This weekend, two authors come to Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) to tell vastly different stories of survival. The first, on Friday, Jan. 3 at 6pm is Laura Ramnarace fictional tale Sung Home of a 16-year-old’s wilderness excursion over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house in the postapocalyptic Mogollon Mountains of Southwestern NM. The second, on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3pm is Karen O'Reilly’s memoir Tell Me Why You Fled: True Stories of Seeking Refuge that details her experience working with African refugees throughout the continent. Both authors will be on hand to read and sign copies of their new books. For more information on either of these free, all-ages events, see bkwrks.com.
Free for All
By Friday, Jan. 3, you should have already been tested and have a better handle on how your New Year’s resolutions are going to work out. If you have resolved to make this the year you the drive up to Santa Fe more often to see some of the world-class art that the city has to offer, perhaps this First Free Friday at MoCNA is the right time to avail yourself of the opportunity to see the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (108 Cathedral Pl., Santa Fe) for free from 5pm to 7pm. Rumor has it there will be hot cocoa as well. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see iaia.edu/mocna.
Free for You
You are a New Mexican, right? Or at least you’ve got a driver’s license that says so, don’t you? This Sunday, Jan. 5, is New Mexico Resident Free Sunday at the Museum of International Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe) from 10am to 5pm. Start the year out right by checking out the supernatural entities of the exhibit Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan for free while watching Texans and New Yorkers reach for their wallets. For more information on this free, all-ages event for New Mexicans, see internationalfolkart.org.
Photo by Clarke Condé
If you have spent much of the previous holiday in a sloth-like state (no, not Missouri), maybe it’s time to get outside and into the beautiful Rio Grande Valley for Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 8am at the Open Space Visitor Center – Albuquerque (6500 Coors Blvd. NW). This is the place to see all the birds that call our river their winter home. Bundle up and leave your pets behind for this guided hike through the cottonwoods. Space is limited for this free event. Call 897-8831 for more information and to register.