Happy belated National Nachos Day, everyone! It was yesterday, Nov. 6. Didn’t get the memo? As we found out last year, when the ATM staff hit the streets in search of the city’s best nacho plate: there are plenty of palate-pleasing nacho dishes in ABQ. Seriously. So if you didn’t get to celebrate yesterday, you have more reason to go out this weekend, grab some nachos, and hit up some of these events in between bites.
Oh, and you might want to grab a light coat before you head out (We’ve been waiting a year to say that.)
When Ron “RC” Casias and Charles M. Aragon first conceived the idea for the first-ever People’s Festival, they had no clue it would snowball into its current state. Read more about their story in our November 2014 issue, which is on newsstands now.
The People’s Festival will invade Balloon Fiesta Park Nov. 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. There will be a matanza competition, a chile competition, a salsa competition, a balloon glow, live entertainment, and turkey bowling. A beer and wine garden will keep glasses full.
Since the festival’s goal is to help and inform the public, there will be a job fair, health fair, and artisan vendors.
Admission to this all-ages event is $10. Those bringing non-perishable food items will get an admission discount. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
Cystic fibrosis is life threatening. This genetic disease primarily attacks the lungs and digestive systems. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, over 75 percent of those diagnosed with this disease are 2 years old or younger. And there are 1,000 new CF cases diagnosed each year.
Tomorrow, Nov. 8, Hotel Albuquerque is hosting the CF Chef Showoff, which will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Hotel Albuquerque’s chef Tony Trujillo and sous chef Gilbert Aragon will cook up two appetizers, a main dish, and a dessert to pair with specialty wines. There will be live and silent auctions and raffles. Bottomless glasses of wine are $15. Cocktails hour begins at 6 p.m. and tastings begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $75 each and table prices start at $650.
Lena Horne will be alive and well in Albuquerque this weekend.
Nob Hill’s Aux Dog Theatre presents their first weekend of Divas of the Night. Brenda Marley and her gorgeous voice will tribute the late great singer. Catch Marley singing some of Horne’s hits such as “Stormy Weather.”
Tonight’s show is at 8 p.m. But there will also be two shows tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Marley will once again grace the stage on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $20.
If you can’t catch Marley this weekend, she’ll be performing a tribute to Billie Holliday from Nov. 14 through 16 for the second weekend of Divas of the Night.
What are your weekend plans?