"Moved By War" at Keshet Dance

Friday, May 28

Wall Art, Small Art

Are you worried that your walls are so crowded that you don’t have any more room for art? Well, don’t worry. Rebel Prints (208 Third Street SW) hosts The Mini Canvas Art Show on May 28 from 5 to 8pm. Local artists were asked to submit gallery-ready art with a maximum size of just 6″ by 6″. You can buy one of these tiny masterpieces from the artists themselves and add to your art collection at this weekend’s opening. For more info go to facebook.com/events/199005852076415 (Devin D. O’Leary)

Friday, May 28

Fantasia Has No Boundaries

Indoor movie theaters are slowly starting to open. But drive-in theaters have kept the cinematic flame burning for the last year by allowing viewers to keep socially distanced inside their own vehicles. Motorama at The Downs at Santa Fe (27475 W. Frontage Rd.) has been screening classic flicks and the occasional new films since August. On May 28 the outdoor theater at the former horse racing track gives us the beloved 1984 fantasy The NeverEnding Story. Based on Michael Ende’s 1979 novel, the film tells the story of a shy kid who gets embroiled in a magical book about a young warrior fighting to save his world from “The Nothing.” Maybe it’s time to introduce your kids to the Swamp of Sadness. The film starts at sunset (around 8:30pm). Tickets are available at tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/373174 and run from $2 for children ages 5 to 11 years old to $12 for a deluxe driver ticket. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Saturday, May 29

Loner Party takes the stage at Red Gorilla Studios (1701 Ranchitos Loop NE) on May 29 starting at 8:30pm. Red Gorilla has been streaming shows online for months, but will now be opening its doors to the public for “intimate, limited capacity, live shows.” A $20 donation gets you a ticket and the money goes directly to the bands and toward operating costs of the studio. Entry will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be booked prior to the day of the event. If you can’t get in, don’t worry. The studios are still streaming the concert live on Facebook (facebook.com/events/292522352451238) for free. Loner Party is an Albuquerque rock trio consisting of Josh Martin, Gabriel Gambino and Kent Sidlow. The band promises “swinging dynamics, mellow lows and intense highs.” (Devin D. O’Leary)

Sunday, May 30

Kick It Off

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Sports are back, and the Duke City Gladiators play their home opener on May 30, starting at 3:05pm. The local back-to-back champs were supposed to make their debut in the Indoor Football League last April after switching to the IFL from the CIF (Champions Indoor Football). Unfortunately, a little thing called COVID shut down professional sports in 2020. But the Gladiators are ready to rock another season and will be at the Rio Rancho Events Center (30001 Civic Center Circle NE) to kick things off. Tickets ($12 to $52) will go fast, so get yours ASAP at DukeCityGladiators.com. (Devin D. O’Leary)

Monday, May 31

War Dance

Join Keshet Dance and NMPBS for a Memorial Day celebration featuring a free virtual screening of the multi-award winning Exit 12 film “Moved by War” on May 31 from 10 to 11:30am. The dance film is followed by the premiere of a new piece choreographed during Exit 12’s N.M. residency and a panel discussion with the artists/performers. Exit 12 joins dance and stories about the effects of war—both to heal and also to change the stereotypes of the veteran community. Founded by a U.S. Marine Iraq War vet and two ballerinas in 2007, Exit 12 is a pioneer in the genre of military veteran art. This terpsichorean event is free, but you must sign up through EventBrite (bit.ly/3vg6GNW) to get the online address. (Devin D. O’Leary)