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Calling all artists - "Take the Stage" set design competition is open

A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.

The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.

Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.

Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.

Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.

The full prospectus can be found at [link]. The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - publicart@cabq.gov - or hard copy format:

Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at sbrueggemann@cabq.gov.

Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."

The Daily Word in Cursed Cities, Zombie Mice and Venusian Aliens

The Daily Word

Here's the first video footage ever shot of a ruby seadragon. What a weird creature!

Are the dark streaks seen in Venus' atmosphere signs of microbial life?

This headline says it all: Scientists Create Mind-Controlled Hunting Zombie Mice.

Well, it finally happened: Authorities in Brazil are warning citizens that vampire bats have gotten a taste for human blood.

A group of explorers discovered a long-lost "cursed" City of the Monkey God in Honduras ... and nearly lost their faces to a flesh-eating parasite!

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The Daily Word in Solo Cups, Marijuana, and Avalanches

The Daily Word

Belen's old Solo Cup factory is about to begin pouring the molten plastic again. As Plastic News reports, the plant was bought out by Keter Plastics—who plans on expanding the operation to consume up to 100 tons of plastics a day! The plant will produce patio furniture, sheds, toolboxes, and much more.

New Mexico's Medicaid fund may get a little higher with help from its friend: Marijuana. According to KRQE News a bipartisan bill was introduced yesterday that would tax medical marijuana in order to help bolster the state's underfunded Medicaid fund.

Call off the Saint Bernards, New Mexico is about to get its first avalanche warnings! According to KOB News, Taos, NM is now home to a new avalanche center that will help the National Weather Service and the U.S. Forrest Service issue avalanche warnings.

Event Horizon

ELO, How Are You?

Saturday, Jan 14: Strange Magic • Electric Light Orchestra tribute, rock

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Evelyn Molina y Los Chicos del 512
Courtesy of the artist, via Facebook

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We're Here

Saturday, Jan 14: Evelyn Molina y Los Chicos del 512 • Selena Tribute

In a musical world filled with tribute and cover bands of all sorts—as well as a booming casino industry willing to host such simulacra—it was only a matter of time before legendary songstress Selena got the star treatment such verisimilitudes invoke and evoke among myth-craving, slot-machine-playing audiences. Enter Evelyn Molina y Los Chicos del 512, ostensibly the closest one can get in 2017 to a performance by the aforementioned Queen of Tejano music. Although Ms. Quintanilla-Pérez tragically passed away more than 20 years ago, her sound and style live on through Molina's project. Performing hits from the now mythic star's canon, including selections from Selena's 1992 breakthrough album Entre a Mi Mundo, Molina y Los Chicos are scheduled to perform at Isleta Resort and Casino on Saturday, Jan. 14, so prepare yourself for some Amor Prohibido. Tickets cost between $10-$20. Isleta Resort & Casino • Sat Jan 14 • 8pm • $10-$20 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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Fire, Meet Rooster

Saturday, Jan 14: Dances from the Dynasties: 2,500 Years of Dance

Ring in the upcoming Chinese Year of the Rooster by attending a traditional Chinese dance performance.

Look to Casa San Ysidro for an Enriching, Flexible Volunteer Experience

Those with a passion for sharing the unique history and culture of local communities and those looking for a flexible volunteer schedule will want to take advantage of Casa San Ysidro's docent training later this month.

Inside the adobe walls at Casa San Ysidro are furnishings, tools and art used when New Mexicans lived on a remote frontier. It is now considered one of the world's most comprehensive collections of New Mexican art and furnishings.

People will love volunteering at Casa San Ysidro because:

Helping at Casa is meaningful: Each month, volunteers help more than 400 APS students explore how ordinary New Mexicans accomplish extraordinary things.

It's also flexible: Casa docents support public tours and large public events throughout the year according to their schedule.

Casa is an enriching environment: regular docent-exclusive enrichment activities are offered with invited speakers and tours to important New Mexican places.

Docent Training (all three sessions required)

Monday, Jan. 23
9am-1:30pm
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain NW

Friday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan.30
9am-noon
The Old Church
966 Old Church Road in Corrales

Contact Emily Stovel, site manager of Casa San Ysidro, at 897-8828 or estovel@cabq.gov to register.

Event Horizon

Love and Light

Saturday, Jan 14: Immigrant Youth and Allies March

Rally and March in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy and to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation.

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A Historical Document

Friday, Jan 13: Galaxy Quest

See the cult classic starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman.
By artist Bubzilla
Courtesy Stranger Factory's Facebook

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Strangers in a Strange Land

Friday, Jan 13: Made in New Mexico Group Show Reception

An exhibition of new works featuring a diverse group of artists from the land of enchantment. Runs through 1/29.

Tomorrow's Events

Ketogenic Weight Loss at Expanding Choices, Inc

A science based, research driven seminar on weight loss, diabetes management, heart health, anti-aging and more.

Gemini Syndrome • alternative metal • Walls Within • Fade The Sun • Starbot at Launchpad

Fondue Night Out at The Melting Pot

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