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Rock legend Robert Plant will be in Santa Fe this week. The Led Zeppelin frontman did not leave the music scene after the iconic group disbanded in 1980. He’s been backed by several bands over the past few decades and the most recent iteration, the Sensational Space Shifters, will join him in the City Different. The group has been performing together since 2012 and released its second studio album, “Carry Fire,” in October. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will be at Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but range between $57-$200.75 if you manage to snag one.

Color print,”Chile Roasting Zozobra.” by Russell Thornton. (Courtesy of Historic Santa Fe Foundation)

ZOZO LIVES ON: Haven’t had enough of Zozobra yet? The Historic Santa Fe Foundation is hosting an extension of the annual Zozofest at its Canyon Road headquarters, a showcase of Old Man Gloom-inspired art that opens tonight. In partnership with the Kiwanis Club, which organizes the annual Zozobra burning, the foundation will also be selling original Zozobra art, posters and merchandise for the duration of the exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to leave their own notes detailing what they wish to leave in the past next to a mini-Zozobra on display. The notes will be saved and burned at next year’s conflagration. “Zozobra Invades Canyon Road” kicks off with an opening reception tonight from 5-7 p.m. at HSFF’s El Zaguán gallery, 545 Canyon Road. The show runs until Sept. 28.

“Atacama” will premiere at Teatro Paraguas. (Courtesy of Teatro Paraguas/photo by Cameron Gay)

WORLD PREMIERE: Teatro Paraguas is staging the world premiere of a Los Angeles playwright’s history-inspired drama that coincides with the 45th anniversary of a U.S.-supported military coup that led to the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. “Atacama,” written by Augusto Federico Amador, follows a man and a woman (played by James Chavez and Bernadette Peña) who meet while searching a Chilean desert for the bones of their loved ones killed under Pinochet’s rule. During their search, the characters “find a deep and unsettling connection that shakes their souls.” The show runs Sept. 7-23 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, or $12 for limited income patrons. They are available at or by calling 505-424-1601.

The Party at Paja Enduro Race starts tomorrow. (Courtesy of Pajarito Mountain)

ENDURO RACE: Los Alamos’ Pajarito Mountain is hosting its enduro mountain bike race tomorrow, designed to keep the exhausting uphill climbs out and maximize the fun of the competition. The race is described as the only enduro in New Mexico, with the downhill segments timed and uphill portions not. All racers will access the four to five racing stations via ski lift and can bike them in any order they wish, with as many chances as they want. The Party at Paja Enduro Race, which begins at 397 Camp May Road in Los Alamos, starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. Racers can pick up their timing chips between 7:30-9 a.m. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. tonight. Entrance fees range from $85-$95 depending on racing class. Racers get half-off lift tickets and free camping in the base area.