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Weekend Watch: Things to do at home or out and about

Here are some things to do this weekend — either at home or out and about.

A scene from “Mortal Kombat.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment)

FOR FANS OF VIDEO GAMES: “Mortal Kombat” is a reboot of the franchise based on the blockbuster video games is unapologetically violent, filled with gore and also brimming with flat dialogue, whether it’s big-picture speechifying or mostly lame attempts at snappy, action-movie banter. At least the special effects are impressive. The movie is now streaming on HBO Max.

One of the smoothies from Rush of Prana. (Photo courtesy of Rush of Prana)

DELECTABLE TREATS: Rush of Prana and Kulantro, both opened at Sawmill Market this week. Rush of Prana, owned by Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe’s chef Yashoda Naidoo, follows in the popular restaurant’s footsteps with offerings of juices and bowls featuring ayurvedic ingredients. Kulantro, a Vietnamese street food restaurant owned by Jason Doan. Sawmill Market is located at 1909 Bellamah NW.

ROAD TRIP AND ART: Plein air artists brave the elements to create. For nearly a week, doezens of painters have been out in northern New Mexico painting new pieces. The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico is presenting an exhibit at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery through May 7. The gallery is located at 17346 Hwy. 4 in Jemez Springs.

BOOK A VISIT TO THE BOTANIC GARDEN: The city’s popular ABQ BioPark, which includes the Zoo and the Botanic Garden, is open for business. The garden provides a tranquil setting to enjoy native plants including flowers, bushes, trees and shrubs. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, but most indoor spaces, including the Aquarium, are still closed. The BUGarium is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The city is using timed ticketing, which means tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific date and time. Visit cabq.gov/artsculture/biopark/garden to buy tickets.

Frida with red “Rebozo” 1939. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Museum)

FRIDA MANIA: The Albuquerque Museum is nearing the end of the run for “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism.” Despite the inclusion of famed muralists Diego Rivera (Kahlo’s husband/lover/nemesis) and David Alfaro Siqueiros; and the painters María Izquierdo and Rufino Tamayo; Kahlo is the draw, the star of the show, the global icon who sold out the exhibition’s last stop in Denver. Of about 200 works, 20 of the paintings are Kahlo’s. Her work and the bohemian image she conjured throughout her career dominate the exhibition. Visitors also can view some of her Indigenous clothing. The exhibit closes on May 2.




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