The aestheticians and lash experts at Chic Lash Boutique & Spa enhance natural beauty while pumping up lash lines, nourishing skin, and performing other aesthetic services. Marbella Lopez, one of Chic's skincare specialists, focuses on exfoliation, which softens the skin's texture and balances its tone as a part of customized, rejuvenating facials.
Since its inception more than three years ago, The Box Performance Space has become a central stage for Albuquerque’s comedy. Acts from local performers and visiting teams from Denver, Phoenix, and Los Angeles will tickle as many funny bones as they can unearth at the fourth annual Duke City Improv Festival, which has been extended to two weekends (June 3–12) due to last year’s success. Rack up road-killed pedestrian points at Hit and Run: Musical Improv, a Denver-based, Broadway-style musical complete with dances and ballads. For Chaplin-esque antics, see the silent beginning of LA-based Now Improv's show. Pour frosting on a sweet evening of giggle fits with the locally induced cachinnations of The One Night Stanleys or the talented youth amusers from Cardboard Playhouse Players. No matter which show you choose, you'll reap the rewards of laughing, which include improving circulation, reducing stress hormones, and freaking out birds.
Keith West-Harrison can't squeeze his job title on one line of a resume. Yes, he's an aesthetician. But he's also a lifestyle coach, celebrity beauty advisor, humanitarian, and self-proclaimed "eco-urban shaman." In 2009, New Mexico Business Weekly included Keith's name on its annual "40 Under Forty" list, celebrating his entrepreneurial excellence and achievements at his airy, urban spa, Great Face and Body.
Amid gleaming hardwood floors, international decorations, and lots of black leather, the team at Great Face and Body caters to the skin needs of all ages. Specialists freshen frontages with both preventative and restorative facials, ranging from 20-Something treatments to the None-of-Your-Damn-Business facial for clients 60 or older. Services employ only organic and sustainable beauty products, which Keith and his posse develop and handcraft in the store using many locally cultivated ingredients. The spa also integrates 5,000-year-old Native American, African, and Ayurvedic wellness principles to provide a challenging tongue twister to any reporters who stop by for interviews.
Usually, it's pretty hard to get Batman and Spider-Man in the same room. Fortunately, the Albuquerque Comic Con doesn't have any typical rooms. The annual convention's cosplay contest fills the Albuquerque Convention Center with fanmade costumes representing comic book characters heroic and villainous, famous and obscure. After making their way through the throng of caped crusaders, visitors can panels hosted by comic book legends. Honored guests at this year's convention include famed X-Men scribe Fabian Nicieza, Mad Magazine mainstay Sergio Aragon?s, and Wolverine co-creator Len Wein. The con also has guests from outside the comics multiverse; luminaries from the film and television world include Babylon 5's Claudia Christian, Birds of Prey's Rachel Skarsten, and character actor Deep Roy. The convention also include vendor booths, where retailers hawk everything from rare back issues to a half-eaten stop sign rumored to belong to Matter Eater Lad.
Albuquerque The Magazine packs its monthly glossy with colorful displays of city happenings as well as features, shopping tips, and interviews with local notables. Peruse the culture section for the scoop on arts events, plan cuisine outings with the restaurant guide, or browse the pet section to learn about doggie wedding venues. The photo-filled ode to New Mexico's largest city distinguishes itself with its community involvement, its insider coverage of local goings-on, and its aesthetic contribution to mousy coffee tables.
From owner/proprietor Paula Manning Lewis's harmonic interpretations of guitars to painterly creations by Caroline C. Blaker, Chroma Studios houses a bevy of local and cultural pieces. This month, the creative hub hones in on the works of New Mexico artists and celebrates its two-year anniversary. View a list of showcased artists here to get a feel for featured talents. Chroma's collection includes jewelry, ceramics, photography, and mixed media.