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.
Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
A recount of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.
Tonal Relativity Games and Experiments
Prepared Ear collaborates with Death Convention Singers, Sounds Modern co-founder Elizabeth McNutt featuring frameworks for improvisation.
Independent Bookstore Day
Seven New Mexican authors assist as guest booksellers to recommend books that have influenced them or that they've enjoyed reading, in addition to promoting their own titles.
The Importance of Being Earnest
This classic play by Oscar Wilde is a celebration of life, love, wit and the theatre itself.
Courtesy of AirDance New Mexico
A variety of aerial apparatuses and stilt work with interactive projections performed to a choir of women’s voices.
Straight Outta Oz
Todrick Hall brings to life the classic American tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by sharing his adventures from his small town in Texas all the way to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.”
The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela discuss politics in a humorous way.
Bard Crawl: Twelfth Night
See the Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identities leading to even weirder love triangles.