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The Insiders: Find a good yarn at Margaritas tonight

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Cilau Valadez with a yarn painting (courtesy photo)

    Cilau Valadez with a yarn painting (courtesy photo)

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Cilau Valadez with a yarn painting (courtesy photo)

There are very few scenarios in which voluntarily walking into a jail cell is considered a quality personal decision. In fact, in doing some quick calculations, we’ve come up with precisely one such acceptable instance, and – as is the case with most of our decisions – it involves delicious tacos.

No, we don’t have an advance copy of this week’s prison menu. It’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Bicentennial Square, where you can be imprisoned with a handful of your closest friends over chips and salsa in the city’s old jail cells. But tonight there’s more than just the obvious appeal of incarceration – visiting Huichol artist Cilau Valadez will be on hand to demonstrate an ancient yarn art.

Huichol – pronounced wee-chole – yarn painting is an intricate form of yarn artwork created by the Huichol tribe of western Mexico that produces striking color and is “almost like embroidery,” said Pat Picciano, education outreach coordinator for Margaritas.

Valadez will be on hand for the free event from 4 to 9 p.m. to work on a painting while interacting with guests and discussing the style, continuing work on a piece he began a few days ago.

“These pieces take hours, days, weeks, even months sometimes,” Picciano said. “Each little strand has to be embedded into beeswax on a flat panel.”

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Also tonight, the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire will be screening the Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the armed services, Invisible War, at Red River Theatres at 5:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the film. Visit redrivertheatres.org and see “special events” or call 225-7276 for tickets.

(Email the Insiders at
insiders@cmonitorcom.)

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