Ekphrastic Poetry Writing
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Ekphrastic Poetry Writing

Please note the change in date for the writing portion. It is now Thursday March 21. Same time.

Poets are welcome to participate in this art preview event and write a poem or two inspired by The Blues Show. The reading for the poetry will be on Friday April 5 from 6-9pm.

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Baile with Lone Piñon
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Baile with Lone Piñon

Join us again for an evening of the rowdy and elegant New Mexican dances that have enlivened house parties and dancehalls across Northern New Mexico for hundreds of years. Lone Piñon and Friends will provide live music and dancer leader Lucy Salazar will be there to get us going on the Cuna, Varsoviana, Valse de los Paños, Chotis, and more. Come help bring the dances to life, subvert colonialism, nourish intergenerational wisdom, drink beer and eat enchiladas! BYOB and food--we'll start with a potluck at 7:00pm.

$10

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World Storytelling Day 2019
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

World Storytelling Day 2019

Be part of a worldwide event as Storytellers of New Mexico brings World Storytelling Day to Albuquerque!

World Storytelling Day is an annual event where cities across the world hold storytelling events in late March all on the same theme. This year's theme: "Myths, Legends, and Epics".

This year's line-up:
* Juba Addison
* Elaine Muray
* George WIlliams
* Jude Tripp
* Liz Mangual

Find storyteller bios at storytellersofnewmexico.com/directory

$10 at the door. Recommended for adults and youth ages 12+

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Flying Words Project
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Flying Words Project

Saturday, April 13 – 3 pm at Tortuga Gallery – FLYING WORDS PROJECT is an American Sign Language poetry troupe comprised of Deaf Poet Peter Cook and hearing coauthor Kenny Lerner. The goal of Flying Words is probably the same as all other poets, to play with language. As luck would have it, ASL is a language of moving pictures. So Kenny and Peter juxtapose imagery you can see in creating their work.

The pieces are first written in ASL. When a poem is completed, Peter and Kenny try to figure out how to voice it! In other words, how to express just enough words and sounds so that hearing members in the audience can see the images for themselves.

Flying Words Kenny and Peter are traveling to Albuquerque, NM from Rochester, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Welcome!

Suggested donation at the door: $5-$15, no one turned away.

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Leslie Hudson's Psyche Tour
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Leslie Hudson's Psyche Tour

Joy | Allure | Trust | Sorrow | Inquiry | Justice | Sovereignty | Fury | Trauma | Empathy | Grace | Defiance | Passion

Leslie Hudson is what happens when Tori Amos and Loreena McKennitt swap set lists, and folktales become character studies of the female psyche. A powerhouse vocalist with piano in tow, this endlessly touring musician is wending her way from the west coast home to ON playing songs that illustrate the Inner Circle of the mind, aspects to which we give voice. With inspiration drawn from life, history, myth and pop culture, this award-winning songwriter cuts deep to the marrow of story and sings it to the surface. Raw passion, arresting performance, music that matters.

http://lesliehudson.com

7-9 PM MT
Tortuga Gallery
Albuquerque NM

$10
CDs $20/30

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Rich Boucher All of This Candy Belongs to Me Book Launch
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Rich Boucher All of This Candy Belongs to Me Book Launch

To categorize Rich Boucher’s poetry as surreal, brutalist, confessional, dystopian, absurdist, etc. would by no means be inaccurate, but it would certainly be banal. I would prefer to say that he has mastered his native tongue to the extent that he can subvert English and its rules of grammar and syntax to his every poetic purpose, and that he is a dogged and savage critic of the deranged commercialism that menaces our very civilization – but although he frequently finds himself engulfed by the vile smoke of corporatist delusion, he can still hold up an undefiled vision of the joy – and the redemption – that beauty and love may bring to even the most warped and jaded victims of our horrid version of “the great society”.

- Arabella Bianco, Board member of the Delaware Literary Connection (Retired), long-time contributor to Delaware's Dreamstreets Magazine, and authoress of "Disappearances of the Hour Hand" and "Sappho's Midnight Garden Party".

Join us at Tortuga Art Gallery for Rich Boucher's book launch for "All of This Candy Belongs to Me," an extraordinary debut collection full of surprises!

Books for sale
Author reading and signing
Hosted by Jules' Poetry Playhouse Publications

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Lamentations & Redolence with David McKee and Christopher Spatz
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Lamentations & Redolence with David McKee and Christopher Spatz

David S McKee - My series titled: Lamentations is a body of work consisting of ten mixed media collage paintings, and in part, Lamentations is loosely based on Dante’s Inferno and my own personal struggles in life. Dante's Inferno begins when Dante falls asleep and loses his way on the journey through life. I also found myself sleep-walking through life until I underwent a transformative experience. This body of work does not explicitly follow Dante’s trip through the various levels of Hell but instead mirrors my own path and wakeup call. With the Lamentation Series, I’m seeking a fresh start to my journey in life as well as my journey as an artist.
Christopher Spatz - The varied landscapes of the American Southwest hold a particular fascination for me…the prehistoric ruins of New Mexico and the Four Corners region—a sense of history, a sense of mystery—images of magical places, expertly built and inhabited by Stone Age cultures for generations, and abruptly abandoned centuries before the arrival of the European conquerors and inquisitors. Intriguing, nostalgic…the solitude and ambience in the slow awakening of the Bosque along the Rio Grande, looking east to the rising sun on a summer morning…or a study of the artistry of an historic craft. Observations noting dramatic changes to scenery with which I’ve been familiar since boyhood…images unfixed to a specific time, landscapes with uneasy juxtapositions of the modern manmade…abstraction in confluence with veracity.

Redolence—a bringing to mind, an invitation to reminiscence... more precisely a pleasant odor or fragrance. I respond to the notion that photographic images, like scents, can unexpectedly summon strong recollections. This offering of images may be evocative, suggestive, symbolic.

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Storytelling- Speaking of the Sweet & Sorrow
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Storytelling- Speaking of the Sweet & Sorrow

Tortuga Storytelling Series - a collaboration between Storytellers of New Mexico and Tortuga Gallery - returns this May with "Speaking of the Sweet and Sorrow".

With storytellers Sarah Malone and Regina Ress with a post-performance talk back

For teller information, visit storytellersofnewmexico.org/directory

$10 at the door
Suitable for ages 13+

Produced by Storytellers of New Mexico's Elaine Muray. For additional information, please contact elaine@embodiedvoicestoryarts.com

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Special Edition Game Night with Pi
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Special Edition Game Night with Pi

Second Thursday this month falls on March 14 or 3.14 or Pi Day.

Let’s celebrate math and ration of the circumference of a circle to its diameter with all of the delicious pies we love. Also, it’s Albert Einstein’s birthday!

Bring something savory like quiche or shepherd’s pie or a sweet one like peach or coconut. After we are pied out, then to games! Oh, and don’t forget pizza pie!

No charge, donations appreciated.

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Secret Lives of Art Teachers- closing celebration
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Secret Lives of Art Teachers- closing celebration

Last chance to view this spectacular show put on by 32 APS art teachers.
Here's the line-up:

Carol Armijo, Jan Beck, Cyndy Bowra, Felicia Chavez, Emma Lee Clarke, Amanda Clattenburg, Melissa DeMaagd-Bia, Susan Dubois, Cindy Dunlay, Renee Gallegos, Cinamon Gentry, Victoria Naomi Gonzales, Kim Hughes, Judy Johnson, Beth Kassay, Jean Kempinsky, Michelle Lemons, Dana Lappin, Rebecca Liguori, Sabrina Luck, Pablo Medina, Elizabeth Mokry, Danyella Nava, Paula Ness, Kelli Ortiz, Suzannah Peffer, Rosy Poling, Russ Riekeman, Denise Rudd, Carrie Sanchez, Janet Saxon & Brian Stinson.

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Maker's Time Special Event- Jan Beck
Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Maker's Time Special Event- Jan Beck

On Thursday February 28 Jan Beck will demonstrate her process of creating art with pages from National Geographic. Part of the demo will be hands on.
Jan was a volunteer for the Bosque Mural at Tortuga and is currently in the show, "The Secret Lives of Art Teachers".
Donations for the artist appreciated.

Here is a recent sample:

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Brush Calligraphy Art Class
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Brush Calligraphy Art Class

Students will learn the fundamentals and basics of brush calligraphy starting with drills, connecting the drill strokes, and then creating the full alphabet. Tickets are $55 and all materials will be included in the ticket price.


Materials include: Watercolor paper pad, three refillable brush pens, one watercolor palette, practice worksheets with tips to keep practicing!

Students will also get a delicious drink and treat from MUGS in a customized mug!

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Community Barn Dance
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Community Barn Dance

Fun for all ages! No skills required!

With dance leader/caller Marj Mullany and live music by the Virginia Creepers, old-time stringband.

$5 suggested donation at the door.

Mugs@Tortuga will be open during the event.

Park on Pacific SE. No plastic bottles, please!

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Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Maker's Time

Every week, Tortuga is open on Thursdays from 10am until noon for all creatives to bring a work in progress, share ideas and inspire each other.

Mugs is also open.

All are welcome!

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Maker’s Time @ Tortuga

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Randal Bays & John Coyne
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Randal Bays & John Coyne

Bays & Coyne - Irish fiddle & bouzouki & songs

(Support by Grace Broadhead & Scott Estes of Albuquerque)

Tickets here online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4062707

$20 adults & $10 kids under 12


Randal Bays & John Coyne bring power and passion to the traditional music of Ireland to the Tortuga gallery in Albuquerque, playing the old music with an intensity not usually heard outside of a late night pub session in Ireland. Fiddle tunes… the reels and the jigs that are the hallmark of the Irish tradition, plus a great selection of songs, a few stories (some true), often a guest musician or dancer jumping in… all of this delivered with a heartfelt wish to share this magnificent tradition with their audience.

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The Secret Lives of Art Teachers featuring 32 APS art teachers
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

The Secret Lives of Art Teachers featuring 32 APS art teachers

Featuring the works of these fabulous art teachers:
Carol Armijo, Jan Beck, Cyndy Bowra, Felicia Chavez, Emma Lee Clarke, Amanda Clattenburg, Melissa DeMaagd-Bia, Susan Dubois, Cindy Dunlay, Renee Gallegos, Cinamon Gentry, Victoria Naomi Gonzales, Kim Hughes, Judy Johnson, Beth Kassay, Jean Kempinsky, Michelle Lemons, Dana Lappin, Rebecca Liguori, Sabrina Luck, Pablo Medina, Elizabeth Mokry, Danyella Nava, Paula Ness, Kelli Ortiz, Suzannah Peffer, Rosy Poling, Russ Riekeman, Denise Rudd, Carrie Sanchez, Janet Saxon & Brian Stinson

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Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Ekphrastic Poetry writing for "Secret Lives of Teachers"

Poets are invited to gather on Wednesday January 30 at 6:30 at Tortuga gallery to write poetry about pieces we choose from the APS art teachers' show, “The Secret Lives of Teachers”. We will come together to read our final pieces at the Meet the Artist event on Sunday February 10, 2019 beginning at 2:00pm. All poets welcome to come write and read! Join us! Ekphrastic fun!!!

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Book Launch- "Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia"
Jan
19
4:00 PM16:00

Book Launch- "Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia"

Book launch for Missing Persons edited by Deb Coy. A collection of poetry, prose, and art dealing with dementia, Missing Persons. The wonderful contributions in this volume makes it extraordinary.
Join us in the celebration! Contributors will read and there will be goodies, a silent auction and books!
Contributors will receive their complimentary copy.
Additional copies will be available to contributors for $12 and non-contributors for $15

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Los Separados A Benefit Art Show
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Los Separados A Benefit Art Show

A group of talented and awesome artists from South Valley Academy as well as several professional artists in conjunction with New Mexico Immigrant Center will have a benefit art show to help assist those who were unjustly separated from their parents. Opening will take place on Saturday January 12, 5-9.

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Makers Time
Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

Makers Time

Starting on January 10, 2019, Makers Time will be held every Thursday. Also, Mugs @ Tortuga will be open on Thursdays as well.

All are welcome- bring a project that you are working on- knit, weave, sew, paint, crochet, collage, etc. Hang out and be inspired and grab a cup of your favorite drink from Mugs @ Tortuga and stay warm.

What’s not to love?

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The Rebbe's Orkestra Klezmer & Judaic Band
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Rebbe's Orkestra Klezmer & Judaic Band

THE REBBE’S ORKESTRA presents a concert & dance party at Tortuga Gallery ( www.tortugagallery.org ) with dance leader muy especial PENINA BALLEN. 7-7:50pm – A concert of songs in Yiddishe from the swing era, folk songs in Arabic & Ladino from Andalusia, Yiddish drinking songs and wild klezmer tunes. We leave room in the back for dancing during the concert, then we move the chairs to the sides during intermission to get ready for the dance party (8:10-9pm): Bulgars, freylekhs, khosidls, a Yemenite dance & more. $5-20 sliding scale.

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