Feeling a little weighed down after the holidays? According to The New York Times, the average American gains as many as 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But you’ve worked it all off by now, right? Not to worry—neither have we. To rid yourself of the holiday pounds (if you actually did gain any), get out and move for some of our favorite ABQ events happening this weekend:
You’ll want to hustle to the Albuquerque Convention Center, as the line to see William Shatner won’t get any shorter as the day goes on. But there promises to be plenty more going on at this year’s Albuquerque Comic Con, including former professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter and a host of comic and pop-culture themed vendors. True to its name, the convention will also host prominent comic book artists like Rich Buckler (known for creating the first comic cyborg, Deathlok), as well as actors and actresses from more than a dozen shows and animated series.
According to KOAT TV, the event coordinator sold his house to get Shatner to come to the convention, but getting in the door will only cost you between $15 and $25. Tractor Brewing Company will be on hand to serve up cold Wonder Woman-themed beers, too. And if you have one too many, no worries—Uber ride-sharing service will give you a free ride to the convention (and one back home).
For regular ticket holders, the shindig starts tonight at 4 p.m. and runs to 8 p.m., and runs into Saturday and Sunday (providing no Wookies cause an uproar).
Fight the Fat
It’s not as brutal as you think. In fact, it’s quite inspiring. Make your way down to Tractor Brewing Company’s 4th Street location on Saturday night for Art Fight: Round 3, which pits some of ABQ’s best artists against each other in a timed, three-hour competition. Each competitor gets a blank canvas and 180 minutes to make their masterpiece.
Then, attendees get to choose the winners by voting for their favorite pieces. Every beer purchase earns the drinker one more vote to put toward their favorite artist. The decision won’t be easy, especially with artists like James Montoya, whom Albuquerque The Magazine readers voted one of the top five visual artists in the city.
According to Tractor, the event fosters friendly community competition and promotes local artists. But if you’re in it for the good beer and boisterous voting method, we totally understand. Oh, and tickets cost $10 at the door and the party starts at 7 p.m.
Flutter over to the Rio Grande Nature Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the 2015 Winter Bird and Bat Festival. The free event (except for the $3 parking fee) lets visitors partake in a handful of nature walks and includes live birds on display, arts and crafts for the kids, as well as seminars on how bats communicate, and even a workshop on how they are cared for in captivity.
The event is kid-friendly, and will also serve as a good introduction to live bats, courtesy of the Wildlife Rescue. Guests will also get the lowdown on how to identify winter birds, courtesy of the Audubon Society.
What are you planning on doing this weekend?