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.
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 visitcanyonroad.com.