Albuquerque artist Sarah Cummings presents a one-day show of her work titled Chrysalis - The Art of Sarah Cummings at OT Circus (709 Central Ave. NW) on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5pm to 9pm. In a unique approach to financing the show, OT Circus will be holding a raffle every half-hour during the exhibit, where the artist will be raffling off a total of eight “artsy prizes.” Get yourself a raffle ticket for $5 or five for $20 and go home with something unexpected. One hundred percent of the raffle money goes to the artist, so how can you go wrong? For more information on this free, all-ages event, see otcircus.com.
You can make all the jokes you want about hippies, but New Mexico was just far out enough from the rest of American culture in the ’60s to become a haven for those interested in tuning in, turning on, etc. to become inextricably linked to the counterculture movement in ways that can still be felt today. Join historian Jack Loeffler at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain Rd. NW) on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 1pm for Counterculture in New Mexico as he uses audio clips to delve into the ways in which the culture and geography of New Mexico influenced the counterculture movement and vice versa. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see cabq.gov/museum.
If you enjoy the open spaces and backyard places of Albuquerque but would like to know more about the insects that crawl on you while you are there, then join photographer and entomologist Dave Melius on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1pm at Open Space Visitor Center – Albuquerque (6500 Coors Blvd. NW) for Insects of Albuquerque's Open Space: Pollinators and their Predators. Melius presents slides of all your favorite creepy crawlers and maybe some new friends at this this free, all-ages event. Space is limited, so call 897-8831 early to reserve your seat for this bug-filled event.
A Kernel of Inspiration
Photo by Clarke Condé
Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero will be joined by local students and possibly you in creating and performing original poems inspired by the exhibit Seed: Climate Change Resilience on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7pm at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain Rd. NW). Walk through the exhibit and see what sprouts in your mind. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see cabq.gov/museum.
There Goes the Neighborhood
Opening with a reception on Aug. 16 from 5pm to 8pm at Keep Contemporary (142 Lincoln Ave. Santa Fe) is Neighborhood Codices. Three artists—Nani Chacon, Ricardo Estrada and Antonio Mejia—offer their modern vision of the urban indigenous experience as their part of the continuum within the long tradition of urban visual storytelling that began in pre-Columbia Mesoamerica, and continues today on the walls of urban places from the artists’ homes of New Mexico and Los Angeles. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see keepcontemporary.com.