Department Of Cultural Affairs Events Dec. 20, 2019 Through January 5, 2020

 

Events this week: 

  • NHCC and Festival Ballet Albuquerque Present The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment
  • Campfire Christmas Cookies at Farm and Ranch
  • Museum of Art Annual Holiday Open House
  • Museums & Historic sites closed Christmas Day & New Years Day

 
Fri. Sat. Sun. Dec. 20, 21, 22, (7 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun.) (2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.)
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
NHCC and Festival Ballet Albuquerque Present The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment
Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, presents an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. The beloved holiday classic comes to life in territorial New Mexico, with surprises including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, and a storyteller doll with children, in addition to traditional favorites such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snowflakes, and Flowers. The perfect holiday treat for the whole family!
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4412/nhcc-and-festival-ballet-albuquerque-present-the-nutcracker-in-the-land-of-enchantment/

Sat. Dec. 21 daily through Wed. Jan. 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Before care available from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m./after care from 4 – 5 p.m.)
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org
Young Explorers Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is offering children’s camps during winter break. Camp is offered for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Before care is available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every morning for ten dollars a day. Aftercare is also available from 4 – 5 p.m. every day for ten dollars a day. Kindergarteners must have experience in full-day classes in order to attend the camp. Register online at Young explorers camp. The camp starts December 21 through January 3. Full-day and half-day options are available.
Price per camp: Full Time $90;  Saturday, half-day and full day options are now available; Half-time, morning or afternoon $45.00.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science reserves the right to cancel camps that do not reach a minimum of six participants. A full refund will be given if a camp is canceled for this reason. 
For more information about camps and financial support, contact Sioux Rivera, Sioux_Rivera@hotmail.com (505) 258-8641.

Sat. Dec. 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces
(575) 522-4100
http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/
Campfire Christmas Cookies
A campfire might seem like an unlikely place to make Christmas cookies, but let’s do it. Visitors can participate in the age-old art of making cookies using a vintage Pizzelle iron from the 1800s. We’ll use traditional cookie cutters, and have all the fixins and decorations ready. Bring your appetite and enjoy a sweet taste of history. Regular Museum admission is required to participate in this special program ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and

Sat. Dec. 21, 10 a.m. – Noon
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces
(575) 522-4100
http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/
Crafts for Kids
Join us and make a decorated pine cone tree or a pine cone bird feeder. This activity is free with regular admission ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17). Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Sat. & Sun. Dec. 21 & 22, (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat.) (2 p.m. Sun.)
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
The Santaland Diaries
Cardboard Playhouse presents The Santaland Diaries By David Sedaris, Adapted by Joe Mantello, Starring Kelsey Leos Montoya
*The Santaland Diaries is for Mature Audiences Only*
Based on his beloved humorous and autobiographical essays, David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries is a wry and witty look at the combination of retail hell and theatrical spectacle that is the holiday season, a sharp, narrowly observed dark comedy.
$22. Kelsey Leos Montoya is a founding Member of Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company and has performed with many theatre companies in Albuquerque. Kelsey starred as Erik in the horror film “Fender Bender” and co-starred as Jason in Adam Wingard’s cult favorite, “The Guest” starring Dan Stevens.
The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Sun. Dec. 22, Noon – 4 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art – St. Francis Auditorium
107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5072
http://www.nmartmuseum.org/
Holiday Open House
The Holiday Open House is a round-robin of puppet plays, art-making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other activities. Free admission!
Marionette plays “A Really Big Party for Papa Gus” at 1:30-2 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. St. Francis Auditorium.
Teatro Duende presents a little skit by the Marionettes! Juan, Rosina and Miguelito try very hard to get ready for a party, but rascally Warts keeps causing trouble! Puppeteers: Danielle Reddick, Patrick Briggs, Melissa Heiman, Liam Benjamin Merkle, Camille Cooper and Susie Perkins. Directed by Barbara Hatch.
Make Your Own Stick Puppet: 12-4 p.m Main Lobby
Roni Rohr and friends help children of all ages create their own puppet character.
Find Freckles: 12-4 p.m. 
Freckles the marionette is hiding somewhere in the museum. As you go through the galleries looking for Freckles, pick up clues that will lead you to find him and win a prize!
Selfies with Santa! 3:30 – 4 p.m. in St. Francis Auditorium
Parents, have your camera ready for this photo opportunity! Get your picture taken with Santa on your lap! It’s a photo opportunity with the Baumann Santa Claus marionette, for children of all ages. Led by Puppeteer Danielle Reddick.

Wed. Dec. 25th, all-day
New Mexico History Museum
New Mexico Museum of Art
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Museum of International Folk Art
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico Museum of Space History
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
All New Mexico Historic Sites
Christmas Holiday Closure
All DCA museums and historic sites will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 25, only. We will re-open on Thursday, December 26. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and beautiful holiday season!

Tue. Dec. 31, 9 – 11 a.m. 
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Celebrate 2020 with the whole family “on the Moon” at the museum! 
Families are invited to look toward the future with a “walk on the Moon”. Space-related activities include a lunar scavenger hunt, NASA videos, Apollo information, and the unique, giant floor map of the Moon. The Museum is one of only a few places in the country, and the only place in New Mexico, to have this giant Moon map on loan from NASA.  

Tue. Dec. 31, Noon – 2 p.m. 
National Hispanic Cultural Center – History and Literary Arts Building
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
Travel the Hispanic World on New Year’s Eve
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by touring 12 stations with interactive activities.  
History and Literary Arts Building Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by touring 12 stations with interactive activities.  Each station celebrates New Year’s Eve with a different tradition from a different country.  In Brazil, eat seven raisins. In Mexico, pocket a handful of lentils. In Spain, eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes. Tear up your 2019 calendars in Uruguay. In Columbia, create a little suitcase to celebrate adventures to come. Many more! Visitors can also create a zine reflecting on the past and looking to the 2020 future.
Free! Families welcome.

Tue. Dec. 31, 2 p.m. &  7 p.m. 
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera!
New Year’s with the Opera is a fun variety show featuring Opera Southwest’s most beloved performers, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Opera Southwest Chamber Orchestra. With a variety of opera favorites and light classics, there is something for everyone to ring in the New Year. This year, for the first time, we offer a family-friendly presentation at 2 p.m. along with our evening performance at 7 p.m.
$45, $55, $65; an additional $45 upcharge for the New Year’s Eve VIP After-Party with the cast

Wed. Jan. 1, 2020,  all-day
New Mexico History Museum
New Mexico Museum of Art
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Museum of International Folk Art
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico Museum of Space History
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
All New Mexico Historic Sites
New Year’s Day Holiday Closure
All DCA museums and historic sites will be closed for the New Year holiday on Wednesday, January 1, only. We will re-open on Thursday, January 2. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

Sun. Jan. 5, 2020, 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5200
http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/
Making History – Candle Making
Making History will bring some warmth to our cold days.  Join us and make some colorful beeswax candles to light up your home. Free with admission.

Next report to be issued January 3, 2020, Happy New Year!

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