summer guide 2010
Whiplashes Roll in From Taos
Duke City Derby will open the 2010 season in yet another venue. The league has scheduled six matches in the Albuquerque Convention Center, starting with the season-opener on Saturday, May 15. Location isn't the only major change this season—in a bid to make matches more competitive, players on the league's three Albuquerque-based teams (Derby Intelligence Agency, DoomsDames and Ho-Bots) have been shuffled. Plus, a new team, hailing from Taos, will jump into the fray.
By the Skaters, for the Skaters
Duke City Derby's skaters are at practice at the Heights Community Center a little early today. A photographer from ABQ Sports magazine is on hand to take photos, and even though he’s the one with the camera, it's the roller girls who direct the shoot. “We're all going to shake our faces,” a beskated player in the front row tells the photographer. “You'll have about a two-second window to take the picture.” Without further instruction, each skater madly shakes her head, and the photographer snaps away.
Radisson Hotel & Water Park is open for business
In the hospitality industry, three-story water slides aren't nearly as common as continental breakfasts. But Arthur Cooper, director of sales and marketing at the newly completed Radisson Hotel & Water Park, says it's a growing trend among hotels.
Sweat-Free Summer Events Guide
Cool activities to cool you down
Outpost Ice Arena, 9530 Tramway NE, 856-7594
Cost: $10 adults; $2 children; $3 all skate rental
Just as ice skating is a great way to freeze during the winter, it’s a great way to cool down during the summer. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience on a Coolloop session, when there are two sheets of ice open and two ice tunnels connecting them.
Lockhead Martin Dyna Theater at the Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800
Open daily, showings at 10 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 4, and 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 children
Where to swim in Albuquerque
So what if we don’t live near an ocean? You can still cool off and enjoy the water at one of Albuquerque's outdoor swimming pools. Sure, our “beaches” are concrete, but the water is just as watery, and Albuquerque's pools are guaranteed to be free of sharks, jellyfish and other ocean-dwelling hazards. Get your exercise, escape the heat and acquire a nice, golden tan. (The melanin-impaired should buy a big hat.) All City of Albuquerque-run outdoor pools will open for the summer on Saturday, May 29.
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.