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INside FASH I ON Back to school means new books, supplies and (best of all) smart fashion choices, courtesy of Local iQ’s astute style squad.

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When it comes to mezcal, the most lauded mixologists on the planet defer to Taoseño Ron Cooper.

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EDITORIAL INTERNS

Rising folk star Brandi Carlile keeps fans pleasantly guessing on her latest recording, Bear Creek.

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A R TS Albuquerque drag troupe The Dolls take on another classic play, Blithe Spirit, in spectacular fashion.

26 F I LM ‘We Have a Pope’ explores what would happen if the next pope didn’t want the job

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COLUM N S B-Side Style ............................................................................................ 6 The Good Doctor ................................................................................. 7 Playing With Fire .................................................................................. 9 Stir It Up ................................................................................................ 10 1+1=3 ..........................................................................................................11 Lessons In Love....................................................................................13 Soundboard..........................................................................................22 Get A Job ..............................................................................................32

F E AT UR E S Places To Be ........................................................................................... 4 Marquee ................................................................................................... 5 Santa Fe ..................................................................................................12 Book Reviews ..................................................................................... 20 Smart Music..........................................................................................25 Smart Arts.............................................................................................28 Crossword/Horoscope ......................................................................31

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Rene J. Palomares II (left) and Anna Lee DeSaulniers model their back to school looks for Local iQ photographer Wes Naman. Vintage Vespa scooter courtesy of Blue Smoke Garage.

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL Hakim Bellamy Jeff Berg Justin de la Rosa Dave DeWitt Kyle Eustice Eric Francis Seth Hall Jessica Hicks Ana Loiselle Mallory McCampbell Don McIver Bill Nevins Susan Reaber Koralee Robinson

Alexandra Swanberg Steven J. Westman Chloe WinegarGarrett DISTRIBUTION Miguel Apodaca Kristina De Santiago Sean Duran David Leeder Susan Lemme Andy Otterstrom Ronnie Reynolds Distributech

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IMPROV The Show 9p, Fri. & Sat., Aug. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre 100 Gold SW, Suite 112B

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mprovisational theater can be awkward while the audience sits in anxious silence, wondering what the actors will do with the suggestion tossed out by the crowd. But it’s also a stage ripe with possibilities, with no script to follow and no set roles to be filled. Members of Albuquerque’s critically acclaimed professional improv troupe, The Show, says while they are on stage, they are perfecting the art of what is funny. “More often than not in improv comedy you see ‘wacky’ jokes and sketches,” said improviser Melissa Heiman. “One of The Show’s goals is to use our intellect, not only to keep the comedy grounded, but to make our fellow players on stage look good as we work together to create a ‘slice of life… and the ‘funny’ emerges from that.” —CO

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etting tired of carting the kids around to pools, parks and other typical summer destinations? Try something hands-on, and a little different. Mama’s Minerals, Albuquerque’s local, long-time mineral and rock shop, is hosting a Kids Day this month. The store is known for its eye-catching displays of crystals and beads and its unique product line of rocks, minerals, fossils and stones from around the world. The day will be filled with a number of different activities — fun for all ages — that will help you get in touch with your inner rock hound and treasure hunter. Everyone loves pretty, shiny rocks, right? Get a chance to excavate ancient fossils, learn how arrowheads are made and pan for gold. There will be geode cracking and jewelrymaking galore! The kids will love the opportunity to explore the Fluorescent Minerals Darkroom, and cherish the treasures they take home! —MM

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DISCUSSION Spend it Like Water: Liquid Currency 1-4p, Sat., Aug. 18 South Broadway Cultural Center 1025 Broadway SE, 505.848.1320

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s desert dwellers, living in a state where natural disasters have nothing to do with oceans and rain and everything to do with heat and flame, we should be all too aware of the vitality of life’s most precious resource. Our relationship with water is symbiotic, and like any relationship, there is a lot of maintenance involved. In our current environmental and economic crisis, an exploration of this relationship could not be more pertinent or necessary. This panel discussion, led by Amigos Bravos, a statewide river conservation organization with the mission statement of “We have a vision of New Mexico’s rivers and streams running so clear and clean that you can bend a knee to the water, cup your hands and drink without fear,” is meant to tackle the topic in an illuminating way. —MM

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uns can be a charged topic of political discussion at times, especially in the wake of shootings like the recent incident in Aurora, Colo. But gun control debate aside, this event is about the functionality and romance of triggered firearms, not to mention unique knives. The writer Edward Abbey once said, “The rifle is the weapon of democracy,” and you’ll find plenty on exhibit and for sale, from Winchesters to semi-automatics. You’ll also find historic collectibles such as Smith & Wesson revolvers or Beretta pistols. What you won’t find is much talk about the politics of guns. This is an exhibit for gun lovers like Dirty Harry himself. “I have a very strict gun control policy,” Clint Eastwood once said. “If there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” —ME

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Silver Spur Gun and Blade Show 9a-5p, Sat.; 9a-4p, Sun.; Aug. 18-19

Mama’s Minerals Kids Day 10a-2p, Sat., Aug. 11

60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest 505.281.5259

spiny soft-shell turtle, a New Mexico whiptail lizard and an assassin bug are just a few of the terrestrial and aquatic creatures explorers found during the last BioBlitz near the Nature Center. Next up, BioBlitz at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) in the East Mountains. A joint project between the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Albuquerque Public Schools, SMNHC strives to educate people about nature with family fun events like BioBlitz. Over the course of 24 hours, scientific experts and the general public will seek out and take inventory of every wee living organism (plants included) in five miles of trails in Cedar Crest. On Friday evening, there will be birding, small mammal trap setting and a hike at dusk — prime wildlife viewing time. On Saturday, naturalists, biologists and historians will share knowledge about critters being inventoried, forest health and general ecology, culminating with a celebration at 3p. —CO

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CONCERT Crosby, Stills & Nash 7.30p, Mon., Aug. 20 Route 66 Casino-Legends Theater 14500 Central SW, 505.352.7829

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esume of Crosby, David: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (Byrds, CSN). Age-71, interesting life and life adventures, but has always remained a top singer, songwriter and guitar player. Played second CSN concert at Woodstock in 1969. Past drug and gun issues found him in prison in Texas for about a year, but that’s old news. Resume of Nash, Graham: Inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Hollies and CSN). Age-70. Born in England, Nash is also an accomplished photographer and composed many of the early songs of CSN. Politically active, he is a cofounder of Musicians for Safe Energy. Resume of Stills, Stephen: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, (Buffalo Springfield, CSN), Stills was ranked by Rolling Stone as No. 28 in the top 100 guitar players of all time. Age-67. Partially deaf, Stills is still very involved in music and is in the middle of making an album of covers. —JB


MARQUEE

Local film revival After falling victim to financial scandal, festival survives thanks to film-friendly community BY BILL NEVINS

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his year is about resurrecting this movie festival from a near-death experience,” Albuquerque Film Festival founder and director Rich Henrich told Local iQ recently. Henrich is not exaggerating. As a result of the recent Bernie Madoff-like financial scandal involving the collapse of the San Francisco, Calif. nonprofit International Humanities Conference (IHC), (reported on by The Los Angeles Times, New Mexico Business Weekly F E S T I VA L and other major papers), Henrich’s Film4Change, Albuquerque the New Mexico nonprofit which presents the annual Film Festival festival, lost almost all of its 2012: Aliens operating funds, which had and Outlaws been held since 2005 by its trusted fiscal sponsor IHC. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 16-19

Due to a prolific nonprofit funding scandal of national scope that unfolded earlier this year, 2012 presented a bleak landscape for the Albuquerque Film Festival. Admittedly, Rich Henrich, the founder and director of the still emerging festival, the financial rug had been pulled away to the point of collapse. Luckily, the local film community (both public and private) pulled together to, in Henrich’s words, “save this festival,” which will take place from Aug. 16 to 19 in Downtown Albuquerque. Among the festival’s screenings is filmmaker Korinna Sehringer’s Shouting Secrets (pictured).

“We found out in $5/$10/$20 (DAY PASS) January of this year that KiMo Theatre IHC was in trouble,” However, Henrich tells us, 423 CENTRAL NW, Henrich explained, “and in his darkest hour, some 505.768.3522 by February, with the powerful friends stepped abqfilmfestival.com FBI investigating, it was up to the plate to help and apparent that the funds of encourage him to go forward. hundreds of nonprofits, “Ann Lerner of the City including our own, had been Film Office, the Mayor’s absconded with and could not be recovered.” Office, Bernalillo County, Universal and Henrich said that was a sobering moment Albuquerque Studios all joined to ask me for the hopes of the emerging festival. to keep the festival going,” Henrich said, “and they have provided the facilities and “That totally collapsed everything,” Henrich support to make that possible, after all. I am said. “It was devastating because, since 2005, we had been working to build this film immensely grateful to these government offices and businesses who have also given festival and make it better each year. Now, us support this year. They have saved this with this, we could not pay our bills and my festival.” own salary was gone. And there was nothing we could do about it. Just at the point of Henrich waxes philosophical about how such success, the rug was pulled out from under adversity can bring the best in a community us, and I thought the festival was finished.” to the fore.

“It certainly is happening that way for us in Albuquerque,” Henrich said, noting that this year’s festival, whose theme is “Aliens and Outlaws,” will have a hopeful, playful spirit, including widely- beloved films such as ET, The Goonies, Heavy Metal and Mad Max, as well as the Alex Cox-directed cult classics Repo Man and Walker (which features a highly-praised score composed by the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer). Also on the festival schedule this year is the New Mexico-made independent feature Home Sweet Home (“a fun horror film that takes place in daylight” according to Henrich), the rock-band documentary Tension: 25 Years Underground, the romantic feature Shouting Secrets and the documentary Love Free or Die, about an openly gay New Hampshire bishop. Rounding out the schedule is a screening

of the film Milagro Man, a biographical film about Taos novelist John Nichols. Both famed director Cox and author Nichols will attend and participate in Q&A sessions during the festival, and there will be professional panels on screenwriting, film and law, as well as true stories from “the front lines of film-making,” Henrich said, noting that all screenings and panels will take place in The KiMo. Henrich, who has kept busy with teaching and producing Serpent in the Bottle, an N.M.-shot film currently in post-production, reiterated that “the fact that this festival is happening this year is a huge testament to our community. We are appealing to the love people have for films, and we are hoping for a large audience turn-out.”

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LIFESTYLE

Book a luxurious spa day with your kitchen pantry

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eauty Products. These two words bring to mind visions of fancy containers filled with potions that promise everything from soft skin to super powers. If you’re female, you most likely have a plethora of these, but most of them have been forced into a reclusive existence in the back of your cabinet providing nothing more than framework for spider webs. I’m sure you have your reasons. My own island of misfit products has accumulated because, for me, most skin products trigger allergic reactions, and hair products seem to evaporate within minutes of application. It’s hard to throw away a product you just spent money on, so into the vault it goes. Another partially used bottle of goo to add to the collection. Give it to a friend? Sure! She’ll be glad to take it after you tell her how well it DIDN’T work for you, right? Seriously, ditch those useless products. Give ‘em the old “it’s not you, it’s me” and let’s move on. I’ve resorted to a more natural approach to beauty in recent years, and I invite you to consider conversion. Sure, some of those spendy alpha-hydra-fancy-stuff-wecan’t-pronounce-vitamin-complex things work for some, but for those with sensitivities and health conscious lifestyles, I offer you a list of some of my own tried and true favorites you will probably find in (of all places) your kitchen.

Virgin Coconut Oil Don’t use the pina colada scented slime used for tanning. Found in any health food store, raw virgin coconut oil should be white and hard when cool, and become a clear, light oil when warmed. I use it daily as an eye makeup remover. Using about a half teaspoon, I close my eyes and gently massage it over the whole eye area, including the lashes. Then I take a damp cloth and gently wipe it off. After years of doing this, not a single sign of crows feet. Just sayin’. Deep condition your hair with it, use it as a frizz serum and massage it on dry skin and cuticles.

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Beauty secrets are only as deep as one’s kitchen pantry, according to Local iQ’s newest columnist KoraLee Robinson, who suggests utilizing otherwise common ingredients, such as oatmeal, sea salt or baking soda, among others, as substitutes to otherwise spendy, yet equally effective beauty products.

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The kryptonite of bad bacteria. The probiotic properties of whole or low fat plain yogurt make it the perfect remedy for all bacterial issues. Use it as a mask to treat acne, and apply it to fungal rashes. The lactic acid softens skin and reduces wrinkles. Use it to cool down a sunburn and reduce peeling. Read about using it to cure yeast issues, too.

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Oatmeal You may already be aware of oatmeal’s soothing effects on chicken pox and the like. Thanks, Mom. You can also use it as a natural exfoliant. Just scoop up a handful, add a little warm water and gently buff. I love to fill a sock with about a half cup of rolled oats, cinch the opening and toss it in the tub like a tea bag. It softens my skin, and soothes irritation, but make sure to rinse off afterward, lest ye be itchy.

Sea Salt Put it on your popcorn, and in your bath water. A cup or so in the bath helps detoxify the skin. As a body exfoliant, I make my own salt scrub by gradually adding grape seed oil (one of the best emollient oils) to about a cup of sea salt till I have a gritty paste. Then I add essential oils such as lemon and peppermint, which will leave you with a refreshing tingle, or lavender to soothe and relax. The oil won’t dissolve the salt, so you can make a lot and store it in a jar. Use it on your feet, elbows, and hands to slough off dead skin and moisturize. It makes a great gift in a cute vintage jar, too!

Baking Soda The obvious benefit of baking soda is mouth care. But if you have an oily scalp or product build-up in your hair, you can mix it with your shampoo for squeakyclean locks. I like to scrub my finger and toe nails with it to whiten them, and soften my cuticles. Put a few tablespoons in smelly shoes and let it sit for a while to freshen, please and thank you. Remember, whether eating it or slathering it on your body, organic is always best. There is a wealth of online information on these and other food products with beauty value, so let this list be a starting point to a more beautiful you, inside and out. There’s a luxurious spa day sitting in your pantry. Make an appointment!


HEALTH

Brush (and floss) your way to good health

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ur little boy finally has most of his little pearlies in and he is very excited about brushing his teeth like his mommy and daddy. As most parents know, teaching our little ones renews our appreciation for even the most mundane tasks. While oral health may seem like a boring topic, I assure you it is important and interesting ... well, at least I think it is, now that I have to teach it to my 2-year-old son. I have become a better brusher and flosser since I have had to teach our son the skills. Up until recently, I would regularly brush every morning and most evenings. I would rarely floss. I hated flossing. The waxy string would be so tightly wrapped around my fingers that the tips would be blue from suffocation. During my last dentist visit, the hygienist was concerned about the cement-like tartar that encased my lower teeth. He pointed to a sign that read (in big letters): “You don’t have to floss all your teeth.” “Fantastic,” I thought. I hate flossing ... but I can floss a few teeth. The sign concluded (in little letters), “only the ones you want to keep!” What? I would like to keep all my teeth, thank you very much. Dental health has improved remarkably over the past few decades, mostly due to fluoride in our drinking water and decreased use of tobacco. However, 25 percent of those over 60 years and 5 percent of adults between 40 and 59 years are still missing all their natural teeth. Five percent means a surprising one out of 20 middle-aged adults are toothless! Even though losing all your teeth or gnarly breath may be your greatest concerns if you have poor oral health, there may be many more consequences to not taking care of your teeth. Your oral health can offer clues about your overall health. Your mouth is full of mostly harmless bacteria. The body’s natural defenses and daily brushing and flossing keep these bacteria under control. Sometimes harmful bacteria can grow out of control and cause oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. Also, medications and dental procedures may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth or breach the mouth’s normal protective barriers and make it easier for bacteria to enter your

Even though losing all your teeth or gnarly breath may be your greatest concerns if you have poor oral health, there may be many more consequences to not taking care of your teeth. bloodstream. Your oral health may affect multiple diseases and conditions, including: • Endocarditis. Gum disease and dental procedures that cut your gums may allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you have a weak immune system or a damaged heart valve, this can cause infection in the heart.

• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If your toothbrush is so battered it looks like it has been cleaning grout lines, it probably is as dirty. • Floss daily. I still cannot use dental floss. I am comfortable using a flosser (looks like a toothbrush with a bit of string on the end). My finger tips are no longer suffering. • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.

• Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, heart attack and stroke may be linked to chronic inflammation from severe gum disease.

• Schedule yearly dental checkups. If you don’t

have dental insurance consider First Choice Community Healthcare (fcch.com). After teaching my little one to brush, I am sure I am taking better care of my own teeth. I am committed to and looking forward to having a full set of teeth until the end of my days, with the added benefits of good breath and maybe less infection and heart disease. Dr. Abinash Achrekar (Dr. Ash) is an assistant professor of cardiology, internal medicine and public health at the University of New Mexico. Send any comments or questions to abinash@local-iQ.com.

• Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. This is just a small list of conditions that your oral health can affect. To protect your oral health and overall health, a few simple mundane tasks can help you keep all your teeth healthy. For example: • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Consider brushing after lunch as well. I keep a toothbrush in my office.

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Ah-ha moment For the past 20 years, contemporary artist Ron Cooper has been crafting his master work in an altogether groundbreaking medium: agave “Mezcal and soda. No lime. That’s about as sophisticated as I get.” —RON COOPER, OWNER, DEL MAGUEY MEZCAL

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espite all the things that your average modern-day hipster mixologist will tell you about Ron Cooper, the visionary behind Del Maguey Mezcal, the fact that he is an artist first and foremost should be the one thing you remember. It is very true that this longtime Taoseño crafts what is regarded as perhaps the best mezcal on the planet, a smoky, complex distillate that currently has the global mixology scene all aflutter. But it is contemporary art where Cooper first established a name for himself, leading to illustrious international exhibits in such esteemed museums as the Whitney and Guggenheim among others, as well as lifelong relationships with fellow artists such as Ed Ruschca, Larry Bell, Jim Ganzer and Dennis Hopper. Yet, the artistic medium that ended up best suiting Cooper (even though he continues to paint) was of the liquid variety, specifically mezcal, an alcoholic spirit made from the maguey PROFILE plant and most commonly found in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is there where Cooper Ron Cooper engages the services FOUNDER, DEL of Zapatec palenqueros MAGUEY MEZCAL (mezcal producers), who mezcal.com have learned the craft from their forefathers and continue to make mezcal in the traditional manner.

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Ron Cooper cut his artistic teeth in midcentury Los Angeles with the likes of Ed Ruschca and Larry Bell. However, it wasn’t until 1990 that Cooper began what may just be his greatest life work: handmade mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico, which has been the toast of the spirits world of late. Though it is best enjoyed neat in a shallow handmade terra cotta cup, or on the rocks, that hasn’t stopped modern mixologists from experimenting with Cooper’s Del Maguey mezcal. For just such a recipe, turn the page to find Kate Gerwin’s recipe for “Oaxaca Swizzle.”

“A work of art is successful if it transforms the viewer. It could be a nude; it could be a sunset; it could be a still life; it could be an abstract; it can be made out of garbage,” Cooper related to Local iQ after a recent mezcal tasting/seminar for the New Mexico chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG), held in the lounge of North Valley restaurant Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse. “But to be successful, it has to have that ‘ah-ha’ moment.” From a strictly artistic standpoint, Cooper wholeheartedly believes that the Single Village Mezcal he has been crafting over the past two decades, utilizing his deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers, possesses that “ah-ha moment.” In fact, as an artist, it may just be his single greatest work. “I find these mezcals to be truly transformative,” Cooper continued. “You sip these mezcals and, at some point, you have that beautiful ah-ha moment as well. So they fit my criteria for a good work of art.”

is much more complex than any tequila on the market, exuding a rich smokiness, earthy character and chewy mouthfeel. All tequilas are first mezcals. In fact, any distillate made from agave is considered mezcal. The name Tequila is similar to Champagne or Bordeaux; it’s a region in Mexico. All mezcals are not tequilas, but all tequilas are mezcals.

For those who have never tasted it, mezcal

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acceptable medium for even the most looseknit art collectives, it doesn’t detract from Cooper’s oeuvre one bit. If anything, it has catapulted him to icon status in the current cocktail revivalist movement, which has everything to do with taking a more artisanal approach to crafting quality drinks. You might say, mini works of art in a martini glass. In this arena, Cooper is considered Picasso.

Alongside Cooper’s artistic bent on mezcal production is an emphasis on sustainability, fair trade and organics — from day one, Del Maguey has been an organic production (one of the first mezcals to have that distinction). Cooper pays his palenqueros well above the industry standard, and he even recruited hundreds weavers from nearby Oaxacan villages to weave one-of-a-kind covers for every bottle. In essence, since Cooper arrived in Oaxaca in 1990, he has positively impacted the lives of many people in the area, which have positively impacted the distinguished palates of tipplers across the globe. However, though mexcal is now the darling of the spirits world, it’s been a drawn out process for Cooper to get there. “I sold my property in Taos, and every sculpture I’ve done, every bronze, every commission I’ve made has gone to keep Del Maguey alive,” Cooper said of the two decades that he has been in business, adding that only last year did he begin to pay himself. “Finally it’s gotten to where it is self-sustaining, and it really makes me feel good.”


FOOD

Sans chile, Duke City a much blander town

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ith the green chile harvest in full swing in the southern part of the state, it’s time to take a look at how chile peppers have influenced the cuisine of the Duke City. Even before Fabian Garcia, a seminal researcher at what is now New Mexico State University, began to standardize New Mexican chile peppers in 1901, the fiery pods were dominant in the cuisine of the Duke City. In 1846, William Emory, Chief Engineer of the Army’s Topographic Unit, was surveying the New Mexico landscape and reporting on its customs. He described a meal eaten by people in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque: “Roast chicken, stuffed with onions; then mutton, boiled with onions; then followed various other dishes, all dressed with the everlasting onion; and the whole terminated by chile, the glory of New Mexico.” Emory went on to relate his experience with chiles: “Chile the Mexicans consider the chef-d’oeuvre of the cuisine, and seem really to revel in it; but the first mouthful brought the tears trickling down my cheeks, very much to the amusement of the spectators with their leather-lined throats. It was red pepper, stuffed with minced meat.” During the Indian wars and Civil War in New Mexico, Albuquerque was a principal supply center for the forts being built all over the Southwest, and warehousing became an important business. In the early to mid-1800s, the area around Albuquerque was the largest sheep-growing district in the state, which meant that mutton was a large part of the diet. Subsistence farming was common on small parcels of land in the north and south valleys and extra fruit and vegetables were peddled to the nearby pueblos. There was a cattle boom after the Civil War and particularly during the 1880s, and beef replaced mutton as the most common meat served in Albuquerque. In her 1947 book, Albuquerque, Erna Fergusson discussed the long tradition of New Mexican cooking, which stretched back to the early days of the settlement of the town. “The larder was limited. Beef, mutton, pork and fowl were varied by game and dried buffalo meat from the plains. Vegetables grew but were used in sauces and gravies rather than alone. Fruit was eaten fresh in its short season, and dried on wide trays for storing. Corn was used in every way — from soup to desserts — and the lowly brown bean appeared at every meal. Chile grew in every man’s garden and was the only condiment. A limited diet, but good cooks invented many a savory combination and the modern epicure rates — New Mexican cookery, when properly done — with the best.”

1/2 lb. Pork, either cubed from a roast, or chops, or even bones with meat 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. Very lean ground beef 12 Corn tortillas Vegetable oil for frying 2 cups Grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese 1 Medium onion, chopped Method:

This is the classic enchilada dish served at the early 1960s Albuquerque restaurant, Videz, owned by Pete Benavidez. The restaurant was torn down to make way for Interstate 40, but the recipe lives on.

Cover the chiles with very hot water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes or until limp and partially rehydrated. Place the chiles in the blender (they should loosely fill 3/4 of the container, if more, make two small batches.) Fill the container up near the top with water. Drop in the clove of garlic and sprinkle the top with the oregano. Add a little salt at this stage if you wish. Blend for 2 to 3 minutes on high or until a homogeneous or orangish-red mixture is obtained. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and add the pork. Cook, covered over a very low heat or uncovered at a slight bubble, for 2 to 3 hours. If cooked uncovered, periodically add water back to original level to maintain proper consistency which I can only describe as medium soupy. Remove the pork pieces and save for another meal such as carne adovada. Place the chile sauce in the refrigerator and cool. Remove any fat that congeals on the top. Season the beef with a little salt and pepper and saute until the meat is no longer pink. Combine the sauce and beef and simmer, covered, for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Fry three tortillas per person in a couple of inches of oil until they are slightly harder than taco shells — they soften in the pool of red chile as they are being eaten. As they are removed from the oil with tongs, dip each into the red chile pot until they are fully submerged. Remove and place on a plate and top with some cheese and onion. Continue the process until the tortillas are stacked three high on each plate. Ladle red chile, including a small amount of the meat, over the tortilla stack until it is puddled up as deep as it will stand around the base of the stack. Cover the enchilada lightly with grated cheese and place in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

Serves: 4 • Heat Scale: Medium

Stacked Red Chile Enchiladas

6-8 dried red New Mexican chiles, stems and seeds removed 1 Clove garlic 1 tsp. Ground Mexican oregano

—Contributed by Pete Benavidez, Dick Beeson and Nancy Gerlach

Dave DeWitt, a.k.a. “The Pope of Peppers,” is coproducer of the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show and editor of the Fiery Foods & BBQ SuperSite at fiery-foods.com. LOCAL iQ | ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | AUGUST 9 - 22, 2012

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DRINK

Ancient Mezcal best when swizzled, not stirred

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bought my first “swizzle stick” at Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail festival, which takes place every year during the last week of July in New Orleans. A meeting of the most respected minds in mixology, Tales of the Cocktail (or “Tales” as we cocktail nerds call it) also happens to be the first place I met Ron Cooper, owner of Del Maguey Mezcal (see profile on page 8), which is a bit odd since he has lived in New Mexico for some time. Cooper is a legend in my world, just the mention of his name makes spirits professionals across the globe giddy with excitement. And not just because of the astonishing, world renowned village mezcals he produces at Del Maguey, but because he is an artist and a storyteller. Listening to him speak takes you to a place in Mexico that you don’t have to visit to feel the spirit of. A swizzle stick is a bartending tool used to make, well ... swizzles. And believe it or not, it comes from the swizzlestick tree which grows in the Caribbean. Seriously, no joke, it’s called a swizzlestick tree. So, what’s a swizzle? It’s an alcoholic drink that dates back to the late 18th century and contrary to beliefs that is must contain rum or pineapple juice, a swizzle is about two things, crushed ice and technique. I even went to a swizzle seminar at Tales last year. Again, no joke. So here are the basics. The crushed ice will dilute the cocktail more quickly than cubes, so it is recommended to use spirits higher in alcohol content. A swizzle is built in the glass that it is served in. Meaning you add your ingredients into your serving glass top with a little crushed ice and swizzle, then add more ice and swizzle again until the glass is nice and frosted, then finish the

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drink with more crushed ice. To swizzle, you place the swizzle stick in the palms of your hands and roll it back and forth swiftly. This will create the best adult snow cone you have ever taken pleasure in, perfect for summer cocktails.

Oaxaca Swizzle Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse 1/4 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 oz. Fresh lime juice 1/2 oz. Agave syrup Top with two dashes of Peychauds Bitters. Katy Gerwin is the bar manager at Imbibe, vice president of the United States Bartender’s Guild New Mexico and the president of the New Mexico chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails.

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DRINK

Let palate dictate pleasure, not pocketbook

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few weeks ago, while enjoying some Marble Rye PA (I enjoy well-crafted beer as much as well-crafted wines), someone asked me about the relationship between wine quality and cost. “I used to enjoy $10 bottles of wine, then I began drinking $15 bottles of wine and I don’t enjoy the $10 bottles anymore,”she said. “If I start drinking $30 bottles, will I still be able to enjoy the $15 bottles?” Though she was speaking primarily of red wines, I have since been pondering the overwhelming and unnecessary influence that cost has on perceived quality. This month I want to drop the price tag to under $10 and suggest you try something that really only shines in the sweltering summer heat: Vinho Verde. Through a Bottle Clearly Those of you not familiar with this wine might have passed right over it in the white wine aisles assuming something that cheap must be rotgut. While I have found some serious swill on the cheap end of the spectrum, Vinho Verde is a lovely exception. It is mass produced in northernmost Portugal and consumed by the pallet-load throughout the world. While the name means “green wine,” the bottles are most often clear (like many white wine bottles) and the wine is almost colorless. The green moniker refers to the youth of the wine and it’s fresh, simple character. These wines tend to have just a wee bit of effervescence too, which adds to their refreshing character. It’s Not Easy Being Green Tyler Coleman, in his book A Year Of Wine, calls Vinho Verde the “ultimate ‘notserious’ wine.” This captures the personality and purpose of this wine in a nutshell. It also explains why so many wine enthusiasts barely consider Vinho Verde a legitimate wine. It is made from a blend of a handful of grapes, most commonly Alvarinho, Trajadura and Loureiro. Tthere is also a red vinho verde, but so little is

exported we’ll ignore it for now. If you’re expecting the flavors and aromas of something like Spanish Albariño, you won’t find them here. Instead you will find something more akin to a lively spritzer. My friend Lauren described her Vinho Verde tasting experience more like “fresh-squeezed citrus and soda water.” This is the strength and weakness of “green wine” — not too tart, not too sweet, not too anything. If you are looking for something to enjoy on a hot day, though, it hits the spot. The alcohol content is usually quite low so you can enjoy it poolside without fear of any Brian Jones or Dennis Wilson moments.

The alcohol content of Vinho Verde is usually quite low so you can enjoy it poolside without fear of any Brian Jones or Dennis Wilson moments.

out in comparison to the others. While I don’t think of Vinho Verde as a food wine, you might be surprised when you have it with fried food. My friends and I were eating at Holy Cow not long ago and we had the Gazela

while eating their sweet potato fries. (If you’re only going to put three white wines on your wine-by-the-glass list, it’s a great idea to make one Vinho Verde for $5 a glass.) It worked great, despite the fact that it was nearly room temperature when the server brought it out. For the record, Vinho Verde, like Budweiser or Chihuahua, should be enjoyed as cold as possible to maximize its refreshment. At the end of the day, I encourage you to go buy yourself a few bottles and chill them down in the fridge before you enjoy them with friends at your next backyard pool or garden party. Your enjoyment of wine doesn’t have to include highbrow pomp. Drink what you like and drink it without shame. It will cost you less than $20 and you will be glad you tried something new. If you are curious about wine, you are not alone. I encourage all readers to start a wine dialogue. Please send your wine-related questions or comments to sam@local-iQ.com. Cheers.

The Price Is Right I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t offer recommendations personally selected from our local shelves. Once I decided to write this month’s column I immediately went out and purchased five bottles to try with friends in order to get feedback. I purchased the Vinho Verde from Famega, Gazela, Casal Garcia and Twin Vines. Each of these sells for around $7 to $10 at Quarters, Jubilation and Whole Foods. I decided to “splurge” and spend $12 on a bottle from Broadbent Selections as well. In the end, based on my own tasting and input from various miscreants with whom I associate, they all are fairly comparable. The Broadbent Selection, however, had a little more body and aroma, while remaining light and refreshing. Perhaps the fact that it is made with Trajadura and Loureiro grapes without Alvarinho might have made the aroma and taste stand

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SANTA FE

SANTA FE SCENE FILM

S For close to a century, the Santa Fe Indian Market has been a huge draw for art enthusiasts across the globe seeking to find and purchase original Native American art directly from the artists. The event will take place on August 18 and 19 at the Santa Fe Plaza, and will coincide with the 12th Annual Native cinema Showcase.

Tribal fellowship Artistic traditions — from art to food to film and fashion — abound at world’s premier Native art event BY KAYLA SAWYER

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or 91 years, Native American artists have gathered for a weekend of beauty at the Santa Fe Indian Market, a highly acclaimed art show and New Mexico’s largest attended annual weekend event. An estimated 100,000 visitor’s flock to the state’s capitol from all over the world. The streets, though crowded, are not ART uncomfortable. The market is spread over 14 blocks on and surrounding Santa Fe the Santa Fe Plaza and extending to Indian Market Cathedral Park. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 18-19 “There is space for all of our visitors,” For complete schedule said Tailinh Agoyo, director of public and individual event relations and marketing at Southwestern times, visit swaia.org Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). The Historic Santa Fe “The vast number of people in Plaza attendance adds to the excitement of INFO: 505.983.5220 Indian Market. The excitement and energy on Saturday morning of Indian FREE Market is like nothing else in the world.” Every year, after the third Thursday in FILM August, the plaza is alive with turquoise 12th Annual jewelry, long, velvet Navajo dresses, Concho belts, fry bread, pinto beans, Native Cinema drums and dance. The Indian Market is Showcase produced by SWAIA, and features more Sun.-Mon., Aug. 13-19 than 600 booths where more than 1,000 VISIT SWAIA.ORG FOR artists from about 250 tribes display their SCHEDULE OF EVENTS work. New Mexico History “Even though there are many ways now Museum that a client can find and buy from artists 105 WEST PALACE, these days, there is still nothing that 505.476.5100, SANTA FE can replace the face-to-face interaction,” nmhistorymuseum.org said John Torres-Nez, deputy director of SWAIA. You’ll find jewelry, textiles, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, graphics, photography, moving images, diverse arts, pueblo wooden carvings, and lesser known crafts like weaving, filigree, basketry, bead and quill-work. This is high-quality, juried art. Many visitors and collectors make a point to arrive early

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because artists are known to sell out quickly. In addition to the excitement of purchasing directly from the artist, who’ll often explain their creative process as well as any symbolism, purchasing from juried markets ensures the art is prestigious and genuinely Native American. “I am looking forward to all of the fantastic events during Indian Market Week — visiting with friends and family, and of course, seeing the world-class artwork that Native artists from tribes all over the U.S. and Canada will bring,” said Agoyo. A live public art project will also be presented during the Indian Market. “The Hour Has Arrived” involves Native artists painting collaborative murals on an enormous canvas — a wall of the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art building. There’s also an evening panel discussion with prominent Native public artists, a fine art exhibition of the genre on canvas, a public art mentorship for tribal youth, pop-up public art performances, and a children’s art tent, located in front of the Library on Washington, holding interactive art projects.

Native Film A new element to the Indian Market is the line-up of films for the Native Cinema Showcase. Many filmmakers and actors will be present at the screenings, including Chaske Spencer, known for his role as Sam, the leader of Jacob’s wolf pack in the Twilight franchise – who will be at the screening of his new film, Shouting Secrets, and director Chris Eyre who will be at multiple screenings for his new film, Hide Away. “The quality of the filmmakers that have entered (the showcase) is now equal to that of the other great art forms at the Indian Market,” said Torres-Nez. Spencer will also service as the celebrity judge for the Native American Clothing Contest (NACC), a famous competition and the most photogenic event during the Indian Market. Esteemed fashion designer Tom Ford acted as the non-Native judge at last year’s NACC. Held on the plaza stage on the final day of the Indian Market, the NACC is also juried by six Native American expert judges from various tribes and offers the opportunity to view the best in Native fashion, from traditional clothing to couture. Styles vary from traditional hand-woven items to high-fashion gowns and accessories, with each designs rooted in time-honored customs. No other event is comparable to the size, scale and focus of the Santa Fe Indian Market. There really is something for everyone — art, music, film, food, fashion, and above all, fellowship.

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ummer nights should be spent outside, on a patio, beer in hand and watching The Big Lebowski. So why not make a night out of it and hit up Santa Fe for exactly that? The Dude would abide, but best swap the beer for a White Russian. For those unfamiliar with the movie, “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a Movie Night millionaire, Jeffrey on The Patio: Lebowski (David The Big Huddleston), and is Lebowski coerced into paying a 7p, Sat., Aug. 11 debt he knows nothing Santa Fe Sol Stage & Grill about. The Dude’s 37 Fireplace bowling buddy, Walter $5 (John Goodman) helps solfosantafe.com take on a one-time, high-payoff job while trying to get compensated for a rug that was “ruined” by two thugs. Beautiful and cool summer nights are something we have plenty of in New Mexico, but movie night on the patio is something we don’t quite get enough of, so it would be in your best interest to take advantage of such an occasion. Plus, when was the last time you got to see this film on the big screen? 1998? Right, so make that your weekend plan. —JD

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n the same way a written ethnography explores the facets of a culture, each collection of ethnographic art shows more than the aesthetic taste of a culture. The more than 150 dealers at this show each 29th Annual have pieces of Antique jewelry, devotional Ethnographic Art pieces, furniture, Show rugs, baskets, GALA PREVIEW: pottery, textiles and 6-9p, Thu., Aug. 9 paintings among $75/includes Fri. & other works. Sat. admission Attendees can 10a-6p, Fri., Aug. 10 simply browse the $10, $17/2 day goods or ask the admission dealers to share 10a-5p, Sat., Aug. 11 their expertise $10 to find out more Santa Fe Community about the cultures Convention Center from which they 201 W. Marcy, came. Some of 505.955.6200 the cultures and areas to be represented are Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental and Indonesian. Cowgirl Restaurant is catering the preview opening and there will also be a complimentary drink plus live entertainment and a cash bar. The preview is open to everyone. —AS


RELATIONSHIPS

No place for judgement in healthy marriage

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et’s open with the assumption that you and your spouse cannot agree about something. It may be about how to parent your children, or about overcoming an annoying habit that is bothering one of you. In fact, it may be about anything that has become an obstacle in the relationship. Most of us are uncomfortable with conflict. Small irritations become entrenched resentments, eroding communication and blocking problem-solving. When a real crisis develops, we don’t have the skills to dig ourselves out. Chances are you end up reacting in one or more of the following ways: • Get mad inside but keep quiet and give the other the “silent treatment.” • Withdraw to a safe distance because you don’t like to argue. • Get angry, criticize, call names, use sarcasm or some other aggressive behavior. • Give in; say “I guess you are right” with a big sigh, be submissive in order to avoid conflict. • Deny or pretend that “everything is okay” and no conflict exists here.

These are all common, but usually very ineffective methods of coping with conflict. For most of us, it is in those tough moments — in a personal conflict or in an argument — when it’s clear how our communication habits can prevent us from having the remarkable relationship we really want. Thou Shall Not Judge I do believe you married the right person, when you stood up in front of all those people and declared your vows on your wedding day. It’s

just that once you’re married, all the differences begin to surface. Married couples just don’t have the skills to deal with these differences — conflict is badly handled differences. What’s important to realize is that most negative marital interchanges are about judgments. As soon as you judge your partner, they stop listening and you stop getting what you need. Judging implies that something is wrong with them, that they are not good enough. It’s easy to fall into the habit of judging the people closest to us, especially our partner. However, continuing down the slippery slope of judgment makes us: • Unable to be open to our partner’s point of view and • Unlikely to get what we need. The Power of Knowing Your Needs Most couples view negotiation as a trip to the torture chamber. That’s because their efforts are usually fruitless, and they come away from the experience battered and bruised. Who wants to negotiate when you have nothing but disappointment and pain to look forward to? So, how can you truly negotiate something important in your relationship with ease and grace? First, you need to let go of what I call adversary images of the other person — a fixed idea about them that comes from a judgment

or diagnosis of them. This judgment — “my partner is selfish, an ass, stupid, etc.” — is a fixed notion of them, and it creates distance and separation between the two of you. Conscious negotiation helps us focus on mutual, instead of thinking and speaking in terms of dehumanizing labels or other habitual patterns of communication which are easily heard as demanding and antagonistic. It is far better to take a soft approach and state the problem from what you need, “Hey honey, would you be willing to take out the trash?” then from the position that your partner is wrong or bad, “God, you always forget to take the trash out and it really pisses me off!” Compromise vs. Collaboration Will your plans take both of your needs into consideration? Will you keep at it until you’re both satisfied? Understanding the difference between compromise and collaboration will play a big part in you and your partner’s willingness and ability to stick with the negotiation process. Compromise says “it is me against you.” It begins by identifying what you both want. Then seeing who’s willing to give up parts of what they want until you both can live with what’s left. This is based in the belief that there isn’t enough to go around, so you have to settle for whatever you can get. Collaboration speaks abundance. It begins by identifying what you both need and what is missing. Then, as you negotiate — keeping your attention focused on everyone’s values — strategies will emerge that make it possible

for both of you to be satisfied, without any compromise needed. How this Works What couples “want” is actually a strategy for being understood at a deep level. When we tune into our partner’s needs, we connect meaningfully with their concerns and engage in mutually beneficial dialogue. In this type of negotiation, mutual trust and genuine respect increase and you both feel included and consulted. If you try this at home, you’ll be surprised how often the “judging voice” in your mind pops up when viewing your spouse’s behavior. You will begin to be aware of mutual verbal “attacks” in the marriage. Once you become aware of the judging voice and the attacks, you can proceed to eliminate them and have a healthier marriage. You start to observe without judging. Then you start listening to what your partner really is saying, and grasp what their actual needs are. Mutual understanding and connection develops; the marriage gets better. It turns out that we choose mates who are different than ourselves. This causes problems after the initial infatuation wears off. But it’s actually better. In the beginning of a relationship, love and attraction are about similarities, but moves to differences as the relationship matures. It is understanding these differences that makes a relationship strong. Ana Loiselle (nmrelationshipcenter.com, 505.872.8743) is a licensed relationship coach, speaker and author.

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2012

ON ERYN BACZEK (LEFT) Hudson purple denim skinny jeans from Toad Road $138 Amy Mann x-ray print sweater from The Octopus and the Fox $28 TOMS ballerina flats from Aqui $79 1960’s geometric pendant necklace from Revolver $32 Pink/black vintage bag from Revolver $35 Pacman bracelet by Kristin Torres-Gurule from The Octopus and the Fox $11 Leather studded bracelet from Aqui $34

ON ZOE NYE (MIDDLE) Dress by Betty Love from Stilo $68 Blank NYC red denim jacket from Toad Road $88 Kling belt from Toad Road $28 Kling coral sandals from Toad Road $48 Steampunk Seahorse necklace by Eddy Downing from Stilo $49

ON GALEN NYE (RIGHT) Levi’s vintage denim jacket from Revolver $75 Alternative hoodie from Toad Road $38 Tokyo Hardcore grey tank from Tokyo Hardcore $20 LAD maroon corduroy shorts from Toad Road $78 TOMS brown shoes from Aqui $68

FASHION .edu you are never to young or old to learn

which looks work best on the first day of school (or the rest of the semester for that matter)

Vintage pig pin from The Octopus and the Fox $10 Alternative olive canvas bag from Toad Road $68

ON COUNTER Fenton “Havalina MKB” vintage brown bag from The Octopus and the Fox $20

Photo taken at Olo Yogurt Studio in Nob Hill

STORY BY KORALEE ROBINSON | STYLING + COORDINATION BY DEREK HANLEY | PHOTOS BY WES NAMAN

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n the waning months of summer, students and parents all have one thing on their minds: Back to School! ‘Tis the season to pick out notebooks, computers and (the best part) a whole new wardrobe fit for learning. When seeking out the best clothes for the upcoming academic year, consider sparing yourself from the hectic shopping mall madness. Shopping locally for school clothes is a great way to support your community, and look sharp in unique school year staples not found in big retail super stores. Local iQ shines a guiding light on some of the best local places to gear-up for a great looking school year. Here are our favorite looks in action worn by some of the most fashion savvy students in Albuquerque. Meet the class of 2013, Local iQ style!


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ON NIKKI BACA (RIGHT) Desigual dress from Zap... Oh!

$64

TOMS striped shoes from Aqui

$38

Pencil case by $13-$14/ea. Mandie Segura from The Octopus and the Fox

ON MIERA LILLY

(LEFT)

Desigual leggings from Zap... Oh!

$34

Tea grey keyhole top from Zap... Oh!

$26

TOMS gold glitter shoes from Aqui

$42

Hello Kitty metal lunchbox from Tokyo Hardcore

$12.95

ON WESLEY BACA (MIDDLE) Tea brown corduroy pants from Zap... Oh!

$45

SWAG black crew neck $20 sweat shirt from Tokyo Hardcore TOMS blue shoes from Aqui Sanrio black backpack from Tokyo Hardcore

$42 $29.50

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2012

ON RENE J. PALOMARES II (LEFT) Naked And Famous jeans from Izzy Martin

$135

Gitman Vintage shirt from Izzy Martin

$140

Fischer sage denim jacket $180 from Izzy Martin Camper brown shoes from Izzy Martin

$145

Topo Designs grey backpack from Izzy Martin

$149

Steel Toe Studios Belt from Izzy Martin

$145

Steel Toe Studios Cuff from Izzy Martin

$48

OW striped socks from Izzy Martin

$22

Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses from Izzy Martin

$209

ON ANNA LEE DESAULNIERS (RIGHT) Rachel Pally tank from Elsa Ross

$100

Helmut Lang $160 grey leggings from Elsa Ross Current Elliot camouage biker jacket from Elsa Ross

$354

Joie leopard wedges from Elsa Ross

$80

Silver and turquoise vintage cuff bracelet from Revolver

$28

Feather necklace $49 by Eddy Downing from Stilo Sears vintage blue bag from Revolver

$128

Vintage Vespa scooter courtesy of Blue Smoke Garage

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BACK TO AFTER-SCHOOL THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF POPULAR LOCAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS TO DO AFTER THE SCHOOL BELL RINGS. APS before and after care programs Activities span a wide range of topics and ages to keep kids safe while having fun. ALL APS LOCATIONS

aps.edu/before-and-after-schoolprograms AYSO Soccer teams/camps with positive environment. VARIOUS FIELDS 505.342.2976

ayso104.org Baum’s Music Private instrumental and vocal lessons for middle-high school students. 2908 EUBANK NE, 505.292.0707

baumsmusic.com Campfire USA Skill-building, homework corner, reading for younger children. 1613 UNIVERSITY NE, 505.842.8787

campfireabq.org

Kay’s All-Swim School Elementary-school aged children learn to swim.

Playground recreation Time for playing, ages 6-11.

9737 4TH NW, 505.255.SWIM (7946)

kaysallswimschool.com

cabq.gov/communitycenters/beforeandafterschoolprogram.html

Library book clubs Children of all ages with various reading activities. Select Albuquerque public libraries library.cabq.gov

Stone Age Climbing Gym Youth climbing programs appropriate for late-elementary/ early middle school children.

National Dance Institute of NM At newly renovated Hiland Theater, elementary school-aged children.

VARIOUS PLAYGROUND LOCATIONS

4201 YALE NE SUITE I, 505.341.2016

climbstoneage.com Takai Mine Karate Group or private lesson for children of all ages.

4800 CENTRAL SE, 505.872.1800

1027 JUAN TABO NE, 505.823.CHOP (2467)

ndi-nm.org

takaiminekarate.com

New Mexico School of Music Private and group lessons for kids of all ages.

Tennis Club of Albuquerque Programs for children of all ages, tournaments.

136-J WASHINGTON SE (NOB HILL)/3736 EUBANK NE (HEIGHTS), 505.266.3474 OR 505.294.4604

2901 INDIAN SCHOOL NE, 505.262.1691

nmschoolofmusic.org

Children’s Choice Independent to staff-facilitated activities for younger children.

New Mexico Young America Football and Cheerleading Cheerleading and football for children ages 7-14.

6501 LOMAS NE, 505.296.2880

5300 PONDEROSA NE, 505.883.9303

childrens-choice.org

nmyafl.org

Fishback Dance Studio All dance forms for children of all ages (for fun or competitive).

Outpost Arena Ice skating, hockey, private lessons for kids of all ages.

4529 EUBANK NE, 505.298.8828

9530 TRAMWAY NE, 505.856.7595

fishbackstudio.com

outposticearena.com

tca-tennis.net YMCA Learning enrichment for schoolaged children to complement schoolwork. VARIOUS YMCA LOCATIONS

ymcacnm.org —Compiled by Chloë Winegar-Garrett

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PROFILE

Scooterville USA Requiring less money and gas than automobiles, scooters might be the ideal transportation to get back to school BY CHARLIE CRAGO

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s the price of gasoline continues to hamper the average citizen’s ability to efficiently maintain transport throughout the urban sprawl, two-stroke enthusiasts have taken root in Albuquerque over the past half decade or so. Given the fact that current legislation in many states does not require licensing or registration to pilot a two-wheeler under 50cc, it’s not hard to understand the strictly monetary advantages of driving a scooter, especially when you’re a starving college kid. However, as this new breed of tight denim-clad devotees will attest to, efficiency isn’t the final word in the world of scooting. Fashion is also as relevant, or nearly as relevant as cutting costs on average mpg, with many 100cc scooters boasting nearly 100 miles to the gallon. For Dandee Fleming, poster child for the scooter community in Albuquerque, driving a scooter is as simple as enjoying the little things in life. As Fleming was quick to point out, his passion for scooters, which he shares with many others across the country, is one deep-seeded in wonderful childhood

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Where to Scoot?

memories. “Originally I was interested in scooters because, as a kid, I drove two-stroke motorcycles,” Fleming told Local iQ in a recent interview. “There’s something about the sounds and smells (of a two-stroke) that reminds me of being a kid.” The scooter has become its own symbol of independence, with drivers sensing unspoken bonds as they pass through intersections. Still, even within this subculture there are divisions. Drivers of vintage scooters often scoff at the flashy bikes their modern counterparts operate. Several scooter shops have sprung up in Albuquerque over the last decade, such as Blue Smoke Garage and Downtown Scooter, offering would be riders every flavor under the two-wheel rainbow.

The following is a list of scooter shops in the Albuquerque area, many of which will provide everything one needs to get geared up, running and scooting along. Accessory Pit 8509 CONSTITUTION NE, 505.292.2700

accessorypitusa.com Blue Smoke Garage 1700 CENTRAL SE, 505.730.7004

bluesmokegarage.com Bobby J’s Yamaha Inc. 4724 MENAUL NE, 505.884.3013

bobbyjsyamaha.com Downtown Scooter

Finicky followers To the untrained eye, all scooters may appear to be the same. On the contrary, the subtle differences are not lost on the true scooter enthusiast. It is something that is tantamount to the Ford vs. Chevrolet debate; while proponents on both sides of the

argument use essentially the same product, they are fiercely loyal to the brand with which they most associate. It seems likely that both sides of the argument possess relevance, as the older, two-stroke models (which use less gas) produce more climatedamaging emissions, the newer, more environmentally friendly four-stroke models are less gas-efficient. At the end of the day it probably comes down to nothing more than individual preference.

The safety debate Though as socially responsible adults, or something vaguely resembling an adult, it is not possible to ignore the financial implications of owning a scooter. The question that must be raised is whether the financial benefits outweigh the risks to life and health brought on by driving scooter. It is no secret that human beings do not always act as rational beings. Many of us know that smoking is detrimental to our health, though we continue to smoke. The obvious fact that driving a scooter on Albuquerque roadways that are packed with giant pickups and possibly drunk drivers is a big risk, though many riders continue to operate scooters. If we lived in a world where everyone was forced to drive scooters with engines no larger than 250cc, it would be far safer to operate a two-wheeler. But this is not the case, and to compound matters, because current legislation does not require registration or licensing for scooters with engines that are 50 ccs and below. This means many of those driving scooters may be operating under the false zimpression that because these vehicles are less-powerful than their larger four-wheeled counterparts, they are somehow safer. This, unfortunately,

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Though this should not cause one to instantly dismiss the advantages of owning a scooter; as wars continue to rage in the name of democracy soaked in oil, it makes perfect sense to want to own a vehicle that uses less resources than the traditional American monstrosity, as illustrated by Fleming. “I thought it would be a great thing to have a single person vehicle as gas prices were getting up near $4 when I got it,” Fleming stated. “It was a little of everything, gas prices were expensive, but also the scooter brought back childhood memories. They have a little more character than sport bikes.”

As the economic recession continues to strain our checkbooks, many people, such as (from left to right) James Landry, Sean Campbell and Nick Buchheit of Blue Smoke Garage, are foregoing gas guzzling four-wheeled vehicles for the cheaper, more efficient and more fashionable scooter.

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PROFILE

Two-stroke trek Every two years, dozens of scooter enthusiasts are drawn to the open road for a coast-to-coast trek and the chance to win nothing more than bragging rights BY CHARLIE CRAGO

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he fictional cross-country race known as the Cannonball Run became a part of the urban legend the instant Burt Reynolds donned his iconic leather jacket and set the pedal to the metal, throwing caution a mustached finger. As the concept for the extra long-distance endurance race evolved to include all manner of motorized vehicles, it seems only natural that the next step in this evolution would be a cross-country endurance race for scooters. Enter the Scooter Cannonball Run. And though, to many, it may seem quite tedious and boring to try and drive a vehicle that barely reaches some 70 mph nearly 2,500 miles, there are those who see such a challenge as an PROFILE opportunity to earn bragging rights in an Dandee Fleming arena few dare to enter. SCOOTER CANNONBALL Albuquerque native RUN, CROSS-COUNTRY USA Dandee Fleming is a scootercannonball.com scooter buff who drove thedandee.com/tagged/ across the United States cannonball — from Savannah, Ga. to San Diego, Calif. — competing in the 2012 Scooter Cannonball Run (SCR). The race took him eight days to complete on his 200cc, vintage-style Genuine Stella, reaching top speeds of a modest 64 mph, while averaging a cool 50. But do not let the average speed fool into believing the SCR is anything other than grueling. Riders are expected to act as their own mechanics, repairing whatever breaks using parts borrowed from other drivers. Fifty riders start the race, with just over half actually finishing. Often the riders have only the shared knowledge pool of the other riders to rely on while conducting repairs. While this exercise may test a rider’s frustration limits, it typically results in that rider developing an otherwise ignored skillset, such as completely rebuilding an engine, PHOTO BY WES NAMAN though be it a trial by fire. In 2012, Albuquerque native Dandee Fleming participated in the Scooter Cannonball Run, a When Local iQ asked if he was able to coast-to-coast scooter endurance race that took him eight days to complete on his vintage Genuine Stella. The prize? Nothing but bragging rights and increased mechanical knowledge. dismantle and rebuild an engine, Fleming’s answer was nothing short of poignant. “I can now! I had done some maintenance and potential of the scooter community of lifetime scooter parts, at least something work on some vehicles with some friends Albuquerque. Drawing on the resources of to that extent. How about a sweatshirt? before, but this was the first time I had ever several local and national scooter suppliers That’s right; the SCR offers no prize to the worked on a vehicle alone.” and mechanics, he was able to secure all the winner, apart from some seriously exclusive parts, tires, seats and fluids necessary for the bragging rights. Of the 50 or so riders that competed in the coast-to-coast madness. race, only about a dozen of those were riders “It’s basically just about bragging rights at of vintage scooters, often defined as being at “Blue Smoke Garage here in Albuquerque this point. It’s not a race; racing is illegal,” least 20 years old. helped me get all tuned up and ready to go,” Fleming said. “They call it a race because Fleming said. “I reached out to them, asked that’s what comes to mind when you hear “Within the scooter community, there is a lot if they could help me out, and they were ‘Cannonball Run,’ but really it’s not a race, of camaraderie,” Fleming explained. “I’m in great.” it’s an endurance event. Finishing is the key; a scooter club here in town, and not only did I think it’s human nature to be able to say ‘I these people really encourage me, but they It would seem natural to assume that a race won,’ but it’s more than that.” followed my progress throughout the race.” as long and difficult as the SCR would at least offer some kind of serious prize for The race is only held every two years, so each Riding under a veritable slew of sponsors, the winner. Maybe a cash reward, or maybe winner is graced with a two years of gloating Fleming is very much a believer in the

before being forced to defend the title or concede defeat. This is because just finishing the SCR is a prize in itself. Truthfully, as Fleming made it perfectly clear, anyone who finishes the SCR is endowed with the right to brag to other members of the close-knit scooter community. And while those of us outside that sphere of influence may not see the relevance of such a claim to fame, to scooter enthusiasts like Mr. Fleming, that’s what’s it’s all about. “Right now my plan is to do it again, but it really depends on the routing and timing of it,” Fleming said. “When I got done, everyone asked if I was going to do it again. I was like ‘Yep, I’d do this again in a heartbeat.’”

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BOOKS

BOOK REVIEWS BY BILL NEVINS

Falling Out of Bed in a Room With No Floor BY TERENCE WINCH

Paperback, 80 pp 2011, Hanging Loose Press

$18 ISBN-13: 978-1934909225

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erence Winch, that grand lyrical marksman, hits his target again and again in this astoundingly fine volume of poems, his fifth. Describing a proud amputee in “Pegleg,” Winch notes Fred Johnson’s “Harley Davidson suspenders” and then ends the poem in Fred’s own words: Either I hit the tree, Fred says,/ or the car full of people,/ so I hit the tree. I made this leg/ out of that fucking tree. Winch can shake your brain or chill your heart with a deft rhyme, as in this couplet from “What Dreams Tell Us”: Dreams tell us what we’d rather never know/ then wake us drenched in sleep’s undertow. Known for his hilarious sense of humor, as well as for his acclaimed

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status as founder, accordionist and songwriter for the grand Irish American bands Celtic Thunder and the Narrowbacks (Winch penned the now-standard nostalgic gem “When New York Was Irish”), Winch is also a serious narrator of the heart’s painful journeys through time, family, deaths and the past century’s history. This collection demonstrates that quality in the achingly lovely family reminiscences, “Proclamation for My Father in 1965” and these lines from “Memo to Bridie Flynn”: I knew there was no afterlife when you/ failed to visit me from the beyond. I know there is food,/ sex, music, books, sleep, art, movies, friends, talk, love./ Please tell me that’s enough. Just once, pay a little visit./ Tell me what I need to know before you go. Memories both of sexual joys and the end of all touching haunt this volume’s final poem, “Sex Elegy.” It’s a fit ending to a grand journey of a book in which this poet forgets

nothing and celebrates everything — pain and pleasure equally and magnificently. Poetry to treasure and read over and again.

a touching way that makes us like him all the more — and rejoice in his skill as a writer in displaying such honesty so plainly. This is a great read, and one which will make you at least hanker to head north to Alaska. And to fall wildly in love again.

Alaskan Travels BY EDWARD HOAGLAND

Hardback, 208 pp 2012, Arcade Publishing

$22.95 ISBN-13: 978-1611455038

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espected essayist and novelist Edward Hoagland, now in his 80s, looks back some 30 years to his several journeys around the vast expanse of Alaska in the company of his then lover, Linda. Both he and Linda have long since gone their separate ways in careers and love lives, but it was Alaska that bonded them, if temporarily and intensely, and Hoagland in this fascinating brief memoir that shows us how that came to be. Alaska is a very special and daunting place, not to be trifled with, and Hoagland gave the place his very close attention. Details abound in his narrative of arctic tribal animosities, settler-native frictions, human-animal interactions and, above all, the lethal challenges posed to humans by the stark climate realities of Alaska itself. Along the way, Hoagland reveals his own vulnerabilities and strengths in

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The Savage City BY T.J.ENGLISH

Paperback, 528 pp 2011, William Morrow Publishers

$15.99 ISBN-13: 978-006182458

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.J. English, whose earlier subjects have included Irish, Cuban and Asian gangsters and whose reporting on the current drug war in Mexico for Playboy is chilling and ground breaking, takes on New York City in its baddest of bad old days: the late 1960s and early 1970s. I lived in the Big Apple during some of those years, and it is no exaggeration to say that the Summer of Love was, at best, a

passing afternoon dream in the City That Never Sleeps. Horribly corrupt, racist, murderous cops face off against homicidallydriven Black revolutionaries in a dance of death made starker by the collapsing economic and social structure of the city. Riots, uncontrolled violence, nightmarish drug epidemics and widespread public fear all converge in a “perfect storm” of urban turmoil, which traps a wrongly-convicted Black man, George Whitmore, Jr., in a hellish miscarriage of justice. English, brother of Local iQ editor Mike English, interviews Whitmore and other survivors of this maelstrom, including the rotten-cop snitch Bill Phillips and the Black Panther Dhoruba Bin Wahad. The result is a chilling, very convincing picture of how wrong things went in America’s greatest city, not so long ago. A fascinating read and a true page turner. The recently released paperback edition includes a postscript interview with ex-cop Phillips, after he’s had the chance to reflect on what English revealed in the hardcover edition.


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‘Soulful. Country. Perfect’

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Rising folk star Brandi Carlile keeps fans pleasantly guessing on her latest recording, ‘Bear Creek’

Old school funk, new school fresh

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“I sometimes lose my faith in luck/I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up/I just count the rain/Wearing the floor through the boards again/I wish I could find a soul to steal/I could be the engine, you could be the wheel/ When we’re driving home, I never have to worry about being alone.” —BRANDI CARLILE, “HARD WAY HOME”

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randi Carlile was born with country and folk music in her blood. Her mom used to play country bars on weekend nights, and her first gig was singing backup for an Elvis impersonator. She possesses a voice that seems fabricated to accompany a mandolin or banjo. But don’t be so quick to dismiss her as simply another folk singer; she is so much more. Her latest studio release, Bear Creek, has spent many weeks on top of the folk charts, yet it is purposefully and thoughtfully genre-defying. Carlile sticks close to her traditional folk roots in songs like “Keep Your Heart Young,” and “A Promise to Keep” while paying homage to rock influences like Freddy Mercury with fierce electric guitar riffs studding many of the tracks, and an Elton John-esque piano ballad as her first single (“That Wasn’t Me”). Carlile wrote the album with her long-time bandmates (and twin brothers) Phil and Tim Hanseroth, who play guitar and bass respectively. In a recent phone conversation with Local iQ, Carlile said her latest release aimed to keep her audience PREVIEW guessing. “The Twins, particularly Phil, had Brandi Carlile this kind of anti-genre mentality WITH ANDY HULL OF about the record. He really wanted it MANCHESTER ORCHESto be sequenced in a way that didn’t TRA make any sense,” Carlile explained. 7:30p, Fri., Aug. 17 “We really came up with a vision Sol Santa Fe for the record along the lines of not 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe having a vision.” This vision (or lack of vision) translates into a beautifully $33 constructed (or is it deconstructed?) Tickets: ticketssantafe. album that really allows Carlile’s org or 505.988.1234 strengths to shine. Such strengths solofsantafe.com include her powerful voice — Sheryl Crow describes it as “the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way” — as well as a raw lyrical honesty that connects her to her listeners. Carlile has been on tour for most of the summer to promote Bear Creek, supporting Dave Matthews band on some stops and headlining others. I was fortunate enough to catch her (with Ingrid Michealson) at a sold out Red Rocks Ampitheatre in July and am still reeling from the experience. Once I caught my breath (both from the views and hundreds of stairs I had to climb), I took my seat in the second row and watched something magical happen. Carlile (and the twins) took the stage and held captive an audience of more than 7,000 people. On August 17, locals will have the opportunity to see Carlile in a much more intimate light, among a crowd of only four to five hundred. I asked Carlile her thoughts on playing to a crowd that size versus a larger venue. With a smile in her voice, she said “I love that shit. There will never be a time in my career, no matter what happens, where I’ll find it difficult to play to four or five hundred people. It’s a different style of performing and one that I’m not ready to let go of yet. The preparations aren’t any different, it has more to do with the communication with the audience.” The Sol Santa Fe show is the twelfth of 21 stops that Carlile is making in August. With such little down time, she will likely not be spending much time in our state, which she says holds a special place both in her heart and her desktop. A photo she took at White Sands from her last trip to New Mexico is still her computer’s background image. “You’d never guess that sand could be so cool. You can jump 30 feet and land

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in the sand and it’s like nothing. It’s like a dream or something. Like jumping into the clouds, except it’s much hotter than you thought it would be.” she said. When Carlile’s tour wraps up in early September, the self-proclaimed road-hound will be taking some time off from performing to fulfill a personal goal of marrying her partner, Catherine Shepard, who was recently appointed as the executive director of Carlile’s charitable Looking Out Foundation. The two will celebrate their nuptials in Carlile’s home state of Washington, as well as in England, where Shepard was the former charity coordinator for Sir Paul McCartney. With so much on her plate, both personally and professionally, I asked Carlile a two word question: What’s next? “I’d love to sing with Dolly Parton, I’d love to sing live with Elton John, I’d love to have a family,” Carlile wished. “There are so many things I want to do, and above all else, I just basically sit down at the end of the day and remind myself how grateful I am for the things I’ve got. All I can really tangibly hope for is to continue.”

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f all Nas ever really needed was one mic, then all John Maestas needs is six strings. Jazz guitarists usually come “vintaged,” like bottles of wine. However, Maestas doesn’t even turn 22 until the end of this month. Talk about “instant vintage.” Now before you jazz veteranos out there roll your eyes and sigh at another young cat who knows his way around an axe being called a “virtuoso” or a “prodigy,” hear me out. After quitting the trumpet and the French horn in middle school, Maestas picked up the guitar the summer before starting at Manzano High School. After top-notch music instruction there, Maestas headed to the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (after which he went to the reputable Berklee College of Music in Boston). To get in, he played an original solo guitar arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Solitude.” Maestas thought it went over well. The judges seemed to like it alright and he was in. Later, he took a lesson with the guitar instructor who was on the audition panel, who then proceeded to ask where Maestas learned that particular arrangement. When Maestas told him he wrote it himself, he said “What?! Damn man, I should be paying you!” A Reggie Gammond Emerging Artists Award recipient, Maestas proves he’s both “the funky” of the old school and the freshest of the new. Taking his queue from jazz pianist Robert Glasper, Maestas is known to bridge the generation gap of his audience with live performances that amount to jazz interpretations of hip hop standards. Though you can find Maestas grooving everything from funk (Claudio Tolousse Electric Group, Sugar On Top) to Neo Soul/R&B (Of The Essence), to Samba and Batucada, it is Maestas’ arrangements of Dilla and the Ghetto Boys that is quickly becoming his signature sound. Sadly, after having lived in Spain, Chicago, and Boston, Maestas will soon be taking his talents to New Orleans. However, you have a few more chances to catch him here in Albuquerque. Along with Asher Berreras, Maestas is co-leading a nine-piece ensemble for a 45-minute set at the Outpost Performance Space on August 16 at 7:30p. Otherwise you can catch him and a host of other jazz technicians at the open jam session, every Tuesday from 8-11pm, at Ben Michael’s Café in Old Town. For more John Maestas visit najulda. com/john-maestas. Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s poet laureate, is a jazz man’s jazz man.


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Low Spirits

Ryan McGarvey 8p, $8 Marble Brewery

Alex Maryol 8-11p, FREE

Flashback 8:30p-12:30a, FREE Close Contact ‘80s Request Dance Party with DJ Kevan 10p, FREE

DJ LT 10p, $10 (Men)/FREE (Ladies)

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Rio Grande Lounge-Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Blackbird Buvette

Combo Special BLUES/R&B 8:3011:30p, FREE

Groove the Dig with Old School John 10p, FREE

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Scalo Il Bar

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Cheenah Lounge-Santa Ana Star Casino

Keith Sanchez & the Moon Thieves ROCK/SOUL 8:30p, FREE

Man No Sober ROCK/AMERICANA 6p-9p, FREE

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

Molly’s

Cooperage

Surf Lords 7:30-10:30p, FREE

Southwest Wind 5:30p-Close, FREE

Cafe Mocha SALSA 9:30p, $7

Sol Santa Fe

Scalo Il Bar

DJ QUICO SALSA/TOP 40 10p, FREE

Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Downtown Growers Market

Alex Maryol 8:30p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar

Mine Shaft Tavern

Alpha Blue 8:30-10:30a, FREE

Toozany Presents Grieves and Budo, INTUITION 8p, $15

Dusty Low FOLK/ROCK 8p, FREE

Open Mic Night 8p-Midnight, FREE

Keller Hall

The Solo Club

Philip Gibbs 8p, FREE

Sol Santa Fe

Molly’s

The Burned 8p, $7

Paul Pino & The Tone Daddies 7:3011:30p, FREE

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Eric from Philly 1:30-5p, FREE StilRockn 5:30p-Close, FREE

The Jim Greer Duo 7p, FREE/DONATION Launchpad

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Milo & Friends 6-9p, FREE

Monte Vista Fire Station

Soul Sanctuary 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Zinc

Dusty Low 9p, FREE Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant

SuperGiant, Fatso, Icky & The Yuks, Mother Death Queen Gwyneth’s Birthday Freaktacular! 8p, $5

Jazz Brasileiro 6-8p, FREE

Low Spirits

QBAR

Gilded Cage Burlesk & Varieté Present Movie and Music Night Mr. Right and The Leftovers Attack of the Juvenile Delinquents 9p, $5

QBAR

FRI 17 Blackbird Buvette

Destroy To Recreate, The Ground Beneath, Beard, Vertigo Venus 8p, $4 Low Spirits

Casa Esencia

The Burned, The Great Depression, Light Horse, Dark Rider 9p, $7

DJ Chil & DJ Devin TOP 40 10p, $20 (Men)/FREE (Ladies)

Marble Brewery

Casa Rondena Winery

Kyle Martin 5-6:30p, FREE Three String Bale 7-10p, FREE

Live in the Vine: The Real Matt Jones 7-10p, $15-$20

DJ Huggie 10p, FREE Soul Kitchen SOUL/BLUES 8:30p, FREE Sol Santa Fe

Marble Brewery

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Pirate Soul 6p, FREE The Rumble and The Rapture 9p, FREE Low Spirits The Split Livers, Knife City 9p, $10 Marble Brewery

Seth Hoffman Acoustic 5-7p, FREE The Lonesome Heroes 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Molly’s

World Famous $4 Brunch featuring / Mario Febres Noon, FREE Me, Myself and I: A night of solo music 9p, FREE

Bella Luna 5:30p-Close, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern

The Corrales Bistro Brewery

Scalo Il Bar

Gary Gorence ROCK & ROLL 2-6p, FREE The Jakes CLASSIC ROCK 8p-Midnight, FREE

Erik Knudson Solo FOLK/BLUES/ACCOUSTIC 5-8p, FREE

Next Three Miles SONGWRITER 8:30p, FREE

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Sol Santa Fe

Dusty Low ROCK/FOLK 3-6p, FREE

Ellen Jewell 7:30p, $15-$18

Molly’s

The Kosmos

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Bailout 1:30-5p, FREE Rudy Boy Experiment 5:30p-Close, FREE

Sunday Chatter: Santa Fe Opera Brass 10:30a, $5-$15

Trio Soul 6-9p, FREE

Malarky’s

Shane Wallen 7p, FREE

Monte Vista Fire Statio

Rudy Boy’s Blues & Brews 3-7p, FREE

Zinc

Marcello’s Chophouse

Vinyl 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Felonious Groove Foundation 9:30p, FREE

Larry Friedman 6:30-9:30p, FREE

The Solo Club

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

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Blackbird Buvette

Brandi Carlile and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra 7:30p, $33 Paul Pino & The Tone Daddies 7:3011:30p, FREE

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Blackbird Buvette

Zinc

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Zinc

The Alpha Blue Trio 11a-2p, FREE-$5

The Rio Grande Family Band 5-7p, FREE Saltine Ramblers 8-11p, FREE Tony Rodriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE

The Bus Tapes 9p, FREE

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QBAR

Fat City 9p-1a, FREE

Michael Weaver Live Jukebox 7p, FREE The Vapors with Speed One & DJ Cello 10p, FREE

Launchpad

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

Cheenah Lounge-Santa Ana Star Casino

Scalo Il Bar

Jackie Bristo ORIGINAL/ROOTS 8p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

Marcello’s Chophouse

Chava & the Paid My Dues Rhythm & Blues 9:30p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

Blackbird Buvette

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Reviva, Video Games, Diles, Omen 200012 8p, $5

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Sandia Outdoor Theater

Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy 7p, $75-$90

Vintage 423

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ank III is like that eccentric hillbilly you enjoy running into occasionally on a Saturday night at a roadside bar, but you wouldn’t want him moving in next door — your lawn would die. The storied grandson of the original country progenitor Hank Williams is probably the most honest touring musician plying his craft today, and is also possibly the most versatile. After establishing residency on the far periphery of what traditional country has deemed appropriate, III (as he is commonly known) has consistently felt comfortable wearing his hardcore roots displayed prominently for his audiences to not only see, but experience. A signature for III’s concerts have always included a swinging country set followed by a pummeling at the hands of one of his hardcore side projects, such as longtime road dogs, Assjack. This hard touring musician is currently playing to audiences to support the prolific release Hank III last fall of four offerings on 8p, Tue., his new label, Hank3 Records. The first is a double disc Aug. 14 offering, entitled Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown which Sunshine follows the traditional country foot stomping, hellTheater chasing template of previous Hank III albums. Included 120 Central in the mix on this release is Les Claypool of Primus SW, fame, and Tom Waits, uh ... of Tom Waits fame. As is 505.764.0249 usually the case with III, where there is country, you can $20 (ages 13 expect hardcore, and on Attention Deficit Domination, and over) he delivers just that, as he performs every instrument Tickets: heard on the record. Finally, III also released 3 Bar holdmyticket. Ranch Cattle Callin’ which is (get this) speed metal com interwoven with actual cattle auctioneering. —Jeff Kerby hank3.com

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f you haven’t been in the right place at the right time, and been lucky enough to catch a Tenderizor show, then 8p, Fri., Aug. 10 seize this opportunity to catch one of Launchpad the loudest, stab-you-in-ear rock acts to 618 Central SW, 505-764-8887 come out of Albuquerque in a long while. This amalgamation of some of the city’s $5 rawest talent is pure sonic magic, served tenderizor.bandcamp.com launchpadrocks.com straight-up, maybe with a Pabst Blue Ribbon chaser. Riding the crest of a rock ‘n’ roll renaissance on a lightening-clad steed under the banner of Que? Studios, the defacto recording mecca of the Duke City, Tenderizor draws on the thundering guitar riffs and ravaging drum beats that made the ‘80s so hard to remember. Steve Hammond’s vocals easily traverse the line between melodic and chaotic, while Ravon Chacon is always sure to bring the unknown to the table, drawing on his improvisational musical prowess to turn heads. Patrick and Mikey Day add a certain depth to the band that can only be described in terms of the rare beauty found in the moments before a storm. Kerby’s drumming is sure to both deafen and delight, causing one to wonder in awe at the percussive mayhem. The result is sure to be nothing less than impressive, and it may just change your life, or at least inspire a trade in on the skinny jeans for some acid wash and safety-pins. Vive le Rock! —Charlie Crago Tenderizor

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here’s something unique about bands that consist of brothers and close friends; you can hear familial chemistry in the music and see the deep-rooted connection in their live performances. Austin, Texas quintet The Wheeler Brothers exemplifies those traits and more through the modern-Texas indie rock with a little twang that they compose. They have come a long way since brothers Nolan (guitar, vocals), Tyler (bass) and Patrick Wheeler (drums) were passing the guitar around with Danny Matthews (guitar, vocals) in the bars of Baton Rouge, La. The lineup was completed back in Austin with the talents of multiinstrumentalist and vocalist, A.J. Molyneaux. Over the past year, The Wheeler Brothers has broken out as one of the most exciting bands to watch as their popularity grows. The band set out on its first national tour in the summer of 2011 and, most notably, took home five Austin Music Awards including “Best New Band.” With the release of 2011’s Portraits, The Wheeler Brothers have established itself as a band that vibes off of indie rock but still draws The Wheeler Brothers on Texas twang to create a sound that has 7p, Thu., Aug. 16 made them the band to watch in 2012. The County Line With an ever-growing fan base and sold-out 9600 Tramway NE, 505.856 performances, you won’t want to miss 7477 The Wheeler Brothers when the band rolls FREE through Albuquerque for an intimate (and countyline.com free) appearance in the Sandia foothills. wheelerbrothersmusic.com —Justin de la Rosa

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FRI 10 Ken Ansloan, also known as “Tequila Mockingbyrd,” stars as the psychic Madame Bacardi in Blithe Spirit, the latest production from The Dolls, Ansloan’s drag troupe. The classic Noel Coward play tells the tale of a married couple’s chaotic visit with a psychic who tells about the husband’s previous marriage.

Blithe Dolls Albuquerque drag troupe The Dolls take on another classic play, ‘Blithe Spirit,’ in spectacular fashion With that production, a precedent of unorthodox entertainment was put into motion. love triangle of both living and dead, While Ansloan has written mostly original work an eccentric psychic and all the for The Dolls since then, Blithe Spirit presents drama and flamboyance of a classic comedic play: It’s no wonder that a different opportunity for the troupe. Because The Dolls, Albuquerque’s very own drag theater The Dolls will be performing at Albuquerque troupe, has taken on Blithe Spirit as its next Little Theatre (ALT), which Ansloan describes production. as “steeped in history,” he and Henry Avery, director of ALT, agreed upon In fact, the classic Noel Coward the idea of adapting classic play parallels The Dolls in many shows for The Dolls. ways. Both have become timeS TA G E honored in their own right, Past shows The Dolls have both celebrate the paragon of done for ALT, like Auntie Blithe Spirit unconventional characters and Mame and The Importance 8p, Fri.- Sat.; 2p, both were created by men with of Being Earnest, aren’t Sun., Aug. 10-19 a flair for the flamboyant. the usual material for $15 drag troupes, but they do Ken Ansloan (stage name: Albuquerque Little Theatre allow for a coalescing of Tequila Mockingbird), founder 224 SAN PASQUALE SW worlds: the oldest theater of The Dolls, decided to start 505.242.4750 in Albuquerque can align a theatrical troupe when he itself with an art that does, returned to Albuquerque from albuquerquelittletheatre.org thedolls.org in fact, have just as much New York in the ‘90s. However, history behind it. not just any theatrical troupe would do; as Ansloan put it in Blithe Spirit fits perfectly a recent Local iQ interview, he with this notion. For “wanted to make Albuquerque more exciting.” Ansloan especially, the play holds much history for him, as Blithe Spirit was the first play he The Dolls’ first performance was a “Christmas read in high school. Ansloan also became close spectacular” inspired by a Judy Garland to Timothy Gray, who adapted the play to its Christmas special Ansloan had seen on TV. musical version, High Spirits, during his time Instead of portraying Judy Garland, though, in New York. Additionally, Blithe Spirit naturally The Dolls chose who they thought would lends itself to the bravado of a good drag show, be “the two most unlikely people to do a being centered on the chaos that ensues after Christmas show:” Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. a psychic accidentally conjures up the bitter

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spirit of a married man’s previous wife. If any storyline fits with the showmanship of drag theatre, it is that of melodramatic women and complicated relationships. The Dolls’ adaptation of Blithe Spirit will incorporate music from its musical version, High Spirits, although the performers prefer to simply look like women, and leave out trying to sound like them. As Ansloan explains, “most of us can’t sing, but we love music.” In this respect, drag theatre — and The Dolls specifically — allows its performers to do what they most likely couldn’t do anywhere else. The troupe, in Ansloan’s words, “…really is like a nuclear family.” And this family provides some unique advantages. Even if you can’t sing, you can still perform your favorite music. Even if you’re a man, you can impersonate the most classic actresses, who, in Ansloan’s words, he “always wanted to be.” As he puts it, actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were “always much more interesting. They get to do high drama and suffer.” And, of course, Ansloan explains that “with drag, you can get away with a lot more humor… People expect you to be over the top and slightly absurd.” Finally, whether The Dolls are doing a show like Sex and the ‘Burque, or putting their own spin on a play for ALT, what Ansloan finds to be one of the most rewarding aspects of drag still rings true: “It just frees you.”

THROUGH SEP. 6: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

Full Circle A group show with sculpture, paintings, jewelry, mixed media, ceramics, pastels on paper, archival prints, catalogues and notecards from artists Ciel Bergman, Robert Branaman, Charlotte Cain, Michael Cain, Lisa Chun, Shohini Ghosh, Susan Charlot Jay, Karla Refoxo’s Tulku, Sherri Silverman and David Wardman from New Mexico, California, and Australia. 5-7p, FREE TRANSCENDENCE DESIGN CONTEMPORARY ART 1521 UPPER CANYON, SANTA FE, 505.984.0108

transcendencedesign.com 2012 Breakfast with the Curators: Breaking the Rules: Margarete Bagshaw Breakfast with this modernist painter and artist is followed by a talk and tour of the stunning retrospective exhibit of her work featuring several monumental canvases. 8:30a-10a, $35 MUSEUM HILL CAFE 710 CAMINO LEJO SANTA FE, 505.982.5057

indianartsandculture.org THROUGH AUG. 19: PERFORMANCE

The Dolls Present “Blithe Spirit” Noel Coward’s comedy classic with a twist. Mediums, mayhem and ectoplasm make for a supernatural spectacle at ABQ Little Theatre as The Dolls present Noel Coward’s beloved comedy from beyond, “Blithe Spirit.” 8p, Fri.-Sat; 2p, Sun., $15. ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE 224 SAN PASQUALE SW, 505.242.4750

albuquerquelittletheatre.org Four Indigenous Perpetrators of Words Get a jump start on Indian Market events with an evening of innovative poetry presented and performed by a group of Indigenous poets committed to the creative word. This combination of writers, have inspired audiences all over North America through honest, thought provoking and humorous interpretations on native life today. Performers include Bruce King, Tara Yvonne Trudell, Alex Jacobs and Janet Rogers. 5:30p-9p, FREE. THE LUCKY BEAN CAFE 500 MONTEZUMA, SANTA FE, 505.438.8999


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Mostly Birds Paul Rodenhauser, an avian artist, showcases the subtle quite moments the avian species add to out lives. Reception: 5-8p, FREE

Vital Strides An event to showcase the work from Institute of American Indian Arts alumni, faculty, and students.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Like many recent films, plays and novels, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is about “relationships,” by Joe Pietro and Jimmy Roberts, directed by Adobe Theater regular Adrienne Cox. The work takes us from “first date” through weddings, babies and beyond. 8p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, Sun.,

FRAMING CONCEPTS GALLERY 5809 JUAN TABO NE, 505.294.3246

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$13-$15. THE ADOBE THEATER 9813 4TH NW, 505.898.9222

adobetheater.org THROUGH AUG 12: PERFORMANCE

“Don’t Stop” The show is a fusion of Broadwaystyle musical theater meets Las Vegas performances with its dance repertoire including diverse dance styles ranging from classical ballet to musical theater for a very entertaining and visual show. Audience members of all ages and backgrounds will be able to identify with “Don’t Stop” as it encompasses diverse multicultural and multi-generational dancers and dance styles. 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2:30p, Sun., $15-$18 SANDIA PREP THEATER 532 OSUNA NE, 505.338.3000

danceexpose.org THROUGH SEP. 9: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

“A Toda Madre” Featuring NM muralist, painter, teacher and elder Leopold “Leo” Romero alongside his student Felipe Tapia and Daniel Padilla. 6-9p, FREE. EL CHANTE: CASA DE CULTURA ART GALLERY 804 PARK SW, 505.400.9201

THROUGH AUG. 18: PERFORMANCE

A Moment in Time: Musical Improv Never seen before and never to be seen again, A Moment in Time: Musical Improv brings together two of the best worlds of theater arts – comedic improv and musical performance. With a talented cast of seven performers, the improv will take you on a musical journey, in just under an hour, based on the title of musical suggested by the audience. 8p, Fri., Sat., $8.

Daniel North, one of the artists named a “Local Treasure” this year, describes his natureinspired work as “simply the intimate selections of a greater arrangement.” North’s work is a testament to his appreciation for nature’s uniqueness, made so without a grand design. North’s current exhibit, titled Nature, is on display at Palette Contemporary Art & Craft (7400 Montgomery NE Ste 22, 505.855.7777, palettecontemporary.com) through Fri., Sep. 21. Two receptions will be held — Fri., Aug. 17 and Fri., Sep. 7, from 5-8p.

and culture. Dr. Bernstein will sign copies of his new book, Indian Market Legacies, detailing the history of the world famous market. Books will be available for purchase at the breakfast. 8:30a-10a, $35. MUSEUM HILL CAFE 710 CAMINO LEJO SANTA FE, 505.982.5057

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WED 15 THROUGH AUG. 19: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte Forget cowboys and Indians, it’s all about zombies and Indians this August in Santa Fe. It features a mix of indigenous artists who are known for staying on the cusp of pop culture. Over 19 artists will be represented. 6-9p, Wed.; 2-6p, Thu.-Sat.; 2-9p, Sun., FREE. AHALENIA STUDIOS 2889 TRADES W. UNIT E, SANTA FE, 505.699.5882

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Special Exhibition of Jewelry for Indian Market weekend An exhibition of new contemporary fine art jewelry by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird, who together are recognized for their innovations in the native SW jewelry tradition.

THROUGH AUG. 31: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

ZANE BENNETT CONTEMPORARY ART 435 S. GUADALUPE, SANTA FE, 505.982.8111

THE BOX PERFORMANCE SPACE AND IMPROV THEATRE 100 GOLD SW SUITE 112B, 505.404.1578

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Going Places: An exhibition of Painting from Other Countries NMAL instructor Maggie Price and her husband, artist Bill Canright, will exhibit paintings from across Europe, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. 3-6p, FREE NEW MEXICO ART LEAGUE 3409 JUAN TABO NE, 505.293.5034

TUE 14 2012 Breakfast with the Curators: Indian Market Legacies Breakfast is followed by a talk about artists who have left an indelible mark in the Native art world and advanced the understanding of Native arts

4-6p, FREE.

Corrales Society of Artists’ Art in the Park This year’s eighth season of shows promises to be bigger and better than ever before featuring local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans who have been juried into the society. 10a-4p, FREE LA ENTRADA PARK CORRALES, NM

corralesartists.org

MUSEUM HILL CAFE 710 CAMINO LEJO SANTA FE, 505.982.5057

indianartsandculture.org

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666

iaia.edu/museum THROUGH DEC. 31: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

Jeff Kahm: “Vernacular” In “Vernacular,” Kahm explores geometric structures like stripes as an effective vehicle for exploring compositional variations. 5p, FREE. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666

iaia.edu/museum THROUGH DEC. 31: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

Dual(ing) Identities: The Work of Debra Yepa-Pappan Yepa-Pappan developed an interest in graphic design early on, and after hearing stories from her father attending IAIA in the 60s, she decided to come to Santa Fe in 1989. 5p, FREE. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666

iaia.edu/museum THROUGH AUG. 19

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zanebennettgallery.com

iaia.edu

5p, FREE

THROUGH SEP. 20: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

ZANE BENNETT CONTEMPORARY ART 435 S. GUADALUPE, SANTA FE, 505.982.8111

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS SCULPTURE GARDEN 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE

Red Meridian-Mateo Romero The exhibit incorporates a series of historic Pueblo ideologies, primarily Pueblo dancer figures, juxtaposed with pop-like imagery of a post-modern mainstream society.

The Albuquerque Film Festival

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THROUGH DEC. 31: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

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Virgil Ortiz: “Venutian Soldiers” David Johns: Abstracted Landscapes An exhibition of Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz’s clay sculpture and photographs: “Venutian Soldiers,” and an exhibition of paintings by Navajo artist, David Johns: Abstracted Landscapes.

Woven Identities: Basketry Art from the Collections Breakfast with Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), awardwinning basketmaker, teacher and activist along with Valerie Verzuh, MIAC exhibit curator. This will be followed by a talk given by Johnson about contemporary native basketry, his own work as a basket maker, and the Tohono O’odham Community Action basketry co-op.

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KIMO THEATER 423 CENTRAL NW, 505.768.3522

FRI 17 THROUGH SEP. 1: RECEPTION/ EXHIBITION

Low-Rez: Native American Lowbrow Art A group art show of emerging and established Native artists working in the “lowbrow” genre of Pop Surrealism. 5:30-9p, FREE. EGGMAN & WALRUS ART EMPORIUM TWO VENUES: 131 W. SAN FRANCISCO & 130 W. PALACE, SANTA FE, 505.660.0048

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Going Places: An east your eyes on a sampling of Exhibition of Paintings paintings from Europe, Great from Other Countries Britain, Greece, Australia and New Zealand, the work of New Opening reception: Mexico Art League instructor Maggie 4-7p, Sun., Aug. 12 New Mexico Art League Price and her husband Bill Canright. 3409 Juan Tabo NE, Both city scenes and landscapes have 505.293.5034 struck their fancy from the beginning. newmexicoartleague.org The couple strives to capture the wonder they experience either when traveling abroad to teach workshops or solely for pleasure. Each of their paintings is like a window through which others can view faraway cultures as Price and Canright experience them. They complete paintings on location (plein air work) as well as in their New Mexico based studio. You can meet the artists at the opening reception of this show on Aug. 12, where they will be sharing hors d’oeuvres from different international cuisines. —Alexandra Swanberg

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Roger Shimomura: hen President Roosevelt signed American Knockoff Executive Order 9066 in 1942, the Aug. 10- Sep. 22 lives of thousands of Japanese Eight Modern Americans were instantly altered. Roger 231 Delgado, Santa Fe, Shimomura, an artist who has taught at 505.995.0231 the University of Kansas for over 40 years, eightmodern.net was one of the people whose life has been drastically influenced by the legislation. His earliest childhood memories are of the internment camp he and his family were sent to when he was a toddler. Recently awarded a USA Ford Fellowship to honor his lifetime of artistic contribution, Shimomura currently has three separate exhibitions traveling around the country. One will be spending a little over a month in Santa Fe, hosted by the art gallery Eight Modern. The exhibit, titled American Knockoff, features colorful paintings — lively with movement and design — that have an undeniable edge of humor. But like most things in life, there are layers. Take a step back and one might re-evaluate the lightheartedness of the images. “There’s also a lot of pain and agony embedded in the work,” said Shimomura. His artwork is proof of the ability of unique experiences to yield creativity, alter mentalities and change perspectives. —Mallory McCampbell

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Ballet Pro Musica Festival irtuoso dance and chamber music 8p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, masterpieces played live provide the Sun., Aug. 10-12 rich backdrop for this sixth annual National Hispanic celebration, staged as a partnership by The Cultural Center National Ballet of Mexico and La Catrina 1701 4th SW, 505.352.1281 String Quartet, featuring Jacqueline Helin $30-$75 on piano. The Mexican dance company, Tickets: balletpromusica.org or Compañia Nacional De Danz, is Mexico nhccnm.org City’s classical ballet company. La Catrina String Quartet, currently faculty quartetin-residence at New Mexico State University, tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Mexico and has been hailed by internationally recognized cellist and composer Yo Yo Ma for playing an ambassador role in the world of chamber music. The year’s Ballet Pro Musica Festival program features Suite Imperial, with music by Josef Haydn and choreography by Yasmin Barragan; Reflections, with music by Maurice Ravel and choreography by Mark Godden; and Postcard from Vienna, with music by Yohann Strauss Jr. and choreography by Alex Ossadnik. —Mike English


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ichael Winterbottom is one of the most diverse directors in the business today. His repertoire ranges from the excellent western, The Claim to the dark Trishna sex drama 9 Aug. 10-16 Screen Songs. Trishna, times: 3, 5:30, 8p his newest Guild Cinema film, is an 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848 updated version ifcfilms.com/films/ of Thomas trishna Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles that takes place in India. Trishna’s life is taken apart slowly when she meets and marries a rich Englishbred hotel owner. From a poor family, she is unable to escape the lifestyle thrust (emphasis on thrust) upon her until it is too late. Dark and brooding.

T Veteran French actor Michel Piccolo portrays the trepidatious Cardinal Melville in Nanni Moretti’s We Have A Pope. After being elected the new pontiff by his fellow cardinals, Melville deals with a gripping bout of anxiety regarding his new position as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and does everything he can other than step into the role.

Man of inaction ‘We Have a Pope’ explores what would happen if the next pope didn’t want the job BY MIKE ENGLISH

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he anti-action film is not exactly a big-budget genre in the movie industry. We filmgoers typically prefer our stars to decisively stride across the terrain and get ‘er done. Yet human traits of uncertainty, doubt and simply not wanting to take the lead are exactly the dramatic and humorous terrain of We Have a Pope, a film made all the more intriguing REVIEW because these character traits are so seldom explored in cinema. We Have a Veteran French actor Michel Piccolo plays the role of Cardinal Melville, who is elected by a conclave of his peers as the next pontiff in a secretive two-day stretch of balloting. Everyone among the 100 or so cardinals is happy with the choice. A puff of white smoke is sent up the chimney of the Vatican, and the outside world awaits word.

Pope DIRECTED BY NANNI MORETTI 4:30, 7:15p, Aug. 17-20 Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848 guildcinema.com ifcfilms.com/films/ we-have-a-pope

But there’s a slight problem. As a senior cardinal approaches the Vatican balcony and announces to the vast crowd Habemus Papam! (“We have a pope!”), Cardinal Melville cringes in a chair, paralyzed. When prodded by his colleagues to buck up, play his part and address the crowd, Melville literally screams and runs away, yelling, “I can’t do this!” His Holiness is soothed, cajoled, berated and outright ordered to accept his role as the Pope (“Do an act of obedience to the Lord!” the frustrated

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Vatican public relations man yells at one point), but Melville is simply not able. When a church-appointed therapist is brought in to diagnose the problem (played with humor and spark by Nanni Moretti, who also directs), Melville flatly tells him, “God sees abilities I don’t have.” The crisis worsens when Vatican security attempts to transport Melville across town, under cover, to yet another therapist. After the session the pontiff, wearing civilian clothes, is able to slip away into the crowds. And so goes the dynamic for the rest of the film: the Pope wanders the streets, stops into play rehearsals, stays in a hotel room, all the while trying to figure out why he can’t accept the responsibility of his new role. “I have a parental deficit,” he tells a pastry chef, using the therapyspeak he’s recently learned, “but I don’t know what that is.” Meanwhile, at the Vatican, no one knows the Pope has left the grounds. They all think he is lurking behind the curtains in his quarters, but that’s just a Swiss Guard playing the role of the pontiff — a scheme cooked up by the public relations man, whose efforts to keep the entire situation from unraveling lends the movie some levity. Piccolo plays the unwilling pontiff with the perfect mix of anxiety, fear and confusion, all expressed in his face and with minimal dialogue. (His character name is likely a nod to Moby Dick author Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener,” in which Bartleby’s inability to seize life is captured in his repeated response, “I would prefer not.”) The papal dilemma at the heart of the movie is only resolved when the cardinals, finally alerted to his absence, track down Melville at a play. They take him back to the Vatican to address the crowd, and the Pope’s speech, when delivered, goes to the heart of the film’s themes about leadership, action and embracing life. We Have a Pope is a quiet movie — the opposite of a rapidly paced action flick. But that’s the point, really. Sometimes a hero just doesn’t want to be.

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his outstanding documentary covers the life, work and, most importantly, the political activism of the Chinese contemporary/performance artist Ai Wei Wei. Blended Ai Wei Wei: Never with his Sorry topical work Opens Aug. 17. and outspoken CCA Santa Fe voice, he has 1050 Old Pecos Trail, remained a Santa Fe, 505.982.1338 fearless and aiweiweineversorry.com outspoken opponent of the Chinese governments human rights abuses and censorship of the same. The film takes many forms of his art — from filmmaking to an amazing project that entailed a roomful of sunflower seeds. Strong and moving.

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wretched excess,” someone once wrote. Such is the case for the Siegel family, who go from riches to nearly rags in this stomach churning documentary. Queen of Versailles With their Opens Aug. 10 eight kids, Century 14 multitude of 100 Central SW, undisciplined 505.243.9555 CCA Santa Fe dogs and 1050 Old Pecos Trail, no scruples, Santa Fe, 505.982.1338 this tale of magpictures.com/ ultimate greed thequeenofversailles and stupidity follows them as they (mostly she) buys everything in sight until the “big crash” strips them of cash. Still in denial when construction on their 90,000 square foot house comes to an end, common sense still fails them ... perhaps rightly so. Fascinating and nauseating.


PLANET WAVES ARIES (MAR. 20-APR. 19) You need to find a creative outlet, or use one you already have. This could be to address some anxiety or concern that’s troubling you; or you may have an idea or desire brewing, though you’re not sure it’s worth acting on. Whatever the energy source, your solar chart says it’s time to get it out. Your doubts seem to be as active as your curiosity, so there may be an element of daring or courage required. A straightforward reading of your current aspects describes acting on a fantasy or desire. This may be something you have to tease out of yourself, or persuade yourself to stop pretending you don’t want — though if you’re too persuasive you may end up talking yourself out of it. Lead with your curiosity, which means curiosity about yourself. If you have a playmate to explore with, be open about the fact that you want some help playing out the scene you’re envisioning, for your own sake. This may involve role play that casts you as someone other than who you’re comfortable being in “real life” — but who you’re burning with curiosity to experience. TAURUS (APR. 19-MAY 20) You seem to be trying to work out the details of a decision. I suggest you simplify matters, and focus your most basic goal. Then ask yourself what, exactly, you need to do in order to meet that goal. Once you have an understanding of this, it’ll be a lot more obvious how to proceed. If you find yourself bouncing back and forth between possibilities, or plans, that’s a sign that you need to focus your goals. There seems to be an overload of emotional energy clouding your mind, and for the next week or so you will need to sidestep this. The way to do this is by making step-by-step plans toward your minimal objective — not your ideal destination or the grand plan. Clarity is going to be key to this process. You will know you’re moving in the right direction when you start to feel a little insecure or outside of your comfort zone. That’s the feeling of energy moving into manifestation. Keep going. GEMINI (MAY 20-JUN. 21) As a Gemini, it’s difficult for you to get your life, or your mind, onto solid ground — and the current astrology is throwing one curve after another. However, the place where you can anchor yourself is with your words. This is always true for one born under your sign, however, now that language is being reduced to either biased spin or two-sentence chirps, I can not say this more emphatically. Mercury will be slowing to a station, holding a long, exact aspect to Neptune. This rare event is a personal message to gather your thoughts and your creative vision, and to focus your mind — in writing. I don’t care how little time you think you have. Stop several times a day and write in your journal, and/or your blog, and/or developing a short-term plan of action (preferably all of the above — and if you don’t have some way to express your ideas to the community, now is the time to create one). You will feel better, your mind will relax and you will orient yourself on a new flow of income. CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) How are you feeling after the Full Moon? There was, and still is, a theme of focusing your financial plans, and getting clear in any contractual or tax matters that you may be looking at. Taking action sooner rather than later will save you energy and effort. The interests of more than one person seem to be involved — check in with your relationship to a group, family or organization. Though you may be tempted to put the needs of others above those of yourself. I am not advocating unmitigated greed; I am suggesting that you keep your priorities in order, and make sure that your books are balanced and your financial house is tidy before you devote yourself to the needs of others. There would be one exception to this: you may be depending on the success of the whole group or organization for your own success, in which case I suggest you focus your priorities to that worthy objective.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23) You have access to a power source that may seem like an infinite well of creativity. This is so potent you may want to approach it with respect. One way you can do that is to avoid acting on a rebellious impulse. And while I am normally an advocate of curiosity, I suggest that you monitor that particular thought form with care and caution as the week progresses. Your curiosity is so powerful right now that you have to handle it with the care of a laser. It���s a force that can activate all kinds of processes, including some that you may not find so easy to bring under control. Therefore, in addition to curiosity, I suggest you monitor your motives, and that you be clear what you want to learn, experience or discover. You also need to do something that’s exceedingly difficult for most humans, which is monitor when your judgment may be off, or when you may be working with incomplete information. When either of those conditions is true, pause.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 22) You may be finding it difficult to get a read on where a colleague or partner is coming from — or to figure out where anyone is coming from, for that matter. I suggest you be wary of lofty principles and rules for living, and translate everything into basic ideas that you understand. If you cannot do that, the chances are, it’s not especially important now. You might, however, keep tabs on what you don’t understand, because as Mercury changes directions, you just might figure it out — and wonder why you hadn’t seen the obvious. This is another way of saying give the people around you room to experiment with what they believe. Rather than agonize over whether you think it’s true or accurate, step back and let them go through their process. The more ridiculous you think someone’s opinion is, the more distance I suggest you give them. You will be surprised at the results, when they figure themselves out.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) You’re in unusual territory in a relationship or partnership, and it may be difficult to be clear who is really coming from what point of view. First, account for your own position and keep track of your own motives. That may not be easy, but it will be essential; the integrity of a relationship — and your part in that relationship — depends upon it. We are in a time of history when there’s not really an understanding of the word “honest.” This is related to the concept of honor, and that’s the very thing that’s at stake right now. I suggest you refrain from making any promises or commitments over the next few days, and instead emphasize maintenance of the ones you’ve already made. If you discover that there are some things that you cannot come through on, you will have a few days soon when you can have that discussion. Make sure you take responsibility for any overcommitment or misunderstanding on your part.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 20) You want to think like a chess player when it comes to your professional aspirations. Clearly, you’re brewing something up, though it’s now time to think five steps ahead. It’s true that you cannot exactly predict the choices of others, though you do know their general tendencies. Over the next week or so, however, there’s going to be a shift in the planetary pattern — and the pattern of your life — that may have you rethinking your most important goal. The feeling will be of something “settling in,” as if you shift from the mental level of a topic to understanding how you feel about it. That information will make it easier to map out your game plan. As part of this, you’re likely to have a collaborator at some point soon, at least on the level of understanding your agenda. I suggest you open up your thought process, once you’ve identified someone as truly having your best interests at heart. The emotional grounding piece is the one they will be able to help you with.

LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) You’re beginning to emerge from a challenging time in your life, when it’s seemed that you could get very little right. I suggest you set aside that feeling — whether it’s true or not — and consider the ways in which you have come through a kind of initiation phase. Imagine yourself looking back on this time in your life from a distance of 10 years. Consider the before, and after factor; what was your life about before this year, and what did it become in the years after? Well, you get to decide that second piece, though remember that you’re at the fulcrum right now. It’s easier to point yourself in the direction you want to go now than it will be, say, in five years. The first step is getting a sense of that new direction. I suggest you consider this on the basis of what you would do if you had exclusive authority over your life, along with what you’d do if you really felt comfortable in your own skin.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19) You seem to be wrestling with your faith in yourself. If you tune into that quality, you may notice that you’re angry about something. I just want to tell you — that’s okay. Anger is energy, and if you use that energy consciously, it can provoke you to have a spiritual breakthrough of some kind. You can then take that to the next level, which would be making a decision and acting on it. Starting in the autumn you will be amping up your career and your responsibilities. These next couple of months are the time to invest in your inner process — with a focus on a decision that you may feel has to be finalized in the next two weeks. I think you have longer than that, but within the first half of August I suggest you strive to understand what the issues really are. You’re weighing and balancing something, and you have to look exactly at what is on each side of the scale.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) Are you really under as much pressure as you think? I suggest you get a handle on that question. At the moment you’re likely to be feeling an enhanced drive to succeed, or to stand out. Yet in your ambition you could easily make an error in judgment that will lead to anything but success. Therefore, it’s imperative that you choose your words carefully, and not make any moves prematurely. In other words, when in doubt, delay. You seem to be formulating a plan for a career move of some kind, which could work out brilliantly for you, if your timing is correct. Now is the time to clarify your plan, and the steps you need to take. Work on getting the language correct. There’s something about the enterprise I’m describing that feels like mixing oil and water — which may turn out to be metaphors for creativity and authority. Remember that seen one way, authority means authorship. And this brings us back to clear words and clear ideas, which must support your goals, or be set aside.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20) Work has not been easy the past few weeks, with Mercury retrograde in the house that covers that topic for you. You may have many backed-up projects, though I suggest you can ease off of the throttle for the next couple of weeks or so while you do the most significant thing you can do — get clear. You need to be putting at least a third of your time and energy into recreation. By that I mean “recreating” yourself, as well as taking some stress off of your mind and spirit. This may take some discipline (like closing the laptop at a certain time), though it will pay off because by having a fresh mind you will add to your efficiency. That’s the thing you want, and any plans you make from this point forward need to be thought through with that one concept in mind. What you give you tend to give from your spirit, and that cannot be measured accurately in worldly terms. Less effort does not translate to less value, less beauty or less of anything else.

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heard a very sad story from a job recruiter who had just finished a call with a candidate who sparked their interest. After reading a well-written cover letter and dynamic resume, the recruiter called the candidate to learn more about them and potentially set up an in-person interview. To the recruiter’s dismay, the first two minutes of the phone conversation were focused around the candidate trying to figure out which employer was calling; which made the recruiter question the true level of interest. Needless to say, the recruiter’s first impression was not a very positive one. To me, this is a tragedy. One of the hardest tasks is capturing an employer’s attention with your resume and cover letter; and this candidate made it that far only to drop the ball. Don’t get me wrong, in today’s competitive job market it is not uncommon to apply for multiple positions; just as the candidate in the above story. While the positions may be similar in responsibility, the specific details and employers are

company when a recruiter calls you. Keep the list by the phone or on you at all times.

Be proactive with questions: Take the time to think of a few questions you would like to ask the recruiter based on likely very different. It is important to stay organized with the companies you have reached out to, in order to better position yourself and a serious and interested candidate. Here are a few tips on how you can be prepared for an employer call.

the job posting and your company research. This will help you start a fruitful conversation and show the recruiter that you have been seriously considering the position.

Stay updated:

Have a central document:

After every phone call, add notes from your conversation into your document. This can help you with subsequent calls, as well as help you prepare for an in-person interview with the company. Regardless of whether you apply for one position or 10, it is important that you are keeping accurate notes of your job search process. Treat your job search as a full-time position and potential employers as clients.

Whether on an iPad or paper notebook, have one centralized location that houses your information. This way you can easily reference your list to find the correct

Theresa Maher is vice president of media and editor of ‘Recruiting News’ at Jobing.com. For the latest Albuquerque job openings, visit the careers section of Local-iQ.com.

The more info the better: Keep a running list of every position you apply to. Include the company name, any contact information you have, the specific details of the position and what you included in your cover letter.

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Dog Body Language Workshop This two-hour long presentation taught by a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, will help you to learn what dogs are saying to each other, and to you. You will learn how your dog perceives your body language and learn how to use this knowledge to be a better observer of your dog. 10a-Noon, $10 ANIMAL HUMANE OF NEW MEXICO 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.938.7900

animalhumanenm.org View, Read, Do Workshop This workshop gives caregivers the basic principles behind the “Learning Triangle.” Understand the concept of view-read-do for choosing and viewing television, reading books and creating fun activities to support learning. 10a-Noon, FREE, RSVP required. MOUNTAIN VIEW PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4100 NEW VISTAS CT. NW, 505.277.4087

newmexicopbs.org Corrales Bike & Wine Tour This is an eight-mile bike ride with stops designated roughly every two miles for patrons to enjoy wine tasting offered by the villages premier vineyards. 11:30a-3p, $6 BLISS SALON, 3741 NM HWY 528

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Barnyard Animals 101 Learn everything you need to know about raising hens, ducks, and goats. Advance registration required. 11a-Noon, $5 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

lospoblanos.com Summer Fun Membership Day Enjoy traditional native dances, native artist demos/sales, gourd painting, pottery and making, and a book signing with Peter R. Secord. 9a-3p, FREE-$5 INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER 2401 12TH NW, 505.843.7270

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SUN 12 be.CAUSE Hair & Fashion Show 7-9p, $25 ENVY NIGHT CLUB-RT. 66 CASINO I-40 EXIT 140, 505.352.4734

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MON 13 Cartooning In The Classroom with Tim Kreiter Tim Kreiter will show how to create cartoon heads, gesture action figure, solid objects and perspective drawings. 6:30p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013

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TUE 14 The History of The SGT. Pepper’s Album An audio/video presentation about this seminal album. 6:30p, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5225 ci.rio-rancho.nm.us

Pet Loss Group A group supporting those who have lost or anticipate the loss of an animal companion. 6p, $20 VCA VETERINARY CARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND REFERRAL CENTER 9901 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.265.3087

Poetry Open Mic Night Hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney and local poets of NM. Sign up for the open mic session begins at 6:45, 7p, FREE

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Field to Fork Dining Highlights of this four-course pricefixe meal include local green beans and Los Poblanos Pork Carnitas. Reservations from 5p-8p, $65/ person. Aug. 16 & 17 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

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Bark for Life The American Cancer Society Bark for LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. 6-8p, donations EL OSO GRANDE PARK MORRIS & OSUNA, 505.262.6026

relayforlife.org/barkalbuquerquenm Kirt Hickman Book Signing Kirt Hickman signs his new children’s book Purple and other works. 1-4p, FREE. TREASURE HOUSE BOOKS & GIFTS 2012 SOUTH PLAZA NW, 505.242.7204

Westside Summerfest The final Summerfest of the year. Live music, activities a variety of food vendors, local merchants and a beer garden. 7-10:30p, FREE COTTONWOOD MALL 10000 COORS BYPASS NW, 311

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Westside Forum Discussion Rahim Balsara will share personal experiences of his two years in central Asia. 3p, FREE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WESTSIDE CONGREGATION 1650 ABRAZO, RIO RANCHO, 505.255.0306

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Raising hens, ducks, goats Learn everything you need to know about raising hens, ducks, and goats. Collect eggs from the chickens and even milk a goat. Note: Class available weather permitting. Advance registration required. 11a-Noon, $5 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

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