Ran­dom Acts

Ma­gi­cian Fran­cis Menotti; gui­tar mu­sic at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art; Madama But­ter­fly, The Met: Live in HD; gui­tarist Richard Smith

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MU­SIC & PER­FOR­MANCE

Ma­gi­cian Fran­cis Menotti once stumped the leg­endary Penn and Teller and a live stu­dio au­di­ence with a Scrabble-ori­ented trick, but his goal has never been to mys­tify au­di­ences, so much as it is to ex­pose and ex­plain how magic is made. Menotti, who has been per­form­ing for 16 years, de­scribes him­self as “ab­sur­dist” and has given a TED talk about his phi­los­o­phy of magic, a key point of which is that it’s more suited for en­ter­tain­ing adults than chil­dren. He uses high- dic­tion dou­ble- speak and an unc­tu­ous grin to be­guile au­di­ences as he ex­plains the se­crets to his tricks, which tends to ren­der them more mys­te­ri­ous than less. Menotti per­forms three shows at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave.) on Fri­day, April 1, at 9 p.m., and Satur­day, April 2, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $20, with dis­counts avail­able. For reser­va­tions, visit www.jean­cocteaucin­ema.com or call 505- 466-5528. — Jen­nifer Levin

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