ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Named after a popular ’70s-era dress-up doll, Denver outfit Dressy Bessy delivers the kind of bouncy, melodic, guitar-heavy, female-fronted rock that made now-defunct local band The Hollis Wake such a blast to witness live. Not as dark and lyrically deep as Kim Deal and her Breeders but not as bubblegum as the Go-Go’s were during their ’ 80s-era career peak, Dressy Bessy helps put the indie rock in the Rockies with its infectious, one-of-a-kind sound. Catch the band at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Corazón (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559). Albuquerque indie rockers Lousy Robot and Pan!c also perform, and Lousy Robot celebrates the release of its new album, Hail the Conquering
Fool. Tickets for this 21-and-over show are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and $7 (with processing fees) online at www.corazonsantafe.com.
James David Christie
chairs the organ department at Oberlin Conservatory, often cited as the world’s most acclaimed center of organ studies, but he also keeps busy outside the halls of academia. Since 1978 he has served as organist of the Boston Symphony, and the signature verve of his playing makes him in constant demand as a recitalist and concerto soloist at legendary organ consoles of Europe and America. His wide-ranging free recital at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Fisk organ of First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.; 982-8544, Ext. 8) includes notable entries from Baroque Germany and 20th-century France. Stephen Sondheim is 80 years old, but the list of contenders to eventually take his place on the throne as America’s leading musical-theater composer and lyricist is almost embarrassingly short. Jason Robert Brown, who won a 1999 Tony for Parade and a Drama Desk Award in 2001 for his musical The Last Five Years, is one of the leading hopes to carry on after Sondheim has gone on to the Great White Way in the sky. Brown is appearing at the Geist Cabaret at
Pranzo Italian Grill at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, for a one-night-only concert. The singer/pianist/ composer also presents a master class at Santa Fe Prep’s Driscoll Auditorium (1101 Camino de Cruz Blanca, 466-4656) at 2 p.m. the same day. The performance at Pranzo (540 Montezuma Ave.) is sold out as of press time; call 984-2645 for details. The master class is $15, and tickets are available at the door. Montana experimental-theater company The Missoula
Oblongata is about as DIY as it gets. As the company tours and performs its original works, its actors also take charge of designing and building the show’s lights, sets, puppets, and soundscapes. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), local arts collective Meow Wolf and promotional team The Process present The Missoula Oblongata’s new full-production play, Clamlump, at Little
Wing Performance Space (in The Candyman Center, 851 St. Michael’s Drive, 699-5470). Accompanying
Clamlump’s tongue-twisted tale of a bartender, a traveling popcorn salesman, and a bird that “gores one or two people a year, on average” is an original score performed live by company member Travis Sehorn. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10, under 21 $5, at the door.