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Balloon Museum Presents Robotics and Rocketry Summer Camps

Press Release [ Sat Apr 23 2016 3:00 PM ]

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will present a series of robotics and rocketry camps this summer in Albuquerque and other New Mexico cities in partnership with RoboRAVE International as an effort to increase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and engagement for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available for each camp, and camps will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 11, 18, and 25; and August 1 and 8. Camps will be held in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Moriarty, Rio Rancho, Socorro, and Tucumcari. Discounts are available for full-day enrollments, and for enrollment of more than one child, such as with a sibling or friend.

"The Balloon Museum's subject matter and iconic stature make it ideal for increasing STEM education and engagement in the community," said Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager. "In expanding our STEM outreach and programs, we are excited to partner with RoboRAVE International, a local educational organization with a global profile, much like the Balloon Museum."

According to RoboRAVE International Director Russ Fisher-Ives, RoboRAVE - with "RAVE" standing for "robots are very educational" - robotics and rocketry education is important because those subjects integrate science, technology, engineering and math. "RoboRAVE International aims to make robotics accessible to any kid anywhere," said Fisher-Ives. "Surveys tell us that 85% of students say STEM engagement makes a difference in whether they pursue career in those fields."

"As our partnership with RoboRAVE International develops," said Garver, "we will begin to include ballooning and other lighter-than-air challenges with robotics projects for students. This will add a dimension that helps us to achieve our mission to promote and highlight the history and science of ballooning."

Enrollment in the robotics and rocketry camps is now open. For more information and to sign up, please visit Free admission to the Balloon Museum is included for all campers and up to four guests each.


Overheard at the Front Desk

(or... I Heard It, Now You Have to Hear It)

By Missy Sweetwillow [ Sat Apr 23 2016 9:00 AM ]
Visitors of the Alibi offices be warned! You never know who's listening...

Not Your Average Dream Blog

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Apr 22 2016 4:19 PM ]

I was in New York City. I was watching a beautiful young man explain that “bucket drummers are particularly impressive because no one trains them” so very kindly to an elderly woman.

Suddenly I was in my chair at work seeing his face on my screen. “Hannibal Buress Live at The Historic El Rey Theater this Tuesday night!” the page said.

I became hot as I ferociously typed away buying tickets. Click. Click-click. Tap-tap-tap-tap. Click. CLICK.

Then I realized it wasn't a dream, but a dream come true. The brilliant comedian Hannibal Buress will be in Albuquerque Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30pm for those of us lucky sinners that are over 21.

Mr. Buress will also be in Santa Fe to perform at Skylight at 8pm, so those lucky bastards in Santa Fe get to be closer to him but it's not like it really matters because we all have the chance to absorb some of his near-perfect comedic genius.



The Daily Word in Prince

By Taylor Grabowsky [ Fri Apr 22 2016 1:31 PM ]
The Daily Word

Last night, broadway celebrated Prince.

Remember that time Prince slayed the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Prince really liked Finding Nemo.

Prince's religious side.

What made Prince, Prince?

It's a purple world.

Keyboard Horror


Gory Horror Story

By John Millington [ Fri Apr 22 2016 11:14 AM ]
With a sickening sadist grin, the clown set to work on his new macabre masterpiece. The office worker's eyes bulged with horror and frantically darted around, seeking any sign of hope or rescue.
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Send It Soaring

Saturday, Apr 23: Kite Fest

By Monica Schmitt [ Fri Apr 22 2016 10:00 AM ]
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. Visitors can bring their own kite, buy one at the festival or watch professional stunt kite fliers maneuver kites expertly in the wind.
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Votives, Adult Beverage at Sister

Album release party also features Crime Lab and crttrz

By August March [ Fri Apr 22 2016 8:37 AM ]

Join Albuquerque’s rock and roll community at Sister (407 Central NW) on Saturday, April 23 for the album release party for Votives, a heavy, punk-flavored, ambient-attached shoegaze project. Votives latest release, Trails / Hue begins with a low rumble that ultimately advance toward crashing waves of feedback and guitar badassery.

Joining Votives for this special celebration of all that is rocking will be an Crime Lab, crttrz and Adult Beverage, an outfit fronted by Dillon Cullinan.

Cullinan spoke briefly with the Alibi about his latest undertaking, recalling the many changes Adult Beverage went through as their psychedelic sound took shape.

“By spring 2015 the band had finally found it's ideal configuration with Higinio Martinez on guitar, Zach Leyba on drums, and occasionally Briana Lee on bass. Since 2015 we have played countless house shows and venues in New Mexico. We have played alongside Walter TV (Mac Demarco's live band), Destruction Unit, The Memories, Colleen Green, and LA Witch.

Adult Beverage is currently writing and recording for the first time collaboratively. A new 5 song EP is being recording by Will Byrne of Train Conductor.

Asked to describe their current flavor, Cullinan said, “We've been described as having elements of punk, garage rock, dream-pop, stoner metal, noise rock, and psychedelia.”

The concert, a glimpse into the instrumentally intense and luminously limitless void in these parts, begins at 8pm.

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Clowns Are People Too

Saturday, Apr 23: Bad Clowns

By Joshua Lee [ Thu Apr 21 2016 5:00 PM ]
Writer and skeptical investigator Benjamin Radford signs and discusses his nonfiction book.
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Peas (and Other Vegetables) on Earth

Saturday, Apr 23: Red and Green VegFest

By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Apr 21 2016 4:00 PM ]
Learn about and sample some of the best of the vegan food in the state.
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Honky Tonk Yourself on Over

Thursday, Apr 21: UNM Honky Tonk Ensemble • Kyle Martin Band • country, rock 'n' roll

By August March [ Thu Apr 21 2016 1:59 PM ]
On Thursday, April 21, the best kept secret at the UNM Music Department, the school's Honky Tonk Ensemble, opens for New Mexico country music stalwart Kyle Martin.
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