Scented smoke wafts through the air of the casual Terrene Hookah lounge. Like at a buffet, patrons choose what the like from a bottomless menu of various tobacco flavors. Upgrades make the experience extra luxurious, including supplemental ice that fills hookahs to create thick billows of chilled smoke, and premium flavors from shisha tobacco brands such as Fantasia that go down smoother than a fistful of buttery marbles. Terrene also sells hookahs and hookah accessories including steam stones and coals.
Grammy-winner and R & B singer Rihanna unleashes her formidable pipes and celebrated songbook as she continues on her LOUD tour. Vibrant costumes and first-rate production harmoniously augment the singer's chart-topping oeuvre, which includes hits such as "Umbrella," "S & M," "Only Girl (In the World)," "SOS," and "What's My Name?" From their general-admission lawn seats, concertgoers can marvel at the elaborate set pieces gilding the stage as their eardrums feast like hungry dachshunds in an unmanned pizza parlor. Lawn-seated guests are invited to tote along blankets or chairs with seats less than 9 inches above the ground. The concert will also feature J. Cole adding his own vocal talents to the evening's aural enticements, creating a two-pronged attack on musical monotony.
The highly lauded board-treaders at Blackout Theatre delight audiences with ensemble-based comedies that cultivate an inviting environment of artistic discovery. In conjunction with the Vortex Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Festival, Blackout's charismatic laugh-lobbers will present Che-kspeare, a gut-busting show melding the Bard's literary panache with modern improvisational techniques and ambiguously British accents. Audiences pepper in a few choice character and plot suggestions, then sit back and bear witness as performers expertly craft a brand-new, one-act play that incorporates the highfalutin language, time-honored themes, and internet-based courting rituals of Shakespeare's plays.
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.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sits approximately 20 minutes south of Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, a charming enclave of jewel-toned art galleries and quaint restaurants. Among these is the Church Street Cafe, a New Mexican eatery serving up frothy margaritas and toothsome chili rellenos within the rustic, rambling spaces of Casa de Ruiz, a roughly 300-year-old adobe with multiple dining rooms and arched doorways. The neighborhood’s low-slung adobes and Pueblo Revival–style buildings all seem to have a claim on a piece of local lore. With Old Town Tours' daytime history or nighttime ghost tours, tourists can wander the plazas and placitas learning about unearthed burial plots and a Civil War battle squelched by angry local wives and mothers.The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway—the country’s longest tramway—makes year-round ascents to 10,378-foot-high Sandia Peak, hoisting travelers through the air much like a ski-resort gondola. As tram operators share historical facts, passengers sail over the mountain's rugged granite spires and cliffs dotted with hardy pine and scrub oak, laughing when the car gently sways over a supporting tower. Named for the Spanish for “watermelon,” Sandia emits a magenta glow in New Mexico’s painted sunsets, the light reflecting off the mica, feldspar, and quartz embedded in its surface. At the top, the outdoor picnic tables and concentric rings of indoor seating at High Finance Restaurant & Tavern allow visitors to dine on seafood and chops while savoring the views or yodeling the alphabet.Nearby Bernalillo is home to the Coronado State Monument, site of the Kuaua Pueblo ruins, which include an original kiva and murals as well as several pleasant riverfront ramadas for picnicking. Coronado is just one stop along Jemez Mountain Trail, a 120-mile National Scenic Byway that merits a full day’s excursion. Tourists can meander along slowly, stopping to wander through Tent Rocks’ narrow corridors, soak in Spence mineral hot springs, or taste wines at Ponderosa Valley Vineyards and Winery.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd combine their Southern prowess and legion of hits as the chummy Rebels & Bandoleros Tour blazes into Tingley Coliseum. Legendary trio ZZ Top has scratched the boogying itch of fans for more than 40 years with slippery lyrics and blues-seared, buzz-sawing riffs. Unlike estranged trios such as Three Dog Night and Charlie's Angels, the impenetrable force of ZZ Top is still composed of the same rigid core of electric mercenaries: Les Paul–wielding guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and historically beardless drummer Frank Beard. ZZ Top's adroit musical powers and Santa-shaming facial hair have made it a household name, boosting back-seat manufacturing revenues with classic rock staples such as "Legs" and "Tush." With a new album in the works and an Eliminator full of rocket fuel, ZZ Top's live show throbs with the thumping energy, guitar gymnastics, and sultry emotion of a motherly tiger tongue-bathing a baby electric fence.