Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

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

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque has teamed up with the New Mexico Holocaust Museum to present “Lita: A Survivor’s Life in Images.”

The start of the reign of Elizabeth II, the Oslo Winter Olympics, the founding of Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort by Lloyd and Olive Bolander… sounds like 1952 was a pretty momentous year. Happy 70th Birthday Sipapu.

Happy birthday to Sipapu

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is celebrating 70 years of hitting the slopes.

From 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, Jan 28, there will be a whole day of events, including live music, skiing and, of course, a cake. Retro gear is encouraged.

Sipapu is located at 5224 Highway 518, Route Box 29, HC65, Vadito. Visit sipapu.ski/event/70th-anniversary-party.

All the stars

The Placitas Community Library is hosting “Placitas Skies: A Cosmic Experience” from 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, Jan 28.

All day, astronomer Tony Hull will teach you how to track to the sun’s shadow using a gnomon. At 11 am Explora will present “Exploring the Universe,” and at 1 pm The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) will set up telescopes for safe viewing of the sun.

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After the sun has departed the festivities, the members of TAAS will put on a Star Party at 6 pm with multiple telescopes set up for night viewing.

The library is located at 453 Hwy. 165, in Placitas.

For more information and the full schedule of events visit placitaslibrary.com.

A survivor’s story

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque has teamed up with the New Mexico Holocaust Museum to present “Lita: A Survivor’s Life in Images.”

The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 15, tells the story of a Viennese family that fled Adolf Hitler and finally landed in Santa Fe.

There will be an opening reception and discussion by artists and museum staff at 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, at the JCC, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NO. RSVP to attend this free event at nmholocaustmuseum.org/lita-reception.

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

new sound

Local band, Radio Free ABQ, will be making their Downtown debut at Echoes at 7 pm on Saturday, Jan. 28. The group, which performed their first show together earlier in January, describes themselves as “indie Americana without borders.”

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

The whole hog

It’s time for a matanza!

On Saturday, Jan. 28, teams will compete in carne adovada, red chile, chicharrónes, liver and Iron Pig categories at Belen’s Eagle Park. Additional events include tortilla, biscochito and salsa competitions. There will also be live music, a beer garden and vendors.

The matanza will take place at 305 Eagle Park Lane in Belen with free parking in designated areas on Church and Tenth streets.

Tickets are $20, with ages 10 and under free, and include all day food tasting. Drinks to wash down the deliciousness sold separately. Tickets are sold at the gate, which is open from 7 am to 2 pm Visit hispanochambervc.org for more info.

See how they run

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

Events start at 4 pm on Friday, Jan. 27, and at 10:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second St. NW. Tickets run $5, plus fees, each day at golobos.com/tickets. Visit golobos.com for the full schedule of events.

Ready to Launchpad

Matt Hillyer is opening for Dale Watson at the Launchpad on Friday, Jan. 27. The 21+ show kicks off at 9 pm

Tickets are $15, plus fees, at holdmyticket.com, or $20 at the door. Launchpad is located at 618 Central Ave. SW

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