The Film Issue • Oct 29-Nov. 12, 2014

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Francine Maher Hopper

Local iQ sits down with Bob Odenkirk, who made a splash as the ethically challenged Lawyer in Breaking Bad ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ART DIRECTOR

Kevin Hopper

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Chela Gurnee



Andrea Blan

Fans to flock from across the globe and the U.S. to fête city’s signature TV series Breaking Bad




Ben Q. Adams

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Samantha Aumack PHOTOGRAPHER

Wes Naman



Joy Godfrey

Perfectly ripe and plump with natural sugars, pumpkin and squash provide the taste of fall


Laura Marrich INTERNS

Marissa Higdon, Melyssa Laurent, Jazmen Vallejos



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B O O KS Real-life spy-turnedauthor Valerie Plane and co-author Sarah Lovett ratchet up the suspense with their second novel


M USI C A one-night-only performance brings traveling musicians and artists together at the Rail Yards


22 A R TS Albuquerque Aerialist Collective builds community, one gravity-defying maneuver at a time




Arts Events....................26 Book Signings...............12 Community Events..... 32 Live Music...................... 23

Book Review.................. 12 Crossword...................... 30 Horoscope...................... 31 Marquee............................. 5 Places To Be.....................4 Smart Music................... 25 Smart Arts...................... 29

COLUM N S 1+1=3.................................. 11 Earth Talk ..................... 30 In Need? Call Weed...... 7 Playing with Fire............9 Stir it Up..........................10 The Curious Townie......6



Bob Odenkirk (aka-Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) gets chummy with New York Times best selling author T.J. English after a lengthy interview over coffee at Flying Star Nob Hill — as shot by photographer Wes Naman.

EDITORIAL Hakim Bellamy Dave DeWitt T.J. English Eric Francis Marissa Higdon Jeff Kerby Randy Kolesky Melyssa Laurent Jim & Linda Maher Jordan Mahoney Sam Melada Katixa Mercier Bill Nevins Kyle Mullin

Ronnie Reynolds Todd Rohde David Steinberg L. Darlene Weed Steven J. Westman DISTRIBUTION Ben Adams Kristina De Santiago Kurt Laffan David Leeder Alan Romero Distributech

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Ani Cordero

Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini

Doggie Dash & Dawdle

7p, Sat., Nov. 1

Balloon Fiesta Park 5500 Balloon Fiesta NE, 505.938.7939






ni Cordero has always been a musician of two worlds. Spending time in the United States and Puerto Rico as a child, Cordero‘s life and career reflect the influence of both cultures. She’s collaborated with a multitude of artists in a number of groups, including the Mexican rock band Pistolera, cello-rock outfit Rasputina and her own bilingual band Cordero. Her most recent album, Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love & Protest, is a collection of classic Latin American songs representing the turbulent years between the ‘30s and ‘70s. Cordero brings this wide variety of ballads to life for modern audiences, reminding us that music can be a powerful weapon against injustice. —MH

DANCE Albuquerque Tango Festival Various Times, Thu.-Sat., Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Hotel Albuquerque 800 Rio Grande NW, 505.843.6300



ango is ever-popular in Albuquerque, but it moves to the front burner with the Albuquerque Tango Festival. This celebration of all things tango features over 30 hours of music, dancing and classes with top instructors. Attendees will walk away from those classes with new skills that can immediately be showcased in the one of the many “milonga” dance parties, and there will be plenty of floor space at Hotel Albuquerque for everyone to show off their moves. Halloween also happens to fall in the middle of the festival, so participants will get to spend a spooky evening cutting a rug in costume. For those who love to dance in the Argentine style and want to increase their tango skills, this is the place to be. —ML





n this powerful documentary filmed by Ann Bromberg in Kenya, strong-willed Mbeti Wambua rallies her neighbors — primarily mothers concerned for the lives and health of their children — to take direct action in defense of their families. Faced with alarming infant mortality rates caused by malnutrition, infections traced to unsafe drinking water and other preventable diseases, Mbeti and her sisters craft baskets made of sisal, market them and use the funds raised to build a vitally needed health clinic in their village of Kisesini. Said Bromberg, “Part of my vision for this film is to capture their drive to live, love and save their village.” This inspiring story and fascinating film will screen at the South Broadway Cultural Center, bookended with live music by Kubatana Marimba Southwest. The evening is a benefit for Global Health Partnerships, which directly funds the Kisesini Clinic. —BN


FESTIVAL Dia de Los Muertos y Marigold Parade 2-6p, Sun., Nov. 2 Westside Community Center 1250 Isleta SW, 505.363.1326



riginating in Mexico, Dia del los Muertos is a hybrid holiday that, like many Latin American festivals, is a marriage of Catholicism and indigenous culture. Participants honor the dead with food, drink, parties, parades and a host of other fun activities. According to tradition, the dead would be insulted by mourning and sorrow. Dia de los Muertos is a time for the dead to awaken and join in the festivities with their friends and families — and one place they will definitely want to visit is Albuquerque’s South Valley, where the Marigold Parade will be in full swing for its 22nd year. Join the dead and their living relatives for the parade starting at the Bernalillo Sheriff’s Substation (at Centro Familiar and Isleta), or just go straight to the finish line at the Westside Community Center to enjoy music, food, art and shrines dedicated to those who have passed over ahead of us. —MH


ig out those leashes and gear up for a fun-filled day with your four-legged friends. Join “New Mexico’s biggest party for pets and people” in raising money for Animal Humane, benefitting homeless cats and dogs. Run or walk for a few miles in the Dash or Dawdle — canine companion at your side, of course — then continue on to the Doggie Carnival, where special treats and activities await canines and their families. The Doggie Dash also offers pet-less participants the chance to “rent” a dog to spend the day with. All of the “rent-adogs” are also adoptable, so you might just find your new furry best friend to take home. Either way, the Doggie Dash & Dawdle promises a day of memorable fun for you and countless canines. —ML




South Broadway Cultural Center 1025 Broadway SE, 505.848.1320

8a-2p, Sun., Nov. 2


National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th SW, 505.724.4771


7:30p, Thu., Oct. 30








The where to go and what to do from October 30 to November 12

HISTORY FredHead Weekend Sat.-Sun., Nov. 8-9 Castañeda Hotel 524 Railroad, Las Vegas, 505.617.6800



n our recent Fall Travel issue of Local iQ, we touted the new stuff happening at the Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M. Now it’s your turn. Featured events for this history-focused weekend include a guided tour and cocktails in the Castañeda on Saturday and a screening of The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound on Sunday. (The documentary film is about how “more than 100,000 railroad station waitresses opened the doors of the American West to women” and changed history.) Speakers include Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West — One Meal at a Time; Allan Affeldt, owner of historic Harvey hotels La Posada, Castañeda Hotel and Plaza Hotel; and Meredith Davidson, curator of the New Mexico History Museum. If you are a fan of Fred Harvey history, this is a no-brainer. —SW


A bash for ‘Bad’ buffs Fans to flock from across the globe and the U.S. to fête city’s signature TV series BY MARISSA HIGDON


s a New Mexican who spends a large amount of her time outside of New Mexico, I’ve become familiar with the stereotypes that people hold about my home state. The majority of people who find out that I’m from Albuquerque will ask one of two questions: “Do you watch Breaking Bad?” or, my personal favorite, “Do people do a lot of meth there?” Almost every out-of-stater I come into contact with knows about New Mexico MARQUEE through the dramatic TV series focusing ABQ Breaking on Walter White, a chemistry teacher Bad Fan Fest turned drug dealer, 2-4p, Fri., Nov. 7 TRACTOR BREWERY, and, it turns out, that WELLS PARK shouldn’t be much of 1800 4TH NW, 505.243.6752 a surprise. The grand $16 for two tickets 5-7p, Fri., Nov. 7 finale of the Breaking ALBUQUERQUE Bad series had 10.3 INDOOR KARTING million viewers and 5110 COPPER NE, 505.265.7223 generated about $10 22,000 tweets per 1-8p, Sat.; Nov. 8 minute. On the eve of ALBUQUERQUE Season 5’s television CONVENTION CENTER 401 2ND NW, 505.768.4575 premiere, Netflix $30/$225 VIP estimates that 50,000 people binge watched the entire 13 episodes of Season 4 in one day. In other words, people really love the series. PHOTO BY WES NAMAN “There’s lots of reasons why people like Steven Michael Quezada, who will take part in the Breaking Bad Fan Fest, was a hardworking Breaking Bad,” said super-fan Miguel Albuquerque comic and actor before he was cast as the cop Steven Gomez in a then- obscure Jaramillo. “It’s an amazing show, and it’s an TV series about a teacher who cooks meth. The rest, as they say, is history. emotionally impactful show. It can relate to a lot of different people.” Jaramillo discovered Breaking Bad in its third season and was hooked when he saw the way the beautiful city of Albuquerque was front-and-center in the show. He started an Instagram account documenting the filming locations of the edgy TV series, and through that account came into contact with Jennie Rexer. Rexer didn’t discover Breaking Bad until January, but by February she had seen every episode.

The two bonded over their love for the show and quickly came to the conclusion that there was a void in the Breaking Bad fandom: They needed a fan fest. “I’m very surprised that we’re the first,” said Rexer of the fact that a fan fest hasn’t been attempted before. “Miguel and I kind of joke that we were destined to do this sometimes, because of the way we happened to meet.” With a lot of work — the two have been planning since last October — Rexer and Jaramillo are set to launch what they hope will be the first of many fan gatherings. “We’re just doing it essentially as a labor of love,” said Rexer, who is funding the

“There’s lots of reasons why people like Breaking Bad. It’s an amazing show, and it’s an emotionally impactful show. It can relate to a lot of different people.”


event out of her own pocket after a failed Kickstarter campaign. At last, the pair have set up what they hope will be the ultimate fan experience. Two days of events begin on Nov. 7 with a Geeks Who Drink trivia contest at the Wells Park location of Tractor Brewery, followed by go-karting races at Albuquerque Indoor Karting (a location once used on the show). Day 2 brings a costume contest and panel discussions with cast and crew members at the Convention Center.

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Hardcore fans of the dark story of Walt and Jessie can pay a little extra for VIP tickets that get them RV tours of Breaking Bad sites in Albuquerque, plus access to the VIP afterparty. VIPs will mingle with cast and crew at Casa Esencia, the very location for the series finale wrap party. So far, Rexer and Jaramillo are expecting about 1,000 fans from as far away as Australia to join them in a celebration of the dark and twisted world of Breaking Bad. “It’s been a lot of work, but I think that it’s ultimately gratifying to see people have a shared fandom experience,” said Jaramillo.




Flash-mob dinner party spurs Duke City pride


n August I began to hear buzz about a secretive international dinner party where everyone has to wear white. I wasn’t too sure what to make of it, but as that buzz became more present in my social media feed, I began to lean forward and pay attention. It seemed that several good friends of mine were getting involved — and stirring the pot of curiosity for the rest of us onlookers. Next thing I know, an email had appeared in my box. Lo and behold, I’d been invited to this “Dîner en Blanc.” I have to say, going online to register and discover how to participate in all this was very daunting. I was also a tad confused. A conversation with Micaela Brown clarified things. Brown was the main organizer of this event, friendly and helpful as she could be. She talked me through the process and added some information that piqued my enthusiasm. Soon, I was registered for two tickets to a deal where I had to bring my own folding table, two

white chairs, a white tablecloth and candles with candleholder. Plus white plates, real cutlery, glassware and white cloth napkins (all non-disposable — no paper or plastic). We “guests” had no idea where the event would end up taking place, just that we had to meet at a spot in Albuquerque, board a bus and then get whisked away to the final destination. It all seemed like a lot of work, but I decided to play along and arrive with an open mind for the event. I invited my friends Kim and Steve Palmisano (You and Me Productions) and Lori Bachman (New Mexico Voices for Children). I at least had a pack I could count on to get me

through this. We had a choice of bringing our own picnic basket or purchasing one off the registration site. These baskets were catered by Myra Ghattas and her crew at Slate Street Café — so that was a no-brainer for me. Also, wine had to be purchased in a similar manner due to permitting. It began to rain on the afternoon of the dinner, and a discussion between my foursome had us rethinking our attendance. But I knew we had to follow through. Besides, the event featured “bus wranglers,” and mine ended up being my pal Missy Ashcraft. I knew she’d kick my butt if I bailed. So the hoards arrived at 5:30p, and we loaded our buses up with dinner party supplies — and at that moment, I knew this was going to be fun. Missy rallied us well, and I kept looking at her patient husband, Scott Ashcraft (Las Ventanas Homes), for assurance. Once set, Missy announced we were heading to Balloon Fiesta Park. A resounding cheer filled the bus. I shared smiles with our group and the friends sitting across from me — Beverly Chavez (Stixon Labels) and Dana Slade (Coldwell Banker Legacy). A few rows back were Sandra and Garth Sonnenberg (MSI Helicopters). Who else was going to pop up? We pulled in front of the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, and all of a sudden it sank in as we saw hundreds of fun folks, all dressed in white, hauling their stuff to the grassy knoll behind the building. Set-up took a spell, but as soon as it was done, we looked around in utter amazement. There were close to 800 party-goers. EVERYONE seemed to be having a ball. Distracted by Décor had installed several sumptuous theme tables and an all-white “media lounge,” each

offering swanky front-seat views of that night’s incredible Balloon Fiesta fireworks show. The picnic baskets from Slate Street were unworldly delicious. After dinner, everyone lit giant sparklers, which was a stunning and moving visual. DJ Patrick Baldonado spun fabulous music, and there was not a body that was not moving during the ensuing dance party. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. Proud to be an Albuquerquean. Proud that so many people rolled the dice and wanted to be here. Proud that every time I turned around, there were the beaming faces of people that I love and adore: Tom Ford from Hey Jhonny with filmmaker Ann Bromberg; the pretty girls on the dance floor, Heather Badal, Dara Ambriz, Tiffany Nickerson and Jessica Eaves Mathews; and I even literally bumped into a fellow iQ columnist, the dashing Abinash Achrekar, with his gorgeous wife Shalini Shanker. There were so many friends I never even saw due to the massive well-dressed crowd. The evening ended at 11p, even though we could have gone on into the wee hours. And a piece of history was made: On Oct. 9, 2014, Albuquerque joined a list of only 19 cities in the U.S. to hold Le Dîner en Blanc events. Le Dîner en Blanc was launched 25 years ago in Paris, and it’s trademarked now. WE were chosen to do this. And now we get to do it every year. I cannot tip my hat enough to Micaela Brown (who is also the CEO of Target Market International). This was not just a job for her. That pride I’ve talked about? She had it beaming out of her like rays of light. Will I be there next year? Hell yes, and wearing white after Labor Day with pride. Steven J. Westman is a consummate man about town, but he may not catch everything out there. If you have an interesting story, send him an email at

Albuquerque’s first-ever Le Diner en Blanc event was held Oct. 9 at Balloon Fiesta Park, where 800 white-garbed participants were treated to a magical night, including the Balloon Fiesta fireworks show.




10 reasons to read this attorney’s advice DEAR READERS, I am writing this legal column to help you better understand your legal rights. When has a cop overstepped boundaries? When have you? Finding yourself involved in a legal situation wreaks havoc on you and your family’s life. No matter how guilty or innocent you are, no matter if you are the one being harmed or the one accused of violating another’s rights, if the law is involved, you are stressed. Why? You are stressed because there is no guarantee of the outcome. The law is not black and white, nor are the people involved always good or bad. It is important to protect yourself and your family to the best of your ability. And this can only be done if you know what you are up against. This column is not written to bash cops or bash citizens. It is written to give both citizens and cops a better understanding of the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations the law requires of the citizens of New Mexico. The legal mumbo-jumbo most attorneys speak can be hard to understand. I cannot simplify the law, but I will try to simplify its words and concepts to help you begin to perceive your given rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of New Mexico. Cheers to legal mumbo-jumbo! L. Darlene Weed is a lawyer in practice in Bernalillo. Her column will run every month in Local iQ. She can be reached at, 505.273.0875.

1) Ignorance is no defense to the law. 2) The United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New Mexico give us citizens a bounty of rights. We need to know how we are protected. 3) A particular inquiry into the law typically does not result in a black-and-white answer. Know where you sit under that umbrella of grayness. 4) It is entertaining. 5) There are bad lawyers, bad cops, bad judges and bad citizens out there. We must know our rights to protect ourselves. 6) Criminal and civil law are different. Readers need a heads-up before they get involved. 7) It is entertaining. 8) Your humble author, L. Darlene Weed, was a prosecutor for the State of New Mexico for years and now has a solo law firm. After observing your rights protected and violated, she wants to help you help yourself. 9) You have a voice. Learn when and how to use it when you are caught up in a potential legal situation. 10) It is entertaining.






Halloween Beer Dinner Halloween themed five-course dinner. 6:30p, $45 reservations required CHAMA RIVER BREWING CO. 4939 PAN AMERICAN W. FWY, 505.342.1800

Halloween Beer Dinner Four-course dinner with Halloween flair. 6:30p, $46 PRAIRIE STAR RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR 288 PRAIRIE STAR, SANTA ANA PUEBLO, 505.867.3327

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting Enjoy three tastings, appetizers included. 5-7p, $20+tax SLATE STREET CAFE 515 SLATE NW, 505.243.2210

Victorian Gothic Tales All inclusive event, including a reading of The Raven. 6:30p, $47 ST. JAMES TEA ROOM 320 OSUNA NE, 505.242.3752 AND OCT. 31, NOV. 1 PHOTOS BY KATIXA MERCIER

Pumpkins and squash are for much more than just fall ornamentation. If you doubt it, try cooking up a batch of red chile pumpkin bread (pictured above on the cutting board) slathered with honey-pepita compound butter.

Fruit of the vine Perfectly ripe and plump with natural sugars, pumpkin and squash provide the taste of fall BY KATIXA MERCIER


umpkin patches, corn mazes and seasonally spiced libations are the subtle prelude to the holiday season that sparks a tingle of excitement in everyone’s belly. Each year I take a mental inventory of all the squash varieties at local stores, and keep an eye out for new ones. Last year, for example, my mother-in-law introduced me to delicata squash, a delectable discovery. It contains all the flavor and richness of butternut squash, only with (believe it or not) an edible skin. It has since become an autumnal staple for risottos, soups, sandwiches and quesadillas. But let’s face it: The fall buzz is, in part, due to the official seasonal presence of one coveted blend of spices known as pumpkin pie spice. Shun it or embrace it, the first recipe below celebrates pumpkin pie spice while adding a little Nuevo Mexicano flavor for good measure. —Squash courtesy of the West Side location of La Montañita Co-op.


Method: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugars, pumpkin purée, water and canola oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and red chile powder. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the larger dry-ingredient bowl. Whisk together until a smooth texture is achieved. Evenly distribute the batter into two lightly greased loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Serve warm with honey-pepita compound butter (recipe below).

Choose between Mafia Family Style Interactive Dinner in the Chamber (limited seatings at 6 and 8p, $75) or enjoy the regular dinner menu and live rotating theater skits. VERNON’S HIDDEN STEAKHOUSE 6855 4TH NW, 505.341.0831

Red Chile Pumpkin Bread Ingredients: 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups white sugar 1 cup brown sugar, packed 2 cups pumpkin purée 2/3 cup water 1 cup canola oil 3-1/2 cups all-purpose baking flour 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp. red chile powder

Interactive Mafia Dinner Theater

Sage-Roasted Delicata Squash & Goat Cheese Quesadillas Ingredients: 2 delicata squash 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tsp. salt (optional) 2/3 oz. fresh sage Goat cheese (to taste) Corn tortillas (2 per quesadilla)

Honey-Pepita Compound Butter Ingredients: 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup pepitas, roasted and salted Parchment paper Method: In a medium bowl, whisk together the softened butter, honey and vanilla extract until thoroughly incorporated. If you have stand mixer, use it! With a rubber spatula, fold in the pepitas. Cut two 8” x 11” rectangles of parchment paper. Divide the compound butter evenly and place on each sheet of parchment. Roll into logs and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Yield: 2 loaves


Method: Preheat oven to 425 F. Rinse squashes well, trim off the ends, then slice in half lengthwise. Discard seeds. Slice squashes into half-moons. In a mediumsized bowl, toss the squash pieces in olive oil and salt until coated. Evenly distribute the squash on a cookie sheet. Layer sage leaves overtop and bake for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Lightly coat the pan with olive oil. Layer a corn tortilla with goat cheese, roasted squash and sage leaves, distributing ingredients to your liking, then top with another tortilla. Gently lower each quesadilla with a spatula into the pan. Once the bottom tortilla begins to brown, flip and brown the other side. Cut into wedges and serve warm with your favorite salsa (I like tomatillo).



’70s Throwback Fondue Party Studio 54 inspired themed party. 4-8:30p, $26.95 THE MELTING POT 2201 UPTOWN LOOP NE, 505.843.6358 AND NOV. 7

Food Truck Fridays Albuquerque’s premier food trucks gather at 1st and Central every Friday and serve dinner. 6-10p DOWNTOWN, 1ST AND CENTRAL 505.315.3521



Super Premium Wine Tasting Two big whites and four big reds paired with food courses. 6-9p, $75 SAVOY BAR & GRILL IN THE NAPA ROOM 10601 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.9463

Monticello Balsamico Dinner A chance to taste one of the finest balsamic vinegars in the world. 6-10p, $125 LOS POBLANOS HISTORIC INN & ORGANIC FARM 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297



A Bit of Burley: Pipeweed Tea 2014 For pipe smokers, enjoy an evening on the tea terrace with tea, savories, breads and sweets, and four tobaccos to fill your pipe bowls. Also enjoy an after dinner sip of mead from Falcon Meadery of Santa Fe. 6:30-8:30p $52 ST. JAMES TEA ROOM 320 OSUNA NE, 505.242.3752


Two autumn soups served in all-natural bowls


ere’s something a little different for your fall soups and stews. The sharp flavor of cheese dominates in the first recipe, while a hearty, spicy stew native to the Caribbean is our second option — and the bowls are part of the recipe for both.

Colby Cheese Cream Soup For a nice fall feast, serve this soup in a bread bowl before the main meal of pot roast, potatoes and pumpkin bread. You can substitute a sharp cheddar for the colby cheese, if you wish.

Ingredients: 1 small onion, minced
 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
 3 Tbsp. butter
 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
 1-1/2 cups chicken stock 
1-1/2 cups white sauce (recipe below) 3/4 cup grated colby cheese
 1/2 cup minced green onions, with a little reserved for garnish Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste) 4 large pieces of French bread, hollowed out to make bowls Croutons of choice 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper For the white sauce: 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 cup milk
 Method: To make the white sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir in the flour, pour in the milk and stir constantly until it thickens. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion and pepper in the butter for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often. Blend in flour, then add the stock and white sauce. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring occasionally. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Add the green onions, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the soup into the French bread bowls, garnish with reserved green onions and your croutons of choice. Sprinkle the cayenne over the top.

Yield: 4 servings Heat Scale: medium

Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup There are dozens of variations of this soup (actually a stew) throughout the Caribbean. If you talk to a dozen people, you’ll get a dozen different recipes, with each person claiming theirs is the way to create the perfect Pepper Pot Soup! Here is a rather basic recipe, utilizing the ingredients that most cooks will agree upon.

Please embellish it so that you have the best pepper pot.

Ingredients: 4 acorn squashes; 1/2 lb. peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes 2 cups chopped onion 1/2 pound salt pork, rind removed and diced; or 1 salted pig’s tail 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp. thyme 7 cups water 1 lb. fresh callaloo (or substitute spinach), washed and chopped 1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2inch cubes 1 fresh Scotch bonnet (or habanero), stem and seeds removed, and minced 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 12 small okras, washed and sliced 1-1/2 cups coconut milk 1 cup cooked, chopped shrimp Salt and pepper to taste


A Carribean pepper pot soup served in acorn squashes and a cheese soup served in bread bowls might be the perfect way to celebrate the recent transition to cooler weather.

Method: Take an acorn squash and cut it in half horizontally. Using a knife and spoon, remove the flesh of the squash leaving two “bowls.” Repeat three more times. Separate out 1/2 pound of the squash flesh you will need for this recipe, and freeze the rest for future use. Place the squash, onion, salt pork, garlic, thyme and water into a large heavy soup pot or casserole. Bring the mixture to a boil, skimming any froth that rises to the surface in the first 4 to 5 minutes of boiling, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Add the callaloo, potatoes and Scotch bonnet pepper to the soup. Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for another 45 minutes. Heat the vegetable oil in a separate skillet. Sauté the sliced okra until they are lightly browned, about 2 minutes, then add them to the soup. Simmer the soup for 5 more minutes, or until the okra is tender. Stir the coconut milk and the shrimp into the soup and let it simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in the acorn squash bowls.

Yield: 8 servings • Heat Scale: medium to hot




A cider cocktail a day keeps witch doctor away


at local, Randy. Local. Not locals,” my friend Tiphane screams at me while I bite a big chunk of flesh off the bone of a mutual acquaintance of ours. “I suppose I shouldn’t drink locals either, huh?” I grunt as I begin to wash down my cannibalistic feast with the blood of said mutual acquaintance. “Correct. Drinking local good … drinking locals bad.” “Oh fine, then,” I say. “I’ll just go back to my service industry nightmare where I’m bartending in one of those Halloween haunted houses and I’m supposed to make drinks in the Mad Scientist’s laboratory, but all the bottles are labeled in Latin and there’s only dry ice that I try to grab with my bare hand, only to have my hand freeze and break off, and I go off to find the first aid kit, only to realize that there are real zombies in the haunted house and they’re chasing me, and no matter how fast I try to run I feel like I’m slogging through a giant bowl of oatmeal. But then I somehow get into a safe room with a benevolent white aura where there are Sexy Angels and Sexy Librarians, and the Sexy Angels give me a foot massage while the Sexy Librarians make me read an ancient cocktail recipe book, and then the book turns to dust and everything turns gray and there are no more Sexy anythings for me.” Then I awake as I feel a crust of toast being forced into my mouth. “Papa eat. Papa eat toast,” my son says as I wipe the grit of sleep from my eyes, feeling the desire to create an autumn-themed cocktail using local ingredients. I swim back briefly into the sea of dreams and retrieve a misty, foggy memory of a punchlike beverage that begs to warm the innards of all those folk who may be knocking on doors looking for treats and tricks. I can’t quite recall the recipe from my dream in full detail, but here’s to the best of my conscious knowledge how I will reproduce it:

Autumn Apple Allspice Ambrosia Ingredients: 3 large apples, cored and sliced into unique shapes 64 oz. Big B’s Fabulous Organic Cold Pressed Apple Cider 4 heaping Tbsp. cinnamon-sugar Zest of 1 orange 16 oz. Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy 4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice 8 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram 16 cinnamon sticks Method: First I find three distinctly different apples (I like granny Smith, red delicious and pink lady for the different colors, textures and flavors they all bring to the party). I then cut them into all sorts of funky sizes and shapes. I put them in a big




soup pot over medium heat and pour in about 8 oz. of Big B’s Fabulous Organic Cold Pressed Apple Cider that I buy at La Montañita Co-op in Nob Hill. I then sprinkle in the cinnamonsugar, all the time stirring so as to assure that the apple chunks are being properly coated with the cinnamon-sugar. When all the apple bits are properly seasoned and the initial 8 oz. of cider have been absorbed and/or cooked off, I toss in the orange zest and stir it around for a minute or two before I add the Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy. I want to quickly coat all the apple bits in the brandy, but without it soaking into the apples. I then add the remainder of the cider, the lemon juice and the St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (available at Jubilation) and heat to just below boiling. I then bring the heat down and let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes, so its beautiful aroma permeates my abode. When my home smells like the candle section of a Bed Bath & Beyond, I bring the heat up a bit and ladle up from the bottom of the pot sweet chunky cupfuls of my Autumn Apple Allspice Ambrosia. I garnish each cupful with a cinnamon stick and relish how my delicious treat turns its imbibers into foolish tricksters. Randy Kolesky tends bar at EDo’s Artichoke Cafe.


Wines to try as evenings begin to turn frosty


ctober is folding into November as I write this, and I want to recommend three wines to pair with the seasonal shift. It’s getting cold at night now, and the first of many frosts is right around the corner. For me, it’s time to ease into reds after a summer of whites, sparklings and rosés. There’s nothing wrong with white wine in winter or red wine in summer, but I tend to drink seasonally, and this month I offer some gems for under $20 that you really should try at least once … or twice.

Out With the New, In With the Old Every so often I am compelled to revisit certain grape varieties and encourage you to do the same. Gamay deserves frequent visits, especially as the holidays approach and the weather gets chilly. This is the grape that makes Beaujolais nouveau, but I encourage you skip that plonk this November and go for the Beaujolais wines from one of the 10 “crus” (specific winemaking villages and surrounding areas). They produce remarkable wines, and you can have a lot of fun exploring the subtle differences that each cru has to offer. (For a detailed discussion of gamay, see my Nov.12, 2010, column at local-iQ. com/food.) Four years ago, Anthony at Quarters on Wyoming had the best selection of Beaujolais cru yearround. The same is true today. You can pick up an entry-level Chiroubles (one of the 10 villages) from George Duboeuf for around $16. It’s rather delicate, but with aromas of crushed raspberries and violets. The tannins are low, so this isn’t for Mr. Meat and Potatoes, but as an end-ofthe-day sip, it’s perfect as the smell of burning fireplaces wafts across the city. Brouilly is another Beaujolais cru worth checking out, especially the one from Château de la Chaize available at Jubilation for $15/bottle.

Big Baby Beaujolais cru sound too light for your taste buds? Move over to Italy for your next early sunset sip. If you like flavors of dark, dried fruit and blackberry preserves, check out the Gran Passione blend from Veneto, Italy. Italy produces a wine called amarone with a distinct flavor achieved by “raisinating” the grapes. By letting the grapes dry out a little bit, the flavors get very concentrated. These wines can demand high prices because more dried grapes produce less juice than plump, juicy grapes. Joe at Whole Foods describes the Gran Passione as a “baby amarone” on his shelf tag for this wine. It’s made from 60 percent merlot with 40 percent corvina, a grape that makes light- to medium-

bodied wines mostly in the Veneto region of Italy. This should be your go-to wine one of these nights after work (or on the weekend) when you want something to pair with a steak or a slow-braised red meat dish. The main reason? Not only is this a delicious, medium- to full-bodied dark gem with aromas of spice and concentrated fruit, it is a steal at $13 to $16/ bottle around town. You can find it at Quarters Wyoming, Whole Foods on Carlisle or Wyoming, or at Jubilation.

Middle of the Road, You Find the Darndest Things Somewhere between the dark, jammy fruit of Gran Passione and the light, ethereal aromas of Beaujolais crus lies the grape tempranillo from Spain. When done right, and not burdened with too much oak, it shines in the category of not-too-heavy, nottoo-light. When aged in a little French and American Oak, it develops the smell of black licorice, leather and smoke. This month try the Barco de Piedra Ribero del Duero. This gem has flavors of dark cherries, but not to the extent of the aforementioned merlot/corvina blend. You can enjoy it by itself or with a stew of fall harvest vegetables and pork. This pleasant little spicy surprise can be picked up at Jubilation or Whole Foods on Carlisle for about $16/bottle, and it outshines many Spanish reds that sell for twice the price. I encourage you to try any and all of these wines and send me your impressions. The world of wine is full of pompous prattle and deceptive descriptions. The flavor you taste is the flavor you taste, and I believe that any person can cultivate an appreciation of wine when not being bullied and goaded into listening to the “experts.” Sure there are definite characteristics of wine, but there are no right answers when it comes to your personal preference. You don’t have to talk like the douchebags on TV or at your local wine tastings to form your own opinion. Cheers. Sam Melada is a nurse at UNMH by night (and day) and a wine lover by day (and night). He can be reached at LOCAL iQ | ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 12, 2014



New thriller from reallife spy turned author Burned: A Vanessa Pierson Novel By Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett Blue Rider Press, 368 pp.

$26.95 ISBN-13: 978-0399158216



alerie Plame and Sarah Lovett are ratcheting up the tension and widening their scope in their second spy thriller. The debut for the Santa Fe coauthors, last year’s bestselling Blowback, had protagonist Vanessa Pierson in a deadly catand-mouse pursuit of a nuclear arms dealer. Pierson, a covert CIA operative, is back in Burned, but the intrigue has intensified in a more complex, though no less exciting, thriller. Plame, the real-life ex-CIA operative-turned-author who became famous when she was outed as a CIA employee by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak in 2003, said she wanted to depict a strong female through the Vanessa Pierson character. “Usually they’re just paper dolls or arm candy sort of thing, and I wanted to show a realistic story that was also entertaining,” she said in a recent Local iQ interview. And Pierson is that strong woman. In Burned she continues Plame to pursue the shadowy Bhoot. But there are more pieces in play. Pierson is almost killed in a suicide bomber attack outside the Louvre. Pierson suspects Bhoot, but he denies responsibility. A video links True Jihad, a new terrorist group, which claims responsibility for executing her asset whom she was to have met at the Louvre. A deadly question lingers: Does True Jihad have a stolen nuclear device? Meanwhile, there’s a search on for a mole inside the CIA. Plame said she sought to add more literary depth to the novel. “I wanted it to be more layered, more complicated, but you don’t want to get into Russian novel territory with 100 characters,” she noted. There are fiction writers who like to showcase the spy operating on his own, but Plame said real-life espionage is usually the work of a team. “You’re not a lone wolf. To be successful in operations it’s a team effort, and I hope that comes through,” she said. Co-author Lovett told Local iQ she saw the need to balance the tension in Burned. “We




have shopping. We have sex, nice dinners. A challenge is to make the reader have time to breathe. We want to keep the pacing hurtling ahead but (in a way that) the adrenaline isn’t exhausted,” she said. Lovett wrote five suspense novels before she teamed up with Plame. Collaboration is no less work than writing solo, she said. Lovett likes being able to bounce ideas off of “smart people,” and that was one of the attractions of working with Plame. Plame, meanwhile, had authored Fair Game, her memoir about being a spy and her outing by the government. “That was telling my story and what happened. It was as much a catharsis for me as anything else. Fiction writing has been fun but a very steep learning curve for me. I’m fortunate to have Sarah Lovett on my side,” Plame said. Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett will discuss and autograph Burned at 6p, Wed., Nov. 5, at Collected Works (202 Galisteo, Santa Fe), and at 7p, Thu., Nov. 6, at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW).



STORY BY T.J. ENGLISH OB ODENKIRK WANTS TO TALK. ¶ HE IS AN ACTOR MUCH IN DEMAND THESE DAYS, MOST NOTABLY WITH THE PENDING BROADCAST (IN FEBRUARY) OF THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘BETTER CALL SAUL.’ A spinoff of Breaking Bad, the most popular television show ever shot in Albuquerque, the show is in the midst of a busy shooting schedule, and Odenkirk, the star, is on set nearly 12 hours a day, five days a week. Only now he is not on set; he’s in the make-up trailer in preparation for the shooting of an important scene. And he has a journalist sitting in the chair next to him peppering him with questions. The actor is frustrated; he wants to talk about his role as Saul Goodman, the motor-mouthed, ethically challenged criminal defense lawyer who ended his character arc on Breaking Bad beaten to a pulp and wallowing in a pool of his own blood. But Odenkirk’s responsibilities, presently, have rendered impossible the idea of a fruitful conversation. “What are you doing on Saturday?” asks the actor. “Nothing,” I answer. And so we agree to meet three days later to do a proper interview, and Odenkirk is ushered out of his chair and off to the sound stage. Now, it’s Saturday, and here we are sitting at a table in the Flying Star on Central Avenue. Odenkirk has arrived by bike, unassuming, unpretentious, shorn of theatrical makeup. Nonetheless, he is a star now, with recent roles in the phenomenal FX limited series Fargo, and also the movie Nebraska, which earlier this year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. After a long and varied career as a comedy sketch writer, movie director and actor, Odenkirk has arrived. He even recently published a book, A Load of Hooey, a collection of comic short pieces in the vein of works by Woody Allen and Steve Martin. Comprised of vignettes, short essays and mock internet reviews, the book is both silly and urbane, an accurate reflection of Oden-

kirk’s comic sensibility, which has been honed after years of writing for comedy shows such as Saturday Night Live and the cult masterpiece Mr. Show. With his impressive output across various media platforms, Odenkirk could be ego-tripping, but that is not likely to ever happen. He will always be Bob from Naperville, Ill., the son of Barbara and Walter Odenkirk, a down-to-earth German-Irish Catholic kid with a remarkable talent for satire and sarcasm. Married, with two kids, Odenkirk the actor has never been more in demand, and now he is buckling down to take part in one of the most eagerly anticipated new series in recent times — certainly in Albuquerque, where Breaking Bad has been absorbed into the DNA of the city. “I couldn’t imagine doing the show anywhere else,” he says, as we settle in with coffee and a bagel. “This city has an authenticity and a middle-American-ness that few others near the West Coast have. I think that vibe gives our show a down-to-earth quality and uniqueness in the world of dramatic TV.” So far, the show’s creators — Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould of Breaking Bad fame — have been tight-lipped about the show. However, it has been announced that Better Call Saul will pick up the story of lawyer Saul Goodman 10 years before he ever meets Walter White, the apocryphal main character of Breaking Bad, played by actor Bryan Cranston. The show will begin before Odenkirk’s character goes by the name of Saul Goodman, when he is a newbie criminal defense lawyer named Jimmy McGill. “It’s fascinating,” Odenkirk says of the show’s narrative arc. ”Peter and Vince are writing me these scenes where you see this younger guy, and he’s unsure of who he is. He’s trying to win the affections of certain people in his life. And he’s having a real hard time. But you can see that he has certain skills.




N Bob Odenkirk (right, pictured with Bryan Cranston as Walter White) gained fame for his portrayal of the lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, in which he was known to provide some much-needed comic relief. As for the tone of his new show, Better Call Saul, in which he reprises the role, Odenkirk told Local iQ that his character is often funniest when “everything around him is fucking scary.”

Every episode you can see a scene or two where he delivers. And sometimes you can see the Saul we know from Breaking Bad. He’s getting somewhere, and he’s finding himself. He’s Jimmy McGill, but Saul is there. You can feel it.” The main crux of the show will be about what Odenkirk calls “the transformation,” how idealist lawyer Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman. In Breaking Bad, Saul was often the comic relief. He was a cynic who manipulated everyone around him, and eventually became too smart for his own good. Says Odenkirk, “I was surprised that people liked Saul as much as they did. He was likable because he was funny and had a good energy. “But keep in mind, all of that was in the context of Breaking Bad. He was surrounded by people with guns to their heads. Every single person he was dealing with was in hell. So he was the light-hearted guy. … Also, he actually did the right thing a couple of times. He told Walter, I think more than once — ‘Get out.’ And there are a couple moments, not many but a few, where he showed some backbone.” Given Saul’s comic dimensions, there has been much speculation that Better Call Saul will be markedly different in tone than its predecessor, which was relentlessly dramatic and violent. Odenkirk notes that when first approached with the idea to do the show, some thought was given to doing Better Call Saul as a half-hour comedy. But then they realized that Saul is at his most humorous when, as Odenkirk puts it, “everything around him is fucking scary.” It is a concept that fits Odenkirk’s comic persona, which is based not on broad jokes or physical humor, but on a sense of normalcy in the midst of mayhem. “I think I’m funnier when I’m surrounded by drama,” he says.

The rigors of shooting Better Call Saul have led the actor to some interesting insights into the craft of acting. Odenkirk started out mainly as a writer; it is an aspect of the creative process most in tune with his sensibility. Though he has acted since high school, he’s mostly played supporting roles. In Better Call Saul, he will be in nearly every scene.

do something substantial.’ But, really? You’re gonna have a conversation with everyone who approaches you? I mean, what I did there took 10 seconds. Plus, that’s all the guy wanted. He wants to be able to say to his friends, ‘Look who I met today.’ He’s gonna delete that photo in a year anyway. He’s gonna lose that phone. Who cares about a little photo?”

“What makes it easier for me,” he says, “is that I’m not writing. When you’re the writer, obviously you have questions that need answers: What happens to this character? Why is this story element not working? What is the right mix of comedy and drama? You justifiably are worried about the whole thing. But as an actor, your job is to stop worrying and just be that character in that moment. So it wouldn’t help me to worry about these things. It’s not my job.”

The price of celebrity, its advantages and limitations, are all part of the game. The key is to stay grounded. Odenkirk is devoted to the work, and he believes that his success has always been based on a certain level of commitment: “Back when I was doing sketch comedy with people like Chris Farley and David Cross, I realized that I can’t compete — nor should I try — with guys who have a uniquely comical look to go along with their humor. But what I do have is a good level of commitment.”

Odenkirk chuckles when he thinks about it. “In a way, it’s a trick. But that’s my challenge every day, to completely wipe my brain clean. There’s a skill to it. Intelligent people with brains on fire might find it difficult to do, to shut everything off and just be this character right now wanting what they want.” In the middle of our interview, we are interrupted by an Odenkirk fan. The guy, in his mid-30s, is pining for a selfie with Bob. “This will just take a second,” Bob tells me. He gets up and graciously snaps a couple pics with his fan and sits back down. “I’ve learned that’s the best way to handle it,” he says, noting that since Breaking Bad he has had to learn how to deal with a higher level of fame. He tells me a story about how his “buddy” Louis CK has a different philosophy. When approached by a fan he tells them, no, he doesn’t do photos or autographs, but he will talk with them and have a conversation. “I get it. Louis is saying, ‘Let’s

The concept of commitment brings Odenkirk to a story about this mother. “She goes to mass every day,” he says, shaking his head in wonder. Though raised a Catholic, he makes it clear that he stopped going to mass at age 16. “She went to Rome for the pope’s 80th birthday. She never travels anywhere, but she went to Rome for the pope’s birthday. And by the way, she’s not cuckoo. She’s funny, my mom. She makes wisecracks all the time. But when she was a kid, she had polio. She was in a coma for three days. And the doctors told her she was never coming out of it. So the nuns came, and they prayed around her bed all day and night, for three days. And she came out of it.” Odenkirk shrugs. “How can you argue with that? Something like that happens, that’s the rest of your life right there.” For the Better Call Saul star, it is something of a parable, a life lesson: Commitment is destiny, destiny is commitment.


can translate his or her humor into prose. The nuances of the written word, not to mention the skill involved in getting it down on paper, requires a different set of muscles. With A Load of Hooey, a collection of humorous short pieces and satirical essays, Bob Odenkirk joins a hallowed group that includes Woody Allen, Steve Martin, George Carlin and a few others. Many of the pieces in the book originated in publications such as The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. Anyone familiar with Odenkirk’s work from Saturday Night Live, The Ben Stiller Show or the cult classic Mr. Show will know when to chuckle or laugh out loud. Others may require a moment. Odenkirk’s humor is dry, witty and sometimes silly. There is potty humor but also some brilliant satirical writing. In many cases, the titles of the pieces tell you what you need to know: “Hitler Dinner Party: A Play,” “Louvre Audio Tour for Homeowners” and “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Worst Speech Ever” follow the script. Others provide unexpected pleasures, such as “The Phil Spector REVIEW I Knew,” a dark and hilarious satire revolving around Spector’s A Load of Hooey criminal case: “Let me testify to his character,” writes the By Bob Odenkirk imaginary narrator of the piece. McSweeney’s, 112 pp. “Phil has only shot me three $20 times in ten years.” ISBN-13: 978-1938073885 Among the other hysterical bits is “Didn’t Work for Me,” a collection of mock Internet reviews from the public. A reviewer of Huckleberry Finn writes, “Literary masturbation at it’s most onanistic … SPOILER ALERT — it’s TERRIBLE.” Or the review of The Beatles’ White Album, in which a “GINORMOUS” Beatles fan who owns all their work somehow missed this “unnamed double set.” Writes the fan: “Spoiler alert — It’s TERRIBLE MUSIC!” Throughout the collection are interspersed many imaginary “Famous Quotations — Unabridged” from the likes of Walt Disney and J.R.R. Tolkien, and some brilliant illustrations and cartoons by Tony Millionaire. If you appreciate humor that is both juvenile and urbane, get A Load of Hooey. It goes down easy, like a dry Martini that occasionally spills in your lap. Spoiler alert — it’s FUNNY! —T.J. English



GRAPHIC DESIGNER, ART DIRECTOR ou might have seen the “Los Pollos Hermanos” logo around. Not just in Breaking Bad, but on shirts, beer glasses and novelties abounding. Albuquerque’s Steven Maes, graphic designer and art director, is the one who envisioned it, way back when. Along with Production Designer Robb Wilson King, Maes designed the show’s early-season aesthetics, including Saul’s office, Schraderbrau and the A1A Car Wash. In his humble beginnings, Maes was set on rock-stardom, even opening for the likes of A Flock of Seagulls and Modern English. But several twists of fate led him to the film industry, were he’s been at it for 12 years, meticulously crafting the graphics and set design we see onscreen. He’s a world-builder, essentially, and one who vehemently disagrees with anyone who says New Mexico’s film industry only benefits Hollywood. “In the art department alone we spend roughly $80,000 per episode, injected directly into the local economy,” Maes noted. With a sister and two brothers-in-law in film (one of whom is Todd Byington, also featured in this issue), film is Maes’ blood. Still, he makes time to be with his family, record music, build café racers and, “when a show is particularly rough,” yield to the serenity of fly-fishing.



There are many people making a living in the state’s burgeoning industry, in many different roles; here are five Gritty Westerns or sprawling crime dramas, big-budget spectacles or low-key indie flicks — New Mexico has hosted ‘em all, continually proving that in this conjoined land of desert and city, business and creative enchantment, a film industry thrives like yucca. The (hopefully soon-to-be extended) tax incentives are a blessing, but it’s people that make the production. And depending on the scale of the project, the crew can range from a ragtag band to a veritable township. Success in film demands cooperation, of rough hands and sharp minds, workers, writers and business-minded alike. Thankfully, New Mexico is made up of all walks, and with the following snapshots, Local iQ attempts to honor a few of those men and women — and their respective crafts — who turn premise into profit, the conceptual into tangible.

CASTING DIRECTOR, ACTOR mmy-nominated Casting Director Angelique Midthunder worked in Hollywood for a fruitful period, but something drew her back to New Mexico. Family, sure, along with clean air, wide-open spaces and the tax incentives of New Mexico’s film industry. In her words, she sees it as “a great place to put down roots and hang my hat.” In Santa Fe and the surrounding regions, Angelique and her daughter Amber work closely with directors and producers to select the actors — usually local ones, some seasoned and others champing at the bigscreen bit. They strive to “think outside the box, while being genuine to the region.” If the Midthunders have the chance to cast under-represented cultures in film — Native Americans in particular — they’ll take it. “And with a strong local talent pool,” Angelique told Local iQ, “it makes our job easy.” Daughter Amber has taken up acting as well, with parts in Banshee, Bare and Longmire. As for ideal film roles? “Anything reminiscent of Blue Valentine to Maze Runner” — as long as the story and character are good, she’s down. Besides giving cinematic presence to local inhabitants, Angelique and Amber dirt-bike, scale mountains and ride horses. The Midthunders don’t just live in New Mexico, they tap into it.




ASSISTANT LOCATION MANAGER n 2007, “Back when no one wanted to have anything to do with a show based around a meth-cooking school teacher,” Todd “T-Bones” Byington landed his first gig as a locations production assistant on Breaking Bad. These days, he’s working primarily as assistant location manager on the likes of homegrown projects Frank, Manhattan and Transcendence. Byington does quite a bit in his role, namely scouting and securing memorable locales (no shortage of that in New Mexico), which includes a lot of coordinating logistics and obtaining permits, all crucial in carrying out a vision. Byington and his department act as the human connection between film and the state itself. After all, shooting a film, giant crew in tow, can cause an imposition, but thanks to people like Byington, conflicts are snuffed and small roadblocks become huge payoffs, artistically and financially. Considering his job, it’s no surprise that Byington digs traveling, along with snow-, wake- and skateboarding, as well as “pretending to like fly-fishing” (no doubt alongside bro-in-law Steve Maes). But mostly, Byington boasted to iQ, “I sunbathe. Because I’m super good at it.”






film or series costume department is a “literal army,” stitched from designers, seamstresses, agers, dryers and set costumers, the latter of whom bear the task of costume continuity (after all, a movie isn’t shot in order). Edging on two years in the industry, Ashley Edwards is fresh-blooded but has already been through a baptism by fire, costuming both a well-oiled TV series (Longmire) as well as a smallcrew, smaller-budget indie drama (Bare, starring Paz de La Huerta and Glee-vet Dianna Agron). After earning a fashion design degree in Southern California, Edwards could have taken a more traditional route, but instead took a chance on film, and a chance on New Mexico. It’s been rigorous, she said, but working on your dream job “does wonders for your soul.” And so do her pastimes — Ashley consumes fashion magazines and books, cooks, sketches and sews, and does a bit of shopping (an “occupational hazard”). But above all, she is constantly learning about her craft, with eyes on that top-of-the-chain designer position. “Knowledge is power,” she said, “and I hope to never stop being a student.”

ateo Frazier is no stranger to big-city-bustle, having worked in Los Angeles and gotten his masters in media studies from The New School in New York City. But he believes it is “disingenuous at best to suggest that (L.A. and New York) are the only places that produce relevant filmmakers.” Frazier himself is a testament. The New Mexico native co-wrote and co-directed Blaze You Out, a “modern fairytale from the rural indigenous/ Hispano perspective,” with Española native Diego Joaquin Lopez. And just recently he produced Drunktown’s Finest, set in Gallup. “There’s a huge disparity of rural vs. urban perspectives in the media,” he said. “And I want my work to address that.” Frazier is very much a product of his roots. Raised in the hills of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, he took solace in film at a young age. “During long winters,” he told Local iQ, “cinema brought the world around me, to me, which meant a lot to a mountain kid.” It seems he entered that world, and hasn’t left. Before full-time filmmaking, Frazier taught college-level screenwriting, shaping storytellers. He’s put teaching on hiatus for now, but by painting, piloting and raising a “beast” of a son, he avoids stagnancy and follows intrigue. “Worst thing a writer can do is sit inside and drink all day,” he said. “I tried it. No bueno.”




ALIVE + WELL + STRONG AS THE CITY’S FILM LIAISON, ANN LERNER HAS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THE LIVELY STATE OF THE FILM INDUSTRY IN NEW MEXICO BY MIKE ENGLISH nn Lerner was appointed as the director of the Albuquerque Film Office in 2003 by former Mayor Martin Chavez. A decade later she’s still at it, now as part of the administration of Mayor Richard Berry. Lerner’s job is to serve as the point of contact for film and television producers and directors who are considering filming, or already filming, in Albuquerque. She also plays a proactive role by regularly reading scripts and pitching Albuquerque as the perfect place to shoot productions. Lerner and assistant liaison Carrie Wells have turned the Albuquerque Film Office into a one-stop shop for everything needed to shoot a film or television production in the city, from permits to finding housing for cast and crew. The office was recognized this year by the Location Managers Guild of America, at a Beverly Hills ceremony featuring presenter Billy Crystal, as the “Outstanding Film Commission” for 2014. Local iQ recently spoke with Lerner in her office on the 11th floor of City Hall about the current state of the film industry in Albuquerque, which she described as “alive and well and strong.” Local iQ: What’s your assessment of the current state of the New Mexico film industry? Ann Lerner: We’re gangbusters. With that additional 5

percent incentive for television, we just had the pilot for


Stanistan wrap at Santa Fe Studios, we have Messengers for 12 episodes and Dig filming 10 episodes right now. Better Call Saul, of course; they just wrapped. Night Shift starts up at the end of October for 13 episodes. Manhattan got picked up. We had Sicario all summer, the movie with Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. We had Blood Father earlier in the year, with Mel Gibson. We also have Scorch Trials from Fox. And Abe Makes a Movie, a lowbudget film made by Ryan Turri. That was made for under $100,000 but it hired 25 crew members for 25 days and a whole bunch of extras. I’m just as excited about that. All summer long we had smaller indie films. And there are things scouting now, which I can’t talk



Albuquerque Film Office Liaison Ann Lerner has been in her job for a decade now, and has seen productions ranging from Breaking Bad and its infamous locales, like the car wash (pictured) to dozens of independent films. Two current productions include the TV series Manhattan (above right), starring (left to right) Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan, and the Benecio Del Toro (bottom right) film Sicario.

about because they haven’t announced. But last week I had scouts from three projects in town. I know two of them are movies that definitely will be coming here and filming in December and January. Normally our winters are a little slower. But the word is on the street about how filmfriendly we are. Thank you, Mayor Berry. From the top on down, it is a conscious decision to embrace filming. iQ: That’s a busy schedule. AL: Yes, and it’s jobs. It’s economic development. The

crew are working. And they’re high-paying creative jobs. And it’s non-polluting. iQ: Having been in this position for 10 years, what are you most proud of? AL: I am proud of Albuquerque Studios coming here, with

the largest studio in America. That was all private money. I’m proud of I-25 Studios — 500,000 square feet that is full to capacity right now with Messengers, Dig and Scorch Trials. I’m proud of our crew that are hard working. What I hear from out-of-town producers is what an enthusiastic, can-do attitude they find here. I’m proud of our young filmmakers who are making movies, (and of) the film festivals and competitions we have. iQ: What do you foresee for the future? AL: Albuquerque is known as a film locale. The proximity

to L.A. is a very positive thing. Everybody in the film industry knows how film-friendly Albuquerque and New Mexico is. We’re alive and well and strong. We have the infrastructure, we have the crew, we have the film-friendly attitude from city government and the community. And, oh, did I mention we have 310 days of sunshine a year?




Performers at the OneBeat ABQ event include (from left to right: Sandunes, synthesizer, keyboard player and sound designer from India; Blessing Chimanga, drummer, mbira player and vocalist from Zimbabwe; and Peni Candra Rini, singer and composer from Indonesia. The event, part of a program funded by the U.S. State Dept., brings together 25 musicians from 17 countries.

Culture club A one-night-only performance brings a world of traveling musicians and artists together at the Rail Yards OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make —SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY a positive impact on local and global communities. This motley band of 19- to 35-year-old international musicians BY HAKIM BELLAMY first met each other three weeks ago at Montalvo Arts Center o put it bluntly, Dia de los Muertos just might be in Saratoga, Calif. There, they became familiar with their the Hail Mary pass of cultural diplomacy in the mobile studio (coming soon to an Albuquerque near you) world today. Let me explain. On All Saints Day, and developed the workshops the collective of musicians Saturday, Nov. 1 (and for ONE NIGHT ONLY), has since been facilitating in the communities they have the Albuquerque Rail Yards will be alive with 25 musical been traveling through. Their travel itinerary artists from 17 countries amid a visual art has been full of youth workshops and public installation by local and national artists that music-making events in Los Angeles and PREVIEW will feel like a mirage the next morning. Arizona. This week they finally land in OneBeat ABQ is not simply bringing artists Albuquerque, and OneBeat ABQ happens OneBeat ABQ from different countries together for a show; Saturday night, smack in the middle of 5-9p, Sat., Nov. 1 OneBeat ABQ is a month-long residency ALBUQUERQUE RAIL YARDS
 Halloween Night and Day of the Dead. that puts artists from different countries 777 1ST SW So why did OneBeat choose Albuquerque? together on a tour bus, to cross the U.S. while $5 (suggested donation) Well, that’s simple. Firstly, this year’s theme is collaboratively composing, performing and “Audible Visible,” which explores the universal producing originally written music to be concept of Spirit and how spirits travel across performed in a 134-year-old rail yard. What’s the thresholds of life, death and the other more, it is funded by the U.S. Department of in-betweens. There’s not a better place on the State. Let me explain. planet at no better time of year than here, in Albuquerque, In 2007, former Burqueño Christopher Marianetti and to park that inter-terrestrial spacecraft of creativity inside a Jeremy Thal began a music studio in a classroom at a failing previously abandoned locomotive hangar. school in the Bronx. They called it Found Sound Nation. A big thanks goes to Marianetti for helping the Duke City From those classroom beginnings, they’ve since grown their score this cultural and spiritual send-off. He was back collective of musicians and artists, and continue to engage in Albuquerque a few years ago for the International communities with projects as diverse as documenting youth Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) coordinated by 516 music movements in Indonesia to developing film scoring ARTS. Two years later, Marianetti is back in cahoots with curricula in Haiti. After partnering with another rogue band Suzanne Sbarge, executive director at 516 ARTS, to bring the of socially engaged composers called Bang on a Can, the world to New Mexico. supergroup was approached by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to bring together “It was an honor to be asked,” Sbarge told Local iQ recently. artists and incubate them. Yes, incubate them. “We were thinking that we (516 ARTS) were not really a “Music is the international language of peace and of possibilities and dreams.”




music presenter. However, we couldn’t pass up the idea of mixing music and visual art for the purpose of community engagement. Coupled with the cultural significance of this year’s theme, date and place, Albuquerque just made sense,” she continued. “Connecting Albuquerque with the rest of the world through art and dialogue is part of our organization’s vision, and with the State Department’s support we could just jump in and get behind it without all the fundraising.” Billy Joe Miller is curating the visual arts portion of OneBeat ABQ. One could say he’s “hanging the Rail Yard.” However, his connection to this event is quite personal. “My mother died when I was young, and she talked me through the entire process,” he said in a recent Local iQ interview. “Of course it was shocking, but I remember it. I’ve lost my father and I’ve worked in hospice. Death is no new thing for me; it is something that we are so disconnected from in American culture.” Miller said he is extremely interested in the idea of resurrecting the Rail Yard for one night, like many of us will do as we visit with the spirits of loved ones and family members on the Sunday after for the Day of the Dead. In the midst of this immersive and manufactured chimera, there will be a way to cross over. Those who attend OneBeat ABQ will find a woman dressed in all white atop a ladder, bullhorn in hand. “The color of death and mourning in Asia,” said interdisciplinary artist, writer and activist Edie Tsong. Attendees are invited to write messages and questions to ancestors who have passed. Tsong will read those messages throughout the evening from her perch. I asked Tsong why she decided to be the gossamer cape-clad intermediary between the land of the living and the land of the dead. She immediately knew that presenting anything that would visually get swallowed up in the cavernous sarcophagus of the Rail Yards was not a good idea. So she arrived at the idea of filling the space up with her bullhorn. “That’s what I like to do as an artist: to bring worlds together,” Tsong said. “That’s what I am doing here, bringing the ancestral world and the present world together. And who knows. Maybe they will get messages.”



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Launchpad Mic Club 24 9p, $10

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National Hispanic Cultural Center Chispa Latin Diva Series Ani Cordero 7:30p, $17

Outpost Performance Space Ralph Alessi’s Baida Quartet 7:30p, $15-$20

Q Bar Latin Gold DJ Quico 9p-1:30a, TBD

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Django Mex GYPSY RANCHERA 2p Bone Orchard AMERICANA NOIR 8:30p, FREE

Halloween: Abandoned Mansions, Storming the Beaches, You 9p, FREE

Dirty Bourbon Nathan Dean & the Damn Band 9p-2a, $5

Casa Esencia

Effex Nightclub

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Corrales Bistro Brewery Jack Hansen 6p, FREE

Dirty Bourbon Nathan Dean & the Damn Band 9p-2a, $5

Effex Nightclub DJ Stich 9p, TBD Girls Night Out 9p, $5

Hotel Andaluz Friday Night Frights DJ 8p, $8

Launchpad 12 Step Rebels PSYCHOBILLY 9:30p, TBD

Lazy Lizard, Sandia Park Halloween Dance Party w/ The Replicators ’80S NOW WAVE 7p, FREE

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Ned’s Bar and Grill Vanilla Pop 9:30p, FREE

Outpost Performance Space Spookulele Band SPOOKY STORY NIGHT 7:30p, FREE-$5

Q Bar Old School House Party DJs Mike T, Big Phill ’80S ’90S 9p-1:30a, FREE

Santa Ana Star Casino Cirque Ultimate Halloween Party 9p, $35$100

Elevate DJ Devin,Chris de Jesus 9p, TBD

Uzala,Oryx, Roñoso 9:30p, TBD

Ned’s Bar and Grill Sammy D 6p, FREE

Rail Yards Market

Sister Bar

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Adobe Bar, Taos Kate & Billy’s Medicine Show OLD TYMEY OPEN MIC 7-10p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

Haiku Cowboys 6p, FREE


Cowgirl, Santa Fe

DJs Shatta, XES EDM 10p, TBD

Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE

Low Spirits

The Living Deads, Fire to the Rescue, Mr. Right & the Leftovers 9:30p, $8

Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriguez Duo LOUNGE 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid Jim & Tim BLUES 2p Anthony Leon & the Chain Dracula’s Ball After Dawn 7p, FREE


Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Skylight, Santa Fe Tinariwen SAHARA ROCK 7:30p, $30

Sunshine Theater Yelawolf, Rittz, Big Henry 7p, $21-$75

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge

Chispa Pimentel Concert Series Gerardo Pérez Capdevilla w/ Hector Garcia 7:30p, $35

Bob Tate PIANIST 6-9p, FREE

Q Bar DJs TOP 40 9p-1:30a, $10

Rail Yards One Beat 2014 25 BANDS 5-9p, $5

Santa Ana Star Casino Luxe DJ Andy Gil KATE SPADE GLASSES 9p, $5-$10

Sister Bar 3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Party Featuring Cali Shaw Band, Felonious Groove Foundation, Baracutanga, DJ Christopher Halcyon Andrews 9p, $7/$5 (w/ face paint)

Sunshine Theater GWAR, Decapitated, American Sharks 8p, $20

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge Le Chat Lunatique 7:3010:30p, FREE



Corrales Bistro Brewery

Sol Santa Fe

The Manhattan Transfer 3p, $20-$54

Corrales BIstro Brewery

Scaloween: Le Chat Lunatique DIRTY JAZZ 8:30-11:30p, FREE Sister’s Halloween Party Leeches of Lore 9p-2a, $5

Popejoy Hall

Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape 9p, $12

Halloween Hoedown: Paris A Go Go Burlesque 9p, $10

Day of the Dead w/ George Chacon 7-10p, FREE Frank & Greg 6p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe Zenobia GRAMMY NOMINEE 12p Eryn Bent & Troupe Red INDIE FOLK 8p, FREE



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Halloween party with music, drink specials and more. 8p, $8

12 Step Rebels, Shoggoth, Razekel

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Beer Bust Thu. DJ Chris de Jesus 9p,FREE

Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk

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Launchpad Rotting Out, Nomads, Homewrecker 7:30p, $10

Lotus DJs Shatta, Sharp, Kid Official 10p, TBD

Outpost Perf. Space Miguel Zenon JAZZ 7:30p, $15-$20

Friday Night Frights

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Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Mike Watt Live music. 9p, $12 LOW SPIRITS 2823 2ND NW

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Il Vicino Canteen Bus Tapes INDIE AMERICANA 3-6p, FREE

Low Spirits O’Death, Lonesome Leash, Human Behavior 9:30p, $8

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid Timbo Jam 7p, FREE

Ned’s Bar and Grill Picosso 6p, FREE

Vernon’s Black DIamond Lounge Bob Tate PIANIST 6-9p, FREE




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Cutthroats 9, Aeges 8p, TBD



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The Twisted Owls 9p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette


Nathan Dean & The Damn Band perform. 9p, $5

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Barley Room

Rudy Boy Jaramillo BLUESROCK 7-10p, FREE

Haunted house, not for the faint of heart. 6p, $20-30

Halloween Party

ABQ Jazz Orchestra 7:30p, FREE

DogStar 6p, FREE

Ron Helman Quartet JAZZ 7-10p, FREE

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Dragon’s House of Horror


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Adobe Bar, Taos



Open Mic Night w/ Chris Dracup 8p, FREE

Lucy Barna 7-10p, FREE

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A frightful Zombie vs Humans Laser Tag experience. 4p, $30

Brickyard Pizza

Chatter Sunday Beethoven Quartet 10:30a, $5-$15

One Beat 9p-2a, TBD

Bob Tate 6-9p, FREE

Dj’s, costume contest and prizes. 9p, $35-$100

Zombie Attack

Groove the Dig w/ Old School John DJ GLAM PUNK 10p, FREE

South Broadway Cultural Center


Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge

Cirque - The Ultimate Halloween Party

Blackbird Buvette

The Kosmos


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Alpha Cats JAZZ 3-6p, FREE

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Sister Bar

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Whiskey Business Karaoke 9p, FREE

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Jeez La Weez 7p, TBD

Larry Freedman 6;309:30p, FREE

Russell Turek GUITAR 7p The Goldsteins 10p, FREE

Pawn Drive 6p, FREE

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Blackbird Buvette

Split Decision 9p, FREE

El Farol, Santa Fe



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Outpost Perf. Space

Sunshine Theater


O’Niell’s Heights

Adobe Bar, Taos

Cowgirl, Santa Fe





Q Bar Latin Gold DJ Quico 9p-1:30a, TBD

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge Jim Almand 6-9p, FREE



Adobe Bar, Taos Phil Friendly Trio 7-10p, FREE

African American Cultural Center Adjor: Wamba Dance and Drum Ensemble 7p, $10-$20

Blackbird Buvette Zealous Grooves, Velvet Odessa, Mandy Sloan 10p, FREE

Casa Esencia DJ 9p-1:30a, $10-$20

Corrales Bistro Brewery The Accidentals 6p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe Jim Almand 5p, FREE Boris & the Saltlicks AMERICANA 8:30p, FREE

Effex Nightclub DJ Stitch 9p, TBD

Hotel Andaluz Jazz Brasiliero BRAZIL JAZZ 6:30-9:30p, FREE

James A. Little Theatre Patty Griffin w/Her Combo 7:30p, $48

Launchpad The Lymbs, Red Light Cameras, Great States 9:30p, FREE

Lotus DJs AI, Dan Sen HIPHOP EDM 10p, TBD

Corrales Bistro Brewery

Vernon’s Lounge

Blackbird Buvette

Nicolas Perea 6p, FREE

Shane 7:30-10:30p, FREE

Try Vs. Try Bi Weekly Open Mic 10p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe

Luna Mansion Keith Sanchez 6-9p, FREE

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid Barnyard Stompers ROCKABILLY 5p, FREE Underground Cadence R&B BLUES 8p, $5

Ned’s Bar and Grill Ravenous 9p, FREE

Palace Saloon, Santa Fe Lightning Hall 4:30-7:30p, FREE

Q Bar Vanilla Pop 9p-1:30a, FREE

Rt. 66 Casino Jackson Cash CASH TRIBUTE 8p, $13


Troy Browne Duo AMERICANA 2p Phil Friendly Trio ROCKABILLY 8:30p, FREE

Effex Nightclub Elevate DJ Devin,Chris de Jesus 9p, TBD

Launchpad Koffin Kats, Barnyard Stompers 9:30p, $8

Lotus DJs Shatta, XES EDM 10p, TBD

Low Spirits Mondo Vibrations,The Riddims, Burque Sol 9p, $5

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid

Kalin & Myles 7:30p, $18-$60

Shagbark Hickory 3-7p Connie Long & Fast Patsy 7p, FREE

Sunshine Theater

Outpost Perf. Space

Tech N9Ne HIPHOP 7p, $34

Tractor Brewing, Wells Park DJ Flo Fader 9p,FREE

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge The Al DeMarco Trio JAZZ 7:30-10:30p, FREE



Adobe Bar, Taos The Neighbors 7-10p, FREE

African American Cultural Center Adjor: Wamba Dance & Drum Ensemble 7p, $10-$20

Blackbird Buvette Live Local Music Showcase 10p, FREE

Cooperage Son Como Son SALSA CUBANA 9:30p, $7

Pray for Brain PROG JAZZ 7:30p, $10-$15

Q Bar DJs TOP 40 9p-1:30a, $10

Sister Bar Brotherhood Sound System + Don Martin REGGAE DANCEHALL


Sol Santa Fe Kirra, Midlife Crisis, Eternal Ride 7p,$5-$8

St. Francis Auditorium Santa Fe Pro Musica Transfigured Night 4p, $20-$65

Sunshine Theater Flyleaf 8p, TBD

Tractor Brewing, Wells Park I’ll Drink ToThat w/Carlos Contreras Various 4-7p, FREE



Brickyard Pizza Open Mic Night w/ Chris Dracup 8p, FREE

Adobe Bar, Taos Jeremiah Samartano 7-10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Purling Hiss, Gusher, Klondykes 9p, FREE Corrales Bistro Brewery Thru Friends 6p, FREE

African American Cultural Center Adjor: Wamba Dance & Drum Ensemble 3p, $10-$20

Blackbird Buvette The Weekend w/ Wae Fonky DJ 7p, FREE

Corrales Bistro Brewery Lenin & McCarthy 6p, FREE

Cowgirl Santa Fe Zenobia GRAMMY NOMINEE 12p Dan Tedesco FOLK 8p, FREE

Hotel Andaluz From the Big Screen to the Concert Hall GOLDEN AGE HOLLYWOOD 5p, $25-$150

Il Vicino Canteen Cali Shaw Band INDIE AMERICANA 3-6p, FREE

The Kosmos Duo Brazilian Brilliance 10:30a, $5-$15

Launchpad Eye Hate God, Today is the Day, Black Maria 7:30p, FREE

Lensic PAC, Santa Fe Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenhour JAZZ 7p, $25-$100

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid Gene Corbin 3-7p Anthony Leon & Benito 3-7p, FREE

National Hispanic Cultural Center Chispa New Latin Music Series Nano Stern 7p, $12


Grammy-winning composer Dave Grusin performs at Santa Fe’s Lensic P.A.C. on Sun., Nov. 9. Show at 7p. $25-$100, ( O’Niell’s Heights Curio Cowboys 4p, FREE

St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe Santa Fe Pro Musica Transfigured Night 3p, $20-$65

Sunshine Theater Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Beartooth 7p, $27.50

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge Bob Tate PIANIST 6-9p,FREE



Adobe Bar Taos Joe Cat 4-5:30p Kate & Billy’s Medicine Show OPEN MIC 7-10p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Whiskey Business Karaoke 9p,FREE Corrales Bistro Brewery Java Fix 6p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe Cowgirl Karaoke 8p,FREE

Launchpad Bathouse, Inaeona 9:30p, $5

Sunshine Theater The Presets, LE1F, Chela 89p, $20

Tractor Brewing DJ Cloudface 9p, FREE

Vernon’s Lounge Bob Tate 6-9p, FREE



Adobe Bar, Taos Handmade Moments 7-10p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe Dana Cooper AMERICANA 8p, FREE

El Rey Pepper, The Movement, New Beat Fund 8p-12a, $15-$25

Il Vicino Canteen Next Three MIles FOLK 6-9p, FREE

Lensic PAC, Santa Fe Senegal Gospel Choir 7p, $15-$35

Low Spirits Horse Feathers, Sara Jackson Holman 9p, $15

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid

Timbo Jam 6p, FREE

Sister Bar Dum Dum Girls, Ex Cops 9p-1a, $12

Sunshine Theater AB Soul, Bas 7p, $20

Vernon’s Black Diamond Lounge Bob Tate 6-9p, FREE



Adobe Bar, Taos Keley McRae 7-10p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Open Mic Night w/ Felix Peralta 7p, FREE

Corrales Bistro Brewery Jeez La Weez 6p, FREE

Cowgirl, Santa Fe Jeremiah Samartano AMERICANA 8p, FREE

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Ty Segall Manipulator DRAG CITY

The Bay Area 27-year-old singer/ songwriter phenom continues his dominant presence as the undisputed king of California ‘60s-inspired guitar-forward psych alt.-rock. Segall’s seventh solo release displays all the Millennial’s talents: guitar riffs, noise and sunny tracks held together by his impeccable songwriting skills.


Let’s imagine for a moment that Beyoncé and David Lynch met while speed dating, decided to drive east from L.A. through the desert on peyote, turned around and recorded an album that night. This is FKA Twigs: sexy as hell and incredibly bizarre. Tahliah Barnett, the UK artist behind FKA Twigs, is onto something edgy and daring.

Effex Nightclub Phenox DJ Nihil, K Oss GOTH 9p, FREE

Launchpad The Maxies 9:30p, $7

Los Griegos Library BeBe LaLa 5p, FREE

Sister Bar Babes, Lilah Rose 9p-1a, FREE

Sunshine Theater The WordAlive, The Color Morale, Our Last Night 6:30p, $16

Vernon’s Lounge Bob Tate PIANIST 6-9p, FREE


Austin electroindie pop trio Love Inks sounds like a mash-up of The xx and Broadcast. Outdated 1980s-style synthesizers often sound much more technologically relevant in today’s music. With an overabundance of current ’80s-retro bands, Love Inks keeps it simple and heart-achingly beautiful

Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT

Since the mid-1990s, underground hip-hop group Dilated Peoples has been intelligently rhyming, crossing over into the mainstream and doing so without coming across as narcissistic or shallow. The first fulllength release since 2006, Directors of Photography places West Coast chill and trippy beats underneath political and social commentary, with a smattering of a hazy inner-city beach vibe.



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don’t know why it seems like half the rockabilly guys I know are named Billy, but it’s true. I mean, I don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes about a particular group of cats who are into a specific genre, but rockabilly is one such genre. I used to know a crew of dudes who had the whole uniform — greased hair, cuffed denim, white T-shirt and a sleeve of tattoos that included many ominous skulls and hourglass girls in various outfits posing as if they were in some oldtimey USO calendar. Sometimes, on my way to the liquor store to grab a 40-ounce of St. Ides, I would talk to these guys outside one of their mother’s homes, and they were always trying to fix up some jalopy of a car. It was always the same car, and it never moved, though they didn’t appear to care. However, out of all the groups that created the background music that played as they attempted to diagnose their car’s flaws, one group always made more of an impression on me as I listened. That band was the Koffin Kats. I knew about this Detroit trio from its self-titled debut, as well as the classic LP Drunk in the Daylight, and the music resonated in a more immediate way than, say, Reverend Horton Heat. (To me, on one than more occasion, the Rev. has seemed more like a rockabilly statue than a musician really feeling what it means to jangle in an old-school way, complete with a stand-up bass and cigs rolled into a sleeve.) It is partially because of its immediacy and aggression that the Koffin Kats has been able to tour extensively in Europe on bills with some of the most prominent rockabilly bands of this time, including Mad Sin, Nekromantix and The Meteors. When the Koffin Kats brings its gasoline-soaked take on this classic American genre to New Mexico, you won’t need to have the requisite greaser uniform or even a car up on blocks to enjoy it. —Jeff Kerby


9:30p, Sat., Nov. 8 Launchpad 618 Central SW, 505.764.8887

$8, 21+

Vanilla Rawk 9:30p, Sat., Nov. 15 Ned’s Bar & Grill 2509 San Mateo NE, 505.884.4680

$10 (’80s metal throwback costumes are welcomed)


eath to All But Metal” by Los Angeles metal parody act Steel Panther screams for a return to the glam metal heyday, when the likes of Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Poison and the like dominated live stadium stages with theatrics, teased hair, leopard -skin tights and wickedly awesome guitar solos. Most metal fans have begrudgingly moved on since then, but there is a sleeping giant of a fan base out there that would welcome with open arms a glorious return to the devil-horned days of yore. If that’s you, your lucky day has arrived in the form of Vanilla Rawk. The Taos-based group evolved from another schlocky parody act, Vanilla Pop, and though it has only had a handful of shows so far, band leader Mick Shuggenah (aka Alan Vetter) says the response has been huge. “Opening night was just like a rock concert,” Vetter told Local iQ recently. “There was crowd control. People were pressed up against the stage with their lighters out, screaming. It was awesome.” The group, which also includes Cheeba Trix (lead vocals), Licky Splits (guitar) and Storm Thunders (drums), brings to the stage plenty of musical experience, as well as a big-time light show that Shuggenah says is integral to the spirit of the genre. “Just being in Vanilla Pop, we understand the importance of the eye candy,” he said. “Music is theater, it’s performance, it’s theatrics. It’s larger than life.” Expect to witness well-known hits like “Round and Round,” “Youth Gone Wild” and “Kick Start My Heart. ”—Kevin Hopper





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Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels Photographs by Angel Wynn in regards to Northern NM’s history. 4-6p, FREE ANGEL WYNN 1036 CANYON, SANTA FE, 888.765.3332 PERFORMANCE

From the Ground Up Dancing that explores how the body uses the ground beneath to create works of art. 6:30p, FREE

Profiled: Who Do You Think I Am?

516 ARTS 516 CENTRAL SW, 505.242.1445

Large-scale photographs by Cecilia Portal are up for view. Gallery hours, FREE


Night of the Living Laweezes


UNM SA+P CITY LAB 505 CENTRAL NW, 505.242.9800

Sarah Suski (left) and Kristen Woods are members of the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective, a Duke City group founded in 2012 and committed to bringing the circus arts to the forefront of the city’s creative scene. Group members say they want to provide a community-oriented outlet for both performers and the audience. EXHIBIT THROUGH NOV. 26

The circus arts come to town

Gourds of all shapes and sizes in a mixed media exhibit. Gallery hours, FREE

Albuquerque Aerialist Collective aims to build community, one gravity-defying maneuver at a time

OFFCENTER ARTS 808 PARK SW, 505.247.1175

Hamlet (Amleto)


From acrobatics accompanied by a live didgeridoo, to a trapeze performance woman in a bedazzled skirt and choreographed to haunting organ music, small, off-centered top hat walks the Circus and Cider show put on by the onto the stage. Actually, maybe Albuquerque Aerialist Collective showcased “stage” isn’t the right word. the many talents and tastes of performers, The audience is sitting on folding chairs and each act was punctuated by an and futons piled in the parking lot, and the outpouring of audience support. open garage of an old brick warehouse acts “We’re just trying to promote the circus as the main stage. The woman standing arts,” said Kristen Woods, one of the inside smiles and introduces herself to the founders of the collective. The “awesome audience, and I begin to wonder about the contribution of wonder and circus performance I’m surprise” the shows elicit is about to witness. Everyone EXHIBIT a nice side effect. sips on warm apple cider and the show begins. Founded in January of 2012 Albuquerque by a small group of circus The first acrobat pulls Aerialist enthusiasts, the goal of herself up, with amazing the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective strength and flexibility, FACTORY ON 5TH Collective is to bring the onto the lyra, a large hoop 1715 5TH NW, (505) 206-0160 power of the circus arts to suspended from the ceiling. albuquerqueaerialist Albuquerque. She folds herself into the hoop, hangs from the edges “People, in general, have and almost dances across lost the importance of the top of the hanging circle. community and play, and After every move she holds her pose for a circus encompasses that,” said Suski. “A few seconds, and the small audience erupts lot of adults are isolated and really don’t into shouts and applause. have an outlet to just be experimental and expressive, and I think that circus really Sarah Suski, the first acrobat, calls celebrates those differences.” the shows put on by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective “community-based Suski also said that the circus arts are a performances,” and that mindset is on full great way to improve fitness. During the display as the audience cheers each gravityshow, I was constantly blown away by the defying moment. strength of the performers. How could they




dangle from the ceiling holding on with just one hand or, in the case of one acrobat, stay suspended in the air supported only by a neck? Acrobats work hard to build the strength they need in an environment that, Suski said, is a nice departure from our society’s focus on physical beauty. “It makes your life about being healthy so you can do something you love, as opposed to beating yourself up so you can look a certain way,” she said. “It’s just a completely different way of looking at health and fitness.” The collective offers classes and workshops and produces shows, like the one I saw on Oct. 18, in an effort to reach out and share the power and joy of the circus arts. Members of the collective hope circus can be a part of the growing Albuquerque creative community, and they encourage Duke City residents to give it a try and experience this inclusive community for themselves. “I feel like I come into the circus bubble and I’m really myself. I can be the goofy clown self that I am,” said Woods. “It’s a nice reality, and I think it’s really helpful for people to have that. And I think it’s nice to be able to build that in Albuquerque.” “Everyone is invited,” added Suski. “It’s harder than it looks, but accessible to everyone.”


Out of Your Gourd

CYRANO This small cast version of Cyrano offers swooninducing romance and swashbuckling action in this modern adaption. 8p, Thu.-Sat.; 2p, Sun. $20-$22 TRICKLOCK PERFORMANCE LAB 110 GOLD SW, 505.243.0596


The Member of the Wedding Carson McCuller’s touching and poignant play centers around a twelve-year-old girl caught between innocence and the throes of adolescence. 8p, Fri.Sat.; 2p, Sun., $15 ADOBE THEATER 9813 4TH NW, 505.898.9222



Creepy Cabaret This fundraiser for Unseen Gallery will feature Burlesque, live music, poetry, circus arts, comedy and clubhouse cabaret. Adults only. 7-9, $12 UNSEEN GALLERY 3107 EUBANK #31, 505.232.2161 THROUGH NOV. 1

Albuquerque Tango Festival Thirty hours of milongas with world-class DJs, two

ABQ’s comedy troupe performs a Halloween routine. 7p, $15 SOUTH BROADWAY CULTURAL CENTER 1025 BROADWAY SE, 505.848.1320

OPERA PERFORMANCE Franco Faccio’s adaption of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Amleto). 7:30p, $12-$82 NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER 1701 4TH SW, 505.24602261




23rd Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibit Over 140 pastel paitings are shared in this group show. 1-6p, FREE PASTEL SOCIETY OF NM HISPANIC ARTS CENTER, EXPO NM, 300 SAN PEDRO NE THROUGH DEC. 28: EXHIBIT

Reflect A group show of artists works who have worked together since 2003. Daily except Mon., FREE OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER 6500 COORS NW, 505.897.8831 recreation/open-space




Desert Bloom by Francis Rivera Welcome this mural masterpiece into the City Public Art Collections while celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. 12p, FREE SOUTH BROADWAY CULTURAL CENTER 1025 BROADWAY SE, 505.848.1320





Pushing Boundries Marcella Boushelle, Marlies Diels, Trish Meyer and Char Punke will share their latest works in different media. 5-8p, FREE

Gallery Talk A talk by curator of art andrew connors on the exhibi gods and heroes: Masterpieces from the ecole des beaux-Arts, Paris. 11a, FREE

THE GALLERY ABQ 8210 MENAUL NE, 505.292.9333

ABQ MUSEUM 2000 MOUNTAIN NW, 505.243.7255


Robert Crespin and Tom Koche



Wild Birds and Wild Places Photographer Peter Davies photos will be up for view. 5-8p, FREE HIGH DESERT ART & FRAME 12611 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.265.4066

The artists will share their latest pieces. 5-8p, FREE SE-OC RIGHT BRAIN GALLERY 3100 MENAUL NE, 505.816.0214

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Group Show Pieces from Dana Velasco, Merge and Dani Jeffries will be up for view. 6-9p, FREE



The Making of Landscapes Dream-like monotypes by Jacqui Lewnes are on display. 5-8p, FREE


Second Hand Plants Christa Dalien works in a variety of media and her latest artwork will be shared. 5-8p, FREE



Inspirations: Porcelain Vessels by UNM Students RECEPTION/EXHIBIT

Aligned with Nature Paintings by David Welch and Cynthia Wister are shared in this show. 5-8p, FREE MATRIX FINE ART 3812 CENTRAL SE, STE 100A 505.268.8952


First year and independent study students share pieces of art. 5-8:30p, FREE WEYRICH GALLERY 2935 D LOUISIANA NE, 505.883.7410 CONTINUED ON 28


Art/Space Albuquerque ARTScrawl

‘Tumbleweed 2’ by Christa Dalien, on view at Inpost Artspace David Welch “Morning on the Rio” 48 x 32” Oil on canvas

Matrix Fine Art & New Grounds Gallery Two Galleries, one convenient Nob Hill location, large selection of contemporary art! OPEN: Wed.- Sun., 10am6pm; Tue., 10am-4pm. 3812 CENTRAL AVE SE 505-268-8952

Rik Burkard • “Floramizing V” ceramic/mixed media

Join us for the First Friday ARTScrawl November 7, 5 - 8 pm Old Town, Downtown, Nob Hill, and the Heights. Visit our website for detailed information about galleries and shows.

Sumner & Dene

Sumner & Dene specializes in the unique featuring paintings, photography, unusual jewelry, crafts, furniture and gifts. Our ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT, JEWELRY AND GIFT SHOW through November. Open 7 days a week. 517 CENTRAL NW 505.842.1400

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LewAllen Galleries will present its latest exhibit ​Tracy Rocca: ​New Work​, from ​Nov. 7 through ​ Dec​. ​7​at the Santa Fe Railyard. An artist reception will be held on Fri., ​Nov. 7 from 5-7p at LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard (1613 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, 505.988.3250,


Son of Pop Colorado-based artist Floyd D. Tunson’s work will be up for view. 5-8p, FREE 516 ARTS 516 CENTRAL SW, 505.242.1445 RECEPTION/EXHIBIT

Annual Jewelery, Craft and Gift Show Numerous artists share and sell their works ranging in different media. 5-8p, FREE SUMNER & DENE 517 CENTRAL NW, 505.842.1400 RECEPTION/EXHIBIT

Harley Kirshner This artist created one painting a month and they will be on display. 5-8p, FREE OT CIRCUS 709 CENTRAL NW, 505.249.2231 CLOSING RECEPTION

in-struct Artwork by artistteachers, volunteers and staff are on view. 5-7p, FREE VSA N4TH GALLERY 4904 4H NW, 505.345.2140




Two Views

Tracy Rocca: New Work

Folk Art From Around the World

Paintings in acrylics and oils are shared. 5-7p, FREE

Folk art and textiles as well as works by Native American and New Mexican artists. 5p, FREE

Paintings by friends Gwen Wilemon and Sondra Schlotterbach will be shared. 5-8p, FREE PURPLE SAGE GALERIA 201 SAN FELIPE NW, 505.450.4059

Group Show Rod Groves, Carol Erickson and Terri Helmer display their works in jewelry, paintings and other media. YUCCA ART GALLERY 206-1/2 SAN FELIPE NW, 505.247.8931


Corrales Bosque Gallery Annual Holiday Show OPEN HOUSE

4685 CORRALES ROAD, 505.898.7203

Group Show Artwork from Farrell Cockrum, Michael Connor, Fred Cleveland and others. 5-8p, FREE BLACKBIRD GALLERY 323 ROMERO NW, STE 16, 505.243.9525 OPEN HOUSE

Recent paintings by Elguera are up for view. 5-9p, free ART BY ELGUERA 2 CHURCH NW, 505.243.0099 RECEPTION/EXHIBIT

Nickolas Montano Acrylics by a young, selftaught artist. 5-9p, FREE



This event will include artwork by jewelers, painters and more. 5-8p, FREE







A Midsummer Night’s Dream This highly physical version features a cast of 25 of UNM’s finest actors. 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, Sun. $10/$12 RODEY THEATER 203 CORNELL NE, 505.277.4332



The Rio Grande Arts Assoc. juried show and sale. 2-5p, FREE



Mary Cost’s tapestries are unveiled in a new series. 3-5p, FREE RECEPTION/EXHIBIT

Duo Show JD Challenger and Nicholas Coleman share their paintings. 5p, FREE MANITOU GALLERIES 123 WEST PALACE, SANTA FE, 505.986.0440

Fractured Light


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smart ARTS Saara Ekström: Careless Water ARTIST RECEPTION:

6-8p, Fri., Nov. 7 Richard Levy Gallery 514 Central SW, 505.766.9888



rtist Saara Ekström’s works both connects and disconnects — between growth and decomposition, light and dark, emptiness and presence. Capturing these opposites while working in the mediums of video and photography creates a challenge, but Ekström presents it effortlessly by designing a personal “surrealism.” After viewing some of Ekström’s work, audiences are often left feeling haunted by the way she presents ordinary objects — trash cans, plastic chairs — for a specific image. The color contrasts Ekström uses, meanwhile, add layers to her work. The Finnish artist utilizes black and white, shadows and dark backgrounds to offset colorful images. She often uses videos to expand on, and add detail to, the symbolism of her photographs and the imagery she tries to convey. A few of the images included in this specific exhibit provoke a serene and curious effect on the viewer thanks to the materials and composition of her photographs. Careless Water opens Oct. 31 and will run through Dec. 19. —Melyssa Laurent

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ince its founding in 1917, the Hunting + New Mexico Museum of Art has Gathering: New been collecting a wide variety of Additions to artwork to display for the citizens of the Museum’s our state, and the gallery has come Collection out with a new collection that reflects OPENING RECEPTION: the diversity of the museum itself. 5:30-7:30p, Fri., Nov. 7 Hunting + Gathering is an exhibition New Mexico Museum of Art that showcases about 200 pieces 107 W. Palace, Santa Fe, 505.476.5041 crafted by a variety of artists. Showing $9/$6 (N.M. residents) the modern works of Joyce Neimanas alongside the sculptures of Francisco Zúñiga and the tapestries of Martha Opdahl, Hunting + Gathering juxtaposes wildly different eras, mediums and moods. The exhibit is simply a collection of all of the artwork that has recently been taken in by the museum. Most of the pieces displayed were gifts, and curators of the collection want the exhibit to intrigue viewers while simultaneously acting as a public expression of gratitude to those who donated these works. The museum is open Tues.-Sun. from 10a-5p, and is free to the public the first Friday of every month. —Marissa Higdon


osting dinner on a chilly night has never been this unfortunate. Sheridan Whiteside (or Sherry, to his friends) is visiting the house of a factory owner as a dinner guest, when he slips on ice and becomes house-ridden (or so we think). As deceit, blackmail and lies play out on stage, audiences begin to understand just how terrible Sherry is. This witty comedy, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, premiered on Broadway in 1939 The Man Who and has entertained audiences Came to Dinner in New York, London and other 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, theater destinations around the Sun.; Nov. 7-30 The Vortex Theatre world. The story was made into 2900 Carlisle NE, a movie starring Bette Davis 505.247.8600 and Jimmy Durante in 1942. In $22 2000, Nathan Lane starred in a Broadway revival of the play. The Vortex production is directed by Marty Epstein. Set around Christmas, The Man Who Came to Dinner will have you rethinking who you invite over this holiday season. —Melyssa Laurent



ENVIRONMENT THE AMERICAN VALUES CLUB CROSSWORD “Drink Up!” By Tyler Hinman, edited by Ben Tausig. Difficulty 4/5


Sweden is a world leader in organic agriculture and renewable energy, as well as per capita investment in green technology and sustainability research. The country ranks first out of 60 countries in the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).

Sweden tops the greenest countries in the world list Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?

—Raul Swain, New York, N.Y.


t’s true that Sweden came out on top in the future less dependent on polluting fossil fuels. recently released ranking of 60 countries, The United States didn’t fare so well in the GGEI, according to sustainability by consulting firm ranking just 28th overall, just behind Rwanda and Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green slightly ahead of Canada. Despite leadership in Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany green technology and environmental awareness, and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings Americans’ disproportionately large carbon footprint take into account a wide range of economic indicators and resistance to a national policy on climate change and datasets regarding leadership on climate change, mitigation are hurdles to the U.S. encouragement of efficiency sectors, achieving a better ranking. market facilitation and investing in Upwards of green technology and sustainability, The GGEI isn’t the only sustainability and management of ecosystems and 75 percent of ranking of countries. The Yale Center natural capital. Environmental Law & Policy Swedes recycle for and Columbia University’s Center Sweden’s first place finish reflects their waste, for International Earth Science the Swedes’ ongoing commitment Information Network recently to climate change mitigation and while only 4 released their 2014 Environmental sustainability policies and practices. Performance Index (EPI), a similar percent of The country is a leader in organic but more expansive ranking of 178 agriculture and renewable energy the country’s nations on environmental health as well as per capita investment in green technology and sustainability garbage goes to and ecosystem vitality. Switzerland topped that list, followed by research. Upwards of 75 percent of landfills. Luxembourg, Australia, Singapore Swedes recycle their waste, while only and the Czech Republic. Sweden 4 percent of the country’s garbage ranked ninth and the U.S. 33rd. goes to landfills. In fact, Sweden imports garbage from other nations to The fact that global rankings like burn as a renewable source of energy. the GGEI and EPI exist shows without a doubt that sustainability concerns are a global phenomenon, On the climate front, Sweden was one of the first and that people from Iceland to Australia (two highly countries in the world — going back to 1991— to put ranked countries) realize the importance of taking in place a heavy tax on fossil fuels to encourage the development of greener sources of energy. Indeed, the care of Mother Earth. Despite issuing different rankings, both indices had a lot in common, with five high price of gas there has notably boosted sales and countries (Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria consumption of homegrown, renewable ethanol. Just and Spain) making the top 10 list of each. Another a few decades ago Sweden derived 75 percent of its common conclusion was that the U.S. has much energy from fossil fuels, but is on track to shrink that to do if it hopes to be taken seriously among world to 18 percent by 2020, with many Swedes clamoring leaders committed to protecting the planet and our for the country to abandon fossil fuels entirely at common future. that point. As if that wasn’t enough, Sweden recently announced that it would pay a whopping $500 million EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and over the next four years into the United Nations’ Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E — The EnGreen Climate Fund, a pool of money sourced from vironmental Magazine ( Send questions to: richer countries to help poorer ones transition to a


| OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 12, 2014

ACROSS 1 Watson’s creator 4 Plant in a sedating drink 8 Slams in celebration, as a football 14 It might show a single scene 16 Strike zones? 17 Get rich quick 18 Alabama town with many connections to the civil rights movement 19 Like fall days that aren’t unseasonably hot or sad and drizzly 20 King Arthur’s foster brother 21 Root word? 23 Shade seen at the beach 27 Big name in SUVs 30 Total d-bag 32 Philosopher who wrote “anxiety is the dizziness of freedom” 34 Much-hated episode of “How I Met Your Mother” 36 1998 HBO biopic 37 Member of the brass 38 Campus party maneuvers, and features of six answers in this puzzle 41 One who’s hardly an urbanite

44 J. Edgar Hoover’s alma mater 45 Yankee vanquisher, in 2014 49 Prepared to build 52 Crash cause, often 53 Sign 54 Foils, perhaps, as a villain 56 Tecmo fighting game, popularly 57 Tree afflicted by phloem necrosis 59 Hermann who wrote “The Glass Bead Game” 61 Succeed 64 Upstate New York vacation spot 67 Goat cheese 68 Character on Splash Mountain 69 Least straight 70 Takes, with “for” 71 Twin killings, on a scorecard DOWN 1 Word with an often omitted or extraneous apostrophe 2 One may get laid on a horse 3 Make sure progress, as troops 4 Scapegoat for some dumb New England Patriots fans

5 Was broached 6 Big name in coupon mailings 7 Mention 8 Used a behind 9 “Find more great clues like this in the author’s ‘Winner’s Circle Crosswords’!,” e.g. 10 “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” villain Shickelgrubermeiger (c’mon; I’m sick of the “Casablanca” clues) 11 Role-playing game pioneer Gary 12 Look over 13 Down and slightly right, briefly 15 Address at boot camp 21 Their motto is “Through Adversity to the Stars”: Abbr. 22 Marketing term for some sushi 24 Football coach Bill Parcells’s nickname (not a standard sushi option) 25 Princess with prominent buns 26 Prefix from the Greek for “heaven” 28 Ration in the field, for short 29 Atlanta health org.

31 Streaming annoyance 33 Race for Odin, Thor, etc. 35 Encourage 39 Took a dip (I can never believe this is actually a word) 40 Sites for drawers 41 ___ Baseball (classic NES game) 42 Tea room sight 43 Scorecard blemish 46 Sorted 47 Place for the English to go 48 Period 50 Whisperings 51 A major third above B 55 Successfully prank 58 Something to fall in or out of 60 Total d-bag 61 “Charlie’s Angels” director 62 “So it WAS you!” 63 Apt shortening for a city currently mired in bankruptcy 64 Wall St. deal 65 Space in the record, say 66 Cousins of ums




OUIJA................................................................ $20 JOHN WICK....................................................... $14.1 FURY..................................................................$13 GONE GIRL.........................................................$11.1 THE BOOK OF LIFE............................................... $9.8 ST. VINCENT.......................................................$8.8 ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY....................................................... $7 THE BEST OF ME.................................................. $4.7 THE JUDGE........................................................$4.3 DRACULA UNTOLD...............................................$4.3 NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES



Oct. 24

Nov 1

Universal PG-13


In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

JOHN WICK Oct. 24 Lionsgate R/101 min

A former hit man is pursued by an old friend who was contracted to kill him.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Oct 31 R/92 min

A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).

INTERSTELLAR Nov 7 PG-13 169 min

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.





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Location: Albuquerque, NM Producers: Trey Calloway, Basil Iwanyk, Eoghan O’Donnell, Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi and Duane Clark Cast: Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia BlackD’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtey, Anna Diop, Craig Frank and Diego Morgado

DIG Location: Albuquerque Producers: Tim Kring, Gideon Raff, Gail Berman, Gene Stein, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman and Karni Ziv. Cast: Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche Source:

ARIES (MAR. 20-APR. 19) Something you’ve recently learned or discovered about yourself now must be taken to heart in a relationship situation. Selfknowledge is the basis of any agreement you have with another person, and when you gain some of that (or what looks like quite a bit) it will necessarily influence your agreements with others. Or rather, it will if you are paying attention, and if you want to live sincerely. You have long known that you could not fit yourself into any situation or partnership that is smaller than you are. True, it’s the way of the world to try to cram ourselves into these situations, though such a compromise will eventually fall apart. You might start from the premise that no compromise is possible — not, at least, on the specific matters you have identified. And then what? Well, one solution to that puzzle is that you proceed as an individual on your own terms, and others will get to enter your life as individuals on their own terms. A relationship is not two people living as one, because in truth that is not possible. It’s two people acknowledging their mutual existence, respecting one another for their similarities and their differences. If this sounds like walking over a cliff, it’s because maturity is in short supply these days, though from the look of your chart, you are being called to tap into your deepest reserves. TAURUS (APR. 19-MAY 20) How you feel keeps changing, and that is the key to progress. If you are aware of the changes, then by definition you are aware of how you feel. That is the essence of your ability to direct the course of your life. All your other senses count, but your physical contact with your body and with your environment will provide your most intelligent guidance. That is a moment-to-moment reckoning with reality. You may be looking straight at the illusion that your existence is somehow about all these other people. They are involved, that’s for sure, though not quite in the role that you think. For one thing they don’t have the power to limit you. To the contrary, their role is to provide support, structure, and at times something to resist specifically so that you can assert your individuality in a meaningful way. There’s a big difference between doing this in theory or in fantasy and trusting people enough to stand up to them with your ideas. You don’t need to be defensive about this, though that temptation will exist. You also don’t want to put anyone else in a defensive position. Rather, you can take an effect of neutrality, or of making an inquiry in the pursuit of truth. Set aside right and wrong for a moment, and allow your ideas to mingle with those of other people, and see what develops. GEMINI (MAY 20-JUN. 21) For about six months, a topic has been on the agenda of a close personal relationship. It rises to the surface and then disappears. Sometimes it seems easy to consider; other times it seems too personal to talk about, and it’s the thing to avoid. Yet sooner or later you need to clear the air, with yourself and with people around you who in truth have a right to know what’s on your mind and share what is on their mind. In an intimate relationship, everyone needs to be listened to, otherwise

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it’s not really intimacy. Said another way, avoiding the most meaningful topics is an excellent way to turn down the level of contact, a way to make intimacy less intimate. Once you check for that factor and make up your mind how you feel about it, the next step is to have the conversation. You may feel intimidated by the weight of the past, or by how much there is to heal, when you write it out like a shopping list — though that is not how healing works. The larger questions all involve trust, and how to consider what has happened in the past. They are closely related. Trust is built and maintained, in a delicate process. Part of how that happens is that everyone involved demonstrates through their actions that they really have learned from history. That, and there are no more agreements to deny or pretend. CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) There is a risk involved in everything. You flirt with this; it’s time to embrace it. It’s understandable enough that you’ve been cautious lately. You may have been knocked on your heels by some unexpected factor, and you needed time to review and revise your plan. What is essential is that you gradually draw yourself out of that aversion, use what you know and begin to take some calculated chances again. The key here is strategy, which you need to honor on every level — financial, creative, psychological and most of all relational. One central question is, what’s the role of others in your life? You might also ask what is the role of others in their own lives? These days you have a tendency to draw to you people who are fundamentally self-centered, and I suggest you learn to spot them before they gain any ground on you. It’s true that everyone needs to take care of themselves; everyone needs to eat. By self-centered I mean at the expense of taking care of anyone or anything else, and in particular, you. You will recognize these people energetically because you will feel depleted by them, and never truly nourished. Take the chance and move on quickly. You need partners who share your values, who share your ability to take care of others, and who can be self-focused with a very broad concept of self — all of us here. LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23) It’s not as complicated as it seems. It will be, if you try to analyze your emotions, and re-analyze them, and expect everything to add up to the same thing every time. To me, your solar chart says the place to start is to set limits, including limits on yourself. If you feel any competitive or jealous vibes, that is the place to start. If you feel resentful that you cannot express some deeply held need or even a basic feeling, that’s the place to set a limit, in the form of knowing that such cannot persist. If there is a need for leadership in your environment, everyone must play their role in a cooperative way. The challenge of your astrology seems to be finding a balance between being the center of your own world, and being part of the wider world. That balancing point involves being clear what you have to give. You are in an excellent position to offer support and affirmation, even though it’s clear that you are facing certain distinct emotional challenges. Yet as you acknowledge and work out these matters, you must stay a few levels above them,

and a few steps ahead of them. Your planning must involve your probable emotional and physical state if certain conditions emerge, and include a plan to avoid those conditions. Be clear, especially with yourself. Be professional, including and especially in your own home. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) Maintain your clarity of mind. There are forces in motion that are way larger than you, and they seem to be in operation in all areas of your life. You are not going to control them, but there are more and less appropriate responses. The more appropriate responses all begin with applied intelligence. Rather than being about how smart you are, this is about what you do with your information and your observations. It’s about what information you use to inform the choices you make, and knowing when you must make those choices. I assure you there will be moments when a decision seems too difficult, without enough time to think about it carefully. That is why you must be aware of your environment, prepare in advance to the extent that you can, and most of all, know yourself. The sensation of time as pressure is something to consider. Rarely will any perceived shortage of time be as urgent as you think. What is vital is that you set a structure for time, and work with a plan at all times. Set a deadline for everything. If you have to make a decision, make an inquiry and determine how much time you reasonably have. What feels like you have an hour may turn out to be two days. What feels like forever may be one week. Clarity of mind translates to time is of the essence. LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) You must continue to be careful with your money, though if you are both cautious and shrewd, you can come out well ahead by one month from today. Financial literacy is something that’s sorely lacking in a culture that’s supposedly all about money. However, ignorance is not your friend, not now and not ever. Presently, there are practical matters that need your attention, but the larger theme seems to be a question of honor. I know those don’t usually count for much, especially where money is concerned, though at the moment this is something that matters a great deal for you. Honor translates to impeccability. It means that all your actions with money and finance must match your stated values, including how you earn and how you allocate your resources. It’s essential that you work with a plan, and with full knowledge of how much you have at any time. Money is a measurement of power, though few people see it that way; it’s more often a place where they feel disempowered or cut off. Nobody who is good at handling or manifesting money got that way by accident. At minimum it required a decision and at most a long series of experiments, challenges and lessons. Do your part to help yourself. Get serious about your finances. Get real about how important this is to you and the people who depend on you. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) There is a sober quality to your charts this month, though it may take you a little while to catch onto that. You will the moment you get your mind out of the clouds, and away from any idealistic visions of how things might be. There are times for idealism and there

are times to be fully focused on what is happening right now. If you want to unlock the potential of your moment, if you want to have it be more than a dream or a potential, I suggest you take the grounded and steady approach to your life. What is required the most of you is commitment. Not the words or the idea, but steadfast action, sustained over time. There are days when you will need to be content with less progress than you know is possible. That is why you will measure your progress in longer stretches of time than a day, a week, or even a month. When things seem difficult you must not allow yourself to lose your gumption or to choose what seem like easier options. Easier is not necessarily better, though there will be times when you’re sure that it is. In just a few weeks, Saturn will begin the process of moving from your sign to Sagittarius. Saturn has been a consistent guide and mentor to you, and in the remaining time that Saturn is in your sign, it’s necessary to internalize the Saturn principle, which translates to self-leadership. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 22) You seem to be under pressure to get your life together, as if the responsibility gene has woken up. To me it looks more like the ‘be true to yourself’ gene is kicking you from the inside. You might say that’s the most significant responsibility you have, and at the moment it seems to be shocking you to your senses. Aspects this month may be sending you the message that this is your last chance to accomplish something of real meaning. It’s not your last chance, though it’s worth respecting the finite nature of time, and of a lifetime. Opportunities are temporary in their current form. They may reincarnate as something else, though the opportunity you have now is an original. You might be wondering if it makes sense to proceed based on a sense of frustration or limitation. For example, if you don’t resolve it before you make a move, will you carry that sensation with you into your next endeavor? There are two distinct schools of thought on this matter, one being that you begin something new exactly where you left off from the previous endeavor; therefore, never make a decision from a point of frustration. Another is that such a place offers you the necessary leverage, friction or motivation to break out of your inertia. Those moments are indeed precious, and I think they can be rooted in true strength. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 20) You must keep your cool at all times. There will be times when this won’t be easy. You are potentially the most volatile ingredient in any situation, and in every one of those situations you have something to lose. It is of course a blight on our times how many people live like they have nothing to lose, which is creating an increasingly reckless society. You at least know you have something at stake. You can remind yourself that you depend on your friends and your allies, and that you would have little to show for your efforts had you not had their cooperation in the past, and if you don’t have it going forward. So you have a good reason to be aware of, and to adjust, your responses and your tactics. One way to know you’re in jeopardy is

if you ever get the thought that you can go it alone. That may be your one warning, valid because it contains the idea that the people around you are expendable, and therefore, it does not matter how you treat them or how they feel. Yes, it can be burdensome to think about everyone and how they are doing, all the time -- and I assure you that such care and attention could save your career, your reputation, your business or an important friendship. And if you stay alert and even-headed, you will have opportunities to solve problems and regain your creative grounding. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19) I suggest you read a little about transactional analysis. That’s the form of therapy that developed the concept of transactions wherein people play the role of adult, parent or child. Everyone is involved in these transactions all the time, it’s just that they are rarely called what they are. Your job this month is to maintain the posture of adult. In that role, you need to relate to others as adults when possible. That is the easy part. Then comes relating to those acting like parents and children in a way that is appropriate, and wherein you don’t come out of adult role — the place where you are stable, sane and fair-minded. People know how to play games designed to get one another out of adult role. People are, for example, constantly setting up situations where they must be treated as children, in a real sense compelling others into adult mode. You must be aware of this, not fall for it, and if you do, get back to your centered, present, adult mind as soon as you can. This is going to take some focus, as there will be situations wherein you will need to be rather bossy. With them, I suggest you do an adult thing and make sure that you establish, by agreement, the priorities and how the pecking order has to work in order to meet pre-established goals on time and in good form. PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20) What is it that you said you’ve always wanted to do with your life? When exactly do you think you’re going to do it? There is something in your charts saying that “when” is right now. There’s something reminding you to connect your longterm vision with a point of focus — that is, to vision, to look and to actually see. That might feel like a beginning, but the truth is you began long ago. What you have in your hands is a moment when you can gather your principles all in one place, and recognize their validity. You have an even rarer moment when you can see the shape of time, and work with it. It is vitally important that you recognize consciously that you have a future, and that your future is your most precious resource. It’s even more significant that you become aware of your vision, and that you connect it with these other ideas — the future and the shape of time. As you know it is easy to squander time, and that translates to being easy to squander a lifetime. Every force of nature seems to be guiding you in a better direction, in that of embracing your potential as real, and honoring your own journey on Earth as a matter of integrity. This is not as dramatic as it seems, though you may have to establish some new patterns of consciousness. Like all journeys, that begins with a single step.






A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Well-Being Professor Sherri Burr reads from and talk about her book. 3p, FREE UNM BOOKSTORE 2301 CENTRAL NE, 505.277.1388

The Spook Troop Junior Ghost Hunting Tour of Old Town Just for kids ages 6-12 with a well behaved parent. Fun and spooky stories suitable for children, ghost hunting gizmos, gadgets, trivia, and. 6-7:30, $15-$100 (group) HISTORY & GHOST TOURS OF OLD TOWN, 303 ROMERO NW, N120, 505.246.8687


Rio Grande del Norte: An Intimate Portrait Renowned photographer Geraint Smith shares his latest photography book. 6:30p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKS 5850 EUBANK NE, 505.294.2026

Victorian Gothic Tales Help recreate an evening of Victorian Gothic tales read by local playwright and director, Phil Bock. 6:30-9:30p, $17 ST. JAMES TEAROOM 320 OSUNA NE, SUITE D, 505.242.3752




Dia de los Muertos Altar Installations Altars honoring victims of hate and senseless acts of violence. 3:30p, $10-$15 WORKING CLASSROOM 102 GOLD SW, 505.242.9267 BOOK SIGNING

Romance Authors Celebrate the Holiday Season Authors Darynda Jones and Katie Lane read from and sign their latest romance novels. 3p,FREE PAGE ONE BOOKS 5850 EUBANK NE, 505.294.2026

Dia de los Muertos Despedida An all-ages event including music, poetry and more. 5:30p, FREE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER, 1701 4TH SW, 505.246.2261

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Families are invited to wear costumes and join in for reading and snacks. 10:30a, FREE

BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139

Scandanavian Festival The festival includes Norwegian and Swedish folk art, food, culture and more. 10a-4p, FREE IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 114 CARLISE SE, 505.268.9405



Muertos y Marigolds Parade Celebrate your deceased loved ones by honoring them on this special day. 2-6p, FREE WESTSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER 1250 ISLETA SW, 505. 363.1326

Rail Yards Market Stop by and take in artists, food, vendors, educators and more. 9a-3p, FREE RAIL YARDS MARKET THE RAIL YARDS IN BARELAS 771 1ST SW, 505.203.6200

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Traditional and contemporary offrendas and more. 12-6p, FREE SOUTH BROADWAY CULTURAL CENTER, 1025 BROADWAY SE, 505.848.1320

Day of the Dead Celebration & Show Costume contest with prizes, snacks and more. 11a-3p, free TOME ART GALLERY 2930 HWY 47, TOME, 505.565.0556




Guess the Author! Want to test your author recognition? A different author is featured each week. Call for specific times/details. FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, 505.891.5013




Twenty Poems That Could Save America Poet Tony Hoagland will read from and sign his book. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139

Writer’s Working Group



Cirque Halloween Party DJ Karma, hosted by Andy Gil, costume contest 9p, $35-$100 THE STAGE, SANTA ANA STAR 64 JEMEZ CANYON DAM, SANTA ANA PUEBLO, 505.771.5680

Halloween at the KiMo Take the haunted tour and watch A Nightmare on Elm Street. 7p, $5-$10 KIMO THEATER, 423 CENTRAL NW, 505.768.3522

Main Street Trick or Treat and Classic Car Show Classic car show and “trunk or treat” Kids safely trick or treat down Main Street as well as a cake walk, carnival games and a costume contest 4-9p, FREE EXPO NM, 300 SAN PEDRO NE, 505.222.9700

Paradise Hills Fall Festival A festival with carnival games, cake walk, face painting, a boucny castle, hayrides and more. At 7p, thee will be a costume contest, trunk or treak and games. 5-8p, FREE (game tickets 5 for $1) PARADISE HILLS 4700 PARADISE NW, 505.399.0733

Spooky Swim Enjoy Halloween at this indoor waterpark. Halloween themed activities, giveaways, candy, food, drink specials. 5-10p, $15 HOTEL CASCADA 2500 CARLISLE NE, 505.888.3311

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk Tour of haunted downtown location. The 90-minute walk will guide you past 1.3 miles of ABQ’s darker side. 8p, $25 HOTEL ANDALUZ 125 2ND NW, 505.240.8000


Breaking Boo: Haunted Ghost Hunting Adventures A 90-minute, paranormal themed riding tour inside the Breaking Bad RV. 7, 9p, $55 HISTORY & GHOST TOURS OF OLD TOWN, 303 ROMERO NW, N120, 505.246.8687


Moonlight Ghost Tour of Old Town Discover the darker side of Old Town by the light of the moon. 10pp, $10-$20+ tax HISTORY & GHOST TOURS OF OLD TOWN 303 ROMERO NW, 505.26.8687

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch Family fun, learn about community sustainable agriculture program, buy pumpkins and decor. 9a-6p, Wed.-Thu.; 9a-12p, Fri., FREE PUMPKIN PATCH SANTA ANA STAR CENTER, RIO RANCHO 3001 CIVIC CENTER CIRCLE NE, RIO RANCHO


Strange Danger Thrill Show Circus sideshow with sword swallowing, knife through, bed of nails, oddities and more. This is a live, family-friendly show. 3p, $15

BioPark divers in the Shark Tank will carve pumpkins, while sea turtles snack on bits and curious fish swim through the eyes and noses. 2p, $4-$12.50

EXPO NEW MEXICO 300 SAN PEDRO NE, 505.222.9700


Double Feature

Corrales Corn Maze Corn Maze, hayride, petting zoo, activity park and pumpkin patch. The maze offers 2.2 miles of trails.9a-6p, $6-$8 WAGNER’S FARMLAND EXPERIENCE 6445 CORRALES, 505.459.0719 OCT. 30 AND 31 A Voice in the Dark - Svengali and The Phantom of the Opera A happy, harrowing Halloween Double Feature (both movies for one price), old school style. Two famous classics projected from rare film prints. 6, 8p, $8/$5 GUILD CINEMA 3405 CENTRAL NE, 505.255.1848

This is an open class for anyone interested in writing. 3-4p, FREE OFFCENTER ARTS 808 PARK SW, 505.247.1172





Breaking Bad Fan Fest A chance for fans to see locations, and meet the cast. 4p, $30-$300. ABQ CONVENTION CENTER 401 2ND NW, 505.768.4574




Children’s Books This years fair includes all things art related. 11a, FREE UNM BOOKSTORE 2301 CENTRAL NE, 505.277.1388


Falling into Enchantment: Poems from the 1970s in Santa Fe Eleanor Grogg Stewart will read from and sign her book of poetry. 3p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKS 5850 EUBANK NE, 505.294.2026




Around the World by Matt Phela This group is for readers devoted to graphic novels. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139