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Velo-Tine Bike Tour & Wine Tasting February 1-22
Join Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours on our 3rd Annual Velo-tine’s bike tours and immerse yourself in the beauty and romance that is sprinkled throughout Albuquerque. This year Routes announces our collaboration with TWO award-winning venues - Casa Rondeña Winery and Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. Your ‘Velo-Tines’ tour travels through historic Old Town and the beautiful cottonwood forests along the Rio Grande River to the charming North Valley. Couples will enjoy a full wine tasting and grounds tour at Casa Rondeña Winery and a guided tour (includes a visit with the always-happy farm animals) and a special gift at Los Poblanos.
Happy Arte Hour with Cartas y Corazones February 6
On the first Thursday of the month, the National Hispanic Cultural Center invites adults for creative fun in a relaxed, social setting which tapas for sale and a cash bar to fuel your creative juices. This month we will work with artist Micaela Seidel on 3 different paper card projects involving cutouts, pop-up three dimensional elements and special folding techniques. Love is in the air and there will be plenty of inspirational paper and images that might make you the most popular Valentine's Day card-giver around.
Concert: Gershwin & Company February 8
Nostalgia will reign when Gershwin and Company comes to the Popejoy stage. Pianist Logan Skelton, a truly amazing talent plays Gershwin favorite Rhapsody in Blue. The Philharmonic will also perform An American in Paris and selections from Porgy and Bess, as well as other cherished melodies by outstanding American composers Ferde Grofé, Duke Ellington, and Leroy Anderson. Don’t miss this trip down memory lane!
Valentine Perfune Class February 8
Compose a beautiful botanical perfume for a loved one. This class is taught by Christa Obuchowski, perfumer and founder of the AromaBotanica Institute in Sante Fe. Take some time to smell the roses and many other beautiful natural scents, while learning how to compose a botanical perfume from a palette of many different plant ingredients. Present your creation in a beautiful crystal perfume bottle, the perfect gift for that special person or yourself.
Valentine's Tours at the BioPark February 8
Indulge your animal instincts with special tours about the exotic, erotic and often curious romantic rituals of animals.
Choose from three tours:
That's a Moray! 10am at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium
Love Bugs 12pm at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Gardens
Birds and the Beasts 2pm at the ABQ BioPark Zoo
Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally February 8-9
Bring your family, a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy the view as a close-knit group of local balloon pilots launch up to 135+ hot air balloons the weekend before Valentine’s Day.
11th Annual Sweetheart Run February 9
The 11th Annual Sweetheart Run is a family favorite and a must for any runner or walker ready to kick start their new year's resolution. Don't forget your sweetheart! Register early and be one of the hundreds of runners at the start. A flat and fast course run on mostly paved road/bike path in the beautiful Bosque along the Rio Grande.
Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip Evening February 12
Spend an evening with your loved ones as Kelly Jo of Design by Wine leads you through the process of creating your own colorful painting. Experience the fun of romantic creativity, by taking this lively, light hearted painting class. Drink a glass of your favorite Gruet, socialize with friends and enjoy good vibes. Regardless of whether this is your first or fiftieth painting, you will leave with a canvas in hand feeling like an artist!
Naturalist Series Workshop: Bug Love February 13
Entomologist Dr. Tess Grasswitz with New Mexico State University will present on the subject of "Bug Love," a light-hearted but informative exposé of the weird and wonderful world of insect courtship and mating behavior. This is a perfect event for those couples gearing up for Valentine's Day. Part of the Bernalillo County Open Space Program's ‘Naturalist Series.' Awaken your senses to the natural world around you by observing the wondrous plants and animals in the Bosque and learn from local experts about this extraordinary ecosystem.
Performance: 50 Shades the Musical February 13-16
A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 Shades the Musical is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss! A resounding hit in Chicago and New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 50 Shades the Musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band.
Cupid’s Arrow: A Valentine Cabaret February 13-16
Back by popular demand, Musical Theatre Southwest is pleased to give you Cupid's Arrow: A Valentine Cabaret...with a twist...featuring some of the best musical theatre talent in Albuquerque. With the lights dimmed and the stars on stage, you will be presented with song after memorable song which may bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, a tug on your heartstrings or leave you laughing out loud.
Latin Love Fest February 14
Dance-off your Valentine's Day dinner with sensual salsa and dessert. There will be plenty of dance performances, food, drink and fun for dancers and spectators alike. Mingle in a magical Valentine's atmosphere of chocolate fountains, cash bar, desserts and one gorgeous, brand new, enormous dance floor.
NM Italian Film & Culture Festival Film Screening: EX February 14
Join is for a special Valentine's Day treat with complimentary dolci, Italian soft drinks and chocolates - and a cash beer and wine bar provided by The Cooperage. Enjoy a romantic musical interlude with a fabulous pre-film presentation of Neapolitan love songs by Albuquerque's own John Zito. Don't miss this opportunity to hear his incredible voice! Then, it's the evening's feature film Ex (Tanti Baci Dopo). This 2009 romantic comedy directed by Francesco Brizzi was a huge Italian box office hit. The film follows six couples between Christmas and Valentine's Day in episodes that intertwine and revolve around how love shapes lives. The relationships all start out with many kisses, but later take many different directions. The film is a mix of clever social observation, entertaining dialogue, comedy and drama. This event is part of the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival.
Dance Performance: Contra-Tiempo February 14
Contra-Tiempo, a multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company founded in 2005, is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Its unique Urban Latin Dance Theater brings to life voices not traditionally heard on the concert stage, while building community and facilitating dialogue. Contra-Tiempo’s work is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban and draws from hip-hop, urban and contemporary dance-theatre, pushing the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural form. The company's artists are a rich tapestry of professional dancers and performers from varied styles.
That’s A Moray Late Night Tour February 14 - Sold Out
Bring your valentine on a romantic escape under the sea. Dine a the Shark Reef Cafe, head behind the scenes on the That's A Moray tour to learn about the amorous animals of the aquarium, visit the Touchpools, unwind during our marine movie marathon in the theater, and enjoy games and much more. Pre-registration is required.
8th Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase February 14-15
Burque Burlesque is bringing sexy back with a provocative evening of old school, bump-and-grind burlesque. Dozens of dancers, singers, comedians and aerialists from around the country will gather on the historic KiMo stage to show off their favorite pasties. Friday's headliner is the reigning 2013 "King of Burlesque" Ray Gunn. Our very special guest will be burlesque legend Shannon Doah, The Vintage Showgirl!
Chocolate Valentine Afternoon Tea February 16
Please join us for a delectable three-course afternoon tea service featuring savory hors d'oeuvres, scones and chocolate treats, prepared by local, award-winning pastry chef Darci Rochau. The event will also include a guided tasting of two teas selected to complement the food.