July 2018 Top Picks
Wildlife West Goat Yoga. This is a unique yoga class. Goat yoga allows yogis to complete their practice surrounded by these playful animals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 17. Proceeds benefit the native wildlife animal sanctuary, a 501(c) nonprofit. Info: Wildlife West Nature Center, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, wildlifewest.org. Tickets: $20.
La Chamba. This concert is a fusion of 60’s psychedelic surf-pop with Afro-Latin rhythms that pays homage to the melodies and grooves of Peruvian Chicha music popular among the working-classes of the Amazon. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center Fountain Courtyard, 1701 4th Street SW, ampconcerts.org, 724-4771. Tickets: $13-$18.
Freedom 4th. The City of Albuquerque invites everyone to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. This family-friendly event features live entertainment, kids’ activities, a food court and the largest fireworks show in the state. Info: Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, cultureabq.com or call 311 for details. Free.
Lavender in the Village. Seventy artists and agriculturalists offer everything lavender including potions, lotions, food, and artwork, along with local wines, beers and spirits, information on growing, harvesting distilling and cooking with lavender, yoga, local bands, and 5 and 10k runs. Info: Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Los Ranchos. Tickets:lavenderinthevillage.com.
Michael Anthony Lineage Concert. Anthony’s teaching and artistry on the guitar has influenced many local musicians. Students Claudio Tolousse and John Maestas celebrate the legacy of ‘Uncle Mike’. The concert features Michael Anthony’s trio, Rob ‘Milo’ Jaramillo, bass, and Andy Polling, drums. Info: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE. Tickets: $25, brownpapertickets.com, 480-0107.
Calixto Oviedo y Son Sabroso. This concert features a living encyclopedia of Cuban drumming, from the profound roots of African-influenced folklore to the hottest dance music and cutting edge of jazz. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center Fountain Courtyard, 1701 4th Street SW, ampconcerts.org, 724-4771. Tickets: $13-$18.
New Mexico Jazz Festival: Ranky Tanky. Kicking off the 3-day Route 66 Summerfest Weekend is a concert with Ranky Tanky, a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet performing the exotic music of the West African Gullah culture. Loosely translated, Ranky Tanky means “Work It” or “Get Junky.” Info: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE, 268-0044. Tickets: newmexicojazzfestival.com.
Not Your Mother’s Bridal Show. This bridal show is like a relaxed, casual party and embraces Albuquerque’s originality, uniqueness, and diverse population. There will be hand-selected vendors offering non-traditional bridal and décor ideas, along with a cash bar, live DJ, and lounge areas. Info: Duel Brewing, 606 Central Ave. SW, hosted by Events by Musicology.
Mama’s Minerals Kids’ Day. Kids excavate 40 million year old fossil fish, learn to make arrowheads, pan for gold, crack open geodes, make jewelry, see glowing fluorescent minerals, experience a hands-on geology presentation and leave with a free bag of rocks and fossils. Info: 800 20th Street NW at Bellamah, mamasminerals.com. Free.
Quintessence 6th Annual Summer Choral Festival. At this final concert of the Festival, over one hundred voices and the Quintessence Choral Scholars perform Robert Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories” and a variety of other choral works with a professional orchestra. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, quintessence-abq.com. Tickets $5-$15, brownpaperticketscom.
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