None of this sounds retro, though, as your humble reporter can attest after seeing Chicano Batman, decked out in suits and bow ties, in a joyful show at South by Southwest in Austin. Their new album, Freedom is Free, is produced by Leon Michels, saxophonist for the Dap-Kings, the late Sharon Jones’ band. Singer Bardo Martinez puts on quite a show, both with his voice and his energetic organ maneuvers. Tickets are $14 in advance on the Meow Wolf website, $19 at the door.
BALLET: If you hurry, you might grab a ticket to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. The Lensic website still had a few seats available earlier this week for this show, featuring the world premiere of a ballet by ASFB newcomer Cherice Barton.
The Los Angeles artist, with a background as a classical ballet dancer, has garnered worldwide kudos for her choreography for Broadway and Las Vegas. Also on the program are Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Little mortal jump” and choreographer Jirí Kylián’s “Sleepless.” Tickets are $25-$94 at the Lensic box office, ticketssantafe.org or 505-988-1234.
POETRY AND TALES: Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Maria, has a couple of attractive events this weekend, for various age groups. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Cuban poets Laura Ruiz Montes and Alfredo Zalvídar will read to launch their new books published in bilingual editions in the U.S. by Red Mountain Press. You can check out samples of their work at the Teatro Paraguas website. The reading is free, but donations are accepted.
Earlier Saturday and on Sunday, the group stages bilingual folktales in a free program called Dos Cuentos Misteriosos at Santa Fe’s public libraries. The Saturday shows are at 1 p.m. at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr., and 3:30 p.m. at the La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano St. The hourlong show moves to the Main Library at 145 Washington St. for a 1:30 p.m. Sunday performance.