By Steven Robert Allen
In Dale Dunn's new play, Body Burden, a middle-aged woman recovering from thyroid cancer returns to her hometown of Los Alamos to confront her past. Set against the backdrop of the development of the atomic bomb, the play features six characters, including the ghost of Robert Oppenheimer and a time-traveling girl scout.
1x20 at the Downtown Contemporary Art Center
By John Photos
The theme of the show, 20 photographers using the same model, is not so much a curatorial endeavor as it is an assignment. Like Fish Story, on view last month at Exhibit 208, the works have a superficial connection through their subject matter, though I got the sense that the fish show was comprised of artists who had already been considering fish as their subjects before being asked to exhibit their work. In the case of 1x20, the work was clearly crafted for the show—a gimmick that provides little context in which the works can cohere.
And Then, Suddenly …
By Lisa Lenard-Cook
The Rest of Her Life
For someone who has been referred to as a chick-lit writer, Laura Moriarty, who will be in Albuquerque this week, is both thoughtful and candid about the state of fiction in the U.S. and where her work fits in. “I worry that the subtle but persistent marginalization of women writers ... is a slippery slope—for certain people, ‘chick-lit’ refers to any book that has a predominantly female cast,” Moriarty notes. But “you don’t see The Kite Runner categorized as Men’s Fiction, though all the major characters are male. I don’t even think most book stores have a section for Men’s Fiction, unless it refers to gay literature. As I understand it, Men’s Fiction is just called Fiction.
Eat, Drink and Be Charitable
By Megan Reneau
Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.
By Maggie Grimason
A personal and political response to the deaths of unarmed black people, examining the long tenuous relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.
Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace and Persia
By August March
A performance featuring the Iranian Santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.
Looking Around: Photographs and Narratives Reception
By Taylor Grabowsky
Photographs and writings of people, places, and things gleaned from artist Martha Heard's travels. Runs through 4/28.
Fiftieth Anniversary Concert for UNM’s Pipe Organ
By Joshua Lee
Internationally acclaimed organist Maxine Thévenot performs on one of the largest organs in NM, the Holtkamp.
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