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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

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If you can’t catch New Mexico Actors Lab’s “4,000 Miles,” perhaps you’d be interested in this afternoon’s timely readings of a new stage show based on the Mueller Report. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is allowing NMAL to produce two staged readings of “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts.” Last month’s star-studded live reading of the show, which largely contains excerpts from the actual investigation report into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, featured John Lithgow as President Trump, Oscar Winner Kevin Kline as Robert Mueller, and several other decorated stage and screen actors rounding out the cast portraying real-life political players. The Mueller Report did not find sufficient evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, but left the charge of obstruction of justice up to the Attorney General. NMAL’s 11-person cast will stage its readings at 2 and 6 p.m. today at The Swan Theatre, 1213-B Parkway Drive. Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door, or reserved by phone at 505-424-1601.

“Pop Art” by Pat Hobaugh will be on show at Canyon Road Contemporary Art Aug. 9-18. (Courtesy of Canyon Road Contemporary Art)

PONDERING SOCIETY: Pat Hobaugh’s “contemporary pop culture still life” paintings, depicting a contrast between nostalgic items of the past and present, will be on display in a solo show on Canyon Road opening Friday. The Atlanta-based oil painter’s photo-like works use the classic still-life styles to depict scenes he’s formed using dated and modern found objects: toys, popular food and drinks, flowers and other materials. His work is said to ponder what society is today and what our “bric a brac” says about the culture. In one of his paintings, bouquets of flowers are growing out of McDonald’s Supersized cups. In another, modern action figures are placed around and atop old children’s blocks, and another shows the apple in Rene Magritte’s classic “The Son of Man” painting being replaced with an Apple iPhone.

“I want my art not only to describe and document contemporary popular culture, but also to comment on what’s going on – to examine people’s relationship with consumerism and explore generational differences in the expression of that relationship,” Hobaugh says in an artist statement. He first accesses the viewers through humor and nostalgia, he writes, but the longer they spend with the works, he said the deeper themes are more evident. In that sense, he writes that the work “toys” with the mind. “Counter Culture: Still Lifes of Americana” opens at Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 622 Canyon Road, with Friday’s reception from 5-7 p.m. It will remain up until Aug. 18. On Saturday, Hobaugh will be on site from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a live painting demonstration.

DANCE LIKE AN ELIZABETHAN: As a part of Santa Fe’s Summer Shakespeare festival, the city’s International Shakespeare Center will be hosting a 16th century-style dance class for guests of all experience levels. The Elizabethan dance lesson will go over basic, traditional group dances, the “Gathering Peascods” and “Black Almain,” said local actor/director Ariana Karp. She and ISC co-founder Caryl Farkas will be teaching the class. It is available to families, those who want to come with a partner, or those coming solo. Participants should wear comfortable clothes suitable for physical activity. It is 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Shakespeare Reading Room, 3209A Calle Marie. Admission is $15, or $10 for students. To see a calendar of the other events, shows and readings associated with Summer Shakespeare, visit sfsummershakes.org.

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