Lamentations and Redolence opens at Tortuga

David McKee and Christopher Spatz are the featured artists for this month long show at Tortuga.

Lamentations- David’s paintings

Redolence- Christopher’s photographs

These both point to much of what is right in this world: a spark of color, a hint of truth, a seed of new.

Perhaps another title could be “Hope in Spring”.

May 3-31, 2019


I was Somewhere Else by David McKee

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Ghosts of Keet Seel Ruin by Christopher Spatz


Here's what's blooming at Tortuga this week:

Throughout all events, bowls from the “Soup is Love” project by Vicki Bolen are on view and for sale, making every event sweeter.

Thursday April 25 kicks off events with a student art show featuring the works of students from Serendipity Day School. 6:30-8:30pm

Friday April 26 is the last Works in Progress by Blue Mesa Review. Starts at 7pm.

Saturday April 27 is the second Community Barn Dance with the Virginia Creepers $5 starts at 7:30pm

Sunday April 28 from 12-3pm sign up for a book-making class with Darling Clementine. $75 includes all materials.

Preparations are in the works for the next month-long art show with David McKee and Christopher Spatz. More to come.


This week at Tortuga: music, writing, games and a last look at "The Blues Show" by A.R.T.

Makers Time

  • Every Thursday is Makers Time from 10am until noon. Bring a project to work on, and share conversation and inspiration.

Game Night

  • Second Thursday is April 10 this month and that means Game Night at Tortuga. Starts at 6pm: bring a game and a friend and a snack to share. By donation. Mugs will be open.

Blue Mesa Review

  • Friday April 12 starting at 7pm is Blue Mesa Review- This month features the Lena Todd award winners read their work.
    Blue Mesa Review's Works in Progress series features readings by students and faculty from the University of New Mexico's MFA program.
    Readers: Brandi Lords, Savannah Holden, Liany Ruiz, and Lydia Andrews.

Leslie Hudson in Concert


    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.


Last week of March brings winds and. . .

“Give the Drummers Some”- Thursday March 28 @ 6pm

  • Jam band drummers unite for a night of percussive bliss! Blast off at 6 with full crowd participation (bring a drum!) followed by a drum throw down featuring Mikey Jaramillo, Josh English, Pax Garcia, Bill Cheese Gluckman, Dave Holtkamp, Christian O, Zoom, Blake Himm Kevin Kinane and more! A stage full of hand drums and toys plus 3 drum sets will put the drummer front and center for this overdue collaboration! The night ends with the jam spilling back into the audience encouraging all to play. All ages/$5 suggested donation.

“Myths, Legends & Epics” - Tortuga celebrates World Storytelling Day- Friday March 29 @ 7pm

  • 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

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

    Bilingual Birdies part 2 Saturday March 30 from 10-11am

  • Learn Spanish through live music, play and puppetry with your child! Curriculum is tailored for children under 6 and their caregivers. March 23rd is a free community class open to the public!

    Register for classes March 30th - April 27th at!

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@ Tortuga- events through Sunday March 24 with "The Blues Show" on view.

Thursday March 21- All poets are encouraged to participate in Ekphrastic poetry writing for “The Blues Show”. Facilitated by Liza Wolff, starts at 6:30pm

Friday March 22- UNM group Blue Mesa will read works in progress. Free event- 7pm- Mugs is open.

Saturday March 23- Bonnie Bluhm in concert @ 7-10pm $10- Mugs is open.

Sunday March 24 from 10-10:45am. Bilingual Birdies: Learn Spanish through live music, play and puppetry with your child! Curriculum is tailored for children under 6 and their caregivers. March 23rd is a free community class open to the public! Register for classes March 30th - April 27th at

Sunday March 24- Lone Piñon Dance Concert @ 6:30pm $10- Mugs is open.


A Change in this week's schedule

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Change is good

Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Date Change

The writing portion for “The Blues Show” will take place on Thursday March 21, 2019. The Reading will still be on Friday April 5.

Pi Day Game Night

This month’s game night has a special twist- because it is Pi Day, please bring a pie (savory of sweet) to share with your fellow gamers. A special Pi activity may also be available.

Don’t be a square, come to Pi Day game night!

The Blues Show opens with a Pop-Up

Friday March 15 is an opening with something special. In addition to the amazing art on the walls by ten members of A.R.T. (Artists “Round Town) some will also have their unique artistic craft pieces available. For this one night only. Preview at 5pm, opening from 6-9.

Blues music by “Los Unusual Suspects”

A free event, donations appreciated!

A few events before the A.R.T. show opens

  • Thursday March 7 from 7-9pm “Trio Du Monde” Dance Concert with Meg York music. $10-20 sliding scale. Proceeds go to the Trans Liberation Coalition.

  • Friday March 8 from 7-9pm Nicholas Naioti and Extravision plus Tom Foe. $10-20 sliding scale.

  • Ekphrastic Poetry writing inspired by “The Blues Show’ by Artists “Round Town. All poets are welcome to come and preview the art to write poetry which will be shared at the poetry event on Friday April 5 from 6-9pm.

  • Thursday March 14- Game Night (Second Thursday) This happens to be Pi Day. So for the potluck, bring your favorite pie to share. Consider the possibilities- quiche, shepherds, peach, cherry, coconut. What’s your favorite?

  • Friday March 15 is the opening for The Blues Show. This is a special opening which includes a pop-up show of the fine crafts of these artists. Pop-up and art show starts at 6pm. Special blues music by Los Unusual Subjects at 7pm.

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Something for Everyone at Tortuga this week

More info about these happenings under the ‘Events’ tab.

  • Wednesday February 20 @ 6:30pm- Open mic Poetry with Holly Wilson. by donation

  • Thursday February 21 from 10am to noon- Makers Time for all creatives. free event

  • Friday February 22 @ 7pm- Blue Mesa readings of works in progress. free event

  • Saturday February 23 @7:30pm- Community Barn Dance hosted by the Virginia Creepers. $5

  • Sunday February 24 from noon to 2pm- Watercolor Brush Calligraphy with Darling Clementine. $55 including materials

  • Monday February 25@ 6pm. Clothing swap and potluck. free event


Poetry & a new book launch this week

Wednesday January 16 is the first of Holly Wilson’s open mic poetry nights for the new year. Starts at 6:30pm. Mugs will be open for drinks and treats.

Saturday January 19 is Deb Coy’s launch of her new book, "Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia". It is a compilation of poetry, prose, and art dealing with dementia. 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!

Also, Makers Time continues every Thursday from 10 am until noon. Mugs is open and it’s a time of creating and sharing.

See you here!

Coming up this week...

Los Separados- a benefit to assist those who were unjustly separated from their parents at our southern border, will happen at Tortuga this Saturday January 12 from 5-9pm. Art for sale by South Valley Academy students. All proceeds go to help those in need. Co-sponsored by theNew Mexico Immigrant Center.

Come to this one-day event and support!

Thursday January 10

Mugs @ Tortuga open 8-12 (also Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Makers Time 10am-12noon

Game Night 6-9pm

Mugs @ Tortuga Update:


Mugs @ Tortuga: a Tea & Coffee Spot is now open 4 days a week. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday you will find Sarah Cummings, Master Barista at Mugs ready to serve up your favorite beverage.

Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Beginning this Friday, the Tortuga Coffee & Tea Shop will be open from 7am-10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sarah Cummings is at the helm with a bright smile, warm welcome and hot drinks.

Come on by!


Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Open hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7-10am

Sarah Cummings, Bean Slinger has this to say:

Hi! I am Sarah, and I am going to be slinging beans this weekend at Tortuga's Creative Arts Fair! 

We will have gourmet coffee, Jill's delicious chai tea, cocoa, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more! 

Come enjoy a tasty coffee beverage, a pastry or bagel with a shmear, or a handmade breakfast burrito. 

Slinging beans for the Creative Arts Fair!

Arts Fair is ready and includes a coffee shop!

There is a full roster of artists and creatives for the Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair 2018.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Cummings has agreed to run the kitchen space as a coffee shop for the days of the fair.

Opening night is Thursday November 29.

Shopping hours:

Thursday November 29 6-9pm.

Friday November 30 from 11am to 8pm.

Saturday December 1 from 10am until 6pm.

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Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair