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SANTA FE, N.M. — Does winter weather get you in the mood for a nice stout or porter? Seasonal drinks from nearly 20 New Mexican breweries will offered at the Santa Fe Railyard tonight for the annual WinterBrew Festival. WinterBrew will feature local beer makers like Second Street, Santa Fe Brewing Company and Blue Corn, as well as others from Albuquerque, Taos and Rio Rancho showing off their best winter offerings. With admission, $25 for drinkers and $10 for designated drivers, guests will receive samples, one full beer of their choice and a pint glass to take home. The seventh annual event is tonight from 5-9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo De Peralta. Guests must be 21 or over; tickets can be purchased at nmbeer.org.

“Quillifer” by Walter Jon Williams

FANTASY WORLD: George R.R. Martin is hosting a fellow fantasy writer at his theater this Sunday for a discussion and book-signing featuring New York Times bestseller Walter Jon Williams. The sci-fi novelist and UNM grad has contributed to Martin’s “Wild Cards” short story anthology series. Williams’ most recent release is “Quillifer,” published in October, about a young man who is forced to “find his fortune among goddesses, pirates, war and dragons” after tragedy changes his life completely. The discussion hosted by Martin and with an audience Q&A will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma. Signing will follow in the lobby at 4 p.m. Tickets for the event only are $10; entry plus a copy of “Quillifer” is $28 for hardback and $18 for paperback. Go to jeancocteaucinema.com.

“Tree Paper Art”

FUNDAMENTAL MATERIAL: Sculptures made of new and used paper will be the focus at Axle Contemporary’s mobile gallery, starting with an opening in the Railyard tonight. The work of Madelin Coit, whose art has been shown in Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and other major cities, often has included installations made of layered materials like newspaper, books and paper from other sources. Axle refers to repurposing this type of material as finding new life for various “information units,” “supply units,” “heat-producing units” and more. The opening for “Tree Paper Art” is from 5-7 p.m.; it is free and open to the public. It runs until Feb. 4.

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