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 Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay (Lensic Performing Arts Center)

Everyone’s favorite “Bad Feminist” has sold out the Lensic Performing Arts Center Wednesday. Author, essayist and cultural critic Roxane Gay is known for her books “Bad Feminist” and “Difficult Women” as well as her sharp New York Times op-eds, which often address race and politics. She is visiting Santa Fe to read and speak with Tressie McMillan Cottom. McMillan Cottom is a sociology professor, New York Times and Washington Post contributor, and author. She takes on the flaws in the for-profit college system in her 2017 book “Lower Ed.” Gay’s most recent book, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” was released in June 2017 and tackles her inner relationship with her weight. The 7 p.m. discussion, sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, is sold out through the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St. But if you can find a seller, the tickets are priced from $5-$8.

'The Good Doctor'

‘The Good Doctor’ (Oasis Theatre Company)

Neil Simon meets Chekhov: One moment, a man is having a paranoid breakdown over accidentally sneezing on someone. The next, a patient is left in the hands of an eager but scarily inexperienced dentist. “The Good Doctor,” the Oasis Theatre Company’s latest production, is playwright Neil Simon’s series of vignettes based on the works of Russian short story writer Anton Chekhov. The comedy centers around a writer who speaks with the audience about various stories he’s working on at the moment. “The Good Doctor” is showing at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, now until March 25. Shows Thursday-Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, $25 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors, can be reserved at 917-439-7708.

Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr. (Meowwolf.Com)

An album of emotion: He may be best known as part of The Strokes, but Albert Hammond Jr. is no stranger to center mic. Hammond, the rock band’s rhythm guitarist and sometimes backup vocalist, will be showing off his solo skills Sunday at Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle. After a few years off from his independent work, his fourth solo album drops today. Some of the tracks on “Francis Trouble” deal with the stillborn death of his twin brother and that event’s lifelong effects. The single released from the album in February, “Muted Beatings,” features a quick rock/pop tempo. But its dark undertones cannot be ignored and are amplified by the video for the song, which peers into the seemingly up-and-down relationship between a man and a woman. The show for ages 15 and over starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.meowwolf.com.

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