The National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) has been banging out weekend after weekend of events. This Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, New Mexico Arts brings the first-ever gathering of Matachines groups from the Southwest to the NHCC for two days of dances and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. Matachines dancers, known for their large masks with beads usually covering the eyes, will perform the story of El Monarca Montezuma and the triumph of good over evil. Matachines groups can be found in Mexico, as well as Northern New Mexico and border towns. This weekend's event marks the first time groups from all over the state will meet and perform at the same location. Dances take place every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Plaza Mayor both days. For more info, visit www.nhccnm.org.
The Last Black Market?
The news of Out ch'YondA's fate was announced via e-mail in February and all e-mails since haven't indicated a change in plan. This Saturday, May 17, Out ch'YondA hosts another of its popular Black Market events featuring local arts, crafts and performances. This Black Market holds another element: The auctioning off of art, furniture, appliances and other useful things in preparation for Out ch'YondA's closing in June. Stop by 929 Fourth Street SW and help them out by buying their stuff.
Youth in Theater
School's out, or almost out, and summer is practically here. If you or someone you know is of the youth denomination, there are a number of opportunities for involvement in local theater this summer. There's FUSION Theatre Company's six-week summer class for girls ages 11-14, A Girl and A Stage. The program starts on June 2 and runs through July 11, and no prior acting experience is needed. Call 766-9412 for details and registration. Opera Unlimited, Inc. is holding its eighth annual Summer Youth Opera Day Camp beginning June 9. The camp is open to all school-age students and culminates in a fully staged production in July. For info, attend the meeting this Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (8600 Academy NE) or call 822-0849. Also, Tricklock Company is holding auditions for its sixth annual Manoa Project acting ensemble, a summer-intensive theater training program for teens, on Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tricklock Space (1705 Mesa Vista NE). E-mail Education Director Kevin R. Elder at email@example.com for details and an audition slot if you can't make it this weekend.