Join creatives in the brightly lit, clean space of the Tamarind Institute (2500 Central Ave. SE) for a discussion led by artist Nancy Friese. Friese is a painter and printmaker who has spent the last several decades examining landscapes in her work—some as far flung as Giverny to paint Monet's gardens. Stateside, she divides her time between Rhode Island (where she heads the Rhode Island School of Design's printmaking department) and a farm in North Dakota. During her time in New Mexico, she completed her first residency at the Tamarind, and spent most of her time in the bosque, bringing her connection and keen eye for natural spaces to the middle Rio Grande. She will speak at the Institute on Thursday, June 28 at 5:30pm. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. Visit tamarind.unm.edu for more information and to register for the event.
You know Hamilton, but did you know that Lin-Manuel Miranda penned the music for In the Heights now playing at the MTS Center for Theatre (6320 Domingo Rd. NE, Ste. B) courtesy of Musical Theatre Southwest? Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, In the Heights covers three days in the lives of its residents. Here, big themes are translated into daily struggles as the characters observe change on a wide scale in their corner of the city, grappling with their own homes and dreams in the midst of them. In the Heights won several Tony’s after its premiere in 2008 and under director Gigi Bella Guajardo’s leadership, this local production is world-class. New shows have been added to the play’s run because its just that good. Catch it Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 7. Times and tickets are available online at musicaltheatresw.com.
Experience 516 ART's (516 Central Ave. SW) current exhibition, 21st Century Cyphers in a whole new way this Friday, June 29, with a special event at the Downtown gallery—516 Words. This program brings world class poets and writers into communion with the substantial work of the exhibition for reading and discussion. Emceed by local Don McIver, on-hand will be writers Matthew John Conley, Holly Myers, V.B. Price, Erin Radcliffe and poet and hip-hop artist Kayohes. These diverse voices, working in diverse styles, offer visitors to the free event new insights into the themes explored in the exhibit. Inspiration begins at 8pm.
The second edition of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die was recently released, courtesy of local writer and adventurer Ashley M. Biggers. The book highlights the wonders of our city that we, as locals, too often forget. Among the list (capped at 100, though I'm sure it could be extended) are the excursions, hikes, eats and experiences that make Albuquerque such an interesting place to live, and for many, an unforgettable place to visit. Biggers will be at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) on Saturday, June 30 at 3pm for a brief discussion of the book, and for a signing afterward. More details about the book are available at ashleymbiggers.com, and of course, at Bookworks' site, bkwrks.com.