When I was a kid, a music teacher came to our school every other week. She had long hair, wore crocheted maxi skirts and played the autoharp. I was in love. She led us in songs like “The Happy Wanderer.” Like all kids, we showed the most vigor during the chorus: “Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!” Pure joy. That sense of unbridled pleasure at being outdoors is what writer David Ryan will get at in his talk, “The Gentle Art of Wandering,” tomorrow evening at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area (7100 Tramway NE).
The idea is to ditch any agenda, expect to find something interesting wherever you walk and to pay attention so that you find it. You don’t even have to leave the city—urban wandering offers plenty of delights. It’s really about encouraging your senses to come to life and being mindful as you wander, which isn’t a bad way to approach pretty much all of life (don’t forget to carry water wherever you wander). Ryan will share tips and observations, which also appear on his blog: gentleartofwandering.com (his book of the same title is available there). As part of the City’s Saturday Sunset Series, the talk happens tomorrow at 7pm, and is free and open to all. Elena Gallegos Picnic Area • Sat Jun 14 • 7-9pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
A band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Route 66 Casino tomorrow night. Their repertoire includes a heap of tunes by seminal Americana band Creedence Clearwater Revival, but don’t get the two confused. There will be nary a mention of anyone named Fogerty at this upcoming concert, though I'm sure the latter folks are partially responsible for writing the tuneage being explored on this and subsequent tours. Don’t get confused; it’s a familiar story in rocanrol: Founding members leave a once-mighty band. Sometimes, those remaining still wanna rock out for silver and other treasure. They want to use a name that listeners will be familiar with, buy tickets for and, when called upon, remember favorite songs by …
But courtroom hijinks usually ensue. In this case, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, the rhythm section of Southern rock giant CCR, eventually won the right to use part of the name of a band fronted by John Fogerty and his brother Tom. The whole CCR debacle has been one of the most acrimonious adventures in the history of electrified guitar music, but the current lineup continues to rely on John’s output and Tom’s memory for the meaty parts of its performances. In other words, they’re a great cover band. Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) tomorrow starting at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages gig range from $25 and $40. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Jun 13 • 8pm • $25-$40 • View on Alibi calendar
Head on over to Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) tomorrow night at 9pm for a wide-ranging gig showcasing a number of touring bands from Cali along with local stalwarts. Headliner Modern Pantheist, a psychedelic outfit, hails from LA. The trio features singer/songwriter Chris Anderson, drummer Dave Ferrara and multi-instrumentalist Chris Sandler. Their sound has been described as mind-bending and trippy, but you should also expect some pop sensibility and sentimental narrative thrown into the mix.
On the other hand, Cuddle Formation is a bit more esoteric with a spacious sound that has its basis in electronic vocals and choral experimentation. Contrariwise, Emily Reo composes and performs music that takes a more traditional approach to instrumentation and vocalization, although her recent Auto-Tuned version of Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” is notable for its syncopated percussion track and ennui-generating, plaintive vocal style. With local dream-makers Ballets and Holy Glories starting things off, this show promises to make the generally dreamy summer nights in these parts specifically space-oriented. There is no cover for this concert, except the vault of stars above. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Wed Jun 11 • 9pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
I have somewhat of a history with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But back in my day, it was called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and them's was the good ol' days. Because back then, you had wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and, one of my personal favorites, Hulk Hogan. Even The Rock was good, until he decided to leave his throng of fans (who probably still miss the people's eyebrow) to pursue acting. Granted, I haven't watched a wrestling match since I was 12, but the allure of seeing these heroes duke it out in the ring while body slamming their sworn enemies was always something to look forward to on “Monday Night Raw.” And now, more people can have that experience at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho (3001 Civic Center Cir. NE).
Though I'm not familiar with a number of wrestlers on the evening's roster, people can bask in body slams, pile drivers and power bombs (assuming those moves are still in fashion) by the likes of Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Goldust (who still kind of scares me) and more. The matches happen on Sunday, June 8, at 5pm. Tickets range from $19.75 to $99.75. So don't forget to sport your wrestling shirt and make a sign that bashes your favorite wrestler's enemy. That's just part of the fun. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Sun Jun 8 • 5-9pm • $19.75-$99.75 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Your high school prom probably didn't include Black Widow Cabal
Maybe you thought (having escaped high school relatively intact) that polyester jewel-tone dresses and wrist corsages were a thing of the past. Not so! Prom is back—but this time it’s just for the grownups. Naughty Prom requires no date, no stretch limousine and no flask stuffed into your underwear, because the night of dancing, group photos and games happens at ArtBar (119 Gold SW), where the liquor flows in the open and the “cool kids” are everyone who showed up ready for a good time. Thanks to the evening’s “sensuality” theme, any make-out sessions that might crop up during the steamy entertainment will be free of disapproving chaperones. Onstage, Honey Pistol and Siren Rain of fledgling troupe Broken Diamond Burlesque stretch their sexy wings, and Zmeya Dali and Saskia Sharp of the dark and deadly Black Widow Cabal are likely to do something shameless. Vibe on the sounds of Bandwidth No Name, Element37, Rusta Rhymes and more, plus a range of poets unleashing their most erotic verses. When the big dance kicks off at 9pm tomorrow, be there wearing your fancy clothes and poised for your hottest prom ever. Tickets are $5 or $10 (members/non-members) at the door. ArtBar • Fri Jun 6 • 9pm-midnight • $5-$10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Tomorrow night, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will culminate four days of ritual practice at UNM’s Center for the Arts with a performance at Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell NE). That upcoming event is a reminder to me, and an opportunity for you, dear reader. It’s been nearly 20 years since I trekked through the Kingdom of Mustang, on my way to the Thorung-La Pass. Though I never quite made it—distracted by altitude sickness and a lodge in Muktinath that featured electric lights, flush toilets and Bon Jovi posters—I had many opportunities to engage the local culture.
I found the ritual music and dance of the Tibetan Buddhists in the area to be more than just fascinating. It was a deluxe experience, at once otherworldly and deeply human, and by turns frightening, calming and transcendent. In the intervening years, the traditional arts of Tibetan Buddhism have gained much recognition in America, mostly due to the continuously joyful touring of certain monastic representatives, tasked with both preserving and maintaining a culture that has richly elaborate and intensely transformative qualities. The coming week’s activities begin with the construction of a sand mandala on Wednesday and end with a once-in-a-lifetime tour-de-force that includes nine sonic pieces designed to engender peace and healing tomorrow evening. Observation and participation in the mandala ritual is free and open to the public, but the performance begins at 8pm, and tickets cost between $20 and $44. Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts • Sat May 31 • 8pm • $20-$44 • View on Alibi calendar
Tomorrow, follow a parade of swirling colors under the golden apple of the sun and you may stumble on one of the Albuquerque Pride festival’s best kept secrets. The OUTSpoken queer poetry slam is the only one of its kind in the nation. Here, amid myriad sights and inspiring educational events celebrating the LGBTQ spectrum, the OUTSpoken slam championship holds the voice of the queer community aloft, uncensored and necessary. Curated by Erin Northern and sponsored by Pride, the slam packs venues around town once every three months, promoting outreach to and safe spaces for the community. Past winners of the quarterly events compete this Saturday, May 31, for the title of 4th annual OUTSpoken Champion. The verbal pyrotechnics take place in the Indian Arts Gallery at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds (300 San Pedro NE). Starting at noon with an open mic for all, the event features a showcase of local poetry icons, followed by the Championship slam at 2pm. Listen. That sound? Their stories, their own words. Expo New Mexico • Sat May 31 • Noon • Included with Pridefest admission • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Did you ever have fantasies of attending an extravagant gala—and then jetting off on an airplane while partygoers wave to you from the ground and you fly high, the wind capturing you within its soft embrace? Well that could become a reality at Night of Enchantment: A Suitcase Party. The soirée happens at an airport hangar at Cutter Aviation (2502 Clark Carr Loop SE) and features a variety of fun and … well … enchanting activities. Just make sure you check your airspeed.
If food is your thing, the party will have light appetizers, beer and wine from local vendors. Shane Wallin will be on hand for some lively tuneage. There will also be a silent auction, so make sure your credit cards aren't maxed out. But the grand finale is the real reason to attend the party. Guests can purchase additional raffle tickets for 10 smackeroos apiece, and the winner (along with three of their friends) will get whisked away, via airplane, to Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Like right then and there.
If you attend the party, you can actually see them take off, whilst raising a glass to bid them a safe journey. And it could be you in that airplane, waving goodbye to the laughing losers below. The party happens tomorrow night at 7pm. Tickets range from $30 online to $50 at the door. You can also purchase an Entourage Package (four tickets) for $120. And don't bring the kiddies, folks. It's a 21-and-up shindig. Also, don't forget your suitcases, you know, in case you win. Cutter Aviation • Fri May 30 • 7-9pm • $30-$120 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Hold up a mirror to the Duke City and what do you see? Do it right and you’ll espy an arts scene surging with talent, ingenuity and a solid gold sense of fun. Do it in ArtBar (119 Gold SW) on May 25, from 4 to 7pm, and you’ll catch a motley mix of playfulness, creation and revelry (lubricated by libations) at the Mirror Games Variety Show. The Sunday extravaganza includes live art from exuberantly chromatic Cloudface and graphically masterful Marc Quetone; brilliant linguistic torrents unleashed by newly crowned Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez; the uninhibited comedy of Rusty Rutherford; graceful belly dancing by the foxy Michelle Farfesha; and tricks from Mischief Magic. Enjoy body painting, tarot readings, games and prizes, plus music from Russell Chase Turek, Zoltan Orkestar, Twinology and Brendangerous. Underground painter Stephanie Galloway joins other vendors of art, jewelry, glass and pottery to round out an evening that costs just $5 for ArtBar members/guests or $10 for non-members. ArtBar • Sun May 25 • 4-7pm • $5-$10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
We here at the Alibi were hip to Al Hurricane and his son, Al Hurricane Jr., long before it was hip to be into traditional Hispanic music. In fact some of us remember watching the Godfather of New Mexican Music perform live in the KOB-TV studios when the “Val De La O Show” was a popular Saturday diversion in Burque. Now’s your chance to get a load of some of the most original, heartfelt and truly jamming outfits in these parts.
Hurricane and his namesake successor/right-hand man take the stage at Caravan East (7605 Central NE) tomorrow at 5pm for an early start to what promises to be a late night of intensely homegrown musical encounters. Hurricane’s brand of music mixes rocanrol with ranchera and cumbia with country for a sound that says "dance” in an idiom that is at once familiar and unique to our state. Tickets are 10 bucks. Caravan East • Sat May 24 • 5pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar