The University of New Mexico’s dance department kicks off its 2019 spring production season with the faculty dance concert, Forefront, opening Friday, Feb. 22 and running through Sunday, March 3 at Rodey Theater. Forefront features the choreography by department faculty, visiting artists and students, in the contemporary and flamenco genres. Francesca Harper, in residency at UNM this past fall, created a new work called “Radical Beasts” with students, about global equality, justice and empowerment. Another work, “Archetype,” by guest artist Kelsey Paschich, examines Jungian archetypes in a celebration of human diversity. “Together,” an athletic piece choreographed by faculty member Vladimir Conde Reche, depicts four women working together. Founder and director of TAKE Dance, Takehiro Ueyama, also contribute a work, entitled “The Game II,” that explores the duality of darkness and light. Two visiting flamenco artists, Agueda Saavedra and Irene La Sentio, each contribute a work of choreography, respectively “Campanas” and “Soleá.” Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for faculty and seniors; and $10 for staff and students. Visit unmtickets.com for details on show times.
Longtime Albuquerque comedian and comedy show producer Kevin Kennedy celebrates his many years on the local comedy scene this week, with a comedy party, Headliners 505 Presents Kevin Kennedy, 20 years of Standup at Tricklock Performance Lab Friday, Feb. 22, starting at 9pm. Kennedy himself will headline the show, emceed by comedian Marty Adamsmith. Other comedians will also perform sets; they include Rusty Rutherford, Mary Byrd and Davyd Roseman. Tickets are $10.
For many centuries, history books have fed us all lies about the reasons tens of millions of Native Americans who were, you know, alive before Europeans arrived in the Americas were suddenly no longer alive after the colonizers showed up. According to Dr. Andrés Reséndez, author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, and a history professor at the University of California, Davis, it was mass slavery, not epidemics or disease, that decimated the Native population of this continent. Reséndez, whose book was a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Bancroft Prize, will give a talk at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6pm. Cost is $10 general admission; free for members of El Rancho de los Golondrinas or the New Mexico Museum Foundation. Copies of Reséndez’ book will be offered for sale, courtesy of Garcia Books, and the author will sign copies after the event.