This Week’s Event Horizon in Celtic noise, dressing your best for aliens, visiting royalty and more
Ever wanted to see Stephen Spielberg's doppelganger shredding the guitar in an Irish band? Now is your chance. On Friday, March 17, instead of celebrating St. Patrick's day like a drunken fool, head to Popejoy Hall to experience Altan, a traditional Irish band featuring the special sounds of County Donegal. Lose yourself in the sweet voice of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh—considered to be one of the greatest female vocalist from Ireland. (Take that, Sinéad O'Connor!) Tickets are $20-$54 for this one-night event. And if you're not a one-or-the-other kind of person, I'm sure there'll still be time after the 8pm show to grab a Guinness or two and sing a rousing rendition of “Whiskey in the Jar” at the top of your lungs. Sláinte! (Renée Chavez)
So here's the deal: The aliens are coming, and you might as well start practicing your handshake now. The best place to prepare is probably wherever the members of the InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute are. This Saturday, they'll be at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, hosting the InterGalactic Ambassador Assembly, Costume Party and Art Auction, where they will be auctioning off some “Intergalactic Ambassadors” painted by local artists. They will also be holding drills in the form of a “Dress For Contact” costume party for kids and adults. My costume? A rented tuxedo. I'm pretty sure the ETs will then believe that I'm a man of great political influence—their ignorance of our cultural norms preventing them from asking for proper credentials. The party starts at 2pm on March 18. Tickets are $4 for adults ($3 with valid state ID) and $1 for kids.
Depicting the stories of people like las soldaderas (the female fighters of the Mexican Revolution), Festival Ballet Albuquerque isn’t all tutus and classical music. The showcase called Dance Visions of contemporary ballet features works by David Chavez, Mel Tomlinson, Dominic Guerra and Alex Ossadnik and aims to be as epic as it is accessible. The dances will live for a single day, March 18, on stage at the the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with performances happening at 2 and 7pm. With tickets starting at $12, Festival Ballet is a steal. Visit nhccnm.org to get in on the action. (Maggie Grimason)
How do you manage to fit in a Bollywood dance lesson, a clothing bazaar, tarot and astrology readings, tasting authentic cuisine plus hitting the club all while helping out your community? You go to the annual Bollywood Club Invasion Dance Party (duh), held this year at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Grab your dancing shoes and your best sari, because on Saturday, March 18, there's going to be a party like you've never experienced. With three DJs (Dynamite Sol, Shobanon, Aztech Sol) you can expect to never leave the dance floor. But if you can tear yourself away, you should check out the henna tattoos for your hands or try some food catered by Jambo Cafe, plus what Indian get together would be complete without traditional chai? Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with proceeds going to several local organizations that help house and feed the homeless. (Taylor Grabowsky)
“Who that?/Who that?/Who that?/Princess Nokia, Baby Phat/I be where the ladies at/Who know how to shake it fast/We gon' spit that brazy track/You know that I'll take it back/I'm spitting the illest mack/Yeah, hoe!” Pull up your big girl britches, bitches, because the queen is back in town. Princess Nokia is performing at Meow Wolf's One Year Anniversary Party this Saturday, March 18. If you somehow don't know who Princess Nokia is, 1) You need to get it together, and 2) She's an incredible hybrid alternative hip-hop, pop and R&B bruja musician flowing to trip-hop beats pulling from feminist, Native and black experiences creating (what I like to call a “feminist-me-up” genre) a highly entertaining and real narrative of a womanly, queer experience. Doors to the House of Eternal Return open at 8pm. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and door tickets are $18. (Megan Reneau)
Albuquerque old-timers may remember Little Beaver Town, a Wild West amusement park—based on the Red Ryder comic strip—that operated near Route 66 and Tramway from 1961 to 1963. Albuquerque Historical Society member and retired civil engineer Roland Penttila will explain the history of this homegrown roadside attraction in pictures and words at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History starting at 2pm this Sunday, March 19. Admission is free. (Devin D. O'Leary)
Now more than ever is time to help the one another. Meals on Wheels has been serving the local community for over 40 years, beginning with a group of women from local Presbyterian churches. It's grown to be 400 volunteers delivering meals to over 500 people around Albuquerque while catering to special dietary needs and disabilities. The nonprofit receives no state or federal funding so they obviously rely heavily on grants, donations and support from locals like us. Learn more about how you can help feed your neighbors at the weekly volunteer orientation at the Meals on Wheels office every Tuesday at 2pm. If you want to help but are unable to make that time, call the office to arrange an orientation training at a time that suites you! (Megan Reneau)