Hipsters and folksters, both young and old, are invited to gather at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow night for an all-ages Conor Oberst concert. Promoting his fifth solo album Upside Down Mountain on this coast-to-coast tour, fans can expect to hear more poignant musical poetry than ever before. Oberst will sing new songs like sleepy, indie-pop tune “Time Forgot,” bittersweet trip-down-memory-lane “You Are Your Mother’s Child” and even a few relative oldies like rowdy, foot-stomping number "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)." Originally of Bright Eyes, Oberst brings a quavery, campfire vocal quality and simple, comforting and impassioned guitar playing. His poetic lyrics—that make fans remember childhood and lost loves—are where Oberst shines the most, and he has won recognition as an expressive and subtle lyricist. Don’t bring your mosh gear; instead, bring a lighter (or a lighter-imitating smartphone app) to wave in the air and a few buddies to sway with. Tickets are $25, and opening acts Jonathan Wilson and Refried Ice Cream take the stage starting at 8pm. Sunshine Theater • Tue Sep 23 • 8pm • $25 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Seeking some adult-friendly danger this weekend? How about a carnival’s worth? Emerge ABQ’s Danger Carnival is back for a second year! Step right up this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 11pm at Skarsgard Farms (3435 Stanford NE) for a night of art, food and entertainment. Equal parts harvest festival, freak show and vaudeville spectacle, the Second Annual Danger Carnival features fabulous fun for ages 21-plus. Jam along to The Tall Boys, DJ Dave 12, Zack Freeman and DJ James Black. Dandykor offers a spanking booth for the especially naughty, and Olive Bee Photography invites you to celebrate the skin you’re in with a Body Positive Photo Temple. Still feeling adventurous? Check out body parts printing by Zona, then marvel as the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Soo Bak Food Truck brings a taste of “Korean Seoul Food,” while ABQ Mystique’s menu features Frito Pie and beer brat sandwiches. Wet your whistle with Skarsgard Farm’s hard cider and Casa Rondeña wines. For $5, you get five carnival tickets; additional tickets are $1. For more info, and to RSVP for Danger Carnival, visit on.fb.me/1obBV1M. Skarsgard Farms • Sat Sep 20 • 6-11pm • $5 suggested donation • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Having recently discovered firsthand how important a part Special Olympics plays in the lives of many intellectually disabled New Mexicans, I take great pleasure in drawing Alibi readers' attention to one of Special Olympics New Mexico's more interesting events. The culmination of months of fundraising by individuals and businesses, tomorrow is the day both Special Olympics athletes and coaches, partners and financial supporters are rewarded for their hard work—by climbing over the edge of the New Mexico Bank and Trust building (320 Gold SW) in Downtown Albuquerque and rappelling 16 stories down the west side.
While admitting that it is an exhilarating experience, one of last year's participants stresses that it is just plain unnatural-feeling (and frightening) to climb over the side of a 16-story building. I can tell you it is pretty entertaining to watch and an unusual sight in Downtown Albuquerque, almost as if Philippe Petit has come to town. The donations raised go toward a host of things including sports equipment, medals, health screenings and travel expenses. Participants start going over the edge of the building at 9am and can be watched best from anywhere along Fourth Street between Gold and Silver. Event is free. New Mexico Bank and Trust • Fri Sep 19 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Slow down, or you could miss the Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors NW) as you attempt to keep up with the traffic on Coors that seems to have pierced the ever-loving sound barrier. Then you see it: 144 jetty jack angle irons sticking out of the ground; Robert Wilson’s homage to the flight path of birds guides you in. Don’t miss the 7th annual Urban Farm and Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 14. It’s a great opportunity to explore nature and partake in the bountiful harvest of fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables delivered by local farmers.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Preserving the Harvest,” events start at 10am with workshops in fruit tree selection, basic beekeeping and a wild plant walk. Stroll the stands of various local farmers and artisans. Partake in live music and food demos throughout the day, as well as kid workshops, juggling, magic shows and other events like a 3-legged race and a hay-bale ride for family fun. Have lunch at Soo Bak Korean BBQ Food Truck, and satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream from Pop Fizz. Event is free. Open Space Visitor Center • Sun Sep 14 • 10am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Maker Faire has become a moveable, mechanical mecca for the nerdy sect. This worldwide movement celebrates DIY culture and the art of invention for garage tinkerers, roboticists and scrap metal fabricators alike. Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, now in its third year, brings together some of the Duke City’s most industrious people. Travel from tent to tent, pick up new skills, build a rocket stove from household items, and explore the basics of electronics programming.
There's plenty of contraption building and hacking to be had, but it’s not only about the mechanized world. Live music and performance is part of the day's events, along with tutorials featuring earlier technologies like sewing, knitting and paper arts. ¡Explora! and the Harwood Arts Center will be there, so expect a high family-friendly index. If you go, take cash for workshop materials, maker kits, craft vendors and food truck fare. Take bottled water and sunscreen. If you make it to Maker Faire at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum (9201 Balloon Museum NE), the fun begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10am to 6pm. Tinkering continues Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11am to 5pm. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids. For more info, visit albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com. Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum • Sat Sep 13 • 10am-6pm • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar
Speaking musically, the trombone has many functions. It works great in an orchestral setting by creating a sense of emotion. In small ensembles it can define the tone of a work. As a solo instrument in chamber music and jazz, its formidability has been proven over the years. This year’s UNM Music Department Faculty Concert Series features trombone professor Chris Buckholz tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Keller Hall (203 Cornell SE) in the Fine Arts Center. A small, comfortable and acoustically perfect concert hall across the way from Popejoy, Keller offers performances by notable practitioners of the musical arts.
On Friday Buckholz will perform both art music and jazz there. He’ll be joined by cohorts University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin, John Marchiando and Paul Gonzales on trumpet, Glenn Kostur handling saxophone, pianist Stuart MacAskie, Michael Olivola on bass, Arnaldo Acosta on drums and percussionist Scott Ney. The program includes recitals of works by Arthur Frackenpohl, Marco Bordogni, Joseph Jongen, Paul Hindemith, Clay Smith and the featured trombonist himself. Tickets range from $5 to $12. Keller Hall, UNM • Fri Sep 12 • 7:30pm • $5-$12 • View on Alibi calendar
Before Coronado’s colonization, one of the names for this place was Tiguex. Nowadays the name has both mystic and civic connotations; it recalls the world as it was before European intervention, and it’s the name of a park near the historic center of Albuquerque. And it’s the perfect place to ponder the mystery and magic of human and animal life on earth, past and present. On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4:30pm, Tiguex Park (1800 Mountain NW) will be the site of Animales Animados: Gods, Goddesses and Mythical Creatures, a collaborative effort combining the talents of Burque’s musical avant-garde and a lofty incarnation of our burg’s awesome aerialists, represented by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and AirDance ArtSpace.
Musical discourses by Monica Demarco, Mauro Woody, Gena Lawson and others will be accompanied and interpreted by air dancers including Christina Cavaleri, Joanna Furgal, Guadalupe Chavez, Tasha Books and Kristen Galbreath. The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds generated through this musical flight through the before time go toward supporting homegrown women's experimental music festival Gatas y Vatas. Tiguex Park • Sun Sep 7 • 4:30pm • $10 suggested donation • View on Alibi calendar
In 1962 Ken Kesey wasn’t yet known as a Merry Prankster when his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’sNest, groundbreaking for its critical portrayal of a mental institution, launched him from a ’60s acid muncher to the higher pantheon of American letters. For the 85th anniversary of Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW), William R. Stafford directs the stage adaptation of the book. Join the crazies and follow the intrigues of Randle P. McMurphy—famously played by Jack Nicholson in the movie version—as he pleads insanity to elude criminal charges and spends a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
We soon wonder which is worse—jail or the psych ward? Things get heated as he butts heads with the dominatrix-like Nurse Ratched, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. The action mounts when McMurphy leads the patients into open revolt and all hell breaks loose. It’s a bold look at what defines “insanity” in an uptight society. Who’s crazier, the doctor or the patient? Runs through Sept. 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm; with a special performance on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30pm. Tickets $12-$22. See albuquerquelittletheatre.org or call 242-4750 for more info. Albuquerque Little Theatre • Fri Sep 5 • 7:30pm • $12-$22 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
There's a thing about car shows: A lot of the time, people think you have to be obsessed with trannys and motors to be included in the fun. But sometimes a car show comes around that has so much more than vehicular jargon that it's almost a waste to look at the cars ... but you do anyways. So if you like cars, or tolerate them, head over to the KongFusion Car Show & Tattoo Expo at Santa Ana Star Center (3001 Civic Center NE) in Rio Rancho for this three-day extravaganza featuring a bikini contest, a burnout contest, games such as Car Limbo and Car Glow, and cash prizes. That's just the tip of the motor, so to speak.
There will also be live music, and by that, we mean rap stars Chamillionaire and Paul Wall, and industrial rock group Powerman 5000. If that's not enough to rev your engine, I don't know what is. The event starts tomorrow at 6pm and continues on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at 11am. Tickets go for $5 (kids), $15 (adults) and three-day passes for $30. Showcasing the “finest and loudest rides in New Mexico,” this should be a memorable outing. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Fri Sep 5 • 6-10pm • $5-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Tell the world what you know about the ins and outs of the old in-and-out. Smut Trivia, your chance to put your money where your mouth has been, starts at 8pm tomorrow. Just bring $10 and up to four smut-savvy pals to The Tannex (1415 Fourth Street SW), and show everyone what a player you are. Although emcees Hunter Riley and Liza Bley are both sex educators, this isn’t going to be dry or clinical. Smut Trivia promises to “go slow, use lots of lube” and maybe hook you up with two tickets to the Guild’s indie porn fest Pornotopia 2014, or goodies from Self Serve, Goddess Bod and other local purveyors of fine sexy-time products. This is a fundraiser to help keep The Tannex bumping and grinding along. As the center of the local zine scene, that’s a big deal. The zine-curious can peep through the curtains at our local zine library and make some moves on the 2014 ABQ Zine Fest coming up in October. Tannex • Sat Aug 30 • 8-10pm • $10 per team • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar