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SANTA FE, N.M. — One of American music’s great outsider artists – Jonathan Richman – returns to Santa Fe for a show at the cozy Paradiso, 903 Early St., on Friday, Oct. 18.

Jonathan Richman ( Courtesy of AMP Concerts)

Richman’s career arc includes the cult-classic, eponymous punk era album by his old band The Modern Lovers, produced by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale and including what many consider one of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever, “Roadrunner”; abandoning anything that sounded like rock in the 1970s to sing kids songs; a brief moment in the mainstream after his tunes, and him singing them, were key parts of the hit movie “There’s Something About Mary”; and a string of great albums of simple music that’s both childlike and wise, primitive and sophisticated (Jonathan sometimes sings in foreign languages!), strange and accessible.

His “That Summer Feeling” makes you cry; “I Was Dancing in The Lesbian Bar” is an ode to pure, unself-conscious fun (“Well in the first bar things were controlled, but in this bar things were rock and roll”).

The Paradiso show is billed as “featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!” Don’t expect any other instruments to embellish Richman and his acoustic guitar.

Tickets are $27 in advance at, $30 day of show.

Studios in the Streets: Canyon Road’s annual Sculpt and Paint Out takes place Friday evening, Oct. 18, and much of Saturday, Oct. 19, when artists will be creating live on the spot.

Events begin with artist receptions from 5-7 p.m .on Friday, Oct. 18, at numerous galleries.

On Saturday, as many as 150 artists will come to Canyon Road to do live demonstrations of their work from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Painters, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers and weavers will create original works of art using a variety of media and styles. There’s also music, food and activities for kids. The galleries are open until to 5 p.m., but visitors are advised to show up early as artists often finish their works before 3 p.m.

For a list of receptions and participating galleries visit

Power to the (indigenous) peoples: Santa Fe’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations continue Sunday and kick into high gear Monday, Oct. 14. All events are on the downtown Plaza.

The Sunday activities are from 1-3:30 p.m. and feature dance groups from Picuris, Jemez and Pojoaque pueblos.

The schedule for Monday starts at 10 a.m. with a blessing and runs through 4:30 p.m., with dancing, music, storytelling and poetry. Ricardo Cate, from Kewa Pueblo and known for his “Without Reservations” comics page cartoons, has 15 minutes to tell stories starting at 3 p.m., and the intertribal Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers close the show with a performance starting at 3:45 p.m.

For a full schedule and details go to

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