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If you work for a place that doesn’t give you off the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it can be sometimes overlooked, especially in a state where just 2% of the population is African American.

But the civil rights leader wasn’t just an advocate for people of color; he was the leading proponent of nonviolence in his day. All those who espouse peaceful change will honor him on Monday, Jan. 20.

REMEMBERING MLK: On Monday, Jan. 20, Northern New Mexico College will host a free community celebration in honor of the legacy of King.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The family-friendly event begins at 10 a.m. with a prayer breakfast and ends at 1 p.m. It includes a talk about black history in New Mexico and entertainment by Moving Arts Española and will include exhibits featuring community resources. The main program begins at noon in the NNMC Center for the Arts at 921 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española. For more information, go to

Also on Monday, the annual MLK commemoration at the Roundhouse starts at noon. Ryan Stewart, secretary-designate of the state Public Education Department and the first African American to lead the department, will be the keynote speaker. Four local students will presented with community service awards.

MLG REMEMBERS LINCOLN: The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra will play a program of Americana at The Lensic on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. that will feature the works of Copland, Gershwin and others.

Giving the afternoon real patriotic flair is a guest appearance by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who will recite the words of our 16th president in Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”

Also on the bill is guest pianist Bailey-Michelle Collins, who joins the symphony for Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.”

Call 505-983-1414 for tickets, which start at $22. For more information, go to

AN EDIBLE FEAST: The Edible Institute will host a two-day conference from Jan. 25-26 at La Fonda on the Plaza hotel. The conference kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech by Barry Estabrook, the author of “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.”

The event features speakers from all over the country, no doubt some of them contributors to edible magazines across the U.S.

Saturday’s lineup includes a reading by Dixon farmer Stanley Crawford from his latest book, “The Garlic Papers,” a controversial but well-crafted look at his efforts to fight so-called dumping by Chinese garlic producers at prices that undercut those of local farmers.

The conference will end at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with a multitribe traditional buffalo dance.

Tickets range from $75 to $150. For more information, go to

“OUT THIS FELL” ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for a celebration of Stephanie Hatfield’s latest album.

Stephanie Hatfield

The indie folk pop album is full of songs that spin tales ranging from surviving a mental breakdown in the mountains of northern New Mexico to the abandonment of those left in the decay of some parts of Detroit.

Tickets are $20 for the event, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m., and include a CD. For more information, go to