1 See the power of print.
Self-taught printmaker Ben Muñoz creates graphic and bold work, much of which is tied to his personal life experience. His solo exhibit, Saltillo, opens this weekend at Santa Fe’s Hecho a Mano, through April 24, with a reception on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
“Ben’s work embodies past, present, and future on personal and macro levels,” says Hecho a Mano owner and curator Frank Rose. “Much of his art connects to his parents and grandparents and to his daughters through the story of immigration and the desire to create a better life.”
The show gets its title from Muñoz’s family history. When they first immigrated to the United States, they worked selling Saltillo tiles. Muñoz founded his Familia Print Shop in Dallas and reveals references to historical Mexican printmaking in the exhibit. (Hint: Look for calaveras.)
2 Dive into food-truck city.
Craft brews and more than 40 local food trucks descend on the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the 6th annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. Choose from Pop Pop’s Italian Ice, El Taco Shop, Blacxican Cocina, El Super Taco, and Kamikaze food trucks for starters. Then peruse nearly 30 local, national, and international brewers, including Guinness Brewery, Sandia Cider, Lagunitas Brewery, Little Toad Creek, and Pecan Brewing. Be sure to check out the art fair as well. You can even bring your pup—on a leash, please. And consider tucking a lawn chair in the car.
3 Taketh yourself back in time.
Don your Renaissance gear for tea with the queen, strongman competitions, blacksmithing demos, bagpipers, a parade, and a chance to get your kiddos knighted at the New Mexico Renaissance Celtic Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park, in Edgewood, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hordes of vendors will proffer wands, jewelry, apothecary assortments, pottery, face painting, and face accessories, and ye will hear performances by the Harp Twins, Celtic Nova, Brethren of the Sunken Skull, and others. Prithee, might there be mermaids, pirates, and belly dancers? Yea, me good lords and ladies.
4 Celebrate women.
New Mexico songwriters Nacha Mendez and G Precious (Ohkay Owingeh) take the stage at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center, in Socorro, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of this weekend’s WomenFest 2022. Events kick off with a climate change panel on Friday at 1 p.m., then roll into an exhibit by women artists and a Women at Work open house on Friday and Saturday. Wander the lovely New Mexico Tech campus, take part in yoga classes, enjoy mainstage music, presentations, and a Zumba class on Saturday, and sample workshops on theater, writing, and purposeful travel. All events are free, except for the concert.
“It is new, fresh, a little bit of everything, from performance to art to hands-on workshops, things to buy, things to learn about, including STEM programs from Socorro’s premier science and engineering university and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory,” says Ronna Kalish, director of New Mexico Tech’s performing arts series. “It’s 99.9 percent women of Socorro County, down-home and authentic, yet cutting edge.”
5 Party down.
Albuquerque’s Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. celebrates its sixth anniversary with a Saturday party from 1 to 7:30 p.m. The brewery will release new sour brews, including a Drop It Like It’s Hot Toddy, and new cans, like the So Far, So Bueno Hazy IPA. But wait, there’s more! Eat a pillowy taco from Four Corners Navajo Taco and sample impeccably curated charcuterie plates from Picnic NM. Enjoy live tunes from Durango-based Haro in the Dark. And make sure you have a designated driver or Uber to get everyone home safely.