What's better than unplugging from social media? A lot of things, honestly. For example, Low Spirits is hosting an Unplugged Night this coming Saturday, Aug. 27, where musicians who normally rely on electronics (whether that's a MIDI board or guitar) perform, well, unplugged. Local favorites Joel and Jeremy from SuperGiant, Adam Hooks from Russian Girlfriends, Rueben Krussick of WholeHearted and Lilah Rose will be performing. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be sold for $5 at the door. See? You don't have to get crazy to enjoy less technology in life. (Megan Reneau)
Dahli Delia, the alter-ego of Jayy Von Monroe of Blood on the Dance Floor, will be performing Saturday, Aug. 27 at SidewindersBar. Along with this daughter of the Devil, you can see the wonderfully talented acts Candy Rose, Lola Turner, Billy D. Andrews and Ramiyah Devereaux, all hosted by the brilliant Fatima. Doors open at 8pm, be sure to bring $5 for entry plus many, many single dollars to give to the performers. See you at the Freak Show. (Megan Reneau)
Like puppets? How about shadow puppets? Music? Storytelling? Then Mouthpiece Performance Festival: Bright and Pitch is where you will want to pass the weekend away. Kicking off on Friday, Aug. 26 evening with music performances by Raven Chacon, James Whiton, Cecilia McKinnon and Danny Crouch, this weekend-long festival doesn't stop there. Saturday sees shadow puppetry, readings, and even a performance of Yoko Ono's “Shadow Piece” performed by Anna Mall. Tickets are $10 a day or $15 for the weekend. All this madness exclusively at GRAFT gallery in Barelas. (Maggie Grimason)
If you don't know what a maker is, then you're probably going to be a human slave in the mineral mines after the robot apocalypse. The makers, on the other hand, will get to enjoy a cushy existence as zoo specimens for robot children to coo at. That's because makers are the wet nurses for the future. They use technology, open-source design and DIY living to build some of the coolest, most mind-blowing arts and crafts seen by man. This Saturday, Aug. 27, expose yourself to the future at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire starting at 10am, and see what makes this subculture so interesting. (Joshua Lee)
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There's just something about the sunflower. We're used to it, but if you step back for a minute, it looks like something from a 70's French sci-fi movie. Ever seen one of those really big ones, the size of your head? You're staring at it. It's staring at you. There's that unmistakable feeling that you're not alone. Spooky. These beautiful (and freaky) flowers have inspired human beings for countless centuries, which is probably why the good people of Mountainair host their annual Sunflower Festival, starting this Friday night at 5pm with a wine tasting (admission $10), art opening and music by the jazz trio, Blue Room. The festival continues on Saturday, Aug. 27 with arts and crafts, a sunflower hat contest, live music, food vendors, children's activities and juried art show, a free event welcoming all ages.
Starting this Thursday, Aug. 25, come out to the African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibition Hall for the first day of the New Mexico Black Expo. On Thursday there will be a “Build Your Resume” workshop from 8-10am, followed by a career fair (10am-2pm) featuring over 50 employers. On Friday, Aug. 26, at the Embassy Suites, Gene Grant hosts a panel discussion on the benefit of black-owned business on the New Mexico economy. On Saturday, Aug. 27, come to the Albuquerque Civic Plaza for a FREE cultural extravaganza from 3-9pm, featuring a hair battle (barbers and beauticians compete on a stage) and musical performances by The Walls Group and the Dazz Band. (Robin Babb)