Alibi V.18 No.40 • Oct 1-7, 2009 

Online Election Guide

Online Election Guide

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Balloon Fiesta Guide

What to do and where to go in Albuquerque

Every October, our streets flood with visitors while the skies swell with nylon orbs fueled by fire. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. And while Fiesta activities are plentiful Oct. 3 through 11, there’s still ample time for exploring our fair city. To make sure you get the most out of your Southwest visit, the Alibi has interspersed this year's Balloon Fiesta schedule with other events you may want to add to your lineup. To narrow it down, we've chosen winners of this year's Best of Burque poll, the Alibi’s annual survey that asks readers about the best arts, shopping and nightlife Albuquerque has to offer. Also included are a few other events we just didn't think you should miss.

To find out about park-and-rides and other balloon-based information, visit the Fiesta's official website at balloonfiesta.com.

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Saturday, Oct. 3

5 a.m. While driving to Balloon Fiesta Park for the Dawn Patrol Show, flip on what Alibi readers voted as Best Local Radio Program, the University of New Mexico-run station KUNM 89.9 FM. (kunm.org)

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Sunday, Oct. 4

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino
* 7 to 8:30 a.m. Mass Ascension
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ECHO Chainsaw Carving Championship
* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fiesta of Wheels Car Show

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Monday, Oct. 5

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold ’Em presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

10:30 a.m. Burn off a few breakfast calories at Defined Fitness (voted Best Fitness Facility), which brags pools, massive weight rooms, state-of-the-art aerobic equipment and a loaded schedule of classes. If you don't have a membership, it only costs $10 for a day pass with a valid photo ID. (Multiple locations, defined.com)

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Tuesday, Oct. 6

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold ’Em presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

10:30 a.m. You can't visit Albuquerque without strolling through Old Town, the city's first neighborhood and a hub of local stores, restaurants and art. The historic neighborhood is just east of Rio Grande between Mountain and Central. Take the Rio Grande exit south off I-40 to get there by highway. (albuquerqueoldtown.com)

4 to 6:30 p.m. While you're in the area, hit up Seasons Rotisserie & Grill's happy hour, which tied for the best in the city in our poll. In addition to 4 to 6:30 p.m., happy hour is held again from 9 to 10 p.m. Weekdays only. (21+, 2031 Mountain NW, 766-5100, seasonsabq.com)

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Wednesday, Oct. 7

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension & Flying Competition presented by Continental Airlines

Have a Barbecue
Hump day is a perfect day to head to the park for a barbecue. Visit cabq.gov/gis/park.php for a list of the city's park locations. In addition to the grocery stores we already told you about, you can load up on goodies at these Best Of winners:

Sunflower Farmers Market
Best Produce Selection
Multiple locations, sfmarkets.com

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Thursday, Oct. 8

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 8 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition & Prize Grab

10 a.m. Get in touch with your inner Goth at Into the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Art at The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space (tied for Best Art Gallery). The photo and illustration exhibit features the work of Fenton Ayres and Robert Vander Voord. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (7400 Montgomery NE, 999-1280, woodencowgallery.wordpress.com)

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Friday, Oct. 9

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 8 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™
* 7 to 10 a.m. Key Grab Competition
* 8 to 9 a.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)
* 4 to 5 p.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)
* 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Shape Glowdeo
* 8 to 9 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show presented by the Albuquerque Journal

Hit the Downtown Music and Bar Scene
Friday's the night to be out in Albuquerque's most vibrant music and bar district. All these venues are in walking distance of each other.

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Saturday, Oct. 10

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino
* 7 to 8:30 a.m. Mass Ascension
* 8 to 9 a.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)

Spend the Day in Nob Hill
Nob Hill is one of Albuquerque's favorite corridors. It's brimming with local flavor, shopping, and both casual and fine dining alike. It's easy to spend a day wandering its arteries without ever glancing at the clock. Here are some of our readers' favorite pit stops.

Morningside Antiques
Best Antiques Store
In a district known for antiques, this title is a high honor.
4001 Central NE, 268-0188

Natural Sound
Best Local Music Store

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Sunday, Oct. 11

* It's Propane Day at the Balloon Fiesta, presented by Airgas Southwest, Inc.
* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino
* 7 to 8:30 a.m. Farewell Mass Ascension

2 p.m. The Fiesta may be officially over, but there's still plenty to enjoy around town. Catch La Cenerentola "Cinderella" at the KiMo Theatre (voted Best Theater Space). The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 9. This historic theater is one of Albuquerque's crown jewels, infused with Pueblo Deco architectural flourishes. Keep in mind that La Cenerentola is an opera, so it may not be great for the kiddos. ($20 to $65, some student, group and senior discounts available; 423 Central NW, 768-3522, cabq.gov/kimo)

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In Case of Emergency

Whether you need the number for the nearest hospital or you just want to find out where to get a map of the city, call Albuquerque’s Citizen Contact Center at 311 and get all your questions answered for free. Plus, the customer service representatives are seriously friendly.

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For All the Best Restaurants

The Alibi’s massive Best of Burque Restaurants poll hits stands Thursday, Oct. 8. Pick it up to see what our readers say is their favorite fare in Albuquerque.

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