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The Sandstoners Band performs at the inaugural Totah Lounge Music Series event on Jan. 21, 2023.
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Feb. 18: Totah Lounge Music Series

The Sandstoners band will again liven up Farmington’s downtown district with its second performance in the Totah Lounge Music Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Totah Theater, 315 W. Main St.

Historic Totah Theater.

This month’s theme celebrates love and heartache in honor of Valentine’s Day. The set list will include music from Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Allison Moorer, The Mavericks and Lyle Lovett, along with a variety of The Sandstoners originals.

The band, Mike Easterling, Ian Rutter, Richard McNeely and Deborah Baker, will perform in the theater’s lobby, which will be converted into a cocktail-style lounge for the evening. A variety of snacks are included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are limited to 50 and may be purchased online at fmtn.org/Shows. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Feb. 18: Broadway for Brunch

Caliente Community Chorus brings Broadway tunes to Farmington in their annual Broadway for Brunch performance at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the commons area of Piedra Vista High School, 5700 College Blvd.

This annual favorite pairs brunch with singing waitstaff. Enjoy lively renditions of favorite hits from “The Great White Way,” and special features from musicals such as “Gypsy,” “Company,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Peter Pan.”

In between songs, bid on silent auction items and support the Caliente Scholarship Program.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchase from chorus members, online, or by calling (505) 947-2510.

Feb. 16: Indian Rock Writings with Sam Hunter

Author Sam Hunter, a recent addition to the Bloomfield community, will host a presentation on Native American rock writings from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Bloomfield Cultural Center, 333 S. First St.

Hunter’s presentation draws from his 34 years of experience of field research. He will discuss how ancient peoples recorded major events in their lives, including the use of medicine wheels, and how pathfinders navigated across the country as far back as seven thousand years ago.

Hunter’s book, “Indian Rock Writings: The Battle of Bear Paw,” was published by Fulton Books in 2021.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Feb. 16-18: Frozen Jr.

Heather McGaughey Four Corners Theatre Academy will perform “Frozen Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Frozen Jr. tells a story of love and acceptance between sisters and expands on the relationship and emotional journey between princesses Anna and Elsa. As the sisters face danger, they discover their hidden potential and strengthen their bond as sisters.

The academy works with youths ages 8 to 16 to develop skills in acting, musical theater, character development, theatrical movement and scenic design. The academy was established in memory of Heather McGaughey, a professional actress and entertainer who died in Farmington in July 2005.

Admission is free and open to all ages.

Feb. 17-18: Steel Magnolias

Theater Ensemble Arts brings together talent in its adaptation of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-18, at Connie Gotsch Theater at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd.

Set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done, humor and drama abound. Considered both hilarious and touching, the story is based on Harling’s personal experience with his sister’s death.

Tickets are $10 for seniors and students and $12 for adults. For those who are unable to attend opening night, additional performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 with a 2: 30 p.m. matinee Feb. 26. Tickets may be purchased online at theater-ensemble-arts.square.site.

For a full listing of events, check out the Farmington Community Calendar.