UNM Art Museum hosts a public conversation and book signing with Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre, creators of the exhibit currently on display To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6pm to 9pm at the Rodey Theatre (203 Cornell Dr. SE) on the main campus of UNM. They will be joined by the museum’s curator of prints and photographs, Mary Statzer, and D’Santi Nava, one of the exhibit’s subjects. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see artmuseum.unm.edu.
In January 1986 a school teacher named Christa McAuliffe boarded the space shuttle Challenger and died soon after in an explosion that took her life and the lives of six other crew members, as school children across the country watched in horror from their classrooms. National tragedies have sadly become commonplace, but it was a defining moment for a generation. Jane Anderson’s play, Defying Gravity,which loosely revolves around this event and the impact it had on the play’s characters and the nation, opens on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30pm at Mother Road Theatre Company (6320 Domingo Rd. NE). For more information and tickets to this all-ages event, see motherroad.org.
As this week of climate action spreads through the state, the Museum of Encaustic Art (632 Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe) is opening Global Warming is REAL on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4pm. This third annual juried exhibit features works from 38 artists working in a variety of encaustic media as they consider the mounting evidence of a very real, very present danger that could impact not only all life on the planet, but also their work which responds poorly to high temperatures. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see moeart.org.
Do you have something to say about the existential threat of our own making that will soon end civilization as we know it? Then come on down to the Climate Crisis Expression Session at Warehouse 508 (508 First Street NW) on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7pm and get on the list to join popular Burque Revolt poets and others taking part in the Albuquerque Week of Climate Action. As always, leave the stinky perfumes and hateful, derogatory poems at home. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see burquerevoltpoetryslam.wordpress.com.