The Southwest Snowpocalypse

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Albuquerque is a glorious city with glorious residents, but on the road during certain days of winter, we can’t help but wonder: Are ABQ drivers sane?

Whenever more than a few flakes of snow stick to the roads within the metroplex, anarchy ensues. On his way to work today, for example, a certain magazine blogger saw evidence of at least three unlucky commuters whose vehicles got “intimate” with curbs, rocks, or guardrails along the roadside.

But we digress … If you’ve made it to work safely, then you’re probably pondering your plans for the weekend. Here are a few of our favorite happenings:

Get Down!

Watch 100 young performers from 20 countries bust a move or two at Up With People‘s The Journeya powerful music and dance performance that has been performed across 60 countries.Cours Modern Jazz

While the two-hour performance is geared to delight audience members with blistering dance moves, it was also designed to bring community members together to think about the needs of their city, and how they can team up with fellow residents to make it a better place. In fact, you can start by buying a ticket to one of the performances, happening today and tomorrow at the Hiland Theater.

All the proceeds will support Saranam, a local nonprofit devoted to helping the homeless in Albuquerque. And show guests will get a front-row seat to celebrate Up With People’s 50th Anniversary. During that time, Up With People performances have been seen by more than 22 million people—each is energizing, family-friendly, and entertaining.

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know Albuquerque’s lauded master of networking, Stacy Sacco, is a proud alumni of Up With People? Well, he is, and he’ll be on hand to celebrate the festivities as well.

Get Educated

Barrio Belén Valladolid“Dig deeply into a stereotype, and you’ll find an archetype.”

With the perfect mix of controversy, culture, and entertainment, Siembra, Latino Theatre Festival: Xicanos with Guns provides a refreshing and humorous perspective on how barrio life is changing, where it might be headed, and some of the uncomfortable but chuckle-worthy growing pains it’s gone through throughout the decades.

The event—held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center—promises satirical sketch comedy that highlights “humor, a small amount of respect, and heaping spoonfuls of truth wrapped in a tortilla,” as some of the southwest’s most savvy residents offer a lampooning perspective on everything from “barrio vacations” to homosexuality, hip-hop culture, and rites of passage.

The show will use video, a DJ, and computer media to stir up some chuckles, insight, and “laughs and cries about our abuelos,” as well. The show is co-hosted by La Mesa Produce.

Get Abstract

You don’t have to completely understand something to enjoy it—for proof, spend a few minutes at ShowOff 4.0: Curious Concoctionsan “adult talent show” of sorts.Man playing the guitar

This flagship fundraiser, organized by Emerge ABQ, promises another day full of thought-inducing live art and interactive exhibits, as well as short aerial, comedy, dance, and music performances. The only requirement is that each showcases ABQ’s creativity (and that it can fit into the confines of it’s host venue, Sister Bar). The event will be hosted by local celebrity Lauren Poole, and the beer will flow freely at the 21+ event, provided you pay the $5 cover charge that goes to benefit OFFCenter Community Arts Project

The show starts today (Friday) at 8 p.m.

What are your plans for the weekend?