The Rumi Concert
Lux New Mex turning a historic Eastside home into the 2015 ShowHouse Santa Fe
Bringing to life the spirit and the words of 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi is what The Rumi Concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center is all about. A production of the nonprofit Storydancer Project, the event is a multidimensional feast of poetry, music, dance, and story. Storydancer founder and interpretive dancer Zuleikha of Santa Fe and Georgia-based poet/translator Coleman Barks perform the poems of Rumi to the music of New York percussionist Glen Velez and Bay Area vocalist/instrumentalist Jai Uttal. It’s a special collaboration, says Zuleikha, who has worked with all three men in past Rumi concerts. “Rumi’s words should be accessible to everyone,” she adds. “Coleman knows how to translate his poetry in a way that reaches people of all traditions.” Although Zuleikha refers to her dancing as improvisational, she actually practices movements that reflect qualities and emotions found in Rumi’s words long before she steps on stage.—EVC The Rumi Concert, November 14, 7 PM, $30–$100, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, lensic.org per f or m an c e
courtesy james blackk of santa fe properties
Santa Fe interpretive dancer Zuleikha helps bring the feeling and words of Persian Sufi poet and mystic Rumi to life, in The Rumi Concert.
desi g n Twenty-nine top Santa Fe interior designers have come together to create the highly anticipated ShowHouse Santa Fe, making an extraordinary collaborative donation of their talents and resources as they update a historic Eastside estate in creative New Mexico styles. Individuals and teams have each redesigned an indoor or an outdoor space in the gorgeous Frank Applegate Estate, a late-18th-century adobe presented by the real estate team of Bodelson Spier. This year’s home “is not [simply] Santa Fe ‘style,’” says designer Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors about the ShowHouse choice for 2015. “With its history—so authentic to our region—it’s a Santa Fe original. We hadn’t yet done a project with such old bones.” Noting the world-famous “Santa Fe appeal,” she adds that the focus this year is to honor that concept without being cliché. The Frank Applegate Estate was perfect for this concept. With a fascinating history that includes its origins as a Spanish fortress, the six-bedroom home’s new look for 2015 will reflect this year’s theme of Lux New Mex by incorporating classic elements into new approaches. Ashton, who will be designing the living room along with her ShowHouse event cofounder David Naylor, explains the influence of fashion on this year’s design theme. “Last year it was metallic; this year it’s a return to leather, denim, and suede,” she says, “and the challenge for the designers will be how to reinvent it.” The results of the transformations will be revealed on Friday, October 2, at a gala event (tickets for both the gala and the public tours are available online at showhousesantafe.com). The public may view the designers’ creations on Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, October 10, from 11 AM to 6PM; as well as Sunday, October 4, and Sunday, October 11, from 11AM to 4 PM. ShowHouse Santa Fe doubles as a fundraiser that transforms not only living spaces but lives, as proceeds will once again benefit Dollars4Schools.org. Last year, more than 20 classroom projects were funded in the arts, literature, mathematics, special education, and science; and 50 children received warm winter clothing and other basic needs—all by monies raised from ShowHouse tickets and donations. All in all, approximately 2,000 schoolchildren were affected through improvements in school programs or other donations. ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015 anticipates having an even larger impact on these programs, and being able to affect the lives of many more area schoolchildren.—Anne Maclachlan
The Frank Applegate Estate, originally an 18th-century adobe that once served as a Spanish fortress, is being transformed into the 2015 ShowHouse.