Alwaysmind

Healer and teacher addresses the psychic in us all—no, seriously!

We've been conditioned to think of the term "psychic" and its emissaries as bunk and bunk artists—parlor trick charlatans who specialize in generalizations just vague enough as to be applicable to all. But when we ditch the pop culture crystal ball nonsense and break down the concept of psychic energies and prowess, or even just the term clairvoyance—literally, "clear sight"—we see it's perhaps more about mindfulness and spirituality than magic tricks. New-agey? Perhaps, but still powerful when harnessed responsibly and without pretense.

Enter Lisa Pelletier, a self-described clairvoyant healer and teacher who presides over workshops and session work to help declutter the mind, access our latent psychic abilities and perhaps shake off that which does not spiritually feed us. Pelletier believes we're all born at least a little psychic, but tapping into this aspect of ourselves might require a helping hand. Generally speaking, she offers her services through her own Deep Roots Studio, but interested parties can learn more for free at an evening workshop this Monday.

"I come across people in Santa Fe who are really psychic but they don't know how to manage it," she says. "I'll talk about what I do, then I'll guide people through some practical visualizations—each person is doing their work. I'm guiding it."

Pelletier is more than aware of the skeptics and non-believers, but maintains that her event is not about reading minds or seeing the future; rather, it's managing preoccupations and anxieties. In other words, jettisoning psychological excess and tapping into our empathic side. Scoff if you must, but this is about energy, folks.

"The thing I learn more and more is that there's always something beautiful beyond the stuff that's too painful," Pelletier adds. "You don't have to hold onto that pain, and what I teach people is to let go of that."

Intuitive Sampler
6-7:30 pm Monday Nov. 12. Free.
Railyard Park Community Room,
701 Callejon St.,
316-3596

Lake Life

Courtesy Great Lake Swimmers

Before the Canadian indie-folk superstars of Great Lake Swimmers wend their way to Santa Fe, they're performing at impressively huge venues in California and Arizona—but the local appearance at Second Street Brewery's Rufina Taproom ought to prove delightfully intimate. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the band's received no small amount of press recently for their newest, The Wave, The Wake, a more subdued yet no-less-catchy affair that did something rather shocking for folk music—it dropped the acoustic guitar altogether. On paper, that sounds like madness; in practice, it works. Find out how when they come to li'l old Santa Fe this week. (ADV)

Great Lake Swimmers: 
8:30 pm Wednesday Nov. 7. $15.
Second Street Brewery (Rufina Taproom),
2920 Rufina St.,
954-1068

Goodnight, Gallery

Courtesy East of West

We've watched DIY curator and gallerist LE Brown pretty closely since she kicked off her East of West Gallery a couple years back, even featuring her space in a recent cover story. But since all good things must end, so, too, shall East of West shut its doors this week. But it's going out with a bang, thanks to the closing reception of photographer Alia Ali's Borderland. Ali's pics perform a subtle examination and/or takedown of arbitrary, imaginary borders through the use of models, textiles and backgrounds. You've really just gotta see it while you can. "It is an incredibly immersive, powerful experience to be completely engulfed in Alia Ali's photography and video work," Brown says. "It is filled with heaviness and beauty, and exactly the goodbye and thank you I am happy-slash-sad to say to Santa Fe." (ADV)

Alia Ali: Borderland Closing Reception: 
6 pm Friday Nov. 9. Free.
East of West,
2351 Fox Road, Ste.
600, 570-7708

Extra! Extra!

Public Domain

You might be interested to know that despite today's wildly successful cult following and hit Broadway show, Disney's Newsies! was pretty much a flop at the box office when it debuted in 1992. Now, whether or not this has anything to do with star Christian Bale being kind of a creep remains unknown, but when a local children's theater titan like Chris Leslie and his Pandemonium Productions gets ahold of the thing, you just know it'll sing. The based-on-real-events story of the NYC newsboy strike of 1899, Newsies! has all kinds of songs you secretly know and pretend not to love—and it's a great way to keep your kids busy for a couple weekend hours. Score one for you—and take that, Christian Bale! (ADV)

Newsies
7 pm Friday Nov. 9;
2 pm Saturday and Sunday Nov. 10 and 11. $8-$12.
James A Little Theatre,
1060 Cerrillos Road,
476-6429