Ran­dom Acts

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Ale­jan­dro Es­covedo rockks it out at Gig Per­for­mance Space; pi­anist Jan­icee Carissa per­forms at First Pres­by­te­rian Church; foolk singer Dar Wil­liams plays Gig; Fla­menco Fi­esta: Dance With Spirit takes the stage at Teatro Paraguas

Sounds of cathar­sis: Ale­jan­dro Es­covedo

Ale­jan­dro Es­covedo plays old-school rock-and-roll like the 1970s never ended. What­ever he’s go­ing through ends up in the mu­sic. Health prob­lems, near- death ex­pe­ri­ences, and the psy­cho­log­i­cal fall­out from them have taken cen­ter stage in re­cent years. On Burn

Some­thing Beau­ti­ful (Con­cord Bi­cy­cle Mu­sic, 2016), he con­fronts the trauma of liv­ing through a hur­ri­cane while on his hon­ey­moon. The al­bum has Es­covedo’s fa­mil­iar punk riffs, while some tracks, like “Re­demp­tion Blues,” sound like the emo­tional equiv­a­lent of a haunted house. Es­covedo plays at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 4. Visit www.gigsantafe.com for ticket avail­abil­ity. — Jen­nifer Levin

Mu­si­cian and scholar: Jan­ice Carissa

A na­tive of In­done­sia, pi­anist Jan­ice Carissa is a stu­dent at the Cur­tis In­sti­tute of Mu­sic and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Foun­da­tion, which pro­vides men­tor­ing to pi­anists em­bark­ing on their ca­reers and gets them in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vice through its Keys of In­spi­ra­tion and Play It For­ward ini­tia­tives. At this week’s TGIF con­cert at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.), she will per­form Beethoven’s Ap­pas­sion­ata Sonata and the Sonata No. 2 of Gra yna Bacewicz, com­posed in 1953. This free con­cert (do­na­tions wel­come) takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Nov. 3. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 505-982- 8544, Ext. 16. — James M. Keller

Sweet truths: Dar Wil­liams

Folk singers are known for lulling au­di­ences with dul­cet tones while fill­ing their heads with po­lit­i­cally charged lyrics. Dar Wil­liams, who has been grow­ing steadily more out­spo­ken and pro­gres­sive since the 1990s, em­braces this tac­tic with bear-hug-like en­thu­si­asm. She keeps com­pany with such kin­dred spir­its as Mary Chapin Car­pen­ter, Shawn Colvin, and Joan Baez, women who some­times need to be seen live to truly un­der­stand the power of hard truths de­liv­ered with sweet voices and expert mu­si­cian­ship. Wil­liams plays at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Nov. 3, at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.). Visit www.gigsantafe.com for ticket avail­abil­ity. — J.L.

His­tory at bed­time, in dance: Fla­menco Fi­esta

The strength of com­mu­nity and the re­silience of the hu­man spirit are ex­plored through the art of f lamenco in Fla­menco Fi­esta: Dance With Spirit at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dios (3205 Calle Marie, 505- 424-1601). Dancer Mina Fa­jardo, gui­tarist Jose Chus­cales, and singer Roberto Zamora in­ter­pret a bed­time story about the con­quis­ta­dors’ ar­rival in what is now New Mex­ico over 400 years ago. Per­for­mances are at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Nov. 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 4; and 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 5. Tick­ets are $25 in ad­vance and $30 at the door (dis­counts avail­able); visit www.teat­roparaguas.org. — J.L.

Mina Fa­jardo

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