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In olden days, na­tion­ally tele­vised va­ri­ety shows usu­ally in­cluded the Singer Mid­gets, the Mar­quis Chimps, and Señor Wences. Here in Santa Fe, you get al­most the same thing in a com­bi­na­tion va­ri­ety show/ra­dio pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing Liam Lock­hart, Robyn Reede, Tom and Lori Romero, David Geist, and oth­ers. KSFR-FM 101.1 presents a live tap­ing of Ron Bloomberg’s ra­dio com­edy Se­ri­ously Funny at 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, July 13, at the Santa Fe Play­house, 142 E. DeVargas St., 988-4262. Let’s hope the va­ri­ety show be­fore the tap­ing will in­volve fer­rets rid­ing tri­cy­cles and sim­i­lar acts. Tick­ets are $25 and in­clude a post-show gala with wine and munchies. Call 428-1379. Wear­ing leder­ho­sen and pos­ing along­side his beloved stuffed Rus­sian boar is how Mod­est Mouse lead singer Isaac Brock ap­pears in a por­trait that hangs in the mayor’s of­fice of Port­land, Ore­gon. The paint­ing was cre­ated by Santa Fe na­tive Alexan­der Rokoff, and that’s not the only way in which the vet­eran in­die-rock band is tied to the City Dif­fer­ent. On Fri­day, July 9, the band plays the penul­ti­mate show at the Paolo So­leri Am­phithe­ater (1501 Cer­ril­los Road), which is sched­uled to be de­mol­ished. The gates open at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets to the all-ages, gen­eral-ad­mis­sion show, avail­able from www.tick­et­mas­ter.com are $28 and $33. Wed­nes­day, July 14 (or 26 Mes­si­dor, ac­cord­ing to the short-lived French Repub­li­can cal­en­dar), is Bastille Day, the an­niver­sary of the 1789 storm­ing of the Bastille fortress and prison in Paris — an up­ris­ing that has sym­bol­ized the French Revo­lu­tion ever since. For Bastille Day Santa Fe style, vo­cal­ist/pi­anist Charles Tichenor, ac­cor­dion­ist/singer Ron “Dadou” Ro­manovsky, and friends present Vive la France!, an evening of mu­sic and com­edy (and wine and food, bien sûr!) in the spirit of, as French his­to­rian François Mignet put it, those men and women “ in­tox­i­cated with lib­erty and en­thu­si­asm.” The show plays at 6 p.m. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, July 13 and 14, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Fran­cisco St., 982-9966. Ad­mis­sion is $15 at the door (checks and cash only). Vive la fête de la Fédéra­tion! Get a leg up on the Santa Fe Opera — in a fig­u­ra­tive sense. (It’s prob­a­bly best that only cast and crew mem­bers ac­tu­ally get on­stage).

Teatro Paraguas presents a staged read­ing in English of La vida es sueño by 17th-cen­tury Span­ish play­wright Pe­dro Calderón de la Barca, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of SFO’s world pre­miere of Lewis Sprat­lan’s opera based on Calderón’s work. The Paraguas per­for­mance opens at 7:30 p.m Fri­day, July 9, and runs again at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day,

July 10, and 2 p.m. Sun­day, July 11, at Ware­house 21, 1614 Paseo de Per­alta. Ad­mis­sion is free but do­na­tions are wel­come; call 424-1601.

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