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Performing Arts/ Books: January 9-15

January 9, 2008, 12:00 am
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Burn your sacred rosebush and substitute one of those mellifluous purple Russian Sage plants you see all over town. David Salman, president and chief horticulturist for Santa Fe Greenhouses, provides a workshop, lecture and book signing of Waterwise Garden Care-Your Practical Guide, as part of Santa Fe Greenhouses' "Gardening Gurus" series. Attendance to water-friendly presentations is always in season.
2 pm Saturday, Jan. 12. $10.
Santa Fe Greenhouses, 2904 Rufina St., 473-2700

Five women authors, four books. The new year is filled with hallucinatory wish-fulfillment fantasies of forest fairies cliff-diving into the rays of positive imagination. Join Pat Shapiro, Cindy Bellinger, Michelle Holland, Sawnie Morris and Catherine Ferguson for a book panel discussion of their latest endeavors into the deep realm of erudite fecundity.
2 pm Sunday, Jan. 13. Free.
Borders Books and Music, 500 Montezuma Ave., 954-4707

Hitler may have been an alter boy, but that didn't necessarily make him a good Christian. The Santa Fe chapter of Hadassah sponsors "Kaddish: A Christian's Challenge to Admit and Comprehend the Holocaust," a talk by Robert A Warren. In these turbulent hours of religious fanaticism, it is imperative for all to listen to the voices of conscience and reason that attempt to shed light on the movements that have kept the human race divided. Prospective members of the chapter are encouraged to attend.
2 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15. Free.
Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail, 988-1326

What happens when you take a Nobel Laureate scientist, the world's most powerful supercomputer and a desolate Arizona desert? You create the perfect landscape to introduce the blasphemous words of God to those who think they can comprehend those words. Douglas Preston, internationally renowned author of Relic, brings to the capital city his latest work of philosophical intrigue, Blasphemy. In 1992, Preston ventured into Navajo country in the Arizona desert, where he seems to have found the voice necessary to imagine a devastated world prepared for the onslaught of direct divine revelation
(see SFR Picks).
5:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15. Free.
Collected Words Bookstore, 208-B W. San Francisco St., 988-4226


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Body offers "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream." This symposium deals unabashedly with the inter-connectedness of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. There is also a community bone throw with Kay Cordell Whitaker. Tossing bones has always been an oracle of divination and a certified way of talking with the dead to find out what life after death is like.
Changing the Dream: 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 12. Donation.
Community Bone Throw: 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 13.
Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362

"Couples Relationship Vision" is a workshop that transforms those awkward, restless moments of incommunicado into healthy, optimistic outbursts of unfettered love for the one in life that makes all life worthwhile. Carrie Haag and Cat Scheibner of the Santa Fe Center for Relationships host this workshop and invite participants to review their past relationships in order to create healthier ones in 2008. An "Appreciation Dialogue" marks explicit territory and explores unconventional confines of companionship.
2 pm Saturday, Jan. 12. $10.
Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, 466-2464

We could only wish it was Henry Miller resurrected to teach us what writing is really not about. Instead, enjoy three top-notch wholesome events organized by Tropic of Capricorn and Home and Garden Elements. On Saturday adopt tiny, energetic terriers at the small dog rescue, and then learn how to cultivate orchids with Michael Clark in his "Growing Orchids" class. On Sunday, spend time with health counselor Mark Wood to learn about the benefits of dieting on whole foods and why they are inaccessible and unaffordable to so many.
Noon and 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 12., 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 13. Free.
Tropic of Capricorn, 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 983-2700


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World fusion music has never sounded so good. Internationally acclaimed musician Madi Sato returns to old Santa Fe with a brand new fusion of her unique blend of R&B, folk and Japanese music. After bringing newborn life into the world and harvesting her garden, Sato has created new visions from her entrenched experiences in the unpredictable expanses of love.
7 pm Friday, Jan. 11. $10-$15.
Body, 333 Cordova Road, 986-0362

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Continuing full-speed ahead of our time, the Lensic, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, presents its third simulcast, Verdi's Macbeth. Conducted by James Levine and starring Lado Ataneli as the lunatic Macbeth and Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth, this portrayal of ghosts, madmen and murder is a twisted romantic landscape of uncompromising music pounded into tormented souls of licentious misgiving and nerve-jittering paranoia. The word around town is that these broadcasts are top notch and not to miss.
11:30 am Saturday, Jan. 12. $15-$22.
Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234


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