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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Santa Fe Music Week (Courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Music Week, a collection of free and ticketed performances around town, returns starting Friday. The “week,” like last year’s inaugural event, is actually 11 days and features musical events, from Santa Fe Opera performances to big-name headliners like Ringo Starr to everyday live gigs at venues like Cowgirl and Meow Wolf. Every night, there will be a free musical act on Santa Fe Plaza or at the Railyard, among them Russian-American rock group Igor and the Red Elvises on the Santa Fe Bandstand Aug. 24 and Grammy-nominated blues artist Fantastic Negrito at the Railyard Plaza on Aug. 31. Mariachis will offer free performances downtown every afternoon. Annual events like the Platinum Music Awards, the Santa Fe Soul Festival and the Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival also fall during Music Week.

Starr and Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Santa Fe Opera, but the shows are sold out. For a full list of dates and times, including daily concerts at participating establishments like La Fonda, Boxcar, Tumbleroot and other hot spots, as well as tickets, go to the Santa Fe Music Week page at

POET LAUREATE IN SF: Joy Harjo, an occasional New Mexico resident and now the nation’s first Native American poet laureate, will be in Santa Fe today for a reading from her latest book. The event, hosted by Collected Works Bookstore and the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, will be held at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, from 1-3 p.m.

Joy Harjo (Courtesy of Shawn Miller)

Harjo, who has won numerous national awards previously, was named poet laureate in June, is a graduate of IAIA and the University of New Mexico, and has been a professor at UNM. She currently lives in Tulsa.

This afternoon, she will read selections from “An American Sunrise,” released just this week. Harjo also is expected to feature work from older volumes, including 2015’s “Conflict Resolution” and 2012’s “Crazy Brave.” The event is free.

‘INCREDIBLES 2’ AT RAILYARD: The Railyard Park’s free summer movie series has its final show of the summer Friday night with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.” The recent sequel to the beloved 2004 animated film starts with the Parr family of supers where the first movie left off. This time, Helen (a.k.a. “Elastigirl”) is tapped to help get some fellow superheroes out of hiding, while Bob (“Mr. Incredible”) takes on stay-at-home-dad duties with the three kids. Unbeknownst to them, a new villain is plotting to ruin the public’s trust in superheroes. The screening starts at 8 p.m. in the park. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics – alcohol free. Food trucks and ice cream will also be available for purchase on site. The movie is free.

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