Maybe it was getting a passport, finding a friend, experiencing grief, choosing the high dive, hearing rock ‘n’ roll for the first time, saying yes or saying no. What experience has changed you? That’s the question behind an event coordinated by the University Heights Association for its neighborhood residents. Each person who takes part gets asked that same question. Responses will be videotaped, audio recorded or handwritten and edited into a documentary video collage about the always-changing University Heights neighborhood.
The event is the first in a year-long project that explores change as a way to connect with others instead of as a barrier to creating community. After all, stories of change make us human and connect us. Imagine comparing stories about your first love, your first home, the first time you had to say goodbye to someone you cared about. Odds are that you’d find more in common with someone than you’d imagined. The project is supported by a grant from the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program. The story project takes place tomorrow, from 7 to 9pm, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice • Tue Apr 1 • 7-9pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Portland’s Gaytheist sounds like they're queering atheism with their name, but a “gay theist” would denote nearly the opposite meaning. Linguistic geekery aside, it’s not just clever signifying. Gaytheist made Out Magazine’s 2012 “Year in Queer Aggro” band list, alongside Torche and Gaahl of Gorgoroth. These anthemic noise rockers rep the new Pacific Northwest underground music scene—home of the Melvins and KARP—sharing stages with peers like Lozen and Nü Sensae, and their phenomenal drummer is also in the ultra-heavy Elitist. Stealth Beats, Gaytheist’s new album, is a solid slab of snarling rock action. Live, they absolutely destroy. “Grunclecore” proponents Gusher have been tearing up the local scene for about two years now, seamlessly melding noise rock and shoegaze to powerful effect. Gusher brings all the heavy without the metal, and they're tight as a tick. [H]ohm is a fairly new instrumental trio—all formerly of Sabertooth Cavity—of Kris Kerby (drums), Hank Galindo (guitar) and Rene Aguilera (bass). Their teaser track on SoundCloud is ambient experimental, but live, they tend more toward math-rockin’ structured improv. One of numerous DIY all-ages events this week, this one takes place at the P&J Center (202 Harvard SE) tomorrow. Bring your own earplugs. (Derek Caterwaul) Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice • Tue Mar 12 • 8:30 pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar
Styrofoam Sanchez, Hora Flora, The Jeebies, Kayfabe Quartet and Javelina coalesce into big bleepy, noisy, jazzy show. Happens on Monday, April 30, at 8:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Admission is $5 and all-ages. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
On Saturday, April 7, the 2bers shares its fourth studio album, DIG, with the world, but it’s not merely a release party. The hip-hop duo—BlesInfinite (Luke Hale) and Eph’Sharpe (Collin Troy)—has been a Burque mainstay since its creation in 1999. With DIG the songwriters/MCs/producers wanted to mark the occasion with something beyond the typical celebratory function.
Poets from around the country will take aim and fire at one another, turning Albuquerque into an O.K. Corral of lyricism. The 2011 Southwest Shootout features wordsmiths from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas and, of course, New Mexico performing their particular flavor of poetry.
On Wednesday, I walked into The Normal Gallery in Barelas to view Scott Williams’ installation With Great Abandon. “Man,” I said with a good deal of exasperation. “That is some weird shit right there.” Williams laughed and said, “That’s the reaction I like.” Scott has placed two space coyotes, yes, space coyotes, in the middle of the gallery. Two stuffed coyote heads have been retrofitted to Williams’ handcrafted astronaut bodies. They’re shaking hands, but eyeing each other suspiciously. I don’t know if there is any way to make stuffed coyote heads eye one another suspiciously or if they do that naturally. Either way, they made my day. Scott said he’s making a statement on the fear people have that humanity won’t survive. He looks at the coyote as a symbol of survival; they flourish even when other species are in decline. Scott is holding out hope for people. Personally, I think we’re doomed, but that’s why Scott is an artist and I’m a writer. You must go see these coyotes. Come between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 24, or by appointment. Scott can be reached at 908-5526. The gallery is located at 1514 Fourth Street SW. They have a cat.