December 2017/January 2018 Top Picks

friday december 1 | 6:30–8:30 pm TEDXABQ

Gingerbread Enchantment. Build a house, buy one, or both. Enjoy food, fun, entertainment. Even Santa will be there. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque’s Low Income Meal Program. Info: Sid Cutter Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Park, 4900 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy. NE. Register, buy tickets: Tickets: $5, kids under 3: free.



saturday december 2 and sunday december 3 | 1 and 2:30 pm

Alice in Jazzland. Follow Alice to Rabbit’s wondrous world of characters who dance to happy, toe-tapping jazz music. All ages will delight to see colorful vintage-inspired costumes and original jazz dances. Info: Harwood Basement Theater, 1114 7th Street NW. Facebook “Sweet Jubilee” for info. Suggested donation $10, kids $5 at door.



thursday december 7–sunday december 10 | 8 pm, sunday 4 pm

Duke City Repertory Theatre presents the “Ugly Sweater Revue.” This fun-filled and adults-only variety show promises the jolliest and bawdiest acts that local Albuquerque performers have to offer. Info: Duke City Repertory Theatre, 110 Gold Ave. SW. Tickets:, 797-7081.









saturday december 16 | 7:30–9:30 pm

Midwinter Ballads. Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee present ballads, stories and songs of the Gap-toothed Hag of The North stealing the sun, an Irish hero sailing to Trollebotten, gnomes and ghostly medieval choirs. Info: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 on show day;, Hold My Ticket 886-1251.









sunday december 31 | 10 am–2 pm

NOON Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Explora. We are open for an early New Year’s celebration with a countdown and balloon drop at noon. Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NW,, 224-8300. Included with Explora general admission: $4–8 per person.




friday january 5 | 7 pm

Cathryn McGill: UNMASKED. McGill, who is deeply rooted in church choirs and the gospel tradition has been described as a performer of electrifying, gospel-cooked jazz and blues. Info: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Drive NE, 222-0778. Tickets: members $10, general admission $15










saturday january 13 | 10–11 am

Gardening: A Unique Art Form. The Xeric Garden Club presents Aaron Lamb, manager of the Santa Ana Garden Center. Join us for a talk on low water, xeric native plants and others that thrive in Albuquerque, and see what’s available locally. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, Free.




saturday january 20 | 6–8:30 pm 7 Quartet w_Micah

Lights, Camera, Music. Jason Altieri conducts iconic favorites from your favorite films, as we get ready for the Academy Awards. Get Red Carpet ready and come celebrate 90 years of movie music with us. Info: Popejoy Hall, 1 University of New Mexico,, 323-4343. Tickets: $20-$65








friday january 26 | 7:30–9 pm

Jasper String Quartet. This world famous quartet performs classical and contemporary works at this Music in Corrales concert. Info: Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales. Tickets: advance tickets $22; $25 at door, if available, or




saturday january 27| 11 am–2 pm

Souper Bowl. Come out and enjoy an event of soup and dessert sampling featuring 40 restaurants and local chefs. Enjoy delicious food, live music and the chance to win great prizes. Info: Roadrunner Food Bank, 5840 Office Blvd. NE, Advance tickets: $40, children under 12, $10; $45 at the door.






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