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Arts and Entertainment: Top picks for the week

Schoen Movement Company

SANTA FE, N.M. — And now for something completely different – a dance company in a brew pub.

The New York-based Schoen Movement Company brings its “happy hour” modern dance program, called “A Movement Flight,” to Second Street Brewing’s Rufina Taproom, 2920 Rufina St., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as part of Performance Santa Fe’s series of events.

For the past five years, founder Emily Schoen has been taking her performances to unlikely spaces, including parks and streets, as well as breweries, with a mission to unite people from different demographics, and “exploring inventive and fresh avenues of dance performance.”

Her kudos include being named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch and praise from The New Yorker, which said her work “beautifully melded a crisp, balletic quality with a light casualness.”

The taproom show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 at

NOT JUST THE CLASSICS: Santa Fe is already is well known as a classical music hot spot, with the opera and the chamber music festival as nationally renowned anchors.

Maybe no one’s ever said this before, but Santa Fe’s pop and jazz music offerings, on occasion, also are among the best in the country, with touring acts from the top tiers of various genres (not to mention all of our local favorites).

This week, Santa Fe has a music calendar that, to borrow a phrase, is off the charts. Unfortunately for procrastinators, some of the concerts are sold out, so scrounging or waiting lists will be the only options for getting a seat. But it’s still worth noting this veritable glut of star performers:

• On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Meow Wolf, comes Animal Collective, the experimental pop band formed in Baltimore that’s now been around for a couple of decades and remains a “festival-headlining behemoth” (Pitchfork). An entryway for older fans is the oft-repeated comparison of part of the band’s sound to the Beach Boys from their baroque Pet Sounds/Smile era (one critic wrote, unfavorably, that Animal Collective sounds like “two Beach Boys records (playing) at the same time,” which others might say sounds like a really great idea). The 7 p.m. show is a sell-out.

Buffy Sainte Marie

• Thursday, at the Lensic, the legendary Buffy Sainte Marie is the performer. If this show is anything like what she was doing a couple of years ago, her ’60s anti-military folk anthem “Universal Soldier” will be part of the set, but you’ll also see that this Buffy can really rock out. Another sell-out.

• On Friday, Oct. 11, and, yes, again at the Lensic, there’s Rufus Wainwright, the vocalist, songwriter and opera composer. His 2007 album, “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall,” is getting renewed positive attention as a new Judy Garland biopic has been released. A few tickets were left unsold as of late last week.


Adam Agee, left, and Jon Sousa

• Saturday, for something more intimate, check out acclaimed traditional Irish music duo Adam Agee and Jon Sousa, on fiddle and guitar, respectively, at The GIG Performance Space, 1808 Second St., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 at

All of this comes after alt-pop star Jenny Lewis, Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll and alt-country veterans Son Volt performed in Santa Fe the week before.

The best advice from Top Picks at this point is that if you see someone you like on the music calendar, don’t wait to buy tickets.


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