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Wonder as You Wander
When I was a kid, a music teacher came to our school every other week. She had long hair, wore crocheted maxi skirts and played the autoharp. I was in love. She led us in songs like “The Happy Wanderer.” Like all kids, we showed the most vigor during the chorus: “Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!” Pure joy. That sense of unbridled pleasure at being outdoors is what writer David Ryan will get at in his talk, “The Gentle Art of Wandering,” tomorrow evening at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area (7100 Tramway NE).
Globe-Trot Locally at 15th Annual Festival of Asian Cultures
One of the best parts of travel is the chance to breathe new air, literally and figuratively. Sample that refreshing discovery mode at Sunday’s Asian Festival of Cultures, a colorful, collective celebration of Asian and Pacific Countries hosted by the Asian American Association of New Mexico. This year, the venue is the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park rather than the usual Downtown site. Aptly, the Festival’s theme is “Salute to American Veterans.” The beloved Vietnamese Lion Dance kicks off the day’s performances; a dozen more are scheduled through the day, including Taiko drumming, music and martial arts. Children’s activities are free, as are visits to information booths.
Dress Up For the Dogs
Way back when, we’d dress our dog Zero in a grubby, oversized t-shirt. Occasionally he’d run off while wearing it. He’d end up at the country club across the way, helping himself and his t-shirt to a swim in the pool. Most—ok, all—of the canines at Saturday’s Mayor and First Lady’s Dog Ball will be sporting outfits swankier than Zero’s. While they’re spiffed up, they can compete for prizes in the Doggie Duds Fashion Contest or indulge at the Doggie Spa. Their people can enjoy dinner, a “Yappy Hour” and live and silent auctions.
Go Dream Car Dreams
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.
Photo by Andy Mattern
Tell Some Big Life Tales
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.
This One's for You, Sam
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.
Get Wild: Read to a Child
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.
Tap Some Psychic Love
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.
A Backhanded Carol for Christmas: The Santaland Diaries
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
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