Performers Ballet & Jazz Company Presents Christmas Joy (Rental)

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

Come…. Experience the Miracle! Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance, as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company presents the 33rd season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically trained dancers will once again inspire audiences with a repertoire of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

A moving and uplifting production, Christmas Joy has become an Albuquerque holiday tradition. In 1999, members of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance conferred the Bravos Award for Dance Excellence on The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Additionally, in 2012, Christmas Joy was given the Albuquerque Community Live Art and Performance Service (Q-Claps) Applause Award for favorite performance.
$20, $33 w/ $2 discount for students/seniors/NHCC members; group rates available

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Alice King Community School: A Party in a Pear Tree (Rental)

7 pm both days

Alice King Community School music classes, grades 2 through 5, present their inaugural holiday musical, A Party in a Pear Tree, by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. Directed by Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland, it’s sure to be the most hilarious twelve days ever!
All Tickets $3

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Film: Where God Left His Shoes

7 pm

Jobless and living with his family in a homeless shelter, a one-time boxer takes his 10-year-old stepson with him as he hustles for work on Christmas Eve. Praised as John Leguizamo’s “truest performance on film,” Where God Left His Shoes is the story of a family who discover that they will survive as long as they have each other. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2007; Salvatore Stabile; English; 96 minutes; not rated.

There will be no film screenings on December 21, December 28, January 4, or January 11. The Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series will resume on January 18.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Shoes for the Santo Niño

Friday at 7 pm
Saturday at 2 pm

Shoes for the Santo Niño is the story of Julianita, the youngest of eleven children, who slips out of her home one evening to take a pair of “practical” shoes that she has made to the Santo Niño de Atocha. When she enters the church, the Santo Niño and the saints come to life, and Julianita is whisked off into an evening of mystery, magic, and miracles.

This joyous piece by the Santa Fe Opera depicts the important role of the Santo Niño de Atocha as part of the traditional cultural fabric of northern New Mexico in both Hispanic and Native American families. The tale of Julianita and the Santo Niño, passed down from generation to generation, is adapted from the charming children’s story by Peggy Pond Church. The Santo Niño is known as an advocate for healing, primarily of children, and many believe that he wears the shoes left by pilgrims who visit his shrines to walk abroad and heal sick children while they sleep.

Photo by Brandon Soder.
$7 for everyone

Film: All of Me/Llévate mis amores

7 pm

Based in the Mexican village of La Patrona, this documentary offers an intimate insight into a group of women, appropriately known as the Patronas, who since 1995 have prepared food, bagged it, and tossed it to migrants traveling on top of the freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast) as it makes its way to the U.S. Their remarkable example of love and solidarity, despite the risk both to themselves and to those riding the rails, contrasts with the violence of one of the cruelest stretches in the world for undocumented travelers. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2014; directed by Arturo González Villaseñor; Spanish with English subtitles; 90
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra: Mendelssohn Meets Beethoven—Protégé Series (Rental)

2 pm

It’s a pre-Thanksgiving musical celebration from your NMPhil! Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”) captures changing harmonies and dynamics that rise and fall like the swelling sea. Albuquerque native Joshua Rupley—the only American in last year’s inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition—plays Beethoven’s heroic “Emperor” Piano Concerto. And, Elgar’s much-loved Enigma Variations will whet your appetite for the feast ahead.
$24, $35, $46, $68

Christopher Confessore, conductor
Joshua Rupley, piano

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor”
Elgar: Enigma Variations

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

¡Salud y Sabor! Mundo Latino: Chef Showdown

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC, is a free evening of food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.

Don’t miss this special Salud y Sabor where three local chefs will face off in a skills test that will leave only one winner. Chef Marie Yniguez of Bocadillos, Chef Tony Saccoccia of Indigo Crow and Chef Daniel Camera from Poki Poki Cevicheria will be judged by Chef Marc Quiñones.

Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music. In most months, free samples of local produce are available.

For more information on Salud y Sabor, contact David Torres at 505/246-2261 or email him DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us
Free public event

Festival Chispa Presents: Nano Stern

7:30 pm

Born in Santiago in 1985, the grandson of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Europe, Nano Stern represents a new generation inspired by the nueva canción movement. A guitar virtuoso with a powerful singing voice, he combines traditional Chilean, Latin American, and European folk music with jazz improvisation and rock influence, as well as his early classical training and the inspiration of musical icons such as Violeta Parra and Inti-Illimani. Outspoken and passionate as well as experimental, Stern delivers powerful universal messages with a deep sense of social justice. With numerous international festival appearances and ten albums to his credit, he has a devoted following stretching through Latin America and into Europe and Australia.

Of the Chilean musical activists like Inti-Illimani who continued to lead the nueva canción movement during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship, Stern says, “I am extremely respectful of the tradition. It is an enormous gift we received from the people of the past.”

Festival Chispa Presents, a partnership with Avokado Artists, is a series that showcases some of the finest and most innovative groups, both legendary and up-and-coming, that the Latino world has to offer. Fusing various musical genres, cultures, and traditions, this dynamic series breaks down musical boundaries and leaves the audience wanting more!
$22, $27 w/ $2 discount for students and senior, $3 discount for NHCC Members

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

Film: Excerpt from The Vietnam War

7 pm

A newly edited clip from The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, focuses on personal stories rather than the history, politics, or combat of the war. This excerpt is designed to open up conversations and allow deeper, more personal dialogue—emphasizing the struggles of the veteran community from different generations as they come together to process their experiences of war and return. It features “Fellow Warriors: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam with John Musgraves.” Following the screening, audience members may move into a comfortable space to share stories, talk about personal experiences, and gather information from local veterans’ service providers. Staff from the Albuquerque Veteran Center will help facilitate conversation; information from the Mobile Vet Center in Santa Fe will also be available. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2017; Ken Burns & Lynn Novich; English; 30 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Día de los Muertos: Despedida

5 pm to 7 pm

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.

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

For more information please call or email David Torres at 505-246-2261 or DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us
Free community event

Thank you to Holman’s USA for sponsoring all of our Día de los Muertos activities!