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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Jeffrey Ernstoff

SANTA FE, N.M. — In advance of Santa Fe Institute’s first InterPlanetary Festival coming to the Railyard in June – which sounds like it will be crazy, stimulating and great – SFI is hosting and sponsoring several other-wordly events across the city today through Tuesday.

Free “Interplanetary passports,” which complement the five days of programming, come with discounted access to galleries like SITE Santa Fe and the Center for Contemporary Arts, discounted beers at Second Street Brewery in the Railyard and other perks. They can be reserved at the Lensic Performing Arts Center website for pickup at the box office.

The events start tonight with a discussion of the creation, evolution and similarities of sci-fi film scores with Santa Fe Institute arts consultant Jeffrey Ernstoff at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco, at 7:30 p.m. This precedes Saturday’s Interplanetary Film Fest with intergalactic or post-apocalyptic-themed movies at various locations, including SITE, Violet Crown Cinemas, Jean Cocteau Cinema, CCA and the Screen. Sunday features an 11 a.m. discussion and book-signing at SITE, 1606 Paseo De Peralta, with SFI professor and theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, and a free, but RSVP-required David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust costume party at form & concept gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe, from 5-7 p.m.

ART SHOWCASE: Make Santa Fe, 2879 All Trades Rd., will open its doors Monday from 4-7 p.m. for members to showcase their work combining art and technology, and for all ages to create “space-crafts.” The events close out Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. panel discussion at the Lensic that tackles Anthropocene, an era in the Earth’s history from the beginning of human’s noticeable impact on the planet to the present. Visit to check ticket prices and times for the Film Fest screenings.

Fiesta Fela (pictured: Albuquerque’s RK World Beat Band)

AFRICAN FESTIVAL: Santa Feans will have a chance to see Zimbabwean jazz singer Prince Kudakwashe Musarurwa (who is more commonly known as Prince) as the headliner for the seventh annual Fiesta Fela, Santa Fe’s African art and culture festival this Saturday in Railyard Park. It will include food, art displays, and music, dance and poetry performances. Tuscon-based African and Afro-Caribbean band The Key Ingredients of African Soul will back up Musarurwa as the main act with its eight members playing various percussion instruments, guitar and contributing vocals. The festival will be free from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Claudette Sutton’s family in Aleppo

LOOKING BACK: A local author with a personal view on a famous Syrian city destroyed by war will be giving a lecture to connect Aleppo’s current crises with those of the early 20th century. Claudette Sutton’s “Farewell, Aleppo” tells the story of her father who grew up in one of the city’s Jewish neighborhoods until being forced to relocate prior to World War II, due to growing anti-Semitism. She says the story “provides surprising points of inspiration and resonance” as today’s Aleppo residents are fleeing the war between the Syrian government and opposition groups. Aside from Sutton showing photos and reading passages from the book, the “Another Aleppo” event – 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Mexico History Museum Saturday, 105 W. Palace – also includes Sutton speaking with author and Jewish studies expert Ron Duncan Hart. The lecture is in conjunction with the museum’s “Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat” exhibit.

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