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By January 25, 2013

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Heading to the Matanza this Saturday? It gets bigger every year, so be sure to bring a big appetite. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Revolutions International Theatre Festival, '79fjord
Denmark's Teatret OM performs with images, humor and music. The set is an igloo that embraces audience and stage. See it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Tonight's performance is the last, January 25.

Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr.
Al Hurricane and son will perform at the Hard Rock Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Must be 18 or older to attend. See it Friday, January 25.

The 13th annual Matanza will take place in Belen on Saturday, January 26 from 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pay admission and then it's all you can eat of chile, biscochitos, tortillas, and of course, lots of pork. The event has cooks compete for different food categories and visitors get to taste. There will also be entertainment, a kid's corral and an arts and crafts fair. This one of a kind event is the largest of its kind in the world. Entrance fee is $10, with kids 10 and under getting in free. Call 864-8091 for ticket information.

School House Rock
This is the last weekend to see the Cardboard Playhouse perform the pop culture hit at the Box Theater. Friday is sold out so get your tickets for the performance on Saturday, January 26.

New Mexico Philharmonic Performs Two Concerts
The New Mexico Philharmonic presents the third in a series that looks at the period before Beethoven to see which composers influenced him. For Inspiring Beethoven, Chris Confessore conducts the orchestra as they play Haydn and Mozart at the KiMo on January 26.
The Philharmonic will also perform on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

Sea Turtle Awareness Day
Find out about sea turtles at the annual Sea Turtle Day, on Saturday, January 26. You'll find out about threats to these sea creatures and how you can protect them. Included with admission to the Albuquerque Aquarium.

KOB Health Fair
The fair has lots of information on staying healthy, and is a great place for tests and screenings, many free while supplies last. More than 200 vendors will be there, and free flu shots for those 9 and older while supplies last. Find it at New Mexico Expo on January 26 and 27.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen's novel is brought to the Popejoy stage by the L.A. Theatre Works. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy battle wills in this classic romantic comedy. See it at Popejoy on Sunday, January 27.

Sparx 4 Kids
The group Sparx will take the KiMo stage on Sunday, January 27 from 3 - 5 p.m., playing music for elementary school aged kids and their families. The group will perform bilingual music in a show that also features games, magic, dancing and audience participation. The popular Latin group from Albuquerque is comprised of four sisters.

Cause of the Week

Souper Bowl Benefit
The big fundraiser to benefit Roadrunner Food Bank has dozens of participating restaurants. Eat savory soups and desserts while enjoying the entertainment. Prize drawings take place at the event; tickets for drawings available for purchase at the event as well. Souper Bowl is Saturday, January 26.

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