SANTA FE, N.M. — We hate to focus too much on the Lensic, but that performing arts center has a heck of a week coming up.
It starts with Linda Purl engaging in “The Year of Magical Thinking” from the memoir Joan Didion wrote on what grief does to the mind and soul after her husband’s death.
Purl is performing a one-woman play based on that work at 7 p.m. Saturday, with tickets $15-$25.
Then (hold your breath), there’s contemporary Hawaiian music group HAPA at 7 p.m. Sunday ($15-$30); comedian Dave Chappelle, known for yelling at the audience as much as they yell at him, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday ($55); folk icon Arlo Guthrie, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday ($25-$40); and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mary Chapin Carpenter at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with some proceeds benefiting the Española Valley Humane Society ($48-$88).
What’s this? Nothing on Thursday?
Try not to gouge a path in the pavement on the way to 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets are at the box office, ticketssantafe.org and 988-1234.
SCIENTIFIC ART: Not often do you find an art exhibition presented in association with the New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. That’s what the Peters Projects is doing, though, with “Inventory of Light,” which features artists who integrate science in their work, shown alongside microscopy images from scientists at LANL and the University of New Mexico.
It opens 5:30-7 p.m. today, with a 6 p.m. lecture by Dr. Bridget Wilson on “Dance of Allergens.” Sounds appropriate with the juniper filling the air, triggering sneezes. The show, at 1011 Paseo de Peralta, runs through April 25. Its the second in a series of community shows at the gallery.
ALL THINGS JAPANESE: One of Santa Fe’s favorite cultural festivals comes to the Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., on Saturday. From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. the place will be filled with martial arts, dance and taiko drumming, not to mention vendors selling a variety of Japanese meals and desserts, and greetings from Ikuhiko Ono, Japan’s consul general based in Denver. Tom Berkes will play shamisen and lion dancers will romp through the room. The featured performer is katsugi okedo (a type of drum) master Ringaro.
Entry is $5, free for ages 12 and younger. See santafejin.org for a schedule of events.