Listening to Mother Jones talk about her life in an Irish pub may seem like the meatier part of Heaven, but she would likely agree it is far superior to standing in a cold creek listening to her ask what you want to do with your own. To further the point, Vivian Nesbitt brings her one-woman musical Mother Jones in Heaven about the “grandmother of all agitators” to Albuquerque for a one-night only performance on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7pm at the Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living (4374 Alexander Blvd. NE). Swearing delivered in an Irish accent by a grandmotherly type will quickly orientate theatergoers to the depths of the struggles this icon of the American Labor Movement endured with songs to match. For more information and $20 tickets for this 11-and-over event, see motherjonesinheaven.com.
The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance brings to the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at Carlisle Gym (UMN Main Campus) Paradigm Tilt, a student-choreographed showcase by artistic directors Amanda Hamp and Eva Encinias-Sandoval for five performances beginning Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 for staff and students, $10 for faculty and seniors and $12 for the general public. For more information, tickets and a listing of all performances, see theatre.unm.edu.
Author and playwright Octavio Solis comes to Bookworks Albuquerque (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6pm to sit down for what promises to be a wide-ranging conversation with playwright Erik Ehn centered around his new book of stories about his life growing up along the border in El Paso, Texas. Filled with tales of prejudice and struggle, Retablos is a glimpse into a way of life that has changed, but clearly not as much as it should. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see bkwrks.com.