Free Amp Concerts: Wagogo, Mala Mana, QTango

July 31, 2013 by  
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The community series of free AMP Concerts gives everyone the chance to hear some great live music from local and touring bands not just on the cheap, but without paying a single cent. Reservations are usually required in advance and it’s easy to book online.

On the current lineup of free AMP Concerts, August and September 2013 brings a several familiar and popular names to play for our pleasure. Book a space at the concerts via the above link.

WAGOGO: August 5

The Albuquerque band Wagogo performs on Monday August 5 at 12:30 pm at the N4th Theater, 4904 4th Street NW. The group mixes up Chicano and Mexican influences with the spirit music of Zimbabwe.

MALA MANA: August 10 and 17

Mala Maña perform in two free concerts on August 10 and 17.  The Albuquerque-based all-female percussion band plays music from merengue to reggae, and mixing up the Latin, African and global music styles.

The Mala Maña concert on Saturday August 10 is held at 12 noon at East Mountain Library in Tijeras. (Nice and cool up there!) The concert on Saturday August 17 will be at 12 noon at Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW.

Sounds like a very pleasant way to groove it out on a Saturday afternoon. (Yes, I’m very old. That’s why I say things like “groove it out”.)

QTANGO: September 5 and 7

QTango from Albuquerque (could ya guess it by the name?) plays authentic Argentine tango music of the Golden Age of tango. The first of the two QTango concerts is on Thursday September 5 at 5:30 pm at the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Avenue NE.  The second is on  Saturday September 7 at 1 pm at the Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE.  I do love the Ernie Pyle Library, it’s one of my most frequent haunts to pick up and drop off my books. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

The organizers request that music-lovers reserve a space at the free AMP Concerts online in advance.

–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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Free US Navy Band Commodores Concert

October 10, 2012 by  
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Hear a concert by the United States Navy Band Commodores and admission is free for all. But get your free tickets in advance, you can’t get in without one…

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores is the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, and the 18-member ensemble performs big band jazz at a free concert in Albuquerque this month. Thanks to reader Lisa for dropping us an email to tell us about the show!

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores free concert is on Thursday October 25, 2012, at 7 pm in the Manzano High School Gymnasium, as part of a national tour. The concert is suitable for all ages and it sounds like a terrific chance to hear a top notch performance of a varied program including traditional big band music, jazz, and new music.

Tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter the concert, so collect them in advance from Baum’s Music at 2908 Eubank Boulevard NE, while supplies last!

Manzono High School is located at 12200 Lomas Boulevard NE.

–Tania

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KiMo Anniversary Celebration & Free Movie

September 12, 2012 by  
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The KiMo Theatre celebrates its 85th anniversary on September 19, with an evening including a free movie and talk by New Mexico author John Nichols.

The KiMo Theatre opened as a silent movie picture palace on September 19, 1927, and 85 years later it’s a City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re giving the old girl an anniversary celebration on Wednesday September 19, 2012, and combining it with the free New Mexico Centennial Film Series of movies featuring New Mexico.

And what a miracle of a movie they’ve picked! The Milagro Beanfield War  is a true New Mexico classic, directed by Robert Redford and with a cast including Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, Julia Carmen, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, and Christopher Walken.  The film combines humor with a serious message: A small New Mexico town fights to protect traditional water and land rights. Throw in power, money, politics, corporations and corruption, and we have to ask ourselves: Does anything change?

Author John Nichols, who wrote the novel and the screenplay, will introduce the movie. John is a dear friend and a wonderful and witty speaker. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you go and hear him talk. (By the way, his new novel On Top of Spoon Mountain is also fantastic.)

Admission is free to the KiMo Theatre 85th Anniversary on September 19, and here’s what’s happening:

  • 5:30 pm: Unveiling of historic landmark plaques and music by Los Primos
  • 5:45 pm: Guided architectural tour of the exterior and interior design of the KiMo Theatre
  • 6:45 pm: Author John Nichols introduces the movie The Milagro Beanfield War, talking about the adaptation of the novel to film, the making of the movie, and his experiences working with Robert Redford and the cast and crew.
  • 7 pm: Free movie screening: The Milagro Beanfield War
  • 9 pm:  The celebration wraps up with a reception serving free cake and sparkling cider.

The Milagro Beanfield War is rated R, and it was shot mainly on location in Truchas, New Mexico, but also features locations in Española, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe.  The settings are great and the music too – it won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the film score.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Man Who Fell To Earth: August 15

August 13, 2012 by  
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The Man Who Fell To Earth 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 Man Who Fell To Earth is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday August 15 at 7 pm.  This is the wonderful 1976 movie starring David Bowie as an alien who comes to planet Earth in search of water for his own dying planet. Not sure he’d get much joy finding water in New Mexico this year (give us more rain!) but it was shot in various New Mexico locations including White Sands National Monument, Albuquerque, Madrid, Jemez Springs, and (of course) Roswell.

It’s a visually stunning and pretty spooky movie. David Bowie is about the coolest alien who ever landed in New Mexico (or anywhere) and the screening is a digitally re-mastered version of the original.

The movie is rated R and from my memory of it, it’s certainly not one for the kids, unless you don’t want them to sleep for the next ten years. 

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW. Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Cheyenne Social Club: July 18

July 12, 2012 by  
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The Cheyenne Social Club 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 new 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 Cheyenne Social Club is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday July 18 at 7 pm.  This is the 1970 movie about a cowboy who inherits a flourishing business, but when he crosses the country to take over his inheritance, he discovers it is actually (ahem!) a house of ill-repute.

I haven’t seen this film, but I want to see it now I look at the cast. The movie is directed by the hunkalicious Gene Kelly (so it should be stylish – as stylish as they got in 1970 anyway) and it stars James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Jones. Yes, THAT Shirley Jones, from The Partridge Family. Also from Carousel and The Music Man. But most importantly from The Partridge Family.

The movie is rated PG-13 and it was shot in New Mexico, on location at the J.W. Eaves Ranch near Santa Fe.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW. Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

–Tania

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Free Movie Lonely Are The Brave: June 20

June 19, 2012 by  
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Lonely Are the Brave 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 new 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.

Lonely Are the Brave is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday June 20 at 7 pm. This is the 1962 Western movie set in Albuquerque and shot on location around Albuquerque, with a stellar cast including Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, and Walter Matthau.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW. Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

–Tania

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Free Indie Q Film Screenings at The KiMo

May 21, 2012 by  
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We’ve got two evenings of screenings from local film talent coming up, and both are totally free!

Indie Q at the KiMo is a collaboration between the wonderful Albuquerque Film Office, the City of Albuquerque, and The KiMo Theatre, to show locally-made independent films. 

Dates this May 2012 are:

  • Indie Q at the KiMo on Wednesday May 23 starts at 7 pm, showing independent short films, but at time of writing I have no specifics on which films.
  • Indie Q at the KiMo on Thursday May 31 starts at 7 pm, showing short films by Scott Milder.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for the show to start at 7 pm. Take cash to purchase drinks and popcorn – they are real-money-only concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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