By Meredith Hughes

With cool air startlingly in abundance, the balloons are up, and safely down, we trust, through October 10 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which returns after two years with Corrales’ Matt Guthrie continuing as president of the board. A new entry? 

Remote-controlled  (RC) balloons. These are considerably smaller than the ones flooding the skies, around 12 to 18 feet high, as compared to 100 to 120 feet tall.

On October 9 catch a mass ascension, night glow and fireworks. October 10, naturally, is the “Farewell Mass Ascension.” Sounds sweetly Biblical…..

You also can follow the fiesta live via YouTube, and catch up after the Fiesta as well. http://www.youtube.com/c/BalloonFiestaABQ.

Do visit the websites of your favorite museums, galleries and organizations to check opening times/new regulations. Published the first issue of the month, What’s On? invites suggestions one week before the publication date. corralescomment@gmail.com

  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History streaming program, October 13, 5-6 p.m. Eastern, How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human, by environmental philosopher Melanie Challenger. “A new approach to the story of what it means to be human. She argues that “at the heart of our psychology is a profound struggle with being animal.” Sign up for this free Zoom event: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, offers an overview here as to why IPD is a good replacement for Columbus Day. https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360 It also offers online educational material for teachers and students. See: https://americanindian.si. edu/nk360/faq/did-you-know  Last year Smithsonian Magazine published this: “Research showing that the majority of state and local curriculum standards end their study of Native American history before 1900, the importance of celebrating the survival and contemporary experience of native peoples has never been clearer.”
  • Adobe Theater returns live, October 15, with a production of “Dinner with the Boys,” by Dan Lauria, through November 7. It involves the mob. Get tickets at http://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/55970. It’s at 9813 4th St. NW.
  • Home Composting Basics, October 16, 10 a.m. Register: register@nmcomposters.org. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors.
  • Encantada, through October 24. It’s the annual exhibition of the Rio Grande Art Association, featuring more than 100 works. Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. North 4th Art Center, 4904 Fourth.
  • Pueblo Legacies, at Open Space. October 16, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pottery demonstration, hands-on activity, and sale, presented by Stephanie Zuni, Isleta Pueblo potter. At 2 p.m., Traditional Medicinal Plants, presented by Dara Saville, founder and instructor at Albuquerque Herbalism. October 17, Talk and Tour of Pueblo Piedras Marcadas, 10:30 a.m. to noon. With archeologist Matthew Schmader. Learn about one of the most significant cultural sites in the middle Rio Grande Valley, part of the Petroglyph National Monument. Please call the Visitor Center 768-4950 to register. The new Open Space art show, up through December 18, is ‘New Mexico Light’ a collaborative show featuring The High Desert Tapestry Alliance and the Tapestry Artists of Las Arañas, two groups made up of tapestry artists who both design and weave. Open Space Visitors Center 6500 Coors.
  • Madame Butterfly, October 22-24, via Opera West. A chamber orchestra version of Puccini’s hit, even involving students from the Santa Fe School for the Arts. Tickets: https://operawest.simpletix.com/ St. Francis Auditorium, 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.
  • Albuquerque Art Museum, October 30, 2021 through January 23, 2022. Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style includes “166 remarkable works of art and design, the majority of which will be on public display for the first time in North America. Characterized by taut lines, stylized natural forms, sleek curves, and emphatic geometries, the Glasgow Style was unique – the only British response to the international Art Nouveau movement of the late 1890s – 1900s.” 2000 Mountain.

Did You Know?

With Day of the Dead on its way,  Corrales’ Poet Laureate, Rudy J. Miera, is inviting submissions of poetry from all ages for what he calls a Corrales Community Altar.  The poems might include themes such as amor/love, recuerdos/memories, honor/recognition, and so on, in English or Spanish. And in haiku, free verse, or any style.

Type your work on a page 8 1/2x11 and include your name.

Poems will be  accepted on  Wednesdays and Thursdays this month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casa Perea Art Space, 4829 Corrales Road. 503-7636.

Also, October 25, from 10 to 5 p.m., consider bringing photos, mementos, toys, and such for the Community Altar. Corrales Elementary students are working on artwork for this project.

The poems will be displayed on the altar at Casa Perea from October 28 to November 3. The grand opening is October 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Miera reports that there will be an opening blessing by Mapitzmitl Xiukwetzpaltzin, aka Paz, founder of the Albuquerque-based Aztec dance group Ehecatl, ( named after the Aztec god of the wind,)  which includes the ritual “four directions” blowing of the concha.

The altar will come down by November 4, so plan to retrieve your items before that.

In Corrales

  • Corrales Bistro Brewery, October 18, 6 p.m., spotlights Californian Jonathan Foster, whose sound has been described as “Folk-Country-Americana with a strong vocal presence woven with imaginative lyrics, rootsy acoustic guitar, harmonica, and engaging songs that make you feel at home.” What better?4908 Corrales Road.
  • Trick r’ Trunk, October 31, at a time yet to be determined. That All Hallows evening, at the Rec Center. Usually attracting hundreds of costumed participants, decorated haunted vehicles and truck beds,but no hot air balloons this year.
  • Corrales Arts Center, October 22, 7 p.m. Virtual salon. Travels with My Cello: Encouraging Social Harmony in a Discordant World, with musician Janet Anthony, founder of BLUME Haiti, “Building Leaders Using Music Education.” Register here: https://corralesartscenter.org/event-4511656
  • 33rd Annual Old Church Fine Arts Show, in person through October 10. Then online through October 31 at http://www.CorralesOldChurchShow.com. It’s a juried show, featuring works by 63 artists. Here are the Blue Ribbon Winners for each category: Ceramics, No entries this year; Collage, Virginia Primozic, Albuquerque, “Raul”; Jewelry, Kenneth Martinez, Corrales, “Silver & Turquoise Bracelet”; Media Making, Darryle Bass, Rio Rancho, “Mimbres Shaman”; Painting/Drawing, Deborah Paisner, Santa Fe, “Sunday Morning in Cerrillos”; Photography, Dennis Chamberlain, Corrales, “The Church of Golden New Mexico”; Printmaking, Greg Lasko, Placitas, “Doel Reed’s Home”; Sculpture, Mark Levin, Albuquerque, “Applelicious Wall Sculpture.”
  • Casa San Ysidro, October 9, 1-3 p.m. ( A Second Saturday event.) “From Spain to New Mexico: The Journey to Keep a Secret,” a free online program with historian Norma Libman. “Who are the Crypto-Jews and Conversos? Why are they in New Mexico? This presentation traces the history of the Jews during Spain’s Inquisition, including how Crypto-Jews kept their secrets in very dangerous times.” Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89561194686#success
  • Village Council meetings, October 12 and 26, 6:30 p.m., still posted as via Zoom.
  • Planning and Zoning meeting, October 20, 6:30 p.m., apparently in person.
  • Corrales Library Book Club, Author series. Contact Sandra Baldonado for Zoom events details. sandra@corraleslibrary.org.
  • Music in Corrales is on a roll, with two upcoming concerts already sold out. But, you still can catch Friction Quartet on October 23, at 6 p.m. This Bay Area group will premiere “El Correcaminos,” a new piece by Albuquerque native Nicholas Lell Benavides. To buy tickets: http://www.musicincorrales.org/ticket/friction-quartet-tickets/. To view all  the season’s offerings,  see http://www.musicincorrales. org/current-season/  Old Church.
  • Corrales Growers’ Market. Weekly Sunday sessions in October, 9 to noon. October 10, 17, 24, 31. Wednesdays, also 9 to noon, through this month. October 13, 20, 27. Still no dogs allowed…no music, either.
  • Village in the Village. Coffee hour, Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. in person at Corrales Bistro. Reservations are required. Call 274-6206 or email corrales.viv @gmail.com. Book Club, October 18 via Zoom, 3-4 p.m. “ A Tale for the Time Being,” by Ruth Ozeki. As described on Goodreads: “In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century.”

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