Albuquerque Buzz: February 2011

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, February 2011

What better way to treat your loved one than with a fine meal made with some of the best local ingredients? Los Poblanos serves up Valentine’s Dinner in the way you’d expect from one of Albuquerque’s best and most well-known establishments, with a four-course meal including the likes of pumpkin and fennel salad, house-made tagliatelle, and Wagyu Tri-Tip prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Perno. Come a little early and enjoy your drinks in the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Cultural Center’s library, then dine by candlelight in the grand ballroom. Served Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12. Seatings are by reservation and take place every half hour, starting at 6 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $150 plus tax and not including drinks. 4803 Rio Grande NW. For reservations, call 505.344.9297 ext. 3, or visit

Even if you don’t bring your partner, you can get some sweet deals at the Old Town Sweetheart Stroll this Saturday, Feb. 12. Merchants will be offering specials, including special Valentine’s Day dinner packages at some restaurants. In true shop and stroll style, galleries and shops will keep their doors open late tonight while the sounds of live entertainment will drift down the avenues. It all kicks off in the gazebo with tango dancing at noon and goes until 9 p.m. And it’s absolutely free. Call 311 for more information, or

Some of the best works in contemporary Spanish photography will hang inside the National Hispanic Cultural Center through the end of March. Come to an opening reception of Mujeres y Mujeres / Women and Women on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque (at the NHCC) to welcome the perplexing, metaphysical, androgynous and emotional images of Isabel Muñoz, Beatriz Moreno, Gabriela Grech, Ouka Leele and Soledad Córdoba. Free. 1701 Fourth Street SW, 505.724.4777,

Bibliophiles can get their freak on with a brand-new lecture series hosted by Bookworks. Readings on the Rio Grande is bringing New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to Albuquerque through mid March. This month, catch Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award recipient Annie Proulx (author of Brokeback Mountain) on Monday, Feb. 7, with her newest work, Bird Cloud: A Memoir at UNM’s Woodward Hall. Then on Sunday, Feb. 27, listen to Douglas Preston, co-author of the bestselling Agent Pendergast books and author of the soon-to-be-made-into-a-major-motion-picture The Monster of Florence, as he discusses Gideon’s Sword, the first installment of the new Preston/Child series, at Bookworks. And keep an eye out for Alan Arkin and his his memoir, An Improvised Life, on Tuesday, March 1. For details on these events and the rest of the lecture series, visit

The Southwest Burlesque Showcase is back! The most titillating performers from New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas will dazzle you with ruffles, silk and sequins. Come if you’ve got a sense of humor and non-Puritanical leanings. It’s at the KiMo Theatre Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12, from 8 to 10:15 p.m. both nights. Tickets range in price from $14 to $20. 423 Central NW, 505.768.3544,

In the last issue, I wrote about a delightful new yogurt shop in Nob Hill, Olo Yogurt Studio. Its still delightful and its yogurt is still delicious, but I was wrong when I said the yogurt is homemade. This is from Paula Pope, the owner: “We have been working hard to make our little shop the best it can be and with the greatest transparency as possible. With that said, I must clarify that our yogurt is not homemade. Yogurt requires a fermentation process, which allows the growth of good bacteria. In order to provide the highest quality assurance (and make sure we are only providing good and healthy bacteria) we decided to source our yogurt.” Pope goes on to say that in order to make its own yogurt, Olo would have to pay for an independent audit of its yogurt culture count, which is financially prohibitive at this time. So there’s the skinny. Sorry for the error, everyone. Go and support this tasty and honest local business. 3339 Central NE, 505.718.4656,

There are plenty of Cajun-loving folks in these parts; I know because I’ve seen them at crawfish boils. If you happen to be one of them, you won’t want to miss the Red Stick Ramblers, who are coming to the South Broadway Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. Infusing Cajun sound into Western swing, blues and old-school jazz, the Ramblers have been playing their type of home-grown music since several band members first started playing together while going to Louisiana State University in 1999. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children and can be bought over the phone at 505.848.1320. 1025 Broadway SE. For more information, visit

Wicked. You know what I’m talking about. The Broadway hit that’s been touring the world, winning a Grammy and three Tony Awards, and getting declared “the defining musical of the decade” by the New York Times is finally at Popejoy Hall—right now through Sunday, Feb. 13. Then the blockbuster is packing up and heading off to another eagerly awaiting town. So don’t miss the story of how Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West got their start. And here’s something cool: Popejoy is holding a recurring lottery for $25 orchestra seats. Each day, if you show up two and a half hours prior to show time, you can place your names in a lottery drum. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn; if your name is picked, you can buy up to two seats at $25 a piece. For a complete schedule of performances, to buy tickets and for more information, call 505.925.5858 or 877.664.8661, or visit

Want to get ready for the Academy Awards? On Saturday, Feb. 19, the KiMo Theatre is showing four hours of Oscar-nominated short films. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., catch the five live action nominated shorts: “The Confession” by Tanel Toom, “The Crush” by Michael Creagh, “God of Love” by Luke Matheny, “Na Wewe” by Ivan Goldschmidt, and “Wish 143” by Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite. Then from 7 to 9 p.m., catch the animated shorts: “Day & Night” by Teddy Newton, “The Gruffalo” by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, “Let’s Pollute” by Geefwee Boedoe, “The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, and “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” by Bastien Dubois. Tickets are $10 per category or $15 for both. 423 Central NW, 505.768.3544,

516 ARTS does it again. On Saturday, Feb. 19, the Downtown gallery is opening another one of its fabulous exhibitions. Latina/o Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word & Image examines the connections between Latina/o art and literature and their influence on shared cultural experiences. Viva Paredes, Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano, Elena Baca, Yreina Cervantez and Spain Rodriguez are among the featured artists. The exhibition is part of a larger project called Latina/o Imaginary and will feature literary, visual and performing arts throughout the spring. On Feb. 19, come from 6 to 8 p.m. for an opening reception, and return the next day on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. for an artist talk with Pepón Osorio and Amalia Mesa-Bains. For a full list of events, visit 516 Central SW, 505.242.1445.