Opportunities to shop local abound this weekend
When Artsy Met Craftsy and Other Tales
Emma Lujan y Davis
Since it has become completely bloody impossible to talk about the Friday after Thanksgiving using any other adjective than "Black" and for any sale occuring on that day to be anything other than "the one you've waited all year for" it's nice to see a few shop-local community-oriented events piggybacking onto all that Viernes Negro hype.
On the literary end, you've got Hakim Bellamy and friends working a shift over at BookWorks as part of the Indies First campaign started by Sherman Alexie ("We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends' books."). Over on the help-out-your-local-underfunded-and-recently-vandalized-charter-school tip, you've got Mountain Mahogany's Winter Craft Faire (my kids go there!). And really, you can make a day (hell, a whole weekend) of hitting artsy and craftsy hives of retail activity, including the venerable Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Holiday Show and, on loan from the Santa Fe Plaza, the 25th Annual Traditional Winter Spanish Market with its veritable avalanche of Spanish Colonial Art practitioners. And that ain't all. Scope out our full Arts and Community Calendar listings for Friday through Sunday. Think big, shop small, dig deep and stimulate your local economy.