ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
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.