what's happening

January through March

ROGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
January 4–7, performance times vary
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ
$35–$90
Filled with surprising new twists, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella incorporates all of the most memorable moments on this classic story but with a contemporary take. An incredible orchestra backs favorite songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” popejoypresents.com

SOUPER BOWL
January 27, 11 AM–2 PM
5840 Office Blvd NW, ABQ
Early bird tickets; adults, $40; 11 and younger, $10; under 4, free; day of event $45 at the door
The Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico hosts the 25th annual Souper Bowl; a food tasting and charity event featuring over 40 restaurants and local chefs. There will be a variety of soups, appetizers, and desserts to taste, live music to enjoy, and opportunities to vote and win prizes. rrfb.org

TAOS WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
January 31–February 4, event times vary
Taos Ski Valley, Taos, various locations
Prices for individual events vary; Grand and Reserve Tasting, $75
The 32nd annual Taos Winter Wine Festival is a four-day celebration of food and wine, with tastings, seminars, wine dinners, films, and more. All events are 21+ only and require electronic tickets purchased in advance.
taoswinterwinefest.com

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE: SWAN LAKE
February 1, 7:30 PM
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ
$20–$79
Swan Lake draws from the rich tradition of Russian ballet with a tale of dark magic and soaring love. This elegant ballet comes to life under the direction of Elena Radchenko, a former head dancer, and Tchaikovsky’s original score. popejoypresents.com

FRIENDS & LOVERS BALLOON RALLY
February 10–11, 7 AM
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, ABQ
Free
Gather friends, family, or a loved one and enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate while over 135 balloons take off in mass ascension at sunrise the morning of the 10th and 11th. visitalbuquerque.org

THE PEKING ACROBATS
February 11, 3 PM
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ
$20–$59
Now in their 31st year of touring, The Peking Acrobats return to Popejoy with audience favorites, including human pyramids, contortions, spinning plates, and more. The company performs traditional and new acts set to live Chinese orchestra. popejoypresents.com

THE ALBUQUERQUE HOME REMODELING & LIFESTYLE SHOW
February 24–25, Saturday 10 AM–5 PM, Sunday 10 AM–4 PM
Expo New Mexico, ABQ
$6 general admission; 11 and under, free
Have a home project or remodel idea that you’re interested in undertaking? Check out The Albuquerque Home Remodeling & Lifestyle Show at the Expo New Mexico fairgrounds to see what options and solutions the 150+ vendors may be able to provide.
abqhomeshows.com

NATIONAL FIERY FOODS & BARBECUE SHOW
March 2–4, times TBA
Sandia Resort & Casino, ABQ
$5–$15; 6 and under, free
For their 30th year, the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show invites visitors to indulge in their desires for flavor and spice. Sample food and drinks that are hot and spicy, or sweet with a kick. Non-food vendors will have items available as well. fieryfoodsshow.com

ARTSMART’S ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION
March 3, 5:30–9:30 PM
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe
$200 single ticket; $1,750 for table of 10
“You Will Be Served…Harvey Girls Style” is the theme for this year’s annual ARTsmart dinner and auction. Held at La Fonda on the Plaza, this event is highlighted by dinner, wine, and dessert; 2018 honorary chair and guest speaker Stephen Friend; and a live auction. artsmartnm.org/events

ARTSMART’S ART OF HOME TOUR
March 3–4, noon–4 PM
Santa Fe; locations vary, see website for map and details
Free
In conjunction with Keller Williams Realty, ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour presents over a dozen homes filled with art from local galleries. Both the homes and the art are for sale, with 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of art going to ARTsmart’s art programs for Santa Fe youth. artsmartnm.org/events

RIO GRANDE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
March 9–11, Friday and Saturday 10 AM–5PM, Sunday 10 AM–4 PM
Expo New Mexico, Lujan Exhibit Complex, ABQ
Day pass, $7; festival pass, $10; under 12, free; $1 off coupon available for parking
Artists at work, food sampling, complimentary Kids’ Creation Station™, and other entertainment round out the 30th annual spring Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. Discover over 180 artists and craftsmen from all over the country during this juried indoor event. riograndefestivals.com

SOUTHWEST CHOCOLATE & COFFEE FEST
March 17–18, 10 AM– 6 PM
Expo New Mexico, Lujan Exhibit Complex, ABQ
$3–$15; 3 and under, free; parking $5
Known as the nation’s largest consumer festival for chocolate, coffee, and gourmet foods, the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest comes to town with food, drinks, culinary seminars, live music, and free games and fun activities. chocolateandcoffeefest.com

NEW MEXICO HOME REMODELING & PET EXPO
March 24–25, times TBA
Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho
$TK
Focusing on home remodeling and improvements, this event will donate a small portion of its proceeds to pets and the support of the advancement of animal care, with Animal Humane New Mexico as a new partner. Exhibitor categories include design/build firms, remodeling companies, poured concrete, marble/granite, and more. nmhomeandpetexpo.com