Fulfillment Center—a new play that has garnered national acclaim and happens to be set right here in Albuquerque—is making its local debut this Thursday thanks to Fusion theater company. The piece, which was written by Abe Koogler and premiered in New York City just this year, is about a young man who finds himself in Albuquerque and employed at a “fulfillment center.” With that scenario as the jumping off point, the existential questions begin to bubble up, rearranging seemingly average lives. Initial performances of the play (from Nov. 2 to 18) are happening at The Cell Theatre (700 First Street NW) and the run is rounded out by a pay-what-you-wish showing at The KiMo (423 Central Ave. NW) on Saturday, Nov. 17. More information and tickets are available online at fusionnm.org.
TEDxABQWomen hits the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW) this Thursday, Nov. 2 showing off a cadre of super-talented local femmes. Hosted by Nathalie Kossar, who recently published her own book of waggish humor titled Pattern Behavior: The Seamy Side of Fashion, the event also features the likes of Val Day-Sánchez, who will speak on diversity in media and the importance of addressing race in New Mexico and the country at large, as well as performers like dancers Crystal Zamora and Amanda Valdez. The theme of this event is “Bridges,” and all the performers and speakers are addressing the multiple avenues in which we can build these to foster greater connection and harmony in our community. This event, totally packed with talent, is well worth the $21 to $42 tickets. The presentations begin at 5pm.
A native of Buenos Aires and a current resident of South Florida, Pablo Brescia's literary works bridge time, culture and perception and have been likened to Roberto Bolaño and Jorge Luis Borges. Brescia makes a visit to Albuquerque and is sitting down at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) for several hours to share his work through a reading and sign copies of his various work afterward. Brescia's most recent work of short stories, La Derrota de lo Real or The Defeat of the Real, will receive special attention over the course of the discussion. This free event plays out between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The Literary Life
Julia Goldberg, longtime editor of the Alibi's northern sister, the Santa Fe Reporter, recently published the tremendous Inside Story: Everyone's Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction, which outlines with acuity and humor precisely how writers make their nonfiction worthwhile. Goldberg will impart her wisdom during a free workshop, “How to Write About Your Own Life,” this Monday, Nov. 6, between 6 and 8pm at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW). In this workshop, Goldberg will unpack the techniques that make memoir, reported history and lyric meditation carry weight, paragraph by paragraph, to make a compelling whole. Even if you can't stay for the workshop, if you have writerly aspirations, pop in to the store and pick up a copy of the book to jump start your next piece.