By Steven Robert Allen
Anna in the Tropics—Teatro Nuevo México will stage a new production of Nilo Cruz' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics at the National Hispanic Cultural Center this Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 12. The play is set in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory in Florida, where readers are hired to entertain workers while they roll the cigars by hand. When a reader begins reading Anna Karenina out loud a volatile conflict flames up among the laborers. Michael D. Blum directs this production. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15, $20, $25. ($5 discount for students.) 883-7800.
Heart Days Night—Painting, glass, fiber arts and various crafts will be on sale at Offcenter (808 Park SW) during their Heart Days Night Sale, an event designed to honor Valentine's Day and support our local art scene at the same time. A portion of sales will benefit Offcenter. Refreshments will be served. The festivities occur on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. 247-1172.
Fifth Anniversary—The Fusion Theatre Company's fifth anniversary is coming up quick. General auditions for the 2006/2007 season will occur on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cell Theatre (700 First Street NW). Be prepared to spit out a monologue, classical or contemporary, of no more than two minutes in length. Also bring along a headshot and résumé. By appointment only. Call 766-9412 or visit www.fusionabq.org.
Pet Love—Many people take their relationships with their pets more seriously than they do their relationships with other people. And why the hell shouldn't they? Do pets bomb foreign countries? Do they drink all your beer? Do they leave the cap off the toothpaste? Of course not. You and your pet(s) should stop by the Mariposa Gallery this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a benefit for Companion Animal Rescue and Medical Assistance (CARMA). The two, three or eight of you can get a family portrait painted for $20 from noon to 4 p.m., or partake in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to CARMA. Ten percent of all of Mariposa's sales that day will also go to the group. For details, call 268-6828.
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