Department of Cultural Affairs Events from Jan. 31 – Feb. 9

 

Events this week: 

  • Smart Path Teacher Workshop at Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Museum of International Folk Art’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
  • An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
  • Making History: Be Mine: A Valentines Craft Event at History Museum
  • Public Opening Reception: Word Play at Museum of Art

Events next week: 

  • La Canoa – Past, Present, and Future: Mujeres Valerosas and the Hispanic Women’s Council at NHCC
  • Valentine’s Day Extravaganza at Museum of Art

Sat. & Sun. Feb. 1 & 2, 8 & 9, Noon – 5 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center -Torreón
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
Mundos de Mestizaje:  A Vision of History through Fresco
Mundos de Mestizaje by Frederico Vigil is a mural housed in the Torreón on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This monumental fresco depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The 4,000 square foot painting is one of the largest frescos in North America.

Sat. Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Domenici Education Building
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
¡Vamos al Museo!
Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a morning of art-making for children of all ages and families of all sizes. A visit to the museum is included in this NHCC staff and artist-led workshop. We will meet in the Creative Classroom in the Pete V. Domenici Building. This month, artist Lita Sandoval will guide a fun valentine themed workshop for all ages!
Please pre-register.  For more information please call or email Elena Baca at (505) 246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies.

Sat. Feb 1, 1 – 5 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Library
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
NHCC Library: Saturday Hours
The NHCC Library holds over 13,700 titles, with a concentration on the history and culture of the Hispanic/Latino world, as well over 700 children’s book, many of which are bilingual.
The NHCC Library also houses the Manuel y Lorenzita Lujan Genealogy Center, containing, among other items, the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The library also provides access to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.
The NHCC Library is open: Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Come see what the NHCC Library has to offer!

Sun. Feb 2, 10 – 11 a.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Smart Path Teacher Workshop
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will be hosting a workshop on $martPath, a new, online teaching resource for grades 1-8 geared towards economic and financial education.
At the workshop, you will receive a walkthrough of the award-winning platform and discuss best practices for implementing $martPath in your classroom. Attendees will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for participating in the $martPath training. They will also receive an additional $50 Amazon gift card for completing the pre/post assessment with their students during the 2019-2020 school year.
In addition to receiving $martPath training, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will also be sharing some educational resources available to educators at the museum as well as upcoming professional development opportunities. $martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for elementary school teachers to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classroom.

Sun. Feb 2, 11 a.m. – Noon
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill), Santa Fe
(505) 476-1200
http://www.internationalfolkart.org/
Family Mornings at Folk Art – Celebrate the Lunar New Year with storytime
Join us on the First free Sunday of the Month for our all-ages program featuring storytime, take home art activity and explorations in the galleries.
Free for all NM residents. Funded by Museum of New Mexico Foundation Education Fund

Sun. Feb. 2, 1 – 2 p.m.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture,
710 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill), Santa Fe
(505) 476-1269
http://miaclab.org/
An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest
Join MIAC for this lecture by 2019 UPENN PhD Joseph “Woody” Aguilar, who explores the archaeology of the Southwest, with a specific focus on Spanish-Pueblo relations during the late 17th century. A collaborative research project with San Ildefonso Pueblo, his dissertation research examines Tewa resistance to the Spanish reconquest efforts in the latter part of the Pueblo Revolt era as evident in the archaeological, historical, and oral records. http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4475/an-indigenous-archaeology-of-a-colonial-encounter-in-the-pueblo-southwest/

Sun. Feb 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill), Santa Fe
(505) 476-1200
http://www.internationalfolkart.org/
Museum of International Folk Art’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Come and celebrate Asian New Year traditions with the whole family at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! Fun for all ages. Free Admission to the Museum
Lion Dance performance and parade at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Japanese Taiko Drumming performances by Smokin’ Bachi at 2 & 3 p.m.
Hands-on art making.

Sun. Feb 2, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5200
http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/
Making History: Be Mine: A Valentines Craft Event
Bring your crafting skills to make old-timey Valentines to take home or send to a sweetheart, inspired by historic cards from the museum’s collection.
All ages welcome, and free with admission. http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4483/making-history/

Sun. Feb 2 – 2 p.m, Fri. Feb 7 – 7:30 p.m.,  Sun. Feb 9, 2 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
NHCC & Opera Southwest Present Daniel Catan’s Il Postino
Opera Southwest presents Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both Spanish and English translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission.
Presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Il Postino is based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, as well as the film by Michael Radford. When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario’s poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger.

Mon. Feb. 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Mineral Monday
Discover more about minerals and bring in your own treasures to see what you have discovered.
For more information, contact Andrea Jacquin, Public Information Officer, 505-206-9144, andrea.jacquin@state.nm.us
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4509/mineral-monday/

Tue. Feb. 4, 6 – 8:15 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Salón Ortega
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
¡Baile! Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class
6 p.m to 7:15 p.m.—Beginning and Intermediate Class.
No experience is necessary to participate in this class.
7:15 p.m to 8:15 p.m.— Advanced Class
In order to participate in this class, dancers must come to at least one 6 p.m. class and be familiar with the vocabulary and movement introduced in these classes.
Dance classes are taught by Larry Heard and Rueda 505 Friends.
There is no need to pre-register; just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, call (505) 246-2261.
$5 to $10 per class (pay what you can)

Tue. Feb. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
Inside Opera Series: Il Postino
Join us for our second year of “Inside Opera” — a workshop series presented by the NHCC in partnership with Opera Southwest.  This year the opera is “Il Postino” and each workshop will focus on a different element of the performance (see below).  Those who attend any one of the three workshops will receive a 15% discounted ticket to the show.  Sign up for the workshops here:  https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/inside-opera-workshop-series-il-postino/

Wed. Feb. 5, Noon – 1 p.m.
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5200
http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/
Friends of History Lecture Series
Please join Richard Flint, Ph.D., and Shirley Cushing Flint, MA, Research Associates, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico, as the discuss Antonio de Mendoza, the architect of the Coronado Expedition of 1539-1542, who had as his main goal to complete Columbus’s project of reaching Asia, by traveling westward from Spain, as part of our Friends of History lecture series. Donations welcomed. Auditorium event with limited seating-bottled water only please.
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4492/friends-of-history-lecture-series/

Wed. Feb. 5, 1 – 2 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5072
http://www.nmartmuseum.org/
Subtle shades draw an opening path: the poetic work of Agnes Martin’s art
Artist Utako Shindo’s year-long project based in New Mexico traces Agnes Martins’ artistic path — scholarly and experientially.
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4474/subtle-shades-draw-an-opening-path-the-poetic-work-of-agnes-martins-art/

Wed. Feb. 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Voices in Science lecture – Pluto and Beyond: Exploring the Solar System’s Frontier
Speaker: John Spencer, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute  When Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto 90 years ago this month, he was ahead of his time.  It took decades to learn that Pluto is not the oddball outsider that it first seemed to be, but is the largest of a vast swarm of objects beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made the first close-up exploration of Pluto and its five moons in 2015, revealing a complex and dramatic world.  On New Year’s Day 2019, a billion miles beyond Pluto, New Horizons flew by a much smaller member of the Kuiper Belt, a 20-mile long mini-world now named Arrokoth. Arrokoth turned out to be a pristine leftover from the solar system’s formation, unlike anything previously seen in the solar system. Dr. John Spencer is Deputy Project Scientist on the New Horizons mission. He grew up in England, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in geology at the University of Cambridge in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1987.  He then worked at the University of Hawaii, and Lowell Observatory in Arizona, before coming to Boulder in 2004 to join Southwest Research Institute. He specializes in the exploration of the outer solar system, using Earth-based telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and interplanetary robot spacecraft. Preregistration is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased at the door (if seats are available) Questions: jayne.aubele@state.nm.us Price: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students.
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4505/voices-in-science-lecture-pluto-and-beyond-exploring-the-solar-systems-frontier/
For more information, contact Andrea Jacquin, Public Information Officer, (505)-206-9144, andrea.jacquin@state.nm.us

Wed. Feb. 5, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque
(505) 841-2800
http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Docent Dialogue
Learn more about dinosaurs with an expert presentation at the Museum.
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4511/docent-dialogue/
For more information, contact Andrea Jacquin, Public Information Officer, 505-206-9144, andrea.jacquin@state.nm.us

Thu. Feb. 6, 6 – 8 p.m. (new time!)
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Domenici Education Building – Grand Hall
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour 2020
This year, in the spirit of the NHCC’s 20th Anniversary, we have invited back some of the artists that have contributed to the success of Happy Arte Hour over the years. Many of these artists were part of past exhibitions or have pieces of art in our permanent collection.
On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments, and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz. This is a great opportunity for friends to hang out, a unique date night option, or a place to come solo and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.
On February 6, Nick Abdalla and Susan Spring will join us again for Valentine Assemblage!
Please pre-register. Registration for the following month is available the day after the current program month.
For more information please call or email Elena Baca at (505) 246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5+ donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies.

Fri. Feb. 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5072
http://www.nmartmuseum.org/
Public Opening Reception: Word Play
Join us for a Public Opening Reception for the exhibition on display from February 8 – September 13, 2020.
http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/4451/public-opening-reception-word-play/

Fri.- Sun, Feb. 7-9 & 14-16, 7 p.m Fri., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
Cardboard Playhouse presents Disney’s The AristoCats Kids
Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.
In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. $10

Sat. Feb. 8, 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
Children are invited to come make a Valentine’s Day craft. Craft is free and materials will be provided, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3.

Sat. Feb. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center – NHCC Library
1701 S. 4th St., Albuquerque
(505) 246-2261
http://www.nhccnm.org/
La Canoa – Past, Present, and Future: Mujeres Valerosas and the Hispanic Women’s Council
The Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) was formed in Albuquerque in 1988 to “promote, support, and create opportunities for Hispanic Women.” Local women came together to help each other advance in their professions, increase the number of women participating in policy-making, and serve as role models for other women. Each woman in the HWC has her own story of success and accomplishment, and these have been captured in the book, Mujeres Valerosas, published by the HWC in 2000. Join us for readings from the book and discussion about the HWC. This is a free event, open to the public. The book will be available for sale ($25); proceeds support the HWC Scholarship Fund. Several of the women in the book will be present for the discussion and book signing.

Sun. Feb. 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
(505) 476-5072
http://www.nmartmuseum.org/
Valentine’s Day Extravaganza
Join us for a day of Renaissance-style art! Explore the museum on a love-themed treasure hunt, enjoy refreshments, and tour our galleries with someone you love!
Create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards and collages. Eric Careno will get you in the mood with Renaissance music. Explore the museum on a love-themed treasure hunt, enjoy refreshments, and tour our galleries with someone you love! Free and fun for all ages! Come in Renaissance costume and get a prize.

Sun. Feb. 9, 2 – 3 p.m.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces
(575) 522-4100
http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/
Reading Roundup
Join us for Reading Roundup in the Museum lobby. Children of all ages are welcome to listen and learn. 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.

 

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