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Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Author: Tom | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

What’s up with the weather this Easter weekend, anyway?

The forecast is calling for possible thunderstorms on Saturday with a 30 percent chance of precipitation, marking one of the very first spring showers to hit the Duke City–but don’t let a few odd raindrops spoil your egg hunt, because there’s plenty of excellent ABQ activities–both inside and outside–that’ll keep you entertained until you take the walk of shame back to work on Monday.

Check out our must-do picks for this Easter Weekend:

Something Worth Barking About

Take a break from howling for the Lobos this Friday in exchange for a barking session with man’s best friend out to Isotopes Park, where he can watch humans do the fetching for a change.

Dog owners and their animal companions are invited to attend the Albuquerque Isotopes’ fourth annual Bark in the Park;” a pooch-friendly game against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Isotopes Park (he’s earned it after fetching your slippers during the offseason, don’t you think?).

Pets and their pals can cozy up to a comfy spot on the grass along Creamland Berm, where both species can drool, cheer, and growl to their hearts’ content. Before you load your favorite mutts and mitt into the car, make sure they meet the guildelines: Dogs must be six weeks or older to attend, have a copy of a current rabies vaccination, identification tags, license tags, leashed, well-behaved, and accompanied by adult at least 18 years or older.

For kids, at least, the leash is optional. Gates open at 6 p.m., tickets are $7, and owners and petss must enter the park through the first base gate only. Poo packets for picking up fido’s “field obstacles” will also be provided.

Get Snazzed for Some Jazz

Have you been serenaded under the stars lately?

Partake in a seductive Jazz Under the Stars session at Bernalillo County’s Bachechi Open Space this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., where Albuquerqueans can hear a free jazz show under the stars along the Rio Grande bosque, courtesy of 103.7 The Oasis and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.

As the sun sets, Albuquerqeans can take nature walks, stare up at the sky with high-powered telescopes, make friends and explore 27-acre property, or participate in childrens’ activities while Guitarist Ambrose Rivera lets some spicy notes fly from his fingertips.

The even serves as a great way for city dwellers to get reacquainted with nature (and some world-class jazz licks in the process), according to Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley.

“Jazz Under the Stars is a great family event, and I want to encourage our community to get to know Bernalillo County’s excellent Open Space program,” she says, in a release.

Guests are eligible to win free prizes, and are encouraged to bring picnic items except for any alcoholic beverages, which won’t be allowed.

Camp Out with Coral

Sleeping over isn’t just for kids anymore, especially at the ABQ BioPark’s Aquarium Overnight event this evening, where families can get up-close-and-personal for more than 12 hours with their favorite aquarium exhibits and learn more about how marine animal behavior changes after the park gates close.

Guests are invited to reach out and touch a variety of unique sea creatures at the Touchpool, introduce themselves to new marine mammals, and enjoy an ocean film festival in the cool confines of the Aquarium’s soothing subsurface decor. When your eyes start drooping, just lay down a sleeping bag and saw some logs wherever you fancy (just try to keep your snoring to a minimum, for the sharks’ sake).

Tickets are $30 and check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., and minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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Posted: April 11th, 2014 | Author: Adam R. Baca | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Yes, it’s already that time of year. You better  make room for plenty of hot dogs, un-bury your old baseball mitt, and stock up on sunflower seeds. Baseball season is here. And since you should be recovered from those embarrassing April Fools’ jokes that were played on you over a week ago, you’re ready to hit the town. And why wouldn’t you be? Check out these happenings.

Play Ball

The Isotopes‘ home opener is tonight as they take on the Tacoma Rainiers at Isotopes Park at 7:05 p.m. The Isotopes’ first two games were played on April 4 in Tacoma where they split with the Rainiers. They come into tonight’s game with a 4-3 record.

Our beloved Brian Cavazos-Galvez is back with the Isotopes after spending all of last season with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Cavazos-Galvez was born and raised in Albuquerque. His father, Balvino Galvez, pitched for the Dukes in 1986 and 1992. Cavazos-Galvez played ball for Manzano High School and the University of New Mexico before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009. Albuquerque is the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Plus: Orbit will be there. If you can’t make tonight’s game, well, you have plenty of time. They’re on a home stretch through April 18. Grab some tickets.

Motor-Head Heaven

This weekend the Albuquerque Convention Center is hosting the 2014 New Mexico International Auto Show. Tonight it’s open from noon to 10 p.m., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

It’s going to be an automotive oasis. There will be over 300 plug-in vehicles, full-size trucks, and high-end sports cars. Browse through new technologies like inflatable seat belts and gawk at vehicles that have yet to hit dealerships. Best part: test drives for all, including children, who will have access to a Kids Autobahn.

Tickets are $10 for people ages 13 and over, $5 for those 62 and over, and $5 for military with ID and children 6-12. Children 5 and under get in free. On Sunday, “family day,” children 12 and under get in free when accompanied with a paying adult.

Home Stretch

The Isotopes and Dragonfly Yoga are hosting Yoga with the ‘Topes on Sunday April 13 at Isotopes Park. Bring your yoga mat, towel, and baseball glove because $10 will get you into both the yoga session and the 1:35 p.m. game with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. and the yoga class will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants will need to exit after class, but the gates will re open at 12:30 p.m. The yoga class will take place in the outfield grass and attendees will need to enter and exit through the third-base (west) gate. No sunscreen can be applied on the outfield grass, water is only allowed in bottles on the grass, and bags and shoes must be left off the grass.

Tickets are available at Dragonfly Yoga.

So what are your weekend plans?

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Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Author: Tom | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

It’s already April, which can mean only one thing—chile harvest is only four months away!

OK, we admit (begrudgingly) that there’s more to life than red and green chile. Not only is this weekend a chance to recover from all those lame April Fools jokes, but it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate all of April’s lesser-known occasions. For example, April is host to Mathematics Awareness Month, global child nutrition month, and Willie Nelson’s birthday (who knew?).

While you’re free to celebrate them in your own unique way (Willie surely will), here are some ideas for Albuquerque events in which to ring in the season with something other than Spring cleaning—Seriously, Spring cleaning is a drag, so go forth!

Mind the Paintings

Harwood Art Center aims to expand your mind with the opening reception on Friday of Finding Reason, an art exhibition that focuses on the clever use of palette and painting techniques to create psychological dialogue. Visitors to the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight will get a crash course in dynamic imagery and masterful abstraction from featured artists Shawn Turung and Maude Andrade.

Turung, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializes in interpreting social dynamics and the human psychology into paintings, while Andrade’s work is designed to provide a symbolic narrative map of time, place, or psychological terrain, along with a meditative, mysterious flair.

The opening reception is free, and will occur in conjunction with First Friday ARTS Crawl.

Ski For Free

Despite the warm weather in ABQ, there’s a blanket of freshly fallen snow waiting to be carved up at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, where five inches fell less than 24 hours ago.

And it can be yours, for free! The resort will offer free lift tickets this weekend and next—just long enough for you to fit in some fleeting winter fun before the sun takes over once again. Snow seekers will be able to take lift 1 to the top of the mountain, as well as lift 3, which services the practice slope area.

No, the management isn’t crazy. Then again, they may be crazy about customers after such a successful season.

“Sipapu’s 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season has been one of the most successful on record, and we made the decision to give all of our guests free lift tickets as a way of showing our deep gratitude,” says general manager Gary Forrest.

They expect 12 runs to be open—a fitting end to a season that ends on April 13. Staying open so late is no news around Sipapu, though—it’s held the record for the last ski resort to close for the season in New Mexico for 10 years running.

Mixed Martial Antics

If you’re looking to see a catfight of epic proportions, take a jaunt over to the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino at 7 p.m. Friday to see undefeated Mixed Martial Artist Holly Holm represent ABQ in a bout against Juliana Werner at the Legacy 30 Fighting Championship.

Hailing from Rio Negrinho, Santa Catrina, Brazil, Werner has come a long way to pick a fight, and carries with her a 7-3 record compared to Holm’s 6-0 record. Holm—known for her stellar professional boxing history—made the move to boxing, kickboxing, and eventually, MMA competition after realizing it was a way better workout than aerobics.

“I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the [kickboxing] class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I’d try it for one fight and see what it was like,” Holm says on her website.

According to MMA Junkie, Werner views a win over Holm as a stepping stone in her career.

“I’ve read the articles that say I’m the underdog,” Werner told MMA Junkie. “So I’m looking to surprise everyone. The underdog doesn’t always lose. I’m training hard to change the world’s opinion. Every fighter has habits. I have mine, Holly has hers. We’re training so we can exploit the limitations we identified in her fighting style.”

See them both up close and personal in the ring tonight. Tickets start at $30 and climb to $200. The match will also air on the AXS TV channel at 10 p.m.

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Posted: March 28th, 2014 | Author: Adam R. Baca | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

You better get to practicing those pranks. And you better practice your prank proofing. April Fools’ Day is right around the corner. But while you’re not too busy drumming up the perfect trick to bamboozle your buds this coming Tuesday, step outside, smell the flowers, and check out these awesome Albuquerque events:

Picture Perfect

Those selfie skills you’ve developed over the past few years are going to come in handy for the My Gordmans Style contest in April.

Gordmans (two locations) is giving away gift cards and a $500 shopping spree to selfie aficionados. People must pose with Gordmans merchandise, whether they try it on or point to it at the store, and post it to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter along with the hashtag, #MyGordmansStyle.

Each of these posts will enter Gordmans shoppers into a weekly drawing for a $25 Gordmans gift card. The drawings will be held throughout April. On April 30, every selfie buff will be entered in a drawing for a $500 Gordmans shopping spree.

Get Into the Swing of Things

Take a step back in time and dance the night away. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 29, the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is presenting A Night in the 40s: Big Band Swing. Live music from The American Legion Band and The Dukes of Albuquerque will fill the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Inhaling Hope

Lung cancer claims more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined, according to freetobreathe.org. And lung cancer’s five-year survival rate is a mere 16 percent.

The Third Annual Lung Cancer Bike Ride, honoring the memory of Annette Leger, will take place on Sunday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Rio Grande Bosque Bike Trail. Proceeds from event participants will go to groundbreaking programs committed to doubling lung cancer survival by the year 2022.

The bike ride was founded by Leger in 2012. Leger lost her two-year fight with lung cancer just five months after founding the event.

“Last year, we raised more than $30,000 t0 help support the promise of lifesaving treatments and cures for lung cancer,” says Martin Leger, the bike ride’s organizer.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Posted: March 21st, 2014 | Author: Tom | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Even if you’re not a fan of collegiate basketball, it’s almost impossible to avoid the excitement of NCAA March Madness, as fans of the University of New Mexico Lobos basketball team emerge from the woodwork, and onto nearly every barstool at every Duke City cantina.

And there are a LOT of Lobo fans, which makes us wonder if anyone will read this blog. Wait, that’s dangerous thinking. For the few others whose schedules aren’t dictated by the bouncing ball, here are a few suggestions to keep the weekend rolling.

Undeniably the Nile

For an olfactory trip to the old country (the REALLY old country, in Egypt), sniff out the 2014 Oriental Potpourri Festival on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendants can seek out the scents of the ancients from a number of vendors, while traditional dancers like Raffa Britto Dellan and the Saltanah Dancers dance and teach others to bust a move during the two-day festival.

Raffa will teach attendees the choreography to the iconic and iconic Egyptian song, “El Mashaal” by Hani Mehanna, while the Saltanah Dancers will teach a “Specialty Sunday Egyptian Madness Class.”

The event will benefit the Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center, and will also include a gala show, workshops, and performances from groups around the nation. For more info, visit wisewomandancer.com.

Sons of Albuquerque

Don your chaps and kick start your bike for the grand opening celebration of Duke City Harley Davidson, which will begin on Saturday with a ride led by “Sons of Anarchy” star Tommy Flanagan.

The ride starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Duke City Harley Davidson’s sister dealership, Thunderbird Harley Davidson, and ends at the new location, where the party continues with live music from the band Oldzkool, a catered meal, vendors, and more Harley merch than you can shake a tailpipe at.

Participants must purchase the $20 tickets beforehand, with proceeds benefiting Blessings in a Backpack and the students of McKinley Middle School. If they can’t fit enough Flanagan into their Saturday, riders also have the option to purchase a $95 ticket to dine over a catered meal on Sunday with the star.

The second location opened as a result Albuquerqueans’ overwhelming demand for new bikes, Marketing Manager Kristen Sweeney says. Already, 320 people have purchased tickets (and that translates to a lot of backpacks).

Choc Talk

Break off a a sweet piece of fun at the 4th Annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, where there’s plenty of festivus for the rest of us not enthralled in the NCAA (but are smitten with the COCOA).

This year’s fest aims to be the best with more than 110 vendors and plenty of room to move at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Choco and java lovers can show off their skills in a variety of different contests,including a food photography challenge, chocolate pie eating, and chocolate cookie and cake baking contests.

After checking out a cow milking demo, participants can amble on down to the chocolate sculpture raffle, see some live music from NM Philharmonic musicians and local bands like Breaking Blue, Deer in Headlights, and the Red Light Ramblers. Oh, and did we mention there would be a primer on Caveman Coffee from MMA fighter Keith Jardine?

If you order your ticket online, you’ll get a free festival mug that’ll hold plenty of brews to look forward to from Red Rock Roasters, New Mexico Pinion Coffee, Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee, and other local and regional roasters. And what would the perfect cup of joe be without the perfect pastry from Rebel Donut or Cake Fetish Cupcakes?

No matter what booths you visit, we guarantee you won’t fall asleep with all that sugar and caffeine to choose from (better yet, we might put our dentists on speed dial). Worth it!

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Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: Adam R. Baca | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Make sure that green shirt is clean and ironed! You’re going to need it for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. Don’t have any green clothing? Well, you’d better get on it. After all, you have all weekend to find your pinch-preventer. While you’re out there shopping for green gear, make sure to stop by some of these can’t miss weekend events:

Sud Satisfaction

If you still have nothing planned for tonight and need to scrub some grime off your hands, well, why not kill two birds with one stone?

Check out the Simple Soap Making Workshop at Appaloosa Art Space (2820 Richmond Drive NE) tonight from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to spawn your own suds from simple kitchen supplies and ingredients. People of all ages are welcome. Just don’t forget to bring your favorite-smelling spice.

The workshop is $30. For more information, contact Jessie Raney at 503-1141 or jessie@mandysfarm.org.

Happy New Year!

No, we’re not late on this. Maybe we should say, “Happy Mesoamerican Solar New Year” instead. Tomorrow,  March 15, from noon to 3 p.m., the National Hispanic Cultural Center will be hosting an Aztec New Year celebration ceremony.

Many indigenous nations of Mexico honor the Mesoamerican Solar New Year, which is seen as a time of renewal. The groups Kalpulli Ehecatl and Kalpulli Izcalli, who ensure Mesoamerica traditions live on and flourish, will bring the ceremony to the Plaza Mayor at NHCC for the very first time.

Admission is free, and this ceremony is sure to be a feast for the eyes.

Eat Your Art Out

Tomorrow, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is hosting Family Fun Day: All that Glitters. The world of Spanish colonial life in Mexico, Central America, and South America will be brought to life through performances, art projects and family activities.

Performances by “Encuentro” members  will take place at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.. There will also be a scavenger hunt in the Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 exhibition. Learn about the intense objects wealthy residents kept in their homes.

This event is open to all ages and free of charge.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Posted: March 7th, 2014 | Author: Tom | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

If you’re a fan of sunshine, then there’s plenty of reason to be excited this weekend (even for cave-dwelling writers, like yours truly). That’s right–Sunday marks our jump an hour forward, and puts us square on the doorstep of Spring.

Sure, you’ll lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll also gain an hour of sunshine worth spending on a few of our favorite Albuquerque events.

Choc of the Town

How do you make one of the world’s most delicious foods taste even better?

Add philanthropy, of course. On Saturday, indulge in both with a trip to The 22nd Annual Chocolate Fantasy event–a benefit gala to raise funds for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. The event promises chocolate overload from 6:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Sandia Resort and Casino, where guests can wander through a partyscape of intricate ice-covered landscapes, glaciers, and icy giants from a decidedly more frigid time.

Guests can take a taste journey of all the best creations from Albuquerque’s chocolatiers–from delicate morsels to intricate, artistic creations. In addition, chocolatiers will have their creations judged for cash prizes (and bragging rights, of course!).

Get Blooming at the Botanic Gardens

If your allergies haven’t already tipped you off, it’s about time for things to start blooming in the Duke City. Case in point: The March Madness Flower Show at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

Perhaps the blazing, raw colors of springtime flowers like delphiniums, African streptocarpus, and lillies will be enough to rouse even the most bitter daylight savings grumbler from their annual angst. Also, don’t forget to swing by the Zoo, where the Tropical America section pays homage with a vivid array of blooming orchids and bromeliads. The celebration starts on Saturday at 9 a.m., and lasts until April 4th.

And once you finish ogling the flowers, there’s always something else to see, like the endlessly entertaining railroad garden and desert conservatory, where the plants–colorful or not–stick around all year long.

Get Your Wings

Calling all females–this weekend marks your chance to get your head in the clouds as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 3-9), as talented and experienced members of the Ninety-Nines female pilot association offer flights to other females who have never flown in a smaller aircraft.

It all started with the first woman to fly–a French opera singer named Marie Élisabeth Thible, who took the place of Count Jean-Baptiste de Laurencin (who got cold feet and gave his spot to her). As Thible ascended in the sky (she sang “La Belle Arsène” on the way up, per her songbird background), she also ascended into history, according to the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week website.

Whether it’s French opera singers or skilled space shuttle pilots like American astronaut Eileen Collins, there’s plenty to celebrate this week. Get in on the action from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Double Eagle II airport, where Bode Aviation will host the bash. To RSVP, contact Susan Larson
at SJLarson99@mac.com or (505) 690-6903.

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Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Adam R. Baca | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

We made it through another week—where did it go? Luckily, you still have another week before the clocks roll back, so enjoy that extra hour of sleep while you can. Another thing to enjoy? The weekend—especially this weekend. Why? Just take a look.

Bringing the Big Easy to Albuquerque

Have you been stocking up on beads but can’t make it to New Orleans? The Albuquerque Museum of of Art and History is the next best thing.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the museum will be hosting New Mexi-Gras: A Fat Friday Fun-rasier.This New Mexico Jazz Workshop event offers a night full of music, dancing, food and drink, card readings, face painting, a silent auction, and the “people-powered parade” contest that you have to see to believe. Though it’s not required, it’s encouraged you dress up like you’re ready to hit Bourbon Street this coming Tuesday (when the real Fat Tuesday is).

Admission is $40 to $50 and proceeds for this event will assist the NMJW youth education programs.

Ready For The Sunny Farm

Since the weather’s warming up, it’s time to stick those green thumbs in some soil and get your garden groomed.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is hosting Meet the Farmer this Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. This farmer-hosted project will show us how to propagate warm weather seedlings like tomatoes and chile (of course!). There will  be a transplanting demonstration and Los Poblanos’ artisan farmers will tell us how they invented a solution for organic alternatives to rooting hormone.

The class is free for Inn guests and $15 for anyone else who wants to join. Better hop on it now since advanced registration is required.

Follow Your Art

Hold that story or art idea in no longer. This Sunday, March 2, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., PB & J Family Services (209 San Pablo SE) is hosting a free storytelling and art workshop for International District residents.

In fact, every Sunday through July 2014 community members are invited to come by, share stories, and work with a multidisciplinary team of artists, creating three works of art/performance for an International District weekend festival happening this July.

It’s free of charge, all languages are welcome, and food and beverages will be provided. No excuses not to be there.

So what are your plans this weekend?

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Spectacular Things Saturday

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: Adam R. Baca | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

On Feb. 2 Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog of groundhogs, rose from his burrow and spotted his shadow. Six more weeks of winter—but Albuquerque is paying no attention to Phil and his legendary shadow, and we’re experiencing lots of warmth.

In fact, it’s so nice that we’re ready to spend our weekend out and about. Don’t know what’s happening out there? Well, you know boredom will never creep into your bones as long as we’re around.

In the Long Run

Sochi, Russia isn’t the only place to catch world-class athletes this month. The USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will continue today, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23. Head over to the Albuquerque Convention Center to catch some of the countries fastest moving legs. The nation’s top track and field athletes will be fighting for the chance to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland in March.

Track spikes will be clacking against the track today from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Better grab your tickets.

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

If you haven’t had a chance to head out to Petroglyph National Monument lately, this may be the perfect weekend to do so. Not only will you get to check out the petroglyphs, but you’ll be able to check out the 10th Annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale.

There will be hundreds of gorgeous Navajo weavings to browse through and purchase. The show and sale will be taking place today from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a rug-weaving demonstration and Navajo rug educational talks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Admission is free of charge.

Fishing Fair for Kids
Head to Tingley Beach on Feb. 23 for a fun, free day of fishing for children ages 4 to 12. Learn all about fishing at interactive Discovery Stations (New Mexico law requires that 12 year-olds have a fishing license). It all happens at 1800 Tingley Drive SW; call 768-2000 or 311 locally for info.

Looks like our calendars for this weekend are full!

What are you doing this weekend?

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Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: Tom | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Watch out, Albuquerque! Cupid’s on the loose, and it seems love is in the air. That’s why we’ve got a few weekend activity ideas for you to flirt with so you can get down to some seriously fun–and family-friendly–Albuquerque activities.

A Revolutionary Idea

New Mexico’s rich cultural influences–especially from south of the border–have made it one of the most unique states in the nation, but have also served as a petri dish for America’s gradually shifting demographics.

New questions about human rights, civil liberties, and racial profiling have come about as a result. And illegal immigration? Prepare to get an earful from both sides of the fence.

But filmmaker Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson decided to capture a different point of view of the debate from behind a video camera in his award-winning human rights documentary, The Second Cooler, which will debut at The Guild Cinema on Friday evening at 4 and 6 p.m.

The film goes beyond borders to try and understand why such inequality exists in between North America’s countries, and if–or what–the developed world has done to create or exacerbate it. But ultimately, the film aims to answer one question: “Who benefits from illegal immigration?”

The film is narrated by Martin Sheen, and was written by Dr. Jimmerson, who holds multiple degrees in history and theological studies and holds a position as a Baptist minister. Dr. Jimmerson will be on hand to introduce the film and will be present for a post-movie Q and A session.

Attendees can get in the door with a $10 donation, and the film will be shown once more on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the St. Pius X Fine Arts Theatre.

Keeping it Clean

Environmentally, that is. This Saturday, Albuquerqueans are invited to beautify the Bosque by coming together for the I Heart the Bosque Valentine’s Day Clean Up, where you can show your sweetie just how much you care.

Volunteers will be split up into groups, and whoever collects the most trash wins a price (hint: trash you bring from your own alley doesn’t count). The cleanup also has scientific roots, as how much is collected and where it came from will be analyzed for future prevention and cleanup efforts.

Participants will be treated to an educational talk along the way, and can also meet the birds behind Hawks Aloft, Albuquerque’s premier rescue organization for birds of prey.

If you’re feeling the love, meet up with others at the Tingley Beach Parking Lot south of Central Ave. at 10 a.m., and make sure to bring gloves, trash bags, water, and some snacks.

Afterwards, sit back, relax, and wait for the kisses to roll in from Mother Nature.

Find Your Happy Place

If the overwhelming consumerism of Valentine’s Day has you and your honey down, you can find a different form of bliss at the Clarifying Meditative Work–A Fresh Look workshop, which aims to bring Albuqueqrueans together through meditations from different traditions.

Whether you’re interested in Tibetian, Vipassana, Western, Hindu, or other meditation techniques, you’ll find plenty of like-minded meditatees (is that even a word?) on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wat Center at 145 Madison NE. The session will serve as a place for meditators to exchange ideas, concerns, and stories of their experiences.

And–of course–the emphasis will be on listening to each other, or to the sweet sound of nothing at all–hey, isn’t that one of the biggest components of inner reflection? Then again, if you’re up for some outer reflection, we’re up for talking with you over a beer or two tonight (call me!).



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