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
There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.
The extensive Mighty Thunder Rider tour also features heavy sets by self-described Krautrock/prog rock group Hedersleben—also Nik Turner's backing band, featuring excellent guitar work by U.K. Subs' Nicky Garratt—and Witch Mountain, “top-tier purveyors of American doom.” Also on the bill for this Launchpad (618 Central SW) show tomorrow night are Albuquerque's finest stoner rock outfit Black Maria, who are recording a new album slated for release in the near future; look forward to fresh material from these giants among men. As for the concert, don't worry if the volume makes your ears bleed: That's the way all these bands roll. Doors are at 8pm, and $12 gets you in. Launchpad • Sat Aug 30 • 9pm • $12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
How do you get rid of the bad thoughts and vibes that have held you captive for the past months? You head to the burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra, of course. Originally thought of in 1926 as part of the Fiestas de Santa Fe, this “part-ghost, part-monster” has grown to be over 50 feet tall and signifies a way to cleanse the emotional constraints that inhabit residents of the Land of Enchantment. Seeing this structure alight in flame and stuffed with papers (each containing notes of the hardships of the past year) is a festive nod toward the future.
One of the City Different's most sacred and celebratory traditions, the event, put on the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, includes food and drink from multiple vendors, ceremonial dancing that tells the story of Old Man Gloom and culminates in a glorious effigy at dusk. Happening tomorrow at Fort Marcy Park (320 Artist Rd.), the gates open at 2pm, with entertainment kicking off at 2:30pm. It's a nice way to settle with a blanket and some good people before the real action happens at 7pm. Price is $10, but children 10 and under get in for free. Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe • Fri Aug 29 • 2:30-10:30pm • $10, FREE for children 10 and under • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Corrosion of Conformity, an influential crossover metal band originating in the early '80s, needs no introduction, but don’t let C.O.C. overshadow its supporting acts. The name Brant Bjork may be unfamiliar, but he’s no lightweight. Perpetrator of the Palm Desert stoner rock scene, Bjork is best known as the drummer for Kyuss, the first “desert rock” band to be signed to a major label and achieve international success. In addition Brant previously played with BL'AST! and its members in various incarnations.
BL'AST! began its hardcore punk journey in the mid '80s. Their second album, It’s In My Blood, was released in ’87. In the mid '90s, two members moved on to form Blackout. BL'AST! reunited briefly in 2001 but never went back into the studio. Dave Grohl and Southern Lord remixed and remastered Blood in 2013, which prompted a new incarnation of the band with the recruitment of Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo.
Prepare for a desert stoner rock family reunion. We’re talking members of Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator, Wasted Youth, Sugartooth, Fu Manchu, L.A.B., Dusted Angel and the list goes on. Get to Sister (407 Central SW) tomorrow night by 8:30pm to see Lord Dying. A newer Portland band, Lord Dying has opened for Red Fang and Down and plans to rule the metal scene with an iron fist. You’ll be able to say you saw them way back when in a cool little bar in Burque. Admission to this 21-plus show will run you $15. Sister • Sat Aug 23 • 8:30pm • $15 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar