SANTA FE, N.M. — Oh, I know, with the hordes descending on the Plaza for Indian Market, perhaps with a side trip to the Indigenous Fine Art Market in the Railyard, you’d think nothing is happening in town this weekend but the buying and selling of Native art.
Think again. There are a couple of parties for young and old alike.
First of all, the 10th annual Santa Fe Pow Wow is being held 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, featuring booths, dancing and more, with the grand entry at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, or only $1 for seniors, students and children.
And Santa Feans can get ready for burning the big guy with Zozofest 3-10 p.m. Saturday, with free music under the Water Tower in the Railyard, unveiling of the official poster, and an art and photography exhibit at Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma Ave.
You also can get a look at Zozobra’s head and write down your own glooms to go up in smoke on Aug. 29.
Oh, and if that’s not enough, there’s …
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC! Concerts galore are sprouting up all around Santa Fe, starting with The English Beat, “one of the coolest dance bands of the ’80s,” promising to fill the dance floor at Skylight, 139 W. San Francisco St., beginning at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $22.
The Livers of Steel Tour, featuring three Texas rock bands in a 21-and-over show, comes to the Skylight at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25.
The inimitable Lila Downs, who performs her own compositions, as well as popular Mexican tunes, brings her powerful voice to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets range from $39-$59.
All of these tickets can be purchased at the Lensic box office, ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.
AND MORE MUSIC: The Santa Fe Opera season wraps up with Bizet’s “Carmen” on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the theater on the hill will be empty. Three concerts are coming the following week.
Long-time crooner Tony Bennett will give a concert there at 7:30 p.m. Sunday – and it ain’t gonna be cheap. Tickets range from $60 to $149.
The Avett Brothers, hailed for honest music of “unwavering beauty,” come at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with tickets from $63 to $167.
And Dwight Yoakam, with five No. 1 Billboard albums of country/country-rock music, is giving a concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday benefiting Santa Fe Prep’s tuition assistance program. You can find tickets from $129 to $146.
Tickets for all of the above can be bought at the Santa Fe Opera box office, santafeopera.org or by calling 986-5900.
O’KEEFFE! If the spoken word matters more to you, consider Carolyn Wickwire’s one-person show of New Mexico’s beloved artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, which will be presented 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta. Performances continue through Aug. 31.
Tickets are $15 on Monday and $20 on remaining days, available from okeeffe-santafe.brownpapertickets.com.