How do you get rid of the bad thoughts and vibes that have held you captive for the past months? You head to the burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra, of course. Originally thought of in 1926 as part of the Fiestas de Santa Fe, this “part-ghost, part-monster” has grown to be over 50 feet tall and signifies a way to cleanse the emotional constraints that inhabit residents of the Land of Enchantment. Seeing this structure alight in flame and stuffed with papers (each containing notes of the hardships of the past year) is a festive nod toward the future.
One of the City Different's most sacred and celebratory traditions, the event, put on the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, includes food and drink from multiple vendors, ceremonial dancing that tells the story of Old Man Gloom and culminates in a glorious effigy at dusk. Happening tomorrow at Fort Marcy Park (320 Artist Rd.), the gates open at 2pm, with entertainment kicking off at 2:30pm. It's a nice way to settle with a blanket and some good people before the real action happens at 7pm. Price is $10, but children 10 and under get in for free. Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe • Fri Aug 29 • 2:30-10:30pm • $10, FREE for children 10 and under • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Corrosion of Conformity, an influential crossover metal band originating in the early '80s, needs no introduction, but don’t let C.O.C. overshadow its supporting acts. The name Brant Bjork may be unfamiliar, but he’s no lightweight. Perpetrator of the Palm Desert stoner rock scene, Bjork is best known as the drummer for Kyuss, the first “desert rock” band to be signed to a major label and achieve international success. In addition Brant previously played with BL'AST! and its members in various incarnations.
BL'AST! began its hardcore punk journey in the mid '80s. Their second album, It’s In My Blood, was released in ’87. In the mid '90s, two members moved on to form Blackout. BL'AST! reunited briefly in 2001 but never went back into the studio. Dave Grohl and Southern Lord remixed and remastered Blood in 2013, which prompted a new incarnation of the band with the recruitment of Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo.
Prepare for a desert stoner rock family reunion. We’re talking members of Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator, Wasted Youth, Sugartooth, Fu Manchu, L.A.B., Dusted Angel and the list goes on. Get to Sister (407 Central SW) tomorrow night by 8:30pm to see Lord Dying. A newer Portland band, Lord Dying has opened for Red Fang and Down and plans to rule the metal scene with an iron fist. You’ll be able to say you saw them way back when in a cool little bar in Burque. Admission to this 21-plus show will run you $15. Sister • Sat Aug 23 • 8:30pm • $15 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
What's one way to celebrate the red and green veggie that makes us proud to call ourselves Burqueños? That would be the Chile Festival, of course. This two-day spectacular has a variety of events and treats that would make any member of the Duke City not only proud, but a little giddy. If there's not live music (which there is), there's a plethora of yummy treats that would make even the snottiest of foodies go red in the cheek. From a bake sale featuring donated sweets to books and movies for sale to roasted chile to arts & crafts, it's basically a hodgepodge of activities that spell “good” in every stride.
Oh, and did we mention music? Performing acts include the Route 66 Revelers, Ambush Brass, the Young at Heart Quartet and more. Oh, and proceeds from the event go to benefit Habitat For Humanity. So the good eats and fun-filled action are for a good cause. Festivities run for two days: tomorrow from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, Aug. 24, from 11am to 4pm. This free event happens at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church (1801 Montaño NW). Wait … chile? Go get you some. Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church • Sat Aug 23 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Escape your daily grind with some good old-fashioned bump’n’grind this weekend at the ABurlyQ! Burlesque & Sideshow Spectacular. The name doesn’t lie—packing the show’s roster is a who’s who of burlesque superstardom, from headliner Kitten de Ville (“Queen of the Quake”), who got her start back in the ’90s burlesque revival in LA as part of The Velvet Hammer, to Mistress of Ceremonies Foxy Tann (“The Boss of Burlesque”).
The shimmying, winking and teasing acts kick off Friday, Aug. 22, at 8pm with performers like the devilishly theatrical ChaCha Burnadette, the Miss-America-spurning DD Honeybee and even boylesque trio The Brotherhood of Burlesque, plus oodles more all writhing, flexing and almost-revealing-all on stage at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE). Cost is $15 to $20; sashay your way to aburlyq.com for more info and tickets. With another show Saturday night at AAPAC and a pre-lesque 1940s/’50s-themed party in the Barcelona Suites Atrium (900 Louisiana NE) at 8pm on Thursday, Aug. 21, for $5, there’s plenty to dazzle the eye and titillate the senses of any discerning voyeur. African American Performing Arts Center, Expo NM • Fri Aug 22 • 8pm • $15-$20 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Romantically sweeping and deeply funky, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite defined the neo-soul movement in the late '90s. Maxwell himself will give one helluva concert on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7:30pm at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater (14500 Central SW), performing work from his back catalog as well as recent stuff. After engaging a two-decade-long career arc that careened from classic to confounding, Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night to commercial and critical acclaim in 2009, once again establishing himself as the prime mover in an otherwise unpredictably bifurcating subgenre.
His rich, sometimes ornate take on rhythm and blues has earned Gerald Maxwell Rivera, noted for his physically intense performance style as well as grooved-out melodicism, two Grammy Awards, a dozen Grammy nominations and all kinds of metal-coated records too. Though his latest compositions reflect the maturity that comes from surviving the record industry and the '90s, the work is still highly diggable with sensuous overtones and a crisp, starry finish. All of that groove, past and present, can be yours for the evening. Tickets range in price from 55 to 125 clams. If you go, it will be totally fortunate, dig? Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Sun Aug 17 • 7:30pm • $55-$125 • View on Alibi calendar
It's here, folks. The event that your FFA courses prepared you for. A chance to show off your crops, tractors and gardening wares, or to sample someone else's. It's the Harvest Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park (87 North Frontage Rd.) in Edgewood, N.M. And while it may seem like a trek, 30 miles is a mere cruise when you take into consideration all that will be on hand. Celebrating the “area's culture, traditions and agricultural heritage,” there will be a tractor parade, visits to the Pinto Bean Museum, fresh produce, wine sampling, live music, delicious food, tractor games and old-fashioned hayrides. And that's just the tip of the pie, so to speak.
A down-home, family friendly event like this isn't one to be missed. And you have two days to get your acts together, get the kiddos in the car and get truckin'. The festival starts tomorrow at 9am with a tractor parade and continues till about 6pm. Then it picks up again on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 6pm. All the weekend's activities, minus the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, are included with regular admission ($7 regular, $6 seniors, $4 students). And, as always, children under 5 are free. Wildlife West, Edgewood • Sat Aug 16 • 9am-6pm • $4-$7 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
It was the '90s, and comedian Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca was at the height of his career. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a youth, he uses a wheelchair—hence the nickname “Crazy Legs,” which is often the starting point of his comedy. With his dry humor and well-crafted one-liners, Fonseca “was on every sitcom in that decade,” he says, but “I started to drink, and things changed.” Fonseca, now two years sober, is prime for a comeback.
Positioning himself in this new world of comedy based on social media has been an interesting transition for the comic, but he says, “Comedy hasn’t changed. Where we get comedy has changed, but comedy is still comedy. I make people laugh, and that’s always wanted.” Now touring much more frequently, Fonseca brings his wit to The Stage Aug. 14 at Santa Ana Star Casino (54 Jemez Dam, Bernalillo). The 21+ show gets underway at 7:30pm. Cost is $10. Opening for Fonseca are John Mark Gard and Albuquerque’s own Keith Breckenridge. The Stage @ Santa Ana Star, Bernalillo • Thu Aug 14 • 7:30pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Under the Stars concert series presents a soulfully intensive excursion to the land of complex chordal constructions and precise percussive profundity tomorrow night at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater (2000 Mountain NW). Pat Malone Quartet, out of Santa Fe, and local jazzsters Arnaldo Acosta Quintet play combinations of traditional and contemporary jazz guaranteed to complement the August evening weather in these parts.
Malone's career has demonstrated his proficiency and popularity among varied audiences and other musicians with work as a session player, producer and touring master of mellow. Malone will be joined on stage by Kanoa Kaluhiwa (sax), Colin Deuble (bass) and Diego Arencon (drums). Fat City drummer/local percussion legend Arnaldo Acosta opens the evening with his soul jazz project, an outfit consisting of Stu MacAskie (keys), Colin Deuble (bass) and Phil Arnold (trombone and harmonica).
Together, these two dynamic ensembles provide listeners with the opportunity to hear jazz by starlight, influenced by late summer in Burque. Tickets for this all-ages concert are $14-$16. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the music begins at 7pm. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Sat Aug 9 • 7pm • $14-$16 • View on Alibi calendar
There’s just something thrilling about old stuff. (If you happen to be a late-night “American Pickers” addict or an estate sale fanatic, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) That’s the allure behind the 16th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show & Auction. Old metal signs emblazoned with quaintly named, now-defunct corporations; dusty books with their blocky serif fonts and gluey aromas; creaky trunks sporting leather handles and brass rivets—the objects of the past offer a window to history and a springboard to good conversation. Plus they look cool in your living room.
This year’s vintage bazaar officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9am to 5pm, at the Expo New Mexico Manuel Lujan Jr. Complex (300 San Pedro NE) and features over 200 dealers. The fun continues Sunday, Aug. 10, 10am to 4pm. Cost is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. The show benefits all kinds of nonprofits, including the Albuquerque Museum, VSA Arts of New Mexico and UNM Hospitals; see greatsouthwesternantiqueshow.com to learn more about the $75 sneak preview and gala on Friday and Saturday, benefiting KNME PBS, and the auctions on Aug. 7 and 11. And get ready to stock up on goodies you can’t find anywhere else. Expo New Mexico • Sat Aug 9 • 9am-5pm • $10-$15 • View on Alibi calendar
More often than not, when you say dinner, I'm there. But dinner and a show? That sounds, perhaps, a tad more enticing than a normal evening over some shrimp and grits. Not that that's on the menu at the third annual “Evening with the Luna-Otero family.” Though guests will get to feast on a “gourmet meal,” the real luck of the draw are the costumed actors making their way through the festivities, sharing pieces of New Mexico history from the scope of the Luna and Otero families.
Guests can travel back to the 1700s and 1800s and bear witness to the “adventure, romance, political intrigue, murder and even a ghost” of New Mexico's treasured past. For the mere speck of a price ($45), attendees get a one-of-a-kind evening à la Medieval Times. But I'm sure the jousting will be in short supply. Different periods, people. The scrumptious, historical extravaganza happens at the Luna Mansion in Los Lunas (110 Main SW) tomorrow night at 6:30pm. Call 865-7333 to schedule a reservation. Luna Mansion, Los Lunas • Thu Aug 7 • 6:30-8pm • $45 for dinner and show • View on Alibi calendar