The sun is still shining brightly, but it sure is getting a lot colder around Albuquerque! As summer sunshine is replaced by a brisk fall breeze and we have extra time on our hands now that “Breaking Bad” has shown its final episode, the phrase “all good things must come to an end” suddenly comes to mind.
But thankfully, there are still plenty of great events going on around Albuquerque—the only difference is, you might want to wear an extra layer, especially if you plan on attending:
The Walter White Funeral and Final Amends
Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse plans on holding a benefit funeral for the late “Breaking Bad” character, Walter White. Fans are invited to remember the imaginary cult of personality and bid a final farewell to his memory at Sunset Memorial Park at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The funeral procession includes a eulogy delivered by the series’ set director, Michael Flowers, followed by a luxurious reception at the steakhouse at 8 p.m. Though Walter White doesn’t exist, the cost of his funeral is a reality, and tickets to the funeral will set you back $20. It will, however, go into the coffers for homeless Albuquqerqueans through the Albuquerque Community Foundation and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.
Get tickets—or commemorative items—at walterwhitefuneral.org.
This Saturday, get autographs from Dallas Cowboys football legends, bowl, and attend the VIP party at The Stage at The Star with the players and former Cowboy cheerleaders. On Sunday, you’re invited to join the players to watch the Cowboys/Eagles game at The Stage, and enter to win signed memorabilia. All events are open to the public—no RSVP required!
A Grande Celebration
Show the stately Rio Grande some love by participating in Dia del Rio; a community event aimed at cleaning up the mighty river and having some fun in the process.
Volunteers will receive refreshments upon arriving at the Durant Open Space area at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and will help revegetate, restore trails, and pick up trash. The first 80 people to register receive a free t-shirt courtesy of REI, and a prize drawing will be held at the end.
The event is free, and is sponsored by Michael Thomas Coffee, House of Bread, the Open Space Alliance,West Central Alliance of Neighbors (WeCAN!), Papa Charlie’s on Isleta, and I Scream Ice Cream.
For more info, call 505-452-5216.
Just Belly Scratching the Surface
Switch up your typical Southwest boot scoot boogie for a taste of belly dancing from around the world, courtesy of Farfesha Belly Dance‘s East Meets West IV event at the South Broadway Cultural Center on Saturday.
The studio’s experienced and colorfully-clad dancers promise a performance that spans multiple cultures, through high-energy dance and uplifting music that can’t easily be found in out neck of the woods. According to Farfesha, belly dancing “is a path to physical fitness and greater body awareness…It allows a woman to discover and appreciate her individual beauty.”
And, of course, there will be bellies.
The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost upwards from $12.