Culture Shock

Erin Adair-Hodges
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Babies love salsa. The dance. Please don’t give your baby salsa to eat, even if you think the crying is funny. Instead, scoop up your little pooper and head over to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) for Baby Loves Salsa! With José Conde on Saturday, Aug. 15, at noon. Brought to you by the NHCC, ¡Globalquerque! and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, an imaginary band of cats and dogs weaves together a hearty mix of Afro-Latin musical styles that your wee bairn won’t be able to resist. Come for the music, stay for the baby dancing. Have you seen babies dance? It’s hilarious. Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be had at the NHCC box office or through For more, see

Babies, if they understood words and innuendo, would also love farce because there is often a great deal of falling down. That’s right up a baby’s alley. But it should be up yours, too. Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 6, see
Noises Off , easily one of the funniest plays known to personkind. The script requires a two-story set, so I don’t know how they’ll manage it at the venerable but small Desert Rose Playhouse (6921 Montgomery NE), but I’m dying to find out. Leave the babies at home and catch the show on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling 881-0503.

And lastly, babies love rags. They love to wear them, play with them and suck on them. Adults are the ones who want to give babies nice things, but you give a kid a rag, a stick and a cardboard box and they’re happy all day. In a way, babies are like old-timey hobos, but with less ability to hop onto moving trains. Only peripherally related is the
Rag Rug Festival and Design Collective in Santa Fe, Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Stewart L. Udall Center for Museum Resources on Museum Hill. The festival promotes the cottage industry work of women from around the world, including many African refugees who now call New Mexico home. Tickets to the grand opening ceremony and preview on Friday are $50, but admission on Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is free. See amazing art and support a vital movement. See for more.

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