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Briefs 08-22-13

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Rucker to head music festival

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® has announced that country music superstar Darius Rucker will headline the 2013 Music Fiesta on Oct. 12. A Balloon Fiesta first, the Music Fiesta will feature four separate performances after the morning Mass Ascension and before the evening Night Magic Glow.
Darius Rucker, country music star and former lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the band Hootie and the Blowfish will be the lead performer of the concert scheduled for the last Saturday afternoon of the Balloon Fiesta.
The festival will begin at noon and conclude with Rucker’s performance, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are available through balloonfiesta.com. Advance tickets will cost $20, plus a $2 service fee. Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $25.

Brazilian music plays around N.M.

Saudade is a combo with a sway of the Brazilian sound. The group, which draws players from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, plays Cape Verdean and Brazilian music — from 19th-century chorography to vintage samba, bossa and morna, to contemporary jazz and samba-reggae. Featuring Tony Cesarano on guitar, Bob Gusch on woodwinds, Justin Bransford on bass, Dave Brady on drums, and Debo Orlofsky on vocals, SaudadeThe band group will play the following venues.
• El Farol, 808 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday. The classic choro, bossa nova, and samba with Tony Cesarano on guitar, Bob Gusch on woodwinds, Justin Bransford on bass, Dave Brady on drums, and Debo Orlofsky on vocals. $5 cover. For information, call 983-9912.
• The Range Cafe’s Lizard Rodeo Lounge, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 31, 925 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Home-cooking and beer on tap. Plus all the bossa nova and samba that Saudade can dish out. No cover charge. Children welcome accompanied by parents. 505-867-1700.

SF photographer seeks volunteers

Santa Fe photographer Hal Kahn is seeking volunteers for his “Faces of the Elderly” project. The photos, combined with brief biographical sketches, will be used in his forthcoming book by the same name.
Every subject receives a CD of his or her photographic portraits for free. There is no charge or fee. Kahn argues that too often the elderly have been ignored or marginalized in modern society.
Kahn’s work has been profiled in the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe Reporter and on public television.
To make an appointment, call Kahn at 473-1121. The next exhibit of Kahn’s work opens Oct. 4 at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque.

Animal Shelter launches insurance

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter announces the launch of a new program that provides 30 days of pet insurance coverage for shelter pets at no cost. Coverage is provided by Trupanion, the leading provider of pet insurance in North America.
The program offers adopters peace of mind knowing that if their furry friend has an unexpected illness, or injury after leaving the shelter, they can get needed veterinary help without the financial burden. The Trupanion plan covers 90 percent of veterinary expenses with no upfront costs or payout limits.
All conditions not considered pre-existing are covered at 90 percent, less a $250 deductible, with no payout limits per year, per condition, or over the lifetime of the pet. And there are no waiting periods — coverage starts immediately.

Spanish art on display this winter

The New Mexico Museum of Art is the only American venue for the exhibition Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain that is literally rewriting the book on Spanish art. The exhibition opens Dec. 14 in Santa Fe and runs through March 9, 2014.
In 132 drawings and prints, many of which have never been on display before, visitors are offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain insight into four centuries of Spain’s visual culture and history.
The exhibition begins with some of the foreign artists who worked in Spain, such as the Italians Pellegrino Tibaldi and Frederico Zuccaro. These rare and precious pieces of paper bear witness to the internationalism of the 16th century and to the 17th century development of independent artistic centers in Madrid and Granada, Seville and Cordoba, and Valencia/Naples that brought about the “golden age” of Spanish art, the elegant years of the Bourbon court, and finally the horrors of the Napoleonic Peninsula War.
Renaissance to Goya moves through the centuries ending with Goya and his contemporaries, including them Tiepolo family who arrived in Madrid in the 1760s and whose etchings revolutionized printmaking in Madrid. The selections of Goya’s work demonstrate the huge range of his graphic ability and the subjects that absorbed him.