Passover begins at sundown tonight. The Jewish holiday known as Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt. The ritualized meals contain unleavened bread, recitations of the dramatic redemption of their ancestors, and the seder plate, which contains symbolic foods that help tell the story of the flight from Egypt.
Passover is a time to reflect on what ails the world, and to seek justice for those who have been wronged. If you aren't having a seder at home, find out where to go to participate in the community seders happening around town.
Passover runs through April 22.
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The weekend's events include cars, a run and dye 5k, dogs, the Isotopes home game operner, our city's birthday bash and much more. Enjoy!
Josh Karp is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, producer and touring musician. The trumpeter's unique sounds can be heard at the Outpost Performance Space on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Local musician Zack Freeman will open.
The well known dog whisperer will reveal the secrets of happier relationships between dogs and their human companions. The live show takes place at Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Millan will be joined by his famous dog, Junior, and other dogs. An audience Q&A is part of the evening.
NM International Auto Show
Foreign and domestic manufacturers will be on hand to showcase autos and answer questions. See them at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Buy tickets online and skip service fees. The show takes place April 11-13.
Isotopes vs. Rainers
The Albuquerque Isotopes will open their home game season on Friday, April 11, facing the Tacoma Rainers. They'll continue to play Tacoma with more games Saturday through Monday, and on Tuesday begins its streak of games against El Paso. Go 'Topes!
Simon as Sergio
Simon pretends to be his brother online and then finds the girl of his dreams. The modern romantic comedy is part of the Linnell Festival of New Plays. See it at UNM's Experimental Theatre April 11-20.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era south, will be at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends, April 11 - 27.
An adaptation of James Joyce's book Ulysses, the play is adapted for two actors. Delve into Joyce's language as it centers around Leopold and Molly Bloom, at the Aux Dog Theatre weekends, April 11 - 27.
Catch a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach on Saturday, April 12. The free event will feature more than 5,000 trout at the central pond. Catch one and win a prize. Fishing licenses required for those 12 and older. The derby begins at 7:15 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.
Run or Dye 5K
The colors of the rainbow will appear at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday, April 12. Kicking off at 9 a.m., the run features at least five dye stations with different colors. Albuquerque can use the Run or Dye color widget to vote for the color that should blast you as you run the race. Get colored like an Easter egg, then stay for the Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky with your own packets of dye. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Lung Association.
Balloon Museum Car Show
See all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles at the Balloon Museum. Enjoy a silent auction, live music, face painting exhibits and more, on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founders Day Fiestas de Albuquerque
Join the City of Albuquerque as it celebrates its 308th birthday bash with a look at the history and culture of the city. The celebration takes place in Old Town, where there will be music, dance, food, vendors, entertainment and activities for the kids. The event is free and runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
Second Saturday at San Ysidro
Learn about dogs and their history at Casa san Ysidro in Corrales. there will be a dog training demonstration and a talk about dogs in the ancient southwest. The event is free, and be sure to leave your pets at home.
Awadagin Pratt: The Emperor
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform at Popejoy Hall with world renowned pianist Awadagin Pratt on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. This is the last season concert.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The New Mexico Young Actors present the classic story, with young actors only, at the KiMo Theatre, April 12 and 13.
Spring Time Around the World Flower Show
See floral designs and unique plants that highlight the flowers of the world at the Botanic Gardens on April 12 and 13, as part of the spring floral displays.
The Gin Game
Two nursing home residents play gin rummy to pass the time, and discover life along the way. The Pulitzer-prize winning play will be performed weekends in Sandia Park by the East Mountain Center for Theatre, April 4 - 13.
Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love)
Love, pure and complicated, told through three early comic pieces by Kurt Vonnegut. See it at the Desert Rose Playhouse weekends through April 20.
Dancing at Lughnasa
Five sisters in Ballybeg, Ireland living in extreme poverty find joy despite the extremities of their lives. See it at the Adobe Theater as part of the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival, April 4 - 27.
Into the Woods
The Brothers Grimm take Broadway in an epic fairytale updated into a modern classic. Staged by Musical Theatre Southwest on weekends April 4 - 27.
Arsenic and Old Spice
Join the Foul Play Cafe at Sheraton Uptown for a mystery dinner theater. Help headmistress Hedda Hare from McAdam Academy figure out who might have done her in. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through May 31.
Cause of the Week
Benefit: Shaken, Not Stirred
The Albuquerque Museum will have a cocktail party to benefit "Lead With the Arts" and other educational programs at the museum, on April 11 at 7 p.m. Lead with the Arts provides art studio experience for local high school students, who are mentored by professional artists, curators and educators. The evening includes a host bar, appetizers, live music and a raffle that has a trip to Paris as the prize. Tickets are $75.
The Albuquerque Isotopes begin their home game baseball season on Friday, April 11 with a game against the Tacoma Raniers. The Friday game begins at 7:05 p.m., but gates open at 5:30 p.m. The first 3,000 fans get a knit Isotopes hat. They'll play the Raniers again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
From Tuesday, April 15 to Friday, April 18, they'll take on the El Paso Chihuahuas. The kids will be on spring break, so it's a great time to take in a game with the entire family.
See the entire Isotopes home game schedule.
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This is such a great idea, it's a wonder no one thought of it sooner. The Albuquerque Public Libraries will be lending out cake pans now! Many's the time would have liked to buy a specially shaped pan that would make a cake shaped like a flower or dinosaur, but the cost often didn't justify the purchase. What if you only want to make that cake once? Thanks to libraries, you can now make that Elmos or Spider Man cake without the worry of the cake pan expense.
"Libraries aren't just trying to expand people's minds," said Linda Morgan Davis, Assistant Director of Collections and Community in a press release. "The library's role today includes helping people lead better lives in a variety of ways."
One of the best things about the deal is you can check out the cake baking books along with the pan. Pan varieties include Christmas tree, Darth Vader, Hello Kitty, butterfly, #1 and more. To find out more about the cake pan lending, visit the library online.
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