Not-so-evil axis: A ben­e­fit for Syr­ian chil­dren

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Paul Wei­de­man

Oud ace Rahim Al­Haj and gallery owner Tonya Turner Car­roll have teamed up for a Satur­day, Sept. 10, event to aid or­phaned and dis­placed Syr­ian chil­dren. There’s a 6 p.m. concert by Al­Haj’s Axis of Evil Trio, as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion and silent auc­tion of do­nated art­works. “Right now, over 8 mil­lion Syr­ian chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the trauma of vi­o­lence, fear, loss, and med­i­cal prob­lems,” Car­roll said in a state­ment. “All pro­ceeds from the sale of the art­works will be given di­rectly for ur­gent med­i­cal ser­vices for these Syr­ian chil­dren in their camp in Le­banon.” The other mem­bers of the Axis of Evil Trio, which Al­Haj said is so named to call at­ten­tion to un­just cul­tural stereo­types, are Sourena Se­fati on san­tour (Ira­nian ham­mered dul­cimer) and Issa Mal­luf on Pales­tinian per­cus­sion. Also on the event ros­ter are talks by Neda Kher­bik, a Syr­ian jour­nal­ist and ed­u­ca­tor; Kym­berly Pin­der, dean of the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Col­lege of Fine Arts; and Michael Hamil­ton Mor­gan, au­thor and for­mer diplo­mat. Turner Car­roll Gallery is at 725 Canyon Road. Tick­ets to the event, which in­clude a pri­vate champagne re­cep­tion with the mu­si­cians, speak­ers, and visual artists, are $100 and may be pur­chased by send­ing an email to info@turn­er­car­roll­ or by call­ing 505-986-9800.

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