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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Christmas season swings into high gear this week with an assortment of activities around northern New Mexico.

BAROQUE CHRISTMAS: The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble presents a series of holiday concerts in a festively decorated Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, starting Thursday, Dec. 19, and continuing every night through Christmas Eve. The performances, at 6 and 8 p.m. nightly, provide an opportunity to hear chamber music in an intimate and resonant space. Guest soloists are Clara Rottsolk and Dominique Labelle. Tickets start at $40 at lensic.org.

FAROLITO WALK AND LAS POSADAS: On Monday, Dec. 16, the Pecos National Historical Park will host a farolito walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Other sponsors are the Friends of Pecos NHP, St. Anthony’s Parish and the Western National Parks Association.

A farolito walk will take place Dec. 16 at Pecos National Historical Park.

Start your visit at the event tent outside the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center, where you’ll find refreshments, warming stations and the trailhead. A one-mile trail lined with more than 3,500 farolitos will lead visitors to the Spanish Mission Church and pueblo.

The following night, Tuesday, Dec. 17, the park will be the scene of a traditional Las Posadas, a reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging before the birth of Christ. Horse-drawn wagon rides will begin at 5:15 p.m.

The procession will start at the ruins of an 18th century church at 6 p.m. and will move down the trail to the visitor center to the accompaniment of hymns in English and Spanish. Hot beverages and biscochitos will be served at the event tent. The observance will end at 8 p.m.

Free visitor parking for both events will be at Pecos Elementary School, just north of the Village of Pecos, on the west side of Hwy. 63. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the park visitor center. There will be free school bus shuttles to take visitors to and from the park visitor center and parking area.

Warm winter clothing and flashlights are recommended for both events, which will take place almost entirely outdoors.

For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/peco.

HOLIDAY FLAMENCO: Jose Valle Chuscales (known as Chuscales) and his wife Mina Fajardo bring their tale “Gypsy Moon and Stars” (“Luna Gitana y Estrellas”) back to Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, from Dec. 19-22. Performances on Thursday and Friday begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, there are two performances each day, at 2 and 7 p.m.

“Gypsy Moon and Stars” at Teatro Paraguas.

“Gypsy Moon” tells the story of Chuscales’ childhood, having been born in his grandmother’s cave in Sacromente, Spain. When Chuscales sees the moon, he remembers the characters of his youth, mostly gypsies, his family and neighbors singing and dancing. In addition to flamenco dancers, “Gypsy Moon” features belly dancers. A family affair, the performance also includes Alejandro, a percussionist who is the son of Chuscales and Minas.

Fajardo’s most recent flamenco concert in Santa Fe, “Monet’s Moon,” was a hit, with sold-out performances.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors and students and $20 for children 12 and under. Call 505-424-1601 for reservations or go to https://2019holidayflamenco.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, go to teatroparaguas.org.

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