ABQ BioPark showcases animals and plant life from New Mexico and beyond with a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden. The Rio Grande Zoo?the most historical of the three as it dates back to 1927?features animals from Asia, Australia, Africa, and Indonesia in a 64-acre space. Seals and sea lions swim in plain sight of passersby, jaguars and Mexican wolves prowl the premises, and komodo dragons look for thatched-roof huts to burn down with their fiery breath.
Whereas the zoo introduces visitors to animals from around the world, the Albuquerque Aquarium focuses on what's local. Its exhibits trace the geography of the Rio Grande from shallow-water areas to its entry into the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can spy on the sea life inhabiting an artificial coral reef or peer through a 38-foot viewing window at the aquarium's centerpiece 285,000-gallon shark tank.
Situated directly on the river, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden has even more water than the shark tank but without any hammerheads swimming in it. Instead, its 52 acres are populated with a butterfly pavilion, a Japanese garden, and a heritage farm. A huge dragon statue welcomes families into the Fantasy Garden, a castle full of giant-sized ants to ride and massive pumpkins to climb inside. At the north end of the grounds, the 10-acre heritage farm features an apple orchard and field crops as well as an adobe animal barn that's home to Percheron draft horses, Churro sheep, Alpine goats, and Dominique chickens.
The Duke City Repertory Theatre presents a different take on the timeless holiday tale by revealing the events that led Jacob Marley to make his bedside warning. From the mind of playwright Tom Mula, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol fleshes out the fantastical Dickensian world with inventive additions such as Bogle, a malicious and lemon-lime flavored hell-sprite, and a cursory trip to the Mouth of Hell and the tonsils behind its pearly portcullis. This is the third medium for this award-winning work. It was also a bestselling novel and was broadcast for seven seasons as a spoken-word piece on National Public Radio.
With 40 years of experience, Valerie Santagto?s camera lens has focused on everything from Kevin Costner?s famous baby blues to the starkly beautiful mesas of New Mexico during a decades-long career that has involved clicking her shutter for the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Mexico Tourism Department. Her love of Hopi culture drew Santagto to the southwest after she spent years capturing images for high-profile clients in New York and Europe, where photographers are legally required to wear berets. Now, Santagto composes headshots, documents weddings, and shares her philosophy that photography is a love affair with life through workshops that introduce pupils to the art of taking stunning images.
first opened its doors in 2006 to provide downtown Albuquerquens with a refuge from the busy city streets, a place to relax and pursue beauty. The stylists use Bumble and bumble products as the main ingredient in that pursuit, washing, conditioning, and styling hair with them. Other team members focus on sculpting and polishing nails, while aestheticians smooth and sooth skin with facials. They enhance the results of their treatments with professional make-up application. Though they treat their salon as an escape from the world outside, they know that sometimes clients can't afford to take a break from work. They offer all of their guests complementary access to their Wi-Fi network, so they can continue to work or troll fellow commenters while getting a pedicure.
Cecilia's Cafe prides itself on serving authentic New Mexican cuisine. The kitchen staff have followed this mission so well that it has been praised by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The eatery's generations-old recipes include Stuffed Sopa, Machaca Burrito, Chicharrones and Carne Adovada
When it comes to practicing beautification techniques, the aestheticians at Mood Salon aren't content to rehearse solely inside their shop. They also attend beauty trade shows and continuing-education classes, perpetually adding to their repertoire of hair, nail, and skincare treatments. Clients sit in modern, blocky chairs at each styling station, where the staff trims, conditions, and colors tresses during both standard and special-occasion appointments. Nail technicians, meanwhile, provide an alternative to kickboxing a rainbow by adding color to toes with long-lasting gel polish. Dermalogica products refresh complexions through various facials, and custom waxing services strip unwanted hair from the face and body.