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Friday Venue

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Change of seasons Summer blockbusters are a fading memory as movie screens gear up for fall. This year’s line up includes “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” “Skyfall,” “Anna Karenna” and “The Hobbit.”

But there’s more music and entertainment inside:

  • 100-year celebration The National Hispanic Cultural Center will host “Celebrating 100 Years of Hispanic Culture” from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The center will open its art galleries to the public. Music will be provided by Sorela, Mezcal, Cuarenta y Cinco, and Darren Cordova y Calor.
  • Still a runaway Lita Ford started her music career in the 1970s with the all-female band The Runaways. In the 1980s she took the metal world by storm and was one of the only women in the genre. Now she’s back with a new album, “Living Like a Runaway,” and on tour with Def Leppard and Poison. She will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Sandia Casino Amphitheater.
  • Buzz band Passion Pit has to be one of the music industry’s most buzzed about bands. With its sophomore album, “Gossamer,” the electropop band has upped the ante with its music. Passion Pit will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
  • Feeling good Positivity is key when it comes to The Dirty Heads. The band has a new album, “Cabin by the Sea,” out and is on tour with Matisyahu. They will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Sunshine Theater.
  • Too many words? Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana star in “The Words,” which as a few too many layers. Critic Roger Ebert weighs in on the film.