ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
El Paseo Bar & Grill’s sweat-and beer-soaked Indie Rocks! concert series continues at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, with performances by three Albuquerque bands, two of them fairly new to the Santa Fe scene. ’ Burque mainstay Lousy Robot, above, returns with its Pixies-esque, introspective power pop and driving indie rock. Newcomers The Scrams deliver a fistful of angsty, organ-heavy, ’ 60s-era garage rock. And baby-faced Suicide Lanes bring their bouncy cowpunk with a side of New York Dolls to the party. The 21-and-over show is $5 at 208 Galisteo St.; call 992-2848.
The Arden Players is a local theater troupe known for its earthy, accessible productions of Shakespeare. This weekend, however, the group presents the world premiere of a new play by Deborah Dennison called The Lion in the Lamb: The Revolutionary Spirit of Francis of Assisi. The show
runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18,
and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, and continues Fridays to Sundays through Oct. 3 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia). Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors; on Sunday, Sept. 19, pay what you can. For tickets, call 505-501-1709. Over Santa the Feans summer, got a taste of the splendid production standards that typify the highdefinition broadcasts from the National Theatre in London, which are screened in town at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. A new season of six plays lies around the bend, but before it begins, National Theatre Live offers an encore presentation ( 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23) of its first broadcast:
Phèdre, Jean Racine’s dark portrait of a very troubled family, starring the extraordinary Helen Mirren (seen here) in the title role. Tickets, $22 and $15 for students, are available from the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234, and at www.ticketssantafe.org. Mixing improv theater, dance, and gymnastics, performance artist Gray de Young fearlessly explores her own bipolar condition, the death of family members, and Zen Buddhist meditation in her one-woman show Burst. The show plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, and continues at the same time on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Armory for the Arts Theater, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 984-1370. Tickets are $15 online at www. brownpapertickets.com and $20 at the door.