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A Splash of Spirit
Envision the spirited festivals of the small villages that dot Eastern Africa. Red dirt under dancing bare feet. Brightly-colored clothing clad in beads, shells and feathers. Drums and songs and bright smiles from everyone.
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Three Ways to Celebrate Christmas Oversoon in Burque
Whirled joy, a river of lights and Tchaikovsky
Everyone has that friend or family member. The one who unabashedly maneuvers around trick-or-treaters to string up their Christmas lights on Halloween. The one who has been humming Christmas carols for weeks—humming only, because singing aloud can have harsh repercussions. The one who already assembled most of their Christmas presents and will soon wrap them, probably while watching their well-worn Elf DVD.
Art and Devotion
El Chante hosts a community art show highlighting culture and faith
The Art of Devotion promises a Saturday night filled with culture, tradition and faith.
Bright red cheeks. Cool November. Bike racing, costumes and helping those in need. These are the ingredients in Albuquerque’s first annual ABQ Cranksgiving bike ride through the city. The ABQ Cranksgiving food drive and “alley cat”-type race happens on Sunday. The event has individuals (as well as teams of two to four), equipped with $15 and a knowledge of the city, racing to previously mapped out locations and collecting food for Joy Junction and the Roadrunner Food Bank. Participants will try to be the first rider(s) to the downtown finish line in addition to the one(s) with the most items checked off their shopping list. Cranksgiving, which is 9am to 2pm and begins at UNM’s Johnson Field, will kick off with the junior costume bike ride around the Nob Hill area. At the finish line, Tractor Brewing Company will host an awards party at their new location with food trucks and face painting on site. “ABQ Cranksgiving was born out of the idea of giving back to our community,” says ABQ Cranksgiving’s website. “We are building a team with the intent of gathering enough food to help feed the homeless and the hungry during the Thanksgiving holiday.” Participants will need $5 to register and $15 for food. For more information or to register, visit abqcranksgiving.net. UNM Johnson Field • Sun Nov 10 • 9am-2pm • $5 entry, $15 for food • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Hour of the Lobo
Nightlight short illuminates UNM
In the mood for something a bit artsy and altogether local?
Kamiomedia recently released a short media production titled “UNM @ Night.” The short spotlights a variety of beautiful scenes on Albuquerque’s favorite campus—sorry CNM Suncats, but I’m a Lobo—from within the mantle of midnight.
FemCity Connection Lunch
They say that good deals and great ideas happen over food, which is why a professional lunch can have many opportunities. FemCity Albuquerque will host author Jessica Eaves Mathews at a connection luncheon tomorrow at Savoy Bar and Grill (10601 Montgomery). At the event, Matthews will discuss her book, Wonder Women: How Western Women will Save the World, with the public and, true to the book’s mission, aims to empower and motivate local women. The book frankly discusses politics, the national debt and economic issues rooted in the customary approach to business. After a drawn out government shutdown and an only increasing national debt problem, maybe some practical local solutions and a change of mind would do the community a little good. The connection lunch begins at 11:30am. FemCity Albuquerque members can buy tickets for $45 and others can purchase them for $55. Tickets include an elegant lunch—complete with a glass of wine—and a raffle. For more information on the event or Femfessionals Albuquerque, visit femfessionals.com or FemCity Albuquerque's Facebook page. Savoy Bar and Grill • Fri Nov 1 • 11:30am • $45 for FemCity members, $55 for non-members • View on Alibi calendar
Shipler Speaks for the People: Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks journalism, human stories and his upcoming book
Last June, a book sat in front of me that, honestly, I was not inclined to read. Consuming a great deal of nonfiction in my college courses, I browsed the web for favorite bloggers or settled in with F. Scott Fitzgerald during the lazy summer months. But my summer job entailed urging incoming UNM freshmen to read this book, and a pesky voice in my head persuaded me to practice what I preached.
David Shipler’s The Working Poor: Invisible in America is a well-rounded, nonpartisan account of the poverty plight in the US; while that summary did not necessarily entice me, the personal anecdotes did. I was intrigued by Claudio, an illegal immigrant living fearfully between farmhand jobs, and I was a little heartbroken by Peaches, a homeless, working woman who had been abused countless times. After doing some research on the author—a Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist fascinated with society—I was admittedly a little star-struck as I sat across from him a couple weeks ago.
courtesy Masks y Mas, via Facebook
Celebración de la Vida y la Muerte
Masks y Mas holds Day of the Dead fiesta
Sugar skulls and pan de muerto, face paint and papeles picados—it's that time of year again. Dia de los Muertos will be here soon, and Masks y Mas invites the Duke City to come out and celebrate.
Better Out Than In: Britain’s Banksy Hops Across the Pond
Banksy has hit Broadway.
Today marks the tenth day of British street artist Banksy’s “residency on the streets of New York.” The artist’s website proudly declares that his famous—some might say infamous—work will be surfacing on the streets of the city that never sleeps for the month of October. The exhibit is titled Better Out Than In.
Farm 5K and Fun Run
Attention all 5k fiends and fanatics: Looking for something more organic than the Color Run or more local than the Dirty Dash? Check out Rio Grande Community Farm Fall Fest 5k. Beginning Saturday at 8am, runners, rookie and veteran, will take off through Los Poblanos Open Space farm (1701 Montano NW), complete with beautiful views and wildlife sightings. The trail is almost entirely straight-ahead, and the venue describes it as “a very fast course that will encourage the novice and keep the quick on their toes.” A 1-mile kid's run, a corn labyrinth, food trucks and several opportunities for the family to learn about creatures and crops are included in the event. All participants also receive admission for a family of four to the RGCF Fall Fest on October 26, as well as a RGCF tote—and who couldn't use another tote bag? Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children. Proceeds go to Rio Grande Community Farm which provides produce for Albuquerque Public Schools, donates to shelters and maintains a wildlife habitat and a two acre community garden. To register go to riograndefarm.org. See you down on the farm! Los Poblanos Open Space • Sat Oct 12 • 8am • $10-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
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