Albuquerque poets come together to reflect on the victims of the terrorist murders in El Paso, Texas earlier this month. 22 Poems: A Benefit Reading and Candlelight Vigil for El Paso will be held at National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6pm to 8pm. Donations benefit the El Paso Shooting Victims' Fund. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see nhccnm.org.
The world was coming apart in 1916. In one little chaotic part of northern France, eight unionist soldiers from the soon-to-be chaotic northern part of the island of Ireland headed into one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Opening Friday, Aug. 30 at The Vortex Theatre (2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE) at 7:30pm, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme mixes the horror of World War I with the personal stories that brought the men there. For more information and specially-priced $17 opening weekend tickets, see vortexabq.org.
You and your toddler have been getting away with it for awhile now, but you are making everybody sick. Well, everybody that is a duck, really. If you didn’t already know, you can’t feed ducks (or other waterfowl) bread. Don’t give them Cheetos, popcorn or tortillas either. It’s not good for them and it fouls the water that we are trying to keep fowled. Instead, bring your bread on down to Bread Amnesty Day at Tingley Beach on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9am to 1pm and trade it in for waterfowl-friendly pellets. For more information about this free, all-ages event, see cabq.gov.
Take another final look at the month of August with Mark Jakubowski as OT Circus (709 Central Ave. NW) presents Eche Otro Vistazo — the Art of Jakubowski on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 5pm to 9pm. If you, like Jakubowski, “get high on funky peculiarities,” “think out of order” or believe “colors are magic,” then you are not going to want to miss this one-night-only display of paintings. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see otcircus.com.
Lance Ryan McGoldrick unofficially introduces the soon-to-be installed work A Place to Ponder on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6pm to 9pm at Factory on 5th Gallery (1715 Fifth Street NW). The first in a series of installations collectively called Lost Highways, A Place to Ponder is described as“an interactive water cube” that will soon find its home in the Lincoln County town of Carrizozo atop a platform made of charred lumber. “With Lost Highways, I want to help people slow down, explore and reconnect with nature, through the beauty of New Mexico,” says McGoldrick. “There are already so many reasons to take a road trip. My sculptures are added excuse to indulge in a little adventure.” For more information about this free, all-ages preview event for this site-specific installation, see losthighwaysnm.com.