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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

SANTA FE, N.M. — The “Narcissus and Echo” opera concert isn’t the only thing going on at Santa Fe’s Temple Beth Shalom this week. On Saturday, the synagogue is hosting a conversation with a member of the Canadian Supreme Court. Justice Rosalie Abella, the first Jewish woman to be nominated to Canada’s Supreme Court, will be joined by her husband, Jewish historian Professor Irving Abella. An author and former president of the Canadian Jewish Congress – a long-standing advocacy group for Canada’s Jewish community – he will give a timely lecture about immigration and refugees through the lens of Canada’s response to the Holocaust.

His talk will be followed by a conversation with Justice Abella about her personal life experience. The child of Holocaust survivors, she was born in a displaced persons camp in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1946. She and her parents came to Canada in 1950. Saturday’s event, which is at 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Next week, on May 8, Temple Beth Shalom is hosting a free concert featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist C Lanzbom and his band, Soulfarm. The New York-based band whose music has been labeled as “New American” has noticeable influences from plenty of international music styles. The band will perform alongside special guest singer Sari Greenberg. Doors open for the concert at 6 p.m.

"Pegasus" by Richard Swenson. (Courtesy of New Concept Gallery)

“Pegasus” by Richard Swenson. (Courtesy of New Concept Gallery)

SCULPTURE MONTH: For the first time, Santa Fe’s Canyon Road is designating May as Sculpture Month. Shows and talks centering around the medium kick off this weekend, continuing throughout May, and culminating in sculpture and garden tours, and a large concentration of programs over Memorial Day Weekend. In all, more than two dozen galleries are participating.

On Friday, from 5-7 p.m., Convergence Gallery will host an opening reception for its exhibit introducing Navajo sculptor Tony Lee. At the same time, New Concept Gallery will open a solo show featuring local resident and retired scientist Richard Swenson, who makes animal sculptures out of scrap metal. For a full list of the month’s events and addresses for the galleries, head to

‘ATOMIC HISTORIES’: Santa Fe Art Institute will be tackling New Mexico’s nuclear history Saturday as part of a series of events being held in cities across the U.S. City as a Living Laboratory (CALL), a New York-based organization that focuses on tackling environmental issues through the arts, is hosting about a dozen artist- and scientist-led walks nationwide during the first weekend in May. It describes the walks as a “starting point” for communities to address local environmental issues. Santa Fe’s theme is “Atomic Histories.”

The event is co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico, local environment/arts group BioCultura, the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and Youthworks. The walk will have five or six stops along the way. Youthworks will cater food following the walk. “Atomic Histories” is from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at SFAI, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, and is limited to 30 participants. To RSVP, go to The event is free, but registrants can also make a $10 suggested donation.

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