It is hard to say exactly how many municipal solid waste departments around the country have their own custom designed T-shirts that they sell to the general public, but this Sunday you can count Albuquerque among that number. That’s right, those of you who had previously been limited to wearing a trash bag as a shirt to show your Albuquerque Solid Waste Management pride will soon be able to don a fresh T-shirt with the now-ubiquitous One Albuquerque logo in a flattering light blue. The fun begins with a T-shirt launch party at Canteen Brewhouse (2381 Aztec Rd NE) this Sunday from 4pm to 7pm with music by Le Chat Lunatique. T-shirts will be available for $20 and those sporting the same will receive a discount on their bar tab.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s poetry brings a personal perspective on that border we have all heard so much about recently. From the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, USA, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México, Fronteriza poet Scenters-Zapico comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St SW) this Friday to read selections of her work including the premiere of four new poems on the theme of poetry and democracy. The reading is preceded by a walk along the Rio Grande Bosque led by Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero and New Mexico Centennial Poet Levi Romero to read and contemplate Scenters-Zapico’s “When the Desert Made Us Visible” and Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” The walk begins at 5pm and the reading at 6:30pm. Both are free and open to the public.
If you like contemporary choral productions, biographies about American gay rights icons and driving out to Rio Rancho, then you are going to love I Am Harvey Milk. Billed as “part choral work, part theater piece,” the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus presents the Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa’s ode to the late, great Harvey Milk who became the first openly gay man elected to political office in California and was subsequently gunned down for his trouble. The performance is this Sunday at 3pm at the V. Sue Cleveland H.S. Concert Hall (4800 Laban Rd NE) in Rio Rancho. Tickets range from $20 to $35. For more information see nmgmc.org.
With roughly half the world’s population, it follows that the world’s collective source of basic information known as Wikipedia should derive more than 10% of their information from women. Clearly, that is not the case. The international editorial movement Art+Feminism aims to change that by hosting an annual edit-a-thon to teach aspiring editors to the world’s online encyclopedia how to edit, update and add to the content on the site. Locally, the UNM Art Museum, in conjunction with UNM Libraries, the Tamarind Institute and The Necessarian will host an edit-a-thon this Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the UNM Art Museum on the University of New Mexico Albuquerque campus. This event is free and open to the public.