August starts out right with local poet Bianca Sanchez telling it like it is at Burque Revolt Poetry Slam featuring Bianca Sanchez on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Canvas Artistry (3120 Central Ave. SE). As always, leave your hate speech and scented products at home. Nobody at this show wants a whiff of either one of those things. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see burquerevoltpoetryslam.wordpress.com.
Suzanne Sbarge brings to life the dreamy consciousness of our animal selves for the exhibit Suzanne Sbarge: Refresh with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 2 from 5pm to 8pm at Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central Ave. SE). For more information on this free, all-ages event, see mariposa-gallery.com.
Carpet scraps will not be on display at the one-night-only OT Circus (709 Central Ave. NW) group show Remnants on Friday, Aug. 2 from 5pm to 9pm. Instead, mixed media artists Arlaina Ash, Helen Juliet Atkins and Connor Schneider have reworked old pieces to create something new from the remnants of the old. That makes more sense. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see otcircus.com.
Street photography is the order of the day on Friday, August 2 from 5pm to 8pm at The Boiler Monkey (600 Central Ave. SW). Photographer Jeff “The Truth” Hertz presents ACTIVATE! – a show of photographs of last year’s downtown ABQ Artwalk at a fundraiser for a future downtown ABQ Artwalk. This opening reception includes music by Jacob Reinhardt, Cynical Bird and Ruben Cortinas. All proceeds from print sales go to support the continued efforts of ABQ Artwalk. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see boilermonkeybistro.com.
Friday, Aug. 2 brings two openings to the Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW). In the Main Gallery, you will find the paintings of Retablo by Reyes Padilla. In the Front Gallery, it’s Psychic Typographies and Guiltless Repetition by Matthew Bollinger. Both artists will be talking about their work at 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception from 6pm to 8pm. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see harwoodartcenter.org.
Walk the streets of downtown Albuquerque on Friday, Aug. 2 to see a live performance of A Living Archive of Urban Indians. For this guided exploration of “the historic legacy of downtown architectural landmarks for and about Urban Indians in Albuquerque,” you start at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW) at 8pm, then take the shoe leather express to the Alvarado Transportation Center for a second performance and finish with a reception at Tricklock Theatre Performance Lab. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see tricklock.com.