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The mask as a theatrical tool has twofold powers. Its frozen countenance casts an air of ritual over the audience while also constraining the expressions of the wearer. Donning one drains emphasis from the face and voice into the actor's body, creating a singular kind of theater experience. Touring Basque company Kulunka Teatro uses the age-old device in its award-winning stage drama André and Dorine, specially presented Friday and Saturday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre by Instituto Cervantes, the Alzheimer's Assocation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The piece is based on a celebrated love letter that French philosopher André Gorz penned in honor of his wife of 58 years. You may want to bring tissues. Tears of both sad and joyful varieties were reportedly shed by reviewers in other cities. To purchase tickets ($17 general admission, $15 for students and seniors), call the NHCC box office at 724-4771. (Margaret Wright)National Hispanic Cultural CenterAndré and Dorine
New Mexico-born, Austin-bred trio The Angel Babies is embarking on a five-city tour in support of the threesome's self-titled full-length debut. The second stop is Burque, specifically the monthly rock and roll-centric No Fun Dance Party (hosted by DJ Bea and, coincidentally, Alibi music editor DJ Cassyle). Available in limited-press vinyl at the show, the album is a diverse listen. Its 12 songs range from postmodern corrido-style numbers to fuzzy, electronics-laced rockers to slow-burning and darkly ethereal tunes. New Mexico native Frankie Medina (Dirty Hearts, The Kill Spectors) and Calida Salazar share vocal duties. Preview the album at tinyurl.com/angelbabies. This 21-and-over party is a prime opportunity to prove to your naysaying friends that one can totally rock spurs and bolo ties with Chelsea boots. (Samantha Anne Carrillo)Blackbird BuvetteNo Fun Dance Party • The Angel Babies
The vulture needs a new PR person. Associated with death and rot, these hook-necked avians signal gruesome endings. But though this fowl's mission is seen as foul, is not the vulture Mother Nature's recycling agent? Her janitor? Sure, its head is bald so it can keep clean while pecking through entrails. But corpse disposal is filthy work, and someone's got to do it. Some species of vulture are close to extinction. Speak with biologists about why this feathered friend/fiend is fascinating in the Africa Exhibit at the zoo on Saturday, Sept. 1, which is International Vulture Awareness Day. The event is included with the price of general admission. (Marisa Demarco)ABQ BioPark ZooInternational Vulture Awareness Day
The 25th annual New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo flows forth Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday. The bacchanalian event features a score of New Mexican grape juice makers and a full live music schedule each day. The festival offers a free shuttle from the 550/Sandoval Rail Runner station. Soak up more information at newmexicowinefestival.com. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)New Mexico Wine Festival Grounds (Bernalillo)25th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival
- Wanted: Your Best Photographs
Shutterbugs gather up your best pieces and pick some to submit for hanging in the new Bernalillo County headquarters when the gov-peeps move to Alvarado Square, happening now until Monday, August 31. The selected photographs will be printed in a large scale and format. They will be used to create a welcoming environment for county customers, county employees and the general public. Some will be used on the windows of the new Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office suite. The photographs should represent the history and character of Bernalillo County and its people, places, landscapes and unique events in our county. There are some big bucks involved as chosen photographers will receive $1,500, with a limit of one photograph per artist. The chosen photos will become part of the public art program’s permanent collection. There is no fee or age limit required to submit. For more information, visit bernco.gov/community-services/current-call-for-entries.aspx. Ends August 31. (Carolyn Carlson)
- City on the Edge
City on the Edge is a breezy, smart podcast looking at the stories from Albuquerque history that have often been overlooked. Each episode takes a deep dive into a topic like the 1955 crash of TWA flight 260, Sandia Man or the 1918 quarantine. Worthwhile listening that will spur your curiosity about things you didn’t even know about in the city where you live. It’s free and available wherever you get your podcasts. (Clarke Condé)
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)Astro-ZombiesEighth Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive
- 2020 Bosque Chile Festival
Looking for a little chile? The 2020 Bosque Chile Festival, a celebration of food, art, and culture on the Rio Grande, is happening Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, with times waiting to be officially announced. But due to COVID-19 and the State of New Mexico public health order, the festival will be presented virtually! There will still be entertainment, art activities, a virtual artisan market, chile-chef demonstrations, educational workshops and more. This free, all-ages event is meant to give those stuck at home a chance to see what the state has to offer. If you are a high-quality chile-inspired and authentic New Mexican business with an e-commerce website and want to be a vendor, there is still time. Applications are being accepted until Wednesday, August 5. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.