by Robert F Benjamin, Directed by Harry Zimmerman, Enchanted Rose Theatre

January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24 Fridays, 8pm • Saturday, 2pm & 8pm • Sunday, 2pm

$20 general; $18 seniors/students

Reservations/info: 505-615-4214

A humorous tale of three generations of New Mexicans wrestling with crypto-Judaism


Written and Directed by Abigail Browde, Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2010

January 27, 28 & 30
Wednesday & Thursday, 8pm • Saturday, 2pm

$18 general; $15 seniors/students available at 505/315-2704 or tricklock.com

A dance theater meditation on public and private information



World Premiere choreographed by Rulan Tangen, Performed by Dancing Earth

February 6 & 7
Saturday, 8pm • Sunday, 2pm

$15 general; $10 seniors/students

A passionate exploration of the intersections of ritual, culture and ecology

Visit the Dancing Earth website




THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, Directed by Laurie Finnegan • Landmark Musicals

February 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21,26, 27, 28 March 5, 6, 7

Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm • Sunday, 2pm

$15 general; $12 students/seniors available at 505/798-9036 or landmarkmusicals.org

A timeless fable of love, at once nostalgic and universal

Life is a CABARET by New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus

March 12, 13, 14
Friday & Saturday 7:30pm • Sunday, 3pm

$15 general; available at nmgmc.org

Cabaret, jazz and pop standards as solos, duets and small ensembles


Written and performed by Ka-HOOTZ Theater Company

March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 Friday & Saturday 8pm • Sunday, 2pm

$15 general; $10 seniors/students Short plays, set in the southwest, modeled on The Twilight Zone

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Visit the Ka-HOOTZ website




MISS TESS AND THE BON TON PARADE • VSA DAY Concert Series co-presented by AMP Concerts & North Fourth Art Center

Tuesday, March 23, 12:30pm

Free – Reservations Required – Click here for reservation

“Modern Vintage” music bridging eras and genres



THE GOOD DANCE – DAKAR / BROOKLYN Choreographed and Performed by ReggieWilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group and Andréya Ouamba/Cie 1erTemps

April 9, 10
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway SE, Albq 87102

$15 general; $10 seniors/students

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Dances with roots in the Mississippi Delta and the Congo River offer “sheer sensual pleasures”

Read the New York Times review

KAHA:WI (excerpts), A CONSTELLATION OF BONES, HERE ON EARTH (excerpts) Choreographed by Santee Smith and Performed by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Ontario, Canada) • A Co-presentation of Global DanceFest and Two Worlds

April 16, 17
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

N4th Theater
4904 Fourth NW, Albq 87107

$15 general; $10 seniors/students

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Profound and beautiful work bridging traditional and contemporary Iroquoian dance and song.

Visit the Kaha:wi company website



GODSPELL JUNIOR Originally conceived and Directed by John-Michael Tebelak THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Adapted from C. S. Lewis, Directed by Jonathan Dunski, Performed by the students of PLAY Conservatory


April 22, 23, 24, 30 & May 1
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7pm
April 25, Sunday, 2pm
May 2, Sunday, 4:30pm

$10 General Admission

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542


April 24 & May 1, Saturday, 2pm & 4:30pm
April 25, Sunday, 4:30pm
April 29, Thursday, 7pm
May 2, Sunday, 2pm

$10 general admission

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Two plays illustrating that young people can change the world.

Chris Jonas’ GARDEN with the Del Sol String Quartet co-presented by AMP Concerts & North Fourth Art Center

May 7, 8

Friday, 8:00pm

Saturday, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

$20 day of show or $15 in advance; available online at www.ampconcerts.org

Live music performed by San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet in an environment of transparent and projected video


May 14, 15
Friday & Saturday, 7pm

$5 general admission

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Original creations performed by VSA Resident Companies

TRAIN WRECKED (A MEMOIR) by Michelle Gabow, Directed by Stephanie Willis, OmnirootZ

May 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Friday & Saturday 7pm • Sunday, 2pm

$12 general admission; $8 students/seniors

Come wait at the station with OmnirootZ in their farewell performance



September 18
thru December 13 2009

N4th Theater, 4904 4th NW

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

N4th Theater proudly announces the Fall 2009 Season of contemporary dance, theater, music and film—all original, all about artists, all about the world, all about us. It’s a season of Native American farce and film; southern African dance and music; DAY Concerts; a new resident theater company season and some of Albuquerque’s most innovative performing artists. Sept 18 – Dec 13. Join us!



THEATER • LITTLE BIG HORN written by Alan Kilpatrick; directed by Terry Gomez

September 18-19, 25-26,
October 2-3
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

$12 general; $8 students

Old West meets Middle East in the world premiere of Cherokee playwright Alan Kilpatrick’s edgy, rollicking farce LITTLE BIG HORN. Kilpatrick’s outrageous comedy shifts swiftly from the American frontier of 1876 to an American embassy in the Middle East of the 21st century, with a tongue-in-cheek exploration of American foreign policy and ethnocentrism. LITTLE BIG HORN was selected for production following a 2008 call for new plays by Native writers in the United States and Canada.

FILM • INDIOS PRIMEROS written by Roberto A. Jackson

October 9-10
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

$5 general

INDIOS PRIMEROS is the tale of a good hearted Native American ne’er do well who, in a spontaneous act of bravery, assists an illegal Mexican immigrant family. The two worlds of Native Americans and Mexicans find common ground prior to a cultural confrontation with illegal border vigilantes. INDIOS PRIMEROS was selected from among 24 screenplays.



(IN)DEPENDENCE by Panaibra Gabriel and performers (Mozambique)

October 23-24
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

$15 general; $10 students/seniors

Six dancers of distinct physicality and uncommon talent perform (IN)DEPENDENCE, created by Panaibra Gabriel and company of Maputo, Mozambique. The piece is a powerful representation of what it means to be independent as a country, a culture and a person. Gabriel, director of CulturArte, leader in the Maputo dance community and gifted choreographer, recruited and taught this talented group of artists with and without disabilities, leading them on a creative journey of innovation and accomplishment.

BEAUTIFUL ME by Gregory Maqoma (South Africa)

October 30-31
Friday & Saturday, 8pm

$15 general; $10 students/seniors

Inventive choreographer, exquisite mover and South African dance star, Gregory Maqoma, joins four exceptional musicians (violin, cello, sitar and percussion) in a unique work of movement, text and music. Beautiful Me is an exploration of identity and friendship, but most of all it is Gregory Maqoma’s story, told with love and lightness, humor and honesty. Maqoma grew up in Soweto, studying with Moving Into Dance in Johannesburg and Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels, before founding Vuyani Dance Theatre in 1999, subsequently winning national and international awards.



Blythe Eden Dance Company

November 6-7 Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm
November 8 Sunday, 2pm

$15 general

Blythe Eden’s contemporary dance company ventures off the traditional dance/theater map to celebrate their tenth anniversary with the zaniest collaboration yet. CHUTZPAH! A DANCICAL is a light-hearted, quirky and thought-provoking take on the complex relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. The dancers are joined by the musical band, The Zoltan Orkestar, and by documentary filmmaker Erin Hudson. It’s a unique show and an adventure worth taking.



REFLECTIONS written by Solarity Theater Company; directed by Lou Clark; produced by Brynne Badeaux and the North Fourth Art Center

November 13-14 Friday & Saturday, 8pm
November 15 Sunday, 2pm

$15 general

Solarity’s first production follows eight curious characters in search of home, love and redemption. The play fuses dialogue, ensemble techniques, movement and poetry, and the writing and acting do indeed ‘reflect’ the distinctive styles and experiences of these unique individuals.



AMP Concerts & North Fourth Art Center present
DAY Concert Series

December 3 Thursday, 12:30pm

Free - Reservations required

AMP Concerts and VSA’s Day Arts Program launch a series of free DAY Concerts for program participants and the general community. Join us at the N4th Theater for these lively and memorable performances. The Boulder Acoustic Society specializes in all things acoustic—fiddles, ukuleles, accordions, upright basses—with the gusto of a group of rabble-rousing punks. It’s grit meets grace, Colorado-style. B.A.S.’s music is intense and exciting for listeners with something new and interesting at every turn.

Ka-HOOTZ for KIDS 2009

December 4-5, 11-12
Friday & Saturday, 7pm

December 6 & 13 Sunday, 2pm

$10 general

Ka-HOOTZ launches a new series especially designed for young audiences and their families with two fully staged plays. The Three Señorita Pigletitas Y el Diablo the Wolf is a world premiere and an adaptation of a classic—New Mexico style. Written by Patricia Crespin and directed by Maggz Gallegos. (For ages 10 and up.) WONDERDOG is the story of Katie and her unlikely new friend, Pug, a talking dog, and their search for family and a new home. (For ages 5 and up.) Written by Lou Clark and directed by Susan Pearson.


cats poster

by Andrew Lloyd Webber

August 21 – September 6, 2009
Friday & Saturday August 21-22, 7:30pm; Sunday August 23, 2pm; Friday & Saturday August 28-29, 7:30pm; Sunday August 30, 2:00pm; Friday & Saturday September 4-5, 7:30pm; Sunday September 6, 2:00pm

Tickets: $15 general; $13 students/seniors; $10 children under 12; $45 family rate

Reservations: 505-323-2559

ABQStages is proud to present their version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international smash hit musical, Cats. Freshly re-imagined as an intimate, stripped-down chamber musical by co-directors and co-choreographers Hal Simons and Wendy Leverenz-Barker, and music direction by Paul Roth, this version is sure to delight both young and old audiences. Based on T.S. Eliot’s "Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats," the score contains the now popular standard, “Memory,” along with many other great songs from the composer of The Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. With a cast of fourteen, including six “kittens,” the focus will be on song, dance, and versatility of the actors. The craft, wit, and integrity of the source material, often overshadowed by the spectacle of the production, here will be fully realized. Cats will be performed in the round at the North Fourth Arts Center.

Past Performances

line drawing

Realizando Todo

“Todo Realizando; graphic by Christy Cook”

Performance and Visual Art by VSA AmeriCorps

Thursday August 13, 7:30pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation
Information: (505)344-4542

Realizando Todo is an evening of the arts offering original works in everything from contemporary dance to folk music, from Irish step dance to film. Experience a meeting of science and dance in dancer/choreographer Michele Trumble’s Factoring In; an exploration of geography in Grown, new work by dancer/choreographer Margarita Ortega Y Gomez; original acoustic music by duo Christy Cook and Bethany Delahunt; Irish step dance by Mary Cornelius and Kate Campbell; and short films created by Laureen Ricks during outreach at the Native American Community Center and the Loma Linda Community Center. Visual art by VSA AmeriCorps artists will also be on display in the lobby/gallery throughout the evening.

Obsessive-Compulsive: A Collaborative Disorder

by Jenny Hipscher and Reba Hasko

Jenny Hipscher and Reba Hasko; photo by Billy Joe Miller


Friday, August 14, 8pm
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 students/seniors
Information: (505) 344-4542

Dancer/choreographer Jenny Hipscher teams up with composer/vocalist Reba Hasko in a live performance at N4th Theater. With special guest performers and video projection, Hipscher hurls her body into Hasko's electro-soundscape and jagged operatic vocals to create a performance that is at once tumultuous and jarring, meditative and playful. For more information visit www.myspace.com/rebahasko

Sole Survivors

Written and Performed by Michelle Vest


July 16- August 1, 2009:

Thursday & Friday July 16 & 17, 8pm; Friday & Saturday July 24-25, 8pm; Friday & Saturday July 31-Aug 1, 8pm

General Admission, $15
Reservations: (505) 344-4542

Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s haunting protest song, Deportee – Plane Wreck at Los Gatos, and drawn from dozens of interviews with documented and undocumented Southwestern migrant workers, Vest has written a show that bravely examines the desire for a better life as a basic human issue. The Sole Survivors are Juan, Rosalita, Jesus and Maria, named after the people in Mr. Guthrie’s song that detailed the 1948 crash of a plane that was transporting deported illegal immigrant farm workers from California back to Mexico. The entire evening is scored by the music of the acclaimed mariachi band Mariachi Sonidos del Monte. Directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein.

70, Girls, 70

Presented by Landmark Musicals
Music by John Kander & Lyrics by Fred Ebb


June 26-July 12
Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 pm

General Admission: $15; Students & Seniors: $12
Reservations: (505)798-9036 or Online: www.landmarkmusicals.org
For Special Group Rates Call: (505) 453-8844

This heartwarming and funny musical concerns a group of senior citizens, all former performers about to be evicted from their residential hotel in New York, who regain their zest for life by forming a ring of unlikely thieves, wreaking havoc in stores from Sadie’s Second Hand Furs to Bloomingdale’s. The show is filled with classic and lighthearted music by dynamic duo Kander and Ebb. Directed by Myra Cochnar and Musical Direction by Barbara Murray.


A New Play by Terry Gomez

Artwork of hands

Image by Zack Freeman

OmniRootZ presents Terry Gomez’s hilarious yet serious story of a Comanche family, an Indian health clinic, a Black head nurse and a water fountain, offering a slice of life from the turbulent 1960s. The characters must all come to terms with their own ideas and misperceptions of race and the hierarchy of the workplace. Co-produced by VSA North Fourth Art Center.

Two Nonconsecutive Weekends:
May 14-17, 2009
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8:00 pm
Matinee - Sunday, 2:00 pm
May 28-30, 2009
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8:00 pm

General Admission, $12, Students/Seniors, $8
Thursday, May 14 “Pay What You Can Preview”
Reservations: (505) 344-4542
Group Rates and Presold Tickets:

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

Encore Performance – One Night Only
Written by and Starring Karen Jones Meadows

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

On Purpose Productions presents an award-winning and critically acclaimed performance that chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, whose life still influences the consciousness of people around the world. Playwright and actress Karen Jones Meadows portrays more than thirty colorful characters who take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Ms. Tubman's soul, the psyche of a nation, and a call to action. Harriet’s Return is an official member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Directed by Jake Walker.

Performance followed by an Ancestral Celebration Party with complimentary refreshments & serious dancing. Audience is encouraged to bring a picture or memento of a loved one.

Saturday, May 23, 7:30 pm

General Admission, $25, Students/Seniors, $20
Reservations: (505) 344-4542

Altars that Alter

Audience-Interactive Workshop Performance with Karen Jones Meadows

Portrait of Karen-Jones-Meadows

On Purpose Productions offers a fun and poignant afternoon creating group and individual altars or “towers of power” dedicated to empowerment, vision and well-being. Facilitated by Karen Jones Meadows, an award-winning author, actress, and artist who specializes in intuitive healing and whose work emphasizes expansion, renewal and freedom. Participants are asked to bring a current photo of themselves and meaningful items, from toys to heirlooms, to be incorporated into an individual or group altar. Items will be returned at the end of the workshop.

Sunday, May 24, 3:00 pm

General Admission: $15
Information & Registration: (505) 867-0857
Reservations: (505) 344-4542

Side by Side by Sondheim

snow scene

Landmark Musicals presents music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rogers, Richard Rogers and Jules Styne. Starring Laurie Finnegan, Michael Finnegan, Wendy Leverenz Barker and William Lang. Show opens Friday, February 6, for nine performances. Zane Barker, director; Barbara Murray, music director; Myra Cochnar, producer.

February 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2009
Friday & Saturday Evenings 7:30pm; Sunday Matinees 2pm
Tickets $15 general; $12 students/seniors
Reservations: (505) 344-4542
or www.landmarkmusicals.org
For group rates: (505) 453-8844

photo of Sister Mary Abomination by Lou Clark

photo of Sister Mary Abomination


Dec 5 – 14, 2008

Fridays & Saturdays • 8 pm
Sundays • 2 pm

Envy + Gluttony + Greed + Lust + Pride + Sloth + Wrath x 7 = THE 49 SINS

THE 49 SINS is a collection of 49 world premiere plays by 49 living playwrights in one spectacularly sinful evening. Each performance features 42 one-minute plays and 7 ten-minute plays written on the 7 deadly sins presented as one full-length evening of theater. The cast includes 25 local actors and features members of Blackout Theatre Company performing all 42 one-minute plays as an ensemble. The evening is hosted by the non-speaking character Sister Mary Abomination, a nun back from the dead for the occasion. Produced by Ka-HOOTZ Company, curated by Lou Clark and co-directed by Lou Clark and Becca Holmes.

Tickets $15 general admission; $10 theater artists, seniors & students

[Recommended for Mature Audiences]

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Landmark Musicals celebrates the words and music of Broadway giant Jerry Herman

Directed by Jonathan Dunski, the show opens Friday, October 10, for nine performances. The 40 songs featured in the show come from Herman musicals Milk and Honey, Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Dear World, Mack & Mabel, The Grand Tour, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and La Cage aux Folles.

October 10-26, 2008
Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm,
Matinee - Sundays, 2 pm

General Admission, $15, Students/Seniors, $12.

Reservations: (505) 344-4542
Tickets available online at www.landmarkmusicals.org
For special group rates call (505) 453-8844

River of Tears/ Río de Lágrimas

storyteller hand on Malinche

Las Meganenas weaves prose and song with fact and mysticism to create a piece that both honors and laments the life and death of the women working along our borders and the families who have lost them. Simultaneous translation into Spanish is available with headsets. A benefit for Maquiladora workers.

October 3-5, 2008
Friday & Saturday, 8 pm,
Matinee - Sunday, 2 pm

General Admission, $12, Students/Seniors, $8.
Reservations: (505) 344-4542


The Madness of King Georgie Bush

Georgie Bush performance

Photo by Luke Olson

August 18 – 27, 2008

Fridays & Saturdays • 8 pm
Sundays • 2 pm

Abuquerque's Nth Degree Productions Presents a misunderestimated theatrical performance by Richard B. Edwards, directed by Lou Ann Graham.

An exploration of current events and a parody of the current administration. Set in the Elizabethan era and written in iambic pentameter, the play takes a unique look at contemporary politics. www.kinggeorgiesmadness.com

All tickets $10 (cash only please)
RESERVATIONS 702-7692 or 344-4542
OR EMAIL: kinggeorgiesmadness@earthlink.net

Landmark Musicals Present

As Thousands Cheer

As Thousands Cheer

Albuquerque's newest theater company and The N4th Theater presents Irving Berlin's Classic Revue.

As Thousands Cheer is a side-splitting revue with music and lyrics by IRVING BERLIN and sketches by MOSS HART.

Directed by HAL SIMONS, the show opens Friday, June 20, for 12 performances concluding July 13 at the N4th Theatre, North Fourth Art Center, 4904 4th St., Albuquerque. Considered a masterpiece of the genre, AS THOUSANDS CHEER was the Depression-era version of Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show.

June 20-July 13

Friday & Saturdays, 7:30 pm,
Matinee - Sundays, 2 pm

ASL interpreters provided Sunday, July 13, 2pm

General Admission, $15, Students/Seniors, $12.

RESERVATIONS: (505) 344-4542 OR info@vsartsnm.org
OR ONLINE at www.landmarkmusicals.org

Wild Dancing West 2008

Third Annual Festival of Local and Regional Contemporary Dance - Fridays & Saturdays May 30 - June 14.
See complete list of events >>

JourneysAFRICA Presents

Mawungira Enharira
Traditional Mbira Music from Zimbabwe

Sunday, June 8 , 2PM

Recognized in their own country as mbira masters, this award-winning group of African musicians is touring the U.S. and will perform in N4th Theater after sharing their talents through a weeklong series of workshops in the Albuquerque community. The seven members of Mawungira perform on instruments that are thought to have originated one thousand years ago. Together with drums and shakers, the audience will experience a performance of unique sounds that are deeply rooted in Zimbabwean culture, performed by artists who live there today.

Tickets: $15 general; $12 students/seniors
Reservations and Information (505) 344-4542



In Strange Company Presents

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls

Photo: Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, by Rebeca Mayorga

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, by Luke Olson

by Naomi Iizuka; directed by Rebeca Mayorga

Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, 8pm
Sunday May 11, 2pm
Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 8pm
Sunday May 18, 2pm

New Mexico premiere of Naomi Iizuka’s wild ride through New York City, Alaska, Hawaii, and Inner Borneo. Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls by Naomi Iizuka follows the lives of eleven ensemble characters played by seven actors from Albuquerque’s In Strange Company. These characters collide as strangers and friends; lovers and acquaintances in diverse areas of the globe including Alaska, Hawaii, New York City, and Inner Borneo. Iizuka describes our world as “chaotic and a little bit random, and at times downright unfriendly.” This play explores the idea of our world when it meets Saturn Returns, a period of astrology, between the ages of 28 and 30, when the planet Saturn completes its cycle through one’s birth chart and returns to the spot it occupied when the person was born—a time characterized by endings and new beginnings.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 students/seniors
Reservations and Information (505) 344-4542

VSA Resident Performing Arts Companies

The Jeweled Eye and Kinosphere

by Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance

Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, 7pm

A jewel disappears from a golden statue. Seems like a cut-and-dry case, but nothing is as it seems in The Jeweled Eye, a 1940’s Noir mystery by Equilibrium, VSA’s mixed ability theater company. Resident mixed ability dance company Buen Viaje performs Kinosphere, a 2007-2008 repertory of new work and past favorites, such as For Roger, The Love Beneath, Going Bananas, and Maybe It Is.

Admission: $5 suggested donation
Reservations and Information (505) 344-4542

The Jeweled Eye; photo by Luke Olson

The Jeweled Eye; photo by Luke Olson

Blythe Eden Dance Company, by Pat Berrett

Photo: Blythe Eden Dance Company, by Pat Berrett

Blythe Eden Dance Company

Ein Soph Or

Thursday –Saturday, May 1-3, 8PM

A Kabalistic adventure into the vast universe, “Ein Soph Or” indulges the senses. The company, known for its racy topics and dynamic performers, takes on the Big Bang Theory, Creationism, rave dance and meditation, stirs it up and serves it as an evening length dance performance. Collaborations include choreography by Jennifer Predock-Linnell and premiering musical compositions by Ruffalo and Roth. Sacred geometry artist, Evan Small will create the mediation space. An all-ages performance.
Tickets: $15 at the door; $12 if pre-ordered through (505) 270-7751.

Heather Woodbury’s

The Last Days of Desmond ‘Nani’ Reese: A Stripper’s History of the World

heather Woodbury

Photo: Heather Woodbury, photographer Scott Groller

Saturday, April 26, 8PM

Award-winning playwright and solo performer Heather Woodbury (winner of the first Spalding Gray Award, and a 2007 OBIE-Outstanding Achievement in Off-Broadway Theatre recipient), performs for the first time in Albuquerque in a special one-night-only presentation of her new one-woman play, directed by Abigail Deser. It's the year 2014 and a young “ethno-femino-dance anthropologist” travels to a post-quake, post-drought afflicted Los Angeles to research her 10,000 page dissertation on “The History of the World, as Told by Loose Women.” Her final subject: the half-mad, 108-year old legendary stripper Desmond “Nani” Reese, who is holed up in a shack on an Echo Park hillside overlooking the five freeway. These two unlikely heroines puzzle out the history of the 20th century and the future of our planet, and what that has to do with outlaw females throughout human kind’s history—from high priestess oracles in the caves of ancient Greece to forgotten “show-girls” in bramble covered shacks.

Tickets: $15 general admission
Reservations (505) 344-4542
Information www.heatherwoodbury.com

NewChild Productions Presents

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

Saturday April 5, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday April 6, 3pm
Saturday April 12, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday April 13, 3pm

This award-winning and critically acclaimed theatrical event, chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, and revolutionary, Harriet Tubman, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people around the world. Journey with Harriet as she weaves her story through a unique style that engages and empowers people of all ages and cultures. Directed by Jake Walker, playwright and actress Karen Jones Meadows portrays more than thirty colorful characters who take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Ms. Tubman's soul, the psyche of a nation, and a call to action. This benefit for New Child Productions’ Youth Theater Program features a special performance by the youth company during intermissions.

Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 students/seniors
Reservations and Information: (505) 344-4542


Global DanceFest 2008
March 7 – 30, 2008

The North Fourth Art Center welcomes dancers and artists that will open our eyes to the world that is contemporary Africa. Beginning March 7, 2008 Albuquerque will become the host of a unique, eclectic, and richly informative festival that explores the culture and society of contemporary Africa through dance, photography, film, and discussion.

From March 7 – 30, 2008, the North Fourth Art Center will feature provocative dance by leading international performers and companies that pull inspiration from the modern continent of Africa. The performances will be in conjunction with an ongoing photography exhibit featuring the dance portraits of international photographer Antoine Tempe. And to pull all of the work together, we will be hosting an IN CONTEXT session from 10am – 2pm each festival Saturday. IN CONTEXT will include a film and discussion with the featured artist(s) of the respective weekend, and there will be free food for all who attend.

For more information about Global DanceFest, including a detailed schedule of events, please visit the Global DanceFest Festival page

Working Classroom

Working Classroom

Friday February 22 & Saturday February 23, 7pm
Friday February 29 & Saturday March 1, 7pm
A Hole in the Wall

A slapstick comedy written and directed by Robert Madrid about immigrants pitting the Bush administration against a group of determined immigrants led by Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow and the Lion. Performed by Working Classroom Ensemble Company.

Tickets: General $10; Students/Seniors $8 (Group rates available)
Tickets/Info: At the door or (505)242-9267

Benefit Dance Party

Saturday, February 2, 7:30-10pm

A benefit for Tariro Organization, featuring live music by Kubatana Marimba Ensemble and Wagogo Banda playing hits and songs inspired by traditional and contemporary music of Zimbabwe.

Founded in 2003, Tariro’s work with orphaned Zimbabwean girls emphasizes the importance of women’s education as an effective response to the AIDS epidemic. Jennifer Kyker, founder of Tariro, will be present with information on how to help support the education of young women in Zimbabwe who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more information, visit www.tariro.org

Tickets available at the door: General $10; Students/Seniors $5; Kid $3 (Please note: no advanced ticket sales.)

Stephanie Lynn Burch

Saturday February 9 & Sunday February 10, 7pm

How to Mend a Broken Heart

“One woman’s journey of healing as told through the magic and spectacle that only musical theatre can provide!” An original production conceived, produced, directed, choreographed and starring Stephanie Lynn Burch. Musical direction by Matthew Naegeli. For more information call Stephanie Burch (505-720-5992).

Tickets available at the door: Suggested General $10 (Please note: due to adult language and themes this show is not suitable for young children.)

Basement Films on 4th Street

Friday February 15, 7pm

Experiments in Cinema selections from V1.0 & V2.0

Third annual film/video festival designed to celebrate cinematic experimentation by bringing contemporary, international experimental media to Albuquerque, as a way of expanding the ways in which New Mexico is currently thinking about moving image art (i.e., the plethora of Hollywood-style, narrative cinema that is currently being produced in our state). This 81 minute program features selections from the first two years of Experiments in Cinema including The Bats by Jim Trainor, HTTP/ICT by Ip Yuk Yui, Uso Justo by Coleman Miller and Her Heart is Washed in Water and Then Weighed  by Sasha Waters.

Saturday February 16, 7pm
The Personality of the Personnel followed by Fellah, Can You Amass?

The Personality of the Personnel features short works by various members & volunteers of Basement Films during its past 16 years.  This highly eclectic selection will include Liquid Memory by Maximillian Godino, Stalker by Charla Barker, I Yam What I Yam by Bryan Konefsky, Tales of Film Revenge by Saul Rodgar, Tales of the Sea’s Dream by Ben Popp, TSIF by Tyrrell Cummings, 4th Street by David Nelson, Barbershop by Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Sensory Deprivation by Martin R. Wilson, The Freddy Baker Story by Matt Cowan, Dooda Desert Rock! by Marcos Ramirez, plus several others to be announced. Saturday night concludes with a special projectionist art collaboration, Fellah, Can You Amass? featuring a variety of film & video projectors  tangling & wrestling their thrown images in a “going for broke” collage/montage. 


General $7, cash only, available 6:30pm at the door or call Basement Films


Basement Films (505) 842-9977; basefilm@swcp.com, www.basementfilms.org