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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

The arrival of the coronavirus in New Mexico last week has thrown Santa Fe’s arts and entertainment world into a tailspin. On Thursday, New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel issued an order temporarily banning gatherings of more than 100 people in the state.

What does this mean for concertgoers and others in search of fun as St. Patrick’s Day approaches? It means call ahead or check the venue’s website to make sure your event hasn’t been canceled.

KIDS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN: One thing that hasn’t been canceled is spring break for Santa Fe Public Schools. Despite the ban on mass gatherings, there are plenty of kid-friendly events in the City Different this week aimed at small groups.

For the fifth consecutive year, Tourism Santa Fe is working with partners to offer discounts and packages catering to kids and families from March 1 through April 15. You don’t have to be from out of town to take advantage of these deals, which can be found at

Here are three ideas, but there are dozens more on Tourism Santa Fe’s website.

• Did you know that kids ski free on Wednesdays during March at Ski Santa Fe? Buy two adult full-day lift tickets and get one child ticket free for kids under age 12.

• Warehouse 2.1 Hub Site, W21’s new recording studio space, is offering free music tech/garageband workshops for teens ages 12-17 with Grammy award-winning producer Maurice Oliver. The events will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19 and 20 at 220 Otero Street, in Vital Spaces off Marcy Street downtown. To sign up, email

• If money isn’t an object, consider a family two-hour painting class that allows you to pick your painting from a library of 60 works. The cost is $300 for up to two adult painters. Kids under 10 are free at Santa Fe Art Classes. To book, call 575-404-1801. According to the website, the classes take place in an adobe farmhouse studio built in 1939 that is a 15-minute walk from the Plaza.

WEARING OF THE GREEN: Major cities, such as New York and Boston, have canceled their St. Patrick’s Day parades, but there’s no stopping the ABQ and Four corners Pipe and Drum Band. They will be appearing for free in Santa Fe at the original Second Street Brewery on Tuesday, March 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 505-982-3030.

PUT A FINE POINT ON IT: The 25th annual Santa Fe Pen Fair will take place March 15 at the DeVargas Center at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe streets in Santa Fe. The fair will feature more than 20 pen and ink manufacturers, including some making their debut in the City Different.

“Despite this wired age, fine writing instruments, and fountain pens in particular, have seen a dramatic resurgence during the past few years,” said Neal Frank, Santa Fe Pens owner, said in a statement.

During the fair, which features the state’s largest display of writing instruments and accessories, Santa Fe Pens will unveil its Santa Fe Edition XXII roller ball and pencil set. The pen, crafted by Retro 1951, incorporates some of Santa Fe and New Mexico’s iconic images, ranging from the roadrunner to the yucca plant. The edition consists of 250 matching numbered sets.