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Dorothy Doyle reads from Lisa See's

Peony in Love

, a story-sprinkled with metaphysics and philosophy-of 17th century Chinese women fighting for love, on her "Reading Sampler" program.

6:30-7 pm Thursday, Aug. 23. 90.7 and 101.1 FM




Diplomat and author Michael Hamilton Morgan discusses his new book,

Lost History: The Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists


7 pm Friday, Aug. 24. Free.

Borders Books and Music, 500 Montezuma, Ste. 108, 954-4707


Psychology professor Dan Bar-On, from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, gives two topical lectures. The first, during the shabbat services, discusses "How Do We Understand the Ata Bchartanu (We are the Chosen People)." The Sunday discussion focuses on "Struggling with the Burden of the Holocaust Toward Finding a Way to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"-not a light subject, but certainly an important one.

Ata Bchartanu: 7:30 pm Friday, Aug. 24.


sraeli-Palestinian Conflict: 5 pm Sunday, Aug. 26. Free.

Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Road, 212-290-9540



It's not often that a woman as well known and influential as Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits down for a Q&A with the general public. The Supreme Court Justice is on hand with her signature liberalism and feisty pursuit of what she believes in.

11 am-1 pm Saturday, Aug. 25. Sold out.

Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234


Emily Abbink signs her new book,

New Mexico's Palace of the Governors: History of an American Treasure.

In addition to a history lesson on the Palace and New Mexico itself, Southwest fiddle band Bayou Seco brings traditions to life.

1-3:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 26. Free.

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


The colorful, and often bloody, past of the Southwest is explored with University of New Mexico professor emeritus John Kessel. Kessel has authored and co-edited the books

Kiva, Cross and Crown, Spain in the Southwest


Blood on the Boulders

, among others.

6 pm Monday, Aug. 27. $10.

Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, 466-2775



Flamenco legend and local and national treasure María Benitez 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 Benitez and her acclaimed company, Teatro Flamenco, and a video retrospective of her career. Also offered is the final show of "Flamenco's Next Generation," Benitez' company of young dancers who perform with Teatro Flamenco.

Teatro Flamenco: 8:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 22-26. Through Sept. 2. $20-$50. Flamenco's Next Generation: 8:30 pm Monday, Aug. 27.

$15-$30. The Lodge at Santa Fe,

750 St. Francis Drive, 955-8562



Uh-oh! The lefties are getting organized. Casting off the free-for-all anarchistic attitude of yore, the liberal drinkers of Drinking Liberally have adopted a new "semi-structured" arrangement wherein 5-10 minutes of soapbox time are up for grabs. Though this may fall apart after 5-10 rounds, it sure sounds like a good way to get conversation flowing.

6:30-9:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 23. Free.

Il Vicino 321 W. San Francisco St., 471-9366



The 2007 season of The Santa Fe Opera closes its curtains this week. On offer for the final time is the hopping love story


, the ceremonial

Tea: A Mirror of the Soul,

Mozart's Così fan tutte

and, leaving the season the way it came in,

La bohème



: 8 pm Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Tea: A Mirror of the Soul

: 8 pm Thursday, Aug. 23.

Così fan tutte

: 8 pm Friday, Aug. 24.

La bohème

: 8 pm Saturday, Aug. 25.


The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Drive in Tesuque, 986-5900


The Santa Fe Concert Band spices things up with a concert of traditional Spanish pieces to complement your basket full of tapas.

2 pm Sunday, Aug. 26. Free.

Federal Park, Washington Avenue and Paseo de Peralta, 989-7188



Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall likes to change things up, playing not just standard jazz but tunes by Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. Krall's Santa Fe performance comes to the opera house courtesy of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with various programming that features strong, smart, classy women.

8 pm Friday, Aug. 26. Sold out.

The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Drive in Tesuque, 986-5900



Femininity destroys all previously conceived notions when the Femme-O-Lition Derby comes to town. Wordsmith Mary Oishi, aerial dancer Contraband Velour and performer/curator September Smith are joined by a cadre of creative women for a night of queer femmes kicking back cabaret style.

7 pm Thursday, Aug. 23. $12.

Wise Fool Studios, 2778 Agua Fria Road, Unit D, 992-2588



Actress Joan Allen (

The Bourne Ultimatum, Pleasantville

) steps off the sound stage for a live performance. Allen reads the letters of Georgia O'Keeffe for an illuminating look at Santa Fe's favorite painter (see


7 pm Thursday, Aug. 23. $15-$50.

Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234



Gracias a la Vida: Las Poetisas Amigas

traces the lives of five Latin American women poets in the early 20th century. Presented by Teatro Paraguas, this play follows the lives of Delmira Agustini, Gabriela Mistral, Alfonsina Storni, Violeta Parra and Juana de Ibarbourou as they write radical and socially progressive poetry



8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 23-25. 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 26.

Through Aug. 26. $10-12.

El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, 473-0143.


Perhaps out of modesty, or maybe to keep the feds off their backs, an anonymous crew of writers put together the Santa Fe Playhouse's 2007 Fiesta Melodrama,

A Foul Flimflam Filches Fiestas to Turn Town into Tourist Trap


Revenge of the Masked Mariachi

. Either way, this melodrama might shy away from the limelight but it sure doesn't shy away from poking fun at everyone, from a loosely disguised Bill Richardson to the tourists who flock to our little burg.

8 pm Thursday, Aug. 23. $25. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 23-25. $17-$20. 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 26. Pay what you wish. Through Sept. 9.

Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St., 988-4262


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. 25-26. Through Sept. 3. $5-$12.

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