With all the recent talk (and action) in the area on nuclear issues and the approaching anniversary of our bombing of Hiroshima, it's enormously difficult to pick just one event to attend. So here's a general roundup of the possibilities, which are all free and open to the public:
Friday: Tony Price's photographic exhibit is a powerful and harrowing reminder of the destruction of the misleadingly named "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. The opening is tonight from 5-7, but the exhibit continues through the end of the month.
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia
5-7 pm, free
After the gallery opening, head over to the Nuclear Issues Conference (CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail) where local and national experts discuss modern struggles with, well, nuclear issues. It starts at 7:30 tonight, and turns into an all-day conference and film festival on Saturday.
Collected Works Bookstore also hosts "Transforming the Nuclear Narrative," on Saturday. The program is a global call to action for universal disarmament and the closing of nuclear power plants. Nuke Free Now's Michelle Victoria and Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Jay Coghan are the keynote speakers, and Joni Arends, the executive director of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, moderates.
Transforming the Nuclear Narrative
Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St., 988-4226
11 am, free
These events all culminate in Sunday's Rally at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. In addition to music, speeches and an ongoing hunger strike, the event includes and audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, floating peace lanterns on the pond, and the "Sackcloth and Ashes" peace march led by Pax Christi, New Mexico. Planned events will draw to a close with a day of "nonviolent direct action" in the city on Monday.
Rally in Ashley Pond Park
109 Central Park Square, Los Alamos
If you need a few lighter breaks between the speeches/marching/mourning, here are a few other Santa Feish events happening around town:
(Free) Museum Fridays
Throughout the summer season, the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, International Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts nix admission fees and are open to the public from 5-8 pm. If you (like me) haven't visited them yet, your excuses for not doing so are getting weaker and weaker.
Showing of Howl's Moving Castle
A carefree and beautiful introduction into the world of Miyazaki-directed-geniusness. The movie is geared toward kids — first written by beloved fiction author Dianna Wynne Jones, the film version follows Sophie, a young hatmaker's apprentice who is turned into a 90-year-old woman by a vengeful witch and ventures to the castle of heartless heartthrob Howl for some good old-fashioned curse-lifting. But it's not so easy; in addition to the normal troubles of the elderly, Sophie finds that she can’t actually speak about the curse at all. Worse yet, she finds herself falling in love with Wizard Howl, who is battling a wicked curse of his own that will kill him on his 10,000th day of life.
Howl's Moving Castle
1050 Old Pecos Trail
10:30 am, $7-$9.50