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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal

The Hot Sardines (Joseph Cultice)

Do you prefer music fit for a jazz club from the ’30s or ’40s rather than what’s on the radio today? A New York group trying to make the old-time “hot” jazz cool again is stopping in Santa Fe this week to do a show at the Lensic. The Hot Sardines, a seven-piece band made up of brass, sax, percussion, upright bass, piano and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol, tour around the country with their vintage sound that includes classic jazz hits from artists like Ella Fitzgerald and other famous crooners, as well as original material. The Hot Sardines’ show at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco, is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online at or at the Lensic Box Office. Prices range from $29-$110 for adults and $14.50-$55 for kids under 18.

RAISING AWARENESS: Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts is taking part in a national screening of several short films in honor of the Visual AIDS organization. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS through art, has its annual “Day With(out) Art” in which institutions can participate to help the cause. This year, CCA will screen seven films that all emphasize the AIDS epidemic’s impact on the black community. The Saturday event, titled “Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings,” includes screenings that delve into the stories of a young HIV-positive individual and a formerly incarcerated woman currently living with HIV. Other films are more conceptual, like a “contemporary re-imagining of ’90s-era ‘safer sex’ media culture.” The screenings are free and start at 11 a.m. at CCA’s Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

Don Strel

PICTURE PERFECT: The work of local photographer Don Strel will be featured at the Santa Fe’s Main Library, 145 Washington Ave., starting Tuesday with a kickoff reception. Strel, who has 60 years of photography experience with books, magazines and newspapers, moved to Santa Fe in the 1970s and has since published three books with his wife Anne Hillerman: “Santa Fe Flavors,” “Gardens of Santa Fe” and “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.” The latter tome, which will be available for purchase at the Tuesday reception, documents the spectacular places in New Mexico and elsewhere in the Four Corners area that were used as settings in the late Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels (a series that continues with installments by daughter Anne). The reception is from 5-6:30 p.m, and Strel’s exhibit will be at the library’s main branch through December.

DOCUMENTING RESISTANCE: For the price of one ticket, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave., is showing three movies in a row Sunday detailing the history of Guatemalan resistance against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. The three films, all created by American documentarian Pamela Yates, will start with 1983’s “When the Mountains Tremble.” The movie, a Sundance winner, documents the fight between Guatemala’s military and the Mayan people. Then there’s 2011’s “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” in which lawyers investigating Ríos Montt used what Yates had filmed years earlier as proof of genocide crimes against the indigenous community. The final film is 2017’s “500 Years: Life in Resistance.” The movies will screen at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.