1 Go green.
Celebrate the Celts in Lincoln.
It’s all about Irish food, music, and drinks at Bonito Valley Brewing Company in Lincoln this weekend. “There was quite a large group of first-generation Irish immigrants in Lincoln County,” says owner Tim Roberts. “This weekend we celebrate that.”
Whitt’s Branding Iron food truck will be out front cooking special Irish treats. On Friday, catch traditional Irish tunes played on fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, banjos, and bagpipes starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Roberts’ band, Drunker Shade of Green, takes the stage. “It will be a little more progressive Celtic music,” he says. “We used to play all over the East Coast and Florida, and we are reuniting for this show.” A new imperial stout will make its debut on Friday, and Bonito’s IPA is made with locally grown hops. The brewery will also have their flagship beer, Billy the Kid Amber, and an Irish porter on tap.
Hear traditional tunes.
Specializing in traditional Irish tunes, Lúnasa, an ensemble since 1997, has played thousands of concerts around the world and sold over 250,000 albums. Named after a Celtic festival dedicated to the god Lugh, the group has played at iconic venues and festivals like Glastonbury, the Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall. See them Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. Nab a ticket here.
2 Check out a master of modernism.
Herman Maril: Scenes from Mid-Century America, now showing at Santa Fe’s LewAllen Gallery, highlights the works of the late modernist painter who was known for his unique color palette, simple forms, and dreamlike works. The show features 21 paintings, including portraits, landscape scenes, and depictions of architecture. Born in Baltimore to an Orthodox Jewish family, Maril became the youngest-ever student to attend the prestigious art program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Many of his works were created in Baltimore and Cape Cod, particularly Provincetown, where he spent his summers painting. See the exhibit through April 8.
3 See all that glitters.
The 52nd annual Treasures of the Earth Gem & Mineral Show takes over Expo New Mexico this weekend, bringing tons of sparkly gems, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads, and educational displays to Albuquerque. If you have a rock and you don’t know what it is, bring it to the mineral identification booth. Hosted by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club, the event is open Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Friday’s admission discounted from $5 to $2.
4 Go With the Grain.
Honoring the traditional art of wood carving, a new exhibition titled With the Grain opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art, in Santa Fe, on Saturday. With over 80 works by 35 artists, the show captures the breadth of a medium that is uniquely and beautifully New Mexican. “It covers almost a century, if not more, of work and several generations of artists working in the same family,” says Christian Waguespack, head of curatorial affairs at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
When most people think of wood carvers in New Mexico, they think of santeros. But as Waguespack says, “This work transcends what you think of when you think of saint making.” With the Grain features carved animals and esoteric figures that embody emotions including worry and hope. “A lot of these artists get pigeonholed as Catholic artists. I wanted to change the narrative, and I hope people can see this work as modern and contemporary artwork by artists who didn’t need a classifier [like folk artist or Catholic artist] before their name.”
The opening reception at 5 p.m. includes a performance by Lone Piñon, a cash bar and refreshments, and a short artist conversation with Luis Barela, the grandson of famed carver Patrociño Barela.
5 Find treasures at the flea market.
Warmer weather ushers in the return of outdoor markets like the Locke Street Eats Flea Market, in Farmington, which kicks off the season on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can shop locally made items: handcrafted wooden and leather goods, jewelry, clothing, shoes, perfume, home décor, jerky, candy, beaded items, pottery, trading cards, handmade purses, stained glass, and salsa. Later in the season, the flea market features live music, starting with the group Country Feedback on April 1. “Since this is our first time holding the market, we are anticipating a lot of people,” says Kaslyn Florian, social media manager of the event. “It’s good to have a place to gather that has food, entertainment, and people just trying to do good by the community.” Come hungry for food trucks serving pizza, mac and cheese, paletas, and coffee.