Spring break sucks money out of bank accounts like a bro doing a keg stand. If you spent too much on alcohol, buses and plane tickets last week, then check out this week’s freebies.
A group of woman musicians gather to teach the traditional songs and stories of New Mexico to participants, who will learn lyrics and melodies as well as background information on the songs. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, so bring your singing voice. The center is at 1701 Fourth St. S.W.
VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Very hungry humans can join an interactive reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and fill themselves with free fruit in the process. La Montañita Co-op provides the reading outside the UNM Bookstore from 10-11 a.m. They will also have crafts and activity sheets, so you can tap into those childhood memories of the starving insect.
DEF POETRY WORKSHOP
Calling all poets: Bruce George, the founder of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, spits some verse and lectures about poetry in the SUB, before opening the floor to students for a poetry slam. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the SUB ballrooms.
If you’re trying to install solar panels on your roof in the student ghetto, or just want to know more about why solar power could be a viable energy source, then check out this seminar. It runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Affordable Solar at 4840 Pan American Freeway N.E. Call (505) 944-4220 to make reservations.
KUNG FU SELF DEFENSE
Women concerned about the safety of Albuquerque’s streets can learn how to break bones and fight attackers using martial arts techniques. High-level san soo practitioners will be present for you to test out your techniques — safely, of course. The workshop runs from 2-4 p.m. at Kung Fu San Soo of Albuquerque at 2100 Juan Tabo Blvd. N.E.
PRAYERS FOR PEACE
This teaching session offers participants practical advice on how to incorporate Buddhism into their daily lives. The ideas are accessible to everyone, according to the event listing, and it starts at 10 a.m. at the Shakyamuni Buddhist Center at 8701 Comanche Road N.E. The center asks for donations, but the Buddha wouldn’t deny anyone access to his wisdom because of money, or lack thereof.