New Mexico’s desert landscape is the backdrop for Kirstin Valdez Quade’s collection of stories, Night at the Fiestas. The tales embody violence and loss: In one, the father of a pregnant teenager plays Jesus; in another, a woman unearths her cousin’s violent past. Quade reads at the Writer’s Block on Sept. 17, 8 p.m. TheWritersBlock.org.
OUT OF STEP
It’s an old-school punk takeover at Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. Sept. 18 for the release party of We’re Loud: ’90s Cassette Punk Unknowns. The LP features cassette recordings by local and regional punk bands from ’93-’99. How dirty and dingy is it gonna get? Just take a look at the names of the bands that might make an appearance: the Fucking Pigs, the Barf Bags and Oblong Boxers. This is not for the timid. DoubleDownSaloon.com.
DOUBLE THE HORROR
Follow Brad and Janet’s journey through Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s elaborate mansion in real time as a live cast reenacts The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Sci Fi Center on Sept. 19. The cult classic screens promptly at 10 p.m., but you should show up at 8 for Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Devil’s Carnival. Twofer! TheSciFiCenter.com.
WHITE COLLAR, BLACK TIE
The Book of Mormon returns to The Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The New York Times called this Tony-winning production—which features a female circumcision-obsessed Ugandan general named General Butt-Fucking Naked—“the best musical of this century.” Who knew South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would get this respectable? TheSmithCenter.com.