Matthew Naegeli directs and stars in the two-person play being staged for one weekend only at the Martineztown House of Neighborly Services (808 Edith NE, 242-4333). The community center has been around for nearly a century, but Woman in Black marks its first stage play. Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the $12 admission go back into MHNS programs.
The women of arts collective The Luna Project are exploring this theme—and the regeneration that comes from such decimation—in the show Begin Again, opening Saturday, July 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery (6500 Coors NW, 897-8831).
"We started planning this show a year ago with the knowledge that we're going to try to have this dialogue during high-fire season," says Open Space Coordinator Joshua Willis, who helped curate the show along with Luna members. "It's essentially a dialogue with the cyclical nature of nature."
The 13-odd artists participating in the show used the Bosque around the center that was torched in a fire two years ago as inspiration. Several of them even took charcoal from the site and incorporated it into their pieces. "Death isn't always death, sometimes it's life," says Willis, referring to the regrowth coming from the still-living roots of burnt down trees. "It's just on a different time scale than we're accustomed to."
The show runs through Aug. 26. Visit cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.html for more info.