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An opera patron sets the table for a tailgate party with friends. Tailgating, especially on opening night, is a favorite longtime tradition at the Santa Fe Opera. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

A beguiling pairing

The Santa Fe Opera always presents five operas during its summer season, but this summer there’s a slightly different twist to the schedule. For the first time since 1993, the opera presents two short operas in one evening.

Guests admire the large retablos exhibit at last year's Spanish Market in Santa Fe. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Four cultural art markets showcase Southwest’s treasures

Four of the Southwest’s best-known and most beloved markets displaying artwork from near and far will be in Santa Fe between May and September, showcasing the art of Native American and Hispanic artisans.

White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers from north central Arizona perform outside the Pit on Saturday. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Native pride

Gathering of Nations draws hundreds of tribes

2014 Zozobra to commemorate the 1920s

As Santa Feans ponder next year’s Zozobra attire, Kiwanis Club members hope they consider flapper dr …

More than 400,000 visitors enjoyed last year's State Fair and officials are anticipating a 10 percent increase this year. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)

State Fair: Diamond time

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the New Mexico State Fair, and as visitors pass through Ting …

On Friday, Jacqlyn Johns of Los Ranchos Lavender prepares bunches of lavender at her booth, which will be part of the annual Lavender in the Village Festival that is happening at several locations in Los Ranchos today and Sunday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Lavender, wine and everything fine

Lavender picking, wine tasting and a varied menu of live entertainment are all part of the mix for t …