It's been one hell of a year, so you can bet your ass that 10 of the best female performance poets in Albuquerque will have plenty to say at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Preliminary Championship at Outpost Performance Space on Saturday, Dec. 3. Local poets will compete to claim the title of Best Woman Slammer in Albuquerque to move on to compete at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, Texas. It was almost two years ago that Albuquerque hosted the Poetry Slam, Inc. competition and that's no accident; we know Albuquerque is home to many incredible creators, so be sure to catch these talented wordsmiths for $15for general admission and $10 for Outpost members and students beginning at 7:30pm. (Megan Reneau)
With showcases titled Trash Fashion and the like, how could you possibly go wrong? The 18th year of The City Different’s Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will be a celebration of the finest, filthiest trash fashion, but more a veneration of sustainability, imagination and the magic of creating something from nothing. General admission ranges from free to $20. The fashion show on Friday, Dec. 2, starting at 5pm, is $20, but entry will be free Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. General hours are 9am-5pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. (Maggie Grimason)
Once upon a time—20 years ago to be exact—the city of Burque lit up the BioParkBotanic Gardens with a festival of lights calling it the River of Lights, making it New Mexico’s largest light show. It’s not the holiday season in New Mexico until you find yourself surrounded by light sculptures of all shapes and sizes with a hot cider between your cold hands. Bring the family, take your sweetie or even take your friends on a date. Adult tickets are only $12 and tickets for kids are $6. Aside from being closed on Dec. 24-25, the event lasts until Dec. 30, so go more than once from 6-9:30pm to really soak up the holiday spirit.
‘Tis the season for sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, jolly feelings and Santa Claus (and his elves) to grace us with their presence on decorative floats in Albuquerque’s favorite holiday parade this Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade makes its way throughout the historic Nob Hill area from Washington to Girard on Central. It’s a free event; so bring the whole family, find a spot to watch the parade and enjoy everything from Santa Claus and his friends to lowriders starting at 5:15pm. It wouldn’t be the Twinkle Light Parade without all the right accessories, so don’t forget your winter jackets, blankets, mittens and hot chocolate. (Desiree Garcia)
I don't know how he got the technology, but old Saint Nick has definitely been peeking into my dreams. How else would he know how much I've been wanting to see a large group of people dressed as Santa Claus and running 5k to benefit Special Olympics New Mexico? (The only thing he left out was the flying wolverines. I'll be a better boy next year!) My secret midnight longings are becoming a reality this weekend at the Santa Shuffle (and Elf Scoot), starting on the dot at 9am on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Balloon Fiesta Park. To register for the run, visit Heart & Sole Sports (2817 San Mateo NE) on Friday, Dec. 2, between noon and 4pm to receive your full Santa outfit or go to active.com. Entry is $35 for Santas and $10 for elves (ages 10 and under). (Joshua Lee)