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Author Joy Harjo.

Author Joy Harjo.

SANTA FE, N.M. — It may be a new year, but we’ve got some reruns for you to start out the week. Or at least a continuation of activities mentioned last week.

For one, the Writers Festival at the Institute for American Indian Arts wraps up with readings 6 p.m. Saturday by Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz and Pam Houston.

That free, public presentation takes place in the auditorium of the Library and Technology Center on the campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road.

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And “The Pirates of Penzance,” which had a family preview last Wednesday, will be presented by Performance Santa Fe at 7 p.m. tonight, and 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta.

Puns, pirates and pratfalls run amok in this comedic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, which at its American premiere in 1880, The New York Times wrote, “It would be impossible for a confirmed misanthrope to refrain from merriment over it.”

Admission is free, but you must reserve a spot by calling 984-8759.

Composer J.S. Bach.

Composer J.S. Bach.

BACH BLITZ: It will be all Bach, all afternoon when Serenata of Santa Fe presents the 18th-century composer’s masterpiece “The Musical Offering” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.

Tickets are $15-$35, with under-18 student tickets $10. Those student tickets are available only at the door, but you can buy the others by going to serenataofsantafe.org or at the door.

FRENCH IN SANTA FE: Sure, you always hear about the Spanish and the Native Americans, but how about all those French trappers and traders tromping all over North America? Did they ever make it to Santa Fe and New Mexico?

Apparently, the answer is “yes,” and you can learn a lot more about it from French native and Santa Fe resident François-Marie Patorni at noon Wednesday in the Meem Community Room at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. (enter for free through the Washington Avenue doors).

Anna Laurenzo is a mezzo-soprano with the Fort Worth Opera Studio. She is singing the role of Ruth in "Pirates of Penzance." (Courtesy of Performance Santa Fe)

Anna Laurenzo is a mezzo-soprano with the Fort Worth Opera Studio. She is singing the role of Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance.” (Courtesy of Performance Santa Fe)

Anna Laurenzo, and Brian Wallin will perform in “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Anna Laurenzo, and Brian Wallin will perform in “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Patorni will present the first Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture for the year, “New Mexico: The French Since the 1500s.”

Patorni, who retired from his job at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and moved to Santa Fe in 2004, has written a book on the topic, according to his website (newmexicofrenchhistory.com).

And if you wonder what the French had to do with this state, you need look only at the architectural legacy he lists, including “the Santa Fe cathedral, the Loretto chapel and its famous French-built spiral staircase, stained glass and harmonium, Bishop’s Lodge, the mausoleum and priests area of Santa Fe’s Rosario cemetery, Socorro’s ‘French Quarter,'” and other sites around New Mexico.

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