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.
Tours of Old Town specializes in informative, interesting and entertaining outdoor walking tours which share a wide variety of interesting trivia and historical facts in the heart of the Duke City. Tours of Old Town provides memorable experiences for both locals and visitors to the Land of Enchantment.
Duke City Derby couples the perilous nature of roller skates with padded and tatted ladies primed for a night of full-contact racing. Hunkered into general-admission seats in the Albuquerque Convention Center, spectators pack in for a derby double-header, as the Taos Whiplashes and Derby Intelligence Agency tussle at 6 p.m. before the Ho-Bots face off in an 8 p.m. donnybrook with the Santa Fe Disco Brawlers to determine league standings and which team has to skate the next match dressed as bumblebees. Of-age fans can celebrate victories or soothe memories of bone-snapping bashes with a beverage from the no-frills bar.
A 5K race is challenging enough on its own. But add zombies to the mix, and now you're running for your life. That's what unfolds during the NMX Running Dead 5K, where hordes of zombies lurk around every twist and turn. During the three-mile, all-terrain race, they try to snatch flags from any runner brave enough to sprint past. Runners who cross the finish line with their flag in tact are hailed as survivors; those who don't are considered an infected zombie and must acknowledge that on any future job application. Man-made obstacles make the course even more challenging, but not so challenging that kids can't participate. The family-friendly event gets even more friendly during an after-race party with live music, food, and beer, with all proceeds from the day's festivities going to non-profit youth organizations.
On September 19, 1927, KiMo Theatre opened by hosting an overflow crowd for an evening of performances by local Native Americans. The show proved an apt premiere for the Pueblo Deco-style space, which was designed with a unique blending of Art Deco flourishes and Native American motifs. The theme carried through to the smallest details—the ceiling beams were textured to look like logs, and even the air vents mimicked Navajo rugs. Amid these intricate trappings, the theater showcased movies, vaudeville shows, and performances by luminaries such as Gloria Swanson and Ginger Rogers.
The KiMo Theatre retains its luster today, thanks to a meticulous restoration and standing on the National Register of Historic Places. The original decor has been updated with a few new touches, such as the chandeliers shaped like Native American funerary canoes that hang above the auditorium. The onstage entertainment still encompasses an engaging mix of new and classic films, dance and theatrical performances, live concerts, and visual art shows featuring tap-dancing paintings.