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SFR Picks: Cinco Your Teeth In

A whole day of Cinco de Mayo action

May 3, 2017, 12:00 am

If you’re like us and constantly think about the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the 1862 Battle of Puebla, then you’ll be delightfully surprised to learn there’s what basically amounts to a drinking holiday attached to May 5. Who knew, right?

Anyway, all y’all can come out swingin’ at this year’s festivities in any number of ways, but might we suggest the following: Mobile artspace Axle drops anchor at Artisan (2601 Cerrillos Road, 954-4179) at 11 am and transforms into a drawing studio. Participants are encouraged to create pieces for inclusion in Axle’s upcoming coloring book written by five local authors. No drinking per se, but the satisfaction of helping to create something is all too real. Inn of the Anasazi (113 Washington Ave., 988-3030) reopens their patio area for the season from 2-11 pm to coincide with the holiday, and we hear there will be $5 off signature margaritas. In similar re-opening news, Santa Fe Spirits Distillery (7505 Mallard Way, 467-8892) celebrates their newly remodeled space—and, of course, extra barrel storage—with a gathering at 5:30 pm. Their whiskey is next-level. Funk act Stella visits the original Second Street Brewery (1814 Second St., 982-3030) to funk everyone up among the beers at 6 pm.

A mere two hours later at 8 pm, a new Santana tribute act called Smooth takes over the Cowgirl (319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565), and you just haven’t lived until you’ve mixed strawberry margaritas with the totally-not-way-too-long “Black Magic Woman.” Of course, the hipper denizens of Santa Fe probably already know that Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance is slated to slay Meow Wolf (1352 Rufina Circle, 395-6369. $15-$18) with his new band, The Patience, at the exact same time, but we don’t see a lot of crossover there anyway (something about a black parade and how nobody’s father ever took them to the city to specifically see a marching band). And finally, R&B band Big K and Blue Train leverages your love of bluesy tunes, Motown and boning at the The Palace (142 E Palace Ave., 428-0690) with soulful jams and, as we know all too well, a full menu of fancy-ass drinks best referred to as “dranks.” (Alex De Vore)

Cinco de Mayo
Friday May 5. Various times/locations.


Pando Company Inc.
Biographer/culture critic Lois Rudnick speaks of a time when people like Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motorcycled their way through our weirdo state to be hippies and do drugs and hang around hot springs and stuff in her lecture, Uneasy Riders: Hippies, Hopper and 1960s and 1970s Counter Culture in New Mexico. Rudnick, a contributor to the recent book Counter Culture Movement in New Mexico, is quite the authority, so whether you’re looking to recapture a glimpse of your actual involvement in the era or just long for a time when the internet hadn’t ruined our lives, this is the event for you. (ADV)

Lois Rudnick: Uneasy Riders: Hippies, Hopper
and 1960s and 1970s Counter Culture in New Mexico:

Noon Wednesday May 3. Free.
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave.,

Thank You For Being a Friend

Courtesy Francisco Ashwanden
Center for Contemporary Arts’ stalwart employee Francisco Aschwanden (whom many know simply as Paco) was recently struck down with a spinal stroke (not kidding), and the arts/cinema venue is stepping up to take care of one of its own with a jam-packed benefit event. How does this affect us personally? Because he’s a great guy who fell on hard times and we’re nice people, dammit! Westin McDowell and The Shiner’s Club provide the tunes alongside a silent film marathon (that means Buster Keaton, y’all!), and we hear they’ll have a wildly impressive silent auction plus a pretty solid food spread. Score one for you, snack-wise, and score another one for you for being a good person. (ADV)

Benefit for Paco:
6:30 pm Thursday May 4. $10-$20.
Center For Contemporary Arts,
1050 Old Pecos Trail,

Jamie—What You Doin’ Now?

Asheleigh Sopart Photography
Don’t freak out when we inform you of a beer-meets-acoustic-alterna-folk event at Duel Brewing. Sure, it just combines two of the town’s favorite things in one incredible package, but we roll with the punches around here. And if we can’t, we use the beer to calm us down. Jamie and the Dreamers bring gorgeous melodies with a baritone ukulele and incredibly satisfying harmonies courtesy of Jody Pate and Amy Griffin all the way from Houston, and if the blend of folk-meets-soft-rock doesn’t grab you, you’re basically announcing you’re dead inside. Sad! (ADV)

Jamie and the Dreamers:
7 pm Saturday May 6. Free.
Duel Brewing,
1228 Parkway Drive,


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