Though the official holiday is still a bit down the road, there's no denying that Valentine's Day is in the air. Retailers have broken out their sign-holding cupids, romantics are making reservations and the cynical are busy thinking about the perfect counterpoint to V-Day's saccharine saturation (my fave activity is watching a Leprechaun marathon and eating vegetarian pigs in a blanket while wearing sackcloth). But Valentine's Day also provides us with a perfect opportunity to demonstrate a larger kind of love for all humans. OK, most humans; let's not get carried away.
On Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m, Habitat for Humanity invites you to its ReStore (200 San Mateo SE) for Will You Be Mine?, a recycled objects art exhibit and sale. Pieces in the show have been created from found and recycled items, and the sale of the art goes to help Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity continue its mission of assisting our fellow citizens in procuring affordable and healthy housing. For more about what GAHH does, go to habitatabq.org.
Need more art? Of course you do. Head over to OFFCenter's A Heart Day's Night. The community arts center's annual Valentine's Day sale features work by dozen of the studio's artists. Stop by OFFCenter (808 Park SW) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and find a one-of-a-kind gift your honey pie will think is sweet. Call 247-1172 or go to offcenterarts.org for more.
And while loving each other is important, caring for the land is vital, too. That's just one of the lessons of The Ballad of Sucio's Frog, the tale of a viejo farmer who, in order to save his crops, turns to science. Weird science. Antics then do what antics will do. See the New Mexican tale, suitable for young and old, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) this weekend only. Performances will be held Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25 (with a $5 discount for NHCC members). Get them at ticketmaster.com or at the NHCC box office. Call 724-4771 or go to nhccnm.org for details.