The first show of 2018 for Tortuga is all about our mountain. Local artists have submitted work from each unique experience of the Sandia Mountain.
Enjoy this opening which will include local poets expressions surrounding our beautiful watermelon mountain.
Starts at 6pm, light refreshments, poetry.
As Tortuga hosts an exhibit on our magnificent Sandia Mountains, adventurer/traveler Rick Berg, Argentine and bilingual storyteller, Matilde Machiavello, and returning Burqueno and lover of the personal narrative, Nash Jones share their own tales of mastering majestic and challenging altitudes Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Suggested Donation $5-15
A last chance to view the work of local fiber artists responding to the questions, "Are you hopeful? Can humans work together amidst these troubled times? Do you have a visual plan? How can we turn our problems into opportunities?"
View the work, contemplate the words, find your answers.
As part of the Love as Revolution tour, local group, Drunken Buddha opens for folk goddess Diane Patterson. Diane has been to Albuquerque many times and if you missed her in the past, the month of gratitude is a perfect time to experience her.
Show starts at 6pm, Suggested donation $8-20
SURPRISE! Poems by Jesse Ehrenberg
Book Launch and Reading
Followed by Music and Dancing to MoonHat, Albuquerque’s own Funk-Jazz Band
Refreshments ~~ Books for Sale
Description of book - Jesse Ehrenberg has been a poet since he was a teenager in NY and has never had a reason to stop. His first book of poems, SURPRISE!, from Foothills Publishing in NY, is an eclectic mix. Love, nature, outrage and politics find their place in his brain, heart and poetry. “The Unicorns are back…, Jesus is a Vegas Magician and Mickey Mouse has PTSD.” (John Roche) Yet Jesse still finds sacred songs / in praise of tomorrow as he works “through the prevailing idiocy.” (Larry Goodell)
Write Your Soul's Wave Toward Sacred Connection
Journey to awaken your soul's voice through writing in this unique class taught by Burt Kempner, children's book author and award-winning producer visiting from Florida, and Michelle Adam, local novelist, teacher, and healer. Discover, explore, and write the voices and matrix of ourselves and all of life--the animals, wind, water--that coexist with us on this earth. Kempner has produced shows on PBS, Discovery, History Channel and CNBC, and will only be offering this workshop with Michelle Adam during this time. Michelle Adam has published Child of Duende: A Journey of the Spirit, a story of Gypsies, flamenco, and nature spirits in Spain. She has also led healing circles in the local area.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us.
Cost $30 per person.
Local fiber artists respond to the questions:
Are you hopeful? Can humans work together amidst these troubled times? Do you have a visual plan? How can we turn our problems into opportunities?
Show is hosted by Hilary Heyl, Jill Logan, Patricia Oakley, Judith Roderick & Suzanne Visor.
Earth Now will be on view November 6-29.
Stan Renfro, Poet and Ron Kalinoski, Gong Artist will create an evening of soundscape and poetry.
A Poetry Selection
I choose poets engaged with life. Now
more than ever, that commitment is called
for. These men and women wrote for a race
and refine for us a way to focus our ardor
for existence. – Stan Renfro
Tone Poems for Gong
Gongs speak and sing with many voices and usually with several different voices simultaneously. If you listen carefully, you will often hear 5 or more voices at once, all at different frequencies, resonances and rhythm (or pulse rate). Gongs are capable of surprising lyricism. They tell a story about a journey through a landscape made of sound. This landscape has features that trigger emotional reactions in the listener. These reactions then stimulate the imagination to create a narrative, similar to how dreaming works, but in this case, it is a conscious experience. People with robust imaginations go to some remarkable places. In the current work, the Tone Poems are constructed to relate to the collection of poems selected by Stan.
- Ron Kalinoski
Kat Heatherington will speak about and read work from her newly released volume of poems, "The Bones of This Land",
published Fall 2017 by Swimming with Elephants Press.
Hosted by Katrina Guarascio.
Music by Kalina!
Copies of the book will be available for sale. Come celebrate with us!
Los Tres Fantásticos: More Than Meets the Eye
Joshua Franco, Derrick Montez and Santiago Perez —revive the concept of the original Los Fantasticos (2009) by returning to surrealistic hijinks, realistic magicalism, and painterly
invention in this new iteration of the Fantasticos
with an exhibit at Tortuga Gallery.
A beautiful display of huge, large and small works, standing painted-sculpture, full of color, humor, Pop and tradition, thoughtful
invention, and elaborately painted with eye-dazzling effects.
Show will be on display from Oct 6-28
From Lemon to Lemonade: Stories about Rehashing and Repurposing
As Tortuga hosts a collection of recycled art in a show entitled "Transformations," national teller James Nave (NC and Taos), African folklorist Sarah "Juba" Addison (Las Cruces), and actress Lena Armstrong (ABQ) share their own tales of recycling through life. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
On the last Wednesday in September, come over to celebrate this month of creativity at Tortuga. Most artists will be on hand to chat. Light snacks and music included.
This is an evening to share something you are passionate about in 5 minutes or less. It is an open mic where anyone can come and share an idea with a video clip, music, talk or demonstration.
So consider coming to Tortuga to share your passion and bring a dish for the potluck.
On this date we will also be collecting donations to support our good friend Peter Trinh as he embarks on a new segment in his life.
Peter is the person to go to when you need a real conversation about anything. He has helped many go deep into a topic and find truth. This event is the result of a conversation where we both expressed interest in hearing about what fires people up and keeps them going.
An interesting evening for sure.
This show is celebrating the release of Wilderness by Luke Gullickson Trio, an album inspired by the Sabinoso Wilderness in northern New Mexico -- ringed by private land, this area is currently the only federally designated wilderness inaccessible to the public. Gullickson (guitar, Rhodes piano) will be joined by cellist Lisa Donald and violinist Donna Bacon to perform music from the album. Opening the evening is a solo set by the rambling Texas-based guitarist and musical explorer Andrew Weathers.
Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, who form the heart of Bayou Seco, have been researching and playing the music of the Southwest - from the Mississippi River to the deserts of Arizona - for thirty nine years.
Bayou Seco's brand of Southwestern Chilegumbo - Cajun two-steps, waltzes, polkas and rancheras, chotis's, meringues and huapangos, and, perhaps a broom dance, is crosscultural,
multi-lingual and transcends labels and pigeon holes. Bayou Seco's roots are in the deep south and southwest, but their branches reach far across the world. Ken and Jeanie have been going strong since 1980 and they live in SIlver City. Find out a lot more at www.bayouseco.com
Mark your calendars for Bad Mouth Albuquerque Rising Stars Edition, featuring Marie Switzer Landau, Adam Crittenden, Nora Hickey, Melanie Unruh, Jennifer Krohn, Brian K. Hudson, Carrie Murphy, and Karen O'Reilly, with music by Greg Hansen and co. Words, music, art, wine, and always resistance.
Friday, Sept 15, 7pm, Tortuga.
Donations of $10-20 help sustain the series.
Celia has been described as "A cross between an Earthy Enya, Joan Baez, and Tina Fey." She dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and sacred. With powerful, heart-felt vocals and wacky comedic improvisations, the audience never knows what will happen with Celia on stage.
Have a listen here: http://www.celiaonline.com/music/
“Celia Wins Over Any in the Audience Unfamiliar with her Magical Spell.”
This writing workshop led by Marjorie St. Clair will focus on specific qualities of the Wild Woman archetype revealed through myths & stories from various cultures & how they are relevant to us today. Using writing as the tool of exploration, participants will begin a personal quest to know & embody their inner wild woman with writing prompts reflecting various topics, such as Wild Flesh & Sacred Sexuality, & Recovering Wild Woman's Passion & Creativity.
This class for women will run for 4 weeks:
September 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 1-4pm.
COST: $130 Payment due at first class. Email email@example.com to reserve your place.
See Marjorie's website: www.writersadventure.com for more details
Join Marjorie St. Clair on Friday Sept 8th for a FREE Introductory event at Tortuga. This will be a mini-writing & sharing session to sample the upcoming Wild Women Write class series that begins Sept 9th. The Introductory evening will focus on stories, writing & sharing about the loss of our instinctual natures belonging to the Wild Woman in each of us.
Tortuga will host two shows in September:
1 Transformations, the annual recycled art show will display the work of a wide variety of artists creating art from cast off items.
2 Local Treasure, Jade Leyva will have two seed murals on display as well as a selection of her finely detailed and expressive oil paintings.
Joining us for the opening is Kevin Kinane AKA Recycle-Man.