Local Art & Culture, Albuquerque
Keep an eye out for flyers and web postings to find little tiny festivals ... jewels of New Mexico can be found in unexpected places!
I find flyers posted all over the place, and just this week I found one from a little known group doing a Dia De Los Muertos Festival .... I love this time of year and the Day of the Dead is just one reason! When we arrived at the park on the flyer, it looked like a family picnic - but more energenic if that's at all possible :) There was a band, goats wandering about, one vendor, a potluck of vegan food that was amazing, a martial arts demonstration, folks were lounging about painting masks, wood panels and themselves too! The Aztec dancers were wonderful, I actually felt 'the spirit move' me as they called on the four traditional directions as well as the sky and earth. The full moon overhead, while the sun was still up added to our wonder.
Honestly, since this was a little event, I never, ever would have known about it if I hadn't taken time to actually READ a flyer in passing. So don't forget to do the same for yourself ... you never know just what you might find :)
On the third Friday of each month, this free, self-guided tour of local galleries is the best way to see the best our local artists have to offer.
The Crawl is concentrated in different parts of the city each month. It ranges from the Northeast Heights to Nob Hill, Downtown and Old Town. It is a great chance to meet gallery owners, artists and other art lovers from around the city. You can also purchase some great work!
Albuquerque is a huge poetry town, and to prove it we hosted the renowned National Poetry Slam - 2005. Hundreds of poets from around the country descended upon Downtown Albuquerque from August 9th through August 13th 2005 to strut their stuff as dynamic poets and performers.
To make a great story even greater, National Poetry Slam 2005 was a huge success. Many of the poets from around the country said it was one of the best slams in the history of the event, and to top it off for Albuquerque- our poetry team won the top prize.
If you love poetry and want to hear some read live and meet some of Albuquerque's great poets, check out the web site below for an ongoing list of events and locations and information about the local poetry community and the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team.
Located one half block from UNM campus, this world class print making studio was founded in 1970. Tamarind's two year courses in lithography have attracted artists from around the world. In the front gallery you can flip through works that are for sale. In the back is the print shop and classroom.
All printing is done by hand from stone and metal plates drawn by the artists. Tours of the Institute are available on the first Friday of every month and are free.
There are several nice drives close to Albuquerque, but my favorite is the Turquoise Trail - or "back way" into Santa Fe. The two-lane NM 14 passes through the foothills east of the Sandia Mountains. Along the way are wide open spaces and some great mountain views. You also pass through two small, former mining towns - Golden and Madrid. Madrid has a number of nice antique shops and a melodrama theater. You can also turn off the highway and explore the village of Los Cerrillos which has served as a filming location for several Western-style movies.
Downtown is a great place to meet friends. You can meet or dinner and drinks, view art, shop. In the summer the city has a event like music and booths to shop. You can also catch a movie while Downtown. Riding the bus to down town is easy. A Hostel is in downtown also. Also you the train stops in Downtown.
Right off the bat...not the most luxurious hot springs you'll ever visit but in the context of the state (New Mexico) its just right. Its a strange mix of bath house vs. natural springs that seems to be stuck in 1843. The great thing is that one goes there knowing what to expect and the "retro" feel is what the appeal to the place is all about.
The town that it is in offers a couple of cool bars/grills with live music at different times of the year. The drive through the mountains is something I would definitely recommend on your way to Santa Fe.
For a more glamourized spa experience at the base of some "pretty" rock formations (its the desert, they're everywhere) you might want to check out Ojo Caliente. Its a small resort so you're pretty much there the whole time.
Ojo is not in Jemez and for the best directions you can just visit to the website.
One of the things I like about Albuquerque is that it's possible to feel like you're out in the country while you're actually in the middle of the city. You don't have to drive very far to enjoy the great outdoors.
Typical adobe homes spoke outward from Old Town. Most of the homes in this area are one of a kind built back in ??? B. C. Adobe is a kind of mud/dung brick that provides insulation all year long.
This is a city which is filled with art, galleries with southwestern art, which I love.
This is Southwest art inside the Doubletree Hotel downstairs lobby.