Pasatiempo - - Music And Performance -

Ah, the life of a child: you can climb chairs stacked on one an­other, spin plates, tum­ble across the kitchen floor, and even open um­brel­las in the house — as long as Mom isn’t around. No won­der chil­dren are among the most en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of the au­di­ence when the Golden Dragon Acro­bats visit Santa Fe. Th­ese Chi­nese acro­bats re­turn to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211W. San Fran­cisco St., start­ing at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 17, with four ad­di­tional shows through Sun­day, Dec. 20. An­tics will en­sue, high jinks will hap­pen, and mon­keyshines will ma­te­ri­al­ize, or our name isn’t Pasatiempo. Tick­ets are $20 to $35, but chil­dren un­der 12 get in for half price. Call 988-1234. You want some hot blues-rock pas­sion? Check out gui­tarist and singer Coco Mon­toya at 9 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 13, at Evan­gelo’s Cock­tail Lounge. The na­tive Cal­i­for­nian started his stage ca­reer play­ing drums in a rock band and was hired by blues leg­end Al­bert Collins in the mid-1970s. Dur­ing his five years with Collins’ band, Mon­toya took up the gui­tar and was tu­tored in the Collins “icy-hot” play­ing style.

In 1984, blues­man John May­all brought Mon­toya into his Blues­break­ers, giv­ing him the lead gui­tar spot once held by Eric Clap­ton. Mon­toya toured with May­all’s group for 10 years be­fore be­com­ing a band­leader him­self. He has recorded six al­bums un­der his own name, beginning with 1995’s Gotta Mind to Travel.

The 21-and-older set at Evan­gelo’s, 200 W. San Fran­cisco St., be­gins at 9 p.m. Tick­ets are $30 in ad­vance and $35 the day of the show; call 982-9014. Fol­low­ing a great per­for­mance on Nov. 20 by clar­inetist Anat Co­hen at Vanessie of Santa Fe, get set for an­other beau­ti­ful evening of jazz, again cour­tesy of Friends of Santa Fe Jazz and Singer and Simp­son Pro­duc­tions. The hol­i­day con­cert at 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 12, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Fran­cisco St., is a trib­ute to trum­pet great Fred­die Hub­bard, who died Dec. 29, 2008, af­ter a half-cen­tury of play­ing jazz.

The mem­bers of the all-star band for this trib­ute are Ed­die Hen­der­son on trum­pet, Javon Jack­son on tenor sax­o­phone, Benny Green on pi­ano, Peter Wash­ing­ton on bass, and Carl Allen on drums. Tick­ets are $45 and are avail­able at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234. It’s been about half a decade since lo­cal im­prov­elec­tro-groove duo Ray Charles Ives re­leased its stel­lar de­but CD, the self-pro­duced five-song Clan­des­tine Pedes­trian. Since around 2007, how­ever, Santa Fe ap­pear­ances by Ives’ Paul Feather­icci (drums, gad­gets, vox) and Brian May­hall, aka Diplo­mat (elec­tric bass, gad­gets, vox), have dwin­dled to zero. But this week­end, the funky loop-and-sam­ple-drenched duo re­unites — hope­fully with the Fender Rhodes elec­tric pi­ano in tow— for a live show at 9 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 12, at High May­hem Stu­dio (2811 Siler Lane, 501-3333, high­may­hem.org). Elec­tro duos Ink on Pa­per (Car­los San­tis­te­van and Milton Vil­lar­ru­bia III) and Glad as Knives (DJ Miss Gin­ger and Can­nupa Han­ska Luger) also per­form. Ad­mis­sion is $10 at the door.

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