If you’re like us, you may have lost some sleep this week after the holiday playing catch up. Did you know you’re carrying around what’s called sleep debt? According to an article in the Scientific American, the deficit that grows between how much sleep you should get and how much you actually get compounds into some scary consequences. Short term effects include foggy brain, worsened vision, impaired driving, and memory problems. Long term effects can include obesity, insulin resistance, and heart disease. All this sounds scary, but the only thing to do is just sleep it off. Going to bed an hour earlier each night until you’ve made up the debt will work best. We’re probably just going to ignore the advice and sleep in all weekend.
Spice is Nice
Spice up the weekend with the 12th annual historic Old Town Salsa Fiesta on September 10 from noon to 7 p.m. Competitors will be making their salsa at noon and sampling begins at 2:30 p.m. but hurry, as you only have until 5:00 p.m. to cast your vote for the best salsa. Tasting passes are free but limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. There will be free kids activities including face painting and a rock-climbing wall. Live salsa music from Mala Meña, Terra Plena, and Sabor Canela will play all day beginning at noon. Then, national headliner, Frankie Morales along with the Albuquerque All-Stars will end the night. There will be free parking and shuttle service from 18th street and Ballamah
All weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., catch the Sixth Annual Alameda Studio Tour. Get a glimpse into local artists’ studios throughout the Alameda valley area, ranging from established to emerging fine artists and skilled craftspeople. Art will be available for purchase along the tour and range from pottery, glass, mixed media, prints, fiber arts, jewelry and more.
Art, Tech, Culture
As part of Umbrella Week, catch mini-festivals and events representing some of the city’s best art technology, and culture. The All Kinds Festival will be kicking off today and ending Saturday night complete with artists, musicians, and performers. Then Sunday, the 14th Annual OFFCenter’s Folk Art Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robinson Park. Here you can catch handmade creations, musical acts, and local food trucks.
The mercury in Albuquerque thermometers is (slowly but surely) dropping, which, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, could change our behavior—specifically in the romance department. In the experiment, participants who received cold beverages overwhelmingly chose to watch a romantic movie (compared with people who drank hot beverages instead). Why do we mention this? Because Albuquerque will have highs in the mid-80s this Labor Day weekend—and while we can’t guarantee these fabulous festivals will be filled with romance, we can be pretty sure that going to them makes the most of our remaining hot summer days.
Presented by Blue River Productions, the New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival will take place inside the Villa Hispana at Expo New Mexico this weekend, Saturday (1–9 p.m.) and Sunday (noon–7 p.m.). New Mexico wineries will offer tastings with opportunities to meet the winemakers and purchase by the glass, bottle, or case to take home. Enjoy a full lineup of bands both days along with fine food and art. Tasting tickets for ages 21 and over are $25 with a discounted rate of $10 available for minors and designated drivers. Children 15 and under are free, parking is $5, and two-day passes are also available here.
The New Mexico True Fest, Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), is all about celebrating all things New Mexico. Presented by the New Mexico Tourism Department and Expo New Mexico, you can enjoy a specialty foods showcase, complete with tastings and vendors; a food truck rally that highlights local produce; arts and crafts from local artists; beer garden with local craft brews; live music; and rides, games, and more at the Midway. And, guess what? It’s all free!
There’s another festival just up north: the Mountain West Brew & Wine Fest will take place at Loretto Park in Bernalillo (noon–6 p.m.). The event will feature craft beer, wine, and spirits, local food vendors, and a full lineup of entertainment. General admission includes a complimentary pint and/or wine glass and unlimited sampling for $20. V.I.P. admission includes entry to the V.I.P. tent for $40. The Rail Runner is offering extended train service for the festival, so you can be sure you’ll get a ride. (This is a 21 and over event only.)
What are you doing this Labor Day?
It’s Friday and you may be heading straight to happy hour after work. You may want to consider swapping that mojito for a margarita after a recent study. “Science Daily” published a study by a Mexican scientist who identified that “fructants,” a substance from the blur agave plant, aid in the absorption of calcium into the bones. Labs tests showed mice that were given agave had a higher bone diameter than those who didn’t. This probably won’t come as a surprise, considering tequila’s other supposed health benefits. It has been used as a flu remedy since the ’30s, it helps activate your appetite and aids in digestion, and it lowers your chances of acquiring type 2 diabetes. So drink up, but only in responsibly in moderation.
Hop to It
Gear up for New Mexico’s largest beer festival. The 9th Annual Hopfest will be in full swing this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30. You’ll be able to sample brews from over 70 breweries, listen to seven live bands on three stages, peruse local vendors, and play games. The 21 and over event will be at Isleta Resort & Casino and tickets are available here.
Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns
Join other sci-fi/fantasy fans at this year’s Boubonicon 48. New Mexico’s oldest science Fiction convention will kick off today at the Albuquerque Marriot and end Sunday. Don’t miss guests of honor including fantasy author, Rachel Caine, and sci-fi/fantasy author, David Gerrold, in addition to the toastmaster, horror/mystery author, Joe R. Lansdale. This year’s theme is rockets, robots, and ray guns, so go all-out for the costume contest. There will also be panel discussions, art show, talks, and readings. All weekend and one day passes will be available at the door.
The Best Combination
The first Albuquerque Wing and Beer Festival is also this weekend for you wing and beer fans out there. On Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at the Rail Yards, you can vote for your favorite wings from Slate Street Billiards, Wings Gone Wild LLC, Uptown Sports Bar, TRUBBQ4U, Andre’s Ribs, Mark “The Pit Master,” Kirk Seasonings, All Smoked Out BBQ, Pasion Latin Fusion, Oh Kay Cee’s BBQ, and Brothers Bop Bop BBQ. Brought to you by Uptown Sports Bar and Hungry No More, $5 from every ticket will benefit local nonprofts Joy Junction and New Mexico Fisher House. Tickets are $30 for people 21 and over and are available here.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Good news! It’s Friday, and you’re probably heaving a sigh of relief after a very long week. But did you know those sighs are actually helping keep you alive?
Mechanically speaking, sighs are simply normal breaths with added intakes of air before you exhale. A study published in the scientific journal, “Nature,” revealed that sighing helps keep your lungs inflated. “If you don’t sigh every five minutes or so, the alveoli will slowly collapse, causing lung failure,” according to the study’s co-author, Jack Feldman, a professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute.
In other words: Sighs matter. And here’s how you can have a few in Albuquerque this weekend:
Summer may be coming to a close, but you still have one more chance to party with the City of Albuquerque’s last Summerfest. This Saturday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m., the Westside Summerfest will be in full swing with food trucks, artisan markets, kids’ activities, a local microbrew garden featuring beer, wine, and spirits—and live bands (including national headliner Big Head Todd and the Monsters). This free event will be at Cottonwood Corners on Ellison Drive between Cottonwood Drive and Alameda Boulevard.
One of the most highly anticipated competitions is back! The Second Annual Mac & Cheese Fest is Saturday, 2–6 p.m., at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Taste gourmet macaroni and cheese from more than 30 vendors at this 21-and-over event—and vote for your favorite to reign as the cheese champion. There will be beer and wine tastings and opportunities to purchase a full pour. A portion of the proceeds benefits The New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is celebrating one of our favorite times of year—chile season, of course!—with the Bosque Chile Festival. This free event is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and chef demonstrations presented by Bernalillo County, the Middle Rio Grande Conservation District, and the NHCC. Sample and judge a chile and salsa competition by purchasing a sampler wristband for $5.
The kids are heading back to school, and while that may mean a breather for parents, it may mean more stress for kids. Joseph Abularrage, chairman of the pediatrics department at New York-Presbyterian Queens in New York City says, “A few late summer adjustments can help children have a safe and productive school year.”
In addition to the basics of a healthy breakfast and 60 minutes of exercise a day, Abularrage recommends children get a good night’s rest and that parents gradually adjust bed time to the desired time and that kids refrain from using smart phones or tablets before bed. “These devices emit a blue light that makes it hard to fall asleep,” he says.
Keeping them healthy and ready for school also entails keeping their back happy. He recommends using both backpack straps when carrying heavy loads to avoid back pain and poor posture. If the weight is taking it’s toll, consider lightening the load by leaving some books at school.
As if you needed a reason to grab a beer after work, Quarter Celtic Brewpub is giving you one. As part of its collaboration with Chama River Brewing Co., Quarter Celtic will host a release party for its latest Belgium-beer collaboration all day Friday, Aug. 12. The new brew is a Belgian Strong Ale, with 11 percent ABV and 30 IBUs, plenty strong for a great happy hour, and the perfect beverage to wash down some Celtic nachos. You can get the strong ale on tap at either Quarter Celtic or Chama River Brewing Co.
Join coffee enthusiasts for Humble Coffee‘s Second Birthday Bash. Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., sip on specialty Humble and Pop Fizz drinks, grab a pint from Tractor Brewing Co. in the beer garden, and listen to five live bands, including special guest, Red Light Cameras. There will be artisan vendors, food trucks, and games to keep everyone entertained. Be sure to bring your own T-shirt to be screen printed with the birthday bash image or purchase a shirt at the event.
Toast to ABQ Flavors
Also this Saturday, don’t miss the Taste & Toast of ABQ event at ABQ Uptown. From noon to 5 p.m., sample dishes from over 20 restaurants and beverages from 10 local wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Artichoke Café, Cocina Azul, Zacatecas, Tractor Brewing Co., Marble Brewing Co., La Cumbre Brewing Co., Gruet Winery, and Broken Trail Distillery will all be sampling during this outdoor foodie fest.
While you’re there, take advantage of discounts at ABQ Uptown retailers, enjoy a fashion show, and listen to five live bands performing throughout the festivities. A commemorative Toast of ABQ tasting glass is included with your ticket, which can be purchased here for a special price of two for $30. (Photo credit: Blue River Productions)
What are your plans this weekend?