I never expected to fall in love with a car, but I did after I moved to New Mexico for grad school. Buying into several grad school clichés, I bought a weathered silver Saab. That car became, as cars often do, the symbol of all things dear to me at the time—new adventures, open roads, life revisions. Multiply my experience exponentially and you arrive at events like the 2014 New Mexico International Auto Show. With more than 300 plug-in vehicles, full-size trucks and high-end sports cars, the show is billed as an automotive paradise.
Show goers can ogle luxury models, peek at vehicles not yet in dealerships and check out new technology like massive multimedia screens and inflatable seat belts. Get some hands-on experience with test drives for everyone, including children, who have their own Kids Autobahn. It’s a perfect place to do some reconnaissance if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. Even if you’re not, you can go and indulge in some unrestrained car passion.
Maybe that's exactly the point—a show like this is the stuff of dreams. Auto Show hours are 12pm to 10pm today, 10am to 10pm tomorrow, and 10am to 6pm Sunday, April 13, at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and older), military with any DOD ID and for children ages 6-12. Children five and younger are admitted free. Sunday is Family Day, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Albuquerque Convention Center • Fri Apr 11 • Noon-10pm • $5-$10, FREE for children under 5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Maybe it was getting a passport, finding a friend, experiencing grief, choosing the high dive, hearing rock ‘n’ roll for the first time, saying yes or saying no. What experience has changed you? That’s the question behind an event coordinated by the University Heights Association for its neighborhood residents. Each person who takes part gets asked that same question. Responses will be videotaped, audio recorded or handwritten and edited into a documentary video collage about the always-changing University Heights neighborhood.
The event is the first in a year-long project that explores change as a way to connect with others instead of as a barrier to creating community. After all, stories of change make us human and connect us. Imagine comparing stories about your first love, your first home, the first time you had to say goodbye to someone you cared about. Odds are that you’d find more in common with someone than you’d imagined. The project is supported by a grant from the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program. The story project takes place tomorrow, from 7 to 9pm, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice • Tue Apr 1 • 7-9pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Think hair, think people whose names start with “Sam,” and you might think of Samson (tricked into a haircut by Delilah, who knew it was the source of his strength, or so goes the Biblical tale). If your name is Sam or any variation of it, you’re likely to have a better haircut experience than Samson’s at the “Sam-Tastic” Free Haircuts for Sams weekend at the newest local Fantastic Sams salon. Show an ID that proves your name is a variation of “Sam,” such as Sami, Samantha or Samuel, and you get a free haircut. Seriously—free.
Those of us whose names don’t have much to do with Sam can simply pay for a cut, trim or other service from the full salon menu. With some luck, we’ll all leave worthy of a compliment like the one The Stranger gave in The Big Lebowski—“I like your style, Dude.” The Stranger, by coincidence—or not—is played by Sam Elliott. “Sam-Tastic” event hours are 9am to 7pm today, 9am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday at 330 Eubank NE, Suite A. Fantastic Sams • Fri Mar 14 • 9am • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
For me, it was Amelia Bedelia—the book that my mother read to me dozens of times when I was a girl. I adored the oddball title character and the wordplay: The maid, Amelia Bedelia, is told to draw the drapes when the sun comes in, so she pulls out a sketchbook and does exactly that. Ha ha! What I loved most, of course, was the time with Mom. If you need a nudge to create such a memory, make plans to read to a child tomorrow, on Read Across America Day.
Hosted by the National Education Association, the day-long observance marks Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday and is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s about spending time reading with the kiddos outside of school to help them form a lifelong relationship with the written word. While you’re at it, borrow a children’s book or two from the library. Remember, as Dr. Seuss himself says: “You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." For tips on how to inspire children to read, call local Sylvan Learning Centers at 899-3061. Sylvan Learning Center • Mon Mar 3 • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Recently I got back in touch with a college friend with whom I hadn't communicated for more than 15 years. She told me that we had once visited a psychic who had predicted how she would meet her future (now present) husband. To this day, I have no recollection of the visit, but I have no reason to doubt either her or the intuitive power of the universe. Just in time for the year's most indelibly romantic weekend, Abitha's Apothecary (3906 Central SE) hosts a Valentine's Psychic Faire tomorrow, where you can get readings from Abitha's expert, friendly family of readers for an affordable $1 per minute.
With any reading or a henna tattoo by Have On Art, you get a free package of "Love" incense. A little extra love in your life—what's to lose? Take a forgetful friend and go find your future spouse, get a henna tattoo or browse the shop for all manner of metaphysical items, including tarot cards, essential oils and altar supplies. Abitha's has been in business more than 25 years, so you'll be helping support a local, family-owned business. The readings go from noon to 7pm. Abitha's Apothecary • Sat Feb 8 • Noon-7pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Just imagine the stories that roll out of this scene: “22,000 people came to see Santa today, and not all of them were well-behaved.” The setting is Santaland at Macy’s in New York, and the narrator is writer and humorist David Sedaris, working as Crumpet the Elf. “The Santaland Diaries” shares the comic experiences he collected on the job, surrounded by 10,000 twinkling lights and dozens of other hired elves. Kelsey Leos Montoya plays Sedaris for the second year running, in what could become a local tradition. The hour-long one-man show merrily skewers just about every aspect of Christmas, including happy children and Santas for hire. It’s a saucy antidote to the overwhelmingly cheerful feel of the season, with perhaps unexpected turns: Imagine Billie Holiday singing “Away in a Manger.” The Box (100 Gold SW, Suite 112) presents one show nightly on Dec. 20 and 21 at 8pm, with tickets going for $10. Due to irreverent content, it’s probably best to leave pre-teens and early teens at home. The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre • Fri Dec 20 • 8-9pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar