Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, presents storyteller Lynette Harris at 10 a.m.
The storytelling event “Tales of Wisdom” is part of the “Make a Splash” summer reading program for kids in grades one through six. For more information, call 891-5012, option 3.
Live music at the Hilton
The Hilton Garden Inn, 1771 NM 528, presents Smokie from 6 to 9 p.m.
Smokie performs instrumental cover versions for songs from the ’40s to the ’80s. He plays the guitar and has performed in Japan, Vietnam, Canada and across the U.S. The performance is free.
The Rio Rancho Art Association will hold this month’s meeting at the Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd., at 6:30 p.m.
The first half-hour will consist of business topics and announcements, followed by Jeff Potter and group and experimental collaborations in abstraction with fellow Albuquerque artists.
Concert at Esther Bone
Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, presents a free performance from Desert Skies Band at 6:30 p.m.
The band is a family-centered band that has traveled the U.S. sharing bluegrass, old time fiddle, Americana, gospel and Celtic music.
No tickets or sign-ups are required for the concert. For more information, call 891-5012, option 3.
Magical Michael Steele
Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, presents Magical Michael Steele at 2 p.m.
The performance is the final event for the “Make a Splash” summer reading program for grades one through six. Steele is a performing magician, a yo-yo demonstrator and an elementary school teacher. He’ll bring his own brand of music along with yo-yos and juggling to the library.
Following his performance, he will put on a magic tricks class at 3:30 p.m. He will teach magic tricks to children ages 10 to 14. Registration is required and space is limited. Register in person or by telephone at 891-5013, ext. 3032.
Esther Bone Memorial Library presents a special summer edition of “Go Game!” from 2 to 4 p.m.
“Go Game!” is a youth services gaming program for ages 10 through 13. Children can play Guitar Hero, Mario Kart, and Wii Sports. There is no registration and the event is free.
For more information, visit the library at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE or call Youth Services at 891-5012, ext. 4.
The Cheenah Lounge at Santa Ana Star Casino presents Robbie Jude from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and again Saturday at the same time.
Jude takes traditional favorites and gives them his own twist. His music ranges from traditional Spanish favorites to top-40 hits. Jude released his first album, “Mal Estrella,” which paid tribute to his New Mexico roots and has helped pave the road to his music success. His second album, “Dos,” was released in early 2006 includes a mix of Spanish-styles from Rancheras and Cumbias to a kicked-up salsa tune.
The show is free. For more information, call 867-0000 or visit startickets.com.
Prairie Star Wine Bar and Outdoor Patio, 288 Prairie Star Rd. on the Santa Ana Pueblo, presents Cathryn McGill from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
McGill is a singer/songwriter from Muskogee, Okla. who performs a variety of genres of music, including gospel, blues and Blues, and jazz.
There is no cover charge for the performance. For more information, call 867-3327.
Rio Grande Lounge
Rio Grande Lounge presents Bad Katz Blues Band from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Tamaya.
Bad Katz Blues Band is an Albuquerque-based band that performs blues and R&B music inspired by the likes of BB King, Tab Benoit, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more.
The show is free; for more information, call 867-1234.
Celebrate the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s 13th anniversary and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express’ fourth anniversary with a special “O’Keeffe Express” train excursion this afternoon.
The “O’Keeffe Express” begins in Albuquerque by boarding a specially designated train car headed north to Santa Fe. Once on the way, passengers will be treated to an informative narrative given by O’Keeffe Museum docents who will talk about O’Keeffe’s life and art, including the artist’s first visit to New Mexico by train; Passengers should board train #506 at any station south of the Sandoval County/US 550 Station to hear the full presentation.
When they arrive at the Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner station at 4:10 in the afternoon, busses will whisk passengers a half-mile to the museum, where they will be greeted with an O’Keeffe/Rail Runner anniversary gift bag, and afforded an opportunity to view “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction” — the museum’s O’Keeffe exhibition. The evening will culminate with an exclusive courtyard wine reception before a return shuttle and waiting train takes “O’Keeffe Express” passengers back to Albuquerque.
Tickets for the event are $50, plus ticketing fees, and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, call 988-1234 or visit nmrailrunner.com.
Exhibit at Loma library
Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr., presents an exhibit by New Mexico artist Evangelina Chavez, which runs through July 30.
Chavez’s photographic wanderlust has taken her from her home on the bosque in Bernalillo to China, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Europe.
Adobe Theater feature
The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St. NW, presents “Moonlight and Magnolias’,” with performances every Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, at 2 p.m., through Aug. 1.
“Moonlight and Magnolias” is the imaginative retelling of the making of the popular screenplay “Gone With the Wind.” The play introduces us to famous Hollywood producer David O. Selznick as he tries to find the right director and writer to fix the screenplay that has failure written all over it. With just days to spare, he calls in script doctor Ben Hecht to remedy what’s already passed through many hands, including those of F. Scott Fitzgerald. After firing popular Hollywood director George Cukor, Selznick swiftly offers the job to Victor Fleming before he loses any impatient stars. Fleming leaves the set of “The Wizard of Oz” to come to the rescue. Now, with the right people presumably in place, all is smooth sailing — or is it? Join the Adobe Theater for this play directed by Wynn Rowell.
Tickets are $16, seniors and students $14. For reservations, call 898-9222 (weekdays only). Adobe musicals sell out quickly so you are advised to make reservations early.
The Santa Ana Star Casino’s Bosque Event Center presents “Margaritaville” Thursday, July 22, for shows at 3 and 7 p.m.
The show, performed by Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band will include Jimmy Buffett’s hit songs, including “Margaritaville” and “A Pirate Looks at 40.”
The tickets are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the shows. The tickets are available at the casino’s Star Rewards Players Club or at startickets.com. For more information, call 867-0000.
Loma Colorado Main Library presents instructors from the New Mexico Gourd Society Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The instructors will teach students how to make mini-gourd figures and masks decorated with paint, beads, wire, feathers and more.
The workshop is free and materials will be supplied, but space is limited. Registration can be completed in person at the main library at 755 Loma Colorado Dr. at the Adult Information Desk. For more information, call 891-5013.
Karaoke Night returns to Esther Bone Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. for a night of Motown, rock, pop and more.
The library has expanded its collection of karaoke music and patrons are welcome to bring their own karaoke CDs. People can sign-up at the door to sing.
For more information, visit the library at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE or call 891-5013 and select option 3.