Denature your proteins by heading to Science Earth Art Gallery, the Sawmill District's newest point of interest this Friday, Jan. 20, for the opening of Collected Works by Michael Wallace. Wallace, a practicing Earth scientist in the PhD program at UNM, is perhaps best known for his direction of the public art in Calabacillas Arroyo. Catch up with the artist and his most recent work (which includes various media—everything from electronics to pastels) by stopping by the free opening from 5-7pm. (Maggie Grimason)
Given the madness of 2016, the year 2017 could be a very crazy 365 days indeed. The Vortex Theatre starts us off on the right foot, then, by sending us on an appropriately nonsensical trip down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland. A cast of fourteen—including Angelina Ortiz, Bridget Dunne, Matthew Van Wettering, Christy Lopez, Katie Farmin and Aaron Worley—play multiple roles in this “rowdy, engaging” adaptation. The play times out at 90 minutes, which is a perfect length for families with children. The show runs Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 10am and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm through January 29. Tickets are $10 for children under 12, $15 for students and $22 for adults. (Devin D. O'Leary)
How often do you think about space? Not intergalactic space, but the space between your fingers? The space between you and the floor? The space between you and your work, your friends or those surrounding you? Dancer Silva Laukkanen will be exploring how environment (that space that I mentioned) impacts choreography and the relationship between dancers in the piece Together and Apart at Keshet Center for the Arts this weekend, Jan. 20-22. Laukkanen will be interpreting daily routines like moving through streets and grocery store aisles, hearing a pin drop, the sound of a car driving and more. Tickets for students, seniors and military are $10 and general entry is $15. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm and the Sunday show begins at 2pm.
They're billing it as a night of family fun: Bring out the kids to see the monster trucks! It's great family fun to spend the evening watching Bigfoot, Heavy Hitter, Snake Bite and all those other rascals making a scene and giving cheap thrills. But I know better. See, I've been fighting to get Megasaurus—a three story tall car-eating robot dinosaur—kicked off the tour for nigh on 10 years, and I know that where he treads, mayhem and destruction are sure to follow. Sure, it's all in good fun until a jet-flame-breathing monster with empty eyes decides to eat a family. It's only a matter of time, I said. But will the organizers of the Toughest Monster Truck Tour ever listen to me? Obviously not. They continue to sell tickets at an ungodly low price ($8-$26) and are apparently allowing people of all ages to come to the show this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, at the Santa Ana Star Center. I'll be there protesting when it starts at 7:30pm. (Joshua Lee)