El Corrido de Jorge, a piece for the stage written by New Mexican playwright Patricia Crespín opens on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Wells Fargo Auditorium on the National Hispanic Cultural Center campus (1701 Fourth Street SW). The play examines the trials of Jorge, a young man with ambitions of becoming a professional singer. His dreams are derailed by the death of his mother, which eventually sends him on a journey through Mexico to find—and kill—the father that abandoned them. Supported by a cast of memorable characters,El Corrido de Jorge promises laughs and cries. The show runs Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm, through Feb. 11. Ticket prices range from $10 to $18 and can be found purchased at nhccnm.org.
“Drawing enables both the brain and the heart, perception and imagination,” curator Bruce Davis said of the simple feat, which is highlighted at Sketchy, a show opening on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE). The exhibition celebrates the spontaneity, as well as the beauty of the simple practice. Sketchy is on display at the center until March 30, with a formal opening kicking off the show on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 8pm as part of the Night of the Arts, which also offers visitors refreshments and jazz from Kookie Jones and the Groove Maneuvers.
Michael Krueger, the current artist-in-residence at the Tamarind Institute (2500 Central Ave. SE) delivers a talk on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5:30pm. Krueger—a professor of art at the University of Kansas—brings tremendous experience in many mediums to his study at Tamarind. Working in printmaking, animation, ceramics, painting and drawing, Krueger's work moves between all of these disciplines to create a catalog that explores American history, human experience and the enunciation of Krueger's particular eye on the world. The event is free, but ticketed. Visit tamarind.unm.edu for more details and to register.
In the shadow of the Sandia Mountains, a lot of great art is made. I think we all know that. And landscape painting abounds in the Southwest. At Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith SE), a new exhibition hones in specifically on the range nearest and dearest to our hearts. Sandia Mountain Art features several local artists' interpretation of our eastern horizon, in all its varied beauty. The opening reception for the show, which runs from 6 to 8pm on Friday, Feb. 2 also features poets reading their mountain-inspired verses.