Smithsonian Magazine wants to immerse you in fine art, cultural heritage, balloon history and anthropological research. It wants do this so much, it's offering free admission to multiple venues on Saturday, Sept. 27. All you need to do is visit smithsonian.com and print out the Museum Day admission card and you'll get access to Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Woo. Try saying that 10 times fast. Complete details are at smithsonian.com.
If you're milling about Museum Hill in Santa Fe after visiting the Museum of International Folk Art or the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on the Smithsonian Magazine's dime, there's a group of 75 authors waiting to greet you on Milner Plaza. On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the New Mexico Museum Foundation presents the New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival, featuring novelist Ana Castillo, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martinez, former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, cookbook guru Deborah Madison and many more. The event is modeled after the Library of Congress' National Book Festival. Get more info at museumfoundation.org.
For those of you planning to be in China between Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 3, do try to drop by the exhibition hall of Beijing's World Trade Center. On the walls hang the works of artists from 74 galleries in 13 countries, including Santa Fe's Jane Sauer Gallery, making up the 2008 Beijing Art Salon. The salon is sponsored by the Beijing Municipal People’s Government and the Beijing Municipal Commission Publicity Department and strives to build a relationship between international galleries and collectors. The Jane Sauer Gallery is the only participant from the United States and is contributing 12 works to the exhibit. Visit jsauergallery.com to see the art for yourself, unless you’ve already dropped the cash on a plane ticket to China.