OT Circus (709 Central Ave. NW) presents Through Her Eyes, the first solo show of paintings by Jessica Rueda with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 at 5pm. As it is also ArtWalk, OT Circus will additionally host Amanda Kexel painting faces, Ben Sears tabling wire-wrapped jewelry and the baked goods of Edu Maid Café. It promises to be a warm night in Albuquerque, so slip on your walking shoes (as opposed to your loafers) and make this event part of a summer Downtown checking out the great art this city offers. For more information on this free, all-ages events, see otcircus.com.
The history of the Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Restaurant is on display this week at the gallery now known simply as Sanitary Tortilla Factory (401 Second Street SW). Artists influential in the development of Albuquerque’s downtown art scene in the late 20th century, including Paul Akmajian, Kim Arthun, Inez Foose, Tina Fuentes, David Levinthal, Frank McCulloch, Wes Mills, Susan Ricker, Larry Smith and Jeanette Williams will show their work in the perfectly named exhibit Love, Art & Tortillas opening Friday, July 5 from 6pm to 9pm. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see sanitarytortillafactory.org.
A Journey into the Absurd is not a trip to Smith’s late on a Friday night, but rather the new play directed by Paul Ford and opening this Friday, July 5 at TLab (110 Gold Ave. SE). The short stories of Eugene Ionesco are brought to stage by Theatre-in-the-Making, which incidentally will be celebrating its 30th anniversary providing theatre and theatre education in New Mexico this month. Tickets for this performance are $15 and curtain is at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information about this all-ages event, see theatreinthemaking.org.
To Be Continued: A Conversation Series with New Mexico Artists is the first in a two-part series of public conversations moderated by Tamarind Institute Gallery Director Nancy Zastudil on—among other things—collaboration and perseverance with New Mexican artists Harmony Hammond, Johnnie Winona Ross, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa. This event will be held at the Tamarind Institute (2500 Central Ave. SE) on Wednesday, July 10 at 6pm. Part two, a similar conversation with New Mexican artists James Drake, Tom Joyce and Susan York, is being held on Thursday, July 25. For more information about both of these free, all-ages events, see tamarind.unm.edu.