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Playing for Change.

Playing for Change.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Yeah, it’s that time of the year when the parties have moved outside. If the Music Alliance blowout in the Railyard isn’t enough, we’ve got a few others for you through the next week.

Johnson Street is holding its neighborhood party from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Area businesses will be offering free treats, including mini-cupcakes from Sweet Lily Bakery and free nail trims for pets from Companions Grooming and Downtown Doggie Daycare. Kids can make art at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and people of all ages can try their hands at pottery at Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery. Live music will be performed up and down the street, with Smokin’ Bachi Taiko at Shokho Cafe’s parking lot from 1-2 p.m.

Just a few blocks away, the Santa Fe Yoga Festival is sponsoring an event on the Plaza from 2-5 p.m. the same day. The Summer Solstice Jam: Yoga on the Plaza will offer classes with asanas, music and chanting led by teachers Emily Branden, Jeff Overlie, Shibana Singh and Melissa Spamer.

Bring water and a yoga mat.

OPEN-AIR MUSIC: Playing for Change is bringing its Peace Through Music Tour to the patio stage at Santa Fe Sol, 37 Fire Place, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The band, which incorporates 10 musicians from around the world, is touring in support of its latest album, “Songs Around the World.”

Tickets are $29 and you can get them from or by calling 988-1234.

Or you can go for free music. Don’t forget the Santa Fe Bandstand series starts at 6 p.m. Monday with a New Orleans flavor, offering the Mil-Tones Brass Band leading off for Terrance Simien. Then you’ve got Americana on Tuesday, salsa on Wednesday, soul and Americana on Thursday, and roots to rock on Friday. See for the schedule.

Borromeo String Quartet.

Borromeo String Quartet.

Another option at 6 p.m. Wednesday will be Clairedee with Dmitri Matheny crooning jazz with roots in gospel music at Music on the Hill at St. John’s College. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs.

CLASSICAL: Take a trip up to Taos Sunday for the opening of the concert season presented by the Taos School of Music. The Borromeo String Quartet will present music by Haydn, Britten and Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. in the Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $20, $10 for 16 and younger, and can be purchased at the auditorium or online at A series ticket for all five concerts costs $80.

CURRENTS: And don’t forget the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, which continues with an exhibit at El Museo Cultural and events scattered around Santa Fe. See the schedule at

Its one paying event occurs 8 p.m. today with The Light Surgeons coming from London to perform SuperEverything at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. Filmed in Malaysia, the live audio-visual performance “explores the relationship between identity, ritual and place.” Tickets are $15-$20, available from or by calling 988-1234.