Free Performance Dona Tules Gambling Queen of Santa Fe: April 11

April 6, 2012 by  
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The next event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo is Doña Tules: Gambling Queen of Santa Fe.

Actress Van Ann Moore performs as Doña Tules: Gambling Queen of Santa Fe at the KiMo Theatre at 7 pm on Wednesday April 11, 2012, and admission is free!

Van Ann Moore brings to life the rags-to-riches story of Doña Tules, who in the in the 1830s and ’40s owned a famous Santa Fe gambling hall frequented by soldiers, traders, conspirators, dignitaries, and priests. Following the performance of music and drama you can hang out for a meet and greet.

This is part of this year’s free events at the KiMo Theatre to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial in 2012, including the Living History Series with chautauqua reenactments of some of New Mexico’s most interesting characters.

Doña Tules: Gambling Queen of Santa Fe

  • When:  Wednesday April 11, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm – doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania


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Free Spirit, Mind, Body, Money Talks

March 20, 2012 by  
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The YMCA of Central New Mexico hosts a series of guest speakers in March 2012 on the theme of Spirit, Mind, and Body. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to turn up – the talks are free to the general public.

The YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks tackle how to manage all three in the midst of our busy lives. A couple of the talks relate to money too – I’m not sure if that speaks to spirit, mind, or body, but it’s sure hard to keep the stress levels down when cash is a concern.

So here’s the roster for March 21, 22, and 28, and all talks start at 6 pm:

  • Mindfulness Meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction: Wednesday, March 21.
    Led by Claudio Barrientos from The Mindful Center, which teaches practical, non-religious meditation techniques. Location: Horn Family YMCA.
  • A Plan for All Seasons – Financial Planning for Every Phase of Life: Thursday, March 22.
    Led by Adriane Callinan from Waddell & Reed, which consults on financial planning, insurance, and retirement planning. Location: McLeod YMCA.
  • We Find Money Others Miss – Free Second Look Review: Wednesday, March 28
    An H&R Block advisor gives your tax return a free Second Look Review to look for missed deductions and credits. The only money I ever find is down the back of the couch – so maybe you’ll get luckier with your tax return! Location: The Horn Family YMCA. 
  • How I Learned to Laugh At Myself: Wednesday, March 28.
    I’m not sure I need any teaching on this, as I frequently laugh at myself. And if I don’t, Mr Cheap does it for me. But this talk sounds rather fun, led by Shauna Rampley from Soaring Eagle Institute, a training & consulting company. Rampley specializes in helping people manage change and flexing that sense of humor muscle to deal with health or other life issues.  Location: McLeod YMCA

See full details on the YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks and all the free talks are open to the public as well as to members of the YMCA.

McLeod Mountainside YMCA is located at 12500 Comanche Road NE. 
The Horn Family YMCA is at 4901 Indian School Road NE.

–Tania

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La Llorona Free Performance: March 14

March 12, 2012 by  
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The next event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo is Ghostly Folklore – La Llorona.

Rosalía de Aragón performs the Legend of La Llorona at the KiMo Theatre at 7 pm on Wednesday March 14, 2012, and admission is free!

Actor and singer Rosalía de Aragón studied at the College of Santa Fe and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, and she performs as La Llorona throughout the Southwest, bringing the legendary weeping woman alive for the audience through story telling, music and dance.

This is part of this year’s free events at the KiMo Theatre to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial in 2012, including the Living History Series with chautauqua reenactments of some of New Mexico’s most interesting characters.

La Llorona definitely ranks up there as one of the most fascinating, heart-breaking, and creepy figures. I always love telling visitors to New Mexico the tale of La Llorona, especially when we’re walking by the river. Spooks the life out of them ;-)

The performance is followed by a meet and greet. 

Ghostly Folklore – La Llorona

  • When:  Wednesday March 14, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Women & Creativity 2012 Events

February 28, 2012 by  
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Viva Women and Creativity!  There’s a bunch of great free and cheap stuff going on throughout March as part of the Women & Creativity 2012 event organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in partnership with Creative Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Women & Creativity 2012 events are held in various locations and some require advance reservations or have maximum attendance numbers. Forthcoming highlights include:

  • Free Opening Reception to kick off the month’s celebrations, on Thursday March 1 from
    5 – 7 pm
    at Creative Albuquerque, 115 4th Street NW.
  • Happy Arte Hour on March 1. Make art with Elena Baca using re-purposed materials in this free workshop for adults from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. They encourage donations and reservations!
  • Circus Arts for Women on March 3 and March 10. Register in advance for stilt-walking, juggling, and clowning with Elsa Menendez. There’s a fee of either $5 or $10 (the Women and Creativity program and the NHCC events page disagree with each other!) Either way it’s a good deal for the 90-minute sessions starting at 9 am.
  • Concertina Book Workshop on March 8, to make an accordian book with Micaela Seidel. Register in advance, and the workshop from 5:30 – 8 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center costs $10.
  • Four Poets Respond on March 8, with performances by Lauren Camp, Jasmine Cuffee, Valerie Martínez and Shelle Sánchez combining impro and movement, directed by Elsa Menendez of Tricklock Theatre. The free performance event starts at 7 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • Your Inner Monologue free workshops on March 9, 10, and 11 for survivors of domestic abuse, led by Iliana Perez at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Times vary by date – register in advance.
  • Colcha Gatherings on March 13 and March 16. Two free get- togethers for all skill levels. Take your colcha embroidery project and shoot the breeze! Times vary at the NHCC.
  • Baile Dance Classes on Tuesdays, with African Dance (March 6), Salsa (March 13), Swing Dance (March 20) and Isadora Duncan Dance (March 27) all at 6 – 7:30 pm at the NHCC, with a pay-what-you-can sliding scale fee of $2 – 10 per class. 
  • Free Films on Thursdays at 7 pm at the NHCC. March 1 = Danza en libertad. Las últimas devadasis. March 8 = Princesa de África. March 15= Tapologo. March 22 = Ellas Cuentan.
  • Free Writing Prompts – sign up to get two Write & Share writing prompts a week by email or text from New Mexico poets and writers. Or join the resolution to commit ten acts of creativity in March.

This is just a tiny sampling of all the events, performances, and exhibitions. Check out the complete Women & Creativity 2012 schedule to see all the options for each week, full details on times and locations, and any registration requirements.

–Tania
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Nuevo Mejico: The Spanish Colony: February 8

February 6, 2012 by  
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The next event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo is Nuevo Méjico: The Spanish Colony.  

Speaker Enrique Lamadrid presents Nuevo Méjico: The Spanish Colony at the KiMo Theatre at 7 pm on Wednesday February 8, 2012, and admission is free!

Lamidad is a folklorist, translator, and a professor at the University of New Mexico, and his presentation is followed by a meet and greet.  Doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

This is part of a series of free events at the KiMo Theatre to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial in 2012. 

Nuevo Méjico: The Spanish Colony

  • When:  Wednesday February 8, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Mysteries of Chaco Canyon: January 11

January 9, 2012 by  
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Mysteries of Chaco Canyon on January 11 is the first event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo.

Mysteries of Chaco Canyon with archeologist and historian Rich Friedman takes place at the KiMo Theatre at 7 pm on Wednesday January 11, 2012, and admission is free!

I don’t know anyone who isn’t intrigued by Chaco Canyon, and the ancestral people who lived in the region in the period between 450 and 1350 A.D.  They’ve left quite a few enigmas behind them, and this free event sounds fascinating, promising to reveal and discuss findings on the ancient home of the Anasazi.

The presentation starts with a 20 minute segment from the PBS documentary The Mystery of Chaco Canyon directed by Santa Fe resident Anna Sofaer. That’s followed by 3D reconstructions and animations of the Great Houses, an overview of the Chaco Canyon amphitheatre, and a discussion on Chacoan ‘roads’ including the hoop roads, and with new 3D images of the mysterious 30-foot-wide Great North Road that stretches more than 40 miles north of Chaco Canyon.

It’s the first in a series of free events at the KiMo to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial in 2012, and it’s followed by a reception with refreshments for sale and the chance to talk with the speaker Rich Friedman.

Mysteries of Chaco Canyon

  • When:  Wednesday January 11, 2012
  • Time: 7 – 9 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Departures Salon: April 27

April 26, 2011 by  
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The Balloon Museum’s Departures Salon this Wednesday April 27 was due to feature astronaut Mike Mullane. However, we hear he’s been summoned to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on April 29. It’s happened to us all, darling, hasn’t it?

J.D. Huss of the Federal Aviation Administration takes his place with a presentation on Taking to the Skies: True Tall Tales of Aviation in Albuquerque.

The Departures Salon series is described as an “after-hours lounge” for adults, which makes it sound rather more louche than it probably is, bearing in mind the venue. The evening includes a mix and mingle with refreshments and a cash bar – plus of course the chance to take an after-hours look around the Balloon Museum.

Taking to the Skies: True Tall Tales of Aviation in Albuquerque is on Wednesday April 27, from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is $5 on the door, which seems pretty good value to me for an after-work mixer in this great location, with music, and an inspiring guest speaker.

BUT save $5 if you’re on Twitter!  Albuquerque and New Mexico Tweeters get free tickets by registering for the Taking to the Skies Tweetup(Although they’re calling it Talking to the Skies, but I guess both ways work.) You need to enter your Twitter name and apparently your guests get free admission too. (Don’t forget you can also follow us on Twitter @ABQCheap )

The event kicks off at 5 pm with a mix and mingle in the Second Wind Lounge, live music with Aaron Lewis, refreshments and a cash bar. The J.D. Huss presentation and discussion starts at 6 pm.

The Departures Salon Taking to the Skies: True Tall Tales of Aviation in Albuquerque

  • When:  Wednesday April 27, 2011
  • Time:  5 – 7 pm
  • Where:  Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Admission:  $5 on the door or FREE if you register online for the Taking to the Skies Tweetup

Here’s hoping that this is the event that finally gets the Departures Salon series off the ground, as I believe the inaugural March one was postponed, but it’s such a great idea!

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania

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Cocktails and Astronaut: April 27

April 17, 2011 by  
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The Balloon Museum’s new Departures Salon series is described as an “after-hours lounge” for adults, which makes it sound rather more louche than it probably is, bearing in mind the venue. 

The salon evenings feature expert speakers, and a mix and mingle with refreshments and a cash bar – plus of course the chance to take an after-hours look around the Balloon Museum.

Astronaut Mike Mullane is the Riding Rockets Departures Salon  guest speaker on Wednesday April 27, from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is $5 on the door, which seems pretty good value to me for an after-work mixer in this great location, with music, and an inspiring guest speaker.

BUT save $5 if you’re on Twitter!  Albuquerque and New Mexico Tweeters get free tickets by registering for the Riding Rockets Tweetup . You need to enter your Twitter name and apparently your guests get free admission too. (Don’t forget you can also follow us on Twitter @ABQCheap )

Colonel Mike Mullane flew on the 1978 space shuttle, and his memoir Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, tells his insider astronaut stories.

The event kicks off at 5 pm with a mix and mingle in the Second Wind Lounge, live music with Aaron Lewis, refreshments and a cash bar. The Mike Mullane presentation and discussion starts at 6 pm.

Departures Salon: Riding Rockets with Mike Mullane

  • When:  Wednesday April 27, 2011
  • Time:  5 – 7 pm
  • Where:  Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Admission:  $5 on the door or FREE if you register online for the Riding Rockets Tweetup

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania

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Cocktails and Fractals: March 30

March 29, 2011 by  
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The Balloon Museum’s new Departures Salon series is described as an “after-hours lounge” for adults, which makes it sound rather more louche than it probably is, bearing in mind the venue. 

The salon evenings feature expert speakers, and a mix and mingle with refreshments and a cash bar – plus of course the chance to take an after-hours look around the Balloon Museum.

The Tie-Dyed Rock Star of the Sky is the first in the series on Wednesday March 30, from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is $5 on the door, which seems pretty good value to me for an after-work mixer in this great location, with music, and an inspiring guest speaker.

Jonathan Wolfe, Executive Director of the Fractal Foundation, will talk about fractal art, his tie-dyed fractal balloons, his adventures as a pilot, and “science and beauty in nature, community and our lives”.

I was standing right by Dr Wolfe’s balloon at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta last year as they pumped it up – in fact a friend was assisting in the launch, so I helpfully got in her way. It was amazing to watch it sail up with all those dizzy-making colors, and anyone who’s seen the tie-dyed balloon in the sky will know what I’m talking about. Far out, man!

The event kicks off at 5 pm with a mix and mingle in the Second Wind Lounge, live music by singer/songwriter Seth Hoffman, refreshments and a cash bar. The Jonathan Wolfe presentation and discussion starts at 6 pm.

Departures Salon: The Tie-Dyed Rock Star of the Sky

  • When:  Wednesday March 30, 2011
  • Time:  5 – 7 pm
  • Where:  Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Admission:  $5 on the door

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania

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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.

–Tania
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