The Big Four-Oh

Center for Contemporary Arts newest milestone

Me personally? I love the Center for Contemporary Arts—or CCA, if you're nasty—and that love affair goes back decades. On the one hand, it's the place where I saw Fellini movies like Nights of Cabiria for the first time, indies like Six String Samurai and fascinating, life changing documentaries in the Cinematheque. On the other, the galleries both inside the main building and in the Tank Garage were my ticket to local and international artists I both knew and didn't, to Meow Wolf's jaw-dropping Due Return. It's been an eduction, but an accessible one gifted by people I wanted to know or meet and people I already did and had.

On the eve of the organization's 40th birthday, it seems more important than ever to recognize its contributions to Santa Fe culture. I know the word "lucky" gets thrown around here a whole lot, but we truly are lucky to have the CCA.

"The CCA constantly reinvents itself," acting Executive Director G Sterling Zinsmeyer tells SFR. "I think we're in a particularly interesting assessment
period wherein we're exploring collaborations and doing some bold things that will make us more relevant."

Zinsmeyer says he can't get into the specifics, but upcoming engagement with the Santa Fe Children's Museum and the New Mexico National Guard Museum are just the beginning.

"It's a low-threshold place," he says, "an easy entrance for the whole city of Santa Fe."

To keep it easy—and to celebrate—the CCA hosts a pair of events this weekend, both the official 40th birthday party on Friday Sept. 6 with a performance from DJ Raashan Ahmad, food trucks, special vendors and a free drink for those of age. On Sunday Sept. 8, the good times keep a-coming with a special Community Day featuring group yoga, a free movie and family-friendly activities.

"It's all thanks to the perseverance of our dedicated board members and the returning patrons who keep us alive and thriving," Zinsmeyer adds.
(Alex De Vore)

Past, Present, Future: CCA Turns 40:
6- 9 pm Friday Sept. 6. $15.

Community Day at CCA:
10 am-10 pm Sunday Sept. 8. Free.
Center for Contemporary Arts,
1050 Old Pecos Trail,

Seeding the Future

Public Domain

Part of being a responsible agricultural steward means taking care of your plants' offspring, and the Santa Fe Public Library in collaboration with the Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners wants to help you learn how. It's all to support the growing seed library, from which you can check out seeds with the goal of replenishing them for the community—but only if you can figure out how to coax the seeds out of various plants, some of which are notoriously difficult to pollinate. SFR reported on the program back in May: check out "Seeds of Resilience" (May 21) online, then head to the workshop to contribute.
(Cole Rehbein)

Seed-Saving and the Seed Library: 
5:30 pm Wednesday Sept. 4. Free.
Santa Fe Public Library Southside,
6599 Jaguar Drive,

A Whit o’ Poesy

Courtesy Teatro Paraguas

Sometimes good poetry makes you feel so much that you gotta get on stage and act out your insides. The folks at Teatro Paraguas know that feeling well, and when they asked Daniel Bohnhorst to direct the 11th production in their Poesía Viva series, he picked two of the greatest American poets, Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, and put them side-by-side in a bilingual production. "Their language is so alive to me on the page, and it was an exciting proposition to try and lift their words into the space," he tells SFR. Don't worry if your Spanish is rusty—translations appear above the stage while the actors read below. (CR)

Word Over All:
7:30 pm Thursday Sept. 5-Saturday Sept. 7; 2 pm Sunday Sept. 8. $10-$15.
Teatro Paraguas,
3205 Calle Marie,

On Paper

Courtesy Jerry Paper

Holy smokes, where has Jerry Paper been all our lives? The creative alter-ego of Los Angeles-based songwriter Lucas Nathan, Jerry Paper's jams skirt an interesting blend of Foxygen-esque throwback soulful pop and rock with super sexy basslines and a Carole King-like gift for folky-smooth jam melodies. Nathan recently signed with Stones Throw Records and has a new album scheduled for release this October, and even though his upcoming Santa Fe show predates that release, it's all but certain new songs are in the mix. For now, look up the song "Grey Area" and start getting pumped up. (ADV)

Jerry Paper: 
8 pm Sunday Sept. 8. $12-$15.
Meow Wolf,
1352 Rufina Circle,