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Taos Pue­blo artist/mu­si­cian Robert Mira­bal is hav­ing a stel­lar hol­i­day sea­son so far. The Na­tional Academy of Record­ing Arts and Sciences re­cently nom­i­nated him for a Grammy — his third nom­i­na­tion in five years (and he al­ready has two wins un­der his belt). The honor is for Mira­bal’s new­est al­bum, Johnny White­horse: Rid­ers of the Heal­ing Road (Sil­ver Wave Records), a col­lec­tion of flute pieces in­spired by Mira­bal’s trav­els and en­coun­ters around the globe. In the spirit of the hol­i­days, Mira­bal is tak­ing his pop­u­lar Pue­blo Christ­mas con­cert/sto­ry­telling event on the road. At 3 and 6 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 20, he brings the show to El Farol (808 Canyon Road) for two din­ner per­for­mances. Reser­va­tions are avail­able by call­ing 983-9912. Ad­mis­sion is $25, not in­clud­ing din­ner. Win­ter is the per­fect time to cud­dle up with a hot toddy (that’s a drink) or per­haps head over to your fa­vorite church to lis­ten to sea­sonal clas­si­cal mu­sic. If the lat­ter is your pref­er­ence, at 3 p.m. Tues­day, Dec. 22, Serenata of Santa Fe presents Mu­sic for Win­ter Sol­stice, fea­tur­ing the work of Dvorˇák, Gersh­win, Pur­cell, Han­del, and Bach at the San­tu­ario de Guadalupe, 100 S. Guadalupe St. Tick­ets (at the door only, no credit cards) are $25, $20 for se­niors, $10 for stu­dents, $5 for those 6 to 18, and $1 for kids 5 and un­der (please, no cheat­ing by dress­ing up as a baby). Ac­cord­ing to Serenata mu­si­cian Pamela Ep­ple, this will be the en­sem­ble’s last per­for­mance in the San­tu­ario for some time, as the parish is re­for­mat­ting its seat­ing space, and there will be no room for the group’s grand pi­ano. Call 989-7988. In an­cient days, or­a­cles were seen as wise prophets who pre­dicted the good, the bad, and the ugly. In Greek tragedy, th­ese sages were usu­ally paid for their hon­esty with a poke in the eyes, which blinded them. To­day, things aren’t so bad. The Or­a­cle The­ater blends mu­sic, dance, and im­pro­vi­sa­tional per­for­mance skills to pay homage to those in the know via The Liv­ing Tarot. The event in­vites pa­trons to ask ques­tions and have The Fool, The Her­mit, The Sun, The Moon, and The High Priest­ess act out the an­swers. The Liv­ing Tarot plays at 7 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 20, at The Pink Church, 1516 Pacheco St. Tick­ets are $18, and 15 per­cent of the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the move­ment to end fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion in Africa. Call 920-0199 for reser­va­tions. The Santa Fe Con­cert Band is now in its 26th sea­son, and ac­cord­ing to long­time band di­rec­tor Greg Helt­man, the en­sem­ble has pre­sented a free an­nual hol­i­day con­cert al­most since its of­fi­cial in­cor­po­ra­tion in 1983. For the last eight years, the con­cert has been hosted by the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234). In 2009, that tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. At 7 p.m. Tues­day, Dec. 22, the Santa Fe Con­cert Band per­forms a med­ley of Christ­mas car­ols by Amer­i­can jazz trum­peter/com­poser Al­fred S. Burt; Leroy An­der­son’s “A Christ­mas Fes­ti­val” med­ley; and an en­sem­ble-backed solo show­case of an­other fa­vorite An­der­son piece, “Clar­inet Candy.” The group also presents the 12th-cen­tury Ir­ish Na­tiv­ity song, “Wex­ford Carol,” as well as a sin­ga­long of tra­di­tional hol­i­day dit­ties, in­clud­ing “Sil­ver Bells,” “White Christ­mas,” and “Ru­dolph the Red Nosed Rein­deer.” No ad­vance tick­ets are re­quired for this pop­u­lar— and free— fam­ily-friendly event.

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