Celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the historic El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the acclaimed Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.
East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that once housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.
Legendary New Mexican author N. Scott Momaday will make an appearance this Sunday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jemez Mountain Trading Co. in Jemez Springs. Momaday actually spent a good chunk of his childhood on Jemez Pueblo, and the region provides settings for much of his acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning novel House Made of Dawn.
Momaday will deliver a special reading in conjunction with an exhibit of his paintings from his children's book Circle of Wonder, also set in the Jemez area. Take a brief roadtrip to meet and greet one of our greatest living writers. For details, call (505) 829-3956.
Computer-generated art by New Mexican digital artists is currently on display at the Ironic Horse Gallery (416 Iron SE). The Digital Fine Art Society has only been around for a little over a year, but the 72-member group is already making big, surf-worthy waves in the local arts community. Their latest group show presents art on the cutting edge of image-making technology. Show hours are Saturdays Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. If you can't make it then, call 924-2161 to make an appointment.
Ah, the Christmas season. The angelic sounds of carols wafting through the city. The wide-eyed faces of innocent young children, eagerly anticipating the most wonderful day of the year. The merry jangle of sleigh bells. The bright lights shining from a thousand trees. The jolly laugh of a thousand St. Nicks, warming the hearts of a million holiday shoppers.
Conjure up a little extra holiday mirth by attending Música Antigua de Albuquerque's concert of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in celebration of the Christmas season. Now Make We Merthe will feature both vocal and instrumental pieces performed on period instruments like the recorder, shawm, vielle, rebec, portative organ and other antique obscurities.
It should be a very good show. The group will perform in St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (601 Montaño NW) on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 students. For more information, call 842-9613.
The late actor Vincent Price acquired a ledger book in the late '60s dating from the last decades of the 19th century. The book was filled with drawings created by Native American artists. This odd artifact is considered to be the finest of its type in existence. Nineteen drawings from that ledger book are currently on display at the Price-Dewey Gallery in Santa Fe, along with contemporary ledger drawings by Tom and Linda Haukaas. The show runs through Jan. 16. For details, call (505) 982-8632.
"I'm not a one-trick pony," sings Nelly Furtado on the opening track of her new album, and it quickly becomes apparent that that one powerful sentiment is a declaration that Folklore is more than just a well-timed follow-up to her widely lauded debut, Whoa, Nelly! Besides the fact that she's now legally allowed to drink alcohol, Furtado has matured into an artist who's able to display her true colors in a variety of contexts—from hip hop to stirring string arrangements to pure pop. Folklore's earthy grooves, innovative melodies and wide-open lyrics conspire to make it a sure bet.
Saturday, Dec. 20; Outpost Performance Space (all ages, 8 p.m.): Legendary folksinger, songwriter and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels will make her first appearance in Albuquerque in over two years with a concert that ironically celebrates her life on the road and her retirement from it, simultaneously. Mother of 22 solo recordings during a career that has spanned 40 years, Sorrels is promoting her latest release, Rosalie Sorrels and Friends, which features guest performances by Peggy Seeger, David Bromberg and Loudon Wainwright III.
On Thursday, Dec. 18, Stella Blue will host an "End-of-Semester Reggae Party," featuring selections chosen and spun by DJs Hovey D and Kabir from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover is only $2. Those of the female persuasion get through the doors free of charge. Then, on every Thursday night thereafter, Stella Blue will present Stella Blue's Reggae Bash for those of you who can't get enough of ganja-soaked grooves. ... Albuquerque's most famous (and deservingly so, if I do say so my damn self) band, the Shins, have landed on yet another national magazine cover. The Dec. 15 edition of Pollstar magazine, the leading journal of touring bands in the country and the one nearly every club in America you'll ever visit books bands from, is graced with the faces of Jesse, Marty, James and Dave. Inside, there's an accompanying article titled "Making Money with the Shins." I certainly hope they are. Making money, that is. ... Local guitarist/music professor Michael Chapdelaine has finally released a Christmas album featuring renditions of—you guessed it!—Christmas carols and holiday music. Details are few since I can't seem to access his website, but the album sounds lush and wondrous, just like the holidays used to be before my parents got divorced and my brother moved away. You can get your copy at Natural Sound and other area record stores friendly to local releases. City on a Hill, the organization that currently bases itself in the historic (and recently remodeled) Lobo Theater will present the third in their three-concert series on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. with gospel singer Hillary Smith. The concert is free and open to all ages.
East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that formerly housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.
On their 17th album of 90-BPM darkly hued songs, The Church manage to sound exactly as they have for the past 23 years. Forget Yourself was reportedly recorded spontaneously by drummer Tim Powles, which purportedly means that the band recorded live as a four-piece unit instead of in layer upon layer of overdubs. The result is a record that sounds a tad underproduced as Church albums go, but, being that that's all that separates it from about 15 other Church records, I'll take it. The songs here aren't particularly strong, but some of the understated guitar work is quite interesting.
Sosa is perhaps the most prominent Cuban jazz pianist working today. On his 10th album, he's teamed up with Los Angeles-based world music percussionist Adam Rudolph with mixed results. Sosa is known for playing outside the box of Afro-Cuban jazz and as a pianist with fully evolved harmonic sense. So while some of Rudolph's percussion lends itself nicely to Sosa's expressive compositions, some of it simply sounds like a three-year-old in a kitchen full of pots and pans, which distracts from Sosa's mostly tender, engaging keyboard work. At times, Rudolph seems to bang on things simply because he has them.
Notice something different about the food section this week? That's right, we've done away with “Eater's Digest” and replaced it with “Chowtown”. What's the difference between these two? “Eater's Digest” was a collection of paid advertisements that included brief descriptions of restaurants along with their addresses, phone numbers and other important details. “Chowtown”, instead of being written and paid for by the restaurants themselves, is a rotating collection of restaurant descriptions written by us. the result is a more comprehensive, more flexible picture of dining in the Duke City. We hope that “Chowtown” will soon become an indispensable tool for you foodies. If you have comments or suggestions please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody wants to know where to eat out on Christmas. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for exhausted cooks and servers) many restaurants close for the holidays, allowing employees to spend a much needed break with their families. In calling around checking on holiday hours, however, I found that many of my favorite restaurants will be serving on Christmas Eve. Here's a quick rundown of your options.
Can't decide what to do for New Year's? If you don't want to stay home, don't want to go to a bar and really don't want to have to drive anywhere then you might be a prime candidate for one of these dinner/entertainment/room packages.
The Albuquerque Hilton and Hot 95.1 join forces this year for a special “ABQ 1st Friday Old School New Year's Eve Bash”. Tickets for the party can be purchased alone or as part of a special package that includes a discounted stay at the hotel. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. with a free all-you-can eat buffet featuring a tempting array of fresh fruit, seafood and decadent pastries. Contests, give-aways and booze will ensue, with DJs spinning enough old school and R&B favorites to keep your booty shaking all night long.
The Hyatt Regency Downtown is a sure bet for a stylish but low-key New Year's celebration. Sip your bubbly at the bar while enjoying the smooth sounds of a live jazz trio. Afterwards, take advantage of the hotel's New Year's package, which includes double occupancy guest accommodations, complimentary parking (a must for any Downtown partygoers), party favors in your room and a breakfast buffet for two. The cost is $169 plus tax and tip.
With two New Year's Eve packages to choose from, the Tamaya is the perfect place to start off the New Year with a bang. The Celebration package starts at $349 per couple and includes one night's accommodations for two people, two tickets with reserved seating to the ballroom gala party, live entertainment featured throughout the resort, elaborate New Year's Eve Buffet, decadent dessert and coffee station, midnight countdown, champagne toast, spectacular balloon drop, party favors and resort fee. The Midnight to Remember package starts at $449 per couple and includes all of the above Celebration package items plus a choice between dinner for two at the Corn Maiden or preferred seating at the ballroom gala party. Entertainment includes the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Dinner options range from Ancho Chile Seared Pork Loin with Cranberry-Cider Demi Glaze to Pinon Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Mushroom-Truffle Sauce. Got the kids with ya? For $60, kids aged 3-12 can join Camp Tamaya's celebration including children's buffet, games, movies and a special sparkling cider toast.
If you're looking to pull out all the stops this year, check out the two ridiculously luxe packages offered by El Monte Sagrado resort in Taos. The first will set you back $2,935 and includes a five night stay in a suite, admission to the New Year's Eve masquerade ball, New Year's Day recovery breakfast and a choice of three spa treatments per person.
Then again you could celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.
Since the recent closing of Club Rhythm and Blues, one of Albuquerque's most cherished spoken-word traditions, "Poetry and Beer," has been homeless. But, thanks to the folks at Puccini's Golden West Saloon, all you iambic pentameter junkies can rest easy. The monthly events born at the Dingo Bar nearly a decade ago will now take place at the Golden West. The new season kicked off on Dec. 6 and will return in January under the direction of Danny Solis, Don McIver and Angela Williams. For more information on "Poetry and Beer" or how to get involved with Albuquerque's poetry scene, visit www.abqpoetryslam.com. ... Unfortunately, I didn't have space last week to announce the first in a three-part holiday concert series, but fortunately two parts remain. Organized by Randall Cawlfield, the series entitled "Christmas in the City" features performances by local musicians and groups. Part two of the series, "Bluegrass Night," will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lobo Theater at 8 p.m., and will feature performances by Raising Cain, Hobos in Limbo and The Cawlfield Family. Admission is free. ... Don't forget the Second Annual Winter Ball on Monday, Dec. 15 at OPM. Formal attire is encouraged, and the cost of admission is the toy you bring for donation to YDI. The Eyeliners, Black Maria, Dirty Novels and Obenjyosan will provide live music, Tucanos will provide food for the first 100 people through the door. ... This year's Launchpad Employee F*#kjam will take place Tuesday, Dec. 23. On the bill thus far are SssnakessslackssS (reunion show), DJ BJ, Beef Ramp, Goofoffhuffers, These Arms Are Snacks, Bukaki Goggles, Gregg Pain, Metalhead and Sign Renovation. If you've never attended this spirited holiday event, I encourage you to do so this year. If you've attended in the past, I encourage you to do so this year. You will not be disappointed. Maybe.