National Hispanic Cultural Center


V.26 No.7 | 02/16/2017

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Party Like it's the End of the World

Friday, Feb 24: Aliento: Carnaval 2017

[ Thu Feb 23 2017 12:00 PM ]
The musical group PANdemonium takes participants on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.
V.26 No.6 | 02/09/2017

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Dance to Your Soul's Rhythm

Friday, Feb 17: Chispa: Palenke Soultribe

[ Thu Feb 16 2017 1:00 PM ]
A live electronic production deconstructs Afro-Colombian rhythms and blends them with modern beats, catchy bass lines and synthesized arpeggios.
V.26 No.5 | 02/02/2017

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Dancing Across Borders

Saturday, Feb 11: Aliento: Dzul Dance Company

A fusion of dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics to communicate Indigenous pre-Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage.
V.26 No.4 | 01/26/2017

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Listen Up, Buster

Saturday, Jan 28: People's State of the Union: Share Your Views

Join a transition team to advise on directions and strategies for the new president.
V.25 No.49 | 12/08/2016

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Friday, Dec. 16

[ Tue Dec 20 2016 2:43 PM ]

Eighth Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive


Baby, It's Bad Out There

In the words of Dean Martin, “Baby, it's cold outside.” So lend a helping hand to the homeless folks in Burque by contributing to Astro-Zombies' 8th Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive. Now through Saturday, Dec. 24, drop off new, adult-sized cold weather sleeping bags at the comic store to help local homeless people weather the winter cold. The bags will be distributed throughout the community on Christmas Eve. And for each bag you donate, you'll also be entered in a raffle to win awesome prizes from the likes of Masks Y Mas, Rude Boy Cookies, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio and more. After all, when told, “Baby, you'd freeze out there,” even Dean's lady asked him to lend her a coat. (Renée Chavez)


The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment


Get Crackin'

What do flamenco dancers, shepherdesses and a storyteller doll have in common? A nutcracker, that's what. The Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and a full orchestra guided by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, presents The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment—the traditional story with New Mexican flair this weekend Dec. 16-18, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Enjoy the classic characters recreated with local interpretations as Spanish and flamenco dancers with native animals like snakes, sheep and hummingbirds coupled with some flaming pyrotechnics. The show on Friday begins at 7pm, Saturday's shows are at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday's show is at 2pm. Tickets range from $14-$47 with $2 off for seniors and children. (Megan Reneau)


Handel's Messiah


Hallelujah

I've heard the love of God described as encompassing and immersive, which is what you'll experience this Friday, Dec. 16, at Popejoy Hall. The New Mexico Philharmonic, conducted by Roger Melone will perform the Biblical masterpiece "Handel's Messiah." In addition to conducting, Melone will also play the harpsichord—not simultaneously, unfortunately. Revel in this moving oratorio from 7:30-10:30pm for only $20-$50. Student discounts are available with a valid ID. (Nina Ferrell)

V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016

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Get Crackin'

Friday, Dec 16: The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment

The classic ballet set in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016

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Action

Saturday, Nov 19: Third Annual Pueblo Film Festival

Film screenings, presentations and discussions with renowned Pueblo filmmakers at the only film festival in the country devoted to the work of Pueblo filmmakers and actors.
V.25 No.44 | 11/03/2016

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Get Low

Saturday, Nov 5: Orale Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico

Don Usner, Kate Ware and Daniel Kosharek discuss their book centered around the beautiful photography book that pays homage to an enduring but evolving cultural tradition.

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No Cry Babies, Just Cry Ladies

Thursday, Nov 3: The Season of La Llorona

Rudolfo Anaya's exploration of the Mesoamerican legend of La Llorona giving both historic and human depth to the well known myth.
V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016

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He Vants To Suck Your Blood

Saturday, Oct 1: Dracula, A Love Story

A modern take on the 19th century love story that continues to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.
Anda Union
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Music

In Review: Globalquerque!

A Moment from day two at Globalquerque 2016,final set:

Those of us on the farthest right side edge of the audience in the Albuquerque Journal Theater last night witnessed a notable and magical "behind the scenes" glimpse of the international flavor and inter-generational composition of the ¡Globalquerque! performers community.

During the majority of the set of the remarkable Inner Mongolian group Anda Union, a five year old Mongolian girl, costumed in a regal, royal blue outfit, danced backstage in the wings, gently performing her careful footwork, body swaying and arms in motions while the adult members of the band masterfully entranced the room. For nearly an hour, we got to see this poised child practicing her craft, cradled by her extended artistic clan, while we took in the hypnotic and classically arranged musical pieces of Anda Union.

Just being in the presence of their instruments was transportative. Hand crafted modern versions of traditional Mongolian instruments that resembled cellos, stand up basses, flutes and violins were just a portion of the exotic instruments on display. Additionally, most of the players wore traditional Mongol plains costumes.

Their music ranged from full orchestral pieces to voice and throat-singing solos, to flute and throat-singing numbers. The packed auditorium was filled with an enthusiastic audiences treated to best that ¡Globalquerque! has to offer–a world assembly in a beautiful setting in the South Valley of Albuquerque.

Globalquerque is a community in the disguise of an international music festival. One enters and wanders the grounds, running into old friends and warmly welcomed by vendors in the eclectic bazaar and food cart area. Such quality purveyors as Jambo Café, the East African restaurant from Santa Fe, to the Vivac Winery, and the Santa Fe Brewing Company are but a few of the booths in The Global Village.

We got to sample a handful of the approximately 17 acts featured in this year’s fest. During dinner on Saturday evening, the Austrian brass band ensemble Federspiel was in mid-set on the main Plaza Mayor.

Federspiel is on a mission to redefine and modernize the Austrian folk tradition for current audiences. Their spirited set showcased their journey from earlier forms of Austrian folk styles into contemporary interpretations of a long standing approach to big band music. They also featured original compositions in their set packed with panache. Bravo!

Then we entered the Theater for an astounding experience, the music of Baladino from Israel. As we learned during their set, Baladino refers to the land and culture of the Sephardic Jews who populated Spain up until the 15th century, then migrated throughout Europe and the New World.

Their set was mesmerizing from the first notes. This 4 person band consists of a percussionist, a reed player, a mandolin-like instrument player and a vocalist. Early in their set, as the singer explained, they did a ballad about a bride being summoned by a wedding party to reveal herself to her groom. This atmospheric number showcased each performer to great effect, each of whom are ambassadors for Middle Eastern artistry.

this tune kicked the performance into a high gear they were to maintain for the remainder of their time onstage. At one point, the reed player was introduced as about to perform on a PVC-pipe-crafted instrument. He surprised and delighted the crowd as he hopped up and down, dancing while he played. The pulsing, and rhythmic prowess of Baladino delivered a wallop of world music while engendering admiration and enjoyment throughout the theater. Screams and yelps greeted the finale of their set.

It was also a treat to see all the members of Baladino hanging out on the grounds, visiting with people and attending other performances throughout the evening after they were done playing. Such is the spirit of ¡Globalquerque!

As luck would have it, we were able to stay in the Theater, in our front row of the main section for the next act. My wife and I were so happy to discover that the original, quirky and topical Jill Sobule was booked for !Globalquerque! as the sole representative of the American singer-songwriter genre.

We both knew her from earlier periods of her long, 11 album career. Sobule is a kick and a character from the moment she is at the mic.

She builds her sets in a somewhat democratic fashion by either asking the audience if she should play a certain type or song on her mind, or by giving a multiple-choice outcry of songs or song-styles, to the crowd and listening for the response. Of course in true contemporary folk music style, she tells little stories to introduce all her numbers.

Jill Sobule presents as both a self-aware and social-activist modern American, navigating troubles and life-stages via her uncanny, of the moment songwriting abilities.

Early in her set she played "A Good Life" and described it as a "Love song for the Apocalypse." As a nod to her audience and a request, she did her New Mexico song, a beautiful ballad of a road trip and a relationship story all rolled into one.

After telling us about losing her beloved mother this year, she played the first song she wrote for her. "Death in Venice Beach" is about hoping her mom would come to her in her dreams. It is a poignant, lovely and tribute-worthy song which portrayed her bond with her mother and her journey forward, going on without her.

True to her style of crafting numbers from life experience she played "San Francisco." a song about a "massage gone bad." She told the crowd a story of going to get a massage with a friend and feeling a bit of an off vibe in the establishment.

Turns out the masseuse was a dominatrix in another alt-universe of her life. And so Jill was treated to "too much information" about the fetish world. And that story finds its way into the song. As was said at the outset, this performer is a highly original artist and an outsized entertainer. Bring her on for more!

Back out in the Plaza Mayor afterwards was the Brazilian singer Dona Onette. She has quite of life story. She was discovered as a performer later in life after her career as a history professor and Secretary of Culture for a Brazilian state.

This soulful woman holds her audience in a hypnotic state as she traverses from traditional, regional tunes into carimba at the root of the famous lambada style. Dona Onette has the commanding presence of–as my old teachers used to say–a big self. She is worth seeking out musically and I highly suggest listeners look for her recorded work.

¡Globalquerque! delivers a diverse and extremely well curated array of music and culture. During the day Saturday, was a free fest within a festival. there were participative workshops, demonstrations and performances in the main plaza of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Between those events and the two nights of major programming, its no wonder  ¡Globalquerque! is now a draw not only for Albuquerque visitors, but for a great many international music festival fans who travel from other cities and states to attend.

Not surprisingly, it is already on our Calendar for next year. So, check the dates for next year, then, don your ethnic garb, and we’ll see you next time in the global village.

V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

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Down the Hatch

Saturday, Aug 20: Bosque Chile Festival

Celebrate the staple of local cuisine with entertainment, kids' activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, beer, wine and chef demonstrations.

Saturday, Aug 20: Bosque Chile Festival

Celebrate the staple of local cuisine with entertainment, kids' activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, beer, wine and chef demonstrations.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
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Quitar lo Bailado

Saturday, Jun 25: Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.