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Performing Arts/ Books: October 3-9

October 3, 2007, 12:00 am
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With as many books as there are at our local bookstores, it may seem like anyone can get a book out there. �Book Distribution Decoded� unravels the complexities that arise between when a book is written and when it hits the shelves.
6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3. $20-$25 non-members.
Writers Room, 826 Camino del Monte Rey, 988-7214

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Martin Espada holds his own as a poet and a Latin America enthusiast. Espada has received several awards for his poetry, which has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review, has published a collection of essays and is both an editor and teacher. John Nichols, author of the New Mexico trilogy The Milagro Bean Field War, The Magic Journey and the Nirvana Blues, joins Espada.
7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $6, $3 students and seniors. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234

Tony Lagourains has appeared on Democracy Now!, Al Jezeera and the BBC. The former Abu Ghraib Army interrogator discusses the US Intelligence Services� poor attempts to understand the Iraqi people and government and how lessons from this failure could create better future relations with the Middle East (see SFR Picks, page 27).
7 pm Thursday, Oct. 4. Free.
The Forum, College of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michael�s Drive, 473-6282

Bodhichitta: The Union of Compassion and Emptiness is a topic everyone ponders now and again. Khandro Rinpoche, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism known for her clarity and humor, shares her wisdom.
7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 4. $15.
Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez, 983-4513

Thirty-one dealers and a variety of rare blends? Sounds like the Cannabis Cup. No, this is the Antiquarian Book Fair, an event that celebrates book-collecting�from ancient tomes to modern first editions.
4-9 pm Friday, Oct. 5; 10 am-6 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. $6-$10.
El Museo Cultural, 1615-B Paseo de Peralta, 992-0591

Artist and poet Lorraine Schechter has been fascinated with the four seasons for more than 25 years. Because her paintings and poetry touch on landscape, Schechter decided to marry the two in The Seasons of Yes. A book signing and reception celebrates a meshing of the two mediums.
5-7 pm Friday, Oct. 5. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

The Japanese writing system evolved from Chinese characters, some of which were found on tortoise shells and ox bones. Like most early forms of writing, Chinese symbols depicted nature and agriculture. Forest of Words: Origin of Japanese Kanji Ideogram links the two countries and includes a calligraphy demonstrations by Hirokazu Kosaka, director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles.
7 pm Friday, Oct. 5. Free.
College of Santa Fe Tipton Hall, 1600 St. Michael�s Drive, 473-6502

Do we take on personality traits of literary characters? It�s the old art is life, life is art argument. Harvard University English professor, Philip Fisher explores the human identity in relation to literary characters in his lecture, �Are Characters Persons?�
8 pm Friday, Oct. 5. Free.
St. John�s College Great Hall, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000

Safety in a Nuclear World: Fears, Hopes and Realities covers how the making of atomic weapons has changed in recent years and how this affects our society. Although no atomic weapons have been used since the ugly demonstration at the end of WWII, more and more countries are hoarding their coveted nukes, but for what? Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes shares his insights so that we may make more informed decisions on policy alternatives.
3 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Free.
College of Santa Fe Forum, 1600 St. Michaels Dr., 982-4931

Dona Tules, author of Mary Jane Straw Cook, ran the roost in Santa Fe before the American takeover. Madam and card shark were just two of the many hats Tule wore in an Old West sort of way. Tules� book illustrates that Mary Cook was a significant player in New Mexico history.
1-3 pm Sunday, Oct. 7. Free.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum, 334 Los Pinos Road, 471-2261

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is an activist and professor who takes the focus off of the self and places it back on the land from which we came. Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, reminds us that by appreciating and understanding our land, we prosper as a community.
12:30-2 pm Monday, Oct. 8. Free.
Borders Books and Music, 3513 Zafarano Drive, 474-9450


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All you Mac users who have crammed your computers to the fullest can find tools to �DeGunk� for the winter months. Windows users are welcome.
6-9 pm Thursday, Oct. 4. Donation appreciated.
Santa Fe Community College Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave., 670-2134

A full costume debate, Machiavelli Meets Henry VIII demonstrates what could have been the situation between the two historical icons. Topics including everything from women to religion may well be discussed in this recreation of the Renaissance.
10 am-noon Thursday, Oct. 4. $7-$10.
Unitarian Church, 107 W. Barcelona Road, 982-9274

***image1***LET IT BURN
Words on Fire!, the return of the Santa Fe Short Story Festival is heatin� things up and giving the visual art Santa Fe is known for a run for its money. Writers of all ages and backgrounds share styles, ideas and of course, words. This year�s writers include HG Carrillo, Eddie Chuculate, LeAnee Howe and Ron Rash to name a few.
Where to? What Next?: 4 pm Thursday, Oct. 4. $10-$15;
Fierce Longing: 7 pm Friday, Oct. 5. $10-$15;
A Celebration of Stories by Young New Mexico Writers: 1 pm Saturday,
Oct. 6. Free;
Latino, Hispanic, Chicano: 2:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Free;
When Magpies Catch the Light: 7 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. $10-$45. James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road;
Story City: 10:30 am Saturday, Oct. 6. Free.
Georgia O�Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St.; Short Story Fair: 11 am-5 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Free.
New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 988-1234

The sixth annual Sun Mountain Gathering is a cultural celebration for the whole family. Indian games, spear throwing, music, dance and pottery making are just some of the events your kids can get down and dirty in.
10-4 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Free.
Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo, 476-1250

Well, not really. The 35th annual Harvest Festival is full of historical fun for every generation. Crushing grapes, stringing chile ristras and warm tortillas made fresh are just a few tempting reasons to pack up and head south.
10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday , Oct. 6 and 7. $7 adults, $5 seniors, teens and military $3 children 5-12. Children under 5 free.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Exit 276 off I-25 from Santa Fe, 471-2261

Powerful You! Womens Network is not some psycho Christian cult in disguise. It is a wonderful opportunity for women to find their inner strength and follow their passion. Celebrating diversity and personal growth in life and business, Powerful You! is a space to come together and advance other women.
7-9:30 pm Monday, Oct. 8. $39.
The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., 973-248-1262


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Russian virtuoso Olga Ker was born into a family of musicians. She has performed in some of the world�s most renowned venues and is a member of Russia�s International Academy of Arts. A master piano player, Kern showers audiences with her musical talent.
7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 4. $20-$65.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234

***image1***GET PLAYED
Spanish guitarist Roberto Capoochi has  played expressively all over the world. Originating from Brazil and a faculty member at The College of Santa Fe, Capoochi and his students have won top prizes in various guitar compositions. Known for engaging stage competitions, Capoochi�s fingerwork is sure tickle your senses.
5-8 pm Friday, Oct. 5. Free.
Georgia O�Keeffe Museum Courtyard, 217 Johnson St., 946-1000

Max Highstein, new age master, meshes  jazz, classical and new age music, to create a special style of his own. Highstein performs An Evening of Music for the Heart and Soul, piano and vocals with a few surprises up his sleeve.
7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive, Suite 3, 474-8555

Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Virginia Burward-Hoy and Juanita Madland give an all-Brahms concert and speak to the audience about each piece of work. All three musicians are formally trained in classical music and please all music lovers with violin, cello and piano performances.
3 pm Sunday, Oct. 7. Free.
St. John�s College Great Hall, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 984-6000


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Speak Truth to Power is a global human rights initiative, founded by Kennedy and Nan Richardson, which connects us with everyday heros. Inspiring stories of more than 50 men and women who have taken personal risk to avoid oppression are performed. Directed by associate professor Peter Zapp, this play is well thought out and proves that all people can make a difference.
8 pm Friday Oct. 5; through Oct. 14. $10-17.
College of Santa Fe Greer Garson Theater, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, 473-6502

Originally closed because of scandalous content, The Blue Room, written in 1896 by Dr. Arthur Schnitzler depicts a chain of sexual liaisons and futile physical relationships, with venereal diseases picked up along the way. The controversial play explores the dehumanizing aspects of promiscuity without shunning it, and even makes it exciting.
8 pm Friday Oct. 5; through Oct. 20. $15-$18.
Armory for the Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 984-1370

Get your Ass in Gear with MAD Theater Project�s Local-Motive Cabaret. This wacky fund-raiser benefits the HE/SHE BANG, a group of performers that raise  money and awareness for HIV/AIDS.
7 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Name your price.
Engine House Theater, Highway 14 Madrid, NM, 473-4244


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