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IMPROV The Show 9p, Fri. & Sat., Aug. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre 100 Gold SW, Suite 112B

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mprovisational theater can be awkward while the audience sits in anxious silence, wondering what the actors will do with the suggestion tossed out by the crowd. But it’s also a stage ripe with possibilities, with no script to follow and no set roles to be filled. Members of Albuquerque’s critically acclaimed professional improv troupe, The Show, says while they are on stage, they are perfecting the art of what is funny. “More often than not in improv comedy you see ‘wacky’ jokes and sketches,” said improviser Melissa Heiman. “One of The Show’s goals is to use our intellect, not only to keep the comedy grounded, but to make our fellow players on stage look good as we work together to create a ‘slice of life… and the ‘funny’ emerges from that.” —CO

| ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | AUGUST 9 - 22, 2012

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etting tired of carting the kids around to pools, parks and other typical summer destinations? Try something hands-on, and a little different. Mama’s Minerals, Albuquerque’s local, long-time mineral and rock shop, is hosting a Kids Day this month. The store is known for its eye-catching displays of crystals and beads and its unique product line of rocks, minerals, fossils and stones from around the world. The day will be filled with a number of different activities — fun for all ages — that will help you get in touch with your inner rock hound and treasure hunter. Everyone loves pretty, shiny rocks, right? Get a chance to excavate ancient fossils, learn how arrowheads are made and pan for gold. There will be geode cracking and jewelrymaking galore! The kids will love the opportunity to explore the Fluorescent Minerals Darkroom, and cherish the treasures they take home! —MM

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Expo New Mexico, Lujan Bldg. 300 San Pedro NE, 806.253.1322

DISCUSSION Spend it Like Water: Liquid Currency 1-4p, Sat., Aug. 18 South Broadway Cultural Center 1025 Broadway SE, 505.848.1320

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s desert dwellers, living in a state where natural disasters have nothing to do with oceans and rain and everything to do with heat and flame, we should be all too aware of the vitality of life’s most precious resource. Our relationship with water is symbiotic, and like any relationship, there is a lot of maintenance involved. In our current environmental and economic crisis, an exploration of this relationship could not be more pertinent or necessary. This panel discussion, led by Amigos Bravos, a statewide river conservation organization with the mission statement of “We have a vision of New Mexico’s rivers and streams running so clear and clean that you can bend a knee to the water, cup your hands and drink without fear,” is meant to tackle the topic in an illuminating way. —MM

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uns can be a charged topic of political discussion at times, especially in the wake of shootings like the recent incident in Aurora, Colo. But gun control debate aside, this event is about the functionality and romance of triggered firearms, not to mention unique knives. The writer Edward Abbey once said, “The rifle is the weapon of democracy,” and you’ll find plenty on exhibit and for sale, from Winchesters to semi-automatics. You’ll also find historic collectibles such as Smith & Wesson revolvers or Beretta pistols. What you won’t find is much talk about the politics of guns. This is an exhibit for gun lovers like Dirty Harry himself. “I have a very strict gun control policy,” Clint Eastwood once said. “If there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” —ME

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Mama’s Minerals 1100 San Mateo NE, 505.266.8443

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Silver Spur Gun and Blade Show 9a-5p, Sat.; 9a-4p, Sun.; Aug. 18-19

Mama’s Minerals Kids Day 10a-2p, Sat., Aug. 11

60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest 505.281.5259

spiny soft-shell turtle, a New Mexico whiptail lizard and an assassin bug are just a few of the terrestrial and aquatic creatures explorers found during the last BioBlitz near the Nature Center. Next up, BioBlitz at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) in the East Mountains. A joint project between the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Albuquerque Public Schools, SMNHC strives to educate people about nature with family fun events like BioBlitz. Over the course of 24 hours, scientific experts and the general public will seek out and take inventory of every wee living organism (plants included) in five miles of trails in Cedar Crest. On Friday evening, there will be birding, small mammal trap setting and a hike at dusk — prime wildlife viewing time. On Saturday, naturalists, biologists and historians will share knowledge about critters being inventoried, forest health and general ecology, culminating with a celebration at 3p. —CO

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where to go and what to do: August 9 to August 22

CONCERT Crosby, Stills & Nash 7.30p, Mon., Aug. 20 Route 66 Casino-Legends Theater 14500 Central SW, 505.352.7829

$49-$126 rt66casino.com

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esume of Crosby, David: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (Byrds, CSN). Age-71, interesting life and life adventures, but has always remained a top singer, songwriter and guitar player. Played second CSN concert at Woodstock in 1969. Past drug and gun issues found him in prison in Texas for about a year, but that’s old news. Resume of Nash, Graham: Inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Hollies and CSN). Age-70. Born in England, Nash is also an accomplished photographer and composed many of the early songs of CSN. Politically active, he is a cofounder of Musicians for Safe Energy. Resume of Stills, Stephen: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, (Buffalo Springfield, CSN), Stills was ranked by Rolling Stone as No. 28 in the top 100 guitar players of all time. Age-67. Partially deaf, Stills is still very involved in music and is in the middle of making an album of covers. —JB

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