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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

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When we heard that the Santa Fe Fire Department was holding a St. Baldrick’s event, we dug out our tattered copy of “Lives of the Saints” to learn more about this particular saint. But he was missing from the index.

Next, we consulted former city historian Ana Pacheco, who was also not aware of the saint’s origins.

But then we did a little internet research and we finally got the joke. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day, people across the country shave their heads – hence the “Bald”-rick – to help raise money for children with cancer.

The tradition was started in 2000 by three insurance company executives in New York City at a pub called Jim Brady’s. They raised $104,000 after 19 heads were shaved.

The 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and elsewhere rocked the lives of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation founders when they lost hundreds of friends and colleagues, but they vowed to press on and help the kids.

The rest is history. Here in Santa Fe, the firefighters will host their annual St. Baldrick’s event on Saturday, March 14, at the Santa Fe Place mall, 4250 Cerrillos Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firefighter Rollin Jones is leading the charge by shaving his head to help raise money to find a cure for childhood cancers.

The family-friendly fundraiser will feature lots of activities, including a car show, music, toys for kids, a gift raffle and a helicopter landing. There will be T-shirts for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to children’s cancer research. For more information, go to www.stbaldricks.org.

POWER BEHIND THE THRONE: We all know how cool it is to live in a town where you might see “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin (GRRM to his buddies) walking around. Most Santa Feans are aware he has a little movie theater in the Santa Fe Railyard called the Jean Cocteau that has a lot of weird and wonderful things going on all the time.

And he also quietly opened a bookstore – “Beastly Books” – in late 2019 on the same block of Montezuma as the cinema.

Even though GRRM struck it big in the video world with the HBO film adaptation of “Game of Thrones,” he’s a patron of writers.

S.M. Stirling’s new book, “Shadows of Annihilation.”

Yes, that was a long windup. But it was worth the wait because you’re about to learn that S.M. Stirling will be introducing “Shadows of Annihilation,” the third book in his series about an alternate Great War, which we call World War I, at the Jean Cocteau on Sunday, March 8.

The story synopsis says the war is at a standstill and the only thing preventing Germany from attacking America is the threat that the U.S. will use annihilation gas to repel an invasion. Enter undercover agent Luz O’Malley and her assistant Ciara Whelan, who have been tapped by President Theodore Roosevelt to watch over a plant making the gas in a remote part of Mexico.

But things get complicated because German agent Horst von Duckler has escaped from a POW camp in El Paso, and he’s trying to cut O’Malley and Whelan off at the pass, so to speak. You’ll have to attend the talk, which starts at 4 p.m., to find out what happens next. For tickets and more information, go to www.jeancocteaucinema.com.

CALLING ALL COWGIRLS (AND BOYS): Boris McCutcheon’s Sunday afternoon gigs at Cowgirl on Guadalupe Street during the month of March are billed as “Boris and Friends.” And based on the March 1 performance, it’s safe to say that McCutcheon, an Americana folk musician based in Dixon, has a lot of friends.

Boris McCutcheon, at home in the wilds of the Dixon area. (Courtesy of Anne Staveley).

McCutcheon is touring in support of his new CD, “As Old as Española,” but he also plays a lot of crowd-pleasers from his previous releases, including his collaboration with Bard Edrington under the banner of the Hoth Brothers. Their 2019 album, “Workin’ and Dreamin’,” is a hit in England.

McCutcheon’s performance is technically free, but if you’re there from noon to 3 p.m., throw some green in the tip jar or buy a CD to help support this internationally known artist.

For more information, call 505-982-2565. McCutcheon will be at Cowgirl on March 8, but he will not be there every Sunday during March.

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