On Friday, May 11 the Native American Community Academy hosts an evening of poetry at El Chante: Casa de Cultura (804 Park Ave. SW). The series—which is exclusively for youth—features a writing workshop with spoken word artist Rowie Shaundiin Shebala from 6 to 7pm, and afterwards a poetry slam from 7:30 to 9pm. All young poets are invited to join and share their works for the chance to win a $100 cash prize.
Gloria Casale is the author of many works of fiction that thread dark mysteries with fast-paced thrills. The Albuquerque-based author recently saw the release of Bioterror: The Essential Threat. Dr. Casale is a recognized expert in the international transport of disease, and is a consultant at Sandia Laboratory. Her knowledge of medicine, disease and the spread of sickness adds an extra-scary layer to this work of fiction. Ask the good doctor all your questions, pick up a copy of the novel and get it signed all in one go this Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3pm at Treasure House Books & Gifts (2012 S Plaza NW).
516 ARTS (516 Central Ave. NW) is at it again hosting a world-class opening for their latest, 21st Century Cyphers, curated by Claude Smith. Ways in which to communicate are more abundant than ever, while room for misunderstanding grows incrementally. In this group exhibition artists like Hayal Pozanti (who has also worked closely with the Tamarind Institute, and will have an artist talk there on May 17), Bart Exposito and Mirtha Dermisache explore language in all its complexity, using it as a foundation for works in a variety of mediums. The show in all its richness is unveiled on Saturday, May 12 during a public reception from 6 to 8pm.
Shi Yazhi Sage—a gallery showcasing the works of Navajo artists Daniel A. Walters and Gertrude Walters—formally opens their spot in Old Town (323 Romero NW, Ste. 6) on Saturday, May 12. The space also serves as a gallery for the two artists, who have been involved in the art scene since the ’90s. In addition to their work, the gallery offers a chance to see and buy Native jewelry, and the works of Corey Yazzie, Gerald Allen Pinto, Harry Walters and Margaret Gallegos. The doors are open for the grand opening from 5 to 8pm. For hours thereafter, check out their website at shiyazhisagegallery.com.