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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

SANTA FE, N.M. — “New Mexico’s Original Craft Brewery” is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a week of parties that continues through this weekend. Tonight, Friday, Aug. 24, Santa Fe Brewing Co., founded in 1988, is throwing an ’80s costume and karaoke party at 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Brewing Company in its early years. The business will be continuing its 30th anniversary celebration this weekend.(Courtesy of SFBC)

All of the events will be on site at The Bridge, 37 Fire Place, just south of town. On Saturday, Aug. 25, the venue transforms into a runway show as it hosts a body art competition. The contestants, body-painted live starting at 3 p.m. and with a five-hour time limit, will all be assigned a different SF Brewing beer to draw inspiration from. The evening will be rounded out with music from local DJs and the debut of the new “Pepe Loco” lager. Information on the competition, registration and rules is at

Sunday, Aug. 26, features a “Hair of the Dog” brunch from noon-5 p.m with a beer bar, brunch food trucks, live bluegrass music and the “SFBC Beer Olympics.” The anniversary finale is officially Sept. 1 at SF Brewing’s Albuquerque taproom, with live music from 2 p.m. to close. Part of the proceeds from each event will be given to different charities.

ANGEL FIRE CELEBRATION: An end-of-summer weekend pairing fine wine and premier beef kicks off tonight at the Angel Fire Country Club. “Angel Fire Wine Wagyu Weekend” starts with VIP wine and food samplings during the resort’s Concert in the Park series tonight, Friday Aug. 24., and ends with a Sunday, Aug. 26, “Bloody Good Bacon” brunch. The offerings will include creations from the resort’s chefs, as well as beef from A Bar N Ranch, a Texas-based farm that raises Wagyu cattle.

Friday’s 5 p.m. concert features a lineup of up-and-coming country and Americana acts, including Houston-based soul/country fusion artist David Grace and country rock group John Loring & The Rain Band.

Saturday includes a Wine Walk – featuring tents with New Mexico wine, beer and food across the Country Club’s golf course – from 1-4 p.m. and the Boots, Boogie and BBQ party at 6 p.m. The BBQ boasts an evening of country music, dancing and a buffet that among other Western style-cuisine includes brisket and short rib variations of – of course – wagyu.

Visitors can book a $299 weekend package for two people to stay at the resort. A weekend pass for all of the events is $175. The VIP tasting on Friday is $20. Saturday’s Wine Walk is $45, the BBQ party is $85 and Sunday’s brunch costs $50. Discounts are available for Country Club members. All tickets can be purchased at

Santa Fe Music Week. (Courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe)

FREE FUN AT MUSIC WEEK: Though many shows in conjunction with Santa Fe’s first Music Week are ticketed, locals and visitors can still get in on the fun for free. Music Week, which kicks off today, Friday, Aug. 24, and ends Sept. 3, will include free mariachi bands every day until Aug. 31 on the Santa Fe Plaza from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mariachi Buenaventura, which describes itself as New Mexico’s first all-female mariachi group, will perform both Tuesday and Thursday. Other free shows include Saturday’s Bob Schneider and Joe West concert at the Santa Fe Railyard (read more about this show in this week’s Venue section) on Saturday night, Aug. 25, and free evening shows on the Santa Fe Plaza stage. The lineup includes old-school rock group Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, local Latin group Nosotros and more. For more information on Santa Fe Music Week or times for each evening show, go to