And the blue ribbon for a whizz-bang good time goes to Emerge ABQ, who’ve assembled a night of artistry at full tilt, “inspired by the talent shows and science fairs of our youth.” For ShowOff 3.0: Hypothesis Unknown, the arts council volunteers have corralled a heady array of entertainers, booths, exhibits and participatory projects into Downtown venue ArtBar (119 Gold SW). Look for the Amsterdam Ham Collective and their cabine photographique, talented aerialist Kaeti Frady in graceful contortions, an installation from Hand Eye Collective, plus music, dance, poetry, silk screen printing and quasi-science projects. RSVP at bit.ly/emergeabq for free entry, or buy a monthly membership to ArtBar for five bucks at the door. But consider pitching in a bit more—the organizers suggest $15—because 75 percent of contributions will go to the National Institute of Flamenco, still recovering from that craptacular fire last December. Nurture the arts and hobnob with the doers, movers and shakers at this 21-and-up event tomorrow at 7:30pm. ArtBar • Fri Feb 21 • 7:30pm • Donations accepted • View on Alibi calendar
Perhaps you’re actually in the market for a thousand-dollar etching. (If so, this is your lucky month.) Or maybe you’re more like, “Upon which exotic flavor of ramen shall I be feasting tonight?” It really doesn’t matter. Because world-class fine art—for all its exquisite technique and rarefied materials—exists for the same reason as any art: to be appreciated. And right here, in nearby Nob Hill, Matrix Fine Art (3812 Central SE) is showcasing the work of two brilliant Japanese artists for the benefit of all and sundry.
Ando Shinji’s delicate and meticulous botanicals, imbued with swaths of soft color through a paper-fusing technique called chine-collé, have made him and his prints internationally revered. Takahiko Hayashi’s abstracts are very different but equally impressive, churning, swirling and coiling with lines, simple shapes and often luminous color. Both artists are flying in from Japan for the First Friday reception tomorrow, from 5 to 8pm, which means you have the chance to mingle with living, breathing masters and appreciate their skill up close. Besides, a little bit of beauty always makes the ramen tastier. Matrix Fine Art • Fri Feb 7 • 5-8pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Here’s a sweet thought: Keep a little love in your heart (and your community) this Valentine’s Day by shopping early and buying local. Don’t wait until you’re on your way home from work on Feb. 14 to buy your beloved a box of drugstore chocolates and a Garfield card; instead, swing by Factory on 5th this weekend to find a perfect one-of-a-kind gift that’ll speak volumes about your true feelings. The Valentine’s Day Art Market takes place this Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, Feb. 2, from noon to 5pm in the 5G Gallery (1715 Fifth Street NW). With over 30 local makers participating, you’ll find goodies like unusual vessels repurposed as terrariums containing locally-sourced plants by Lucca and Lenny Designs; natural soaps, lotions and other scrumptious body products from Sunshine Garden; baskets woven from recycled irrigation tubing by Full Circle Baskets and Accessories; and, of course, nommable treats from Elixir Boutique Chocolates. Come make a party of it—the market’s opening reception tonight from 7 to 10pm, includes Sage Harrington and the Happy Gland Band, fire spinners from the New Mexico Burning Man Chapter, Sebastiano’s and Rustic food trucks, Pop Fizz Palatería and more. 5G Gallery • Fri Jan 31 • 7-10pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Laila Weeks knows something about making an impact. The artist, whose work has been hanging on the white-bricked walls of Downtown coffee destination Zendo (413 Second Street SW), doesn't aim to dazzle you with a zillion colors and an encyclopedia of obscure techniques. Her current collection uses only one color—an eyeball-scorching shade of red acrylic—and a bit of ink and acid-etched metal. And yet it's impossible not to stare.
Part of what makes her simple abstract pieces so interesting is a telescoping sense of size. The drawings are just 4.5 in. by 4.5 in., displaying small, cell-like shapes and almost-organic forms in black ink on white paper. That sea of red paint nearly swallows up the tiny structures.
Then there are the etchings. Weeks explains that they're achieved “by a process of a resist being adhered to the plate, an acid bath being poured onto the plate, and the acid eating away the zinc coating, exposing the rustable steel beneath.” At 48 in. by 48 in., the galvanized steel sheets find those organic structures stretched and amplified, surging along on shimmering waves of reflective metal.
“Scale,” Weeks acknowledges, “is one topic at hand.”
Experience her work in person at the show's closing reception on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8pm. Austin Morrell will be on hand to provide live ambient music, and there'll be a raffle and snacks to settle your nerves if you get too lost among the art.
“Alibi: Let’s Break Each Other’s Hearts” by Damien DeMenno, 2011’s first place winner
Love may be multidimensional, but art is about distilling vast and unwieldy concepts down to their essence. At least, that's a definition for art I just now made up because it fits the point I'm trying to make: that Alibi's 11th Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest has gone all digital.
This year, we entreat you to squeeze your affectionate sentiments, your romantic compulsions and your fancy flirts down to two dimensions. We're looking for Valentine's Day cards on the theme of Famous Lovers—think King Kong to Fay Wray or Mia Farrow to Woody Allen. Make something all-digital or take a great photo of a physical object. Past winners have delighted us with a whole range of styles, from the sweetly cynical to the smartly sappy, so we're game for anything that shoots a Cupid's arrow straight to our sardonic little hearts.
HOW YOU DO:
• Send your digital entries as image files (JPEG, PNG, PDF, etc.) to email@example.com by 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Die Roten Punkte are ready to rock their lipstick-smeared, white-painted faces off for your viewing pleasure. The irreverent loudmouths behind impossibly catchy tracks like “Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter (I Am A Lion)” and “Burger Store Dinosaur” are bringing their show Super Musician to Tricklock Company’s celebrated Revolutions Festival tomorrow night and Saturday night at 8pm. Combining cabaret, Kraftwerk and “Flight of the Conchords” with a healthy dose of family dysfunction, Die Roten Punkte’s farcical Europop shtick has endeared them to fans across the globe.
If they remind you of the White Stripes, it’s not exactly an accident—their band name translates to “the Red Dots,” and Astrid and Otto claim to be orphaned siblings from Germany. Melodramatic and improbable origin story, check! Catch Die Roten Punkte at UNM’s Experimental Theatre X (inside Popejoy at 203 Cornell SE) starting Friday. Tickets are $20 (youth/student/senior) and $25 (everyone else); see tricklock.com/revolutions for more info. UNM's Experimental Theatre, Center for the Arts • Fri Jan 17 • 8pm • $20-$25 • View on Alibi calendar
and never scavenged food from dumpsters, who like you
and never stood in welfare lines, who like you
while gleaning misery topics from The New York Times.
–excerpt from “Set This Book on Fire!”
Jimmy Santiago Baca is one of New Mexico's treasures—the living, breathing kind. Born in Santa Fe, he spent five years in prison back in the '70s on drug charges. Since then, with as words sharp and clear as a knife, he's become an award-winning poet and a powerful voice for social justice.
His new collection of selected poems, Singing at the Gates, opens with an author's note that delves energetically into his broken youth, how his “work with words, like a blacksmith on his anvil, was slowly breaking the tangible attachments to my criminal and illiterate past and creating—through writing and language and reading books—a paradigm shift.” For anyone who's ever had their life changed through art or words, Jimmy Santiago Baca is a poet that speaks your language. See him at Bookworks tomorrow at 3pm.
Swiss architect (and more) Le Corbusier was the genius behind the celebrated Villa Savoye, a modernist home and architectural masterpiece located outside Paris. Everything about it is striking, from the smooth white façade and ribbon windows to the slender columns raising it above the earth. With Stretching Savoye, Frederick Pichon’s new show of mixed-media paintings opening at Palette Contemporary (7400 Montgomery NE), the French-born, Colorado-based artist pays naked homage to the 20th-century giant. Images of sleek, Corbusian buildings are painted with the realism and perfect geometries of an experienced draftsman, but they are rich with light, shadow and color. From his two-dimensional resin-coated panels, Pichon evokes a perspective so acute that the eye’s movement from “near” to “far”—the illusion of distance—can feel like the zooming of a camera. I find it fascinating that what Pichon renders in acrylics possesses such a solidity, a realism; meanwhile, the physical media he collages in adds a dimension of abstraction to his paintings. It’s a curious reversal and a conceptual conundrum that’ll be on display at the show’s opening tomorrow from 5 to 8pm, or until Feb. 6. Palette Contemporary Art and Craft • Fri Jan 3 • 5-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.” So said Sir Walter Scott a couple of centuries back, and who are we to argue? ArtBar brims over with cheer of the most festal sort this New Year’s Eve when a bevy of talented women from Paris A Gogo Burlesque bump and grind Burque right into 2014. The night of dance, music and surprises kicks off at 9pm with the synth rhythms and impish lyrics of Blame It On Rebekkah. A long lineup of performances follows from adroit lovelies like Mora Lee Gray, who’s been known to pantomime the Morgan Freeman “Titty Sprinkles” meme onstage to truly glittery effect, and Holly Rebelle, whose well-choreographed theatricality energizes the whole room. The evening also includes the expert extended-tease of Annie O’Roar, athletic Gabby O, uninhibited Perla Foxxx and adorably saucy Ri Ri Syncyr, plus Miss Behavin’s throaty croon and the transfixing lilt of Jenny Wren. And really, that’s just the tip of the burly-berg. The evening’s festivities will run ArtBar members a mere 15 smackeroos, but non-members’ $20 entrance fee will get them a toast at midnight and a one-month membership to ArtBar; get tix ahead of time at holdmyticket.com/#/e/158315. And party it up with all the festal cheer you deem advisable because affordable designated-driving service Buzz Home will be on hand to get you and your car home safely. So long, 2013. ArtBar • Tue Dec 31 • 9pm-1am • $20 • View on Alibi calendar
Pages from Flip the Script: A Guidebook for Aspiring Vandals & Typographers
Here at the Alibi, we suspect that the death of print has been blown a bit out of proportion. Whether you’re getting or giving this Christmas—or just going out for Chinese food—you can’t go wrong with the written word. Here are seven books in seven categories united only by their general awesomeness.