ABQ Museum Free Evening: Chatter 20-21

August 13, 2013 by  
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Chatter 20-21 encourages everyone in this free evening event to Slow Down, Albuquerque!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday August 15, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

During this free Thursday on August 15, you can experience the music and art fusion event: Slow Down, Albuquerque, featuring music by Chatter 20-21. The idea is to, yes, slow down and take time out to relax while being inspired by the art of the Perceptions of the Western Landscape exhibit, while musicians from Chatter 20-21 perform Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and John Tavener’s Funeral Canticle.

Chatter 20-21 is so named because the chamber ensemble performs works from the 20th and 21st centuries. This Slow Down, Albuquerque! performance will include a chorus of 24 voices in addition to strings and celeste. Visitors can sit in the gallery on the floor to view the art and take in the music (a very few chairs will be available) or just wander through all dreamy and enjoy the experience that way.

Chatter 20-21 also performs at venues including The Kosmos, but tickets usually start at around $15, so here’s your chance to hear them for free! After you’ve been soothed and inspired, visitors can also grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania


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ABQ Museum Free Evening: Fusion Theatre Play

July 16, 2013 by  
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Watch a Sam Shepard play and see artist Larry Bob Phillips at work on a painting during July’s free evening admission at the museum!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday July 18, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

During this free Thursday, you can watch the artist Larry Bob Phillips create a landscape-inspired painting on the Museum’s lobby wall and hear him talk about his work. The artist teaches at Central New Mexico Community College and he specializes in mural-like paintings and drawings.

At 7 pm, FUSION Theatre Company will present the one-man play Kicking a Dead Horse by Sam Shepard. The play’s Old West theme is about a western art dealer who now wants to live the same kind of life he sees portrayed in the Old West art. (Some adult language is involved!) Although it’s free to watch the play, seating is limited and the free tickets will be given out one hour before the performance.

Visitors can also check out the exhibit Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: Western Family Night

June 19, 2013 by  
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Learn to line dance and listen to live music in the amphitheater on Western Family Night!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday June 20, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

This Thursday’s evening will be themed as a Western Family Night! Yee-ha!

Listen to live western country music in the museum’s Amphitheater, with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders at 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm, then The Saltine Ramblers take the stage at 7:45 pm.

If you need a little brush-up on your country line dancing, they’ll have free line dance lessons at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Other Western Family Night hands-on activities in the galleries include some make-and-take projects.

Visitors can also check out the exhibit Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: NM Movies and Earth vs. the Spider

May 13, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday May 16, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

The evening’s theme will be the New Mexico film industry past and present. Ann Lerner, our heroine for all her great work promoting and supporting Albuquerque’s movie business, will be talking in her role as Film Liaison for the City of Albuquerque. She’ll discuss what’s going down in the New Mexico film world.

You can also watch the 1958 sci-fi movie Earth vs. the Spider, which was partly filmed in New Mexico. The screening will be accompanied by comments (and probably a few laughs) from local film writers. Music for the evening is provided by Freddie Chavez and the Foundation, playing 1950’s and 1960’s golden oldies.

Visitors can also grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Tippi Hedren at the KiMo: Appearance and Free Marnie Movie

April 9, 2013 by  
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Tippi Hedren appears in person as the guest with host TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie at the KiMo Theatre. Tickets are free, but you need to get yours in advance!

Turner Classic Movies is running a Road to Hollywood Classic Film Festival in multiple cities around the country. They’re bringing that festival to Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre on April 18 at 7:30 pm, with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 thriller Marnie, starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.  (They’re both deliciously cool and gorgeous, aren’t they?) The movie will be shown in Hi-Def with Dolby sound.

Better yet, Tippi Hedren will be a special guest during the evening, making an appearance with host Ben Mankiewicz of TCM. The info about the event is at the KiMo website, but to join the Hollywood fun, you need to register in advance here for your free tickets.

The only way to get tickets is from the Turner Classic Film Festival link above. Sadly, Sean Connery will not share the stage. This is just as well, as any appearance by Mr Sexy Voice is likely to make me come over all peculiar.

Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock when she was a model, and he cast her in all her icy blondeness in The Birds and then in Marnie. Little known fact (here at Cheap Central, anyway): Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. Journalist and news anchor Ben Mankiewicz is the weekend daytime host of Turner Classic Movies.

The Tippi Hedren appearance and free screening of Marnie takes place:

  • When: Thursday April 18, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Tickets are free, but register for a pass at the link above.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movies: Books to the Big Screen

January 3, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque’s Books to the Big Screen free movie series celebrates books that have been adapted to film. I’m celebrating too as you don’t have to pay a cent to enjoy these film favorites.

The series runs through January 2013 in an initiative by Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries, partnering with various screening locations including the Guild Cinema and the South Broadway Cultural Center.  There are movies here for adults and kids, starting on January 5.

The Books to the Big Screen free movies on the schedule at time of writing are:

    • January 5 at 12:30 pm  : Wise Blood directed by John Huston, based on the Flannery O’Connor novel, at  The Guild Cinema.
    • January 12 at 12:30 pm :  Watership Down based on the Richard Adams book, at The Guild Cinema.
    • January 12 at 2 pm : Charlotte’s Web from the children’s book by E.B. White, at the South Broadway Cultural Center’s John Lewis Theater.
    • January 19 at 11 am : Sense and Sensibility from the Jane Austen novel and starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, at the Downtown Main Library on Copper.
    • January 26 at 11 am : Little Women based on the Louisa May Alcott classic and starring Winona Ryder, at the Downtown Main Library.
    • January 26 at 2 pm : Vertigo, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, based on the French novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, at the Special Collections Library on the corner of Central and Edith.

Admission is free – check out the Books to the Big Screen site for updates and more info.

–Tania

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Free Movie at the KiMo: December 19

December 16, 2012 by  
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The movie No Country for Old Men is the last in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

No Country for Old Men is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday December 19 at 7 pm.  The 2007 Coen brothers movie is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and stars the always fabulous Tommy Lee Jones, along with Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson.

The movie notched up four Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing, and coolio Javier Bardem walked off with the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

No Country for Old Men is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. Arrive early to nab a seat for the 7 pm start on December 19, 2012, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie 3:10 to Yuma: November 28

November 25, 2012 by  
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The movie 3:10 to Yuma is the next in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

3:10 to Yuma is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday November 28 at 7 pm.  The 1997 action film was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and follows the drama between outlaw Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe, and rancher Dan Evans, played by Christian Bale.

The movie won a Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler for an outstanding theatrical motion picture, and a whole slew of the cast, including the two leads, plus Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, and Ben Foster, received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

3:10 to Yuma is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Santa Fe, Diablo Canyon, Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, and Galisteo. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on  November 28, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Hi-Lo Country: October 17

October 15, 2012 by  
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The Hi-Lo Country is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Hi-Lo Country is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday October 17 at 7 pm.  I’ve not seen this film, but I’ve just looked it up on IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, which is the go-to source for things you always wanted to know about movies but didn’t.

The Hi-Lo Country sounds like a bit of a Western buddy movie / bromance, featuring two tough guys played by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, and Crudup won an NBR Award for a breakthrough performance by a male. I bet he did. Other performers include Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser, Enrique Castillo, Jacob Vargas, Sam Elliot, and Penelope Cruz. 

The 1998 movie was based on the novel by New Mexico writer Max Evans, and Walon Green’s screenplay won a Spur Award for Best Drama Script from the Western Writers of America. Martin Scorsese co-produced and Stephen Frears was at the helm as director – he’s better known for movies including The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity.

Hello? Now I know all this I’m wondering why on earth I haven’t seen this movie. Have you? It sounds like a goodie.

The movie is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Cerrillos, Galisteo, Las Vegas, Bernal, Espanola and Santa Fe. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on October 17, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Half the Sky: Free Screening and Talk

September 25, 2012 by  
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A free screening at The KiMo Theatre of a PBS production on September 26, 2012, followed by a discussion on women’s issues in New Mexico.

A special free screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide takes place at The KiMo Theatre on Wednesday September 26, starting at 7 pm. The event is courtesy of New Mexico PBS, showing a 40-minute segment of their forthcoming series which follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Oliva Wilde. They travel the world to tell the the stories of inspiring individuals working for health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

The screening  is followed by a discussion on women’s issues in New Mexico.

General admission is free and the event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  Although the film doesn’t start till 7 pm, it may be wise to arrive early. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

The full series will be broadcast on New Mexico PBS over two nights: October 1 and 2 at 8 pm.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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