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Performing Arts/ Books: October 17-23

October 17, 2007, 12:00 am
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Bruce Scott, a parent, writer, psychotherapist, teacher and more, wants us to get in touch with our children and our inner child to keep the next generation from suffering the same emotional damage we did. He discusses how to do this in his new book, Free the Children.
5 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17. Free.
The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero St., 988-3709

Albuquerque-based Associated Press reporter Richard Benke steps away from journalism and into the world of mystery. His second novel, City of Stone, jumps viewpoint, continent and time to unravel the mystery of a golden treasure on the US-Mexico border.
7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17. Free.
Borders Books and Music, 500 Montezuma Ave., 954-4707

Stephanie Forrest and David Krakauer discuss, in person not via text message, MySpace, Second Life and the merging of cyberspace and the physical world. So put your avatar to bed, silence your cell phone and meet your online buddies face to face because the revolution (and the lecture) will not be podcast.
7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17. Free.
James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 946-2749

Steve McFadden's medicine walk across the United States is logged online at and in the book, Odyssey of the 8th Fire. McFadden also sings the epic tale, which makes for one hell of a campfire sing-a-long.
7-9 pm Thursday, Oct. 18. $20.
Pavilion of Hope, call 470-5885 for directions.

Doug Schwartz, former president of the School for Advanced Research, spent more than 20 years studying the ancient cultures of the Grand Canyon. His talk, "Humans in a Changing Landscape," opens up an unknown world that goes well beyond the pretty colors and awe-inspiring geology.
7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18. Free.
James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, 954-7203

Deborah Dozier Potter's true tale of recovery, Let Buster Lead, describes the torments of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the way in which Dozier, Potter's border collie therapy dog, helped her get back on her feet.
5 pm Friday, Oct. 19. Free.
Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151

At just over 100 pages Lesley S King's King of the Road has just enough space to describe some of New Mexico's hidden treasures and leave room for adventurous souls to fill in the rest.
5-7 pm Friday, Oct. 19. Free.
Collected Works Bookstore, 208-B W. San Francisco St., 988-4226

While the topic "Why Good People Do Evil" might sound like an attempt to convince you that the ex who inspired you to burn his shit in effigy wasn't evil, it's more about your pyrotechnics. Dr. Guil Dudley explores the destructive reactions in everyday lives through a Jungian lens.
7-9:30 pm Friday, Oct. 19. $10.
Religious Science Building, 505 Camino de los Marquez, 471-9202

***image4***BEST 24 HOURS EVER
That is, if you're the comic book kinda guy. Here's the deal: Artists grab a stack of papers, and markers galore in the mission to complete 24 pages in 24 hours. If you're more of the fanboy type, there's still a chance to participate; you can bring some caffeine and support the idea at 3 am or just gawk at the insanity.
Noon-noon Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21. Free.
True Believers Comics and Gallery, 801-B Cerrillos Road, 992-8783

Forced to leave his native Columbia because he spoke out against corruption, journalist Fernando Garavito discusses the political situation in Latin America and reads from various works.
6 pm Monday, Oct. 22. $2.50-$5.
Tipton Hall, College of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michael's Drive, 424-5050

***image4***NO, FOR REALS, YO
Sherman Alexie, poet, screenwriter and factionalist, jumps into the world of young adult fiction with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The story follows Junior, a Native high schooler who leaves his Indian school to attend an all-white one. Alexie signs copies of the new book and inspires writers, Native and non, to follow their dreams.
5 pm Tuesday, Oct. 23. Free.
IAIA Museum, 108 Cathedral Place, 983-8900

As if students weren't nervous enough already. The winner of the Rabbi Leonard Helman Prize in Creative Writing is forced to sit among other finalists, listen to staff readings and then, finally, when the announcement is made and the secret is out, must read his or her piece in front of all those students who didn't win. Ah…the competition of college.
6:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 23. Free.
O'Shaughnessy Performance Space, College of Santa Fe,
1600 St. Michael's Drive, 473-6502


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***image4***I AIN'T 'FRAID OF NO GHOST
Even though La Llorona freaks people out all year long, it's closing in on Halloween, a time when people remember the ghost and ghouls that are out there lurking in the dark. Rosalia de Aragón tells the tale of "La Llorona: The Wailing Woman" in the not-usually-creepy atmosphere of SFCC's planetarium.
7 pm Friday Oct. 19. $3-$5.
Santa Fe Community College Planetarium, 6401 Richards Ave., 428-1677

The Pedal Queens, a local group of bike-loving ladies, hosts its second "Bike A-GoGo," a trade and educational show where ladies (and gentlemen) can learn about the latest gear and meet other like-minded cyclists.
9 am-4 pm Saturday, Oct. 20. Free.
Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road.
See for more info.

Michael Clark offers water-saving ideas that make a front yard sparkle with environmentally friendly beauty.
10 am Saturday, Oct. 20. Free.
Tropic of Capricorn, 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 983-2700

The 10th annual Santa Fe Model Train Show pulls into the station with O-scale trains and oh-so-much more!
10 am-6 pm Saturday, Oct. 20 and 10 am-4 pm Sunday, Oct. 21. Free. Santa Fe County Fair Grounds, 3229 Rodeo Road.
See for more information.


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Bhutan is one of the hardest places in the world to get to. And the Bhutanese like it that way. So while you might not be able to get to one of the most isolated places on earth, the Black Neck Crane Dance Troupe comes to you with traditional dances and some of the most gorgeous costumes on the planet (see SFR Picks).
7 pm Friday, Oct. 19. $15-$25.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234

The Masnavi Dance Collective shakes a fine hip on the last two Saturdays of the month, while belly-dance fans get the opportunity to watch, learn and gorge on baklava.
6-8 pm Saturday, Oct. 20. Free.
Cleopatra Café, 418 Cerrillos Road, 820-7381


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Yuri Yunakov and his Romani Wedding Band definitely know how to make a party hop. The mixture of Balkan folk, jazz, Gypsy, Turkish, Indian and rock music mash up the beats and keep you on your toes. Yunakov lectures about and demonstrates his mad skills.
11 am-noon Wednesday, Oct. 17. $7.
O'Shaughnessy Performance Space, College of Santa Fe,
1600 St. Michael's Drive, 473-6017

***image4***ONE AT A TIME
Members of the International Sejong Soloists break out violins and cellos to play Haydn's "Notturno in F Major" Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33" Shostakovich's "Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 11" Elgar's "Serenade in E Minor, Op. 20" and Piazzolla's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18. $20-$70.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234

***image4***GO FOR BAROQUE
Santa Fe Pro Musica starts its 26th season with a concert of "Baroque Music Across Europe." Works by Bach, Fasch, Handel, Corelli and Couperin offer a musical tour of 1700s Europe and features great players like Stephen Redfield, Kerri Lay, Thomas O'Connor, Mary Ann Shore, Carol Redman, Charly Drobeck, Dennis Godburn, Chase Morrison and Kathleen McIntosh.
8 pm Saturday, Oct. 20; 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 21. $15-$60.
Loretto Chapel, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-1234

The Santa Fe Concert Association brings the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Jeffrey Kahane, down I-25 for a show of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
7:30 pm Monday, Oct. 22. $30-$85.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234


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One of Shakespeare's most well-known and controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice, plays with themes just never go out of style: religious conflicts, credit crises and everyone's favorite celeb fodder-an heiress.
8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-20. $12-$15.
2 pm Sunday, Oct. 21. pay what you wish. Through Oct. 28.
Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St., 988-4262.

Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's Der Reigen, David Hare's The Blue Room follows the sexual exploits of 10 characters as they domino from bed to bed in search of physical and emotional fulfillment. The Blue Room makes it clear that sex certainly does not always bring joy, The Blue Room does, indeed, bring happiness to the local theater scene.
8 pm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20.
Armory for the Arts Theater, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-7992.


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