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2017 Placitas Garden Tour

Sunday, May 21, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Eight diverse gardens will provide a delightful experience for visitors to enjoy beautiful combinations of plants and to learn about the individual plants from the garden owners and volunteers from the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. And, as detailed above, painters will be on hand capturing their visions of the gardens while you tour. Proceeds from the tour support PCL and the Sandoval County Master Gardeners.

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Anne Hillerman

Will read from her new book, Song of the Lion

a Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito novel, following in her father, Tony Hillerman’s tradition

Sunday, May 28th, 2:00 pm

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Come early for a good seat!


The Porgy and Bess World Tour, 1952-1956:

Defeating Segregation in America and the Cold War in Russia

with Bill Martin

Saturday, June 3 at 2:00pm

from the New Mexico Humanities Council
The Robert Breen production of the Porgy and Bess folk opera was a surprising force in desegregating theaters, hotels and public accommodations in America during the 1950s. Director and co-producer Breen fought relentlessly to ensure that the public establishments treated his cast of 60 African-Americans with dignity and respect. The cast included Leontyne Price, Cab Calloway, Martha Flowers, William Warfield, Maya Angelou, and others who went on to open many doors previously closed to black actors.

This highly acclaimed production toured five continents in four years and was the first American company to tour Russia since the Bolshevik revolution. Each cast member became an ambassador of goodwill as they played extended tours to packed houses and standing ovations. Often members of the cast would entertain impromptu in local clubs much to the delight of the local population. Overcoming racial tensions in America, and Communist intrigue during the height of the cold war, are part of this untold story.

Bill Martin will discuss the history of the opera … with emphasis on the Breen production. [He will have] photos of the cast throughout the tour. Related international correspondence and colorful posters will be on display. Martin is a magician, escapologist [Ed. – that is a real word], and retired naval aviator. He has been a Golden Gloves boxer, carnival wrestler, hardrock miner, tractor mechanic, and nightclub entertainer. This program is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council

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May Book Reviews!

Susanne’s Selections — Reading recommendations by Susanne Dominguez in this month’s Newsletter!


The Vanishing Velazquez

by Laura Cumming


Pacific:  Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers

by Simon Winchester


Lucky Girl

by Mei-Ling Hopgood

Want to read the actual reviews?  Of COURSE you do —  Click Here then scroll to page 11 to read the reviews in this month’s Newsletter

Note: Any event held at PCL does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group’s policies or beliefs.