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INside COVE R STORY Local iQ asked a handful of local experts how the Duke City can add a richer hue to its reputation as a global arts destination.




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Drop the ‘New’ from New Mexican food and you wind up with a lovely little joint like Taqueria Mexico.






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Talib Kweli, the ‘conscious’ rapper, brings his family’s teacher roots to hip hop.





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A R TS Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz turns to simplicity and personal expression for new exhibit.




Documentary film investigates the highs and lows of the life of Rock ‘n’ Roll madman Ginger Baker.

EDITORIAL Hakim Bellamy Jeff Berg Charlie Crago Nick Davison Justin de la Rosa Marisa Demarco Kyle Eustice Eric Francis Eric Garcia Justin Goodrum Seth Hall Jim & Linda Maher Jennifer Moreland Todd Rohde


CA LE N DA R S Books Events........................................................................................13 Live Music..............................................................................................15 Arts Events............................................................................................18 Community Events............................................................................24

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Atomic Blues Fusion
 Fri.-Sun., Feb. 15-17
 National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
 601 Eubank SE, 505.245.2137

Masters of Hawaiian Music 8p, Sat., Feb.16 S. Broadway Cultural Center 1025 Broadway SE, 505.848.1320

$60-$140 WORKSHOPS:

Slack-Key: 2p, Sat., Feb., 16 Ukulele: 3:45p, Sat., Feb., 16




BURLESQUE Southwest Burlesque Showcase 8p, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16 KiMo Theatre 423 Central NW, 505.768.3522 $18-25


he KiMo Theatre has made a name for itself throughout the years playing host to the city’s finer family oriented events. But the iconic theater will get a chance to show its more risqué, daring side as the setting for the Southwest Burlesque Showcase. For the seventh consecutive year, Burque Burlesque presents this two-night event to their of Albuquerque audience. The show consists of dancers, singers, aerialists and comedians, all flaunting their stuff and taking part in the art of burlesque. Each of the two performances will feature special headlining guests, including Michelle L’Amour, one of the world’s most renowned burlesque performers. The Southwest Burlesque Showcase, now in its 13th year, has grown tremendously in its history and is recognized as one of the top events in the burlesque community — as well as one of the most popular events at the KiMo Theatre. —TR



lack-key guitar is a traditional fingerstyle technique made popular by musicians on the beaches of Hawaii. George Kahumoka, “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man,” is a true master of the style. He’s the recipient of the Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award for his command of slack-key techniques. As part of the Masters of Hawaiian Music series, Hawaii’s Renaissance Man will be joined on stage by fellow musicians Richard Ho’opi’i and Keoki Kahumoka, his son, for a night of music sure to invoke sandy beaches and rhythmic surf of the islands of Hawaii. The falsetto-singing, ukulele-playing Ho’opi’i is the perfect contrast to the father/son slack-key guitar duo. Prior to the concert, Kahumoka and Ho’opi’i will be hosting slack-key and ukulele workshops, respectively. —TR



Bill Maher 7:30p, Sun., Feb., 17 Santa Fe Convention Center 211 W. San Francisco, 505.955.6200 $47-$67


et’s just level with each other: Politics can be hard to understand and distasteful to follow. Half of the time politicians speak in a language that turns off the average listener, or the issues are so complex that we don’t have the time or inclination to dig deep enough to fully understand them. Enter Bill Maher, comedian, television host and political activist. For years he has kept us up to date on the country’s most important topics and has done so in a way that can easily be understood by the common man. His hour-long television show on HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher, reflects Maher’s leftleaning bent, but it also keeps audience members entertained throughout, even the most conservative Republicans. When Bill Maher takes his show on the road, bringing his antics with him to audiences across the country, it marks a return to his roots as a stand-up comedian. His show at the Santa Fe Convention Center promises a night of politically charged comedy. —TR




al Holbrook has been impersonating Mark Twain for over 50 years. With a catalogue of over 14 hours of the snarky 19th century writer’s monologues committed to memory, Holbrook’s portrayal is double-take worthy. His oneman act has been touring for over a decade and still manages to leave audiences entertained, likely because his repertoire is constantly changing to meet the mood of current politics and news. Holbrook’s shows are famous for being intriguingly pertinent to world affairs. Holbrook’s Mark Twain act ages gracefully with the years and has not failed to entertain every time that it appears on Albuquerque stages. Displaying Mark Twain’s ability to evolve as a keystone of American culture, Hal Holbrook’s lingering impression of one of the greatest American writers of all time is nothing if not true to form. —ST




Mark Twain Tonight! 8p, Sat., Feb. 23 Popejoy Hall On the UNM campus, 505.277.3824


elebrating fusion in all its forms, the Atomic Blues Fusion weekend is not only taking place at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, but it is also one of the only opportunities for Albuquerque blues and fusion dancers to test their skills on the dance floor. The event welcomes prestigious instructors and dancers from across the country for a three-day stint that first allows dancers to learn some new steps and then encourages them to show their stuff atop the periodic table of the elements. Classes start with a solid foundation in blues dancing and work up to fusion with a healthy blend of a variety of dance styles like hip hop, tango and West Coast swing. Dances will include a competition, a live band and plenty of excitement. —ST


















The where to go and what to do from February 14-27, 2013

CELEBRATION Oscar Experience: Albuquerque 6p, Sun., Feb., 24 KiMo Theatre 423 Central NW, 505.768.3522 $40-$55


or those looking for a slice of Hollywood glamor in the Duke City, an Oscar-night celebration of the Academy Awards is one way to get a taste of the red-carpet experience. The Oscar Experience in Albuquerque is one of 47 officially recognized events put on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will take place throughout the country on Oscar Night. This is your chance to get celebrity treatment without having to deal with unruly paparazzi. The party, benefitting the New Mexico BioPark Society, will allow you to experience the glitz, glamour and thrills of the most prestigious awards ceremony from the comfort of your own theater chair. Arrive early for red carpet coverage, chat with fellow pop culture buffs, talk about your official Oscar program (provided to you upon ticket purchase) and take part in the silent auction and the “Predict the Winner Contest.” —TR


Gangsta’s paradise State lawmakers take on booze, guns, pot and prostitution BY MARISA DEMARCO

T NEWS | INSIGHT | ANALYSIS NM COMPASS COORDINATES BY MARISA DEMARCO Roxanna Who? Last year’s redistricting by the City Council eliminated the UNM-Barelas-Downtown district and created a mammoth North Valley district. From Montaño to Rio Bravo, D2 stretches across the city and contains 27 of 29 federally designated “pockets of poverty.” A lawsuit has been filed arguing the change dilutes minority voting strength. Former Councilor Debbie O’Malley left her position representing D2 to run for the BernCo Commission. She won that race, allowing Mayor Richard Berry to appoint someone new to the D2 seat. He chose political novice Roxanna Meyers for the job, adding yet another conservative to the majority Republican Council. Longtime City Council reporter Carolyn Carlson sat down with Meyers to find out more about the politician overseeing this historic region. “Albuquerque is a city with a soul, and that soul is District 2,” Meyers said in the interview. Read the profile at Open Fire on PTSD Compass columnist and Iraq War veteran Alex Escué Limkin weighed in on the practice of using virtual or controlled violence to treat posttraumatic stress disorder. “As a veteran dealing with PTSD, I can think of no worse place to be than a firing range,” Limkin wrote. He was talking about Chris Kyle, a veteran who was helping another veteran at a shooting range in Texas when he was shot and killed. War simulations have been used by the Department of Veterans Affairs as treatment for PTSD for years. That sounds like torture to Limkin, who advocates nature and writing for healing. Read his thoughts at CompassPTSD. Methadone in the County Lockup Officials announced at the end of the year that they were planning to end the Methadone Maintenance Program at the Bernalillo County jail due to budgetary concerns. The company administering the program had quadrupled its fee. The decision riled drug treatment experts and advocacy groups, who said it was inhumane and could prove dangerous. The Commission voted to keep the methadone program in place for another four months while conducting a study on it. Read the full story at Check in at for updates.

he Roundhouse is not insulated from the happenings beyond its walls. In this week’s legislative update, we see regional issues seeping in. Our politicians are contending with: marijuana, an online prostitution ring and the ongoing firearm debate. Pot’s Shot

Hot on the heels of our neighbor to the north, legislators are considering a memorial that touches on the legalization of cannabis. The measure calls for a study on the economic impact of taxing legal marijuana. Because it’s a joint memorial (yes, it’s really called a joint memorial) and not a bill, it wouldn’t have to get Gov. Susana Martinez’ approval. SJM 31 is sponsored by Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, who — disclaimer — is a Compass columnist. In November, Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. As those results rolled in, Libertarian presidential candidate and ex-N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson cheered the news. He said those two states would impact drug policy worldwide in the long run. Pollster Brian Sanderoff suggested the issue would divide the Legislature but could wind up coming before New Mexico voters. Emily Kaltenbach is the director of the state’s chapter of the Drug Policy Alliance. She said the safe regulation of cannabis would help reduce crime on both sides of the border: “It is time to study how wasteful New Mexico’s punitive marijuana laws are and how they continue to sustain a massive, increasingly violent underground economy.” The laws are going to change, she said in a statement, whether it’s politicians who change them — or fed-up voters. In a USA Today/Gallup poll from December, 63 percent of respondents said the feds

shouldn’t interfere when states vote to legalize marijuana. The New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance is also working with state Rep. Emily Kane (D-Albuquerque) on a bill that would reduce penalties for possessing less than 4 ounces of marijuana. The crime would incur only a civil penalty. There would also be no jail time for possession of as much as 8 ounces. In 2010, there were 3,277 possession arrests in New Mexico, according to the Marijuana Arrest Research Program. Digital Brothels

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Feb. 6, that a website is not a house of prostitution under today’s state law. The decision kicks the issue back to the Legislature. Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia was arrested in 2011 in connection with Southwest Companions, an online prostitution ring. A year later, a state judge ruled websites, message boards and computers could not be considered “a place where prostitution is practiced, encouraged or allowed.” That forced the prosecution to either change the charges against the professor or take

it to the state’s high court. Gov. Martinez said after the ruling in June that she would ask legislators to modernize New Mexico’s statutes so law enforcement can keep up. Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho), introduced a measure this session that includes Internet activity as a form of promoting prostitution. The bill specifies “electronic, virtual or online” forums or websites. If the law passes, it won’t affect the Southwest Companions case. Lewis also sponsored a piece of legislation increasing the penalties for pimps and johns. The representative is the brother of Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis, who co-sponsored an ordinance imposing stricter regulations on strip clubs in the Duke City. The councilor said the measure was aimed at combating sex trafficking and exploitation. Guns and Booze

Rep. Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso) put up a bill that allows concealed weapons into restaurants that serve liquor.

The measure initially included full-service bars but was amended. As state law stands today, anyone carrying a concealed weapon is not allowed to drink, use controlled substances or be impaired by over-the-counter drugs. That wouldn’t change with this legislation. Cook’s measure made it through the House Business and Industry Committee. Carol Wight, CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, said in an interview that it puts too much of a burden on servers and business owners. “Servers are already being held responsible for making sure people don’t get drunk, or young people don’t drink,” she said. Should it also be the responsibility of a restaurant owner or server to make sure someone is carrying a concealed weapon legally? she asked. Or to ensure that if a patron is carrying a concealed gun, he or she doesn’t drink? The bill indicates restaurants would be allowed to post signs saying guns are not allowed on the premises, which is already a part of state law. Finally, Wight said, there’s probably a reason previous lawmakers instituted the ban on guns in establishments that serve alcohol in the first place. “We don’t believe it’s best to have firearms near liquor.”

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Tri-cultural textiles Swiss and Japanese designers come together in NM to form an aesthetic triad called Kei & Molly Textiles BY JENNIFER MORELAND


ively silhouettes of the charming countryside, picturesque gatherings and familiar New Mexican imagery combine to create the delightful dish and tea towels by Albuquerque artists Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi of Kei & Molly Textiles. Friends, mothers, printmakers and business partners, Tsuzuki and Luethi met approximately six years ago at the elementary school their children attended. “We really didn’t know each other before this venture,” laughed Tsuzuki. “But we PROFILE knew we wanted to work together.” I quickly understood why. Tsuzuki Kei & Molly is Japanese with a background in printmaking and a master’s Textiles degree in business. Luethi is OWNERS: Swiss-American, married to a Molly Luethi and Japanese husband with a penchant Kei Tsuzuki for languages and teaching. Their diverse cultural backgrounds have naturally contributed to the artistic aesthetic their textiles embody. “We are inspired by designs that are reminiscent of our backgrounds and where we come from,” remarked Tsuzuki. I began to notice several influences of Swiss and Japanese inspirations in their work: an emblematic Swiss house; cattle adorned with cow bells; men walking atop cobbled streets; a bounty of attractive daisies; lavender sprigs; Japanese cherry blossoms; and delicate sakura flowers. “We also create designs based on what we see throughout New Mexico,” said Tsuzuki. Their textiles similarly feature



Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi are the designers and operators behind Kei & Molly Textiles, an Albuquerque business that has found quick success since starting two years ago.

New Mexican imagery widely reminiscent to local residents: a Catholic church set in the background of pecking hens; a charming pueblo residence and a rustic ladder; a wine toasting amongst two in a vineyard; a vast desert complete with cacti, mesas and a lonesome lizard. “For a long time, we had two aesthetics, but we developed ways for them to complement each other,” laughed Tsuzuki. “Our imagery is based on the paper cut as well as abstract designs.” “I adopted the process of Swiss paper cuts,” remarked Luethi. “Our process always begins on paper.” In short, when an original design is established, it’s cut out, transferred into Photoshop where it’s edges are cleaned, developed onto a transparency where it goes through a photo emulsion process; and lastly, screen and hand-printed by both Tsuzuki and Luethi on individual flour sack and dish towel cloth


made from a combination of hemp and organic cotton cloth. Kei & Molly Textiles is not your ordinary business. Not only have the women built a thriving model, but they embody a profound passion for community, including sustainable business practices and helping women in need. “Our ultimate goal is to increase our capacity,” sais Leuthi. “We would like to hire refugee and immigrant women and allow our business to be a place of transition for them.” Before Kei & Molly Textiles came to fruition, Leuthi was working with Women Earn, an economic development group, where she was teaching English. Tsuzuki had previously worked at Southwest Creations, a successful and sustainable economic development project focused on alleviating poverty for low-income women. “It was at Southwest Creations where I learned how to print from Jim Kraft, a master printer at Tamarind,” remarked Tsuzuki. “I helped put together a fabric printing unit. We were printing for such great designers like Jonathan Adler and Denyse Schmidt of DS Quilts.” The women began their venture on Tsuzuki’s dining-room table, and since August 2011 have worked out of a studio warehouse, where they can print up to 150 dish towels at a time. And the incredible success that Kei & Molly Textiles has achieved is not stopping at dish and tea towels. “We would eventually like to experiment with new designs and begin working with bolts of fabric for larger projects,” remarked Leuthi. “Though, this would not be possible without the incredible support we’ve received from the community, which is essential to our growth. We didn’t expect everything to take off so quickly. This venture has been an extraordinary experience.”


MMA mecca Bellator Fighting Championships invades Rio Rancho, spotlighting MMA’s popularity in New Mexico BY JUSTIN GOODRUM


ew Mexico’s reputation for producing quality athletes has always gotten the attention of the sports world. But lately the state has become the home for producing quality fighters in combat sports. World champions Holly Holm, Carlos Condit and Austin Trout have paved the way for fighters to come live in the Land of Enchantment and to train with some of the best coaches and fighters in the world. In 2007, trainers Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn teamed up to form their own gym. Jackson’s grappling knowledge paired with Winkeljohn kickboxing SPORTS background produced a very successful Bellator MMA combination. It resulted in Jackson-Winkeljohn Championships fighters Diego 6p, Thu., Feb. 28 Sanchez, Keith Jardine Santa Ana Star Center and Rashad Evans putting the gym and 3001 Civic Center NE, 505.891.7300 Albuquerque on the radar of hardcore MMA $25-$90 fans and media. Soon after, current and future champions like George St. Pierre and Jon Jones were starting to flock to the Duke City to seek guidance. As a result, new gyms such as Mean 1 MMA, Judgment MMA and Lovato Total Fitness, as well as new philosophies and perspectives, are being introduced to the region. Christian M’Pumbu (left) and Attila Vegh will fight for the MMA Light Heavyweight title at the Because of the success of the New Mexican Santa Ana Star Center on Feb. 28, to be televised on Spike TV. Also featured on the card is gyms, local fight shows have soared in New Mexico’s own Holly Holm fighting Cecilia Braekhus in an MMA match. popularity. Nationally televised events such Orthrus Promotions to find the best New be witness to one heck of a show. It’s gonna as World Extreme CageFighting (WEC), Mexico has to offer. be a lot of fun. We’re gonna get out there Shark Fights, MMA Fight Pit and King of the and represent New Mexico to our very best, Cage all tried their luck producing shows. J.R Rodriguez created Orthrus as an very professionally inside and outside the Most of those events produce good crowds, entertainment company but soon after cage,” stated Gonzales. but besides King of the Cage, the national branched out into the fight world. Rodriguez promotions have failed to return. then added Sal Mora for his extensive The main attraction of the event will also knowledge of and connections within the feature Holm’s third professional MMA But organizers of the second biggest MMA fight community. Together they’ve created an bout on the prelims main event. promotion company in the world, Bellator under-card featuring the best undiscovered Holm’s appearance on the card happened Fighting Championships, saw the void and talent. At the pre-fight press conference, suddenly, as her negotiations to fight Cecilia hope to run multiple events in Rio Rancho Rodriguez stated Bellator has taken New Braekhus in a boxing match fell apart. in 2013 starting with the Bellator MMA Mexico very seriously, with the goal to Despite her limited options with the sweet Championships on Feb. 28 at the Santa Ana capitalize and promote the next generation science, Holm’s priority still remains her Star Center. of talent. boxing career. But with women’s MMA Bellator began in 2008 and is renowned exploding in popularity in 2012, Holm’s “They came out to Rio Rancho, to the Star for hosting “The Toughest Tournament in chance to compete for Bellator was an offer Center with us and they were really adamant Sports,” in which the winner gets $100,000 too good to refuse. about being in the New Mexico area because and a title fight. The organization has grown it’s the mecca of fighting,” said Rodriguez. “I don’t want to turn down an opportunity, from appearing on ESPN Deportes to being and that’s half of it. The other half is that featured on Spike TV. The under-card is set to feature Angelo I’m very excited about MMA. It’s something Sanchez (12-3) against Kevin Croom (7-4); The main event will feature a Light that I’m 100 percent into,” stated Holm. Adrian Cruz (3-0) fighting Nick Gonzales (3Heavyweight Title Fight featuring champion 0); and the return of Lenny Lovato Jr. With tickets starting at $25, fans don’t have Christian M’Pumbu facing Attila Vegh. The to spend a fortune to witness high-level television portion of the card will feature the Gonzales may be fighting his friend but is competition. If the event is successful, continuation of their tournament and the determined to produce a exciting bout that it could be the genesis of New Mexico under-card will showcase the rising stars of will create a great impression on local and becoming a top destination for major MMA the New Mexican fight scene. While Bellator national viewers. “I think Albuquerque and events. scouts new talent, they teamed up with Rio Rancho, New Mexico in general is gonna LOCAL iQ | ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | FEBRUARY 14 - 27, 2013




Duke City eateries, Santa Fe flair



Alondra Hernandez, left, is one of the family members who own and operate Taqueria Mexico, one of Albuquerque’s most authentic taquerias. A dish like the ceviche tostada, right, is one of many must-try menu items.

Old school Drop the ‘New’ from New Mexican food and you wind up with a lovely little joint like Taqueria Mexico BY KEVIN HOPPER


ew Mexico is quite obviously the capital of New Mexican food, and it will ideally be that way forever. We do New Mexican food best because, well, we invented it. But does that mean there is no room for Mexican food in New Mexico? It shouldn’t, and there are a number of Mexican food restaurants in town to prove that, enough for New Mexican food lovers to indulge in this culinary treasure without feeling guilt. For these restaurants, the question isn’t “red or green?” (though both are available). Rather, the question is, “buche or barbacoa?” One of my favorite Mexican food joints in town is Taqueria Mexico, located in Downtown Albuquerque. Quietly in operation for almost 20 years, it is a very small, brightlylit space that is more kitchen than dining room. White tiled walls display REVIEW maps of Mexico and surround modest tables adorned with the requisite salt Taqueria and pepper shakers and a bottle of Mexico Tapatio hot sauce (also requisite if 415 Lomas NE, you ask me). Along a half wall that 505.242.3445 separates the kitchen from the dining HOURS: room is a row of soda pop bottles, only 7a-7p, Mon.-Sat. half of which people may recognize, including Coke and Fanta (both the variety from Mexico, made with sugar, not corn syrup) and a line of Jarritos, which range from mandarin to mango and jamaica (hibiscus) to tamarindo (tamarind). More often than not, I choose to drink a giant cup of horchata, a delicious rice milk drink enhanced with cinnamon. For those that don’t like cramped spaces when they eat, Taqueria Mexico offers one of the few walk ups I know of in this town. On any given day, whether it’s lunchtime or not, there are a handful of people waiting for their food outside of this colorfully painted spot. A welcome sign for diners on the go. Either inside or out, this taqueria has a vibrant quality to it, from the murals on the outside to the warm feeling and sweet, exotic fragrance on the inside. The menu at Taqueria Mexico rivals your neighborhood Chinese restaurant in sheer size and scope. On your first visit, allow yourself


some time to pore over this menu before ordering. If you’re not an adventurous eater, you’ll want to look up unfamiliar terms like buche and mojarra on your smart phone before ordering it blindly. In my opinion, nothing on this menu disappoints (and they do serve red and green chile in case you were wondering), but I am also a huge fan of tongue (lengua) tacos. So, there’s that. The best place to start at any taqueria is the namesake menu item: tacos ($1.95-$2.25 each). However, if you’re used to hard shell tacos with ground beef — a family member of mine from the South refers to them as “hard beef tacos with cheese” — this isn’t the place to find them. Rather, the tacos here are how they were originally designed, with warm, soft corn tortillas that don’t crumble all over your shirt when you take a bite. Be sure to order beans and rice, especially rice, as it is one of the best (not at all soupy) versions of Spanish rice I’ve tasted. As for protein, take your pick from a half dozen common taco fillings (common for Mexico, that is). From barbacoa (goat) to asada (grilled beef) or chicharron (fried pork rind) to camarón (shrimp), the definitions of what you are putting on your tacos here are much less enthralling than the flavors or textures. I say order a la carte. Pick three and see which one you like best. When topped with fresh cilantro, chopped onion and the house-made salsa, there’s not a better lunch plate in my opinion. Outside of the taco realm, there is a whole other world of food here. Way too much to choose from, really. My favorites are the ceviche tostada ($2.95), a steaming bowl of caldo de res on a cold day with lots of lime and cilantro ($4.50 small/$5.95 large), and a savory relleno burrito ($3.25). That’s right, a relleno, wrapped in a tortilla with beans and cheese. That is comfort food, people. For the indecisive, there are three different combo plates to choose from and just about anything you might expect at a Mexican food restaurant, from exotic (mojarra) to common (burritos, tortas). Two additional musttry items are the wonderful crispy taquitos ($2.75 for 3), served with fresh guacamole and the creamy, milky tres leches pastel dessert. If you have been to a taqueria before, this place is old hat. However, Taqueria Mexico has another something special going for it (something many New Mexican food places also have), and that’s family. Run by the very accommodating and prompt Hernandez family that immigrated from Durango, Mexico, in (year TK), this restaurant is nearing local institution status and one of the best reasons in town to ease up on the “New” from time to time and take in a bit of Old Mexico.


lbuquerque’s culinary scene has been growing quite strong over the past few years. Everyone has their favorite noshing spot in the city, but let’s face it, change is good. We’ve recently enjoyed the addition of several restaurants brought to us by our neighbors up north. Each restaurant and its Santa Fe owner has brought with it varied cuisines that have diversified and enriched dining options in the Duke City. The most recent addition is Vinaigrette (1828 Central SW, 505.820.9205,, a salad bistro which opened its Albuquerque location in November. Owner Erin Wade’s restaurant is unlike anything else we have previously had in Albuquerque. The menu offers bold and delectable entree-style salads that take diners beyond a simple plate of mixed greens with chicken. A majority of the produce used in the salads come from Wade’s own 10-acre farm, Los Portales, and all salad dressings are made in-house. If a salad isn’t necessarily what you’re after, Vinaigrette also offers a selection of sumptuous sandwiches and soups. Zacatecas in Nob Hill (3423 Central NW, 505.255.8226, celebrated its one-year anniversary in January, marking a milestone for Santa Fe chef and restaurant owner Mark Kiffin (The Compound). The eclectic taco and tequila bar has added character and charisma to the already-flourishing Nob Hill area. With a vast tequila selection, it has quickly become a hotspot for margaritas, while the menu offers creative twists on traditional Mexican fare. One restaurant you may not be aware of as having Santa Fe affiliations is Holy Cow (700 Central SE, 505.242.2991, Owners Chris Medina and David Boyd both spent plenty of time working in the capital city’s restaurant industry before opening the EDO burger joint. Though Holy Cow has seen great success since its debut in July 2011, they aren’t quite done yet. Medina and Boyd recently bought the old Milton’s and are working with their business partner Michael Wewerka to remodel and open a new restaurant with a different concept, so keep an eye out for something special down the road. If all of this talk about Santa Fe has you interested in what else the city has to offer food-wise, you’ll definitely want to check out Santa Fe Restaurant Week ( The event starts Feb. 24 and runs through March 3. Over 50 different restaurants will showcase prix-fixe meals and other promotions, giving you a taste of Santa Fe favorites. Mar. 3-10 will feature restaurants in Taos. Albuquerque Restaurant Week is set for Mar. 10-17. Contact writer Justin De La Rosa with story ideas at


Last few weeks of winter taste malty and sweet


inter Warmers are a peculiar style of beer whose name has come to mean something entirely different than that particular style (much like the use of “Imperial” in American brewing). Traditionally, warmers are highly malty and sweet, and some even include the addition of spices. When spices are added they create a subspecies in the taxonomy of beer called a “wassail,” which has its roots way back before hops were the prevalent spicing agent in beer — so, pre-1200-ish. A good and easily accessible wassail ale is Old Fezziwig from Sam Adams. “Winter Warmer” has two definitions: the traditional, as noted, and then those beers that are warming due to their alcohol content. I’d like to focus on the latter, as there are more around this time of year. Plus, with oddly fluctuating winter weather in Albuquerque this year, its nice to have a beer you can stay home with on those sub-freezing nights. Let’s start with the biggest Winter Warmer: Barley Wine. Barley Wine is its own style and is not at all related to wine, except that it shares a similar alcohol content. Barley Wine as a style is a very ancient style of beer. In fact, Barley Wine is mentioned by the ancient Greek historians Xenophon and Polybius. The first commercially marketed Barley Wine was Bass No. 1 from the late 1880s. American Barley Wines have a tendency to be hoppier than the British variants; however, both are dark in color and full of delicious malts. In recent months the local beer market has been full of tasty Barley Wines. Nexus had its English Barley Wine, and Turtle Mountain still (at the time of writing) has its Collateral Damage. If you would like something that’s available on a regular basis, try Sierra Nevada’s Big Foot Barley Wine (at right). The term “Imperial” in beer is another dual-meaning moniker. “Imperial” in the U.S. generally means “strong” and is a substitute for “double,” so an Imperial IPA is essentially the same as a Double IPA. Because of the alcohol content, Imperials often

show up in the winter as Winter Warmers. Imperial originally was tacked onto a style of stout known as Russian Imperial Stouts. They are another beer with a great story. These stouts were originally brewed by Thrale’s Brewery in England for the court of the Empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia. They had to be higher in alcohol and higher in hop content in order to survive the trek from London to St. Petersburg, and so a style was born. A great traditional Russian Imperial Stout is Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing. Marble has put a twist on the style by aging their Porter in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels, thus adding lovely bourbon characteristics and then blending that with a more traditional Imperial Stout. They also make an Imperial Red. Both beers are guaranteed to keep you warm this winter season. There are the others, too — let’s call them the “uniques.” These beers are not Winter Warmers proper, Barley Wine, or Imperials, they are just Winter Warmers, or maybe even Winter Seasonals. Always interesting is the Noche De Paz from La Cumbre, which this year is biscuity and full of malts. Another in the unique category would be the Jubelale from Deschutes; it has notes of chicory, earthiness and the winter standard note of spices. So, now that we are clear on terms like Winter Warmer and Imperial, have a beer no matter the style and stay warm in these final weeks of winter. Seth Hall is head barman at the Albuquerque Press Club.



why (local) art matters Albuquerque’s place in the international art world is a murky affair, one that Local iQ sought to clear up by asking a handful of local experts to suggest how the Duke City can add a richer hue to its reputation as a global arts destination ABQ and the City Different “I don’t think we should compare Albuquerque’s art scene to Santa Fe’s. Instead we should focus and highlight all the great venues we have. I don’t see how the city can bill itself as a major art destination if it continues to not package, promote and financially support its arts.” —Page Coleman


Travis Bruce Black ARTIST




Stacy Hawkinson ARTIST



Jennifer Nehrbass ARTIST

Chad Person ARTIST



“Art is more affordable here generally and many of the artists that sell work in Santa Fe actually live in Albuquerque. Albuquerque itself is affordable and has a lot to offer artists. It’s grittier for sure, gritty is good for an artist, grit and beauty go hand in hand.” —Travis Bruce Black

“It is more beneficial to form collaborative events that unite Santa Fe and Albuquerque to form an expansive major arts destination. LAND/ART and ISEA are great examples of the diverse visitor experience that can result from this type of initiative.” —Viviette Hunt

“The city has great promise locally because there is such untapped potential for future collectors and patrons. Many people in Albuquerque do not participate in the arts simply because they have not yet tried it. Another great thing is that most of the great art being shown at local galleries was created by local artists. Albuquerque doesn’t have to import art from artists to create its reputation.”

“(To compete with Santa Fe) would require the city and its populace to want it to be such a destination, to value the art being created here.” —Stacy Hawkinson, Artist

“Santa Fe rarely exhibits regional artists; the cost of keeping a studio in Santa Fe is what keeps out many more artists. Artists are the ones who drive the art scene. There is no art scene in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a commercial market, it is not a good reflection of a place where artists are doing avant garde works.” —Augustine Romero

“Santa Fe has some great unique art venues (SITE, MOCNA), but it is in Albuquerque where you will find the sound artists, video artists and filmmakers: people who deal with time. Soon, the venues will exist here for these creative people to share their work, and when that happens I believe Albuquerque will surprise itself with what it has already accumulated.” —Raven Chacon

“Albuquerque has potential to be an art destination, thanks to great exhibitions such as the ISEA at 516 Arts this past year. Santa Fe has it own thing. I would look to Denver to see what the MCA and the Denver Art Museum have done culturally for their city.”

—Andrew Connors

Duke City vs. the World “Albuquerque is a terrific place for artists to live and work, because it’s relatively cheap to live here and get studio space, and there is a strong sense of community among artists.” —Suzanne Sbarge

“Obviously there isn’t the market here that there is in other cities, so the freedom exists here to make work that is more experimental. This city is both an intersection and an island in the middle of the desert, so the lost are bound to stumble upon it and become stuck.” —Raven Chacon

“Other cities are better recognized for art because our scene is relegated to the underground, artists supporting local art. There are a huge number of dedicated, talented, and enterprising artists here so it has a great potential.” —Stacy Hawkinson

“To seriously attract the attention of the rest of the country (or the world) we need the support of the City of Albuquerque and the ACVB. Albuquerque is still designated as a gateway — the place to pass through to see Santa Fe, Taos and the casinos. Our cultural offerings are rarely mentioned in ads, brochures or other promotional materials.”

—Jennifer Nehrbass

—Regina Held

“If the city’s art scene was packaged and promoted, we would have a better chance at succeeding as an arts destination. Individuals and groups can’t possibly take on this task.” —Page Coleman

Albuquerque celebrates the blurring of its total identity. The city chooses confusion when Santa Fe wants to clarify. Albuquerque doesn’t wear masks, rather it just smears around the paint on its funny face. It embraces the real and rejects fantasies and dreams, and this is our own circular freedom. —RAVEN CHACON



“I would like to see the city and state continue to promote and support the film industry. It wouldn’t hurt to have a more aesthetically-driven population. It would be unfair to compare Albuquerque with the main art markets of New York, L.A. and Miami.” —Jennifer Nehrbass

“I don’t often show in Albuquerque, but I choose to live here because it has a vibrant and thriving community of artists. I’ve encountered a larger ‘scene’ of onlookers and fans in NYC and L.A., but in my opinion, Albuquerque has a larger scene of makers.” —Chad Person

“In addition to more venues, what’s needed is a model which runs perpendicular to Santa Fe’s. Galleries should stay open late (and of course, public transportation should facilitate this) and less tangible works (certainly less arts/crafts) should be featured. The city should have the ability to shrink to the size of the village to the north, to have a tighter community, then suddenly expand to the area which encompasses Santa Fe anyway.” —Raven Chacon

“Our current status (as) the best kept art scene (remains) secret. We have zero art clout. The artists have a buoyant resistance to neglect. To the visitor, we are the airport and that’s it.” —Page Coleman

“The biggest detriment in Albuquerque for art is the lack of an arts district, an area concentrated with galleries where patrons can go to take in a large serving of art in a small area, all in a single evening, without having to drive all over the city to take in two or three openings in a three hour window.”  —Stacy Hawkinson

“We’ve got a limited number of cultural institutions to draw inspiration from. Perhaps if our institutions received greater corporate gifts, or the public got behind additional art funding, we’d experience broader community support for the arts similar to other small cities that really prioritize a thriving arts culture (e.g. - Louisville, Portland, Austin, etc.).” —Chad Person

Collecting the collectors “Albuquerque is very lucky to have so many art lovers and collectors found in any age group. Yet a lot of work still remains to be done to educate those who are interested in art, but are afraid to step into a gallery, or those who think that art is out of their budget.” —Regina Held

“Although Albuquerque is a terrific place for artists to live and make art, it’s still not a good place for selling work. Many artists who are based here sell their work elsewhere … I think in this economy, artists and art dealers need to be creative in their approach to the marketplace and explore potential alternatives to the current systems.” —Suzanne Sbarge

“The makers definitely outnumber the collectors in this city … Most Americans don’t collect art — even when it’s made very affordable. My own family doesn’t collect art (if you exclude the work I’ve gifted them over the years). How do we change that? I think we need to embrace a radical shift whereby the value of unique/handmade/inspired object trumps that of the manufactured/ flawless/marketed one. It feels a bit like an uphill battle. But, I do believe that it’s possible — and it begins with each of us. Once you embrace art, encourage a trusted friend to do the same. Eventually, we’ll inspire everyone.” —Chad Person

“Obviously there not enough (art collectors). One strategy would be to promote Albuquerque as an alternative to the Santa Fe art scene as a destination. Albuquerque is a vibrant urban center in the state of New Mexico. It is not quaint like Santa Fe and should not be promoted in that way. It would be better to promote the value of its urbanness, expose the vast number of artists working here, and yes ... the value that can be found in a lower-key economy.”

“I just make art and try to have the faith that someone will be moved by it. I did pretty well when I owned a gallery and connected with people daily. They get to know you and want to support you and what your work represents.” —Travis Bruce Black

“I think the city has great potential in creating future collectors. There are too many wealthy individuals, or at least well-off individuals who haven’t yet discovered the thrill of owning real art (as opposed to reproductions) made by local artists. However once we can find them and educate them a bit, I think they will enjoy that search for the great local vision.” —Andrew Connors

“If you write about art exhibits it becomes a selling point for discussion. Then, after discussion, people have reasons to collect because they become interested.” —Augustine Romero

Artists for art’s sake “Each artist has to create the terms of their success. But with that in mind Albuquerque has a pretty good support system for the arts. Where I’m at in my work, I do benefit from showing in other states. Albuquerque is a great home base for an art operation, other than the fact that we are pretty isolated geographically. A lot of people make the trek to see us, so that’s even-steven.” —Travis Bruce Black

“Our best artists seem to be unaffected by the trendy market and therefore create objects of relevance to them and to a larger world. They are not trying to compete with whatever is currently hot, therefore they have a longevity that will outlive momentary fashion.”

Distinct district “New Mexico has a distinct, important and influential Native and Hispano culture, but I believe that Albuquerque celebrates the blurring of its total identity. The city chooses confusion when Santa Fe wants to clarify. Albuquerque doesn’t wear masks, rather it just smears around the paint on its funny face. It embraces the real and rejects fantasies and dreams, and this is our own circular freedom.” —Raven Chacon

“We have a history of renowned contemporary artists choosing to settle in Albuquerque because of it’s livability and beauty, such as Frederick Hammersley, Joel-Peter Witkin and Patrick Nagatani, to name a few. I think Albuquerque is liberating for artists in a way, because the artistic vitality here comes from the work people are doing, rather than what sells. —Suzanne Sbarge

“We are located in a very unique, spiritual and underrated area of America, which works to the advantage of the artist to create meaningful work. We have a major university here promoting art and art history, creating students who have been exposed to much more than landscapes, howling coyotes and kokopellis.” —Stacy Hawkinson

“The affordability of living in Albuquerque allows for sustainability … that and Suzanne Sbarge.” —Viviette Hunt

“The unique thing about Albuquerque is that there tends to be more of a dialogue between many of artists who live in the area.” —Augustine Romero

—Andrew Connors

—Stacy Hawkinson

“Mid-career artists fare well with the few commercial galleries in Albuquerque, but they need to look outside of the state for additional galleries to make a living of their work, or find other sources of income to supplement their art career.” —Regina Held

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I don’t often show in Albuquerque, but I choose to live here because it has a vibrant and thriving community of artists. I’ve encountered a larger ‘scene’ of onlookers and fans in NYC and L.A., but in my opinion, Albuquerque has a larger scene of makers. —CHAD PERSON LOCAL iQ | ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | FEBRUARY 14 - 27, 2013




Lee also covers more modern ground in the fight to have marijuana decriminalized, including the formation of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Cannabis Action Network (CAN), as well as the example of the Netherlands and the intensified but failed efforts in America to thwart the drug in the 1980s. Smoke Signals, if anything, arms readers with facts upon facts about cannabis. That, more than anything, is what modern society needs in order to understand this ancient plant that may possibly once again be accepted as a commonplace remedy. —Kevin Hopper

Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Economic Revolution BY DOUG FINE

Gotham Books, 2012 • ISBN 978-1592407095



homas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on cannabis-derived paper. Yet, two centuries later, cultivation and use of the plant is a federal offense that has turned us into “the most highly incarcerated society in history,” as New Mexico author Doug Fine writes in Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution. Imagine the absurdity of locking up farmers and diners everywhere for their dealings with the grape. Fine finds further absurdity in the fact that in 2010, with an ailing economy in need of a trillion-dollar budget cut, federal spending on the American Drug War increased 3.3 percent to a record $15.5 billion. Forty years and a trillion dollars in, the war on drugs has been America’s longest and perhaps most ineffective (agents seized one percent of estimated contraband in 2010 at a cost of $300 to each U.S. taxpayer). Too High to Fail is Fine’s well-researched journey into the world of legal cannabis farming and a funny, maddening account of those farmers’ travails under federal persecution on an island of legality — the paradisiacal Mendocino County, Calif. Fine’s investigation is rooted in an economic conundrum: America’s numberone cash crop is costing it money (and profiting violent Mexican cartels) rather than generating tax revenue in a time of crisis.

Wife and children in tow, Fine packs up and moves to Mendocino County for a year to see firsthand what a sustainable and legal cannabis industry looks like. What he finds is a thriving small-town community of typical farmers who want nothing more than to grow their prized crop and pay their taxes while providing essential medicine to ailing patients. Fine comes to see in Mendocino’s example — its proud and hardworking, taxpaying farmers who actively contribute to the health of their community — that an end to cannabis prohibition is inevitable. This is a place where local law enforcement team up with pot growers to ensure community safety against real crimes, like domestic violence … and cannabis theft. Matt Cohen, local “ganjapreneur” and poster child of the burgeoning legal cannabis industry, called the police when a gust of wind set off his cannabis field’s burglar alarm, and they treated him like the law-abiding citizen that he is. But even in this apparent utopia, not all is well

in the green revolution. Fine himself has a run-in with the authorities, who take him for a drug runner in his hippie truck. At harvest, feds raid Cohen’s farm and destroy his permitted crop, and his legal collective’s drivers are arrested while trying to deliver medicine to registered patients. It’s the mark of a civil war, the government against its citizens. “The Drug War is as unconscionably wrong for America as segregation and DDT,” Fine argues. —By Nick Davidson, From Outside Online

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana BY MARTIN A. LEE

Scribner, 2012 • ISBN 978-1-4391-0260-2



hen prohibition on alcohol was lifted in 1933, Harry Anslinger, head of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics, needed a new hook to hang his hat on. He chose “marihuana,” which, until Mexican immigrant workers in the early 20th century started referring to it that way, was called “cannabis” or “hemp” as far back as 500 A.D. Anslinger went full bore on marijuana, incorrectly calling it “the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” In Martin A. Lee’s highly informative book Smoke Signals, readers discover this major turning point in the history of cannabis, as well as a glut of knowledge and historical facts that paint a much different picture of marijuana than Anslinger’s hyperbolic version. Though much has been written about pot in the past, it seems not much has been read about the flowering plant, glorified or demonized for its psychoactive effects. One learns from Lee’s book, for example, that in pre-Prohibition America, cannabis was widely sold over the counter, most often as a tincture. In the colonial era, wars (such as the War of 1812) were fought at least partially over access to hemp, which was used to make ropes for ships. In fact, Lee provides a wealth of knowledge about cannabis that would likely soften the viewpoints of people who are scornful of the plant, were they privy to the information. Perhaps the most troubling fact detailed in this tome is that the American vilification of cannabis was based heavily on racism. Of this, Lee writes, “American society in the 1920s was a simmering cauldron of phobias — antiCommunist, antidrug, anti-black, antiforeigner … bolstered by the Ku Klux Klan and other violent white vigilantes, who attacked leftwingers, Mexican immigrants and other socalled un-American groups.”

Growing Medical Marijuana Securely and Legally BY DAVE DEWITT

Ten Speed Press • ISBN 978-1-60774-428-3


The tide has finally turned for marijuana in the U.S. For most of the 20th century, the plant was viewed as a Schedule One Controlled Substance, which has “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Fact is, there does seem to be a medical use for cannabis, and there are a growing number of proponents for its use in this realm. Dave DeWitt’s latest book assumes his readers will abide by the letter of the law when it comes to growing this highly adaptable plant he calls “a survivor” as it grows in every part of the world save for the Arctic. In a very plainspoken and easy-to-read manner, DeWitt’s Growing Medical Marijuana Securely and Legally serves as a textbook that provides highly detailed step-by-step process on how to grow your own. DeWitt filters this somewhat through a single grower, whom he calls Leo Lascaux (not his real name), and covers all of the questions that may come up when one decides, for medical reasons of course, to become a grower. One for instance: security. Since marijuana is much more valuable than, say, an heirloom tomato plant, security is just as important as which soil to use or how much sun a seedling might get. DeWitt offers simple ways to make your backyard “marijuana oasis” tamper free, such as refraining from bragging to others about your crop. DeWitt also covers the numerous “what ifs” that one would find in any gardening book — composting, humidity and insect control, watering, pruning, fertilizing, et. al. — in a straightforward manner that makes you wish he would write more instructional manuals (such as his Complete Chile Pepper Book). Even though cannabis is a “weed,” there is still a right way to grow it to produce the best yield. DeWitt almost holds his reader’s hand through the entire process in a very direct and sometimes humorous fashion. DeWitt also smartly includes recipes for drinks (made with a cannabis tincture) and baked goodies (made with compound butter). This allows growers interested in manufacturing brownies, cookies or chocolates for sale to not be restricted by selling only the plant form — I’m picturing legal cannabis bakeries and bars on every corner somewhere down the line. When, not if, the growing of this plant becomes a legal moneymaker, it is highly likely that Growing Medical Marijuana Securely and Legally will be a grower’s bible. —By Kevin Hopper

Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.8139 , will host a Medical Marijuana Panel with authors Martin Lee, Doug Fine and Dave DeWitt on Sat., Feb. 23 at 3p. Admission is FREE.





Mary McKnight Mary McKnight, who traveled with WWII servicemen from coast to coast will talk about her memoir, Windswept Life. 2:30p, FREE


Steven Gould and Daniel Abraham The two authors will be signing their books, including Impulse and Shadow and Betrayal. 2p, FREE ALAMOSA BOOKS, 8810 HOLLY NE, SUITE D, 505.797.7101


Jim Hammond Southwest Wine Guy, Jim Hammond, gives a taste of his new book Wines of Enchantment. 3p, FREE BOOKWORKS, 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139

Morning Coffee with the Cowboys Cowboy singers, storytellers, western authors and authentic cowboy coffee. 10a-12:30p, FREE


SUN 17 Book Talk/Signing Eleanor Stewart, former UN volunteer will talk about her memoir, Not Only a Refugee: An American UN Volunteer in the Philippines. 3p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.2026

Traditional Northern NM Stories Paulette Atencio perpetuates Northern NM’s rich cultural traditions from generations past. 7p, FREE

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Linda J. Martin Local therapist Linda J. Martin talks about Lighten Up! Diets don’t work, YOU do! 3p, FREE

FRI 22


Sandra K. Toro Sandra launches her book, Secrets Behind Adobe Walls. 3p, FREE

MON 18 Meet the Editors Meet editors of the NM Mercury, Benito Aragon and Barrett Price. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139


George Ovitt Author, George Ovitt, will sign copies of The Snowman. 7p, FREE ALAMOSA BOOKS 8810 HOLLY NE, SUITE D, 505.797.7101


Andrea Millenson Andrea Millenson Penner, local poet will talk about her collection of works, When East Was North. 7p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.2026


Monika Ghattas Monika Ghattas talks about her new book Los Arabes of New Mexico. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS, 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139




Betta Ferrendelli Betta Ferrendelli, former Rio Rancho Observer editor, signs The Friday Edition: A Samantha Church Mystery. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139 TALK AND SIGNING

Nature Essay Writer From Wyoming Ted Kerasote, nature essay writer and photographer from Wyoming will talk and sign his latest non-fiction book, Pukka’s Promise: The Quest For LongerLived Dogs. 7p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.2026 TALK AND SIGNING

Sandra Toro Sandra Toro discusses Secrets Behind Adobe Walls. 2p, FREE

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Ari Kelman Ari Kelman talks about his book A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek. 3p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139

TUE 26

Ralph Estes Ralph Estes will discuss and sign copies of The Autobiography of Billy the Kid. 7p,


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Linda Martin Linda Martin talks about her new diet book Lighten Up. 7p, FREE

SAT 23

WED 27

Medical Marijuana Panel Dave DeWitt, Growing Medical Marijuana and Martin Lee, author of Too High to Fail join medical marijuana advocates for a panel on the past, present, and future of medical marijuana. 3p, FREE BOOKWORKS, 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139


Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow will discuss his sequel to Little Brother, Homeland. 6p SOUTH BROADWAY CULTURAL CENTER 1025 BROADWAY SE, 505.797.7101




Gettin’ kinda cerebral


Talib Kweli, the ‘conscious’ rapper, brings his family’s teacher roots to hip hop

Hood finds sea legs in ‘New Amsterdam’

After a 10-year hiatus from Reflection Eternal, HiTek and Kweli put out their second album, 2010’s alib Kweli is surprisingly soft-spoken. Revolutions Per Minute, which was met with mostly For such a powerful MC and noted hip positive reviews. Currently, Kweli is gearing up for hop legend, he speaks with caution, as if the release of his next album, to be released April he’s guarding himself from any possible 23. Titled Prisoner of Consciousness, the album scrutiny. However, this just makes him more features some unexpected appearances by intriguing. Talking to him becomes a mission to Nelly, Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. get him to open up and it’s almost like a reward to Classic rappers, however, such as Busta simply hear a reply. Rhymes and RZA roll through to From his work with Mos Def in Black Star to his sprinkle some old school hip hop in solo ventures, Kweli has always stood apart from the mix. the pack. Born in Brooklyn during the mid-’70s, Considering how Kweli feels about Kweli fell in love with hip hop at an early age. He mainstream radio, it may surprise was immediately immersed in the culture because a lot of fans to see mainstream of his fortunate geographical location. artists on the album, but whatever “Growing up in New York and (being) born in reasons he may have for putting the ‘70s made my love for hip hop inevitable. The them on there, he doesn’t waver conscious trend that happened in hip hop occurred from his opinion on radio as I was coming of age, so I related to hip hop’s conglomerates. value system,” Kweli said in a recent interview with Local iQ. “I grew up listening to Grandmaster Flash “The people have been taught that they have no power when it comes and the Furious Five, Run DMC, Doug E Fresh, to radio and they often believe their Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys. But when I started only choice is to listen to what the rapping, it was Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Public mainstream has to offer, even in the Enemy, Ice Cube and the Native Tongues crew.” digital age. I think we need to work to get He also grew up in a very cerebral environment. the people to understand that they do not Both his mother and father were professors and have to follow commercial radio’s lead; they administrators at the university level (respectively), can develop their own taste,” he said. “Artists which explains why Kweli and his siblings are create regardless, but consumers cannot refuse highly educated. It’s something he would have to support music by buying it, then turn around ended up doing had he not discovered hip hop. and expect the quality of the music to get “I would probably teach. That’s what the rest of my better. Since when does corporate immediate family does for a living,” he affirmed. dictate what trends are in hip “But I was into poetry and storytelling. Rapping hop anyway? That ain’t was a way to express that and still get girls.” hip hop.” In a way, he does teach. Labeled as a “conscious” rapper, his lyrics have always painted a picture PREVIEW that sheds light on social and political issues. Talib Kweli Kweli stepped on the scene in 1995 and made his underground WITH MIC debut with Doom, an Ohio-based BOOGIE, GOBLIN AND ZOOLAY group. After meeting Hi-Tek 9p, Sat., Feb. 23 in Cincinnati, they recorded an album together as Reflection Sister Bar 407 Central NW, Eternal before Kweli met Mos 505.242.4900 Def (in 1992) at Washington Square Park in New York, at $35 a time when there was still a community of artists who used the park to meet. The trio would produce Black Star’s only album, 1998’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, but that album would catapult Kweli to legendary status. “The Black Star album was intended to introduce people to us as solo artists, that’s why our names are in the group title,” he explained. “But the people loved the album, so the idea of us being a group stuck with them.” BY KYLE EUSTICE


Brooklyn native Talib Kweli grew up listening to Run DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, then had his big break in the late 1990s when he made a record with Mos Def. His tour arrives in Albuquerque on Feb. 23 as he’s gearing up for the release of a new album.




hirteen years later, his ears are still ringing with Dilated Peoples and Black Thought. “The first real hip hop show I ever went to,” said Justin Hood, “I must have been 11 or 12. I remember getting to the venue way too early but I got front row with my homies. I’ll never forget watching Black Thought (of the Legendary Roots Crew) control the stage with such presence. By the end of the night, I was literally sitting on a speaker side stage just watching.” Nowadays, Hood said his favorite part of the game is stalking stages himself. A multi-talented producer, MC, singersongwriter, Hood recently returned to Brooklyn, New York, after his first Albuquerque homecoming show after moving to NYC in June of 2012. When I asked Hood about the importance of putting together a homecoming show, he said, “It was more important to just see all my friends and family in one space and share with them some new music and stories.” That’s why the Moonlight Lounge was packed for his performance, which included the likes of Video Games, Solar One and Jenny Wren. Hood’s reputation in the Duke City is equal parts musician and organizer. For years, Hood helped to facilitate the emergence of Albuquerque’s most talented teen and young adult performance artists at Warehouse 508 (where he was a co-founder and served as venue manager). However, shortly after the release of his latest mixtape Revival, Hood and his girlfriend (threetime Burque Poetry Slam Champion Olivia Gatwood) emigrated to the “United Boroughs of New Amsterdam.” Why New York? “If you would’ve asked me this question six months ago when I first moved, my answer would be completely different,” said Hood. “Everything goes down in New York, and I literally mean everything. So for an artist, it just made sense to strengthen my sea legs in a bigger pond. As a person, I believe you’re stunting your growth if you don’t leave your hometown and see the world. Even if I were to move back now, I am forever changed from just the experiences I’ve already had. Moving here makes me want to move further.” Hood will be close to “home” in March when he drops in on SXSW. In the meantime, you can check out Hood’s progression, including possible sneak peeks at his newest project with an analog recording studio out of NYC featuring original source samples, at his revamped website justinhoodmusic. com. Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s poet laureate and a noted emcee himself.



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THU 14 Blackbird Buvette The Haptics ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Josh Burg DANCE PARTY 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl The Bus Tapes INDIE-FOLK 8p, FREE Evangelo’s Chango 9p, $5 Launchpad SW Burlesque Showcase Kickoff 9p, $10 Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Patty Stephens LATIN JAZZ 7p, $5 Molly’s Vinyl Tap 5:30p-Close, FREE O’Niell’s-Juan Tabo Carlos the Tall 7-10p, FREE Opa Bar-Yanni’s Jazz Brasileiro 6-9p, FREE Outpost Performance Space First Take Trio CD Release 7-9p, $18-$20 Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery Le Chat Lunatique 5-9p, $5 Qbar DJ Quico TOP 40 LATIN 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Rob Janov & Dimi Disanti VIOLIN 8:30p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern Open Mic, DJ Ian & Matt 7p-Close, FREE Molly’s

Skip Batchelor 1:30-5p, FREE Memphis P-Tails 5:30-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Baracutanga 9:30p, FREE Qbar DJ Huggie ’80S-PRESENT 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Entourage Jazz 8:30p, FREE South Broadway Cultural Center Return of Old Friends: Alan Munde, Elliott Rogers, Wayne Shrubsall BLUEGRASS 7p, $15

St. Clair Winery and Bistro DCN Trio 6:30-9:30p, FREE The Underground-Santa Fe Chango 9:30p, $5 Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse Le Chat Lunatique 7:30p, FREE

SAT 16 The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos Bobby Shew JAZZ 7p, $20-$25 Blackbird Buvette Russell James & The Safety Committee AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS 7p, FREE Close Contact w/ DJ Kevan ’80S REQUEST DANCE PARTY 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Building Bridges HIP HOP 8:30p, FREE Cheenah Lounge-Santa Ana Casino Juntos Unidos SPANISH CUMBIA 9p-1a, FREE Cooperage En-Joy CUBAN SALSA 9:30p, $10 Cowgirl The DB Gomez Trio AMERICANA 2-5p, FREE Felix y Los Gatos 8:30p, FREE GiG The New Shoots Trio w/ Sandra Wong, Ross Martin, Greg Harris 7:30p, $15 Keller Hall Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition 8:45a-2p, FREE Low Spirits The Blue Hornets, Wagogo 9p, $5 Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Jim & Tim SOULFUL BLUES 3-7p, FREE Aladocious SOUL/FUNK/ROCK 7p, FREE Molly’s CRB Band 1:30-5p, FREE Group Therapy 5:30-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Sina Soul & The Sweet LIfe 9:30p, FREE

Outpost Performance Space Floozy 7p, $12 Qbar DJ Dynamixx TOP 40/DANCE 9p, $10 Solid Grounds Coffeehouse Bebe LaLa 7p, FREE South Broadway Cultural Center Masters of Hawaiian Music Ft. George Kahumoku Jr, Richard Ho’opi’i, Keoki Kahumoku 8p, $27 St. Clair Winery and Bistro Entourage Jazz 6:30-9:30p, FREE Sunshine Theater Rebelution, J Boog, Hot Rain 8:30p, $17.50 Zinc Cellar Bar Jacocha 9:30p-12:30a, FREE

Low Spirits Merican Slang Happy Hour 4p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p, FREE

SUN 17

Launchpad KND: Kids Next Door, Gaddo Spekktakk, Mallie, Quwali, D-Silk 7:30p, $5 Molly’s Southwest Wind 5:30-Close, FREE Qbar Franc Chewiwie LATIN JAZZ 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Sweet and Lowdown JAZZ 8:30p, FREE Sol Santa Fe Paper Bird, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister 7p, $12 Zinc Cellar Bar Joe Daddy & Hoodoo, Jeff’s Swamp Kings 8-11p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Me Myself and I: A Night of Solo Music 8p, FREE

Bosque Retreat Center Bobby Shew 3-5p, $23-$25 Cowgirl Boris McCutcheon AMERICANA Noon-3p, FREE

Gary Gorence & Frank Ondrusek ROCK/ FOLK 8p, FREE

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Wildewood INDIE/AMERICANA 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos Sunday Chatter: Cellist Laura Metcalf & Guitarist Rupert Boyd 10:30a, $5-$15 Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Paul Posnak CLASSIC/JAZZ PIANO 3p, $20 Launchpad The Next Up Showcase 5p, TBD Mine Shaft Tavern Gene Corbin AMERICANA 3-7p, FREE O’Niell’s-Central The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 4-7p, FREE

O’Niell’s-Juan Tabo Iscuma 4-7p, FREE St. Clair Winery and Bistro The Bus Tapes 6-9p, FREE Sunshine Theater Rebelution, J Boog, Hot Rain 7:30p, $17.50

MON 18 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad Guttermouth, Stabbed in Back, Domestic Violence, The Ill Motion 7:30p, $10

TUE 19 Blackbird Buvette Groove the Dig w/ Old School John



Cowgirl Eryn Bent INDIE-FOLK 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Kimo, Jim Phillips, Cali Shaw SONGWRITER 6-9p, FREE

WED 20 Blackbird Buvette DJ Prophet HIP HOP/INDIE DANCE 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge ABQ True School UNDERGROUND HIP HOP 8:30p, FREE

Concert Hall of the Robertson & Sons Violin Shop Fiesta Latina: A Feast of Hispanic Chamber Music 7p, $52 Cowgirl The Shady Rest Band SKIFFLE GRASS 8p, FREE

Launchpad Electric Six, Gabriel The Marine, Glitter DIck 9:30p, $12 Marcello’s Chophouse Amy Faith 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Steve Kinabrew 5:30p-Close, FREE Scalo Il Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE

St. Clair Winery and Bistro Sally Towens Duo 6-9p, FREE

Zinc Cellar Bar Hello Dollface 5p-12:30a, FREE

FRI 15 Blackbird Buvette Michael Weaver Live Jukebox 7p, FREE The Vapors w/ Speed One & DJ Cello 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Jupiter Spiral, Amber St. Ives, Lindy Vision, Philip Gibbs 8:30p, FREE Casa Esencia DJ Dynamixx, DJ Automatic TOP 40/ DANCE 9p, $20

Cheenah Lounge-Santa Ana Casino Equal Cut JAZZ/LATIN/BLUES 9p-1a, FREE CoolWater Fusion Shane Wallin 6-8p, FREE Cowgirl Liv Lombardi SINGER-SONGWRITER 5-7:30p, FREE

Broomdust Caravan ROCK 8:30p, FREE Launchpad The Toasters, Mrs. Skannatto, The Blue Hornets, The Reagan Motels 9p, $10 Lloyd Shaw Dance Center Heart Dance FREESTYLE DANCE 8-11p, $5 Low Spirits Top Dead Center 9p, $10 Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE





Burt’s Tiki Lounge Freaky Tiki Bass DANCE PARTY Cowgirl Detroit LIghtening DEAD TRIBUTE

FRI 22

Hotel Andaluz Jazz Brasileiro 5-8p, FREE Launchpad Soul Haven, Just Lazarus, Gozur, Gimme My Moon Back 9:30p, $4 Low Spirits Aladocious, Saving Damsels, Chuck Hawley Group 9p, $4 Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Badfish 5:30-Close, FREE O’Niell’s-Juan Tabo The Accidentals 7-10p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette DJ Caterwaul 6p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Myshkin, Michelle McAffee, Russell Pyle & Safety Committee 8:30p, FREE Casa Esencia DJ Sez, DJ Devin TOP 40 9p, $20 Cowgirl Sean Farley BLUES 5-7:30p, FREEThe Joe Barron Band


8:30p, FREE


SAT 23

Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p,

ABQ Journal Theatre-National Hispanic Cultural Center Gonzalo: A Salute to Our Troops

9p, TBD

Qbar DJ Quico TOP 40/LATIN 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 8p, FREE St. Clair Winery and Bistro Lab Catz 6-9p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Chave & the Paid My Dues Blues Band 9:30p-12:30a, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Songwriters Showcase 7p, FREE KGB CLUB GOTH/INDUSTRIAL 10p,

Low Spirits Cultura Fuerte Video Release Party


Launchpad Reviva, The Old Main, Athanasius 9:30p, TBD


Mine Shaft Tavern Open Mic Night 7-11p, FREE Molly’s The Replicators 5:30-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Radio La Chusma 9:30p, FREE Opa Bar-Yanni’s Le Chat Lunatique 7p, FREE Qbar DJ Huggie ‘80S-PRESENT 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Stu MacAskie Trio JAZZ 8:30p, FREE

Sister North America, Anonymous Choir, Reighnbeau, Derek Winston Maxwell 9p, $5 St. Clair Winery and Bistro Todd Tijerina Trio 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Sunshine Theater The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire, Mindflow 7:30p, $22

7p, $12 or FREE w/ Military ID

Blackbird Buvette Cosmic Dancing w/ Brendangerous & Nicolatron 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Rand Larzeny, Burque Sonidero, Rainbeau, Zenova 8:30p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Shane Wallin 6-8p, FREE Cooperage Son Como Son CUBAN SALSA 9:30p,$7 Cowgirl Kate Mann, Michelle McAfee, Lisa Joyce 2-5p, FREE Big Daddy Love APPALACHIAN ROCK 8:30p, FREE

Hooligans Tavern Stem Ivory CD Release Party 8p, $5 Opa Bar-Yanni’s Saudade 7-10p, FREE Launchpad Suspended, Weaponizer, Laughing Dog, Left to Rot, Ronoso 9p, $5 Low Spirits The Saltine Ramblers, Wildewood, Mr & Mrs Jones 9p, $6 Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Paw & Erik BLUEGRASS 3-7p, FREE Anthony Leon & the Chain COUNTRY/ROCK 8p, $5

Molly’s Coast 1:30-5p, FREE Rudy Boy Experiment 5:30p, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Felonious Groove Foundation 9:30p, FREE

North Valley Library Consort Un-Caged ROCK 3-4p, FREE



Qbar DJ Chil TOP 40/DANCE 9p, $10 Scalo Il Bar Rodney Bowe’s Sweet Life w/ Sina Soul BLUES/R&B 8:30p, FREE St. Clair Winery and Bistro Terra Trio 6:30-9:30p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Le Chat Lunatique 9:30a-12:30a, FREE

SUN 24 Blackbird Buvette Sexy Sunday ft. Wae Fonkey ’90S LOVE JAMS 7p, FREE

The Corrales Bistro Brewery Erik Knudson BLUES 5-7:30p, FREE Cowgirl Boris McCutcheon Noon-3p, FREE Tom Rheam POP 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos Sun. Chatter: Serenata de Santa Fe, Sonic Genius Redux 10:30a, $5-$15 Launchpad The Generators, APD, DC Bombers, Intoxicated 9p, $4 Mine Shaft Tavern The Barbwires BLUES 3-7p, FREE O’Niell’s-Central Pawn Drive BLUEGRASS 4-7p, FREE O’Niell’s-Juan Tabo Curio Cowboys 4-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Bharata Natyam Recital 4-5p, DONATIONS/FREE

St. Clair Winery and Bistro Vinyl Trio 6-9p, FREE

MON 25 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE

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

TUE 26 Cowgirl Rob-A-Lou COUNTRY 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery The Tumbleweeds FOLK 6-9p, FREE Launchpad Caspain, Junius, The Coma Recovery 9:30p, TBD Low Spirits The Ben Miller Band 9p, $5 Molly’s Gene Corbin 5:30p-Close, FREE Qbar Franc Chewiwie LATIN JAZZ 9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Alex Maryol BLUES 8:30p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Brianna Lea Pruitt 8-11p, FREE

WED 27 Burt’s Tiki Lounge ABQ True School HIP HOP 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Marbin AMBIENT JAZZ/ROCK 8p, FREE Launchpad Natty Vibes, I Conscious 9p, $8 Low Spirits Adam Faucett, Sam Miller, Carlosaur 9p, $5 Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Jimmy Jones Show 5:30p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Cali Shaw 8:30p, FREE St. Clair Winery & Bistro Dianna Hughes, Michael Anthony, Milo Jaramillo 6-9p, FREE Sunshine Theater Coheed & Cambria, Between the Buried & Me 8p, $25

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orth America’s lengthy songs definitely North America have a psychedelic, out-of-this-world WITH ANONYMOUS vibe to them and are sure to make your CHOIR, DEREK WINSTON spine tingle and leave you wondering if you were MAXWELL AND dreaming, or if those hauntingly hypnotic tunes REIGHNBEAU really did just temporarily disorient you. Either 10p, Fri., Feb. 22 way, the duo’s music encapsulates you in ways Sister Bar you never thought possible. The self proclaimed 407 Central NW, “desert-psyche” band consists of twin brothers 505.242.4900 Josh and Jesse Hasko and draws its influences $5 from New Mexico’s desolate desert landscape and altered states of mind — the latter seemingly more so than the former. Their newest album, Blown Out, consists of songs each oozing with intense instrumentals that will blow you away. North America will join forces with all-female group Anonymous Choir and electronic pop genius Derek Winston Maxwell, both of Minneapolis, for a five day mini-tour across four states before the band embarks on the spring/ summer ATP UK tour curated by T.V. On the Radio. The three groups will be joined in Albuquerque by dark-pop group Reighnbeau for one night only. Be sure to come watch the magic unfold at this mind-altering show. —Todd Rohde


he Detroit-bred wunderact known Electric Six collectively as Electric Six is WITH GLITTER DICK responsible for creating a collection 8p, Wed., Feb. 20 of tunes that helped spawn the tongue-inLaunchpad cheek resurrection of ‘70s/’80s glammy 618 Central SE, trash rock. It’s really good, and what’s 505.764.8887 more, the band can actually play, and $12 the singer can actually sing. Combining the driving bass riffs and floor drum beats of “insert any disco comparison here” with the wailing guitar and poppy synthesizer sound of “insert any hair band comparison here,” the outcome is at once danceable and dangerous, and singer/songwriter Dick Valentine’s gruffy voice adds a sexual electricity that is undeniable. Over the last decade and a half, Electric Six has contributed to the musical canon in an almost unnoticed fashion. Apart from a series of controversies over seemingly prejudiced but actually harmless songs (“Gay Bar” among them), the band is not as famed as it should be. Electric Six played the same bars and comes from the same Detroit music scene that spawned the White Stripes, and if you listen very carefully, the influence should not be missed. Often mistaken for a gimmicky sideshow, the Electric Six stage act is super-charged and sure not to disappoint. —Charlie Crago

Ron Miles Trio


he beauty of Outpost Performance Space, or one of many, is that patrons can avoid the hustle and bustle of other facilities while enjoying a classy, intimate venue that stages over 100 shows a year. To 7, 9p, Sun., Feb., 17 kick off the Outpost’s spring 2013 season, the Ron Outpost Performance Miles Trio will be performing not one, but two memberCenter only shows. The Ron Miles Trio, in this case, consists 210 Yale SE, 505.268.0044 of Miles on trumpet, Bill Frisell on guitar and Brian $30 (includes Blade on drums (it’s a variation on his past trio lineup, membership) which included Rudy Royston on drums and Eric Gunnison on piano). Recognized as one of the greatest living trumpeters, Miles, 49, has put out dozens of records over the last two decades as both leader and contributor, including Quiver, his latest. Frisell and Blade play on the album, which critics have commended for its fresh jazz-club feel (three of the tracks were recorded live in Denver), lyricism and perceptive playing. “I conceived of it so that there was a lot of space in the music,” Miles told an interviewer, “which just makes it a perfect vehicle for Brian and Bill, who are so purposeful.” Tickets include a year’s membership to the Outpost. —Todd Rohde FEATURING BILL FRISELL AND BRIAN BLADE





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Best known for her celebrity portraits, photographer Annie Leibovitz is exploring a more artistic, personal style of photography later in her career. Images from the exhibit Pilgrimage include Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels (left) and Sigmund Freud’s couch (right).

Annie’s artistic renewal Famed photographer turns to simplicity and personal expression for new exhibit at Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum BY SHARI TAYLOR


pen up any high-end fashion magazine — Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle — and you’re bound to run into Annie Leibovitz. Even if you don’t recognize her name, Leibovitz’s photography is plastered all over U.S. fashion and pop culture. The woman is one of the best-known photographers in the world. She has photographed celebrities from Miley Cyrus and Queen Elizabeth to Mick Jagger and John Lennon and Yoko Ono (among a slew of others). But this time she’s doing something different. Gone is the staging and the carefully constructed lighting. Gone are the high-end clients. Gone is everything but photography for the sake of photography in Leibovitz’s newest photography exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage. A born artist, Leibovitz started photographing as a child. In 1970 she began working for Rolling Stone magazine. Her mark on Rolling Stone was so powerful that her aesthetic still guides the magazine today. Her revealing and personal photography for the magazine carried over into later work, making her a popular choice for celebrities wishing to be seen as more than clichés. Leibovitz’s career now spans over 40 years and hundreds of photographs. As such, her style has come to dominate the making of popular culture. Leibovitz’s latest series, Pilgrimage, is an interesting encore to her astounding career in mainstream photography. While the majority of Leibovitz’s photography tells the personal tales of celebrity lives, Pilgrimage is more a portrait of Leibovitz herself. In viewing her career, Leibovitz seems to have stepped back and sought to look more into herself. She has observed how her work has affected the world, and she is curious about that world. Pilgrimage is a portrait, much like her previous work, but it is an internal portrait. The series encompasses a broad range of subject matter — from natural landscapes to everyday stages like bedrooms to simple objects of varying nature — that have shaped Leibovitz’s distinctly American view of her cultural understanding. The series has been what Leibovitz calls “an exercise in renewal,”


as the simplicity of the approximately 70 photographs is a far cry from the EXHIBIT painstaking staging that the majority of her photographs exist under. Indeed, a quick Annie once-over of her recent “Disney Dream Leibovitz: Portrait Series,” with her 1980 Rolling Stone Pilgrimage cover image of Lennon and Ono, shows just how far Leibovitz has gone to find GALLERY HOURS: that perfect balance of processed shine. 10a-5p, Sat.-Thu.; 10a-7p, Fri., Feb. Pilgrimage, a return to a deeply personal 15-May 5 style, is a breath of fresh air. It is a return to Georgia O’Keeffe a simplicity and a departure from the factory Museum manufactured look that some of Leibovitz’s 217 Johnson, Santa celebrity work admits to. Fe, 505.946.1000 Displaying Pilgrimage is a break from the $6-$12 norm, as well. Leibovitz’s work is not being displayed in a magazine, but in a museum. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will be LECTURE among eight venues to welcome the series as a thoughtful work of art that values a A Talk similar philosophy and aesthetic as the with Annie museum’s namesake. Similar to O’Keeffe’s immensely famous paintings, Pilgrimage Leibovitz tells an introspective story of Leibovitz’s life 6p, Feb., 12 in cultural context. The images also place a Lensic Performing limelight on paltry subject matter and create Arts Center personal meaning out of them — just as in 211 W. San Francismuch of O’Keeffe’s work. co, 505.988.7050 Museum director Rob Kret added that, $35/$50/$75 “Pilgrimage is much like Georgia O’Keefe’s or work in that it captures a place in time with 505.988.1234 such evocative power and emotion that you cannot help but feel the connection, the deep sense of place.” The photographs in Leibovitz’s series are meant to complement the ongoing exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image, which includes some of O’Keeffe’s most famous Southwest paintings and photographs. O’Keeffe’s intriguing and passionate relationship with art is definitely mirrored in Leibovitz’s return to photography for the love of art. The exhibition of Leibovitz’s grittier, more sincere series clearly belongs in the museum which sincerely honors love of self, place and art. The showcasing of Leibovitz’s return to art for the sake of art makes a good home at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.


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THU 14 ABQ Latin Dance Festival Presents “Latin Love Fest” Live salsa and bachata music by Team Havana, an eight-piece salsa dance band from El Paso. 8p, $15-$20 1512 1ST NW PERFORMANCE

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Love Letters” Read by professional actors Alaina Warren Zachary and Tad Jones, the play has been performed both on and off Broadway, internationally, and in Santa Fe. 1-3p, $10


Vestiges of a Lost Placitas Vision Renowned artist/sculptor Roger Evans revisits one of his first NM ideas. 10a-5p,


FRI 15 though feb. 23: dance performance A two-weekend celebration of contemporary international dance with pre- and post-performance receptions with engaging discussions. 7p, Fri., Sat., $10-$15

N4TH THEATER, 4904 4TH NW, 505.344.4542 THROUGH FEB. 17: FESTIVAL

Klezmerquerque A three-day festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties featuring “Klezmer,” the secular traditional dance and instrumental music of the Eastern European Jewish people. FREE-$20 CONGREGATION NAHALAT SHALOM 3606 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.343.8227 THROUGH MAR. 30: PERFORMANCE

The Show The Show is ABQ’s critically-acclaimed professional improv troupe and the city’s only ongoing professional comedy improv show. 9p, Fri., Sat., $8 THE BOX PERFORMANCE SPACE 100 GOLD SE, SUITE 112B, 505.404.1578


ARTS E VENT S Once on This Island Jr. With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean flavored score, this performance is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul. 6p, Fri.; 2,

Untitled- A gallery Talk Untitled a gallery talk by Leich Lathrop Gallery owner Chuck Lathrop who will discuss how and why he founded Leich Lathrop. He will also discuss the artists and their work featured in the gallery with a question and answer session following. 6-7:30p, FREE Leich Lathrop Gallery


323 ROMERO NW, SUITE 1, 505.243.3059

7th Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase Burque Burlesque returns with the seventh Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase. This sexy Valentine’s event gatherers the finest purveyors of the ancient art of Burlesque from around the SWt and throughout the US to shake their sequined pasties. Dancers, singers, aerialists and comedians will take the stage to titillate audiences. 8p, $18-$25

Weems’ Best of the Best Show A group show of gallery favorites; Ed Wyatt, Jack Atkins, Sally McDevitt, Helen Gwinn and Leslie Talmon. Open house: 5-8p, FREE

6p Sat.; 2p, Sun., $10



WEEMS GALLERY 303 ROMERO NW, 505.764.0302 Meet the Artist Meet artist Waid Griffin and view a new selection of paintings. 5-8:30p, FREE


Three New Artists Iris Gallery celebrates the launch of On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery by NM writer Sue Hallgarth. The artists include David Coker who will be showing drawings, paintings and mixed media that draw on ancient myths and symbols; black and white photography of native peoples of the SW by nationally-acclaimed photographer Susanne Page.

Artist Spotlight Yucca Art Gallery, the oldest co-op gallery in Old Town, spotlights Julie Maas, pastel painter and Carol Kaleko, clay artist. Yucca Gallery also features watermedia, oils,ceramics, silk wearables, fabric art, metal weavings and jewelry by 37 other local artists. Currently the display theme is winter glory.


Reception: 5-8:30p, FREE

5-8:30p, FREE

Yucca Art Gallery

206-1/2 SAN FELIPE NW, 505.247.8931

SUN 17 Annual Open Studio Day Join and see original paining, in all media and genres on display in the studios of Lyle Brown, Nancy J. Davis, Marilyn Drake, Bud Edmondson, Robert Gutchen, Ann Jeffries, Lauren Johnson, Peggy Maury, Lee McVey, Fred Miller, Barbara Nahler, Peggy Orbon and Sheila Richmond. 1-5p, FREE THE ARTISTS STUDIO 8200 MENAUL NE, 505.688.9422






The One Night Stanleys Acclaimed for their impeccable performances, spot-on wit, and amazing ability to deliver great comedy at each and every show, The One Night Stanleys’ performances at The Box are sure to be a hit. The talented troupe, made up of Alex Knight, Fernando Fresquez, Steve Lucero, Joe Carney and Adrian Wallen, win their laughs through improvised teamwork. Here’s one for the fraternity of comedy! Fridays 10:30p, $8 THE BOX PERFORMANCE SPACE AND IMPROV THEATRE 100 GOLD SE, SUITE 112B, 505.404.1578

Art of Fashion Runway Show & Luncheon A lunch catered by Eldorado Hotel and Spa and complemented by fine wines, sets the stage for a runway presentation of the latest fashions from Cicada, Tsosie-Gaussoin, Handwoven, Back at the Ranch, Queen’s Ransom, Atelier Danielle and more. Live and silent auctions will be made up of offerings from participating designers. 11:30a-2p,

Presentiment-Paintings by David Nakabayashi David Nakabayashi roams the natural world, contemporary streets, beaches and factory landscapes. He is the observer extraordinaire, watching and talking with strangers whenever he travels. Reception: 5-7p, FREE


ByWays presents: Pirates! by Charles Way Imagination and reality collide when Jim, a young boy struggling to deal with his parents’ divorce, is visited by a fearless female pirate at war with a stalwart naval captain. The boy is transported back to the 18th century to help solve the mystery of missing treasure. 7p, Fri.; 10a, 2, 6p Sat.;

All My Sons Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman has been considered one of America’s greatest plays. But Miller’s first success on Broadway, All My Sons has often been called the “better play.” 8p, Fri., Sat.; 2p, Sun., $13-$15

THE ADOBE THEATER 9813 4TH NW, 505.898.9222 ArtFacts This dance concert features choreography by internationallyacclaimed guest artists as well as three new works by UNM’s Donna Jewell and Vladimir Conde Reche.

SUN 24 Artists’ Champagne Brunch and Auction Catered by Hotel Santa Fe, the Artists’ Brunch is a rousing finale to the ARTfeast weekend. Live and silent auctions electrify the atmosphere for artworks by artists from some of Santa Fe’s most influential galleries, a set of 12 plates on the theme of Scintillating Suns, and a bonanza of sculptures, paintings, jewelry, gift cards, and more! 11:30a-2p, $65-$75 HOTEL SANTA FE 1501 PASEO DE PERALTA, SANTA FE, 505.603.4643

7:30p, Fri., Sat.; 2p, Sun., $10-$15 RODEY THEATRE-UNM 1 UNIVERSITY NE, 505.925.5858

SAT 23 Wizard of OZ Based on the classic children’s book, choreographer Alex Ossadnik premieres another new masterpiece for Ballet Repertory Theatre. Join Dorothy as she discovers knowledge, courage, love and the power of friendship in this classic tale of a magical journey. 7p, Sat.; 2p Sun., $7-$27

KIMO THEATRE 423 CENTRAL NW, 505.768.3544

WED 27 Auditions for “Disney’s Aladdin Kids” Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company is looking for actors and actresses between 8-18 and for their upcoming production of Disney’s Aladdin Kids. Auditionees will need to prepare a song to sing a capella. There will also be cold reading from the script and some choreography. Performances are scheduled Apr. 12-28. 6:30-8:30p, FREE


2p, Sun. $10

THE FILLING STATION 1024 4TH SW, 505.243.0596





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Journeys in Dance and Discourse
 Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-23


elebrating its continued efforts toward global artistic expression within Duke City, the spring 2013 edition of Journeys in Dance and Discourse features honored N4TH ART CENTER
 dancers and artists from across the world. In an 4904 4th NW, endeavor to explore this year’s theme of identity, 505.344.4542
 Philipe Blanchard and Nora Chipaumire will $15, $10 Stu./Sen.
 perform their unique serenades to a definition of self and a celebration of life. Blanchard hails from Sweden with How About You?, a dance which features a duet performance by identical twin brothers. Two-time Bessie Award winner Chipaumire of Zimbabwe brings a taste of internal/external tension to Albuquerque with her boundary-pushing dance Miriam. Expect to engage in both observation and discussion with Hakim Bellamy’s addition of “discourse” after each dance performance as he folds the theme of identity in with his own philosophies. The Albuquerque poet laureate and poetry slam champion will guide discussions that honor the global cultures of both Blanchard and Chipaumire. Above all, this upcoming Journeys asks Burquenos to question their own understanding of their identity, and what journey brought them to it. —Shari Taylor

In the Wake of Juarez: The Drawings of Alice Leora Briggs


ne of the saddest cultural developments for New Mexicans in recent years has been the violent decline of the proud Mexican city of Juarez, where unimaginable violence has all but ended the neighborly crossWith Bound Together and border vitality that flourished for decades. The Martin Stupitch artist Alice Leora Briggs brings her creative vision Tue.-Sat., 10a-4p, and remarkable technical skills to the subject through May 25 in this exhibit. Her sgraffito (literally “scratch”) UNM Art Museum drawings blend the violent imagery of presentOn the UNM campus, day realities in Juarez with Renaissance-style 505.277.4001 religious imagery. The mastery and detail of Briggs’ drawings are undeniable, while her vision $5 donation of modern-day Juarez is both disturbing and compelling. Also on exhibit at the museum for the next few months are Bound Together: Seeking Pleasure in Books and Martin Stupitch: Remnants of the First World. The book exhibit celebrates bound volumes of all forms and styles, from 19th-century photographic albums to limited edition and unique artist books, illustrated literary works, unusual pop-up books, medieval manuscript facsimiles and architectural folios, to name just some of the objects in the exhibition. The Stupitch show features his structure photography dating back to the 1970s, in which he explores the idea of what it is we are leaving behind — bridges, truck stops, quarries, canals, dams — as the “remnants” of our culture. —Mike English


amed photographer Susanne Page — a visionary, author and documentarian — reveals intimate portrayals of Native American daily life in this series of duotone photographs. Images that have spanned a career of five decades, Page’s photographs capture moments in time: a sisterly embrace in “Sisters in Gallup,” a delicate portrayal of a young girl in “Susan Secakuku” and cultural traditions in “Hopi Preparing for Butterfly Dance.” Working as a photo editor in the late 1960s, Page was given the task of photographing whatever she could while on a visiting assignment to the Navajo Nation — the territory that occupies areas of northwestern New Mexico, northeastern Arizona and southwestern Utah. It was during that initial experience that Page discovered a lifelong passion for capturing the personal, and oftentimes reluctant, depictions of Native American peoples. “What I found was the most amazing people and I could never stop shooting after that,” remarked Page. Her work not only demonstrates the daily activities of her subjects, but also exhibits the special and extraordinary relationships that she has developed with those who have allowed her into their world. —Jennifer Moreland

Suzanne Page 5-8:30p Fri., Feb. 15 IRIS STUDIO AND GALLERY

1751 Bellamah NW, Suite 1119, 651.503.3176




smart FILM Read Jeff Berg’s preview of the upcoming Hitchcock on Celluloid film series Tabu


et in Portugal and Africa, this unusual film is a mixed bag of romance, homage DIRECTED BY MIGUEL to silent film, drama (which sometimes GOMES slips into a melancholic melodrama) and Opens Feb. 22 aging, all shot in beautiful black and white. Call for show times The main characters are three women: Pilar, a The Screen middle class woman whose life is not exactly SANTA FE COLLEGE OF lively or challenging; Aurora, Pilar’s oftenART AND DESIGN eccentric neighbor who loves the casino 1600 ST. MICHAEL’S, too much; and Santa, her household helper 505.473.6494 from Cape Verde. Pilar is Aurora’s go-to person when the latter gets into a jam, and it is Santa who becomes the messenger. The sometimes-light comedy soon makes way for a much more serious story when Aurora dies and sends Santa to have Aurora find a mysterious stranger. The film moves to Africa, becomes silent, and is told entirely in flashback. Director Miguel Gomes’ movie is not for all tastes, but it is unique and beautifully shot. Droll but appealing. —Jeff Berg


Beware of Mr. Baker ost of us who are getting up in years will remember Ginger DIRECTED BY JAY BULGER Baker from the good old days Feb. 17-20 of music, when he was the drummer 4:45, 8.30p for such noted groups as Cream and GUILD CINEMA Blind Faith. This all-encompassing 3405 CENTRAL NE, documentary tells us most everything 505.255.1848 about the now somewhat reclusive, rather frightening character Baker has become, while delving deep into his career, behaviors and, of course, esteemed ability with the drum kit. Baker, who will be 74 this year, has parlayed his talents into several fortunes, all of which he has lost, including his last one, as noted when filmmaker Jay Bulger visits Baker at his walled compound in South Africa where he now lives with an Internet bride and a herd of polo ponies. Baker’s journey’s have found him going to Nigeria in the early 1970s (some years before Paul Simon started using African rhythms, percussion, and singers as part of his repertoire) as he went for the percussion and to work with Fela Kuti, a pioneer of “Afrobeat” music. From there, things have hit highs and lows for Baker, but his music remains amazing. Real and odd. —Jeff Berg




nder the direction of the late, critically lauded filmmaker Shirley Clarke, the story of free jazz luminary Ornette Coleman plays out in very similar fashion as his music did (and still does). Short, unpredictable bursts of Coleman’s saxophone interplay with Clarke’s abrupt shifting of scenes — from spastic dancing to gritty railroad scenes (Coleman grew up next to a railroad in a poor Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood) to concert footage with the Fort Worth Symphony. Clarke’s pastiche makes the film wholly unique, especially given the fact that it was originally released in 1985. Additional touches include shots of a young boy (assumed to be Coleman in his youth) walking along the roads and rail lines in Coleman’s old neighborhood. These draw a on the “rag to riches” story of Coleman’s life and career, which to this day is considerably misunderstood by even the most esteemed jazz critics and musicians. “Hell, just listen to what he writes and how he plays,” Miles Davis once said of Coleman. “If you’re talking psychologically, the man’s all screwed up inside.” For Coleman’s detractors, Ornette: Made In America may not ingratiate them to viewing the jazz innovator in a new light. He was as “out there” as anyone in the jazz world. However, in terms of filmmaking, Clarke’s treatment of her subject aligned quite harmoniously. Ironic, since Coleman’s career-long quest was to dismantle the notion of harmony altogether. Jazz-ophiles will want to see this movie more than once. —Kevin Hopper


6:45p, Feb. 17-20
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by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net

ARIES (MAR. 20-APR. 19) In the cosmic scheme, your sign is the one designed to be about assertion and action. With Mars currently in Pisces, life may not be presenting you with clear direction; you seem to be lacking a tangible sense of where you are at the moment. This is an invitation inward. Yes, there are other influences that are heightening your desire for social contact, though I suggest you ask yourself whether these are offering you what you want, or presenting a distraction or worse, a source of needless drama. You may have the sense that you’ll find someone you want, someone you’ve been looking for, out there somewhere,” though I suggest you question that theory at least long enough to see whether the one you’re looking for isn’t right inside you. This is a time of completions rather than of beginnings. Yes, there’s a New Moon coming up — which you could say initiates a time of closure and resolution that extends from now until your birthday.

LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23) The New Moon is encouraging you to see the widest possible picture; to think systemically. I suggest you do this as you solve every seemingly small, separate problem. Look up from what you’re doing and consider the total circumstance — the human as well as the technical; the psychological as well as the emotional. If you are noticing a world in crisis, it’s about the lack of faith in love, and the expectation of betrayal. The people around you need more emotional contact, though they may seem to be indicating otherwise. That contact doesn’t need to drain you, though there are several distinct stresses on your energy at the moment. Contact is just that — it starts with hello; with a basic acknowledgment of existence. It includes being somewhat consistent, even a bit persistent, making sure that others know that you care and that you have their best interests at heart. They may not seem appreciative, though I assure you they are.

TAURUS (APR. 19-MAY 20) You may be wondering how you’re going to handle all this responsibility; your astrology answers that in two words: organization and cooperation. The first word implies the second — an organization is a cooperative enterprise. If you feel like you’re pushing against something immovable, it will help if you invoke the collective mind and develop new ideas. This may not be straightforward, and you will need to be in a coordinating role. What you need to be doing is keeping track of all of the ideas and variables surrounding a particular seemingly intractable situation, and see the whole picture in composite rather than fixating on any small piece of it. From there, it will become clear that certain ideas are more useful than others. Make sure you evaluate the impact of every option. The law of unintended consequences is in full force and effect. Therefore, you need to think in multiple dimensions and anticipate the problems that any potential solution might create — and change course sooner rather than later.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) Certain relationship situations seem to be at a boiling point, and you may feel like people are transgressing your boundaries left, right and center. It’s up to you, therefore, to be the gatekeeper in your own life. The challenge here is about your emotional investment in those who might cross some line that you may not have clearly articulated. To speak up may feel like you’re betraying someone. This is a form of codependency not often called what it is, mainly because it’s considered normal behavior. It may be normal but it’s not helpful, particularly to you. I suggest that you get clear with yourself about what you want and don’t want. Then make sure that others know your position before they act on some other assumption. The key is before, not after, so I suggest that — though it might seem difficult -- you get your situation sorted out. As for the betrayal piece, it’s not true — it’s a holdover from another era of your life. The only person you have to worry about betraying is yourself.

GEMINI (MAY 20-JUN. 21) Many factors are trying to call your attention to the ways in which it’s time to take control of your life. This is not going to be instantaneous, nor should it take “forever.” While you may be inclined to think you want to get your career in order, the matter at hand is much larger. This is about taking back authority over all of your affairs, though to do that, you will need to see the places where you’ve given up that authority, or had it taken from you — beginning with your parents. Along the way, you may vacillate between thinking you’re a force to be reckoned with and fearing that you have no power whatsoever. Both are distortions. You tend to think in absolutes; in this instance, seeing shades of gray and different hues of color will help you. I suggest you plan for a rethinking process as you make each decision. You will not be arriving at final destinations; stop first and see where you are and how it feels to be there. Then decide what to do next.

LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) In our society at our time in history, there is no aspect of sex that’s not touched or compromised by the abuse of trust or power. This is one reason why sexual situations typically become so complicated so fast. We can find ourselves involved with abuse survivors; we might find ourselves involved with perpetrators. Yet one of the core hypocrisies is that most of the time, we tend to see ourselves as neither. You can safely assume you’re somewhere in the system because you grew up in the midst of all of this. The typical way to deal with this situation is to ignore it, but you’re at the point where that’s no longer possible. The thing you may be feeling is that to confront this web of psychological and sexual intrigue, you have to take a chance — and if so, I would agree with that. All progress requires taking a chance. The chance is akin to H.G. Wells’ metaphor of how the one-eyed man in the land of the blind is considered crazy — because he can tell light from dark and night from day.

CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) There are those days when we seem to live in a world of the self-centered and superficial. It’s frustrating if you’re one of those people who practices self-awareness, because a little goes a long way, though it comes at a cost. And what cost would that be? Well, self-awareness is the antidote for hypocrisy, and not being a hypocrite puts one at a voluntary disadvantage. Anyway, for the moment, you will be encountering some people who cannot see past their own self-interest, and it will help immensely if you recognize them for who they are. You should have the information you need to sort this out fairly quickly after you meet someone. You then will have the option to forget what you discovered, or put the information to work. If someone is not interested in anyone or anything besides themselves, as evidenced primarily by their actions, then you cannot logically expect them to be of any help to you. This is not an accident; it’s a way of life, and I’m here to tell you that you have a different agenda.


SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 22) Sagittarius has one of the coolest and grooviest reputations of all the signs, though secretly, I believe this is one of the most reserved and even conservative signs of the zodiac. Part of this is how you tend to think — in fixed patterns and abstract ways rather than the tangible and the concrete. And those patterns and abstractions can easily get hung up on themselves. Every now and then you reach a point where you simply have to flex your mind in new directions. You might have to make a decision you’ve been avoiding until the last possible moment. You might have to face some unpleasant fact and then deal with it — and when these times come, you can be bold and decisive. That’s about where you are today. Sunday’s New Moon will help you go even deeper — you can address what we could call a systemic issue, some quality of how you tend to think all the time that you may not have given a name to yet. Now, it’s likely to be visible and in clear focus, to the point of being obvious. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 20) For both of the Saturn-ruled signs (yours and Aquarius), self-esteem is the issue of the season, though there are subtle shades of distinction in how that will manifest. For you, there seems to be a titanic struggle to let go of an idea about yourself that is not true, and which is not working to further the course of your life. You need to know what that idea is, so you can change your mind about it. It’s likely to be something that you’ve always taken for granted, and which was supported, or implanted, by the people who were around you when you were much younger. There is some element of what you had to say or do in order to have their approval, which may have included going along with things that violated your conscience. You’ve reached the place in your growth where you cannot persist in thinking or doing anything that goes against your ethics, and that seems to be the focus of the moment — and it may feel like a kind of squeeze point. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19) Have your persistent self-doubt and selfquestioning actually gotten you anywhere? They may have, though not as far as you think, and even if so, whatever purpose it had now seems to be served. Get used to the idea that self-improvement doesn’t necessarily improve you. What does? Let’s see — it looks like your passion for beauty is both helpful and in full bloom right now. Beauty might come in any form of art or music, talents I would be surprised if you would hear any astrologer ascribe to your sign. However, we both know you deeply value them, though you may not have come as far as counting yourself in. I suggest you do that. There are spiritual and psychological approaches to growth and healing, and if you ask me most of them are getting pretty old. And then there is the creative approach, which is always new, and which is designed to get your whole brain thinking, feeling and growing.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20) This is a moment of passion, drive and SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) clarity for you. Mars and so many other Often the most interesting aspects of planets in your sign might be a caution people can be found in the places they’ve not to overdo things, though I would say been hurt. This is true whether they’ve you would be better advised to use this dealt with the injury or not; it’s more moment to focus your intentions and your convenient for everyone if they have. Hey, plans and get into action — now. You know it’s more convenient for everyone if you what you need to know, including about have as well, and apropos of Scorpio, the yourself; you’ve done all the sorting out question of the moment is where some you need to do. Therefore, act on what aspect of “sexual” intersects with some you want. Make the changes you need, aspect of “spiritual.” Or more accurately, and don’t let anyone stop you. You have you’ll find it in the place where sexual has some unusual mojo going at the moment. been ripped apart from spiritual. There is I would, however, remind you of its real more in this split than you may recognize, source — your inner life. The two fish of since it’s actually about severing you from Pisces are the introvert and the extravert. your creative power. It’s also about whether This is a moment of contact with the world, you have an inherent respect for life. Sex is of asserting yourself and figuring out that not something to be consumed or used as there is room for you here. The other side a bargaining chip. It’s the creative core of of this is honoring your interior space, existence. How you feel about sex is exactly the space where nobody else can really how you feel about life. I suggest you meet you. That is the real source of your consider carefully how you feel about sex inspiration and momentum. If you want and why. This includes what you say and do the best guidance and the real facts, meet not say, what you do and don’t do, and why. yourself there regularly.





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SUN 17

Osteoporosis Lecture Dr. Keith Harvie will speak on “Description of Pain with Osteoporosis” at the Osteoporosis Foundation’s Educational Presentation. 1:30-3p, $1, RSVP


Girl Talk-For Single Women Only If your pillow could talk, what would it say about your love life? While being single can be fun and exciting, there are times when women feel lonely and wish they weren’t single anymore. With the support of relationship coach Ana Loiselle you’ll get answers that make a difference. 6-7:30p, $19



SAT 16

Evolutionary Circle This group is based on the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard and designed to facilitate the process of moving from ego to essence. Sundays 6:30-8:30p, FREE

THE SOURCE 1111 CARLISLE SE, 505.350.7895

ABQ Home Expo This show focuses on growth and success – both in the industry and with the consumers. 10a-6p, Sat.;

Weekend Meditation and Study Program Understand how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into your daily life in order to solve your problems of anger, attachment and ignorance. 10-11:30a, donation

EXPO NEW MEXICO 300 SAN PEDRO NE, 505.796.0803


10a-5p, Sun., FREE-$10 Composting Combo Event Two classes. Home Composting Basics class: 9:30-11:30a, FREE Worm Composting Class: 12:302:30p, FREE


Bonsai & Topiary in a Xeric Garden Lecture A demonstration and lecture on the creativity of bonsai and topiary in the challenging gardening environment of ABQ. 10a, FREE ALBUQUERQUE GARDEN CENTER 10120 LOMAS NE


MON 18 Guided Hike of Cerro la Jara, Valles Caldera Preserve Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike of Cerro la Jara. Meet at the Valle Grande staging area for registration, snowshoe rentals and hot refreshments. 10a-Noon, $2025, includes full-day trail permit, RSVP required VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, 38563 NM 4, JEMEZ SPRINGS, 575.829.3885

TUE 19 Coping with Loss: An Evening with the Children’s Grief Center Jade Bock, executive director of the Children’s Grief Center, will conduct a mini-workshop to explore ways children and parents can cope with difficult circumstances including illness, death, and life changes. 7p, FREE BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139



Scandinavia: Political & Immigration Issues RENESAN Institute explores the always complicated and frequently contradictory issues of legal and illegal immigration into Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. 1-3p, $10

ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1200 OLD PECOS TRAIL, SANTA FE, 505.982.9274 How to Use Social Media and Personal Networks to Rise Above the Crowd Hank Blank, national speake, will discuss how to use social media effectively. Hosted by the NM American Marketing Association. 11:30a-1p, TBA


SAT 23 Passing on a Written Legacy Workshop Lana Rockwell, author of Passing on a Written Legacy, has developed a method for sharing stories with your family. Her lighthearted workshop is designed to encourage, enlighten and enable you to share and write your personal stories for your family. 2-4p, FREE, registration requested LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013 Understanding Dog Body Language Seminar People Only) Would you like to better understand canine body language and other communication signals? Using a combination of video, slides and discussion this presentation will help you to learn what dogs are saying to each other, and to you. Learn how your dog perceives your body language and use this knowledge to be a better dog owner. 1:30-3p, $10. Registration required ANIMAL HUMANE 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.255.5523

Family Caregiver & Long-term Planning Boot Camp Mitzi Monroe, Rio Rancho’s Eldercare Resource Marketing Consultant will present the program geared to baby boomers and their parents. Meet the experts and get the facts on long-term care and planning for it. 10a, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5012 How to Prevent Behavior Problems With Your Dog (People Only) Let the trainers at Animal Humane New Mexico help you to have your best dog ever. This seminar with Certified Professional Dog Trainer Susan Reaber will answer all your questions and concerns. Noon-1p, $10. Registration required. ANIMAL HUMANE 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.255.5523

SUN 24 Weekend Meditation and Study Program Understand how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into your daily life in order to solve your problems of anger, attachment and ignorance. 10-11:30a, Donation KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER NM 8701 COMANCHE NE, 505.292.5293 Community Meditation Join a group meditation and chant an ancient sound. Access the higher power within you and experience more love in your daily life. 10:30-11a, FREE ECKANKAR CENTER  2501 SAN PEDRO NE, SUITE 113, 505.265.7388 Loose Leash Walking Workshop Would you like your dog to walk calmly with you instead of taking you for a ride down the street? Please, no leash-reactive, dog aggressive or people aggressive dogs. This is a one hour workshop. Bring your hungry, dog-friendly dog on a 4-to 6-foot leash, and plenty of yummy treats. Noon-1p, $10. Registration required


Evolutionary Circle This group is based on the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard and designed to facilitate the process of moving from ego to essence. Sundays 6:30-8:30p, FREE

THE SOURCE 1111 CARLISLE SE, 505.350.7895


Caregiver retreat Join by participating in one of these retreats for caregivers. The retreat offers a supportive group experience where you can meet and talk with other family caregivers.  The retreat is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments.  Join for the day to restore your energy: You deserve it!   Facilitated by Curtis Graf, Ph.D. 9:30a-3:30p, FREE




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