Looking for a new-to-you vintage tee, tote bag or just a general good time? Take a trip to the Southside this weekend to hit the Dandelion Pop-Up Market at Ghost. The market, a joint effort by Calixte Raifsnider and Eliza Lutz—who recently took over the DIY concert space—is an opportunity to shop affordably and support local artisans, but also a time to mingle with the local creative community. “It’s basically an afternoon of summer fun with a lot of really great vendors: local favorites, plus some new faces who may become your favorites,” says Raifsnider. “We’re also going to have Freezie Fresh ice cream and the fortune teller Kassandra M.”
You can get your hair done for $40 by Paris Mancini (the very same songstress of Matron Records' PSIRENS) under the umbrella of her hair venture Flying Hair Salon, or see designer Jeremy Salazar, aka Happy Loco, who undertakes live-painting an outfit on a model. "It will just be good time and good people," Raifsnider tells SFR, saying the pop-ups "always feel a little bit like a daytime party."
Raifsnider hosted a pop-up market next to Betterday Coffee (907 W Alameda St.) in April, and she's added even more vendors to her roster for this upcoming event. She says finding New Mexico-based creators to participate hasn't been difficult. "Some of them are people that I know, but also sometimes it's just approaching a vendor I really respect," she says. "I have people who are starting to approach me now, and vendors recommend friends of theirs—it's been very organic."
You can shop booths filled with goodies by Road Trip Journal Vintage, Utopian Conspiracy, Twig Works and others with inventories including books, records, jewelry, silkscreens on fabric and wood, collages, illustrations and more. Some sellers have access to credit card machines, but bring cash because you may fall in love with something at a booth that doesn't.
Raifsnider says to come, even if shopping isn't your gig. "It's a little bit of something for everybody, even if you just want to come out and have some ice cream and see your friends." (Maria Egolf-Romero)
Dandelion Pop-Up Market
Noon-6 pm Saturday June 17. Free.
2889 Trades West Road
Given that Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma) is best known for her life-altering hugs, we’d imagine she’s pretty good at it. And we know—it might sound like a lot of hokum, but until this woman, who claims love as her religion, wraps her arms around you, you can’t really know, can you? Avoid any potential Schrödinger’s Hug situations by finding out why it’s reportedly so magical and maybe—just maybe—feel a little better about yourself. Hundreds of people don’t follow Amma across the globe for nothin’. (Alex De Vore)
7 pm Thursday June 15. Free.
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino,
30 Buffalo Thunder Trail,
Oh, Oh, Oh—It’s Magic
OK, so the hype around
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
isn’t exactly on par with the
hysteria of yesteryear, but the fact remains it’s a perfectly fun film from the brain of JK Rowling with a story that sucks you in. We follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a Hogwarts grad who so totally loves fantastic beasts. Really, he’s like a conservationist, but when he comes to America to track down a particularly rare specimen, hijinks obviously ensue. Take the fam to Railyard Park for a free screening this Friday. It’s fun, OK?! (ADV)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screening:
8 pm Friday June 16. Free.
Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street,
Since traveling to Cuba in 2016, artist Antonio Darden has been translating his experience into his latest body of work,
Watercolors of Cuba
. Rich with color and texture, Darden captures the essence of urban Cuba with an almost dreamlike quality, depicting scenes of windowsills, city streets and trees.
reads like a love letter to the beauty of the everyday. This 18-piece collection includes his prize-winning composition, “Agua,” which won third place at New Mexico Watercolor Society in May. Be sure to catch the limited run of this collection featured at his studio this weekend and next. (Lauren Thompson)
Antonio Darden: Watercolors of Cuba Opening Reception:
10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. Free.
Antonio Darden Fine Art,
1853 Otowi Road,