It's week two of our #365DaysOfEvents campaign and we are just getting warmed up. This week's picks will take you from the Hawaiian Islands to the Cuban dance clubs. Of course, there's no plane ticket necessary.
Monday, March 17
A St. Patty's Day Celebration at O'Niell's Irish Pub
High Desert Pipes and Drums will help ring in the holiday at both O'Niell's locations (Central and Juan Tabo) at various times throughout the day. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew and other Irish specialties alongside a special drink menu including black and reds and Dublin Apples.
"Casino dance" is known outside of Cuba as "Cuban-Style Salsa Dance." This rich form of salsa dance is influenced by Cuban son, rumba, swing dance, mambo, chacha, and more. No experience is needed for the beginning class, so grab a friend and try something new!
Wednesday, March 19
Call It What You Like: Open Mic Night at ArtBar
Join host Ruben Vail for a very creative approach to a pretty standard event. This is not just an open mic night. It's also an open art/craft/play night. Along with drink specials, guests can enjoy art, music, spoken word and more. Bring an instrument, a friend, a poem or just your listening ears and have a good time. This one happens every Wednesday.
Thursday, March 20
The Addams Family at Popejoy Hall
This darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch is coming to Popejoy. This performance features an original story (Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, "normal" boyfriend) and drama ensues. Check it out. They'll leave the lights off for you.
Friday, March 21
Professional Bull Riders: Ty Murray Invitational
Pyrotechnics, explosions, flames ... and did we mention the top 35 bull riders in the world? Dust off your cowboy boots and head on over to The Pit for the Ty Murray Invitational. This three day event features the highest-paid bull riders in the world competing for the coveted Championship Buckle (and a cool million dollar bonus for the ultimate winner).
Saturday, March 22
Postcards from Paradise: A Taste of Hawaii at The Cell Theatre
Why travel to Hawaii when you can just go to The Cell Theatre? This performance is set in the summer of 1959 when Hawaii joined the union. The Polynesian Paradise Dancers will create a faux vacation experience, complete with a surf lesson, tiki bar, island dancing and tourist snapshots. Don't be surprised if you find yourself fielding a beach ball or taking a vacation photo with the dancers staged to a Hawaiian backdrop. O-lei!
Sunday, March 23
Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest at EXPO New Mexico
It's hard to beat a good combination of coffee and chocolate, and this is the southwest's largest event of its kind. Join a host of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut and candy makers for a weekend of indulgence. Free games & face painting for the kids, cooking demos, baking contests and barista latte art contests for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss this one.
One to Watch!
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow: April 24-26
It's hard to believe how quickly March is flying by, which means Gathering of Nations is right around the corner. This signature Albuquerque event features more than 3,000 participants, isles of shopping, native foods and of course North American's largest pow wow. Native music is enjoyed by participants all weekend long. Don't miss the crowning of Miss Indian World on Thursday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.