By Steven Robert Allen
Back in Black—Your very last chance to check out James Black's eye-poppin' solo show will be at a closing reception this Saturday, Feb. 17. The exhibit, called Ink, consists of Black's images of faces and figures, two entire walls of which were composed in house at the Trillion Space late last month. At the closing gig, your art-viewing pleasure will be enhanced with performances by Alla Faders and Zach Freeman. Come on down! The Trillion Space is at 510 Second Street NW. The reception runs from 7 to 11 p.m. www.thetrillionspace.com.
The Dead Can Dance—Jean Claude Van Itallie's The Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not To Do It Again is based on the classic Buddhist text of the same name. The show incorporates music, projections, movement and spoken word into an otherworldly production. Under the direction of Scott Sharot, the performance will be staged at the VSA's N4th Theatre starting this weekend. The show is a benefit for the Copper Mountain Institute, a healing center in Corrales that supports monks, nuns and humanitarian projects in Tibet. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through Feb. 25. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call 345-2872 ext. 17.
How Do You Like Them Apples?—Think of Valentine's Day as a truce. Now that it's over, men and women can get back to bickering with each other as usual. At the Adobe Theatre (9813 Fourth Street NW) you can catch musical interpretations of three famous short stories (by Mark Twain, Frank L. Stockton and Jules Feiffer) about the eternal struggle between ladies and gents. Directors Jane and Cy Hoffman saw the original production of The Apple Tree starring Alan Alda in Boston in 1966 before it moved to Broadway. The duo is pleased to bring a new production to Albuquerque starting this weekend. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Runs through March 11. $14 general, $12 students/seniors. 898-9222.
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