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Live & Local to return to the KiMo

The City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department and ABQtodo.com present this year's first Live & Local on Friday, March 31 at the historic KiMo Theatre. Live & Local is a free concert featuring two of Albuquerque's most popular musical artists.

Appearing on stage at 7pm is Lilah Rose, an electronic pop/alternative rock singer-songwriter based out of the Albuquerque. Rose uses vocal looping to showcase the voice as an instrument and continues to explore all genres of music, incorporating melodic synthesizers, rhythms, beats and visuals to her sounds. She continues to grow her video and performance portfolio with co-creators and artists alike. Her latest album Young Together was released in August 2016.

The Real Matt Jones takes over at 7:30pm. The Real Matt Jones is a singer-songwriter who looks to the idiosyncrasies in life and magnifies them to the point where listeners say, "Oh yeah, I can see that."

Originally from Albuquerque, Jones has as performed and toured extensively in many areas throughout the United States and Canada. He wrote the songs for his most recent album, History, over a period of four years. History debuted at #16 on the Amazon.com singer-songwriter charts.

Grub and suds will be available for purchase from Blazin Zia food truck and Bosque Brewery.

Admission is free. The KiMo Theatre turns 90 this year. Opened on September 19, 1927, it is one of the oldest and most unique places in the state to watch a show.

Live & Local is a program designed to showcase local bands. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at a later date on local cable channel GOV TV 16 and will also be available on YouTube. This is the community's chance to discover new music and support their favorite performers.

The Public Library Makes It Easier For Those With Autism to Experience Browsing, Activities

Oftentimes getting out the door is a challenge for parents with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), much less actually getting to and successfully enjoying an event. In a continued effort to make the Public Library, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County accessible to all, a number of branches are now offering Sensory Friendly Hour for families with special needs.

Sensory Friendly Hour is a special browsing time for individuals on the autism spectrum and for those who generally prefer a lower sensory environment. What does that mean? The hour begins one hour before the regular public hours resulting in much less noise and fewer visitors. The lights are also dimmed. Commotion and bright lights can at times lead to sensory overload for those with ASD. Special coloring sheets and other activities are also available.

"Providing a safe and accommodating space for everyone to enjoy our library is very important to us," said Mayor Richard Berry. "My hope with these new sensory friendly hours is that more people can visit their local public libraries to learn, grow and connect with the community around them."

ASD is a complex neurobiological disorder typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. According to the national Autism Society, more than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD.

"We want to be sure that everyone feels welcome to the Public Library. We are continually improving access and services to meet the needs of all our customers," Dean Smith, director of the Public Library, said.

Sensory Friendly Hour is currently offered at five library branches:

-1st Saturday of the month - 9am | Tony Hillerman Library | 8205 Apache NE | 505-291-6264
-2nd Saturday of the month - 9am | San Pedro Library | 5600 Trumbull SE | 505-256-2067
-3rd Saturday of the month - 9am | North Valley Library | 7704-B 2nd St. NW | 505-897-8823
-4th Saturday of the month - 9am | Juan Tabo Library | 3407 Juan Tabo NE | 505-291-6260
-4th Wednesday of the month (bimonthly) - 9am | Alamosa Library | 6900 Gonzales SW | 505-836-0684

"Low sensory library times provide a library experience for children and families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a visit to our very busy and active libraries. We are very grateful for the guidance we have received from local autism organizations in how to provide a low sensory experience," Smith said.

For a complete list of all library events, please visit abqlibrary.org.

NM ShamRock Fest Will Be the Greenest Celebration in Town

New to this year's NM ShamRock Fest at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum on Saturday, March 11 is the inaugural NM ShamRock 'N Roll featuring a 5K Run and Fitness Walk, a 1K Kids Fun Run and a quirky Zero K.

Use your imagination and dress creatively in your most outrageous costume or wacky race outfit to run, walk, crawl, etc. Prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Male, Female and Kids costumes.

The "All Fun, No Run" Zero K will be the perfect event for people who prefer not to break a sweat. No running allowed is the only rule. In this race, everyone is on a level playing field. Beginning at approximately 1:50pm "runners" in the Zero K will amble to the start/finish line and prepare for the shortest race of their life. Once the starter gun goes off, the race begins and participants will need to find the strength to make it to the first water station and pick up a green beer (proper ID required). Of course, no ShamRock 'n Roll would be complete without 5K Run & Fitness Walk and a 1K Kids Fun Run.

Come out to experience a unique "fun"draising event like no other. One hundred percent of the Zero K registration fee goes directly to the Balloon Museum Foundation in support of the Museum's educational and public programs.

Zero K registration fee is $15 through March 9. The 5K registration fee is $30 through March 4.

NM ShamRock 'N Roll participants receive one free admission to the NM ShamRock Fest. 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.
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.

There will be plenty of Celtic-themed food and treats on hand as well as nearly two dozen vendors and artisans.

Dress you and your dog in green garb and win prizes in the "Lucky Dog" Pet Parade and Costume Contest.

Additional 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.

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.

Learn About Urban Gardening and Composting

Casa San Ysidro, historic house and farm, is holding a free urban gardening fair on Saturday, March 11 between 1pm and 4pm.

Together with its partner ARCA Organics, Casa San Ysidro will welcome local farming and gardening organizations to encourage the rich cultivation of front lawns and balconies in our urban neighborhoods.

-ARCA Organics will conduct a seedling workshop and speak about their activities in Casa's Heritage Field.
-At 2pm, John Zarola, master composter for Sandoval County, will speak on composting techniques.
-Jericho Nurseries will be on hand to walk you through some important tools to think about when you are fostering your urban garden.
-La Cosecha CSA, a South Valley farming cooperative, will introduce you to their lovely produce and their success farming in New Mexico.

The public is also invited to tour our historic house and view the remarkable collection of historic agricultural implements that kept New Mexicans going for hundreds of years. These are the most valuable objects they owned. Throughout the day, we will help you start or enhance your garden, no matter how small a space you're working with.

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in the historic Village of Corrales. For more information call (505) 898-3915. You can also visit cabq.gov/casasanysidro
or find Casa on Facebook facebook.com/casasanysidro.

Celebrate St. Paddy's During NM ShamRock Fest

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.

Free Screening of Selma Marks Black History Month

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.

Free Sunday Afternoon Chautauqua Performances

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.

Founders' Day Celebrates the Legacy of the Minge and Gutiérrez Families

Casa San Ysidro celebrates Founders' Day on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The public is invited and admission is free between 1 and 4pm.

"Today, Casa is one of only four public museums in the state with collections exhibited against a distinctly New Mexican architectural backdrop," said Deb Slaney, curator of history at Albuquerque Museum.

Visitors are invited to this exciting public event and to view the Minge collection of early New Mexican furnishings and tools.

-Celebrate the special people who make Casa San Ysidro special
-Hear about how Casa San Ysidro was built and how it became part of the Historic Heart of Corrales
-View newly remastered movies with images and interviews from our Museum's beginning
-Tour the house and property with experienced docents
-See our remarkable collection of historic New Mexican domestic art and architecture
-Meet our partner organizations, our neighbors, and many people who have contributed to the success of Casa San Ysidro
-Share your experiences with Casa San Ysidro

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in the historic Village of Corrales. For more information call (505) 898-3915. You can also visit cabq.gov/casasanysidro or find Casa on Facebook (facebook.com/casasanysidro).

Everyone Loves the Movies

Our state's history in film and television

From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico's landscape, and the state's landscape and people have often been featured in film.

Curated by Dr. Paul A. Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television features three elements of New Mexico's film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject and the state's people as subjects.

"It's essentially Hollywood Southwest," says Hutton, a self-described addicted collector of film memorabilia. "We're highlighting New Mexico as a center for filmmaking from [silent film star] D.W. Griffith onward, and the locations that are so prevalent. We'll show why New Mexico is so great for filmmaking, from the landscape to the light to the weather. We're also highlighting films about New Mexicans, such as Billy the Kid. I love the idea of two really bad hombres and what they say about New Mexico. And yes, I'm talking about Breaking Bad, too."

Hutton has been involved in film, and the history of film, for most of his career.

Also working closely on this project is Dr. Jason Strykowski, who has worked on many films and TV series, and has been instrumental in acquiring some of the artifacts for the exhibition. Costumes from The Avengers and The Lone Ranger came from Strykowski's connection to both films.

The exhibit design takes visitors behind the scenes on a film set. Plans include creating a green-screen experience for kids to explore what it feels like to be on a set. The original 1920s projection unit from the KiMo Theatre will also be on display.

Other artifacts will include movie posters, movie clips, plus other pop-culture tie-ins, such as toys and promotional items. Hutton notes that some of the historical items they hoped to include from early films such as artifacts from such classics as Lonely are the Brave, based on Edward Abbey's classic second novel The Brave Cowboy, don't exist. "One of the challenges we've had is finding the material and convincing people to lend it to us," Hutton says. "The film industry has been a throw-away industry."

An educational element of the exhibition focuses on film production as an industry in New Mexico. Hutton and Strykowski have worked with state and city film offices to highlight some of the jobs, such as grip, gaffer and craft services - and New Mexicans that do those jobs - to illustrate how the industry is a local economic driver. "We're trying to explain why New Mexico is and always has been an attractive place for filmmakers," Hutton says. "We want to have fun with this, get people excited, wow them, and appeal to young and old alike. After all, everyone loves the movies."

RELATED EVENTS:
This schedule subject to change. Visit cabq.gov/museum for current information.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-3pm.
Public Opening: Hollywood Southwest
At 1 p.m. guest curator Paul Hutton discusses the history of film in New Mexico. Create art inspired by the exhibition in the Museum School from 1-3pm.

Thursday, March 16, 5-8:30pm.
Women in Film: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Screenings and panel discussions exploring the role of women in film.

Thursday, April 20, 5-8:30pm.
Wild West: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the myth and enduring legacy of the western in the New Mexico.

Saturday, April 29, 3-5pm.
Tour: Trollywood
Climb aboard a completely-custom, uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley as we embark on a two-hour tour of locations from movies made in Albuquerque. You will also gain an understanding of the New Mexico film industry and why we make movies here, tax incentives, behind-the-scenes stories and more. Featuring locations from such productions as Breaking Bad, The Avengers, No Country for Old Men, Transformers, Crazy Heart, Preacher, Beerfest, Wild Hogs, Observe and Report, Terminator Salvation and more. The tour is provided by ABQ Trolley Co. Tickets are $50 at holdmyticket.com/event/273495.

Thursday, May 18, 5-8:30pm.
Indie Film Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
This evening features short films and discussions from independent filmmakers.

Thursday, June 15, 5-8:30pm.
Family Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Enjoy family friendly activities exploring film in New Mexico.

Saturday, July 8, 10am-2pm.
Made in Native America
This day features screenings and discussions with Native American filmmakers from New Mexico.

Thursday, July 20, 5-8:30pm.
Page to Screen: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the transformation of novel to screen with a panel of local screenwriters.

Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6pm.
Chatter Summer Concert Series: Music in Film
Chatter, a chamber music ensemble, curates a dynamic musical series exploring film in New Mexico.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Albuquerque Museum is the cornerstone of Albuquerque's cultural community and in its short history has had unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of its collections.

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. General admission - New Mexico residents: adults and teens $3, seniors $2 and children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 5-8:30 p.m.

Calling all artists - "Take the Stage" set design competition is open

A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.

The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.

Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.

Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.

Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.

The full prospectus can be found at [link]. The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - publicart@cabq.gov - or hard copy format:

Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at sbrueggemann@cabq.gov.

Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."