Everyone's favorite environmental anarchist, Edward Abbey, the late wilderness protector and author of the cult classic enviro-novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, gets his own personal tribute at the Kimo Theatre this Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Some of Abbey's closest friends—including Jack Loeffler, Katie Lee, Dave Foreman and Bart Koehler—will celebrate the memory of their old buddy with a bunch of Abbey anecdotes, readings, songs and short films. The event is being presented as part of the 2004 New Mexico Wilderness Conference. $15. For details, call 843-8696 or log on to www.nmwild.org.
Another lunatic wilderness enthusiast, this one still alive and kicking, will be at the Coronado branch of Barnes and Noble this Thursday, Sept. 23. Aaron Ralston, you might recall, is the adventurous mountain climber who managed to get his arm wedged under a fallen boulder in an obscure canyon in Utah a while back. After spending a couple days drinking his own urine with no sign of rescue in sight, Ralston hacked off his own arm to save his life. I read his harrowing tale in a recent issue of Outside magazine, and, trust me, it's a doozy. A more complete account has just been published in the form of Ralston's new book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Ralston and his new metallic prosthetic will be at the bookstore at 7 p.m. to discuss his amazing story in person. 883-8200.
A favorite of underground theaters across our great nation, Eric Bogosian's Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead will receive the honor of a brand new production opening this week at UNM's Theatre X. Directed by Josh Hunt, this twisted collection of eight monologues runs Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 2. $8 general, $6 students/seniors. Order tickets by calling 925-5858 or logging on to www.unmtickets.com.