The first of January is as good a date as any to alter your reality. Make your goals realistic and measurable and adjust them as necessary.
BY SAMANTHA ANNE CARRILLO
I’m writing you from 2015. Yes, dear readers, it’s that brief window in the heart of winter when the procession of time takes on a marked prominence in our collective subconscious. The New Year’s Eve trope is alive and well here in 21st-century Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Alongside the holiday and its attendant celebration and consternation is a diffusion and resulting permeability of the veil between the workaday world and all that glitters. And there’s the whole kissing-at-midnight bit.
Unlike surrounding family-centric holidays, painting the town red is the traditional mode of celebration of New Year’s Eve. From crimson and vermilion to oxblood and scarlet, a veritable palette of events awaits your appraisal. Whatever you’re into, there’s bound to be a fête in your signature color. Scope our calendar of very early 2016 events to find your perfect shade.
As for that resolution jazz, I advise against the whole public list-making ritual. That said, the first of January is as good a date as any to alter your reality. Make your goals realistic and measurable and adjust them as necessary. And don’t feel like you have to update everyone on your progress – you’re your sole competition.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration
10 am, Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NE, 224-8300, explora.us
Cirque Ziva New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
3 pm, Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino, 14500 Central SW (I-40, Exit 140), 352-7925, rt66casino.com
Pueblo Harvest Café’s New Year’s Eve 2015 Celebration
5 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW, 724-3510, indianpueblo.com
New Year’s Eve at Altitude ABQ
5 pm, Altitude ABQ at The Hotel Cascada, 2500 Carlisle NE, 888-3311, thehotelcascada.com
Manhattan on the Mesa
6 pm, Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Fiesta Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 768-6020, cabq.gov/balloon
Champagne Ball NYE 2015 feat. Vanilla Pop
7:30 pm, Hotel Albuquerque, Alvarado Ballroom, 800 Rio Grande NW, 843-6300, hotelabq.com
New Year’s Eve on Civic Plaza
8 pm, 1 Civic Plaza NW, civicplazapresents.com
New Year’s Eve with Ryan McGarvey
8 pm, Low Spirits, 2823 Second Street NW, 344-9555, lowspiritslive.com
Bubbles & Bubbly: Explora’s New Year’s Eve Bash
8:30 pm, Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NE, 224-8300, explora.us
Burlesque Noir’s Double Your Pleasure NYE
8:30 pm, Launchpad, 618 Central SW, 764-8887, launchpadrocks.com
2015 New Year’s Eve Komedy Concert Gala & Dance feat. Charles Fleischer
9 pm, The Hotel Cascada, 2500 Carlisle NE, 888-3311, extremekomedy.com
Casa Esencia New Year’s Eve feat. DJs Beatnick and Josh Burg
9 pm, Casa Esencia at Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW, 225-5928, casaesencia.com
Dark Night: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
9 pm, The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino, 54 Jemez Dam Road, Bernalillo, 771-5353, thestageatthestar.com
New Year’s Eve @ Effex
9 pm, Effex Albuquerque, 420 Central SW, 842-8870, effexabq.com