Alrighty, folks. It’s that time of year again: Comic Con! You know, the singularly holy weekend when dressing up as your favorite anime or comic book character and wandering around in public with your “light saber” hanging out might not actually scare people away. The fun will be happening all weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center, starting Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 20. Special guests will include Lou Diamond Phillips and Joey Fatone (Joey Fatone? Why?), plus wrestlers and former Power Rangers and, welp, you get it. And if you don’t get it, don’t worry about it; you weren’t meant to. For more specifics about the many events and activities being offered we suggest you visit albuquerquecomiccon.com.
The Open Space Visitor Center in Albuquerque seeks New Mexico poets to submit “haiku, haiku-like poems, and short one or two line poems” to be presented at their yearly Poets’ Picnic at the Visitor Center in May. Poems must center on the following themes: nature, the seasons, the Rio Grande’s open spaces, plants, animals, ecology, the bosque or environment. You’re invited to send up to 10 original poems, provided they’ve never been published anywhere else. Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following words in your subject line: “Poets’ Picnic Haiku” by Feb. 11. If your poem is picked, it will be written on a weathergram by professional calligraphers and left to hang in the bosque for a year.
If you need inspiration for the aforementioned haiku-like poetry you intend to write, head to the Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors Blvd. NW) Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 3pm, for what’s being billed (pun intended) as “a contemplative appreciation” of Sandhill Cranes. The official title of the event is Auspicious Cranes: The Crane in Asian Art and Myth. Retired professor and longtime open space volunteer Joelle Collier, PhD, a specialist in Asian culture, will discuss the symbolic importance of these birds in the Far East. Space is limited. Please call to register.