Black Friday is hell for most. Crowds, mile-long lines and overly enthusiastic, turkey-filled shoppers who would do almost anything to get that last Beach Barbie for their kiddo make for a long, exhausting—and maybe violent—experience. Zane Fischer, co-founder of nonprofit creative organization MAKE Santa Fe, agrees.
“It’s become such an oppressively consumer-oriented, physically body-crushing event,” he says. This year, thankfully, there is a more creative and comfortable option. Head to Opt2MAKE inside Meow Wolf and use your hands to make presents for your loved ones. The event may help kill your present-buying list without getting you killed at a superstore, and it may just foster your creativity at the same time. Fischer says the holiday crafting event is exactly the kind of opportunity MAKE aims to host. “The ethos of having a maker-space is to empower people to be inventive and creative on their own,” Fischer tells SFR. “If you haven’t tried the satisfaction of making something for yourself instead of buying it, you should, because it’s a great feeling.”
Plus, nothing is more personalized than a gift tailor-made just for Grandma. Opt2MAKE features maker stations with everything one needs to create ornaments, jewelry, stocking stuffers and more. “That’s the stuff we will have preset for folks,” Fischer says, “but we are willing to help people make other things too, or at least start on other types of things.”
Participants have access to the entire MAKE workshop, so creations won’t be limited to mere Christmas cards and glittery ornaments. The workshop has a plethora of state-of-the-art equipment, from 3D printers to laser cutting machines. “You can make pretty much anything you can dream up,” Fischer says.
Admission covers a family of four and all the materials needed to be your own elf this holiday season. “Its definitely a family-oriented event,” Fischer says. (Maria Egolf-Romero)
Noon-3 pm Friday Nov. 25. $30.
MAKE Santa Fe,
1352 Rufina Circle,
Folk-OsityJon Hogan and Maria Moss have lived as travelers for the last seven years and graced most Western states with their eclectic sound, which they describe as “scorch folk,” a folky Americana-esque hybrid that plays well with their originals and covers from the likes of the Carter Family. “We try to keep the structure as close to the bone as possible,” says Hogan. The band is frequently in Santa Fe and hits the Cowgirl for an intimate mid-week performance. “We want to create a space where people can be present and gather inside the space of a song,” Moss says. That should fit in quite well around here. (Kim Jones)
Hogan & Moss:
8 pm Wednesday Nov. 23. Free.
319 S Guadalupe St.,
Oooooh, Witchy WomanDirector Anna Biller (Viva, A Visit From the Incubus) merges throwback ’60s/’70s color schemes and cinematography with a dash of punk rock feminism and an obvious love for mod culture and witchcraft in The Love Witch. Think of it like a loving homage to the campy world of low-budget horror films with just a smidge of the ol’ Russ Meyer eroticism and a kickass pulp feel. It’s like a cult film lover’s dream in everything from the wardrobe and soundtrack to sexy leading lady Samantha Robinson’s turn as Elaine, a troubled young witch who uses sorcery to make dudes fall in love with her. How cool is that?! (Alex De Vore)
The Love Witch:
1:40 and 6:30 pm Thursday Nov. 24. $8-$13.
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave.,
A Whale of a TimeSanta Fe continues its love affair with all things metal as a new label dubbed Apewhale Entertainment launches this weekend. “After spending six years working in the [music] industry in Los Angeles and witnessing so many bands getting taken advantage of, we wanted to create a company that offered friendly deals,” co-founder Steve Hilson says. “Honestly, putting out records is somewhat of an addiction.” The party also serves as a release event for Bay Area prog-metal act Cyborg Octopus’ debut full-length, Learning to Breathe, and for a second Apewhale release slated for December from Portuguese death metal act Colosso. (ADV)
Apewhale Entertainment Launch Party:
9 pm Saturday Nov. 26. Free.
200 W San Francisco St.