Eight-throated a cappella group The Swingle Singers packs its diaphragms with a repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin, pop, and rock stylings. The group's repertoire has spanned Bach, The Beatles, Björk, and holiday classics, each brought to life by voices that not only carry the lyrics to each song but also uncannily imitate its instrumentation, studio effects, and complex autotune solos. Founded by an American in Paris in 1963, the group has constantly evolved to stay youthful throughout its nearly 50 years with atmospheric, ever-changing lights and choreography.
Brent Kliewer harnesses his film-programming experience and passion for filmmaking for his curatorial duties at The Screen, a theater founded in 1999 at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. A former critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican and critical-studies professor in the university’s Moving Image Arts department, Brent relies on his encyclopedic knowledge of world and contemporary cinema to choose each week’s selection. Brent’s picks are projected in 35mm or digital format on a high-definition curved screen that boasts a 16-speaker Dolby Digital surround-sound system built within an old soundstage. In addition to an array of lauded celluloid, The Screen has hosted visits and screenings with numerous Hollywood stars and insiders, including Robert Redford, Tommy Lee Jones, Brokeback Mountain screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and an extra from Raiders of the Lost Ark who almost got to hug Harrison Ford.
At Squeezed Juice Bar, nutrition-minded customers can find fresh fruits and vegetables wrung into smoothies and juices packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Raw juice blends such as the fruity Citrus Cold Buster and the garlic- and tabasco-laced Blazin’ Beets headline the menu alongside smoothies such as the Bangin’ Blueberry, whose berries and banana are pulverized on top of a snare drum. Nutritive boosts can be added to each drink, such as multivitamins, chia seeds, and whey protein. Snacks supplement Squeezed Juice Bar’s juices, such as tabbouleh, muffins, scones, and açaí bowls with granola, honey, and other fruits.
The Barley Room transports customers on a gustative voyage of hearty pub fare and thirst-quenching beers served in a sports-centric atmosphere. The menu is stocked with nine different gourmet burgers, ranging from the geographically specific Left Coast burger, topped with avocado, monterey jack cheese, and jalapeños ($9), to the plains-swept 8-ounce Bison burger ($9). Pub-goers can cleanse their esophagi or proclaim their pleasant dispositions with a 22-ounce Arrogant Bastard ale ($7) from the expansive beer menu, which boasts a selection of more than 20 beers on tap and a collection of bottled brews.
At Bounce n' Boogie, kids of all ages can express their creativity without graffiti-ing the living-room wall. For infants to 2-year-olds, Baby Bounce n' Boogie classes promise music and movement as well as the squishing and rolling of toys to help develop motor skills. Junior Jumps classes, open to 16-month-olds to 4-year-olds, blast music while kids play on balance beams, mats, hurdles, and other obstacles. In art class, kids between 2 and 5 years old work on projects that they can take home after class.
Run by a mother-daughter team of stitchery specialists, The Designer’s Lounge draws on the pair’s deep-rooted family expertise to help students expand their fashion design repertoires. During private lessons, threadheads can study whatever sewing subject catches their fancy, from basic stitches and seam finishes to more advanced techniques, such as working with silk. Piece together an eye-catching pair of pants, or draft a skirt pattern for a broke friend who’s been trying to pass off her newspaper dress as a fashion statement.