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Natalie Featherston's artwork looks exactly like what it is: a child’s drawing of dinosaurs at a tea party, a one-panel pop art comic of a distraught woman, a nest of turquoise-blue robins’ eggs. They’re two-dimensional paintings, with nothing to touch but the surface of the canvas. Featherston is a trompe l’oeil painter, which is French for “to deceive the eye.” 

So you haven't read the Harry Potter books, and the world of Hogwarts is alien to you. Maybe you've been wondering what all the fuss is about. Well-trained wizards and Muggles alike can get the whole story in just 70 minutes in the laugh riot production Potted Potter.

After decades of companies paying lip-service to the ideals of diversity and inclusivity without much genuine progress, the overwhelming success of Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera may be the spark that fuels some real change in the world of American opera.

Adapted from the best-selling memoir of New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the first Met production by a Black composer in the company’s 138 years.

It's a night of spooky fun at El Rancho de las Golondrinas's last event of the season. 

Artists Reg Loving and Aaron Karp's longtime association is highlighted in a two-person exhibit that honors their friendship.

In Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall, author Helena Merriman chronicles the creative escape of 29 from East Germany.

The stars ask us to prioritize balance, equilibrium, and fairness this week, especially when it’s challenging to do so.

Oscar Wilde’s birthday is Oct. 16, 1854, and there’s a simple way to both celebrate it and give yourself a present: Pick up a copy of Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis.

Through a series of appalling examples in Peril, authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa illustrate key aspects of Donald Trump's threat to democracy.

All fictional narrators are unreliable to an extent. But A Calling for Charlie Barnes positively wallows in unreliability, especially in the way families deploy alternative facts to undermine some relatives and elevate others.

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Three prominent artists — Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard, and Jaune Quick-to See-Smith —create evocative works that highlight issues of housing, civil rights, the environment, and immigration policy, and other social and political topics relevant to minority and underrepresented communities and, by extension, to us all.

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In his latest book, the author, journalist, and historian tackles the complicated history of European colonialism through the story of a South Seas Islander, who was the first such man to visit England in the age of imperialism.

Jazz and classical clarinetist Eddie Daniels celebrates his 80th birthday and the release of his new album Night Kisses with a performance and culinary feast at Dave's Jazz Bistro.

Fourteen local, national, and international artists and artist collectives are included in an exhibition and series of public programs that counter the narratives of dominant power structures to reclaim stories and memories of place.

Jazz drummer Tootie Heath appears live with his trio and the world renowned drum ensemble The Whole Drum Truth.

Artist and photographer Brandy Trigueros presents a body of work around the complexities and constructs of female identity and motherhood.

Six artist's in the Thoma Foundation Collection use digital technologies to explore concepts of humankind's interactions with the landscape and the possibilities for representations of the natural world.

Four Shillings Short play two Celtic and world music concerts in town on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. 

Stay centered this busy week. Enjoy the effect when energy pivots and sidesteps its many crosscurrents and all the willful planets dance together as the sun and Mars conjunct and they both square Pluto.

Author Ruth Ozeki's emotional engagement with her characters and her themes makes The Book of Form and Emptiness as compelling as it is occasionally unwieldy.

Harald Hardrada, the 11th-century Norse adventurer of Don Hollway's The Last Viking, led an iron-hammered life of struggle, travel, scheming, and violence. Especially that last part. 

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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival returns as a full in-person event for 2021 with 47 feature films, more than 100 shorts, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Oliver Stone.

Maura Dhu Studi directs a staged reading of Manahatta, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle that explores cultural misunderstandings behind the Lenape Tribe’s “sale” of Manhattan Island to the Dutch in 1626.

Ashman leaves leadership post at International Folk Art Market; Comedy group gets new space; and Stage Santa Fe announces new leadership

It's the final weekend of the 49th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD programming is back, and its new season begins with a rarity — the original (and shorter) version of Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

Chomsky: Capitalism isn't the answer. 

An exhibition by Harwood Art Center's first artist-in-residence, Martín Wannam, in collaboration with artist Marlene Tafoya, challenges the lingering biases of colonialism.

Where do we want the rainbow to end? It’s important that we develop a clear image of our goal for the next few weeks, then stay flexible about our means of accomplishi…

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Review: 'Street Heroines'

A documentary by a local filmmaker about women who make street art.