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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Shakespeare in the Garden 2018. Last year's production was "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This year, the cast will perform "Romeo and Juliet." (Courtesy of Brian Koehl)

Shakespeare in the Garden 2018. Last year’s production was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This year, the cast will perform “Romeo and Juliet.” (Courtesy of Brian Koehl)

SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s hard to believe it’s summertime already. But it’s here, and with it comes the kickoff of the Railyard Park’s free Summer Movie Series. The first screening next Friday, May 24, is of “Finding Dory.” The 2016 sequel to Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” stars the lovable, forgetful fish from the first film as she goes on her own adventure to find her parents. The movie starts at 8 p.m.

The series will take place every other Friday until August 23, except for the week of July 27, when the screening will be on Saturday. Guests can bring chairs and blankets. Leashed dogs are allowed. Picnics are welcome, but alcohol is prohibited. Food trucks and ice cream will also be sold on site. Parking information is available at If guests register at, they will receive event updates.

Masked ball: If a movie in the park isn’t for you, how about a live show? Next weekend also features the premiere of 2019’s Shakespeare in the Garden performances at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Santa Fe Classic Theater and the local Shakespeare Guild are organizing this year’s performances of “Romeo and Juliet.” Regular performances run June 1-9, every day except Monday, June 3.

All the shows start at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater. Tickets for the weekend performances range from $35-$45. Weekday shows cost between $25-$35, and students under 18 get in for $10 all shows. Go to Also, the garden’s box office will be open one hour before each performance.

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, located at 715 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, opens at 5:30 p.m. on performance nights. Guests are encouraged to picnic leading up to the show.

On Friday, May 24, there will be also be a “Capulet’s Masked Ball” fundraising gala with Elizabethan-era food and entertainment followed by a special performance of the play. Guests are invited to wear masks or purchase them on site, a nod to the masked ball Romeo sneaks into to meet Juliet. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $95 and available at

Renaissance technique: A Utah-based painter who specializes in using the centuries-old technique of egg tempera will be explaining and demonstrating his process during a visit to Meyer Gallery on Saturday, May 25. Egg tempera, also known just as tempera, is a type of fast-drying paint that is part egg yolk, part pigment that is painted onto wet plaster. In an artist statement, Eric G. Thompson of Salt Lake City explained that the labor-intensive technique dates back to the Renaissance. “The end result is so unique and the history is such a conversation piece,” he writes. Thompson created his first paintings with chicken eggs from his father’s farm. His artist demonstration is Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meyer Gallery, 225 Canyon. It is free and open to the public.

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