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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Railyard will be hot – or maybe mild – tonight as judges and visitors alike vote for what restaurant is the “Green Chile Cheeseburger Champion.”

Edible New Mexico’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.

Eight finalists competing for the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown’s judges’ best-in-show, also known as the “Reigning Chomp,” and a People’s Choice Award will be at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion tonight at 5 p.m. as part of Edible New Mexico’s annual event, with burgers from places like Eldorado Hotel and Spa, Bernalillo’s Freight House Kitchen + Tapa and Albuquerque food truck My Sweet Basil. With the competition’s $20 general admission – $25 at the door – patrons can get a taste of each of the finalists’ burgers and cast their vote for the most delicious bite. Admission also comes with a souvenir glass, beer and wine samples, and the option to purchase a full drink ticket. Kids tickets are $5 To purchase tickets online, go to

“Hundreds of Western Towns are Spooked” by Richard Sober.

ON THE ROAD: A local artist’s collection inspired by walking along roads across the U.S. will be on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts starting today. In the Cinemateque lobby will be 32 small paintings from Santa Fe’s Richard Sober. He picked out things he saw in states between both coasts and used the process to “study the seemingly mundane life along the American road” and find the story within it. This painting collection titled “American Studies,” with most pieces also featuring original poetry, include images of a run-down barn, a city landscape, a desolate highway and a truck traveling along the road. The show is free and open to the public until Nov. 5.

PRIDE: Santa Fe’s Pride weekend festivities will kick off this year with a movie depicting a true love story between an Iraqi soldier and U.S. translator in war-ridden Iraq. The screening is on Thursday, along with a virtual visit from the couple that inspired the movie. The 2016 documentary “Out of Iraq” follows the 10-year journey of Nayyef Hrebid and Btoo Allami, who first met and fell in love in 2004. They have to navigate a war-torn area, the lack of acceptance in Iraq of gay relationships and being separated in 2009 when Hrebid had to flee Iraq for his safety. The screening at Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s The Screen will begin with a Skype session with the married couple from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and the movie will directly follow. Tickets are $5 and are available at

Melissa Cefkin

HANDS-FREE: A nearly yearlong public lecture series focused on the future and its technologies begins Thursday with a talk on driverless cars. The School for Advanced Research’s event, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Mexico School for the Deaf’s James A. Little Theatre on Cerrillos Road, features anthropologist Melissa Cefkin, a principal scientist at Silicon Valley’s Nissan Research Center. Cefkin will share what scientists are learning today about “roadway interactions and street life” that they are using to further develop a future of self-driving cars. The “Walk, Don’t Walk: Everyday Interactions With Self-Driving Cars” talk is free for SAR members, $10 for the general public.