Are your in-laws in town for Thanksgiving and insisting on buying some New Mexico stuff to bring back to wherever they are from? Then by all means, march them into Hotel Albuquerque (800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday Nov. 29-Dec.1 from noon to 5pm for the New Mexico Artisan Market. Top-quality, handmade work by New Mexican artisans fills the room. Tickets are a hefty $15, but you would be hard pressed to find this assemblage of New Mexican arts and crafts accompanied by their makers in one place anywhere else in November. For more information and tickets to associated special events, see nmartisanmarket.com.
In a consumer culture such as this, Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 is an attempt to mitigate the crushing impact that big box retail and delivered-in-a-box home shopping has on our neighborhoods. If you would like to live in place that has independent stores with neighbors who can work at them, you need to buy things from these stores. This Small Business Saturday is a perfect time to do just that. One recommendation is a new bookstore called Harvest Moon Books (3123 Central Ave. NE) that is opening this Saturday in Nob Hill. Stop in, buy a book and support a small business on day one.
Wear to Go
The Placitas Community Library (453 State Hwy. 165, Placitas) opens A World of Wearable Art at 10am sharp on Tuesday, Dec. 3. in the Collin Room. This group show of art you can wear features the work of Carol Allen, Laura Balombini, Patty Baron, Linda Brauer, Cindy Chavez, Annie Gross, Lavon Maestas, Jules Nyquist, Talty Robinson, Judith Roderick, Pam Troutman, Erica Wendel-Oglesby, Lyle Yazzie, Linsay Locke, Elizabeth Potter and Geri Verble. The exhibit intends to convey the seriousness of this much-maligned art form, stating that in contrast to paintings meant to be hung on a wall, wearable art is “infinitely more accessible when worn about town by those with an eye toward making an aesthetic statement.” For more information on this free, all-ages event, see placitaslibrary.com.
What do you do on International Cheetah Day (Dec. 4)? First, think about how spectacular cheetahs are (they don’t roar like other big cats, they purr). Then, realize they once roamed throughout Asia and Africa, but sadly their range has shrunk significantly, leaving them endangered. Finally, head over to the ABQ BioPark (903 10th St. SW) between 10am and 2pm to check out our local cheetahs and find out what you can do to help protect these remarkable cats. Cheetah-related activities are included in park admission. For more information on this all-ages feline event, see abqbiopark.com.