How to Be Cool
The art and science of beating the heat, from the Far Northeast Heights to the South Valley, Philly to Michoacán
Pop-Pop’s Italian Ice
Philadelphia doesn’t jump to the top of the list of hot places in the world, but during the peak of summer it can be worse than Albuquerque thanks to its humidity and concrete. Somewhere in the streets of South Philly, the old Italian art of granita became the new science of water ice, also known as Italian ice.
ABQ Beer Geek
And I’m Proud to Be an American ...
You don’t see that headline in the Alibi too often, huh? All politics and karaoke classics aside, there is no denying that American craft beer innovations are influencing the world to emulate our beers. True, once we were identified by tasteless, watery beer, and there are still plenty of uninformed people who think American beer = yuck. Since I pass time trolling local liquor stores, I hear people talking up unremarkable European and Asian lagers and snubbing anything American. I can’t keep my mouth shut, so I explain how far our beers have come and how creative our brewers are, but my vaguely homeless appearance keeps me from being taken seriously, and off they go with their 12-packs of Stella Artois.
Live After Five
Live After Five! comes to the Electric Playhouse on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6pm to 9pm for an all-ages dining, gaming and recreation event. For those who have never been to Electric Playhouse, imagine visiting the world of Tron, with 100 percent less Jeff Daniels. With a laser light show that blows minds in an interactive environment, move through rooms of light and experience in a way you’ve never been able to do before. In a partnership with Young Professionals of Albuquerque, tickets for non-group members are $30, and allow you to meet and mingle with others in a wondrous locale. With a featured cash bar and a full dinner as well as a presentation from John-Mark and Brandon, expect a full evening of things to do and learn. For more info, visit electricplayhouse.com.
Get Out There
It’s summer in Burque and myriad patios await your presence. Snap the kids out of their bought air-and-video game trance for an outing that culminates in the joyful consumption of healthful and delicious paletas—no, really!—or invite some colleagues and comrades out to smash the swanky local rooftop bar scene with you. If you’re looking for a more pastoral vibe, get your farm-to-table on in Albuquerque’s resplendent North Valley. Here are a handful of our favorite patios in The Duke City. Don’t neglect to slather on some sunscreen and install a rideshare app (such as Uber, Lyft or zTrip) on your smartphone ... in case you over-hydrate.