August 2019 Top Picks

friday 2 | 1–6 pm

Great Southwestern Antique and Vintage Show Sneak Preview. This is the place to collect fine art and antiques, Native American art, ethnographic art, textiles, furniture, photos, books, jewelry and see Skip Gentry’s Fred Harvey Memorabilia Collection. The show continues August 3–4. Info: Lujan Center, Expo NM Fairgrounds, 300 San Pedro Drive NE,, 255-4054. Preview tickets: $100 per person, all proceeds benefit KNME PBS.



friday 2 | 7:30–11 pm

Science of Wine: Adult Night. More than wine tasting, Explora and Viva Vino New Mexico Wine present an oenological odyssey including wine tasting, an artisan market and fun wine activities. The VIP ticket option includes a VIP lounge, gift bag, and early entry. This event is for ages 21 and over with ID. Info: Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NW,, 224-8300. $25-$50.




saturday 3 | 5–10 pm

Downtown Summerfest. The downtown Summerfest offers non-stop entertainment, local eats, treats and bands. Rock with national headliner Tommy Castro and The Painkillers who will squeeze out the deepest blues and play the funkiest soul grooves in the heart of the city. Info: Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 401 2nd Street NW, Free.




monday 5 | 7–9 pm

How Safe Are We: Discussion by Janet Napolitano. Bookworks and the former Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, an Albuquerque native, present a discussion about the Department of Homeland Security and the issues at the U.S. borders. Info: KiMo Theater, 423 Central Ave. NW,, 344-8134. Tickets: one hardcover book purchase admits 2, $26.




thursday 8–saturday 10 | 7:30 am–5 pm

New Mexico Humane Conference: The Heroes We Need. The New Mexico Humane Conference is the Southwest’s forum for animal welfare educational and networking opportunities for animal welfare professionals, animal control officers, veterinarians and technicians, and animal rescue groups. Info: Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, 1000 Woodward Place NE, $120.








saturday 10 | 9 am–6 pm

Red and Green VegFest. The VegFest encourages plant-based living through lectures, vegan cooking demos, vegan cuisine to sample or purchase, vegan-friendly merchandise, exercise, and giveaways. Sponsor HeartnSole promotes the nutritional, ethical, social and environmental benefits of a vegan diet. Info: JCC, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE,, 332-0466. $15, $5 students and seniors with ID.



saturday 10 | 7:30 pm

Regional Poetry Slam Championship. Outpost and ABQ Slams present the Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam finals featuring top poets from Colorado, Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico in team and individual competition. Info: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE,, 268-0044. Tickets: $15, $10 Outpost members and students.



saturday 17 | 5–10 pm

Westside Summerfest. The final installment of Albuquerque Summerfest is themed “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and celebrates the end of the summer with local food, drinks and music. This family-friendly event features national headliner, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. Info: Ventana Ranch Park, 10000 Universe Blvd. NW, Free.





friday 23–sunday 25 | friday 4 pm–midnight, saturday 10 am–midnight | sunday 10 am–5 pm

Bubonicon 51. NM’s science fiction convention presents the literature of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Attendees can meet authors, socialize, view artwork, play games, and celebrate Science Fiction. This convention’s theme is “The Future Is Now (2019 Is History).” Info: Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE,, 559-0931. Day or weekend tickets available, discounts for youths under 17.



saturday 24 and sunday 25 | 1–6 pm

Acting Workshop. The State of New Mexico is a favorite locale for the film industry, and also where Hollywood icon Basil Hoffman teaches his acclaimed workshop “Acting and How To Be Good at It”. This is part of the ‘LA Series’ that will include Brad Lemack’s “The New Business of Acting,” on September 7. Info: Sol Acting Academy, 5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE #114, register at, 881-0975. $240.








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