Coronavirus Blues; Events Nonetheless

4 min readMar 9, 2020

March is blazing along already and crises are shaking up the events scene with the cancelation of SXSW, the Code for America Summit — and now WordCampABQ — and more. If you’re not feeling well, let’s do each other a favor and skip events — and in any case, wash your hands and be careful (both for yourself and the others you come in contact with).

If you and your business are now diving into (much) more Remote Work, here’s a recent look I did at some people & organizations with good tips, policies and procedures to check out:

Here are several of the events and activities (and opportunities) that are shaping up around the (mostly) Albuquerque area:

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: City Alive ABQ Call to Join Forces
City Alive ABQ is working with several partners and organizations to “realize (their) vision of Albuquerque becoming the best place in the US to start and scale a business, especially for people of color” — and they’re looking for new ideas and potential solutions. Would you consider joining forces? Apply today here:

Tricklock: Revolutions International Theatre Festival (March 7–28)
Throughout Albuquerque
Tricklock Theater Company hosts their long-running annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival connecting communities by bringing a broad scope of global theatre to New Mexico, creating a cultural and artistic fusion.
More info at

NM Restaurant Week: Albuquerque (March 8–15)
Throughout Albuquerque
New Mexico Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try local restaurants, bring friends along and promote our local restaurant scene. Find participating restaurants to help you #buylocal & #eatlocal here w/ @nmrestaurantwk:

Sawmill Market Opening (Tuesday, 3/10; 8:00 AM — 10:00 PM)
Sawmill Market, 1909 Bellamah Ave. NW, 87104
“Albuquerque’s highly anticipated first food hall will be open with 20 tenants including delicious food, refreshing beverages, sweet and savory snacks, custom floral design, curated southwestern gifts and goods, plus so much more!”
More at:

1 Million Cups (Wednesdays; 9:00–10:00 AM)
FatPipeABQ, 200 Broadway Blvd., NE
Each week we hear from local entrepreneurs about how and why they started their business, how it operates and what the local community might be able to do to help.
Learn more — and apply! — at

YPA Lunch With Leaders: A Chat With Synthia Jaramillo (Wednesday, 3/11; 11:30 AM— 1:00 PM)
FreeRange Coworking (Central)
Young Professionals of Albuquerque invites City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department Director Synthia Jaramillo for an open conversation with the group.

Design Thinking ABQ (Wednesday, 3/11; 5:30–7:00 PM)
Innovate ABQ/LoboRainforest

TAZA by South Valley Entrepreneurial Network (Thursdays, 9:00–10:00 AM)
South Valley Economic Development Center
Each Thursday this gathering, modeled on 1 Million Cups, hears from local entrepreneurs in a bilingual (English and Spanish) setting.

SXSW Canceled

Zebras Live from Austin (March 13–15+?)
While SXSW has been canceled, some of the sessions are finding alternate venues online — including at least a couple on the Zebra Startups list:
Fireside Chat with Edgar Villanueva (Friday 13th; 1:00–2:00 PM)
Decolonizing Wealth author Edgar Villanueva discusses his book, “a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance… with a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides.”
Zebras vs Unicorns: Money & Power in the Valley (Sunday, March 15; 11:30–12:30 PM)
w/ Zebra Startups founders, Jennifer Brandel, Astrid Scholz, Aniyah Williams & Mara Zepeda. They look at an alternative to the “Unicorn” startup, the “Zebra” and share “why purpose and profit do not have to be mutually exclusive, why creating alternatives to the venture capital status quo is a moral and economic imperative, and how innovation in business financing can help us solve the world’s big challenges.”
Sign up — and find new events — at

CNM Smith Brasher Hall
The world of WordPress comes to Albuquerque with two days of talks and workshops to inform, connect and inspire local web designers and developers — and others interested in the WordPress platform. This event has been postponed. More information at the site:

YPA: Young Business Owners Panel (Monday, 3/23; 5:30–7:30 PM)
Safe House, 616 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
The Young Professionals of Albuquerque shares the perspectives of several local business owners Rathi Casey, Chris Leurig, Charles Ashley III, Jesse Herron & Mike Silva w/ moderator Alexis Hassley
Signups and more at:

IndigiPop X — The Original Native Pop Culture Festival (March 25 — 29)
Around Albuquerque; Downtown ABQ Hyatt
Find tickets and more information here

NM Tech Council Women in Tech Celebration (Thursday, 3/26; 7:30–10:30 AM)
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid

NMBG Brewers Conference & Trade Show (Friday, 3/27; 8:00 AM — 3:00 PM)
Albuquerque Convention Center
Whether you brew, manage, sell, serve or are into the political side of things, the 6th annual New Mexico Brewers Guild Brewers Conference & Trade Show has something for you.

Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business (April 9th)
Las Cruces Convention Center

10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (April 21–23)
Albuquerque Convention Center
The National Farm to School Network convenes a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more for important learning, networking and movement building.

YPA | 2020 Citywide Mixer (April 23)
The Salt Yard

Rail Yards Market Opening Day (Sunday, May 3; 10:00 AM — 2:00 PM)
Albuquerque Rail Yards

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire (Saturday, May 9th)
EXPO New Mexico

ESHIP Summit (June 29-July 2)
Kansas City, MO
Are you an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, or otherwise working in economic development and community? The annual ESHIP Summit has been mobilizing forces to continue developing the fireld of ecosystem building — or “ESHIP” Save the dates and learn more here:

There are always too many events to cover, but if there are some I should make a special effort to share, please let me know!




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