Film: Museo

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
7:00 pm Film Screening

Well into their 30s, Juan and Benjamin can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in Satélite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by pulling off the most infamous heist of cultural artifacts in all of Mexican history—looting the country’s iconic National Anthropology Museum. Museo Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios features Gael García Bernal, Simon Russell Beale, Lynn Gilmartin, Ilse Salas.

2018; Spanish with English subtitles; Alonso Ruizpalacios Director;

Film Screening Free

Bob & Rhea Better Call Saul Improv Comedy Show

8:00 pm

Join Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, and special guests for a night of comedy in Albuquerque!

A night of entertainment like no other is headed your way, as your favorite TV lawyers, Bob Odenkirk andRhea Seehorn, join forces with special friends from Better Call Saul and improvisers from The Box Performance Space. This performance will raise funds for Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company and New Day Youth & Family Services.

$20, $30, $50

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Escribir | Escuchar: Hispanic & Latine Writer Series Presents ire’ne lara silva

6:00 pm Reception | Lobby, Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts
7:00 pm Reading
8:00 pm Booksigning

The National Hispanic Cultural Center presents award-winning author ire’ne lara silva. She is the author of four poetry collections, furia, Blood Sugar CantoCUICACALLI/House of Song, and FirstPoems, two chapbooks, Enduring Azucares and Hibiscus Tacos, and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2021 Tasajillo Writers Grant, a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and was the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. Most recently, ire’ne was awarded the 2021 Texas Institute of Letters Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction. ire’ne is currently a Writer at Large for Texas Highways Magazine and is working on a second collection of short stories titled, the light of your body.  Website:

This is a free ticketed event, registration required.

Film: Sleep Dealer

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
5;30 pm–6:30 pm Pre-film museum tours
7:00 pm Film Screening

Join us for pre-film tours of the exhibition, Fronteras del Futuro , then jam to futuristic tunes by DJ Sunai. Cash bar and food truck.

 The place:  Mexico.  The time:  The near future.  The world is divided by closed borders, but connected by a digital network that ties people together around the world.  In Santa Ana del Río, Oaxaca, where a corporation controls the small village’s water supply, Memo Cruz dreams of heading north to a big city where he can work in a high-tech factory.  When his dream becomes a reality, his reality becomes a nightmare of border walls, shanty towns, remote control drones, and security forces searching for “aqua-terrorists.”

2008; United States & Mexico; English; Alex Rivera Director; PG-13

Pre-film tour $3
Film Screening Free

Colin Hay

7:30 pm

AMP Concerts presents Colin Hay. Hay first came to prominence as the lead vocalist of Men at Work, which was formed in 1979 and went on to become a multi-platinum-selling musical act, winning a Grammy for best new artist in 1982. The original band was short-lived, however, and after 1985 Hay became primarily a solo artist. He has written and released some 13 solo albums, the latest being I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, an album of cover material. With a new album of original material due for release in early 2022, Hay is also a touring member of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, scheduled to resume touring in 2022.

$41, $51, $61

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From Bamako to Birmingham: Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama

7:30 pm

AMP Concerts presents “From Bamako to Birmingham”—a culturally satisfying fusion with Afro-pop duo Amadou & Mariam and soulful gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama coming together to combine contemporary African contemporary African sounds and African-American roots music.

$36, $46 & $56

Approximate time of event: 2 hours including intermission

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Yjastros: featuring the Orchestra of New Spain: Quem Quæritis? A Flamenco Drama

8:00 pm Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company proudly brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States. Together with the Orchestra of New Spain, Yjastros presents Quem Quæritis? A Flamenco Drama. This performance draws from the tradition of the pastorela, told through imaginative, dynamic flamenco performance. Yjastros dramatizes human ingenuity and resilience through intricate choreographic masterpieces by Artistic Director Joaquín Encinias, Marco Flores, and other choreographers. This season highlights tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco and features choreographies made by artists at the global forefront of the art form, as well as unique musical accompaniment from the award-winning Orchestra of New Spain. Yjastros is the flamenco company in residence in the University of New Mexico Dance Program.

$40, $50, $60, $70 w/$5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members


Ana Castillo at the NHCC

7 pm

Connect with your favorite Hispanic and Latine writers.

For the inaugural program of the Escribir | Escuchar: Hispanic and Latine Writer Series, the National Hispanic Cultural presents award-winning and best-selling author Dr. Ana Castillo. Her notable works include the novels So Far from God, The Guardians, and Peel My Love like an Onion, in addition to her poetry collection I Ask the Impossible. The celebrated and distinguished New Mexico escritora will be at NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre on April 7, 2022. During this free event, Dr. Castillo will be reading from her latest poetry collection, My Book of the Dead, followed by a book signing.  This series is generously supported by AARP and the University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research.

Don’t miss out on experiencing Hispanic and Latine literature at the NHCC. Book your spot HERE!

This is a free ticketed event.

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Carnaval 2022: Queenie, Queen of Carnaval

7:30 pm

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, including Latin American and Caribbean nations as well as parts of the United States, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Carnaval was first celebrated at the NHCC in 2002 and has been part of the Center’s regular seasonal programming since 2006, with regular performances by presenting partners Frank Leto & PANdemonium and Pilar Leto & the Odara Dance Ensemble. Carnaval 2022 marks the NHCC’s 16th annual Carnaval Celebration—a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, stirring music, colorful costumes, an engaging storyline, and special surprises. Based on a children’s book of the same name, written by Frank Leto and illustrated by his six-year-old granddaughter, the show follows a little girl named Queenie as she learns how Carnaval is celebrated in a variety of locations.

$17, $22, $27 with $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, & NHCC members

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