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The KTAOS So­lar Cen­ter is cel­e­brat­ing Cinco de Mayo with a week­end of mu­sic and danc­ing.

First up is the Cinco de Mayo Week­end Kick­off Party with The Dwayne Ortega Band Fri­day (May 4) start­ing at 7 p.m. Dwayne Ortega was named best male vo­cal­ist at the 2017 His­pano Mu­sic Awards. Based out of north­ern New Mex­ico, The Dwayne Ortega Band per­forms New Mex­ico Span­ish mu­sic as well as coun­try and rock. Their up-tempo mu­sic has proven to keep the dance floors packed. Tick­ets are $10.

Then, on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), the party cranks up with hard rock­ers, The UZ Band, start­ing at 6 p.m. The UZ Band is a four-piece va­ri­ety band based in Taos. Their sound ranges from clas­sic, mod­ern and Span­ish rock to clas­sic and mod­ern coun­try. Come dance the night away. Tick­ets are $5. The KTAOS So­lar Cen­ter is at 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Call (575) 758-5826 or visit


A free pro­gram ti­tled “Pre­view! The 2018 Santa Fe Opera Season” is hap­pen­ing to­day (May 3) in the Com­mon House at Valverde Com­mons, 405 Valverde Com­mons Drive. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the pro­gram begins at 3 p.m.

The “Pre­view!” pro­gram will be pre­sented by An­drea Fel­lows Wal­ters, who has been as­so­ci­ated with the Santa Fe Opera for al­most 27 years. Wal­ters has taken on many sig­nif­i­cant and in­flu­en­tial roles in her per­form­ing arts work over the years, in­clud­ing as ad­min­is­tra­tor, ed­u­ca­tor, pro­ducer and li­bret­tist, and is the direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity pro­grams for the opera, a po­si­tion that she has held since 2000. Among other achieve­ments, Wal­ters re­ceived the Mayor’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in the Arts from the City of Santa Fe in 2004, served as a na­tional com­mis­sioner to UNESCO for six years and wasamem­ber of the Obama Arts Pol­icy Com­mit­tee in 2008 and 2012.

Wal­ters will fo­cus her dis­cus­sion on the five op­eras that will be pre­sented in 36 per­for­mances by the Santa Fe Opera fromJune 29

are part of the Cinco de Mayo Week­end Cel­e­bra­tion at the KTAOS So­lar Cen­ter. through Aug. 25, the opera’s 62nd opera’s web­site: santafe­ dig­ni­fied, vi­brant lives in their season. Those op­eras are “Can­dide,” This pro­gram is part of a se­ries of homes and com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing “Ari­adne auf Naxos,” “The Ital­ian Girl bi­monthly ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams of ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices, ac­tiv­i­ties in Al­giers,” “Madame But­ter­fly” and in­ter­est to el­ders from Taos El­ders and pro­grams that will fur­ther this “Doc­tor Atomic.” Wal­ters’ pro­gram and Neigh­bors To­gether. TENT is a pur­pose. For more in­for­ma­tion on is ex­pected to be of in­ter­est to new com­mu­nity of el­ders and neigh­bors TENT or any of its pro­grams, con­tact as well as to vet­eran Santa Fe Opera sup­port­ing one an­other. Its mis­sion Jim Lud­den at (575) 224-6335, en­thu­si­asts. is to con­nect el­ders to re­sources [email protected], or visit TENT’s For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the needed to main­tain com­fort­able, web­site at


Be­gin­ning Satur­day (May 5), the McCarthy & Friends Es­tate Sale will wel­come the Taos com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to the “McCarthy Rock­house,” 122 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte at the in­ter­sec­tion with Bent Street.



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