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Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Runs April 24-26

Monday April 21, 2014

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The annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow comes to Albuquerque on Thursday, April 24, and runs through Saturday, April 26. It begins with the Miss Indian World contest on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Convention Center downtown. Then on Friday at noon and again at 6 p.m., the Grand Entry brings together thousands of Native Americans, who will enter University Stadium, or the Pit, together to sound of drumbeats, all while wearing traditional dress.

The Gathering of Nations is the world's largest Pow Wow, and this year's event features more than 700 tribes from around the world. Friday and Saturday at the Pit there there will be an Indian Market, dances, Native American food, arts and crafts and plenty of music on Stage 49.

I'd venture to guess the Gathering garners almost as many photographs as the Balloon Fiesta.

Find out more about the Gathering of Nations.

Photo courtesy Gathering of Nations

Hand Painted Eggs for Easter

Friday April 18, 2014

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The restaurant Torino's at Home is well known for its Italian food. Featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the small trattoria's chef Maxime Bouneou specializes in interesting dishes such as octopus pie, foie gras and duck confit. House made biscotti flavored with almonds and anise is another specialty. And for Easter, chef Maxime will paint you a chocolate egg.

Hand painting chocolate eggs is a tradition in Italy and France at Easter time, and Maxime wanted to bring the tradition to New Mexico. Called Uova di Pasqua, a large (foot long!) chocolate egg is hand painted with food grade colors. Maxime will place the very large, solid dark chocolate eggs in a tin bucket and wrap them in see through cellophane and a ribbon.

Visit Torino's at Home to find out more.

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday April 17, 2014

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Spring is definitely in the air, with Earth Day celebrations, cleanups, and of course, Easter, which includes egg hunts and more. Enjoy your weekend!

Neutral Milk Hotel
One of the most popular bands of the nineties, Neutral Milk Hotel went on hiatus but are now back. See them at the Kiva Auditorium on Thursday, April 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited
Known as the "Lion of Zimbabwe," Mapfumo has used his music to decry his home country's violence and injustice. Hear him at Leo's Night Club on April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Pilgrimage to Tome Hill
The annual trek to Tome Hill brings out believers and non-believers alike to the small hill that contains three large crosses at the top. If you plan to take the walk, be sure to bring sunscreen, take plenty of water, and leave your pets at home. The Good Friday walk is on April 18.

Bark in the Park
Bark in the Park is for those Isotopes fans who love both baseball and dogs. Take Fido out to the game and enjoy berm seating with that best friend for a wonderful Friday evening. Gates open at 6 p.m. on April 18, and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Roust the House: Teen Performance Night
The performances include music sets from teen bands, spoken word performances, and other teen works, performed at the Outpost Performance Space on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Antiquarian Book Show
The annual antiquarian book fair features books, ephemera, maps, book arts, photographs, prints and more. Find it at the Sheraton Uptown April 18 and 19.

Fat Pig
When Tom falls for Helen, he gets more than a bright and funny new love--he gets insults on her plus size. See the comedic drama at the Vortex Theatre on weekends from April 18 through May 11.

Spring Cleanup in the Foothills
Doing your part in honor of Earth Day is as easy as putting on some work gloves, sunscreen and hat and heading out to the Menaul trailhead in the Sandia foothills. Clean up some trash and maintain the trail. Arrive early for registration. There will be donated snacks, but bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How Do Seeds Do That?
Take a nature walk through the bosque at the Bachechi Open Space on April 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Families will learn about seeds and how they transform into plants. Kids will plant their own seeds to take home.

Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day is April 22, but you can celebrate on April 19 at the Esther Bone Library in Rio Rancho from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be activities, story time, and conservation demonstrations on recycling, waste management and more. The first 250 participants get a free Dilly Bar.

Easter Eggstravagana
The Easter fun includes an egg decorating station, interactive booths on the miniature gold course, visits with the Easter bunny and a hunt for Easter eggs and candy. The Eggstravaganza is free at the Hinkle Family Fun Center, 12391 Indian School NE, on the Mini Golf Course, on Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mama's Minerals Easter Egg Hunt
Kids will find eggs filled with tumbled stones, beads, fossils and minerals. Kids can bring their own baskets for collecting. Meet the Easter Bunny. A ticket is required, cost is $3 per child. RSVP; space limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Two sessions, beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 19 at Mama's Minerals, Lomas and San Mateo.

Art in the Afternoon
Every Saturday at the Albuquerque Museum, you can hear live music, free of charge. This week, enjoy Liz Madden & Friends as they perform Celtic and folk songs. See them April 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Movie Matinee: The Iron Giant
The free Saturday movie matinee at the Open Space Visitor Center will feature Iron Giant, the tale of a boy and his giant alien friend. See it at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.

Jazz Under the Stars
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will set up solar and night telescopes at the Bachechi Open Space on Saturday, April 19 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be an astronomy talk and kids' activities as well as a live performance by Ambrose Rivera on acoustic guitar. Bring your picnic basket and take a look at the stars.

Rick Lowe: Heart of the City
Guest speaker Rick Lowe, an artist and community activist, founded the Project Row Houses in Houston. The neighborhood-based creation of art in 22 row houses revitalized the area. The talk is being held in conjunction with 516 Arts' Heart of the City exhibit. Hear Lowe at the Outpost Performance Space on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

8th Annual Southwest Funnyfest
Hear top female comedians perform at the KiMo, to include Dana Goldberg and Gina Yashere. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.

BioPark Half Price Weekend
Enjoy half off the admission price to the Aquarium, Zoo or Botanic Gardens on April 19 and 20. New Mexico residents can visit one of the venues for $4.50 per adult, $2.25 per senior, and $2 per child (3-12).

Easter Brunch
Easter brunch can range from the informal to the formal, with some places offering kids' face painting, visits with the Easter bunny, and more. Find elegant affairs at places such as Bien Shur and the Hotel Andaluz, or informal events at places such as El Pinto.

Easter Egg Hunt
Old Windmill Dairy had its first Easter Egg hunt in 2012, and it was such a hit, they've continued it every year. Have the kids hunt for eggs and then have some artisan cheese. Visit the baby goats, at Old Windmill Dairy, 52 Paso Ranch Road, Estancia. The Easter Sunday event requires pre-payment and registration.

Easter Enrichment at the Zoo
On Sunday, April 20, watch the cats and primates at the zoo as they get special Easter treats. The treats and toys help keep the animals content and invigorated, and provide great animal watching opportunities for the kids. Bring the family from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to see the animals get their papier mache toys and hard boiled Easter eggs. It's half-price weekend (see above).

Albuquerque Theater

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 through April 20.

To Kill a Mockingbird
The story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era south, will be at the Albuquerque Little Theatre through April 27.

Gibraltar
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 through April 27.

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, and runs through April 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 through April 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.

Easter Brunch

Wednesday April 16, 2014

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The list of places to eat Easter brunch keeps growing the closer we get to the holiday. Choose places that offer an elegant champagne brunch or a more informal meal complete with a visit from the Easter bunny and face painting with the kids.

Take a look at the options for Easter brunch.

Passover Seders

Monday April 14, 2014

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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.

Photo © Scott & Zoey/Photolibrary

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday April 10, 2014

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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!

Budo
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.

Cesar Millan
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.

Gibraltar
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.

Fishing Derby
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.

Albuquerque Theater

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.

Isotopes Begin Home Game Season

Tuesday April 8, 2014

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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.

Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

Cake Pan Lending Now Available at the Library

Monday April 7, 2014

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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.

Photo © Annabelle Breakey/Taxi/Getty Images

Little Big Man Benefit Car Show and Concert

Saturday April 5, 2014

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The Little Big Man Benefit Car Show and Concert at the Journal Pavilion on Sunday, April 6 will feature lots of live entertainment, to include Fast and Furious, Assassin, Noel G, Mateo, Mo Money, Zig Zag and more. Special guests will sign autographs: Tim "Dirtybird" Means, UFC KOTC flyweight champ and legacy veteran Brenda Gonzales and Ray "The TazMexican Devil" Borg.

The proceeds will benefit three-year-old Junior Olivas, "Little Big Man," also known as "JuJu" to those who love him. Junior recently underwent a bone marrow transplant, and he is still recovering. Although he's doing better, it isn't quite time for him to come home, and the medical bills keep piling up. Junior has Cartilage-hair hypoplasia, a rare form of dwarfism characterized by an abnormal immune system.

Everyone has their fingers crossed that the transplant will continue its positive effect.

Sunday's event takes place at the Mesa del Sol parking lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 and children 12 and under are admitted at no charge.

Photo courtesy Meghan Daniels

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday April 3, 2014
Elvis in Old Town, spring cleanup, pillow fight day, and a benefit for the National Institute of Flamenco are just some of this weekend's activities. Enjoy!

Animal Myth Day at the Zoo
Is it silly to believe everything you hear about animals? Come learn the truth about why opossums play dead, why a zebra has stripes and how animals use patterns and behaviors to fool each other. Free with regular Zoo admission, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 4.

Elvis on the Plaza
Elvis spent time in Albuquerque, even performing at the Armory in 1956. He stayed at the Bottiger Hotel in Old Town. Celebrate his music in Old Town at the gazebo. There will be an Elvis impersonation contest, karaoke contest, classic cars, and food and drink. This is a free event, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 4.

First Friday Fractals and Fractals Rock!
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome for these live presentations on fractals. See the show Friday, April 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Friday, April 4. First Friday Fractals shows are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Fractals Rock! shows are at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Jungle Book
The Cardboard Playhouse presents The Jungle Book, a tale of a boy and his jungle bear. See it at the North 4th Theatre April 4 - 6.

Albuquerque Coin Club Spring Show
Over 40 dealers and 100 tables of coins. Free appraisals, door prizes and coins will be at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

International Pillow Fight Day
These events happen worldwide, and look like great fun. Anyone want to start one in Albuquerque? Pillow Fight Day is Saturday, April 5.

Spring Cleanup in the Sandia Foothills
Each Saturday in April, volunteer cleanup crews will meet at different Open Space areas to maintain trails and cleanup the area. Bring gloves, water, sturdy outdoor shoes, sun protection and a picnic lunch. April 5 cleanup is at the Copper trailhead, east of Tramway on Copper Avenue, beginning at 9 a.m.

Puccini and Popcorn
Parents and children of all ages can join conductor and educator Oliver Prezant to discover the world of opera. The free event at the Albuquerque Museum runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5.

Art in the Afternoon
The free weekly event at the Albuquerque Museum features bossa nova and jazz group Jazz Brasilerio. Hear them from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

National Institute of Flamenco, De las Cenizas
The evening features eight renowned local dance companies, to include Kalpulli Ehecatl, Baila! Baila!, the Odara Dance Ensemble, and Festival Ballet. The concert will benefit the National Institute of Flamenco's fire recovery efforts. The event takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to the Carpenters
The music of the Carpenters will be enhanced with behind the scenes stories and anecdotes of '70s pop culture. See it at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, April 5.

Introduction to the Classics: The Brahams/Schuman Triangle
Brent Stevens of classical KHFM will host a concert that introduces the triangle of Brahms and the Schumanns. The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform at the KiMo under the direction of renowned conductor Oriol Sans. The concert is April 5 at 6 p.m. at the KiMo downtown; doors open at 5 p.m. Sans will also conduct the Sunday concert at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where NM Phil oboist Kevin Vigneau will perform two oboe concertos. That concert is April 6 at 2 p.m.

de Profundis
The a capella men's ensemble will present a medley of tunes of songs from across the pond. Yankee Ditties & Celtic Aires will perform on April 5 at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, and April 6 at Immanuel Presbyterian.

MasterWorks of New Mexico
See the artwork of New Mexican artists in this free juried show. At the New Mexico Expo April 5 through the 26. The show is free; $5 for parking.

Albuquerque Theater

Juno and the Paycock
The Sean O'Casey play is directed by Brian Hansen and is part of the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival. See it at the Vortex through April 6.

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.

Dancing at Lughnasa
Five sisters in Ballybeg, Ireland living in extreme poverty find joy despite the extremeties of their lives. See it at the Adobe Theater as part of the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival, April 4 - 27.

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.

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.

Cause of the Week

Ellen Reavis Race for Autism
Since 2009, the Ellen Reavis Race for Autims has gathered advocates, supporters and members of the autism community to raise awareness and acceptance and to educate for one day. The race takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park, where there will be a crafts fair, horse rides, jump houses, a rock climbing wall and an autism resource fair. The race takes place Saturday, April 5 beginning at 9 a.m.

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