MANA 2015 Special Events

There are so many excellent special events being planned at MANA 2015. There's something every day. Here's a current sampling. 


Celebrate Opening Ceremonies with a performance by Mala Maña

Mala Mana

Mala Maña, New Mexico's own Women's Voice and Drum Ensemble, draws its inspiration from the rhythms of Afro-Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but does not stop there: woven into the mix are Caribbean reggaton, African-American traditional, Salsa, Mexican cumbia, and their own cumbia-inspired original compositions. Like a collective, Mala Maña consists of 8 women who share diverse backgrounds in African and Latin pop, flamenco dance, and Mexican norteño music. Their love for the rhythm-inspired music of Colombia’s coastal people brought this vision of diversely-talented women together to offer a unique and exciting tapestry of many voices and many drums. This will surely be an Opening Ceremony to remember! 8pm Thursday, Oct 15. Learn more here


Local ACNM Chapter "Welcome to Albuquerque" Meet & Greet at the St. Clair Winery 

The local chapter of the ACNM is pleased to host a meet & greet at a local winery. The first round of drinks and appetizers is on them. All welcome. The group will depart from the hotel after the day's final plenary session ends, around 7:20pm. 

FAM Event: Join FAM to Honor and Support the Amazing Work of the Home Birth Summit Collaborative!

Prof. Saraswathi Vedam

Dr. Larry Leeman







The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, home of The Birth Trust, invites you to join us for a fun, enlightening, and delicious evening, Friday night, October 16th. We will gather at the Seasons Grill, one of Albuquerque's best for fresh gourmet food. We will honor Prof. Saraswathi Vedam, the visionary behind the Home Birth Summit (HBS) and one of midwifery's preeminent researchers. We will also be honoring Albuquerque's own Dr. Larry Leeman, champion of mothers and midwives, and also a member of the HBS. This will be a time to connect with local and national supporters of the midwifery movement, to enjoy fabulous food, and to hear from Saras and Larry about the great work of the HBS collaborative. The proceeds will be equally divided between the HBS collaborative, MANA and FAM. Please come to support these leaders of change and their ground-breaking work at the Seasons Rotisserie and Grill, Friday Oct 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Purchase tickets here ($100 each.)

An Evening with Sam Killermann

Join us for a lively Q&A with comedian and social justice advocate, Sam Killermann, who is also the guy behind It's Pronounced Metrosexual, a one-man comedy show and blog about snap judgments, identity, and oppression (presented in a totally funny way). Sam participated in last year's MANA conference, leading two breakout sessions, and was so well-received we thought we'd invite him back to speak with the larger group about gender issues, justice, sexuality, and other topics that might pop up. Each $25 ticket includes a copy of Sam's book--A Guide to Gender, which is a full exploration of gender from a social justice perspective, with humor and comics sprinkled in. He'll be doing a book-signing after the talk. 

Friday Oct 16, 9:30pm - 10:30pm Tickets for the event are on sale on the registration site, and will also be available on site at the event (buy your ticket today to hold your copy of the book!)


Dance with Chris Dracup Trio

Chris Dracup

Chris Dracup is a life long musician and resident of New Mexico who began his performing career at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Taos. Known for his soulful electric and acoustic blues and funk guitar, he works on call in a wide range of musical styles. His acoustic guitar playing draws heavily on the southern delta blues tradition. His original songwriting and regular performance schedule have garnered him critical and popular acclaim, and won him an enduring Southwestern fan base. It's going to be a boot-stomping fun evening! Check out a few samples on his website


Following Closing Ceremony--Two great options!

Urban Foraging Herb Walk with Mary Lou Singleton

Join us after the Closing Ceremony for this unique walk through Albuquerque.  More details to come.

AABC Birth Center Tour

The American Association of Birth Center (AABC) invites you to tour a local accredited birth center here in Albuquerque. Sign up at the AABC booth in the exhibit hall and sign up for the tour that will leave the conference hotel after Closing Ceremony (approx 4:45pm) on Sunday afternoon (October 18) to arrive at Dar a Luz Birth Center by 5:00pm. Enjoy some wine and cheese while you learn about this non-profit birth center that serves women in every phase of their life. Spaces are limited to the first 44 people that sign up. The tour will last 1 hour.