Quality Inn University
2015 Menaul Blvd. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 881-3210
Fax: (505) 888-1196
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Vortex Theater, a small, community-run venue provided for volunteers who still have their day jobs, but live for the theater after hours. The group stages year-round productions of dramatic plays in a small, comfortable theater located across the street from the University of New Mexico. If you want to act, direct, build sets, scenery and props, or just enjoy a well-done live performance, the theater is a non-profit organization that offers something for everyone who wants to get involved in theater. The theater's tag line: "The Vortex, get sucked in."
Low Spirits launched itself in 2009 to fill the late-night live music niche in North Valley. Once people started actually being able to find it (the windowless low building and nearly invisible sign are seemingly not designed for easy access, and lend the place a Speakeasy vibe), it became immensely popular among locals. Usually hosting three bands per night from around 8:00 pm till about 1:00 am, Low Spirits features a range of musical styles, with a predominance of blues and jazz. There are also open mic nights, burlesque shows, and poetry slams. Drinks are affordable but there is usually a cover charge. See the website for details on business hours.
The Chill Factory, located in downtown Albuquerque, is a vibrant space dedicated to performing arts. This studio hosts an array of cultural and community events throughout the year. Art exhibitions, dance shows and live music are a popular feature here. It is also an ideal venue for private parties and social functions.
As the largest professional orchestra in the state, they perform more than 200 concerts during a single season. Special events fill the nine-month season with classics, Baroque, pop and casual concerts at the Rio Grande Zoo. The New Mexico Orchestra Symphony has been loyal to the community in its commitment to education, with ensemble performances for more than 40,000 children in public and private schools in Albuquerque.
VSA (“Very Special Arts”) of New Mexico is a non-profit organization affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is committed to making the arts accessible to under-served segments of the community, with a particular focus on outreach to the developmentally disabled. The VSA North Fourth Art Center is home to a 99 seat theatre and a gallery that features innovative work, both local and touring. The plays, dance, music, speakers, poetry readings and multi-media productions featured in the theatre come from all around the globe and frequently focus upon political and/ or international themes.
One of the ideal spaces to be better acquainted with the underground scene of the city, The Gasworks is a spacious venue located in the McKinley neighborhood of the city. A warehouse that has been converted to being an all ages buzzing space, the venue presents concerts by artists from the city and beyond. Catch a show or two here when in the city, and you can take back a good taste of the music scene here.
This 420 seat theater can be converted between proscenium and thrust staging and was designed by George Izenour, the renowned theater consultant. It forms part of the University of New Mexico Center for the Arts, which also contains Popejoy Hall, Theatre X and the UNM Department of Theater and Dance. The Department presents a high volume of student productions in Rodey, including the "Words Afire Festival of New Works", an annual staple held in April. The Department's partnerships with the National Institute of Flamenco and the Tricklock Theater Company mean that Rodey also plays host to top-quality international dance and theater events. – Pip Lustgarten
This University of New Mexico venue is known variously as "The Experimental Theatre", "Theatre X", or simply "The X". It is under the umbrella of the University's Center for the Arts, which is also home to Popejoy Hall, Rodey Theatre and the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance. Theatre X is a small, "black box" space measuring 40 feet by 60 feet and with seating for approximately 100. Shows are mainly student-produced. Many of the city's hot young talents got their start here.
This is an interesting venue for a movie theatre. Southwest Film Center is actually housed in the basement of the University of New Mexico Student Union Building on campus. Every Tuesday you can see a movie here absolutely free. The set up is standard movie theatre seating and holds about 100 patrons comfortably. Smaller foreign films are featured as well as independent, documentaries and cult classics.
The city's officials and the community wanted a safe and secure space, where youth and other members of the society can indulge in music, sports, arts and other entertaining activities. With this aim in mind, it purchased the Ice House and transformed it into a bustling art center, namely the Warehouse 508. This center not only makes for an entertainment hub but serves as a platform for young artists. They can display their talent and refine their skills too. Every season, it features excellent shows and performances including concerts, drama and so forth. The Warehouse 508 can also be hired for events and gigs, call ahead for booking details.
A distinctive hand-painted wooden sign featuring the face of the bulldog for which the venue was named marks this addition to the Albuquerque theatre scene. A not-for-profit organization, "Aux Dog" has stadium seating for 80 in the theatre and rotating art exhibits in the lobby (the building was a well-known art gallery for many years prior to its new incarnation). Aux Dog's schedule is always packed with shows so there are few dark weekends. In addition to producing their own plays, they host other performance troupes in the space. Many performances are followed by a late night comedy improv set.
A more mid-size theater, the Kiva Auditorium nonetheless frequently hosts terrific shows. In the past these have included Wyonna Judd and Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. It is a preferred location because of the fantastic facilities that it offers backstage.