Albuquerque Buzz: November 2011

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, November 2011

Albuquerque had a few minutes in the literary limelight last month when the New York Times printed a piece on things to do in the Duke City. From highlighting the chamber music series Church of Beethoven to the sweet, hand-kneaded empanadas at Gold Crown Panaderia, the article serves as a nice reminder of how good we’ve got it. If you haven’t seen it yet, google “36 Hours in Albuquerque.”

Working Classroom has put together a special event for Día de los Muertos. Stop by the organization’s new Youth Arts Center to commemorate lives lost through El Pueblo en Venta: Altars to Victims of Human Trafficking. It’s this Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. 423 Atlantic SW, 505.242.9267,

Creative types take heed: The second annual Albuquerque Symposium on the Creative Economy is coming to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW) this Friday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Mind to Market: Protecting Your Intellectual Capital, and three internationally renowned keynotes speakers (Jim Barnham of Hubbard Broadcasting, ReelzChannel and KOB-TV; writer, producer and publisher Alisa Valdez Rodriguez; and Catherine Casserly of Creative Commons) will take the stage to tell you how. The event will also feature two panels--Intellectual Property Primer and Originality & Ownership. Tickets are $65 for Creative Albuquerque members and $85 for non-members, and you’ve got to get them in advance. Call 505.268.1920 or visit

Matt DiGregory know how to open a restaurant. His other endeavors—the Range Cafés and the Standard Dinerare proof of that. So we have good reason to be excited about his latest culinary effort, Gregario’s Italian Kitchen. As you can probably gather from the name, this place is unlike DiGregory’s other restaurants, which do diner food with a twist. Gregario’s resides in the world of thin-crust pizzas swept from stone ovens, traditional pastas, and salads made from local and organic ingredients. A nice touch is a heated outdoor patio, complete with fireplace, so you can still enjoy the fresh air as we dip further into fall. Gregario’s is a family-minded place, so there’s a separate kids’ menu, a “special activity package” for the little ones and an air of kitsch intended to make you smile. 4200 Wyoming NE, 505.323.7633.

After a successful inaugural year, the Los Ranchos Art Studio Tour is back this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visit the homes and studios of artists who live in the Los Ranchos area (and a handful who don’t). In addition to getting an insider’s view of the way the artists work, know that you’re contributing to a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds generated through any works sold will go to the Art Has a Heart Foundation. Attendance itself is free. Just show up at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center (4920 Rio Grande).

The tagline is “New Work, Old TraditionsNot Your Grandmother’s Music.” On Friday, Nov. 18, experience the sounds of four Native American classical composers when Chatter: A Chamber Ensemble performs Native ComposersPushing the Boundaries. The hour-long event will include Louis W. Ballard’s Kachina Dances for cello and piano, Celeste Lansing’s Pink Thunder for string quartet, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s Tiloa’ Hiloah (Thunder Song) for 5 Solo Timpani and the world premiere of a new composition by Raven Chacon. It all happens at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general and only $9 for people under 30 (yes, you read that right) and full-time students.

Jaque Fragua, the local urban muralist we featured in our August issue [Re: “On Native Ground: Jaque Fragua”], has been keeping busy. We got a note from Fragua telling us about his recent trip to California, where he performed with the contemporary indigenous dance company Dancing Earth at the Bioneers conference, then participated in the American Indian Mural project. Somehow in the midst of all that, he also recorded an album, which he says he’ll release soon. Keep an eye on Fragua’s projects through his website,

P’tit Louis Bistro has done it again. Its second location has been open in Nob Hill for a couple months, and it is beautiful. The Parisian-style eatery offers the same fantastic food as its original Downtown spotsuch as dishes like moules frites (which includes, by the way, simply the best fries I’ve ever had), salade du roi louis (duck confit and fois gras shavings over a micro-greens salad) and le croque monsieur (made with a béchamel that will titillate your taste buds). But the new space includes lovely touches like French doors that open onto an outdoor patio. Welcome to your new favorite place. 3218 Silver SE, 505.314.1110,

If the Los Ranchos Studio Art Tour whet your appetite, you should be thrilled with this next bit of news. The Corrales Society of Artists is having its annual Holiday Art Fest from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27. Approximately 40 artisans will have their works for sale at the three-day event. Come between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Look for it in the large, heated tent in from of the Corrales Recreational Center (500 Jones).

While you’re getting all arty, stop by the first-ever Native Heritage Art Market at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Not only will you be able to admire and purchase works (including jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture and carvings) from well-regarded American Indian artists, you’ll also get to partake in artist demonstrations, cultural performances, collector workshops and youth activities. Since the event is co-hosted by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, all participating artists are enrolled in state or federally recognized tribes or certified as Indian artisans by and Indian tribe. The market takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 26, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 27. Hotel Albuquerque is also offering a discounted rate of $79 for the weekend. To get the special rate, use the code IACA when booking. The event itself is absolutely free. 505.843.6300,

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, based on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, is doing something special for Thanksgiving this year. On Thanksgiving Day proper, the resort is presenting a Native American dance performance with dancers dressed in the traditional feathers, bells, jingles and fringes. There will also be bread baking with the outdoor Huruna oven and a massive feast. The rest of the four-day weekend will be filled with hayrides along the Bosque, pottery classes, a tree-lighting ceremony, gingerbread house-making, and plenty of other performances. The resort is also offering reduced rates starting at $129 between Nov. 13 and 30. Reserve your space by calling 800.55.HYATT (800.554.9288). 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo,

Here’s a heads-up about an important December event because we don’t want you to miss it. You don’t want to miss it, either. On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll takes to the streets. Peruse your favorite shops and restaurants, many of which will feature sales and specials, from 5 to 10 p.m. Grab some cider or hot cocoa while you’re at it. Listen to some live music. Gaze nostalgically at the luminarias. Do it all on Central between Girard and Washington.