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Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Friday night I went with Mom, Dad, and Grandma up to Santa Fe to see the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus version of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and it was amazing.

We left Albuquerque around 4:15pm and took off for Santa Fe getting there in around 1 hour which is not bad for considering it was Friday rush hour. We had dinner at the newly reopened Pink Adobe and I must say that the food was freaking amazing. Hands down one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I had the Steak Dunigan (Charred New York Strip with Sautéed Mushrooms and Green Chile) and for dessert I had Rosalie's Legendary French Apple Pie with French Vanilla Ice Cream which again was to die for.

After a really great meal, we made our way to the Lensic Performing Arts Center which is just down the street from the Santa Fe Plaza. I have been past the Lensic so many times its not even funny, but I had never been in side. All I can say about the Lensic is WOW.

The LPAC is a amazing historic theater designed by the same people who did the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque. The LPAC was restored and renovated between 1999 and 2001 and they did a fantastic job.

The concert started just tad after 8pm was as I said before was amazing. Before that night I had never heard any of the Porgy and Bess music, but I fell in love with it right from the start. Porgy and Bess is from the 1930's, so its kinda a little dated in some respects. Take for example the drug dealer in named "Sportin' Life" and he pushes "happy dust" which is really code for cocaine. The cast was amazing as well. All preformed their parts spot on and were very believable.

The concert was over by 11pm, and I was home by around midnight. Over all it was one amazing night.

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