NM ShamRock Fest returns to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Saturday, March 11 in what could quite possibly be the greenest jam-packed St. Patrick's Day celebration in town.
From 11am to 6pm, NM ShamRock Fest will feature two stages with performances by Irish singing groups, Celtic fiddle groups, bagpipe and drum bands, dancers and choral ensembles. Fest goers are invited to take part in various Celtic games alongside NM Celtic Athletics and mix it up with The Albuquerque Gaelic Football Team. Other activities include a climbing wall, remote control balloon demonstration, face painting and arts and crafts for the little ones. Handmade crafts will also be available for purchase.
New to this year's NM ShamRock Fest is the inaugural NM ShamRock 'n Roll 5K (3.1 miles), Kids 1K and No Run Zero K (0.0 miles). The All Fun, No Run Zero K will be the perfect event for people who prefer to stay put. Everyone wins in the less-than-strenuous Zero K. One-hundred percent of the Zero K registration fee goes directly to the Balloon Museum Foundation in direct support of the Museum's educational and public programs.
A 5K Run and Fitness Walk (certified by USAT&F) is available for the more series runners. And for kids 4-12 there is a 1K Kids Fun Run. Participants of all the races are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Patrick's Day themed costume. Prizes will be awarded to the runners and costume contest participants. All race entries include a NM ShamRock 'n Roll t-shirt and other valuable items from a number of great Balloon Museum and TCR-affiliated merchants.
NM ShamRock 'n Roll pricing and registration information can be found at goo.gl/ssW3GP. Admission tickets to only the NM ShamRock Fest are $2-6 (in advance) and $5-10 at the gate.
What's a St. Patrick's Day celebration without some Celtic-themed grub? The Scottish Pie Shop, Cheesy Street, Green Growler Smoothies, Ready to Roll, Street Food Institute and Royal Empire Catering will be onsite. Those with a valid I.D may choose beer, wine and spirits provided by O'Neill's.
The City of Albuquerque, High Desert Pipes and Drums and TCR Race Productions are presenting this fun day. The mission of High Desert Pipes and Drums is to foster and promote Scottish culture and music, to perform locally, regionally, and throughout the western United States, and to teach the Great Highland Bagpipe & Drums in the tradition as taught by previous professional instructors from Scotland and other countries. Funds raised at NM ShamRock Fest will benefit High Desert Pipes and Drums.
TCR specializes in the planning, packaging, management and timing of participant sporting events. Based in Albuquerque, TCR is the leading participant sporting production company in the Southwest.
This Celtic celebration is made possible by these generous sponsors: Albuquerque Tents, Shamrock's Discount Janitor Supply, O'Niell's, Admiral Beverage Corporation, IATSE Local 480, Quality Buick GMC Mazda by DiLorenzo, Fleet Feet Sports Albuquerque, 93.3 KOB FM Radio, 99.5 Magic FM Radio and 94.5 KKOB Radio.
A call for artisans! Participation is open to those artisan and craft vendors who meet and adhere to all the City's guidelines. Vendors are welcome to apply now by going to goo.gl/vUz3hv.
To celebrate the achievements by black Americans and to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history, the South Broadway Cultural Center will host a free screening of the Academy Award winning motion picture Selma at 1pm on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., played by David Oyelowo, led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
Selma was was written by Paul Webb and directed by Ava DuVernay. It won Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song for Glory and was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
Admission and popcorn are free.
We're just days away from the Alibi Fetish Events takeover of Sister to bring you the results of the Alibi's Sex Survey and give you a taste of our Kinky Curiosities. Read on to discover our DJ, favorite drag queen and all about the charity we'll be supporting by partying on Valentine's Eve.
Spinning classics, originals and an eclectic soundtrack to keep us moving all while taking care of our performers, is our very own Kate SC on the decks for Kinky Curiosities! This dynamic DJ is an artist, performer and musician in her own right. She's a favorite collaborator of Cabaret Audacity, a staple of the local goth/industrial/ebm scene and kept us dancing at the Fetish Formal. Check out her Soundcloud and look forward to her aural love to surround you on Monday night.
We're also delighted to welcome back the first lady of Sidewinders, Renée Toya-Bouvier. This powerhouse of beauty and talent continues to wow us with her presence, and we're delighted to give her a platform to give us a glimpse of her wild side. She is also known as Renato N. Estacio, Artistic Director for the Southwest Arts Group and the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders. She was nominated for the Outstanding Awards in several categories, and no one was surprised when Sidewinders took home the title.
We're also raising money for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. The NCSF fights for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior from pantsless roughhousing to high-fiving your spouse's lover. They're the only national advocacy organization whose exclusive goal it is to keep laws out of your bedroom, and the Alibi has been helping the local community raise money for longer than your MC has been a board member. We're happy to step up and make the NCSF part of Alibi Fetish Events; we all think it's pretty cool that they're fighting to make sure we can keep flying our freak flags. We'll have wares from our incredible vendors to raffle off
, and will be accepting donations, all of which go right to the NCSF. (Check out their website, the Alibi's Fetish Formal got a feature in the last newsletter!)
Get your tickets now, RSVP on Facebook and Fetlife (and invite your friends), and don't forget that you can bring your cameras to this one. The #alibifetishevents hashtag will be flying about the social media airspace.
Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, was born to sing her blues in jazzy, sultry tones from coast to coast. Holiday's personal life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty and prejudice created a complex backdrop for a sadness she was unable to overcome.
As part of the KiMo Theatre's 90th anniversary celebration, and in partnership with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, a free Chautauqua performance will bring Holiday's story to life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the historic theater.
In Singin' the Blues, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley stars as Holiday, who was introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s. Holiday used her unique singing style to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a number of other blues and jazz greats of her time. Known for her popular hits such as God Bless the Child and All of Me, the memory of Holiday has endured through generations of jazz lovers.
Hollingsworth-Marley is a popular vocalist, having appeared at numerous community, church and jazz events. She is also a storyteller who has performed in many venues including the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the African American Pavilion at Expo New Mexico.
Future Chautauquas include Music from the Ranch and the Open Range on March 26; Traditional New Mexico Folk Music on April 23; and Sephardic Jews in N.M. - Stories and Songs on June 25. All performances are on Sunday at 2pm. All are free to attend.
For a complete list of the KiMo's 90th anniversary season of celebration events, visit [link].
Throughout the year, the KiMo will travel through the decades with trivia, "then and now" posts and "remember when" features. The KiMo invites the community to join in by posting memories and photos on social media using #KiMo90. Back in 1937, the KiMo screened Green Light starring Errol Flynn and Anita Louise. Also that year was the Fall Fashion Revue presented by the National Garment Co., Paris Shoe Store and Jack Lawler's Beauty Salon.
At Alibi Fetish Events, even our crew is as beautiful and intriguing as our performers. Joining us to lend their strength to the stage, we're welcoming two beauties from the Duke City's boylesque scene, Eddi Fication and Rick O'Shea!
Eddi Fication is a member of Cabaret Audacity and will be performing at WILD this Saturday at Launchpad. He is the quadruple threat you didn't know you needed in your life and will be joining the Cabaret Band to flex more than just his muscles.
Rick O'Shea is part of the Sons of Perdition and is an accomplished power lifter and dancer. His experience on stage includes credits such as being part of the shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and in the ballet Dracula. Frequently seen on dance floors across our city, we're delighted to have him join us for Kinky Curiosities.
The Cabaret Audacity Band is lead by Arcane —an accomplished boylesque dancer as Satyricon, musician, professional kinkster and model. His prowess on the keyboards is infamous and his skills with a flogger are somewhat legendary. Arcane has been working, traveling and creating music with me for longer than we care to count, and he'll be accompanying one of our performers for a burlesque number, playing original music and passionate covers during some demos, and helping set the mood for the night throughout our party. He is as talented as he's pretty to look at, and we're going to make sure you get a good look. Care to hear more from Arcane and the Cabaret Audacity Band? Join us for the Vaudeville Open Mic every third Wednesday at the Sidewinders Cabaret Theater.
The results from our too-hot-for-print Sex Survey will be revealed from the stage through the art of of our incredible VJ Lithochasm. You've likely seen his dynamic work at Alchemy on Thursdays at Effex and at Oscillation Electronic Music Festival. He'll be projecting scintillating visuals throughout our party, and we can't wait to see what he's cooked up for us.