Civic Plaza

Civic Plaza

V.26 No.2 | 01/12/2017

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Rebel Grrls

Saturday, Jan 21: Women's March on Washington

Join the many unique cultural groups across New Mexico in an inclusive dialogue to become more educated about how to take positive and peaceful action to exercise your constitutional rights.

Calling all artists - "Take the Stage" set design competition is open

A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.

The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.

Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.

Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.

Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.

The full prospectus can be found at The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - - or hard copy format:

Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at

Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."

V.26 No.1 | 01/05/2017

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Love and Light

Saturday, Jan 14: Immigrant Youth and Allies March

Rally and March in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy and to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation.
V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

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Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Saturday, Aug 6: Downtown Summerfest

Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining and many more local bands.
The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

Saturday, Aug 6: Downtown Summerfest

Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining and many more local bands.

Reggae Rules at Downtown Summerfest

What is considered the world's premier reggae band, The Wailers, will take over the Civic Plaza stage and liven up the crowd during Downtown Summerfest 2016. Held on Civic Plaza, this free event on Saturday, August 6th begins at 5pm with live music, lots of food and drink, the popular Artisan Market, fun for kids-and just a great summer evening.

For those who know that Bob Marley was the undisputed King of Reggae, you have the opportunity to hear the band that keeps his legacy alive. Together with Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums, have played in front of about 24 million people worldwide, and performed about 200 dates a year, making them among the most successful groups in music history. Their authentic sound captures hearts and causes bodies to move to the reggae beat-just try and sit still while they are onstage!

Prior to The Wailers, who perform from 9-10:30pm, the Civic Plaza stage will be alive with music from talented local bands that will definitely get the crowd going and energize people of every age.

The evening begins with Suavecito from 5-6pm which will warm up the crowd with their variety of tunes that include country, oldies, R&B, Top 40 and old-time Rock 'n Roll, plus New Mexico Spanish music-something for every musical taste.

Following them from 6:15-7:15pm is Cactus Slim & The Goatheads, a trio fairly new to the New Mexico music scene. This fun east mountain boogie band goes from Cowboy Funk to Soulful Blues, and back again.

Then, from 7:30-8:30pm The Big Spank brings what they describe as their "Funky-Latin-Punkish-Ska-Pop" sounds that are full of fun. Known for their humorous stage antics and high energy, they are sure to acquire a lot of new fans.

All of that moving around and dancing will make you hungry and thirsty, so check out the food court where more than 15 of Albuquerque's favorite food trucks and vendors will offer such tasty fare as roasted corn dripping with butter, a wide variety of sandwich offerings, hot and gooey pizza, and much more to tempt your taste buds. And to slake that thirst, visit the Microbrew Garden where you will find a variety of craft beers and other beverages.

A little shopping is in order at the Artisan Market, where handcrafted jewelry, baked goods, bath products and much more await at the more 20 booths: A great place to purchase gifts or find special treats for yourself.

Never for a moment forgetting the children in attendance, Downtown Summerfest offers face painting, inflatables for getting rid of all that pent-up energy, and rock wall-climbing to test strength and skills, as well as other fun activities.

Getting to Downtown Summerfest is a breeze. Public transportation takes you to a stop just a couple of blocks away. Paid parking under Civic Plaza or at the Convention Center brings you close to the action, and there are numerous other parking lots in the area. Or, you can avoid traffic and ride your bike; there will be a free Bike Valet located on the north side of Civic Plaza managed courtesy of Esperanza Bike Shop.

Downtown Summerfest will take place rain or shine. Limited seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Glass and alcohol will not be permitted.

Join us for an evening of free family fun and a lot of great entertainment. You can even bring your well-behaved, leashed family dog along to enjoy the fun.

V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

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Saturday, May 21: Creative 505 Festival

A collaboration between Albuquerque's art, theater, craft, tech, start-up and music communities that brings them together as one community.

Saturday, May 21: Creative 505 Festival

A collaboration between Albuquerque's art, theater, craft, tech, start-up and music communities that brings them together as one community.
V.25 No.12 | 03/24/2016

Hear 15 Hot Local Bands on Civic Plaza

If you love discovering new bands to add to your musical repertoire, put Friday, April 1 on your calendar and head to Civic Plaza where from noon to 7:30pm. you'll have the opportunity to hear not a few, but 15 local bands bringing their best to impress the crowd.

The City of Albuquerque and Civic Plaza Presents are hosting the annual Local Band Showcase to bring attention to our amazing local talent.

This family-friendly event is a great place to share your love of music with other fans, enjoy new sounds and new tunes, and grab a bite from local food trucks like All Smoked Out BBQ, Street Food Sensations, Irrational Pie and Loretta's Lattes. Plus, there will be local beer and wine available for the grownups.

Participating bands include:
Noon The Boomroots Collective (hip-hop/reggae)
12:30pm Cactus Slim and the Goatheads (blues/rock)
1pm Impresion (New Mexican/Spanish)
1:30pm St. Range (desert rock)
2pm Bryn Bent (folk/Americana/rock)
2:30pm Kyle Martin (country)
3pm Darren Geffre Band (rock/pop)
3:30pm Quietly Kept (folk/pop)
4pm HiSS (rock)
4:30pm Sauvecito (country/Spanish)
5pm Strike (Native reggae)
5:30pm Singing Pilgrims (Celtic)
6pm Treehouse Basement (indie rock)
6:30pm Cynical Bird (electric and acoustic, pop, rock and Americana)
7pm Kid Dinosaur (rock)

Bands subject to change.

More details on the showcased bands are available at

The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leashes are also welcome. Paid parking is available at the Civic Plaza underground garage, the Convention Center and nearby lots or street parking.

V.25 No.9 | 3/3/2016


Downtown Gets a Facelift

The city’s plans for renovation start this year

Albuquerque’s downtown has major renovations in different stages of development, some of which you'll be seeing signs of this year.
V.25 No.6 | 02/11/2016
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Hating Hate

Sunday, Feb 21: Albuquerque March and Rally to Unite Against Hate! Stand up to Trump & Bigotry

March with others to stand up to hate, violence, injustice, sexism, homophobia, transpobia and racism in the US and New Mexico.
V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016

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King Forever

Saturday, Jan 16: Rise Up! You are the Dream

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday celebration.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015


The Daily Word in Holly Holm, San Bernardino and Snapchat

The Daily Word

New Mexico, your Holly Holm bandwagon is showing.

Does the San Bernardino attack have legitimate ties to ISIS?

Snapchat trying to cover news via their story is like trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.

Robert Downey Jr. and I have one thing in common and it’s not being able to keep surprises a secret.

The only thing on the internet that I’m obsessed with is Anna Kendrick’s Tweets.

In case you missed it, this local guy’s Target visit has given me uncontrollable feelings that make my heart melt.

On a more emotional note, as if feelings weren’t already uncontrollable, frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots dies at 48.

Pamela Anderson takes one for the team in Playboy’s last nude edition.

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Star-Cross’d Lovers’ Nights: Shakespeare on the Plaza

What is it about Shakespeare’s work that’s so well-suited to summer eves and outdoor performances? Maybe it’s the great Bard’s mellifluous meter or his plays’ timeless knack for capturing the intoxication of young love on blossom-scented nights. Decide for yourself and catch his masterpiece of love and loss performed under the nascent stars. Opening tomorrow at 7:30pm and running Thursday through Sunday for four weeks, the Vortex Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet on the outdoor stage in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza (400 Marquette NW). It promises good fun for young and old alike as the budding director Billy Trabaudo leads this timeless epic. If you hew more toward the slapstick comedy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that fairy-laden comedy will be running on alternate nights. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) with Thursday prices rebated to $10 and $5. For more info and scheduling, visit Civic Plaza • Fri Jun 20 • 7:30pm • $5-$15 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar