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Top Picks of the Week: July 6-12, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. — Beer and bacon – what’s not to love?

Taos Ski Valley’s Bacon and Brews Festival is returning for its second year on Saturday, promising selections from breweries across the West and bacon-themed dishes from local restaurants.

The festival, which starts at noon near the lodge’s Children’s Center on Firehouse Road, will feature New Mexico beer-makers like La Cumbre and Marble, as well as Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery and California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing. Participating restaurants include The Sagebrush Grill in Taos, and 192 and The Bavarian Restaurant in the ski valley. Live music lasts until 4 p.m. Admission tickets are $30 in advance at SkiTaos.com/events or $35 at the gate; they cover food and drink samples, and a souvenir glass. If you’re only interested in the bacon – or aren’t 21 or over – tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

free fusion: Santa Fe Bandstand’s Music series effort to take some of its shows off the Plaza kicks off for the summer with a crowd favorite and a sound perfect for dancing.

Albuquerque’s Nosotros, a nine-piece group that has mastered a fusion of Latin styles and rock over the past 20 years, will be playing a free show Saturday, July 7, at SWAN Park on the city’s south side off Jaguar Drive.

Nosotros are no strangers to the spotlight. The band has won 11 New Mexico Music Awards – it was nominated most recently in 2018 for its “En El Mas Alla” music video – and two John Lennon Songwriting Competitions. The free show starts at 6 p.m. with accordionist J. Michael Combs playing traditional Latino dance music from the border regions and elsewhere.

canine warriors: During war-time, Santa Fe socialite and raiser of show dogs Amelia Elizabeth White found a new use for her top-of-the-line kennel. Her “El Delirio” estate became the center for the regional Dogs for Defense effort, where White and her dog handler screened more than 85 dogs to join World War II’s K-9 corps.

On Thursday, June 12, from 3-4 p.m., Historic Santa Fe’s monthly lecture will delve into White’s efforts and the dogs that came through El Delirio. Nancy Owen Lewis, who researched the Dogs of Defense initiative as a scholar-in-residence at the School for Advanced Research, will lead the discussion.

“The Hounds of El Delirio and Dogs for Defense: New Mexico’s Canine Warriors” talk is at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, 545 Canyon Rd. Admission is $5 for non-members. RSVP is required at 505-983-2567 or info@historicsantafe.org.

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