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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, kicks off a couple of impressive, extended-format film series over the next few days. You can try to relive the ’60s and ’70s (good luck with that) or get a crash course in Great Art.

ART MASTERS: As a follow-up to its “Exhibition on Screen” series, the CCA on Saturday begins a seven-week, nine-program set of films on art history called “Masters and Museums.”

“Museums and Masters”

If you haven’t been getting enough Russia in the news these days, there are screenings about the Russian Avant-Garde (starting today) and on The Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg. Other subjects are Claude Monet; American Impressionism; the fantastical Hieronymus Bosch; Michelangelo; and artists Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Brice Marden and Carrie-Ann Weems. Passes for the entire series are $52, or $42 for CCA members. Tickets for individual shows are $7.50-$10.50. Go to for more information.

GOING RADICAL: How about an eight-month film series? That’s “Radical Southwest,” presented at the CCA by the New Mexico History Museum in conjunction with its new “Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest” exhibit.

The Grateful Dead’s “Long Strange Trip”

The irregularly scheduled series starts Monday with (what else?) “Woodstock;” “Don’t Look Back,” the documentary of Bob Dylan’s tumultuous 1965 tour of England, on Tuesday; and on Thursday, “Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire,” following the great singer/songwriter on a 1972 tour.

Down the road are “Long Strange Trip,” a new Grateful Dead movie (getting its “only New Mexico screening” May 31); a film about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass; a documentary on the 1967 land-activists’ raid on the Tierra Amarilla courthouse; three classics of the era, “Easy Rider,” “Monterey Pop” and “Zabriskie Point” (famous for its Death Valley sex and literally explosive ending); and a couple more films, through mid-December.

Passes are $70 or $60 for CCA or Museum of New Mexico members, without “Long Strange Trip,” or $90/$85 including the Dead movie. Individual showing tickets are $8.50-$10.50, except those for “Long Strange Trip,” which are $25, available through The Lensic box office, at 988-1234 or

THE BIG WAR: For a second year, the New Mexico National Guard Museum is hosting a World War II living history camp and reenactment, at noon-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday at the museum at 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

There will be WWII vehicles, equipment and weapons; discussions of life during the war; reenactors; and a trench line. Next door, the busy-as-a-bee CCA will be showing period cartoons and newsreels and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum will conduct recycling and victory garden activities. Just to complicate things, a World War I replica airplane will be on site.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Margaret Garcia, author and daughter of World War II Bataan Death March hero Evans Garcia, will give a presentation about her recent trip to the Philippines and the 75th anniversary commemoration of the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese, which led to the death march and captivity for dozens of thousands of Filipino and American soldiers, including many from New Mexico.