It all starts with a little itch on the inside of your nose. Then, a solitary sneeze… Followed by a violent volley of sneezing, watery eyes, and the sudden need to crawl under a rock and pass out for a few hours.
If you haven’t yet guessed, the beginning of allergy season has arrived in ABQ. According to the City of Albuquerque, there’s a liberal cloud of juniper, elm, and willow pollen hanging around the Duke City. That means we’ll be tripping on allergy pills for the near future, but if we happen to stumble out of our allergy stupor for a few hours, these are the ABQ events in our crosshairs:
Sure, the sharks at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium are cool, but what about the people in the SCUBA suits who dive into said shark tank on a daily basis?
SCUBA diving can be a rewarding hobby, but the Land of Enchantment isn’t exactly known for its coastline. Albuquerqueans who are considering a “dive” into the hobby should check out SCUBA Day at the aquarium.
The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and offers aquarium visitors the chance to meet with diving professionals from three different local SCUBA shops (yes, ABQ has those!). These divers can answer questions, give advice, and help connect future divers with the classes they need to gain certification.
Oh, and don’t worry—a dip in the shark tank isn’t required. If you’re already a certified diver, then register for the free contest in which the winner gets one glorious dive session in the aquarium’s shark tank. No joke!
The Plaza That Pleases
You can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates, but perhaps what your Valentine really wants is just a chance to talk and explore something new with someone special: you.
Kill two “lovebirds” with one stone by taking your honey to the Sweetheart Stroll in Old Town on Saturday. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Old Town guests are invited to stroll around the historic community’s eclectic mix of galleries, gift stores, and restaurants with their significant other in tow.
Guests will also be treated to a performance from musician Skip Batchelor and the musical mariachi stylings of Los Primos. Both musicians will play from beneath the Old Town gazebo—and it’s totally free. What’s not to love?
It’s where spandex, a fearless attitude, and acrobatic skill come together. No, we’re not talking about what happens on Valentine’s Day, but on-stage at Varekai by Cirque du Soleil.
As one of the Canadian performance art company’s premier traveling shows, Varekai brings breathtaking acrobatics, traditional comedic circus acts, and a bit of sex appeal to every city the tour visits. The show fires up for five nights straight, from Feb. 11–15, which means you shouldn’t delay getting tickets.
Varekai retells the tale of Icarus after he flew too close to the sun, but with a much less morbid ending.
According to Cirque’s version, Icarus survives the fall and starts a new life on the ground below (with the help of a steamy love interest, of course). The show relies on traditional Georgian dances, juggling, a clown act, a high-flying Russian trapeze act, and other performances to string the story together.
The performances take place at the Santa Ana Star Center, and tickets run as little as $40 per seat (unless you’d rather pay a few extra bucks to get up-close-and-personal at the edge of the stage).
What are YOUR plans for this weekend?