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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

Mairi Chanel plays Macbeth in &Sons Theatre’s production of the William Shakespeare classic.

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

Is William Shakespeare rolling in his grave? Perhaps.

Back in days of yore, men played female characters on the stage. But it’s safe to say that no woman ever played Macbeth in the Bard’s day.

A new theater company in the City Different has decided to reverse roles for its first production. In &Sons Theatre’s version of “Macbeth,” Mairi Chanel stars as Macbeth and Alex Reid plays the role of Lady Macbeth.

You’ve been warned: As‘s website says, “This Is Not Your Grandmother’s Macbeth. It is contemporary, it is physical and it is raw.”

The gender-bending play, directed by Ali Tallman, is at The Swan, 1213 Parkway Drive, on consecutive Sundays, March 1 and 8, at 2 p.m. It will also be performed Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. each night.

The pricing is cool: If need be, you can pay as little as $18 for the show. The “more if you can” option is $40, and includes preferential seating and “other perks.” For tickets and more information, go to

STOP THE STRESS: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque on Interstate 25, and watching cars weave in and out of traffic and tailgate at 80 mph brings on heart palpitations for some of us. Throw the coronavirus into the mix of modern-day woes and we’re ready for a chill pill. The next best thing? The Santa Fe Reporter’s Mind Body Spirit Expo on March 7, featuring more than 35 practitioners.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center at 3221 Rodeo Road, kicks off with a presentation by Aura Photo NM on how meditation affects energy, and also features Glee Briggs explaining the use of sound and music as a spiritual practice.

If you’ve ever wondered about ayurvedic cleansing, colon hydrotherapy, naprapathy and other holistic offerings, you’ll be in the right place. Just remember to breathe!

EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: If you’re not a churchgoer or a hiker, there’s no better place to worship on Sunday morning than Collected Works bookstore. The free Journey Santa Fe programs are both mentally enriching and spiritually uplifting.

On March 1 at 11 a.m., Dr. Erica Elliott will sign her new book, “Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert,” and talk about her experience teaching on the Navajo Nation.

Elliot almost quit her job teaching at a boarding school near Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in the first week because she was unable to communicate with the kids. But after she started learning the Navajo language, people began inviting her into their homes and to religious ceremonies. For more information, call 505-988-4226 or go to