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By Meredith Hughes

Only 28 days to whip through this month, masks in your pockets, hanging in the car, airing outside from the apple tree….still, on we go!

Do visit the websites of your favorite museums/galleries/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

  • Dogs! Just opened February 5 at NM Museum of Natural History and Science. “Sniff out the science behind our puppy love! Let curiosity be your guide and discover life from a dog’s point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, a richly interactive 9,000 sq. ft. exhibition for humans.” 1801 Mountain Rd.
  • The Annual Albuquerque Garden Center Rummage Sale is on, February 25 and 26, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Center, 10120 Lomas. Proceeds benefit the Council of ABQ Garden Clubs. (505) 296-6020.
  • New Mexico Museum of Art. Ansel Adams: Pure Photography, has just opened. The exhibition runs through May 22. It includes close-up nature studies, portraits, and views of architecture Adams made during the 1930s. 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.
  • Chatter Cabaret, February 27, at Albuquerque Museum, 5 p.m. W.A. Mozart Violin Sonata in F major, K. 377; Hannah Kendall Processional; Joan Tower Trés Lent; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50. With David Felberg, violin; James Holland, cello; Judith Gordon, piano. Food and drink to purchase. 2000 Mountain Rd.
  • Jewel Cases, through early April, celebrates “Albuquerque’s incredible wilderness-urban interface and chronicles one man’s daily explorations and the gems found on the way.” The artist is George Julian Dworin. Plus, Thoughts on the Rio Grande in Photographs and Haiku, also through early April. Works by Clarke Condé. “This series explores the great river and its surroundings as it passes through an ever-expanding city of Albuquerque..” Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors. The Center is now open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The University of New Mexico Art Museum reopens this month with “Mysterious Inner Worlds,” the first solo exhibition in New Mexico by Pakistan-born American artist and professor Anila Quayyum Agha. The exhibition from February 18 through July 2 features four sculptures activated by light, including the large-scale light installation titled Intersections (2014) and the debut of the sculpture Steel Garden (Red) (2021). Agha combines forms from Islamic architecture with her own concepts about patterns of sacred and worldly spaces. 203 Cornell Dr. NE.
  • Concerts? Shows? The long-awaited arrival of “Hamilton” has been delayed more than once, but right now you can buy tickets for the show, scheduled to appear in early May of 2023. We kid you not. Be upbeat and optimistic, ok? Check website regularly. https://www.popejoypresents.com/ Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell.

Did You Know?

Yes, we all are tired of fending off COVID-19 and its pals.  But the Corrales Fire Department is tireless.  For news, updates, and assistance from the fire department team do visit http://www.corrales-nm.org/fire/page/covid-19-resources-health-and-resilience.

In Corrales

  • Early voting for Corrales municipal elections runs February 1-25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village Clerk’s Office, 4324 Corrales Road. The actual Municipal Officer Election Day will be March 1 at the Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road. This polling location will be open 7am through 7pm. Please contact the Village Clerk, Melanie Romero, at 505-897-0502 or mromero@corrales-nm.org with questions.
  • Corrales Senior Center is closed for exercise and group activity, though meals will still be available for pick-up or homebound delivery. The Center plans to reopen February 21. 
  • Planning and Zoning Commission, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Village Council meetings, February 8, 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • The Corrales Community Seed Library opens on February 8, thanks to the funding from the FOCL group, community donations, and volunteer contributions. “The seed library preserves rare, heirloom, or open-pollinated seeds and encourages our community to save quality seeds that are suitable to our growing area. Up to 15 seed packets may be borrowed from the seed library during a calendar year.

“To ensure as many people as possible can enjoy seeds from the Corrales Community Seed Library, we are limiting check-outs to one packet per variety. At the end of the growing season, borrowers may save seeds from their harvest, label them and return a portion of the seeds to the library during our hours of operation.”   And, for a recorded course in seed starting from Master Gardener Judy Jacobs, go here: https://tinyurl.com/tj9yjdbn

  • Corrales Bosque Gallery guest artist of the month for February is Laura Balombini of Red Paint Studio. A reception for Balombini at the gallery is on February 6, from 1 to 5 p.m., with COVID protocols in place.
  • Corrales Historical Society Speakers series, February 20, 2 p.m. Elizabeth Horodowich, professor of history at New Mexico State University, presents “When New Mexico was China.” Please note this talk likely will be via Zoom, but as so much is still being juggled COVIDly, it could well be rescheduled. ( The January 16 talk on the topic of “Los Arabes of New Mexico” was cancelled and is set to be rescheduled, one assumes.) So stay tuned….

This February talk explores how for hundreds of years after the Columbian voyages, Europeans believed that Asia and America occupied the same continent. “European cartographers and cosmographers understood the lands that are today the American Southwest and New Mexico to be near, or even overlapping with, China and India. Seemingly endless maps, narrative accounts, and images illustrate this phenomenon. Exploring these sources to better understand how and why early modern Europeans connected these two worlds allows us to see how ideas about New Mexico were at the heart of the very earliest European conceptions of globalization.”

  • Casa San Ysidro Museum is open again, and offering three February programs. “New Mexico’s Money, Coins of the Colonists: 1536 – 1812,” February 12, from 1-4, with numismatic scholar, Rod Frechette, unfolds the history of Mexican coinage, contemporary US and European coinage, and Colonial (US) paper money. February 19, Blacksmithing Basics, 1:30 to 3:30. Plus three more classes through May. February 26, Heritage Spinning and Weaving – Fiber Prep, 1:30 to 3. This class features a special emphasis on fiber harvest and preparation using Churro wool. Participants will learn to wash, card, and comb wool in preparation for processing wool into yarn for domestic and commercial use. The first of eight different classes, one per month. Sign up via Aaron Gardner, agardner@cabq.gov, 505-898-3915.
  • Corrales Arts Center. Creativity in Photography, February 19, and March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Dennis Chamberlain. (Rescheduled from January 22.) Corrales Community Center, 4324 Corrales Road. Register at corralesartscenter.org
  • Music in Corrales, February 26, 7:30 p.m. American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, performs. This concert already is sold-out. “Due to public health considerations, we have limited ticket sales to a smaller-than-normal capacity for the Old San Ysidro Church; this concert has reached that limit. If at some point we can safely increase the seating, we will re-open ticket sales, so please check back periodically for availability.” Lance Ozier 505-899-8830
  • Corrales Library. Author series, February 22, 7 p.m. with Barbara Kotulska-Haskin, author of “How My Brain Works.” Plus, Thursdays at 6 p.m. Spanish Conversation. Please contact Sandra Baldonado for Zoom event details. sandra@corraleslibrary.org T
  • Corrales Growers’ Market. Sunday, February 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Village in the Village. Focussed primarily on helping Villagers, more than social events, until Omicron and its ilk are booted out. Call 274-6206 or email corrales.viv@gmail.com.
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