From stars to a birthday party to a matanza, 7 activities from around NM

The Greater Albuquerque Jewish Community Center has teamed up with the New Mexico Holocaust Museum to present Rita: How Survivors Live.

The beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign, the Oslo Winter Olympics, the founding of Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort by Lloyd and Olive Bolander… 1952 sounds like a pretty big year. Happy 70th birthday to Sipap.

happy birthday sipap

Sipap Ski & Summer Resort is celebrating 70 years on the slopes.

On Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 6pm, there’s an all-day event with live music, skiing, and of course, cake. Retro gear is encouraged.

Sipapu is located at 5224 Highway 518, Route Box 29, HC65, Vadito. Visit

all the stars

The Placitas Community Library is hosting “Placitas Sky: Outer Space Experience” on Saturday, January 28 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Throughout the day, astronomer Tony Hull teaches us how to use gnomons to track the sun’s shadow. At 11am he will have Explora presenting “Exploring the Universe” and at 1pm he will set up a telescope for the Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) to view the Sun safely.

After the sun has left the festival, TAAS members will set up multiple telescopes for nighttime viewing and host a star party at 6:00 pm.

The library is located at 453 Hwy. 165, at Placitus.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

survivor’s story

The Greater Albuquerque Jewish Community Center has teamed up with the New Mexico Holocaust Museum to present Rita: How Survivors Live.

Running through February 15, the exhibit tells the story of a Viennese family who fled Adolf Hitler and eventually landed in Santa Fe.

RSVP to attend this free event at JCC, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm.

Read more about Lita: A Survivor’s Life in Images.

new sound

Local band Radio Free ABQ will make their downtown debut at Echoes on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm. The group, who played their first show together in early January, describe themselves as “indie Americana without borders.”

The event is free. Echoes is located at 313 Gold Ave. SW. For more information, visit

whole pig

It’s matanza time!

On Saturday, January 28th, the teams will compete in the Carnet Advada, Red Chili, Chicharron, Liver and Iron Pig categories at Eagle Park in Belem. Additional events include tortilla, biscocheto, and salsa competitions. There will also be live music, beer gardens and vendors.

Matanza is held at 305 Eagle Park Lane in Belem, with free parking in designated areas of Church and Tenth Streets.

Tickets are $20, kids 10 and under are free, and include all-day food tastings. The delicious drink is sold separately. Tickets are sold at gates open from 7am to 2pm. For more information, visit

see how they run

The University of New Mexico track team will be off and running this weekend for the New Mexico Team Open.

The event begins Friday, January 27 at 4:00 PM and Saturday, January 28 at 10:30 AM at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second St. NW). Tickets are available daily at for $5 plus a fee. For a full schedule of events, visit

Ready for Launchpad

Matt Hillyer will be opening for Dale Watson on Launchpad on Friday, January 27th. The 21+ show starts at 9pm.

Tickets are $15 plus surcharge at or $20 on the day. Launchpad is located at 618 Central Ave. SW.

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