Outside the Box
Broken Boxes Podcast goes physical with limited-edition catalog release
In case you haven't zeroed in on local artist Ginger Dunnill's podcast Broken Boxes (brokenboxespodcast.com)—you should. A glorious interview-based experience focused on artists and activists who, according to Dunnill, aren't part of the hetero-patriarchy (read: subjects are feminist, queer, trans, intersectional champions), Broken Boxes practically defines the term cutting-edge. "And I'm friends with 99 percent of the people I've interviewed," Dunnill says. "I'm really lucky to know so many fucking cool people."
But it doesn't end with the interviews. Broken Boxes has hosted a physical exhibit at form & concept Gallery since August (it runs through Oct. 28), but Dunnill plans to up the ante this weekend with a catalog release party. Clocking in at 67 pages, the catalog was funded with a grant from 516 Arts' Fulcrum Fund, a gift bestowed to New Mexico artists through the Andy Warhol Foundation. And rather than being a simple run-of-the-mill artist resource, Broken Boxes' version features the works of exhibit artists plus their own writings and musings.
"I really wanted to document the whole experience," Dunnill says, "and instead of just having generic bios, I invited each artist to tell us how they break the box through their work; each page has a narrative." Dunill says the catalogs are gorgeous, but extremely limited (there will only be about 50 copies available when all is said and done), and, at just $20, they're a steal. "It's like a more beefed-up version of a zine," Dunill adds. The event itself also features a poetry reading, a short film and what Dunnill describes as a "queer rock opera." So head to the site and listen in, then prepare to meet some of the most important artists working today at the party. (Alex De Vore)
Broken Boxes Catalog Release Party:
5 pm Friday Sept. 29. Free.
form & concept Gallery,
435 S Guadalupe St.,
Say it Like “Chk Chk Chk”
How do you describe a band like Sacramento/Brooklyn's !!!? For the punk rock set, they've made dance music rife with post-hardcore weirdness accessible—like an intro to rhythmic, electronic sounds for people who didn't think they'd like it. For the dance crowds, however, they've brought good old punk know-how to the table; is "dirty" the right word? Kind of. But with subtle disco nods and 20-ish years of albums, tours and countless fans under their belt, it's no wonder they're one of the bigger acts to peer out from the underground, seduce all kinds of weirdos and escape unscathed into the night with something wholly original. How often can we say that anymore? (ADV)
!!! with Algiers:
8 pm Thursday Sept. 28. $15-$17.
1352 Rufina Circle,
Harvest the Good Times
On the outskirts of town lies living history in the form of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Part museum, part historical site, Golondrinas is known for annual events like the Renaissance Fair, the Santa Fe Wine Festival and, this week, the Harvest Festival. Taste fresh sorghum syrup, smash grapes with your feet, taste tortillas just made a few minutes ago and learn about the lives and culture of people who lived in the area. Yes, it's educational, yes, it's fun and no, you haven't had close to enough sorghum in your life before now. Oh, and kids under 12 get in free. Do it. (ADV)
10 am-4 pm Saturday Sept. 30 and Sunday Oct. 1. $6-$8.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas,
334 Los Piños Road,
Though Boxcar valiantly stepped in and provided a home during renovations, it's good to hear the Canyon Road Blues Jam—which features the aptly named Canyon Road Blues Band—has returned home to El Farol. Here's how it works: The band strikes up with rockin' blues and musicians who show up and sign up can join them. The caveat, of course, is that you've kinda gotta know what you're doing. The good news, however, is that even if you're not a blues master, you can always just pop by, grab some great food and drink and observe some of the finest local blues-folk Santa Fe has to offer. Especially Tone Forrest, whom we love. (ADV)
Canyon Road Blues Jam:
8:30 pm Tuesday October 3. Free.
808 Canyon Road,