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

The Buzz – Dec 2016/Jan 2017

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Most excellent news for Westsiders and those who love both Italian food and local restaurants. Mtuccis Cocina Grill is opening a Rio Rancho location in the Unser Pavilion shopping center (the old Prime and Vernons Open Door location). This iteration is called Mtuccis Moderno and should be open by early next year. Longtime restaurateurs Jeff Spiegel and Katie Gardner started M’tucci’s in 2013, expanded into M’tucci’s Italian Market and Pizzeria, which makes its own cheeses, sausages, cured meats and baked bread (both near Coors and Montaño). They serve up Latino dishes and international favorites at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Keep up with all the M’tucci’s happenings at mtuccis.com.

Once upon a time, Kimos Hawaiian BBQ was a food truck. Well, there’s still a food truck…but now there’s a brick-and-mortar location, too, at 3239 Girard Blvd. NE. The joint serves up Hawaiian barbeque specialties for breakfast (6:30 a.m.!) through lunch (2:30 p.m.), including lau lau, ginger chicken, huli-huli chicken and Hawaiian fried rice (top it with an egg for breakfast). Their Facebook page is frequently updated with daily specials and where you can find the food truck. Stop in for some Hawaiian grinds and ono food, bra! Continue reading

Art Buzz – Dec 2016 /Jan2017

Albuquerque

Bill Tondreau is an Academy Award-winning artist and photographer whose panoramic New Mexico landscapes take your breath away. Meet the artist Dec. 2 at Sumner & Dene Downtown and view his spectacular artistry. His large panoramic photographs capture our favorite Albuquerque locations, vistas and seasons, and will be on display through the end of the year. More at sumnerdene.com.

Shades of Gray New Mexico Photographic Art Show was created in order to provide an opportunity for the photographers of New Mexico to share, display and sell their fine-art photographic images in a premier gallery setting that showcases local artists. The 2016 exhibit will be held at New Mexico Expo Dec. 4 – 28 (closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The exhibit is free, open to the general public and composed of the best black-and-white images from some of the top New Mexico photographers. More at exponm.com/directions.aspx.

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