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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

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“Where the Buffalo Roamed”

Stop by the Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., on Tuesday evening (Nov. 5) to hear photographer Joan Myers talk about her book, “Where the Buffalo Roamed: Images of the New West,” in conversation with Lucy Lippard, writer, art critic, activist and curator.

Myers’ latest collection of photographs, taken over the past 45 years, focuses on Western landscapes and the life within them, revealing the changes the region has undergone over a half-century.

“Her perspective is at once elegiac and ironic, capturing the myth and reality of the West, its shaping and appropriation by Hollywood, popular culture and the ever-present, but fracturing, American dream,” according to Collected Works.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is free.

A WIFE’S STORY: “Tales of Tila,” a one-woman musical by actress/singer/songwriter Carolyn Chatwin Murset based on the life of her Taoseña grandmother Tila Miera Trujillo during the first half of the 20th century, will run next weekend at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie.

“Tales of Tila”

Murset wrote 23 original songs for the play, which was produced originally by veteran film actor Wilford Brimley.

It tells Tilas’ story as the wife of a shepherd, mother of 10 and head of the local Latter-Day Saints congregation. The story touches on the Great Depression, World War II and, through Tila’s husband, the Manhattan Project. The show premiered at the Electric Theater in St. George, Utah, in October 2018.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-9. Tickets are $25 general admission/$20 for seniors and students. Call (575) 518-4143 or (505) 424-1601 or purchase tickets online at

CHILDS PLAY: The Billy Childs Quartet, led by the pianist/composer/arranger who is a modern-day jazz titan, comes to The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., on Friday, Nov. 8.

Billy Childs

Childs has been making music virtually all of his life – he began studying piano in early childhood; by age six, he was performing publicly and, at age 16, he was a student at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.

He has since gone on to win a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and five Grammy awards – two for composition, two for arrangement, and one for his 2018 album “Rebirth.”

Childs has collaborated with an honor roll of artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Chick Corea, the Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.

And his quartet has been described as “combustible” by Downbeat.

Friday’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29-$115 at or by calling 505-988-1234.

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