NHCC’s resident word-slinger will join Southwest Shootout
Joaquin Zihuatanejo radiates enthusiasm. When I was introduced to him at a poetry reading two weeks ago, he looked like a kid who just got a great present. In fact, he did: Zihuatanejo won an artist residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which pays for him to live in Albuquerque for a month and work on his various artistic projects. Not only did he perform the night we met, but, serendipitously, he’ll be here during the Southwest Shootout regional poetry slam (see this week’s issue). Zihuatanejo spoke by phone about the irons he has in the fire and his plans for the slam.
I always want to see more art in the streets. Sometimes I walk past a banged-up paper distribution stand, electric box or dumpster and I think, Man, I could sure make that look cooler. I bet you do too. Since we just had a contest for writers (“Thanks for Flashing Us,” pg. 26 of this week’s issue), we thought we’d have a little fun with visual artists. We also need to do something to spruce up some of these old Alibi boxes.
Slam poets shoot each other with words
Poets from around the country will take aim and fire at one another, turning Albuquerque into an O.K. Corral of lyricism. The 2011 Southwest Shootout features wordsmiths from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas and, of course, New Mexico performing their particular flavor of poetry.
Taco and a Haircut, Two Bits
Fades are out, Rough Edges are in
This month's tasty (and tasteful) exhibition at Ace Barbershop, Rough Edges, features the beefy, cheesy works of Gabriel Luis Perez. The taco and cheeseburger art—or more precisely, painted collages of beef, lettuce and tortilla colors—has inspired fresh gab topics in the tiny Downtown shop.
The Piñata Exhibit Opening Reception
Traditional, iconic and contemporary piñata artists illustrate how piñatas maintain historical and social importance while reflecting transnational shifts in popular culture.
Luncheon for Literacy
Reading Works and author Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrate literacy to raise money for the nonprofit that provides free literacy tutoring to adults.
How Do You Pray?
Celeste Yacoboni discusses her latest work regarding how leading spiritual, shamanic, scientists, guides and activists pray and contemplates the intention of prayer.
Brennan Foster and Shawn Boyd play over 20 of Tuna, Texas', eccentric inhabitants from gun-clubbers to church ladies in a town where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.