While my lute gen­tly weeps

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This week­end marks the Third An­nual Santa Fe Re­nais­sance Fair, and if you plan on blend­ing in at the event, there are three things you need to re­mem­ber. First, do not re­peat lines from the me­dieval-com­bat-reen­act­ment scenes in the Paul Rudd film Role Mod­els (“Naysay­ers tell me, ‘You should be em­bar­rassed. You should not be fight­ing. You look like Marvin Ham­lisch.’”). Sec­ond, dress ap­pro­pri­ately. This is one of the only times when it is ac­cept­able to dress in Re­nais­sance at­tire and act un­usu­ally jolly when ev­ery­thing is ac­tu­ally crum­bling all around you. Grab it by the horns. And third, learn to speak the lan­guage; for in­stance, “Hark! Prithee, madam, do say — who­fore the hell is Marvin Ham­lisch?”

This year’s event in­cludes per­for­mances by Belisama Ir­ish Dance, Fla­menco Nuevo Mex­ico, and the Clan Tynker as well as fire dancers, jug­glers, and belly dancers from Pome­gran­ate Stu­dios. En­joy sword­fights, Celtic games, cook­ing demon­stra­tions, arts, crafts, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, and pe­riod scenes pre­sented by the So­ci­ety for Cre­ative Anachro­nism. Sip on beer and mead, feast on turkey legs and other good­ies, par­tic­i­pate in cos­tume con­tests, or just blend into the scenery as a char­ac­ter from your by­gone Dun­geons & Dragons days.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 18 and 19, at El Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas, 334 Los Pi­nos Road. Tick­ets for adults are $8; se­niors and teens are $5; ages 5 to 12 are $3; and there is no charge for those un­der 5 (be care­ful with those broadswords around the wee ones). Tick­ets are avail­able at all Los Alamos Na­tional Bank lo­ca­tions in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, Melissa Pes­sarra State Farm In­surance, Open Hands Thrift Store, and El Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas. Call 471-2261 or visit www.sfren­fair.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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