Say Cheese—During the first few decades following the invention of photography, photographers scoured the world in an attempt to document our planet's varied human inhabitants. Examples of these early images will be on display starting this week at the UNM Art Museum in an exhibit titled First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples (1848-1880). The show opens Tuesday, Feb. 7, and runs through May 14. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. 277-7312.
Six Ways to Fondle an Elephant
New German Photography at the Richard Levy Gallery
World War II ended more than 60 years ago, long before most of us were even born, yet the big mama of global industrialized conflicts still colors our ideas about Germans. An exhibit of recent German photography is currently running at the Richard Levy Gallery Downtown. Appropriately titled New German Photography, you would expect this show to have at least some bearing on the national personality, both actual and perceived, of the German people. It doesn't disappoint.
The Scale Wallah
Harwood Art Center
Our friends over at the Italian American Home Theater are once again stepping outside the living room for a performance at the Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW) starting this weekend. The Scale Wallah, written and performed by Frank Melcori, is a piece involving a mysterious scale and a man who appears to be homeless. Find out more at the show running Fridays at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 17. The performance features DJ Outlaw, and a portion of proceeds will benefit Albuquerque Rescue Mission. $10. 242-6367.
Trinity Plus One
Vicki Bolens specializes in prints and collages. Renee B. Gentz creates elaborate quilted wall pieces. Susan Kennedy makes highly original jewelry out of semiprecious stones and sterling. The work of all three ladies will be on display at the Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE) at an exhibit opening with a reception this Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 28. While you're there, check out some paintings and pastel pieces by Margi Weir upstairs. 268-6828.
The Big Book of Porn: A Penetrating Look at the World of Dirty Movies
First, let's get one thing straight: This book, which came out last month, is not pornography—it's about pornography. Whether you take one of the religious, feminist, repressed or missionary positions, or that of the enthusiast, it is undeniable that human sexual behavior is incredibly interesting. Just imagine this book on your coffee table. Think of how many people would thumb through it when they popped in for a (much sexier) visit. "It's not porn, ladies. I'm not really into porn, I'm just interested in learning," you might say, as you mentally snicker about all of the clever hiding places and disguises this book has clued you into. Now imagine scrambling to remove the book from your coffee table when mumsie drops by. Mom doesn't want to see that kind of thing, so maybe, like actual porn, you shouldn't keep this fantastic coffee table book on the coffee table.
Authors' Month in Albuquerque
By this point in our city's year-long birthday bashola, you probably realize that every month has a different cultural theme. We've been through Food Month and Theater Month and Dance Month, and I think there was even a Plumbing Month thrown somewhere in the mix. (Did you catch that one?) During February, we're celebrating local authors.
Spit-shine Your Writing 'til It Gleams
On three Saturdays throughout the month of February, various hotshot local authors will teach a series of writing workshops on a range of subjects for the low, low price of $35 per session. To make reservations, contact Lucinda Lucero Sachs by calling 768-3557 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.