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Performing Arts / Books: September 19-25

September 19, 2007, 12:00 am
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In 1981, when Nadine Mortimer wrote July's People, South Africa was still struggling with apartheid. People offers a look at how Mortimer thought it***image1*** might end. Whether right or wrong, her novel is a fascinating look at a time in history when the world craved change and the future was unclear. Santa Fe author Natalie Goldberg leads a discussion of July's People.
6 pm Thursday, Sept. 27. Free.
Travel Bug Coffee Shop, 839 Paseo de Peralta, 992-0418

***image4***TIBET, FOR FREE
Jake Norton shares his adventures climbing Mt. Everest and his interactions with the Tibetan and Nepalese cultures that surround the peak in "It's Not About the Top: A New Perspective on Everest and Himalayan Culture." Paper is a huge part of that culture and Nimto and Nawang Sherpa demonstrate traditional papermaking techniques, some of the oldest methods that exist.
Norton: 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 20. Free.
St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave.;
Sherpa: 11 am-3 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. Free.
Palace of the Governors, 105 W. Palace Ave., 476-5100

"Rephotography: New Mexico Then and Now" explores change in the New Mexico landscape. William deBuys pairs historical and contemporary photographs of the same geography, and reveals vast environmental difference.
7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 20. Free.
James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 954-7203

It's hard to play a piano sonata or keep in shape when arthritis hits. A group of local physicians wants to help those who can't get around like they used to with a free lecture, "Managing Your Joint Pain." Among the topics discussed are treatment options, medication, nutrition and exercise and, for the worst cases, joint replacement.
11 am-1 pm Friday, Sept. 21. Free.
Physicians Medical Center of Santa Fe,
2990 Rodeo Park Drive East, 428-5400

Steven Pla tells stories from a wide variety of traditions. The stories allow children a chance to discover, at a young age, the differences and similarities of various cultures, while learning to enjoy and explore those cultural differences.
2 pm Friday, Sept. 21. Free.
Santa Fe Public Library, Main Brance, 145 Washington Ave., 955-6780
10:30 am Saturday, Sept. 22. Free.

Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, 955-2810
2 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. Free.
La Farge Branch, 1730, Llano St., 955-4860

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For Martha C Franks, water isn't just a religious symbol, it's a necessity. Franks, an environmental attorney who specializes in water law and a scholar with an interest in theology, combines her two loves in a lecture on the many faces of water.
8 pm Friday, Sept. 21. Free.
St. John's College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000

Book lovers sometimes turn into strange creatures that resemble soccer hooligans when a good book sale comes to town. So everyone, stay calm and remember: There are enough copies of American Psycho and the Illiad to go around. Let's keep the grabbing to the bags of fiction that volunteers have dutifully set aside just for that purpose.  
10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Free.
Meem Auditorium at the Laboratory of Anthropology
710 Camino Lejo, 476-1269

J Frank Torres, Crusader and Judge, the new book by Lois Gerber Franke, follows the life of José Francisco Torres (J Frank Torres) from his birth in the late 1800s near Trinidad, Colo., to his death in the late 1900s. Throughout his life Torres fought discrimination to be come a lawyer and judge who battled for equality. The author is joined by historian Marc Simmons and Torres' daughter Eva Aschenbrener to discuss the remarkable man.
1 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. Free.
St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., 988-4418

Charles Poling and VB Price use very different styles to discuss life in New Mexico. Poling's novel The Desert Remains focuses on ranch life in the modern day, while Price's verse travels from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, intertwining words and phrases to express the lessons of life, New Mexico and the modern world. Both authors sign their new books in the land that's enchanted them so much.
3 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

There's just no one out there who can describe a sacred site quite like a poet. It's almost as if the esoteric exists simply so that poetry can wrap words around it. Arthur Sze, John Brandi, Dana Levin, Alvaro Cardona-Hine, Carol Moldaw and Allison Hedge Coke, all poets at the top of their literary games, come together to wax poetic about sacred sites around the world.
2-3:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 23. Free with museum admission.
Palace of the Governors, 105 W. Palace Ave., 476-5100

Peter Orner's second book, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, is earning him awards, honors and good reviews all over the place, from the Lannan Foundation to the New York Times. Second Coming is the tale of Cincinnati's Larry Kaplanski, who leaves Ohio to teach English in Nambia; it's a subject Orner knows well, as he once left the Midwest for the African continent.
6:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 25.
O'Shaughnessy Performance Space,
College of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michael's Drive, 473-6200

The already mysterious Chaco Canyon is shrouded in even more mystery when Stephen Allton Brown explores the sacred sites, irrigation systems and celestial markings for his historical novel, set in 1130 AD-before Chaco became the tourist destination it is today.
7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 25. Free.
Santa Fe Public Library, Main Branch, 145 Washington Ave., 955-6780


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Yes kids, it's Yom Kippur again. Time to say sorry to God and mankind for all the sins you've committed throughout the last year. Start the penance off right with Friday's Kol Nidre.
Kol Nidre: 7:30 pm Friday, Sept. 21.
Morning Service: 10 am, Saturday, Sept. 22.
Afternoon Service: 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 22.
Neilah and Havdalah: 5:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 22.
Most events are free but require tickets.
Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Road, 982-1376

Air shows are cool. They give pilots a chance to do things in planes that would give ordinary travelers that not-so-friendly skies feeling. Don't forget to look down a few times though, not just so that you don't run other plane lovers down, but to check out the car show, grounded planes on display and to grab a bite to eat.
10 am-3 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. $10.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport, 121 Aviation Drive, 471-2525

Plants have a reason to celebrate as Gov. Richardson has given them their very own day, Sept. 23. The pre-party begins on Saturday with the Farmers Market, a lecture titled "Native Perennials" by Marc Cottom and a talk titled "Native Shrubs and Tress" by arborist Jeff Clark. Sunday's offerings include Nancy Daniel's walk and lecture, Bob Pennington's tips on water conservation, Mark Wood's teachings about "Native Plant Medicines" and a free, all-day native plant seed give away from Plants of the Southwest.

From tarot to the I Ching to reading coffee grounds every culture, it seems, has it's own traditions about telling the future. Shamanic seer Kay Cordell Whitaker follows the tradition of the Andes and throws the bones, asking the spirits "Can our Future be Affected By Our Wishes, Hopes and Dreams?" Let's hope all vertebrae point to yes.
2-5 pm Sunday, Sept. 23. $11-$15.
Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362

Everyone loves a good massage, but the people who need them the most usually can't afford the treatment. So watsu fans unite for a special garden***image2*** party, raffle and photography exhibition that benefits those with fibromyalgia, PTSD, spinal and back injuries, among other disabling conditions to help them get the treatment they really need.
4 pm Sunday, Sept. 23. $25-$30.
Aqua Therapy Center of Santa Fe,
call 989-7085 for location and tickets

***image4***YOUTH GONE WILD
Acting US Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu and New Mexico first lady Barbara Richardson team up to discuss the problem of underage drinking, a costly and dangerous trend that is sweeping the state's children.
7-9 pm Tuesday, Sept. 25. Free.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234


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The 25-string fretless sarod is a more intimidating instrument than, say, the bass guitar. But then again, the sound of the sarod is a lot more complex, with some strings to play micro notes, others to set tone, a handful for melody and a couple of others for rhythm. When K Sridhar plays, he employs all the strings, thereby creating his own one-man orchestra.
8 pm Saturday, Sept. 22. $15-$20.
Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362


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We've all read, or really wanted to read, someone else's diary to find out who they've been kissing, who they hate and what really happened that day, so long ago. Inspired by New York's "Cringe Readings," local author Elaine Pinkerton gathers a group of local authors and actresses to unlock the past and read from tattered journals and letters written during adolescence (see SFR Picks).
3 pm Sunday, Sept. 23. $15.
Santa Fe Film Center, 1616 St. Michael's Drive, 983-9747


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