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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

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In the ditty “American Pie,” Don McLean sang, “February made me shiver/With every paper I’d deliver.”

Well, come in from the cold and get the month started with some events sure to warm the heart, or at least quicken your pulse.

SHADES OF COLOR: February is Black History Month and Santa Fe Community College is celebrating all month with a series of lectures and events. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the observance will begin at 11 a.m. with “400 years of Slavery in North America” as part of the New York Times’ The 1619 Project.

At noon, “The Journey of Man” genetics video will be screened. The event, which will be held in SFCC’s Jemez Room, will be introduced by SFCC history professor Stephen Martinez.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a discussion of African American food history and a blues guitar demonstration by SFCC professor Andrew Lovato, author of “The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, The Greats and How to Play.” The event, which will take place in the Jemez Room, will feature short videos of black artists. For more information, go to or call 505-428-1000.

GET YOUR SOCIAL ON: One of our favorite groups in Santa Fe is Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs – and they really do kick you-know-what. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the group will host Caitlin E. Jenkins and Amy Tischler, co-founders of Simply Social Media, at its Entrepreneur Story Time.

Where else would a talk about social media take place but at Social Kitchen + Bar, next to the Sage Inn, 725 Cerrillos Road? According to the press release for the event, Jenkins and Tischler have grown their Instagram accounts @SimplySantaFeNM to 36,100 followers and @TravelNewMexico to 54,500 followers. Among Simply Social Media’s clients are the Santa Fe Opera.

So, the next time someone says, “Hey, Boomer,” you can tell them about the number of followers you have on Instagram, thanks to this event, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, email

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT: Take a trip around the world in one evening with the acoustic music of four guitar masters at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The lineup features Mike Dawes from England, Cenk Erdogan from Turkey, Olli Soikkeli of Finland and Jim “Kimo” West of Canada.

Jim “Kimo” West. (Courtesy of David Bergman)

Dawes is known for composing, arranging and performing multiple parts simultaneously on one instrument. He was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World by MusicRadar & Total Guitar Magazine in a December 2017 readers’ poll.

Erdogan recorded his first album, “ILE,” in 2008 and has since moved into film composition, among other pursuits. He has arranged and conducted orchestral music for Sezen Aksu, considered the queen of Turkish pop.

Soikkeli was born in Finland and moved to New York City in 2014, where he has played such venues as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and Lincoln Center.

West, best known for being the longtime guitarist for musical comedy artist “Weird Al” Yankovic, is considered one of the world’s finest practitioners of Hawaiian “slack key” guitar.

Tickets range from $25 to $39. They are available online at, by phone at 505-988-1234 or in person at the Lensic box office, 211 W. San Francisco St.