Colcha Community Stitch-Along

9:30 am – 12 pm

Join our monthly gathering for colcheras of all skill levels led by Annette Gutierrez Turk. If you are beginning or advanced in the traditional New Mexican style of embroidery, bring your current colcha project along and enjoy these monthly, informal, community work sessions to share ideas, resources and encouragement!

For more information, call Elena at 505-246-2261 or e-mailing
Free event

Facilitated by Sandia Mountains Chapter-EGA

La Canoa: The Nuclear Option: Perpetuating the Myth of New Mexico as Wasteland

2 pm

Please join UNM Assistant Professor Myrriah Gómez for a presentation on New Mexico and the nuclear option. Long before the nuclear industrial complex began in here in 1942, New Mexico was depicted by outsiders as a “wasteland.” In an effort to combat that historical portrayal, the New Mexico Bureau of Immigration issued Aztlán: The History, Resources and Attractions of New Mexico in 1885, a book that was used to recruit Anglos to New Mexico in an effort to shift the racial and ethnic demographics so as to earn statehood. Building on Anglo rhetoric from the 19th century, the federal government continues to use the same arguments to convert New Mexico into the premier repository for the nation’s nuclear waste. This talk will discuss the rearticulationof New Mexico as a nuclear wasteland in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Myrriah Gómez is a Nuevo Mexicana from the Pojoaque Valley. She is an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. Myrriah’s current book project, NuclearNuevo México: Identity, Ethnicity, and Resistance in Atomic Third Spaces, examines the effects of the nuclear industry on people of color in New Mexico.

Film: Mi Gran Noche/My Big Night

7 pm

This “instant camp classic” is set in a TV studio, where the advance taping of a New Year’s Eve special is fraught with difficulties. A crane falls on an extra; there are riots and protests outside the studio; a hunky singer is being blackmailed by two girl-crush fans; an aging crooner is targeted for assassination by his adopted son and manager; and two extras fall in love, even though the woman seems to be a bad-luck charm. “A manic farce of schlubs and monsters, professional one-upsmanship and assassination.” Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2015; Álex de la Iglesia; Spanish with English subtitles; 100 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Nuevomexicana/o Baby Boomers: Stories and Histories

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a presentation by University of New Mexico students and professors Anna Nogar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Myrriah Gómez, Honors College who are collecting oral histories of Nuevo/Mexicana/o Baby Boomers. Students will present video excerpts of their interviews in which New Mexicans (born between 1945 and 1966) talk about family, identity, spirituality, history, culture and much more. Presented by the NHCC in partnership with UNM
Free and open to the public

Photo Brown Beret Women by Oscar Castillo