Blackout Theatre infused this traditional holiday tale with insight, imagination, an original score and a lovable (and sometimes terrifying) cadre of puppets. It was the cure for common Christmastime cheese.
2) A View From the Bridge, performed by Mother Road Theatre Company at The Filling Station 3) Satan's School for Girls: The Reunion, performed by The Dolls at Aux Dog Theatre
Permanent displays transport visitors through our state’s ancient history alongside a roster of top-notch 3D documentaries, planetarium shows and traveling exhibits. There are also all-ages activities, workshops and outdoor guided tours.
2) Albuquerque Museum of Art and History 3) ¡explora!
Though still new in town, Stranger Factory has cemented its rep as a cutting-edge space to see the hippest lowbrow art exhibits this side of Los Angeles, as well as the funkiest selection of designer vinyl toys Albuquerque has ever seen.
2) The Octopus and the Fox 3) Sumner & Dene Gallery
Perhaps the best thing about The Box is that it’s a space for everyone. Find adorable and well-crafted children’s theater or late-night (and occasionally naughty) improv. Plus, some of the nicest theater owners around—Doug Montoya and Kristin Berg—are sticklers for quality. When you see a show at The Box, it’s all but guaranteed to be good.
2) KiMo Theatre 3) Popejoy Hall
The godfather of Chicano literature, Anaya creates work that’s perennially relevant and imbued with sense of place. Tucson Unified School District can’t handle the truth of his words, but Albuquerque is proud to claim him as our own.
2) Tony Hillerman 3) Tie: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, George R.R. Martin
Bellamy is not just one of our most beloved young wordsmiths—he’s a contemporary Renaissance man, cross-pollinating his lyrical work with pursuits in film, theater, journalism, music, youth education and community activism.
Williams is a Jack of all trades. A staple in the Burque photo scene for more than 20 years, he shoots exquisite glamour shots, has a corner on the commercial market and hosts the popular-and-free weekly Guerrilla Photo Group.
By mentoring low-income and at-risk kids as well as putting on a kick-ass, rock and roll version of the Nutcracker (16 years and counting), this nonprofit repertory has kept Albuquerque audiences on their toes since 1996.
Blackout has really made a name for itself in the five years it’s been in existence. Although the company knows its way around a dramatic script, its members infuse all of their work with the graceful humor found in the best comedic teams.
You should know by now that Lauren is also known as Lynette, the star of a certain New Mexico-themed viral video. You should also know that the sick-ass Burqueña is just one of many in Poole’s collection of sharp, authentic and captivating characters.
Scrappy, hilarious and daring, Blackout was founded as an educational venue and performance laboratory by a cadre of multimedia-savvy young performers. (YouTube views to-date: half a million and counting.)
2) YDI Mi Voz 3) Tie: Creative Albuquerque, Keshet Dance Company
Every Wednesday night, shutterbugs and models from around the Duke City flock to the Orpheum Arts Space. The free six-hour session they show up for is professionally astute, and it’s also a great way to network or just have a good time with like-minded artists.