ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
With the exception of a powdered wig, nothing screams early 18th century like a harpsichord. This weekend, Santa Fe Pro Musica presents two performances of J.S. Bach’s six sonatas for violin and harpsichord— three at a time— with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh and violinist Stephen Redfield. To better evoke the era’s sound, Redfield plays a Baroque violin, a gut-string instrument lacking a chin rest that offers a pure, earthy sound. Sonatas 1, 2, and 6 are performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 12, and the remaining sonatas, along with other works by Bach, are performed at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 14; both shows are at Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail. Tickets, $15 to $60, are available at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234, or by calling SFPM at 988-4640. The rich pageantry of Ballet Folklórico
de México has spun across stages since 1952 in colorful celebration of the country’s dance and culture. Founder Amalia Hernández started the group in Mexico City with a modest eight members, and as the company has grown, so has its success. After more than five decades of national and international touring, Ballet Folklórico, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Lensic Performing
Arts Center (211W. San Francisco St.). Tickets are $24 to $72. Call 988-1234.
The Gin Game debuted at an obscure theater in Los Angeles in 1976. It didn’t take long for the “life is a card game” play by D.L. Coburn to make a favorable impression. By luck or by fate, actor Hume Cronyn pitched the two-hander to director Mike Nichols, who brought the production to Broadway, where it received massive acclaim. It went on to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1978. The Museum
of Indian Arts & Culture (710 Camino Lejo, off Museum Hill) presents the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, with John O’Malley and Gay
Nathan; Robert Reddington directs. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance or at the door. Call 982-5057. Since AC/DC’s current tour doesn’t come anywhere near New Mexico, catching BugGiRL in Santa Fe is the next best thing. It’s no surprise the Australian brother-sister duo’s most recent EP, Blood, Sweat & Beers, sounds like lost cuts from AC/DC’s 1978 album, Powerage, since both were recorded by Aussie mega-producer Mark Opitz (INXS, Divinyls). Onstage, siblings Amber and Clinno are far from being pampered rock stars, playing party rock using only a guitar and set of drums. On Wednesday, March 17, the pair performs at 9 p.m. at Evangelo’s
Underground, 200 W. San Francisco St.; 982-9014. There’s a $5 cover.