In addition to the First Friday Artscrawl that happens every, well, first Friday of the month, there's often other massive gallery opening/reception hosting for an added monthly arts bonus. Like this Friday. Many art houses around Albuquerque will keep their doors open late for a few extra hours of creative rifling and elbow rubbing on Friday, Aug. 15. Included in that group is Artspace 116 (116 Central SW), which will host a reception for Richard Garriott-Stejskal’s new exhibit, And Now for Something Completely Different, from 5 to 8 p.m. Garriott-Stejskal's figurative works will be on display through Sept. 26.
If a Friday artscrawl isn't enough, well, why not Saturday, too? On Saturday, Aug. 16, many of the Old Town galleries will be open as late as 11 p.m. in conjunction with the Old Town Salsa Fiesta. The Salsa Fiesta starts at 2 p.m., giving you plenty of time to enjoy the jalapeño burn before milling around the arts crowd.
The relationship between Custer’s Last Stand and the modern Middle East may not be glaringly obvious, but Little Big Horn, the two-act comedy by Alan Kilpatrick, draws a connection through the play's main character: a Sioux man raised by Jewish parents. Little Big Horn is one of three plays at this weekend’s Two Worlds festival of Native American theater and film. The theater portion of the festival runs Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16, with the film portion taking place Aug. 22 and 23. Little Big Horn's one-night-only show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at the N4th Theater (4904 Fourth Street NW). On Saturday, Canadian playwright Dawn Dumont's Fancy Dancer will be staged at 4 p.m. and Albuquerque playwright Rhiana Yazzie's Asdzani Shash: The Woman Who Turned Into a Bear follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per play, or $12 for all three. For details or reservations, call 344-4542.
For those wordsmiths looking to hone their poetry craft, Miriam Sagan—director of the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College and author of more than 20 books—is leading a workshop in early September to help you wield the literary chisel. The class, titled "Metaphor as Map," will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at 516 Arts (516 Central SW). To sign up, call 242-1445 and be ready to pay the $20 workshop fee.