. This year’s concert is on the Sunday before Christmas, December 22, at 3:00 p.m. and will continue the tradition of beautiful holiday music by the world-class Santa Fe Desert Chorale. The Desert Chorale performs under the leadership of Dennis Schrock, who is in his fourth year as artistic director. The concert will be co-sponsored by Schlenker & Urrea, LLP, and First State Bank, Placitas Branch.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale will perform a wide variety of holiday music from around the world, including sacred masterpieces, familiar carols, folk arrangements, contemporary classics, and other favorites. The featured work this year will be “Jesu, Redemptor Omnium,” a commissioned work by Alf Houkom underwritten by the Friends of the Desert Chorale.

There will be an artists’ reception at the church before the concert. This month’s featured artists are Andi Callahan, Ellen Q. Faulkner, Katherine Howard, and Butch Phillips. Please view samples of the artists on the Placitas Artists Series Web page at Andi Callahan began as a raku potter intrigued with the iridescent and vibrant colors that can be obtained in reduction atmospheres. After a course in glass fusing, glass became her primary focus. Callahan still produces pottery and wall plaques, incorporating dichroic glass as well as applied leaf. Ellen Q. Faulkner, who has worked for over twenty-five years as a graphic artist and freelance artist, has specialized in portraiture, landscape painting, and still life. For the past several years Faulkner has concentrated on interpreting the figure in watercolor, which is her first love. Katherine Howard, formerly a professional potter, has returned to painting in oils. Her traditional representational works in oil reflect the things in life that bring her the greatest joy, such as horses and ranch work, gardens, and the land around her. For Butch Phillips, “light” is like a liquid which drenches a landscape. Phillips’s palette, called the “gray scale,” can convey emotional responses to his subjects and their interactions with light. He says, “If my images cause you to respond emotionally or in any way to sense the drama that I felt when making them, then I have succeeded.”

Tickets for the concert will likely be sold out soon, but if any are still available they may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased ahead of time—while they last—at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa located in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, 867-3333. Tickets can also be purchased on-line. The prices for this special concert only are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. It is recommended that you check ticket availability before coming to the concert. For additional information and ticket brochures, call 867-8080 or visit the Placitas Artists Series Web site.

Treat yourself to this wonderful concert and see the art show at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, six miles east of I-25 (Exit 242) on NM 165.

Concerts are partially funded by a grant from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs. There is handicapped access and free childcare for children under six.


Bob Dylan rocks out in Bernalillo

Greg Johnston

Bob Dylan at Santa Ana Star Casino in BernalliloPhoto caption: Bob Dylan

A short story in the Albuquerque Journal in early October informed readers that Santa Ana Star Casino would host a Bob Dylan concert on October 25. It was hard to believe, especially when the concert, which had been rumored for months, was cancelled a few weeks earlier, just prior to tickets going on sale. But the concert was listed on the Bob Dylan Web site, between dates in Tucson and Denver. Very little advertising was done and many fans didn’t know about the show until after it was over.

However on Friday the twenty-fifth, Dylan’s production company of forty people arrived at Santa Ana with several trucks and tour buses. Three traveling chefs went shopping for healthy food at Wild Oats and bought ample provisions to feed a gourmet meal to Dylan, his musicians, and staff. The production crew dismantled the existing stage lighting and installed their own setup. Dylan kept a low profile and remained on his tour bus until just before showtime.

It was a special treat, if an expensive one, to see Dylan live in a mid-sized concert hall. Longtime fans, many of whom paid $100 to be along for the ride, were delighted to be in attendance. Dylan surprised much of the crowd with his level of energy and selection of material during a rousing twenty-song set.

Dylan seems to have reinvented himself on this latest tour. Whereas for years he has performed primarily on guitar, nowadays he opens his shows with several songs on keyboards. This seems to have created a new persona for the master performer. As he pounds on keys with his legs flailed out, he bobs and shakes with all the moves of a possessed rock star. Dressed in a dapper Western-style, black-and-white suit and cowboy boots with flames on the sides, the rock-and-roll icon was clearly in command of his domain. He even displayed his Oscar award atop the amplifier that he won last year for best original song, “Things Have Changed.”

The veteran of rock and roll is known for his stoic, impersonal stage demeanor, but early on that evening he exchanged a few quick smiles and words with band members. During one tune, he connected directly with a woman in the front row through animated eye movements and gestures. Dylan is an enigmatic chameleon who changes styles, song structures, and stage mannerisms to keep his work fresh. The reworking of chords and phrasing of his most famous songs is upsetting to some fans. Others enjoy trying to guess the song that is being played. “Wow, that’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind.’”

An early selection during the program was “In The Summertime,” from the album Shot of Love, a tune that the Dylan Web site said he had not performed live in twenty years. After five terrific songs on keyboards, Dylan shifted into high gear. He strapped on his electric guitar and launched into the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar.” Guitars were wailing and the crowd was whipped into a delightful frenzy. That was followed by three classic songs performed on acoustic guitars: “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).”

Another well-orchestrated cover, Neil Young’s “Old Man,” was spectacular with beautiful, stirring harmonies. Four songs from his most recent album, Love and Theft, included the retro rave-up “Summer Days.” It was preceded by a brief introduction of the band, the only words Dylan would speak to the audience. Charlie Sexton and Larry Campbell on guitars gave ample doses of exquisite solos throughout the evening. Together with Dylan, they would head into exhilarating guitar jams where each would take a long turn working out on the strings.

Local fans who attended were pleased with Dylan’s performance. Fawn Dolan, owner of Camino Real Antiques in Bernalillo, said “I was impressed. The guy can cook, and he looked damn good!” Angus McDougall, owner of the Angus McDougall Gallery, said he was really taken with the material by others. “For a guy of his talent to come out and do a half a dozen cover tunes, what a generous spirit,” he said. “And for a 61-year-old, he was keeping good movement.”

The evening came to a close with a powerful acoustic version of “Knockin' On Heaven’s Door,” followed by a song that hundreds of other artists have covered, “All Along the Watchtower.” The band set down their instruments and stood motionless for a few seconds to acknowledge the ovation. It was reported that Dylan then immediately headed for his tour bus, where a police escort whisked him away to the Interstate, on the road to the next stop in his continuing evolution. features the Work
of 16 Placitas artists, a new website that provides free web galleries for Placitas artists has added 16 artist’s galleries to the site since going on-line a little over a month ago. The following artists are now represented with about one dozen more indicating the desire for a virtual gallery. Artists include, Thomas J. Ashe, Dorothy Bowen, Mary E. Carter, Nancy & Jon Couch, Dave Doss, Lisa Chernoff, Lew Engle, Jim Fish, Katherine Howard, Ilena Grayson, Lynne Kottel, Gene McClain, Deborah Paris, Gary Priester, Michael Prokos, Alan Yablonsky and Maxine Yablonski.

The website was created by Gary W. Priester, Webmaster for the Sandoval Signpost, The Placitas Chamber of Commerce and other local websites. “The site was created to provide a web presence for any serious artist in Placitas,” stated Priester. “We decided to make the site available for free to the artists and will depend on local organizations and individuals for contributions and sponsorships. The response from the Placitas art community has been overwhelming,” Priester added. Current sponsors include The Placitas Chamber of Commerce, Anasazi Fields Winery, Julie Denison, Realtor, The Sandoval Signpost and La Puerta Real Estate Services, LLC.

Artists who would like a web gallery are invited to visit the website as well as individuals and organizations interested in becoming sponsors and supporters. For more information, e-mail Gary Priester




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