Nothing Says NM Christmas Like a Light-Bedecked Kokopelli

We’ve fallen in love with the stylings and brilliant imagery of the photos posted on the New Mexico Photo Journal blog like this cool Kokopelli in Old Town. The blog features the work of the very talented photographer Lisa Tannenbaum. If you haven’t checked it out, just touch the photo to visit the blog.

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It’s Officially the Holiday Season in ABQ

It looks like our recent wind storm officially blew in the 2011 Holiday Season in Albuquerque. While some shoppers at Thursday’s Nob Hill shopping event braved the wind, downed trees, power outages and – did we already say wind – Old Town Merchants are hoping for a better turnout at tonight’s events that will kick off their holiday shopping season.

The River of Lights, an annual favorite, is also under way, with more lights and new features.

And this year’s Nutcracker performance featuring the NMBC Orchestra and the NM Ballet Company is also ringing in the season, as well as holiday themed performances at many of the live theater spots in town.

Just touch the Wrapped Gift Icon on the landing page of the Albuquerque Guide to launch our Holiday Guide for 2011.

And we’ve officially kicked off our own holiday season by launching the new 2011 Holiday Guide in the Albuquerque guide in APPCityLife. So before you head out to partake in your holiday festivities, check out our guide for all the info you need before you go. We’ve added our directory of local businesses, the Product Search Engine by our partner Retailigence and local notices for special offers and information for you. And as our thank you to local merchants, we’re offering on free mobile ad in our guide. Merchants can add their add online through our form.

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Hop, Run and Sing Along This Weekend in ABQ

Duke City Marathon

Today is the deadline to register for Sunday’s  Duke City Marathon, which will also include a marathon relay, half marathon, walks from 20k to 5k, and the miracle mile. You must register online today, and late fees will apply. A health expo is also planned at the ABQ Convention Center (9AM – 6PM). A post-race festival is slated for Sunday at the Downtown Civic Plaza (8AM – 2PM) and will include live entertainment, awards ceremonies, vendors, exhibits and breakfast served up by Blake’s Lotaburger.

New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra: Mozart’s Requiem

The NM Symphonic Chorus’s inaugural performance of the season takes place this Sunday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with the ever-popular Mozart’s Requiem. One performance only, 3 PM, with tickets ranging from $18-$60. Purchase tickets and find out more information on the center’s website.






4th Annual Albuquerque Hopfest

What better way to enjoy a Saturday than hanging out with 125 beers, 40 breweries, 9 bands on 3 stages and a whole lot of brew fans? Your chance is this weekend at the Albuquerque Hopfest hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, now in its fourth year of celebrating all things brew. And it’s all for a great cause. You can download the program and map ahead of time and purchase tickets ($10-$35) online.

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This Friday is First Friday Artscrawl All Across ABQ

The Chirp Series by Travis Bruce Black, Bright Rain Gallery

From the renowned Weems Gallery in Old Town to the fun and funky InPost Artspace at the Outpost, this Friday’s Artscrawl will feature new artists, new exhibitions and new visitors from across the globe.

Check out all participating galleries and map your visit before you head out.

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Where to Check Out the Happenings in ABQ

Wondering what to do this weekend once the balloons are in the air? Here are a few of our favorite resources for finding something to do:

Albuquerque blogger Aileen O’Catherine provides insight into the latest happenings as the Guide for our city.

The Duke City Fix community website provides an eclectic venue where locals sound off about local issues, share upcoming events and post their own insights into our diverse community.

The Alibi, one of the community’s oldest free weekly newspapers, curates an impressive calendar of food and culture events.

Creative Albuquerque’s calendar focuses on events created and supported by this very active non-profit.

The City of Albuquerque offers up a collection of events hosted by a variety of agencies and sectors from city council to culture to public events.

And, with a focus on large community and cultural events, the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau hosts a curated calendar of upcoming and current events happening in and around the city.

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Albuquerque Events Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Most of us can remember with vivid recall where we were ten years ago when we first heard of the unprecedented attacks on our nation on September 11. And as commemorative ceremonies – both public and private – take place across the nation, we at APPCityLife honor the memory of the lives lost both in the attacks and in the fearless, heroic efforts to save others.

Here are some of the local events commemorating 9/11 here in Albuquerque:

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run

8 AM, Downtown Albuquerque; begins on Civic Plaza. Online registration  ($25) available. Coordinated by Blue Star Mothers along with the City of Albuquerque

Albuquerque, along with other cities throughout the nation, will host the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers run in a show of solidarity and to honor first responders and military personnel who risk their lives to protect public safety and freedom. The run is named in honor of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life in the twin towers on September 11, 2001.

He had just finished his shift that day when he heard the towers were hit. He immediately returned to Squad 1 to get his gear and attempted to drive his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but found that it was already closed to traffic. Rather than turn back, he traveled by foot with 60 pounds of gear on his back and ran through the tunnel hoping to meet up with his squad. The run mimics the length of the path that Firefighter Siller had to take to get to the towers.

Annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

10 AM, Civic Plaza, Downtown Albuquerque
Following the Tunnel to Towers 5K, the city of Albuquerque will once again hold their annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Civic Plaza at 10 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to once again pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, or as a result of the tragic events of that day.

“With the ten year anniversary of 9-11 approaching, the city of Albuquerque plans to pay special tribute to the fallen. Through the Tunnel to Towers run and the annual ceremony, we will honor the extraordinary sacrifices of our first responders, military personnel and all who perished in the attacks on 9-11,” says Mayor Berry.

The 9th Annual AFD Firefighter Stair Climb 

Around 9:30 AM – the time that the second tower in New York City was hit –  firefighters decked in full bunker gear will climb 110 stories (the same height as the Twin Towers) at the Bank of Albuquerque building in memory of the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on September 11.

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Exploring the ABQ Art Community: Urban Art Trawl

This Sunday, 9/11/11, catch an insider’s glimpse into Albuquerque’s prolific and unique urban art as the City of Albuquerque hosts Urban Art Trawl. Ride aboard ABQ Trolley Co.’s open-air trolley while expert Becky Holtzman regals riders with history, stories and information about our city’s treasure trove of murals, sculptures and art installations. $15

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Here’s to A No-Labor Labor Day Weekend!

It’s Labor Day Weekend (where did the summer go?), and we’re aiming to do as little labor as possible. Here’s our favorite picks for playing this weekend:

24th Annual Wine Festival

For 24 years, New Mexicans have been trekking to Bernalillo to sample some of the best wines grown right here in our state. This year is no exception, with three days of festivities from 12-7 PM beginning Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5. You can check out all the details on their website, but be forewarned you’ll be blasted with music the minute you’re there. The off button is in the top right corner. $31 (3-day pass) – $5. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

What better way to celebrate the waning days of summer than opening weekend of Albuquerque Little Theater’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Performances run through September 18. This weekend’s performances are slated for Friday, 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM. $10-12.

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Art – Old and New – Make An Appearance in ABQ This Weekend

First Friday Arts Crawl

It’s the first Friday of August, and that means it’s time for First Friday Artscrawl, a wonderful way to experience new art shows and exhibits all over Albuquerque. Tonight’s crawl includes new abstract watercolors at the Nob Hill Gallery, a new solo show of black and white relief prints at New Grounds Print WS, and a fun, funky photo show at 516 Arts Gallery exploring the hippies, communes and events in the Southwest during the late ’60’s.

Charlie Chaplin Festival Monsier Verdoux

With 4 PM and 7 PM showings on Saturday, you’ll have plenty of time to work this wonderful oldie but goodie into your weekend. This Saturday, Kimo Theatre presents this 1947 classic with Charlie Chaplin as “a suave but cynical man who supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money”. You can find links to purchase tickets to both showings, the location address and all you need to know about Kimo Theatre in our Entertainment tab of the Albuquerque guide of APPCityLife.

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Harry Potter Mania, Jazz Under the Stars and Xeriscaping Top Our Weekend List

Celebrate everything Harry Potter: wizards, owls and more

Here is a cool way to celebrate the release of the last movie in the Harry Potter series if you’re a fan: tonight, Friday, July 15, 2011, the Tony Hillerman Branch Library (Menaul and Wyoming) will be transformed into Hogwarts. You’ll find wizards with telescopes, owls, fortune tellers and more. Come dressed in your best wizard wear and win prizes.
7-9 PM; free

Want a Lush, Blooming Yard in Drought? Judith Phillips Tells How

Judith Phillips

If you thought cutting back on watering during a drought meant a landscape of rocks and more rocks, think again. Our own Albuquerque expert, Judith Phillips, will discuss her latest book Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Bookworks between 3-4 PM. You can check out Bookworks’ full schedule of events in our events section of APPCityLife’s Albuquerque Guide.
3-4 PM; Free



Jazz and Blues Under the Stars Brings Famed Musician to ABQ

Kevin Eubanks Headlines Jazz and Blues Under the Stars

Kevin Eubanks and Larry Mitchell headline the Jazz and Blues Under the Stars concert event at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s Amphitheater Saturday night, July 16, 2011.
7-10 PM; $20-$30

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