Wonderful Eleven Years Young Barelas Home: 912 3rd St SW 87102

Wonderful Eleven Years Young Barelas Home: 912 3rd St SW 87102
by Chris Lucas

Greater MetroABQ Growers Markets -- Map & Times

Greater MetroABQ Growers Markets -- Map & Times
by Chris Lucas

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Son Como Son & The NHCC

Son Como Son & The NHCC
by Chris Lucas

What an amazing night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) for Son Como Son's 25th anniversary party, the MetroABQ's mesmerizing salsa-&-everything-else Cuban-inspired Latin music ensemble. Calling the evening "a retrospective celebration of salsa,"  Son Como Son--They Are As They Are--played on their more than a dozen different instruments while scenes unfolded in front of them on the stage: dancing & pranks from a jester, a dozen dancers coming & going throughout a nice long set & even some local salsa dancers invited to the stage as the Hispanic Cultural Center auditorium itself began to morph into a huge dance floor. I was lucky to discover the Son Como Son celebration at the NHCC: my neighbor Jim suggested we go--he is one of the (only 2?) trombonists in the often 11-member band. What an fantastic experience is was watching him play! Now I see him in that groovy big band context, as opposed to his casually biking past me mornings on his way to work. The band plays regularly at The Cooperage, a landmark Albuquerque restaurant serving steaks & more for over 40 years; dancers come from miles around to experience Son Como Son almost every weekend. They are another reason why I love this city. Read More


National Hispanic Cultural Center “Torreon”

National Hispanic Cultural Center “Torreon”
by Chris Lucas
Opened to the public in October, 2010, The Torreon is an imposing feature at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), especially in the early spring, when the Flowering Pear trees are in full bloom.
 

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