Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill presents the world premiere of New Mexican playwright Andy Mayo’s Blood and Water on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8pm at Aux Dog X-Space (3015 Monte Vista Blvd. NE). Set in the vast and lonely desert of New Mexico, two brothers clash over long-kept secrets in a style reminiscent of the work of Sam Shepard. Love, revenge and sibling rivalry play out on the intimate Aux Dog stage under the direction of VJ Liberatori. For more information and discounted $12 opening weekend tickets, see auxdogtheatre.org.
See the work of visual artists Raymond Sandoval, Michele Parlee, Alejandro Lomeli and Pamela Enriquez-Courts at the opening reception for Cuatro Corazones One Spirit at South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd. SE) on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5pm to 8pm. For more information about this free, all-ages event, see southbroadwaytickets.com.
Tamarind Institute brings to Albuquerque a full day symposium titled Head of a Woman to explore the intersection of collaborative printmaking and the women’s movement on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Ventana Salon within Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain Rd. SW). Doors open at 9:30am to hear from experts from around the country, as well as those closer to home, as they delve into the rich history of the past 60 years. After the close of the symposium at 6pm, head up to Tamarind Institute (2500 Central Ave. SE) for their Win/Win auction event and after party. For more information about both of these events, to RSVP. for the symposium and to buy tickets for the auction event, see tamarind.unm.edu.
If you find yourself in the post-industrial place that is the Sawmill District on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 14, you should take a moment to lose yourself in the post-serene abstract paintings of Robyn Frank. Spur Line Supply Co. (800 20th St. NW) hosts an opening reception for Frank’s Becoming between 3pm and 5pm. As described, “The compositions seek to create an intangible space where the past, present and future assemblages of our self culminate in a soft expanse of possibility.” For more information on this free, all-ages event, see robynafrank.com.
Throughout July 1776, it’s a safe bet that not a single thought of the land that became New Mexico entered the mind of anyone in the entire city of Philadelphia. But in Santa Fe, a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, set out to find a new route to the California coast (and trouble). The story, as told in David Roberts’ new book Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest, is full of Southwestern exploration, adventure and, of course, horse-eating. Roberts reads from his book on Monday, Sept. 16 at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) at 6pm. For more information at this free, all-ages event, see bkwrks.com.