The Buzz – April 2017

Albuquerque

Kudos to Hotel Andaluz for hiring Marc Quiñones as its executive chef, overseeing all of the property’s culinary operations: MÁS, Ibiza, room service and catering. He writes on his Facebook page, “My brand new dinner menu will be implemented and rolled out in the coming weeks as well as a fresh new menu for our rooftop restaurant Ibiza. I feel blessed to be cooking on a 4-Diamond platform again and am prepared to perform at my absolute best.” More info at hotelandaluz.com.

Watch Food Network’s Chopped? Then you know that Bocadillos Chef/Owner Marie Yniguez chopped her competition into tiny pieces in February. She took the $10,000 prize with sushi tacos, buffalo top sirloin and a pink Himalayan sea salt polenta cake. Great job, chef! And if you saw Standard Diner’s Chef Mike Perseo make a valiant effort on his episode last year, you can taste a special three-course dinner April 11 featuring all of his dishes. Space is limited so call 505.243.1440 to reserve your seat today!

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Art Buzz – April 2017

Albuquerque

Harwood Art Center’s April exhibitions feature the collaborative conceptual artwork of the Lovegomerys (Jessamyn Lovell, Lee Montgomery and Rudy Montgomery) along with a retrospective exhibition of Leo Neufeld’s portrait and landscape paintings. Both opening April 7. Stand—The Lovegomerys, seeks ways to deliberately intersect art and commerce in a critically meaningful way. They built lemonade stands inside the gallery and created works that can be dispensed by a vending machine there. The First 50 Years: Leo Neufeld, presents a glimpse into Leo Neufeld’s career and relationship with art. Throughout his creative journey, Neufeld’s masterful skill and passion for aesthetics is evident. Whether painting commissioned portraits, commemorative works, or New Mexican and Californian landscapes en plein air, his works radiate beauty and exuberance. Details at harwoodartcenter.org.

Head downtown to see the latest from 516 ARTS, a botanical mural by Pastel from Argentina. The first is on the side of the Sanitary Tortilla Factory at Fourth and Second St. SW. The second is at Fifth and Second Street NW, the Tower Building. Both are by renowned artist Francisco Díaz (aka Pastel) and serve as a preview for Cross Pollination, an exhibition at 516 ARTS and series of programs around the city later this year about bees and other pollinators and their role in the world’s food supply. Albuquerque is a great place for mural art around the city, and these just add to the wonder. Continue reading

The Buzz – March 2017

Albuquerque

Kudos to Farm & Table Executive Chef Carrie Eagle for taking home the title on an episode of Food Network’s Chopped last month. The theme of the episode was Game Day Party, and Eagle took away a $10,000 prize. If you haven’t been, Farm & Table is a stomach-satisfying way to eat and drink local in the bucolic North Valley setting. Great job representing the Duke City, Chef!

Red Rock Roasters has remodeled its offices to offer a brand new coffee tasting space. The new classroom-style cupping lab, with a view to the roasters and warehouse, accommodates classes and tastings. The new retail space will display coffee beans roasted daily on the premises, home coffee brewing equipment and barista accessories and, most importantly, the kind of education and support coffee lovers and corporate customers have come to expect from Red Rock Roasters. Classes are offered every second Saturday and are free (with suggested $5 donation to the Cafe Femenino Foundation) but space is limited. Visit redrockroasters.com.

Remember Blackbird Buvette at 5th and Central in Downtown? I do, and I miss it. If you’ve noticed a flurry of activity in the old space, watch for a new restaurant opening soon. Owner Jenni Zullo expects Zullo’s Bistro to open this spring, featuring Italian comfort food. Think pasta with red sauce, including a green chile red sauce. A recent transplant to Albuquerque from the Midwest (her parents moved here five years ago), this will be Zullo’s first restaurant experience. It will also have a full liquor license. Watch the progress (paint!) and for an opening date on their Facebook page. Continue reading

Art buzz – March 2017

Albuquerque

Harwood Art Center’s annual Encompass event runs March 4-20, with the opening and celebration on March 4. Mark your calendars and join them for this unique, multi-generational art event. Encompass not only features four gallery exhibitions, open artist studios, and a new mural on the Harwood building, it also provides multiple art-making projects for all ages, food from some of the best local food trucks, and live music from Burque SOL. There is so much to do and see at Encompass. Visit harwoodartcenter.org for complete details and events.

Weyrich Gallery/The Rare Vision Art Galerie presents new work by artists Michael Billie and Jarrett West through March 31, with an artist reception March 3. The show is titled Honoring Mother Earth II. Billie’s mixed-media works come from experiments with eco-prints on silk that he shreds and wraps in horse and buffalo hair. In 1987, West began exhibiting his functional ceramic works and small sculptures in Santa Fe. Now he combines architectural scale with his ceramic skills and experience. His larger works seem to emerge from the earth, rather than resting atop of the ground or the floor. Details at weyrichgallery.com.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center gallery has a new exhibition by Laguna Pueblo artist Marla Allison on display through June. Called Consumed by Design, the solo show incorporates images of the past in a contemporary way. Allison is known for vivid paintings that depict the landscapes, wildlife, architecture and particularly the people of her native New Mexico, as well as for experimenting with geometric patterns to depict living forms. She deliberately draws from the artistic traditions of Laguna Pueblo in order to enrich her own work. More at indianpueblo.org. Continue reading

The Buzz – February 2017

Albuquerque

Squee! New Mexico Restaurant Week returns to Albuquerque March 5 through 12! Delicious dining and culinary events from your longtime favorite and/or new-on-the-scene chefs include prix fix 3-course offerings representing the diverse culinary scene in the Duke City. This is a great opportunity to dine at different places, experience incredible chefs, and service and support our local restaurants. A list of lunch and dinner participants and menus at nmrestaurantweek.com.

If you’ve been watching the construction at I-40 and Rio Grande, you’ll be pleased to know that the newest location of The Range Café is now open, including the full bar. You’ll get the same satisfying Range food, drinks and desserts, and you’ll dine under the 3-D mural of a Santa Fe Railway boxcar complete with escaping steer. This makes the fourth Range in Albuquerque. When does Santa Fe get one? Continue reading

Art Buzz – February 2017

Albuquerque

Feb. 2-23 is this year’s highly anticipated Recycled Heart exhibition by ArtStreet, a program of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, and Harwood Art Center. This annual exhibit features mixed media and recycled art by ArtStreet artists. Bringing the injustice of poverty and homelessness together, Recycled Heart captures the diverse, distinct and highly individual response of our artists to community-chosen themes and experiences. Info at harwoodartcenter.org.

From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance, thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico’s landscape, and the state’s landscape and people have often been featured in film. Curated by Dr. Paul A. Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television features three elements of New Mexico’s film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject and the state’s people as subjects. Catch it Feb. 25-Aug. 27 at the Albuquerque Museum, albuquerquemuseum.org. Continue reading