The Buzz – June 2017

Albuquerque

Great news for The Shop! They’ve expanded to dinner Fridays and Saturdays. The Nob Hill staple for breakfast and lunch is well loved in the community for its fresh food, innovative recipes and locally sourced ingredients. Visit them on Facebook, too (they’re in the heart of ART country and could use your support).

The National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico proudly announce the 30th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, June 10-17—the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in North America. The depth of cultural programming has something for beginners, culture seekers, aficionados and professionals. This year features six performance companies including 54 master artists from Spain, 20 diverse performances and 35 workshops in eight days, with headlining artists Compañía Marco Flores, Compañía Maria Moreno, Compañía Adrián Santana, Compañía Pepe Torres, Compañía Rosario Toeldo and Compañía Jesús Carmona. The final performances include Alejandro Granados and Carmela Greco, icons of flamenco. Full schedule and tickets at ffi30.org.

Summer! How about biking and wine? Join Routes Bicycle Tours for an unforgettable experience June 3 that takes you along the famous Rio Grande river past local farms, restaurants and the city’s Nature Preserve to culminate in the lush surrounds of a beautiful, Spanish-style tasting room. Their professional tour guides lead you on a custom ride that highlights the natural history, culture and beauty of the Rio Grande River Valley and the surrounding cottonwood forest (Bosque). The experience includes a VIP grounds tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Casa Rondeña Winery. They’ve got a ‘Biking Bad’ tour on June 10, too, designed to provide guests with a first-hand experience of diverse locations, characters and moments from Breaking Bad. More at routesrentals.com. Continue reading

The Art Buzz- June 2017

Albuquerque

Paint & Palate is a fun, interactive event served up with art, food, craft beer and wine, where you follow along with local artist Kerry Bergen to learn a new twist on painting a colorful, original design. On June 18, bring a few of your friends to Vinaigrette and enjoy a picture-perfect combination of dining and drinking while transforming a blank canvas into your own masterpiece. All materials and food/drink are included, and experience is not necessary. Contact Kerry Bergen at kerrybergenart@gmail.com or 505.267.1932 to sign up.

Through Aug. 27, see Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television, a new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum that highlights the movies and television that have portrayed and marketed our state. From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, 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 Andrew Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, the exhibition 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. Details at albuquerquemuseum.org. Continue reading

The Buzz – May 2017

Albuquerque

Congrats to Aux Dog Theatre on the occasion of their 10th anniversary. The little theater that could has made it a full decade, with interesting, innovative performances, thanks to support from the vital Albuquerque theater-loving community. Support them at auxdogtheatre.org.

And double congrats to Jambo Café, now officially open for dinner in the Northeast Heights. The double? Because after a several week closure of their original Santa Fe location (a car crashed into the storefront), they, too, are back open and serving delicious East African and Caribbean specialties.

A show of hands for Hakim Bellamy, named a 2017 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. The inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque joins others being recognized for using their art form for positive impact, and will receive national opportunity to showcase his voice and work. How about mentorship from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and others, too? Amazing work, Hakim!

Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters takes the Popejoy stage for one incredible night May 21, backed by a 10-piece orchestra. Peters performs selections from the most significant shows in her career, including Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun and more, along with some of her personal favorites. As one of the most critically acclaimed performers in Broadway history, Bernadette’s been entertaining audiences worldwide for decades. Now, she brings her incomparable voice, wit and charm to Albuquerque for a special fundraiser for Popejoy Hall, with selections from the Sondheim musicals in which she’s starred, including Into the Woods, Gypsy, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and Follies. Tickets at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com. Continue reading

Art buzz- May 2017

Albuquerque

The Placitas Studio Tour has become a favorite Mother’s Day weekend event, May 13 – 14, with 59 Placitas artists opening their doors, welcoming you to the fascinating spaces where the artwork takes shape. Explore the many unique artist studios in the rolling foothills of the northern Sandias. Take this opportunity to meet and talk directly with the artists about their work, their environment, and their latest creations, and visit your favorite local artists and meet new ones including 13 studios new to the tour. Details at placitasstudiotour.com.

New Mexico Art League’s Black & White is one of its most popular exhibits, and it continues through May 27, featuring works by New Mexico artists in black-and-white photographs and black -and-white drawings. More newmexicoartleague.org, plus info on upcoming shows. Continue reading

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