The New Mexico Humanities Council is playing host to a juried art exhibit curated by the New Mexico African American Arts Guild; it opens Jan. 10 and closes March 29, and we solidly recommend you go. The exhibition, entitled Matters of the Heart: Black Art Speaks, is a moving collection of pieces by artists of African descent, exploring a complex range of expressions, including works by award-winning artists Kenneth Winfrey, Edna McIver, Karen Jones Meadows and Doris Fields. More information available at nmhum.org.
Albuquerque comedian Kaatje Gotcha is arguably the bravest woman in Albuquerque. A former stuntwoman, she became paralyzed after her parachute failed to open during a jump from a plane, and this led to her new life as a wheelchair-bound comedian living with constant pain. This weekend, Gotcha and friends (comedians Curt Fletcher, Kris Shaw, Adam James, Celeste Garcia and Alan Charlee) are holding a couple of comedy fundraisers to help her buy a new wheelchair pillow. Friday, Jan. 11 at Boiler Monkey Bistro; and Saturday Jan. 12, at Moonlight Lounge. Both shows start at 6:30pm.
Think you’ve got what it takes to shake it, shake shake shake shake it, to Shakespeare? If so, this weekend is the time to polish up all y’alls thees and thous and git yerself over to The Vortex, to audition for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. Formerly “Shakespeare on the Plaza,” the festival is auditioning actors for three plays to be performed this summer at New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park. Auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 4pm; and Sunday, Jan. 13 from 5 to 9pm, at The Vortex. More information available at vortexabq.org.