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FEATUR E Five local women succeed in their careers and blaze the way for other women to pursue their own dreams and goals




Kevin Hopper EDITOR




Chela Gurnee 505.264.6350,



Derek Hanley 505.709.0364 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

New Mexican institution El Bruno’s finds a second home in Albuquerque, much to the delight of local diners


Elisabeth Zahl 505.480.4445, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Jaime Gutierrez 505.967.5702, AD PRODUCTION MANAGER

Jessica Hicks AD DESIGNER


Derek Hanley 505.709.0364 CALENDAR COORDINATOR





Joy Godfrey

Unique and endearingly imperfect, Cursive’s latest record reads like a book and plays like a musical


The month-long Women and Creativity celebration offers a unique smorgasbord of events full of variety and flavor




Justin De La Rosa, Chloe Winegar-Garrett PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNS

Adria Malcom, Stacey Clark SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

Sarah Mowrey




FI LM Hand-drawn movie for adults, Chico and Rita focuses on story and character in one of the best movies of the year



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Actress Lauren Poole rose to Internet fame with the character “Lynette,” who is featured in a pair of YouTube videos created by Blackout Theatre called Sh*t Burqueños Say.

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL Jeff Berg Max Cannon Justin de la Rosa Dave DeWitt Eric Francis Katy Gerwin Jeff Kirby Lindsey Maestes Jim and Linda Maher Bill Nevins Cristina Olds Shavone Otero Michael Ramos

Hannah Reiter Steven J. Westman Chloë WinegarGarrett DISTRIBUTION Miguel Apodaca Kristina De Santiago Sean Duran Jessica Hicks David Leeder Susan Lemme Ronnie Reynolds Distributech Andy Otterstrom

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PERFORMANCE Cirque du Soleil Dralion 7:30p, Wed.-Sun., Feb. 29-Mar. 4 Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center, 505.891.7300



ost of us have seen a circus act. Sure, acrobats are entertaining for a bit, but let’s see something special. Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion is the most stunning and enthralling experience of artistry and acrobatics you can experience today. Consisting of 12 acts that range from juggling to single-hand balancing, the display of talent is beyond impressive. Vibrant, avantgarde costumes and set design only add to the visual stimulation of performers gracefully diving through small hoops like arrows, flying and flipping through the air, exhibiting gravity-defying feats that you can’t help but be astounded by. The performance is based on a combination that symbolizes both Eastern (the dragon) and Western (the lion) philosophies. Earth, wind, fire and water are represented through the Dralion experience that blends a balance of cultures, man and nature. –JD

FRI $15


he promotional material for the play Time Stands Still states, “When the desire to move forward clashes with the instinct to stay comfortably — or even uncomfortably — in place.” Fusion Theatre Company presents this look into the private lives of two couples living in Brooklyn who must cope with the inevitable changes of life while seeking to fulfill their personal goals. Sarah is an injured photojournalist from the Iraq war and John is her war-reporter boyfriend who has always felt guilty for leaving her alone in combat. Another pair consists of Richard, a photo editor who is trying to live a family-focused life with younger girlfriend Mandy. Sarah wants to return to combat, yet John wishes to start a family. All of these people feel a certain tension between seeking out excitement and risk versus safety and tranquility. This is a deeply introspective and emotional look into the changing social, personal and relationship issues surrounding these four characters. —CW




EXHIBIT The Butterfly Effect 6p, Fri., Mar. 2 The Harwood Art Center 1114 7th NW, 505.242.6367



n this world of seven billion people, it seems impossible to ever make a difference, but with the Chaos Theory, there is hope for optimism. The most popular example of this theorem is that if a small butterfly flaps its wings, eventually that breeze could form a hurricane. Artists and mathematicians of all ages were inspired by this notion, and have created work for The Butterfly Effect at The Harwood Art Center. Young students from Escuela del Sol will contribute artwork, and the Fractal Foundation will display fractal pieces and offer entertaining “fractivities.” In addition, local artists will recall what works inspired their own current art in Musings, and artist studios will be open to the public. Bluegrass band Seth Hoffman and the Swamp Cooler Magnets will perform, and locally made short film Under the Stairs will be on view. —CW



he Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has selected Albuquerque as one of four cities in the nation to host free seminars and workshops for students playing jazz. Dr. J.B. Dyas, acclaimed Grammy-nominated saxophonist Bobby Watson and vocal sensation Lisa Henry will be conducting educational workshops to help the younger crowd gain a solid understanding of the principles of this great American art form. In addition, larger philosophical concepts of how a jazz ensemble represents the perfect democracy and why jazz is vital for the success of this country will be discussed. And of course, plenty of soulnourishing music will be played at the highest-level. To conclude the week, a special performance will take place at Jazzbah, featuring Watson and Henry, along with Miami’s New World School of the Arts high school jazz quintet. —CW









Jazzbah 119 Gold SW, 505.243.5299

The Cell 700 1st NW, 505.766.9412

$30 general, $25 students/ seniors

othing quite matches listening to the intensity of an orchestra throbbing out the notes and chords of fervent and passionate composers from long ago. The dramatic melodies and decisive rhythms of classical music form an experience that is incredibly moving and uplifting, yet these symphonies often came from obsessed and crazed composers. No better examples of zealous composers comes to mind than Bartók, Brahms and Beethoven, who all devoted their entire lives and minds to creating brilliant compositions. New Mexico Philharmonic will perform Brahm’s Symphony No. 2, Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (with violist Kimberly Fredenburgh) and Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture under the composer Victor Yampolsky. Each separate piece has a colorful history, ranging from composing pieces right before death to being flummoxed by the genre of opera to fooling audiences with subtle musical complications. —CW

Bobby Watson, Lisa Henry with Miami’s NWSA Jazz Quintet 8p, Fri., Mar. 2

Time Stands Still 8p, Thu.-Fri.; 2, 8p, Sat.; 6p, Sun., Mar. 1-15

Popejoy Hall On the UNM campus, 505.925.5858




New Mexico Philharmonic: Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók 6p, Sat., Feb. 25










where to go and what to do: February 23 to March 7



COMEDY Bill Maher 8p, Sat., Mar. 3 Kiva Auditorium 401 2nd NW, 505.768.4575

$90-$250 Tickets: or


on’t you get tired of everyone who repeats the same worn out political jokes like you haven’t heard them before? Really, I want to hear something fresh, witty and original. Thankfully, Bill Maher is swinging through New Mexico to have a one-night stand with Albuquerque. Over the past 18 years, Maher has continued to push and break the boundaries of humorous political criticisms through his television shows and stand-up comedy. He is a very outspoken critic of religion, as he so eloquently displayed in his 2008 documentary Religulous. He’s not a comedian that will just make you laugh at something simple — his comedy delivers a hilarious, yet eyeopening commentary on social and political issues. So, take a night and get one of the most entertaining political talks you can have. —JD


Festival of fire It’s time for the 24th annual Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, the signature event for chile heads everywhere “We will have Chef Vicky Moren. who is working with local farmers markets on hot t is a well-known reality that spicy chile and spicy foods to support New Mexico reigns in the state of New Mexico — agriculture, and also Jim Garcia from El almost to the level of an adored delicacy Pinto, who will do a tequila tasting demo of served in nearly every restaurant. So exotic things, among other guest chefs,” he where else to host an event complete with said. foods that are the hottest of the hot? Enter the Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, an event This year’s show will also feature the hot sauce that’s the buzz of the fiery food world. that draws people to Albuquerque from With the many varieties of spicy condiments around the world to sample delicious and and foods, it’s not every year a hot sauce spicy foods. wins the Scovie Awards competition, but Heat seekers across the land are preparing Panama Red hot sauce was the top finisher their tongues for a test of their ability to in the tasting division. Dewitt coined handle the hotness. It’s a weekend that will Panama Red as “possibly the best hot sauce consist of downing spicy salsas, green and ever made.” red chiles, hot mustards and For those who enjoy little sweets with a bite. For chile Fiery Foods to no spice, there will be lovers, there’s nothing quite plenty of tasty treats to like it. and Barbecue consume, such as The Now in its 24th year, the Fiery Show Shed BBQ & Blues Joint’s Foods Show was first held in El barbecue sauce. And for Paso, Texas in 1989, with about 4-8p, Fri.; 11a-7p, Sat.; those who need to cool 400 people. It’s now grown 11a-6p, Sun., Mar. 2-4 down, margaritas, beer, into a show with over 15,000 Sandia Resort and Casino sodas and other drinks are 30 Rainbow NE, attendees at Albuquerque’s always served, as well as 505.796.7500 Sandia Resort and Casino, and tasty ice cream that will $15, $5 kids under 18 this year promises to be as big help to simmer down the and packed as ever, with more heat. than 200 exhibitor booths and Other features of the show 1,000 different products. include the opportunity to win a free night’s “There will be many new and exciting things lodging at the Sandia Resort and Casino, at this year’s show,” said Dave DeWitt, coavailable to those who reserve a room during producer and founder of the Fiery Foods the weekend of the show. Show. “We will be bringing back the cooking With lines for the Fiery Foods and Barbecue demonstrations that have been gone for a Show getting longer every year, it’s not a bad couple of years. There will be a full cooking idea to arrive early, or later in the day, when demo, as well as an outdoor barbecue lines tend to subside. Whenever you get smoker on the back patio with brisket, ribs, there, enjoy each and every condiment the pork butt and chicken thighs.” Fiery Food Show has to offer — you and your And that’s just a drop in the bucket of what taste buds won’t regret it. to expect, DeWitt said. BY LINDSEY MAESTES



Different pepper varieties mean different levels of spice, as attendees of the Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show find out very quickly. The always anticipated annual event will take place at Sandia Casino from March 2 through 4.




She doesn’t do stairs: Divas delight and disturb


reetings! First and foremost, I’d like to make sure you know that when I poked fun at Whitney Houston in the last issue, she was still alive. Her sad death occurred two days after the issue hit stands, so no hate mail, please. I love Whitney just as much as you do. In fact, I’m dedicating this column to her. In loving memory of Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Houston, let’s pay tribute to some of music’s most fabulous divas. Sometimes, their antics are so inappropriate that we want to hunt them down, use The Force to bypass security, grab the diva and give her a good ol’ fashioned spanking, because somebody should’ve done it a long time ago. Instead, we simply shake our heads and blame it on “divadom”. Without further ado, Fabü presents the Whitney Houston Memorial Diva Roster. Divas are listed in random order, but I’m sure that won’t stop Madonna from sending her flying monkeys after me for giving her the fourth position. Bring it, Madge! Oops, typo. Correction: Sing it, Madge! Mariah Carey: She has five Grammys and more number one U.S. pop hits than anyone but the Beatles. Her hotel demands include two bottles of Cristal champagne, one box of bendy straws and male-only attendants. She once had a $10,000 antique table flown in for an autograph signing. She doesn’t do stairs. Cher: She’s come a long way since her Sonny days. This accomplished and much-adored singer/actress has a mantle filled with diverse awards, including a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy award. The top reason why Cher is among


my fave divas: she requires a wig room at her shows. That’s it. I’m done. Cher rules. Aretha Franklin: All hail the Queen of Soul! An incredibly gifted vocalist, songwriter and pianist, ReeRee has 20 Grammy awards. Helloooo? In 1987, she became the first female artist to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She charges $25,000 cash up-front upon arrival at every show. The Motown diva also insists that any hotel room she stays in must not be above the fifth floor. Madonna: The material girl’s feats in the Guinness World Records book include “The Most Successful Female Artist of All Time” and “The Most Costume Changes in a Film” (more than 300 for Evita). A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Madge demands a brand new toilet seat at every concert, and then it’s destroyed after she leaves. She also demands 20 cases of Kabbalah water, white drapes and white roses. Maria Callas: Known as the high priestess of Italian opera, the great soprano was a quintessential diva, even being nicknamed “La Divina.” Over time, her opera scandals (including clandestine affairs, temperamental

The vocal talents of Whitney Houston have been more fully appreciated in the wake of her recent death. Houston was also recognized as one in a long line of musical divas. From Diana Ross to Cher to Barbara Streisend, great talent seems to also foster great diva-dom.

behavior and bouts of seclusion) overshadowed her artistic achievements. Jennifer Lopez: Among this diva’s list of demands: a coat-carrier and personal eyebrow specialist. The temperature of her dressing room must be exactly 25.5 degrees Celsius. OK, enough. Where are the big awards, Jen? Just saying’. Diana Ross: Supreme diva! She demands to be called Miss Ross and insists on no eye contact from backstage minions. The Tony Award winner was the first female solo artist in the U.S. to release six number one pop singles. It’s claimed she once hit an airline worker with a hat box containing a small dog. Reportedly, she wasn’t aware the dog was in the box. Elton John: Outlandish demands? Rage explosions? Ultra-catty quotes? If you really want to see divadom up close and personal, rent Sir Elton’s 1997 documentary, Tantrums and Tiaras. Flower-bearing fans, be warned: the Rocket


Man won’t tolerate chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations or daisies. Barbra Streisand: Vocalist, actress, director … Babs does it all. She’s won nine Grammys, two Oscars and four Emmys. She has released 29 top 10 albums (the most by any female recording artist), 50 of which are certified gold. She once demanded staff at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas to enter and leave her room backwards. Whitney Houston: Her 1985 album was the best-selling debut album by a female artist. Her second album was the first by a female artist to debut at the top of the album chart. She was the first artist ever to release seven consecutive number one singles. She was everybody’s diva and will be dearly missed. We love you, Whitney. May the other side bring you the peace you weren’t able to find here. In the name of the Whitney, the Bobby and the Bobbi Kristina, be good to yourself, dahling.


‘Are we going, or no?’ Actress, theater company hope to parlay recent Internet fame into something lasting BY MIKE ENGLISH


ynette has, like, hit the big time, no? Is she all famous, or what? Eeee. With nearly a half million YouTube views and counting, the chola everyone loves is riding to Internet fame in Sh*t Burqueños Say. Lynette is the creation of Lauren Poole, 25, a Santa Fe native, registered Screen Actors Guild actress, resident of Albuquerque for the last seven years and one of Sh*t 12 members of Blackout Theatre Burqueños Company, the Say troupe of local improv specialists PART 1 AND 2 and the creators of Blackout Theatre Company Sh*t Burqueños Say. 505.672.8648 Blackout members behind the video gathered recently at Tractor Brewing in Nob Hill to speak with Local iQ about their sudden and unexpected fame, which has resulted in stories on local TV news and the front page of the daily newspaper. “It’s been a weird couple weeks,” said Blackout member Heather Yeo, who worked on the scripts for the videos. Weird because Blackout Theatre, comprised entirely of friends who went to UNM together, was started in 2007 and the members — while recognized for their talents in the community —

were not exactly world famous. The troupe made 21 videos before Sh*t Burqueños Say, for example, and none got much more than 1,000 views. That’s all changed now. Besides the skyrocketing number of viewings for the latest videos, Blackout’s back-catalogue is also blowing up, with thousands of recent viewings for older incarnations of Lynette. There’s a 2009 video in which Lynette interviews for a corporate job and gets the position despite admitting she once went to jail, and that when she saw her cousin’s boyfriend cheating with another woman, “I like, beat him up. Bad.” Or the 2010 video in which Lynette auditions to be the face of KASA Fox 2, leads a tour of Albuquerque and expresses enthusiasm for Explora!, which she says is the “best place to get blazed.” Sh*t Burqueños Say was the idea of Blackout board member Brian Herrera and a Facebook friend of the troupe, who both suggested it. The actual execution fell into the hands of Blackout members Chris Walsh, who filmed and edited the pieces; Josh Bien, who handled sound; Nicole Walsh, who “watched the stuff” during filming; Yeo’s script efforts, and Poole. Part 1 was written and filmed in two days, as was Part 2. The sayings themselves run the gamut from observations about local culture (“What do you mean Marty Chavez ain’t the mayor? He’s, like, always the mayor.”) to idiosyncratic pronunciations or sayings, like the tendency to call every type of soda “Coke,” go to “Sonics” (plural) or complain “you bug.” Poole and the other Blackout members said the Burqueño theme is probably “tapped” at this point, and now they’re all trying to figure out how to parlay the recent fame into something lasting for their theater company. “It gave us attention we never imagined,” said Walsh.

To view the two installments of Sh*t Burqueños Say, visit Local iQ’s home page at


Actress Lauren Poole, a member of Albuquerque’s Blackout Theatre Company, created the chola character Lynette (right) for an improv video produced by the theater group in 2009. Now Lynette has vaulted to Internet fame in Sh*t Burqueños Say.





El Bruno’s, located on Fourth Street where the original Gardunio’s operated for many years, adds a flavorful twist to many New Mexican and Mexican dishes. From left to right: Tequila Lime Chicken, Camaron Mexicano and Beef Fajitas.

Cuban import Longtime New Mexican institution El Bruno’s finds a second home in Albuquerque, much to the delight of local diners BY HANNAH REITER


iñon nuts, which grow plentifully around the state of New Mexico and serve as a flavorful addition to many regional dishes, are noticeably absent from most local restaurant menus — a phenomenon I find curious. One establishment that has embraced the piñon and incorporated its flavor into numerous dishes is El Bruno’s Restaurante y Cantina. After 36 success-filled years in business in Cuba, NM, El Bruno’s owners (and high-school sweethearts) Bruno and Hazel Herrera expanded their business to the North Valley of Albuquerque, breathing new life into the spot that once housed the original Garduno’s. This is good news for many of its loyal regulars who, prior to 2011, had to travel 80 miles to quench their green chile (and piñon) cravings. From a piñon-crusted rainbow trout ($16) to pollo con piñon ($19), El Bruno’s manages to enhance many of their dishes with the subtle, nutty hint of piñon. One standout piñoncentric dish is the camaron Mexicano ($10), a selection from Bruno’s Aperido menu that a dining companion and I sampled on a recent visit. Toasted baguette slices offer a nice crunch to accompany tender shrimp, which is marinated and sauteed in a smokey red chile sauce with whole piñon nuts. Substitute carnitas for camaron for heartier beef version of the same dish. If piñon nuts aren’t your flavor of choice, fear not, the menu at El Bruno’s is eclectic and offers a variety of choices for diners with a range of palates. Right beside traditional New Mexican dishes like enchiladas, flautas and carne adovada


you’ll find lighter fare like the Sonora salad ($9) with chicken, mandarin oranges, sugared walnuts and crispy wontons tossed with a sesame vinaigrette. The menu is not chaotic, however, and all the dishes find common ground in El Brunos’ drink menu. Each pairs perfectly with El Bruno’s house margarita. Tart and refreshing, this particular recipe is a nice accompaniment to the bold spiciness of a chile relleno platter ($14), as well as the more graceful, beachy flavor of tequila lime chicken ($19), which I chose as my entree on the same visit. Resting next to two large chicken breasts and a sizable serving of papas was a cluster of spinach. I dove right in and was surprised by the slight crunch I heard when fork hit green. Curious about the texture, I put the spinach to my mouth and attempted to chew. I was unsuccessful, though, because the spinach literally melted the second it hit my tongue. I took another bite and yielded the same results, this time taking note of a nutty charred flavor. My attentive server said the spinach had been flash fried in oil, which preserved El Bruno’s its shape and color, yet completely transformed its flavor and mouthfeel. Though the flavor was Hours: 11a-10p, exceptional, I wished the spinach had been drained before plating as it transported a fair amount of Mon.-Sat., grease from the fryer onto my plate. Overall I was very satisfied with the dish and happily enjoyed 10a-10p, Sun. my leftovers the next day, as there was plenty of food for two full meals. 8806 4th NW, 505.897.0444

Another notable dish from El Bruno’s menu, and my new favorite “usual,” is the enchiladas de pollo with green chile ($12). Although you can find this dish on hundreds of menus across the city, El Bruno’s version is a notch above the rest. On my first visit (and many more since then) I ordered the New Mexican staple, upon a friend’s recommendation. Expecting standard fare, I was delighted by the depth of flavor achieved in such a simple dish. The shredded chicken was uncommonly moist, tender and seasoned to perfection, and immersed in a hearty serving of El Bruno’s green chile sauce, which, to put it lightly, has a kick to it. This green chile is not for the faint of heart, or palate, and left me reaching for my water (ahem, margarita) after every bite — but was not so spicy that it overwhelmed the dish’s other flavors. Across the menu, and on this dish in particular, El Bruno’s manages to preserve a warm home-cooked feel yet elevate the food to a level even the most seasoned of home cooks will never achieve. This may be due to the countless hours El Bruno’s original chef, Hazel Herrera, spent as a child in her grandmother’s kitchen, fostering her love for cooking, or the 35 years she has spent in her restaurant’s kitchen perfecting her family’s recipes. Either way, I raise my margarita in celebration to this former Cuban and soon to be Albuquerque institution.



The wise women behind the local wine industry


hile I usually devote my column to food and wine pairings on the personal level, I want to introduce you to some of the local women in the business of bringing food and wine together, whether it’s for your own table or a table in their local restaurants. I posed the same three questions to eight women who work in Albuquerque: How did you get started in the food and wine business? What is your favorite part of being in the business, especially as a woman? What is your “go-to” wine pairing? Here is a glimpse into your local food and wine economy.

Dining Out Pat Keene, co-owner of Artichoke Café, got her start when husband Terry wanted to open his own restaurant after they both had worked at Montana Mining Company. She realized one of them should be “more formally trained in cooking,” so she attended New York Restaurant School “at a time when restaurants were becoming more chef-centric.” When Keene and her husband purchased Artichoke Café in 1989, she ran the kitchen and has been involved ever since. “I like a challenge,” she said about being a woman in the male-dominated restaurant kitchen. “Showing you can do the job as well as any man, while maybe being better organized or more creative. Women can be more collaborative.” Her go-to pairing? Grilled salmon and good chardonnay. Jennifer James started at Chef Du Jour as a lunch cook, before being tasked with running the kitchen and serving dinner (which meant serving beer and wine). “I immediately became hooked and entranced,” she said of the early days of tasting and pairing. “I loved learning how food and wine could elevate each other.” As the current co-owner of Jennifer James 101, she enjoys operating a restaurant “where people get to slow down, enjoy each other, enjoy what they’re putting into their bodies and have an experience and not just eat. As a woman, I bring a cleaner, more focused, more balanced aspect to the table. It’s also challenging and entertaining being in such a male-driven industry.” Her go-to pairing? Sparkling wine with just about anything. “Everything seems better over a glass of bubbles,” James said.

it comes to their decision-making process.” Zonski’s go-to pairing is Napa Cabernet with a New York strip, “with plenty of family and friends around,” while Zonski-Armijo’s absolute favorite is “mussels in a white wine sauce with a glass of Picpoul de Pinet.”

Behind the Shelves

“Women tend to trust the advice of another woman when it comes to their decision-making process.” —TASHA ZONSKI-ARMIJO, Jubilation Wine & Spirits

Ye Olde Wine Shoppe When the Nellos family started in the spirits and wine business in Albuquerque in 1959, everyone got involved. “I became the manager of the Quarters Westside Wine Shop over three years ago and have loved the education and challenges,” said Jan Nellos. Meanwhile, Gianna Baggett, a sommelier at Quarters, had her passion for wine “ignited while living in Italy, where wine is not exclusively enjoyed at special meals or events, it’s woven into the fabric of daily life.” When she returned, she decided to channel her love of wine into becoming a sommelier. Baggett’s favorite aspect is “helping someone find the perfect wine that transforms a meal into a memory.” Her go-to pairing? “Any classic Italian pasta with a rich red sauce and a full bodied Tuscan red.” For Nellos, “barbeque and zinfandel is the perfect marriage.” Carol Zonski’s father purchased his first license in 1944 and opened up a couple of bars in downtown Albuquerque. Carol joined the business, Old Town Liquor Shoppe, in 1982. In 2004, Tasha Zonski-Armijo joined the business. “Women purchase a large percentage of the alcohol beverages for the home,” said Zonski, “but most of the clerks are male and not in touch with the preferences of a busy working woman, housewife and mother. Our presence in the store is a welcome sight. Women tend to trust the advice of another woman when

Jessie Griego’s first real job was at Doc Martin’s restaurant in Taos in 1987. “There I met my current boss, Tom Wolinski, as well as a long list of very knowledgeable food and wine lovers.” She has been working for Wolinski’s company, Fiasco Fine Wines in Albuquerque, and said, “In Albuquerque there are very few women on the wholesale side of the business. It is challenging, and demanding, but after eight years I can’t imagine doing anything else.” As a local business, Fiasco has held its own against the larger distributors, and many of the approximately 1,800 selections can be found at each of the restaurants and retailers mentioned

in this column. Jessie’s go-to pairing? Humboldt Fog goat cheese and Lang and Reed Cabernet Franc. “That was my first pairing on my first wine trip to Napa eight years ago and it just resonates with me,” she said. Kelli Quattrone works for Southwest Wines, a distributor supplying retailers and restaurants with fine wines made in New Mexico. She got her start at the Rancher’s Club in Albuquerque. “It gave me the opportunity to be surrounded by gourmet food and beautiful wine. Being around very knowledgeable people I learned that the wine world was endless and I knew I always wanted to be part of it,” she said. On being a woman in the business, she said, “The wine business isn’t always about selling. I have created lifelong relationships and that is one of the best parts of my career. Being one of a few women in this business is enough for me to be proud in a male-dominated industry.” Her go-to pairing? “Ahi Tuna salad with a bold, acidic Sauvignon Blanc,” Griego said.


Women who work in Albuquerque’s wine business include, foreground left to right, Tasha Zonski-Armijo, Kelly Quattrone, Jennifer James, Jan Nellos and Gianna Baggett. Background left to right: Pat Keene, Jesse Griego.





he organic trend has entered the cocktail world with a bang. Gardento-glass cocktails are on the rise, and with more and more drinkers requesting natural alternatives, spirit producers are answering the call. The newest vodka to hit the shelves of New Mexico, American Harvest Organic Spirit, is one of my favorites by far. The ingredients in this vodka are all grown organically, and the makers even use wind power for the distilling process and recycled glass for the bottle. With this trend in mind, I decided to create an organic cocktail — but with a scientific twist: liquid nitrogen. Alcohol freezes at -114 F, so, as most of us know, a bottle in the freezer produces an ice-cold liquid refreshment. However, liquid nitrogen holds a temperature of -196 F and has the ability to create not only the smoothest and most flavorful ice cream/sorbet, but an adult treat unlike any other. The secret is in the rapid freezing. When using liquid nitrogen, the ice crystals that give sorbet its grainy texture have no opportunity to form. Instead you get microcrystalline sorbet that is supremely smooth, creamy and light in texture.

Harvest Sorbet Ingredients: 1.5 oz. American Harvest Organic Spirit .5 oz. Thatcher’s Organic Blood Orange

Liqueur 1 oz. Organic key lime juice .5 oz. Organic local honey 2 cups Liquid nitrogen Method: In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except the liquid nitrogen. Then slowly add the liquid nitrogen while stirring the mixture. It will begin to boil and freeze. When frozen, scoop and enjoy! Liquid nitrogen can be bought at welding and medical supply stores. It is pretty cheap — 20 to 25 cents per liter. The only expensive part is that you need a large thermos to store it, called a Dewar flask, and these can run $500 to $5,000. Because of the intense cold, liquid nitrogen is dangerous. However, realistically speaking, it is no more dangerous than boiling water. Make sure you use all the proper safety precautions when handling liquid nitrogen, including gloves and safety goggles.

Katy Gerwin is a bartender at Marcello’s Chophouse, vice president of the USBG (United States Bartender’s Guild) New Mexico and the president of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) New Mexico.






Right across from the University, Brickyard turns out some pretty good pizza, but the real gem on their menu is a calzone (zoni) called “The Alford.” Named after UNM’s beloved men’s basketball coach, this signature calzone is stuffed with chicken, artichoke, tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone and pesto, then baked to golden perfection with a hot, melted middle. Zoni’s are usually served with a choice of dipping sauces, but the Alford requires none — pair it with a pint of your favorite beer and let the happiness ensue.

$8.25 FIND IT AT:

Brickyard Pizza 2216 Central SE, 505.262.2216 PHOTO BY WES NAMAN


The much-anticipated Chipotle is now in Albuquerque, but I don’t care — Empire Burritos has my heart and loyalty. An Empire Chicken burrito filled with brown rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato and Empire’s fire roasted salsa is as good as it gets. It’s somewhat of a chicken adobo, marinated in chipotle peppers and other herbs and spices. This isn’t some wimpy burrito either — you’ll need two hands, a big appetite and a couple extra napkins to get through it.



Empire Burritos 9401-A Golf Course NW, 505.899.5288




women in business

reaking stereotypes in the workforce seems to be a summit-less mountain for women to climb. Women comprise the majority of the U.S. workforce, but earn the least in the sectors where they are employed. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) lists the most common women’s jobs as secretaries, nurses and teachers. Nontraditional occupations, according to the DOL’s 2008 labor statistics, are those where women fill less than 25 percent of the positions in the industry. Women could be making greater entry-level money and finding more available positions with career-building opportunities in what Forbes magazine calls “the best-paying jobs that women aren’t in,” and what calls the top “male-dominated careers.” We at Local iQ believe there are a plethora of amazing professional women breaking through that old glass ceiling and thriving in the “man’s world” workforce. We asked around Albuquerque and found a representative sample of women doing just that in information technology, finance, data management, engineering and even auto repair. Their stories follow.

b whatglass ceiling? five albuquerque women succeed in their careers and set the agenda, blazing the way for other women to pursue their own dreams and goals

stories by chloë winegar-garrett + cristina olds • photos by wes naman



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overhauling the mechanic image one albuquerque woman is changing the face of the male-dominated automobile repair industry BY CRISTINA OLDS

“If I had to guess, I’d say less than five percent.” Mollie Lewis’ speculation was close, but the Department of Labor puts the percentage of females employed as mechanics at two percent or less, depending on the type of engine work. Mollie Lewis is part of that two percent. She and a partner launched All in the Wrist Auto and Diesel Repair in Bernalillo in January a year ago and in August moved to the current Downtown location where she is now the sole owner. Mollie Lewis During a recent interview with Local iQ, OWNER/LEAD TECHNICIAN: the shop door was in All in the Wrist Auto and Diesel constant motion and Repair cars lined the parking 1401 4TH NW, 505.249.5187 area awaiting service. “I’ve always got a cut or a pulled muscle,” she said, “and then there’s the dirt — most women aren’t into that.” Lewis’ past 20 years of professional experience include working as a fleet mechanic for Pepsi and Ryder, not the typical day job of a petite woman. Besides the physicality of the work, women have been deterred from entering the field of auto repair because of assumptions about their skills with cars. “Women have been taught that they’re not as technically-minded as a man is,” Lewis said. But she bucked that trend, being raised working in her father’s Chevron dealership and full-service station. “His shop was my favorite place to be, I loved going there,” she said, recalling a nostalgic version of Bernalillo as a small town with loyal, local customers. “I loved the smells, the noise, everything about it was great to me, including being with my dad.” Mike Lewis retired in January after 45 years in the business. And with his support and mentoring, his daughter has achieved autonomy — now managing her own auto repair shop — in what she calls “a man’s world.” Lewis recently obtained a contract to service U-Haul vehicles, which has led to the acquisition of equipment for balancing wheels and servicing tires. “I’d like to go back to that old style, one-stop service shop where customers can come to us for everything,” she said. The plan is to continue expanding the business where there is demand and fine tuning the services currently offered. As a new business owner, Lewis has experienced what she considers typical challenges, but overall feels the community is ready for a woman-owned auto shop. “We’ve been enormously successful in a short amount of time,” Lewis said. “We’ve been very fortunate.” One customer, during a recent visit to All in the Wrist to replace worn spark plugs asked Lewis if the shop would perform the 80,000-mile service on her car. Lewis poked around the engine and informed the customer that as long as the car was running well she saw no need for “scheduled maintenance,” something fabricated to justify unnecessary work. All in the Wrist employs one full-time mechanic, Keith Heitman, who Lewis is mentoring. She’s also talking with a female CNM student who recently asked if she could “shadow” Lewis in the shop as part of her college course requirements. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is knowing there’s been a desire or a need for a shop like this,” Lewis said in closing. “Filling that niche is really nice.” Molly Lewis, owner and lead mechanic at All in the Wrist Auto and Diesel Repair, rejects the stereotype that women are less technically inclined than men. She used the experience of growing up around her father’s Bernalillo Chevron station to learn the skills needed to run her own shop.

tapping technology researching the needs of albuquerque and creating a vital electronic data company provides a path to success for this businesswoman BY CRISTINA OLDS

Nerissa Whittington is an entrepreneur who dreamed it and built it and they came. She and her family were speculating over lunch about building a commercial space to suit the growing demands of the information technology industry. Whittington and her sister Keely manage several commercial properties with their family business, the Gulfstream Group, but recognized that businesses require infrastructure to house and protect their electronic data. Albuquerque didn’t offer anything of that sort. “We understood the need for a stable, reliable, public data center space in the market, and saw the longterm growth of IT/ data availability,” she said in a recent interview with Local iQ. “We decided this was the best fit for us to expand into the burgeoning technology sector.” They embraced the opportunity and created, a secure data center providing power and Internet connectivity, as well as office space for clients whose facility has an event that prevents the normal flow of business. is housed in a 65,000-square-foot former bank at 123 Central Ave. SE that was retrofitted in 2001 and now employs 15 staff members, plus subcontractors serving more than 100 clients. Future plans include a 4,000-square-foot expansion and increasing back-up power sources. Nerissa Whittington With an educational PRINCIPAL background in anthropology and experience in The Gulfstream Group & property management 505.255.5422 that was “not ideal for • understanding large power, and management. This is true for low voltage cabling and air men or women,” she said. calculations,” Whittington W With the Gulfstream Group, sought out others with Whittington and her family focus on customer service technology expertise. Attending PNM seminars and at their numerous Albuquerque properties and at buying lunches for contractors in the field, Whittington the Pagosa Hot Springs Resort they own in southern developed her comprehension through networking, Colorado. They’ve negotiated the difficult economic times absorbing whatever she could. “Education is everywhere successfully, limiting their commercial property holdings when you want to be a knowledge consumer from site in the worst years. tours to, yes, books,” she said. “I sound old saying this, but we were ordering books from trade groups and “With the unknown capital availability from traditional national standards organizations back when white papers sources and the lack of clarity on long term policy weren’t sales tools, but knowledge introduction into the decisions, the marketplace is challenged on many fronts,” marketplace.” Whittington said. Crediting her family as her most consistent mentors Among plentiful accolades, New Mexico Woman and supporters, Whittington said she is open to helping magazine named Whittington’s companies among the others gain insight in the same manner she did. She “Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses in New Mexico” from acknowledged women will be challenged when choosing 2003-2007. to enter into the technology industry, but “there is not Working as a novice in a complex industry such as IT a need to break in — just walk in! Be prepared to be appears to have posed mostly surmountable obstacles doubted for your knowledge, your ability and drive as a for the innovative, self-taught Whittington. “For me female.” personally, the biggest challenge has been the balance Whittington noted there is a dearth of skilled between work and life, as I have a very blurred line professionals in information technology, leading to great between the two, participating in a family company opportunities. “It takes dedication to really understand that operates literally 24/7,” she said. Blurred or not, the nuances that are involved in infrastructure planning Whittington’s future clearly shines. Nerissa Whittington has created a successful electronic data company that fills a vital need in New Mexico. offers a stable, reliable public data center space for Albuquerque businesses with growing business needs.



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there’s an app for that one woman’s idea grows into a popular, user-friendly city tool and a booming business for local events and deals BY CRISTINA OLDS

Barbara Lopez ITIL Practice Program Manager for PNM

computing the future pnm it manager uses both brains and technology to pave a smooth path in the world of technology BY CHLOË WINEGAR-GARRETT

Within the extremely fast-growing world of technology, it is highly important to help others be successful. Barbara Lopez, IT Program Manager for PNM, certainly has a lot on her plate, but has excelled as a career woman while mentoring and encouraging others along the way. From working with businesses to managing employees, cutting budgets to improving technology, Lopez seems to have done it all throughout her career as tester, programmer, manager, project manager and infrastructure director. Beyond her normal duties, she also chooses to make a strong impact motivating younger people to pursue their dreams and goals. Lopez was originally motivated to go to school during her first career within the government. In an interview with Local iQ, she described her history and interest surrounding this field of work. “I had a boss that asked why I didn’t go to college,” Lopez recalled. “He said, ‘As logical as you are, you should go.’ I was never expected to go to college, but I went home that exact day and saw a brochure for UNM classes and took it as a sign.” She worked hard to prove her worth as she studied in male-dominated classrooms and successfully completed her degree in computer science. To this day, she believes in urging young people to finish their degrees and rise above any selfimposed or societal standards. This persistence to mentor others led to her winning the 2009 New Mexico Technology Council Women in

Technology award and also helped her become a leading figure within PNM. “I developed the IT leadership coaching program with the purpose in mind to identify people who need a push to hone skills,” she said. One of the more challenging parts of her current position with the ITIL practice involves working with abstract concepts rather than tangible facts and concrete plans. “It is moving toward more of a service management approach to IT and also includes being aware of costs, budgeting, reducing staff, doing more with less while making sure effective processes are in place,” she said. Lopez amazingly balances her family life with her career. She says she has never had to sacrifice the valuable time spent with family for the sake of her professional life. “I have a strong support system with my parents, husband and family that has made it easier to have children and work,” she said. “I effectively raised three boys while going to college and working in a career, but it does take a lot of planning and not being afraid to ask for assistance.” PNM encourages its employees to stay physically fit, which helps reduce stress. Lopez serves on the NM Technology Council board, which gives scholarships to women in high school pursuing engineering and technology, and also recognizes the achievements of women in IT. “Go to school,” Lopez emphasized. “No matter what position you have, there is always something to learn. Always take classes and seize opportunities. Make sure to finish your education — it will change your life.”

Barbara Lopez has her hands full at PNM with budgeting, managing staff, improving technology and working on ways to condense different abstract ideas into concrete goals. But even with this hectic schedule, she always chooses to make time to be a mentor, helping people make smart decisions and pursue their aspirations.



With three hours to spare before the deadline, a friend phoned Lisa Abeyta to tell her about a contest her new mobile app company should enter. Abeyta leapt to work filling out the application to VentureBeat, a San Francisco-based technology trends website, submitting within 11 minutes of the deadline. Her frantic efforts were rewarded when APPCityLife™ was chosen as one of the top 20 hottest start-ups of 2010, and Abeyta was invited to present at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s mobile branch. “We were waiting to present when it hit me that everyone else had assistants who were men, the video people were men, even the judges were men,” Abeyta said in a recent interview with Local iQ, “and I realized I was the only woman in the room.” Abeyta hit the stage and impressed venture capitalists and colleagues with her moxie and her concept. “I went in there knowing that my idea had validity,” she said. And it has proven valid — the APPCityLife™ app has been downloaded more than 12,000 times since December of 2010. The mobile city guide for Albuquerque and Santa Fe serves as a one-stop app linking to local news, events and resources. Businesses with mini apps hosted by APPCityLife include ABQBioPark, Roadrunner Food Bank, TEDxABQ and AlluraDerm. Abeyta bounced in her seat when describing her latest partnership with the city centennial celebration, fulfilling one of her goals: community building. Users are notified about events and deals via the Apple platform push software, allowing Abeyta to track analytics, just one aspect of the marketing strategy she provides. Abeyta entered the technology field with a passion to grow community and an aptitude for science fostered by her electrical engineer husband, Lawrence Abeyta. Her formal background was in education, but a desire to be home while her three kids were young led to a 10-year writing career. She networked across the city as a freelance business writer for the A Albuquerque Journal, a humor columnist for the now d defunct Albuquerque Tribune and a teacher for those Lisa Abeyta breaking into the writing field. PRESIDENT Lawrence Abeyta’s company, Onqueue Technologies, APPCityLife™, Inc. w developing patented technology to publish was 505.796.4015


hundreds of apps at a time, which Lisa Abeyta saw as a way to aggregate an entire mobile community, thus becoming the company’s first client. She’s currently researching demographics to expand the mobile city guide app coverage to Colorado, Texas and some California and Midwest cities. “Content needs to be hip, viable and lively,” Abeyta said. “If it’s not, you’re not utilizing this wonderful new mechanism to its ability.” Abeyta’s strategy includes giving back to the community by offering internships to UNM students while keeping her virtual office overhead low. She credits Tom Lopez, a former Microsoft vice president for helping guide her when she was first starting out and admits the learning curve was steep. She also credits other strong women for forging the path in the technology field where men fill the majority of the positions. “Women bring unique skills to the table as better collaborators, better facilitators and they’re more willing to pivot and let go of a bad idea,” she said. She told a story of walking into an investor meeting where she was asked if there were any men on her staff, giving the impression her ideas would be better received if she were a different gender. But Abeyta remains determinedly passionate about her choices and directions. “Maybe that’s a good thing,” she said with a laugh, “when you don’t even notice you ought not be there until you’re already there.” Lisa Abeyta never predicted her mobile app invention would win a contest and be chosen as one of the hottest start-ups of VentureBeat in 2010, but now APPCityLife has been downloaded thousands of times and is considered a great communitybuilder. The app aids people navigating through a city by supplying news, deals, events, etc.

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Great Outdoors Nursery



Stilo Lifestyle Accessories


Please describe your business:


Why did you want to start a business? I’ve worked in a retail and gallery atmosphere for 10 years as director and buyer for a great corporation. I saw a need for a different type of gallery/store that was fun, eclectic, relaxed atmosphere and not “stuffy” and where mostly everything for sale was quality and locally made or designed.

How do you describe your business? Stilo is a shop that features all types of clothing, jewelry, artwork and accessories with a clean urban or hippy chic look. Mostly everything in our store is exclusive to Stilo.

What is your background? I gained most of my retail/gallery experience working for Heritage Hotels & Resorts for eight years as sales associate, gallery director, then buyer. Much of my art and product knowledge is owed to my great mentor CEO James Long and to my mother of course, who taught me to seek great finds on our estate or thrift store hunts when I was young.

What challenges did you face starting up and running your business? The idea for Stilo was so big and I had all these plans but at that time (August 2008) was the middle of our country’s economic downfall. My husband supported my dream and helped me break it down to something that was manageable and financially feasible.

What are your plans for the future? With the support of my wonderful husband and awesome Assistant/Manager Sumi Adams, we would like to expand and open a Stilo in Austin and perhaps LA.

Stilo Lifestyle Accessories

We are an upscale consignment boutique specializing in women’s clothing and accessories. The merchandise we accept is closely inspected for quality, and we can be quite particular! They are then priced up to 75 percent off retail. We supply name-brand, current style, excellent condition clothing, purses, belts, scarves, shoes, and fine and costume jewelry. Many people are not familiar with consignment boutiques; we invite you in to see the difference!

How long have you been in business? We are celebrating our seventh year! I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly. This must be because I truly love the service the store provides. The consigner is happy receiving money for items that were just sitting in their closet, the customer is happy only paying a fraction of retail for their item, and I can continue to provide this service.

Why shop consignment? There are so many good reasons! The first is the most obvious, to save money! In this economy we are constantly searching for smarter options, and consignment is definitely one of these options! You can receive the same quality fashions at a significantly reduced price. I also appreciate the ‘green’ factor. Shopping consignment is a wonderful way to recycle and do our part in protecting the environment. Shopping local reduces our carbon footprint and supports our community. I couldn’t be here without all of our devoted customers and consigners, thank you!



Please describe your business. Great Outdoors Nursery is a unique native and adaptable plant nursery. Our visitors enjoy perusing the gardens which inspire ideas for their landscapes. Great Outdoors specializes in low water plants with an emphasis on beauty and originality. The botanical style setting displays a great selection of cacti, agaves, and yuccas along with a diverse selection of landscape accents.

What do you like most about running your own business? The possibilities and opportunities are endless as a business owner with the ultimate decision in my hands. The joy that comes with ownership is rewarding especially when customers are satisfied with the outcome of their visit. I am very thankful for the beautiful space that I work in everyday and the gratification that comes with sharing the magical environment of the Great Outdoors Nursery with others. The beauty far outweighs the efforts invested in the nursery.

What are your most valuable resources for owning or running your business? The support of the community is essential to the success of the nursery. Sharing ideas and information with others is priceless. Great Outdoors Nursery makes every effort to provide our customers with reliable information. In order to comply with this, the technical world is a foundation for knowledge that is at our fingertips.

How do you do all that? In a nutshell, I take it in stride one day at a time, sometimes one step at a time. And I try not to take life too seriously. But no matter what the day’s calling is, each time I leave the nursery, I am happy and look forward to what awaits tomorrow.

Great Outdoors Nursery

3339 Central SE Suite D 505.242.6260

Mon-Sat, 10am - 6pm Far North Shopping Center 6300 San Mateo NE • D4 505.858.1067

10408 2nd NW 505.890.5311



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of budgets and balance top unm financial officer parlays a passion for accounting into a career where she makes a difference BY CHLOË WINEGAR-GARRETT

It’s one thing to deal with personal funds, but imagine handling an entire university’s finances! Ava Lovell, University Controller and Senior Financial Officer for Health and Sciences, has a lot on her shoulders, but her capable mind helps to ensure the fiscal stability of the University of New Mexico. Her responsibilities are extensive. Lovell is accountable for all cash flow in and out of UNM, which includes managing contracts, grants, federal research, payroll, vendors, advisement, internal control, department balancing and much more. In addition, she has to make sure every financial decision is in accordance with university policy and law. Attending legislative meetings and working with bonds are vital in her position. In an interview with Local iQ, Lovell described the complex parts of this profession: “One of the biggest challenges over the past three years has been the poor economy. Where can I reduce budgets without harming big aspects?” she said. “If too much is cut, education is damaged. But an executive gets creative, gets on board, cuts costs and does not damage the school’s mission.” What makes it all worthwhile is the joy Lovell finds in this field. “I really like the people and working with the staff. I enjoy mentoring people, employees and staff,” she said. “I feel every day and every meeting is an opportunity for mentoring.” Lovell’s history in finances is impressive. Beginning with her Bachelor’s of science and her Certified Public Accountant certificate (CPA), she has experience with Fortune 500 companies, defense contracting and public accounting. “I worked 70 hours per Ava Lovell week, year after year. I realized that with higher education, the benefits were great. You have to look for industries that are Senior Executive good for you.” Financial Officer In consideration of career versus family, Lovell found out the Health and Sciences/ hard way that some companies do not allow for a balance. University Controller “There was no consideration. You either did your job, or for UNM you didn’t,” she recalled. “After entering higher education, I realized I love education, healthcare and making an impact. The benefits were great, and if my child was sick, I could take the time to make sure she got better.” Her advice for young women entering the world of finances, or any career in general: “Women should ... look for industries that are good for (them). It probably won’t happen on the first try, but get experience in as much of your area as possible — never stick in one place. Learn everything you can, and always lay out your priorities. Deciding what you truly want in your life and career will make you a better person. If you love what you do, you are going to be successful.” Ava Lovell is in charge of cash flow in and out of UNM, along with being a financial advisor, budgeting, working with bonds, attending legislation meetings and internal control. She has always enjoyed working as an accountant, but especially in a position within the higher education field.








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Cursive’s new album I Am Gemini takes the band’s propensity to make storytelling concept albums to new heights, with an intricate tale about two brothers. Bassist Matt Maginn told Local iQ that the band’s new music is the most “riff heavy” in 10 years


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Unique and endearingly imperfect, Cursive’s latest record reads like a book and plays like a musical

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The duality of the Gemini zodiac sign is represented through the artwork, layout, music and t seems like a lot of albums that get released lyrics of Cursive’s latest and most ambitious release. The story told is of two brothers, Cassius and require no thought and aren’t very engaging Pollack, who were separated at birth. They unexpectedly reunite at their biological parents’ home for listeners. You just pop it on and let it and find that one is good and one is evil. spin. The lack of substance makes it too I Am Gemini plays itself out like a musical and reads like a book. Each song contains a lyrical easy, too mindless. Luckily, there is a band dialogue between characters that allows listeners to imagine their actions, their features and out there that doesn’t just produce an album their expressions. The album’s booklet is written like the script for a play. The song titles are not — it produces a listener-involved experience included — there are only acts, character names and the lyrics. It requires listeners to pay close that stimulates your mind, both lyrically and attention if they want to understand what is going on in the story. musically. When it came to the album’s artwork, they were drawn to the skills of Albuquerque’s Cursive is a band that is own Jon Sanchez, aka Jonito. Sanchez had designed gig posters for Cursive several notorious for its storytelling years ago, and when it came to decide on artwork, Maginn said they tried several other Cursive concept albums. The newest artists, but Sanchez got it right the first time. release from the native 7p, Tue., Feb. 28 “As soon as he sent the first sketch, we were like, ‘This is it, we got the right guy,’” he Nebraskans, I Am Gemini, Launchpad said. The artwork Sanchez created differed from others who jumped on the idea of follows in stride with their 618 Central SW, twin brothers. “I feel like the cover leaves it a little more open for each person’s own 505.764.8887 previous records. This time interpretation,” said Maginn of Sanchez’s work that represents duality but does not $15 around, they put together a impose an interpretation on listeners. story that is more intricately Tickets: Cursive has seen band members come and go throughout the years, which has pushed woven than those that have the group to redefine its sound with each record. A cellist was part of 2003’s The Ugly preceded it. Organ. Happy Hollow from 2006 featured horn players. In 2009, the band welcomed In an interview with Local a new drummer, Cully Symington, for Mama I’m Swollen and the most recent record iQ, Cursive bassist Matt subtly refreshes the Omaha quartet’s sound. Maginn said the story told through I Am Gemini Maginn said Symington’s drumming has brought a welcome element to the band. “He really did not have to be pieced together after recording brought a lot to the writing table from a drum standpoint. A lot of little nuances he’s done that — the songs wrote themselves into a story. really help out the songs,” said Maginn. Combine Symington’s skills with what Maginn described Maginn said Cursive’s front man, Tim Kasher, as their most “riff-heavy album since 2001’s Burst and Bloom,” and you have I Am Gemini. wrote the lyrics as a tale intended to be read Much like the style of handwriting, Cursive is individualistic, with an endearing quality of from front to back. imperfection. The band has always been rough around the edges, with a dissonance that works as “If we had re-sequenced after he had written the a great accompaniment to Kasher’s seemingly dark lyrical tales. Melodic, yet heavy, its sound is lyrics, it would have screwed up the story. I’m audibly honest. very happy with the sequence,” Maginn said. The past few times I’ve seen Cursive in Albuquerque, the shows have been packed — and with “That was kind of the plan — to present it as a good reason. They have a powerful live performance and presence. It’s an enthralling experience story. He decided he was going to lay it out in a that will leave you with a hunger for stories in your songs. readable form.”




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Soul Patrol 6:30-9:30p, FREE The Press Room

The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p1a, FREE The Range Cafe (Bernalillo)

The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 7-9p, FREE



Club Warehouse


Son Como Son SALSA 9:30p, $7 Cowgirl BBQ

Indigie Femme ACOUSTIC/FOLK/ ROOTS 20 5p, FREE St. James Society ROCK 8p, $5 Effingbar & Grill

Karaoke with Kan-U-Karaoke 9p, FREE El Paseo Bar & Grill

ABQ Brew Pub

Ballroom Blitz 9p, $5

Nancy Raven 7-10p, FREE Blackbird Buvette

Golden Cantina - Cities of Gold Casino

Cosmic Dancing with Brendangerous and Nicolatron 10p, FREE

DJ Marc Anthony TOP 40 9p-1a, FREE

Blue Tower Lounge - Buffalo Thunder

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

3rd Element CLASSIC ROCK 9p-1:30a, FREE

Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 3-6p, FREE


Buck 65, Kristoff Krane, Definition Rare 9p, $12 Low Spirits

OPA Bar at Yanni’s

Gilded Cage Burlesk Presents Carnivale featuring Naughty Pierre, Absinthe Menagerie, September Smith, Serendipity Belly Dance, Stephany Perea, H.P. Lovefast. 8p, $8-$10

Saudade 7-10p, FREE Pete’s Cantina

Los Radiators ACOUSTIC BLUES/ROCK 7-10p, FREE Q Bar

Lotus Nightclube &VIP Ultralounge

DJ Sez TOP 40 9p, $10

DJ’s J-Roc and Justin George HIP HOP/EDM/DANCE 10p, FREE for 21+/$10 for $18+

Soul Kitchen BLUES 8:30p, FREE


St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Scalo II Bar Sol Santa Fe

Joe West and Round Mountain 7p, $12

The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p1a, FREE

Entourage Jazz 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

T-pain 7p, $30

Tony Rodriguez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern

The Family Coal Bluegrass 7-11p, FREE Molly’s

Rock Bottom 1:30-5p, FREE Group Therapy 5:30-9:30p, FREE Monte Vista

Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves ORIGINAL/ROCK 9p, FREE

Sunshine Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

Tijerina 9:30p, FREE

SUN 26 Blackbird Buvette

World famous $4 Brunch featuring Jim Phillips, Erin Sauce Berries, Lucky, and Ben Wood 12p, FREE Bartender 4 Mayor and Old Time Country Band 9p, FREE CONTINUED ON PAGE 20




LI V E M USIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Center for Spiritual Living

“Peaches and Queen: Etta James and Dinah Washington” featuring Albuquerque’s irresistible Patti Littlefield vocals 4p, $20 Cowgirl BBQ

Kate Mann & Lisa Joyce with Brett Davis - The Townes Zandt Brunch TEXAS COUNTRY/FOLK 12-3p, FREE Rob-A-Lou Johnny Cash’s Birthday COUNTRY TRIBUTE 8p, FREE Effingbar & Grill

Sal & Crew 7p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 3-6p, FREE Jazzbah

Jazz Brunch ft. Dan Dowling 11a-2p, FREE

V & Meezmo, Locote Street, Cezler, Broken Toy Records, Saint Exkwall, Dremon, Stoner Bros., and Heat 4p, FREE


Low Spirits


Bare Wires and The Deadtown Lovers 9p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern

Marcello’s Chophouse

Kyle Martin 5:30-9:30p, FREE

The Ruebarbs BLUES 3-7p, FREE

Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Q Bar

O’Niell’s (Heights)

Mountblood, Sin7, Curtis Dirt, Ale Quest & Jamser 9p, FREE


Los Radiators FOLK/BLUES 4-7p, FREE


O’Niell’s (Nob Hill)

Blackbird Buvette

Rivet Gang BLUEGRASS 4-7p, FREE Geeks Who Drink 8p, FREE St. Clair’s Winery and Bistro

The Peacemakers FOLK/ORIGINALS/ AMERICANA 6-9p, FREE Sunday Chatter (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Reich and Mendelssohn CLASSICAL 10:30a, $5-$15



Geeks Who Drink 6p, FREE To Kill A Mocking Bird featuring Marshall’s Law 9p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Sloan Armitage 8p, FREE Cowgirl BBQ


Cold Front, Kush Muzik, Watermelon 7, Cloudy Wingz & Definition, Lil Cook Loko, Uimg Durrty, Cloud Nine, S-Diz, Valley Life Radio, Beezy, Mike

Boris McCutcheon ROOTS/AMERICANA 8:30p, FREE Sunshine Theater

VNV Nation and Straftanz 8p, $17 The Gasworks

Man Overboard, Handguns, Seahaven and Daytrader 6:30-11p, $12 Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

The Joneses 8p, FREE



Blackbird Buvette

Scotch, Cigars, Meat 7-10p, FREE

Blackbird Karaoke 9p, FREE


Karaoke with Michele Leidig 9p,

Scalo II Bar

Bob and Kathy Worley BLUEGRASS/ GOSPEL/COUNTRY 6:30p, free

Blackbird Buvette Cowgirl BBQ

Frank Chewiwie LATIN JAZZ 9p, FREE

Esther Bone Memorial Library




Cursive, Ume and Virgin Islands 8p, $15

The Blurts, Sky View West, The Haptics 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Vinyl & Verses featuring UHF B-Boy Crew HIP HOP 8p, FREE Casa Esencia

DJ Josh DANCE 8p, $5 for men Cowgirl BBQ

The Bus Tapes ROCK/INDIE/FOLK 8p, FREE Gasworks - Room 1

Triumph Over Shipwreck, Barbarian, Atlas, Noir 7:15-10:10p, $10

Electronic duo VNV Nation (a.k.a. - Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson) performs at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW, with Straftanz on Tue., Feb. 28. Show at 8p. $17 cover.

Gasworks - Room 2


Scalo II Bar

The Story So Far, The American Scene, Forever Came Calling, Mr. Fisher & The Hospitality 7:3010:45p, $10

The Casualties, Toxic Holocuast, Torture Victim, A.P.D. 7:30p, $12 Low Spirits

Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase featuring Shane Wallin and Ryan Martino 8:30p, FREE

Golden Cantina - Cities of Gold Casino

Karaoke with Starr Entertainment 9p-1a, FREE

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, DJ Chach & Dave 12 9p, $10 Marcello’s Chophouse

Tony Rodriguez 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s

Skip Batchelor 5:30-9:30p, FREE

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Rhythmethod 6-9p, FREE



Blackbird Buvette

KGB Club 10p, FREE




L I V E M USIC Burt’s Tiki Lounge

The Universal featuring CLKCLKBNG & Guests DANCE/ELECTRO/INDIE 8p, FREE Cowgirl BBQ

Whiskey Shivers FOLK/BLUEGRASS/ OLD TIME 8p, FREE East Mountain Library

Cosy Sheridan & TR Ritchie 5:30p, FREE Effingbar & Grill

Karaoke w/ Kan-U-Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad

Three Bad Jacks, Cowboys and Indian, Burque Burlesque 9p, FREE Lotus Nightclub & VIP Ultralounge

CoolWater Fusion

Matt Jones SOUL/ROCK/POP 6-8p, FREE Cooperage

Nosotros SALSA 9:30p, $15 Cowgirl BBQ

The Bill Hearne Trio CLASSIC COUNTRY 2-5p, FREE Hello Dollface BLUES/SOUL/REGGAE 8p, $5 Effingbar & Grill

Karaoke with Kan-U-Karaoke 9p, FREE Golden Cantina - Cities of Gold Casino

DJ Marc Anthony TOP 40 9p-1a, FREE

Cowgirl BBQ

Chris Chickering & Terry Diers ROCK/ FOLK/ROOTS 12-3p, FREE Lonesome Heroes ALT COUNTRY 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Boris McCutcheon AMERICANA/FOLK 3-6p, FREE Launchpad

A Skylit Drive, Crown the Empire, From Undefeated Hands, Among Oceans, Statues 7p, $12 The Adobe Theater

Opera Unlimited Gala 6p, Donation



DJ’s AI & J-Roc HIP HOP/DANCE 10p, FREE for 21+/$5 for 18+

Blackbird Buvette

Low Spirits

Cowgirl BBQ

Blackbird Karaoke 9p, FREE

Hyperland, Blame it on Rebekkah, Kimo 9p, $4

Karaoke w/ Michele Leidig 9p, FREE Keller Hall at UNM Campus

Marcello’s Chophouse

Villa-Lobos 125 Chamber Music Festival 7:30p, $5-$15

Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Outpost Performance Space


The Charlie Christian Project with Michael Anthony and Bobby Shew 7:30p, $20-$25

Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra 9p, $15 Sol Santa Fe

Sol Santa Fe

Saul Williams 8p, $15

Tony Furtado, Melissa Crabtree 7:30p, $12


South Broadway Library


Cosy Sheridan & TR Ritchie 12p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

Geeks Who Drink 6p, FREE Groove the Dig with Old School John Mod, FREAKBEAT/GARAGE 9p, FREE

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

Chava & Paid My Dues 9:30p, FREE


Cowgirl BBQ

Phil Berkowitz & Ben Rice BLUES 8p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

The Joe Silva Group 6p, FREE Blood Honey, Curtis Pink, Zia Zombie, Cloud Lantern, Zenova 10p, FREE Cowgirl BBQ

The Robby Overfield Trio R&B/SOUL 8p, $5

Sol Santa Fe (37 Fire Place, Santa Fe, solofsantafe. com) hosts poet/musician/ performer Saul Williams on Mon., Feb. 5. Show at 8p. $15 cover.


Baractunga, Felix y Los Gatos, Mala Maña 9p, FREE

Skulldron CD Release Party featuring Leeches of Lore, Suspended, Godhunter, Inoculara 9p, $5

Lotus Nightclub & VIP Ultralounge

Lotus Nightclube & VIP Ultralounge

DJ XES and guest DJs TOP 40/DANCE 10p, FREE for 21+/$10 for 18+ Low Spirits

DJ’s J-Roc and Justin George HIP HOP/EDM/DANCE 10p, FREE for 21+/$10 for $18+

The Withdrawals and Friends 9p, $8

Low Spirits


Marcello’s Chophouse

Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Outpost Performance Space

Mamak Khadem 8p, $20-$25 Sol Santa Fe

Sattva, Bacon, Feathericci, Erin E, Gargamel 7p, $10

An evening with Ryan McGarvey 8p, $8



Blackbird Buvette

Poetry and Beer 8p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Vinyl & Verses featuring UHF B-Boy Crew UNDERGROUND HIP HOP 8p, FREE Corrales Brewery Bistro

Spankey Lee 6-9p, FREE Cowgirl BBQ

Golden Cantina - Cities of Gold Casino

Sol Santa Fe

Los Lonely Boys, The Dunwells 7:30p, $44 Le Chat Lunatique 9:30p, FREE



Blackbird Buvette

Journeys in Belly Dance featuring Scheherazade Dance Productions 6p, FREE No Fun Dance Party 10p, FREE

Sol Santa Fe

Tony Rodriguez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Los Radiators 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

William Fitzsimmons and Noah Gundersen 9p, $17


Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro


Low Spirits

Marcello’s Chophouse

The Cube Restaurant


The Beatnuts, Zoolay, New Mexicon, Snake Eyez and more 9p, FREE

Gardens & Villa 7:30p, $10


Bobby Watson and Lisa Henry 8p & 10p, TBD


World Famous $4 Brunch featuring Chase Dabney 12p, FREE Corrales Bistro Brewery


Karaoke with Starr Entertainment 9p-1a, FREE La Cumbre Brewing Company

The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS 6-9p, FREE Launchpad

Hyperland, Cosmic Rock Night, The Secret Band, Bat Wings for Lab Rats, RDRM 9p, $4 Low Spirits

MilkDrive, E. Christina Herr, Wild Frontier 9p, $7 St. Clair Winery and Bistro

Dianna Hughes, Michael Anthony and Milo Jaramillo 6-9p, FREE





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distinctly remember sitting round my bedroom back in the day and listening to the So Far, So Good … So What! 6:30p, Sun., Feb. 26 cassette and wondering why every time I Tingley Coliseum told one of my denim-clad buddies that Megadeth was better than Metallica, they 300 San Pedro NE, would accuse me of drinking hairspray. 505.265.1791 The story has been well documented: $39.50-$54 Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine Tickets: was the troubled, talented, eventually jettisoned guitarist for what has turned into, in retrospect, the biggest hard rock band of all time, Metallica. After getting dismissed, Mustaine took the Greyhound back to L.A., got himself a band, named it Megadeth and proceeded to release the group’s independent debut Killing is My Business … And Business is Good! Megadeth anointed themselves the kings of speed metal, got signed to a major label and produced Peace Sells ... But Who’s Buying? as well as a number of other metal classics in subsequent years. While Metallica is today playing with non-metal acts like Modest Mouse, Megadeth is currently touring all over the country and bringing along pummeling acts such as Lacuna Coil, Volbeat and Motorhead. You can’t get much more metal than that. —Jeff Kerby Megadeth


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The Dunwells Brothers Band OPENING FOR LOS LONELY BOYS

7:30p, Sat., Mar. 3 Santa Fe Sol 37 Fire Place, 505.474.7322 $44



here is something to be said about bands consisting of brothers and family members: It’s often guaranteed goodness. The Dunwell Brothers accomplish a healthy balance of country and folk rock with an element of undeniably catchy pop. Hailing from Leeds, England, brothers Dave and Joe Dunwell have gone from playing gigs at pubs in their hometown to embarking on their first-ever U.S. tour, which will be swinging through New Mexico’s capital city to present us with a British twist on the Americana genre. You might imagine being in such close quarters with a family member might end up like the Gallagher brothers in Oasis, but in an interview with Local iQ, Joe Dunwell said it’s never a problem. “We get along really well and I think that shows in the music,” he said. He’s right. The Dunwells’ brotherly bond is audible in the stellar vocal harmonies and thoughtfully composed music on their debut full-length album, Blind Sighted Faith. The Dunwells’ bright and inspiring sound with charming vocals will make them one of the bands to watch in 2012. —Justin De La Rosa

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Henry Rollins ocker/actor/raconteur Henry 8p, Fri. Mar. 2 Rollins’ machine-gun mouth and KiMo Theatre razor wit give his observations on world traveling, and life in the modern 423 Central NW, world an edge that few performers ever 505.768.3544 achieve. He’s what some might call a $18 rare breed — an opinionated, eloquent Tickets: punk rocker with a philosophy about life and how to live it. “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone,” he has said. Rollins, in the midst of his spoken word Long March Tour, will catch up the KiMo audience on his most recent wanderings — to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba and, most recently to Germany and Norway. “When I am out here, all I am really thinking about is to do good shows every night. But life has been good. I’ve been listening to a lot of great new music from Japan.” he said on his blog. Rollins gives it all to us straight and fast, the only way he can. —Bill Nevins




An eclectic female perspective


Monthlong Women and Creativity celebration offers unique smorgasbord of events full of variety and flavor




hat do stilt-walking, empanada demonstrations, solar printmaking, digital dream animations, generations of poetry, colcha gatherings, electrical experiments, forgiveness, exercise balls, xeriscaping, adventures in science and divine feminine power all have in common? Three words: women and creativity. Women and Creativity is an annual month-long celebration of women’s creativity and entrepreneurship Women and across many disciplines. For the Creativity past seven years during the month of March (Women’s History Through March Month), Women and Creativity has collaborated with over 35 local partners in coordination with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Creative Albuquerque, with support from Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, to promote this diverse, innovative and all-encompassing series of presentations, performances, workshops, interactions and more. This event celebrates women in their creativity and ability, but can be enjoyed by both genders of all ages and backgrounds. Women and Creativity includes examples of women (and men) working creatively in fields such as the arts, education, leadership, social justice, health, environment and culture and will be hosted in performance spaces, galleries, museums, parks, neighborhoods and other venues around New Mexico. If events were food, this smorgasbord of affairs would be full of variety and flavor. Last year’s hoopla of marvelous and didactic happenings included workshops in Egyptian encaustic painting, Ethiopian bookbinding, creating mosaic masterpieces, hula hooping, a carnival dance party, New Mexican poets and a photography expedition through the lens of women. This year’s collaborative collection PHOTO BY WES NAMAN Poet Jessica Helen Lopez is one of many women participating in Albuquerque’s Women and offers more of the same eclectic variety, with Creativity month in March. Lopez will present the workshop La Palabra — the Word is Woman. “I everything from workshops on the mind-body couldn’t be happer to be included in the lineup of such phenomenal women,” Lopez said. connection to flamenco lessons. Consider such unique events as Cellular Health: creating, defining and providing their own African dance classes. Teacher Romy Keegan Healthy Body, Healthy Brain, where you can commented, “African dance provides a unique perspectives and meditations on success, health learn how “healthy cells are the foundation for and powerful way to connect with the creative and happiness. ‘La Palabra’ offers a communal a healthy body. Learn how things we eat, drink Self, above and beyond the stresses and worries and genuine approach to writing and and supplement, can strengthen and transform of everyday life.” photography and will help us to individually cells, providing them with the nutrients needed How about some creative words with this year’s and collectively redefine beauty, power and to create and maintain a strong, healthy, vibrant ABQ Women Of the World poetry slam champ, femininity. We will be writing to celebrate body and mind.” Jessica Helen Lopez? “La Palabra — The Word ourselves.” In an interview with Local iQ, Emily Eads is a Woman” will explore the idea of creation Put on your stilts, bring out the hula hoops, of Infinity Wellness Group said, “We are myths and the female creative principal in a your camera or pen, paintbrush, flamenco a growing community, creating leaders four-part intensive workshop designed to assist shoes — whatever vivifies creativity. Celebrate committed to improving our overall health the writer in creating a literal and metaphorical your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your through education in the areas of high quality “body of work.” The workshop utilizes a daughter, yourself and gather all of the above supplementation, eating for long-term health, collection of black and white photographs of to check out this year’s Women and Creativity minimizing exposure to environmental toxins women in their natural acts of life that portray to get inspired, cultivate ideas, become and promoting the mind-body connection.” the “unique and varied landscape of the female empowered, be dramatic or musical and get body.” Feel like getting footloose and fancy-free? C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E. It does a body good. Join others at Maple Street Dance Studio on Lopez stated, “I couldn’t be happier to be A full list of events and information can be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through included in the lineup of such phenomenal found at women. These are women of true power, March for beginning African dance and gentle



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Shaking Myth - paintings 2010-2012 These powerful paintings depict a dynamic aesthetic exploration of the inherent tensions and contradictions of existence. 10a-4p, Thu.-Sat., FREE EXHIBIT 208 208 BROADWAY SE, 505.450.6884 THROUGH FEB. 29: EXHIBITION

How To Love A lush journey through the surreal emotional landscape of photographer Kyle Zimmerman. 5-8p, FREE MARIPOSA GALLERY 3500 CENTRAL SE, 505.268.6828 THROUGH FEB. 23: EXHIBITION

The Raven Art and Poetry Exhibition In tribute to Edgar Allan Poe’s famous narrative poem, 18 local artists were selected to create a work for the exhibit, each interpreting one of its stanzas. 10a8p, Mon.-Thu.; 10a-5p, Fri. & Sat., FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, 505.891.5013 EXT. 3039


Time Stands Still Donald Margulies’ Tony award nominated play sets a quartet of characters into motion including Sarah, an injured photojournalist just back from Iraq. 7p, $10-$30 THE CELL 700 1ST NW, 505.768.9412 THROUGH MAR. 1: EXHIBITION

Quilts of the Southwest The newest hand-stitched and designed quilts by Mary Ezell. Many designs include appliqué work, as on the Kokopelli and Tepee quilt. 11a-5p, FREE COWGIRL RED 2865 TURQUOISE TRAIL, 505.474.0344 THROUGH APR. 22: RECEPTION

Michael Berman, David Taylor and Connie Samaras Each of the three photographers presents us with a desert landscape that is simultaneously of the present, reflecting the past and hinting at the future. 10a-5p, $6-$15 THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART 107 W. PALACE, 505.476.5072




James Drake: Salon of a Thousand Souls Nineteen sculptures and works on paper by the Santa Fe-based artist spanning nearly 25 years. 10a-5p,

The Dog Pound Presentation by Director Manuel Nieto followed by a Q&A. 7p, FREE

Tue.-Sun.; 5-8p, Fri., $6/Free on Fri.

SANTA FE PLAZA 107 WEST PALACE, 505.476.5072


Woven Identities Baskets woven by artists representing 60 cultural groups. 10a-5p, Tue.-Sun., $6 THE MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE MUSEUM HILL, CAMINO LEJO OFF OLD SANTA FE TRAIL, 505.476.1269 THROUGH APR. 7: WORKSHOP

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible - Calligraphy Demonstrations As part of the new exhibition Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape, calligraphers will demonstrate a wide variety of book crafts. 10a-12p & 1-3p, Sat., $6-$9 NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM 725 CAMINO LEJO, 505.476.1141 THROUGH MAR. 31: PERFORMANCE

Family Can Be Murder When Alex and Toby Hubbard show up to spend the holidays with their father, they find that his new young wife may be maneuvering to make herself the sole heir to their father’s fortune. 7:30p, $55 (includes dinner and show) FOUL PLAY CAFE, SHERATON UPTOWN, 2600 LOUISIANA NE, 505.377.9593 THROUGH MAY 4: EXHIBITION

Lines and Cultures: A Cartographic Excursion into New Mexico Statehood New Mexico celebrates the 100th anniversary of its statehood with an extraordinary exhibition of historic maps. These maps are representative of the periods of the Spanish Entrada, the MexicanAmerican War, the Civil War, the New Mexico Constitutional Convention and now. 9a-5p, Mon.-Fri., FREE GOVERNOR’S GALLERY IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING 490 OLD SANTA FE TRAIL, 505.476.5058


The Soul of Mexico II: Landscape of Pyramids 7p, FREE BANK OF AMERICA AT NHCC 1701 4TH SW, 505.724.4777 THROUGH MAR. 17: EXHIBITION

Winter Offerings A superb offering of 20th century regionalist and modernist art. 9:30a-5:30p, Mon.-Sat., FREE WILLIAM R. TABLOT FINE ART 129 W. SAN FRANCISCO (2ND FLOOR), 505.982.1559 THROUGH APR. 29: RECEPTION

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Creating an Artist’s Life Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a Sqelix’u (Salish) member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, describes the journey from her birth place to Montana and her first mail order art course to her first solo exhibition in New York City. 6p, $5 SCOTTISH RITE CENTER 463 PASEO DE PERALTA, 505.946.1039

BANK OF AMERICA AT NHCC 1701 4TH SW, 505.724.4777

Precarious Poise Contemporary paintings by Jim Modiano. 9a-12:30p, Mon.-Fri.; 9a1p, Sun., FREE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF SANTA FE 107 WEST BARCELONA, 505.982.9674 THROUGH MAR. 10: EXHIBITION

Charismatic Megafauna Ray Maseman’s colorful and quirky etchings feature anachronistic modes of travel and incongruous characters. 5-8p, Fr.; 10a-6p, Wed.Sun.; 10a-4p, Tue., FREE NEW GROUNDS PRINT WORKSHOP 3812 CENTRAL SE, 505.268.8952 THROUGH MAR. 10: EXHIBITION

Red Red is the color of love and passion in the Western world, of good luck and fortune in Asia and of royalty in the Old World. This exhibition of paintings and ceramic celebrates the beauty and intensity of this amazing color. 5-8p, Fri.; 9a-6p, Wed.-Sun.; 10a-4p, Tue., FREE MATRIX FINE ART, 3812 CENTRAL AVE SE SUITE 100 A, 505.268.8952 THROUGH MAR. 30: EXHIBITION

Free Sea-Monkeys!: A Pop Cultural Odyssey Paintings by Jenny Berry. Quirky, culturally subversive work has recently been featured on Saturday Night Live and in the upcoming Three Stooges movie. 5-8p, Fri.; 2-5:30p, Mon.-Fri., FREE INPOST ARTSPACE AT THE OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE 210 YALE SE, 505.268.0044 THROUGH FEB. 25: PERFORMANCE

Embrace Albuquerque impressionist painter, Mark Horst, paints the human body with his own unique brush stroke and color palette. 10a-6p, Mon.-Fri.; 10a-5p, Sat.; 11a-3p, Sun., FREE SUMNER & DENE 517 CENTRAL NW, 505.842.1400 THROUGH FEB. 29: EXHIBITION

In the Mind’s Eye - Juried Photography Show 100 images were evaluated independently by professional photographers, and scored based on thier impact, creativity and technique. The top 30 scoring images will be on display. 5-8p, FREE ALBUQUERQUE PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY - PLAZA DON LUIS 303 ROMERO NW, 505.244.9195




First Friday Preview Artists Reception A solo show with painter Eason Eige. 5-8p, Fri.; 10:30a-5:30p, Tue.-

Between States A show by Ben Forgey. 5-8p, FREE


The Drowsy Chaperone A comic “musical within a play,” this play features a mousy agoraphobic Broadway fanatic seeking to cure his “non specific sadness” listens to a recording of a fictional 1929 musical comedy. 8p,

Fri. & Sat.; 2p, Sun., $13-$15


ADOBE THEATRE 9813 4TH NW, 505.898.2222

Fri.; 11a-5:30p, Sun., FREE

The Beauty of Winter Black and white photographs of snow and ice patterns and winter scenes by Steven Donahue. 3-5p, FREE CENTRAL PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY 314 ADAMS SE, 505.463.9367


100 Northern New Mexico Gallery Artists A group show. 3-5p, FREE JOHNSONS OF MADRID GALLERY 2834 HIGHWAY 14, 505.471.1054 THROUGH MAR. 31: RECEPTION

Historic Madrid Area Regional art featuring all media. 3-5p, FREE JOHNSONS OF MADRID GALLERY 2834 HIGHWAY 14, 505.471.1054 THROUGH FEB. 26: PERFORMANCE

The Price The Tony Award nominated Best Play of 1968 by the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Arthur Miller promises to be a highlight of the Albuquerque theatre season. 8p, Fri. & Sat.; 2p, Sun., $12-$16 AUX DOG THEATRE NOB HILL 3011 MONTE VISTA NE, 505.254.7716 THROUGH JUL.: RECEPTION

Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece The sweeping exhibition, curated by Michele Penhall, will present approximately 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection, that encompasses the history of photography from 1843 to 2011. 5-7p, FREE UNM ART MUSEUM 1909 LAS LOMAS NW, 505.277.4001 THROUGH MAY 27: RECEPTION

Hiroshi Sugimoto A focused overview of five of Mr. Sugimoto’s best-known projects which emphasize the characteristics of time, light, space, movement, and form. 5-7p, Fri.; 10a-4p, Tue.-Fri.; 1-4p, Sat. & Sun., FREE UNM ART MUSEUM 1909 LAS LOMAS NW, 505.277.4001 FILM PREMIERE

PAPArazzi This event is a fundraiser for the PAPA Film and Media and Contemporary Ensemble students to attend the CineYouth Film Festival in Chicago this May. Mention PAPArazzi: The Movie next door at Il Vicino and they will donate 20% of the total bill that night to the fundraiser. 5:15p, GUILD CINEMA, 3405 CENTRAL NE, 505.830.3128 EXT. 44430


Charnel Ground: Where Do These Bones Come From? Mixed media drawings and paintings by Juliana Coles. 6-9p, FREE


Tsuzureori Sculpture and jewelry by Aki Takemoto. 5-8p, FREE PALETTE CONTEMPORARY ART AND CRAFT 7400 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.855.7777


Anne of Green Gables This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery’s enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley. 7:30p, Fri.; 2p, Sat. & Sun.; 10a, Thu., $10-$12 ALBUUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE 224 SAN PASQUALE SW, 505.242.4750 THROUGH MAR. 18: PERFORMANCE

The Importance of Being Earnest In 1890’s London, two friends use the same pseudonym from their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. Times TBD, $8-$12 SOUTHWEST RURAL THEATRE PROJECT 5800 KATHRYN SE, 505.717.4494 THROUGH MAR. 23: EXHIBITION

Under Thirty-Five Features works by artists whose styles, techniques, and concepts are constantly being invented, recycled, updated and discarded. 5-7p, FREE ZANE BENNETT CONTEMPORARY ART 435 SOUTH GUADALUPE, 505.982.8111


Reclamation Journal A retreat focused on Extreme Visual Journaling, a unique process combining journal writing with art making. Led by Juliana Coles. 7-9p, Fri.; 10a-5:30p, Sat. & Sun., $275 3RD STREET ART CENTER 711 3RD SW, 505.341.2246




Agnes Martin: Before the Grid Pays tribute to Agnes Martin while celebrating her 100th birthday. The 30 paintings and drawings in the exhibition were culled by curators from private and public collections. 10a-4p, Tue.-Sat.; 12p-4p, Sun., $8-$10 THE HARWOOD MUSEUM OF ART OF UNM 238 LEDOUX, 575.758.9826 EXT. 116 SPECIAL EVENT

Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Poteet Victory ARTsmart proudly recognizes Santa Fe painter Poteet Victory during this multi-course banquet paired with vintage wines. The menu is designed and prepared by Encantado Terra Executive Chef Charles Dale and others. 6p, $150-$175 ENCANTADO RESORT 198 STATE ROAD 592, 505.603.4643



Art of Fashion Runway Show & Luncheon Chef Matt Ostrander’s delightful lunch complemented by fine wines and a runway presentation of apparel, jewelry, boots and hats by Asiatica, Boots & Boogie, Cicada Collection, Elven Velvet, Golden Eye, O’Farrell Hat Company, and Tsosie-Gaussoin. Live silent auctions 11:30a-2p, $90-$100

Miss Representation A film about how mainstream media under-represents women in positions of power and influence in America. With provocative interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, Margaret Cho, Nancy Pelosi, Rachel Maddow and more. 1-4p, $10-$15





Damned If You Doom Todd Ryan White and Jack Wesley Schneider transform the space with sculpture, illustration, and various media. Featuring music by Casso Vita, Ghost Circles and Torn Between Worlds. 6p-12a, $5

The Sleeping Beauty A timeless beautiful fairytale of Princess Aurora, destined to prick her finger on her 16th birthday and forever sleep until true love’s kiss awakens her. 7p, Sat.; 2p, Sun.,

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Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction Catered by Peas ‘n’ Pod chefs, the Artists’ Brunch is a rousing finale to the ARTfeast weekend. Live and silent auctions for artworks by artists from GF Contemporary, Joe Wade Fine Art, and more. 11:30a-2p, $65-$75 SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE 463 PASEO DE PERALTA, 505.603.4643 PERFORMANCE

Kathakali “Puthana Moksha” A one hour East Indian traditional drama-dance performed by Dora Hernandez. 5p, $15 TOME ART GALLERY 2930 HWY. 47, 505.565.0556


The Day They Kidnapped Blanche When residents in area nursing homes start disappearing, the FBI takes notice. Blanche Sherwin lands the role of a lifetime when federal agent Steven Devon asks her to go undercover to gather evidence. 2:30p, $5 ALBUQUERQUE SENIOR THEATRE AT NORTH DOMINGO BACA MULTIGENERATIONAL CENTER 7521 CARMEL NE, 505.291.9332


Stories of Ancestors: Rediscover the Art of Oral Storytelling What does one need to know to tell a good story? This workshop will draw on proven memoir exercises to get a person writing, then offer several basic storytelling techniques and performance tips. 6-8p, FREE MUSEUM EDUCATION ANNEX 123 GRANT, 505.946.1039




LOO’K Closer: Art Talks at Lunchtime The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s curatorial department leads an insightful discussion about one work of art by O’Keeffe currently on exhibition. 12:30p, FREE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM 217 JOHNSON, 505.946.1039


6:15p, & 7:15p, $10

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THE A STORE 3500 CENTRAL SE, 505.266.2222

SUN 26


Beautiful Bodies This show is a juicy, jazzy party with a bottomless punch bowl of wit. 8p, Fri. & Sat.; 2p, Sun., $10-$12 DESERT ROSE PLAYHOUSE 6921 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.881.0503





Venetian Glass Trunk Show Nicole Anderson brings a vast selection of thousands of beads. 11a-6p, Mon.-Sat.; 12:30-4:30p, Sun., FREE

Young Frankenstein, The Musical Enjoy a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production. 8p, Fri. & Sat.; 2p & 7p, Sun., $47.50-$72.50






Abstracts on Metal An abstract show by Dan Garrett and David Snow. 10a-6p, Mon.-Fri.;

Eurydice Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice falls in love with the talented musician Orpheus, who on their wedding day, ends up dead.

10a-5p, Sat.; 12-4p, Sun., FREE

7:30p, Thu.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., $10-$12

First Friday ARTSCrawl Rachel Popowcer’s art incorporates recognizable organic shapes and function as textural snapshots. 5-8p, FREE


ECCO Curated by Claudi Carreras, this exhibition gathered photos by 20 Latin American and European collectives, each tasked with crafting a visual essay about the environment. 6p, Thu.; 9a-5p, Mon.-Fri.; 9a-12p, Sat., FREE PETE V. DOMENICI EDUCATION CENTER, NHCC, 1701 4TH SW, 505.724.4777 THROUGH APR. 21: EXHIBITION

Multiplicity Marcellin Simard and other artists will be showing several works of art. 8:30a-4:30p, Tue.-Sat.; 11a-5p,



Places of Struggle Molly Geissman employs an encaustic finish to her abstract paintings. 5-8p, FREE MARIPOSA GALLERY 3500 CENTRAL SE, 505.268.6828 EXHIBITION/RECEPTION

(love is) The Answer (to the question that I’ve forgotten) Valery Milovic finds inspiration in the human experience. 5-8p, FREE

Sat., FREE




Radium Girls A fast-moving ensemble piece that tells the story of five young women who challenged the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. 7p, Fri.Sun., $5.50-$7 EXPLORA THEATER, 1701 MOUNTAIN NW, 505.224.8341





The Butterfly Effect: The Evolution of Science, Art, and Inspiration This dynamic and multigenerational event will inspire potential of creative paths. Live music, kid-centric activities, and film projections. 6-8p, FREE HARWOOD ART CENTER 1114 7TH NW, 505.242.6367


(Dis)Order A solo exhibition of mesmerizing mixed media collages by David Poppie. 11a-4p, Tue.-Sat., FREE RICHARD LEVY GALLERY 514 CENTRAL SW, 505.766.9888




Portals: Transformations and Transitions Rainbow Artists will celebrate Women & Creativity Month with this exhibit. 1-3p, Sat.; 10a-6p, Mon.-Sat., FREE ALBUQUERQUE MAIN LIBRARY 501 COPPER NW, 505.254.2787 SPECIAL EVENT

Vamos al Museo Families get a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist or type of material. 11a-12:30p, $10 NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER ART MUSEUM 1701 4TH SW, 505.246.2261 EXT. 189




All About Texture in Monotype A day of exploration using stencils, textures, chine colle and more to create layered and richly textured monotypes. 10a-5p, $95 NEW GROUNDS, 3812 CENTRAL SE 100 A&B, 505.268.8952




Breakfast With O’Keeffe: Artists’ Vision: Jaune Quickto-See Smith and Emmi Whitehorse Artist Emmi Whitehorse will discuss her creative friendship with Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, their work together and Emmi’s personal perspective on artmaking. 8:30-9:30a, $10 GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM 217 JOHNSON, 505.946.1039


smart ARTS Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece Through June, Tue.-Fri., 10a-4p; Sat.-Sun., 1-4p University of New Mexico Art Museum On the UNM campus, 505.277.4001


mix of local creative artists is coming Breaking Through together for one weekend of art and the Looking Glass entertainment, showcasing assorted OPENING RECEPTION: works at a downtown performance space. 6-10p, Fri., Mar. 2 Organizer Janice Kostelnick is a glass mosaic DJ/DANCE: and canvas artist, with vast experience in 7-11p, Sat., Mar. 3 costuming. Some of the other artists involved CLOSING RECEPTION: include Caroline Trespel, who repurposes 4-7p, Sun., Mar. 4 found, thrift and vintage materials to create 609 Gold SW globe lanterns and desk lamps; painter Lea Andersson, a first-year graduate student at UNM; ceramics and mask/body painter, Kimberly Higgins; and Bernard (Brad) Dorian Brady, who paints abstract and realistic landscapes. Kostelnick told Local iQ that the show came together when she offered the dance studio owners some of her costumes for their kick-off performance, and in return they volunteered to host the art show. “This was going to be a women-only event,” Kostelnick said, noting that the subtitle is ‘Women in Eclectic Creativity.’ “However, we made one exception for Brad.” —Cristina Olds


hile photography has existed for a relatively short amount of time in comparison to the extensive history of art, the impact it has made on the world is monumental. From the mysterious, ghostly images of people long gone to the crystalclear accuracy of landscapes today, the range in subject and style is incredibly diverse. There is no better time or place FREE to examine the pertinence and beauty of photography than at Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece. This is a sweeping exhibition curated by Michele Penhall, representing approximately 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection, and in some cases images that have never been on display before. Photos dating back to 1843 will be represented, and photos from artists such as Diane Arbus and Alfred Stieglitz, among many others, will be on view. On exhibit also are the quietly haunting photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto, and for extended times, Saints and Sinners: 15th19th Century Paintings, and An Inquisitive Eye: Seeing into Prints. Prepare to be delighted, intrigued, and inspired. —Chloë Winegar-Garrett


rizona has legally banned public school teachers from teaching the works of Chicano writers and historians. This seems impossible, but it is true, and writers are fighting back. Librotraficante, a Texas-based caravan of writers who oppose the ban on the MexicanAmerican reading list in Tucson, will be supported by this Outpost benefit reading by local literary stars, including Jimmy Santiago Baca, Hakim Bellamy, Gary Brower, Carlos Contreras, Brian Hendrickson, Jessica Helen Lopez, Don McIver, Yasmeen Najmi, Mary Oishi, Margaret Randall, Levi Romero, Andrea Serrano, Richard Vargas and Tanaya Winder. The caravan itself is expected to visit Albuquerque on March 15 at a location and time to be announced, according to poet and local organizer Vargas, who told Local iQ, “This is the cause of our generation.” —Bill Nevins

Librotraficante 7p., Sun., Mar. 4 Outpost Performance Space 210 Yale SE, 505.268.0044 $5 donation






TO LO C A L i Q The next deadline is Mar. 2 for the Mar. 8 issue. Send entries to: f: 505.243.8173, a: PO Box 7490 ABQ., N.M. 87194 Name of Event Description of event VENUE ADDRESS website List events any time @ local-iQ. com

Events are always subject to change, check with individual venues before heading out ** CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE A FREE SERVICE AND MAY BE CUT DUE TO SPACE. PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO FREE EVENTS.




Knit Clique For grades 5 and up. See how cool knitting really is: Learn stitches and a few simple techniques. Beginners must bring U.S. size 7 needles (longer length) and a skein of 4-ply 3oz. acrylic yarn. 4:30-5:30p, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, 505.891.5012 EXT 4


Leap Into Science LEAP, the after-school science program, will be continuing for 2nd-4th graders who are curious. It’s all about water, inventions, magnets, and balance. Each week, different science activities and the books that go with them! 6p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, 505.891.5013 EXT. 3082


The 17th Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference “Collaborations for New Solutions” is the thread weaving together new ideas and practical strategies in the interrelated fields of landscape, architecture, agriculture and ecology for more sustainable living and working spaces. 9a-5p, FREE CROWN PLAZA HOTEL 1901 UNIVERSITY NE, 505.884.2500 DISCUSSION/LECTURE

Inviting New Insight: A Free Evening of Exploration Through dialogue, explore how learning can lead not merely to the accumulation of knowledge, but more, to personal transformation and the expression of innate gifts. RSVP to Marisa Roybal. 6:30-9p, FREE ACADEMY FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING 133 SETON VILLAGE, 505.995.1860


Kit Carson: An American Enigma The esteemed New Mexico historian, Marc Simmons, maintained that Christopher ‘Kit’ Carson possessed the three ingredients necessary for American heroism. 2-4p, $10 ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1200 OLD PECOS TRAIL, 505.982.9274




One Dish Dinners Enjoy an evening of cooking and eating with a seasoned caterer/ instructor who has over 35 years experience. Dishes made will include jambalaya, polenta casserole with grilled veggies and marinara sauce, turkey pot pie and more! 6-9p, $65 LOS ALTOS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 11900 HAINES NE, 505.277.6320



unconventional art-making techniques with surprising materials for some inspired, layered creations. Creative fun in a relaxed social setting, including chips, salsa and cash bar, provided by Tractor Brewing Company, to fuel your creative juices. This is a free, community event for adults, but donations help support the project and pay the artists! 5:30-7:30p, FREE DOMENICI EDUCATION CENTER AT NHCC 1701 4TH SW, 505.246.2261




Women in Eclectic Creativity: Breaking Through the LookingGlass One weekend only. Featuring an opening, DJ and dancing, and a closing reception. 6-10p, Fri.; 7-10p, Sat.; 4-7p, Sun., FREE 609 GOLD SW, 505.977.6089




Millicent Rogers Cherie Burns discusses Searching for Beauty - The Life of Millicent Rogers. This is the first comprehensive biography of the Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon who re-invented herself in every decade of the first half of the 20th century. 2-4p, $10 ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1200 OLD PECOS TRAIL, 505.982.9274 WORKSHOP/CLASS

¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour Albuquerque artist, educator and master of art-fun, Elena Baca ( will present



Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Program Educational program about wolves and wolf-dogs with an educator and a real, live wolf ambassador from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. 11a, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, 505.891.5012 EXT. 3


Report from Afghanistan: In the Midst of War, Voices for Peace David Smith-Ferri, former Poet Laureate of Ukiah, California will report on recent Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegations to Afghanistan. 7p, FREE ABQ CENTER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE 202 HARVARD SE, 505.255.1742


Pilates Class an approach to conditioning that integrates breathing techniques, proper body alignment and precise, fluid movement. 11:30a-12:30p, $5 KESHET DANCE COMPANY 214 COAL SW, 505.224.9808 SPECIAL EVENT

This Party Is A Drag Break out those wigs and cake on the make-up. This is the newest and hottest dance party to hit Albuquerque. Invite everyone! Featuring a DJ, cheap drinks, music videos, pool tables and good times. Dressing like a drag queen is highly encouraged for both men and women. 9p-2a, $5 ALBUQUERQUE SOCIAL CLUB 4021 CENTRAL NE, 505.262.1087




Artists’ Vision: Jaune Quickto-See Smith and Emmi Whitehorse Artists Emmi Whitehorse will discuss her creative friendship with Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, their work together and Emmi’s personal perspective on artmaking. 8:30-9:30a, $10 GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM 217 JOHNSON, 505.946.1039 SUPPORT GROUP

Pet Loss Group A group supporting those who have lost or anticipate the loss of an animal companion. 5-6p, $20 BEST FRIENDS PET SERVICES SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK 924 MENAUL NE, 505.265.3087




Taos Shortz Film aos was once the home to Festival one of the best film VARIOUS DIRECTORS festivals on the Thu.-Sun., Mar. 1-4 planet, Taos Talking Taos Center for the Pictures, which ran Arts from 1994-2003 133 Paseo del Pueblo before running out Norte, Taos of money. Since then several other festivals have unsuccessfully tried to take root, with the exception being the Taos Shortz Film Festival, now in its fifth year. TSFF will showcase short films from around the world, including special New Mexico and student filmmaker’s sessions. Among the films to be shown are Santa Fe resident Jocelyn Janson’s terrific Lobster, as well as Red Mesa, a stark drama by Las Cruces filmmaker Ilana Lapid.

Hand-drawn animation along with thoughtful character development and storytelling make for one of the best pictures of the year in Chico and Rita, which follows a pair of lovers from 1948 Cuba through the twists and turn of their lives over several decades.

Picture perfect Hand-drawn animated movie for adults Chico and Rita focuses on story and character in one of the best movies of the year Rita’s career eventually leads her away from Chico, first to New York, then to a film career, and finally to Vegas. nimation for adults is not the hottest trend Chico and Rita Chico makes it to New York, but is deported shortly at the Cineplex, but movies seldom gets before the Cuban Revolution and the days of Fidel DIRECTED BY FERNANDO better than this. And it is not of the Beavis TRUEBA, JAVIER MARISCAL Castro. and Butthead or The Simpsons variety. AND TONO ERRANDO Downcast, his life becomes one of ups and downs, Eschewing the new-fangled versions of animation Fri.-Tue., Mar. 2-6 while Rita’s road takes some decidedly different twists such as Pixel and CGI enhancement, Chico and Rita 4, 6 and 8p and turns. reverts back to the simple hand-drawn approach, and Guild Cinema The movie is more or less shown in flashback, through does so in a grand style. Utilizing three directors, the 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848 Chico’s memories, now that he is old and alone in a story carries itself well on all levels by depicting the squalid apartment. characters as real people, with real needs and issues such as love, work, sex and acceptance. And best of all, the picture is punctuated by a great jazz score from the times, featuring work from Charlie Chico and Rita is the story of two young musicians, Parker, Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, among others. The music both with different skills, both wanting to use them, and both taking becomes the bridge for the film as we travel through 60 years and different paths to do so while living in 1948 Cuba. several continents, we are always allowed to care about the characters, Chico, a musician who plays the piano, has a bit of chip on his which are loosely based on real musicians from the same era. shoulder. Rita, a singer, is more interested in her career than love, Chico and Rita is one of the best animated films I have seen in quite especially since Chico has a tigress-like girlfriend already. some time and is up for an Oscar Sun., Feb. 26. Let’s hope that it But as they are wont to do, things change, and Chico and Rita become a carries the day. couple — but not an overtly happy one. Yes, they have great sex and fun times, but Chico is a bit of a wanderer, and Rita wants more in her life.




t is a bit ironic that one of the “stars” of this documentary, Efrain Rios Montt, was just recently arrested for genocide-related crimes that took place in Guatemala in the 1980s but you’ll be a bit hardpressed to find out accurate information about him during the film. Although Granito is an enlightening piece about a difficult period of Guatemala’s history, director Pamela Yates decides to leave out some information that would clarify what actually happened in that era. Instead she inserts herself, with pats on her own back, because her previous work, When the Mountains Tremble, has now become a key ingredient in Guatemala’s retribution trials. Interesting but uninvolving.

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator DIRECTED BY PAMELA YATES

Mon.-Thu., Feb. 27-Mar. 1 5, 8:45p Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848 granito/index.html

Sleeping Beauty


n this odd and languid piece, Emily Browning 6, 8p, Thu.-Sat., 1, 3p, stars as Lucy, a Sun., Mar. 1-4 Southwest Film Center young woman in In the UNM SUB, present-day Sydney 505.277.5608 who does routine jobs during the day. At night she is an unconscious plaything for rich and flaccid old men who become active in various ways with her naked and drugged body. Emotionally detached from life, Lucy is indeed a sleeping beauty, but those who visit her are not princes. Stark but interesting. DIRECTED BY JULIA LEIGH


he company Everything Is Terrible, which claims to be a group of “seven furry, loveable Internet monsters,” is a purveyor of DVD compilations culled from old and forgotten VHS Doggie Woggie tapes into “easily Poochie Woochie digestible viral NO DIRECTOR videos.” In Sat., Feb. 25 this, ummm, 10.30p only compilation, Guild Cinema which has to 3405 Central NE, be seen to 505.255.1848 be believed, Everything Is Terrible has taken clips from tapes featuring dogs and made Doggie Woggie Poochie Woochie — basically a flashily edited version of the cult film The Holy Mountain. Don’t expect anything resembling coherence. Check if you don’t believe me. Demented and goofy.





PLANET WAVES ARIES (MAR. 20-APR. 19) You seem to be in a reflective mood, looking back for a change rather than ahead. You’re embarking on a review of your recent relationships, and all of your tendencies in relationships. That calls for some ongoing awareness and introspection. One thing on your agenda is making peace with your inherently rebellious nature. While the world needs people who are capable of shaking up the status quo, this won’t work so well as a policy in your personal relationships. One key to happiness in this aspect of your life is choosing people against whom you don’t have to rebel. It can be challenging to find a balance between too much structure and not enough; you do need grounding and commitment, but your tendency has been to get into situations that crowd your space and your freedom. As the next few years go on, this is going to become more of an issue, so identify people who honor freedom and creativity. For you, that means choosing substance over form. TAURUS (APR. 19-MAY 20) Venus is in Aries, and this may be taking you on a quest for your lost self. Your whole life may feel like a recovery mission that has you venturing into strange or unfamiliar territory. Stay in these regions of yourself until you gain some familiarity with the environment you’re uncovering. You might have a tendency to want to move on and have things get back to normal, but normal is not what you really want, or what will really serve you. Becoming friendly with what you might otherwise decide is strange would be more the way to go. It’s time to throw away all of your prior notions of “normal” and “proper” and habitual in place of a recognition of what is so. Be mindful of your rituals and do things differently. Experiment with your methods of working, relating and the way you take risks. You’re going to learn a lot if you do, and the information will help you make some crucial decisions shortly after your birthday. GEMINI (MAY 20-JUN. 21) Your focus on your professional life is about to intensify — and you’re about to see whether your hard work has finally yielded any actual results. I have two suggestions. One is that you not only act and dress the part of success, but stand fully in the character of success. This is not merely about changing your affect; it’s about an internal shift where you orient on your goals. There is a certain element of stagecraft that will come into play, where appearances will count for more than they usually do. You will be in a spotlight, and it’s essential that you work with this factor. It will count in both your visual appearance, the way you present yourself in spoken words and in writing, and most significantly the vibe that you put forward. Certain aspects indicate that you might be inclined to bend the truth or present two sides of a story; this is not the time to play games with your integrity. Be clear and make sure there are at least two people close to you with whom you can reality check. CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) With the Sun about to enter your sympathetic water sign Pisces, there is relief on the way. Until then, focus on partnership issues, particularly where a group or organization is concerned. You may have figured out that there are too many people in your life for your comfort, and too many of them have access to you and your resources. You cannot just walk away but you can get clear in every situation where there is a need to be clear. Once the Sun changes signs, that’s your clue to spend time away and see what’s going on somewhere else. This will provide a change of scenery and put you into contact with people more in harmony with your nature.

By Eric Francis • planetwaves. net LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23) The Sun is going to work its way out of Aquarius and into Pisces. Before that, it will make a trine (flowing 120-degree aspect) to Saturn. This is the story of working out a relationship issue, though you’re the likely partner to come up with the idea, and it may be the solution to a problem that nobody has noticed yet. Even if it seems to arrive at one “last minute,” it’s not too late, as long as you notice what there is to notice and put the information to work. There is a risk that you’ll tell yourself this will be worth something tomorrow, and you’ll take care of it then. But what you’re about to get is specific information for a precise purpose and time. From there you can move on to subtler matters of emotions. Once the Sun changes signs, the premium on clarity and honesty goes up. You may be trying to deny or idealize something. Balance that out with some realism.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 22) You don’t need anyone’s approval to make a decision. You may not recognize that you’re even seeking that approval. It may come in the form of “thinking like someone else” or imagining what they would do. Think like yourself, align with your own desires and needs, and make the decision that’s right for you. There’s a good chance that someone you know won’t agree with you, but what difference does that make? That person doesn’t have to live your life. As soon as you focus on your own intentions, and get centered about what is right for you, you’ll see how little the feelings of others matter. If you can discern emotions from facts, you might gain some clarity based on the actual data you become aware of. It will be an excellent exercise for you to stick strictly to the observable, verifiable facts. This won’t interfere with your intuition — it will only strengthen it.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) There’s activity in your opposite sign Pisces, and with the Sun on the way that means there will be more energy (and people) in your environment. Plenty of the opportunities seem appealing and some seem intriguing. There’s just one problem: if don’t know what you want, then all the options and opportunities can seem meaningless — and you might not even notice they exist. Most of what you have open to you now is open to you now. So have a talk with yourself and either decide what you want, or what you’re willing to experiment with. Part of how you can find out what you want is trying something, or someone, new. Despite what you may be feeling, or any frustrations you may have that are associated with resolving a past issue, there are people around you who have what you want. If they’re not there yet, they are likely to show up soon.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 20) The job of any leader is to get people working together. The job of any humane leader is to find motivations that are neither destructive nor based on greed. State the obvious both when writing and speaking. Get feedback and make sure people are onto what you’re talking about. It seems inevitable that you’ll be involved in some unusual depth or amount of written communication, and I suggest you begin any project by defining a clear strategy. The kind of writing you’re doing now is not about being inspired, though that would help. This is writing that has to work, like a sheepdog or plumber has to work. I’m not suggesting that you not use elegance or beauty, but rather that you set goals for your projects, so that you give yourself guidance and you have a way to measure whether your efforts are getting results.

LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) You’ve been through a tense few weeks, and you may not be feeling any more confident or like things are heading in any better of a direction. I promise that you will be able to pull back from the edge and that you’re not being pushed into anything you cannot handle. And upcoming events will do a lot to reassure you that you’re not as close to the edge as you thought. You’ll feel more assured once you know that, and you’ll feel less alone. There have been several moments lately where you felt like you didn’t belong on the planet, but now even in the midst of similar circumstances, you seem to be aligning more closely with a source of nourishment. You’re not alone in any way. This will soon be more obvious. One thing to keep in mind is that not only is there no rush; you’re in an important time of completions. Take those one at a time.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19) Yours is the sign of groups, but you’re equally invested in one-to-one relationships. Recent developments in an intimate situation are suggesting that it’s time to get out and be among people. You may have a tendency to withdraw, close up and avoid groups. Once you get into a wider space and meet new people you will feel like your old self or some new self you’ve never met before. Self-esteem questions persist. Do not view this as a crisis, but as an opportunity for growth. If you’re experiencing doubt in any form, seek some information that might confirm or deny whatever issue you feel up against. However, the planets suggest you look for the source of the doubt itself, remembering that it may have no basis in reality. The truth is, you’re a more sensitive person than you let on, and your sensitivity is running at an all-time high. So, proceed gently and the truth will come.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) Your life has presented you with many ideas and possibilities lately, though often falling short of the best possibilities actually materializing. Your imagination has been venturing into some daring territory and you seem to allow yourself to consider some of the saucier possibilities, at least in theory. As the Sun enters your fellow water sign Pisces, you’ll either have opportunities to go beyond merely thinking or imagining, or you’ll feel more compelled to experiment. You’ve yet to discover whether what you feel in potential and what you can actually manifest will have much in common. There’s always a difference — two different realms, one of which is a lot more dense, and where there are consequences of action. Just as with your imagination, it’s a good idea to open up to what you’re not expecting. That’s the one significant contact point between “fantasy” and reality.


PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20) Many factors have contributed to your having a confident grip on your life, one of which has been a measure of self-reliance. Another has been an intuitive sense of belonging and purpose. Both of these point to the kind of autonomy that will be the thing to focus on as the next four weeks progress. Your charts indicate an empathy with people around you, and you have their attention in more ways than you recognize. But attention is not what you want — focus, collaboration and a state of harmony are. Your mission comes first and what others need comes second. I suggest you favor those who make themselves available and are willing to contribute positive energy and let everyone else do their thing. You are beginning what could be one of the most confident and creative years of your life, but the condition is living from the center of yourself and at the center of your world.






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Keep your cool, your cards and your credit


he holidays are long past and the dust of the new year has settled, but many people are still facing the familiar new year hangover of elevated credit card balances. Many of my clients ask me this time of year, “What is the best way to handle paying down my credit cards, and in which order?” It doesn’t matter if your limit is $500 or $5,000 — if you are at your limit, it affects your score the same. For this reason you are better off to start with the smallest card and start from there. Remember, a credit card at its limit can cost you up to 30 points off your credit score, so pay down, or off, the smallest ones first to get a quick score increase. Every year many consumers get into credit card disputes with their creditors over purchases or charge backs. If this happens to you, don’t get upset and close your account because of how your credit card company is handling your dispute. It will be you who loses. I can’t tell you how many clients get upset with the credit card company and say, “I’m going to teach you, you just lost a valuable customer, close my account.” And then they find out their credit score dropped 15 percent because they closed a credit card that carries credit history. A closed account with a balance can drop your credit score up to 45 points. So keep your cool and keep your credit. Until next time, good credit to you.

Michael Ramos is owner of Credit Rescue Now, which provides a free credit workshop on the second Saturday of each month. To RSVP call 505.899.1448.



Issue 151 - Feb. 23rd - March 7th, 2012  
Issue 151 - Feb. 23rd - March 7th, 2012  

The Women in Business Issue