Event Horizon

This week in flying like they used to, alternate universes, flags, the Laotian new year and more

[ Wed Apr 5 2017 12:06 PM ]



Sure, you've been on a Boeing 747 and maybe even an Airbus A380. But have you ever been on a Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B? I doubt it, seeing as they were the height of civilian passenger aircraft circa 1928. If you'd like to check out this luxurious relic, drive out to Double Eagle II Airport between April 6-9 from 8am-5pm. You can check out the “Tin Goose” for free or cough up $50 (kids) to $75 (adults) to actually take a ride. There will also be presentations and book-signing by Robert F. Kirk, author of Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then and Now. That will have you flyin' high. (Renée Chavez)

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In downtown Albuquerque this Friday, April 7, OffCenter Community Arts Project is hosting yet another truly inspirational gallery opening. This time around, a project called Fatigues to Flags: Transformational Papermaking by Six Female Veterans takes center stage. Really, the name says it all—here female veterans have used discarded fatigues to create prayer flags and papers. The opening, which will be held from 6-8pm promises to be an example of edification through art. (Maggie Grimason)

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The brain child of local surrealist and abstract artist Ayrton Chapman—Story Time With Grumbles and Friends Production presents the interactive and immersive art installation Coddiwomple at Graft from 6-10pm set in an alternate universe. This Friday, April 7, Saturday, April 15 and Friday, April 21, head over to this free, all-ages event (although, we recommend bringing soda tabs because that's the currency over in Coddiwomple land), to hang out with cave dwellers, watch the squabblers organize their business, grab a suit and pump up some oil paintings themselves or just play for awhile in some handmade costumes. (Megan Reneau)

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Eva Perón was a badass and First Lady of Argentina from 1946-1952 who championed labor rights, women's suffrage and the working class. And then Madonna played her in the movie version. Eva, affectionately known as Evita, is still adored by the people of Argentina. Growing up in the poor working class provided Perón with first-hand experience of the hardships the lower class faced. She was able to take her personal history and use it to help campaign for them later in her career. See the rest of her story at Musical Theatre Southwest's production of Evita running April 7-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20-$22. (Taylor Grabowsky)

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Songkran—the Thai and Laotian New Year—is known as “the water splashing festival” because of the tradition of bathing idols of the Buddha as a purification ritual. Young celebrants also wash the hands of their elders as a sign of reverence and participate in water fights after a morning spent offering food and time to monks. You can celebrate Songkran this year by visiting Wat Buddhasothorn (the Buddhist Center of New Mexico) this Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, starting at 10am. The festival is open to all ages and free to attend. (Joshua Lee)

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UNM Fiestas are a series of outdoor live concerts on the main campus of the state's flagship university. A harbinger of the semester's end as well as a hint that summer is right around the corner, the annual event—it's been going for more than 50 years now—is a fun frolic for all ages. This free event, which happens at Johnson Field on Saturday, April 8, near the corner of Central and Girard, has a long history of featuring kick-ass entertainment. Bands such as Joe “King” Carrasco and the Crowns as well as Calexico cut their teeth at Fiestas. This year is no exception: Gramatik and Skizzy Mars are the headliners; Burque SOL, a local outfit that took top honors in this year's Best of Burque Music reader's poll are also featured. With heaps of food trucks, crafts and merch booths and premium people watching, UNM Fiestas is the place to be as the sunshine and good times flow out from the local college and into our town, all springtime style, yo. (August March)

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If you didn't get the hint from our gardening issue—now is the time to grow! But how, you ask? How could one possibly grow delicious, nutritious vegetables in the desert? Well, you dumb-dumb, you can do it like people have been doing it for centuries. Learn how to make waffle (no, not the breakfast food: It's a pattern of indented squares to hold water), mound and more traditional gardening techniques at Seasons of Growth Gardening Class this Sunday, April 9, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center from 9-11am. We suggest donating $5 to go to the program and the invaluable cultural center. (Rini Grammer)

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