This week in the youth of america, bacon, lolz and Western swing
Want to travel and experience the world and all its different cultures but don't have the time or money? Well now you can! On Thursday, April 13, on Cornell Mall, just east of UNM's Student Union Building is the International Festival. UNM's international students and people from the community will share their cultures via food, crafts, clothing and performances. This is a fun and entertaining way to expand your knowledge and learn something new about someone different from you, all without needing a passport. The event is free and lasts from 10am-2pm. (Taylor Grabowsky)
Carl Sagan famously said, “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Ponder that for a minute. Keep pondering—there's a lot to unpack in that one sentence. Now toss in demigods, alter-egos and the meaning of life. Okay, now write a whole play about the questions and ideas that arise from that exciting mixture of things. Oh, wait! Someone already did that so you don't have to. Wade through your physical perception of the universe toward the Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe Thursdays-Sundays to see Theater Grottesco's performance of PIE. Regular tickets range from $12-$25, but Thursday performances are pay-what-you-wish and April 14 is a special $100 per person gala. Regular showings are at 7pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. (Renée Chavez)
The phrase “The Best Kind,” invokes an idea of happiness, relief and satisfaction, but this honors thesis show documents something that once found out is anything but those comforting terms. Kelly Watson is showing her work that chronicles her journey living with cancer at Exhibit/208 this Friday, April 14, in addition to another exhibition Good to Go, showcasing the works of Heidi Pollard. Watson will be presenting her testimony of this incredible undertaking through prints, photography and multimedia works from 5-8pm, otherwise stop by Thursday-Saturday from 10am-4pm until April 29, to see this beautifully eye-opening show. (Rini Grammer)
The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs and Warehouse 508 have come together to teach kids that being an artist can be a viable way to live through a series of five workshops called Youth Engagement. Beginning this Saturday, April 15, kids from 11-20 can learn how to identify skills attained through hobbies that can be used for income. A lot of artistic hobbies are often regarded as “just for fun” when the skills learned can be used in many careers like therapy, marketing, graphic and interior design, just to name a few. The workshops cover hip-hop dance, financial literacy, poetry, t-shirt printing and social justice art. The dates following this Saturday's event are April 22, May 13 and May 20. These free workshops require a reservation—call Shaina Saint-Lôt at (505) 383-6215 or email her at shaina.
I have begun fasting in preparation for the Bacon, Beer and Blues festival at the Balloon Fiesta Park this Saturday, Apr. 15. My tummy will be an empty vessel, poised to receive the bacon-themed delicacies of 50 local restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, and gourmet food companies and the sudsy products of 12 local craft breweries. But more importantly: My spirit will be purified and ready to accept the unmitigated truth dished out by three of the best local blues bands. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $35 for a Bacon & Beer Premier Pass. The party starts at 11am. I will be avoiding the eating contest. Competition mars the spiritual journey, you know. (Joshua Lee)
And if you live for the laughs, you'll want to make absolutely sure you cop a ticket for the 11th Annual Southwest FunnyFest. This year's lineup includes four funny women whose names you might recognize from Conan or The Tonight Show, like Dana Goldberg and Erin Foley. Not only will you get to hear fresh material from the nation's finest, but a portion of the proceeds from this event held at the KiMo Theatre go toward New Mexico AIDS Services. Even the price tag of $22-$32 is laughably little for seeing such top talent this Saturday, April 15, at 7:30pm. (Maggie Grimason)
First, the genre of Americana is growing in influence and popularity across the USA. Second, my old pal Brett Sparks (The Handsome Family) reminded me that the genre was originally a marketing ploy devised by country-Western radio industry types who wanted a broader audience. With that in mind, it's high time you sauntered down to a place where you can get a load of some real American music. On Wednesday, April 19, that place is Sister. Steve Hammond & his High Plains Grifters will be playing a show with the UNM Honky Tonk Ensemble, as well as The Tumbleweeds. Hammond (Leeches of Lore) is a cultural treasure whose intense interest in honky tonk has sounded new sonic alarms across the city. The college folks are led by Dr. Kristina Jacobsen, a musicologist with a flair for bringing our nation's folk traditions to the fore. The Tumbleweeds feature a traditional Western swing ensemble fronted by legendary Texan fiddler Joe Carter. So, if you wanna be witness to the real deal—not the radio-friendly version—you ought to go; for 21+ cowpokes, it'll be free to park your horse and leave your spurs at the door. (August March)