SANTA FE, N.M. — One of the continual delights of the Santa Fe-Los Alamos corridor is the number of times that physics and the arts join forces.
The latest adventure lets the audience eavesdrop on conversations among 10 of Germany’s physicists, including Werner Heisenberg and Otto Hahn, while they were held prisoner in Farm Hall, an estate in England, toward the end of World War II. Secret microphones recorded them as the Allies tried to determine how close the Nazis were to developing and using an atomic bomb.
“Farm Hall” is a play developed from those recordings by David C. Cassidy, a science historian and professor of natural sciences at Hofstra University in New York. Students from St. John’s College, directed by fellow student Rory Gilchrist, will perform a staged reading of the play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road. Cassidy and Gilchrist also will participate in an audience discussion afterward.
Presented by the American Institute of Physics, the reading is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to tinyurl.com/farmhall.
SOARING SONG: Perla Batalla has been called “a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor” (Los Angeles Times) and “an astonishingly rich contralto capable of stratospheric arches of unadulterated emotion” (Songtalk Magazine) who is “a perfect example of the new Latina woman in the U.S. – proud of her heritage, perfectly fluid in at least two languages, and an expert in translating cultural traditions from distinct places in the world.” (LA Opinion)
This one-time back-up singer for Leonard Cohen performs Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets, $17-$35, are available at ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.
CINCO DE MAYO: An early celebration will be held this weekend at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia.
Saturday starts with a silent auction from 5:30-8 p.m., followed by a dance from 9 p.m.-midnight featuring Lumbre del Sol. The silent auction’s $35 fee includes admission to the dance; the dance alone is $10.
A free community celebration will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday with Mariachi Buenaventura, Danza Azteca, a community potluck, and a “Kids Corner” with piñatas, arts and crafts, and games.
DRAMA: Family dysfunction returns to the stage with “Tribes,” a FUSION Theatre Company presentation of the play be Nina Raine that won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
The story focuses on Billy, a deaf man “raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parents’ house,” according to the Lensic summary.
His relationship with a young woman helps him bloom.
It will be performed at the Lensic at 8 p.m. today, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $20-$40 and are available through ticketssantafe.org or 988-1234.