Cheap Movies ASUNM Southwest Film Center

February 8, 2015 by  
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I’ve mentioned ASUNM Southwest Film Center before as they sometimes give free movie screenings. Here’s a reminder that even without a freebie, tickets are still a good deal.

ASUNM Southwest Film Center is a student run, independent theater on the University of New Mexico Campus, and movies are open to the public as well as to UNM students and staff.

Ticket prices are $5 for the public, $3 for UNM students, and $4 for UNM faculty and staff. You can also get a $15 student season pass or $20 general season pass.

The current 2015 film season, shown on Thursdays through Sundays, include:

  • Telluride Mountain Film Festival (February 13 and 14)
  • Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (February 26-March 1)
  • Toy Story (March 26-29) kids get in free with a paying adult
  • East of Eden (April 2-5) come celebrate the 60th anniversary of this film
  • Birdman (April 16-19)

Movies vary widely and there are many more in the series, I’m just picking out the ones I like the sound of! See the full ASUNM Southwest Film Center schedule.

The ASUNM Southwest Film Center is located on the lower level of UNM’s Student Union Building. Enter from Central Avenue as if going to Popejoy Hall, then go past Popejoy and it’s the next block on the left.

–Tania


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Free CPR Lessons: June 22

June 19, 2013 by  
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Turn up for free CPR lessons on June 22, 2013, as part of Project Heart Start Day and Health Fair.

I wish we didn’t have to post this ‘deal’, it’s not exactly a fun subject. But if it helps somebody help somebody down the line, it’s worth it.  Apparently, when victims of cardiac arrest can be resuscitated right away through CPR, they often survive with little or no damage to their heart or brain.

You can get free CPR lessons to learn the lifesaving technique of compression-only CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on Saturday June 22, at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in the South Gym.

There are three free CPR lessons on June 22, at these times : 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am.

The classes last for 40 minutes each. The Johnson Center is located on UNM’s main campus on Central Avenue, corner of Stanford Drive.

Live in Rio Rancho? Project Heart Start New Mexico is also offering the same free CPR lessons in Rio Rancho on June 22 at the same times (8 am, 9 am, 10 am) at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4300 Meadowlark Lane SE.

Thanks to reader Kelley for giving us the heads-up (or hearts-up?) on this one!

–Tania

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New Mexico Chamber Music Festival Free Chamber Music Concerts

June 5, 2013 by  
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Two free chamber music concerts are coming up in Albuquerque this weekend, thanks to the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival.

I always love listening to live chamber music, especially when it’s free! So I was pleased to receive a press release from the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department telling me about these two free chamber music concerts on June 7 and June 8, 2013.

The concerts are the culmination of the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, with performances by talented students who’ve been coached for the events by professionals. The students are from music schools across the U.S. including many international students.

The faculty of teachers is pretty impressive. Coaches include pianist Pamela Pyle, Associate Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at UNM; violinist Guillermo Figueroa, former Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony; cellist Alan Harris of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and L.P. How of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra who is also a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

The two free chamber music concerts take place:

  • Friday, June 7  at 7:30 pm at Keller Hall, University of New Mexico Center of the Arts
  • Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Although there is no admission fee nor tickets required for the free chamber music concerts, they will accept any donations the audience cares to offer.

–Tania

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Lobo Howl 2012

October 11, 2012 by  
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Get your howl on for the Lobo Howl on October 12, 2012, with free admission at The Pit. Thanks to Megan for nudging us about the date, and might I suggest taking ear plugs?

Basketball season is coming around again, where did summer go? You can raise your voices for the
men’s and women’s squads at the start of the New Mexico Lobo basketball season by turning up to the
2012 Lobo Howl at The Pit on the evening of Friday October 12, and admission is free.

Gates open at 6 pm, and the women’s team goes into action at 7 pm, followed by the men’s team at 8 pm.  The evening includes the chance to get player autographs, shop for season tickets and check out the gear at the Lobo Den Store. I got the sweetest hug from mascot Lobo Lucy recently, she really made my day. I can’t guarantee hugs on Friday but if there’s any hugging going on, no doubt that’ll be free too. Vamos Lobos!

Basketball fans – don’t forget about the discount Harlem Globetrotters tickets I mentioned before, available for a limited time.

University Arena, aka The Pit, is located at 1111 University Boulevard SE, at the intersection with Avenida Cesar Chavez.  

–Tania

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Tamarind Institute: Fine Art at A Bargain Price

September 10, 2012 by  
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Buying art on a budget? Here’s a chance to buy some beautiful art at $200, including works that could be worth much more!  Plus admission to a Tamarind Institute event.  Buy soon, there’s a limited quantity available.

This is such a great idea for a fundraiser. Tamarind Institute’s Win/Win Lottery works like this: One hundred tickets are sold to the Win/Win Lottery event on October 21, 2012.  Tickets cost $200 each, including admission and a lottery ticket. When you turn up to the event, you draw a number. The number drawn decides which order everyone gets to choose the work of art they want from the 100 pieces available.

Whatever number you draw, and whatever artwork you walk home with, you can’t lose. Works in this lottery can be valued from the hundreds into the thousands.  There are some great artists donating their art to the lottery, including Jim Dine, Hung Liu, Laurent DeBrunhoff, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Emmi Whitehorse, Roberto Juarez, Doug West, Nikolai L’Vovich Voronkov, Richard Hogan… and a lot more. See all the art prizes in the Tamarind Win/Win Lottery event.

The Win/Win Lottery event includes wine and hors d’ oeuvres.

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2012
  • Time: 5 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Richard Levy Gallery, Downtown at 514 Central Avenue SW

Tickets have just gone on sale, but if art-lovers have any sense, they won’t be available for long.  Contact Tamarind Institute (505-277-3901) to buy lottery tickets.

If you just want to go to the Lottery event (without having an actual lottery ticket) it’s $50 for admission.

–Tania

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UNM and CNM Free Bus Passes

August 28, 2012 by  
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College students are always trying to find ways to save money, so it’s good news to hear that the Albuquerque Free Bus Pass program by ABQ Ride continues for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students, faculty, and staff of University of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico Hospital, and students at Central New Mexico Community College can ride Albuquerque buses absolutely free.

Free bus passes are available to any qualifying students or faculty, but you must get a sticker on your student or staff ID to take advantage of the freebie.

UNM and CNM students qualify for the free sticker if you are currently enrolled at either of the schools. Be prepared to prove that you are a current student by taking your student ID and a copy of your current class schedule when you pick up your sticker.

Find full information on the passes and where, when, and how to collect them for:

Stickers for the last (2011-2012) academic year are only valid until August 31 for UNM and until September 3 for CNM, so if you plan on using ABQ Ride services, make sure you pick up the new one.

The bus passes work on all Albuquerque public buses including the Rapid Ride, but may not be valid for special city events. Even if you don’t use public transportation often, it never hurts to be prepared with a free bus pass in your pocket!

–Tania

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Tamarind Institute Free Tours

June 27, 2012 by  
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Tamarind Institute has an international reputation as a center for fine art lithography and for its contributions to printmaking. The snazzy Central Avenue building (it moved there in summer 2010) is a lovely chilled-out space and I feel super-coooool when I visit.  Mr Cheap still loves his Tamarind Institute 50th Anniversary T-Shirt with a design by Ed Ruscha, and people comment on it whenever he wears it.  (Appreciative comments. Which make a nice change from the remarks he gets on some of his outfits.)

To get an insider view of the world-renowned art center, you can take a free Tamarind Institute tour on the first Friday of most months, and the Tamarind Institute folk tell us that they should have one every month now through the end of 2012.  Reservations are required in advance, as spaces are limited.

The free Tamarind Institute Tours at 1:30 pm last about 90 minutes, and include a printing demonstration, history of the Tamarind, and a video.

The next Tamarind Institute First Friday tour dates at 1:30 pm will be:

July 6, 2012
August 3, 2012
September 7, 2012
October 5, 2012

    Tours are free, but spaces are limited, so contact Tamarind Institute by phone or email to reserve a place.

    Tamarind Institute is located at 2500 Central Avenue SE, at the corner of Central and Stanford

    –Tania

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    Free and Cheap ABQ Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing

    May 11, 2012 by  
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    The 2012 annular eclipse of the sun is on its way, and Albuquerque is a prime spot to witness it.  If you haven’t heard about this rare celestial event yet, where have you been? On Mars?  Well, here’s the scoop, with my pick of the free and cheap annular eclipse viewing events on May 20…

    An annular eclipse is a solar eclipse where the moon doesn’t cover the entire sun, but passes across the center to leave a bright ring around the sun’s circumference, so it looks like a ring of fire. (It burns, burns, burns…) The annular eclipse on May 20, 2012, will be the first one visible in mainland U.S.A. in nearly 18 years, and the next will be in October 2023.  Hey, I’ll remind you of that one nearer the time :-)

    The 2012 annular eclipse in Albuquerque will start on Sunday May 20 at around 6:28 pm, and and all the really cool stuff happpens very quickly in the next four minutes after that.

    Of course, we can view the solar eclipse by ourselves, without going to an event. But (serious danger alert!) we’re told that we must never look at the sun – including during the eclipse – without the appropriate protection measures or we’ll severely damage our eyes, guaranteed. This means using special solar viewing glasses or special pinhole cameras. Don’t look at the sun with the naked eye, and don’t use binoculars, a telescope, a camera or cell phone, either.

    Don’t use anything except what the lovely people at The Albuquerque Astronomical Society tell us to use. They offer safety guidelines and information on the solar eclipse in Albuquerque, including how to make a pinhole camera.  The annular eclipse will be visible low on the western horizon in the vicinity of Mount Taylor, so if you can’t see Mount Taylor from your viewing spot, you’ll miss all the action.

    The advantage of going to an event is that they’ll have the experts there with viewing gear… just to make life easier and safer. The ABQ Astronomical Society is going to be very busy, as they are everywhere. Some of these public viewings will be packed with eclipse-watchers, so arrive early, and check out the individual event links to see what equipment will be available, whether to take lawn chairs, and other details.

    These all happen on Sunday May 20, 2012, seeing as the sun and the moon won’t give a repeat performance. In order of price from FREE to CHEAP:

    Bernalillo County Free Solar Eclipse Event with The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and entertainment and education booths, starting at 2 pm at the Regional Recreation Complex near Mesa Del Sol. Parking is in the Hard Rock Casino Presents the Pavilion parking lot (formerly the Journal Pavilion) at 5601 University Boulevard, SE.

    University of New Mexico Free Solar Eclipse Event at the UNM observatory parking lot, 1919 Lomas Blvd NE, with a presentation about the eclipse. Although admission is free, they’d rather like a $2 donation.

    Albuquerque Balloon Museum Solar Eclipse Event is from 4 – 10 pm at the price of regular admission, and they’re throwing in free solar glasses while supplies last. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have telescopes projecting eclipse images on a giant LCD screen inside the museum – neat, huh? You can also make a pinhole camera and there will be kids’ activities, crafts, live music, and a climbing wall. After the eclipse they’ll screen the movie Contact, starring Jodi Foster, and filmed at the Very Large Array near Socorro. Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents (take your ID!) or $2 for seniors aged 65+, $1 for children 4 – 12, and free for kids aged 3 and under.

    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Solar Eclipse: A Nuclear View is the price of ordinary admission and they also provide free solar viewing glasses. Astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will be on hand, and the event includes kids’ activities. It runs from 6 – 8 pm, and admission is $8 for adults or $7 for seniors 60+ , youth aged 6-17, and veterans. Active military and dependents pay $6, and kids 5 and under go free. Even if you don’t go watch the eclipse at the museum, you can buy eclipse viewing glasses in advance for $1 in the museum store.

    These are the cheapest deals to view the eclipse as far as I can see from scouting around, but you can find info on other Albuquerque Annular Solar Eclipse events courtesy of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as educational events in advance of the day.

    –Tania

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    Free Meet A Wolf

    March 20, 2012 by  
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    There are two opportunities to meet a friendly wolf  this week, if you’re as fascinated as I am by these beautiful and mysterious beasts.

    Stephanie Kaylan of the Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue will appear at both events with her friendly wolves or wolf-dogs. Stephanie is a lively speaker on the subject of wolves and their relationship with humans. In fact, you can read my profile of her in a recent series I wrote of MSN.com Albuquerque Insider Profiles  for their Re:Discover Albuquerque project.    

    So where can you see Stephanie this week?

    First, at Wolf Fest 2012 on Friday March 23, at the University of New Mexico Main Campus at Smith Plaza, in front of the Zimmerman Hall. The event runs all day to raise awareness concerning the conservation of Mexican Grey Wolves, but Stephanie and her wolves will be present from approximately 1 – 5 pm.

    If you miss that, join the free Wolf Meet and Greet on Sunday March 25 at 12:30 pm at the Open Space Visitor Center.  Arrive early to be sure of a seat at the beginning of the talk, as late arrivals aren’t guaranteed admission.

    The family-friendly event is free, although donations to the non-profit Wanagi Wolf Fund are welcome.  There will also be a photo-op with Hokshila the timber wolf for a $10 donation, and shopping for wolf photos and wolf-fur filled ornaments.

    Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)

    –Tania

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    Cheap Movies at ASUNM Southwest Film Center

    February 21, 2012 by  
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    I mentioned ASUNM Southwest Film Center last month as they had some free movie screenings, but I’m reminding y’all again that even without a freebie, tickets are still a good deal.

    ASUNM Southwest Film Center is a student run, independent theater on the University of New Mexico Campus, and movies are open to the public as well as to UNM students and staff.

    Ticket prices are $5 for the public, $3 for UNM students, and $4 for UNM faculty and staff. You can also get a $15 student season pass or $20 general season pass.

    The current 2012 film season, shown on Thursdays through Sundays, include:

    • American Teacher (February 23-26)
    • The 2011 production of Sleeping Beauty (March 1-4)
    • The BBC’s Planet Earth (March 29-April 1)
    • The classic Annie Hall (April 5 – 8 )

    Movies vary widely and there are many more in the series, I’m just picking out the ones I like the sound of! See the full ASUNM Southwest Film Center schedule.

    The ASUNM Southwest Film Center is located on the lower level of UNM’s Student Union Building. Enter from Central Avenue as if going to Popejoy Hall, then go past Popejoy and it’s the next block on the left.

    –Tania

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