Due to the March 23, 2020 NM DOH Public Health Order, These Event Listings Are Not Accurate!
New Mexicans are often wary about outsiders weighing in on elements of our state history and culture. Every now and then, though, a person from somewhere else is sensitive enough to fully appreciate the jewels that comprise this place's collective treasure. (And I'm not referring to silver-and-turquoise tourist ornaments.) Take the Kentucky-based farmer and artist Arwen Donahue. From the looks of her graphic novel Old Man Gloom, she's faithfully captured the pride, tradition and eerie autumn air of celebration that pervade the annual burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe (this year on Thursday, Sept. 6). Hers is a deceptively simple rendering, with intricate, expressive drawings adults will enjoy, paired with language that's accessible to children. Introduce yourself to both the book and its author at Page One Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 7, the day after the old man burns. You can also peek at Donahue's other work at arwendonahue.com. Pages from her oral history project translated into comic form are particularly compelling. (Margaret Wright)Page One BookstoreOld Man Gloom
Ray Charles’ recordings often had two keyboards on hand, says drummer Cal Haines, with Charles playing piano or Rhodes, and the backing band’s keyboardist on organ. To get that sound for “Dreams of Yesterday: Tribute to Ray Charles,” Haines has pulled together a stellar local band that features two guys who know how to radiate the eighty-eights, Jim Ahrend and Bert Dalton. They’ll be joined by Haines, the absurdly funky Glenn Kostur on woodwinds, and Andy Zadrozny, a newcomer from Seattle, on bass. Inspiration for their instrumental jazz renditions will come from Charles’ wide-ranging catalog and two more recent recordings: Ray Sings, Basie Swings, a magical blending of archival Charles vocals and the current Basie band, and John Scofield’s tribute recording, That’s What I Say. (Mel Minter)Congregation Nahalat ShalomDreams of Yesterday: A Tribute to Ray Charles
Join our neighbors in Los Lunas as they celebrate everyone's favorite crop at the first-ever VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival. Farmers of the Middle Rio Grande have joined forces with the folks at Wagner's. The two-day event will feature live music, a beer garden, a petting zoo and a corn maze. Oh, and green chile. Lots and lots and lots of green chile, including a "U-pick garden." Cook up your own pot for a chance to win a carved wooden chile trophy. There will be a free shuttle from the Railrunner Station, so why not take the train to flavor town? (Ty Bannerman)Wagner's Farmland Experience (Valencia County)VIVA New Mexico Chile 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.