Local bar launches Anti-DWI program, partners with Uber

The Sandbar Brewery & Grill has partnered with Uber in hopes to make the streets of Albuquerque a bit safer with the announcement of The Mendez Program, their Anti-DWI program that launched last week. The announcement comes within two months of the bars grand opening. The trial program, which will be exclusively through Uber, will pay for guests’ ride home using the ride-booking service. Guests must Uber in after 9 p.m. and will have to Uber out with groups of three or more. The Sandbar will pay for up to $15 of an Uber ride, which covers the distance for most destinations within town. The Mendez Program aims to fight the increasing number of DWI cases that Albuquerque has each year. The pro

LOS PLENEROS DE LA 21: Premiere Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Ensemble Performs at the NHCC

The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Outpost Performance Space present Los Pleneros de la 21, an Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and plena ensemble of musicians, dancers, and artisans, on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 PM in the NHCC's Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $32 and $35, with a $3 discount for students and seniors and a $5 discount for Outpost and NHCC members, and are available from the Center's Box Office, at 505-724-4771, or at www.nhccnm.org. The concert is part of the NHCC's Chispa: Latino Music Season. Los Pleneros de la 21 ("LP21") returns to New Mexico for a National Performance Network (NPN)/WESTAF TourWest residency. A sub-group of LP21, Redobles de Cultura Boricua,

NHCC Brings 4,000-Square-Foot Fresco and Other Masterpieces Online on Google Arts and Culture

People around the world can now view artifacts from the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) online through a partnership with Google Arts and Culture. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see Mundos de Mestizaje, a 4,000-square-foot painting that is the largest concave fresco in North America, in addition to select pieces from the NHCC Art Museum's permanent collection. Get up close with ultra-high resolution images Frederico Vigil's Mundos de Mestizaje can now be viewed in never-before-seen high definition thanks to Gigapixel technology, a powerful photo-capturing process that has enabled images of this work to be seen in the highest resolution ever. Viewers can

Commander in Chef: Marc Quiñones named “Chef of the Year”

Marc Quiñones, executive chef of Hotel Andaluz, was named New Mexico Restaurant Association’s “Chef of The Year” at the 2017 Hospitality Industry Awards on Monday night at Sandia Resort and Casino. Hundreds of nominees and supporters gathered to celebrate and recognize the individuals and businesses that make up the hospitality industry in New Mexico. The coveted “chef of the year” award was established to recognize an exemplary chef in the state. According to the New Mexico Restaurant Association website, the recipient of this award must demonstrate leadership, creativity and culinary excellence in addition to demonstrating outstanding guest service and mentorship inside and out of the kitc

September 2017 - Cover Story: Celebrating Popejoy

Those who are regular readers of this publication are aware of how we feel about Popejoy Hall. For this writer, Popejoy provided me and my family the ability to see Tony Award® winning musicals and plays close to home. There is always the goal of seeing a Broadway show in New York, but until that dream comes to fruition, Popejoy IS our Broadway. As the theater is celebrating the announcement of being nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award for the documentary Popejoy@50, we thought this would be a perfect time to talk about where Popejoy Hall began and the legacy the theater looks to achieve. The legendary performance hall was the brainchild of Thomas L. Popejoy, a rancher and alumni of T

September 2017 - Let Us Entertain You: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin has been making audiences laugh for more than 40 years with her eccentric characters, stand-up comedy, and shrewd social commentary. Now, she brings her most beloved characters together in one show. See the “greatest hits” of one of the most influential comedians in history when An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin comes to Popejoy Hall on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM. Tomlin got her start on the NBC sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. There, she quickly made a name for herself portraying quirky and irreverent characters like Ernestine the phone operator and five-year- old Edith Ann. Tomlin draws from a wealth inspiration, parodying everything from late-night in

September 2017 - Turn it Up: Maddie & Tae

Country-pop sensation Maddie and Tae are gracing the stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods on September 8th. Their catchy tunes and vibrant live performances have been taking the music scene by storm. Start Here, their debut album, produced the platinum-certified hit single “Girl in a Country Song,” which led to ACM, CMT, and CMA award nominations. How are you been enjoying the success of your first album? The response we have received since the release of Start Here has been overwhelming! It's made us even more determined to keep sharing our truth and giving people a voice. How did this duo become a reality? We met 7 years ago and started writing together. We had magic in the writing room right

September 2017 - Make 'Em Laugh: A Q&A with Buck Dangerous

Where did your love of comedy come from? It came from my life, honestly. I saw it as an escape from all the things that weren't so great in my life as a child. Once I discovered it took me away to places that made me laugh, I was hooked! Do you remember your first gig? What was it like? Yes, I remember it vividly! My very first gig was actually something where my brother (best friend) told me, "You are doin' a comedy show next month—be ready!" So it was like I had to either come correct or be a failure, and the latter was not going to be an option. That first show I was nervous and emotional as all hell because unlike most comedians when they first hit the stage, I did it as a one man show

September 2017 - The Art World: Happy Anniversary, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

This summer marked the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s 20th anniversary. For two decades, the Museum has been a local institution with a global reach, celebrating a great American artist with a great American story. Since its 1997 opening, the Museum has welcomed over 3,469,425 visitors from around the world. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s campus has expanded beyond its main gallery site in Santa Fe to include a Research Center, an Education Annex, andO’Keeffe’s historic Abiquiú Home and Studio. In addition to its growth in the United States, the Museum has partnered with cultural institutions around the world on international exhibitions, such as last year’s Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective at the

September 2017 - Behind the Scenes: Jonathan Ragsdale

If you are a fan of New Mexico theater, you’ve heard the name Jonathan Ragsdale. Although Ragsdale established himself as a performer in local productions, he is currently experiencing life in New York as a cast member in Mama Mia! Ragsdale took a moment out of his schedule to talk about his love of theater, inspirations, and upcoming projects. Where did your love of theater come from? My love of theater came from my parents, I guess. I grew up in a home that watched a lot of musicals. My mom would take us to plays. At that time, I thought it was something everyone did and that everyone knew and loved these plays and musicals as much as I did. It's only now I realize that theater isn't reall

September 2017 - Between The Pages: Song of Lion - A New Book by Anne Hillerman

Building on her father Tony Hillerman’s mysteries of the Southwest, Anne Hillerman has deftly stepped in to continue the stories of Navajo Tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. In a clever twist, Hillerman has created a strong female character that earns your respect and adds to the key understanding of Navajo Land and its people. Navajo Tribal Police officer Bernadette Manuelito, known as Bernie, takes her place on center stage, juggling her Navajo heritage with the challenges of being a police officer, wife, and traditional Navajo daughter. Modern day conflict between traditional lands, Hopi and Navajo people, and multi-million dollar land developments by questionable developers spa

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