It's the middle of winter, and you're longing for a trip to the beach. The Vortex Theatre's Next Generation Project has you covered: By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea is a trio of one-act plays all taking place on the same beach at different times of day. Three playwrights, three directors, three actors, three one-act plays; it all adds up to a real bonanza of fresh talent. The plays are Dawn, Day and Dusk, so it's like a whole day of people-watching without the sunburn or sand in your crack.
If you really want the all-inclusive package, attend the Sunday, Jan. 19, performance, because you’ll be able to participate in Audience Talkback with the cast and directors after the performance. No, they won’t rub sunblock on your back.
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea opens Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 26 at the Vortex Theatre (2004½ Central SE), Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Adults $18, $12 with student ID. Pay-What-You-Will Sunday, Jan. 12. Reservations and tickets: vortexabq.org or 247-8600. (Holly von Winckel)
In the words of Dean Martin, “Baby, it's cold outside.” So lend a helping hand to the homeless folks in Burque by contributing to Astro-Zombies' 8th Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive. Now through Saturday, Dec. 24, drop off new, adult-sized cold weather sleeping bags at the comic store to help local homeless people weather the winter cold. The bags will be distributed throughout the community on Christmas Eve. And for each bag you donate, you'll also be entered in a raffle to win awesome prizes from the likes of Masks Y Mas, Rude Boy Cookies, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio and more. After all, when told, “Baby, you'd freeze out there,” even Dean's lady asked him to lend her a coat. (Renée Chavez)