Mathy indie/emo project Future Scars has gone through a pretty drastic personnel change over the last year with local musicians Paul Wagner, Dylan Blanchard and Marcus DiFilippo joining the fray. But, according to frontwoman Eliza Lutz, the change has provided ample opportunity to reevaluate the band's songs and sounds.
"I've been writing this [new] record for the last two years, the followup to our EP, and even though the songs have been thoroughly worked on at this point, they have a whole new life," Lutz explains. "It's the lineup these songs needed." Lutz says the newer material is like her "emo record," and that the new dudes give the songs "life." Fitting, then, that this particular lineup's debut would be at a benefit show for the Changing Woman Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal and implementation of Indigenous and holistic birthing practices—quite literally new life.
More specifically, proceeds from the show will go to the organization's new birthing center, a facility proposed for space on Pojoaque tribal land. "It would be the first of its kind in the US, a Native American birthing center," program manager for Changing Woman Initiative Kansas Begaye tells SFR. "We'll also be a teaching facility, we're working on a volunteer program—it's going to be really groundbreaking." Begaye further explains the proposed facility will be a safe space for women of all ages, hopes to provide education and resources such as birth control and will not be limited to people of Indigenous descent.
"[Indigenous people] have been birthing babies from home for many, many years," Begaye continues, "and there are a lot of practices within the tribes that we're trying to be mindful of—let's say somebody is from Santa Clara; we'd be structuring her birthing experience around her beliefs and cultures."
Given the borderline barbaric birthing methodology used by most modern-day hospitals, such a facility could be a godsend for those in search of a gentler touch. Besides, how excellent is it when punk rock and a good cause come together?
Rounding out the show are local nerd-rock act Treemotel, Albuquerque-based glam metal weirdos Chicharra, pop punk from Weedrat and, reportedly, other surprises. The cover works on a sliding scale, meaning no one will be turned away, and Begaye promises cool merch from Changing Woman Initiative including T-shirts, water bottles and more. (Alex De Vore)
Changing Woman Initiative Benefit with Future Scars, Treemotel, Weedrat and Chicharra:
8 pm Saturday March 31. $5-$20.
Second Street Brewery (Rufina Taproom),
2920 Rufina St.,
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' Social Engagement Residency taps into a seemingly inherent sense of social justice and community action in Indigenous artists while also working to forward the creation of fine art by Native people. To develop connections between artists and the community and to generate community dialogue and positive social change, this session welcomes filmmaker Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) for the next 10 days. "I've been thinking a lot about being a visitor to this community, and that being a filter," he says, "and how I can account for my own subjective experience as an Indigenous person from another part of the country … and trying to figure out how to navigate that." He speaks with fellow resident, clay and textile installation artist Anita Fields (Osage). Bring your lunch and learn more. (Charlotte Jusinski)
Social Engagement Artist-in-Residence Talk:
Noon Wednesday March 28. Free.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (second floor Project Lab),
108 Cathedral Place,
New York, New York
Though early 20th-century artists from New York who eschewed representational works were often deemed radicals, we can now look back on their vibrant, modernist works with respect for their outside-the-box output. Perhaps the art lovers of the day simply couldn't appreciate something abstract when they saw it, or perhaps it says something about artists who were so ahead of their time they forever changed the game. Either way, there are fine paintings from the era on display at LewAllen Galleries this week, and anyone with an appreciation for bold colors, strong yet strange geometry and/or the abstract oughta pop by to see what all the fuss is about. (ADV)
New York Modernism: From a Private Collection:
5 pm Friday March 30. Free.
1613 Paseo de Peralta,
Albuquerque musicians Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes have always blown minds with their project A Hawk and a Hacksaw but, on their upcoming new album Forest Bathing, the pair takes it to a new level. The material was inspired by sojourns to Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Greece and elsewhere, and though it follows a semi-familiar Balkan sound, there's a variety at play (and an exciting roster of international guest players) that makes it feel all the more authentic and focused. What better place to debut such gorgeous music than the San Miguel Mission, an acoustically brilliant venue known for hosting the best of the best? (ADV)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw Record Release:
7:30 pm Saturday March 31. $10-$15.
San Miguel Mission,
401 Old Santa Fe Trail,