March 2018 Top Picks

friday 2 | 6:30 pm

Tracey Whitney, A Tribute to Nancy Wilson. AAPAC Present Afriquerque brings us the former Ray Charles “Raelette” Tracey Whitney in an homage to jazz vocal great Nancy Wilson. Info: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Road NE,, 222-0785. Tickets: $15, members $10.







saturday 3 | 9 am–5 pm

March Madness Flower Show. Visit the Botanic Garden’s Mediterranean Conservatory, which will be blooming, regardless of the mad weather outside, with colorful Asiatic and Oriental lilies and white cyclamen. Through March 31. Info: Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave. NW, or dial 311 for more information. Included with admission.



sunday 4 | 3 pm

Music in Corrales. The renowned Harlem Quartet presents an all-jazz concert. Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán joins the group for an exciting performance of strings and piano. Info: V. Sue Cleveland High School Concert Hall, 4800 Laban Road NE, Rio Rancho. Student and adult tickets: Frame-n-Art, Corrales, 898-0660, or



friday 9 and sunday 11 | friday 7:30–9 pm, sunday 2–3:30 pm

Art and Music Combined. Wayne Thelander conducts the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Saint-Saens, Grieg, Strauss, Mussorgsky, and Nelson. Student artwork is projected above the orchestra and displayed in the lobby. Children are welcome. Info: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE,, 433-7445. Free, donations appreciated.



wednesday 14 | 5:30–7:30 pm 7 Quartet w_Micah

LifeROOTS Pi(e) Day. Celebrate 3.14 National Pi Day and raise money for LifeROOTS, helping children and adults with disabilities. Throw a pie in the face of NM’s business leaders, and enjoy sampling pies from local chefs and bakeries. Info: Builders Source Appliance Gallery, 308 Menaul Blvd. NE,, Kathleen Cates, 255-5501. Tickets: $20.



thursday 15–friday 16 | 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Adult Mental Health First Aid Class. Come to this 2-day class to learn the risk factors and warning signs, a 5-step action plan and the resources available for working with people with mental illness. CEUs available. Info: Presbyterian Healthcare, 9521 San Mateo Blvd. NE, register with Free.



saturday 17 and sunday 18 | 10 am–6 pm

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest. This festival is dedicated to chocolate, coffee, and gourmet foods featuring the finest providers of those items. Enjoy entertainment, cooking demos, and free Kids Zone activities. Info: Expo NM, Lujan Expo Building, 300 San Pedro Drive NE,, 933-8650. Tickets: $10, ages 4-12: $3, under 4: free. Parking $5.





monday 19 | 10 am–2 pm

National River Otter Day. Find out how your actions here in New Mexico can help these animals thrive. Say hello to our resident river otters, Chaos and Mayhem. Info: ABQ BioPark Aquarium, 2601 Central Ave. NW, or dial 311 for more information.




tuesday 20 | 6–8 pm

Beer for a Better Burque. Tractor Brewing hosts Coin Night at their three Albuquerque taprooms in support of four local non-profits–Cancer Services of New Mexico, Equality New Mexico, Explora and Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network. You choose one of these non-profits to get $1 from Tractor each time you buy a beer that night. Details:









thursday 29 | 11:15 am–1:30 pm

6th Annual Great Grant Giveaway. The Albuquerque Community Foundation hosts the 2018 Great Grant Giveaway. Nonprofit organizations in Albuquerque have been selected to present their amazing work. A $500 check on every table will be awarded to one of the nonprofits. Info: Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 883-6240,







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