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albuquerque’s intelligent alternative • vol. 8 • iss. 9 • sep. 26 - oct. 9, 2013

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Local iQ’s New Mexico Brew Fest cracks open year four! 1-6 pm, October 5 at NM Expo’s Villa Hispana! Tickets: story on page 7

inside f e at ur e Our annual informal guide to navigating the local dining scene during Balloon Fiesta Madness



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Activists clash with mayor over Bosque plans while scheduled public meetings are shelved


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Local iQ’s New Mexico Brew Fest offers fall festival-goers the perfect trifecta of beer, food and music

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Keltic Cowboys bring a seize-the-moment Irish attitude to this year’s New Mexico Brew Fest


a r ts Flamenco rhythm and the music that drives it are the focus of a new show staged by Jesus Muñoz Flamenco

40 Two New Mexico women each hold major positions in Hollywood’s film production industry




Arts Events...........................41 Community Events...........44 Live Music............................ 37

Book Reviews..............34, 35 Crossword/Horoscope.... 47 Marquee................................... 7 News......................................... 5 Places To Be...........................4 Smart Arts............................ 43 Smart Music......................... 39 Sports.....................................10

Craft Work ............................ 8 Curious Townie.....................6 Sound Board .................... 36 The Gaffer .......................... 46 The Nine Muses ...............40

contributors Editorial

Hakim Bellamy Charlie Crago Justin De La Rosa Blanca Duarte Eric Francis Dan Gutierrez Seth Hall Daniel Hulsbos Jim & Linda Maher Bill Nevins Shavone Otero Susan Reaber Benjamin Quiñones Reyes Steven J. Westman Jamilla Wilcox Chloë Winegar-Garrett Margaret Wright Distribution

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Kristina De Santiago Kurt Laffan David Leeder Susan Lemme Cassie Martinez Greg Nicholson Paul Snyder Distributech

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Defined Fitness and Big Brothers Big Sisters 5-8p, Fri., Sep. 27 Defined Fitness 3301 Juan Tabo NE, 505.296.7000



long-standing Albuquerque business will celebrate its 25th birthday by linking up adult mentors and the kids of the community. Defined Fitness has teamed with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico and is offering free one-year memberships to anyone who signs up at its birthday event to be a Big Brother or Big Sister. The only catch is you must then qualify as a mentor and be matched with a child. It’s well documented that children who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters improve their grades in school and are far more likely to receive four-year college degrees. Defined Fitness, with four locations in the city and 34,000 members, is using its silver anniversary as an occasion to make a dent in the three-year waiting list that boys currently face to be paired with a mentor. Both men and women are welcome to sign up for the program and receive the free gym membership. —ME










CRAFTS Rio Grande Arts & Craft Festival 9a-6p, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 4-6, 11-13 I-25 and Paseo del Norte, 505.292.7457

$7, $12 pass


alloons will not be the only things rising this fall in New Mexico — white tents will be also be pitched to commemorate the 26th annual celebration of the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival. This event will give people the opportunity to view work from over 280 talented artists. In addition to screening a diverse selection of art pieces, the public will get to interact with the lively crowds by listening to culturally inspired entertainment in an outdoor pavilion, taste the best of New Mexican food and watch artist demonstrations. Expect to see the popular yet traditional musical stylings from the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band with special performances by magicians, puppeteers and flute players. The Rio Grande Arts & Craft Festival has become an integral, not-to-be-missed part of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. —BD

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ack in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launched 13 balloons in the small parking lot of the Coronado Mall. The event has grown just a little bit since then, now featuring over 1,000 diverse, eye-mesmerizing balloons and thousands of spectators from New Mexico, every other state and foreign countries too, all gathering in an open grass field early in the morning of the first week of October. Every spectator hopes to catch that first glimpse of a oneof-a-kind Albuquerque sunrise swallowed by a sea of floating hot air balloons. Besides enduring the traditional morning cold weather alongside the anticipation of the balloon release while savoring freshly brewed coffee, people are welcomed to walk around the field and experience a little taste of what New Mexico culture has to offer. These side attractions include native cuisine samplings, unique items from local vendors and entertainment from various musical and child-focused acts. —BD



orld recognized choreographer Reggie Wilson created the Feel & Heel Performance Group of Brooklyn, N.Y., to demonstrate the ongoing influence of African cultures which migrated to America. The dance company, in the show Moses(es), uses a combination of contemporary blues, slave storytelling and modern dance methods to tell the tale of how much of today’s culture originated in Africa. The following weekend, the talents of choreographers Panaibra Gabriel Canda of Mozambique and Boyzie Cekwana of South Africa mesh in Inkomati (Dis)Cord. The show depicts past colonial war and violence in African communities, and presents the artistic expression of two points of view on civil war in Africa. The show has much to say about the pan-African experience of colonialism, division, war, power, violence and mistrust. —BD


sat $8

$15, $10 stu./sen.


Balloon Fiesta Park 4401 Alameda NE, 505.821.1000

N4th 4909 4th NW, 505.344.4542

$10, $60 all-show pass lbuquerque’s golden age of improv is happening right now, people, and it climbs to even further heights with the seventh annual version of this celebration. The Duke City Improv Festival covers three days and 12 shows, with improv teams from across the country participating, including Zarzamora of Austin, Ranger Danger & the Danger Ranger from Los Angeles, Pinque Pony of Chicago and Greasy Lake from New York City. Albuquerque’s own One Night Stanleys will kick things off Friday night, and there will be special breakout sessions during the day Saturday, including a three-hour session on developing sketch comedy through improvisation taught by Andy Eringer, head of the writing program for Second City in Chicago. Laugh your butt off for a weekend with some spur-of-themoment fun. —ME

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 5:45a, Sat.-Sun., Oct. 5-12

Global Dance Fest 7p, Fri.-Sat., Sep. 27-28, Oct. 4-5

The Box Performance Space 100 Gold SW, 505.404.1578




Duke City Improv Fest 7 Thu.-Sat., Sep. 26-28


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The where to go and what to do from Sep. 26-Oct. 9

LECTURE An Evening with Paul Hawken 7p, Tue., Oct. 8 The Lensic 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, 505.988.1234

$15-$30 Tickets:


aul Hawken was TedX before there was TedX — a big-thinking Californian with an environmentalist bent who brought his community-based sensibilities to the business world in the 1970s and ‘80s and made a big impact on corporate ethics. The founder of such successful businesses as Smith & Hawken and Erewhon natural foods, Hawken is the writer of several books about economics and business, including The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism. Hawken has coined the phrase “restorative economy,” and he champions the idea that our business efforts should contribute to the well being of humanity and have a net-positive impact on the environment. Fortune magazine has called him “the original hippie entrepreneur.” Today Hawken serves on several boards and gives regular corporate lectures. His talk at The Lensic is presented by the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. —ME


news | insight | analysis

Blurry Rio Grande Vision Activists clash with mayor over Bosque plans while scheduled public meetings are shelved By Margaret Wright


here’s little disagreement over the essential quality of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Bosque: The meandering ribbon of riparian forest is a public treasure. But on the eve of city elections, controversy has erupted over how to best sustain the this fragile habitat. Mayor Richard Berry’s Rio Grande Vision contains ideas for a range of new amenities in and around the Bosque — consolidated and widened trails, boardwalks, boat launches, public art, educational signage and dining facilities. It’s also a key component in Berry’s long-range development proposal titled ABQ: The Plan. Berry’s vision for the Bosque received a $2.9 million taxpayer funds granted by the City Council. The city contracted with architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in July to finish the first set of technical drawings by the end of this month.

Flood of opposition

On Sep. 4, Rio Grande Vision planners called a public meeting to order. It was a standing room-only crowd of hundreds, and local media was on hand to register the majority of attendees voicing opposition to the city’s ideas. Democratic candidate Pete Dinelli and Independent Paul Heh, contenders for the mayor’s office, have both since come out against the Rio Grande Vision. The city then canceled a Sep. 18 public meeting. According to a city press release,

more public meetings will be set after staffers are able “to analyze the comments and to study and incorporate some of the comments” from the previous meeting. Andrea Serrano with the nonprofit Organizers in the Land of Enchantment is among those mobilizing to shift the city’s Bosque planning. On Sep. 19, following a rally at the Albuquerque Museum coorganized by OLÉ, the Sierra Club, Hawks Aloft and other community groups, Serrano helped deliver about 400 petition signatures and hand-penned letters to the mayor’s office. Most locals consider the Bosque sacred space, said Serrano, and they want to help people engage with the wilderness in a sensitive way. “People want conservation, restoration, keeping the Bosque wild and improving the facilities we already have,” she said. Conservation advocates and scientists were left out of initial project planning, said Serrano. “From the start, this project has been development-minded and businessminded,” she stated.

No comment

Linda Rumpf, city project manager for the Rio Grande Vision, referred a request for interview to Berry’s office. But the mayor’s spokesperson Dayna Gardner refused to comment, pointing to info on city websites. As of press time, the lead project planner at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini had not responded to requests for comment. According to documents posted on

Photo by Wes Naman

Mayor Richard Berry’s plans for creating more access into the Bosque have stirred public debate about the appropriate levels of development for Albuquerque’s signature waterway., the project “was created with input from city and federal agencies, technical and community steering committee members and the general public.” The website for ABQ: The Plan says a consulting firm was hired “to monitor conditions in the Bosque before, during and after construction and also to provide guidance during planning and design.” The Rio Grande Vision’s first phase calls for new construction inside and outside the riverside forest at Central and 1-40, including improved educational signage, riverbank restoration and updated access infrastructure. Official documents strike a conciliatory note: “There are no structures proposed inside the levees except for a boardwalk in an area that floods periodically, four pedestrian bridges associated with trails and several observation areas along the river in select areas.”

Design and science

Architect Anthony Anella is a board member for the Aldo Leopold Foundation, which advocates for wilderness conservation. He said activists are concerned that many of the proposed changes will disrupt the

Bosque’s ecosystem, which has already been endangered by centuries of human activity. For instance, the phase-one plan proposes to limit use of informal dirt paths and widen a through-trail before paving it with crusherfine gravel. Anella said this approach “is totally inappropriate” in the Bosque, where the migratory and nesting habitats of stressed animal populations are easily disrupted. “The fact is that the conservation science is going to occur after the design process,” he said. “Conservation science should precede the design process. Otherwise, it’s the cart before the horse.” Anella says the mayor and his planning team are right about one thing, said Anella: “Providing access to the Bosque is one of the best ways to protect it. What better way than to bring young people in?” The city would be well-served by investing in educational programs that encourage visitors to connect to the river ecosystem, said Anella. “What other city in America has a 22-milelong state park running through the length of the city? It is a tremendous educational resource.”

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Hot boots, flawless skin a high-heeled hit


t a 40th birthday party at the Hotel Andaluz for real estate guru Missy Ashcraft, I did what I usually do, which is reconnect and gossip and chat with longtime friends. One pretty girl who I stood with for a while was er Badal. She’s the creator behind one of the hip new spas so many are talking about, Flawless Skin Spa (in the center where Cost Plus resides on Menaul Boulevard). She filled me in on a fun event that is coming up. She is working together with the fun guys from Great Face & Body to tout and celebrate Transgender Awareness Weekend with the “Love the Skin You’re In” fundraiser. How perfect is that! There will be three events, starting with a free opening reception Sep. 27 from 5-7p with food, drinks and discounts on products and services — and 10 percent of sales will be donated to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. The event will be at Flawless Skin Spa, 3301 Menaul NE #30 ( The next day, from 2-4p, there will be a panel discussion about understanding transgender life to help demystify and personalize transgender people and their lives. This event will be at Great Face & Body at 123 Broadway SE. The final event on Sep. 28 is the Kinky Boots Party, done up right at the Great Face & Body locale. (“Kinky Boots,” by the way, is a nod to the Broadway Musical that won the Tony Award this year). It will run from 8p to midnight. I’m thinking Heather and Keith and André WestHarrison are gonna do this up right, and can’t wait to see how it flies and kicks ass! Tickets for the party cost $20 and you can purchase advance tickets at or call 505.404.6670.


Helping Native kids, meeting Mom

Pie for everyone, again!

I’ve got another good friend here in town. He’s Andrew Tricarico, and we go as far back as our UNM days in the 1980s. His family has always made me feel like I’m part of it. And part of what the Tricaricos have done around town is owning Christy Mae’s Restaurant on San Pedro Boulevard since 1985. His mom and dad, Jane and Joe Tricarico, were ever-present in the kitchen back in the earlier years — you still see them every now and then. And you still feel their touch in the way things are cooked from scratch daily, creating their fresh soups, sandwiches and chicken pot pies. Mix in fellow UNM buddy Larry Ashby as a partner in the business, and it’s a favorite place to dine for many of us. So, when some pipes burst in the kitchen three weeks ago and things came to a halt, I was sad and worried. A lot of work and a lot of repair was needed, and there was no pie for me during this time. (OK, no pie for many of you!) But I just spoke to Andrew, and mentioned that when something like this occurs, quite often something new and better arises from the proverbial ashes. Christy Mae’s is expected to be back open for business Oct. 1. Kitchen back in order, new carpet and a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Will we recognize it? I’m sure we will, with a major grin on our faces (

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I was out of town recently, and for my Monday Morning Brew segment Justin De La Rosa filled in for me (complete with Townie eyewear and hat, which was hilarious). As his guest he brought on the very beautiful director of program administration for Futures for Children (more on that in a minute). When I later watched the interview I laughed and learned a lot, too. Since 1968, Futures for Children has provided mentoring and youth leadership programs in Hopi, Navajo, Mescalero Apache, New Mexico Pueblo, Cheyenne and Arapaho communities in New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma, reaching more than 20,000 American Indian students and their families. In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Futures for Children held an open house Sep. 21. As a guest, I enjoyed delish food, live music, Native American art displays and a I had an opportunity to learn about the programs and meet many of their cool and wonderful students. Performances included the Grammy AwardWinning - Black Eagle Drum Group (from Jemez Pueblo), as well as singer Shelley Morningsong & husband / musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (she recieved Native American “Record of the Year” Award in 2011). To say it was magical, is an understatement.Best part for me? I got a hug from the program administration director. Her name is Debby De La Rosa. Yes, that’s right! Mother of Justin. And I love her quite a bit! ( Steven J. Westman details community goings-on in each issue of Local iQ. Reach him at


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there will be german bratwursts, german music (courtesy of oompah band Die Polka-schlingel), and traditional german dirdls and lederhosen. What’s not to love about Local iQ’s new Mexico brewfest, now in its fourth installment, Oct. 5 at expo new Mexico’s villa Hispana.

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hink about that first sip of beer on a crisp autumn day: each hop complements the smooth bubbling of the draft as a cool breeze drifts past your face. Nothing has ever felt quite this refreshing and comfortable at the same time. Thirsty yet? This is what one can experience at the Local iQ’s fourth annual New Mexico Brew Fest, held on Oct. 5 of this year at Expo New Mexico’s renovated Villa Marquee Hispana outdoor pavilion. In local iQ Presents: partnership new Mexico with the New brew fest 4 Mexico Brewers’ 1-6p, sat., oct. 5 Guild, their villa Hispana, expo nM Oktoberfest-style 300 san Pedro ne event is meant info: 505.247.1343 x22 to bolster the flourishing New Mexico craft brew industry, which gets bigger and better each year. Many of the newest breweries look to NMBF to announce their presence and offer local craft beer lovers a first taste of their offerings. Festival founder Kevin Hopper, also Local iQ’s associate editor, describes why this year is even more impressive than the past three: “It’s bigger, it’s better and it’s even gone international, since we will be bringing a lineup of Belgian beers to the VIP Tent, “Hopper said. “New Mexico beers keep winning awards for excellent quality and the event is a great place to showcase the progress the industry has made. Plus, it’s a really good time.” The VIP Belgian Beer Tent, sponsored by PJ’s Motorcycles, will feature food by Adieux Café, which the new downtown restaurant has paired with five Belgian beers, including Delirium Tremens and Monk’s Cafe among others. For the ultimate beer connoisseur experience, it’s a worthwhile investment, especially given that VIPs will be let in to the

big show an hours early, starting at noon. However, a general admission ticket to the Brew Fest definitely won’t leave you thirsty as more than 20 New Mexican breweries will be pouring a handful of different styles of beer, including newcomers Duel Brewing (Santa Fe), Bosque Brewing (Albuquerque), Little Toad Creek (Silver City), Las Cazuelas (Rio Rancho) and Taos Mesa Brewing (Taos). Many of the more established breweries from New Mexico will also be on hand, including Santa Fe, La Cumbre, Marble, Il Vicino, Chama River, Turtle Mountain and many others. Out of state breweries represented at the event — part of chief sponsor Whole Foods Market’s Beer Village and Sausage Haus — include Stone and Lagunitas, both from California; Odell, New Belgium, Left Hand and Oskar Blues from Colorado, as well as Oregon’s Deschutes. Needless to say, there will be enough beer to satisfy every patron and the food options will be plentiful as well. You can choose to get a bratwurst from Whole Foods Market, since it is an Oktoberfest-style party, after all. But a roster of inventive local food trucks including The Supper Truck, Rustic and The Last Call will be cooking up delicious meals that will smell absolutely divine amidst the brisk October afternoon. To make the New Mexico Brew Fest even more exciting is an awesome lineup of a bands including Santa Fe’s Todd and the Fox, reggae rock stalwarts Mondo Vibrations and an 11-piece traditional German-style oompah band named Die Polka-schlingel. Headlining the event will be Arizona’s premier Irish rock band, Keltic Cowboys (see story on page 36), which, though not German, is a regular fixture at Phoenix Oktoberfest events. The group has even been asked to perform at Germany’s official Oktoberfest in 2014. What is Hopper’s favorite part about the New Mexico Brew Fest? “It’s seeing people having a good time. I’ll have a huge grin on my face walking around seeing other people enjoying themselves, like when you host a successful party or cook a great meal for guests,” he said. “It’s electric.” LocaL iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | september 26-october 9, 2013



NM brewers, beer lovers need to brag and boast


very time the New Mexico Brew Fest arrives (see story on page 7), it’s like a year in review for me. I take a look at what has excited me, specifically in the local scene, and brag about it. OK, maybe not “brag,” but bring it to the forefront of our minds. In the past year I have written about Belgian beer, vegetarianism and more recently beer law in New Mexico. What in the New Mexico beer universe has me most excited? Beer tourism. Yep, beer tourism is a thing. There are people who make travel plans specifically around beer, or at the very least the craft beer amenities that a specific locale provides. Beer is becoming as popular a reason to travel as food. Whenever I travel, I have a destination (New York, Denver, London, Las Cruces), but in those places I seek out local sources. I look for restaurants that friends recommend. I also look for beer I’ve never seen before. I take notes, or I enjoy, so much that my notes just have a partially scribbled beer name next to a smiley face.


As it turns out, I’m not the only one who does this. A prime example of this is the Great American Beer Festival (Oct. 10-12) in Denver. This year, there are about 600 separate breweries that will attend the event, as well as about 3,000 festival workers and close to 50,000 visitors. I’m not suggesting that we create something in New Mexico to compete with GABF just to demonstrate that 50,000 craft beer lovers will travel and spend a three-day weekend in our state. People from Albuquerque will also travel to beer hubs, like Portland and Eugene, Ore., specifically for craft beer.

My question is, “Why not us?” Because, frankly, we deserve it as much as the next guy. New Mexico’s beer is some of the top-rated beer in the nation. Go to your local tap room, and unless the brewery has opened in the past year and a half, odds are they have won a regional, national or even international award for at least one of their beers. I’ll bet they have won multiple awards. And if they are one of the quieter breweries, check out the brewers and again; you will find award after award. We are also older, craft beer-wise, than even I realized. I was doing some research for a project with the state and came across something that disturbed me. Established in 1988, Santa Fe Brewing Company (phenomenal Oktoberfest by the way) has been incorporated and brewing beer longer than New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, Stone Brewery and the adored Dog Fish Head, just to name a few of the heavy hitters in the craft beer industry. We have good beer and we have experience. We

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also have other amenities. As a craft beer tourist I look for local bands, local food, art exhibitions, etc. — all of which we have, all the time, and our local “scene” is as good or better than any scene out there. New Mexico also has beautiful landscape. The huge canning initiative in craft beer, promotion of bicycle riding and green brewing, all to preserve an environment as beautiful as New Mexico — oh yeah, we are at the forefront of those too! So my year in review for New Mexico beer is simple: We need to stop being so secretive about our little taprooms and brewers. We are as good or better than the rest, and we need to start acting like it. We can be as well known as Eugene, Austin and Denver for beer; we just need to nurture the creativity and not be afraid or ashamed to let other people know our beer is simply amazing. Seth Hall is head barman at the Albuquerque Press Club, where he proudly pours local beer.

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‘bocci with a french attitude’ Pétanque makes a splash at rio rancho Oktoberfest tournament in the world that you could,” he said. In a remarkable twist of good fortune, Foyot was actually étanque — the word sounds the way a piano dropping out of scheduled to be in New Mexico during the time of Oktoberfest, an airplane on some poor, unsuspecting cartoon figure’s head and he was happy to attend. “Once Marco Foyot’s coming, might sound. And that’s kind of appropriate, since the game everyone’s coming,” Descarpentries said. “From there, I started of pétanque revolves around throwing silver balls the size of inviting people I know from all over the country.” grapefruits at smaller balls, sometimes called cochonettes, resulting in a very distinct thud. The P’tit Louis Open Pétanque Tournament will be comprised of about 150 players from seven different The name of the game is most likely derived from the sPOrts countries, including the national team of Canada, national southern French expression pes tancats, meaning literally team of the U.S. and two individual world champions. “feet anchored.” The expression pertains to the original P’tit louis form of the starting position in pétanque. Typically played in teams of two — though it can also open be played in both singles and foursome variations — If none of this is familiar, fear not. The game of pétanque, Pétanque pétanque as we know it today originated in Provence, which succeeded in conquering most of Western Europe tournament Southern France, and in no more than a century has some time ago, is sweeping through the U.S. at a startling 11:30a, sat.-sun, gathered itself millions of disciples throughout the world. pace, and Local iQ was lucky enough to speak about sep. 28-29 pétanque with Christophe Descarpentries. Of course, there are other, similar versions of the game 2013 rio rancho known through the world. Bocce ball is an excellent Descarpentries is the owner of P’tit Louis Bistro in Oktoberfestival example, and the two games are quite similar, indeed. Haynes Park, rio Albuquerque and an avid player of the game. He rancho Descarpentries’ thoughts pertaining to the similarities and recounted the events that led to the international pétanque $100/team of two differences between bocce and pétanque were enlightening. tournament in Rio Rancho. rioranchooktober “Pétanque is taking over; there are a bunch of bocci players “The person who is and has been organizing the coming over to pétanque. I haven’t seen any pétanque Oktoberfest for the last five years, about seven or eight players crossing over to bocci,” he said. “There’s a joke that months ago he asked if I would come and do a little goes around among pétanque players about bocce, that it’s Pétanque demonstration, meaning could I bring a couple of a game, not a sport. Basically pétanque is bocce with a French attitude.” guys from our little local club and just play for the people to show them the game,” Descarpentries recalled. He said he took the request a step While Descarpentries the restaurateur can be seen almost daily at his further. Nob Hill establishment, you can have the chance to compete with him and some of the other great pétanque players at the Rio Rancho event, “The first thing I did was invite the Babe Ruth of Pétanque, basically, Marco Foyot. We’re talking about the guy who’s has been world champion which is open to all, no matter one’s skill level. For more information and to register, visit many times, champion of France. Basically he won every major bY cHarlie craGo



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albuquerque restaurateur Christophe Descarpentries has taken his love for the French game of Pétanque to the next level, as the host of the P’tit louis Open Pétanque tournament. Players from around the world will visit new Mexico to participate in the event, which is part of the rio rancho Oktoberfestival.

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to Eat

Now! iQ’s annual informal guide to navigating the local dining scene during Balloon Fiesta Madness

Gabriel Amador is the owner and pizza master of one of Nob Hill’s latest additions to the dining scene, Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria.

Chile Freak Let’s get to the point of why many balloon-goers are here: New Mexican chile. There is a New Mexican restaurant on nearly eatery corner in this city. Way too many to name, but here are a few standouts.

Barelas Coffee House 1502 4th SW, 505.843.7577

HOURS: 9a-3p, Mon.-Fri.; 9a-2p, Sat.

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Justin de la rosa • Mike English Kevin Hopper • steven J. Westman p h o t o s b y Wes Naman


ou’re here to see the balloons, and we do have a few of those over the next few weeks. But after the balloons take flight and float off in the distance, your next plan of attack (most likely) is WHERE. TO. EAT. NOW! Don’t be fooled by

When the weather starts to get a bit colder, there is nothing that can warm a New Mexican’s soul like a big bowl of green chile and beans at Barelas Coffee House. Pop an order of chicharrones in there and you’re in New Mexheaven. You don’t just have to go with a bowl of green, though. Whether it’s huevos rancheros or enchiladas, the chile at this local favorite is best when smothered on your favorite New Mexican dish. —JD

the flashy and familiar signs you see in every

Cecilia’s Cafe

city you go to across the globe. That’s not how

HOURS: 7a-2p, daily

A-Town rolls. New Mexico likes its food local,

and luckily there is plenty of that in the Duke City. Depending on what type of eater you are, scroll down our insider list to custom fit a meal or 27 (based on three meals a day for the nine day long Balloon Fiesta) that is prepared and served by local folks who know their way around the cocina. If you think this list is impressive, it doesn’t stop there. Even after listing “Other Notables,” there is so much more local food haunts in this town to discover. If you are still hungry, log on to or just ask the table next to you their favorite local spot. We’re a friendly lot who can go on about local food for days. Bon appetit!

230 6th SW, 505.243.7070

On a sad note, Cecilia’s recently pared down to only its original location on Silver and 6th in Downtown Albuquerque after its Nob Hill location closed over the summer. Thank dios there is still a place where Cecilia Baca is serving up her glorious red chile. Be warned; it will bite you. Any item on the menu is an example of New Mexican food in its truest form. —ME

Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge

El Patio

5801 Gibson SE, 505.262.2253

HOURS: 11a-9p, daily

HOURS: Restaurant: 11a-9:30p, Mon.-Sat., 11a-10p, Sun./ Lounge: 11a-11p, Mon.-Sat.; 11a10p, Sun.

There is a patio, as the name promises, but it is far from sprawling. In fact, the cozy factor at El Patio is probably the reason UNM area locals favor this spot, particularly on a lazy Sunday morning. The vegetarian burrito and the relleno plate come highly recommended. —KH

As attested, over and over again, this place is what many call home for their choice of the best taste of Roberta Finley’s recipes for red and green chile. Flip a coin and choose to dine in the restaurant or the lounge — two totally different atmospheres. Either way, Roberta, her daughter Iris and their staff make sure you are well fed and well taken care of. Mark your calendars for St. Patty’s Day, because their corned beef and cabbage is something to celebrate. —SW

El Modelo

1715 2nd SW, 505.242.1843 HOURS: 7a-7p, daily

What is unique about this South Valley mainstay (established in 1929!) is the fact that there are no tables or chairs. It’s 100 percent takeout and that seems to work just fine for El Modelo loyalists who crave weekly the delectable tamales (easily the house specialty). If you need to feed an army with red or green enchiladas, or are just in the mood to take some great, homemade food back home (or the hotel room if you are visiting), this is authentic New Mexico, to go. It’s New Mexican food that New Mexicans eat when their grandma’s are taking a day off from the kitchen. —KH

142 Harvard Dr SE, 505.268.4245

El Pinto

10500 4th NW, 505.898.1771 HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.-Thu.; 11a10p, Fri.-Sat.; 10:30a-9p, Sun.

Red chile tends to be forgotten when talking about New Mexican food, but at El Pinto, it’s the star of the meal with menu items like red chile marinated ribs, or red chile empanadas during brunch. Even after the heat is gone from your mouth and you’ve left the restaurant, you can take home jars of El Pinto salsa and chile to keep the heat alive all year long. Plus, there’s a waterfall at the restaurant. How cool is that? —JD

Mary Y Tito’s

2711 4th NW, 505.344.6266 HOURS: 9a-6p, Mon.-Thu., 9a8p, Fri.-Sun.

This still unassuming restaurant opened its doors in 1963 and is still very much a family affair. If stellar carne adovada is on your mind, Mary Y Tito’s is a must, but it’s hard to go wrong with anything on this menu. Everything is laced with good and hot chile, be it red or green or both. —KH continued on page 12

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Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen 1510 Girard NE, 505.262.0115

HOURS: 11a-7:45p, Mon.-Fri.

There’s a reason people line up to be seated at Padilla’s. This might the most straightforward neighborhood New Mexican eatery in Albuquerque. Simple atmosphere, good service, perfect food. Did we mention the Blue Corn Chicken Enchilada plate? Order it red. You won’t regret it. —ME


Gourmands & Foodies You watch the Food Network. In fact, you watch it way too much. But the good part is, you adore well-prepared food as much as you adore your first-born child. A number of Albuquerque restaurants have been lauded on TV by the likes of Guy Fieri and Anthony Bourdain for their authenticity. Here are some of the top choices.

Multiple locations

Your infatuation with Sadie’s will begin with the chips and salsa, but will quickly escalate to a full-on love affair when you get to the chile. You can’t always have the best of both worlds, but luckily you can when it comes to deciding on red or green at Sadie’s. Though red chile tends to go better with beef and green with chicken, mix and match to your heart’s desire at this New Mexican staple. —JD OTHER NOTABLES:

Los Cuates, El Bruno’s, Casa de Benavidez, Mac’s La Sierra, Monroe’s


The Artichoke Cafe

421 Central SE, 505.243.0200 HOURS: Lunch: 11a-2:30p, Mon.Fri./Dinner: 5-9p, Sun.-Thu., 5-10p, Fri.-Sat.

It’s been so good for so long, we may be guilty of taking Artichoke for granted sometimes.The restaurant business can be a trendy one, after all, but Pat and Terry Keene’s EDo eatery, open since the 1980s, simply serves some of the best cuisine in town, and always with professional flare. Add to that, one of the most astute bar staffs in the area code. —ME

Farm & Table

8917 4th NW, 505.503.7124 Hours: 5-9p, Wed.-Thu.; 5-10p, Fri.-Sat.; 9a-2p, Sun.

The field-to-fork concept of locavore dining found its home in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Farm & Table uses the freshest local ingredients in their modern American cuisine that is prepared by Chef Jaye Wilkinson. A charming patio looks out toward just one of many farms that is a purveyor of Farm & Table’s ingredients. This is not a farm-style dinner of steak and potatoes, but an exploration into the culinary creativity with a value for farmers and local food. —JD

Jennifer James 101

4615 Menaul NE, 505.884.3860 HOURS: 5p-close, Tue.-Sat.

The namesake of this oddly located yet exceptional restaurant is an Albuquerque culinary institution unto herself. JJ’s crew is hypertalented, knowledgeable and impeccably-acute. It’s the kind of place that even the likes of Anthony Bourdain isn’t privy to. The food? Well, in a word: astounding. One would be hard pressed to find a better “true foodie” experience in these parts. But don’t expect

posh by any means. Rather, JJ101 is all about simplicity and true-to-form preparations that regard food as very tasteful (and tasty) art. —KH

Savoy Bar & Grill

10601 Montgomery NE, 505.294.9463 HOURS: Lunch: 11a-2p, Mon.Thu./Dinner: 5p-close, daily/ Lounge: 3p-close, daily

This Far Northeast Heights foodie hub is the third restaurant adventure for the Roessler family, and one that expands on all previous undertakings in that the space is overwhelmingly expansive — two full-sized bars, a huge patio and a beautiful, wideopen dining room. Diners here are greeted with earthy aromas drifting from Savoy’s open-air kitchen — numerous locals dream about the manchegocrusted eggplant. Another opulent feature here is the sleek tasting room, reserved for private dinners and wine receptions and dinners often conducted by Kevin and Cat Roessler or Keith and Lynn Roessler, who lead a staff that seems more like a family (and oh-so nice and fun). —SW

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“The best (local) thing I ever ate...” Dan Gutierrez Local iQ film columnist


istronomy B2B How much do I love thee? The best local thing I ever ate, is B2B’s entire plate. I don’t mean the plate itself, I love how everything’s local on their shelf. The angus beef is grass fed and range free. Plus, they have craft beers from local breweries. My favorite beast is the Rosa feast. Photo by Josh Schaber With hatch green chile and queso cheese. They have special dipping sauce for your frites. Like spicy, pesto, or something sweet. You make my taste buds scream with joy, Like “When Harry Met Sally” in a restaurant, o boy! They even help local charities, by donating a fifth of sales on Sundays each week.    The food is fantastic and the staff is fun, you can bring your parents, a date, or anyone. Located in Nob Hill, for a romantic nights eat. at 3118 Central Avenue, SE. Call them at 505.262.2222, or too!

2 0 1 3 fa l l d i n i n g i s s u e Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

2031 Mountain NW, 505.766.5100 HOURS: Lunch: 11:30a-2p, Mon.Fri./Dinner: 5-9:30p, daily/ Cantina: 4-10p, Mon.-Thu.; 4-11p, Fri.; 5-11p,Sat.; 5-10p, Sun.

After a day (or night) at the museums, many of us find ourselves enjoying some smoke-infused food from the wood-burning grill or a glass of wine in the heart of Old Town. Upstairs in the bar, or down below in the restaurant, the Roessler family made their mark here, and loyal patrons keep coming back for their favorites like the oak-fired jumbo sea scallops or rotisserie roasted prime rib. Just the sound of it, ought to whet your appetite. —SW

Vintage 423

8000 Paseo Del Norte, Ste. A1, 505.821.1918 HOURS: 11a-12a, Mon.-Thu.; 11a2a, Fri.-Sat.; 11a-10p, Sun.

The specialty here is vintage prime meats, so this elaborate north side resto is a great fit for meat and potato guy. However, with starters such as bacon-wrapped quail (delicious!) and entrées like pistachio-crusted sea bass served with lingonberry chutney-roasted beets, Vintage

423 deserves to be elevated beyond a mere steakhouse. The bad part about this menu, which matches the extravagant, modern atmosphere, is deciding to order a steak or not. You can’t really go wrong either way. —KH

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

3009 Central NE, 505.254.9462 HOURS: Dinner: 5-9p, Mon.Thu.; 5-11p, Fri.-Sat./Brunch: 11a-2:30p, Sat.-Sun./Cellar Bar: 5p-1a, Mon.-Sat.; 5-11p, Sun.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of this Nob Hill hot spot, the second Roessler venue to hit the Duke City offering a big open space and tasty high-end bistro fare. And this time, the bar is in the Cellar Bar (a fun setting for live music). Zinc has also been the host to several iQ anniversary parties and serves yummy food from an extremely nice staff. Two more words: Steak Frites! —SW OTHER NOTABLES:

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse, Blade’s Bistro, Antiquity, Marcello’s Chophouse, Prairie Star, Los Poblanos Historic Inn, Slate Street Cafe, Vinaigrette

Americanicans If you like your food, honest, simple and served on a plain white plate (a special blue plate being the only exception), then the following spots were crafted just for you. High end comfort food has been a trend for the past decade to so, even though places like these have been doing it for years. Not all of these places are diners, per se, but they do have that mystique about them.

Duran Central Pharmacy


2900 Central SE, 505.265.1669 HOURS: 6a-9p, daily

As Route 66 eateries can be, this longtime UNM/Nob Hill icon pleases in a multitude of ways. This is another familyowned operation which was opened by Mannie Gianopoulos in 1965. That’s six decades of pork chops and eggs, French dip sandwiches and liver & onions (yes, one of us LOVES this). Comfort food always makes us smile, and you don’t leave here without one on your face. —SW

1815 Central NW, 505.247.4141

Itsa Italian Ice

HOURS: 8:30a-7p, Mon.-Fri.; 8:30a-3p, Sat.; 10a-1p, Sun.

HOURS: 11a-6p, Tue.-Sat.

There’s a sense of comfort with the scenario of a “diner” situated inside a venerable family-owned pharmacy. Breakfast time and lunch time, the tables and soda-counter are always packed with people getting their fix of their favorite New Mexican food plates. On Mondays and Tuesdays the special is the delicious Tortilla Soup, so prepare to wait in line (well worth it). And while you wait, peruse the store shelves filled with cool stuff for your home. —SW

215 Phoenix NW, 505.268.2560

Some of you might not be aware that Itsa Ice is still here, after the beloved location on Lomas and Washington was

torn down in the late ‘90s. However, in 2008 they came back to life on Second Street (just north of Menaul). Luckily, the mouthwatering flavors of shaved ice we craved are still available. The grill serves up standard hot dogs and hamburgers, but I suggest trying the Philly Cheese Steak … please. We dare you to not feel like a kid again when you walk through these doors. —SW

Loyola’s Family Restaurant

4500 Central SE, 505.268.6478 Hours: 6a-2p, Tue.-Fri.; 6a-1p, Sat.; 7a-1p, Sun.

If you want to talk about old school New Mexican diners, Loyola’s should be the gold standard by which all others are compared. This mom and pop joint is a Route 66 staple

that is too often overlooked, with the feel of a diner from the ’70s and has the charm of chowing down at Grandma’s house. Loyola’s is the place to be for a hearty breakfast smothered with green chile and a dollop of nostalgia. —JD

Route 66 Diner

1405 Central NE, 505.242.1421 Hours: 11a-11p, Mon.-Fri.; 8a-11p, Sat.; 8a-10p, Sun.

Iconic is one word that comes to mind when thinking of Route 66 Diner. It has the whole package of an Americana-style diner. From the neon lights and old-school signage to the traditional diner menu — burgers, fries, chicken fried steak , blue plate specials. The malts and shakes at Route 66 are award winning, as well. —JD continued on page 14

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2 0 1 3 fa l l d i n i n g i s s u e The Burger Set

“The best (local) thing I ever ate...”

Do you know anyone who eats mainly just burgers? Turns out there are Jugheads all over this city who hop from burger joint to burger joint perfectly fine. Maybe it’s the burger’s simplistic format, or that delectable taste. Whatever the reason, Albuquerque has no shortage of great burger haunts. Below is just a small handful.

Justin De La Rosa Local iQ food columnist


’ll start this one off by saying I don’t have a sweet tooth. I don’t do dessert of any sort. It’s just not my thing. However, everything changed for me when my girlfriend introduced me to the Butterscotch Budino at Farina. “Try it,” she said. “It’s really good.” With a bit of hesitation, I agreed to try a bite. The whipped creme fraiche topped with caramel and crushed sea salt was nothing short of a miracle in my mouth. My immediate reaction was laughing. Laughing at the medley of magnificent flavors meeting my tastebuds for the first time. I was actually a little bit mad, too. Mad that I was not informed about exactly how outrageously good it was. From there, I felt like Bill Murray during the dinner scene in What About Bob? Every time I go there now, I order it, even if just for one bite. I’d feel guilty if I didn’t.

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Route 66 Malt Shop

3800 Central SE, 505.242.7866 HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.-Thu.; 8a10p, Fri.-Sat.; 8a-10p, Sun. If you are an aficionado of Route 66 culture, this place is a must-stop that is filled with bright neon signage, comfy booths, checkerboard floors and some of the best classic Amrican fare in the city. Hamburgers, hot dogs, iconic American sandwiches,


milkshakes and house-made root beer are all there, with a few southwestern favorites to fulfill the stringent local chile quota. —KH

Western View Diner & Steak House

6411 Central NW, 505.836.2200 HOURS: 6a-10p, Mon.-Sat.; 6a3p, Sun.

This out-of-the-way spot should be renamed the Midwestern View Diner since it is almost museum-like in the way it exacts the true Americana diner feel. Bonus?

Farina Pizzeria 510 Central Ave SE, 505.243.0130

It is located on Route 66, and a very historic stretch to be sure. The food is what should be expected of a standard American diner found in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City or Anywhere, U.S.A., but there is really only one thing you should order: Chicken fried steak. Happy dining. —KH OTHER NOTABLES:

Murphy’s Mule Barn, Grandma’s K&I, Sophia’s, Urban Hot Dog, Rudy’s BBQ

Holy Cow

700 Central SE, 505.242.2991 HOURS: 11a-10p, Mon.-Thu.; 11a11p, Fri.-Sat.; 11a-9p, Sun.

Holy wow, do we love this place! Retro-ee in many ways, but with some of the most current and over-the-top ways to eat a burger (the fried egg BLT is mighty fine). During a recent lunch gathering, all but one of the diners were chowing down on an array of the burger offerings, while one of them had ordered the delish chicken, cherry and gorgonzola salad. But with a sad look, she stated she was having “burger envy” — easy to do here. Plus, co-owner Chris Medina makes hanging out a ton of fun. —SW

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Little Red Hamburger Hut

1501 Mountain NW, 505.304.1819 HOURS: 11a-8p, Tue.-Sat.

Little Red Hamburger Hut is exactly that: a small red building near Old Town serving up succulent burgers in a setting that is full of ‘50s and ‘60s nostalgia. You can chow down on a Little Red burger, tortilla burger or one of their stellar Frito pies. Combos come with fries and a drink. Oh, and complimentary cheese and choice of green or red chile? Can’t beat that. —JD

Standard Diner

Owl Cafe

800 Eubank NE, 505.291.4900 HOURS: 7a-10p, Mon.-Thu.; 7a11p, Fri.-Sat.

If you think you know who makes the absolute best green chile cheeseburger in the state, make sure you’ve tasted the Owl’s version. Add a Route 66-centric, mom and pop diner atmosphere, killer shakes and piñon coffee and the Owl might end up being your favorite hangout. —KH OTHER NOTABLES:

ABQ Brew Pub, Flamez, Five Star Burgers, The Grill, Altitude Sports Grill, Papaburgers

320 Central SE, 505.243.1440 HOURS: 11a-19p, Mon.-Thu.; 11a9:30p, Fri.; 10a-9p, Sat.-Sun.

Another Route 66 local favorite, Standard’s fare and atmosphere is a bit more refined than your typical roadside diner. For instance, burger ingredients include bourbon-maple compound butter, Tucumcari cheddar and sautéed mushrooms. To further emphasize this point, the meatloaf is crusted with porcini mushrooms and wrapped in bacon and the potatoes are smashed, (not mashed) with smoked gouda. Standard? Far from. —KH

Vegan/Veggie Though Albuquerque hasn’t quite embraced the veggie lot with open arms, here is a pair of vegetarian and vegan-friendly spots that have and will continue to do so, as more pop up.

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe

Multiple locations, 505.262.2424 HOURS: 7a-9p, Mon.-Fri.; 8a-9p, Sat.; 10a-8p, Sun.

Annapurna is the name of the Hindu kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds, and if you

2 0 1 3 fa l l d i n i n g i s s u e like a diet of unique vegetarian dishes, from Indian fare to breakfast quinoa, all washed down with the best chai in town — this is your place. —ME

OM Fine Indian Dining

7520 4th St NW in Los Ranchos, 505.899.4423

HOURS: 11a-2:30p & 5p-9:30p, daily

A recent sit-down with friends at this hidden gem in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque introduced this writer to some incredible flavors that, quite honestly, were out of this world — or at least from a different side of this planet. I discovered newfound favorites in Om’s chicken mint salad and the lamb vindaloo. And my carrot pudding dessert made me swoon. Om’s nice beer and wine selection sealed the deal for me, making me want to go back for more. —SW OTHER NOTABLES:

Budai Gourmet Chinese, Basil Leaf, Taj Mahal, Olympia Cafe

Drive-thruists You’re hungry (like really hungry), you don’t have any time on your hands and you really aren’t down with the corporate thing. There aren’t many options at this point, but there are a few locallyrecommended drive-thru standards to zoom through when the tummy is rumbling.

Blake’s Lotaburger Multiple locations and hours

The only thing that feels more like New Mexico than the dry, high desert heat is Blake’s

Lotaburger. For over 60 years, the Lotaburger loaded with green chile and cheese has been an absolute staple in the lives of New Mexicans across the entire state. If the burger isn’t enough for you, they also serve up what is arguably one of the best breakfast burritos in town. Blake’s may very well be the standard to which green chile cheese burgers are held. —JD

Bob’s Burgers

Multiple locations and hours

One thing about New Mexicans is that we don’t just let a fast food joint get past us without throwing some form of chile into the mix. Bob’s Burgers (not to be confused with the animated show of the same name) does burgers right with their famous Ranchero Supreme — a burger with cheese and the seriously spicy green chile ranchero sauce. If green chile isn’t your flavor of choice, check out the spicy, smokey red chile cheese dog. Smothering your fries with cheese and choice of chile is also highly recommended at Bob’s. —JD

Golden Pride Multiple locations, hours Though it seems like there are more locations than there actually are, we only have four Golden Pride restaurants in town and they’re all busy (literally) all the time with folks lining up for their pick of fried chicken or ribs. However, the roster of breakfast burritos is the biggest draw. Visit the social media outlets and you can read about friends touting which burrito they think is the best. “I love the #2”; “No, the

#7 is way better”; “Oh, but honey, have you tried the #9 w/ extra hashbrowns?”; “Like”; “Like”; “Like!” Golden is right! —SW


4330 Lomas NE, 505.255.4248 HOURS: 6:30a-3p, Mon.-Thu.; 6:30a-8:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 6:30a4p, Sun.

In the 1950s it was a drive-in called Franks, and you can still get service car-hop style if that’s your preference. But step inside for the full diner experience with a menu to match, from New Mexican to American favorites, all at reasonable prices. —ME

Craft Beer Connoisseurs Craft beer is huge in Albuquerque, and some of the breweries keep their clientele well-fed. Here’s a few of our favorites.

Bosque Brewing

8900 San Mateo NE, 505.433.3889 HOURS: 11a-10p, Mon.-Thu.; FriSat, 11a-11p; Sun, 12p-8p

It’s nice knowing that you can find great local craft beer in just about any part of town in Albuquerque. Bosque Brewing Company opened last year on the north side of town and is brewing up business by staying true to their motto: “Flavor is boss.” That not only represents Bosque’s beer, but also its food. With great beer comes great sandwiches at Bosque. Don’t miss the jalapeño cheddar bratwurst on a pretzel roll. —JD continued on page 16

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Marble Brewery Multiple locations

HOURS: 1p-12a, Mon.-Sat.; 1-10:30p, Sun.

Perhaps the most popular of Albuquerque’s breweries, Marble has been brewing up perfection for the past five years. From pilsners to IPAs, they have the bases covered for every beer drinker’s thirst. Hop down to the original taproom Downtown and you might even get to catch a local food truck to pair with your favorite draft. Locations on Albuquerque’s Westside and in Santa Fe are available as well to experience Marble’s “rock solid beer.” —JD

Nexus Brewery

4730 Pan American, 505.242.4100 HOURS: 11a-10p, Mon.-Thu. & Sun.; 11a-11p, Fri.-Sat. In a city suddenly awash with quality craft beer, Nexus has distinguished itself by pairing its brews with a full pub menu that offers such soul food standards as Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles and Southern Fried Pork Steak. There are no cute beer names or gimmicks here, just good beer and food in a comfortable tap room. —ME

Turtle Mountain

905 36th SE, Rio Rancho, 505.994.9497 HOURS: Mon.-Thu., 11a-9p; Fri.Sat., 11a-9:30p; Sun., 11a-8:30p

Most breweries you’ll run into here focus on beer, which is to be expected. However, drinking craft beer can stimulate the appetite, so it is always a draw to pair a tasty food menu with a lineup of well-crafted beer. Turtle Mountain’s owner Nico Ortiz obviously has a firm grip on this concept, as he offers an inventive yet downto-earth pub-style menu that features everything from fish ‘n’ chips to mac ‘n’ cheese to a seriously decadent roster of burgers and sandwiches that can only be followed by a slug of local craft brew. —KH OTHER NOTABLES:

Il Vicino Brewery Canteen, Chama River Brewing


“The best (local) thing I ever ate...” Larry Ahrens Host, The Morning Brew


his was a difficult assignment. There are a few favorites and they rank high on the “best thing” scale. The Special Chicken at Szechuan Chinese Restaurant on Juan Tabo. The Beef Bourguignon at Blade’s Bistro in Placitas. But I’ve got to give it to ... The Duck at Torinos’ @ Home. They serve it as a duck leg with fagioli beans for dinner (my favorite). Or as a duck confit panini for lunch and also in a duck confit salad. The chef cooks Photo by Josh Schaber the duck in its own fat for over 10 hours and it just explodes with flavor. It’s an amazing meal that never disappoints.

Torinos’ @ Home 7600 Jefferson NE, 505.797.4491

Far Easternites There is no shortage of Asian restaurants in the Duke City. In fact, could there be too many? No, no. Not possible.

Cafe Dalat

5615 Central SE, 505.266.5559 HOURS: 10:30a-9p, Mon.-Sat.,

Albuquerque is no stranger to Vietnamese culinary traditions. Cafe Da Lat has been around for about 10 years and consistently offers some of the best Vietnamese around. Their extensive menu would take a year to eat your way through, but after one visit, your tastebuds with certainly be up to the challenge. Their fresh and light fare will leave you without any food guilt and a insatiable desire to keep coming back. —JD

Orchid Thai

4300 Central SE, 505.265.4047 Hours: 11a-10p, Mon.-Sat.; 5-10p, Sun.

Nob Hill is a hub for great Thai restaurants, which can only make Orchid Thai the cornerstone for such a cuisine. The use of traditional and rich Thai ingredients at Orchid make for authenticity you can taste and smell. Normally in Albuquerque, “red or green?” is in reference to chile, but

when you’re at Orchid Thai, it can only mean your heart is torn between which curry to go with. —JD

Pho #1

414 San Pedro SE, 505.268.0488

It may seem odd to name a restaurant after a Vietnamese soup followed by “#1,” but it’s simply stating a truth – Pho #1 has possibly the best pho in town. After receiving numerous local awards for its signature dish, it is the one place you must go for beef noodle soup. Their menu is basically an anthology of Vietnamese cuisine, offering over 100 sensational soups and savory servings of authentic eats. —JD

Saigon Cafe

Multiple locations, hours

Touting what is arguably the best rare beef pho in the city (in this writer’s opinion), Saigon is one of those restaurants that is tucked away in a strip mall, privy to only those local folks who have lived here long enough to comparison shop. Authentic, honest and no frills. After all, it is about the food. —KH

3422 Central SE, 505.260.0088 HOURS: 11a-10p, Sun.-Thu.; 11a11p, Fri.-Sat.

People flock to this bustling Nob Hill Asian restaurant. Maybe it’s the pan-Asian menu, with dishes from Japan, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Korea. Or perhaps it’s the “street food” concept, which offers up market-fresh food served quickly and informally. Either way, StreetFood Asia is one of the city’s most popular restaurants. —ME

Street Food Market

2300 Central SE, 505.268.1196 HOURS: 11a-9p, daily

From the same creative minds that established StreetFood Asia, this is the smaller, satellite version that touts “Bold Southeast Asian Cuisine” and focuses on simply prepared Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes bursting with fresh ingredients — curry bowls, fried rice stir fry and tasty noodle dishes. A quick and healthy alternative to those awful fast food cravings. —KH

Wyoming and Constitution. Small in space, but way big in bright yummy flavors, Tip’s yellow curry is absolutely wonderful. Every soup bowl is impressive in size, color and seasonings. Add to that a very attentive staff and (the best part) a smiling cook who mingles with her guests to make sure their experience is top notch. You’ll be wearing a smile as well. —SW OTHER NOTABLES:

Asian Grill, Salathai, Fan Tang, Chow’s Asian Bistro, May Hong, Ko Palace, Pacific Paradise

Paul’s Monterey Inn

1000 Juan Tabo NE, 505.294.1461 Hours: 11a-2:30p & 5p-10:30p, Mon.-Sat.

It was 1971 when Paul Larson gifted this city with one of the longest-standing, tried-andtrue steak houses. Now under the helm of his son, Eric, it has stood the test of time. Jumbo shrimp cocktails, tender and savory prime rib, naughty cheesecake and waiting-to-besipped martinis. Paul’s secret is a no-bells-and-whistles menu and the coolest plush booths (which you will want to sleep in after dinner). —SW

Old Schoolers

Pelican’s Restaurant

Is all this celebrity chef business just a bunch of hoo-hah? Then settle into a big comfy booth one of these local fixtures, where salad is served with crackers, steak doesn’t have a fancy demi-glace and drinks are the appetizer.

HOURS: 4-10p, Mon.–Thu.; 4p11p, Fri.-Sat.; 11a-10p, Sun.

Thai Cuisine II

4201 Central NE, 505.232.3200

9800 Montgomery NE, 505.298.7678 10022 Coors NW, 505.899.2000

Both Eastsiders and Westsiders get treated to flown-in-daily fresh fish and seafood offerings from this longtime Duke City favorite. The NE location still resonates from the day it opened. Sizzling mussels, the Hawaiian chicken sandwich or teriyaki beef kabobs sorta makes one yearn for the beach. But in ABQ, this is how we like to get our fix. —SW

HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.-Fri.; 4-9p, Sat.; 5-9p, Sun.


The imagery of the 29-cent long-defunct Hamburger Stand dwindles each time I enter this place. What has transformed here is a fun and casual spot to sit and enjoy some of the better Thai food the Q has to offer. Crazy yummy pineapple fried rice and guew teaw, a rice noodle soup with bean sprouts, cilantro, garlic and peanuts, ought to make your mouth water just reading about it. Make sure to always save room for Thai Cuisine’s homemade coconut ice cream. Lest we forget, there is a second location on the Westside. —SW

Late Nighters

Thai Tip

1512 Wyoming NE, 505.323.7447 HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.-Fri.; 5-9p, Sat.

When your chiropractor says he’s got a healthy and delicious place for Thai food, you ought to listen to him. A recent find for me was Thai Tip, situated in a strip mall on

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Ranchers Club

Be forewarned: ABQ isn’t big on late-night eats. Bummer, we know. However, there a few bright spots on this stark late-night eats landscape. Here is our short list.

Monte Carlo Steak House

Brickyard Pizza

Hours: Mon-Sat, 11a-10p

HOURS: 11a-1:30a, Mon.-Thu.; 12p-2:30a, Fri.,-Sat.; 12p-1:30a, Sun.

3916 Central SW, 505.831.2444

There’s something about a speakeasy that makes you feel like you’re in the know — even if the speakeasy was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Monte Carlo Steakhouse (pictured above) is a diamond in the rough. There’s nothing fancy about the decor, inside or out. It’s what is served on the tables that makes it truly special. Great cuts of steak, arguably one of the city’s best green chile cheeseburgers and some standout Greek food are just a few of the reasons this place is a must-see in Albuquerque. —JD

2216 Central SE, 505.262.2216

When it comes to getting a late-night bite, options are limited. Some places reduce their menu to small bites, and others cut it off before the booze stops pouring. At Brickyard, they keep a full menu of sandwiches, pizza, salads and other bites, as well as a full bar all the way to last call. Their PBR special could be the saving grace for many, offering a slice of cheese pizza and a pint of Pabst Blue Ribbon for only $4.25. —JD continued on page 18

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Frontier Restaurant

2400 Central SE, 505.266.0550 HOURS: 5-1a, daily

If you don’t know the Frontier, you don’t reside in Albuquerque (and you did not read my feature on this pillar of the community in iQ’s Feb. 27 issue, For the past 42 years, the Rainosek family’s recipe for success here shines with inexpensive and way-too-tasty food. Breakfast, New Mexican food and hamburgers are the staple, as well the famous cinnamon rolls and the customers themselves, who keep coming back and coming back for more. —SW

The Last Call

102 Richmond SE, 505.369.6102 HOURS: 5:05p-3a, Tue.; 5:0510:15p, Thu.; 5p-3a, Fri.-Sat.

When it starts getting to that time of night where tomorrow is closer than today and you’ve been hitting Nob Hill all night, you might have worked up an appetite. Unfortunately, a lot of kitchens have closed at that point and a drive thru taco could spell disaster tomorrow. Lucky for you, The Last Call is open later than last call. Whether it’s sliders, chicken tacos, or carne asada fries, TLC’s true-to-form Baja-style fare has you covered. —JD OTHER NOTABLES:

Adieux Cafe

Pizza Junkies Ah, crust, sauce and cheese, how we love thee. Let us count the ways. And let us visit these pizzerias with frequency, for they craft our beloved pizza with talent.


2929 Monte Vista NE, 505.554.1967 HOURS: 11a-8:30p, Tue.-Sat.; 11a-6p, Sun.

Albuquerque’s newest pizzeria is also the city’s first certifiably authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. The dough, sauce, bread and mozzarella at Amore are all made in-house, with all other ingredients locally sourced. Each pizza is handcrafted in Amore’s wood-fired oven. If weather permits, find a spot on the rooftop patio. —JD

Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar Multiple locations

HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.; 11a-10p, Tue.-Fri.; 4-10p, Sat.; 5-9p, Sun.

Ask a local foodie where their favorite pizza restaurant is and they’ll probably go with Farina. The undeniably hip pizzeria and wine bar first opened in 2008 at its East Downtown location (EDo) and serves up some of the most magnificent pizzas in town – slightly charred and topped with artisanal ingredients. A list of Italian wines and local beers rounds out the many reasons to love Farina. —JD

Firenze Pizzeria

900 Park SW, 505.242.2939 HOURS: 11-2a, Mon.-Fri.

Khalil Ekulona Local iQ music correspondent Growing up my mother always cooked fresh meals from scratch for the family. The Cube makes me feel at home. Since its opening, I have been a big fan of their barbecued chicken (I suggest ordering it wet). However, I was recently turned on to the new kale salad on the menu by my healthconscious girlfriend Lisa. She is a huge supporter of salad eating (thanks baby). This salad is a blast for your tastebuds. It’s tangy, sweet and the warm kale really makes your body feel great with every bite. The caramelized onions add such a nice touch, giving it a hint of the grill (who doesn’t love the grill, right?). Where else can you get some down-home soul BBQ and feel great about eating it at the same time?

More and more restaurants got their start as a food truck. And though Firenze wasn’t quite a food truck in the traditional sense, its woodfired stove was portable. That is, until owners Steve and Felicia Meyer went brick and mortar recently and now serve their savory wood-fired pizzas in downtown Albuquerque. Start with classics like pepperoni or margherita and move your way up to wild mushroom, pesto and piccante. —KH

up most f the menu in this old fashioned pizzeria that has been voted top 100 in the nation. This tried-andtrue institution brings New York-style thin crust pizza to Albuquerque to indulge on award winning pizza. —JD


Venezia’s Pizzeria

921 San Pedro SE, 505.255.1233 HOURS: 11a-9p, Mon.-Thu.; 11a10p, Fri.; 12-10p, Sat. giovannispizzaalbuquerque. com

While a lot of newer pizzerias are going artisan with style and toppings, Giovanni’s is keeping it classic. Slices, salads and calzones make


“The best (local) thing I ever ate...”

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The Cube 1520 Central SE, 505.243.0023

Multiple locations and hours

Breaking Bad fans recognize the Venezia’s as the pizza that Walter White threw on the roof of his own house early on in the series. That likely gets this New York-style pie joint a lot of business. Turns out, it’s some of the best

pizza in the state. And yes, they have all the classic New York accoutrements, including calzones, pasta dishes and salads. —KH

Slice Parlor

3410 Central SE, 505.232.2808 HOURS: 11a-11p, Mon.-Sun.

A neighborhood pizza joint that serves fresh New Yorkstyle thin-crust pizza by the slice or pie and complements it with a collection of about 25 taps of cold fresh craft (and mostly local) beer. That’s a business model that is hard to argue with. —ME continued on page 20

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2 0 1 3 fa l l d i n i n g i s s u e “The best (local) thing I ever ate...” Erin Muffoletto Co-host, The Morning Brew One of my favorite restaurants in Albuquerque is Bien Shur at Sandia Casino, mostly because of the beautiful views and delicious food. My favorite meal there is the lobster with asparagus, and you can’t forget the creme brulee for dessert — which is my fave! They have many great entrees but this is just my favorite. There are so many great restaurants in Albuquerque, and it is hard to pick a favorite, but when I want something different, Bien Shur is my go-to restaurant. The food is always top-notch and the service is impeccable! On top of it all, the restaurant is located on the top floor of the hotel with beautiful views all around. During the Balloon Fiesta this is one of my favorite places to watch the balloons and fireworks while having a lovely dining experience.

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Caffeine Fanatics Food is fuel, but or some of us, coffee is life. Without it we aren’t quite human. Here are a few of the places where you can get the caffeine fix you require to be the person God intended you to be. And they serve food, too.

30 Rainbow, 505.798.3961

with the same people and same slim pickings for food. At Java Joe’s you get a good variety of it all. Each day you get a different option of roasts and flavors of coffee, and an exceptional menu of everything from burritos to sandwiches run through breakfast and lunch and great daily specials. Live, laid back music on weekends makes this a very comfortable place to chill out in downtown Burque. —JD

RB Winnings


HOURS: 7a-5p, Mon.-Fri.; 8a-5p, Sat.-Sun.

Hours: 7a-3p, Mon.-Sun. If you see someone strolling around drinking coffee from a mason jar, chances are they were just over at Zendo. Burque has a new kind of caffeine buzz with this downtown coffee joint. Cold-brewed iced coffee with coffee ice cubes? Check. Killer espresso? Check. If you need a bite with your buzz, Zendo offers bagels, scones, burritos and more. Sorry Folger’s, but the best part of waking up is Zendo in your cup. —JD

111 Harvard SE, 505.266.0000

There’s a long-running tradition in this country of funky university-area coffee houses. RB Winnings brings the funk, in a good way. Owned by a theater troupe (q-Staff,) the Winnings Coffee Co. roasts its own beans on site, brews ‘em and serves it up to the colorful college-area neighborhood crowd. —ME

Java Joe’s

906 Park SW, 505.765.1514 HOURS: 6:30a-3:30p, Mon.-Sun.

Coffeeshops kind of get to be a bit mundane after awhile,

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413 2nd SW, 505.926.1636


Satellite Cafe, Cafe Giuseppe, Michael Thomas Coffee

Euro-foodies Sometimes it’s a pleasure to turn to the culinary traditions of a continent where food history runs many centuries deeper than in the U.S. Whether you’re a Francophile, Italian food fanatic, Spanish gourmand or Irish proud, there are several Albuquerque eateries where you can sate your European appetite.

Cafe Miche

228 Gold SW, 505.314.1111 HOURS: 11a-5p, Mon.-Tue.; 11a9p, Wed.-Sat.

One of the newer additions to Downtown’s dining scene is also the resurrection of an old restaurant — Le Cafe Miche. Chef Claus Hjortkjaer brought back his restaurant at the a quaint corner cafe where he is serving up nothing but the classics of French cuisine. You can enjoy some pate and wine before lunching on a niçoise salad, or look to the rich entrees of steak frites or beef bourguignon. A pleasant touch of classic French offerings in Downtown Albuquerque. —JD

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ou know you have a red chile addiction when your favorite fix is on speed dial and down the road. “Hi, my name is Shavone, and I’d like to place an order to go for ...” — I’m cut off as the server on the other end finishes my order for me. I guess that’s what you call being a regular. This fix is crucial. Like coffee to Monday morning, so is red chile to my soul. Can I get an “orale” from my fellow junkies? I recommend the green chile chicken enchilada plate ($11.95) rolled with extra garnish, refried beans, calabacitas, sopaipilla, a dollup of sour cream and a large bowl of delicious RED CHILE, topped with a bit o’ cheese. Your eyes will roll back into your head with the ecstasy of this New Mexican delight. Cocina Azul: “Get your chile on con panza llena, corazon contento.” (And for the quick ’n’ dirty junkie, I hear that “Cocina Azul Express” is coming soon this winter, back alley style). Veins craving more, mouth on fire, I’m in love.

Cocina Azul 1134 Mountain NW, 505.831.2500

P’tit Louis

Torino’s At Home

HOURS: Lunch: 11a-5:30p, Mon.-Sat./Dinner: 5:30p-10p, Tue.-Sat.

Hours: 11a-9p, Tue.-Sat.

3218 Silver SE, 505.314.1110

Silver Avenue in Nob Hill is a shinier, happier, more tasty place with Christophe Descarpentries’ wonderfully charming French bistro P’tit Louis. The French restaurateur import is known for leaving his native country’s classic dishes untouched and unmodernized, but his loyal diners are always elated when the chalk board has oysters scripted on it. Enough to pique your interest? From the decor and ambiance, to the wonderful menu and attentive, smiling staff at P’tit Louis, diners can travel to another place and time. —SW

7600 Jefferson, 505.797.4491

Italian in New Mexico sounds a bit risky, but Torino’s at Home is all authentic Northern Italian with a side of French fusion. Chef Maxime Bouneou serves up dishes made with simple ingredients that have been prepared in-house, packing extremely fresh and vibrant flavors. At Torino’s, you’ll find everything from paninis and salads during lunch, to full entrees of duck confit, squid ink black pasta and house made sausage for dinner. The flavors of Europe abound at Torino’s. —JD

Two Fools Tavern

3211 Central NE, 505.265.7447 HOURS: 11a-1p, Sun.-Thu.; 11am– midnight, Fri.-Sat.

We pity the fool who is not a fan of this true taste of Ireland, where, as they say, “the Craic is mighty.” The fare coming out of the kitchen at Two Fools — Irish with small southwestern twists — is sublime, with offerings like Irish nachos, bangers and mash, Guinness stew and even Scotch ice cream! BTW - Craic (pronounced “crack”) refers to good drink and good food accompanied with the merriment of friends. You’ll find all of this here. —SW

Cosmos Tapas

4200 Central SE, 505.232.0535 HOURS: 3-10p, Tue.-Thu.; 3p12a, Fri.-Sat.

Spanish tapas in any city America are very loosely defined. That being said, since most Americans (myself included) have never experienced authentic tapas, all we have to judge on is taste and size. I’m cool with that. I’m also cool with the vibe happening at Cosmos in East nob Hill. Most often, exotic olive music shares the air with aromas of jamón Serrano, grilled red snapper, chorizo, lightly dusted calamari and many more small, flavorful dishes with difficult to pronounce names. Pair that with an imaginative cocktail or glass of Spanish sherry, and let the fun begin. —KH

Cafe Jean Pierre

4959 Pan American Fwy, 505.345.3241 HOURS: 11a-2p; Tue.-Thu.; 5:308:30p, Fri.-Sat.

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known is Cafe Jean Pierre. It sits on the backside of Restaurant Row on I-25 and is quite honestly the best French cuisine in town. From French classics like moules frites to fried oysters, this is one of the best kept secrets in town. —JD OTHER NOTABLES:

Trombino’s Bistro Italiano, Le Paris French Bakery, Chez Axel, La Crepe Michel

Pet Lovers A meal is often made better with the proximity of your best friend of the canine variety. Albuquerque is lucky to have several pet-friendly dining destinations with welcoming patios where your pooch can recline. Here are some noteworthy examples.


I.V.B. Canteen

2381 Aztec NE, 505.881.2737 Hours: 12-10p, Sun.-Thu.; 12p12a, Fri.-Sat.

Beers and dogs go well together, and we don’t mean hot dogs this time. There’s nothing better than getting to spend time on the patio enjoying craft brews in the company of your canine companion. The patio here has plenty of picnic tables to enjoy some time with friends with two or four legs. —JD

Kellys Brew Pub

3222 Central SE, 505.262.2739 HOURS: 8a-10:30p, Sun.-Thu.; 8a-12a, Fri.-Sat.

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right place. Kellys is one of those unique expressions of laid-back Albuquerque, with 100-plus people hanging together on the vast patio at any given time. It’s like a daily party. —ME

Geckos Bar & Tapas

3500 Central SE, 505.262.1848 HOURS: 11:30a-1:30a, Mon.–Fri.; 12p-1:30a, Sat.; 12p-12a, Sun.

5801 Academy NE, 505.821.8291 HOURS: 11:30a-last call; 12p-2a, Sat.; 12p-12a, Sun.

On any given day, walk onto the vibrant patio of Nob Hill hangout Gecko’s — there is also a NE Heights location — and there will be a dude with a beer in hand, and his dog at his feet slurping from a bowl of water. This bar is named after a lizard and is one of the most pet-friendly spots continued on page 24

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around. We gotta mention, the tapas-centric menu here is quite good, to boot — chicken wing special nights are a fave. Just don’t give your pooch the bones (usually a server has some treats in their aprons for four-legged customers). —SW

Flying Star on Rio Grande 4026 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.6714

HOURS: 6a-10p, Sun.-Thu., 6a11p, Fri.-Sat.

How’s this for a pet friendly? There is horse parking here! No lie. One of the more laid back, albeit bustling, patios in all of Albuquerque is just north of Griegos on Rio Grande and serves the same familiar dishes found at its many other locations. But as far as pupfriendly patios go, this is the best choice. Go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or tea, a beer or glass of vino. Wait. Did


I almost forgot to mention the desserts, aka the real reason locals keep coming back here again and again? —KH

The Grove Cafe & Market 600 Central Ave SE, 505.248.9800

HOURS: 7a-4p, Tue.-Sat.; 8a-3p, Sun.

Albuquerque’s EDo area became a friendlier locale the very minute The Grove opened its doors. Years later, it is much more than just a cafe serving artistically crafted cappucinos, delectable breakfast dishes and a solid sandwich and salad lineup. The Grove is an easy-to-find meeting place, a popular spot for business lunches, a great place to take mom and, above all, a neighborhood anchor where people know people. Finish your meal with one of many scrumptious cupcakes, and you’ll never want to leave.


Chama River Brewing, Gold Street Caffe, Route 66 Malt Shop, O’Niell’s

Liquid Dieters We’re not talking’ smoothies kids. For the not so hungry/ more thirsty than anything crowd, these places can be more hangout and revel than grub out — though you can do both.

Nob Hill Bar & Grill

3128 Central SE, 505.266.4455 Hours: 11a-10p, Tue.-Thu.; 11a11p, Fri-Sat; 11a-9p, Sun.

Sometimes we could all use a libation or two in place of a full meal. Nob Hill Bar & Grill has your liquid lunch in the form of a creative cocktail. Their handcrafted drinks, made using top-shelf spirits and fresh ingredients,

’ve been called an SOB many times over the years — sometimes it stings, sometimes it makes me grin. So, I guess it’s kinda serendipitous that for the past three decades, my favorite meal goes by the same moniker! I’m talking about The SOB at Cervantes Lounge. Seriously. And I do mean business when I walk into the dark lounge, and none of the staff bothers to hand me a menu! What’s The SOB? It’s actually called The South of the Border: chicken fried steak smothered with Cervantes red chile, cheese and guacamole, served with beans and rice and a sopaipilla, which I replace with a flour tortilla. It’s my go-to meal and Cervantes is that kind of place you have to head directly to when you arrive back home after being out of town. Nestle into a deep booth and make sure a Silver Coin Margarita is coming with it, as sometimes your tongue burns from the flavor of their chile. A good burn. A heaven-sent plate of goodness of true South meets Southwest. And make sure to ask for a fried egg on top — over easy!

are rivaled by no one else in town. What’s more, they have a weekend-only Bloody Mary better known as the “Breakfast of Champions” (served with a poached egg, bacon and green chile!). After all, why eat off a plate when you can have a meal in a cup? —JD

Scalo Il Bar

3500 Central SE, 505.255.8781 HOURS: 11a-2:30p & 5-10p, Mon.-Thu.; 11a-2:30p & 5-11p, Fri.-Sat.; 11a-2:30p & 5p-9p, Sun.

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— a make-it-yourself setup that aims to please. Bacon, a garden of pickled veggies, chunks of cheese, Slim Jims, scads of hot sauces, powders and even pesto are all available to place in the glass of ice and vodka that your server brings you. It’s drawn a cool crowd on the weekends, and the brunch menu is very Northern Italian — marscapone stuffed brioche, creamy polenta and sausage to name but two dishes. Of course, you can always get a cold draft beer, or a well-poured martini from Ben or Dorian. Love it when the weather permits us to sit on the patio, too. —SW

Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge 5801 Gibson SE, 505.262.2253

Lemoni Lounge

3109 Central NE. 505.268.9250 HOURS: 11a-8:30p, Mon.; 11a9:30p, Tue.-Thu.; 11a-10:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 11:30a-8:30p, Sun.

People are still discovering this classy lounge connected to Yanni’s in Nob Hill, revamped from the old Opa! Bar just this summer. The comfortable atmosphere is built around upscale decor, plush seating and creative mixology. —ME OTHER NOTABLES:

Gecko’s, O’Niell’s, Seasons, Savoy, Zinc, Ned’s Bar and Grill

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Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow 6:45a: Opening Ceremonies 7a: Mass Ascension 8a: ABQ Chainsaw Carving Invitational

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Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation 4p: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 5:45p: Twilight Twinkle Glow 6p: America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch 8p: AfterGlow Fireworks Show

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Dawn Patrol 6:30p: Morning Glow 7a: Mass Ascension 8a: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 11a: Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Noon: Balloon Fiesta Music Fiesta: Darius Rucket & Special Guests 5:45a:

Evening session 5p: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 5:45p: Night Magic Glow 8p: AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Sun., Oct. 13 Morning session Dawn Patrol Glow 7a: Farewell Mass Ascension 5:45a:

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Evening session 4p: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 5:45p: Balloon Glow 6:30p: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 8p: AfterGlow Fireworks Show

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Grab a fork and a map and take charge of the fall dining season in Albuquerque. Menus may change, but hunger only subsides. Keep these nifty preview menus close by, on a fridge or in your glove box, because when hunger strikes, you’ll want to be prepared.

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DG’s Deli

The Grove Café & Market

Since 1976, Cervantes has been serving fresh, authentic New Mexican favorites with award-winning chile and salsas. We are an Albuquerque favorite!

Winner of Local iQ’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Deli! We offer dine-in, delivery, and catering for all your needs. Phone in or order online to beat the rush!

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Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm Rio Grande Valley cuisine at its finest! Menu features fresh local produce and seasonally inspired flavors Wednesday-Saturday, 5-9pm. Reservations required, limited seating.

Marcello’s Chophouse Marcello’s Chophouse is Albuquerque’s premier restaurant, voted the best steakhouse in Albuquerque six years in a row. Let our award winning wait staff make your dining enjoyment a pure pleasure.

Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar Dine in the comfort and elegance of an old adobe house with unmatched views. Prairie Star offers a restaurant of unmatched hospitality and style. Closed on Monday.

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Panzanella Salad Roasted shallot sherry vinaigrette, wild arugula, cucumber, tomato, fresh herbs


Field Plate Pork rillette, Los Poblanos russet potato, Los Poblanos bacon, sauté greens, herb gremolata, harissa


Lemon Cavatelli Tomato broth, basil, black olive, chili flake, garlic, fresh shelling beans


Smoked Muscovy Duck Breast Savory greens, plum gastrique, parsnip puree, black pepper


Blueberry & Tamaya Blue Corn Cake Braised plums, orange sabayon, sugared walnuts

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Flat Iron Steak Salad Oven dried tomatoes, crispy onion strings and horseradish ranch dressing


New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Ground New Mexico Beef, local green chiles, caramelized onions, three cheese blend and chipotle aioli


Sous Vide Short Rib Spinach ricotta agnolotti, roasted garlic tomato vodka sauce


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Cedar Smoked Tenderloin Carnaroli Rice Cake with Wild Mushroom & Spinach, Rosemary Port Demi, Bleu Cheese Foam


Lobster-Shrimp-Crab Relleno Beer Battered, Three Cheeses, Crisp Cabbage Slaw, Tomatillo Salsa


Roasted Golden Beet Salad Butter Leaf Lettuce, Buffalo, Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Braised Lamb Shank


White bean puree, escarole, linguiça and a pistachio crumble

Cherry Smoked Chicken


Red Roasters, Garlic, Sage & Kale, Lemon Brulee, Sage Butter Sauce


1 1/2 inch Thick Porterhouse


Cherry Bombé

Steak jus

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash


Pecans, Golden Raisins, Sage, Wilted Greens, Red Pepper Coulis

Pistachio nougat glacè, chocolate, cherry coulis


Artisanal Cheese Plate Point Reyes Blue, bourbon gelee, water crackers, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, fig jam, graham crackers and Spring Brook Farms Tarentaise, plum mostarda, pecan currant crackers


8 oz. Ancho Crusted Buffalo Tenderloin Red chile demi with crispy potato strings


Grilled Atlantic Salmon


Prairie Star Wild Rice, Swiss Chard, Pecan Dust, Cranberry Beurre Rouge

Chocolate Bombe


Banana bread, dulce de leche mousse, espresso mousse covered in chocolate shell and a brown butter lace cookie


4803 Rio Grande N.W. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 505.344.9297


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288 Prairie Star Road Santa ana Pueblo, 505.867.3327

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Rebel Donut

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Rebel is an out of the ordinary donut shop that prides itself on creativity, custom creations and a constantly changing selection of treats.

Authentic New Mexican cuisine with awardwinning, hot, flavorable salsa, green and red chile. Generous portions and tasty margaritas are guaranteed to make you happy.

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Sour cream mashed potatoes, sautéed string beans, red wine demi glace, black truffle butter

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Slate Street Cafe

Seasons starts with the freshest ingredients, paired with great wine, great service and a casual elegance. Our menu changes four times a year so we can offer the best each season has to offer.

Locally owned and centrally located in downtown Albuquerque. Serving beer, interesting wines, exceptional food and featuring full service catering. Gluten and vegetarian friendly.

Standard Diner Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Driveins and Dives, Standard Diner is known for modern twists on traditional diner fare. Open for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert 7 days a week. Our new Tap Room offers up to 12 local brews on tap!

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Charcuterie & Fresh Pickle Board House made flat bread, assorted mustards, fresh fruits


New Mexican Style Crab Cakes Espolon Reposado tequila aioli, wilted arugula & roasted corn


Center Cut Beef Sirloin

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fried olives roasted garlic and boursin cream cheese


goat cheese quesadilla mushrooms, caramelized onions, avocado, sour cream, red pepper coulis


calamari & artichokes

Roasted garlic mash potatoes, roasted baby summer squash, crispy onion strings, rosemary-portobello demi-glace

served with a raspberry-chipotle cocktail sauce



Pan Seared Sea Scallops

grilled sesame crusted ahi tuna

Baked double polenta, heirloom tomato & arugula salad, peach-lemon butter sauce


House Made Three Cheese Ravioli Zucchini ribbons, heirloom tomatoes, roasted corn & fresh basil, white wine cream sauce

jasmine steamed rice, vegetable spring roll, soy sauce, wasabi cream


chicken cordon bleu


spanish serrano ham, manchego cheese, smashed potatoes, sautéed baby vegetables, herb & white wine reduction

Wood Grilled Kobe Ribeye Filet

locally smoked pork loin


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Huevos rancheros two eggs/white corn tortillas/ red or green chile/white cheddar/black beans/Standard hash browns


Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers smoked gouda/golden raisins small




Crispy Brussels sprouts and kale shallots/Valencia peppers/minced shrimp sweet chili vinaigrette small

$8.5 large $11.75

Short rib grilled cheese onion jam/Provolone/cheddar/sourdough


Country fried tuna pickled ginger tartar sauce green chile pesto/lemon risotto cake

White truffle-potato gratin, roasted baby summer squash, black pepper demi-glace

mustard bbq sauce, potato and cheddar cheese pie, green beans




Bacon wrapped meatloaf smashers/vegetable of the moment red wine gravy


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market fried noodles Voted Best Asian Noodles in the Alibi’s Best of Burque.

Six ounces of kurobuta pork tenderloin marinated in spicy Hatch red chile then pan-seared and served with creamy truffle risotto and brandy peppercorn demi-glace


vernon’s coconut shrimp Six jumbo shrimp butterflied and breaded in coconut flakes and panko bread crumbs, served on a bed of basmati rice alongside fresh Caribbean slaw salad with a red plum reduction


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Zacatecas Tacos + Tequila

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

Yanni’s, located in the heart of Nob Hill for the past 20 years, serves the freshest Seafood, Prime Steaks, Chops, Pastas & Homemade Desserts.

An authentic taqueria and tequila bar located in Nob Hill. Named after the central region in Mexico known for classic, cross-cultural blends of food and recipes, Zacatecas offers signature dishes prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. Each weekend Chef Daniel Marquez features a brunch menu served from 11:30am to 3pm.

A three level bistro in Nob Hill, Zinc features contemporary cuisine with a French flare, plus a lighter menu in the intimate Cellar Bar. We serve weekend brunch, dinner and late night bar bites!

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Onion Soup Gratinée $7

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Steamed Black Mussels

Huevos a la Mexicana

In a crushed cherry tomato, garlic, & olive oil white wine; with a toasted baguette

Saganki Kasseri cheese lit on fire table side; with toasted pita & lemon

Scrambled Eggs, Sauteed Tomato, Onion, & Serranos, Black Bean Refritos & Chorizo Potatoes

Canela French Toast Brioche bread, Cajeta-Caramel sauce, Whipped Cream & Berry Compote

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Famous Green Chile Chicken Lasagna

Two Cheese Enchiladas smothered in Tomatillo Sauce, topped with two fried Eggs, Refritos, Pico de Gallo

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Vaquero Rainbow Potatoes, Red Peppers, Poblanos, Green Onions, Pico de Gallo and two Eggs over easy

Poached salmon, shrimp, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, fennel; topped with dill creme

Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb Marinated in Greek spices & extra virgin olive oil

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Mesclun greens and curly endive lightly tossed with wildflower honey-sherry vinaigrette, topped with Cambazola cheese, pumpernickel croutons and sunflower seeds


Pan Roasted Stuffed Quail Farm raised in Vermont. House made spicy sausage and fig filling, steamed asparagus, basmati rice almandine, sunny-side quail egg. Balsamic and black currant glaze


Grilled Ruby Red Trout Marble potatoes, spinach and squash, whole grain mustard beurre blanc, and garnished with shavings of preserved fennel and beets


Short Rib Tostada

Sliced Tenderloin of Beef

Negra Modelo-braised Short Rib, Scrambled Eggs, Refritos, Vaquero Rainbow Potatoes, Cotija Cheese, Ranchero Sauce & Pico de Gallo

Slowly roasted on the exhibition rotisserie; served with Maytag blue cheese mashed potatoes, green beans, and port wine sauce

Try a Brunch Cocktail! The Matador is Zacatecas’ version of the Bloody Mary. Piedra Azul Silver Tequila is hand shaken with Z’s Sangrita mix, and fresh squeezed lime. Served with a salted rim.

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Wild Mushroom Chinese Broccoli Potstickers Hand made dumplings with hoisin-tamari glaze, floated in a miso-sake broth with ginger, nori and slivered vegetables

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Shaved Gala Apples & Crispy Pancetta Salad

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Tagging along on ‘trail of death’ The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail By Oscar Martinez Maple Press, 224 pp.

$26 ISBN 13: 978-1-78168-132-9

By Jamillah Wilcox


here are many rules when boarding La Bestia. The most important rule: hold on tight. Oscar Martinez, an El Salvadorian journalist and author, recounts his experience, as well as the experiences of other people, who have travelled along the most dangerous migrant trails in his book The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. What sets the author apart from other reporters who specialize in migration reporting? Martinez embarks on a journey from Chiapas to Arizona with migrants who are risking their lives to reach the United States.


Traveling to the North is something hundreds of people from Central and South America do every day. However, a “tour of death” begins when crossing Mexican territory on the infamous freight train nicknamed La Bestia. Martinez writes about the most perilous leg of the journey — Tenosique, Mexico — where 300 undocumented Central American migrants were kidnapped on the cargo train. Another rule when boarding the train: do not fall asleep. The narrated stories are heartbreaking. Martinez describes the fears of migrants throughout the book, one of which is falling into the mouth of La Bestia just like Jaime, a Honduran man. While clinging to the roof of one of cars, Jaime began to doze off. When he woke up, he realized he was falling toward the rails. As his body slammed to the ground, the last car sliced through his leg. Jaime is thankful, but the author describes how a bite form the train is worse

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than death. Human traffickers, known as polleros, and Oscar Martinez gang members are 7p, Wed., Oct. 2 waiting to get their Bookworks hands on those who 4022 Rio Grande fall off the train. NW, 505.344.8139 FREE Martinez attests to the difficulties existing along the trails such as the rape of women and men, murders, kidnappings, senseless beatings and bodily mutilations. The author’s imagery is powerful, as he brings the reader along for the ride to experience the deep and terrifying sounds of the dark. The Beast is not a collection of stories about people hoping to achieve the American dream. These people are unwillingly running away from home. Threats from gangs like the Mara Salvatrucha are forcing men and women to abandon their neighborhoods. Parentless children are desperately searching for a place to call home. Martinez reminds us that regardless of how dangerous the trails may be, migration will continue. Therefore, undocumented migration requires regional solutions to help minimize the dangers that linger around the trails migrants travel. Book Signing


Settle in to ‘a star-crossed galaxy far, far away’ Williams instantly Star Wars flipped on in my Reading mind, and I was With PLAY Conservatory suddenly transported to a “star-crossed 11a, Sat., Oct. 5 Bookworks galaxy far, far away.” 4022 Rio Grande Unlike the movies, NW, 505.344.8139 this rendition FREE includes R2-D2’s thoughts, and even some of the evil stormtroopers have their own opinions as well. The vocabulary successfully combines the futuristic language from the Star Wars universe with old English linguistics, which goes to show that everything sounds more sophisticated in Shakespearean terms. Aside from the ornate, Baroque-style Darth Vader on the cover, sketched drawings

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars By Ian Doescher
 Quirk Books, 169 pp.

$15 ISBN 13: 978-1-59474-637-6

By Chloe Winegar-Garrett

O help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, help. Thou art mine only hope. —Princess Leia tar Wars gets a Shakespearean makeover in this rendition. Ian Doescher translates George Lucas’ archetypal story into a style of writing that somehow fits the story perfectly and is a fun read. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is arranged as a typical play with a character list, prologue, acts and scenes with line numbers. Using iambic pentameter, Doescher tells the story of a young hero, Luke, desperate to leave his boring life on Tatooine. He encounters two droids who know a great deal of information about the galaxy-wide civil war caused by the evil Darth Vader. Luke must save a princess, Leia, with the help of rogue pilot Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca. I won’t lie: I skipped over my Shakespeare and other theater readings in high school, and I was put off by the possibility that Star Wars could lose its original excitement with


illustrate the text. My favorite picture is of Jabba the Hut depicted in the stylish clothes of 17th century England. Another visual element included are black pages signaling a new act, which allowed my eyes a break from all the action and dense prose. Could somebody who has never seen the Star Wars movies be engaged with this play? I’m not really sure — those movies were integrated into my life at such an early age, I can’t read this book without immediately recalling the movies. But like other Quirk Publishing books (I own Crafting with Cat Hair, which is strange, charming and unique, just like this book), William Shakespeare’s Star Wars provides an entertaining read that offers a welcome escape from reality. “May the verse be with you!”

a Shakespearean gloss. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is an interesting book. When I turned to the first page the triumphant introduction music of John

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it’s a verb and it’s Dirty and it’s talented


Phoenix-based Celtic rock act Keltic Cowboys will headline the music lineup at this year’s new Mexico brew Fest, held on saturday, Oct. 5 from 1-6p at expo new Mexico’s villa Hispana outdoor pavilion. Founded more close to two decades ago, the group has become one of the most sought after bands in the southwest for just such an event. the group will also perform the next night at low spirits, and in taos on Oct. 3 and 4. For more information, visit the band’s website,

Pay for our sins tomorrow Keltic Cowboys bring a seize-the-moment, chip-on-the-shoulder irish attitude to the New Mexico Brew Fest bY bill neVins


he Keltic Cowboys, Arizona’s premiere Irish-flavored rock band, will give a special Celtic rock flare to the fourth annual New Mexico Brew Fest. “We’ll be bringing some good time beer drinkin’ music!” Patrick Flanagan, lead guitarist and singer for the band, told Local iQ. PrevieW The Cowboys, based in Phoenix, got started nearly 20 years ago when frontman and the Keltic singer/songwriter Frank Mackey decided to surround his multi-instrumental, cowboys traditional Irish musical background at tHe 4tH (Highland pipes, banjo, mandolin, annual neW accordion) with players who could tear it Mexico breW fest up on stage. Other band members include 1-6p, sat., oct. 5 Flanagan on lead guitar, Paddy Broderick villa Hispana at eXPO nM, 300 san Pedro ne on bass, Matt Myers on drums and Laura inFO: 505.247.1343, Russ on fiddle. ext. 22 $25-$55 Flanagan knows the Duke City well, having tickets: grown up in Albuquerque before moving to Arizona 25 years ago. “In Albuquerque 8p, sun. oct. 6 back in the day, I played in a lot of clubs WitH QualitY around town, mostly in those old hair retreads bands,” he said. low spirits He joined the Keltic Cowboys at the behest 2823 2nd nW, 505.344.9555 of Mackey. “I got a call from Frank, who $8 had heard me playing at a friend’s house,” Tickets: holdhe recalled. There had been two previous incarnations of the band and they’d recorded some albums, including their first, Songs of Longing and Debauchery. The song “Kiss My Irish Ass” from that record had gained the Keltic Cowboys some notoriety. But despite his own Irish heritage, Flanagan had never considered Celtic rock as his calling. “If you had told me 20 years before that I would be playing in a Celtic rock band, I would have said you were out of your mind,” Flanagan said. “We rehearsed for six months


before we played our first gig, and we learned at least 60 songs — old-time Irish songs, covers and of course all of Frank’s great songs.” “Kiss My Irish Ass,” penned by Mackey, has become the Keltic Cowboys’ theme song, eagerly awaited by fans at shows, most of whom know every raunchy word. The song’s provocative lyrics draw from Irish sources, including novelist James Joyce’s use of KMRIA (Kiss My Royal Irish Arse) in the novel Ulysses and the original band name of Irish punk rock superstars The Pogues, “Póg Mo Thóin,” which translates in Irish to “kiss my ass” and therefore caused the band to be banned by the BBC until they abbreviated their name. While Mackey wrote the song, many lovers of Irish-style rock wrongly associate the song with other acts. “There has been a lot of misinformation out there on the ‘net as to who wrote and recorded that song,” Flanagan said. “On LimeWire and Napster, it got mistakenly labeled as being by Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea and half a dozen other bands. There are also mislabeled videos out there. But Keltic Cowboys is the only band that has ever actually recorded the song.” Asked about the band’s obvious affinity for all things Irish, Flanagan said, “Well, Frank is from Long Island, New York, but he’s of Irish descent, and he pronounces it like ‘Long Ireland.’ We all have some Irish blood in this band.” The Keltic Cowboys trace their musical affinities to other noted Irish rock outfits like The Pogues, Black 47 and the Dropkick Murphys. And the admiration runs both ways. “Larry Kirwan of Black 47 is a big fan, and he plays us on his Sirius Radio show,” Flanagan noted. “He seems to really like our attitude.” That attitude is about not giving up, no matter what, and partying through whatever times come along, be they good or bad. The Keltic Cowboys’ latest record, Pay for Our Sins Tomorrow, sums up that in-your-face survivor’s philosophy which is so uniquely Irish. It’s a chip-on-the shoulder immigrant attitude. As the Irish say, life isn’t always perfect and it can get damned tough. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going — straight to the bar, and then they get up and dance. That’s the spirit of the Keltic Cowboys.

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think dance is still ceremony on a certain level,” says DJ Dirtyverbs (Born Logan Phillips). “It doesn’t have to be an alcohol-numbed collision of egos and sex desire, a good party can give a community a chance for revelry and release that is conscious and necessary.” You might remember the name Logan Phillips from a Soundboard last spring. In the year-and-a-half we’ve been writing this love letter to Albuquerque music, we’ve yet to feature an artist twice. Says a lot about this guy. DJ Dirtyverbs is back in New Mexico at the end of this month for a few shifts of poetry and some turntable time along with AZ poet and MC Myrlin Hepworth. However, “Dirt McVerb” was in town earlier this month at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with his bi-cultural road show Dios de la Adrenalina. Part collaboration between two accomplished acrobatic stiltwalking companies (Nemcatacoa Teatro from Colombia and the Carpetbag Brigade from San Francisco) and part Andean instrumentation (Hojarasca Andina from Colombia) fused with electronic music and spoken word (Verbo•Bala from Arizona), Dios de la Adrenalina is as intersectional and international as the DJ himself. A long-term theatrical process that began in 2011 in Colombia with the support of the U.S. Embassy and diverse Colombian Festivals, Dios de la Adrenalina is an attempt to emotionally express and release the pain experienced by communities at opposite ends of the Cocaine Superhighway through the genres of acrobatic stilts, butoh dance, contact improvisation and physical theater. I had the opportunity to see Phillips and his international co-conspirators in Dios de la Adrenalina when they performed in Tompkins Square Park in New York City this summer. It was enough to make a crowd of over 300 New Yorkers stop and stare in the middle of Manhattan. Burqueños had the same look on their faces earlier this month. Dirtyverbs brings that same jaw-dropping quality to his grooves and his grammar, all multi-lingual. You can catch him on Sunday, Sept. 29 wordsmithing in Albuquerque at Chatter (Warehouse 508, 1715 5th NW) at 9a and at I’ll Drink to That (Tractor Tap House, 118 Tulane SE) at 3p. You can also catch him DJing in Albuquerque at unTapped (ArtBar, 119 Gold SW) on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 9p. DJ Dirtyverbs bases his musical milieu on more of a feeling rather than a music philosophy. “When music moves something in me, it’s likely that it might move a crowd. We humans are like that, there’s frequencies and emotions that we all share.“ Find out how to go share poetry, theater and music with DJ Dirtyverbs at Hakim Bellamy hears music when other people are talking. It’s only awkward when you ask him to repeat what you said. He is also Albuquerque’s poet laureate.


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Thu 26 Blackbird Buvette Cosmic Dancing with Bendangerous and Nicolatron 10p, FREE Cowgirl Moonlight Social 8p, FREE First Turn Lounge, The Downs Double Shot 6-9p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Las Placitas Presbyterian Church John Nakamatsu, 3p, $20 Launchpad The Octopus Project/Paper Lions/ The Fucking Adventures 8p, $10 Low Spirits Jared & the Mill/Red Light Cameras/Archabald 9p, $7 Marble Brewery Floozy, The Cobra Effect, Jacocha 7-11p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Raven & The SPP Band 5:30p, FREE Outpost Gretchen Parlato 7:30p, $25-$30 Scalo Il Bar Le Chat Lunatique 8:30p, FREE Sister Bar Poolside / DJ Set 9p-1a, $10

Zinc Cellar Bar DiVoM JAZZ/FUNK 9:30p, FREE

fri 27 Blackbird Buvette Low Life Happy Hour w/ DJ Caterwaul 6p Sloan Armitage/Seahorn/ Bellamah 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge The Lymbs/Mr. and Mrs. Jones/ Thieves and Gypsys 8:30p, FREE Casa Esencia DJ Sez, DJ Devin DANCE 10p, $20 Cosmos Tapas Restaurant Jazz Brasileiro 7-10p, FREE Cowgirl Elyse Miller 5-7:30p Drastic Andrew 8:30p, FREE

First Turn Lounge, The Downs DJ G 6-9p Equal Cut 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe DJ Quira 10p DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Vader/Vital Remains/Sacrificial Slaughter/Execration/Mindscar 8p, $20 Lounge 54, Santa Ana Star Casino Donnie Hoe & Grimes 9pMidnight, FREE

Low Spirits Jade Masque/Wagogo 9p, TBD Malarky’s The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9:30p-1:30a, FREE

Marble Brewery Double Plow 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Open Mic Night 7-11p, FREE Molly’s Don Allen 1:30-5p Bad Katz 5:30p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Amy Faithe 6p Duke City Saints 9p, FREE Prairie Star Restaurant Frankly Scarlet 5:30-8:30p, FREE Qbar DJ Huggie ’80s-PRESENT 9p, FREE Lemoni Lounge Shane Wallin SOUL 7:30-10:30p, FREE Scalo II Bar Chris Dracup Duo 8:30p, FREE Sheraton Uptown Swag Duo 6-9p, FREE Sunshine Theater Adventure Club 8p, $25-$30 The Stage, Santa Ana Star Casino DJ Any Gil, DJ Kique 9p-1a, $5-$10 Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse Le Chat Lunatique 7:30p, FREE

sat 28 Blackbird Buvette The Goldsteins 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Bones Muhroni/The Strange/Terrible Buttons/Paul Hunton 8:30p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Willy J 6-8p, FREE Cooperage Cafe Mocha 9:30p, $7 Cowgirl Santa Fe Chiles Dixie Jazz Band 2-5p Sean Healen 8:30p, FREE First Turn Lounge, The Downs DJ G 6-9p Equal Cut 9p-1a, FREE Gecko’s Bar-Academy The Twisted Owls 8p, FREE Imbibe DJ Quira 10p, FREE Kimo Theatre Bill Cobham 7p, $45 Launchpad SuperGiant/Stabbed in Back/The Cool Arrows 8p, $20 Lemoni Lounge Last Call JAZZ 7:30-10:30p, FREE Lounge 54, Santa Ana Star Casino Donnie Hoe & Grimes 9pMidnight, FREE

Low Spirits The Saltine Ramblers/Pa Coal & the Clinkers/Pawn Drive 9p, $6 Marble Brewery Squash Blossom Boys 3-6p, FREE The Porter Draw 7-10p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Hot Honey AMERICANA -7p Todd & The Fox ROOTS ROCK 8p, FREE Molly’s CRB Band 1:30-5p Weldon Good Band 5:30p-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Flashback 8p, FREE First United Methodist Church NM Philharmonic: Grieg, Telemann, Albinoni and Schubert 6-8p, $19-$54

Qbar DJ Sez TOP 40/DANCE 9p, $10 Roosevelt Park-Grower’s Market Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band 9a-noon, FREE Seasons Roger Jameson & the Jaded Hearts Band 6:30-9:30p, FREE Sister Bar Little People & Filastine 9p-1a, $15 The Stage-Santa Ana Star Casino Gimme Sum 9p-1a, $5-$10

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L ive M usic Zinc Cellar Bar Pollo Frito FUNK 9:30p, FREE

sun 29 Blackbird Buvette A Band Named Sue Noon Damien spins Throwbacks 8p, FREE Cowgirl Brunch with Zenobia Noon-3p The Warren Hood Band 8p, FREE The Kosmos Sunday Chatter: Brazilian Music From The Early 20th Century

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Heartbeat: of the Native SW 1-4p, $6 National Hispanic Cultural Ctr BK Taiko Japanese Drumming Group 10:30a, $5 O’Niell’s Pub-Juan Tabo Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 4-7p,


Popejoy ABQ Youth Symphony Program 59th season opening concert 3p, $10 Seasons Lee Taylor 6:30-9:30p, FREE St. Chad’s Episocopal Church Songs in the Foothills 4p, FREE Zacatecas Jazz Brasileiro 12:30-3p, FREE

10:30a, $5-$15

mon 30

2p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Karaoke: Happy Hour all night 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke w/ Michele Leidig 9p, FREE Marble Brewery West Water Outlaws 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s The Rough & Tumbles 5:30p, FREE

Imbibe BBQ on the patio with DJ Quira Launchpad The Independents/Those Goddamn Jerkoffs/Deadmary 8p, TBD Marble Brewery The Surf Lords, Cactus Tractor, Bright Night Lights, Ugly Robot 3-8p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern Gene Corbin AMERICANA 3-7p, FREE

tue 1 Blackbird Buvette Groove the Dig with Old School John 10p, FREE Cowgirl Sarah Peacock 8p, FREE Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Automatic 9p, FREE Isleta Amphitheater John Mayer 7:30p, $40-$85 Sister Bar Orange Goblin 9p-1a, $10 Sunshine Theater Jimmy Eat World/Matt Pond 8p, $27.50 Zinc Cellar Bar Aaron Markland FOLK/BLUES 8p, FREE

wed 2 Blackbird Buvette Skull Control Presents: Beats & Verses 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge DJ Ohm/Diamond Tip 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Brian Johannesen 8p, FREE Low Spirits Kristin Bartlit/Folked Up/Sean Healen/John Bartlit 9p, $5 Scalo II Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic 8:30p, FREE Sunshine Theater Anberlin/The Maine/Lydia/From Indian Lakes 8p, $20

thu 3 Blackbird Buvette The Fabulous Martini Tones 6p KGB Club 10p, FREE Cowgirl Jill Cohn 8p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Launchpad Walls Within/Illumina/Indemnified/Fade the Sun 9:30p, $5


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Outpost Boom Tic Boom 7:30p, $15-$20 Scalo II Bar Dusty Low 8p, FREE Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge Jazz Brasileiro 6-9p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier GOTHIC AMERICANA 9:30p, FREE

fri 4

Roosevelt Park-Grower’s Market Los Primos 9a-noon, FREE Sunshine Theater Hank 3 8p, $20 Zinc Cellar Bar Gregg Daigle Band AMERICANA/ ROOTS/BLUES 9:30p, FREE

sun 6 Blackbird Buvette Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band

Blackbird Buvette Next Three Miles 7p Howling Wolfs 9-10:30p Zombie Bar Crawl with DJ Enheogen 10:45p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Oscar Butler 6-8p, FREE Cosmos Tapas Jazz Brasileiro 7-10p, FREE Cowgirl Jonathan Fleig 5-7:30p, FREE Joe West & the Santa Fe Revue 8:30p, $5 Hotel Andaluz Swag 6-9p, FREE Imbibe The Woohabs 6p DJ Malik 10p, FREE Kiva Auditorium The Avett Brothers 8p, $30-$50 Launchpad 1st Annual Back to Nature Harvestfest/Element 37/Jah Branch/The Riddims/Erineo 8p, $8-$10 Lemoni Lounge Le Chat Lunatique JAZZ 7:30-10:30p,

Noon, FREE

Marble Brewery Alex Maryol 8-11p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Picosso 6p, FREE 61st Street, FREE Scalo II Bar Entourage 8:30p, FREE

9p, FREE


sat 5 Blackbird Buvette We want the funk w/ Kool E.D. 10p, FREE Cooperage Nosotros 9:30p, $7 Cowgirl Hot Club of Santa Fe 2-5p, FREE Drastic Andrew 8:30p, FREE Gecko’s Bar & Tapas-Academy Shane Wallin 8p, FREE Hotel ABQ Opera SW 7th Annual Gala 6p, $150 ($75 tax deductible)

Hotel Andaluz Jazz Brasileiro 6-9p, FREE Imbibe Spinning by Ryan Shea 10p, FREE Launchpad Jason Daniello & the New Mexicans/Sad Baby Wolf/ Wildewood 9:30p, TBD

Lemoni Lounge Kevin Cummings 7:30-10:30p, FREE Low Spirits The Palace Flophouse/Mr. & Mrs. Jones/The American Rails/Paul Hunton 9p, $5 Ned’s Bar & Grill Euphoria 9p, FREE Outpost Rahim AlHaj 7:30p, $15-$20 Robertson & Sons Violin Shop Recital Hall Peter Seidenberg, cellist and HuiMei Lin, pianist 7p, TBD

Cowgirl Boris McCutcheon Noon-3p, FREE John Statz 8p, FREE The Kosmos Sunday Chatter: Kodaly cello sonata10:30a, $5-$15 Launchpad Dominion with ToothGnasher/Diverje/DJ Nihil/DJ Suspence 8p, $5 Low Spirits Keltic Cowboys/Quality Retreads Marble Brewery Reviva, RJ Perez Trio, Element 37 3-9p, FREE

O’Niell’s Pawn Drive 4-7p, FREE

mon 7 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke with DJ Speed 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig Launchpad The Legendary Pink Dots / Orbit Service 9:30p, $15

tue 8 Casa Rodena Winery Swag JAZZ/BLUES 4-7p, $5 Cowgirl Will & the Won’ts 8p, FREE Imbibe College Night with DJ Automatic 9p, FREE

Launchpad The Chop Tops/The Jonny Cats/The Terminals 9:30p, $8 Low Spirits Bar Joe Pug/Vandaveer 9p, $12 Sister Bar B-Side Players 8p-1a, $10 St. Clair Winery and Bistro Swag JAZZ/BLUES 6-9p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Rio JAZZ/BOSSA NOVA 8p, FREE

wed 9 Cowgirl Tiffany Christopher 8p, FREE Lomas Tramway Library ¡Globalquerque! : Matt and Shannon Heaton Noon, FREE Low Spirits The Lonely Wild 9p, TBD Marble Brewery Brothers Grow 6-9p, FREE National Hispanic Cultural Center ¡Globalquerque!: Te Amo, Argentina 7:30p, $22-$37

Scalo II Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE

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For more music coverage, artist profiles and videos, visit Hank Williams III 8p, Sat., Oct. 5 Sunshine Theater 120 Central SW, 505.764.0249

$20 Tickets:

I Vampire Weekend


hey hit the scene with a self-titled debut album in 2008 that turned some heads and gained them instant 7:30p, Wed., Oct. 2 Kiva Auditorium fame, but their Ivy League pedigree 401 2nd NW, 505.768.3239 turned some people off (is it even possible to $35 go to Columbia University and be a rocker?), and others labeled their sound derivative. Yet there’s no denying the talent and playfulness and creativity of Vampire Weekend, the New York City band of precocious twenty-somethings (hey, almost 30 now) making a stop in the Duke City to promote record number three, Modern Vampires of the City. If a band could be a Wes Anderson movie, Vampire Weekend would probably be that band. Songs like “A-Punk” and “Oxford Comma” from their debut album demonstrate creative abandon and self-conscious stylings at the same moment, and their followup album, Contra, probably fell a little toward that latter tendency. But tunes from the new record, like “Ya Hey” and “Step,” show a more mature quartet, as if the college kids have grown up a little and calmed down. And a song like “Diane Young” turns drummer Chris Tomson loose and shows the band’s range, swinging from punk to orchestral rock. Vampire Weekend’s last two records have gone number one, so they’re doing something right. —Mike English With Sky Ferreira

f Jesus is the crowned head of heaven then Hank Williams III is the king of “Hellbilly” — a hillbilly with attitude singing about drinking whisky, smoking the devil’s lettuce and a general disregard for authority. Hank 3 has been hell-bent on living life to the fullest. Every Hank Williams has rebelled: His grandfather, Hank Williams, was country music’s first superstar whose hard drinking led to his early death. His multi-platinum selling father, Hank Williams Jr., was dropped from Monday Night Football after remarks he made about President Obama. What has Hank 3 been up to lately? Cooped up in his house brewing moonshine? Nope. From his home recording studio the multiinstrumentalist has been playing the guitar, bass, drums and singing vocals on a triple-threat of new material, a double country album entitled Brothers of the 4X4 and A Fiendish Threat. Brothers is a traditional “feel the pain” country record that is a full of heartbreak and hard times, while Fiendish Threat is a hard and fast punk album — think the Misfits with stand up bass, fiddle and banjo. A rebelcore country punk. Hank 3 has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde music personality. He wears a Copenhagen Snuff cap or a Stetson sombrero. He’s a true musical talent who does traditional country and punk in the same concert. Attention Hellbetties, be ready for a raucous good time because with Hank 3, there is a mosh pit in country music. —Benjamin Quiñones Reyes


ost bands in today’s music industry will use theatrics or stunts to capture their audience’s attention, but not these guys. The Avett Brothers is a two-brother indie folk pop band that hails from Concord, N.C. The Avetts believe that songs should be honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. Their fascination with music began at childhood, yet their partnership didn’t evolve until a merger took place between Seth’s high school Avett Brothers rock band, Margo, and Scott’s college group, With Nicholas David Nemo. After years of playing acoustic street 7p, Fri., Oct. 4 performances, the Avett Brothers made a The Kiva Auditorium 401 2nd NW, 505.768.4575 major label debut and saw their first single, “I and Love and You,” land at number 16 on $28-$43.50 the Billboard chart. The Avett Brothers’ latest album, Magpie and the Dandelion, will be released Oct. 15, premiering its new single “Another is Waiting.” The San Francisco Chronicle has described the Avett Brothers as having the “the raw energy of the Ramones and the tuneful jangle of the Beatles.” Also worth seeing at this show is opener Nicholas David, with his captivating lyrics and liquid piano playing skills putting a twist on alternative soul music. —Blanca Duarte

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Palo diet Flamenco rhythm and the music that drives it are the focus of a new show staged by Jesus Muñoz Flamenco By Hakim Bellamy


orn in Andalusia, flamenco is about as Spanish as New Mexico. Though certain of its geographic roots, flamenco was born in a Spain dominated by Arabs with instruments modified by Christians and Jews and music revamped by gypsies. Basically, the cante jondo (deep song) at the heart of flamenco speaks to so many because it is so many. It is a triumph of passion, progression and plain old-fashioned percussion that Jesus Muñoz Flamenco is bringing to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. “Plain old-fashioned” may not be the most accurate procession of words to use, because it’s a bit misleading. Flat out foot-stomping, hand-clapping percussion? Yes. Plain and old? Not a chance. Jesus Muñoz Flamenco’s 1929 takes the risk of contemporizing traditional melodic and harmonic structures through funky drop tunings and doubled up, half-time rhythms. It is flamenco as you’ve never seen it before, even if you were fortunate enough to be alive in the “Golden Age” of flamenco in the early 1900s. However, it is not just the exquisitely vintage and rarely performed palos (flamenco rhythms) that make Muñoz and company unique. What makes them distinctive is hearing a company of internationally recognized dancers say it is all about the music. “For me, there has to first be direct connection to the cante jondo,” Muñoz said in an interview with Local iQ. “Without it, I think a lot of what makes flamenco a cultural art form becomes lost. So does the heritage, and the oral lessons that have been defined as flamenco art.” Muñoz’s last Albuquerque feature, Red Note, borrowed its name from the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Red Note was as visual as it was musical, with Muñoz’s cadre of dancers literally painting the floor red with dance floor canvases and tubes of paint that turned the dancers footwork into paintbrush strokes. If the level of musicianship from Red Note is an indicator of the musical bar Muñoz has set for his productions, 1929 is not to be unheard of. “Most dance companies have their repertory or routines that repeat exactly, whether or not the song or music changes, goes off beat, etc. We don’t,” Muñoz said. “We change with the music. There are signals and calls that have to be trained to conduct the small orchestra.” When Muñoz says “small orchestra,” he ain’t kidding. He’s not being misleading in the slightest. He went as far as having a 1,000-square-foot floor made as an instrument so the dancers could get maximum sound and fully interact with the international cast of musicians. Artists from Spain, France, Cuba and Mexico will be part of this ensemble performance. Muñoz himself will make sure the U.S. is in the mix with his recognizable brand of creating unique and original rhythms and music that represent his American roots, with traditional Spanish Influence. Treat yourself to a night out ... of the country, and a trip back in time.

P e r fo r m a n c e

Jesus Muñoz Flamenco: 1929 8p, Fri.-Sat., Oct. 4-5 National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th SW, 505.246.2261


Photo by Rosa Maria Zamarron

Valeria Montez is a principal dancer in 1929, a new show about the golden age of flamenco to be staged at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Don’t blink, Cloud Face might shapeshift on you


aw him once as a b-boy, thrice as a painter and again as a DJ. This cat’s a sceneshifter. Multi-talented Dine/Hopi artist Patrick “Cloud Face” Burnham can be found at the hippest underground productions, whether he’s creating in front of the canvas, behind the turn tables or on the dance floor with a flexible style lending to his suitably dubbed alias, Cloud Face. “It is a name that I chose for myself,” Cloud reveals. “It’s something that encompasses all styles of everything that I do. I see myself as the face of a cloud, constantly shifting.” A serious dancer since ’97 and choreographer since ’99, Cloud currently teaches entry-level breakdance (Thursdays, 6:30-7:30p) and house dance (8:30-9:30p) at Off Broadway Dance Studio (1720 Juan Tabo NE) for all ages. “Back in ’97, a studio owner put me on the spot to dance to Run DMC’s ‘It’s Like That.’ I did an impromptu performance for class, and after that, I learned some basic dance (jazz, ballet). They gave me a job eventually, and I started teaching dance classes. In 2003 I co-founded a studio (Foundations of Freedom), and now I teach at Off Broadway Dance Studio,” he said. Shifting from floor to canvas, Cloud’s live art performances visually enhance the atmosphere at shows like Freaky Tiki Bass and Rude Behavior. Cloud continued, “I always saw art as a way of making a living. My older brother is a serious artist, and my family has a trading post in Santa Rosa, Ariz. I grew up immersed in art, touring the country and selling my artwork when I was 10 in juried contests, winning ribbons. I was groomed to be a serious artist but became defiant until I saw graffiti in the cities, which brought me back into art and into dancing and DJing.” As if one or two forms of expression isn’t enough to master, Cloud also DJs professionally, making a name for himself producing beats for artists, such as Definition Rare, Zoology and Jivin’ Scientists, atop various film soundtracks and alongside his frequent live painting for both local events and large scale concerts like KRSOne’s Albuquerque performance in 2010. Cloud started DJing in 2002 when his younger brother (DJ Audiyo of Zoology) became interested in the scene. Cloud’s beats range from organic to electronic and can be found on iTunes or Bandcamp, for sale or download (2009’s Secrets of the Invisible album). He is currently finishing up his second solo album. Apart from murals, commissioned installations and large canvas productions at the annual SWAIA’s Indian Market in Santa Fe, Cloud’s artwork, ranging from watercolor, acrylic and graffiti, can be seen in upcoming shows at Laru Ni Hati (3413 Central NE) and Ace Barber Shop (109 4th SW) (opening Oct. 5) throughout the next couple months. Whether you see him as a free stylin’ b-boy, a live painter, or on the decks as a beat-conductor, you’d be lucky to catch a glimpse of the silver lining of Cloud’s shifting expression in the underground Burque scene. Check him out at Shavone Otero still believes in La Llorona and the Coco Man.


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N4th Theater/North 4th Art Center, 4904 4th NW, 505.344.4542

Through Sep. 28: Festival

Through Oct. 20: Performance

Duke City Improv Festival 7 One weekend lineup featuring 12 teams from around the country.

The next deadline is Oct. 2 for the Oct. 10 issue.

7-10p, $10-$60

Send entries to: f: 888.520.9711 a: PO Box 7490 ABQ., N.M. 87194

Name of Exhibit/Event Description of exhibit/event Venue/Gallery Address website

6:30p, $5

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Events are always subject to change, check with individual venues before heading out ** Calendar listings are a free service and may be cut due to space. preference is given to free events.

The Box Performance Space 100 Gold SW, 505.404.1578


Thursday Night Laughs Comedians including B.T., Ryan Thauburn and Curtis Fletcher. Santa Ana Star Casino 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, 919.234.6698

FRI 27 Performance

Global DanceFest Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel perform Moses(es), a piece about the migration of peoples and cultures out of Africa and the leaders and followers who made such journeys. 7p, $10-15 Curse of the Starving Class A darkly comic tale of the Tate family’s desperate battle to hang onto their rural home against outside influences that seem to be scheming against them. As each family member ages, they strive for a mutual understanding. 2p, $18 The Vortex Theatre 2004-1/2 Central SE, 505.247.8600 Through Oct. 18: Reception

Walling: Containing architecture Paintings and sculpture by Tom Miller. Reception coincides with Railyard Arts District Last Friday Arts Walk. 5-7p, FREE Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 South Guadalupe, Santa Fe, 505.982.8111 Artist’s Reception

Nick Brandt: Across the Ravaged Land Exhibition celebrates the first release of new work by Brandt in two years and a new book Across

the Ravaged Land. 5-7p, FREE

Photo-Eye Gallery 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, 505.988.5159

Through Oct. 6: performance

The Dispute Created by Pierre de Marivaux and directed by Gregory Moss, this is a comedy filled with love, desire and betrayal. This is an erotic, philosophical experiment on how four wild children isolated at birth are released into a garden and observed. 7:30p, $10-$15 Experimental Theatre 203 Cornell NE, 505.277.4332 Artist’s Reception

System Preferences An exhibition focusing on how systematizing experience helps order chaos. Jieun Shin, Laurie Frick Melissa Oresky, Charles Goldman, Shona Macdonald and LJ Douglas utilize the grid to organize minute imagery. 5-8p, FREE SCA Contemporary Art 524 Haines NW, 505.228.3749

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Through Oct. 21: Reception

DeliKateSSen: Staged reading Set in NYC in 1972, the play focuses on two Jewish brothers, orphans of the Holocaust, who own a delicatessen. 1-3p, FREE

Titanic Tectonics Glass sculptures from Paul Harrie. Each piece is in “cube” or “disk” form with colorful and prismatic crystal forms. These threedimensional collages are each sanded and polished to perfection.

Vortex Theatre 2004-1/2 Central SE, 505.247.8600

MON 30 Artist talk

Jacobo de la Serna Directly descended from some of the earliest Spanish families to settle in NM in 1598, he cites these deep cultural roots as an influence and guiding light for his artwork. 2-3p, $10

Spanish Colonial Arts Society 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, 505.982.2226

5-8p, FREE

Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, 7400 Montgomery NE, 505.855.7777 Through Oct. 26: Opening Reception

2013 Pastel Society of NM Signature Membership Show Will feature artists who have won awards, been published or exhibited before. Maggie Price will be honored after her death earlier this year. 5-8p, FREE Matrix Fine Art 3812 Central SE, 505.268.8952

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Through Oct. 27: Opening

Through Oct. 13: Reception

Black Swan Event Mixed media by artist Juliana Coles. These paintings are filled with bright, vivid colors and shocking imagery. 6-9p, FREE

25th Old Church Fine Arts Show Thirty nine juried artists will showcase an array of art forms. 5-7p, FREE

Old San Ysidro Church 966 Old Church Road, 505.899.2772

Through Dec. 12: exhibit

Hillerman Country Exhibition Photographs created by Don Strel were inspired by Tony Hillerman and Anne Hillerman, who created new books based on her father’s characters. The reception will feature Johnny Alston playing Native American flute. Performance

Love, Loss, and What I Wore From Nora and Delia Ephron comes a show featuring a rotating casts of performers from the Aux Dog Theatre. $15, 2p Aux Dog Theatre 3011 Monte Vista NE, 505.254.7716

UNM School of Law 1117 Stanford NE, 505.277.5650

Through Oct. 30: Reception

The Boxcar (El Vagon) A group of men set out in search of a better life for themselves and their families across the border. An extraordinary tale of courage, passion, love of family and hope.

Something Different Featuring three gallery artists: Marcella Boushelle, Judi Foster and Jean Porter. The Salon exhibit features Marlies Diels and Char Punke. 5-8p, FREE The Gallery ABQ 8210 Menaul NE, 505.292.9333 Through Oct. 13: Opening Reception

Madrid Cerrillos Studio Tour Beginning with a live art auction and silent auction, more than 24 artists in over 20 studios. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists. 7p, FREE Performance

1929 The world of flamenco’s “Golden Age,” left behind all too soon, comes to life again in 2013 directed by Jesús Muñoz with a cast of world-class artists who revive an era through a fresh combination of youth and creativity. 8p, $15-$55 National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 505.246.2261 Through Oct. 27: Opening

Ghost of Sea Alan Paine Radebaugh creates quiet works of desolate landscapes in the style of vintage illustrations. 5:30-8:30p, FREE

Factory on 5 1715 5th NW, 505.977.9643


7:30p, $14-$19

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 505.724.4771 Performance

Global DanceFest Inkomati (Dis)cord Panaibra Gabriel Canda & Boyzie Cekwana are joining together in the creation and presentation of a special river and the underlying mistrust dividing their two respective countries. 7p, $10-15

N4th Theater/North 4th Art Center, 4904 4th NW, 505.344.4542 Artist’s Reception

The Way I See It A collection of photographs from different artsts’ perceptions of the world around them. 5-8p, FREE ABQ Photographers Gallery 303 Romero NW, 505.244.9195 Through Oct. 29: Opening Reception

Luscious Kristin Diener will present new jewelry/metalwork. This work showcases jewels intertwined with intricate metal work and vintage photographs. 5-8p, FREE

Mariposa Gallery 3500 Central SE, 505.268.6828

Through Nov. 7: Opening

Walking Dead Zombies and art of the walking dead. Makeup and costume workshop, lego bloody machete workshop along with other artistic creations. 7p, FREE Metropolis Comic Art Gallery 1102 Mountain NW, 505.255.0793


Factory on 5th 1715 5th NW, 505.977.9643

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Through Oct. 29: Opening Reception

Bodyscapes : Gravure Diane Allire’s gravure prints can be described as “voyeuristic, sexy, satirical, surreal and intuitive” and address issues of gender, femininity, coming of age and relationships. Layered photographs

are then printed with different textures, and the result is thoughtprovoking. 5-8p, FREE

New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery, 3812 Central SE, 505.268.8952

Through Oct. 26: Opening Reception

Jeannie Sellmer and Leight Walters Colorful NM landscapes paired with classical, contemporary and humorous figurative sculptures with natural and paper clay, paper macho, acrylic paint, gold leaf and mixed media. 5-9p, FREE Sumner & Dene 517 Central NW, 505.842.1400 Through Oct. 28: Reception

Merging World Selection of Native art works in clay and fiber. New works by Clarence Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Kathryne Cyman. Artist talks on Oct. 4, 6p and Oct. 5, noon. Reception 5-8:30p, FREE Weyrich Gallery 2935-D Louisiana NE, 505.883.7410 Through Nov. 1: Reception

Tough Soul! An exhibition of Jaque Fragua’s latest body of work which includes works on paper, canvas, found objects, etc. 6p, FREE Zendo, 413 2nd SW, 505.926.1636 opening

Dia de los Muertos This exhibit is featuring artists Mitzie Bower, Shirl Brainard and Tara Miller. This is a group show to highlight the upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebrations so familiar to Albuquerqueans. All artists are local. 5-8p, FREE High Desert Art & Frame 12611 Montgomery NE Suite A-4, 505.265.4066 through oct. 29: reception/ exhibition

Masked Identity The October gallery exhibit explores the meaning both behind and through the mask with a variety of artists and mediums from actual papier maché masks, 3D pieces and other works. Reception: 5-8p,


OFFCenter 808 Park SW, 505.247.1172 through oct 25: reception/ exhibition

Disaster/Resilience Annual exhibition dedicated to the artistic exploration of contemporary social justice issues. continued on page 44

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eet the Tates — drunken Dad lost in his dreams, burned-out Mom, their idealistic son and rebellious teen daughter. Curse of the Starving Class, written by playwright and actor Sam Shepard, won a 1977 Obie Award when it was first staged. The gloomy, yet comical, play depicts the struggle of the Tate family as they try to hold onto their rural home in a changing world. Curse of the Director Lauren Dusek Albonico brings Starving Class the play to Albuquerque. Albonico’s recent 7:30p, Fri.-Sat., 2p; projects feature the Vortex’s productions of Sun., Sep.27-Oct. 20 Peter Pan and Shakespeare on the Rail. Her The Vortex Theatre staging of Starving Class allows the audience 2004-1/2 Central SE, to vicariously relive those awkward stages of 505.247.8600 transitioning from adolescence to adulthood $18 by watching the family members adapt to new and uncertain situations. “They clamber as we all do, awkwardly, defiantly, towards hope and some semblance of familiar love to reach a mutual understanding of one another,” explained Albonico. The cast includes John Wylie and Catherine Hughes playing the parents, and Alex Wasson and Caroline Graham portraying their teenage children. —Blanca Duarte

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merican glass sculptor and entrepreneur Dale Chihuly will blow you away during his lecture on some of his most iconic projects and installations, including Chihuly Over Venice and Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem. Both projects honor the artistic medium of glass and its history and development from each country. Chihuly is a pioneer of the American studio glass movement and his eminence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unparalleled. He is well-known for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in historic cities, museums and gardens. His work can be found in more than 200 museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. And Chihuly is no guest to the Institute of American Indian Arts. He’s family. He travelled to Santa Fe in 1974 to create a glass shop that introduced glassblowing to a group of Indian students, where he combined a radically different form of art with Native American art traditions. The IAIA is an internationally acclaimed college and museum that focuses on Native arts. —Jamillah Wilcox

Ghost of Sea: Alan Paine Radebaugh 5:30-8:30p, Fri., Oct. 4


illions of years ago, the Great Plains would have been the Western Interior Seaway and before that, 5G Gallery at Factory the Pennsylvanian Sea. The ancient inland on 5th seas stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to 1715 5th NW, the Arctic Ocean and from the Rockies to 505.977.9643 the Appalachians. Alan Paine Radebaugh’s art exhibit Ghosts of Sea is inspired by the regions that would have been underwater. Radebaugh, an Albuquerque native, worked on his collection for twoand-a-half years. When Radebaugh first visited the plains more than 40 years ago, he wondered what it would be like if the ancient seas still roamed the land. In the paintings, the artist uses earth tones to depict the changing environments. Radebaugh illustrates how the climate has changed the rolling plains. The colors and shapes convey a rapid movement, resembling sea waves. The oil on panel paintings is a great interpretation of the environment. Vast spaces are made up of different abstract forms. The acres of grasslands, deserts, hills and mountains are just a piece of the Earth’s geological history. —Jamillah Wilcox

Dale Chihuly Lecture 10:30-11:30a, Fri., Sep. 27 Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po, Santa Fe, 505.424.2300


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openings / performances continued from page 42

This year’s program features 15 international artists selected through a competitive jury process; their works offer rich and diverse reflections upon identity, place, politics, relationships and transformation. Reception: 6-8p, FREE Harwood Art Center 1114 7th NW, 505.242.6367 Reception

Pinup-ology: The Science of Pinup There will be much of Ungelbah Davila’s pinup photography on display in the gallery and the artist will be on hand to discuss her work. Reception: 5-9:30p, FREE The Artistic Image 1101 Cardenas NE, Suite 206, 505.554.2706 Artists’ Talks Yucca Art Gallery, approaching its 50th year, spotlights the art of Glenda Jensen, pastel painter; Deborah Armijo, fiber artist; and Terri Helmer, jeweler. 5-8p, FREE

Yucca Art Gallery 206-1/2 San Felipe NW, 505.247.8931

sat 5 Through Oct. 29: Opening Reception

4 artists, 4 walls Monica Brugencatte, Diane Buster, Ford Robbins, Janice St. Marie, 100 Northern NM gallery artists/group show; Fiber arts gallery: Marcia Petty, Mel Johnson. 3p, FREE Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine & Fiber art 2843 Highway 14 N., 505.471.1054

Santa Fe photographer Hal Kahn has been creating portraits of older New Mexicans for the last two and a half years, and has now photographed roughly 100 subjects as part of his Faces of the Elderly project. Kahn’s work will be on exhibit at Albuquerque’s Harwood Art Center through the month of October, with the opening reception slated for Oct. 4 from 6-8p. The Harwood is at 1114 7th NW, 505.242.6367, Through Nov. 4: Reception

3rd Annual Juried Encaustic/ Wax Exhibition Michael Kessler, who has been making and exhibiting encaustic paintings in the U.S. and Europe. Noon-5p, FREE

Encaustic Art Institute 18 County Road 55A, near Madrid, 505.424.6487

through oct. 30: reception/ exhibition

Code Talking; Word and Symbol as Image Harriette Tsosie explores identity using items such as barcodes, QR codes, early 20th Century player piano rolls, and mark-making from

C OM M U N I T Y E V E NT S thu 26

sat 28


through sep. 29: festival

Social and Cultural Patterns in NM at the End of the 18th Century “The New Mexican” columnist and author Orlando Romero examines the relationships established by Peninsulares, Criollos, Negros, Mulattos and Indian Nations in order to survive the harsh frontier. 1-3p, $10 St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, 505.982.9274

fri 27 through oct. 31: festival

Harvest Festival Join in for hay sculptures, food, music, contests, entertainment, educational demonstrations AND all your fall decorating need. Daily 9-6p, FREE

Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho

Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Be there early for a free T-shirt and photos with Holly Holm and Lobo Louie & Lucy. Free refreshments courtesy of O’Niell’s Pub. Membership specials available during event. 5-8 p Zumba Jam

6:30, FREE

Defined Fitness Parking Lot 3301 Juan Tabo NE

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15th Annual Mercado Antiguo & Used Book Sale in the Park Each year Spanish Market artists are invited to participate in the Mercado. These artists work in many of the traditional Colonial Spanish art forms. 9-5p, FREE Old San Ysidro Church 966 Old Church Road

Annual Happy Hour for Hope Includes beer and wine tasting, hors d’ouerves, a tour of the museum, entertainment and a silent auction. 5-8p, $25 National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

tue 1 through oct. 1

Eat Drink Local Month Movable Feast  Celebrate local food. Participating restaurants will prepare special dishes and drinks that highlight local ingredients from around the state. For full calendar visit Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

thu 3 lecture

Dinosaurs That Did Not Die Retired geologist Jim Fassett

earlier cultures. Reception: 3-5p, FREE Leich Lathrop Gallery 323 Romero NW, Suite 1, 505.243.3059

SUN 6 Through Oct. 31: Opening Reception

Light & Magic Nita Harper and Patricia Rose Ford’s work focuses on small towns and buildings as well as majestic nature landscape paintings. 1-5p, FREE

Purple Sage Galeria 201 San Felipe NW, 505.450.4059

purplesagegaleria discusses his fossil research in the southern San Juan Basin of northwestern NM where he documented the presence of dinosaurs thought to have become extinct at a much earlier date. 1-3p, $10 St. John’s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail, 505.982.9274

TEDxSALON Building an Xtraordinary Local Food Economy  This TEDx event features some of our state’s most influential and inspiring food enthusiasts. Must join guest list. 5:30p, $15  ABQ Museum  2000 Mountain NW, 505.242.4600

fri 4 Community HU Chant Join a group contemplation of an ancient sound. Access the higher power within you and experience more love in your daily life. 6-6:30p, FREE Eckankar Center  2501 San Pedro NE, suite 113, 505.265.7388

mon 7 Explore A Wildlife Habitat Garden A Master Gardener of The Xeric Garden Club of ABQ will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. 10-11a, FREE Albuquerque Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE

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Century 14 Downtown 100 Central SW 505.243.7469

Century Rio 24 14901 Pan American Freeway 505.342.2424

Cinemark Movies 8 4591 San Mateo 505.888.1992

Cinemark Movies West 9201 Coors NW 505.898.4664

Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE 505.255.1848

UA Cottonwood Cottonwood Mall 10000 Coors NW 505.897.6858

UA Four Hills 13120 Central SE 505.275.3863

UA High Ridge 12921 Indian School NE 505.275.0038

Winrock 6 201 Winrock Center 505.872.9070

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his week I had the pleasure to speak to two women named Kira. Each has a New Mexico connection, and each is holding a major position in film production. One is a budding filmmaker working on her first feature documentary, the other is a seasoned Hollywood producer with a major motion picture in theaters right now. They are Kira Shelton and Kira Davis, respectively. Kira Davis is a native of Santa Fe and studied theater with an emphasis in directing, graduating magna cum laude from New Mexico State University. Davis has been working in Hollywood since 1994 and climbed Davis her way through the motion picture hierarchy, eventually becoming executive producer of 2005’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Davis recently formed her own production company, 8:38 Productions. The first film from her infant company is Prisoners, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman.Prisoners follows both the father of a missing girl who blurs lines of morality in order to recover his child and her missing friend (Jackman) and the bullheaded detective whose job it is to find them (Gyllenhaal).

I joked with Davis, “So what made you decide to make Prisoners your followup to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2?” She replied, laughing, “My husband likes to tease me, ‘From the producer of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants we bring you Prisoners.” Davis continued, “I had this conscious decision that I didn’t want to get categorized as sort of the ‘girl movie producer.’ And obviously I succeeded in finding a very different project.” I highly recommend Prisoners. It’s an intense, thought-provoking ride with raw performances. At 146 minutes, it still manages to keep you at the edge of your seat, turn after turn. Kira Shelton, on the other hand, is fresh out of school. She and several of her former classmates from the Sedona Film School in Arizona have collaborated to work on their first documentary feature, The Rolling Pilot, a film Shelton will direct. Shelton and team will be following Michael Glen, the world’s first and only paraplegic hot air balloon pilot, during the 2013 Albuquerque International

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Balloon Fiesta. They will interview Glen’s friends, family and fellow balloonists in order to explore deeper into his story. “We definitely want to capture his story on film. There have been small news stories on him here and there, but nobody has done a feature documentary on him,” Shelton said. Over the phone, I could sense Shelton’s nervous excitement. With extreme care she took a slight pause between questions to craft a deeply passionate response. Shelton expressed a humble gratitude for the volume of support the project received through their Kickstarter campaign. They were able to exceed their goal and raise $30,756. I could almost hear her smile over the phone as she revealed, “If the Kickstarter didn’t happen, this movie was still going to be made no matter what!“ When you visit the Balloon Fiesta this year, make sure to drop by and introduce yourself to Michael Glen and The Rolling Pilot crew. You can even pick up a pin to help support Glen and the documentary team. Oh, and if you see the “Baby Bee” balloon in the sky make sure to wave, that’s Michael. Dan Gutierrez is host of Directors Cut Radio Program (available at He can be reached at

Box Office Movie title Weekend gross (Millions)

Prisoners.............................................$20.8 Insidious Chapter 2............................... $13.8 The Family (2013)....................................... $7 Instructions Not Included...................... $5.4 Battle of the Year.................................. $4.6 We’re the Millers................................... $4.6 Lee Daniels’ The Butler........................... $4.2 Riddick...................................................$3.7 The Wizard of Oz (3D/IMAX)...................... $3.1 Planes....................................................$2.7 Release schedule

Rush Sep. 27 R/123 min

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

Metallica-Through the Never Sep. 27 R/92 min The music-driven feature film combines a bold narrative and spectacular liveperformance footage of one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience. Emerging young star Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena audience.

Planet Waves Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on Oct. 21 and stations direct Nov. 10. This is the third and last Mercury retrograde of the year, all of which take place exclusively in water signs. This promises to be a particularly interesting phase in part owing to the fact that it takes place in Scorpio (rarely ever boring) and also because there are two eclipses in the neighborhood. The first is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon in Aries on Oct. 18 (the Aries Full Moon), followed by an annular total eclipse of the Sun in Scorpio on Nov. 3 (the Scorpio New Moon). This combination of two eclipses and a Mercury retrograde is strongly implying that it would be best to get ahead on large projects, and to be conscious what details you leave for the end of the year. This phase will also be a proving moment for commitments, which you may discover either deepen or go away.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net place from the past. This may involve other peoples’ values you’ve taken on. They might belong to your parents, prior partners, or social norms to which you think you’re supposed to conform. You may notice that most humans rarely break through this layer — and that is all about supposedly honoring authority. To be free enough to experience your own feelings, you will need to challenge whatever authority you have internalized. The bravery involved is not about that challenge; it’s about what you will feel and experience when you get beyond it. LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23)

The Sun in Libra means new and interesting adventures in which you’re directly involved rather than a spectator. We live in a world of watchers and exhibitionists; direct participation is becoming a thing of the past, though clearly you have a different path ahead. ARIES (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The main difference between watching You will need to micromanage your and participating is that experience joint financial affairs. This would include changes one who takes part directly in everything from shared bank accounts to it. There is a risk involved, and the risk shared bills to mutually held investments. leaves one open to something new. If I suggest you read everything twice you’re wondering whether you’re actually and take notes about all conversations part of the scene instead of just looking that involve plans or commitments. If at it: ask yourself if you’re taking a chance there are contracts or major purchases (greater than the price of a ticket). Ask involved, analyze the situation and yourself how an experience might change determine how quickly you really need to you. Notice whether you must open your move — for now, the slower the better. If mind in order to understand or process a proposed arrangement or deal of some what comes your way. Get ready for a stretch. kind encounters delays, use them wisely, VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) and in any event, make sure you feel The Sun’s trek through your sign was absolutely confident before signing. If you certainly more than most people were have questions, make sure you ask them. expecting, and you may have been The subtle point of this astrology involves through more than you were planning. your most intimate partnerships, and One theme from your birthday season it’s not financial but rather emotional. continues — that your relationships The general heading is commitment; are dependent on how you feel about disagreements over money are quite yourself, but cannot properly be the potentially symbolic of something else motive for getting clear about your inner that needs to be addressed. reality. That’s a work in progress — by TAURUS (Apr. 19-May 20) which I mean both. It will be more Life is an ongoing conversation, and it helpful to your growth and happiness always seems to morph into something to emphasize relationships that are new. For the next couple of months, on level ground (friends, colleagues, however, you may not be able to agree creative partners) rather than the ones with anyone about too much, particularly that involve submission, power and about how they feel. Yet in one key influence. After a while these will seem situation it’s necessary to have a minimal like two different games with different mutual understanding. Take those words purposes. At this point in your life, the one at a time: minimal, mutual and thing commonly called ‘romance’ may be understanding. To you that might feel like a diversion — and fortunately, there are you have to submit to someone else’s much better alternatives. will, which you seem to both crave and LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) resist the most. I suggest skipping that The Sun’s movement through your sign procedure and instead understand why into late October will provide a feeling of it’s necessary to have basic ground rules, completion that has either been missing, and that once those are established you or passing by in fleeting experiences. follow them to the letter. Let that be like Since the Sun is in Libra for just 30 out of the bannister that guides you through 365 days of the year, there are two ways to the dark. Let that agreement be the place make the most of this experience. One is you are certain you’re not compromising to refuse to take it for granted — count your own values, but rather giving and the opportunities you have now as rare, receiving something of value. if not once in a lifetime. The second is GEMINI (May 20-Jun. 21) to allow what happens over the next few If you’re feeling averse to doctors, I don’t weeks to reveal what is possible when you blame you — these days they are more engage fully with your life, with the world like lawyers than they are like nurses. I and with the events that are developing in suggest you take any medical advice or this moment. You’ve been waiting for this information as a point of view rather than moment for a long time, though there is as it’s usually taken, as gospel truth. Get no longer a need to wait, or to consider as many perspectives on any issue as every possibility for what might go wrong. you can. As a Gemini, one of the most Control is a non-issue — what you have significant things you can do to take is better: the ability to make decisions and care of your health is to take care of your get an immediate result of some kind. lungs. If your lungs are healthy, and if SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) you treat them well, you’re much more It’s time to bring some of your true likely to experience good health overall. feelings to light. You seem to be in a That also means giving yourself room phase of deciding that you feel what to breathe, which also means room to you feel, and it’s none of anyone else’s feel. Notice if you feel cramped in and business. The problem with this line do something about it. Breath is one of of reasoning is that eventually, you’ll the most significant connections to your feel like your feelings are none of your inner nature: spirit, inspire and respire all business either. So bring those unusual, come from the same root concept. dark shades to the surface, and see CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) how they look when they get a taste of Get underneath your sex/romance sunshine and oxygen. The colors will situation — there is plenty going on change because the elements of your below the surface that you will benefit feelings will react to awareness. I’ll say from knowing. One layer you’ll encounter this another way, in case I’m being too is a pattern that seems to be stuck in poetic: you may think you feel one way,

but once you start to express yourself, you’ll begin to make discoveries about what’s really going on. That in turn will allow you to evolve into new emotional and intellectual experiences, rather than theoretical or abstract. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 - DEC. 22)

You seem like you’re about to burst, and it’s about time. You’ve been ready to crack your shell for many seasons, though the sensation has been like one of those days where it’s always threatening rain, and the thunder is rumbling, but the sky never lets go. There are precipitating factors in your environment that may bring on a spiritual love explosion; what looks for all the world like a kind of mystical ecstasy experience with no drugs necessary. As for bursting, what you may know is that once you start loving you don’t ever stop. The question is why you would want to. And that is a good question to ask, if you need to — though that would not be about justifying holding back but rather reminding yourself that you’re free to plunge into whatever (or whoever) is inviting you in. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 30)

Part of really being yourself involves enduring some unpopularity. This is a fact that is left out of the “be yourself” discussion — or relegated to the fine print. Some of enduring unpopularity involves figuring out how little so many people know, and, sadly, how dull they really are. If you find yourself anyplace you don’t fit in, consider the possibility that you’re too interesting. That leaves you with another challenge, which is finding someplace that actually intrigues you. The fastest way to get there seems to be entertaining yourself rather than going on a search. The kind of interesting people you want are the ones who don’t need too much affirmation of how cool they are; whose minds are creative enough to skip the whole social level of awesomeness but who can have fun with it when they want to. That describes you pretty well these days. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19)

Use your charm as you untangle your latest leadership challenge. I can promise that this will not be your last such challenge of the year — there are more coming, and they get more interesting — and the whole journey will call on you to employ the highest and deepest levels of your intelligence. Yet more significantly, you will need a dependable way to get people working together. Sometimes it’s necessary to use your power and/or authority, but it’s energy consuming, and there is often collateral damage. Being charming and a bit seductive is a way of getting people to do what they want to do anyway. As the next few weeks develop, circumstances, motives and rationales involved in your responsibilities will be too complicated to explain to everyone around you. That won’t be necessary, as long as you know what you have to do.

the american values club crossword “Spoonerette’s Syndrome”

By Francis Heaney, edited by Ben Tausig. Difficulty 4/5 ACROSS

1 Places I tend to leave with about fifty more pictures of red pandas than I entered with 5 Pay for special treatment 10 Basics 14 Prefix with sexual 15 Onetime Orange County athlete 16 “Destroy All Monsters” movie studio 17 ___ salad 18 Place for buying toga party supplies? 19 From ___ (best way to watch a tornado) 20 “Oh hell no, that farmer dehusking corn just started convulsing and speaking in tongues!” 23 U.N. agency involved with workplace issues 24 Turns down at the Winter Olympics? 25 What overloaded shelves do 27 Tabletopped land formation 31 Mia’s palindromic counterpart in pro‑eating‑disorder communities

32 “Damn, look at all those unpedigreed dogs!” 37 It’s taken by a cámara 38 Chat comment? 39 Herman who said “The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is” 41 “Hey, asshole, go convert from vectors to pixels before stepping up to the plate!” 44 One who didn’t dodge a charge? 45 Brainstorm result 46 Old cereal box abbr. 47 Length of most TV dramas 51 Neckwear on some Stitch dolls 53 “If you turn into a zombie, stay out of the damn boondocks—brains are better in the city!” 59 Band whose videos you probably remember better than their songs 60 Parkinson’s drug 61 Lazy 62 Squat, in Soissons

63 It has many contractions 64 Book you’re unlikely to bring on the subway 65 Word after bake or fire 66 Wear down over time 67 “Oh, ___!” DOWN

1 Braff with a much‑derided Kickstarter campaign 2 Melville novel 3 Must-do, as a musical motif 4 Prophetess 5 Ho-hum 6 Robusto! sauce brand 7 ___-Z (Camaro model) 8 Santa’s Little Helper sounds 9 Spam, e.g. 10 Quickly 11 Word whose OED entry cites Variety magazine 12 Rabbi and author Potok 13 Segregates the whites, say 21 “Brave New World” drug 22 Half an Orkan greeting 25 1992 Bridget Fonda thriller 26 Call from a crow’s nest 28 Erotic film role for Sylvia Kristel

29 Appeal, e.g. (as a noun), or appeal to (as a verb) 30 Missile Command company 33 Rotary successor 34 Character choice in Super Mario Bros. 2 35 Followed through after keeping calm? 36 Hustled 40 “Don’t tell anyone” contract: Abbr. 42 Side-___ (something that’s apparently highly newsworthy to the Huffington Post) 43 “Confess!” 47 Indicators of neglected refrigerators 48 Lumia maker 49 Georgia in the original Broadway cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” 50 What Fuzzbusters detect 52 Document changes that may be reverted 54 ___ bag (purse style) 55 Device with playlists 56 Be unapathetic 57 ___ mater 58 Like things that make you go “hmm ...”

PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20)

Notice that your long-term vision is coming into focus. Events and circumstances of the past year have conspired to enforce this — with many reminders that you simply cannot ignore the concept of the future and what you want to create with it. That means focusing ideas and making tangible decisions now, such that you are taking solid, measurable steps toward what you’re envisioning. Over the next two months this process will accelerate rapidly: both the information and the points of decision are going to be coming in faster, and you may be enacting your plans long before you thought you would. Keep your mind in order; use your resources wisely, which means being ready to use them when necessary. Remember that you are the only person who can be a visionary of your own life. Notice who supports you in that, and collaborate with them.

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