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January Events Calendar


Find out what's happening around Albuquerque in January. Find a place to spend time indoors and stay warm, or choose an outdoor recreation activity. There's plenty to keep you busy in what is one of the coldest months in Albuquerque. Hats off to another New Year.

If you know of an event that should be included in the calendar, please email me at albuquerque@aboutguide.com.


Family Art Workshops
These hands on workshops encourage creative thinking and explorations into art. Free with general admission at the Albuquerque Museum.
For 2014: Saturdays 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Stories in the Sky
Children and their adult explorers can enjoy story time followed by crafts and games at the Balloon Museum. The program is designed especially for infants through six years. The program is free.
For 2014: Two showtimes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. and 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Guadalupana Exhibit
The South Broadway Cultural Center features an exhibit dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Traditional religious art will be on display in the gallery and library, along with an altar.
For 2014: Through January 18

Noir Suspicions
The 40's detective story follows Rick Archer, P.I., as he investigates a murder and is then the prime suspect. See it at the Foul Play Cafe inside the Sheraton Uptown.
For 2014: Through March 1

Sunday Chatter
Every week at Sunday Chatter, patrons gather to hear classical music, poetry and more. Find a different venue each week.
For 2014: Sundays: January 5, 12, 26

Kadomatsu in the Japanese Garden
Begin the new year with the Japanese tradition of Kadomatsu, the arrangement of pine and bamboo arrangements. The show is free with general admission at the Botanic Gardens.
For 2014: January 2 - 12

First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome for these live presentations. Fractals Rock has more rock music and less talk. See it at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
For 2014: January 3

First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating, you can choose which ones to visit to find out what's happening with guilds, individual artists and ongoing shows. This is a free event.
For 2014: January 3

Poe & Price Festival
See Vincent Price perform in the classic Poe tales The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror and The Raven. The films will be screened four Fridays in January at the KiMo Theatre.
For 2014: January 3, 10, 24 and 31

Silver Screen's Legends
See legends Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Cagney at the KiMo for this Saturday series of films. Bogart films include The Petrified Forest, Angels with Dirty Faces, and The Maltese Falcon. Cagney films are Angels with Dirty Faces and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
For 2014: January 4, 11, 18

Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic
The 3.6 mile race is on rolling terrain at 10,000 feet. There is a one mile race distance for kids. Snowshoe rentals from REI will be available at the race.
For 2014: January 4

Justin Shandor: Elvis Tribute
Justin Shandor will perform the ultimate Elvis tribute at the Isleta Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.
For 2014: January 8

Los Amigos
Los Amigos will perform at Embers Steakhouse at 6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
For 2014: January 10

Free Community Opera: Rossini's Barber of Seville
The opera will be staged in Santa Fe at the Scottish Rite Temple. The free performances are accessible to all ages and no tickets are needed.
For 2014: January 10 - 12

Albuquerque Comic Con
See anime screenings, comic book artists, and celebrate stars such as Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek, Steve Cardenas, the Red Power Ranger, Catherine Sutherland, the Pink Power Ranger, and Ray Park of Star Wars at the annual event that keeps getting bigger. Purchase tickets online ahead to save.
For 2014: January 10 -12

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea
The Vortex Theatre presents three one-act plays by prize winning playwrights Joe Pintauro, Lanford Wilson and Terrence McNally, directed by three up and coming new Albuquerque talents, Paul Hunton, Isaac Christie and Jen Loli. The plays are Dawn by Pintauro, Day by Wilson and Dusk by McNally.
For 2013: January 10 - 26

Little Shop of Horrors
The play is a comedy, a love story and a cult classic. The Mushnik Flower Shop on skid row is an ordinary shop until Audrey II, an exotic potted plant, arrives.
For 2014: January 10 - February 2

Pack of Lies
The Adobe Theater presents Hugh Whitemore's play about a true story about what happens when the government asks if they can use your home to spy on neighbors and close friends. Weekends at the Adobe.
For 2014: January 10 - February 2

Winter Bird and Bat Festival
Join the staff and volunteers of the Nature Center to learn about the bats of New Mexico, some of the special projects happening at the center, and more. There will be speakers, guided bird walks, nature walks, rescue birds, and crafts for kids.
For 2014: January 11

Trotsky and Frida (Staged Reading)
The Vortex Theatre reading of the play by Leonard Koel features some of Albuquerque's finest actors. The play takes place in 1937, when Trotsky is forced into exile and are welcomed in Mexico City by the likes of Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo. The reading is free and open to the public.
For 2014: January 11

Don Quixote
The New Mexico Philharmonic will play Ludwig Minkus' Don Quixote, and the New Mexico Ballet Company debuts its own fully staged production. Grant Cooper conducts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2014: January 11 - 12

A Way Out of No Way: 19th Century African American Art
The Albuquerque Museum will feature UNM Professor Kirsten Pal Buick, who will take a look at 19th century artists whose lives spanned the time of slavery to emancipation.
For 2014: January 12

The Menu: Poetry on Stage
Tricklock Company brings Jim Linnell's book of poetry to the stage. The free event takes place at the Lomas Tramway Library and is an all ages event.
For 2014: January 15

The clown comedy has hints of theater of the absurd. Mollie is the first performance in Tricklock's new International Excavations series. See it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2014: January 16 and 19

Alternative Folk Showcase
Mala Mana headlines the eclectic mix of music from around the world. Hear Denizens of Albuquerque, Secret Circus in this mashup at the KiMo.
For 2014: January 17

Peking Acrobats
The awe-inspiring acrobats have amazed audiences around the world. Accompanied by a live orchestra, the gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers bring their spectacular energy to  Popejoy.
For 2014: January 17

Arden Shakespeare Festival
The Arden Shakespeare Festival presents the final weekend of The Merry Wives of Windsor, with live music. See it at the Jim Morley Theater, St. Joseph's Drive off Coors, where you'll find plenty of safe, free parking. Tickets are $15-20. Box office is (505) 603-7479.
For 2014: January 17-19

Mozart Masterworks
The New Mexico Philharmonic will present Stefan Jackiw on violin as he performs pieces by Mozart and Stravinsky. See it at the Popejoy Hall.
For 2014: January 18

Sandia Peak Snowshoe Race
The annual snowshoe race is a 5k (3.2 miles). Race begins at Sandia Crest House lower parking lot and winds through the National Forest. Register online or at REI.
For 2014: January 18

3rd Thursday: Art + Poetry
The Albuquerque Museum will feature some of Albuquerque's best gospel groups in this free performance.
For 2014: January 16

Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show
The show features remodeling ideas, landscape tips, furnishings and equipment for the house and garden and more. Find more than 300 booths and professional experts to help you with your home ideas. Find it at the New Mexico Expo.
For 2014: January 18 - 19

Chama Chile Ski Classic
The 40th annual cross country ski event includes both freestyle and classic style races, as well as a snowshoe race and combined snowshoe and ski events. Races take place in the Rio Grande National Forest.
For 2014: January 18 - 20

Martin Luther King Parade
Although the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, the holiday to celebrate his life and work takes place the third Monday of January. The MLK Parade provides a community voice in his honor on the Sunday before the official holiday.
For 2014: January 19

Free Admission to National Parks
The national parks offer several free admission days each year Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is one. In Albuquerque, we have the Petroglyph National Park, which has four hiking trails; however, they don't charge admission though they do charge a parking fee. The list for entry fee parks in New Mexico includes Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Capulin, Carlsbad, Chaco, El Morro, Fort Union, Gila, Pecos and White Sands.
For 2014: January 20

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