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