With showcases titled Trash Fashion and the like, how could you possibly go wrong? The 18th year of The City Different’s Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will be a celebration of the finest, filthiest trash fashion, but more a veneration of sustainability, imagination and the magic of creating something from nothing. General admission ranges from free to $20. The fashion show on Friday, Dec. 2, starting at 5pm, is $20, but entry will be free Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. General hours are 9am-5pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. (Maggie Grimason)
Once upon a time—20 years ago to be exact—the city of Burque lit up the BioParkBotanic Gardens with a festival of lights calling it the River of Lights, making it New Mexico’s largest light show. It’s not the holiday season in New Mexico until you find yourself surrounded by light sculptures of all shapes and sizes with a hot cider between your cold hands. Bring the family, take your sweetie or even take your friends on a date. Adult tickets are only $12 and tickets for kids are $6. Aside from being closed on Dec. 24-25, the event lasts until Dec. 30, so go more than once from 6-9:30pm to really soak up the holiday spirit.
Join the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque on Sunday, Dec. 4, for a celebration and commemoration of the life and ideals of heroic South African prisoner, patriot and ultimately post-apartheid president of the vibrant multicultural South African nation, Nelson Mandela at the Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration. Mandela, a civil rights bastion who was set free in 1990, became one of the great leaders of this world through his fight for equality. This Nobel Prize Laureate (1993) successfully negotiated a peace with the apartheid government and then rose to lead a newly unified, rights-conscious nation in 1994. This important community event is free, naturally, and takes place at the African American Performing Arts Center at Expo New Mexico from 4-7:30pm. (August March)