Neil Ambrose-Smith and Afton Love at 516 Arts

Friday, February 26

Release Me

Join The Ordinary Things Album Release Party virtually at Launchpad, celebrating the local band’s sophomore album, Something to Believe In. Starting at 8pm on Feb. 26, the indie rock trio plays its newest cuts live from the Launchpad stage. You can watch it all from home on Launchpad’s Facebook page ( or the venue’s YouTube page ( Online access is free. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Friday, February 26

Dropping Beats

Local arts and humanities website Pyrograph presents We Might Be Okay … A Virtual Art & Music Event by Billy McCall & Erik Gamlem. Billy’s dropping a new album, and you’re invited to the free party, starting at 7pm on Feb. 26. Just tune in to to catch the colorful festivities. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Saturday, February 27

Art + Art

Curators at 516 Arts aren’t letting this pandemic thing get in the way of art. On Feb. 26, starting at 6pm, the Downtown gallery hosts a virtual opening for its two new solo exhibits: “Afton Love: Perfect Union” and “Neal Ambrose-Smith: The (Tense) Present.” Curated by Suzanne Newman Fricke, PhD, the exhibits feature work that combines a range of imagery and media to create a complex reflection on current events. Ambrose-Smith’s works mix hot-button issues like climate change and our country’s political climate with a welter of cartoon cats, Star Trek references and Joan Miró-like images. Love’s sculptural work, on the other hand, explores geology—focusing on how rocks are created and transformed on the Earth’s surface. To secure a link for this free event, stop by Eventbrite ( (Devin D. O’Leary)

Wednesday. March 3

Flora For Fauna

Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents its monthly lecture, Build It and They Will Come: Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden. On March 3 at 7pm, join Wes Brittenham, farm and landscape manager at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, as he describes how native plants can create a functioning habitat and pollinator garden regardless of size. Using designs from Los Poblanos, his own backyard and other gardens, Wes offers recommendations to attract birds, turtles, toads, lizards and all-important insects necessary for healthy ecosystems to your home garden. You can request a link to join this free Zoom meeting by emailing (Devin D. O’Leary)