Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s already April, which can mean only one thing—chile harvest is only four months away!

OK, we admit (begrudgingly) that there’s more to life than red and green chile. Not only is this weekend a chance to recover from all those lame April Fools jokes, but it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate all of April’s lesser-known occasions. For example, April is host to Mathematics Awareness Month, global child nutrition month, and Willie Nelson’s birthday (who knew?).

While you’re free to celebrate them in your own unique way (Willie surely will), here are some ideas for Albuquerque events in which to ring in the season with something other than Spring cleaning—Seriously, Spring cleaning is a drag, so go forth!

Mind the Paintings

Harwood Art Center aims to expand your mind with the opening reception on Friday of Finding Reason, an art exhibition that focuses on the clever use of palette and painting techniques to create psychological dialogue. Visitors to the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight will get a crash course in dynamic imagery and masterful abstraction from featured artists Shawn Turung and Maude Andrade.

Turung, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializes in interpreting social dynamics and the human psychology into paintings, while Andrade’s work is designed to provide a symbolic narrative map of time, place, or psychological terrain, along with a meditative, mysterious flair.

The opening reception is free, and will occur in conjunction with First Friday ARTS Crawl.

Ski For Free

Despite the warm weather in ABQ, there’s a blanket of freshly fallen snow waiting to be carved up at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, where five inches fell less than 24 hours ago.

And it can be yours, for free! The resort will offer free lift tickets this weekend and next—just long enough for you to fit in some fleeting winter fun before the sun takes over once again. Snow seekers will be able to take lift 1 to the top of the mountain, as well as lift 3, which services the practice slope area.

No, the management isn’t crazy. Then again, they may be crazy about customers after such a successful season.

“Sipapu’s 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season has been one of the most successful on record, and we made the decision to give all of our guests free lift tickets as a way of showing our deep gratitude,” says general manager Gary Forrest.

They expect 12 runs to be open—a fitting end to a season that ends on April 13. Staying open so late is no news around Sipapu, though—it’s held the record for the last ski resort to close for the season in New Mexico for 10 years running.

Mixed Martial Antics

If you’re looking to see a catfight of epic proportions, take a jaunt over to the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino at 7 p.m. Friday to see undefeated Mixed Martial Artist Holly Holm represent ABQ in a bout against Juliana Werner at the Legacy 30 Fighting Championship.

Hailing from Rio Negrinho, Santa Catrina, Brazil, Werner has come a long way to pick a fight, and carries with her a 7-3 record compared to Holm’s 6-0 record. Holm—known for her stellar professional boxing history—made the move to boxing, kickboxing, and eventually, MMA competition after realizing it was a way better workout than aerobics.

“I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the [kickboxing] class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I’d try it for one fight and see what it was like,” Holm says on her website.

According to MMA Junkie, Werner views a win over Holm as a stepping stone in her career.

“I’ve read the articles that say I’m the underdog,” Werner told MMA Junkie. “So I’m looking to surprise everyone. The underdog doesn’t always lose. I’m training hard to change the world’s opinion. Every fighter has habits. I have mine, Holly has hers. We’re training so we can exploit the limitations we identified in her fighting style.”

See them both up close and personal in the ring tonight. Tickets start at $30 and climb to $200. The match will also air on the AXS TV channel at 10 p.m.