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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

“Making Medieval Armor: A Beginner’s Guide” (Courtesy of Genevieve Sparks Brechtel)

SANTA FE, N.M. — An upcoming Canyon Road exhibition is showcasing international resistance against the marginalization of women throughout history.

Turner Carroll’s “Can’t Lock Me Up” – a play on the infamous “Lock her up” chant directed at Hillary Clinton – is making a statement about language, including other insults hurled at famous women, like “nasty” or “low-IQ individual”; sexual violence against women and girls; the objectification of women’s bodies; and other ways women are degraded in the worldwide society.

“They deserve to be heard, they’ve fought for the right to be heard, and we like hearing them!”, the exhibition description states

The all-woman art show aims to highlight those voices from around the world making powerful statements about women’s issues. The artists are Fatameh Baigmorandi, Ambreen Butt, Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, Hung Liu, Monica Lundy, Lien Truong and Sheri Crider. “Can’t Lock Me Up: Women Resist Silence” will be up at Turner Carroll, 725 Canyon, until April 22. The opening reception is Friday from 5-7 p.m. On Saturday, from 4-5 p.m., psychiatrist, scholar and University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s historian Dr. Dora Wang will give a talk.

Modern medieval: Bring the Middle Ages into the 21st century with Meow Wolf’s medieval armor workshop this weekend. Participants will make bracelets using chanmaille.

Chanmaille, also referred to as chainmail or mail, is the mesh-looking material – popular in the Dark and Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance – made by weaving pieces of metal together.

Running the workshop is Genevieve Sparks Brechtel, an Albuquerque-based artist and metal worker who runs the jewelry-making business “Making Medieval Modern.” She described chainmaille as “knitting with metal.” She will talk about chainmaille’s history, including the different weaving styles that different countries used centuries ago, and help students make an enameled aluminum wire bracelet. Participants also will be taught the “four-in-one” weave once used to make armor in England.

The workshop is 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle, in its Learning Center. It is recommended for participants ages 7 and up. The class costs $15. Tickets are available at santafe.meowwolf.com.

Congresswoman Deb Haaland speaks at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Saturday, March 30.

Hear from native women: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s celebration of Women’s History Month continues this week with talks by notable Native women, including a U.S. congresswoman.

This afternoon, from 1-3 p.m., Comanche activist and Albuquerque resident LaDonna Harris will be on site for a screening of the 2014 documentary about her, “Indian 101,” followed by a talk and Q&A. Harris first rose to mainstream prominence in the 1960s as a voice for Native issues in Washington, D.C. Her then-husband, Fred Harris, was a U.S. Senator for Oklahoma from 1964-73. She also founded the Americans for Indian Opportunity in the 1970s, of which she is still president.

On Saturday, U.S. Rep Deb Haaland – who represents the Albuquerque area and is one of the two first Native Americans to win a seat in the U.S. House – will give a talk starting at 3:30 p.m. Seating starts at 3 p.m. And next Sunday, April 7, events continue with journalist Jenni Monet, known for her coverage of the Standing Rock protests. Monet will be there from 1-2:30 p.m.

All the events are at MIAC, 710 Camino Lejo on Musuem Hill. Admission is $7 for New Mexico residents and $12 for non-residents. Students with ID pay $6 if they are from New Mexico or $11 for out-of-state residents. Entrance is free for children 16 and younger, and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members. Admission to MIAC is free on the first Sunday of the month for all state residents.

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