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Top picks for the week

This is the time of year when choices for entertainment and exploration are so numerous that you can go catatonic trying to decide which ones rise to the top.

Sure, there’s the International Folk Art Market (check out the photos on Journal North’s front page) drawing the crowds on Museum Hill this weekend, while Art Santa Fe will offer an air-conditioned alternative with world-class contemporary arts Friday through Sunday in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (artsantafe.com gives you details).

And Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe returns Sunday with the first of its three season performances in the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. ($25-$74, 988-1234).

But we always like to point out some of the quirkier offerings.

Justin Favela’s “Lowrider Piñata,” 2014, was installed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (Courtesy of Mikayla Whitmore)

Justin Favela’s “Lowrider Piñata,” 2014, was installed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (Courtesy of Mikayla Whitmore)

LOWRIDER PIÑATA: Justin Favela, who uses simple materials to have a little fun with American pop culture, is heading to Santa Fe this weekend to create a lowrider in piñata style to hang from the ceiling at the New Mexico Museum of Art – and he’s happy to have help.

You can come by his workshop presentations 2-4 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, plus a talk at 2 p.m. each day, to learn how he builds the sculptural installation. The event is free with museum admission. The bad news: probably no candy in the car.

“The Fence” as it was set up in Brooklyn. (Courtesy of Jan Fields)

“The Fence” as it was set up in Brooklyn. (Courtesy of Jan Fields)

PHOTO FREE-FOR-ALL: ” The Fence” will be erected in the Railyard Park on Saturday – but this is one to draw people in, not to keep them out.

A touring outdoor photo exhibit will make a stop in Santa Fe, along with an accompanying exhibit of photos on a fence from all-New Mexico photographers. Both will be up through Sept. 30, but get there soon so you can make repeat visits to absorb it all.

This is part of PhotoSummer in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, as is another exhibit opening with a reception 5-8 p.m. today at David Richard Gallery, 1570 Pacheco St. “Past is Present: Alternative Processes in Contemporary Photography” will be up through Sept. 3, showing works by artists who take a non-digital approach to making prints, drawing on historical methods.

Also opening at the gallery will be Bryan Whitney’s “Tintype Portraits” and “Echoes of the Civil War: The Civil War Pinhole Project” by Michael Falco, who traveled to battle sites and reenactments that he recorded with a pin-hole camera.

Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. (Courtesy of Courtney Chavanell)

Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. (Courtesy of Courtney Chavanell)

SNAKE FARM: Well, that’s just one of the eccentric stories that Ray Wylie Hubbard tells in song.

This Texas singer-songwriter has talking blackbirds and “Stone Blind Horses” on his latest album, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune,” so expect the unexpected when he takes the stage 8:30 p.m. tonight at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place.

Tickets are $15 in advance (holdmyticket.com) or $20 on the day of the show.

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