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COV ER STORY Local iQ writers hit the road and discover food, summer festivals and fun across the Land of Enchantment and beyond its borders




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Albuquerque micro-grant organization, Sprout, hosts a meal to support local start-up projects



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Seminal alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction continues its always interesting saga with tour and new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist’




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A R TS New exhibit at 516 Arts in Downtown Albuquerque blends three distinct projects into a stunning whole



The beautiful landscape surrounding Telluride, Colorado, as seen through the lens of photographer Ryan Bonneau. To see more of Ryan’s images, please visit:


Gianni Di Gregorio pens, directs and stars in comedic film about one man’s desire to feel again, no matter his age



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Sandia Resort & Casino 30 Rainbow NE, 505.798.3700

8p, Fri.-Sat., May 25-26 North Fourth Art Center 4904 4th NW, 505.344.4542






s the Gaels say, “The craic will be mighty” — craic being fun and an indescribable but delightful feeling of companionship and joy. The highlights of this event are almost endless. Hurling and cable tossing by men in kilts! Rugby tournaments for youth and old timers! Top-shelf Scottish, Irish and Galician music, food and folkways! Pure whiskies! Icelandic and Connemara ponies and Gaelic wolfhounds! All manner of Irish, Scots, Welsh and Manx dancing and tasty treats! And of course, the skirling pipes and thunderous drums massed and marching across the bonny fields of Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park! What more could you want? Oh yes, there will be flowing ales from New Mexico’s fine craft breweries to keep you lubricated, and games for the kids. And shopping for all sorts of Celtic wares. A fine weekend for all is assured and you don’t have to be Celtic — just show up and join the fun. —BN

ASTRONOMY Annular Eclipse Before sunset, Sun., May 20 spring


ee the sun and moon align for the annular eclipse and witness a rare ring of fire. During this unusual solar event, the moon nearly covers the sun’s disk, leaving a thin ring of light around its edge. While most of the country will only see a partial eclipse, Albuquerque sits in the middle of its path. The area’s high desert, clear skies and calm weather make it the top urban location to view this astronomical event. Viewing locations include the Petroglyph National Monument, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and three museums: Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. All locations feature educational sessions led by astronomy experts who will share the safest way to look at the eclipse and inform onlookers what they’re seeing. —KS

ild Dancing West has featured the work of talented choreographers in New Mexico and the U.S. since 2006, with shows ranging from political issues to aesthetic grace. The first weekend of this year’s festival features We Two Boys, an examination of the past of choreographer Meshi Chavez and his struggle to find peace within a homophobic society through dance. Influenced by Walt Whitman’s poem “We Two Boys Together Clinging,” this performance observes the hardships and happiness when men express their need for one another in an elegant and empathetic fashion. For June 1-2, Victoria Marks will elevate taboos within the dance world, and various films will be shown, including Not About Iraq and Mothers and Daughters. The Tale of Natali by Donna Jewell during June 8-9 depicts the psychological archetypes in fairy tales through contemporary dance. If you know everything or nothing about dance, Wild Dancing West is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in it. —CW






$15, $10 stu./sen.

FESTIVAL Albuquerque Wine Festival Noon-6p, Sat.-Mon., May 26-28 Balloon Fiesta Park 4401 Alameda NE, 575.522.1232



ew Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the United States, and the Albuquerque Wine Fest showcases New Mexico’s rich history of wine making, with a wide variety of awardwinning wines in a relaxed, park-like setting with live music, international food, crafts vendors and free parking. Twenty-three wineries, including Amaro Winery, Anasazi Fields, Casa Rondena Winery, Gruet Winery and Ponderosa Valley will offer tastes of their chilled white wines and robust reds. Food vendors feature international flavors like Cajun, Caribbean, French, German and more. Live entertainment includes Bad Katz on Saturday, Felonious Groove Foundation and Nosotros on Sunday and Cali Shaw, and The Noms on Monday. People under 21 are welcome and attend for free, thought they must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Celebrate Memorial Day with a leisurely afternoon or evening of sipping wine, eating and listening to music. —KS


he time of year is upon us when it becomes socially acceptable to let the entire day revolve around great music and refreshing libations. The 2012 ABQ Brews & Blues Fest is sure to offer some of the best hop and yeast concoctions in tandem with some the most exciting 12-bar music stylings this side of the Delta. Boasting refreshments from no less than 30 micro and macro brews, all to the tune of three of the southwest’s premier music acts, this is the spring fest that brings together some of the city’s most parched citizens. Featuring local acts Soul Kitchen and the Albuquerque Blues Connection, as well as the acoustic renditions of Wildewood, the musical selection is sure to cover the blues gauntlet. And given that the afternoon offers unlimited samples from some of the best beer the world has to offer, the Blues and Brew fest is sure to be a fun way to spend an afternoon. —CC



$15, $20 two-day



2012 ABQ Brews & Blues Festival 1-6p, Sun., May 27

Wild Dancing West Festival

Balloon Fiesta Park 4401 Alameda NE, 505.275.6633




Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival 9a-5p, Sat.-Sun., May 19-20










where to go and what to do: May 17-30


1p, Mon., May 28 Marble Brewery 111 Marble NW, 505.243.2739



othing says “summer is here” quite like a collection of amazing bands, BBQ, body paint and satiating microbrew, all under a glorious Albuquerque afternoon sun on the patio at Marble Brewery. Local moverand-shaker Barney Lopez, along with Fernando Moore, have taken the best bands in town, put them under one tarp (it’s gonna be bright) ... and it’s free?! Scott Meyers, the mastermind behind ¿Que? Studios, has spent much of his time in the service of the city’s musicians, fine-tuning each of their individual sounds to create a unique blend of aural goodness, which will be on display at this event. From the ‘90s-era stylings of MRDRBRD or the heavy, guitar-laden rock of Tenderizor, to the poppy, soulful offerings of Red Light Cameras or the Great Depression, this one will be a perfect way to welcome the long, warm days ahead. —CC


Back on stage Hiland Theater reopens doors as an educational, performance facility for New Mexico kids BY MIKE ENGLISH


movie theater built in 1949, renovated to house rambunctious school kids as they learn the ins and outs of professional-level dance and stage performance, is the focus of an upcoming 500-kid stage show and gala fundraiser. Welcome to the latest incarnation of the Hiland Theater, the Central Avenue landmark that recently received a massive $10 million-plus building remodel as it transitions from its past role as an historic performance Lights, venue to a state-ofCamera, the-art education Action! facility for Duke City HILAND school kids. THEATER The organization GRAND steering the new REOPENING GALA use of the Hiland is National Dance 5:30p, Sat., May Institute of New 19 Mexico, or NDI Hiland Theater 4800 Central SE, New Mexico, 505.872.1800 an organization $150 founded in the 1970s Tickets: on the belief that the 505.340.0205 arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. NDI New Mexico partners with public schools to provide dance classes and high-level performance and staging instruction to New Mexico’s school kids — what the NDI website refers to as programs that teach kids “discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.” It’s a program with proven results, and it has served thousands of local school kids, many from disadvantaged backgrounds. That NDI New Mexico now has a top-level facility to serve its student population is the source of immense pride and excitement for NDI New Mexico’s Albuquerque Managing Director Gretchen Williams.

“We expect the children in our programs to strive for excellence,” Williams said, “and now they have a space that inspires that.” The remodel received $1.3 million in state and county funds and a $1.5 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration. The bulk of the rest of the money, which totals $13 million overall for the building remodel and the launch of NDI New Mexico programs, came from private and corporate donors like Wells Fargo, Thornburg Investment and Target. The renovation has touched every corner of the 54,000-square-foot building, from the old Walgreens (once part of the Hiland complex), which is now classrooms and hallways, to the stage, where 614 seats overlook a vast performance space set up for the entrance and exit of hundreds of performing school kids. The original entry and lobby on the Central Ave. side have been maintained, while offices and even dedicated costume and prop rooms have been added. Architecture firm Studio Southwest created the design for the remodeled Hiland, while Klinger Construction handled the work. Jackie Oliver, NDI New Mexico’s Albuquerque artistic director and the one in charge of coordinating the weekly influx of school kids into the facility (currently around 450 kids per week, a number that will reach 900 when operations peak), said the main focus of the design was creating a facility that could accommodate the large numbers of students and parents during rehearsals and performances. “It’s so incredible to have our own space,” Oliver said, noting that NDI New Mexico has previously rented facilities at UNM and elsewhere. “It’s magic.” With so many people coming to and from the Hiland on a daily basis, the Central and San Mateo area is bound to change. Williams said she’s already seeing other businesses spruce up their exteriors in anticipation. “People are seeing this as a neighborhood businesses can move into now,” she said. “It’s great for a neighborhood that hasn’t seen a lot of foot traffic in recent years.”


The original lobby and entry on the Central Avenue side of the Hiland Theater has been largely preserved during the 1949 building’s $10-million-plus remodel into a state-of-the-art facility for staging school-kid performances.




Refinish process adds rich beauty to home’s walls, ceilings


ig Girl here, reporting from Preggachusetts. All’s well. The twins — and their mother — are growing like crazy. Nesting is in full effect. Almost time to decorate the nursery. Fun! Then — bam! — guess who’s on modified bed rest? Sigh. After only a few days of bed rest, I was a mess. My mood swings and crying jags reached fever pitch. The man who did this to me was becoming worried. “Maybe you should talk to someone,” Mr. Brown delicately suggested. “Lots of women struggle with being pregnant.” Then, it hit me. I wasn’t sad about the pregnancy. In fact, I was thrilled. It really wasn’t so bad staying in bed, either. The problem was my surroundings. I hate to admit it, but the sad truth is my bedroom was far from fabulous. The drab walls were closing in on me. The heinous lighting cast a sad pallor on everything it touched. Something had to be done, and fast. Enter Nick Harmon, artist and owner/ inventor of Fresco Harmony (505.400.9313, You’ve probably seen his work around town: the Cellar Bar at Zinc, the Bank of Albuquerque main branch uptown, TEMA, the Banque building downtown, Filipino Kitchen in Nob Hill and more. Considering that résumé, I figured he’d be up for Operation Fab Bedroom and Nursery. First and foremost, Harmon is an artist. His striking work explores the range and drama of color and incorporates innovative materials. About a dozen years ago, while working as a drywall apprentice, he was introduced


to colorant. Soon, he was creating threedimensional artworks utilizing joint compound and sheetrock. “While living in Colorado, I had the opportunity to work with a Phoenix-based plaster company on a $12 million ski-in/ski-out home,” said Harmon in a recent interview. “As soon as I worked with the plaster, I realized there was an easier, more cost effective method of achieving the same results — Fresco Harmony was born.” Fresco Harmony is 100 percent green. With over 250 colors, myriad designs and any customization available, the options are virtually limitless. The patented, three-coat process covers any surface, including wood paneling, tile, brick and new drywall. First, the color formula is mixed into a bucket of premixed joint compound. Next, base coat is applied, followed by a thinner, smoother and then a second coat. Finally, a sealer coat is toweled on. “Until now, joint compound has never been used as a final finish,” Harmon said. “Instead of painting and texturing, which is the traditional process, Fresco Harmony takes the place of two


steps.” Sound efficient? You betcha. They were in and out in just two days. How do the rooms look? Absolutely incredible. I am immensely pleased to report that I now love being in the bedroom. The warm, inviting walls truly make you feel good. We threw in some new bedding and vintage lamps for good measure, along with a strange, mounted pair of tiny, bronze deer antlers found at the antique store. Don’t question; it just works. As a result, I can staunchly attest that my bedroom is a great place to spend 95 percent of my day. And the nursery? So sweet that it’s hard to be in there without squealing delightedly. The old ceiling was covered in that old, barfy texture. Now, it’s creamy and tasteful. If your walls have that unattractive texture I’m referring to, you can cover it right up with Fresco Harmony. It makes a bigger difference than I imagined. I’m not sure if I’ve done this Fresco Harmony explanation any justice. It’s challenging to describe. It’s like old-world plaster meets modern surface application. There’s much warmth and depth, but when you run your hand across it, it’s surprisingly smooth. Unlike plaster, it’s quick and affordable. If you’d like to see precisely how it looks, book a consult with Harmon — the walls look exactly like the sample. Not to be outdone, Harmon is also the founder of FHAB Concepts, a surface technology for literally anything that clients want refinished. He’s custom-resurfaced countertops, tables, vertical blinds, floors, commercial signs, doors, snowboards, drum kits … the list goes on. I foresee a very bright future for this man. “There’s a heavy push for innovation in the


When Fabü columnist Lisa VanDyke-Brown needed someone to take her bedroom and nursery walls and ceilings from drab to fab, she chose Nick Harmon, artist and owner/ inventor of Fresco Harmony.

construction industry, and [Fresco Harmony] is coming into play at the perfect time,” he said. That’s all for now, dahling. Back to resting. I’m beat! Yesterday, I used my max allowable upright time at Scalo for the Drag Queen Bingo Brunch benefit for New Mexico AIDS services. Thanks to the Scalo staff, The Dolls and Brian Brown from NMAS for being so accommodating to ol’ preggers. ‘Til next time!


Clear away the cobwebs from your love life


ary settled into a chair in my office and told me, “Spring has always been one of my favorite times of year — there’s something about that sense of new beginnings,” she said. “But this spring, as my husband and I settle into our third year of marriage, I’ve become more and more depressed, frustrated and I just don’t know what to do. It’s like we need to spring clean our relationship. Can you help me?” or reduce your time commitment to them. Maintaining a strong and healthy relationship Just this one step alone can free up surprising isn’t easy for most couples. After a certain opportunities to reconnect with each other. amount of time it can be difficult to remember that your sweetheart needs to be treated with all Remove the cobwebs around the mariof the same respect and courtesy as when you tal bed first met. Top three reasons for diminished sexual desire? But if you want your most important Routine, routine and routine! Boredom causes relationship to grow and thrive, you need to many couples to feel they are in a deep, dark care for it. Addressing problems that may be abyss they can’t escape. It’s time to shake things jeopardizing your relationship — before they up! Dine at a new restaurant tonight. Leave the become too deeply rooted to solve — can help kids with their grandparents or a sitter and take keep you and your partner happy for the rest of off on a spontaneous weekend getaway. Try a your lives. new position during lovemaking, or heck, try doing it in a different room in the house! The Springtime, that period of new point is, use your imagination beginnings, is the perfect time Are there any and some creativity to reignite of year to take stock of your your passion and desire. Sexual relationship and assess the conversations you intimacy is imperative to marital mess, so to speak. Ask yourself a few questions: have been avoiding, stability. • What creates the messes in Monitor tarnished relaor arguments that your relationship? tionships • Are there any wounds that have been comIf negative friendships or outside need to be addressed? family stressors are contributing ing up repeatedly? • How are you both contributing to marital disharmony, give to the rocky situation? them a good scrubbing. Be Resolve to settle • Are you and your partner united as a couple and set these old grudges, committed to maintaining the boundaries where needed. relationship? Apologize to those you need grievances and to apologize to and set family • What can you do to help the relationship blossom? hurts. This step is so relationships right when you can. This can spare a lot marital Try these tips for clearing the crucial because old stress. cobwebs and dust bunnies from the corners of your relationship:

Air the sheets

resentments build up over time and can cause serious damage if left to fester.

Are there any conversations you have been avoiding, or arguments that have been coming up repeatedly? Resolve to settle these old grudges, grievances and hurts. This step is so crucial because old resentments build up over time and can cause serious damage if left to fester. Discuss with your partner your feelings and needs, and listen in return. Try to have these conversations without accusation or placing blame. If you feel you’re not making headway on your own, seek out the help of a qualified marriage coach or counselor. We will be able to assist by teaching you more effective and productive means of communication. Such tools can help identify trouble spots in the relationship before they explode.

Make room for new experiences with each other Grab your partner, look at your calendar of commitments and decide what activities in your life are truly important. All other activities you should try to either purge from your schedule

Give it a fresh coat of paint Don’t pick at the defects in your relationship. Instead protect it with a fresh coat of paint. Show your partner that you care with sincere praise and affection — it goes a long way. Make sure he/ she knows you’re committed.

Maintain it Just like we can’t clean our house once in the spring, then forget about it we have to work on keeping our marriage exciting, loving and connected. Like a well-cared-for home shows beauty and durability, a wellmaintained marriage shines like a beacon for you, your spouse and for those around you. So roll up your sleeves, and get to work! Find a way to renew and nurture your relationship this month. Get it on the calendar. And remember to repeat the above steps as needed. Ana Loiselle is a licensed relationship coach, speaker and author. As the owner of The New Mexico Relationship Center, she applies sensible strategies to help singles and couples work out their relationship challenges. Visit or call 505.872.8743.





The Sprout 2 community dinner and micro-grant event will feature the food of chefs (from left) Will and Kristine Thur of The Zangarao, and the event is organized by Aryon and Olivia Hopkins, who watched a similar program take root in Philadelphia.

Sowing seeds of community Albuquerque micro-grant organization Sprout hosts meal to support local projects BY CHLOË WINEGAR-GARRETT

When an idea is planted in new soil, it can either sit stagnant or grow into something wonderful. Sprout, a micro-grant community project, has recently taken root in Albuquerque. Traveling from the east coast and planting itself in the fertile loam of the Rio Grande, this dinner/benefit provides an outlet for those interested in promoting local ideas, food and fun. ABQ Sprout is a recurring public dinner funding micro-grants for local creative projects that contribute to the Albuquerque community, said director Aryon Hopkins in an interview with Local iQ. “It’s a way to connect to the community,” he said. Sprout work like this: • Artists, activists and others submit projects for consideration of a Sprout micro-grant. • Sprout organizers randomly choose 10 grant proposals from the project submissions. • Those 10 ideas are presented at a community dinner. • Volunteers prepare dinner. • Proposals are presented in five-minute “sprouts.” • Everyone receives a ballot and votes on what they believe best fits Albuquerque’s needs. • Sliding scale fees ($15-$30) for dinner provide an immediate micro-grant to the winner. The May 19 dinner is the second event hosted by ABQ Sprout, and Hopkins has high hopes for the program. He said he’s

seen it succeed in other communities. “My wife Olivia and I witnessed the program in Philadelphia and it made sense to take something from a larger city and implement it into Albuquerque,” he said. Sprout is, first, a public dinner that features local produce and the talents of local chefs. “What’s great about working with the chefs is the collaboration,” Hopkins said. “They work with what is seasonally freshest. It gives the chefs an opportunity to work in a local way, a community way.” The upcoming dinner will showcase Kristine and Will Thur of The Zingaro, a quirky mobile kitchen that creates delicious yet inexpensive food items. They combine flavors from around the world with classic American dishes like the hot dog and hamburger. Valle Encantado, a community-based organization dedicated to sustainable economic development in the South Valley, is also supporting the event. PROFILE All proceeds and ticket sales directly benefit local projects and ideas. “If you have something you think we can help with, we want to collaborate,” Hopkins said. “If you need help with getting a Sprout 2 program off the ground, we are here.” 6p, Sat., May 19 The focus, besides a fun gathering featuring good food, is to support those with an idea to better the Open Space community. “The important thing is that in the beginning, we not only want to be an inspiration for Visitors Center people to make objects, but for people to inspire others,” Hopkins said. “Support the projects: you 6500 Coors NW, 505.400.3904 don’t have to make your own idea, there are other ways to make Albuquerque greater by looking at successful models from other places. It gives us all resources. You’re not going to fail if you believe in $15-$30 the project and go through with it.” That the meal will be held outdoors adds to the special ambiance of the event, and presenters are asked to refrain from using technology like laptops and Powerpoint to make their pitches. While Hopkins is a supporter of combining technology with art, he believes that encouraging creative, low-tech presentations leads to a more interactive event. “At the previous dinner we had people performing and playing music, connecting,” he said. “We want to challenge the presenters and give them enough time to figure out how else it can work.” Given time and community support, this “sprout” will surely grow into something much larger than the sum of its parts, while feeding the community in return.


The Last Call adds unsmoked “anti-tapas” and a lot of flavor to Imbibe Cigar Bar Smoke and a pancake? Imbibe is the only cigar bar in town, but only recently did it open a kitchen in the adjacent space facing Richmond named The Last Call (102 Richmond SE, 505.369.6102). The menu features what the folks at Imbibe call “anti-tapas” and “sammiches” (see Urban Dictionary for definitions). Playfully-named dishes such as


“You Know You Want Me” sliders, “Who’s Your Daddy?” steak tacos and “Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me?” grilled cheese sammich, likely won’t fill you up, but they aren’t designed to. Rather, they are meant to add some flavor in your mouth between Maduro puffs and Manhattan sips. Catering, takeout and delivery are also available. —LG



Get your vegetables with well-dressed greens


t’s too early for tomatoes or cucumbers fresh from your garden or your nearby farmer’s market, yet you crave the lightness of a salad with a spicy dressing. So, what to do? I think I’ve got this problem solved by combining various fresh greens and herbs with avocados. It’s spring and therefore the perfect weather for growing greens, and I have five different kinds in tubs in our backyard: two kinds of leaf lettuce, spinach, arugula and mesclun. Additionally, I have chives (a perennial), Italian parsley and basil growing in different tubs. Mesclun is the Provençal word meaning “mix,” and that’s quite an understatement considering the total number of types of greens available to make up mesclun. has nine different mesclun mixes, many with exotic varieties that I had never heard of before, including mâche (corn salad, a green unrelated to corn or maize), mizuna (a Chinese cabbage) and red-stem beets. More recognizable green (and red) options include radicchio, chervil, arugula, endive, red loose leaf lettuce, mustard, radicchio, upland cress, dandelion and spinach. If you don’t have a garden, there are many fresh, packaged salad mixes including many of the varieties mentioned available from Trader Joe’s to Albertsons. Avocados from Mexico are arriving everywhere, and depending on where you get them — from Walmart to Pro’s Ranch Market — the prices have dropped by more than half from winter, so they’re finally affordable. And the other day I found some perfectly ripe instead of hard as brickbats. There are a huge number of combinations and permutations of salad greens with other ingredients, but give my favorite one a try: one cup mixed greens of choice, one tablespoon minced chives (or green onions, include the bulb), one teaspoon minced Italian parsley, one teaspoon minced basil and one ripe avocado, chopped. Mix all of this together in a salad bowl, then select from one of the following spicy dressings. It serves one person.

Lime Chipotle Dressing Ingredients: 2 cloves Garlic 2 Chipotles in adobo sauce, stems removed, chopped 1/2 tsp. Sea salt 1/3 cup Freshly squeezed lime juice Zest of one lime 1/3 cup Olive oil 1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard Ground lemon pepper to taste Method: Place the garlic, chipotles and salt in a mortar crush until blended. When they resemble the consistency of a paste, transfer to a small bowl, whisk in the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, mustard and lemon pepper, then drizzle it over the salad mixture. Yield: About 1 cup Heat Scale: Medium

Creamy Green Chile-Cumin Dressing

Pungent Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients: 1/2 cup Sugar 1-1/2 tsp. Dry mustard 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Celery salt 1 tsp. Hot red chile flakes (such as piquin) 1/2 tsp. Paprika 1/3 cup Cider vinegar 1-1/2 Tbsp. Poppy seeds 1 cup Vegetable oil Method:

Ingredients: 3 Green New Mexican chiles, stems and seeds removed, chopped 2 cloves Garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. Onion, chopped 2 Tbsp. Lime juice, fresh preferred 1 cup Yogurt, plain 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise 1/4 tsp. Cumin, ground Salt to taste Method: Place the chiles, garlic, onion, and lime juice in a blender or food processor and blend as smooth as possible. Whisk in the remaining dressing ingredients and salt to taste. Yield: About 1 1/2 cups • Heat Scale: Mild

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and beat with a small electric beater until the salad dressing is thick. Refrigerate. Yield: About 1-1/2 cups • Heat Scale: Medium

Jalapeño-Buttermilk Dressing Ingredients: 1 cup Buttermilk 2 Red jalapeño chiles, seeds and stems removed, minced 1/3 cup Grated cucumber 3 Scallions, chopped (with a little tender green included) 1 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard 2 Tbsp. Fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tsp. Fresh lime juice 1/2 tsp. Dill 1/8 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper Method: Place all the ingredients in a large glass jar and shake briskly. Chill the dressing and shake again before using. Yield: 1-1/4 cups • Heat Scale: Medium

Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Ingredients: 12 Sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated and chopped 2 Tbsp. Parsley 1-1/2 Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped 5 to 6 Scallions, chopped 1/2 tsp. Pepper 1/4 tsp. Salt 1/2 cup White wine vinegar 1/8 cup Balsamic vinegar 1-1/4 cups Olive oil 1 to 2 tsp. Habanero hot sauce of choice Method: Combine all ingredients in a jar and mix well. Allow to sit for an hour to mix the flavors. Yield: About 1-1/2 cups • Heat Scale: Varies

Dave DeWitt is the author, with Lois Manno, of Chile Trivia; Weird, Wacky Factoids for Curious Chileheads.




ABQ Beer Week: party like it’s the first century B.C.


ay 17 through 27 is an exciting 10 days for Albuquerque’s beer drinkers. It is one of the earliest beer festivals of the year, but there is so much more than just beer. Beer festivals are great! There are different foods, special events and music. Albuquerque Beer Week starts off with a special dinner at Chama River Brewing Company, and there is also a beer tutorial at Marble Brewery. The week will end with the Albuquerque Blues and Brew Festival on May 27 (see page 4), and there are many beer-related events in between at many venues all over town. Oh yeah, there’s also beer. There are special releases made specifically for Albuquerque Beer Week, with tastings throughout the festival by various breweries, from Il Vicino to Sam Adams. There are generally two types of beer festivals. The older form of beer festival is based on the German festival tradition, we’ll call them “volkfests” (German for “folk fest,” — you’ll see why in a second). The other form that these events take is the beer expo, or “beerex.” The oldest beer festivals in the world are, not surprisingly, from Germany. In fact, the oldest volkfest is in Manching and roughly dates back to the first century B.C. Munich’s Oktoberfest is the largest of this type of festival. What makes a volkfest? Mainly beer, generally from local or regional breweries. Also, often there is a particular beer brewed for the festival, marzen for Oktoberfest and lagers generally for the spring festivals. There is also an abundance of all things local: foods, (think beer brats and sauerkraut) and traditions like the Czech beer festivals’ own currency, the Tolar. In short, volkfests are a celebration of the local. Local breweries, local food, local livestock, agriculture or marksmen, as is the case at the Hanover Schützenfest (the combination of beer and firearms frightens me on some base level). This locality is why volkfests are folk fests, created for and celebrating local people. The other type of beer festival, the beer expo, or beerex, have generally arisen from the microbrewery explosion that began in the 1970s. The beerex is designed for beer lovers to gather a bunch of beer into one spot, like a convention center, and sample beers. The beers everyone is tasting are generally available locally. The most famous of this style of festival is the Great American Beer Festival that takes place in Denver every fall. There is not the local kitsch at these events. They are instead a mass beer tasting. At the GABF, beers are judged and awarded medals, with quite a few of those medals coming back to Central New Mexico every year. Beerexes are a celebration of beer and the brewer’s craft, alone. It is a beer conference, in contrast to a festival which is a more central European tradition. Though both of these types of festivals are



a blast, Albuquerque Beer Week is without a doubt a volkfest. There is music. There is local identity. There is food. ABW didn’t necessarily stem directly from a spring festival, and beer is the libation of choice, but it is about beer, and that is the common ground with the beerex. However, it has much more in common with the old volkfest of Central Europe. It celebrates the local and the regional. Chama River, Turtle Mountain, La Cumbre, Broken Bottle, Marble

Along with many local beers, beers from Sierra Nevada will be represented at the many events and tastings scheduled for Albuquerque Beer Week, from May 17-27.

and Nexus breweries are just a sample of the local talent hosting during ABW. Western and Southwestern brewers Left Hand, Oskar, Odell, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada, among others, will have a presence at Albuquerque Beer Week. There are tastings, yes, but more than that, it is a festival. Finally, the events of ABW will be spread out across town, not like a beerex (clears throat knowingly), so please have a designated driver, a taxi, the bus or a nearby hotel room. Beer festivals are a blast, but it is easy to overindulge, and please do not put yourself, your server and countless others at risk. Be safe. Seth Hall is the head barman at the Albuquerque Press Club. He believes beer may be the best way to utilize his degree in history.


Embrace beneficial bugs for a healthy garden


fter the influx of the miller moth last month, we’ve all had our fill of bugs. But the journey as a nursery owner leads to unusual natural events, giving way to an awakening moment. Recently, while watering trees, I noticed an unusual insect on the back side of several leaves on a peach tree. After further investigation, it became evident that I was witnessing the transformation of a lady beetle (also known as ladybugs) from larvae to pupate stage, resulting in a newborn lady beetle. As I stood there, mesmerized by the delicate process before me, I began to truly understand how necessary it is to know and understand insect life and the role insects play in our gardens. Insects can be divided into several different categories, but for the gardener’s sake, placing them in the two categories of “beneficial” and “harmful” keeps life simple. And using beneficial insects as gardening partners can increase the chances for a healthy, beautiful garden. The following beneficial insect list highlights some of a gardener’s most helpful bugs. In order for these insects to stay in our gardens, they need a food supply, which is the unwanted pests. And keep in mind that using insecticides can eliminate both the bad and the good insects, leaving plants susceptible to a variety of problems. LADY BEETLES are the most popular and wellknown beneficial insect. They feed primarily on aphids and scale, but can also eat other insects such as mealy bugs, mites and other soft-bodied insects. An adult lady beetle can eat 60 or more

aphids in a day and up to 50,000 in its lifetime. All life stages of the lady beetle are beneficial to the garden. Keeping them in the garden by planting dill, cilantro, tansy and yarrow will encourage a larger population and decrease the population of unwanted insects. GREEN LACEWINGS, easily identified by their light green lacy wings, are a welcomed sight in the garden. Their larvae, called “aphid lions,” are the predatory stage of this insect. They are ravenous and prey on many soft-bodied insects including aphids, insect eggs, thrips, mealy bugs and small caterpillars. Lacewing larvae can consume up to 200 aphids or other insects in a week. The adult lacewing feasts on pollen and nectar but can lay 300 eggs in two to three weeks. Gardens with blooming plants will surely attract green lacewings. PRAYING MANTIS have an unusual look, with front legs that look as if they are folded in prayer. This beneficial insect can consume large insects such as cockroaches and crickets, but may also eat any insect that they happen upon. The eggs of the praying mantis are contained in a hard shell that will be found stuck on walls

Green Lacewings are an example of an insect that benefits the garden. While in the larvae stage they have a voracious appetite for aphids, eating 200 of the damaging bugs per week.

or branches. These egg sacks can contain 50 to 200 baby praying mantis. PREDATORY WASPS lay their eggs on or inside the eggs, larvae or pupae of damaging pests. These eggs will devour the hosts as they move to the next stage of development. Depending on the variety of the wasp, they will feed on a number of different damaging insects from aphids to caterpillars. The adult wasp will also feed off insects for reproductive purposes. These are just a few of the beneficial insects found in the New Mexico garden. Practice tolerance as a responsible gardener, and understand that if there are damaging insects in the garden, there will also be your gardening partners — beneficial insects. Keep blooms and water in the garden to encourage these insects to stay and lay eggs, repeating the process of balance in the garden. Because pesticides, even organic choices, are not the safest, healthiest or most effective form of insect control, it makes sense to garden with beneficial insects as a natural, protective method. For further information on beneficial insects log on to There is also a great application for the iPhone, Bug and Insects by Darren Gates, with an extensive database on insects. Learn who your gardening partners are and make smart choices for a healthier, more productive garden. Tish Resnick is a lifelong New Mexico resident and the owner of Great Outdoors Nursery in Albuquerque. Visit



Professional designer Maggie Macnab believes the natural world’s simplicity, patterning and balance offer the best lessons for people to tap into their own creativity. The Santa Fe resident’s new book is Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design.

CYCLING romoted as “a hundred miles of history,” the Santa Fe Century loops cyclists through mining towns, mountains, valleys and a variety of steep ups, downs and flats. If 100 miles in the seat sounds like a saddle sore in the making, riders can choose a half-century loop or 25- and 50-mile round trip options through some of the same beautiful terrain. Now in its 27th year, the Santa Fe Century Santa Fe Century is the first big ride of 7a, Sun., May 20 the season for many Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical cyclists traveling from Center northern states, and Start: Corner of the environment at St. Michael’s and the event is often Hospital likened to a carnival. The route passes the historic mining and arts towns Cerrillos, Madrid, Golden, Cedar Grove, Stanley, Galisteo and Eldorado. The infamous Heartbreak Hill at mile 40 is a favorite accomplishment of the cleated and spandex-clad crowd of thousands of riders. Six food stops along the route are staffed by local bike shops and non-profit organizations, and mechanics will be available for minor repairs. A total of 1,500 riders have registered as of this writing, so get out there and ride on! —CO

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In her latest book, New Mexico author/designer/instructor Maggie Macnab reveals the natural human impulse to design BY CRISTINA OLDS


aggie Macnab thinks we are all designers deep down if we just open our eyes and hearts to the best teacher possible: nature. She believes this so passionately that she’s written a book to encourage the masses to tap into their creative side and make the world a more aesthetically pleasing place. Design by Nature is Macnab’s lovely soapbox for this and several other big concepts that challenge us to think differently about design. “I feel like all human beings are inherently designers,” Macnab said in a recent interview with Local iQ. “We could be building beauty, meaning, functionality and all you have to do is look to nature as a mentor to instruct you in what works and what doesn’t, instead of trying to fit nature into our plans.” Macnab’s resume includes more than PROFILE 30 years in commercial design, most Maggie of it based in Albuquerque and her hometown of Santa Fe. Being raised Macnab by “Unitarian nudists,” as she called AUTHOR her parents, gave her freedom to be creative. She credits her parents’ non-traditional approach with shaping her beliefs about nature-as-muse. Her architect father helped design St. John’s College, and her mother, now in her ‘80s, still writes poetry in Albuquerque. As an identity designer — primarily creating brand identity and logos — Macnab fills a very challenging niche market. Over the years, her work has appeared in Communication Arts magazine and has been recognized nationally. She is respected as an expert in the field in part because of her first well-received book, 2007’s Decoding Design. One valuable aspect of Nature by Design is the “guest designer studies,” essays by Macnab’s contemporaries in the field that illustrate her design and philosophical concepts. She contacted friends like artist Joel Nakamura, and others volunteered to lend their names, like Debbie Millman, past president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Macnab also emphasized her inclusion of student work and “putting it into practice,” with exercises reinforcing the content. “I wrote this book with teaching in mind and for others to self-teach,” Macnab said. She plans to offer workshops, like the upcoming “Creating a Personal Symbol” class on May 29 (see for details on


this and other workshops). Macnab teaches design at UNM Continuing Education, Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Santa Fe Community College. She has presented for TEDxABQ and speaks nationally at design conferences. Nature by Design is soon to be translated into four languages, something Macnab feels especially appropriate for the material. “With this book, I wanted to address the global market of creative thinkers because we need them now,” she said, alluding to the use of art to affect political change. In April of this year, Macnab was a keynote speaker for the Fuse Design & Culture, Branding Identity conference in Chicago. The topic of her presentation, “Remembering What We Know,” exemplifies her theory that we are born with design intuition if we can remember it. The new book includes accessible descriptions of some major design principals found in nature, such as simplicity, patterning and balance. But she dives deeper, examining high-yield, low-impact efficient design and serving the greater good with ethical design, to name a couple of concepts. Written over nine months while the author was rental hopping after her Santa Fe abode was undergoing renovation in the wake of a fire, Design by Nature isn’t a light read. It is academic, inspirational and a call to readers to evolve. “We’re here to create beauty and to love what we do,” Macnab said. “All this artificial stuff needs to be sorted from what is truly meaningful to us.” DESIGN BY NATURE: USING UNIVERSAL FORMS AND PRINCIPLES IN DESIGN, BY MAGGIE MACNAB 2011, New Riders Press • Paperback, 312 pp. $44.99 ISBN-13: 978-0321747761



ew Mexico’s unique beauty isn’t just found in sunsets and desert landscapes, but in the art — sometimes inspired by the environment — that is completely unique to the Land of Enchantment. Native Treasures is an Indian arts festival that will be showcasing over 200 museumquality artists that come 8th Annual from over 40 different Native tribes, each bringing Treasures with them their own Indian Arts art that will range from Festival paintings and pottery to 10a-4p, and textiles. The Sun., May 26-27 Memorial Day weekend Santa Fe event is an opportunity Convention Center to bring home Native 201 W. Marcy, 505.988.1234 art while supporting the artists and the Museum $10 of Indian Arts and Cultures (MIAC). Many of the artists who will be coming to Native Treasures are already featured in the MIAC, but are bringing with them art that you can take home with you at affordable prices. A benefit will be held the night before the event, featuring special, one-of-a-kind gift boxes prepared by the artists, allowing attendees a chance to meet and mingle with the artists and sponsors of the museum. Native Treasures is the perfect opportunity to start the summer off right and appreciate the art and culture that makes our land so enchanting. —JD


Yes she can Alianza combats domestic violence by teaching skills of financial independence BY CRISTINA OLDS


very day, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in this country. Yet domestic violence remains somewhat of a hidden crime, since the victims are often ashamed, filled with selfblame or terrified of further violence if the crime is revealed. No one knows these statistics better than a few of Albuquerque’s leading citizens who have contributed their support and life stories to an organization combating domestic violence. The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza), headquartered in Albuquerque, recently partnered with the Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) to provide financial independence training to survivors of domestic violence. Alianza debuted an inspirational training film that’s part of a three-year governmentfunded project called ¡Sí, Podemos! Yes, PROFILE We Can! Beyond Alianza Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial THE NATIONAL Independence. LATINO ALLIANCE “Acquiring financial FOR THE knowledge, job ELIMINATION training, an OF DOMESTIC education, are VIOLENCE critical steps for the 505.753.3334 survival of many victims of domestic violence,” said Alianza Executive Director Adelita Medina in an interview with Local iQ. “They can begin to build the confidence to realize they can survive on their own.” The interactive curriculum addresses issues specific to Latinas and immigrant women who are seeking employment and even starting their own small businesses. Alianza unveiled the video alongside a trainthe-trainer curriculum in April and plans to take the program across the country. The inspirational video, produced by Alianza and Arnold Trujillo of Trujillo Productions, premiered in Albuquerque April 26 to a receptive crowd. Sadly, it wasn’t difficult to find women to share their stories for the video in Albuquerque, Medina said. “When we first met with WESST about helping us develop the curriculum, they told us that more than 50 percent of the women coming to their classes experienced violence in their relationships,” she said. Alianza serves Latino communities and families, but Medina acknowledged that “Latinos are not one homogeneous community, but a variety of communities with distinct nationalities, historical backgrounds, traditions and experiences.”

“In every situation, find that one positive thing and focus on it. Find yourself. You might have been pushed aside and beaten down, but you’re in there.” — DAWN MAESTAS, LAZARUS LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

Besides challenges like homelessness, hunger and finding work when they leave the dangerous situation, immigrant women also face possible loss of their children and deportation.” Some of the messages from the survivors’ success stories involve the support of family and community. Gloria Carrillo, owner of Gloria’s NM Burritos & More (927 Old Coors SW, 505.836.2255), spoke about the encouragement she received from other business owners when starting her South Valley take-out restaurant after enduring 30 years in an abusive relationship. “I think most (women business owners) know what it’s like to start from nothing,” she said. Kate Padilla, a Socorro artist, explained her fear that her children would blame her for breaking up the family when she left her husband, and they did at first, she said. She also believed that her parents wouldn’t support her leaving the abusive marriage since her mother had suffered domestic violence her whole life, but when Padilla showed up on her parents’ doorstep, they didn’t hesitate to offer shelter. “I would tell any woman in a violent situation that you cannot do it alone,” Padilla said. Cecelia Baca talked about working for Garduños restaurant and learning the various positions within the business. “You have to take that first step,” she said, and after 13 years and two locations, Cecelia’s Café (230 6th SW, 505.243.7070; 2933 Monte Vista NE, 505.268.1147) has been featured on several national television shows. Dawn Maestas of Lazarus Laser Tattoo Removal (1608 Isleta SW, 505.220.6629, told an emotional story in the video about her drug addicted partner pointing a rifle at the back of her head, the incident that finally pushed her to get out of her abusive relationship. Maestas, who took business classes at WESST, now helps women and men remove stigmatizing tattoos that affect their ability to acquire employment. “In every situation, find that one positive thing and focus on it,” Maestas said. “Find yourself. You might have been pushed aside and beaten down, but you’re in there.” Alianza’s work focuses on community education, policy advocacy, research and training and technical assistance. To get involved or donate, visit


Alianza Executive Director Adelita Medina (left) and Dawn Maestas of Lazarus Laser Tattoo Removal are involved in the organization’s initiative to teach the skills of financial independence to women experiencing domestic violence, especially Latinas.




DESTINATIONS INTRODUCTION BY MIKE ENGLISH • STORIES BY JEFF BERG + MIKE ENGLISH + KEVIN HOPPER + STEVEN J WESTMAN THE TRAVEL BUG, LIKE A PLAGUE OF MILLER MOTHS, SEEMS TO HIT Albuquerque residents about the time spring winds subside and the weather starts to truly heat up. Throw in the end of the school year, and it’s most certainly time to hit the New Mexican road. Local iQ is here to help, and this summer we want to pave the way to regional musical festivals like Thirsty Ear in Santa Fe, the Taos Solar Music Fest, Telluride

Blues and Brews, the Vans Warped Tour in Las Cruces and the Silver City Blues Festival. Where to stay, where to eat, where to shop and where to sip: In the following pages you will find suggestions — recently discovered first-hand by Local iQ writers — for each of these destinations. Wherever your travels take you this summer, may the road rise to meet you, and the wind always be at your back. Here’s to a safe and fun summer for all.

T E L LU R I D E BY KEVIN HOPPER n terms of summer festivals, Telluride, Colo., has something to offer nearly every single weekend, the most notable being the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Sep. 14-16). From film to music and balloons to wine, the festivals scheduled in this historic mining town in the summer are just as enticing as a ski trip here in the winter. Founded in 1878 as a silver mining town, Telluride breathes history and beauty around every corner. The town itself is less than a square mile and sits nestled in a box canyon accessible from the west on Hwy 145. But much is packed into the town, including a number of hotels, both modern and historic, interesting art galleries and boutiques, funky bars and breweries and an overload of outdoor activities. On a recent visit, my traveling companion and I pulled into town after the sun had gone down and holed up at The Hotel Telluride, a modern, sleek and clean resort that offers two hot tubs, spa services, a fitness room and (our favorite amenity) free bike cruisers in the summer. Upon waking up to stunning views of the canyon and Bridal Veil Falls, we pedaled through the town and back along the San Miguel River, stopping off along the way at Smuggler’s Brewpub and Grille for a pint or two, Two Skirts boutique for a bit of shopping and the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art to gaze at modern art. Interestingly, there is a statute in Telluride that bans chain stores or restaurants of any kind, so shopping/eating/drinking local is taken to heart here. RYAN BONNEAU For lunch, La Cocina de Luz came highly recommended, and for good reason. This taqueria is unlike any other I have experienced in terms of freshness of ingredients and its organic approach. Believe it or not, the Vegan Plate ($12) is possibly the best dish on the menu. Also of note is Caravan, a Middle Eastern walk up restaurant just outside of La Cocina de Luz. Dinner at Rustico Ristorante was a delight — proper high-end Italian fare, a complete bar/wine menu and great service.








Hop on the free gondola that takes you to Mountain Village (in a mere 13 minutes) for additional summer activities, most notably, hiking and biking. Close to 20 trails await even the most experienced riders and hikers. Post ride, stop off at Poacher’s




The Hotel Telluride

Baked in Telluride

199 Cornet, 970.369.1188 thehoteltelluride. com

127 S. Fir, 970.728.4775

New Sheridan Hotel 231 W. Colorado, 970.728.4351

Dunton Hot Springs 52068 Road 38, Dolores, 970.882.4800 duntonhotsprings. com RYAN BONNEAU

Hosting a plethora of summer festivals (almost one every weekend), Telluride as a summer getaway is unrivaled in terms of scenery. From the numerous waterfalls (above), to the historic architecture (top) to the sheer laid-back nature of the city that even the dogs feel (facing page left middle), Telluride is a family-friendly summer vacation spot that is small, quaint and easy to get around — whether by bike or gondola (facing page top left). Just down the road is the even more remote Dunton Hot Springs resort. Tucked into an equally scenic valley, Dunton features old time atmosphere, modern amenities, relaxing hot springs (facing page far and middle left) and ex-Albuquerque chefs Carrie Eagle and Daniel Sopiwnik.

Pub for a pint and a bite. Other activities include platform tennis, golf, fishing and rock climbing.

EXCLUSIVE SECLUSION Though Telluride and Mountain Village are remote by most standards, there is a far more remote summer destination in Dunton Hot Springs, just a few miles south. Like Telluride, Dunton used to be a thriving mining town, only on a smaller scale. Today, it is perhaps one of the most splendid escapes available in the entire Southwest. “Downtown” Dunton is the largest of more than a dozen cabins and serves as the dining hall, bar and kitchen, where former Albuquerque chefs Carrie Eagle and Daniel Sopiwnik serve as executive chef and sous chef, respectively. Wines are exclusively provided by Sutcliffe Winery, just down the road from Dunton. Each guest cabin is fully restored and unique, but fits right in with the rustic environment. A two-minute walk away is a 75-foot waterfall and activities include fly fishing, hiking, rock climbing, rafting and much more. Even more relaxing is the hot springs itself (onsite) and the spa services available to guests.

WHERE TO SHOP: Two Skirts 127 W. Colorado, 970.728.6828

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art 130 E. Colorado, 970.728.3300 telluridegallery. com

La Cocina de Luz 123 E. Colorado, 970.728.9355 lacocinatelluride. com

Allred’s Restaurant Station Saint Sophia (Mtn. Village), 970.728.7474 allredsrestaurant. com

Rustico Ristorante 114 E. Colorado, 970.728.4046 rusticoristorante. com

Siam 200 S. Davis, 970.728.6886

FESTIVALS: For a complete list of festivals, go to

Mountainfilm in Telluride May 25-28


Telluride Balloon Festival

The New Sheridan Bar

Wild West Fest

231 W. Colorado, 970.728.4351

Smuggler’s Brewpub 225 S. Pine Street, 970.728.0919

O’Bannon’s Irish Pub

Jun. 1-3 Jun. 4-9

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Jun. 21-24

Telluride Wine Festival Jun. 27-Jul. 1

121 S. Fir St, 970.728.6139

Telluride Festival of the Arts

Poacher’s Pub (Mtn. Village)

Aug. 17-19

113 Lost Creek Ln, 970.728.9647

Tomboy Tavern (Mtn. Village), 970.728.7467

Telluride Film Festival Aug. 31-Sep. 3

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Sep. 14-16

Pacific St. Pizza 627 W. Pacific, 970.728.1213



SUMMER TRAVEL ISSUE WHERE TO STAY: The Inn on Broadway 411 W. Broadway, 866.207.7075 or 575.388.5485

WHERE TO EAT: The Curious Kumquat


111 E. College, 575.534.0337

Shevek and Co. Restaurant/Wine Bar 602 N. Bullard, 575.534.9168

Cafe Un Mundo 700 N. Bullard, 575.956.8752 Gas station turned into cafe, with great sandwiches and fun ambiance.

Diane’s Restaurant 510 N. Bullard, 575.538.8722

Isaac’s Bar & Grill

Cutting edge dining can be found at The Curious Kumquat (above) in Silver City, along with historic buildings, the nearby Gila Wilderness and a handful of great murals (right), interesting shops and festivals such as the Silver City Blues Festival, which this year features Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys (top right).

200 N. Bullard, 575.388.4090 Bar food fare with live music on certain nights.

Tacos La Palma 1505 Hwy 180 E, 575.654.0111 Find this taco truck, please!

Yankie Creek Coffee House 112 W. Yankie, 575.534.9025

Alotta Gelato 619 N. Bullard, 575.534.4995 Make sure to chat with Mitch.





aking a road trip to somewhere that has always sparked some interest, or to revisit a town which has gifted you with fond memories, very often takes some time. A recent trek to Silver City, in the western part of our state, showed me that driving slowly, on a winding highway, is exhilarating. I am a slow driver, and attribute that to my love of New Mexican landscapes. I drove south to Silver City on I-25, then headed west on the amazing NM152 through the hills. You feel the lore of the old mining towns with every mile. Then you drop down into Silver City, and head downtown where it’s all happening. I am so pleased I chose the Inn on Broadway as my place to stay, just a few blocks off the main strip. The Queen Ann style mansion was built in 1883, and of course has been renovated through the years. But when visitors here pass the blooming gardens and enter the doors, the antiques and the decor takes you to another place in time. The guest rooms at the inn are ample and comfortable. I was greeted by Sandra Hicks (she owns the Inn with her hubby, Ron). Sandra makes you feel right at home, and has the uncanny ability to point you in the right direction of anything you need to check out. She also serves a mighty fine breakfast in the morning. Hearty and delish omelets or pancakes, along with fresh-baked breads, makes one feel like they are eating what your aunt would have served up in the house, years ago. I shared a table with folks who keep returning, which I can now understand after my visit there, as I felt right at home, myself. Right across the street from the Inn is the Silver City Museum. I recommend you make this your first stop of the day. It’s small, but packed with tons of knowledge about the history of Silver City. All of downtown is dotted with


Syzygy Tileworks 106 N. Bullard, 575.388.547

shops and eateries, and I must say, there are some pretty yummy places to nosh. Taste what Chef Rob Connoley has foraged on any given week at The Curious Kumquat. I suggest the Oaxacan sandwich, with house-made molé Colorado with chicken, guacamole, goat cheese and crisp apples — see if your head doesn’t spin like mine did. Or have Chef Shevek choose your menu at his namesake, Shevek and Co. Restaurant, where you’ll be delighted in many ways. As you meander up and down side streets, you will understand why Silver City has become so regaled for its art scene. There are galleries-a-plenty, as well as a number of murals, created by the Youth Mural Program from the Mimbres Region Arts Council. All I can say is WOW! This ought to prompt you to see if you can also get a walk through at Syzygy Tileworks, one of the town’s best businesses, where you can smell the clay when you walk through the door. The people who live and work in Silver City are friendly, to say the least. Their passion for the history of the town is palpable — from the Gila Wilderness just a short drive away, to the hot springs that abound all around the town, and from the spirit of those miners who sought this locale as home to the festivals and art that present in many ways. And they are all abuzz about the renovation and reopending of the Murray Hotel (originally built in 1937) eager to see what’s transformed inside this awesome structure (check the Visitor’s Center for more info). As I drove home — the back way through Reserve to Magdalena to Socorro and home (US-180 W to US-60 E to I-25), relishing a whole new landscape — I pondered the charms of this New Mexican town that would coerce me to drive back to Silver City, again.


Silver City Museum 312 W. Broadway, 575.538.5921

WHERE TO GET INFO: Mimbres Region Arts Council 1201 N. Pope, 575.538.2505

Murray Ryan Visitor’s Center 201 N. Hudson, 575.538.5560

FESTIVALS: 17th Annual Silver City Blues Festival Fri.-Sun., May 25-27

Silver City Clay Festival Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5

Pickamania! Fri.-Sun., Sep. 7-9



ummer is the time to travel, and festivals can provide the perfect excuse for all sorts of fun trips. The following is a list of interesting regional festivals that are all great reasons to hit the road in the coming months.

Neon Desert Music Festival

Denver Post Underground Music Showcase Denver, Colo.

Thu.-Sun., Jul. 19-22 The UMS showcases bands, singer-songwriters, DJs and comedians, all pulled straight from Denver’s crop of underground talent.

El Paso, Tex.

Sat., May 26 Last year’s inaugural event got an excellent response. For the second round, headlining groups and DJs include the Moby DJ set, Mexican Institute of Sound, A-Trak, Sparta and Ghostland Observatory.

Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, Colo.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5 The festival tantalizes attendees with free spirit and wine tastings, accompanied by fruit, cheese and all that jazz.

Flagstaff, Ariz.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest

Sat., Jun. 2

Fort Collins, Colo. Albuquerque-based group The Big Spank is making an appearance with other acts from the region, including Circus Bacchus, Flagstaff’s circus group.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12

Flagstaff Hullabaloo

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Nev.

Fri.-Sun., Jun. 8-10 The carnival site claims this is the largest dance music festival in America, and the $275 price is equally impressive. For the 16th year, they’ll feature more than 100 electronic music acts keeping you up all night for three nights in a row.

The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival Reno, Nev.

Fri.-Sat., Jun. 22-23 This event boasts more than 40 microbrews, offering the classic accompaniment to barbecue and outdoor music.

Fire Fest Austin, Tex.

Sat., Jun. 30 Headlining bands by day make way for DJs by night, though there’s more than music to this festival. This is the only event in which the city permits festivalgoers to set off their own fireworks — and there’s fire-dancing as well.

Music in the Mountains Durango, Colo.

Sun., Jul. 8-Jul. 29 The festival covers ground in classical and world music genres with orchestra, chamber and conservatory performances. All this can be enjoyed from the festival tent in the San Juan Mountains for $5 (grass seats) up to $49. This free event features headlining acts such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Flobots, Earl Scruggs and Friends and some local musical acts on the eight stages. If that’s not enough to hold your interest, there are more than 300 arts, crafts and food booths, two beer gardens and a kid’s area with a carnival.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Lyons, Colo.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19 Attendees should expect a mellower brand of music, like a breezy break from the sweltering heat. The festival opens with a songwriter’s competition with up-and-coming talent from around the world and there are workshops throughout the weekend.

Red Rocks Music Festival Sedona, Ariz.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 24-Sep. 2 For classical music junkies or anyone who enjoys instrumentals unspoiled by lyrics, this is the spot.

Boulder Brew and Music Festival Boulder, Colo.

Sat., Sep. 1 The admission fee of $35 buys you unlimited beer tasting from different microbrews, with music that accompanies the tasting likely to sound better and better as the day goes on.




LAS CRUCES FESTIVALS: For a complete list of festivals, visit

Vans Warped Tour 2012 Jun. 29 NMSU Practice Field 1810 E. University, 575.646.1420

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival May 26-28

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta 575.526.1938

WHERE TO STAY: Lundeen Inn of the Arts 618 South Alameda, 575.526.3326

Meson de Mesilla 1803 Avenida De Mesilla, 575.652.4953

WHERE TO EAT: Tiffany’s Greek Café 755 S. Telshor, 575.532.5002

Russ Smith’s Happy Dog Food Cart 1875 N. Alameda, 575.640.8283 Usually set up in downtown Las Cruces and at the huge Saturday Farmer’s and Crafts Market, this mobile food cart has terrific offerings, including the best veggie burgers in town.



ave you dared make the trip to Las Cruces for the Van’s Warped Tour, the Whole Enchilada Festival or one of the many other festivals put on annually? After all, it’s only three-plus hours from the Central Avenue entrance on to I-25, and you get to go through some of the starkest, untouched and beautiful desert country in all of Nuevo Mexico. But once you arrive in Las Cruces, where to rest your weary bones? There are several interesting small inns, such as Ouida Touchon’s Guest House or the Meson de Mesilla, and folks with plumper check books can try out Josefina’s Old Gate. But for something very unique in this, the “other” New Mexico, check out the funky Lundeen Inn of the Arts. The inn, near downtown Las Cruces, has been in business for 12 years and has 20 very distinctive rooms set in a unique and art-filled atmosphere. The building was built over 100 years ago and has been gently and perfectly restored to its original territorial style. Filled with art of all kinds by local artisans, each room at the Lundeen Inn of the Arts has its own individual flavor, many named after New Mexico artists of note, and the new courtyard is quiet and pleasantly decorated. It is often used for weddings as well. Breakfast is included and offers a variety of entrées, not just the all too often “continental” bill of fare which is gaining too much favor elsewhere. And on occasion, the Lundeens have guest chefs come in to prepare a favorite breakfast treat. While staying with the Lundeens, there are a few other interesting things to do while enjoying the dry heat of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Las Nueva Casita 195 N. Mesquite, 575.523.5434

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing 1 Ardovinos, Sunland Park, 575.589.0653 If you don’t mind a short drive down to the Texas border, Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is the place to go for special occasions or just for the hell of it. The menu ranges from ribeye to pasta di mare, and the atmosphere is memorable.

WHERE TO SHOP: Mesilla Plaza Just south of Las Cruces, this historic town remains a draw for many visitors to the area. The plaza has a number of shops and small galleries, including Julienne Jewelry, which features handmade beadwork by local artist Julienne Hadfield.

COAS Books 317 N. Main, 575.524.8471 The largest used bookstore in the state. Leave the Kindle at home and enjoy, as Jason Robards said in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the “fabulous melancholy of the New Mexican evenings.”



Just a little over three hours south of Albuquerque is Las Cruces, a once sleepy village that is now a bustling city full of great food, festivals like the Whole Enchilada Festival (left) and nearby Mesilla, which is filled with shops, restaurants and, historic adobe buildings (below) and Fountain Theatre, a funky independent film house.







I Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast features seven different spacious rooms, all with their own entry and bathroom, including Gecko’s Garden (pictured), which features a handpainted kiva fireplace, vigas and king size bed. Another unique boading option in Taos is the fabled Mabel Dodge Lujan House (top right), once owned by the late actor Dennis Hopper.



n 1988, I was a young guy from the Pacific Northwest driving a 1968 Jeep Wagoneer from Eugene, Ore., to Taos. The Jeep didn’t make it (I sold it for $100 at an Albuquerque junkyard), but after hitching a ride north, I did make it, and I’ve been hooked on Taos ever since. Like most Albuquerque residents, I don’t get up there enough. So when we started planning for this issue, I volunteered for Taos duty — someone had to. And with a goal of giving festival-goers at events like the Taos Solar Music Festival (June 30-July 1) an idea of where to eat and what to do, it was time to get to work. Fortunately, my travel companions (my girlfriend and her 12-year-old son) and I had lined up a perfect lodging destination. Tucked along the winding roads in the rural-ish neighborhoods just west of Taos Plaza is Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast. You say you’re not a bed and breakfast person? Me either. I tend to be a little asocial when on the road. Getting along with my traveling companions is enough of a challenge, and you want me to gab and laugh with strangers over breakfast? I don’t think so. Dreamcatcher helped me get over this predilection. First, it’s a bed and breakfast set up as a resort or hotel, with private entries and bathrooms for each room — there are seven to choose from at Dreamcatcher. So if you really want to maintain your privacy, there’s nothing stopping you. Second, what’s not to like about peaceful, well-cared-for, beautiful lodging? We pulled into Dreamcatcher’s spacious gravel parking lot on a Friday evening after our drive north. Owners John and Prudy Abeln were away on a trip, so Rochelle Wollard checked us in. We were booked into Gecko’s Garden, a spacious room attached to the main house. Rooms at Dreamcatcher are geared toward couples, and ours had a king bed, fireplace, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and refrigerator. They graciously installed a queen air mattress to accommodate our third person, and the spacious room — with ample floor space, high ceilings and a wall of windows — easily swallowed the three of us. Did I mention how peaceful it is? Getting out of Albuquerque to northern New Mexico destinations is always a welcome treat, and staying at a place where crickets are your main source of sound pollution only adds to the welcome respite from sirens and Air Force jets. Add to that large cottonwoods and evergreens towering over a shaded garden of pathways and patios, and you have a memorable retreat from the rough edges of the workaday world. The breakfast also has me revising my opinion of B&Bs. No bland scrambled eggs and dry bagels here. We stayed two nights, and the first morning featured a tasty frittata, while morning



Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast

Moby Dickens Bookshop

416 La Lomita Road, Taos. 575.758.0613

Mabel Dodge Lujan House 240 Morada Lane, 575.751.9686 mabeldodgeluhan. com

WHERE TO EAT: El Meze 1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575.751.3337 Chef Frederick Muller is creating a stir by creating dishes inspired by the Moorish and Arabic influences present in the Spanish food of New Mexico’s past.

5 Star Burgers 1032 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, 575.758.8484

Los Vaqueros Steak House

124A Bent, 576.758.3050

Overland Sheepskin Co. 1405 N. Highway 522, 575.758.8820

FESTIVALS: Taos Solar Music Festival Sat.-Sun., Jun. 30Jul. 1 Kit Carson Park, 505.758.9191 This year’s event draws such performers as Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos and Michael Franti.

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Fri.-Sun., Jul. 13-15 Taos Pueblo, 575.741.0974

Fiestas de Taos Fri.-Sun., Jul. 20-22 Taos Plaza, 575.758.3733

1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, 575.758.2254

two included blueberry pancakes. The company was quite enjoyable as well, with couples from Colorado, Toronto and Albuquerque, all chatting about their adventures. Part of the attraction of Taos for Albuquerque travelers is the retreat from urban life to a slower, more peaceful pace. Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast doubles down on this side of Taos, offering serene, friendly lodging just 10 minutes on foot from Taos Plaza. For a comfortable, welcoming place to stay, you’re not likely to do better.

SUMMER TRAVEL ISSUE WHERE TO STAY: La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa 330 E. Palace, 855.274.5276

The Residence Club at El Corazon de Santa Fe 103 Catron, 866.721.7800

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi 113 Washington, 505.988.3030

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa 242 Los Pinos, 505.471.3600

WHERE TO SIP: The Matador 116 W. San Francisco, 505.984.5050

Second Street Brewery 1814 2nd, 505.982.3030

Staab House Restaurant 330 East Palace, 505.986.0000

Secreto Bar & Loggia 210 Don Gaspar, 505.983.5700

Outside of NM state borders, the city of Santa Fe is a coveted international vacation destination, one that locals far too often take for granted given its accessibility and accommodation costs. The Residence Club at El Corazon (above and far right) offers a home away from home private residence option that can be split as much as eight ways. This fully accommodated, modern and private community is completely secure and located just a five minute stroll from the Plaza, and popular spots such as The Secreto Bar (near right) at the Hotel St. Francis.

Rouge Cat 101 West Marcy, 505.983.6603

WHERE TO EAT: Il Piatto 95 W. Marcy, 505.984.1091

La Boca


72 W. Marcy, 505.982.3433

Trattoria Nostrani



hrough the eyes of travelers who live outside of New Mexico — be it Europe, Asia, Scandinavia or the East Coast — the city of Santa Fe is an exotic, faraway destination teeming with unique culture, strangely wonderful architecture, a rich and enchanting history and, of course, a valuable cache of culturally diverse artwork. It’s the kind of locale that the most well-traveled people in the world visit, if only once in a lifetime. Does that sound like the Santa Fe you know and may (or may not) love? Probably not. As a rule of thumb, the familiar is rarely considered exotic. The fact that the City Different is so accessible to Albuquerque makes this 400-year-old city an unlikely travel destination for many locals. If you are wont to agree, consider that a trip to Santa Fe, from a strictly localsonly perspective, affords you the luxury of subtracting the time, hassle and cost of air travel from your vacation budget. Those reasons alone may be enough enticement to book a visit. However, the most intriguing incentives for me is flexibility and accessibility. Planning a trip to Paris, London, New York City, Montreal or Hawaii is a daunting proposition. Conversely, making the decision to spend a few days in Santa Fe is swift, without much consequence and can be done over and over again in wildly variant fashion. This past winter, my traveling mate and I spent the weekend soaking in the tubs at Ten Thousand Waves, a traditional Japanese bath house located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. On other visits, we have enjoyed a drawn out dinner at one of Santa Fe’s numerous eateries before taking in a live music show (The Pixies, Morrissey, Junior Brown), followed by a nightcap

304 Johnson, 505.983.3800

Tulips at The Matador, the Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar or Staab House before turning in for a one-night stay at one of the city’s many hotels within walking distance, such as Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe or the Inn of the Anasazi. Just prior to our most recent Santa Fe excursion, we were clued in to the spacious and immaculate abodes of The Residence Club at El Corazon de Santa Fe, located just a few blocks from the Plaza. This sprawling plot consists of 22 two-bedroom residences, each of which adhere to Santa Fe’s adobe aesthetic and exude a very “at-home” feel — full kitchen and dining room, multiple baths, secure parking and housekeeping service. The catch? This is not a hotel. Rather, each space is a privately-owned, perfectly located and beautifully designed retreat that can be split up as much as eight ways and swapped out, depending on availability. Given my earlier premise, having your own “home” here adds to the flexibility of Santa Fe; one that can be shared with up to seven friends and family members throughout the year. As for summer activities in and around Santa Fe, take your pick. Spend an entire week eating and drinking your way across the city, appeal to your sense of adventure with a biking, hiking or rafting tour ( or overexpose your eyes to Santa Fe’s rich art and museum scene. Shop for oneof-a-kind furniture, jewelry, pottery and rugs, book a lengthy list of indulgent spa treatments or take a walking tour of the city in many divergent manners — art, astronomy, natural history, wine, cooking, fishing or even geocaching. Get the feeling a single visit to Santa Fe could never be enough? Take comfort, then, that this acclaimed international travel destination is a short jaunt and impulsive whim away from your front door. You are the envy of global jetsetters everywhere.

222 N. Guadalupe, 505.989.7340

FESTIVALS: Thirsty Ear Festival Jun. 6-10

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Jul. 15-Aug. 25

Art Santa Fe Jul.12-15

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Jul.13-15

SOFA West Aug. 2-5



KIDS’ SUMMER ACTIVITY GUIDE NO NEED TO STRESS THIS SUMMER about what to do with the kiddos. Local iQ has you covered through the season with plenty of activities for kids and the kid in you. Keep this guide handy when you hear the inevitable “there’s nothing to do!” come from the back seat of the car. WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY



1800 Tingley SW 505.768.2000

¡EXPLORA! With three fishing lakes, a model boating pond, food services and more, Tingley Beach provides nearly everything a beach-goer could need. Well, except for the ocean.

Bosque Moonlight Hike The Bosque is even more beautiful by moonlight, and a trek through it will be even more exciting with the benefits of a guided tour.

7-8:30p, Tue., Jun. 19 & Tue., Jul. 17 Tingley Beach train station $10, $5 Chi./Sen.


Albuquerque Folk Festival Camp out for the weekend or just stay for a day full of folk music.

10a-11p, Sat., Jun. 2 Albuquerque Balloon Museum 9201 Balloon Museum NE $20, children 12-18, $5, kids free

Fractal Shows The Planetarium has expanded its awardwinning fractal productions: more days, more science and more fractals.

6p, 7p, 8p on 1st and 3rd Fri. of each month New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 1801 Mountain NW, 505.841.2800 $10, $7 Sen., $5 Chi.

Freedom Fourth Albuquerque’s annual Fourth of July celebration will include live music, food — oh, and some fireworks too.

4-10p, Wed., Jul. 4 Balloon Fiesta Park 5000 Balloon Fiesta NE, 505.768.5324 FREE ($10 parking)

Herbfest Horticulturists and the casual flower-buyer alike will appreciate the goods at the Rio Grande Nature Center’s Herbfest.

10a-4p, Sun., May 13 Rio Grande Nature Center 2901 Candelaria NW, 505.344.7240 FREE ($3 parking)



1701 Mountain NW • 505.224.8300 ADMISSION: $8, $5 Sen., $4 Chi.

¡Explora! Toddler Time The museum opens an hour early each Monday to teach toddlers about science.

9-11a, Mondays

¡Explora! Adult Night Live music and a range of exhibits and activities give adults a chance to visit Explora without the kids.

6:30-10p, Fri., May 18 and Fri., Jul. 20 $8, $5 Sen.

ALBUQUERQUE AQUARIUM 2601 Central NW • 505.764.6200 ADMISSION: $7/$3

Even the desert has its fair share of aquatic animals. The Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium houses all sorts of marine species, from sea turtles to sharks, in a fun and educational environment.

Albuquerque Aquarium Overnight Sleep with the sharks — or at least nearby — during an aquarium sleepover. Included during this family-friendly night will be games and crafts, facts about ocean species, an ocean film festival and a “touchpool” visit.

7p-8a, Fri.-Sat., May 18-19 $30

Albuquerque Aquarium World Ocean Day We can still appreciate the ocean here in Albuquerque — even if we are land-locked.

10a-2p, Thu., Jun. 7 FREE (w/ admission) $7/$3

Sustainable Seafood Festival Music, wine —and some of the best seafood you can find in the desert.

6-9p, Thu., Jun. 7 FREE (w/ admission) $7/$3

ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE 505.924.2255 Tickets: 800.745.3000, or at park box office TICKETS: $7- $25 Albuquerque’s favorite chemical-elementturned-baseball-team is back and ready for another season, 50 cent hot dog nights and all.

Apr.-Sep. (game times vary) Isotopes Park 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE, 505.924.2255

NEW MEXICO STATE PARKS Bodacious Butterfly Festival Learn the “martial art of butterfly stalking” with a weekend of butterfly arts and other programs.

9a-3p, Sat.-Sun., Jun. 23- Jun. 24 Sugarite Canyon State Park NM 525, northeast of Raton 575.445.5607

Fireworks Display Watch a magnificent firework display over Elephant Butte Lake, starting at dark.

Sat., Jun. 30 Elephant Butte Lake State Park 575.744.0308 Park fees waived from 6-9p  

OspreyFest 2012

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK 4800 Osuna NE 505.881.9373, TICKETS: $25 With a new water park along with the same favorite rides and games, Cliff’s is the destination for many a child, teen and adult combating summertime lethargy.

RIO GRANDE ZOO 903 10th NW • 505.764.6200 ADMISSION: $7/$3 Concerts, fiestas and … bears? Oh my! Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Zoo offers over 250 species of animals and a variety of familyfriendly activities throughout the year — especially during the summer months.

Rio Grande Zoo Concert Series Zoo Music is back, with over two months of performances to satisfy any music-lover. Even the animals will be singing along on these summer nights.

7:30p, Fri., Jun. 22- Aug. 10 $10, /$5 Sen., $3 Chi.

Rio Grande Zoo Father’s Day Fiesta

Curious about raptors? Want to spend a weekend of taking boat tours and nature walks? OspreyFest is for you.

Jul. 13-15 Heron Lake, Amarilla NM 95, 11 miles west of Tierra 800.605.2411

Youth Daze Bring the kids out for water games and a cookout at Lake Sumner— it doesn’t get any more summer-y than that.

9:30a-2p, Sat., Jul. 21 Sumner Lake State Park NM 203, north of Fort Sumner 575.355.2541


With butterflies, flowers and more, the Botanic Garden is the City’s perfect summer destination.

Garden Night Walk This guided tour at the Botanic Garden will lead participants in an exploration for night-blooming plants, nocturnal animals and night pollinators.

7:30-9p, Tue., Jun. 26, Tue., Jul. 24 $10/$6 Chi./Sen.

Summer Nights Concert Series

Celebrate Father’s Day at the zoo with Latin music and giveaways.

Country, folk, pop, jazz — bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and get a taste of local and regional acts.

1-5p, Sun., Jun. 10 $7, $3 Chi./Sen.

7p, Thu., Jun. 14-Aug. 23 $10, $5 Sen., $3 Chi.

Rio Grande Zoo Roar and Snore

PNM Butterfly Pavilion Opening

Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to pitch their tents and spend the night with Albuquerque’s favorite animals. The event will include sing-alongs, time to explore the zoo and, in true Girl Scout fashion, a friendship circle on Sunday morning.

It’s not summer in Albuquerque without the BioPark’s perennial Butterfly Pavilion.

6:30p-8a, Sat.-Sun., Jun. 2-3 $40  

Did you know that Albuquerque has over 100 species of dragonfly? Learn about one of the oldest insects on earth at the ABQ BioPark.

Rio Grande Zoo Twilight Tour

10a-2p, Sat., Jul. 14 FREE (w/ regular admission) $7/$3 (Chi./Sen.)

Summer nights bring out some animals that can’t be found in the daytime.

10a-2p, Fri., May 25 $7/$3 (Chi./Sen.)

Dragonfly Festival

6:30-8:30p, Tue., Jun. 12, Jul. 10 Pre-registration required $15, $10 Chi./Sen.




Harry Potter Camp: Jun. 10-16, $400 Sr. High Fantasy Camp: Jun. 10-16, $400

UNM Continuing Education Summer Camps and Classes Future computer scientists, artists, musicians, architects, athletes, anthropolgists: you get the idea, UNM has something for every kid at their summer camps and classes.

Outdoor Adventure Camp: Jun. 17-23, $400 Summer Fun Camp: Jul. 1-7, $400

May 30-Jul. 30 1634 University NE, 505.277.0698 $35-$335

Narnia Camp: Jul. 8-14, $400

Camp BioPark

Jr. High Adventure Camp 2: Jul. 8-14, $400 + $50 rafting fee

Camp BioPark includes hands-on, nature-focused activities at three kid-favorite locales.

Rio Grande Zoo 903 10th SW, 505.764.6200 Albuquerque Aquarium & Botanical Gardens 2601 Central NW, 505.764.6200 Tingley Beach 1800 Tingley SW, 505.768.2000 $125-$220 per week 505.848.7180 •

Camp Shaver A typical day at Camp Shaver includes campfires, games, and activities in three different categories: Arts, Sports and Adventure. Kids of all ages will find their niche at the YMCA’s long-loved summer camp.

Sessions from Jun. 3- Aug. 4 22900 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, $450-$550 per week 575.829.3572 •

Camp Stoney This Christian camp encourages the traditional aspects of growth in faith, while putting a creative spin on summer activities.

7855 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, 505.983.5610 • Family/Alumni Camp: May 25-28, $150/ $100 (Chi.) Sr. High Adventure Camp: Jun. 3-9, $400 + $100 rafting fee


Jr. High Adventure Camp 1: Jun. 17-23, $400 + $50 rafting fee


Arts & Crafts Camp: Jul. 1-7, $400 + $50 materials fee

Grace Camp: Jul. 15-21, scholarships provided Sr. High Leadership Camp: Jul. 15-21, $400

Clear Mind Camp It’s never too early to get out in touch with the wild. Children learn to increase awareness of themselves, each other and the natural world in 78 acres of the eastern Sandia Mountains.

Two week full-day: $425 Two week half-day: $215

Hummingbird Music Camp For many musicians in New Mexico, Hummingbird has provided an opportunity to hone skills, learn a new instrument, and make valuable memories—both on and off the stage.

Music Weeks: May 27-Jul. 29 Art Weeks: May 27-Jun. 24 Chess Week: Jun. 24-Jul. 1 104 Hummingbird Road, Jemez Springs, 575.829.3060 $565 per week

New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues Aspiring rockers will spend one day each week writing music, working with instructors and forming their own bands during these eight-week sessions. Rock on.

The Cell Theatre 700 1st NW, 505.766.9412 $395 for eight weeks

Jun. 10-16 (ages 8-13) 505.750.3653

SUMMERFEST ¡Explora! Summer Camp ¡Explora! is turning science classrooms into summer camps for 5 to 15-year-olds interested in science, technology and art.

Weekly, Jun. 4- Aug. 3 ¡Explora! 1701 Mountain NW, 505.224.8341 $150

Each summer, the City of Albuquerque hosts a variety of summer events: Summerfest includes food, merchants and plenty of music for the whole family.

Centennial Summerfest (Downtown) 12-11p, Sat., Jun. 16

Harwood Summer Art Camp

Route 66 Summerfest:

Hip hop dance, ceramics and theater are just a few of the classes available at Harwood Art Center’s Summer Art Camps. Creative kids are sure to love this opportunity to shine.

all day, Sat., Jul. 21

Harwood Art Center 1114 7th NW, 505.242.6367 Jun. 4-Jun. 15; Jun. 18-Jun. 29; Jul. 2-Jul. 13; Jul. 16-Jul. 27

West Side Summerfest (at Cottonwood Mall) 6-10:30p, Sat., Aug. 18 FREE




Formed in 1985 in Downtown Los Angeles, seminal rock foursome Jane’s Addiction was a prime mover in the alternative movement. Originally comprised of bassist Eric Avery, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and vocalist Perry Ferrell paving the way for the popularity of other bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Armed with a new recording, 2011’s The Great Escape Artist, the group (minus Avery, plus current bassist Chris Chaney) will perform at Kiva Auditorium on Wed., May 30.

Fertile soil Seminal alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction continues its sometimes tumultuous, always interesting saga with a tour and new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist’ sense of a punk rock element in Downtown L.A., but still the love of Sunset heavy metal.” n the 2008 film, The Wrestler, there’s a scene in which Jane’s Addiction, which originally included bassist Eric Mickey Rourke’s character is dancing to the Ratt song Avery, guitarist Dave Navarro, Perkins and vocalist Perry “Round and Round” and tells Marisa Tomei’s character that music was great in the ’80s — citing Guns N’ Ferrell, released its first album in 1987. The self-titled release Roses, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard — until Kurt Cobain was, oddly, a live recording. However, the band had already came along and ruined it for everyone in the ’90s. received a large cash advance from Warner Bros. Records and soon commenced recording its first studio album, 1988’s In actuality, it was all Jane’s Addiction’s fault. Nothing’s Shocking, a record that, at once, essentially sealed This unexpected and innovative rock foursome that was the fate of heavy metal and changed the “bred and spread” in Los Angeles beginning framework of all music that followed. It was in 1985 played a huge role in suppressing the the dawn of the alternative movement and Jane’s hair metal movement that was happening in the world had one band to thank (or blame): the same city at the time, just a ways down Addiction Jane’s Addiction. the road. WITH THE DUKE SPIRIT “We sold a great amount of records in “In LA, the (Sunset) Strip was still going 8:30p, Wed., May 30 1989 and ’90, but nothing compared to the on,” Jane’s Addiction founding member and Kiva Auditorium Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana or Alice In drummer Stephen Perkins recalled of the 401 2nd NW, 505.768.4575 Chains,” Perkins noted. “It’s like we were the late ’80s L.A. music scene in a recent Local $48 soil and they were the flower that grew out.” iQ interview. “There was still GNR and Ratt. Tickets: Like most pioneering acts, Jane’s Addiction But the Strip would end at midnight or 1 a.m. didn’t reap the rewards of what it created, just Our scene in Downtown L.A. would start at the praise for starting the movement. 2 a.m. So we would get hair metal cats like Faster Pussycat and all those guys hanging “It think we sold a million records to a out at the Jane’s shows.” million artists,” Perkins estimated. “We didn’t sell 10 million records to 10 million music fans.” Perkins went on to describe the turning point when the era of metal was effectively doomed and the word “alternative” After the group’s second studio recording, 1990’s Ritual was ushered into the vernacular of modern music. De Lo Habitual, and subsequent year-long tour, it promptly “You kind of realized,” Perkins added, “that there was that disbanded and didn’t reunite in any significant fashion until moment where even the hair metal bands were bored of it, 10 years later, minus Avery and with a new scope and sound. and they wanted something fresh. There was definitely that Ferrell, Perkins and Navarro added bassist Chris Chaney and BY KEVIN HOPPER




recorded Strays, which included the single “Superhero,” now the theme of the HBO series Entourage. Currently, the band is on tour in support of The Great Escape Artist, which was released last fall, and will appear at Albuquerque’s Kiva Auditorium on May 30. When asked how the newer version of Jane’s Addiction compares to the same band from 20 years ago, Perkins cited personality as the common tie. “To me, if you listen to ‘Whores’ or ‘Pigs In Zen,’ (from Nothing’s Shocking) and then you put on our new record and listen to ‘Underground’ or ‘Irresistible Force,’ (from The Great Escape Artist) what you hear is personality,” Perkins said. “You can hear our personalities in the music. You can hear that we’re all into different types of music. My record collection is different than Dave’s, Dave’s is different than Perry’s. The Jane’s Addiction sound has always been very eclectic and ultra-aware of, not only sensitive moments, but really harsh, dark, disgusting moments. And we put all of that into one story.” Thankfully for both the band’s fans and the slew of artists they have influenced over the years, the story of Jane’s Addiction continues, despite the uncertain state of the music industry and its corporate leanings. “That’s the thing with music today,” Perkins added. “Like anything, you get a beautiful idea and it’s dangerous, and you get a handful of people who support it. And then there’s money. And then there’s corporations. And then there’s touring and t-shirts and all of that. How do you stay dangerous? How do keep that fist tight and not let all that stuff in?”



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On Sat., May 19 from Noon to 7p, The Mine Shaft Tavern (2846 NM 14, 505.473.0743, in Madrid will host Junior Brown under the Big Tent of the CrawDaddy Blues Fest. Other performing acts include Desert SW Blues Band, Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess and Teri True & The Groove Tribe. Tickets: $15.

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KGB CLUB 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

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Los Pinguos 7:30p, $15-20

Club Warehouse-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino



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The Cooperage

Amped Performance Center

Thursday Night Girl Fight: The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Shoulder Voices, Glass Menageries, Monica & Kirby 9p, $5

En-Joy CUBAN SALSA 9:30p, $10 Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

“MiM Rocks the Family” ft. La Chat Lunatique, Ya Ya Boom, Beke Dragoste 7:30p, $10-15

Perfect Stranger 9p, FREE

Aqua Bar-Sheraton Airport Hotel

Low Spirits



Willy J & The Storytellers, Matt Pooley, Mary Blacklock, Dominic Petine 9p, $4

La Junta, Crazy Fool, The Blue Hornets 9:30p, $5

Blackbird Buvette

Low Spirits



Jonny Cats, Pancakes!, Adam Hooks & His Hang Up 9p, $5

Blue Tower-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Jam Night with The Rudy Boy Experiment 9p-1a, FREE

Marble Brewery

DJ Quico 9p, FREE

Marble Brewery

Square One Quartet 8-11p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Shamani 8-11p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

Marcello’s Chophouse

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

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

Molly’s Bar

Molly’s Bar

Johnny Wells 1:30-5p, FREE RPM 5:30, FREE

Jeez Laweez 1:30-5p, FREE Weldon Good Band 5:30p, FREE

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Monte Vista Fire Station

Bill West Duo & Steve Terwilliger Quartet 6:30p, FREE

Felix y Los Gatos 9p, FREE

Q Bar


Sid Fendley & Ken Battat 6:30p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar

N4th Theater

Square One Quintet JAZZ 8p, FREE

Los Pinguos 7:30p, $17-20

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Pueblo Harvest Patio

Santa Fe Flute Choir 1p, FREE

Le Chat Lunatique 6p, FREE

Soul Kitchen 6-9p, $5 (includes all you can eat horno baked pizza)


FRI 18 Aqua Bar-Sheraton Airport Hotel

DJ AQUATTRO 5-10p, FREE Barley Room

The Rudy Boy Experiment 9p-noon, FREE Blackbird Buvette

The Vapors w/ Speed One & DJ Cello 10p, FREE Blue Tower-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

DJ Quico 9p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

The Plastic Revolution, Vanna Inget 10p, FREE Casa Esencia

DJ Dynamix TOP 40 9:30p, $20 (men)

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Stabbed In Back, Latch Key Kids, Molat the Tank, Ghost Circles 10p, FREE Club Warehouse-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

DJ Shurbeat 9p, FREE The Cooperage

Cafe Mocha SALSA 9:30p, $7 Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

DJ Marc Anthony 8p, FREE Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine & Fiber Art

Q Bar

Locals Only Emcee Battle: Definition Rare, Kayohes, DJ Shakedown 9:30p

Poema 9p, FREE

Low Spirits

Scalo Il Bar

Wagogo and Mala Mana 8:30p, $6

Inside Out JAZZ 8:30p, FREE

Ned’s on the Rio Grande

Sheraton Uptown Lounge

Songbird in Flight: Shirlette Weathersby JAZZ 5:30-7:30p, FREE

The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p1a, FREE Marble Brewery

Sports Bar-Cities of Gold Casino

Aladocious 8-11p, FREE

DJ Marc Anthony 9p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

St. Stephens United Methodist Church

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

Bebe La La ft. Alicia Ultan & Maryse Lapierre 7-9p, FREE

The Mine Shaft Tavern under the Big Tent

Turquoise Trail-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Final Verdict 10p, FREE

CrawDaddy Blues Fest w/ Desert SW Blues Band, Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess, Junior Brown, Teri True & The Groove Tribe Noon-7p, $15






Sol Santa Fe

Molly’s Bar

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars 7p, $25

Swamp Deville 1:30-5p, FREE The Impalas 5:30p, FREE


Monte Vista Fire Station


The Rudy Boy Experiment 9-1a, FREE

Blackbird Buvette

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Ken Battat & Friends 6:30p, FREE

Body Language w/ Reverend Mitton 9p, FREE

OPA! Bar at Yanni’s

Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Saudade 7-10p, FREE

Albuquerque’s True School 10p, FREE

Pueblo Harvest Patio

Nosotros 6-9p, $5 (includes all you can eat horno baked pizza) Q Bar

Dj Dynamixx TOP 40 9p, $10 (men) Scalo Il Bar

Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

DJ Starr Karaoke 8p, FREE Launchpad

Charlie Christian Project w/ Bobby Shew JAZZ 8:30p, FREE

Hub City Stompers, Duke City Bombers, Domestic Violence, Intoxicated 9p, $8

Turquoise Trail-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Low Spirits

Final Verdict 10p, FREE

Marble Brewery



Elizabeth Cook, Tim Carroll 9p, $12 The Fabulous Martini Tones 5-7p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse

Blackbird Buvette

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

Me Myself, and I: A Night of Solo Music 9p, FREE

Molly’s Bar

Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

DJ Quico 8p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase w/ Jared Putnam 8:30p, FREE

Squash Blossom Boys BLUEGRASS 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos

Sunday Chatter 10:30a, $5-15 Launchpad

Skyline Records, Wrecc Shop Clicc, 2nd Suns, Mighty, Young J, Str8 Se7en, Emergency, Mic Checkk & Cocinaughty, Profound, Relative Red We Recin Em, KRzMA, Nadi B, Gaddo Spekktakk, Prem Skee, D-Cryption, EZ Money, Hypnotik & Freshman 4p, $10-$15

Kindred Spirit 5:30p, FREE Sid Fendley 6:30p, FREE

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

The Peacemakers FOLK/POP 6-9p, FREE



Aqua Bar-Sheraton Airport Hotel

EN-joy & Cuban Timba 5-10p, FREE Blackbird Buvette

Low Life w/ DJ Caterwaul 9p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge


CLkCLKBNG & Guests 10p, FREE

Rudy Boys Blues & Brews ft. DC Rockers 3-7p, FREE


The Mine Shaft Tavern under the Big Tent

Low Spirits

CrawDaddy Blues Fest w/ Todd Tijerina, Broomdust Caravan, Felix y Los Gatos, The Ruebarbs Noon-7p, $10 O’Niell’s Pub (Central)

Red Elvises, Texylvania 9p, $10 Briscoe Darling, Kimo, Next Three Miles 9p, $5 Malarky’s

Jam Night with The Rudy Boy Experiment 9-1a, FREE

Holy Water & Whiskey BLUEGRASS 4-7p, FREE

Marble Brewery

Sol Santa Fe

Marcello’s Chophouse

Edward Ka-Spel & Phil “Silverman” Knight of the Legendary Pink Dots 7p, $15

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

MON 21 Blackbird Buvette

Kammo’s Karaoke 9p, FREE

The Goatheads 8-11p, FREE Molly’s Bar

Pegeen Lorena 1:30-5p, FREE Badfish 5:30p, FREE Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Bach to Rock with John Martinez 6:30p, FREE Q Bar


DJ Quico 9p, FREE

God Module, Twitch the Ripper, Mordacious, Diverje, Torso, DJ Fetality 9p, $6

Man No Sober ROOTS/ROCK 8p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

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



Scalo Il Bar

FRI 25 Annapurna World Vegetarian Cafe on Silver

Blackbird Buvette

Jazz Brasileiro 7-9p, FREE

The Misery Jackals 10p, FREE

Aqua Bar-Sheraton Airport Hotel

Burt’s Tiki Lounge


Across Tundras 10p, FREE

Balloon Museum

The Cooperage

NM Jazz 7p, FREE

African Music and Dance Extravaganza 12:30p, $3

El Pinto

Blackbird Buvette

The Peacemakers FOLK/POP 5:308:30p, FREE

Mega Blast w/ Dave 12 & Gabe 10p, FREE

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery


Blue Tower-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino


DJ ArchAngel 9p, FREE

Eat a Hellicopter, Aioticev, Ominus Capra, Seduced by the Sixes 9p, $4

Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Molly’s Bar

ROO, Becoming Relics, Red Light Cameras, Panphobia 10p, FREE

Southwest Wind 5:30p, FREE

Casa Esencia

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Dan Harman 6:30p, FREE Q Bar

Frank Chewiwie LATIN JAZZ 7-9p, FREE

DJ Sez & DJ Devin TOP 40 9p, $20 (men) Club Warehouse-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Tequila Rain COUNTRY 9p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar

Johnny Bones BLUES/FOLK 8:30p, FREE







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The Rudy Boy Experiment 9p, CALL Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

Danny Duran & Slo Burnin COUNTRY 9p, FREE Launchpad

Three Bad Jacks, Cowboys and Indian, Burque Burlesque, The Hi-Lo Tones 9p, $10 Low Spirits

Felix y Los Gatos, Chris Dracup, Hillary Smith 9p, $6 Marble Brewery

Three String Bale 8-11p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse

Scalo Il Bar

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

Jazz Under Glass w/ Cal Haines 8:30p, FREE

Molly’s Bar

Sheraton Uptown Lounge

Gene Corbin 1:30-5p, FREE Paradox 5:30p, FREE

Songbird in Flight: Shirlette Weathersby JAZZ 5:30-7:30p, FREE

Monte Vista Fire Station

Sol Santa Fe

Man No Sober 9p, FREE

Adventure Club 7p, $20

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Sports Bar-Cities of Gold Casino

Sid Fendley & Ken Battat 6:30p, FREE

DJ Marc Anthony 9p, FREE

Pueblo Harvest Patio

Jackie Zamora’s Brazilian Sextet 6-9p, $5 (includes all you can eat horno baked pizza) Q Bar


Turquoise Trail-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Cuarenta y Cinco 10p, FREE



Aqua Bar-Sheraton Airport Hotel

DJ AQUATTRO 5-10p, FREE Blackbird Buvette

Cosmic Dancing w/ Brendangerous and Nicolatron 10p, FREE Blue Tower-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

DJ ArchAngel 9p, FREE Bosque House Concert

Eliza Rickman 7:30p, $12 donation Reservations: 505.232.9868 Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Desert Nois, Get Along, The Glass Menageries 10p, FREE Club Warehouse-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

DJ 12 Tribe 9p, FREE The Cooperage

Nosotros SALSA 9:30p, $7 Corrales Brewery Bistro

Spankey 6-9p, FREE Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

DJ Marc Anthony 9p, FREE Launchpad

Burlesque Noir Presents: Burlesque in the Wild Wild West 9p, $10 Low Spirits

Teenage Werewolves, High Iron 8:30p, Call for price Marble Brewery

Johnny Bones 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse

Tony Roriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Bar

Still Rockn’ 1:30-5p, FREE Dangerous Curvz 5:30p, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station

The Bus Tapes 9p, FREE Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Ken Battat & Friends 6:30p, FREE Pueblo Harvest Patio

Le Chat Lunatique 6-9p, $5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 32



smart MUSIC


he year 2012 has already been a great year in new music, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s Rot Gut, Domestic is just one of the reasons for that. This release is the band’s most languid yet powerful album to date. There is a dark, vast feeling that comes across in the music that has a poppy tendency while maintaining a grainy, primal energy that sets Rot Gut, Domestic at a higher level than previous releases from the band. The album was recorded over a mere 10-day period in which the Nukes Margot & The Nuclear So turned out this gem of a journey and So’s through styles and mood swings. 7p, Sun., May 27 Each song on the album takes you Launchpad down a twisting trail of emotions 618 Central SW, 505.764.8887 and stories. It carries along with a grimy, grungy charm that leaves $12 you with an unsettled smile on your face as you go back for a second listen. From the raw, driving power of songs like “Shannon” and “Disease Tobacco Free” to the eerily endearing story of a woman’s affair with a jailed killer in “A Journalist Falls in Love,” it is evident that the Nukes are unlike the rest of the pack. Don’t miss the Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s and the captivating live show that accompanies one of the best albums of 2012. —Justin De La Rosa

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators 8p, Sat., May 26 Route 66 Casino Hotel 14500 Central SW, 505.352.7829




ost bands and musicians 25 years into their careers are touring on the same old material, but Slash is one guitar legend who has continually moved forward, maintaining a fresh, new edge with each project he takes on. His latest work, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, is a big step forward in his already stellar career. His new project isn’t a forced regurgitation of past efforts; it’s an endeavor that has allowed Slash and Kennedy the opportunity to collaborate on a chemistry-driven album, Apocalyptic Love. Kennedy was the singer for Slash’s first solo tour in 2010, and that was all it took to know they would make a record together. “I decided when I was on the road that these guys would be perfect to do a straight-ahead rock n’ roll record,” said Slash in an interview with Local iQ. “We had just a magic kind of chemistry from the very beginning.” That chemistry is definitely audible. One listen to the group’s first single, “You’re a Lie,” and it sounds like they’ve been working together for years. Slash said he likes what they have going, and it isn’t a one-off deal. “I think there’s a lot of potential to keep growing as songwriters. I think there’s definitely a future for this particular lineup.” —Justin De La Rosa For the entire interview with Slash, visit the music section at

ubstep has received something of a bad rap over the past year or two as it has grown in popularity. It seems as if you tell someone you like dubstep, they will either roll their eyes and tell you they hate it or say something to the effect of, “Yeah, bro! dubstep!” What is often forgotten about electronic dance music, or EDM as it became know after originating in England, is that there are pioneers of dubstep who have been dropping dub beats to a different tune for the better part of a decade. One of the masters of the genre is Leeds, England, native Rusko. Turning out dub tracks since 2006, Rusko does it in a more refined and digestible manner that sets him apart from the heavy hitters that are only in it for the “drop.” His songs have strayed from the deep dark side of dubstep and draw on a more upbeat feel that has a more broadly appealing element. Aside from his own work, Rusko has remixed tracks for artists like The Temper Trap and Lady GaGa. When Rusko drops into the Duke City, he’s sure to bring with him a dubstep refresher and a dance party of redemption. —Justin De La Rosa

Rusko 8p, Sun., May 27 Sunshine Theater 120 Central SW, 505.764.0249 $35





DJ Sez TOP 40 9p, $10 (men) Scalo Il Bar

South Side Sonny w/ Doug Lawrence JAZZ 8:30p, FREE Sol Santa Fe

Red Elvises w/ The Surf Lords 7p, $12 Sunshine Theater

Andre Nickatina w/ MUMBLS 9p, $20 Turquoise Trail-Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Cuarenta y Cinco 10p, FREE Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

Roger Jameson’s Jaded Heart Trio 9p, FREE



Blackbird Buvette

Slamming Gears 8p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

7 Horns 7 Eyes w/ Stealing Axion 10p, FREE Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks will perform on Mon., May 28 at Sol Santa Fe next to Santa Fe Brewing Co. Show at 7p. $22 cover.

DJ Quico 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery

Keith Sanchez 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos Marcello’s Chophouse


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

Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, Dinosaur Feathers, Whispertown 8p, $12 Low Spirits

Horse Feathers, Wildewood 8p, $10 Malarky’s

Rudy Boys Blues & Brews ft. Eric Owens & Chuck Lucero 3-7p, FREE O’Niell’s Pub (Central)

Curio Cowboys FOLK 4-7p, FREE Sunshine Theater

RUSKO 8p, $35

Coast 11-2:30p, Odd Dog 3-6p, Missing Stateside 6:30p, FREE Sol Santa Fe

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks 7p, $22



Blackbird Buvette

The Vinyl Frontier ft. DJ Lunchbox and DJ Green 10p, FREE



Blackbird Buvette

Lindy Vision, The Limbs & Shanahan 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Albuquerque’s True Skool 10p, FREE Corrales Brewery Bistro

Spankey 6-9p, FREE Golden Cantina-Cities of Gold Casino

DJ Starr KARAOKE 8p, FREE Launchpad

Tumbleweeds BLUEGRASS 6-9p, FREE

Ceremony, Royal Headache 8p, $10


Low Spirits

Chelsea Wolfe 9:30p, $8

Kammo’s Karaoke 9p, FREE

The Supervillains, Kayavibe, Mondo Vibrations, The Reagan Motels 8p, $10


Molly’s Bar

Marcello’s Chophouse

Triple X 5:30p, FREE

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

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Molly’s Bar

Dan Harman 6:30p, FREE

Steve Kinabrew 5:30p, FREE

Q Bar

Mykonos Cafe & Tavern

Frank Chewiwie LATIN JAZZ 7-9p, FREE

Sid Fendley 6:30p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar

Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE


Blackbird Buvette

The Real McKenzies, Civet, Who Killed Carla?, Mexican Violence 8p, $12 Marble Brewery

Red Light Cameras, The Great Depression, Double Plow, The Temporary Tattoos, Vertigo Venus, MRDRBRD 1-8p, FREE


Molly’s Bar

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery




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

Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner SONG-

Marble Brewery

Eric From Philly 5-7p, FREE

Scalo Il Bar



SUBMIT TO LO CAL i Q The next deadline is May 23 for the May 31 issue. Send entries to: f: 888.520.9711 a: PO Box 7490 ABQ., N.M. 87194

Name of Exhibit/Event Description of exhibit/event VENUE/GALLERY ADDRESS website List events any time @

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Opening May 26 at 516 Arts in Downtown Albuquerque, the Time Pieces art exhibition will feature the ceramic and printed word pieces of Miriam Sagan (above) and photographs of Albuquerque “orphan signs” that have been turned into art pieces (right) by Ellen Babcock.



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New 516 Arts exhibit blends three distinct projects into a stunning whole




ith so many issues stirred up by current events in today’s world it seems impossible to narrow in on one subject, especially in art. Yet 516 ARTS is hosting a show featuring three vastly different art projects with various notions of time and place that come together seamlessly. Time Pieces is a collection of artist collaborations spanning such diverse elements as animals, landscapes Time and time. Pieces “Wendover Landing,” 6p, Sat., May 26 a collection of ceramic 516 ARTS messenger pigeons 516 Central SW, with specific messages, 505.242.1445 was organized by FREE poet Miriam Sagan and utilizes the talent of textile artist Alisa Dworsky and sculptor Christy Hengst. Sagan described the process to Local iQ: “I’ve been writing about beauty, and then destruction. I’m working with two sculptors, though it doesn’t necessarily start with words or images.” The unique way of combining words and objects is hauntingly beautiful. Sagan’s previous experiences led her to this project. “I had this experience of being in a very remote, solitary, scary setting on the edge of a bombing range,” she explained. “It’s a pretty masculine landscape. It was very lonely.” Sagan said she wanted to work with the experience in her art, and what happened with

Sex & the Burque Performed by The Dolls. See what “Sex and the City” is like in Albuquerque. 8p, Thu.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., $15

the project as it evolved and she attempted to digest it was that “it became feminine, inviting. The words on the birds ... are an attempt to create a remoteness in a very different way.” “Common Language” and “Punctuating the Landscape” by Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, respectively, look at the similarities and differences in places across the world through installations within landscapes and the photographic and video documentation of the results. Davidoff told Local iQ: “Using the funding from an artist grant, we got to Finland with purposefully no idea of what we wanted to do and just wanted to work in the landscape and let our surroundings dictate the project. We came back to the Chihuahua desert and continued the work in a vehicle.” Beginning with digital cameras, their process of developing photographs is popular in Europe and Asia, but is rarely used in the United States. The high-process printing on aluminum gives a sheen and texture that is different than other prints, dually focusing on the aesthetics as well as the content of two diverse places. “I think both of our works focuses on the idea of taking a closer look at the landscape around you and seeing the connections both historical and present-day,” Davidoff said. “Friends of the Orphan Signs” was arranged by Ellen Babcock as a way of creating beauty from abandoned signs. “After traveling, I came back to New Mexico for a position at the university. I realized I didn’t have much familiarity with the city, and the graduate students I was with didn’t have much either,” Babcock explained to Local iQ. “One of the students took us on a walking


WolffClark Expedition: Michael Wolff, Mike Clark & Michael Olivola Co-led by pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark who both began their careers in the Bay Area in the 1970s. The music of the WolffClark Expedition combines Wolff and Clark’s looseness and experimental jazz natures with their funky roots. 7:30p OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE 210 YALE SE, 505.268.0044 PERFORMANCE

tour of Central, and I was struck by the lack of interior to the sign shapes. When I looked at them later that night, I realized they could be a great spot for public art.” Babcock described some challenges of working with signs: “They were mostly weather-related, but also dealing with incentive for property owners, and the kinds of negotiations we had to go through were complicated,” she said. And now she finds herself advocating for keeping the signs as they are. “I would like to see the renovation, reuse of signs and for the ordinances to allow them to become permanent pieces for the city rather than them being torn down,” Babcock said. “But we want to cultivate a sense of mystery, humor, surprise and an aesthetic of beauty. We want variety and a non-standardized approach to the signs.” Needless to say, this will be a unique exhibit highlighting creative collaboration. While there may be noticeable differences in media and content, these projects all come together in a stunning whole in Time Pieces.

Los Pinguos Emerging from the clubs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Los Pinguos came to the U.S. a decade ago. Discovered by a talent scout while playing in a Los Angeles club, the band became the first winners of Ed McMahon’s televised talent competition, “The Next Big Star.” They have since released five CDs, toured the world and had their music featured in numerous TV and film scores. 8p THE COOPERAGE 7220 LOMAS NE,




Lance Letscher: Twenty-five Books and an Ear “This show is primarily comprised of collaged books that are meant to function independently as well as, hopefully, gain some energy and momentum as a group,” says the artist, Lance Letscher. 5-7p, FREE EIGHT MODERN 231 DELGADO, SANTA FE, 505.995.0231






Navajo Nation- Anna Tsouhlarakis In partnership with the Temporary Installations Made for the Environment or TIME program, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Arts Art in Public Places and the Navajo Nation, the museum will host artist Anna Tsouhlaraskis (Navajo). Through a minimalist lens, Tsouhlarakis’ installation, Edges of the Ephemeral, is a reflection upon interpretations of the Navajo creation story and place within our current domain, the fourth world. 5p THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS, 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666 RECEPTION/EXHIBITION

Twenty Years of Monotypes Janet Lippincott (1918-2007) “Janet was truly fearless in her approach to materials,” says Karan Ruhlen, who represented Lippincott during her lifetime and now represents her estate. “The chine collé monotypes of the ‘90s are particularly good examples of her command of the medium in what might at first appear to be random or even chance compositions.” 5-7p, FREE KARAN RUHLEN GALLERY 225 CANYON, SANTA FE, 505.820.0807



Meow Wolf Performance As part of the Time-Lapse exhibition, Santa Fe-based collective Meow Wolf will present a series of flowing performance, discussion and moving image meditation that will slip into and out of the Time Capsule Lounge’s expanse of space and time, activating the room with a theater piece and video projection.

A Family Thing Husband/wife, parent/child, brother/sister: these are just some of the complicated relationships that define us. Featuring the music of Bill Evans, Leonard Bernstein, Simon Sargon, Maurice Durufle.

5-7p, FREE



“Point of View” Depy Adams’ paintings are representational of places, things and people from her personal experiences. This show demonstrates Adams’ ability to easily move from oils to pastels to watercolor and gouache FRAMING CONCEPTS GALLERY 5809-B JUAN TABO, 505.294.3246




Eldorado Studio Tour 2012 The Eldorado Studio Tour is Santa Fe’s largest studio tour. In fact, the Eldorado Studio Tour is the largest in the state. Each year the artists open their home studios to show their amazing art representing a wide spectrum of media. This year, 117 artists will show their work in 83 studios. 10-5p


Exploring Faraway Lands Come look at some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork painted while she was camping in beautiful places. This class explores her Southwestern landscapes with hills, cliffs and mountains. Led by Anabella St. Peter, museum and dance educator. 9:30-11:30a, FREE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM EDUCATION ANNEX, 123 GRANT, SANTA FE, 505.946.1012 RECEPTION/EXHIBITION

The Project Room - The Jewel by Jenna Kuiper This series of approximately 20 small paintings of the same amethyst crystal from different angles is an exploration of perspective and a rumination on the nature of belief. In spending a great deal of time with a single object, each painting becomes a meditation through which Kuiper seeks to infuse the object with power. 6-8p, FREE



Lance Letscher: Twenty-Five Books and an Ear, at Eight Modern in Santa Fe, features collage books made of harvested paper. Letscher takes old books, records and other found materials, slices them into strips and shapes, then assembles them into collages. The show reception is May 18, 5-7p at 231 Delgado,


Raise Us Up Fundraiser A fundraiser to support the purchase of risers for the chorus to use in concert. Help to continue the 31 years of amazing and essential work to help New Mexico stand out as an open minded community that supports the arts. Food and libations prepared by chefs from sponsoring Albuquerque restaurants. Music entertainment is provided by the chorus and soloists. 6:30-9:30p HANKS HOUSE DESIGN 1800 4TH NW, 505.296.9215


John Chervinsky: Frames of Reference Bringing a host of visual, intellectual, and scientific tools to the table, Chervinsky’s masterful photographs are explorations of perception and time which question not only what we see but how we see it. 6-8p, FREE









Group Exhibit Featuring work by L. Heath, Emily Holcomb, Cheri Reckers and Suzanne Visor. 2p, FREE

Ar & Leadership Program for Adults/Body Nature: Creative Self-Expression Led by Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LMHC. In her private practice, she has been addressing the body-mind-soul connection for the past 20 years. 6-8p


Art in the Park Art in the Park, a series of fine arts and crafts shows sponsored by the Corrales Society of Artists, will take place the third Sunday of each month in the Village of Corrales starting in May and running through September. CORRALES SOCIETY OF ARTISTS CORRALES, 505.898.9898





Matthew Troy Mulling, Mary Shaffer and Tony Soulie Mullins’ large scale watercolors, Shaffer’s glass sculpture, Soulie’s mixed media photographs. 5-7p, FREE.





7th Annual Festival of Local and Regional Contemporary Dance. Wild Dancing West 2012 presents 3 different programs in 3 weekends of contemporary dance featuring choreographers from Oregon, California and New Mexico. 8p, $10-15 N4TH THEATER, 4904 4TH NW, 505.344.4542 THROUGH JUN. 17: PERFORMANCE


New Work by Russ Vogt Forests & Totems Vitreous ceramics are taken to new heights in the sculptures of Russ Vogt, who has perfected the technique of brushing and high-firing up to five layers of glazes onto extruded and hand-built earthenware. His whimsical combinations of these jeweltoned pieces withstand anything the elements can deliver, looking gloriously chic both indoors and out. 5-7p, FREE

Singin’ in the Rain 1920s Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star. Lyrics by Arthur Freed. 8p, Fri. & Sat.;


2p, Sun., $12-$24

5-7p, FREE


Troy Mullins - watercolors; Mary Shaffer - glass sculpture; Tony Soulié photographs Three concurrent solo shows. ZANE BENNETT CONTEMPORARY ART, 435 S GUADALUPE, SANTA FE, 505.982.8111



African Music & Dance Extravaganza Every year Camp Mabina brings Zimbabwe’s finest musicians and dancers to the Synergia ranch for two weeks of intensive African music and dance workshops. 12:30p,

The Eighth Annual Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival Friday Night Benefit from Native Treasures provide the primary funding for exhibits at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Cocktail party: 5:30-7:30p.




Attention to Detail: New Work by Elizabeth Hahn and James Johnson Johnson’s large single portraits of animals include a rooster, zebra, deer, howler monkey and a penguin. Hahn has also created new work of intricate designs. Her paintings — composed with detailed patterns of dots — almost seem to pulsate when looked at for a period of time. She attributes both the beadwork of the Huichol Indians and her studies in microbiology as major influences in her painting style. 5-7p, FREE



Jennifer Jones Mixed Media on wood panel. 5-7p, FREE HUNTER KIRKLAND CONTEMPORARY 200-B CANYON, SANTA FE, 505.984.2111


Moundbuilders: Exploring the Ancient Southeastern Woodlands A two-person art exhibit inspired by the journey artists Linda Lomahaftewa (Choctaw-Hopi) and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) took through the Deep South to explore ancient Native American mound sites. On display will be prints, paintings, photography and mixed media works inspired by the sites, smells and scenery observed on their trip. 6-9p, AHALENIA STUDIOS, 2889 TRADES WEST-UNIT E, SANTA FE, 505.699.5882

The John Chervinsky: Frames of Reference exhibit is on display at the Richard Levy Gallery (514 Central SW, 505.766.9888, through May 25. An artist reception will be held from 6-8p on Sat., May 19.


Moundbuilders: Exploring the Ancient Southeastern Woodlands A two-person art exhibit inspired by the journey artists Linda Lomahaftewa (Choctaw-Hopi) and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) took through the Deep South to explore ancient Native American mound sites. On display will be prints, paintings, photography and mixed media works inspired by the sites, smells and scenery observed on their trip. Reception 6-9p, FREE AHALENIA STUDIOS, 2889 TRADES W. UNIT E, SANTA FE 505.699.5882 RECEPTION/EXHIBITION

Nearly 40 alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts working in all disciplines were invited for this self-portraiture show. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of IAIA and gives face to those who have passed through its doors. 5p THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS, 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666




The Eighth Annual Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival More than 200 museumquality artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase and sell their pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art. 10a-4p, FREE SANTA FE CONVENTION CENTER 201 W. MARCY, SANTA FE 505.988.1234 RECEPTION/EXHIBITION

Vision Quest Drawing from his Oglala ancestry, Gerald Cournoyer “Mato Ta Ota” (His Many Bears) uses symbolism of geometric shapes, vibrant color and repetitive motif in his upcoming show, Vision Quest. Cournoyer (an IAIA alumnus) amalgamates images of raven interpreters with quillwork symbolism or depicts a series of Indian Drinking Coffee in satire. 3p THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS, 108 CATHEDRAL, SANTA FE, 505.983.1666


The Rocky Horror Picture Show Participate, laugh, cry, dance and kiss Saturday night goodbye with 130 of your closest friends, deviants, and creatures of the night! 10:301p, $10-15 THE CELL THEATRE 700 1ST NW, 505.766.9142 RECEPTION/EXHIBITION

Time Pieces: Common Language/Friend of the Orphan Signs/ Wendover Landing “Common Language, Punctuating the Landscape” by two west Texas artists, Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, consists of lush, large-scale photographs printed directly on aluminium and a twinscreen video production. “Friends of the Orphan Signs,” an exhibition in the upstairs gallery organized by artist/curator Ellen Babcock, showcases historic Albuquerque signs alongside artwork created in response to them, focusing on a dialogue between historic content and contemporary art practices. 6-8p, FREE 516 ARTS, 516 CENTRAL SW, 505.242.1445



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Sex and the Burque hat do you get when you combine 8p, Thu.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, May 17-27 Samantha, Albuquerque and Aux Dog Theatre drag queens? Sex and the Burque, a new, original play by Albuquerque’s premier 3011 Monte Vista NE, drag theatre ensemble, The Dolls, who 505.254.7716 this time around play off the much-adored $15 small- and big-screen hit Sex And The City, Revel in the sexcapades of the fab four (sorry, Beatles) in all their Manolo-ed glory as they traipse, shimmy and stomp through the fair Duke City. Many local hot spots, landmarks and local celebs are featured in the show, sure to cause a stir in the audience’s cosmopolitan consciousness. Written by Kenneth Ansloan, Bradd Howard (director) and AJ Carian, this much-hyped new Dolls offering could be their finest adventure yet. Look closely, and you just might see a cameo by Local iQ’s own Fabü columnist, Lisa VanDyke Brown. Très à propos! h—Lisa VanDyke Brown



ingin’ in the Rain is best known as Singin’ in the Rain a 1952 musical comedy featuring 8p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., May Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and 25-Jun. 17; 8p, Thu., Jun. 7 Donald O’Connor. Although it was only Albuquerque Little Theatre a modest hit when first released, it’s 224 San Pasquale SW, now frequently described as one of the 505.242.4750 best musicals ever made, topping the $24, $21 sen., $18 stu., American Film Institute’s 100 Years of $12 kid Musicals list. The play follows silent film star Don Lockwood, played by Larry Aguilar, and leading lady Lina Lamont, played by Lisette Herrera, whose unpleasant vocal tones make her an impossible candidate for stardom in talking films. Set in 1920s Hollywood during the end of the silent screen era, the stage adaptation closely follows the plot of the movie, featuring music by Nacio Herb Brown and songs like “Fit as a Fiddle,” “Beautiful Girl,” “Good Mornin’” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” The highlight of the production is the film’s title tune sequence and an on-stage torrential rain shower. The play is directed by Henry Avery, executive director of Albuquerque Little Theatre. Avery moved to Albuquerque in 2005 from Louisiana, where he ran the Baton Rouge Little Theater for 16 years. —Kayla Sawyer


Travelin’ Show 7p, Sat., May 26 Leisure Bowl 7400 Lomas NE, 505.268.4371


f it has been too long since you attended a dinner and show, then come out to the Travelin’ Show. The year is 1900, and a group of musical/comedic/dramatic actors travel to any venue possible to entertain and astound audiences, usually going far over the top to $25 receive the best reactions. Various characters include Lydia the Villainess and Horace the Buffoon, along with other unique characters. Both the music and story were created by Santa Fe playwright James Galloway, a fan of mystery and New Mexico’s history. Some of the whimsical songs featured are “Who Let the Cat Out of the Bag?” and “Whodunnit,” all accompanied by lively dancing. This show includes the work of director Leslie Joy Coleman, musical director Phyllis Sanchez and choreographer Jason Deuter. Produced by Chelsea Harnish, this show promises to be packed full of fun and laughs. In addition to the unique one-time showing at Leisure Bowl, Travelin’ Show will play weekends at the Southwest Rural Theatre Project through June 17.—Chloë Winegar-Garrett




Coriolanus oriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s DIRECTED BY RALPH FIENNES less-famous works, May 19-24 which is set in the 5th 3, 5:30, 8p century in the original Guild Cinema play. A tragedy, it covers 3405 Central NE, the story of Roman 505.255.1848 leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The story revolves around the local citizenry and their lack of grain, which has been taken from them. Coriolanus is not exactly a hero, but does have the old fighting spirit. Director and star Ralph Fiennes has updated this story, bringing it to current times in an unnamed warring Baltic nation. The film is dark, bloody and brooding and the dialogue is as Shakespeare would have written it. Fearsome and heavy.

A The Salt of Life, starring Gianni Di Gregorio, is a wry observational piece about maintaining the passion for life while growing older, and focuses on some of the brighter sides of living — good food, color and nature.

Chasing life Gianni Di Gregorio pens, directs and stars in comedic film about one man’s desire to feel again, no matter his age really isn’t. The film becomes a wry observational piece and focuses on some of the brighter sides of life — good food, color and nature, n The Salt of Life, Gianni can’t help noticing that all his salt-andfor example, as Gianni’s inability to get anything started becomes the pepper-haired buddies seem to be dallying with beautiful younger running joke of the movie. women. Almost half-heartedly, and just turning the corner to age 60, he decides he might have a go at it himself. Each episode involves Gianni meeting a younger woman either by That’s the basic premise behind this endearing Italian film written and accident or by arrangement, then turns into a look at “this modern world.” There is the sweet and charming party girl neighbor who directed by Gianni Di Gregorio, who also plays the lead role of Gianni. Gianni thinks has taken a shine to him; the music teacher; and a lady Di Gregorio starred in and directed the similarly paced and just-asfriend of the past who dutifully notes that they never delightful Mid-August Lunch in 2010, and he more or married because Gianni has stayed too close to his less reprises his role from that film — this time as mother. a recently retired gent who shares his time with any number of neighbors doing errands, walking dogs or The Salt of Life Di Gregorio specializes in self-deprecation, especially picking up produce. when it comes to machismo. When Gianni dons a DIRECTED BY GIANNI DE new suit and struts past his buddies — they sit outside GREGORIO Through all of the mundane moments of his life, in their tracksuits, talking about football and women Gianni wonders if anyone really loves him, including Opens May 25 — one of them remarks, “He must have a date!” his distant and somewhat chilly wife (Elisabetta Guild Cinema only to have another retort, “He’s probably going to 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848 Piccolomini), who seems to want him around only to a christening.” (He does, in fact, have a date, but the make Ikea runs. suit doesn’t help him much). His aloof wife, his often-demanding and cantankerous Another very funny scene has Gianni’s lawyer mother (well played by Valeria de Franciscis Bendoni, supplying him with a certain pharmaceutical that who is 96!), and a bevy of friends surround him. some men, shall we say, require for bedroom success, along with the Gianni is a pleasant fellow. He has retired early, and money isn’t an address of a (wink-wink) brothel nearby. Through this comic mishap it issue (although his mother is trying her best to spend it all before she becomes clear that it is not really Gianni’s intent to bed everyone, but leaves this earthly plain). He is mild mannered, active and healthy. But rather to start feeling again. what’s missing? The chase, as a friend suggests. Gentle and quiet, The Salt of Life brings to life some of the issues that His wife probably won’t care, and Gianni decides to give it a go. He men might face as they grow older and less confident in themselves soon finds himself in situations that involve younger women, some and their abilities. much younger, some close to his age. Does he still have it? Although this sounds like a somewhat lecherous and sexist plot, it It’s kind of like a chick flick made for men.



delightful, We Have a Pope light Italian DIRECTED BY NANNI MORETTI comedy blended Opens May 18 with some gentle Call for show times drama, the story is The Screen, Santa Fe about the cardinal College of Arts and Melville, who is Design selected pope 1600 St. Michael’s, after the demise of 505.473.6494 the previous one. Through all the pomp and ceremony (wherein we are treated to fun short scenes of many of the cardinals praying that they aren’t selected), the film remains respectful to the process and to the Catholic order in general, as Melville decides the job is not for him and takes off. Evading security and two analysts, one of who treats him for “psychological sinusitis” while the faithful await the announcement, Melville delves into his own self to find out if he is really the man for the job. Charming and clever.


ne of the Yellow Submarine most DIRECTED BY GEORGE psychedelic DUNNING films of the late May 21-27 1960s is back, Noon daily, 10p and and just as fun Midnight, May 25-26 and interesting Guild Cinema as it was too 3405 Central NE, many years ago. 505.255.1848 Although the Beatles are “in” the film — which is (in case you were too loaded to remember) an animated piece — they are not the main figures of Pepperland, a happy realm thriving on music until the Blue Meanies invade, creating chaos. It is only because the mayor of Pepperland’s son can make it to the yellow submarine and summon the Beatles that the Meanies are ... no spoilers here! Far and out.






Ancient Pottery of New Mexico Hayward Franklin, a specialist in southwestern ceramics and research associate at the Maxwell Museum at UNM, will give a presentation on his findings at the Pottery Mound site. 6:30p, FREE

Pet Loss Group A group supporting those who have lost or anticipate the loss of an animal companion. 10-11a, $20

ESTHER MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5012 Speaker B.G. Burr Burr presents Barriers to New Mexico Statehood and the Role of Solomon Luna in Crafting the New Mexico State Constitution. This talk will cover who was in charge in New Mexico in the time before it became a territory of the United States; the torturous route to final statehood status; and the role of Valencia County “boss” Solomon Luna in crafting New Mexico’s Constitution, the key to attaining statehood. 7p, FREE OLD SAN YSIDRO CHURCH 966 OLD CHURCH, CORRALES, 505.890.5583

FRI 18 Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview The Harwood Museum in collaboration with Emerging Cinemas presents Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, a documentary film directed by Paul Sen. The film was shot 10 years after Jobs left Apple following a bruising struggle with John Sculley, the CEO he brought into Apple. At the time of the interview Jobs was running NeXT, the niche computer company he had founded after leaving Apple and that he would later sell to his old company, enabling Jobs’ return to his Apple roots. During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best — witty, outspoken and visionary — already anticipating the digital future that he would one day do so much to make possible. 7p, $8-$10 THE HARWOOD MUSEUM OF ART 238 LEDOUX, TAOS, 575.758.9826


A Case Study of Companion Animal Welfare Success Presentation with Q&A on how Austin, Texas created one of the largest no kill communities in the U.S. and how New Mexico can achieve this too. 10:30a-Noon, FREE

ANIMAL HUMANE NEW MEXICO 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.265.3087 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look A workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. Explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of your life, not theoretically, but from a simple meditative listening. 2p, $2 WAT CENTER 145 MADISON NE, 505.281.0684 PBS Kids - Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget with Sesame Street This new workshop designed by Sesame Street, to help communicate with families facing limited food choices, and to offer positive steps to help you and the families you serve stay healthy. 10-Noon, FREE. Registration is required. MOUNTAINVIEW PRIVATE ELEMENTARY 4100 NEW VISTAS CT. NW, 505.277.4087 Arizona’s Attack on Cultural Education; Could it Happen Here?: A lecture by Sofia Martinez Martinez worked as educator and administrator New Mexico for 17 years. Currently, she is working with the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). She is with the University of New Mexico in the Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies Program. 3p, FREE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WESTSIDE CONGREGATION 1650 ABRAZO, RIO RANCHO The Official Annular Eclipse Pre-Party/ Sprout Dinner Volunteers prepare dinner and you will be presented with 10 proposals of projects of which diners will award a micro-grant. 6-9p, $15-$30 OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER 6500 COORS NW, 505.897.8831

MAIN LIBRARY, 145 WASHINGTON, SANTA FE, 505.281.2002 Lego Club Meeting ‘Skyscrapers’ is the theme for May’s Lego Club at the Loma Colorado Main Library. Kids of all ages are invited to surround themselves with Legos. 3p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013 Ride ‘Em Rodeo: Bike Safety Training Rio Rancho police officers will be on hand to answer kids’ questions and provide safety tips. Test your skills in the obstacle course, create works of art with wheels and test your bike balancing skills in the timed precision area. 11a, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013 Wildlife Rescue Program Peggy McCormick of Wildlife Rescue will showcase live animals such as owls, ravens and hawks. She will speak of the mission of the agency and offer information as to what to do if you come across an injured wild animal. All ages. 11a, FREE ESTHER MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5012 Contra Dance Contra dancing is an uplifting, friendly, energetic and beautiful social activity. Receive a dance lesson to live music. No partner required. 7-10:30p, $7-$8

$2 donation. WAT CENTER 145 MADISON NE 505.281.0684

Heritage Day in Corrales This year, the Archives Committee of the Corrales Historical Society will present several new exhibits in honor of the 300th anniversary of the acquisition of the Alameda Land Grant by the Gonzales Bas family. Activities for children and adults include food exhibits, cemetery tours, corn shelling and grinding, rock painting and ornament making. 10a-4p OLD SAN YSIDRO CHURCH 966 OLD CHURCH, CORRALES, 505.898.5017

24th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival This festival features traditional Celtic music and dance, vendors, athletic competitions and bagpipes. Featured this year will be the culture of all seven Celtic nations. Whereas most people assume that Celtic festivities will include those from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, this festival also features those from Cornwall, Isle of Mann, Brittany (in France) and Galicia (Spain). 9-5p, $10-$20 BALLOON FIESTA PARK 5000 BALLOON FIESTA NE



Solar Eclipse: A Nuclear View This evening will include observing with astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, hands-on activities for children and food vendors. The eclipse of the sun, is the first annular eclipse to take place in the mainland U.S. since 1994, and the next one won’t come until 2023. Bring your lawn chair $7-$8, visitors receive a free pair of sun-safe glasses with admission.



Terry Helwig Book Signing Terry Helwig will be available to sign her new book, Moonlight on Linoleum, a touching memoir about Helwig and her sisters growing up with their mercurial mother, and the bonds they formed with each other.

2nd Annual Quest ABQ Expo This event brings together our states best Healing Therapists and Psychics/Readers, Unique shopping and live entertainment. One dollar from every ticket sold will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.

BOOKWORKS 4022 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.8139


Clarifying Meditative Work – A Fresh Look See May 19 listing for details. 2-5p,


10-5p, $6-10 THE MARRIOT PYRAMID 5151 SAN FRANCISCO NE, 505.821.3333

Acupuncture Benefit for ABQ Center for Peace and Justice Noon-5p, Donation suggested COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE ALBUQUERQUE 2509 VERMONT NE A2, 505.266.2606



A Brief History of Coffee and the Domestication of Humanity Hank Bruce and Tomi Jill Folk will trace the history of coffee back to the nomadic hunters of Ethiopia and the mythic goat herder Kaldi. They will talk about the development of coffee as a drink and the trade that began in Ethiopia and ultimately spread around the world. Each attendee will receive a coffee quiz designed to drive friends and family crazy, a collection of coffee quotes, and a couple of great recipes using coffee as a seasoning. Real coffee plants or seeds will be given away, while supplies last. 6:30p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013 The Sephardic Legacy in New Mexico: A History of the Crypto-Jews Dr. Stanley M. Hordes, Adjunct Research Professor at the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico, received his B.A. in History from the University of Maryland in 1971, his M.A. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico in 1973, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1980. 2p, FREE-$5 THE MUSEUM OF SPANISH COLONIAL ART 750 CAMINO LEJO, SANTA FE, 505.982.2226



Carolyn Dodson Book Signing Carolyn Dodson discusses and signs A Guide to Plants of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert The Chihuahuan desert is the second largest in North America. Its northern portion occupies southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico and Texas west of the Pecos River. Hot, dry and windy, the desert is home to a unique community of plants that have adapted to its harsh environment. 1-3p, FREE TREASURE HOUSE BOOKS & GIFTS 2012 S. PLAZA NW, 505.242.7204

Mini-Comic Making Event Mini-Comics Day is an international celebration of the art of cartooning. 7000 BC, the local independent comics organization, will be marking the occasion by creating hand-made comic books. Participating cartoonists will write, draw and print copies of their own mini-comics and help attendees create and print their own minicomic. 1-5p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE 505.294.2026 A Woman in Both Houses: My Career in New Mexico Politics: Pauline Eisenstadt Pauline Eisenstadt was the first woman to serve in both houses of the New Mexico legislature. She has witnessed many exciting moments in the state’s political history and made much of that history herself. Book talk and signing from 2-3p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013 Placitas Flea Market Find great bargains on a variety of items. Vendor spots starting at $10. Proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library 8a-4p, FREE HOMESTEAD VILLAGE 221 HIGHWAY 165, PLACITAS, 505.771.1143

SUN 27 Community Meditation Learn an ancient sound to access the higher power within you, and to experience more love in your daily life. 10:30-11a, FREE ECKANKAR CENTER 2501 SAN PEDRO NE SUITE 113, 505.265.7388

PLANET WAVES ARIES (MAR. 20-APR. 19) The more I study people and their experiences of crisis, the more it becomes obvious that nearly all struggle emerges from lack of self-worth. The trap that people seem to fall into is believing that their self-worth comes from someone else. Your self-worth comes from you. Usually it doesn’t come across in one revelation, but in a series of discoveries made. You’re ready for a revelation about who you are and why you belong on the planet. You’ve been on the brink of this breakthrough for a long time. Yet the relationship question has been a complicating factor. Contact with others is an essential part of life, and people provide both reflection and opportunity to learn. It may be true that no one situation is perfect, yet there are many in your life that add up to a perfect constellation of circumstances for what you need.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net

from what you do, or what happens to you. Please don’t make the mistake of doubting what’s possible. The truth is that anything is possible, and right now you’re a magnet for potential. One key is to think large, or larger than you might. I’m always surprised by how small many people’s concept of big turns out to be, so amplify the scale of your idea by an order of magnitude. What has always worked for you is to stay close to the core of what your life means, and what you want to express. What’s happening for you is not about success as usually defined by those with a mind for business. The theme is artistic integrity, contact with your values, and your natural role as a leader. What you’re leading with is your concept of what matters to you the most — so remember to put that first, foremost and perhaps, only.

TAURUS (APR. 19-MAY 20) The Sun’s annual conjunction to Jupiter is the only one in Taurus for the next 11 years. That’s the astrological picture of a rare gift coming to you (and the image of a very special birthday). There are those moments when the astrology looks brilliant yet there seems to be some underlying issue. One thing to be careful of is the sensation that nothing is ever good enough. This may seem like a peculiarity of our society, though it’s been an issue for so long that it’s recorded in mythology. Sometimes it’s the feeling of abundance coupled with imperfection; or it could be the feeling of having a strong presence in the world, yet you are trapped or isolated. The beauty of life can, at any time, be complicated by self-doubt. And if you feed it, that’s the emotion that’s sure to grow. If you emphasize and explore your life-affirming emotions, they are the ones that will grow.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22) What is the difference between religion and spirituality? Usually, religion is about itself, and spirituality is about exploring the nature of existence, and in particular, of your existence. Religion is about the values that are put on you, or enforced by some form of authority, and spirituality is about you determining what is meaningful in your relationship to existence. Yes, it takes a lot to stand up to outside influences, and to decline the many opportunities we have every day to sell out our power, passion and deepest values. You can at least count on one thing: you’ve cultivated a dependable relationship to life. You have built a solid relationship to yourself. Anytime you feel guilty for doing what is right for you, you can be certain that you’re hearing an antiquated voice of authority trying to con you out of what is not just rightfully yours, but what is in truth all you actually have: existence itself.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN. 20) The sky is warming up to a series of rare, amazing and beautiful events in your sign, and your opposite sign Sagittarius. Have you felt the vibrations approaching, and the pace of events accelerating? Don’t worry if elements of your life seem unstable, uncertain or on the brink of some unexpected change. That said, you may just be feeling the approaching astrology as a sense of adventure. Hang loose. Remain as flexible as possible, and surround yourself with people who make flexibility a way of life. There’s no way you can plan for what’s coming, and in times like this, your superior skill of human adaptability is your best asset. Keep looking at things — as in people, events and most of all, yourself — from as many viewpoints as you can. Move forward using curiosity like the bright headlight on a train, and know that nothing can stop you now.

LIBRA (SEP. 22-OCT. 23) Be open to receiving. There is plenty coming your way, though you have the choice whether to allow it in or not. One reason you might hesitate is because vulnerability means you would have to be open to possibility, and while you sense many wholesome ones, there are a few of which you’re somewhat less trusting. You can still be open and use discernment. You can be aware without being suspicious. You can choose what you want from the options — though I suggest you choose what you truly desire. For that to happen, it will help if you make some decisions, or at least refine your ideas about what you want. Yet, closer to the central point of your astrology, it will help if you’re open to the generosity of others. It’s true that there always may be better opportunities available, and nothing can stand in their way except for your own doubts.

CANCER (JUN. 21-JUL. 22) This is the time to spend as much time as you can out of the house. Circulate and socialize. Be your natural, expressive and emotional self. Notice the people around you and notice who notices you. Take any opportunity to be around people you’ve never met, and stand in your confidence as you make one discovery after the next, and open yourself up to being discovered. If you’re someone who digs the Internet, take at least two or three occasions and put out something vividly real about yourself — what you consider your best creative work, your true vision or your deeper feelings about the world and where it’s going. Share your talent for the pleasure of doing so. We are in the midst of rare astrological conditions that will help you send a clear signal to exactly the right people. And while you’re doing that, keep your ears on and listen for what comes back to you.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 22) One of the rules of our society involves what I will call mandatory exclusion. Imagine you’ve been single for a while, and you meet someone you like. Then the next day you meet someone else that you like. There would seem to be some unwritten law that says you can only choose one of those people, to the exclusion of the other. Into this mix is often added guilt and shame in a diversity of formulations. Now, let’s consider your here-and-now reality. You are curious. Your imagination is on fire. You may be so consumed with desire that you doubt your ability to think clearly, and thus to make a good decision. You have the right, and the ability, to experiment without making a “permanent” commitment in the process. This is, however, less about the expectations of others and more about what you’re willing to allow yourself to experience and feel.

LEO (JUL. 22-AUG. 23) You have some kind of professional opportunity that’s developing — and it looks like many people can benefit

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 22) It’s better to regret the things you’ve done, rather than the things you haven’t done. Looking up the author


of this quote, I discovered that it was being attacked as shallow and unphilosophical. As an astrologer who works with people at their points of decision, and also through their phases of being stuck, I propose that it’s pretty good advice. The refusal to dare slowly drives many people insane. Over the next few weeks, many opportunities are going to make themselves available to you. Some of them will be once in a lifetime, though what they will all have in common is that they are part of what is defining this moment of your personal history. Yet there’s a bigger story unfolding, something about humanity being at a threshold, and something about your participation in that experience. At the very least, pay close attention to what you hear when life is calling you. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 20) Have you ever paused to wonder why so many people seem to have heart attacks over the whole gay thing? What, exactly, is the shock, that anyone might be attracted to anyone else? We could extend this to mixed-race situations, differences in generations and people of diverging political persuasions for whom this fact is blotted out by the love that they feel for one another. The power of attraction is working magnificently in your life right now, and the crazier the diversity, the better. Any hangups can be seen as what they are — somebody else’s bad idea, based on nothing but fear. Taking this to a more personal level, experiment with going past anxiety about who or what you’re attracted to, or who is attracted to you. The weirder, the more interesting, the more unconventional, the more fun you will have. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 19) The Grateful Dead used to sing, “If you get confused, listen to the music play.” The current astrology says: “When in doubt, make your living space nicer.” Obviously you have more than this on your mind, including a diversity of concerns about where you’re at, whether you’re making progress and what you’re doing with your life. Right now the astrology is showing a picture of you putting down roots, of expanding into your space and of treating your living environment as if it’s your body. Maybe have a small, spontaneous get-together in your home, inviting a few of your closest friends and maybe new ones. This should happen in your personal space, not a public space of any kind. PISCES (FEB. 19-MAR. 20) Have you ever had the experience of being able to write something into existence? You describe something: a person, an adventure, a scenario, and somehow it manifests. Or you say something to a friend, admitting to a desire, and then by some process you don’t understand, you have the opportunity right in front of you. That’s what your charts look like right now. You can play with this to your heart’s contentment. I would make a few suggestions, though: don’t take fear so seriously. Give it a voice, and move on to your descriptive process. Stretch your imagination, and reach into the spaces where you feel the most curiosity or thirst for missing experience and imagine, in some tangible form, what it would be like to explore them. And if by some chance you’re a writer, take some time and give yourself some space, and start the project that you really, truly want to do (and if that’s already started happening, turn up the energy).







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Set up pooch for success by managing expectations


he list of expectations we put on our canine companions sometimes seems endless. Pet owners want their dogs to walk politely on leash, stay, not bark inappropriately and not jump on people. Can your dog learn to, as we say in the dog training world, have a rock-solid stay, come to you quickly under any and all circumstances and walk by your side while not pulling? Absolutely! But this takes time, patience, practice and realistic expectations. The key word is management — both of our expectations and the situations in which we place our canine companions. I have been asked countless times if I would take a client’s dog home and train the dog for them. A lot of trainers offer this service. It can be a great way to get started if the pet owner understands the trainer is only laying down a foundation that will need to be continually built on, monitored and managed. What dog owners don’t realize is that, unlike having a technician tune up your car, the initial training is not a done deal. I once rescued a dog that had been put through this type of training routine. While Elliot would sit on a dime if asked, all other bets were off. It really was a matter of starting all over when we brought him home. To help understand this, think about how children behave differently with their parents versus their grandparents. Children may know the rules are different at their grandparents’ house, so they know what they can get away with. While the children may be polite and considerate with their parents, with other family members it’s a whole different story. How do we manage our expectations? Do you think because you have told your dog to stay off the table they will do so when you leave a steak marinating there? When I was a kid I remember grabbing cookies off the table when my mom wasn’t looking. I also watched one of our dogs set the land speed record when a burger got flipped off the grill. It is crucial that we understand management because, unfortunately for the dog, when dogs make mistakes people erroneously jump to the conclusion the dog is being stubborn or is trying to dominate them. People think stubborn or dominant behaviors need to be punished. If punishment always worked, people would never get a second traffic ticket. So give your dog a break. We all have to manage something in our lives every day. We need to manage our weight, our finances and the list goes on and on. Our relationship with our dogs works in the same way. We need to manage our expectations of them and their behavior. This means managing the environment in our homes as well. We can’t leave a steak on the counter in reach of the dog and expect them not to take it. Elliot trained my husband and I to keep bread on the top of the refrigerator, as most every other


place in the kitchen was within his reach. We managed his behavior and set him up for success by acknowledging the fact that lower surfaces were fair game when we were out of the room. Just like us, our dogs are not perfect. If we can’t stop biting our fingernails or keep that extra weight off, what makes us think our dogs won’t steal a yummy food treat? Can you get your dog to have excellent obedience? Maybe. Your dog, like yourself, is a living, feeling being that has bad days, makes mistakes or just plain forgets. So do teach and train, but manage your home and environment in a way that will help your dog be the best companion pet they can be. Susan Reaber, CPDT-KA, is an Animal Humane New Mexico animal behavior specialist.

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Issue 157 - May 17-30, 2012  
Issue 157 - May 17-30, 2012  

The Summer Travel Issue