By Amy Dalness
This and That
Bryan Konefsky has made quirky little films on subjects from radioactivity to dying produce. His latest video installation, Let Me Say This About That, opening at the Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW) on Friday, April 4, turns the lens on some of Konefsky's favorite local poets and authors in an homage to National Poetry Month. Konefsky's video installation highlights Maisha Baton, Hakim Bellamy, Gus Blaisdell, Lisa Gill, JoEllen Habas, Richard Oyama, Greta Pullen and Mitch Rayes, and includes a poetry reading series. The wordsmiths who inspired Konefsky will read selected pieces on Friday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. with projection-art by Basement Films. The exhibit will be on display in the Harwood's main gallery until April 24.
The New Mexico Ballet Company (the dancers who work with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra to create the annual Nutcracker performance at Popejoy) is celebrating 35 years of arabesque and pas de deux with a gala performance this weekend. The New Mexico Ballet Company has pulled together artistic directors and choreographers from throughout the company's history to produce a night to honor its successes. 35th Anniversary Gala opens on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with a second performance on Saturday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $26 depending on your seating preference and are available at the National Hispanic Cultural Center's box-office (724-4771).
Friday, April 4, is the first Friday of the month, which means gallery-hopping galore during the First Friday Artscrawl. Art locales all over Burque participate in the monthly event, details of which can be found at www.artscrawlabq.org.
Factory on 5th (1715 Fifth Street NW) hosts a reception on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. for Jonathan Perea's show, All My Friends Are Dead. Perea caught the attention of the Valentine's Day Card Contest judges with his blood-lusty bunny, earning him second place in this year's contest—creepy and heartfelt at the same time! Perea is joined by other local artists for the opening, which includes a performance by of god and science.
Also opening on the first Friday is Stove's new show Paper—works on paper by seven local artists—with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. and beyond. Stove's new show is of note as 1) there is always a kick-ass dance party after an art opening and 2) this month marks Stove's one-year anniversary. If you haven't been by the DIY space at 114 Morningside NE, now is the time.
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