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Great Unexpectations: ArtsUnexpected descends for one day

Detail from the map. You're definitely gonna need a map.
Detail from the map. You're definitely gonna need a map.

If you see someone doing something weird (but maybe kinda intriguing) near Main Campus this Friday, check your map and cross-reference it with the color-coded schedule. Chances are they’re one of the performers signed up for ArtsUnexpected, UNM’s huge single-day arts happening on April 24. Now in its third year, the event has swollen to over 250 participants from the College of Fine Arts, spilling out into venues around the city from Hotel Andaluz to the CFA Downtown Space at Fourth and Copper. I’m not kidding about the map—download yours in all its well-engineered glory at artsunexpected.unm.edu and consider your route.

"Ripple Effect" makes an interactive game using two projectors.
"Ripple Effect" makes an interactive game using two projectors.

With music, dance, studio art and theater performances plus film projections bearing beguiling names like “Fake Facebook Reps” (noon in the SUB atrium) and “Fiberglass Burning Play” (4:30pm at the duck pond), the full breadth of Albuquerque student artistry will be on display. “Ripple Effect” (8pm, Center for the Arts/Popejoy) creates an interactive game from two projections. And don’t miss “Holocene Garden,” located inside the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery. Burqueña Lea Anderson’s dramatic sculptural installation, which depicts a multitude of species in their embryonic forms and then reimagines them as flowers seeking artificial light, visits for the day from the Santa Fe Railyards. Find the aluminum stepvan parked next to the SUB 10am to 7pm. Friday’s the one day this spring you definitely shouldn’t ditch. Multiple Locations • Fri Apr 24 • FREE • View on Alibi calendar