The first-ever New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair took place on July 26, 1962—a date chosen to coincide with New Mexico's 50th anniversary as a state. By 1969, the event had become so popular that it was forced to move from its original Old Town Plaza location to the New Mexico Fair Grounds. That year also marked the first time visitors had to pay an entry fee: then, just a quarter.
Every year since its inception, the fair has continued to expand, both in terms of visitors and number of exhibitors. Another of the fair's running themes has been its focus on youth artists, with students ranging from pre-school to high school competing for prizes. Additionally, to make sure it showcases the state's most original works, the fair employs a distinguished panel of jurors to filter out pieces intended for commercial use or as parts of an unauthorized time machine.
Watch the Albuquerque Thunderbirds blow your parasol away with a flurry of high-flying layups, booming dunks, and leisurely strolls down the lane with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get two box-seat tickets (a $40 value) to watch the Thunderbirds take on the L.A. D-Fenders on Saturday, March 13; the Erie BayHawks on Friday, March 12; or the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday, March 10. Your tickets include all box-office and arena fees. All games are at 7 p.m. and there is no purchase limit. This is the perfect outing for sports fans, family gatherings, and seasonally unemployed professional gift wrappers.
Founded by a pair of theater-loving sisters, Desert Rose Theatre cultivates family-friendly productions in an airy, new black box at Power Square Mall. Mary Stuart, written by 18th-century dramatist Friedrich Schiller and directed by Chris Michael Dennis, explores the relationship between Britain's Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, and her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, which grows thornier than a bouquet of porcupine quills when Mary gets sent to prison. Though Mary is captive, her ardor and popularity threaten to topple Elizabeth's icy throne, unleashing a spate of high-stakes political maneuvers. Elizabethan-style couture by artistic director Katherine Stewart infuses the production with realism and stage curtains made of ruffled collars.
Enchantment Dancing inducts students into fleet-footed society by instructing grace and poise in its independent dance studio. New dancers can pick a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday to schedule their 45-minute private lesson, where a professional instructor will pass on centuries’ worth of shimmy wisdom and gently used unitards. Choreography coaches craft lessons to build skills and techniques that the student wishes to learn or specific ballroom and Latin dance styles, such as the waltz, tango, or paso doble, that will be practiced in the ensuing beginning group dance at 7 p.m. Strutting crowds spend 45 minutes twirling skirts and tapping suede shoes as blossoming boogiers develop their own styles and build confidence for upcoming weddings or touchdown celebrations. Clients can redeem their lesson and group dance on different nights or on the same evening for a concentrated dose of dancing.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
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.