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Out of My Mind is a book about miracles that Arkin has personally witnessed. Although he didn’t write the book specifically because of the pandemic, the former Santa Fe resident says that so many people are suffering right now that he wanted to offer stories about remaining positive through adversity.

The last new episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was broadcast in 2001, and as public television stations stopped airing reruns over the years, the show and its host b…

Maria Callas' return to opera was such big news that the British Broadcasting Corporation televised Act II of one of her Tosca performances live. Footage from that historic event forms the basis for The Magic of Callas, a documentary airing on Great Performances

Vulnerability and belligerence, friendship and service: These are all undertones of this week, along with restless change and strong opinions. 

The sensual qualities of Namibia's dunes, the world's largest, are captured in vivid contrasts by photographer Kurt Markus, highlighting the ephemeral nature of the shifting sands.

"Acorns taste like sadness," says artist Greg Stones, hinting at his (unlikely) upbringing in the wilds of Glocester, Rhode Island. Stones brings a lighthearted, jocular vision to his works on paper, available at Giacobbe-Fritz.

Zapotec artist Gabriela Morac recontextualizes the symbolism and figures gleaned from pre-Hispanic Zapotec urns in a series of striking works on paper.

Marked by a visual language derived from the forms of nature, the paintings of Emmi Whitehorse have an inner scope and breadth, although she's captured three-dimensional space in the picture plane. It's a space you can move into and inhabit, like an actual landscape or a metaphorical one, like the terrain of the psyche.

 “I’m torn two ways with Trump: He’s so bad for the country, but he’s so good for cartoons. There’s a smugness and a self-satisfied, self-seeking quality that I found fairly disgusting, and it was wonderful to have someone like that.” — Political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant

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Banana cream bread pudding, tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, and apple crisp served in a mason jars? Yes, please. Coquette, recently relocated from Long Island, New York, offers a variety of reasonably priced confections to the discerning tastes of Santa Feans.

Santa Fe poet laureate Elizabeth Jacobson contributes her verse to this week's Poetry of the Pandemic. Also featured: Levi Romero and Artemisio Romero y Carver.

Before Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, stars like the Nicholas brothers, Katherine Dunham, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Josephine Baker were turning a fusion of African and new American jazz rhythms and movement into a popular dance that found its way into the floorshows of nightclubs in Harlem — then to Hollywood and onto the dancing feet of people of all races all over the country.

Noted academic and author Michael Eric Dyson offers a sobering look at the state of Black America through the lens of violence, culture, and history. Some passages in the book are almost poetic, as Dyson riffs from one subject to the next and from the historical to the contemporary with the improvisational flair of a jazzman. But some other sections raise eyebrows.

Artist Kevin Tolman describes his work as a dance between artistic intention and accident, allowing a degree of loss of control to inform the direction a given work takes.

Whether she's painting abstractions, botanicals, or landscapes, painter Sue Averall brings a fluid, expressive quality to her works, which lend them a dramatic impact.

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George Ancona, an award-winning photographer, documentary cinematographer and later author of children's books died on New Year's Day after a brief illness. He was 91.

From advertising to television to the Santa Fe theater, comedy writer Ron Bloomberg has never lost his sense of humor, even as an advocate for social justice. At 90, he's still going strong.

Santa Fe's Paper Dosa, already a local favorite for their South Indian food, is getting a little creative during the pandemic. The restaurant now offers take-home kits so you can try to make a dosa yourself.

With the flow of new releases from Hollywood reduced to a rivulet, this is a great time to revisit some classic titles featuring the work of four great composers activ…

As 2021 begins, the planets ask us to think about what philosophy guides us, and what our personal and collective responsibilities are. 

Enjoy this selection of 2020's best fiction and nonfiction titles from Washington Post book critics and staff. Some of them echo the critical issues of the year, and some will take you to destinations unforseen. 

Artists Mike Wise Bill Gallen bring emotional depth and intimacy to their evocative paintings of the American landscape.

Walter Ufer eschewed the romanticized depictions of Native subjects that pervaded the Western-themed paintings of his early 20th-century contemporaries, preferring to capture moments of everyday life, particularly in his renderings of the people of Taos Pueblo.

S.C. Mummert's portraits of cowgirls hark back to a time of American fascination with Western themes, recalling the look of the models who graced the covers of vintage magazines.

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Every year, the Pasatiempo Writing Contest judges report that the writing is better, more interesting, and more compelling. And this year is no different. Perhaps not surprisingly, the winners explored some similar themes: CoViD, war, death, nostalgia, isolation, and the nature of reality. Love.

2020 Writing Contest, Adult Fiction

Adult Fiction

The adult fiction winners talk about Christmases long since gone and what the holidays will mean this year, how to stay young and beautiful, and about the loss of love.

2020 Writing Contest, Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction

"Jude was scared. Truly scared. He had only known the kind of fear from the frightfulness of wakeful nights due to the monster in his closet, or the panic that accompanied the pain of a bee sting," Gus Yeager begins his story.

2020 Writing Contest, Adult Nonfiction

Adult Nonfiction

Among the winners of in the adult nonfiction category are a story that takes place during the Vietnam War, a passionate letter to Black youth, and an essay about the future of women in science.

2020 Writing Contest, Teen Nonfiction

Teen Nonfiction

The winners in the teen nonfiction category discuss what it means to be a New Mexican with cultural ties across the sea, why a national mask mandate is important during the coronavirus pandemic, and what it's like to have a horse for a best friend.

2020 Writing Contest, Adult Poetry

Adult Poetry

The winners of the adult poetry category echo sentiments of everyday life, the pandemic, and even the new personas that have emerged as a result of self-quarantine.

2020 Writing Contest, Teen Poetry

Teen Poetry

One teen poetry winner reflects on femininity, one the nature of her true self, and one a faithful companion.

2020 is almost over, and we are so ready for a change. This week, Mercury and the sun both form an engaging trine with change-master Uranus, a planet that acts like a cosmic clutch to help us shift gears for the year ahead.

Lifelong friends, modernist artists Ynez Johnston and Leonard Edmondson, countered the dominant trends of Color Field painting and abstract expressionism in the mid-20th century, creating playful and imaginative works that sought to bridge the personal and the universal.

Photographer Woody Galloway presents a selection of winter-themed works to get you in the mood of the holiday season. His landscape and nature photography is a celebration of the natural world and the moments of beauty seen in everyday settings.

In 1944, Beatrice Mandelman settled in New Mexico and became a prominent member of the Taos Moderns. Throughout her career in Taos, she was focused on postwar abstraction. The gallery is showing a selection of her works on paper and collage.

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Santa Fe poet laureate Elizabeth Jacobson curates another set of topical poems by local scribes.