Erotica writing workshop “Power writing: Sexual Poems and Paragraphs” with Nancy Ava Miller at Self Serve (3904B Central SE). Details aplenty in this week’s Culture Shock column.
Tonight! Bands, Birds & Batteries
• Birds & Batteries with Excalico, The Gatherers and Mark Matos Os Beaches. 8:30 p.m. at Low Spirits. Read all about the band in this week’s Alibi.
Tonight! Vincent Van Gogh, free films at Fort Union Drive-in, Bayou Ball
• Vincent, a one-man play about Vincent Van Gogh, is showing at 2 p.m. Details aplenty in this week’s Culture Shock column.
• Double-feature show of classic films made in New Mexico. Screenings at the Fort Union Drive-in in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Starts at 8 p.m., event is FREE. Read more at in Reel World.
• S.O.S Bayou Ball, a benefit for the Louisiana wetlands, 6 p.m. to midnight. at Blackbird Buvette. Features DJ Gray and acts Up the Holler, The Porter Draw and the Blue Rose Ramblers. Read the full story in Music to Your Ears.
Tonight! New micro art space, dance party, 48-Hour Film
• Best of Albuquerque 48-Hour Film Project screening at the KiMo Theatre. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale online. Read more in Reel World.
• Post Burial, a monthly dance party, is taking place at Blackbird Buvette at 9 p.m. Featuring DJ Evans. FREE event. See the flyer here.
• Art opening for Impossible Objects: Various Small Fires, an interactive exhibit at a new micro art space, Generator (723 Silver SW. Read Arts Editor Patricia Sauthoff’s gallery preview.
A novel about the newsroom
Journalism may be a dying art, but novelist Tom Rachman breathes life back into the newsroom in The Imperfectionists, his debut novel. But don’t be mistaken; journalism has never seemed more unappealing than in Rachman’s chronicle of misfits. The book is set in Rome, the site of an international English-language newspaper, which was founded in the 1950s for mysterious reasons. Now, long past its heyday, the paper is host to a bevy of characters who limp along in their work and in their personal lives.
Each chapter is devoted to a particular character and member of the staff. Some of them include copy editor Ruby Zaga, who hides from her loneliness in hotel rooms, Editor-in-chief Kathleen Solson, a woman dealing with her husband’s infidelity, and publisher Oliver Ott, a recluse with an obsession with his dog.
The novel is all about character development, and Rachman’s portrayal of each journalist allows the reader to piece together an image of the quirky newsroom. The character development extends to the paper itself—the chapters are interspersed with flashbacks from the beginnings of the publication, when it was a bit more glamorous. Finally, the fate of the paper is revealed in the last chapter, along with why it was founded in the first place. Read the New York Times Sunday Book Review right here.
Today! Multimedia Native arts
Multimedia shows at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe begins today and runs through Jan. 2, 2011. Read more in the Alibi Arts section.
Today! Coop and Garden Tour
Self-guided 2010 Coop and Garden Tour in the city, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lap up all the juicy, juicy deets.
Today! Coop and Garden Tour, adult storytime, Duke City Shootout
• Premiere shooting of the Duke City Shootout at Popejoy Hall at 7 p.m., which includes screenings of six short films all shot here in Albuquerque. Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary lays it on ya.
• Self-guided 2010 Coop and Garden Tour in the city, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow. Juicy, juicy deets.
• What’s “Storytime for Grownups” at 3:30 p.m.? Arts Editor Patricia Sauthoff explains it all.
Tonight! Wolves, jazz, Saltine Ramblers, Fame
• Filmmaker Elke Duerr will give a presentation on Mexican Gray Wolves at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth NW) at 8 p.m. Also a live jazz performance and live auction. Read more about it in Reel World.
• CD release party and concert for local band The Saltine Ramblers. They perform with The Porter Draw and Big Sad Guy at Low Spirits Club, 2823 Second Street NW, $5, 21-and-over. Read about them here.
• Opening night of Fame at the Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW). Runs through Aug. 8. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. I wanna learn how to fly.
Pop goes your Friday: Two Door Cinema Club
Are you sick of mainstream music’s never-ending canon of Nickelback? I know I am. That’s why I’ve turned to Two Door Cinema Club, an Irish electro-pop that released its debut album this summer. Two of the three band members, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird, met in cub scouts. The pair reunited in high school, and was joined by Sam Halliday (Kevin was trying to date all of Sam and Alex’s female friends). Since then, they have made music resembling that of Bloc Party, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie. Their name comes from a mispronunciation of Tudor Cinema, a local movie theater in Bangor, Ireland. The Irish popsters hit the United States in October for a 2010 tour, playing in clubs around the country and making a stop at the Austin City Limits music festival on Oct. 9. Visit Two Door Cinema Club’s MySpace page to hear music or download the CD, Tourist History.