1. Take in a game.
Baseball is back and the weekend is a perfect time to enjoy it. After more than a year of no games the Albuquerque Isotopes are back at The Lab against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Games start at 6:35 p.m. Friday, May 7, Saturday, May 8 or 1:35 p.m. Sunday, May 9. At the Saturday, May 8 game there will be a fireworks show presented by New Mexico Highlands University Rio Rancho Center.
2. Get walking.
The ABQ ArtWalk returns. The community event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, through Downtown Albuquerque. There will be artisan markets, performances and art exhibits. On tap music wise is Mariachi Xochitl. More information can be found at abqartwalk.com.
3. Fine foods.
Journal North food reviewer Molly Boyle takes a look at five restaurants up north — El Nido, The Compound, Nath’s Inspired Khmer Cuisine at CHOMP Food Hall, La Boca and Tender Fire at El Rey Court. There are plenty of offerings for springtime dining. Here’s the story.
4. Stroll the rail lines.
The Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque operates from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays from May to October. The non-profit run growers’ market, originally established in 2014 by volunteers and neighborhood residents, celebrates all things local and at the heart of New Mexican culture. There are also artisan, healing vendors and live music. The Yards in the historic Barelas neighborhood at 777 1st Street SW.
5. Revisiting a legend.
Ernie Pyle captured the imaginations with his writings. After a life of traveling around the world, Pyle made his home in Albuquerque. He is the focus of the documentary, “Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches,” which airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 9, on New Mexico PBS, Channel 5.1. The documentary examines the external and internal battles of Pyle’s life, from his coverage of soldiers fighting on the European and Pacific fronts of World War II to his struggles with alcoholism, depression and a troubled marriage.