BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reports that, as of 2011, New Mexico’s teen pregnancy rate was 72 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. That’s a decline of 42 percent since 1988, but there’s still work to be done. According to The Guttmacher Institute, while sex and HIV education is mandated in New Mexico, as of March 2016, the state doesn’t require that information to be medically accurate.
Enter Beer & Bands for Better Sex Ed, a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood New Mexico’s Responsible Sex Education Institute. RSEI provides comprehensive sex education programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Sponsored by Self Serve and Equality New Mexico, Beer & Bands kicks off Saturday, June 4, at Tractor Brewing Company Wells Park (1800 Fourth Street NW). Red Light Cameras’ Amanda Machon emcees, and the concert features: filthy gypsy jazz by Le Chat Lunatique; eclectic songwriter Cali Shaw; circus and aerial performances by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective; tribal fusion movement with Desert Darlings Belly Dance; and veteran funk/soul DJ Leftover Soul. VIP admission ($50) gains you entry to a pre-show tasting with Artichoke Cafe and entry to the main event at 4:30 p.m. General admission tickets ($15) get you in at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
Tractor Brewing Co. Wells Park,
1800 Fourth Street NW
Tickets at: beerbands16.brownpapertickets.com
The Beer & Bands for Better Sex Ed is courtesy of Free ABQ Marketing