The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is all of Shakespeare’s plays condensed into a two-hour comedic escapade performed by three actors and an audience primed to play along. Opening this Friday, July 12 at the Vortex Theatre (2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE), this Ryan Jason Cook-directed play promises to be a quick, lighthearted take on a vast amount of material. Expect to be involved. Tickets are $24 and the curtain is at 7:30pm. For more information and tickets for this all-ages event, see vortexabq.org.
The 505 Poetry Slam Scrimmage is on deck, with three local slam squads seeking the crown. Will it be Mindwell Poetry, Burque Revolt or the youngsters of the ABQ Unidos Youth Team that find their voices soaring to incredible heights of slam poetry excellence in The Duke City at El Chante: Casa de Cultura (804 Park Ave. SW) on Friday, July 12 at 7pm? You are definitely not going to want to miss this epic showdown, but you may want to find out more information about this free, all-ages event by taking a look at burquerevoltpoetryslam.wordpress.com.
Unexpected indeed are the 34 examples of alternative, non-digital photography that comprise the exhibit Unexpected Narratives: Explorations Between Photography and Printmaking, opening Friday, July 12 from 5pm to 8pm at Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery (3812 Central Ave. SE). Touting “15 different techniques featured in the exhibition,” this exhibit offers an opportunity to look beyond your phone at the rich variety of photographic print processes still in use today by photographers around the world. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see remarqueprintshop.com.
Dispel your ignorance with a visit to Shark and Ray Awareness Day at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium (2601 Central Ave. NW) on Sunday, July 13 from 10am to 2pm. Learn about these cold-eyed fish and spend some time with the aquarium’s black tip, sand tiger, sandbar, nurse and zebra sharks. Be sure to ask the ichthyologists on hand questions like: Do sharks cure cancer, should I punch a shark in the nose and why is New Mexico not the state with the fewest shark attacks? All the shark fun you can shake a fin at is included with ABQ BioPark admission. For more information on this all-ages event, see abqbiopark.com.