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Santa Fe Zine Fest. (Courtesy of Bucket Siler)

Santa Fe Zine Fest. (Courtesy of Bucket Siler)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe’s Zine Fest is entering its third year with what is expected to be its largest event yet. The free, one-day festival began in 2017 as a way to show off local DIY publications and their makers (for those who don’t know, a “zine” is a small, self-published work). The first year, organizer and local writer Bucket Siler said she organized about 10 tables in a small space in the back of CCA’s Tank Garage just with advertising from homemade flyers and a Facebook page. But the event brought in an unexpected 200 people. Last year, with some funding from an Albuquerque-based arts grant program, the event moved into the main gallery space and drew about 350 guests.

For this year’s Zine Fest, happening on Saturday and now sponsored by Meow Wolf, Siler is expecting at least 400 people to come and mingle with the approximately 40 New Mexico-based creators. El Sabor will park a food truck outside CCA and Siler will be offering Santa Fe Zine Fest tote bags that guests can use to hold their zine purchases.

Though the event has been gaining traction Siler said she still wants to keep the event small. She plans to continue curating a select group of creators rather than expand to an open registration policy, selecting among zine makers who have shown before and also giving newcomers a shot.

Santa Fe Zine Fest is Saturday from 12-5 p.m. in the CCA Tank Garage Gallery, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. Admission is free. All ages are welcome, though Siler noted some zines may have more adult-driven content. Siler also recommended that anyone who makes zines bring them to the festival, because some exhibitors offer both purchases and trades.

Adding to the mystery: Santa Fe’s own New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman will be at the Violet Crown Cinema Tuesday discussing her latest novel, adding to the mystery series her late father started decades ago. “The Tale Teller,” which will be released next week, is another book in the Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series. The characters originated in novels written by her father, author Tony Hillerman. The new book follows dark twists and turns that arise as retired Navajo tribal officer Joe Leaphorn becomes involved in the search for a priceless biil, a traditional Navajo dress. At the same time, tribal officers Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito are working on a separate case that evolves into a murder investigation.

Hillerman’s talk – organized by Collected Works Bookstore – is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Violet Crown, 1606 Alcaldesa St. in the Railyard. A book-signing will be held afterward. Tickets are $30, which includes a copy of the book. If couples attending need only one copy of “Tale Teller,” Collected Works is offering free copies of one of Anne’s other books in exchange for the second ticket.

A collective vision: The different artistic talents of 2019’s “Living Treasures” will be showcased starting this afternoon at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Contemporary artists and brothers Diego and Mateo Romero, both raised in California, but who eventually returned to their father’s ancestral land of Cochiti Pueblo, were honored with the award earlier this year. The Living Treasure distinction is a part of the museum’s Native Treasures program.

“The Brothers Chongo: A Tragic Comedy in Two Parts” is an exhibition of lithographs made by the brothers, as well as Mateo’s paintings and Diego’s pottery. “Though the brothers employ separate artistic mediums, the exhibition articulates a collective vision of the future for Native people,” a state Department of Cultural Affairs news release about the exhibition states. “Both Diego’s pottery and Mateo’s paintings address how to heal communities through a shared experience.”

The exhibit will be up at MIAC, 710 Camino Lejo, until October. Today’s opening reception is from 1-4 p.m. in its education classroom. Admission is free for New Mexico residents, members and kids under 16. General admission for out-of-state guests is $12, or $11 for students.

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