Piano and vocal recitals. Chamber works. Operas, new and historic. Symphonic pieces of all sizes. And some notable performers. Fall in Santa Fe brings with it the start of a new classical music season. This year, nine performance organizations within The City Different present a smorgasbord of offerings — from Bach and Beethoven to Philip Glass and George Gershwin. 

Man, I love New Orleans! Great food, voodoo — and music is everywhere. Even the airport is named after Louis Armstrong. Music seems to permeate the streets.

If you’re on Cerrillos Road, you’re probably there for tacos, ice cream, an oil change, or to pick up some new business cards — not French food or pastries. Chef Eric De Margerie wants to change that with Madame Matisse, a petite café in a small, boxy space where Revolution Bakery and the recently departed Bodega Prime got their start.

In The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Julia Flynn Siler writes about the relatively uncharted subject of women who fought against sex trafficking in San Francisco, especially in the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943). 

Emotions can flood in like a hurricane at high tide as a full moon, in sensitive Pisces, conjuncts Neptune this Friday morning. 

Santa Fe may have the new media fest Currents, but Taos has the Paseo, which brings outdoor projection, performance art, interactive and immersive art installations, and more to the city’s high desert streets each fall. It takes place in the historic downtown district, starting at 7:30 p.m. (sunset) on both days and running to 11 p.m. 

Life on the lower levels of the service sector can be soul-killing drudgery, and with her debut foray into feature films, Mexican director Lila Avilés takes us backstage at Mexico City’s luxurious Hotel Presidente Internacional, following the day-to-day duties of that invisible, lowly creature, the chambermaid.

The veteran lutenist Ronn McFarlane plays in Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Gig Performance Space and in Corrales on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is among the 20 stops on David Rasch’s Downtown Santa Fe Architectural Walking Tour, a two-hour Friends of History event offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. 

The 1990s and 2000s alternative-pop band Stereolab is the live concert at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Bitchin Bajas is the guest act.

Michelle Wolf, who received criticism and praise for her sardonic stand-up performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, brings her act to the Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14.

Theatre Walk Santa Fe takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 in such traditional spaces as Teatro Paraguas as well as in alternative spots, including Art of Chocolate/Cacao Santa Fe.

Love him or — ignore him, I guess. I don’t see how you could hate him. But buy his philosophy or reject it, there is one aspect of Ram Dass that seems incontrovertible, and that is the pure joy he radiates.

Reuben Wu is a landscape photographer who’s discovered a unique way to illuminate large swaths of terrain at night. Reuben Wu: Aeroglyphs & Other Nocturnes is on exhibit at Photo-eye Gallery through Nov. 16; reception 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. 

He’s a poet, rapper, songwriter, music producer, screenwriter, and director, but Boots Riley and his influence extend beyond the arts. Riley with speak to Robin D.G. Kelley at the Lannan Readings & Conversations series, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Nothing about Major Ridge’s decision to sign the Treaty of New Echota was simple, Mary Kathryn Nagle said. This perceived betrayal of her people by her ancestors has followed her throughout her life. A staged reading of her play  takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Maria Bamford has been performing for audiences since the 1990s. She has grown from a cult figure with a quirky online presence to a borderline household name with a Netflix series, Lady Dynamite. Bamford performs at the CloudTop Comedy Festival 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, New Mexico Museum of Art. The festival  runs Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-15; venues vary.

In August, eight works by the Transcendental Painting Group were gifted to the New Mexico Museum of Art from the collection of William Dailey and Nicole Panter Dailey. Although short-lived — the movement was disbanded in 1942 — several of the group's members remained active in the region, influencing generations of artists to follow.

From the Sea to the Desert, an exhibition of Harry Nadler's paintings, prints, and drawings, opens at The Taos Center for the Arts’ Stables Gallery on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, drummer Ferenc Nemeth joins American saxophonist Myron Walden and Grammy Award-winning pianist Ruslan Sirota for an evening of music with an international flair at 7:30 p.m. at Gig Performance Space.

Most of us will have an ordinary week, with sleepy moments and interesting opportunities to communicate our ideas. But there is also a window open for extraordinary circumstances that call people to rise to their best.

Lúnasa's melodies are played on the traditional instruments of pipes, fiddle and flute, but the rhythmic and harmonic style — the bass and guitar style — give the band a contemporary sound; they play 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Now in its 40th year as the CCA, the long-running arts nonprofit boasts more than 65,000 visitors annually. CCA invites the community to come celebrate its birthday with a weekend-long series of events. Things get rolling with a 6 p.m. birthday bash in the Tank Garage on Friday, Sept. 6, called Past, Present, Future. 

The heroes of It are known as the Losers Club. It: Chapter Two features the same group of talented young actors as the original 2017 film, and also adds older versions of these characters, who are in their 40s.

Give Me Liberty is a jolt of a movie, at once kinetic and controlled. It’s an anarchic deadpan comedy that evolves into a romance just around the time the story explodes.

A Northern New Mexico family’s secret Jewish past comes to light when an aspiring politician makes an anti-Semitic remark about his opponent. Teatro Paraguas presents a staged reading of Robert F. Benjamin's play Parted Waters at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9. 

Jerry Paper's preoccupations include the different ways in which human beings process sound and aural symbols, which he manages by making effortfully weird, deceptively dreamy synth pop.

Pablo Neruda often acknowledged Walt Whitman as one of the greatest influences on his writing. Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda opens at Teatro Paraguas, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 8

Americans spend more time away from home and out of their kitchens these days. Here are some interesting facts that indicate the dynamic shifts in attitudes where home-cooked meals are concerned.

The living history museum El Rancho de las Golondrinas offers games and activities for children of all ages at its annual Fiesta de los Niños, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. 

There’s a woman in India working tirelessly and selflessly to improve the wretched lot of orphans. And there’s a mother named Theresa. They are not the same person, but their lives are about to become tortuously intertwined.

We get a chance for a new chapter under today’s new moon in Virgo. Curiosity abounds. 

Mangas Coloradas was the great chief of the Chiricahua Apache. He was also a New Mexican, born at the headwaters of the Gila River. And he was murdered near Silver City after he had traveled to attend a peace conference and was taken prisoner

Drummer Loren Bienvenu’s Tonic Backline Band plays its last two gigs on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, at Tonic, 103 E. Water Street. The culmination of the quartet’s summer house-band residency, these will be live recording sessions, featuring all original material. 

Albuquerque’s Chatter ensemble is getting a jump start on celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by performing one of his 16 string quartets each month, in the order of composition, from September through December 2020. The first concert is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Las Puertas Event Center, 1512 1st St. NW in Albuquerque.