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Moving People Dance is surely the only group in town offering a show set in a post-Apocalyptic world, in which Christmas, snow, and even winter no longer exist. “We wanted to get as far away from The Nutcracker as we could possibly get,” said Erica Gionfriddo, one of the producers of the show. Once Upon a Snowfall has a cast of 28 students from the Moving People school and 12 guest artists from Los Niños de Santa Fe, a children’s folklorico dance group. The show is designed to grow and change over the years. “I can already see adding professional dancers in the future,” Gionfriddo said. The show plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Greer Garson Theater at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (1600 St. Michael’s Drive). For information and to reserve tickets ($25, $15 for students and seniors), call Moving People Dance at 438-9180. Tickets are available at the door.
For most of December, Tibetan Buddhist monks
from the Drepung Loseling Monastery have been constructing a sand mandala and publicly chanting every afternoon on Sandoval Street. At 7 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 18, the monastery’s heralded multiphonic singers take to the stage at the James A. Little Theater, New Mexico School for the
Deaf (1060 Cerillos Road) for a performance of temple music and dances. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and children. Kids under 5 get in free. To reserve tickets, call the Tibetan Association of Santa Fe at 216-6620. There is a slew of holiday-themed concerts in Santa Fe over the next few days, but why not give your ears something unique this Christmas? At 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Candyman’s Little Wing art and music annex (851 St. Michael’s Drive, 699-5470) hosts three un-hollyjolly performances: local ensemble
The Proxemics, a revolving door of electronic and traditional instrumentalists with a penchant for art rock and deconstructed folkisms;
clawdeuS, “a cartoonist by day and a mad sonic scientist by night” who doesn’t shy away from jazzy bass; and KaiBorg, an improvisational electroacoustic duo featuring David Borgo on sax, electronic wind instrument, and laptop and Jeff Kaiser on quartertone trumpet and laptop. Tickets are $5 at the door. If you’ve regretted missing pianist/composer/arranger Dave Grusin, who performed with his brother, Don Grusin, at the New Mexico Jazz Festival last year, walk into Gig Performance Space, 1808 Second St., on Thursday, Dec. 23. Dave Grusin (whose list of accolades and awards includes an Oscar for his score for The Milagro Beanfield War) plays a holiday set in duet form with Gig’s proprietor, the stellar guitarist
Bruce Dunlap. Tickets are $25 at the door. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.gigsantafe.com.