In Burque's booming performing arts community, there's always a cause to celebrate. Whether it's through the use of dance, music or visual arts, Outpost Performance Space has proven to be one of the Duke City's premier spots to catch a glimpse of a prominent performing community since its inception in 1988. To celebrate the Outpost's enduring stance as a venue for the creative arts, people can attend the Second Annual Outpost Gala Fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW). The event will be catered by Slate Street Café and will also include a silent auction, followed by a concert by legendary funk musician Maceo Parker.
As a funk and jazz saxophonist, Parker is noted for his work in the 1960s with the Godfather of Soul himself—Mr. James Brown. So this is surely an event not to be missed. The festivities kick off tomorrow night at 6pm, but the concert happens at 8:30pm. Interested parties have the option to attend the gala dinner and concert for the price of $150, but if the music is all you're interested in, you can buy a ticket for the concert portion of the evening for $30 (general seating) or $50 (VIP seating). Outpost members and students get a $5 discount. Not bad for an unforgettable evening, am I right? Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Fri May 23 • 6-10:30pm • $30-$150 • View on Alibi calendar
Back in September, the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) opened a show culled from the Smithsonian's vast collection. African American Art in the 20th Century exhibits 103 diverse paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints by 43 black artists. Now, in conjunction with the exhibit, Albuquerque Poet Laureate and all-around arts champion Hakim Bellamy presents Hymns, Hers and Hip-Hop at the museum’s monthly 3rd Thursday event. He’s designed the evening around the idea that the complexity of the African-American experience and its ongoing impact can be best expressed only through an amalgamation of mediums. Poets, musicians, singers, rappers, DJs and b-boys will bring meticulous beats, keen observations and adroit movements that explore and expand on the exhibit’s themes and connect them to modern hip-hop culture. The free performances shake out from 5 to 8:30pm tonight, and African American Art in the 20th Century will be on view until next January. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Thu Oct 17 • 5-8:30pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Project Dreamscape is a collaborative installation that takes the form of nine different rooms, each representing a stage in the dream life of Lance Flansberg, an accountant with a humdrum lifestyle. At night, Lance’s dreams come alive. The installation includes sound, video, black lights, diorama and a giant spider. Twelve high school students from the Albuquerque area created the elaborate artwork in conjunction with Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf and the Lead with the Arts program. Fans of Meow Wolf’s major productions (such as 2011’s The Due Return, an immense inter-dimensional ship) will enjoy this new fully immersive installation. It’s truly the stuff of dreams. The opening event is free to the public. Come see this vision of Albuquerque’s youth and partake in Lance’s awe-inspiring and scary dreams. Project Dreamscape opens tonight at 6 p.m. at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW) and will run through June 9. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Fri May 10 • 6-8 pm • View on Alibi calendar
Whether you’re in the mood for bass-tastic electronics, cello rock or folk / chamber pop, there’s something in this week’s Music to Your Ears that’s specifically meant for your eyes and ears. Enjoy music and video from featured acts below.
The next time you’re scheduling lunch or an event for a few hundred, you might consider Old Town. The area usually escapes my attention because I first think: museums, parking, entry fees and finding the place—complicated, right? Wrong.