I love Paris in the not-quite spring­time

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Alors— you say you want to dress up like a jazzy French garçonne and eat éclairs and baguettes smoth­ered in triple-crème brie un­til you pass out, but you just can’t find a rea­son­able ex­cuse to do so? Pas de souci, mon chou; that has now been taken care of.

At 6:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 30, Desert Academy— an In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ateWorld School serv­ing grades 7 through 12— hosts its an­nual auc­tion and fundraiser at the Santa Fe Farm­ers Mar­ket Pavil­ion (in the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard Park & Plaza, 1607 Paseo de Per­alta). This year, the event’s theme is “Parisian Soirée.”

En­joy French food pro­vided by Ze French Bistro, Café Paris, Clafoutis, and Café Phénix, and lis­ten to Santa FeWine & Chile Fi­esta ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor (and in­trepid wine colum­nist for The New Mex­i­can) Greg O’Byrne dis­cuss French wines. Santa Fe School of Cook­ing culi­nary di­rec­tor, chef Rocky Durham, is also on hand for a cook­ing demon­stra­tion.

En­ter­tain­ment in­cludes “French In­ter­ludes,” a the­ater piece per­formed by mem­bers and founders of The­ater Grottesco, as well as live mu­sic by Soul­stice and Fran­cophile ac­cor­dion­ist Ron “Dadou” Ro­manovsky. Live and si­lent auc­tions round out this ben­e­fit, for which you are en­cour­aged to French-up your wardrobe. Tick­ets are $50 per per­son, $125 for a re­served ta­ble for two (in­cludes a bot­tle of cham­pagne), and $375 for a ta­ble for six (in­cludes two bot­tles of bub­bly). Visit de­ser­ta­cade­myauc­tion.com to pur­chase tick­ets on­line. Call 992-8284, Ext. 23, for more in­for­ma­tion.

And to get a taste of what Desert Academy stu­dents are up to in their vis­ual art and creative writ­ing classes be­fore Satur­day’s soirée, you can head over to the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum Ed­u­ca­tion An­nex (123 Grant Ave.) to view Desert Academy: Imagination En­gaged, an exhibit of work by more than 125 academy stu­dents. Sheila Miles, the head of the vis­ual arts depart­ment for the school, said the exhibit fea­tures about 200 works. Among them are acrylic paint­ings, gouache paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, works in ce­ramic, mono­prints, ink draw­ings, sten­cil work, creative writ­ing, mixed-me­dia pieces, a hand­made book, an an­i­ma­tion piece, and three large, col­lab­o­ra­tive class pieces.

The free show opens with a re­cep­tion from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 29, and hangs through Feb. 5. Call 946-1007 for more in­for­ma­tion. Lais­sez les bon temps rouler!

Col­lab­o­ra­tive art­work by Desert Academy stu­dents

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