In conjunction with Small Business Saturday and Indies First, local artist, writer and purveyor of “silly things” Jason Witter will be premiering a new book called Classics (Kind Of). In this latest collection, Witter, the creator of The Tiniest Vampire, explores classic tales like Hamlet, Moby Dick and The Odyssey through comic drawings that are singularly Witter's own. The book will be set unto the world this Saturday, Nov. 25 during a day-long event at Title Wave Books (2318 Wisconsin NE) and as a bonus, will feature discounts, music, an open mic, a firepit, and free hot chocolate and coffee for shoppers. Show up between 9am and 6pm to grab a copy of Classics (Kind of), support Title Wave Books and enjoy a super cozy Small Business Saturday.
Every year—seriously—every single year—I carve several hours out of an afternoon to attend the ASUNM Arts & Crafts Fair. This expansive event covers the Student Union Ballroom on UNM's campus with every sort of locally made items—jewelry! Pottery! Decor! Clothing! I tend to show up without a plan and walk out having checked everyone off my holiday shopping list while simultaneously putting money in the pockets of local makers; an all around satisfying way to dispatch holiday shopping anxiety. The 3-day event, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 features more than 70 vendors including the likes of Danny Hart Design and Heart and Vine Holistic Apothecary. Shop the massive conglomeration of all things local between 10am and 6pm each day of the fair's run.
Slip into something comfortable and head to TLab (also known as Tricklock headquarters, 110 Gold SW) for everyone's favorite kind of pillow talk—GRAFT's BEDtalks. In this ninth installment of the series, speakers are create presentations on any topic they'd like to speak on, given 10 minutes to cover 20 slides. This time around speakers include Elizabeth Murphy and Sean Campbell hailing all the way from Scotland, and locals like Marya Errin Jones. Show up at 7pm this Tuesday, Nov. 28 and cozy up in the audience—and bring some dollars to pay the sliding scale $7-10 entry fee. The show runs until about 10pm, making for the best bedtime story ever told.