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Courtesy Teatro Paraguas

SFR Picks: You Say You Want a Revolution

October 5, 2016, 12:00 am

You may have already read this week’s cover story, wherein we learn that the small but dedicated Teatro Paraguas is on a mission to examine social issues and the underserved through the power of theater. Its current production, Revolution, aligns with this philosophy beautifully. The story of Fernando Reyes, a trans man who rose to the rank of colonel with the Zapatistas and fought during the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900s, is best described as historical fiction, though many of the events described in the play—including the 1901 Dance of the Forty-One, a raid targeting gay men living in Mexico City—are true to life. And though it is also well known that any number of badass women dressed as men and fought for the Zapatistas, the character of Reyes capitalizes on the chaos to live out the rest of his life as a man. “It’s very loosely based on the life of this soldier, Amelio Robles,” playwright Alix Hudson tells SFR. “I learned about Amelio in a Chicano literature class I took in college, and he really exacted this idea of transformation. It’s such a beautiful, inspiring story, so when we were discussing what plays to put on, he popped back into my head.” With a running time of about one hour, Revolution is short, sweet and to the point. Rather than presenting the trials and tribulations of the main character chronologically, the story jumps through his memories out of order between 1902 and 1962 with actresses Cristina Vigil, Roxanne Tapia and JoJo Sena de Tarnoff taking on the role from various times of his life. The journey weaves together his tale from that of young woman to fierce revolutionary and eventually as an old man looking back over a lifetime of experiences. “It’s a memory play and a bit of a love poem,” Hudson says. “It follows trains of thought rather than timelines, and it’s about man’s commitment to self.” Hudson says the overall tone of Revolution leans toward the uplifting, but audiences will also discover sadness and humor. “It’s a play about revolutions both actual and personal,” she says, “and the concept of not apologizing for your own life.” (Alex De Vore)

Through Oct. 16; 7:30 pm
Thursday-Saturday. $10-$20
3 pm Sundays $12-$20.
Teatro Paraguas,
3205 Calle Marie

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

As far as the world of indie rock goes, you’d have a hard time sussing out a well-known musician who has written more songs or embodied more genres and subgenres than Conor Oberst. The former Bright Eyes frontman has been at it forever, and with a seemingly effortless ability to crack open his personal life for heart-wrenching frankness presented as catchy-ass songs, it’s no wonder he’s remained on the forefront of musical consciousness for nearly two decades. Oberst should appeal to anyone from country fans and emo kids to the snobbiest of indie aficionados, and he does so while remaining completely relatable; this man feels deeply and wants to share that with everyone. Let’s listen in. (ADV)

Conor Oberst
7 pm Wednesday Oct. 5. $33.
The Bridge @ SF Brewing Co.,
37 Fire Place,

Flipping Incredible

Courtesy Perfomance Santa Fe
“Mesmerizing” is the adjective that comes to mind when describing the performance acrobatics and incredible artistry of a Cirque du Soleil show. You can think of the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a troupe coming to the Lensic stage, as the daddies of Cirque performance. “The fantastic thing about the Shanghai Acrobats is that they have been around forever,” says Sandra Noe, managing director of Performance Santa Fe. “They really are legendary, and they practice the original art form from which Cirque is based on. What you are seeing is the original study of balance, contortion and acrobatics.” (Maria Egolf-Romero)

Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China:
7:30 pm Thursday Oct. 6. $27-$100.
Lensic Performing Arts Center,
211 W San Francisco St.,

The Donald

Courtesy of Loveless Johnson III
Who in the hell is Donald K Brump? According to creator Loveless Johnson III, he’s the satirical embodiment of the megalomaniacal Donald Trump, and a complete asshole. “Brump was created because I just don’t see it possible to stand idly by and let Trump become president,” Johnson says. Presented as a political rally, Brump’s proposed policies include closing the border to white people, castrating men who attempt to make decisions about women’s reproductive rights and more. Food trucks and beer will be on hand, and a portion of all donations benefit the Santa Fe Food Depot. (ADV)

Brump for President 2016;
Make America Awake Again

4-8 pm Saturday Oct. 8. Free.
Fresh Santa Fe,
2855 Cooks Road,


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