By Steven Robert Allen
Poetry Weekend—How much poetry can you cram into a single weekend? Well, you won't know till you give it your best effort, will you? April is National Poetry Month, and Albuquerque aims to end the month of prime versifying with a final blaze of glory.
This weekend's events all revolve around an intriguing exhibit running at 516 Arts. Artists were invited to respond to two volumes of new poetry, Mortar and Pestle by local poet Lisa Gill and Terrain Tracks by New York poet Purvi Shah. The result is called Tributaries, an exhibit located upstairs at 516 running through May 12.
On Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. the two poets will be at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) for a performance combining poetry with Indian classical and avant-garde music. Tickets are $15 general, $10 Outpost members. For more info, call 268-0044 or visit www.outpostspace.org.
On Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m., the ladies will take part in a panel discussion at the UNM Student Union Building on the links between art and poetry on the one hand and social justice and cultural identity on the other. This one's free. For details, call 832-9145.
Finally, the two poets will give a reading and tour of the exhibit at 516 Arts on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. which is also free. For more on this one, call 242-1445 or visit www.516arts.org.
You could use a little more poetry in your life. We all could. These events are a prime time to remedy this.
Heart of Africa—West African choreographer and dance instructor Assane Kouyate is a master at merging various African dance forms from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Guinea and Senegal with live drumming and singing. You'll have an opportunity to see him in action this Saturday, April 28, at UNM's Rodey Theatre. Tickets are $20 general, $15 students/seniors. For details, call 266-5005.
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