ON­STAGE THIS WEEK

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Wu Man is the only pipa player Western lis­ten­ers are likely to know by name, the pipa be­ing a Chi­nese lute of an­cient lin­eage. In Wu Man’s corner of the all-em­brac­ing world-mu­sic scene, dis­parate tra­di­tions some­times be­come strange bed­fel­lows. If you feel your life is in­com­plete be­cause you have never heard Chi­nese, Ugan­dan, Ukrainian, and Ap­palachian Moun­tain mu­si­cal tra­di­tions con­verge in a sin­gle pro­gram, this one’s for you. The Santa Fe

Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val presents a pro­gram with Wu Man and friends at 8 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 7, at St. Francis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). For tick­ets, which are $26 to $39, call 982-1890 or 988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org. Gui­tarist-singer-song­writer Dan Hicks has come a long way since his days hit­ting skins with ’ 60s-era San Fran­cisco psy­che­delic-rock out­fit The Char­la­tans, but thank­fully, he hasn’t aban­doned his ir­rev­er­ent, ec­cen­tric ways. Blend­ing jazz, folk, swing, and ra­zor-sharp lyri­cism, Hicks and his band, the Hot Licks, tour in sup­port of their lat­est al­bum, Tangled Tales (Surf­dog Records); they per­form at 7 p.m. Satur­day,

Aug. 7, at the Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany (37 Fire Place, 424-3333). Word has it Hicks will roll out some new ma­te­rial from his en­sem­ble’s up­com­ing hol­i­day al­bum (the band’s first), ti­tled Crazy for Christ­mas. Tick­ets are $22 in ad­vance from SFBC and Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org), $25 at the door.

John Proulx, who won Best Vo­cal Per­for­mance in the 2010 New Mex­ico Mu­sic Awards, has four shows lined up. He ap­pears at 6 p.m.

on Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day, Aug. 6, 7, and 8, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Fran­cisco St. (982-9966). For the Fri­day and Sun­day gigs, Proulx fo­cuses on the Nat King Cole song­book. On Satur­day, the pro­gram is Songs from the Great Amer­i­can Song­book — Then &

Now, which in­cludes a trib­ute to Chris Cal­loway. The cover charge for each of those shows is $35. Then, at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 9, it’s John

Proulx Meets Cole Porter at La Casa Sena Cantina, 125 E. Palace Ave. That show has a $30 cover; call 988-9232 for reser­va­tions.

If love does in­deed keep us to­gether, then it’s love songs that have kept that mes­sage alive and po­tent through the ages. As part

of the Santa Fe Desert

Cho­rale sum­mer sea­son, mem­bers cel­e­brate the mu­sic of amour with a pro­gram ti­tled HeArt Songs. Along with works for duet, trio, and quar­tet that will be an­nounced im­me­di­ately be­fore their pre­sen­ta­tion, the pro­gram in­cludes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer for vo­cal quar­tet and four-hand pi­ano; his po­etic Four Quar­tets, Opus 92, for sin­gle-pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment; and his Neue Liebeslieder waltz-songs.

Linda Durham Con­tem­po­rary Art (1807 2nd St., Suite 107; 466-6600) is the set­ting for the pro­gram, which is pre­sented at 4 and 8 p.m. Sun­day,

Aug. 8. Tick­ets, $45, are avail­able from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org).

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