Not-so-evil axis: A benefit for Syrian children
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 505-986-9800.