The free day of tours, talks and activities is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 150-acre property along the Rio Grande off County Road 48 in Alcalde.
The history of the site spans several centuries. Ancient communities and pueblos occupied the land prior to it being a part of a Spanish land grant established by Don Diego de Vargas in the early 18th century. It later became a working farm and ranch, with famous owners such as Mary Cabot Wheelwright and Georgia O’Keeffe’s friend Maria Chabot. The state purchased the property, whose centerpiece is a 5,700-square-foot, 18th-century Territorial-style adobe hacienda, in 2008, but plans over the years to make site a major visitor destination, a film center or an experimental farm never came to fruition.
Friday’s symposium has a schedule of nature walks, crafting demonstrations, history talks and tours with docents stationed to answer questions. Food trucks will be on site for lunch. For a complete schedule and to register, go to the symposium’s page at eventbrite.com. A ticketed, public dinner from 4-7 p.m. will feature a “pre-contact” Pueblo dinner organized by artist and food writer Roxanne Swentzell and Santa Clara Pueblo chef Ray Naranjo. The dinner is $130, and includes a wine tasting, book talk and signing with Swentzell, and prize drawings. Registration is also on eventbrite.com.
Soap opera sounds: As a riff on SITE Santa Fe’s ongoing opera-themed exhibition, a local music group will be screening a 1980s TV soap opera episode at SITE’s gallery on Friday, May 24. But here’s the twist. The audio has been removed and will be replaced with a live performance of new dialogue and sounds, including opera-esque signing and musical styles.
“The Marriage of Ivory” features Dovetail Orchestra, which bills itself as a live silent film accompaniment act “utilizing a dizzying palette of sounds, textures and traditions.” Dovetail will be accompanying a 1981 episode of “Guiding Light,’ which ran on CBS from 1952-2009. Going with the themes of SITE’s “Belo Canto” show, the performance is said to be using a mezzo-soprano singer for parts of the dialogue and “Wagnerian leitmotifs” in the music. The 7 p.m. event at SITE, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, costs $15. Tickets are $10 for members or students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ballet and folk dance: Approximately 200 students from the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s New Mexico location will take the stage next weekend to showcase a year’s worth of hard work. The annual recitals will be Saturday, May 25, at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco, and will feature kids ages 3-18 ranging in class level from Creative Dance to Advanced. The program includes “original choreography and a few classics.” There will be two shows on Saturday, May 25, one at 1 and the other at 6 p.m. Then, on Sunday, May 26, more than 140 students from the Aspen Santa Fe folklorico, an after-school program teaching traditional folk dance, will stage their recital at 6 p.m. These students and the program’s youth flamenco dancers will perform. Tickets for all the shows are $25. Purchase at ticketssantafe.org, by phone at (505) 988-1234, or at the Lensic Box Office.