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Best Weekend Bets

Thursday May 29, 2014

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Pet adoptions, gay pride, summer music and more are on tap this weekend. Enjoy!

Albuquerque Pride
The annual Gay Pride festival brings a parade, dance and special events for days of alternative fun. The parade starts at 10 a.m. May 31, at Central and Girard, heading east to Expo New Mexico. A candlelight vigil takes place May 29 at 7 p.m. at Morningside Park. Pridefest takes place at Expo New Mexico on May 31, with events continuing through June 7.

Seussical the Musical Jr.
The Carboard Playhouse presents Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss characters at the North 4th Theater. On opening night, funds go to the New Mexico Make a Wish Foundation. The play runs weekends May 29 - June 8.

Salsa Under the Stars: Team Havana
The group of talented musicians from Cuba will get the Salsa Under the Stars season started at the Albuquerque Museum. See them May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
Join Encore Theatre for a production of the Narnia classic, The Silver Chair. See it May 30 at Calvary Chapel in Rio Rancho. It also performs June 1 at 7 p.m. at Family Church.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God
The madcap, fast paced overview of the Old and New Testaments can be seen at the Vortex May 30 - June 29. Shows run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. It's pay what you will day on June 1.

Summertime in Old Town
Hear free music in Old Town all weekend. On Friday, May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m., Los Primos and Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana will perform. On Saturday, May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., Three Bits will perform. And on Sunday, June 1, hear Harry Irizarry from 1 to 2 p.m. and Cornbread Blues from 2 to 4 p.m. The events are free.

May Flowers
Families can learn about the importance of pollinators at Bachechi Open Space on Saturday, May 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be hands-on activities for the kids and the adults can learn too.

All American Car, Truck & Bike Show
Enjoy a DJ, face painting, food vendors, raffles and free giveaways at the car show on May 31 from noon to 6 p.m.The car show will benefit the Valencia County animal shelter, helping to start a low income spay and neuter clinic. The car show takes place at Brad Francis Auto Mall, 377 Emilio Lopez Road in Los Lunas. Call (505) 620-6888 for info.

The Last Lifeboat: A Staged Reading
The untold story of the owner of the White Star Line at the time the Titanic sunk, will be staged at the Vortex on May 31 at 2 p.m.

Mystical Arts of Tibet
The monks dressed in beautiful costumes perform ancient temple music and dance. The nine pieces they perform are said to generate energies conducive to world healing. Hear multiphonic singing and see their sand mandala in the main lobby before the performance, with a ceremony on June 1. See it at Popejoy Hall May 31 at 8 p.m.

Tiho Dimitro/Jake Jones Band
It's blues night at the Albuquerque Museum for the first Jazz & Blues Under the Stars on May 31. Hear Tiho Dimitrov play fiery guitar, and the Jake Jones Band, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Albuquerque Beer Week
The 2014 Albuquerque Beer Week runs for ten days from May 22 through May 31. Enjoy beer tastings, a special golf tournament, beer tappings and other events around town. Discover some of the city's breweries and pubs.

Old Church Fest
The juried show in Corrales at the Old San Ysidro Church features pottery, jewelry, baskets, birdhouses, yard art and much more. Find it May 31 and June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fetch and Releash
The giant pet expo takes place at the Balloon Fiesta Park, where animals from 30 shelters around the state will be available for adoption, and vendors will have information and giveaways. The event takes place May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See what these events are like, and what to think about when adopting a pet.

Summer Music Series
Enjoy a free Sunday night concert at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. On June 1, hear Slim and the Bluetones.

Buddy Rich Big Band Alumni Tribute Concert
See the band at the Kimo Theatre on June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. Former Journey drummer Steve Smith will fill the shoes of Buddy Rich on drums.

Les Miserables
The Broadway hit may very well be the most popular musical ever. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean leaves prison only to find more mistreatment as a free man. See the epic play at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends through June 15.

The Gospel According to Joan
Albuquerque's drag troupe The Dolls will perform the world premiere of the story of Joan Crawford. As the star nears the end of her life, she reflects on life, love and her rivalry with Bette Davis. See it weekends at the Aux Dog Theatre through June 1.

The Man From Earth
Written by one of the writers for the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone, Jerome Bixby, The Man From Earth features a retiring university professor who claims he is a Cro-Magnon man. See the play at the Adobe Theater weekends through June 8.

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

An Evening with Marc Maron
The standup comic will perform at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Endorphin Power Company, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the homeless and the substance-dependent.

ABQ Donut Shops Fill the Hole in Your Sweet Tooth

Tuesday May 27, 2014

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Albuquerque has always had its fair share of local donut shops, but in the past few years, the simple donut has reached near star status. The popular Rebel Donut has flavors that include Nacho, Snickers, and pina colada. And while Albuquerque doesn't have the popular cronut, it does have the blue sky, a donut tribute to Breaking Bad.

We have the national chains here, and some people swear by their Krispy Kreme sugar glazed donuts. But the local shops have grown recently, and Donut Mart alone has grown to have five locations. Whether you prefer the chains or local shops, there's bound to be a donut shop near you.

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday May 22, 2014

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Don't miss Southwest Soundfest, the Albuquerque Wine Festival, and other great events this weekend. Enjoy!

Butterfly Pavilion Opens
The PNM Butterfly Pavilion opens Friday, May 23, with hundreds of butterflies.

Austin Piazzolla Quintet
The quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzola. Hear the nuevo tango music at Robertson & Sons Violin on May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Albuquerque Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival
For those who love sewing and quilting, enjoy the festival at New Mexico Expo May 22 - 24. There will be make and take workshops, demos and classes. Tickets are good for all three days; purchase them at the door or online, where you get a half off coupon.

Les Miserables
The Broadway hit may very well be the most popular musical ever. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean leaves prison only to find more mistreatment as a free man. See the epic play at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends through June 15.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
Join Encore Theatre for a production of the Narnia classic, The Silver Chair. See it at City Church at 5300 Second NW May 23-25. See it again May 30 at Calvary Chapel in Rio Rancho.

Memorial Day Concert at the Zoo
The New Mexico Philharmonic will play patriotic tunes at the Zoo. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy patriotic favorites as well as the 2014 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' competition winners. The concert is Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

Summertime in Old Town: Memorial Day Concert
Spend the evening in Old Town with a Memorial Day tribute concert. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., hear the Albuquerque String Trio, and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., hear a classic military ensemble with the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. The free concert takes place in Old Town plaza on Saturday, May 24.

Guera
Working Classroom presents Albuquerque native Lisandra Tena in her interactive, one-woman show. In a tribute to waiting tables, Guera is a menu of scenes from Tena's life, each performed at the audience's request. See it through May 25.

These Shining Lives
The Duke City Repertory Theater performs a play about the lives of Catherine Donahue and her friends, who work in a radium dial factory in the 1920s, and become ill. Catherine and her co-workers face their employer in a David and Goliath fight. See it at the Cell Theatre weekends through May 25.

The Gospel According to Joan
Albuquerque's drag troupe The Dolls will perform the world premiere of the story of Joan Crawford. As the star nears the end of her life, she reflects on life, love and her rivalry with Bette Davis. See it weekends at the Aux Dog Theatre through June 1.

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.

The Man From Earth
Written by one of the writers for the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone, Jerome Bixby, The Man From Earth features a retiring university professor who claims he is a Cro-Magnon man. See the play at the Adobe Theater weekends through June 8.

Southwest Soundfest
Enjoy an all day music and food celebration at the Balloon Museum. Twenty local musicians will perform on two sound stages. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, and entry to the Balloon Museum is included in the ticket price. Soundfest takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.

Se7en
See Kevin Spacey in a film about two homicide detectives on the hunt for a serial killer. See it at the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m. on May 24.

Albuquerque Civic Chorus Anniversary Concert
The Albuquerque Civic Chorus will perform opera choruses at the South Broadway Cultural Center on Saturday, May 24 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 25 at 3 p.m.

Downtown Growers Market
The downtown market offers food, music, entertainment and a wide variety of vendors. Parking is not a problem, with 500 free parking spaces within two blocks of the market. The market will be a great place to be on Saturday, May 24.

Albuquerque Beer Week
The 2014 Albuquerque Beer Week runs for ten days from May 22 through May 31. Enjoy beer tastings, a special golf tournament, beer tappings and other events around town. Discover some of the city's breweries and pubs.

Albuquerque Blues and Brews
The annual Blues and Brews takes place at Sandia Casino on Saturday, May 25 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (2 p.m. admission for VIP ticketholders). You'll hear live music from top blues bands, sample dozens of beers from regional craft breweries, participate in raffles, games and more.

Albuquerque Wine Festival
Head out for three days of fun over the Memorial Day weekend at the Albuquerque Wine Festival, where you can sample wine while listening to great music. The festival takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park and features live music as well as wine tasting. Monday is Military Day; $3 discount for active military with photo ID. Sample wines from the many wineries throughout the state. Food vendors and arts and crafts will also be on hand. The wine festival runs May 24-26.

Summertime in Old Town: Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle
Hear Native American music in Old Town on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Las Otras will perform. The event is free.

Summer Music Series
Enjoy a free Sunday night concert at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. On May 25, hear the Daryl Dominguez Band.

Santa Fe Fiber Arts Festival
Learn how New Mexico textiles are made at Los Golondrinas. There will be sheep shearing, wool dyeing, weaving demonstrations and fiber arts supplies. The festival runs May 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find other Memorial Day weekend events.

See what ceremonies are taking place Memorial Day.

Cause of the Week

Gala Fundraiser Featuring Maceo Parker
The Outpost presents its second annual gala fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum. The evening features a dinner by Slate Street Cafe and a silent auction, followed by a concert with legendary funk and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker. His band has been called the "tightest little funk orchestra on earth." The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23; the gala dinner at 6:30 p.m. Gala dinner tickets are $150 per person, and concert only tickets are $30-$50.

Butterfly Pavilion Opens

Wednesday May 21, 2014

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The Butterfly Pavilion at the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens opens this Friday, May 23. More than 30 species will call the pavilion home, to include monarchs, zebra longwings, great southern whites and common buckeyes. As the season warms, other butterflies found there will include paper kites, Mexican blue wings and giant owl butterflies. There will also be special insect and arachnid displays and the chance to see chrysalises in the hatching window.

"The Butterfly Pavilion offers guests an unforgettable experience walking among 500-some butterflies and seeing other amazing arthropods like caterpillars, tarantulas, grasshoppers and millipedes," said Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates at the Gardens, in a press release.

Nearly 90 percent of flowering plants depend on pollination, and butterflies are some of the pollinators.

The Butterfly Pavilion is included in the admission price for the Botanic Gardens. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Saturdays  between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  The exhibit will remain open through October, weather permitting.

Find out more about the Butterfly Pavilion.

Photo courtesy ABQ BioPark

Get in the Swim When Pools Open May 24

Monday May 19, 2014

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For most students, this is the last week of school. Kids will be exiting schools and entering the beloved world of summer in just a matter of days. Pools will open for the season to accommodate.

Albuquerque pools open for the season Saturday, May 24, and Bernalillo county pools do as well. Rio Rancho pools will open May 27.

Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday May 15, 2014

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 16 is National Bike to Work Day, and the city will mark the event with special stops across the city where bikers can gather and grab coffee, fruit, a t-shirt and other fun things. Visit the open house and art display at Esperanza Community Bike Shop on Friday, May 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stops will take place at cycle shops throughout the city.

Watermelon Mountain Jug Band
Hear Americana music in Old Town on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free concert on May 16 features kazoo, washboard, jug and more playing ragtime, bluegrass and of course, jugband music.

FLEXION
Wise Fool New Mexico will have three free performances at the Santa Fe Railyard Park. You'll see aerial theater that features acrobats on stilts, rolling into backbends and more. See it Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday May 17 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

National River Cleanup Day
Join the city of Albuquerque's Open Space division for a cleanup of the river. Meet at the Central Avenue Bridge at Sunset at 8 a.m. The cleanup continues through to 1 p.m. Find the crew at the northwest side of the bridge. Register for this event at REI online, or call (505) 247-1191.

Downtown Growers Market Opens
The downtown market begins its season on May 17, and will run for 26 weeks, through November. Hear music performed by Aladocious. The market runs from 7 a.m. to noon at 8th and Central in Robinson Park.

International Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate international migratory bird day at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, games and discovery stations about the many bird species. Learn about bird conservation and their incredible migrations over long distances.

Harwood Summer Art Camp Open House
Open House is a good way to meet the staff and teachers of the Harwood's summer camp program, take part in a creative project, and get a guided campus tour. No pre-registration required, just stop by the Harwood on Saturday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bennett Plays Benny
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform at the Zoo with Dave Bennett and his sextet on Saturday, May 17. The tribute to jazz giant Benny Goodman will feature songs that include Let's Dance, I Got Rhythm and Sing, Sing, Sing. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Take a picnic or purchase food at the Zoo.

Fleetwood Mask
The tribute band will replicate Fleetwood Mac's music on Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. at the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino.

Automobile Show
The annual car show at the Albuquerque Museum will feature antique, classic, sports and special interest cars. This year, the show features "75 Years of Mercury" and "50 Years of Pontiac GTO and Ford Mustang." Admission is free, and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. A special automobile art and model vehicle display will be inside the museum. At lunch, there will be entertainment and grilled burgers in the amphitheater.

Movies in the Park
Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation runs a series of free outdoor movies over the summer, and this Saturday, May 17, you can see Man of Steel at the Roadrunner Little League, 10700 Lagrima De Oro Road NE. Take blankets, lawn chairs and food and drink for the show that begins at dusk. There will be food vendors available.

Filipino Celebration
The annual celebration of Filipino culture begins with the traditional 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass at San Felipe de Neri church, followed by a procession around the plaza, on Saturday, May 17. The festival is a free event in Old Town. On Sunday, May 18, the Asian Festival of Cultures takes place at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (see below).

Quintessence: ChoralOlio
The singers of Quintessence will perform the music of PDQ Bach, Franz Biebl and others at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on May 17 at 5 p.m., or May 18 at 3 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church.

CrawDaddy Blues Festival
Hear national and local blues acts, and see Madrid for the day. Acts include Jr. Brown and Wayne Hancock along with New Mexico talent. Cajun food will keep the hunger at bay. The music can be found next to the Mine Shaft Tavern at the Madrid Old Coal Town Park on May 17 and 18.

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival features food, dance, music, games and more. Live music, dancers, a classic British car show and more will be on hand at this annual favorite, to take place at Balloon Fiesta park. Enjoy vendor booths, competitions and events such as hurling, Gaelic football, celtic ponies, clan gatherings and more. The festival happens May 17 and 18.

Festival of Asian Cultures
The free event takes place at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial on Louisiana, with food vendors, educational activities, music and dance. Cultures include Cambodian, Japanese, Lao, Thai and more. The festival takes place Sunday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Real Matt Jones
The singer-songwriters will perform in the Old Town gazebo on Sunday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in a free performance.

Albuquerque Theater

The Man From Earth
Written by one of the writers for the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone, Jerome Bixby, The Man From Earth features a retiring university professor who claims he is a Cro-Magnon man. The play opens at the Adobe Theater on May 16 and runs weekends through June 8.

Guera
Working Classroom presents Albuquerque native Lisandra Tena in her interactive, one-woman show. In a tribute to waiting tables, Guera is a menu of scenes from Tena's life, each performed at the audience's request. See it weekends from May 16-25.

These Shining Lives
The Duke City Repertory Theater performs a play about the lives of Catherine Donahue and her friends, who work in a radium dial factory in the 1920s, and become ill. Catherine and her co-workers face their employer in a David and Goliath fight. See it at the Cell Theatre weekends through May 25.

The Gospel According to Joan
Albuquerque's drag troupe The Dolls will perform the world premiere of the story of Joan Crawford. As the star nears the end of her life, she reflects on life, love and her rivalry with Bette Davis. See it weekends at the Aux Dog Theatre through June 1.

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

Mayor's Charity Gala
The annual gala includes dinner, dancing, a live auction and more at a black-tie formal event. Entertainment is by the Pink Flamingos. Tickets are $125 per person. The gala takes place at the Albuquerque Convention Center on May 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Albuquerque Remembers

Wednesday May 14, 2014

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Do you ever get a craving for a restaurant that's now closed? Or remember great times at a place that's no longer around? I miss the trips to the drive in dairy at McIlhenny's, the cards at Martha's Body Bueno in Nob Hill, and the best bagels in the world at Fred's Bread and Bagels.

I've put together a listing of some places that many in Albuquerque have said they wish were still around. What are some places you miss?

Albuquerque Barbecue

Monday May 12, 2014

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Barbecue brings out the die hard fans. People will swear by the hickory smoked vs. oak smoked versions of beef and pork, and what makes a really good sauce. No matter if you spell it barbecue or barbeque, cooking meats is a national pastime, even in Albuquerque. No, we might not be Kansas City or Memphis, but I'd imagine it's a safe bet that some of the bbq found here can rival theirs. For those who are die hard fans, some restaurants offer their sauces in bottles you can take home.

Here's a listing of the barbeque restaurants in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, to include one food truck. Please let me know if I've missed any!

Photo © Getty Images

Best Weekend Bets

Thursday May 8, 2014
Regina Carter
Internationally known violinist Regina Carter will perform at the Outpost May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Update: show is sold out.

National Public Gardens Day
Join in a special celebration at the Botanic Gardens that includes talks, lectures, demonstrations and more. Learn about gardening, the environment, and how to conserve water. Get tips on landscape design. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., included with regular admission. National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 9, and is included in the admission price.

Isotopes vs. Sacramento
The Isotopes will play the River Cats at Isotopes Stadium Friday, May 9 at 7:05 p.m. Be one of the first 3,000 fans and you'll get an Orbit bank.

New Mexico Kids Consignment Sale
The inaugural event takes place at the National Guard Armory at 600 Wyoming NE. Find gently used clothes, toys and more May 9 and 10.

Summertime in Old Town
Enjoy free concerts in Old Town weekends through October. On Friday, May 9, dance to the salsa sounds of Havana Son, and on Saturday, May 10 hear Cornbread Blues play Latin, blues, folk and pop. Concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are free.

From Africa with Love
African music, dance and drama by the South African Orion Duet and Matunda Ya Yeu will be in two performances at North 4th Arts, May 9 and 11.

High Desert Dog Shows
A four day all breed dog show takes place at New Mexico Expo May 9-13. Each day, the best of breeds from around the country will be on display. Admission is free.

Tour del Bosque
Find activities all over Bernalillo County on Saturday, May 10. Discover the river in the north valley by getting on the Paseo del Bosque trail at Bachechi Open Space. You can walk, run or ride your bike. Supplies and giveaways along the way will keep you going; 8 a.m. to noon. In the south valley at Durand Open Space, birds and planes come together, and you can enjoy bird walks, bird banding, model airplanes and more, 8 a.m. to noon. At the North Valley Bike Park, a bike riding clinic will demonstrate how BMX riders do what they do safely, 9 a.m. to noon. In the east mountains, the Oak Flat Mountain Bike Races in Tijeras will begin at 10 a.m., and there are competitive and non-competitive events.

Railroad Fair
The fair will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center downtown, within walking distance of the activities at National Train Day and the Wheels Museum on Saturday, May 10.

National Train Day
Head to the Alvarado Transportation Center for the 4th annual National Train Day. There will be model trains, real trains, arts and crafts, performances and food. There will be mini train rides, interactive train displays, Chuggington Depot, face painting, hands-on activities with Explora, a rock climbing wall, and solar viewing with telescopes. Food trucks will be there for the hungry, and live music and raffles will also be on hand. The free event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Wheels Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a model train show and the museum's exhibits; a free shuttle will take visitors to and fro. It's all happening Saturday, May 10.

National Dance Institute 20th Anniversary Gala
NDI New Mexico celebrates 20 years on Saturday, May 10 at the Hiland Theater. Over 500 children will perform "Eureka!" followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction.

Wild West Music
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform music of the west, to include Rodgers & Hammerstein's OklahomaRodeo by Aaron Copland, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and more. Stuart Cafetz will conduct on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. at the Zoo.

Jesus Munoz Flamenco Quartet
The choreographer/dancer/musical arranger and founder of the Flamenco school Casa Flamenca, will be joined at the Outpost by vocalist Jose Cortes, guitarist Ricardo Diaz and dancer Valeria Montes. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on May 10.

A Word with Writers
George R. R. Martin and Diana Gabaldon will talk about writing at the KiMo Theater on May 10 at 7 p.m.

Placitas Studio Tour
Artist studios in Placitas are open to the public for two days on Mother's day weekend. The annual event features behind the scenes peeks at how to make woodwork, jewelry, mosaics, metalwork, paintings and more. A map to the studios will help you find your way. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tours take place May 10 and 11.

Feline Fiesta
The annual Feline Fiesta cat show will be at New Mexico Expo Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Albuquerque Philharmonic Spring Concert
The Philharmonic will perform Mendelssohn, Wagner and Strauss on May 10 at Immanuel Prebyterian Church and on May 11 at St. Therese Church. David Felberg conducts.

Herbfest
This springtime celebration brings together native plants, herbs and wildflowers, guided bosque tours, bird and nature walks, and activities for the kids. There will be live birds with Wildlife Rescue, a silent auction and live music. Bird walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and the fest runs May 10 and 11 at the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Bonsai Show
The Albuquerque Bonsai Club will display different styles of bonsai trees in the Botanic Garden's showroom for Mother's Day weekend. Included in the admission price.

Mother's Day
Find out about events and places to take your mom this Mother's Day. The article includes information on brunches, special events, where to find chocolate and more. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11.

Mother's Day Concert at the Zoo
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo with music by the New Mexico Philharmonic. There will also be discovery stations, an 11 a.m. world animals encounter show, and music from Jazz a la Carte and JeeZ LaWeeZ at noon. The Philharmonic concert begins at 2 p.m. and features a program about mother love. See it on Sunday, May 11.

Octofair
The third annual spring arts and crafts fair at the Octopus and the Fox takes place Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free events will feature food, art, crafts, a bake sale, raffle, games and music.

Mother's Day Celebration
Treat Mom to an afternoon of shopping, live music and food in Old Town on May 11. The free event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Albuquerque Theater

The Gospel According to Joan
Albuquerque's drag troupe The Dolls will perform the world premiere of the story of Joan Crawford. As the star nears the end of her life, she reflects on life, love and her rivalry with Bette Davis.

Fat Pig
Tom falls for Helen, who is bright, funny, and plus-sized. How many insults can he hear about Helen before he stands up and defends her? The comedic drama is at the Vortex Theatre weekends through May 11.

Arsenic and Old Lace
Drama critic Mortimer Brewster has two spinster aunts who have taken to poisoning old men, a brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and another murderous brother who looks like horror film actor Boris Karloff. Can Mortimer marry the woman he loves?The comic production will be performed at the Vista Grande Community Center in Sandia Park weekends through May 11.

Tribes
Fusion Theatre Company will present Tribes, a story about a deaf man raised in an unconventional family, April 24 - 30 at the Cell. Or see it May 2 - 3 at the Lensic in Santa Fe, at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque May 8, and in Taos May 10 and 11.

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

March for Babies
March with the March of Dimes on May 10. Register at Hoffman Town Church at 8 a.m. and walk along the Albuquerque Academy walking path at 9 a.m. Money raised will be used for babies in the community. Call 344-5150 for information.

New Mexico Pie Company Grand Opening Today

Tuesday May 6, 2014

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It's wonderful to celebrate small things, especially when they're big things for somebody. The New Mexico Pie Company is going from selling pies at farmer's markets and food events to opening its own shop. Their grand opening is today at its location at 4003 Carlisle NE, near DaKine Hawaiian Ice. It's open until 6:30 p.m. and along with a piece of pie, you can have a cup of coffee, espresso or tea. Since it's spring, there's likely to be some rhubarb on the menu, if it doesn't sell out first. New Mexico Pie Company makes great pies, to include a caramel apple green chile pie you can't find anywhere else in the world.

New Mexico Pie Company only uses unbleached, unbromated flours. Nothing is ever hydrogenated, and there are no artificial flavors, trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup. While it's not exactly health food, at least a slice of one of these pies doesn't contain things you shouldn't eat. And they pride themselves on using as much locally grown and produced ingredients as possible.

Congratulations, New Mexico Pie Company!

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