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Our picks for the week

SANTA FE, N.M. — Politics is heating up Santa Fe as the legislative session enters its final week and the municipal election approaches.

Maybe it’s time to cultivate a little cool.

Steve McQueen aims a pistol in his living room, Palm Springs, 1963, by John Dominis, copyright Time Inc. (Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography)

Steve McQueen aims a pistol in his living room, Palm Springs, 1963, by John Dominis, copyright Time Inc. (Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography)

The Monroe Gallery of Photography offers just what the doctor ordered with a new exhibition opening tonight, “When Cool Was King.” Soak up the vibes of Brando, Sinatra, McQueen, Newman and the Rat Pack from the days when a certain aloof, impenetrable, unperturbed quality equalled desirability.

The opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the gallery, 112 Don Gaspar. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. The exhibit continues through April 20.

And if the show inspires you to view more photography, check out “Native American Portraits: Points of Inquiry,” which opens noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo.

You’ll see another brand of cool with Native dance performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Lee Marmon (Laguna) speaking about “Photography and the Pueblo Imagination” at 2 p.m., and Will Wilson (Navajo) setting up his portable portrait studio.

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Abraham Lincoln will be the focus of a tribute Sunday by the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.

Abraham Lincoln will be the focus of a tribute Sunday by the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.

CLASSICAL TRIBUTE: The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra offers a musical portrait of Abraham Lincoln with pieces by Aaron Copland, George Walker, John Williams, Antonin Dvorak, and Santa Fe composer Jared Baca. Jill Scott Momaday will narrate Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” while Robert Trevino from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be guest conductor.

The performance is 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., and tickets are $20 to $70, available at 505-988-1234 or ticketssantafe.org. A free pre-concert lecture is at 3 p.m.

MOVIE: In the continuance of cool, let’s consider “Casablanca,” showing 7 p.m. tonight at the Lensic, $5 admission. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman – need we say more? Add a little chocolate and maybe some flowers, and you’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

Copper carving depicting a Sami shaman with his magic drum. (O.H. von Lode via Wikipedia Commons)

Copper carving depicting a Sami shaman with his magic drum. (O.H. von Lode via Wikipedia Commons)

MIND-BENDER: This being Santa Fe, who can resist the lure of shamans? Anthropologist Silvia Tomášková will talk about how shamanism became an explanation for prehistoric art – and how that modern concept may be a little simplistic.

The talk, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the New Mexico History Museum’s auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave., is presented by the School for Advanced Research. Admission is free for members, $10 for others.

Enter by the Washington Avenue door; tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m.

CHEAP THRILL: Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday and Santa Fe poet Kathleen Johnson will read from their works, partnered with the strains of a cello played by Lisa Marie Stuart. The poetry and music are free, 6 p.m. today at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. It’s another possibility if you’re looking to set a romantic mood.

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