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Music, outdoor fun: Lavender festival, blues legend and PBS show’s New Mexico ties

Saucy “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer shows a new side of herself in “The Kate,” evoking an era “when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time.” (Courtesy of Peter Hapak)

Saucy “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer shows a new side of herself in “The Kate,” evoking an era “when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time.” (Courtesy of Peter Hapak)

Ana Gasteyer doesn’t think about the reach a show will have.

But she’s grateful for shows like “The Kate” on PBS.

The show gives entertainers a chance to showcase their vocal abilities. And the comedian will be on the season premiere, airing tonight on PBS.

“I didn’t have a sense of what the show could do,” she says. “Being on PBS, it means a lot and it helps let people know that I can sing.”

In fact, Gasteyer went to Northwestern University, where she majored in voice.

Gasteyer, who is the daughter of former Corrales Mayor Phil Gasteyer, has had a busy year.

In February and March, she was touring around the country. She then had to stop everything and start promoting the Netflix series “Lady Dynamite.”

She will continue to shoot the series through the summer, and come fall, she will be out on the road again.

“What I do on the stage is a very old-fashioned thing,” she says. “I would have been happy to be born in the supper club era.”

Read more on Gasteyer.

The weather has warmed up nicely, and staff writer Rozanna M. Martinez gives the details on the Herb & Lavender Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas this weekend near Santa Fe, as well as the KMRD-LP Madrid Community Radio 96.9 FM’s Community Carnival on Sunday, June 19.

Calling blues fans! Legendary musician John Mayall will be performing at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing in Santa Fe on Sunday, June 19.

As usual, dive in deeper to read more music, theater and dining reviews. This week, we take a look at “Finding Dory” and “Genius.”

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