Poet Matthew Brown headlines Voices in the Barrio on Thursday, Feb. 13 starting at 7pm at El Chante: Casa de Cultura (804 Park Ave. SW). Brown is the author of Verbrennen and Among God & Other Drugs. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see elchantecasadecultura.org.
Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill (3011 Monte Vista Blvd. NE) brings to the stage 10 short comedies for Valentine’s Day weekend, starting on Friday, Feb. 14 with an 8pm performance. Highlights of the Valentine's Weekend Comedy Short Play Festival include two works by Albuquerque playwrights, Asking For It by Vicki Meagher and Asteroid! by Mark Flaherty. Tickets are $20 with a variety of discounts, including $5 off for couples. For more information and to purchase tickets, see auxdogtheatre.org.
James Cady directs the Rebecca Gilman adaptation of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers at The Vortex Theatre (2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE) for 12 performances starting Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30pm. Following along the themes of the longing of the marginalized common in McCullers’ novels, The Vortex Theatre brings to the stage a poignant valentine for the lonely. Tickets for opening weekend are $17. For more information and tickets to this performance, see vortexabq.org.
Like to do stuff that doesn’t involve leaving your yard? The Great Backyard Bird Count is exactly like it sounds—it’s you, in your yard, counting birds. What’s the point? It turns out that we have inadvertently forced our climate to rapidly change and with it, the migratory patterns of birds. You can help the folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology figure out what is going on by counting the birds you see and letting them know what you saw. They’ve set up the website birdcount.org to help you identify bird species and communicate your numbers. The ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden (2601 Central Ave. NW) is also holding a free, all-ages get together for birders on the count on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8:30am to 11am to get Burqueños counting.
Sonia Luévano brings her sacred heart paintings to a pop-up show at OT Circus (709 Central Ave. NW) on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6pm to 8pm. Luévano’s work in oil fills the frames with the passion of a vibrant, burning heart for one night only on the heels of St. Valentine’s Day. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see otcircus.com.