This Week: GREED and Art

There are two big Santa Fe events on tap this week:

The first is the opening of The GREED Project, a theatrical examination of all-things-greedy, nightly at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday this week and next, in the Studio Theater in Building E (E-129). This project is near and dear to Professor Gregg Jones’ heart; he’s been mentoring the students of Theatre Santa Fe who’ve created the production. Following the show, stick around for an audience “talkback” session with the cast. The idea is to create a dialogue regarding the current economic and political struggles in our country and for the cast to discuss their creative process with the audience. Get all the details in this press release.

The other event is simply one of Gainesville’s favorites, the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival along NE First Street downtown. The festival is in its 42nd year and features more than 200 juried (read: quality!) artists, an art-making space for kids on the grounds of the nearby Thomas Center, and entertainment ranging from clogging to klezmer music to jazz. People have gotten married at the festival, former Gainesville residents plan their homecoming visits for Spring Arts weekend, and people catch up with friends as it seems our entire city comes out to circulate up and down NE First Street — all while marveling at incredibly creative and beautiful art! It is simply a glorious way to enjoy spring and community in Gainesville. Make a point to come downtown and check it out, or better yet, sign up to volunteer! Call Kathryn Russ to sign up, 395-5355. Get more details at the festival’s website, www.springartsfestival.com. Festival hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.