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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

GLOW 2018 (Courtesy Santa Fe Botanical Garden)

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe Botanical Garden will once again transform into a winter wonderland for its annual holiday light show. For GLOW, which starts tonight and goes almost daily until Dec. 31, the garden features multicolored light installations, and offers food and drink, nightly live music and special laser light shows. The Albuquerque-based Cuban son band Luna Llena will kick off the festivities tonight. R&B duo The Gruve and Trio Victoria will round out the weekend. A full schedule of musical acts is at santafebotanicalgarden.org. GLOW hours are 5-8 p.m., with last entry at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for non-members are $10 at the door, or $9.50 online at santafebotanicalgarden.org. Members pay $8 at the door or $7.50 online. Seniors, active military or members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program pay $9, or $8.50 if purchased online. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted for free. GLOW will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.

“All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” (Courtesy of Dan Norman)

BRIEF PEACE: On Christmas Day 1914, not long after the start of Word War I, a series of unofficial, temporary truces spread across the Western Front. In a brief moment of peace, thousands of British and German soldiers came together to sing carols and exchange small gifts, and are said to have even played a game of soccer together. The brutal battles continued the next day. This not-so-often-discussed piece of history is brought to life in “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” a production created by Minneapolis’ Theater Latté Da. The nationally touring musical is making its second-to-last stop in Santa Fe later this week. “All is Calm” will be staged 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco. Ticket prices range from $14.50-$110. They can be purchased at ticketssantafe.org, by phone at (505) 988-1234 or at the Lensic Box Office.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (Courtesy of Sharen Bradford)

CHRISTMAS CLASSIC: The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s interpretation of a Christmas classic comes to the Lensic stage this weekend with the annual productions of “The Nutcracker.”

The performances, intended to delight audience members young and old, are Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.

The Santa Fe shows feature more than 60 performers from the ASFB ensemble, guest dancers and students from the local School of ASFB. “Nutcracker” tickets cost between $36-$94 and can be purchased online at ticketssantafe.org, by phone at (505) 988-1234 or at the Lensic Box Office.

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