By Steven Robert Allen
Latin Night—The National Hispanic Cultural Center opens its next big art exhibit this Friday, March 31, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. The show boasts an exciting range of 20th-century art from 56 Latin American masters, courtesy of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Browse through the new exhibit, then head over to the center's auditorium for a performance at 8 p.m. by Albuquerque's own Yjastros of its newest flamenco production, A Nuestro Aire. Admission to the art reception is free. Tickets to the performance are $20 to $30. For more information, go to 246-2261 or visit www.nhccnm.org.
Caput Nili—With a little help from her friends, poet Lisa Gill writes and performs a one-woman, multimedia show at Out ch'Yonda (929 Fourth Street SW), Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through April 8. Directed by Virginia Hampton, with music by Mitch Rayes, film by Bryan Konefsky, and sculpture by Kris Mills and Liz Hunt, Caput Nili stems from Gill's adventures surrounding her recent diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. The show is a benefit for the Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. 385-5634.
Dangerous—Starting this Friday at Sol Arts (712 Central SE), Laira Morgan and Christy Lopez will direct a version of New Mexico playwright Tom Smith's Dangerous, a contemporary version of the classic scandal novel Dangerous Liaisons incorporating all gay male characters. Smith sets his story in San Francisco. Instead of letters, the characters exchange e-mails. Smith's play premiered in San Francisco and London, and this marks its first staging in New Mexico. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. Runs through April 23. Warning: Contains strong language and male—male!—nudity. Whoo-hoo! Bring your mom! 244-0049.
Friction—An intriguing new show at Anderson Studio and Gallery (1423 Central NE) features a dozen artists from around the country whose work explores the social and physical effects of abrasion, rubbing and resistance. The exhibit, appropriately titled Friction, opens this Friday, March 31, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Runs through May 31. 242-2531, www.artfriction.com.
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