As a prolific painter, Jesse Littlebird brings us another installment of his vision with Coyote: A Solo Exhibition of Jesse Littlebird opening at Up Gallery (105 Fourth Street SW) on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6pm to close. In Littlebird’s own words, his work is “inspired by dreams, prophecies and stories that are common among Earthly rooted people for generations.” For more information about this free, all-ages event, see jesselittlebird.com.
Rusty Rutherford brings 10 comedians to Tractor Brewing – Wells Park (1800 Fourth Street NW) on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8pm for First Friday's Comedy Contest - Battle of the Sexes 2020. Five women and five men yuk it up and try to outdo each other in this binary gender throwdown. For more information on this free event, see rustycomedy.com.
516 ARTS (516 Central Ave. SW) opens the solo exhibit of Mexico City artist Tania Candiani with a reception on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6pm to 8pm. Its first showing in the U.S., Tania Candiani: Cromática is a multi-media exhibit rooted in ancestral craft. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see 516arts.org.
Josephine Baker set the bar for sexy in interwar Europe. Dubbed the “Black Pearl,” Baker made it out of the slums of St. Louis and onto the finest French stages as a dancer wearing practically nothing but bananas. She was the first African-American to star in a major movie. She had a pet cheetah, palled around with Hemingway, served as a French spy in the resistance and adopted a dozen children. Want to hear more? Assistant Professor of European History at the University of New Mexico Tiffany Florvil will expound on Baker’s fascinating life at a public lecture titled “Josephine Baker: A Black Venus in Europe” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3pm at UNM School of Architecture's George Pearl Hall Auditorium (UNM Main Campus). Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for Albuquerque International Association members. For more information on this all-ages event, see abqinternational.org.