Film/Television Editor, Copy Editor Devin D. O'Leary served as film/television editor at Weekly Alibi for 28 years. He wrote and produced four feature films here in New Mexico and has been the booker/host of Midnight Movie Madness screenings at Guild Cinema for 13 years.

Thursday, January 28

Get Some Fresh Air

Do you love nature and the great outdoors? Or are you just experiencing extreme cabin fever? We have a solution for both. Organizations and individuals located in Bernalillo, Sandoval or Valencia County, New Mexico who want to get involved as partners in this year’s City Nature Challenge ABQ are invited to attend a virtual New Partner Meeting on Jan. 28 from 3 to 4:30pm. If you’re part of an environmental or other organization, a teacher/educator, an expert in local flora and fauna, or an amateur nature enthusiast, the folks at CNCABQ would love for you to take part. At this initial meeting they’ll discuss what City Nature Challenge is and what this year’s local version will look like. There will be a brief training on using the iNaturalist app to catalogue discoveries as well. For details on the event, go to facebook.com/events/442305023800830. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Friday, January 29

The COVID Monologues

Unable to present its productions in person for the time being, Vortex Theatre moves online for Jane Martin’s Talking With… The play consists of 11 10-minute monologues, each focussed on a different character. Among the amusing and idiosyncratic people you’ll meet are a young baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex rodeo rider and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job. The cast includes Debi Kierst, Alaina Warren Zachary, Carolyn Hogan, Abby Van Gerpen, Deborah Blanche, Michelle Belmont, Catalina Lehrner, Sophia Wasteneys, Christy Burbank, Robin Havens-Parker and Fabianna Borghese. Thanks to funding from the City of Albuquerque and New Mexico Arts, all tickets are free, but you must reserve a timeslot to view it online. The performance is accessible Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30 at 7:30pm. It can also be seen Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2pm.  Go to vortexabq.org for complete information. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Saturday, January 30

Paging Tom Dooley

According to the hip kids over on Tik Tok, sea shanties are the hot new thing. (I kid you not.) While we can’t guarantee there will be any rousing renditions of “Blow the Man Down” or “Haul Away, Joe” at ABQ Folk Fest Sing Along, this month’s online event seems like your best bet. On Saturday, Jan. 30 starting at 3:30pm, musical revelers are invited to log on to Zoom to join musician/singer Dan Matthews (and possibly a few COVID-safe friends) for an afternoon sing along of well-loved folk songs. Normally, for in-person sing alongs, the suggested donation is $15 at the door, with proceeds to benefit the ABQ Folk Fest. However, this time around Matthews is offering his services for free. For more details, and to score that Zoom link/password, go to abqfolkfest.org. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Sunday, January 31

(Virtually) Jewish Film

Celebrate the Jewish experience through film and stay safe at home with the 2021 ABQ Winter Jewish (Virtual) Film Festival. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque has presented this annual look at contemporary Jewish and Israeli film for several years now. Since we can’t hang out at the JCC, however, the fest streams online this year. Eight acclaimed films from Argentina, France, Canada, Israel, Italy and the U.S. are available for streaming on your home computer, television or tablet. Each film has a 72-hour screening window, giving you plenty of time to watch what you want when you want. Tickets are $8 for each individual film or $56 for an individual series pass ($100 for a household pass and $125 for a mensch pass). It all kicks off on Sunday with a screening of the sports documentary Alucie, which relates the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship during the summer of 1977. A Zoom conversation about the film follow on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7pm. Film screenings are available Sunday, Jan. 31 through Thursday, Feb. 25. Go to abqjewishfilmfest.com for a complete schedule of films and screening dates. (Devin D. O’Leary)

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Film/Television Editor, Copy Editor Devin D. O'Leary served as film/television editor at Weekly Alibi for 28 years. He wrote and produced four feature films here in New Mexico and has been the booker/host of Midnight Movie Madness screenings at Guild Cinema for 13 years.