Anyone who's attended UNM or spent time on its campus is familiar with the Center of the Universe. The large sculpture just off the Duck Pond is unmistakable and inspires diverse reactions from those who observe it. Kira Hirschfeld, a UNM fine arts senior, wants to harvest those sentiments for her project, Operation: Center of the Universe. Hirschfeld is asking community members with a story about the Center of the Universe to submit a written or verbal account of their experience by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Stories can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 715-2460 if you'd rather give a verbal account. Hirschfeld will use those story seeds to create a performance to be presented at the sculpture in late October. For details, visit operationcenteroftheuniverse.blogspot.com.
Tour the Trail
Take in the cottonwood trees along the Guadalupe Trail this weekend, Oct. 4 and 5, as fall approaches. And take in the work of 14 artists from six studios along the trail as they open their creative spaces during the fourth annual Guadalupe Trail Studio Tour. The studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and refreshments will be served at various points along the tour. Maps are available at Sky Dog: The Art Space (7103 Fourth Street NW, 344-9438).
Back to School Bags
Tote bags and backpacks are the “it” thing now that school’s in session. Not purses, but big, durable, strappy tote bags with style. Local bag designer Fernando Webb's latest works will walk the runway this Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. as part of a back-to-school bag fashion show. The S Gallery (114 Tulane SE) hosts Webb's creations, as well as the mixed-media artwork of BillyJoe Miller and a musical performance by North America. Admission is free, and so is fashion sense.
Grassroots artfests have never been grassier than in Corky Frausto's backyard. CorkFest 2008 celebrates its fifth year of turning a South Valley backyard into an art fiesta this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nearly 40 artists will display their work as local bands keep the energy high, and you performance art enthusiasts can enjoy Frontseat Theater, where you sit in a car with the actors beside you. There's no entry free for this family-friendly event. For details, call 877-0834 or e-mail email@example.com.