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In 3-D! Poet Cynthia West reads from her new book of 3-D poems, The New Sun, hailed by Natalie Goldberg as "driven by a curious mind and a mature***image1*** heart." West builds her books to be as interesting structurally as her poems are verbally.

2 pm Wednesday, Aug. 8. Free. East Side Gallery Alcove, Capitol Rotunda Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, 986-4614


New Mexico author Ana Castillo, who previously penned

Peel My Love Like An Onion

, reads from and signs her new book,

The Guardians

, which is set in a small New Mexico border town.

7 pm Friday, Aug. 10. Free. Collected Works Bookstore, 208-B W. San Francisco St., 988-4226


All you need are two pens and a notebook.

11 am-1 pm Saturday, Aug. 11.

Free. Santa Fe Public Library,

145 Washington Ave., 466-1807


Marsha Scarbrough launches her new book,

Medicine Dance: One Woman's Healing Journey into the World of Native American Sweatlodges, Drumming Meditations and Dance Fasts.

5 pm Saturday, Aug. 11. Free.

Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151


Donald Brown, professor emeritus of anthropology at Oklahoma State University, gives a talk courtesy of Southwest Seminars titled "Pinweltha: A History of Picuris Pueblo."

6:30 pm Monday, Aug. 13. $10.

Hotel Santa Fe, 1500 Paseo de Peralta, 466-2775


Award-winning poets Mark Scott and Veronica Golos join forces to read from recent works. Scott's most recent book is

A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies

and Golos recently published

A Bell Buried Deep


7 pm Tuesday, Aug. 14. Free.

Collected Works Bookstore, 208-B W. San Francisco St., 988-4226



Flamenco legend and local and national treasure María Benítez returns with part two of a production she launched last year. "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" is a multimedia flamenco presentation that offers a live performance by Benítez and her acclaimed company, Teatro Flamenco, and a video retrospective of her career. Also offered is "Flamenco's Next Generation," Benítez' company of young dancers who perform with Teatro Flamenco.

Teatro Flamenco: 8:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 8-12. $20-$50. Flamenco's Next Generation: 8:30 pm Monday, Aug. 13. $15-$30. The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 St. Francis Drive, 955-8562



Former Santa Fean and current New Yorker Leslie Satin presents two dance pieces. The first is a group piece created by participants in Satin's summer workshop. The second, a solo performance titled

Set in Stones

, explores themes of distance, memory and visibility.

8 pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11. $8-$10.

Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta, 982-1338


Azlan White hosts a freeform dance party every Friday called "Dance Tribe." Find your tribe and gyrate accordingly.

8-10 pm Friday, Aug. 10. $8-$12. Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362



Two Women Dancing, a local dance pair composed of Julie Brette Adams and Kate Eberle, join forces with cellist Timothee Marcel to present selected Bach Cello Suites and original choreography. Marcel participated in the 2005 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's Distinguished Young Artist program.

8 pm Saturday, Aug. 11 and 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 12. $15-$20.

Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362


Nope, not a fetish party. Rather, the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous and Trade Fair. Storytelling, lectures, period gear and costumes, mountain man music and all manner of beads, weapons, ironwork and silverwork, saddles and other doodads are on offer. Soap optional.

10 am-4:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 8.

9 am-4:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9-11.

9 am-3 pm Sunday, Aug. 12. Free.

Palace of the Governors, 105 W. Palace Ave., 476-5100



Perhaps you, the attentive reader, noticed the headline for Drinking Liberally a few weeks ago: "Democrats Under the Influence." Clever, eh? Well, it turns out the fine dipsomaniacs of DL took mild umbrage, as they are not all members of the Democratic Party. Apparently, the folks who gather once a month to wash down hard political pills with pilsner come from all political parties. Some are even Green, which ain't easy.

6:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 9. Free.

Il Vicino, 321 W. San Francisco St., 986-8700



The world-renowned Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 35th year with the usual widely varying programs performed by top flight musicians. This week kicks off with a youth concert featuring Tara Helen O'Connor on flute and Rosalind Simpson on harp. A mixed program with Mozart, Saint-Saens, Rossini and Brahms follows. The highlight of the week? Three installments of the World Music series-this year focused on percussion-featuring a documentary film by John Wyre called

World Drums

, wherein 250 drummers from around the globe perform simultaneously, as well as two full-length live concerts of percussion music. There's also a wildly varied evening ranging from Crumb to Debussy to Ravel to Schubert. Bach is back in a double feature with Zelenka. Yet another varied program: Haydn, Brahms and Suk. Or perhaps you prefer Mozart, Brahms and a composition by Wynton Marsalis called


? Finally, a noon concert wraps up this frenzied week.

Note: All programs take place at St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W Palace Ave., unless otherwise indicated.

Youth Concert: 10 am Wednesday, Aug. 8, Mozart/Saint-Saens/Rossini/Brahms

6 pm Wednesday, Aug. 8. World Drums film screening

Noon Thursday, Aug. 9. Debussy/Crumb/Ravel/Schubert

6 pm Thursday, Aug. 9. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.

World Music Percussion Festival with D'Drum

6 pm Friday, Aug. 10. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. Bach/Zelenka

5 pm Saturday, Aug. 11. World Music Percussion Festival

6 pm Saturday, Aug. 11. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. Haydn/Brahms/Suk

6 pm Sunday, Aug. 12. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. Mozart/Brahms/Marsalis

6 pm Monday, Aug. 13. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. Noon Concert

Noon Tuesday, Aug. 14. $24-$57. 982-1890



The 2007 season of The Santa Fe Opera goes into overdrive this week, with seven performances in seven nights, ranging from Rameau to Tan Dun's acclaimed

Tea: A Mirror of Soul

. Also on the schedule: the first of two nights of varied scenes performed by SFO apprentices. The Mozart this year is

Così fan tutti

, the Italian in the house is Puccini, with his tale of star-crossed lovers,

La bohème

(a better bet than


in a heartbeat), the Teutonic installment is Richard Strauss'


and the silliness is supplied by Rameau's


, the tale of an ugly frog who intends to marry Jupiter. The cheap seats for the entire season are sold out, but standing room is still available; there's no bad sightline in the miraculous opera theater. The parking lot opens at 5:30 pm to provide plenty of picnic and sunset time.


8:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Tea: A Mirror of Soul:

8:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 9. Platée: 8:30 pm Friday, Aug. 10.

La bohème:

8:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 11 and 8:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Apprentice Scenes:

8:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 12.

Così fan tutte:

8:30 pm Monday, Aug. 13. $53-$170,

Apprentice Scenes

$5-$15. The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Drive in Tesuque, 986-5900


The Santa Fe Opera throws a shiny bone to hoi polloi by simulcasting a live performance of

La bohème

onto the big screen. Groundlings welcome.

8:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 11. Free.

Ft. Marcy Park, 986-5955



The Santa Fe Desert Chorale wraps up its successful 25th anniversary summer with a remarkable event: performances of the complete Rachmaninoff Vespers. Considered the crowning achievement of the "Golden Age'' of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music, the work is rarely performed in its entirety. Desert Chorale alumni join this season's singers to boost the ensemble.

8 pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11.

St. Francis Cathedral, 213 Cathedral Place, 988-2282



Young adults tackle Jack & Jill: An Adult Romantic Comedy, under the auspices of Santa Fe Performing Arts. The play, penned by Jane Martin, explores the pitfalls of matrimony.

8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9-11 and 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 12. Through Aug. 26. $10. Santa Fe Performing Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail,



Rara Avis is the title of new local performance troupe The Paper Doll Militia's original theater piece. The work traces the story of four social misfits through acrobatics, aerial dance, physical theater, live music and shadow puppetry (see


8 pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11. $10-$20.

Wise Fool Studios, 2778 Agua Fria St., 310-5780


It's back. The Madrid Melodrama, this year a fun-filled sing-along with the wacky title,

Bloodlines, or Hanged in Their Own Family Tree

, continues a unique local tradition.

3 pm Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12. Through Sept. 3. $5-$12.

Engine House Theater, State Highway 14, Madrid, 438-3780