Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup—not just the main food groups of the elves, but the kind of saccharine holiday spirit that is being brought to Albuquerque thanks to Musical Theatre Southwest. Premiering on Friday, Dec. 14, at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro Dr. NE) is the stage adaptation of Elf, a sweet fish-out-of-water tale about an elf looking for his place in the world. Danny McBride takes on the lead character in this sweet story of holiday spirit, directed by Zane Barker. Catch Elf the Musical weekends—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 30. Tickets and more information are available online at musicaltheatresw.com. Tickets start at $15.
The Transgender Resource Center welcomes the new year with the release of the first ever trans and non-binary nude floral benefit calendar. Beautifully photographed portraits mark the turning of every season and every month, and as a wonderful byproduct, each purchase supports the Transgender Resource Center. The release for the calendar will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at Corpus Arts (127 Seventh Street NW), at 6pm. Pick up a calendar for $20, and while you're there, catch music sets by Terra Fox, Cary Canary and more.
Poetry, snacks, arts and crafts, and more are going down this Saturday evening, Dec. 15, at Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith Blvd. SE) for the “poetry event of the year,” at the Swimming with Elephants Soiree. Swimming with Elephants publications is a local nonprofit literary organization, supporting poetry throughout the city. Their publications have included works by Jessica Helen Lopez, Zachary Kluckman and more. At this particular event, which will run from 6 to 9pm, more than a dozen poets will mingle while some vend wares (not just books—but things like ornaments, T-shirts as well). A $5 donation gets you in the door and a first row seat for all the festivities—including a slide show, music and readings. As a bonus, the money goes right back to supporting this phenomenal homegrown organization.