Due to the March 23, 2020 NM DOH Public Health Order, These Event Listings Are Not Accurate!
All non-essential businesses are closed, public gatherings are prohibited!
(One day some of these events will be rescheduled or will resume, but they are not happening now!)
Thursday Dec 19, 2019

  • The Vocal Lifestyle

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    The Swingles come to Popejoy Hall as part of the esteemed Popejoy Presents entertainment series on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30pm to perform seasonal classics. That's right, lovers of acappella choral music, the UK musical phenomenon, founded by American singer Ward Swingle in the early '60s, continues to make headway as they push boundaries and make big hits, collaborating with notable musicians like the Modern Jazz Quartet and composer Luciano Berio. This tour features robust re-imaginings of songs by John Martyn and Mumford & Sons, among others. With singers Federica Basile, Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson, Imogen Parry, Oliver Griffiths, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Edward Randell at the ready you can count on amazing harmonies and lush arrangements cascading lovingingly from the stage. Tickets for this show are available for purchase for between $25 and $69. (August March)

    Popejoy Hall
    The Swingles: Winter Tales
Friday Dec 20, 2019
  • Two Dope Boyz

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    ATLiens, a masked and mysterious EDM/trap/hip-hop duo—named after OutKast's second illustrious album—have a gig on Friday, Dec. 20 at 9pm at the Historic El Rey Theatre as part of a series of national EDM and trap events titled Parade of Lasers. ATLiens is composed of two anonymous DJ/producers who are represented by the same management group that works with acts like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Space Jesus and Infected Mushroom, so concert-goers can be sure that at some point during the evenings proceedings, heavy bass, glow sticks and maybe even half-clothed, delirious-from-the-dance elfs prevail during a show that may include works like “Interlock” and “Ninth Dimension.” Tickets for the trip to this 18+ veritable electronic paradise cost between $25 and $30. (August March)

    Historic El Rey Theater
    Parade of LasersATLienstrap13YOOK!E
  • Full-Time Elf

    Image by Clarke Condé

    Cardboard Playhouse presents David Sedaris’The Santaland Diaries as adapted by Joe Mantello and starring Kelsey Leos Montoya with a three-show run, opening Friday, Dec. 20 at 7pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center. Like with most of Sedaris’ work, theatergoers can expect a dark and witty look at American life, this time seen through the eyes of Sedaris while he was working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s. Tickets are $22 for this 13-and-over event and can be found at (Clarke Condé)

    National Hispanic Cultural Center
    The Santaland Diaries
Saturday Dec 21, 2019
  • In the Neighborhood

    Image courtesy of Barney Lopez

    On Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8pm, the legendary Launchpad presents a hang-out style concert that has become a holiday legend in Burque. Tom Waits for Christmas is a total seasonal party with libations, piped-in Christmas music to reminisce over and covers of tunes by musical madman and major dude Tom Waits. The covers part of the show features performances by the likes of Billy Crooze, the Silver String Band with special guest Los Bebes, Carlos Jose Rafael Garcia, JD Dame, Avenge Apollo, William Sunday and Darlin' & the Rodeo Runners. Basement films, a local legend in its own right, is there to screen old-timey holiday movies too, so you oughta go. As a heads up, this 21-plus event does not feature the real Tom Waits, but we can remember when he'd perform monthly at Rafael's Silver Cloud on the road to Santa Fe in the early '70s. Take part in it all for a $10 cover. (August March)

    Tom Waits for Christmasvariety, covers
  • Krampusing My Style

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    Everyone’s favorite hangout, Sister, holds the The Krampus Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday Dec. 21, from 8pm to 1:30am for $10. Krampus, a weird reimagining of Pan, is the Christmas demon who comes to punish horrible children by beating them with switches and chains, which highlights social progress since his inception, because now we pay people to do that to us on weekends. Musical performances by Tone Ranger, Sage Cornelius and DJ Wae Fonkey keep the mood up while a demon strolls around and judges your ugly Christmas sweater. There is a Darkroom Horror photo booth where you can have your portrait taken with Krampus to show your friends you were a naughty little thing this year and deserve a few good lashings. For more info visit (Dan Rayne Pennington)

    The Krampus Ugly Sweater PartyTone RangerelectronicSage CorneliusDJ Wae Fonkeyhip-hop, R&B
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center
    The Santaland Diaries
Sunday Dec 22, 2019
  • 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 Ends August 31. (Carolyn Carlson)

    Wanted: Your Best Photographs
  • Edgy

    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)

    City on the Edge
  • Spicy Online

    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

    2020 Bosque Chile Festival