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Favorite Things Friday

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 | Author: admin | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Happy May, everyone! Hope everyone has a very fun (and safe!) Cinco de Mayo. Here are some of the things we will be doing this weekend:

taken from http://www.lotsofneatstuff.com/sites/default/files/images/photos/479971_463807753688245_161455773.jpg Start Cinco de Mayo a day early at the Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival. Held at La Parada Mercantile in the North Valley, the Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival is a celebration you can not miss. With over 30 talented artists from New Mexico and the surrounding area and food and drink from Farm and Table Restaurant, your Cinco de Mayo will get off to a great start. Admission is free and runs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Take the opportunity to experience some of Albuquerque’s most talented young minds. The Kids Variety Show is tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Outpost Performance Space. A program for and by kids of all ages and levels, the show features dance, musical, comedy, theater and more. The show will also feature the Outpost Home School Opera Program plus other performers. Admission is free. And remember, this show is “KG-rated”–so adults must be accompanied by a child.

Don’t forget Lobo baseball hat this weekend when the Lobos play Air Force tomorrow and Sunday. “May the Fourth Be With You” tomorrow for all you Lobo fans who want to dress up in Star Wars attire and only pay $3 for admission. The first 325 fans will also get a free Star Wars giveaway. And with a valid UNM I.D., students get free Dilly Bars Ice Cream courtesy of Dairy Queen. In light of Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, admission for active military and veterans will be $3. Both games start at 1 p.m.

What are YOU doing this weekend?

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Favorite Things Friday

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: admin | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

Is anyone else ready for the weekend as much as we are? Thought so! It’s Friday, and Albuquerque has exactly what we need to relax, celebrate, and enjoy. Here’s what we’ll be doing this weekend:

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Reserve A Night with Puccini at the UNM Opera Theatre this weekend in Keller Hall. The program will consist of two operas, Suor Angelica and Le Villi, all thanks to the collaborative effort between the opera theatre students with the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. The program runs tonight through Sunday and will be performed in Italian with supertitles. Tickets are $6-$10.

Santa Fe duo iNK oN pAPER will be in Albuquerque tonight at Synchro Studio for the twin CD release of their new album Official Demo. The mix of groove and technical skills appeals to both the head-nodders and music geeks as Carlos Santistevan and Milton Villarrubia III use electric manipulation on their instruments while, what they describe as, “dragging rhythm through the mud.” Admission is $5.

Take advantage of the moderate weather and beautiful scenery at Jemez Springs tomorrow for the Fire & Ice Winter Festival. Complete with bonfires and warm food, festivities include live music, professional chainsaw carving competition, arts and crafts booths and a beer garden for adults. An array of children’s activities and games are set up to make it a family-friendly and fun event for everyone. The festivities are free and it starts at 11 am.

Taken from http://www.itsatrip.org/!userfiles/Event%20Calendar%20Images/KiMo%20Events/Oscar_thumb.jpg Every movie lover will be tuning into their TVs Sunday night for the Oscars, but why not watch it on the big screen while benefiting a New Mexico organization?  Experience the thrills and excitement of the 85th Academy Awards at The Albuquerque Oscar Experience Party on Sunday night at the KiMo Theatre at 6 pm. Benefiting the New Mexico BioPark Society, The Albuquerque Oscar Experience is one of 47 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Sunday night. Tickets are $40-$55.

What are YOU doing this weekend?

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Gena’s Busiest Week Ever: Day Two

Posted: February 4th, 2010 | Author: admin | Comments: 2 Comments | Post a Comment »

ATM’s sales director set out to book as many appointments as she could in a week. Here’s how day two shook loose.

Tuesday, February 2:

9 meetings
1 lunch
1 dinner
57 miles driven

photo-11Appointment #1: I met with the staff of Stribling Chiropractic, which is always fun. Dr. Stribling is a great chiropractor, but he’s also a Kinesio taping expert—which means he’s been setting the city straight (get it?) for more than 27 years. And he’s been in the same location the whole time! He and wife also own and run a fun retail shop in the East Mountains, Just Too Cute. It’s a fun boutique filled with interesting items and great gifts.

photo-12Appointment #2: Ben E. Keith came on board as ATM’s Chef Knockout sponsor two years ago. Todd and Kathy came by the ATM offices to chat about this year’s event in June. We’re already into the heavy planning stages to make this year’s event bigger, better, and—of course—more fattening! Chef Knockout is our answer to “Iron Chef”: eight chefs compete in four head-to-head battles. We host the event at the Convention Center and attract more than 1500 foodies to watch the battle, taste the food, and vote on cocktail concoctions. Last year we even had a Gauc-a-media challenge, putting the spotlight on local personalities and their guacamole-making abilities.

photo-14Appointment #3: Kelly Koepke and I chat on Facebook quite often. I, of course, am mostly wasting time while I’m at work (oops—is this the wrong place to admit that?). She, on the other hand, is actually working. As a matter of fact, she spends a lot of her time posting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, and blogging as part of her job. For those of you who really just don’t get how posts, tweets, and blogs work, Kelly is a light in the digital darkness. Kelly manages social networking and integrates all elements of online life into your business. She’s also a great writer! I say this from personal experience. She wrote my “Forty Under 40” for the New Mexico Business Weekly last year.  She managed to make me sound cool. So now I’m her biggest fan.

photo-13Between-appointments meeting: I met with ATM’s publisher, Larryl, and marketing director, Kelly, for a quick, top-secret confab. (Insert devious chuckle here!) It’s not at all unusual for me to meet with them—we meet up regularly to talk about magazine business—so the meeting didn’t add a lot more busy-ness to my day. But how fabulous is this picture? I just had to post it.

photo-15Appointment #4: Erica Swan wanted to meet for coffee at one of her favorite locally-owned coffee spots in town. Napoli Coffee is on Carlisle, just north of Menaul. It’s quiet and comfortable… like Albuquerque’s own version of Central Perk (hello, “Friends” reference for all of you ‘90s sitcom fans!). Erica sells outdoor advertising for Clear Channel Outdoor. We have some similar qualities as sales chicks, so getting together is always entertaining. She’s going to be embarrassed by this, but I do believe she has the most beautiful eyes… just look at her picture!

photo-16Appointment #5: Webster University is one of Albuquerque’s success stories. I met with Caroline Lwali, the communications relations coordinator. She and her husband moved to Albuquerque two years ago, after she had graduated from Webster University’s main campus in St. Louis. She got in touch with Webster’s career services program about getting a job in ABQ and met with the local director. They loved her so much, they placed her right away—with the university!

photo-17Appointment #6: I met Norm Ruth for lunch. Norm’s with Deluxe Design in Rio Rancho, which helped ATM with our last Corporate Roll Bowling Tournament. His team of graphic gods helped us create a bowing theme (and won the “Most Creative Team Tee Shirts Award” last year). Not only are they fantastic bowlers, they can create a mean marketing campaign. He showed me the limited edition posters he’s printing for Eric Clapton’s next concert tour. Norm can help small businesses with signage, shirts, graphics, and vehicle wraps. But don’t limit him to the small stuff. I’m sure he would wrap the Hyatt downtown if someone would let him!

photo-18Appointment #7: Chow’s Chinese Bistro in Cottonwood Mall is a nice change of pace for lunch or dinner. Jason Zeng, who runs the restaurant with his father, travels to China all the time to get inspiration for new dishes, and to bring back plates, teapots, and other eclectic items to make the dining experience more authentic. Chow’s now has a quick lunch menu that is not only a great escape from the hustle of business lunches, but also easy on the wallet. I had the Cashew Chicken lunch combo that included soup, a salad, and hot tea for less than $11.

photo-19Appointment #8: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been a partner of ATM since the very beginning of our magazine—almost six years ago! Jeffrey Candelaria is (and I told him I would say this) one of the most intriguing individuals in the city. He’s passionate about small business and has been helping the chamber members thrive in our community. The chamber is in full-on event mode, getting ready La Noche Encantada this weekend. Tickets are sold out and they are expecting 2,000 people to attend. It’s where I’ll end my Busiest Week Ever—with a drink in my hand and glitter in my hair.

photo-20Appointment #9: Raine Klover and Fenton Ayres are the two photographers who opened Wooden Cow Gallery in Mossman Center to help out local artists and to have an excuse to spend all day working on their craft. Thanks to you readers, the gallery won “Best Art Gallery” in our 2009 Best of the City Issue. They attended the Best of the City Party and have since been enjoying the publicity. Their gallery rotates about 50 artists and their work. Right now, they’re featuring the artists of Trader Joe’s; employees who are encouraged to follow their artistic talents, and the show truly brings out their abilities. You’ve got to stop in just to see the great paintings that the employees have done.

photo-21Appointment #10: My good friend Cassandra Costley works at UNM in Career Services. The department does everything in its power to help students with their career paths, guide them in finding jobs, and even start them out with a great resumé. Once a year they host an “etiquette dinner” in the SUB Ballroom to get the students in front of potential employers while honing dining and social networking skills. I participated as an employer. We mingled with the students for a cocktail hour and then had a seated dinner. Cassandra led the table with an etiquette presentation (no elbows on the table please!) while we enjoyed our Chicken Cordon Bleu. I met seven students who were willing to listen to my crazy advice on life for an hour. Thanks to UNM for including me. And thanks, Cassandra, now I know where to place my used sugar packets…

Stay tuned for the rest of Gena’s week!

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Attention Sportsfans…

Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: lexi | Comments: 4 Comments | Post a Comment »

2217442974_dda7a8afb7Hooray! After some technical glitches, our blog is back! That’s something to cheer about (at least, that’s what I’m doing right now, in the relative privacy of my office). But speaking of sports (and lots of people are—’tis the season, after all)… surely I can’t be the only one who’s noticing coworkers donning team colors in their everyday wardrobes? And putting up Terrible Towels in their offices (I’m looking at you, Steelers-fan and creative director, Vicki)? Or claiming to be a team’s lucky charm (that’s you, senior advertising executive Alex, whose in-person appearances have apparently inspired Michigan to glory twice now)? And let’s not forget the UNM vs. NMSU rivalry, which is alive and well in our office—let’s just say our ATM Lobos and Aggies have lots of school spirit.

And hey, did you know that just watching sports can apparently improves brain function? (How’s that for a handy excuse?)

Do you have a team? Who are you rooting for? And are your coworkers as sports-minded as mine?

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