Let the fes­tiv­i­ties com­mence!

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Rob DeWalt

Cinco de Mayo is still a week away, but there’s no rule that bans peo­ple from start­ing the party early. If there’s one thing the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the Mex­i­can army’s 1862 vic­tory over the French at the Battle of Pue­bla al­ways calls for, it’s co­pi­ous amounts of dancing.

This week­end Santa Fe pro­vides plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to start shak­ing your fi­esta maker, be­gin­ning with the 71st an­nual Baile de Cas­carones (Dance of the Eggshells) at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.). From 8 to 11 p.m. on Fri­day, April 29, en­joy live mu­sic, tra­di­tional dances, and plenty of con­fetti-filled, dec­o­rated eggs cracked over rev­el­ers’ heads — you ask some­one to dance by crack­ing one over his or her head — as La So­ciedad Folk­lor­ica de Santa Fe presents the pop­u­lar, fam­ily-friendly event, an old New Mex­ico cus­tom that the so­ci­ety re­vived in 1940. Hol­lowed-out dec­o­rated eggs are avail­able for pur­chase at the dance, and a there is also a silent auc­tion to ben­e­fit La So­ciedad Folk­lor­ica. Tick­ets, $15 for couples, $10 per adult, $2 for kids, are avail­able at the door. Call 983-7839.

At 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, April 30, the Amma Cen­ter of New Mex­ico presents Bol­ly­wood Club In­va­sion, a fundraiser to ben­e­fit the cen­ter’s char­i­ta­ble projects. Lo­cal im­prov-me­dia and per­for­mance artist Agramzu and DJs Dy­na­mite Sol, Miss Gin­ger, Gone Be­yond, Shobanon, Mum­bles, and Janapriya pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment. Fin­ger foods, chai, bhangra drum­ming, Bol­ly­wood-dance classes, and a henna tat­too sta­tion are also in the mix. The al­co­hol-free dance takes place at San­busco Mar­ket Cen­ter, 500 Mon­tezuma Ave., and tick­ets are $12 at the door. Call 660-0445.

At 9 p.m. Satur­day, Art­catz — the folks who brought Grupo Fan­tasma to Santa Fe in Fe­bru­ary — presents the Micky Cruz Show fea­tur­ing Gram­mynom­i­nated Cruz and his 13-piece en­sem­ble at The Lodge at Santa Fe’s cabaret space (750 N. St. Fran­cis Drive). Cruz’s in­fec­tious blend of cumbia, salsa, and reg­gae puts a twist on tra­di­tional Latin mu­sic, and it even has its own name: “cum­be­gue.” Tick­ets are $10 at the door; call 505-710-5829.

At 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, Swing Shift, a 17-piece New Mex­ico en­sem­ble, brings Big Band sound to Rockin’ Rollers Event Arena (2915 Agua Fría St.). Ac­cord­ing to the group’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Nolan Zis­man, who co-founded, led, and per­formed in the Bay Area’s Good Time So­ci­ety Band for more than 30 years, Swing Shift only per­forms six times per year, on av­er­age. Tick­ets are $10 at the door; call 466-2968.

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