Friday July 12, 2019

  • Fried Day

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    Too much carbon monoxide will kill you. In conjunction with such a gaseous ingestion, too much Bone Thugz-N-Harmony may result in a one-way ticket straight to one of the seven heavens. Don't risk the literal, folks, when the symbolic will do. Case in point: Bizzy Bone, late of the legendary Cleveland rap collective mentioned above, brings his Carbon Monoxide tour to Launchpad on Friday, July 12 at 7pm; this gig is a total gas. Known for notoriously numinous hip-hop flava, Bryon Anthony McCane II (as he is known in real life) spins tales of life, suffering and redemption in a soft, intense high register that brings tension and release to his rapid-fire flow. Check out his game-changing, crazy, cryptic 2004 release Alpha and Omega or its raw, experimentally minded follow-up Speaking in Tongues to get a taste of what awaits at super-powered, weekend-summiting all-ages rhythm and dance party where tickets range from $20 to $95.

      (August March)

    Launchpad
    Bizzy Bone • rap
  • Ease on Down the Road

    Image by Bidewell Photography

    Sadie Adair and the bevy of beauties who make up local belly dance troupe The Desert Darlings are back to take you into a magical realm known as Oz, in their third full-length production, Wizard of Oz: A Theatrical Belly Dance Adventure. All the way from Washington, D.C., Ebony Qualls joins the gals, starring as the Wizard themselves. These ladies aim to bring to the masses not just Middle Eastern dance, but something fresh, intriguing and clever to their all-ages audience with this show. South Broadway Cultural Center's John Lewis Theatre proudly hosts the gals for another year on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, with both shows beginning at 7pm. Adult tickets run $25, seniors and students get in for $20 and children 12 and under are only $15. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    South Broadway Cultural Center
    Wizard of Oz: A Theatrical Belly Dance Adventure
Saturday July 13, 2019
  • Plenty of Lavender and Garlic

    Image by Clarke Condé

    Locally grown lavender and garlic fill the Village Barn at the Los Ranchos Growers' Market’s Lavender and Garlic Celebration on Saturday, July 13 from 7am to 2pm and Sunday, July 14 from 10am to 2pm. What can you expect at this free, all-ages event? More lavender, garlic, jewelry, pottery, art, honey, soap, herbs and jellies than you could ever figure out what to do with. For more information see losranchosnm.gov. (Clarke Condé)

    Los Ranchos Village Hall (Los Ranchos)
    Los Ranchos Lavender and Garlic Festival
  • Those Spectacular Mariachis

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    Mariachi Spectacular is such a part of local and regional culture in these parts that we are certain that telling you about it year after year will still elicit a reader response that speaks to the popularity and enchanting nature of this annual gathering of musicians and artists from all over the southwest United States and northern Mexico. This year's festival—which includes a plethora of music and folklorico workshops at Albuquerque Convention Center as well as nightly presentations and concerts at Kiva Auditorium and on Civic Plaza—culminates with a spectacular concert at Sandia Casino Amphitheater on Saturday, July 13 at 7pm. Tickets for this all-ages multinational celebration of color, sound and tradition range from $50 to $80; the event itself features mariachi and folklorico notables such as Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, Mariachi Nuevo Mujer 2000 and Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte. Que chido; vamos a bailar!

      (August March)

    Sandia Resort & Casino
    Mariachi Spectacular
Sunday July 14, 2019
  • Los Ranchos Village Hall (Los Ranchos)
    Los Ranchos Lavender and Garlic Festival
  • Live Brie or Die

    Image by Clarke Condé

    Spurred on by food shortages, Persians stormed the Bastille in 1789 as they began dismantling the infrastructure of royal tyranny that was keeping the population down. At the celebration of Bastille Day on Sunday, July 14 at Gruet Winery, you will not be oppressed or starved, but rather expect to be fed fresh baguettes, crème brûlée, cheese and Gruet wines from 1 to 4pm, a vast improvement in conditions sure to please Royalists and Jacobins alike. For more information and to purchase $30 tickets to this 21-plus event, see gruetwinery.com. (Clarke Condé)

    Gruet Winery
    Bastille Day
Monday July 15, 2019
  • It's a Zoo Out There

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    Your children already act like wild animals. Why not put their feral nature to good use at the weeklong Junior Zoo Keeper Day Camp, where 9 to 12-year-old kids get to experience New Mexico’s native wildlife and plants up close and personal. From 9am to noon on Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, real zookeepers give kids hands-on lessons about the biology and care of animals at Wildlife West Nature Park. Snacks and drink are provided. Each five-day camp session costs $30 for Edgewood and Santa Fe County residents and $70 for everyone else. (Joshua Lee)

    Wildlife West (Edgewood)
    Junior Zookeeper Day Camp
Tuesday July 16, 2019
Wednesday July 17, 2019