Go With the Grain: opening reception for s(and): an introduction
You Gonna Eat With That?
Happy Arte Hour: It's OK to Play with Your Food
The Train from Mexico: The Boxcar
Better Than an Equinox: 24 Hour Comic Book Day
Think You Know Dick? Try Smut Trivia
Superhero Worship at ACE 2014
If you still lack a reason to skive off work the afternoon of Friday, June 27, ACE will save you. Obviously you can’t work; that is the first day of the Albuquerque Comic Expo. A diligent skiver will make good use of the 2-6pm window of awesometunity. Opening day is themed Comic Creator Day, and visitors to the NE/SE Exhibit Hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW) can hobnob with local talents like Robert Saiz (Mythica) and John Sumrow (Buddha Bot, Infinite Bacon), as well as farther-flung creatives Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (Rat Queens), and Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos (Transmetropolitan). Panels and fan-squee and autographs, oh my!
Don’t miss this chance to share a little love with someone who created comic magic. Find the juicy details at abqcomicexpo.com, and remember that—for good or evil—not all cosplay wardrobe malfunctions get sorted before opening day. If you are directly involved in a non-profit organization, keep an eye out for ticket giveaways! Tickets range from $20 for a day pass to $150 for VIP. Expo continues on Saturday and Sunday. Albuquerque Convention Center • Fri Jun 27 • 2-6pm • $20-$150 • View on Alibi calendar
Get Your Beep-Boop On: Play Yars' Revenge at the Tannex
Do you get misty for those halcyon days of 1982, when you were a giant space wasp hell-bent on picking your way through the enemy’s defenses and destroying their cannon before it destroyed you? Even if you weren’t born yet, the game Yars’ Revenge kindles this need within you.
Luckily, tomorrow night, the Tannex is hosting a Yars’ Revenge event. Swing by 1417 Fourth Street SW after 8pm. For $5 you get to manhandle the joysticks of two Atari Flashback systems in any of 64 classic games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall!, Breakout and possibly the single most embarrassing video game of all time, Video Checkers. (Kidding, of course; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has that “honor.”)
Live electronica completes the evening, courtesy of local acts Huron Valley Listening Club, Lenn Cicada and Meta Vaux. While waiting your turn to settle that 30-year Galaga grudge match with your sister, you can fight over who has to be P2 next time, or plan a field trip to the Atari landfill excavation we hear is launching in Alamogordo on April 26. Tannex • Sat Apr 19 • 8pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Gathered under the umbrella concept of sanctuary—a place of safety—five local artists present their diverse visions of what it means to go to, be in or leave a safe haven. At the South Broadway Cultural Center April 10 to May 30, Sanctuary: A Personal Journey gathers photo-centric mixed-media compositions of broadly varying disposition. To call these works photo-centric may be painting with a too-coarse brush; each of the talents in Sanctuary explores the use of photography as a tool of art rather than as a stand-alone medium.
The show's artists are Patrick Nagatani, Holly Roberts, Joan Fenicle, Marie Maher and Fernando Delgado, who also serves as guest curator for this exhibit. Check out the artists' reception tonight, from 6 to 8pm. Sanctuary, at the SBCC (1025 Broadway SE), is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm. For further information, call 848-1320. South Broadway Cultural Center • Thu Apr 10 • 6-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
By the Beautiful Three at the Vortex
It's the middle of winter, and you're longing for a trip to the beach. The Vortex Theatre's Next Generation Project has you covered: By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea is a trio of one-act plays all taking place on the same beach at different times of day. Three playwrights, three directors, three actors, three one-act plays; it all adds up to a real bonanza of fresh talent. The plays are Dawn, Day and Dusk, so it's like a whole day of people-watching without the sunburn or sand in your crack.
If you really want the all-inclusive package, attend the Sunday, Jan. 19, performance, because you’ll be able to participate in Audience Talkback with the cast and directors after the performance. No, they won’t rub sunblock on your back.
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 26 at the Vortex Theatre (2004½ Central SE), Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Adults $18, $12 with student ID. Pay-What-You-Will Sunday, Jan. 12. Reservations and tickets: vortexabq.org or 247-8600. The Vortex Theatre • Fri Jan 10 • 7:30pm • $12-$18 • View on Alibi calendar