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  Santa Fe doesn't have much to offer in the way of nightlife for teenagers. The younger-than-21 set is pretty much left to its own devices to create evening entertainment. For many, that means skateboarding until curfew in the summertime (see our Parks and Recreation chapter) and movies the rest of the year             

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There are the occasional raves-- all-night warehouse teen parties with nonstop dancing to electronic music spun by talented deejays in the dazzle high-tech lights, video images and special effects. Raves are a word-of-mouth phenomenon. Occasionally, flyers will appear on bulletin boards, and that is all the invitation you need. Here are a few other suggestions.

Warehouse 21
1614 Paseo de Peralta 989-4423

Founded in 1990 as CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts) Teen Warehouse, Warehouse 21 helps fill the void of youth-oriented activities in Santa Fe for 10- to 21-year-olds. During the day, the organization sponsors free after-school workshops and seminars in the arts -- from knitting and puppetry to acting, deejaying, guitar, photography, silkscreening and tai chi. It also forges apprenticeships, internships and mentorships. At night Warehouse 21 produces music shows and dances every couple of weeks featuring live local bands on Friday nights and deejayed rock dances on Saturdays followed by swing dancing. During the summer, the organization stages outdoor screenings of monster flicks, 3D films and other movies of interest to teenagers.

The Planetarium @ Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave.  505-428-1677

provides evening and weekend programs that offer a magical foray into the night sky for kids and adults alike. There are lectures and concerts available as well. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under, seniors 65 and older and SFCC students with a current ID; free for members. Advance reservations or private group showings can be arranged by calling 505-428-1677.

Trades West Rd. 424-9044

Harambe is a performing arts and cultural education center that specializes in outreach for at-risk teens. It's housed in a 5,000-square-foot refurbished warehouse with two dance studios and performance areas. Harambe, which means "we shall pull together" in Swahili, organizes evening and all-night dances and performances primarily for individuals between 13 and 25 years old. One of the aims is to expose teens and young adults to the music and dance of other cultures in addition to the hip-hop and electronic music to which they're more accustomed. Harambe tries to stage twice-monthly all-night functions starting at 11 PM on a weekend night and continuing until 8 AM the next morning. Other weekends feature musical, theater or dance events. During the day and early evening, Harambe offers free classes in the afternoon and early evenings that might include urban, free-style or modern dancing, drumming, martial arts, computers and languages. The organization is in the process of building a recording studio for vinyl, tapes and CDs. Hours of business are 11 AM to 10 PM. Anyone is welcome to stop by and hang out.

Parks and Recreation 955- 2100

parks are at 302 W. DeVargas St., in DeVargas Park and at Franklin Miles Park, 1027 Camino Carlos Rey. Each features split-level ramps perfect for skateboard diehards in outdoor environment. There are picnic tables nearby, as well as climbing structures for youngsters. Bike riders and rollerskaters use the park too. Like all city parks, "Skateboard Park" has a 10 PM curfew. This seems to pose few hardships, except in summer, when avid skaters can never get enough of their favorite pastime.

Silva Lanes Bowling Center
1352 Rufina Circle 471-7250

Silva Lanes is great evening entertainment for all ages, and many teens like to go here on weekend nights or week nights when school is out. And the price is right, too, starting at $1.20 to $2.75 a game plus $1 to $1.75 to rent shoes. See our Recreation chapter for more information.

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Pick up a copy of New Mexico Kids. The quarterly publication contains a seasonal calendar of children's activities neatly broken down by category of interest such as arts and crafts, classes and workshops, music, stage, festivals and sports.

New Mexico Kids is distributed free at many locations throughout Santa Fe. The magazine can also be found on the Plaza, conveniently lactated near the Haagen Dazs ice cream store on E. San Francisco.


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