The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 46
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 19, 1986
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Travel The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 6 By NORMAN ZOLLJNGER The New York Times Until recently Albuquerque was more a place to rattle through than stop and see, but an architectural explosion has changed that, providing new (and refurbished) hotels and motels, unusual and restored theaters, a nature park with six miles of trails, shops and boutiques, art galleries... and now the largest natural history museum to be opened in the United States in the 20th century. The changes have been done without losing the city's Latin charm. The adobe "islands" of Mar- tinzez Town and Los Griegos, which have endured far too long to be eroded by any tide of modernity, provided much of the blend of antique and modern that has settled in. While the city has not entirely escaped from unimaginative glass-brick skyscrapers, most of the buildings that now give it a skyline are from a new breed of architects who have shown more regard for the ornamentation and uses of the past than some of their predecessors. The gaps left when the city expanded to the mountains on the east, Kirtiand Air Force Base on the south and the Pueblo Indian lands on the north and across the river on the west have been filled by highly individual creative efforts. Interwoven with the old pioneer neighbors, they have created a new harmony. Museums The New Mexico Museum of Natural History opened its doors two weeks ago at 1801 Mountain Road NW (505-841-8836; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; $2, children 3 to 12 and seniors over 65, $1.50). The last major American museum of this type opened in Denver in 1895; Albuquerque's will offer the latest technology. Mimbres Inc. of Santa Fe, its designers, endowed the building with immense areas of open space and a variety of interior heights to accommodate displays that take the visitor on a trip back through billions of years. Little is behind glass. The visitor can walk through a 1,000-square foot reproduction of a living, breathing volcano, step across artificial, but alarmingly realistic lava and feel something of the intense heat of an actual experience. In the dinosaur exhibits, a front leg of a supersaurus stretches 25 feet, and the head and neck of a 40- foot camarasaurus skeleton Norman Zollinger, a novelist who lives in Albuquerque, is the author of "Corey Lane" and "Riders to dbola." What's doing in Albuquerque A Santa Fe Ski Basin **:•.•?*'*"••. NEW MEXICO Rio I Grande } Nature Center / • Ptacitas ASandiaPeak • • •• -••--.Albuquerque Indian Pueblo Cultural Albuquerque Museum New Mexico Museum of _ Natural History San Felipe de Neri Church .*•*:*¥•.: SAAJ PASQUALE i Albuquerque Little Theater University of New Mexico stretch through an atrium portal. Guarding the museum's doorway is a bronze pentaceratops by the sculptor Dave Thomas. Terrain features (including a simulated cave with full-size stalactites and stalagmites) from prehistoric to modern times have been recreated with castings for the latter period taken from New Mexico mountains. At every turn one finds bones and other artifacts that can be picked up and studied. Through the end of January, nature photography by Eliot Porter will be on display. A feeling for the past also is apparent in the work of John Gaw Meem, on whose drawing board much of the University of New Mexico took shape. A stroll through the campus (with spacious brick plazas and buildings reminiscent of colonial Spanish and early 19-century territorial architecture) leads one to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (505-277-4404; open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; free). This perpetual motion showcase of the ethno-archeology of the Southwest and Central America is offering two special exhibits through March 15: "From the Weavers' View" (Indian basketry) and "Anasazi World" (a look at the region's oldest city dwellers, the ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians). The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th Street NW, two blocks north of Interstate 40 (505843-7270); 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; $2, $1.50 for those over 62, $1.25 for those 6 to 18) becomes a permanent exhibit detailing the history and culture of the Pueblo Indians. The D-shaped building, designed by Harvey Hoshour, is evocative of Pueblo Bonita in Chaco Canyon. On the main floor a theater decorated with giant murals by Indian artists offers a filmed history of the 19 New Mexico pueblos, but shows must be arranged in advance by calling the center. Indian craftwork and art is available in the gift shop. Another Albuquerque architect, Antoine Predock, attracted national attention with La Luz, a condominium complex that hugs the western bank of the Rio Grande a few miles north of Al- buquerue. Mindful of old Albuquerque, Predock also did the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW, at the eastern edge of Old Town (505-766-7878); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; $2, $1 for those aged3 to 11 and over 65). You can walk through the Old Town Plaza with its delicate white gazebo, pass in front of the graceful facade of Albuquerque's landmark church, San Felipe de Neri, scoot through cottonwoods nearby and when the quite different lines of the museum come into view, you find that nothing jars the eye. Landmarks At last count, Albuquerque had 84 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Notable among them: the former Indian School, across 12th Street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; the Robert Nor- daus Home at 6900 Rio Grande Bouldevard NW, the Ki-Mo Theater at 419 Central Avenue NW and the old Hilton Hotel, 125 Second Street NW. Combined with the work of the new designers, this preservation effort has brought about an interesting mix of styles: adobe, territorial, turn-of-the-century Victorian and Pueblo Deco (the Ki-Mo Theater, for example). Entertainment Dining and live drama are offered at the Wool Warehouse Theater-Restaurant, First Street and Roma Avenue NW (505-242-5800). Once a storehouse for fleece from Navajo flocks, the building now has tiers of tables that step up from a stage on the former drying floor. Theatergoers dine by candlelight before the curtain rises, as it will on Jan. 22 on Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus." Prices for dinner and play range from $19.95 to $21.95 depending on the play. Tickets for the play alone are $10 to $12. Other live entertainment can be found at Popejoy Hall (505-2773121), on the university campus, and at the Albuquerque Little theater, 234 San Pasquale Street SW (505-242-4750), which offers "Foxfire" by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 6 pan. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $8. Another theater, the Vortex, 2004 Central Avenue SE (505-2478600) will offer weekend performances of Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" through Feb. 2 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m.; $5 admission, students and seniors $4.). Where to eat Eulalia's in La Posada (505-2429090), the spot for elegant dining, specializes in veal ($14.25) and pasta ($11.25) and has an extensive wine list, including California bottlings, $16 to $18 a bottle, and imported ones like Beaune Clos des Mouches at $55. A favorite seafood restaurant is Cafe Oceana, 1414 Central Avenue SE (505-247-2233), open daily except Sunday for lunch and dinner. Try the blackened fresh fish of the day (usually $11.95) no matter how the name strikes you. Almost any Mexican restaurant can be trusted, but no one goes wrong at Baca's, 3311 Central Avenue NE (505-265-2636). Entrees ($5 to $10) range in intensity from mild to muy caliente. Recommended are the blue tortilla enchilada dinner with tortillas made from Indian blue corn that gives them a distinctive flavor and the chili relleno dinner (green Rio Grande chilies stuffed with cheese (See Travel, Page 7)

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