This week in being earnest, everything Earth Day, math parties, the last dance at Low Spirits and more.
You won't need an alibi (well, obviously you'll need this Alibi for all the info) to get away from it all at The Vortex Theatre this Friday, April 21. See The Importance of Being Earnest, a scandalous play making fun of Victorian moral values like social codes, courting (i.e. sexual restraint) and elitism. Follow Jack Worthing—a man leading a double life—as he leaves his alternate identity to find love. In this scandalous tale, while being pursued by his ward, Jack proclaims his love for another woman as his alter-ego, Ernest. To marry the woman, Jack must reveal his true identity to his friend—and cousin of his beloved—Algernon Moncrieff. While telling Algernon about his “real” life, Algernon's interest is piqued at the description of Jack's ward. The play follows the men awkwardly navigating romance, truth and friendship. See the play Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm until May 14. (Megan Reneau)
I read this headline last Easter that said I could grow stuff from my leftovers. So, I buried a hambone in the backyard and waited for a ham tree to grow. It never happened. Needless to say, this year's dinner went poorly. Which is why I'm going to a free class this Saturday—Backyard Farming: Successful Plant Practices and Selecting Materials—in the hopes that some experts can show me how to plan and design my home garden landscape before Thanksgiving. The workshop is open to the public and starts at 9am, April 22, at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. (Joshua Lee)
Make a Planeteer out of your child by taking them to the Children's Seed Festival this Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. From 10am-2pm, kids will learn about seed structure and germination, how to differentiate the seeds of various plants, how to create ideal conditions for seeds to germinate and how to care for plants after germination through a variety of games like a mystery seed lab, seed trivia game and seed ball creation.
There will also be other activities like a story time and face painting as well as the multitude of other things you can do at the Botanical Gardens like tour the gardens and greenhouses, play on the playground, watch the miniature train travel through the little towns, grab a bite to eat or pop over to the aquarium. All kids will receive a Seed Festival bag to pack all their goodies from the day and one lucky kid will win a one-year membership to the BioPark for their whole family! Entry to the Botanical Gardens for N.M. residents is free for children under three, $4-$6 for kids 3-12, $5-$8 for seniors and $9-$15 for adults (13-64). (Megan Reneau)
If you do the math—and if you go any further with this, chances are you're into math—it is easy to surmise that you have to be odd to be number one. And so, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites us all to embrace our inner geek at the National Math Fiesta this Saturday, April 22, from 11am-2pm. A celebration of art, fractals, math, and perhaps most importantly, fun, this prodigious party is free with admission to the museum. The fractal planetarium show is an additional $5. (Maggie Grimason)
Earth Day is coming! Technically, isn't every day an Earth day? I digress. Instead of simply turning off your lights for an hour, trek out to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge for Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice. On Saturday, April 22, from 1-4pm you can honor Mother Earth by learning something new at educational booths, enjoying music, eating free food, participating in fun activities and more. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. The point of it all is to “honor and organize for … our rights to a healthy environment.” Also, it's part of the five-day Decolonizing Nature conference (see our Arts section for more info) sponsored by The National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM and more. Let's all unite for justice and this marvelous planet we call home. (Renée Chavez)
The prolific writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” If this quote describes you, check out the first ever Albuquerque Type-In happening on Sunday, April 23, at Nexus Brewery. Bring your typewriter over for some good, old-fashioned clickety-clacking. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than getting writing done and surrounding yourself with the dinging sounds emanating from all those returns. From 1-5pm you can type to your heart's desire, but maybe keep the bleeding to a minimum. (Taylor Grabowsky)
So if one is to believe the truth and beauty inherently found on the interwebz through the agency of social media, then it is very possible the last show ever at Low Spirits will be happening on Tuesday, April 25. Though the venue is officially closed for good, one event continues to get press. And since officials from the venue didn't ever get back to us after we read with uncustomary paranoia that the event could be moved to the Launchpad (we checked and it ain't true), we are going to tell you to go anyway and find out for yourself. Sally Ford and Molly Burch, two of this nation's most excellent singer-