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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

Yearning to try the latest specialties at one of the fine dining restaurants on Canyon Road, such as The Compound or Geronimo, but just got bad news about your taxes?

Lucky Goat (Courtesy of Jennifer Day)

Or maybe you’re looking for an excuse to try one of the new places in town, such as Lucky Goat, an Asian fusion eatery known for its dumplings.

Well, you’re in luck. It’s Restaurant Week in Santa Fe and dozens of dining establishments are offering lunch specials for $35 and dinner deals for $45.

We’ve got one word for you: Reservations. Some places have limited quantities on their Restaurant Week specials and you don’t want to get shut out.

The annual event runs through March 1. You’ll find the panoply of restaurants participating in this culinary fiesta at https://santafe.nmrestaurantweek.com.

It’s not just Restaurant Week in Santa Fe. If you want to travel down the road, you can find dining deals in Los Alamos and in Albuquerque. Bon appétit, as Julia Child liked to say.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?: Longing for some Miami vice, but can’t get to the beach this month? Head to Meow Wolf on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for the Magic City Hippies. The band will play its indie-funk tunes from 7 to 11 p.m.

Magic City Hippies

The group, which consists of singer-guitarist Robby Hunter, guitarist John Coughlin and drummer-producer Pat Howard, is known for its marathon sessions.

“Miami is a nightlife city,” Hunter said in a statement. “People are oriented toward staying out all night. Anything you do has to make them dance.”

The Magic City Hippies trace their roots to Barracuda Bar & Grill, a popular Coconut Grove nightspot, where they moved from doing ’90s rock and hip-hop covers to playing original material in 2011.

Their debut album, “Modern Animal,” which they describe as a “mosaic of poolside grooves and lingering, sun-kissed melodies,” will be released Aug. 16. Tickets are $17.50 and are available at meowwolf.com. The guest act is Maye, a singer/songwriter born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Miami whose music is reminiscent of Sade’s sultry pop sound.

Come on in, the water – err, the music – is fine.

BORDERLINE EXPERIENCE: On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Lannan Foundation will host a presentation by photographer and environmentalist Michael P. Berman. He will be signing copies of his new coffeetable book, “Perdido: Sierra San Luis.”

“Perdido: Sierra San Luis” by Michael Berman

A former Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Arts Award, Berman spent years traversing the borderlands between New Mexico and Mexico.

His stunning black-and-white photos explore the revitalization of the Sierra San Luis landscape. Berman documents the increase in water, soil and ecological diversity in this region while many other ecological systems in the world are failing.

The 3 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Berman’s book, published by Museum of New Mexico Press, is $50. The Lannan Foundation is at 313 Read Street. For more information, call 505-986-8160 or go to lannan.org.

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