Albuquerque Buzz: July 2010

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, July 2010

Have you seen Turner to Cézanne at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History yet? If you have, you know it’s the kind of exhibit Albuquerque rarely sees, with masterpieces by artists such as van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Manet. If you haven’t, well, then you should before Aug. 8, when the traveling show (carrying some pieces never before seen in the U.S.) flies home to Wales. Either way, don’t miss some of the programs the museum is hosting to accompany the exhibit. On Thursday, July 1, at 6 p.m., the museum puts on the Gregynog Festival, which will mimic a Welsh festival of the same name. Listen to hymns, folk songs and poetry by an a cappella Welsh choir called Tan y Ddraig. There are tons of other Cézanne-related July events, so check out the museum’s website for a full list. Ticket prices, while reasonable, are complicated, so refer to the website for details on those as well. 2000 Mountain NW, 505.243.7255, www.cabq.gov/museum.

I was surprised by how much I liked Triple Espresso. It’s a play about three middle-aged guys in a coffeehouse remembering their attempt at theatrical fame. Honestly, it didn’t sound like my kind of thing. But when the show came to Albuquerque for a one-night-only preview this spring, I went anyway. And it was great. Triple Espresso has played in 45 cities in six countries in three languages over the last 14 years. So maybe I should have figured it would be a smart, funny, perfectly timed and well-acted piece complete with the best shadow puppetry I’ve ever witnessed. It’s solid. And great for the family. It’s going to be at the KiMo Theatre until July 11, so see it while you can. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. $28 adults, $24 students and seniors, $14 children 12-and-under. 423 Central NW, 505.768.3522, www.tripleespresso.com.

When Ruby Shoesday traded its home in Downtown Albuquerque for a shop in the Heights, I worried about the fate of the neighborhood. Along Gold Avenue, where Ruby Shoesday lived, other retail outlets had recently picked up and moved out as well, vacating a brief stretch of pedestrian thoroughfare that had become one of my favorites in the city. But P’tit Louis Bistro just moved in to Shoesday’s old storefront. And now I want to rejoice. Not only is P’tit Louis filling a void in the neighborhood, it’s also giving Albuquerque something it doesn’t have much—if any—of: a true European-style bistro. Perched on the corner of Gold and Third Street, the tiny but artfully crafted blue-and-gold restaurant gleams with polished silver and a chandelier. Vegetarians can find solace in a roasted beets and goat cheese salad, an endives and Roquefort cheese salad, a great selection of fromages, a number of sandwiches like Morbier and apples on a toasted panini, and decadent desserts like tarte Tatin and mousse au chocolat. The carnivorous have a veritable playground to let their taste buds run wild in—with playmates like duck confit, fois gras, escargots and mussels prepared three different ways. Go welcome this bastion of culinary optimism to the neighborhood—we want it to stay. 228 Gold SW, 505.314.1111, www.ptitlouisbistro.com

It’s The Dolls! You know, the drag-tacular theater ensemble that’s put on the likes of Revolting Drag Queens: The Story of Stonewall, Revenge of the Nutcracker, the annual Joan and Marilyn Christmas shows and much, much more. Now Burque’s favorite drag queens are bringing Auntie Mame to the Albuquerque Little Theatre from July 2 through 11. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15. Be aware that this show is rated R, and based on the group’s previous work, they mean it. Just because they’re called The Dolls doesn’t mean you should bring your kids. This is adult-only, people. But it also promises to be a fabulously good time. 224 San Pasquale SW, 505.242-4750, www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org.

Enjoy the agrarian landscape of Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Culture Center with an evening’s performance by the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. Cocktail receptions and appetizers will complement Mozart’s “Sonata in E minor,” Piazzolla’s “Primavera Portena” and Schumann’s “In modo d’una Marcia,” among others. It takes $75 and reservations to attend the Saturday, July 10 event from 6 to 9 p.m. If you can’t make it, try to get to one of Los Poblanos’ Summer Dining events this month. On Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., $55 gets you a three-course alfresco dinner. Start your meal with dishes like roasted early summer vegetables in a parsley nagé or sautéed shrimp with caramelized potato gnocchi. Then settle in with balsamic- and lavender-marinated ribeye or grilled grain tempeh with savoy cabbage slaw. Finish the evening with chocolate roulade with orange geleé and Chantilly cream. 4803 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.9297, www.lospoblanos.com.

As most food- or envrionmentally-motivated denizens of Burque know, Los Poblanos also has a great CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. And now another one has come to town. Beneficial Farms CSA, which works with up to 40 regional farms that use only natural growing methods, is accepting new members. Pick up your share of fresh and local fruits and veggies for only $25 a week from La Montanita Co-op Warehouse. Sign up online, where you can also opt in for eggs, artisanal cheese, grass-fed beef, organic quinoa, honey, frozen green chile and dried pinto beans. 3361 Columbia NE, 505.470.1969, www.beneficialfarm.com.

Zinc lovers! This is for you. Throughout the summer, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro is offering Cellar Summer Chill Out Specials from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. What does that mean? It means you can eat delicious things like chilled gazpacho, Baja shrimp and sea bass ceviche tostadas, and frozen cucumber-infused gin daiquiris for only $6 a pop. Late-night eating just got a lot more interesting. 3009 Central NE, 505.254.ZINC (9462), www.zincabq.com.

The carnivores and pescetarians of our fair burg are about to get some great news. Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico is the first seafood supplier in the state to become Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified. The MSC makes sure the fish we eat is sustainable, meaning it isn’t overfished or harvested through environmentally unsound practices like trawling. Eating MSC-certified fish means eating guilt-free fish. And now the Seattle Fish Company of NM is helping area restaurants get MSC-certified, too. So far, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Zine Wine Bar & Bistro, Savoy Bar & Grill, Pelican’s Restaurant West Side, Pelican’s of Albuquerque and Cid’s Food Market n Taos have all received their certifications. Please support these restaurants and let them know you appreciate their efforts. And let your other favorite restaurants know that you care about eating sustainable fish. 

Celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the fourth anniversary of the Rail Runner with one ride. One Saturday, July 17, catch one of the train’s specially designated cars in Albuquerque and head to Santa Fe. Along the way, you’ll hear an informative narrative about O’Keeffe’s life and art by on of the museum’s docents. Then at 4:10 p.m. at the Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner station, where you’ll arrive, a bus will take you to the museum, where you’ll get a gift bag and the opportunity to see the highly acclaimed exhibit Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction. Top off the day with a courtyard wine reception before you hop on the return shuttle and train ride home. Tickets are $50 (plus fees) and must be purchased in advance. Visit www.nmrailrunner.com/news_okeeffe_express.asp for details and to reserve a spot.

Want to win a car? Want to see a fashion show? Want to help disadvantaged children and families while you’re at it? Then you should probably buy a ticket to Project New Day, which hosts its fourth annual runway show/raffle for charity on Friday, July 30, at Hotel Albuquerque. Tickets to the event cost $50 and raffle tickets are $100 each. If your name is drawn, choose between a brand-new Mini Cooper S or a two-year lease on a BMW Z4 convertible. You can also take part in a live auction, with items up for grabs like Lasik eye surgery, a B.C. Nowlin painting and a Hyatt Tamaya two-night vacation/dinner/spa package for two. Proceeds benefit A New Day Youth & Family Services, which works to help troubled youth and their families and set them on better paths. The event lasts from 6 to 10 p.m. 800 Rio Grande NW, 505.260.9912, www.projectnewday.org.