Cherchez la femme: Lera Lynn at Sky­light Three’s a crowd: All Too Hu­man

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Women are so wily and mys­te­ri­ous. Take Lera Lynn, for ex­am­ple. She’s a singer-song­writer who is a lit­tle bit coun­try and a lit­tle bit gothrock, with some glam pinup stuff go­ing on and the over­all at­ti­tude of a femme fa­tale who has grown bored of killing and would rather write songs full of ghostly long­ing in­stead. Her video for “Drive,” a song from her new­est al­bum, Re­sis­tor, is full of shad­ows and cig­a­rette smoke. The poppy yet moody “Shapeshifter” sounds like it might have been play­ing on a bowl­ing al­ley juke­box in 1983. If Lynn seems fa­mil­iar, it’s ei­ther be­cause of her in­ten­tion­ally creepy, semi-time­less qual­ity or be­cause she and her mu­sic were featured on the sec­ond sea­son of HBO’s True De­tec­tive. Lynn plays at 7:30 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 20, at Sky­light (139 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tick­ets to the twenty-one-and-over show are $15 in ad­vance, $17 at the door, avail­able by call­ing 505-886-1251 or at www.hold­myt­ — Jen­nifer Levin Set in 19th-cen­tury Rome, All Too Hu­man imag­ines the real-life risqué re­la­tion­ship be­tween Friedrich Ni­et­zsche, Paul Rée, and Lou An­dreas-Salomé. Rée, a Ger­man Jew, is des­per­ate to as­sim­i­late and hide his Semitic iden­tity from An­dreas-Salomé, ef­forts com­pli­cated by the ar­rival of Ni­et­zsche’s sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth, whose fi­ancée, Bern­hard Fos­ter, plans to start a pure Aryan colony in Paraguay. The drama — and com­edy — heats up as El­iz­a­beth threat­ens to ex­pose Rée. All Too Hu­man, writ­ten by Rose­mary Zibart and di­rected by Talia Pura, opens at Black Box Theater, Ware­house 21 (1614 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-989-4423) on Fri­day, Sept. 16, with a gala be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m. Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are held Satur­day, Sept. 17, through Sun­day, Oct. 2 — Thurs­days, Fri­days, and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­days at 4 p.m. Tick­ets (www.brown­pa­pertick­ to Thurs­day-night per­for­mances are $17; all other shows are $20; the open­ing night gala is $35. Talk­backs with the cast, writer, and di­rec­tor take place af­ter the Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 mati­nees. — J.L.

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