Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment.  The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish western Victorian-era costumes. Now in its seventh year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins.  A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Christmas Joy

1 pm & 5 pm—Saturday
2 pm—Sunday

Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company will present the 35th Anniversary season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically-trained dancers will once again inspire audiences in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theater with a collection of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

$22, $33 w/ $3 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Baila! Baila! and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico® 2019

2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
7 pm—Saturday

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. In 2019, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating their 30th year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include Mariachi Tapatio from El Paso, Texas and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

$22, $27, $32 w/ $2 discounts for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Día de los Muertos: Despedida

5 pm – 7 pm

Free Community Event

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold its annual Despedida (Farewell) to celebrate Día de los Muertos with music, poetry, and hands-on art at this time-honored community gathering. This is a great event for all ages. Tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus and enjoy music, poetry, traditional hot chocolate mexicano, pan de muerto, and the sharing of heartfelt memories.

Día de Muertos is an annual traditional holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many Hispanic communities. Join the NHCC and experienced, knowledgeable local artists to learn about the meaning of this celebration, the traditional arts and crafts associated with the celebration and development of ofrendas that honor families and individuals.

For more information please call 505-246-2261.
Free community event

Olga Kern International Piano Competition: Semifinal Rounds

11 am to 5 pm

The Olga Kern International Piano Competition presents the Semifinal Rounds. On the heels of their stunning performances during the Preliminary Rounds, the OKIPC is proud to present the contestants who qualified for the next round of the competition in their quest to progress to the Final Round with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and to win the competition.

The winners of the OKIPC are sure to have long and storied musical careers—don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear who they might be!

$10

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¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Fire at Sea/Fuocoammare (Italy)

7 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

This searching, Oscar-nominated documentary about the European immigration crisis focuses on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, 150 miles south of Sicily, where thousands of people arrive each year from Africa and the Middle East en route to the continent. Four hundred thousand have landed on the island over the past two decades; fifteen thousand have died on the way. Fire at Sea contrasts the daily life of the native islanders, particularly the bucolic childhood of 12-year-old Samuele, with the danger, misery, and death confronting the refugees who attempt to make their way across the Strait of Sicily. Through extended observation rather than narrative explanation, it shows how the normal and mundane can exist side-by-side with the horrific and tragic.

2016; directed by Gianfranco Rosi; Italian with English subtitles; 114 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: The Jade Pendant (China/U.S.)

2 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

The Old West becomes a battleground for power and revenge in this gripping epic based on true events. Fleeing an arranged marriage in China, a young Chinese woman finds herself on a boat to America. When she arrives in California, she signs a contract to work as a “flower girl,” and meets an American-born Chinese cook whose father works on the Transcontinental Railroad. Their love story is set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles in 1871.

2017; directed by Po-Chih Leong; English; 106 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: The Concert/Le Concert (France)

12 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was the conductor of the illustrious Bolshoi orchestra until he was fired for using Jewish musicians. Now he works as a janitor at the Bolshoi and drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation for the orchestra to perform at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, he masterminds a plan to gather together his own Bolshoi to go in their place and make a triumphant return to the music scene. With his former Jewish and Gypsy musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor.

2009; directed by Radu Mihaileanu; French & Russian with English subtitles; 107 minutes; rated PG-13.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! Free Global Fiesta

10:30 am – 4 pm

The Global Fiesta takes place on the Saturday of¡Globalquerque!A fun-filled day packed with educational workshops, activities and performances created in collaboration with the NHCC’s Education Department and geared towards both children and adults.

This is a free day event for families of all ages.

For more information on the ¡Globalquerque!: Free Global Fiesta please go to the ¡Globalquerque! website: https://www.globalquerque.org/free-global-fiesta/

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Yo, abolicionista (Argentina)

7 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

Yo, abolicionista focuses on the ten years the director spent working with two plays dealing with prostitution and human trafficking. Traveling around Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay to present these plays, getting to know the women caught up in these networks, and documenting her reflections from the tours and conversations reinforced her activism within Argentina’s feminist abolitionist groups. In the film, fiction and reality blend, and the protagonists form a bond so strong that they reinforce and amplify each other’s voices. 2019; directed by Mariel Rosciano; Spanish with English subtitles; 75 minutes; not rated.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mariel Rosciano.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show