Albuquerque Buzz: June 2011

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, June 2011

The 48 Hour Film Project is back! Cobble together a group of friends to write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours. The deadline is tight—shooting begins Friday, June 3, and ends Sunday, June 5. It’s $175 to register. What do you get if you win? At the city level, you’ll take home a nice trophy and earn a screening at 48HFP’s Filmapalooza is Las Vegas. But if you win the international contest, you’ll still get an extra-fancy trophy, but you’ll also receive $3,000 and a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. If you’re more interested in the viewing portion of the project, screenings of all the entered films will be shown at the KiMo Theater on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Then there’ll be a best of screening on Friday, June 24. And here’s something nice: Tickets to the screenings are a mere $10 a pop.

One of the benefits of living in New Mexico is that it houses the National Institute of Flamenco, and every year the renowned institution puts on the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque (yes, that extra “r” is intentional). This Wednesday, June 8, through Sunday, June 9, the festival is back, and it’s bringing with it 23 different dance and music workshops and five nights of performances, with Jose Maya, Fuensanta La Moneta, VIII Concurso, Maria Jose Franco, Yjastros and Fiesta Flamenca. Performances will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) and the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theatre. Ticket prices vary by performance and package. Visit for all the details.

Conscientious eating is on the rise. Scan the menu at any forward-thinking restaurant and you’ll see the evidence of modern gastronomes’ dietary preferences: gluten-free, dairy-free, free-range, organic, soy, tempeh, locally grown and ethically raised. Awareness about the meat and dairy industries and big agriculture’s effect on the environment is spreading with social media-like speed, giving us all a reason to look a little more closely at our culinary choices. On Thursday, June 9, the Sustainable Seafood Festival—hosted by the Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico, the ABQ BioPark and the NM BioPark Society—further fosters that awareness, showing participants which seafood options protect the environment. At the Albuquerque Aquarium from 6 to 9 p.m., $30 will get you in to sample sustainable seafood from Zinc, Savoy, Seasons, Scalo and others. Cooking demos, live music and an auction round out the evening. 2601 Central NW, 505.764.6212,

Do something good and drink beer. To raise money for the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, a wilderness rescue unit based in the Sandias, Marble Brewery is hosting the second-ever Mountain Rescue Brew Fest. Marble Avenue will be closed off to traffic, trading cars for local products, performers, a climbing wall and even a bouncy house to keep the kids busy. Come from 2 to 11 p.m. 111 Marble NW, 505.243.2739,

Two of Albuquerque’s best summertime events are back. The Summer Nights Concerts at the Botanic Gardens start up again this Thursday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue every Thursday through Aug. 12 (except for July 2). On opening night it’s rock-a-billying Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams. Likewise, the Zoo Music Concerts at the Rio Grande Zoo get started on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Music among the animals continues every Friday through Aug. 5. The Blasters get the season in motion. Pricing for each event is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information and this summer’s musical lineup, visit

If you’re really feeling the city-sponsored musical events, don’t miss Summerfest, back on Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza Saturday, June 18. This time around it’s The Drifters, the same doo-wop band formed in 1958 that put out classics like “Under the Boardwalk” and “This Magic Moment.” Get your oldies groove on for free from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Check out for more details.

There are a lot of excellent coffee roasters in this state. Although I haven’t sampled all of them, I have torn my way through a heavily caffeinated chunk of local blends, roasts and varietals. My favorite in my many years of sampling is Red Rock Roasters. You may not have heard much about it, because you usually don’t find it in stores. Although you can order it online, Red Rock primarily sells it coffee wholesale to restaurants—which is why the name may feel vaguely familiar (restaurants that use it often serve it in little white cups and saucers printed with a crimson Red Rock Roasters logo). Ordering online is fine; but I like being able to pick the stuff up whenever I like. And that’s why I was thrilled to discover it among the aisles of the Triangle Grocery (12165 State Hwy. 14 N, Cedar Crest, 505.281.3030) in the East Mountains. The next time you’re on your way to the Crest or Madrid, stop in and fill up a bag of Black Magic. You’ll be hooked.

There’s a new store we’d like to welcome to the Los Ranchos neighborhood. Rustic Home is what its name implies—a home furnishings shop specializing in Southwestern decor. Something that sets the place apart from other businesses of its ilk is the fact that all its furniture is made in New Mexico. And if you’re looking for a piece that simply doesn’t exist, Rustic Home will have it built. A good opportunity to scope it out is this Saturday, June 18, when The Village Shops at Los Ranchos will host a grand opening celebration. Both established and new stores (such as Rustic Home and Wagon Mound Ranch Supply, which we told you about last month) will have live music, refreshments and demonstrations. Stop by and say hi at 6855 Fourth Street NW, 505.345.3669,

Here’s one gift you can get your dad for Father’s Day: an herb roasted prime rib special for $20 at Zinc, Savoy or Seasons. All three restaurants are offering the meal on Sunday, June 19. And here’s the extra-cool part: All dads will also get a $20 gift certificate for a future visit. Make reservations, because this one’s likely to fill up fast. Zinc: 3009 Central NE, 505.254.ZINC (9462), Savoy: 10601 Montgomery NE, 505.294.WINE (9463), Seasons: 2031 Mountain NW, 505.766.5100,

Like I said, conscientious eating isn’t just for hippies anymore. More and more people care about where their food comes from and how it affects both their and the environment’s health. That’s why I think a lot of you might be interested in this month’s Field to Food event, cheekily called Turnip the Beet. On Friday, June 24, the Center for Ageless Living will host a five-course gourmet meal featuring the aforementioned locally grown turnips and beets, in addition to other ingredients and wines grown within a 100-mile radius of the center. Appetizers feature such tantalizing treats as homemade crackers with goat cheese and green tomato chutney, followed by a borscht with triple-screened yogurt and a roasted three beet salad. For your entrée, choose between roasted pork with baby turnips, apple compote spinach, pasta with goat cheese parmesan and tomatoes or cabrita and beef in red chile mole sauce. Most importantly, dessert features Belgium waffles, fruit strudel and grape sorbet. Tickets are $45, and the meal starts at 7 p.m. 3216 Hwy. 47 S., Los Lunas, 505.865.8813,