What a Wet Week

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

The dark clouds hovered above. Albuquerqueans gazed with crossed fingers. The clouds did burst. We gathered two of each animal, made a giant boat … wait. That’s a different story. But we did need the precipitation. And it did happen, finally.

According to Chris Luckett, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Albuquerque saw 1.32 inches of rain in the past seven days and 1.55 inches of rain in the past 10 days. Wednesday night alone saw .94 inches of rain at the Albuquerque International Sunport, breaking a record of .71 inches that was set in 1933.

Now it’s sunny and dry. Perfect timing, considering there’s so much to do this weekend. You know the drill. Pen. Calendar. Plan.

Orchestra conductor hands baton“The Mozart Effect” 

Whether it’s true or not, we’re sure you’ve heard of “the Mozart effect.” According to bbc.com, the phrase was created in 1991 and drew big-time media attention after the study was described in the journal Nature two years after. Anyway, the effect goes along the lines of classical music improving the brain (As a kid, I should have thrown more Bach in the CD deck rather than Led Zeppelin!).

Tonight, you get a free shot at possibly experiencing “the Mozart effect.” The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of David Felberg, is offering a free concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. at University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall. Though free, donations are greatly appreciated.

A Diamond on the DiamondOld Baseball, Glove, and Bat on Field

“There’s no crying in baseball!” Tom Hanks famously shouted in a scene from the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

The movie highlighted the groundbreaking All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which lasted from 1943 to 1954. And one of our own Albuquerqueans, Kathryn “Katie” Vonderau, spent eight years in the league as a catcher. Grab a copy of our July 2014 issue, on newsstands now, to read about her inspiring story.

The AAGPBL Reunion is in Albuquerque this year. Festivities begin this Saturday, July 19, and last through Tuesday, July 22. The festivities will include an on-field tribute to the former players at the 7:05 p.m. ‘Topes game versus the Fresno Grizzlies on Monday, July 21. Gates open at 6 p.m. for an AAGPBL autograph session. There will be a post-game screening of A League of Their Own.


waiter is drafting a beer from a golden spigotHip and Hoppy

IPAs have slithered their way into Albuquerque popular culture (much like blue rock candy). But whose IPA is the best? On Sunday, July 20, you can be the judge.

The 2014 New Mexico Brewers Guild IPA Challenge will be happening at  Tractor Brewing Co. Wells Park at 4 p.m. For $20, try a number of IPAs from across the state and throw in your two cents as to what you think about them.

Looks like our calendar’s full.

What are you getting into this weekend?