Poetry for a Cause—a night of spoken word, vendors, food and music—returns for the second year on Friday, June 22. Starting at 7pm at the Downtown @ 700 2nd Apartments (700 Second Street NW), this event brings the likes of Jessica Helen Lopez, Kharlos Panterra and Lydia Andrews to compete in a slam poetry competition, meanwhile, 100 percent of the proceeds from the evening go toward the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. Just $5 gets you in the door, and helps the cause to end homelessness in our community.
The Write Moves
Aspiring writer? Your inspiration has arrived. Beginning this Friday, June 22, Plot Duckies (a local creative writing-centric business owned and operated by author Sonja Dewing) hosts a Short Story-A-Thon. Over the course of the weekend-long event—that is, Friday evening, Saturday, June, 23 and Sunday, June 24 at FatPipe ABQ (200 Broadway Blvd. NE)—Dewing will coach writers from brainstorming plot to publishing the piece on Amazon. Designed for the creative that wants to get things done, this workshop will offer not just motivation, but tangible take-aways. Tickets for a single session start around $12. Details can be found at plotduckies.com.
Mystery? Check. Excitement? Check. Snacks? Most definitely check. Foul Play Cafe—our city's well-loved spot that marries theater and dinner—continues the run of their latest show, Murder Rides Again! Every Saturday through June, July and August, the troupe brings this thriller to the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown (2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE), pairing it with the diner's choice of a veggie plate, brisket or chicken and pork skewers, along with a bevy of side dishes. Price points are worth the experience—beginning around $29.99, tickets can be found at foulplaycafe.com.
Courtesy of Color Wheel Toys
On Saturday, June 23 Color Wheel Toys invites crafters to Spurline Supply Co. (800 20th Street NW) for a workshop on nu shibori. A variation on the Japanese dyeing technique, nu shibori is a way of adding stitches to the fabric to create dye patterns instead of tying it. For $12, participants learn the process and will walk away from the class with their own nu shibori dish towel, though all are welcome to bring more items to dye (100 percent cotton is best, btw). Ready to shibori dye everything in your life? Just show up on Saturday at 1pm.