ABQ Museum Free Evening: ABQ Poet Laureate & Hip Hop

October 15, 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 October 17, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy has designed the event for this month’s free Thursday evening on October 17.  Of course you’ll be able to hear poetry performances throughout the evening, as well as listen to music and watching dancers from hip hop dance crews. There will also be a chance to participate in an artist–led mural inside the museum.  The community night provides a great opportunity to check out the current gallery exhibit African American Art in the 20th Century, on tour from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In between the activities, visitors can 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:

  • Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm – this is a new free afternoon that they’ve recently added!
  • 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. (Ages 13 – 64)
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults/teens if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $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.



Vistas Latinas Art Reception

August 31, 2011 by  
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The new Vistas Latinas exhibit opens at the South Broadway Cultural Center with a free reception on September 1, 2011.

The art exhibit called Quinto Sol / Sexto Sol, Dissolution and Creation, is based on the Mayan Prophecies for 2012, and it runs through October 11.

I’m especially excited about this event as my friend Elaine Soto is one of the curators and participating artists. I’m told there will also be snacks. 😉

The free opening reception for Vistas Latinas is on Thursday, September 1 starting at 6 pm, featuring poetry readings and performance in addition to the art.

Artists participating in the exhibit include Reducinda Avila, Justine Ortiz, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Miriam Hernandez, and Riti Sachdeva.  They’re exploring concepts of justice and equality and interpreting the meaning of the year 2012 from a perspective of “the reunion of our planet to nature” as we enter the Sixth Sun, the sun of justice.  Sounds like quite a lot to bite off on a Thursday night, but I seriously look forward to seeing the art here, and perhaps a more optimistic approach to the future after all the doom and gloom Mayan prophecy stuff.

At 6.30 pm expect a performance by Justine Ortiz, followed by poetry readings at 7 pm by Sue Blazier, Eva Crespin, Greta Pullen, Monica Salazar, Elaine Soto, Valerie Storey, and Katie Trujillo.  It’s all free, and we’ve mentioned the snacks already…

If you miss the opening, the Vistas Latinas exhibition is still up until October 11, 2011, and there’s no charge to drop by and see it. Note however that the South Broadway Cultural Center is closed on Sundays
I have been caught out like that several times when I’ve popped by to see an art exhibit, and my daft brain does not compute “closed on Sunday”.  

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.



Women & Creativity 2011 March Events

March 9, 2011 by  
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Viva Women and Creativity!  There’s a bunch of great free and cheap stuff still going on through March as part of the Women & Creativity 2011 event organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in partnership with Creative Albuquerque.

Women & Creativity 2011 events are held in various locations and some require advance reservations or have maximum attendance numbers. Forthcoming highlights include:

  • Free Films on Fridays at noon through March at the UNM Women’s Resource Center, as a tribute to Women’s History month. March 11 = Antonia Pantoja – ¡Presente!  March 18 = Thunderbird Woman: Winona LaDuke. March 25 = Not Just Passing Through
  • Art in Our Lives free presentation and discussion on March 10 by Native women artists on the joys and challenges of being an artist, including Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nation/Irish), Lara Evans (Cherokee), Heidi Brandow (Navajo/Native Hawaiian), and Gloria Emerson (Diné). 6 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • Spice Up Your Relationship workshop on March 10, at 7:30 pm (cost $15)
  • ¡PENA FEMENINA! on March 11 at 6 pm, featuring New Mexico artists and performers including Leila Flores & Carol Vigil (artists & hosts), Mala Maña (musician), Lenore Armijo (Singer), Jade Leyva (painter), Melissa Montoya (mezzo-soprano), Andrea Serrano (poet), Goldie García (comedienne), Hilary Real (singer). Suggested donation of $5, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with a cash bar and tapas.
  • The Cutting Edge: Papel Picado Workshop on March 12 led by Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano. A discussion of the Mexican paper cutting folk art, and how to design and cut your own picados. $20 fee, 10 am at 516 Arts.
  • Writing workshop with Demetria Martinez on March 12 at 10 am at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, fee $20.
  • Mosaic Workshop with Susan Baca on March 12 at 1 pm at La La Parada Mercantile, $10 supply fee and you can bring your own tile or ceramic pieces.
  • Baile Dance Classes on March 12. Different classes run all day, including Nia, Hip-Hop Samba, Salsa, and Belly Dance, for a $5 fee per class.
  • 9 FOR 5: Nine New Mexico Poets on March 17.  Nine women poets read for 5 minutes each (great idea!) The free event at the NHCC at 6:30 pm includes some terrific New Mexico poets including Joy Harjo, Joan Logghe, Sawnie Morris, Jennifer Acampora, Jasmine Cuffee, and more. Looks like there’s some kind of celebratory gathering afterward.
  • Free Hula Hoop Workshop on March 19 with Candace Starr – a licensed hoopdance instructor. (Who knew?) Hula Hoops will be available for purchase, the event is for the whole family. 1 pm at La Parada Mercantile.
  • Master Colcha Embroidery on March 19 with Julia Gomez and Maria Vergara Wilson, talking about colcha designs and traditions. At the NHCC, 10 am, $5.
  • Reel Women Film Series on March 19, with five free documentary films on women’s lives running from 11 am at the NHCC. Donations accepted by the Women’s Resource Center.
  • Cut Paper Workshop on March 19 from 1 – 5 pm, with artist Maria Mendoza leading a free workshop on Papel Picado at ArtStreet, 1217 1st Street NW.
  • Women Comedy Writers talk about how to write funny stuff on March 19. The panel includes Emmy winner Tracy Newman (of the shows Ellen, Cheers) and Cindy Caponera (Second City, Saturday Night Live). Fee $10, at 2 pm at Hotel Andaluz.
  • Circus Skills for Women on March 19 and March 22. A $5 fee to learn stilt-walking, juggling, clowning, balancing and possibly trapeze.  Two sessions at the NHCC, March 19 at 2 pm and March 22 at 6 pm.
  • Five Poets Respond to Women & Women Photographs by Spanish Women on March 19, a free performance featuring Lauren Camp, Valerie Martínez, Jasmine Cuffee, Jamie Figueroa and Shelle Sánchez. Starts at 6:30 pm at the NHCC.

This is just a tiny sampling of all the events, performances, and exhibitions. Check out the complete Women & Creativity 2011 schedule to see all the options for each week, full details on times and locations, and any registration requirements.



March 18, 2009 by  
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As part of the Women & Creativity 2009 event organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Hispanic Women’s Council presents the 2nd Annual Peña Femenina. A peña is “a gathering of friends and family intended to passionately or lightly entertain one another in an informal setting” (from the brochure). This peña will include music, dance and poetry.

The peña will be held Saturday, March 21, at 6:30pm in the Salón Ortega at the NHCC, 1701 4th St SW. Admission is free!

–Elizabeth Hanes



March 4, 2009 by  
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There’s a ton of stuff going on around Albuquerque and Santa Fe throughout March as part of the Women & Creativity 2009 event organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. We’ll be sharing the freebies here (and on sister blog Santa Fe on the Cheap), but check out the complete list of events so you know about all the options!

On March 7 at 8:00pm, 516 Arts is hosting a poetry reading called “516 WORDS,” in support of the Chicana badgirls exhibition that opened there in January. This event is free to the public and celebrates Hispanic poets with Jessica Helen Lopez, Michelle Otero, Socorro “Cora” Romo, Levi Romero, and Richard Vargas.

516 Arts is located, logically enough, at 516 Central Ave SW. For more info, call 242-1445.

–Elizabeth Hanes



February 19, 2009 by  
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Anasazi Fields Winery presents Blues and Poetry at the Winery on Sunday, February 22, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Stagefright Slim performs original blues compositions for guitar from his first CD, Half Century Blues. Jim Fish reads poems from his new book, A Sense of Play. Admission is FREE.

During the winter months, Anasazi Fields Winery’s tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:30pm (noon to 5:00pm after Daylight Savings Time starts). So, you’ll be able to sample some fabulous local wines while you enjoy the free entertainment.

WHAT: Blues and Poetry at the Winery
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
WHERE: Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas

–Elizabeth Hanes