Tomorrow this nation celebrates the birth, life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning this auspicious day on a unifying, reverential and thoughtful note can set the mood for our national journey of understanding and further promote the work of King, an American visionary whose life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in 1968. This year’s 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative breakfast will do just that.
Beginning promptly at 8am at the Marriott Pyramid North (5151 San Francisco NE), the breakfast meeting will feature emcee Pamelya Herndon, executive director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center. Vincent Baty, a renowned local musician and producer, will direct a men’s choir chosen especially for this event. This year’s guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, fifth pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Johnson will speak on keeping King’s legacy alive through community empowerment and economic development. Tickets for the breakfast are available by calling Galvin Brown at 550-3749; the cost is a $30 donation for adults, $20 for students or a table of 10 for $300. Marriott Pyramid • Mon Jan 20 • 8-10am • $20-$300 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Power trio The Ground Beneath brings their complex and foreboding brand of southern metal to Launchpad (618 Central SW) tomorrow for a 21-and-over album release party featuring a midnight rendition of their new eponymous CD. Headbangers Questionable Fate, Illumina, Requiem Mass and Beard will join these local masters of metal onstage for a dark ceremony the likes of which this burg rarely sees. With up-and-coming local fashion models selling band merch and all-stars from Burque’s metal community wandering loomingly through the evening's proceedings, this promises to be an epic event.
Guitarist and vocalist Steve Civerolo describes TGB as “the greatest fat-guy metal band on the planet.” He says their music is melodic but heavy, admitting, “It’s all about the riffs. Everything is written around the groove.” This heavy metal ritual begins at 9pm, and tickets are seven clams: That’s a blessing—if such is possible in the deep underworld that spawned the brutal rock and roll forces that will emanate from the Launchpad on tomorrow night. Launchpad • Fri Jan 17 • 9pm • $7 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Die Roten Punkte are ready to rock their lipstick-smeared, white-painted faces off for your viewing pleasure. The irreverent loudmouths behind impossibly catchy tracks like “Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter (I Am A Lion)” and “Burger Store Dinosaur” are bringing their show Super Musician to Tricklock Company’s celebrated Revolutions Festival tomorrow night and Saturday night at 8pm. Combining cabaret, Kraftwerk and “Flight of the Conchords” with a healthy dose of family dysfunction, Die Roten Punkte’s farcical Europop shtick has endeared them to fans across the globe.
If they remind you of the White Stripes, it’s not exactly an accident—their band name translates to “the Red Dots,” and Astrid and Otto claim to be orphaned siblings from Germany. Melodramatic and improbable origin story, check! Catch Die Roten Punkte at UNM’s Experimental Theatre X (inside Popejoy at 203 Cornell SE) starting Friday. Tickets are $20 (youth/student/senior) and $25 (everyone else); see tricklock.com/revolutions for more info. UNM's Experimental Theatre, Center for the Arts • Fri Jan 17 • 8pm • $20-$25 • View on Alibi calendar
Space Needle-adjacent garage and R&B-infused sextet Pickwick's tour hits Burque this week. Pickwick toured in support of household names Black Joe Lewis and Neko Case this past fall, but the soulful alt.rock six-piece gets top billing on this tour. The band self-released their debut full-length, Can't Talk Medicine, last March, and the 13 tracks produced—including Richard Swift cover “Lady Luck,” which features powerhouse Sharon Van Etten on vox—pay respect to '60s and '70s soul, funk and rock while maintaining an upbeat, you-can-dance-to-it vibe.
I know I've said this before, but you can tell a lot about a band by their web presence, and pickwickmusic.com even lays bare their original lyrics—which are pretty darn impressive. Scope the group's cover of The Primitives' “The Ostrich” at bit.ly/ostrichredux to get a sense of front man Galen Disston's impressive vocal range. Experience Pickwick and Canuck “death country/frontier rock” trio Elliott BROOD at Launchpad (618 Central SW) tomorrow night. This 21-and-over show revs up at 9:30pm, and admission is $8. Launchpad • Wed Jan 15 • 9:30pm • $8 • View on Alibi calendar
The revving of engines, stop lights blinking incoherently at passersby, the soft roar of city life igniting beneath a starlit sky … it's easy to get lost in the shuffle of living in a metropolitan area. And thus, it's easy to forget that nature is all around us. When scoping the sides of highways from one city to the next, the flora and fauna is often lost … a mere speck of life outside the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. And it's this natural wavelength that is going to be awakened at the Winter Bird and Bat Festival, being held at the Rio Grande Nature Center (2901 Candelaria NW).
The festival will have live birds and bats shown by the Audubon Society as well as guest speakers with topics ranging from “Rosy Finches in the Sandias” to “Painting the Wonders of Creation with a Camera.” There will also be bird identification, a bosque bits table and activities for the youngsters. The festival happens on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10am to 4pm. It's completely free, but an all-day parking pass is $3. Not bad for getting back in touch with the elements. For complete list of events, visit rgnc.org. Rio Grande Nature Center • Sat Jan 11 • 10am-4pm • FREE, $3 for day-use parking • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
It's the middle of winter, and you're longing for a trip to the beach. The Vortex Theatre's Next Generation Project has you covered: By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea is a trio of one-act plays all taking place on the same beach at different times of day. Three playwrights, three directors, three actors, three one-act plays; it all adds up to a real bonanza of fresh talent. The plays are Dawn, Day and Dusk, so it's like a whole day of people-watching without the sunburn or sand in your crack.
If you really want the all-inclusive package, attend the Sunday, Jan. 19, performance, because you’ll be able to participate in Audience Talkback with the cast and directors after the performance. No, they won’t rub sunblock on your back.
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 26 at the Vortex Theatre (2004½ Central SE), Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Adults $18, $12 with student ID. Pay-What-You-Will Sunday, Jan. 12. Reservations and tickets: vortexabq.org or 247-8600. The Vortex Theatre • Fri Jan 10 • 7:30pm • $12-$18 • View on Alibi calendar
Swiss architect (and more) Le Corbusier was the genius behind the celebrated Villa Savoye, a modernist home and architectural masterpiece located outside Paris. Everything about it is striking, from the smooth white façade and ribbon windows to the slender columns raising it above the earth. With Stretching Savoye, Frederick Pichon’s new show of mixed-media paintings opening at Palette Contemporary (7400 Montgomery NE), the French-born, Colorado-based artist pays naked homage to the 20th-century giant. Images of sleek, Corbusian buildings are painted with the realism and perfect geometries of an experienced draftsman, but they are rich with light, shadow and color. From his two-dimensional resin-coated panels, Pichon evokes a perspective so acute that the eye’s movement from “near” to “far”—the illusion of distance—can feel like the zooming of a camera. I find it fascinating that what Pichon renders in acrylics possesses such a solidity, a realism; meanwhile, the physical media he collages in adds a dimension of abstraction to his paintings. It’s a curious reversal and a conceptual conundrum that’ll be on display at the show’s opening tomorrow from 5 to 8pm, or until Feb. 6. Palette Contemporary Art and Craft • Fri Jan 3 • 5-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
I never really had a fascination with trains. … And when I saw Sheldon Cooper (of “The Big Bang Theory”) lauding over these landlocked vessels, traveling from rickety towns to big, bad cities, I started to understand (not really) what all the fuss was about. I've only ridden on a train once, and it just so happened to be one of the worst experiences of my life. It was from Grand Central Station in NYC to Newark Liberty International Airport in Jersey. Let's just say I lost my ticket (and had to purchase another), was traveling with a bag the size of my imaginary German Shepherd and got lost twice on the journey. So yeah, not a big fan of trains.
But, having said that, I can see that as a kid, you might want to be a conductor. You might want to venture into the American landscape and see what's out there. You might even want to hop trains like a real-life Kerouacian vagabond (get real). For those who yearn to be conductors or just love riding the rails, the Santa Fe Children's Museum (1050 Old Pecos Trail) is hosting an Interactive Train Exhibit 'til Jan. 5. So that means that as of press time, you have only a couple of days to get your keister off the sofa and man the tracks.
The exhibit gives children a chance to conduct their own antique, electronic trains and even gives them control of the O Gauge model train set, while also making their own scenery. The museum's holiday hours specify they will be open today through Saturday, Jan. 4, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday, Jan. 5, from noon to 5pm. The exhibit is included with admission, which is $6 for New Mexico residents, and $9 for out-of-state visitors. So get there fast for your chance to authentically yell out, “Ahoy!” Wait … that's pirates. Santa Fe Children's Museum, Santa Fe • Thu Jan 2 • Noon-5pm • $6-$9 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
You know Burque is a metal town, right? It’s not just this burg, either. From New Mexico to Norway, travel a few hundred miles in any direction, and you’ll probably run into a gang of long-haired youths banging their heads and grinding axes in community centers and rural roadhouses—growling portentously over the calamity that awaits us in this life or the next. This stark brand of rock and roll deviltry favors extreme climates and grows abundantly out here in the Southwest.
When the Under the Mountain Tour crashes into Launchpad (618 Central SW) tonight at 9pm, a new crop of regionally grown metal explodes onstage in seizure-inducing quantities. OKC death metal legend Dischordia headlines the aural onslaught, with local heavies End to End and Echoes of Fallen adding thunderous support. Laguna, N.M.-based rock heroes Defleshment open the proceedings. Tickets are only five clams, and if you survive, you can tell folks at work what “headbangers ball” really means, if they don't already know. Launchpad • Thu Jan 2 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Part of enjoying a concluding year is taking a look back at the generations that existed before. And while it may seem a little cliché at this point for people to don flapper dresses and zoot suits, isn't that what New Year's Eve is all about? A time of remembrance? A time of reflection? A time for … you get the idea. While the city will be alive with numerous New Year's Eve events, one just happens to have said flappers and zoot suits (that is if you dress accordingly). The Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown (2600 Louisiana NE) is hosting A Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Affair. The festivities take place tomorrow night in their grand ballroom and will have numerous amenities for those who want to bring in the new year with some pizzazz. There will be giveaways and prizes every hour, live music by Swag, champagne, a balloon drop to coincide with that glorious countdown and a fabulous dinner buffet with party favors. If you're anything like me, the food alone is probably worth the trip. The event kicks off at 7pm, and admission prices range from $37.95 for a single person to a $200 couples package that includes dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast for two. Doesn't that put the kibosh on staying in with some Chinese food? Sheraton Uptown Hotel • Tue Dec 31 • 7pm-12:30am • $37.95-$200 • View on Alibi calendar