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On Sunday, Aug. 18, a gathering converges. Not just any gathering, it's the 3rd Annual NM Distiller's Guild Festival and Bartending Competition. From 5 to 8pm, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, bartenders from across the state submit their recipes in hopes of being chosen to compete for the prestigious honor. Try certain drinks on sale from 11 top New Mexico distilleries. Tickets are $35 for regular entry, which includes parking and a tasting glass, but for $45, you get VIP seating, a private tasting of the winning submissions and entry to an exclusive after-party. This is a 21-plus event. For more information, visit hollowspirits.com or call 505-217-5465.
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Gone are the days (if they every really existed) of the open road, the giant ball of twine and the family truckster packed with Grandma, Sparky and 2.3 children asking if they are there yet from the backseat. In the '50s and '60s, the mythology of the West was largely a fictional manifestation spurred on by cheap gas, paid vacations and Baby Boomers watching “Rawhide” from Eastern suburbs, but here in Albuquerque, we were ready to receive them. Former Albuquerque Library manager Joe Sabatini speaks on the evolution of Albuquerque motels, and the role of automobiles and highway systems that brought people to them, on Monday, Aug. 19 at 1pm the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see riorancholibraries.org. (Clarke Condé)Loma Colorado Main Library (Rio Rancho)The Motel in Albuquerque
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On Tuesday, Aug. 20, catch a concert by hip-hop nation gods Mary J. Blige and Nas. The two ’90s rap and soul superstars—famous for hits like Blige's inimitable “Be Without You” or Nas' hip-hop anthem, “It Ain't Hard to Tell,” gig at Isleta Amphitheater at 8pm in a concert guaranteed to move your body, whether or not you have access to the fabled hot sauce recipe reportedly kept in the safe of mystery rapper Nathanial Hörnblowér. The funk cometh, so boogie on down; lawn tickets start at $31 and VIP packages begin at $250.
(August March)Isleta AmphitheaterNas • hip-hop • Mary J. Blige • R&B, soul
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The organizers of Bubonicon 51 point out that Akira, Blade Runner and The Running Man were all set in the year 2019. That's why the theme of this year's New Mexico's premier science fiction and fantasy convention is “The Future Is Now.” Dust off your Spock ears and get your Vulcan tookus to the Albuquerque Marriott Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23 through 25. See authors Allen Steele, Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher) and Darynda Jones, marvel at the works of guest fantasy artist Greg Spalenka and hear space stories from scientist and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt. Fanatics of all ages are invited. General admission tickets start at $15 for attendees over age 14. (Joshua Lee)Albuquerque MarriottBubonicon 51
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Once upon a time in the late '70s, pop music married dancehall reggae and the couple had a few very happy, musical children who ended up playing in bands with names like The Beat, The Specials, Madness and of course UB40. The latter outfit, named after an unemployment form used in Old Blighty, went on to become an international rocanrol superstar on the strength of stoney-groovy hits like their now ubiquitouscover of Neil Diamond's “Red, Red Wine.” Notably, this band had a slew of other totally danceable tuneage in their badass Jamaican-style soundsystem, including a cover of an old Sonny and Cher song that went to the top of the British charts in 1993. Founders Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue left the ensemble in 2008, but the rest of the band soldiers on, playing heaps of shows as their 40th anniversary year crests here in America. Check out this noble group of upbeat experts when they jam at Route 66 Casino Hotel's Legend's Theater on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages romp through the before time range in price from $28 to $49. (August March)Legends Theater @ Route 66 CasinoUB40 • reggae, '80s, pop
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Being an artist is great, unless you are trying to make a living at it. That’s where things get tricky. Fear not, Keshet Center for the Arts helps this weekend, Aug. 24 and 25 with KICC Arts Business Workshop Weekend. This series of workshops runs 10:30am to 4:30pm both days and are designed to teach you the business end of art-making. Eight classes—intellectual property law, dealing with the media, bookkeeping, marketing, publishing, filmmaker’s resources, negotiating skills and grant writing—get you on track to turn what you love to do into something that pays you. Classes are free to KIIC members, or for non-members, $15 each, $30 for one day or $50 for both days. For more information on this all-ages event, see keshetarts.org. (Clarke Condé)Keshet Center for the ArtsWorkshop Weekend for Creatives and Arts Entrepreneurs
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In the midst of the mountainous area, beer reigns happily over the land, providing sustenance, scratch and a happy glow that says, “This is The Land of Enchantment.” That funny feeling for yourself on Saturday, Aug. 24 begins at 11am and continues until 7pm at the 2019 Mountain West Brew Fest at Loretto Park in always smokin' Bernalillo, N.M. This fest promises fabulous fun with a focus on this state's craft beer industry stalwarts, like Boxing Bear, Kilt Check and Enchanted Circle providing foamy good cold brews as well as wine, spirits and cider for consumption by languid festivalgoers in search of a good buzz among summer cottonwoods down by the Bosque. Food trucks galore plus jumpin' and jivin' live music contribute to the milieu so do yourself a solid and hop on down! Tickets cost $15 in advance, and this event is appropriate for the over-21 crowd or those accompanied by a parent or guardian. (August March)Loretto Park (Bernalillo)Mountain West Brew Fest