Thursday June 27, 2019

  • Crossfader Summer Sounds

    Image by Clarke Conde

    Ryan Troncoso puts analog samplers and newer digital workstations into the hands of local teens aged 13 to 17 at Hip-Hop Beats with Ryan Troncoso on Thursday, June 27 from 3 to 4pm at South Broadway Library. He also breaks down the history of the sonic art form known as hip-hop. But hold up, Troncoso will be doing the same thing at multiple libraries in and around Albuquerque, so by all means check out for more information and to register for this free event. (Clarke Conde)

    South Broadway Library
    Hip-Hop Beats with Ryan Troncoso
Friday June 28, 2019
  • Hot Tropic

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    Burque’s venerable Zoo Music concert series continues hitting it out of the park—a good thing because who the heck knows what a silverback gorilla could do with a baseball. On Friday, June 28 at 7pm, San Francisco-based Latinx band Pacific Mambo Orchestra plays the concert shell at ABQ BioPark Zoo. Mexican pianist Christian Tumalan and German trumpeter Steffen Kuehn make with heartfelt big band frolic, invoking the traditions of artists like Tito Puente and Machito in an informed, keenly danceable style. PMO’s first album covers tunes by Rubén Blades and Stevie Wonder but concentrates on the original compositions that scored the group a Grammy in 2014. Admission to this all-ages series of mambo moments ranges from $6 to $12. So dance under the stars, as nature—in the form of wild beasts and birds—looks on lovingly.

      (August March)

    ABQ BioPark Zoo
    Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Saturday June 29, 2019
  • Balanced on the Biggest Wave

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    Whoa. Dude, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is epic. On Saturday, June 29 at 8pm, listen to one of the 20th century’s premier prog-rock progenitors whilst ultra-beguiling, totally trippy laser lights, videos and other digitally produced phantasmagoric visuals frolic and gambol in a rocanrol dream come to life. What’s your favorite Floyd tune? Well then, imagine “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” plowing its way out of a stack of red-hot 15-inch speakers while the technicolor world explodes around you. To participate in this mind-blowing all-ages spectacle, tickets costing $30 to $40 must be reckoned with but, but it’s totes worth it. It’ll be like some great gig in the sky, so remember to breathe. (August March)

    KiMo Theatre
    Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
  • Here's Mud in Your Eye

    Image by Clarke Conde

    Do not miss this opportunity to track mud into your car at International Mud Day on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 2pm at the Open Space Visitor Center. This free, all-ages event encourages the whole family to squish about in the muck for a day of mud-play here in solidarity with others celebrating mud and soil around the world. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel and a change of clothes and to thoroughly wash their hands before eating. For more info on this event, see

      (Clarke Conde)

    Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center
    International Mud Day
  • Ciders and Classic Rides

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    Cider66 Festival comes to Expo New Mexico on Saturday, June 29 from noon to 6pm. This all-ages fest celebrates our state’s great ciders, along with a classic car show, collectibles, food trucks and live music. Rock and roll, rockabilly and Motown accompany the day’s activities, laying down the perfect soundtrack for strolling memory lane, drinking cider and recalling the glory days of Route 66. For more information or to buy a ticket for $10 to $30, visit (Dan Rayne Pennington)

    Expo New Mexico
    Cider66: A NM Cider Festival
Sunday June 30, 2019
  • Comet Me, Bro!

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    It's never too early to start planning for your last moments on Earth, so zoom over to Asteroid Day. This event rocks the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, June 30. Learn about asteroids and their impacts on Earth, NASA's mission to our local asteroid belt, the disappearance of the dinosaurs and other space news. Watch live streaming of other Asteroid Day celebrations worldwide (yes, that's a thing). UNM's Institute of Meteoritics helps visitors distinguish between meteorites and regular, old Earth rocks and the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Tom Prettyman, hosts an "Asteroid Advice Booth." All activities are included in museum admission. Admission prices range from $4 to $10. For more information on this all-ages event visit (Xanthe Miller)

    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
    Asteroid Day