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Performing Arts/ Books: July 25-31

July 25, 2007, 12:00 am
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***image4***WAR IS HELL
And part of that hell is sexual violence, either in the form of sexual slavery or torture in detention. Elisabeth Wood, professor of political science at Yale University and the Santa Fe Institute, gives a talk on this form of the hellishness of war; she is joined by Henry Wright, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan.
7:30 pm Wednesday, July 25. Free.
The James A Little Theater, 1600 Cerrillos Road, 946-2749

Dorothy Doyle reads from Max Evans' For the Love of a Horse on her "Reading Sampler" program.
6:30 pm Thursday, July 26. KSFR 90.7 FM

The Santa Fe Ethics Group holds its first meeting with a seminar exploring the question "Should We Build a Genetic Moral Aristocracy?" The discussion may be brief, as the answer is clearly no. Don't you think?
7 pm Thursday, July 26. Free. Call 988-1360 for location.

Sara Jane Thornton launches her new book, Facing the Sunshine: Healing from Sexual Abuse and Anorexia, A Survivor's Reflections on What Worked and What Didn't, with a reading and signing featuring guest speaker Charlie Appelstein.
7 pm Friday, July 27. Free.
Cloud Cliff Bakery and Cafe, 1805 Second St., 983-2649

Local publisher Sunstone Press celebrates its 35th anniversary and the release of the "Southwest Heritage Series," a republishing of classic Southwestern books from the late 19th century to the early 1950s. Noted historians Marc Simmons and Marcia Muth will be on hand.
2 pm Saturday, July 28. Free.
Borders Books and Music, 3513 Zafarano Drive, 474-9450

Lynne Sebastian, historic preservation archaeologist, presents a talk courtesy of Southwest Seminars titled "Taking Charge in Chaco: Thinking About Political Organization in the Past."
6:30 pm Monday, July 30. $10.
Hotel Santa Fe, 1500 Paseo de Peralta, 466-2775


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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 "Flamenco's Next Generation," Benitez' company of young dancers who perform with Teatro Flamenco.
Teatro Flamenco: 8:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-29. $20-$50. Through Sept. 2. Flamenco's Next Generation: 8:30 pm Monday, July 30. $15-$30. Through Aug. 27.
The Lodge at Santa Fe,
750 St. Francis Drive, 955-8562

Azlan White hosts a freeform dance party every Friday called Dance Tribe. Find your tribe and gyrate accordingly.
8-10 pm Friday, July 27. $8-$12.
Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362

The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company presents an evening of unusual, humorous and surprising contemporary dance, including Taylor's Esplanade. Hosted by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Taylor's troupe and his choreography offers snappy young talent framed by Taylor's five decades of experience (see SFR Picks).
8 pm Tuesday, July 31. Through Aug. 1. $18-$52.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234


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The Santa Fe Public Library sponsors a series of events connected to their summer reading program for kids. This week, Carolyn Newell presents "Exotics of the Rainforest" with live parrots and snakes.
10:30 am Friday, July 27. Free.
Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, 955-2828.
2 pm Friday, July 27. Free.
Main Branch, 145 Washington Avenue, 955-6783.
2 pm Saturday, July 28. Free.
La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano St., 955-4863


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***image4***BACH ON THE BLOCK
The world-renowned Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival celebrates year 35 with the usual widely varying programs performed by top flight musicians. This week features two youth concerts, a program of Mozart/Giuliani (not Rudy) and Elgar; a noon concert with a wacky mix of Beethoven, Matiegka and Villa Lobos; a program featuring Eisler, Glanert, Gruber and Weill; a Bach Plus program with Bach, Boccherini and Vivaldi; a program featuring Ravel, Saint-Saens, Bizet and Gruber; and vocal music featuring soprano Kelly Kaduce.
Youth Concert: 10 am Wednesday, July 25. Mozart, Giuliani, Elgar:
6 pm Thursday, July 26.
Noon Concert: Noon Thursday, July 26. Eisler, Glanert, Gruber:
6:00 pm Friday, July 27.
Bach Plus: 5:00 pm Saturday, July 28. Ravel, Saint-Saens, Bizet, Gruber:
6 pm Sunday-Monday, July 29-30.
Youth Concert: 10 am Monday, July 30. Vocal Music: 6 pm Tuesday, July 31. $24-$57, noon concerts $10-$15, youth concerts free. St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., 982-1890

St. John's College and KSFR 90.7 FM present a series of sunset concerts in the grassy and cool setting of the athletic fields in the foothills of the mountains. Affordable yet classy fare is available from Walter Burke Catering. This week, it's local singer-songwriter Matthew Andrae.
6-8 pm Wednesday, July 25. Free.
St. John's College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000

Santa Fe Pro Musica offers the third and final installment of its new summer series with "Baroque Fever," featuring Barsanti, Bonporti, Montalbano, Vivaldi and Soler.
8 pm Wednesday, July 25. $15-$60.
Loretto Chapel, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-1234

The 2007 season of The Santa Fe Opera hits its stride this week, with all five productions, ranging from Rameau to the American premiere of Tan Dun's acclaimed Tea: A Mirror of Soul. The Mozart is Così Fan Tutti, the Italian is Puccini with La bohème, the Teutonic installment is Richard Strauss' Daphne and the silliness is supplied by Rameau's Platée, the tale of an ugly frog who intends to marry Jupiter. The parking lot opens at 5:30 pm to provide plenty of picnic and sunset time.
Tea: A Mirror of Soul: 9 pm Wednesday, July 25.
Daphne: 9 pm Friday, July 27. Platée: 9 pm Saturday, July 28.
La bohème: 8:30 pm Monday, July 30.
Così Fan Tutte: 8:30 pm Tuesday, July 31. $53-$170.
The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Drive in Tesuque, 986-5900

Week two of the New Mexico Jazz Festival includes the Michel Camilo Trio, Richard Bona, Dianne Reeves and saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins. In addition to the events at Lensic, there are many events in Albuquerque. For complete information on the entire festival, visit (see SFR preview).
Michel Camilo Trio: 7:30 pm Thursday, July 26.
Richard Bona: 7:30 pm Friday, July 27.
Sonny Rollins and AB Spellman: 3 pm Saturday, July 28.
Dianne Reeves: 7:30 pm Saturday, July 28.
Sonny Rollins: 7:30 pm Sunday, July 29. $20-$55,
Meet the Artist with Sonny Rollins is free, tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234

***image4***GIVING VOICE
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale continues its season with three varied programs this week. The first, "Endless Wonder," features great cathedral music in the perfect setting. "Brothers, Sing On!" features the male members of the chorale and offers folk music from around the world as well Judith Cloud's Words from an Artist's Palette. "There is Sweet Music," features compositions by Hildegaard of Bingen, Stravinsky and Holst, as well as Celtic mouth music.
Endless Wonder: 8 pm Thursday, July 26.
St. Francis Cathedral, 213 Cathedral Place.
Brothers, Sing On!: 8 pm Sunday, July 29.
There is Sweet Music: Loretto Chapel, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail. $20-$50; tickets and more info: 988-2282

The Eldorado-based big band Swing Shift presents a concert of classic big band music from the 1930s to the 1960s. The band started is 2004 with six members and now boasts 17 musicians and two vocalists.
4 pm Saturday, July 28. Free.
The Agora Shopping Center, Avenida Vista Grande in Eldorado, 466-2968


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In Fortune: The Rise and Fall of a Small Fortune Cookie Factory a family-owned fortune cookie factory on the brink of bankruptcy hires a destitute novelist to be its new fortune writer. His pithy creations lead to fame and…fortune. The production offers a performance of seamless variety and inspired craft. Post-show discussions with the cast are slated for Wednesday and Sunday performances; guest commentators will be on hand after Thursday performances.
8 pm Wednesday-Thursday, July 25-26.
5 pm Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29. $10-$25. Through July 29.
Healy Matthews Building, 515 Cerrillos Road, 474-8400

Santa Fe Performing Arts has been rehearsing two groups of performers all summer, the Teen Ensemble and the City Different Players. The Teen Ensemble presents the classic musical Cabaret and the City Different Players present Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte's Web: 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29.
Cabaret: 7 pm Friday-Sunday, July 27-29. $7.
he Armory for the Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 984-1370

Pandemonium Productions, a youth theater group, presents that wacky piece of Americana, Grease. If you've only ever seen the movie check out how they do the car race on a live stage.
7 pm Friday-Saturday, July 27-28 and 2 pm Sunday, July 29. $6-$10. Through July 29.
James A Little Theater, 1600 Cerrillos Road, 982-3327


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