Roving Burque art generator Black Market Goods is resurfacing for its annual Xmas show and toy drive. Fifteen artists—Josh Jones, Corey Yazzie, Peanut and more—will show off their work alongside fashion from Trystan's Trinkets and Tutus, Zuri Bennett and Thin King Press. Get a bellyful of hot green chile stew, take in some music spun by DJ Wae Funky, and get your body painted at the Winter Daze event. If you bring an unwrapped toy, you can enter a raffle to win free art. For more, go to bit.ly/BMGoods. (Marisa Demarco)
An acequia, while beautifully named, is not an intrinsically lovely thing (the term literally means "irrigation ditch"). These often community-operated waterways are traditional to Spain and wind through the cities and towns of former Spanish colonies, including New Mexico. Acequias also serve an important cultural and practical function in Albuquerque as they transport one of our most precious resources and remind us of an agrarian past. For the seventh year in a row, the Vecinos del Bosque Neighborhood Association and other partners will light up the South Valley Acequia, inviting visitors to join them on a holiday stroll featuring nearly 1,000 luminarias. Take in the sights and enjoy refreshments and carolers, including children from the neighborhood singing holiday classics early in the evening. The decorated route runs behind Holy Family Church, and parking is available at Holy Family or in the rear lot of Valle Vista Elementary.
In the words of Dean Martin, “Baby, it's cold outside.” So lend a helping hand to the homeless folks in Burque by contributing to Astro-Zombies' 8th Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive. Now through Saturday, Dec. 24, drop off new, adult-sized cold weather sleeping bags at the comic store to help local homeless people weather the winter cold. The bags will be distributed throughout the community on Christmas Eve. And for each bag you donate, you'll also be entered in a raffle to win awesome prizes from the likes of Masks Y Mas, Rude Boy Cookies, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio and more. After all, when told, “Baby, you'd freeze out there,” even Dean's lady asked him to lend her a coat. (Renée Chavez)