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To tell the truth

All wars have their se­crets — gov­ern­mentsanc­tioned and oth­er­wise — that are kept from civil­ians. From il­le­gal tor­ture and mur­der to the daily op­pres­sion of peo­ple in oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, th­ese hushed-up ac­tions take their toll not only on the vic­tims of war but on the sol­diers who per­pe­trate them. This can be­come es­pe­cially un­bear­able when troops re­turn to a so­ci­ety where no one knows the truth. In many coun­tries — Is­rael, for ex­am­ple — mil­i­tary ser­vice is manda­tory, which means that thou­sands of men and women serve with am­biva­lence or even against their will. On Sun­day, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., Teatro Paraguas presents read­ings from Break­ing the Si­lence: Tes­ti­monies of Is­raeli Sol­diers Who Served in the Oc­cu­pied Ter­ri­to­ries. The book is the re­sult of a decade-long project dur­ing which at­tes­ta­tion was col­lected in an ef­fort to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about the real rules of en­gage­ment in the Pales­tinian lands and how they are de­stroy­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of that na­tion’s in­de­pen­dence. The event is fol­lowed by a Po­ets for Peace open mic. Teatro Paraguas is lo­cated at 3205 Calle Marie. There is no ad­mis­sion charge, but do­na­tions are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-424-1601. — Jen­nifer Levin

Shake­speare’s ro­man­tic romp

Best friends stop be­ing so when they both fall in love with the duke’s daugh­ter in Mi­lan. Com­pli­cat­ing the sit­u­a­tion is that one of the fel­lows is al­ready en­gaged to a girl back home in Verona, and the other doesn’t stack up to the duke’s ex­act­ing stan­dards. Ma­raud­ing out­laws, a chase through the woods, a case of cross­dressed mis­taken iden­tity, be­trayal, ban­ish­ment — it all adds up to The Two Gen­tle­men of Verona. The Royal Shake­speare Company of­fers an almost-live high-def­i­ni­tion tele­cast from its theater in Strat­fordupon-Avon on the penul­ti­mate day of the seven-week run of a mod­ern-dress pro­duc­tion by Si­mon God­win. Reviews from the Bri­tish press have re­peat­edly turned to the word de­light­ful. In Santa Fe, the trans­mis­sion is re­layed to the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, 418 Mon­tezuma Ave., at 1 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12, and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14; to re­serve $25 seats, call 505-466-5288. Note to dog lovers: this is the com­edy that in­cludes a star turn for Crab the Dog, and the th­es­pian hound of this pro­duc­tion (named Mos­sup) has been sin­gled out for spe­cial praise. — James M. Keller

Hot and crispy jazz

The Cook­ers’ fourth al­bum, Time and Time Again, is another great hard-bop work­out. Wit­ness Billy Harper’s feral — some­times scream­ing — tenor sax im­pro­vi­sa­tions on “Sir Gala­had” and the cagey rhythms of bassist Ce­cil McBee and drum­mer Billy Hart on “Dance of the In­vis­i­ble Nymph.” Th­ese three mu­si­cians, now in their sev­en­ties, have a wealth of jazz juice at their dis­posal, hav­ing worked with the likes of Her­bie Han­cock, Art Blakey, and Miles Davis. In this all­star septet, they’re joined by Ed­die Hen­der­son and David Weiss on trum­pets; Don­ald Har­ri­son on alto sax; and George Ca­bles on pi­ano. The pow­er­house combo plays Satur­day, Oct. 4, and Sun­day, Oct. 5, at Out­post Per­for­mance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. S.E., Al­bu­querque. The mu­sic starts at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $30 at www.hold­myt­icket.com. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-268-0044 or visit www.out­postspace.org.

— Paul Wei­de­man


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