Where does the time go? No doubt ABQ’s school children are wondering the same thing as their precious summer days drift away (i.e.–as children, we always freaked out at the end of summer!). But, there’s an upside–soon parents will be free once again, as a new school year begins and the homework piles up. Let’s be honest–nothing ruins summer shenanigans like homework. To take their minds off the impending doom of the new year, get your kids (or just yourself) out of the living room and into a few of our fave ABQ events this weekend.
No, it’s not the start of World War III, but there will be tanks and troop carriers present in the parking lot for Chile Con 3, a small-scale model contest devoted to seeing who’s best at building, painting, and displaying the best examples of hobbyists’ models.
Before guests even get in the door at the MCM Elegante hotel, they’ll be greeted by a “car” show of sorts from the New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Instead of Corvettes and Impalas, expect to see Jeeps, half-tracks, and anti-tank guns.
But the fun really takes place inside the hotel, where models in more than 11 categories from dinosaurs to turboprop airplanes will compete for top prizes, including paint compressors and intricate model kits.
If you think your model can sweep the competition, show up at the registration desk starting at 12 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on your category. For more info, visit the website at the hyperlink above.
March of the Mariachis
Speaking of spicy chile, there’s a slightly sexy party going on down at Sandia Resort and Casino called the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque.
The four day event–which teaches aspiring mariachis how to get more in the groove–started on July 9, but ends with a Mariachi Spectacular concert at Sandia Resort & Casino Ampitheater. The concert will feature some of the most talented mariachi bands in the world, including the all-woman mariachi band Mariachi Mujer 200, as well as Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara de German Gutierrez.
Concert doors open on Saturday at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here.
There will also be a “Mariachi Mass” event held at the historic San Jose Parish earlier in the day at 11 a.m., which “provides yet another opportunity for the community to experience mariachi music in a different setting,” according to the organization’s event page.
Calling All Jazz Cats
If you’re a feline-lover with a penchant for live classical jazz performances, you’ll want to pounce on the Fabulous Felines Presents summer fundraiser, which will raise money to benefit ABQ’s cat community through delicious food, live jazz music from guitarist Michael Anthony, and plenty of like-minded cat fans.
Attendees will also get a front-row seat to a cat-centric presentation by University of New Mexico Professor Ray Hernandez Duran, called “Symbol, Guide, and Familiar: The Cat & Human Spirituality Through the Ages. It might just make you purr. the event starts on July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.
In addition to jazz, there will be be a host of silent auction prizes up for grabs, including hotel getaways, art, and restaurant gift cards. To avoid getting into a catfight over a missed opportunity, reserve your seat here.