Kick­start the New Year

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

The first week­end of 2011 just hap­pens to co­in­cide with what would have been Elvis Pres­ley’s 76th birth­day, and I ex­pect you to cel­e­brate ac­cord­ingly.

If you want to keep the week­end flow a bit con­tem­po­rary, to honor, say,

the Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, DJ Miss Gin­ger puts on a party hat of her own and per­forms at (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) at

un­der the new name Blast­ing deep-bass mad­ness and un­der­ground hip-hop as part of the Zón’s weekly Heart­beats DJ event, Miss Gin­ger is pre­ceded by techno/dub­step maven and

who spins a combo of mel­low elec­tro and house. Chispa, an artist from the Meow Wolf col­lec­tive, sup­plies trippy vi­su­als. Cover is $5, and this is a 21-and-over event.

Speakin’ of Meow Wolf: the col­lec­tive is us­ing a web­site called www.kick­starter.com to gather some green­backs for an up­com­ing ex­hibit at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. The do­na­tion site has worked well for some Santa Fe artists and mu­si­cians. On Dec. 30, 2010, Santa Fe’s Lit­tle Wing per­for­mance space (851 St. Michael’s Drive, 983-5906) fin­ished its Kick­starter­hosted fund drive for its School of Rock out­reach pro­grams, which of­fer mu­sic classes, schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, and help for those stu­dents who need it when it comes to pur­chas­ing in­stru­ments. Be­sides blue­grass, Amer­i­cana, tra­di­tional rock, and jazz, Rock School stu­dents can learn funk, punk, metal, reg­gae, gospel, hip-hop, and clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Win­ter reg­is­tra­tion for the rock-school pro­gram has be­gun, and classes start on Mon­day, Jan. 10. Of course, not ev­ery­one can be privy to aid through the Kick­starter do­na­tions, but any­one is wel­come to reg­is­ter. Prices, sched­ules, and reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able on­line at www.can­dy­manstringsandthings.com/Rock­BandClasses.aspx. And don’t worry, ag­ing dream­ers — there are classes avail­able for adults. Here’s a fun nugget of mu­sic trivia: part of the 12th track on the new Go­ril­laz al­bum, (EMI) — most of which was pro­duced on an iPad — was recorded in Santa Fe. The in­stru­men­tal ti­tled “Aspen For­est” con­tains na­ture sounds and other bits recorded in the Santa Fe area on Oct. 25, 2010. The en­tire al­bum is stream­ing live at http://the­fall.go­ril­laz.com (reg­is­tra­tion re­quired). Bad news for folks an­tic­i­pat­ing the two New Mex­ico per­for­mances by ex-Hüsker Dü gui­tarist Bob Mould later this month. Lo­cal pro­moter Fan Man Pro­duc­tions was un­able to find a re­place­ment venue in Santa Fe af­ter the Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany Pub & Grill’s re­cent demise, and Mould is un­will­ing to travel to New Mex­ico for just an Al­bu­querque show. I have sud­denly be­come un­will­ing to buy his next al­bum.

— Rob DeWalt

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