How Merry?—Very merry. The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra presents its popular Very Merry Pops show this Friday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Saturday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. at UNM's Popejoy Hall. The program consists of fave Christmas and Hanukkah tunes along with a screening of the British animated film, The Snowman. The Albuquerque Academy Chorus and Manzano Day School Chorus will accompany. Tickets are $16 to $52 for the Popejoy show and $15 to $40 for the NHCC show. They're available at nmso.org or by calling 881-8999.
Volunteer—This is, after all, the season of giving. Take a more active part in your community by volunteering at the Vortex Theatre. You don't have to get up on stage to do your part. The Vortex folks are looking for people willing to help out with the box office, concessions, public relations, graphic design, construction, clerical work and any number of other things. If this sounds like your bag, contact Leigh-Ann Santillanes at 247-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to www.vortexabq.org and click on “volunteer” for the application form.
Moving Around—Regina Held, the founder of New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery, will be taking over the space currently occupied by Coleman Gallery, which is relocating just a few doors east. The new space is located in Nob Hill right next to New Grounds. Held plans to open a separate art venue there, called the Matrix Gallery, with a mission to exhibit paintings, sculpture and ceramics by emerging and established New Mexico artists. She's currently accepting submissions. Send 12 images of your work, on CDs or slides, along with a one-page artist statement, to New Grounds Print Workshop, 3812 Central SE, Suite 100B, Albuquerque, N.M. 87108. If you want your materials returned, please include an SASE.
No Room at the Inn—As the skies turn dark and the temperature drops, a lot of people start getting depressed. The winter months are hardest, of course, for people who don't have roofs over their heads. ArtStreet, a program out of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, is opening a new exhibit in the lobby of the Lobo Theatre to allow local artists, both homeless and housed, to explore the trials of being homeless during the holiday season. The installation, titled No Room at the Inn, is available for viewing through Jan. 12. 248-0817, www.abqhch.org.