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Published: 02/25/2008

Spring Events in Albuquerque Showcase City’s Unique Offerings

Albuquerque, N.M. Spring events showcase Albuquerque, New Mexico’s unique Southwestern appeal for visitors. During any given week visitors can choose from cultural festivals, art exhibits, craft fairs, theater performances, sporting events and more. Visit www.itsatrip.org for additional events and details on visiting Albuquerque.  

ONGOING EVENTS

US Bowling Congress Open Championships Now through July 7, 2008

The US Bowling Congress Open Championships are the world’s largest annual participatory sporting event, attracting 63,000 participants to Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Convention Center, www.bowl.com

Caminos Distintos: Patrocinio Barela and Edward Gonzales in New Mexico
Now through August 10, 2008
Celebrating the work of New Mexican artists Patrocinio Barela, a Taos sculptor and Edward Gonzales, an Albuquerque painter and printmaker. Each artist in his own way blazed trails both locally and nationally, helping to dispel stereotypes of Hispanics and their art.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, www.nhccnm.org 

Timeless Beauty: Pueblo Women Artists of the 20th Century Now through June 14, 2008
This exhibit in collaboration with the Adobe Gallery and School for Advanced Research and Human Experience highlights the works of famed Pueblo women artists from Pueblos throughout New Mexico.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org

Propaganda: The Power of Lies Now through May 25, 2008
The exhibit explains several common techniques, challenging the viewer to think critically about how information is delivered and whether we are often taken in by messages solely by how they are delivered. The exhibit contains primarily war-era posters and the continuous playing of Triumph of the Will, the famous propaganda film commissioned by Hitler of Leni Riefenstahl.
National Atomic Museum, www.atomicmuseum.com

                               

MARCH

Giving Shelter Exhibit March 1-29, 2008
An exhibition of 50 national artists on the theme of giving shelter in conjunction with The Cradle Project (www.thecradleproject.org), a fundraising art installation for orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa. As a sister exhibition to The Cradle Project, Giving Shelter explores the theme of safe shelter, refuge and sacred space. Forty contemporary artists from around the country interpret the meaning of shelter.
516 Arts, www.516arts.org

Bill Brandt: A Retrospective March 2-May 18, 2008  
Bill Brandt is one of the best-known British photographers of the 20th Century known for his high-contrast images of British society, and his distorted nudes and landscapes. Even though much of his work was driven by specific historic periods and events, Brandt's endless search for ways to expand the medium continues to make his work fresh and timeless today.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, www.cabq.gov/museum

Global DanceFest 2008, Journeys AFRICA March 7-31, 2008
The 8th Annual Global DanceFest, Journeys AFRICA launches a new global adventure, presenting contemporary dance of distinction from around the world. The festival will explore the culture and society of present-day Africa through dance, photography, film and discussion.
N4th Theater and Gallery, www.vsartsnm.org 

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First & Second Rounds, March 22 and 24, 2008
Division I collegiate women’s basketball teams first and second rounds will determine which teams advance to the Sweet 16.
University of New Mexico Arena (The Pit), www.ncaa.org  

APRIL

17th Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair April 4-5, 2008
Thirty exhibitors of out-of-print and rare materials from across the West will offer books, maps, photos, prints, and other printed collectibles in many subject areas.
University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, www.unm.edu/~alshal/aabf.htm 

Indian Arts & Crafts Association Spring Wholesale Market April 10-11, 2008
Albuquerque Convention Center, www.iaca.com 

Albuquerque Unser Half Marathon April 19, 2008
Starting line at Unser Racing Museum, www.the-athletes-edge.com

American Indian Week “Pueblo Days” & Spring Indian Art Market April 19-27, 2008
Traditional dances, art demonstrations, special presentations celebrating Native American culture with an emphasis on New Mexico’s Pueblo Indians. Buy direct from Native American artisans during the Spring Indian Art Market April 19 & 20.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org 

25th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow April 24-26, 2008
North America’s largest powwow featuring aisles of shopping throughout the Indian Traders Market with 800 artists and traders, plus native foods, traditional dancing, and music, Native American culture and pride, competition, Indian singing, over 3,000 dancers, and the crowning of Miss Indian World.
UNM Arena (The Pit), www.gatheringofnations.com

 

MAY

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Antología de Un Charro May 3, 2008
Internationally renowned singer Armando Mora performs a medley of traditional and popular songs portraying the history and emotions of the charro—the dashing, virile figure who has become a symbol of Mexican manhood, accompanied by ballet folklórico and mariachi performers.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, www.nhccnm.org 

NCAA Women’s Golf Division 1 National Championships May 13, 2008
University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course, www.NCAAsports.com 

Dawn of the Dinosaurs: New Mexico’s Triassic Grand Opening May 17, 2008
The only permanent Triassic Exhibit Hall in North America, dedicated to the plants and animals of the Triassic Period in New Mexico and the world. 
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, www.NMnaturalhistory.org

Q Jam May 24, 2008
Q Jam promotes sustainability through music. Performing artists Keb' Mo' and Indigenous will perform, with additional entertainment to be announced. Contemporary Blues Artist Keb' Mo' has multiple Grammy awards and an eclectic body of high-quality recordings and performances to back them up. Indigenous, fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter Mato Nanji is from the Nakota Tribe of South Dakota.
Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, www.albuquerqueqjam.org 

Visit www.itsatrip.org for additional event details and information on Albuquerque. Images are available to accompany most of these event descriptions.  

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