By Amy Dalness
As a former student of theater at UNM, I vividly recall the excitement generated by the Words Afire Festival. It meant an opportunity for more aspiring actors to get stage time and budding playwrights to see their works actually performed. Months of preparation madness followed by weeks of performances created a draining, frenzied chaos worth every moment. Words Afire is a boon to the Albuquerque theater scene and we're lucky to have it. This year's festival opens on Thursday, April 17, with Pajaros de Mi Sangre: My Blood Birds by Don Garcia at Rodey Theatre and The Feather by Mars Mråz at Theatre X. Tickets to all shows at Rodey are $15 general, $10 seniors and $7 students, and $10 general, $8 seniors and $7 students at Theatre X, available at the UNM ticket office (925-5858). Keep an eye on the Arts Calendar for a complete list of all Words Afire productions or visit wordsafire.unm.edu. Support our university's theater program—it cultivates the future of performance art in our city.
Courtesy of the Vortex Theatre
King Lear at The Vortex
By Amy Dalness
For every Romeo, there is a Juliet. For every Othello, a Desdemona. For every Cleopatra, an Antony.
Man's Best Friend
Failure by Philip Schultz
By John Freeman
Now here is a subject one doesn’t see poetry address all that often—especially with such a warm, complicated embrace. To Philip Schultz, recent co-winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, failure is not a pejorative but a state of being. Try to appreciate the bounty of the world, several of these poems suggest, and you will likely fail; try to ignore it and you will fail as well.
Otter's Odd Adventure
By August March
World premiere performance of a new work for narrator and orchestra by the creator of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera."
Taos Poetry Festival
By Monica Schmitt
Story slams, workshops and open mics featuring poets Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Nathan Brown, Sabina Jones and Alyia Martinson.
4th Annual New Mexico Chamber Music Festival
Talented young participants from around the world perform.
Courtesy of Wyrdteenth's Facebook Event Page
By Robin Babb
Celebrate cultural aesthetics and critical dimensions of Afrofuturism with zines, poetry and performances from Ebony Isis Booth, Marya Errin Jones, Brielle Leilani, Tanesia Hale-Jones.
Memorial Day Concert at Historic Old Town
Big Band music performances and classic car show.
Homage to the Greats at Main Library
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