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Venue North: Top Picks

The Rumi Concert (Courtesy of The Storydancer Project)

The words of Rumi will be brought to life through an art and poetry show tonight, Friday, Oct 5.

“The Rumi Concert,” a touring show headed by poet, translator and Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, includes Grammy Award-winning musicians Eugene Friesen, cellist, and Glen Velez, percussionist; Zena Carlota, a kora (an African harp) player and singer; and “storydancer” Zuleikha. Together, the group will collaborate in a performance honoring Rumi, the famed Sufi poet from the 13th century.

“The Rumi Concert” is tonight at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets, between $40-$125, are available online at, by phone at (505) 988-1234 or at The Lensic box office. Proceeds will benefit The Storydancer Project, Zuleikha’s national nonprofit that provides community programming to promote self-care and wellness.

David Simpson’s “Illumination.” (Courtesy of Charlotte Jackson Fine Art)

CHANGING LOOKS: Just like the paint and canvas, light is a vital element in David Simpson’s new series of paintings on show at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art starting tonight, Friday, Oct. 5. The California-based artist’s monochromatic paintings are made with a special pigment containing mica, a mineral often used in paint (and pueblo pottery) to give it a shiny or metallic look that can change depending on the viewer’s angle and the light that hits the artwork. “Illumination” will be at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, 554 S. Guadalupe St., until Nov. 3. An opening reception is tonight from 5-7 p.m.

Night Sky Fiesta. (Courtesy of Bandelier National Monument)

NIGHT SKY FIESTA: Bandelier National Monument’s celebration of the New Mexico sky continues tonight and Saturday – Oct. 5-6. Each day of Bandelier’s annual Night Sky Fiesta will start with a solar viewing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center.

Tonight and tomorrow’s activities also include a 3 p.m. walk through a solar system model at Bandelier’s Visitor Center. Tonight’s guest speaker is Harun Mehmedinovic, a photographer and videographer, whose time lapse films make up “Dark Skies in the National Park.”

Saturday, Kevin Poe, a dark sky advocate and instructor of National Park Service programs, will offer a look at female leaders in astronomy and space exploration. Both programs will start at 7 p.m. at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Viewings through giant telescopes will follow the talks. The events are free with entry to the park. Entry is $25 per vehicle or free with an America the Beautiful pass.

Guests must take shuttles from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., which depart from the White Rock Visitor Center, 115 N.M. 4.