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inside CYC LING The Duke City gets heaps of praise for its numerous miles of bicycle-friendly paths available to its denizens, but is there more that can be done?


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Complex flavors are the signature of Taaj Palace, a standout among the Duke City’s Indian eateries.


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a r ts Acclaimed author Alexie Sherman brings his unique world view to the faculty of IAIA.



film Dysfunction runs high inside the city council meetings of Overlook, New Mexico.


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In the July 18 issue of Local iQ, the date of the Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill was incorrectly reported as July 19. The correct date was July 20. In the same issue, the wrong photo ran with the mention of Supper Truck’s Shrimp & Grits, winner of “Best Food Truck Menu Item” in the Golden Fork Awards. The correct photo is above. Looks good, huh?


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The always impeccible actor Giancarlo Esposito (you know, Gus Fring?) is currently in town to accept a creative achievement award from Robert and Sibylle Redford.

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Downtown Summerfest 5-10:30p., Sat., Aug. 3 Albuquerque Civic Plaza 1 Civic Plaza






outhern California has cranked out countless great bands over the years, but some express their California-ness more than others. And then there’s Long Beach, Calif.-based Sublime, which formed in 1988. Probably best known for the megahit single “What I Got,” Sublime melds punk, ska, reggae and rock; add some Golden State skater attitude and commercial success ensues. That’s the short version. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the band. Lead singer/guitarist Bradley Nowell overdosed on heroin more than a decade ago, and when the members reformed with new frontman Rome Ramirez, the Nowell family sued for use of the band’s name. So now it’s Sublime with Rome. Whatever. One of the novelties of this show will be the venue — outdoors, grass and shade, and a fun night virtually guaranteed. —ME

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FESTIVAL Telluride Jazz Festival Noon-10p, Fri.-Sun., Aug. 2-4 Telluride Town Park, 970.728.7009

$45-$55 day, $135-$185 weekend


f the New Mexico Jazz Fest whetted your taste for fine improvised music and you’d like to continue indulging that appetite in the pleasantly high San Juan Mountains setting of Telluride, head up for an easy five-hour drive north and bask in the uncrowded Telluride Jazz Celebration Festival. It started in 1977, and the experience shows in the professional and courteous way this fest plays out each year — the most comfortably intimate and fan/ family-friendly of the many Telluride music fests. This year’s headline artists include Dr. Lonnie Smith, Stanley Clarke, legendary New Orleans band Galactic, Meshell Nedegeocello,The Motet, Albuquerque’s own Son Como Son, The Voodoo Orchestra and many more. The fun continues into the wee hours in Telluride’s nightclubs and Opera House, and there are wine tastings and a New Orleans Day Parade through the old mining town on Sunday afternoon. —BN

he City of Albuquerque’s series of summer neighborhood parties continues with this celebration Downtown — a day and night of Latin flair, relaxation and family fun. The event will offer all of its much-loved features, including a multitude of food vendors, local artisans, activities for children and a beer garden featuring brews from vendors including La Cumbre, Il Vicino and Broken Bottle. Dance and sing along to live music all night from the bands Brown Sugar, The Blue Ventures and Sabor, with a headlining performance from Ozomatli to end the night. Los Angeles-based Ozomotli is much loved in the Duke City, and if you’ve ever seen them play here you know the feeling is mutual, so expect some 505 shout-outs amidst all the fun. —JS


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SPORTS La Luz Trail Run 7a, Sun., Aug. 4 Start: Forest Service Road 333 and Tramway Finish: La Luz Trail/ Sandia Crest juncture (nine miles from start) 505.270.1613


hy someone would want to run at top speed for nine miles of uphill slogging on one of the most challenging hiking trails in the country is one of those mysteries of humanity. The 400 people signed up for the 48th running of this nationally known trail race — deemed by Trail Runner Magazine as one of the “12 most grueling trail races in North America” — will probably talk about the satisfaction that comes from completing the course, which climbs 4,000 feet and ends at the Sandia Crest. Once again the main attraction will be the participation of past champion Simon Gutierrez, age 47, who has won the race 11 times since 1997. Gutierrez did it again last year, fending off challengers less than half his age. But he can’t win forever, can he? —ME


he Tres-Chic Hair and Fashion Runway Show is returning for its second year, with even more style and finesse. Presented by PRIDE and Equality Magazine and inspired by Vincent R. Johnson, who was the creator of Albuquerque’s much-loved Creme Do La Do fashion show, all benefits from this event go to HIV and AIDS organizations the Southwest C.A.R.E. Center and International AIDS Empowerment. Models headlined by Coco Montrese and Carmen Carrera represent fashions from several statewide salons and clothing stores, including E Salon and Spa, Pin It Up Hair Studio and D’Ambrosia Designs, and enjoy live commentary from the hosts Donnie Chase and Jason J. Carter. The show is open to all ages, but the fashion can get risqué, so you may want to leave the little ones at home. —JS


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CELEBRATION Native American Days Noon-8p., Fri.-Sat., Aug. 9-10 Tiguex Park 1800 Mountain NW



n many ways Native American and New Mexican culture go hand in hand, and Albuquerque’s Native American Days celebrate the exciting ways they coexist. Join the city as Old Town welcomes all Native American nations for a pow wow event encouraging everyone to experience American Indian customs and festivity. In the Native American culture, pow wows offer opportunities for tribe members to meet in a celebration complete with dancing, singing and making new friends. Created as a way to preserve Native heritage and history in New Mexico and in the country as a whole, Native American Days showcases some of the most important elements of Native culture. The two-day event will feature food, arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations and dancing and drumming, so bring your whole family to experience one of the key pieces of New Mexico’s diverse cultural landscape. —JS


Lead by example bought that prosperity as a character within itself is Breaking Bad.

AFME, Robert and Sibylle Redford shed light on the acting career of Giancarlo Esposito be the leading focus on returning to telling ith the final season of Breaking stories that are more important, that have a more moral and socialistic element. I think Bad descending upon TV it’s triggered the Golden Age of Television land, Albuquerque is bidding again, and I think that might, in turn, trigger farewell to a show that holds us moving into a new area in a special place in its heart. film as well. At least I hope so. Some characters, such as Gus iQ: Are there other examples of Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), CEREMONY a TV show affecting the culture have been eliminated, but of the town in which it is shot the impact that Albuquerque An Evening outside of Breaking Bad? This has had on the show’s cast is with town is a little Breaking Bad undeniable. crazy right now. Giancarlo Esposito has moved on to GE: I think for me a show Esposito other projects, including his that began that sort of attitude role as Major Tom Neville Q&A AND of being a great locale was SCREENING OF THE in the apocalyptic series Homicide: Life on the Street USUAL SUSPECTS Revolution. The city, however, (note: Esposito portrayed 5p, Sat., Aug. 10 hasn’t forgotten him quite yet. Agent Mike Giardello in KIMO THEATRE Neither has Robert Redford 423 CENTRAL NW, the show). There was a very and wife Sibylle who, along 505.768.3522 special feeling about Baltimore with the founders of the $20 with that show. So I got a taste Albuquerque Film and Media of that, but it’s certainly over Experience, will present the the top with Breaking Bad. veteran actor with a creative Albuquerque has recreated achievement award Aug. 10 at itself. It’s always been a very interesting the KiMo Theatre. Along with the award, the place to me, because it’s where technology evening will include a Q&A and a screening and spirituality come together. You have of Esposito’s The Usual Suspects, as well as a the mesas, you have the (military) base. You dessert reception.

iQ: Be safe in the fact that you always have a home here. As for the award ceremony on August 10 at the KiMo, how were you approached about it?



Veteran actor Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Breaking Bad, Revolution) will be appearing at KiMo Theatre on August 10 to accept a creative achievement award from Robert and Sibylle Redford and the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience.

have a culture that is very much a bicycle culture. A culture that, back in the day, was one of the first bicycle cities, where people were environmentally correct. So it’s not surprising to me that that’s supported as being taken advantage of because cities need to be prosperous. An element that has

GE: I was to be at the AFME Film Festival, but was unable to fit it in my schedule. (Festival co-Director) Ivan Weiner wanted to present me with a lifetime achievement award, and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m too young for this.’ Then I realized how old I really am and how much work I’ve really done. So for me this represents being an inspiration to people. Since I wasn’t able to make the event, I offered to help find someone else to. It was really Bob Redford who said he really did not want anyone else to get this award but me. Part of what I do is supporting and empowering, no only filmmakers and creative artists, but to be that example in what brings me to my work. It’s not about the award, it’s about the commitment to what I do. I’m pleased and excited to look back over my career, and really truly feel that everything I’ve done has brought me to a place where I’m still learning and still growing and still supporting. To read the entire iQ interview with Giancarlo Esposito, visit

Local iQ caught up with Esposito recently over the phone from Vancouver, to chat about Breaking Bad’s influence on Albuquerque, the city’s influence on him and his completely unsolicited, yet very timely endorsement of Albuquerque as a “bicycle city.” iQ: It was tough to get ahold of you, but I am glad I did. Sounds like you are pretty busy these days. GE: It is busy and it is a good thing. Because along with all activity and all the steady work on a television show, which can be challenging, I’m also a director. And I am really wanting to realize what my next film will be. So you have to take time off of one to do the other. As the old saying goes, ‘one hand washes the other.’ iQ: I know you are looking to direct a film, but the definition of TV has expanded greatly of late. It’s almost like epic movie making. GE: Television is an interesting animal in

that it is more an instrument of the writer. In the case of Revolution, it’s a big conceptual show that has a dramatic moral, family, spiritual, cultural and political element to it. But once you get that going that sort of takes smaller steps to telling the story that a film does. A film takes a couple of hours to tell a story and it seems more complete. Television is a longer arc. iQ: In the case of Breaking Bad, it comes across as a long and wonderful five year movie that not only entertains, but creates a culture along the way. That has to be exciting to be a part of. GE: Absolutely. We are moving into a new time. I had an inkling that television might




Door firm adds a custom touch to local hotels


bout to celebrate 25 years as a local family-owned business, Santa Fe Door Store seems totally golden. Ed and Jerry White have grown their company from the original concept of being a supplier to local builders of quality southwest doors and cabinets to a national company of innovative, quality products, with a staff of over 40. I’ve known these folks for a wonderfully long time. Their son Sean was part of the business for many years, and now daughter Shannon is making a lot of things move and shake. You have seen their work in the renovations of Hotel Andaluz and Hotel Parq Central, to name some of the spots you might frequent. And right now they are about to complete the major project of making all the new doors for the La Fonda Hotel up in Santa Fe (the La Fonda is one of the oldest Fred Harvey Houses still standing). Wow — to be a part of such history is a remarkable thing! I was able to stop by SFDS last week, and their handsome production manager Matt Mosley showed me the last unfinished doors that they were preparing to stain, load up and set in their new home. Stunning and detailed work is put into each piece, and soon the La Fonda will be even more beautiful than before. The company is working with another local biz, by the name of Pure Color, who focus on clean technologies and environmentally sustainable solutions for finishing wood products. Well respected by so many builders and developers, in these parts, it’s easy to see why when you get a close look at work they produce. The next time you stick that “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door at the La Fonda, smile and know that the Whites and their crew have provided you with some extra comfort that is beautiful and made to last:

She taught her children well

Friends and family gathered July 21 to honor and commemorate Leonora Durrett, who passed away in May. She was an extraordinary woman who spent many years teaching art

in Albuquerque middle schools, then after “retiring” went on to become one of the city’s more beloved printmakers. She was part of New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery in Nob Hill, and just a fun and nice woman who always made me laugh and feel at home in her kitchen. The “celebration” took place under the open sky, on a blustery evening, in the North Valley. Music strummed by iconic Frank McCulloch set the sweet tone for everyone sitting at Tune in to tables. Her paintings Steven J. rested on easels for Westman everyone to enjoy. every Monday Then stories were told at 7:30a on by many friends and Channels family members — 26 & 27 for notably her eloquent culture talk on grandchildren who The Morning proved they learned Brew her lessons well — and then poignantly by each of her five kids, Jay, Dana, Kip, Mike and Kara. Many of you know Mike Bobroff from the local music scene. And many may know Kara Bobroff, who is the founder and principal of the Native American Community Academy; she was recently identified as one of the “Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” in the country and awarded a national Echoing Green Fellowship to establish NACA as one of the first urban academies to support language, culture, health and college preparation for youth. NACA has also been selected as the first “Collaborative Charter” in the state of New Mexico by the Albuquerque Public School District). As you can tell, Leonora’s legacy is amazing. And what a lovely footprint she’s left on our terra firma. To contribute to the Leonora Durrett Memorial Fund, visit

What do you do for recreation?

On the weekend of July 27th, just one day after the deluge of wind and rain turned our city into chaos - a cast of characters descended into Leisure Bowl for “Joy’s Big Lebowski Birthday Bowling Bash!” (see photo on page 28). That’s right, our own darling Joy Godfrey, who teams with Wes Naman to make this magazine so eyecatchingly spectacular with their photography. Joy and her hubby Brendan (DJ Brendangerous) sure know how to throw a party. Many familiar faces from the iQ, all dressed up in true Lebowski-style. A White Russian Cake was devoured, music was danced to along the lanes, lucky strikes were made and all the smiling people toasted Joy, over and over. Oh what a night! Cheers to you, Mrs. Godfrey. And Happy Birthday all over again. Steven J. Westman details community goings-on in each issue of Local iQ. Reach him at


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hat should a person do when they feel like they’re slowly losing their mind? Susannah Cahalan, journalist and author, explains the process in intimate detail in her book Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Cahalan lived in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in 2009 when a month of unexplained madness unraveled her life. She was working as a reporter for the New York Post and there was a rampant bed-bug scare across the city. Cahalan had an irrational fear of the bugs, but she never imagined they would be the cause of a long personal battle for physical and mental health. Cahalan explains at the beginning of this book that she can’t even be considered a reputable source at times because she lost chunks of her memory and some basic motor skills due to her illness. She recounts how she started to feel ill and lethargic during the city’s bed-bug scare, and research linked some of her symptoms to bed bugs. She hired an exterminator immediately. Her home was deemed clear of any bed bugs. But she still felt ill. Cahalan’s imagination started to run wild. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. So she had numerous medical tests done as she attempted to get to the bottom of her increasingly dire condition. She interviewed her family, friends and coworkers trying to determine what might be wrong. After millions of dollars in extensive testing she found a doctor at New York University who was able to unravel the mystery. Informed of her symptoms, Dr. Souhel Najjar asked Cahalan to take on one simple task, to draw a clock. She drew the numbers

all on the right side. From that Najjar was able to determine that the right side of Cahalan’s brain was inflamed. The doctor then recommended that she be given a brain biopsy, and Cahalan was diagnosed with what’s called AntiNMDA-Receptor Auto Immune Encephalitis. This illness is what is known as your body’s immune system attacking the Brain on Fire: My brain. Month of Madness Cahalan was hospitalized. By Susannah Cahalan The condition Free Press, 2012 worsened and Hardcover, 288 pp. she lost memory. $25 She describes ISBN-13: 978-1451621372 her torment and anguish as she tried to recover her lost days in the hospital. She read hospital documents and interviewed patients, friends and family, using her professional journalistic skills to recover her actions. Cahalan keeps a great flow in recollecting her struggles and her fortuitous path in recovering the memories she lost during her month of hospitalization. Brain on Fire captivates readers with the voyage of a woman who fights to keep her sanity and health during a step-by-step journey through illness, anguish and recovery. Susannah Cahalan, will appear at 3p, Sat., Aug. 10 at the Domenici Center Auditorium (1001 Stanford NE, 505.344.8139). Admission is $16 and includes book. Info:

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not all caffeine buzzes are created equal


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Dishes at taaj Palace, where owner rashpal Palace and chef vinod Passi (center, left to right) set the tone for service and food, are both colorful and flavorful. at left, saag paneer. right, chicken tikka masala, with garlic naan in the background.

Spice road Complex flavors are the signature of Taaj Palace, a standout among the duke City’s indian eateries By cHloË WiNeGar-Garrett


’ve always had a weak spot for Indian food. When I was a kid my mom took my sister and me to our first Indian restaurant and it was exciting to try new flavors and food that we had never tried before! Just before I went into labor with my son, I chose as my “last meal” Indian food because it usually tastes amazing (and I figured it would kick-start labor). Given all that, a recent meal at Taaj Palace did not disappoint; in fact it only elevated my love of Indian food. My husband and I, sans baby, walked into a comfortable space with an overall rust color scheme. To our right was a small but well-stocked market with everything ranging from cooking oil to spices to clothes. Right away we were greeted revieW by an employee and seated at a table. Advertisements for belly-dancing taaj Palace 1435 eubanK ne, performances on Friday nights and 505.296.0109 Bollywood movie showings decorated the HourS: 11a-2:30P, walls. 5-10P, daily The lunch buffet smelled awesome, but we wanted to sample the Taaj Palace menu. We started off with an Indian beer called Flying Horse ($7.50) and an Iced Masala Chai Tea ($3), similar to a Thai tea but not syrupy-sweet. The 750 ml (about 25 ounce) Flying Horse lager was light yet complex in flavor, and it was absolutely a great beer, complementing every dish we ordered. It was hard to choose, but fortunately there were options such as the Chef’s Assortment of appetizers, which included the Samose (potato in a pastry) and four Pakore dishes (deep-fried): shrimp, chicken, vegetable and house-made paneer ($7). This plate arrived very quickly and piping hot, each piece fried to perfection and not overpowering the other flavors. Complimentary Papadum, those giant crackery things, arrived as well, with boldly flavored spicy mint sauce and Tamarind chutney. There was also the option of a bread basket with Aloo Paratha, Onion Kulcha and Garlic Naan ($7) which we decided to try, but


it really is a lot of bread — perfect for a large group of people instead of only two. In addition we got two condiments, Mango Chutney ($2) and Mixed Pickled ($2). While the Mango Chutney was mediocre, the Mixed Pickles were salty and spicy, with a note of flavor we could not quite pin down, making it hard to not eat more and more as we tried to figure it out. For the main courses, we chose Tikka Masala with Lamb ($15), Phall Curry with Chicken ($15) and Saag Paneer ($11), all served with basmati rice. We also chose the Palace Mixed Grill of Tandoori ($17) and the Gateway to India beer ($7.50), which was darker and held up well to the spicier, meaty dishes. My husband is a spice fanatic, so we ordered the Phall Curry, which carries the warning of being extremely spicy. This sort of spice is not immediate, but rather one that builds up subtly and to the point it hurts so good. In general it is not the most painful spice we have ever tried, but it was a strong balance of flavors that never overpowered the chicken or sauce. The lamb in the Tikka Masala was divine and savory, and the Saag Paneer is a true comfort food, with the cheese working well with the creamy spinach. Tandoori is the ultimate in flavorful meat. There’s a variety of meat on the menu cooked tandoor-style, with boneless lamb chop (Lamb Boti Kabob), lamb sausage (Lamb Sheekh Kabob), boneless chicken (Chicken Tikka Kabob), chicken thigh and drumstick (Tandoori Chicken) and shrimp (Tandoori Shrimp). These meats are marinated in yogurt and spices then grilled over charcoal, creating a crispy outside layer of smoky flavor. If you have room for dessert, there is a great selection to choose from. We chose the Pista Kulfi ($4), a homemade ice cream with pistachio, and Badamee Kheer ($4), an almond rice pudding, which both were refreshing mellow flavors after a complex meal. Although I may be a bit biased when it comes to Indian food, there is no question that Taaj Palace exceeds expectations in both hospitality and quality of food. I cannot honestly think of a negative part of the whole meal. If you have never tasted Indian food, give it a try, especially with the array of food at the buffet. If you love Indian food already, Taaj Palace, hands-down, makes some of the best Indian food around.

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et’s get a few things straight about coffee: the best part of waking up is not Folger’s in your cup, and any coffee chain with more locations in Albuquerque than there are hours in a day isn’t your best bet. How about locally roasted beans and carefully crafted cappuccinos to help you through the day? Some of them may only have one location, but they are all well worth going out of your way to get your caffeine fix. A few people around the Local iQ office recently started strolling in with mason jars full of iced coffee, which struck my curiosity. As it turns out, they were getting their caffeine-filled goblets from Zendo (413 2nd SW). Keep in mind, this is not merely coffee and ice cubes. No, the tall mason jars contain tune in to Justin dE La cold-brewed coffee rosa that keeps its cool with every tuesday frozen cubes of coffee. at 7:30a on What an idea, right? Channels The coffee ice cubes 26 & 27 for keep your coffee cold so food talk on you can slowly sip your thE morning joyous java without it brEW getting watered down. Owner trevor Lucero recommends a splash of coconut syrup, and I concur. Buy the mason jar for $2 and fill it up for $4. It may be a bit more than your run-of-the-mill iced coffee, but you’re getting your money’s worth, and a cool, reusable container for the next visit. Maybe your time or money isn’t budgeted for a stop into the coffee shop every day; that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your coffee local. You can get your beans by the bag and brew them at home if you stop into Michael thomas coffee (1111 Carlisle SE), where they roast their coffee in-house with a wide array of roasts from light to dark, pleasing any palate with a diverse selection. When time allows it, sit down and enjoy the SE Heights scenery from the quaint and quiet patio. You can also bring coffee home by the pound from Whiting coffee (3700 Osuna NE), where you can enjoy their international assortment of coffee – my personal favorites being their Brazil and Flores roasts. Another nice thing about buying your beans from local purveyors is that they will be happy to grind it to suit your method of making coffee – be it basket, cone, French press, or using a Chemex pot, the local experts have you covered. Lastly, check out Mimmo Espresso (3901 Central NE) for your walk-up cup of wakeup. The East Nob Hill spot, at the corner of Aliso in the tail end of the Tech Love space, was recently opened by Joe prinzivalli, who you might recognize from cafe Giuseppe. Stop by Mimmo for the great flavors of specially prepared espresso and a new taste of Nob Hill. When it’s time to wake up, make sure your first taste of the morning is a local cup of the Duke City’s best brews.

Justin De La Rosa writes about the local food and restaurant scene. He can be reached at


Sandia not soley for sunsets


ears ago, I heard about the everinnovative Japanese farmers who began growing watermelons inside clear glass cubic forms, forcing the melons to mature into unnatural cubes that would make them easier to stack, transport, and refrigerate. The dimensions of the forms were exactly those of the inside of a standard Japanese refrigerator, making the purchase and home storage of watermelons foolproof. The ingenuity came with a hefty price tag and we didn’t see the cubic fruits mainstreamed on this side of the pond, but the reasoning behind the idea makes sense: Watermelon quenches a summer thirst like no other food. Now in peak season, watermelon heralds these dog days of summer unlike any other key ingredient. As the most iconic of summer fruits, watermelon is the most consumed melon in this country and nary a summer meal would be complete without its inclusion as décor, drink mixer or simple salad component. At Jennifer James 101, we showcase the pink gem on our summer menu in a refreshing salad tossed with diced raw big eye tuna, crumbled salt and pepper pine nuts and micro basil sprouts. It is to die for. As members of the family cucurbitaceae (the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and luffas), citrullus lanatus are large roundish (not cubic!) fruits of a trailing vine. They have a thick, hard outer rind with striped bands of color ranging from lemon yellow to deep green. The juicy inner flesh is most often a shade of pink or red, though yellow-fleshed varieties of watermelon exist. They are thought to have originated in Africa over 5,000 years ago, and made their way to the eastern seaboard of the United States in the 1600s. Today, there are more than 1,200 documented varieties of watermelon, ranging in size from just under a pound to nearly 200 pounds. Most melons commonly found in supermarkets are in the 1025 pound range, though produce departments have wised up and often offer half- and quartermelons, already cut with the flesh clearly visible. Watermelons will only ripen on the vine. But unless you are growing your own melon (which is pretty darn easy), it’s tricky to know if the ones in the grocery store are ripe and ready to eat. When purchasing a melon, practice the rule of look, listen and feel. Look for dull waxy skin, rather than shiny glossy skin. The melon should have a yellowish flat scar, from resting on the ground. Knock on the melon and listen for a sold thud, rather than a hollow echo. And, lastly, pick it up. It’s more than 90 percent water, so it should feel heavy for its size. It should have firm skin, free of cracks or soft bruised spots. Your melon should be stored in a cool environment. It can hang out on your counter or in your cellar; it will stay ripe for a few weeks under refrigeration. Once you cut into it, it will

be good for four to five days. So, what to do with the fleshy pink beast? The possibilities are quite endless. At six percent sugar content, it lends itself nicely to desserts and stands out as a mixer in cocktails and mocktails. It can be cut into wedges and frozen for a refreshing, all-natural novelty; salt the wedges and douse them with hot sauce for a sweet-salty-spicy treat. Although seedless varieties are more popular these days, the mature black seeds from seeded watermelons can be roasted and spiced, similar to a pumpkin

seed, for a crunchy snack. The rind of the melon can be salted and pickled in a simple brine of salt, sugar, vinegar and spices. And the flesh, well, that’s boundless. It can be tossed with tomatoes and basil and mozzarella for a refreshing take on a Caprese salad. It can be julienned and sautéed with jalapeños and laid over grilled beef flank steak. And, if you’re really in a pinch, the flesh itself can be grilled and eaten: a big fat watermelon steak. Serve that alongside grilled corn on the cob and summer squash with a fresh tomato salsa and you have a veritable vegetarian grill feast. Or, you can just sit on your patio at sunset and eat as much raw watermelon as humanly possible (just so you don’t have to find space for the leftovers in your fridge), and appreciate the reddish-pink glow of the gorgeous Sandia Mountains. Nelle Bauer is owner and chef of Jennifer James 101. Even though she is a near native, she is still captivated by the watermelon sunsets in the Duke City.

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The uses for the flesh of a watermelon are virtually endless, from caprese-style salads to grilled watermelon “steaks.” Whatever recipe you choose, it’s the ultimate refreshing snack food for the hot months of summer.

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A cocktail for dancing, vacuuming


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hile muddling fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables into cocktails is a delicious option, I often like to create infused spirits. Homemade infusions offer real flavors that are pure and subtle compared to the cloyingly sweet “natural” taste of mass produced flavored spirits. This is a great time of year to head to pick up local seasonal produce and infuse them into your favorite spirits. Be sure that your infusing ingredients remain fully immersed in the liquor and that your glass infusion vessel is tightly covered, lest you lose your precious creation to evaporation. Also keep in mind that all ingredients impart their flavors at different rates, so be sure to taste your infusion every day or two and take notes. Infusions allow for quick, clean and accurate drink preparation behind the professional bar. At home, infusions are convenient for late-night shindigs or impromptu cocktail parties with the neighborhood cougars who stop by to “borrow” a vacuum cleaner bag. ... Meanwhile, behind the façade of an innocent looking casita, mi abuelita cubana is juicing limes, halving kumquats and muddling mint all the while dancing to her favorite changuí albums. It’s a midday batch of her famous “Abuelia-jitos,” a twist on the classic mojito by the inclusion of strawberry infused rum plus fresh kumquats and strawberries. Below is her famous recipe, which along with her two favorite puercos she bequeathed to me on her deathbed, insisting that I share it with el mundo.

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Abuelita-jito Ingredients: 2 oz. Strawberry-infused silver rum 1 oz. Lime juice, fresh squeezed 1 goodly amount of Mint, plus one sexy piece for garnish 4 Kumquats 1 oz. Soda water .75 oz. Mint simple syrup 1 fresh Strawberry Method: Check out the last issue of Local iQ, or visit to see how we prepped the strawberry-infused rum and simple syrup. A quick review: One bottle silver rum and one pint fresh strawberries combined and set aside for a week or two is the trick. Be sure to strain it through a mesh colander before funneling back

into the bottle that you saved. We’ll use regular granulated white sugar to make the mint simple syrup this time, as we want to make sure the finished cocktail features a beautiful pink color. Slice kumquats in half and place in the bottom of a tall Collinsstyle glass. Gently muddle the kumquats. Cut the strawberry into thin coins, add to Collins glass and set aside. In the bottom of a mixing glass muddle goodly amount of mint, add strawberry infused rum, lime juice and mint simple syrup. Add ice cubes, briefly shake and strain into Collins glass. Pack the Collins glass with crushed ice and stir to evenly distribute the kumquats and strawberry discs. Top with soda and garnish with sexy mint piece. Now make a few more, fling open your doors and start vacuuming.

Randy Kolesky is a veteran bar and restaurant manager in Albuquerque and the Tuesday host of All that Jazz on KUNM 89.9 FM.


Beat the summer heat with a cooler brew


his summer has been hot and fortunately, thanks to our monsoons, things are finally cooling down. The downside, of course, is with the monsoon comes humidity, which ratchets up the heat index so it still feels hot. And here’s the real tragedy — in the heat it is sometimes hard to drink beer, with some styles tasting too heavy. I admit I generally switch to gin drinks as my libation of choice in the hotter months. There are, however, some great beers to be had for the heat. And a good place to look for these beers is in places with climates as hot or hotter than what we are experiencing in this state. In New Mexico, one idea for similar weather would be Mexico, so why not Mexican beer? It seems pretty obvious. My in-laws love their Corona and Dos Equis by the pool. But those are no longer our only choices for Mexican beer. A craft brewery called Baja Brewing has started up and is now available in Albuquerque. Their flagship beer, Cabotella, was designed by their brewmaster to be light and refreshing, like what one would expect from a Mexican beer but with more attention to quality and craft. It’s an ocean away, and somewhere we might not think to look, but another good source for hot-climate brews is Southeast Asia. It’s a region that can be sweltering. Think of how refreshing Vietnamese spring rolls are on a hot day. Probably the most popular and widely available beer from that region is Tiger. The beer dates from the 1930s and is from Singapore. But there are several others from this region of the world, including the Philippines’ San Miguel Pilsen. We also shouldn’t forget the heat and humidity of India, where famous brands Taj Mahal and Kingfisher are designed for the heat. Here is a weird one for you: Cologne, Germany. Yep, Germany. Today (as of writing) it was hotter in Cologne than it has been for the past three days in Albuquerque. And because it’s Germany, Cologne brewers make a beer for those hot summer days: kolsch. Kolsch was officially recognized as a style of beer in 1918. It has generally only been known by German beer aficionados and only in that region of Germany. Fortunately for us, Jeff Erway at La Cumbre recently released the Miles From Cologne for his Albuquerque beer lovers, a kolsch-styled beer. Kolsch is generally 4-5 percent alcohol by

volume and an easy drinking summer beer that won’t take too much out of you. Most of the beers I’ve mentioned here are low alcohol by volume, so they will not dehydrate you as quickly in the summer. Which is also why my brother-in-law (former UNM cycling team and German Cycling team member) loves these beers while he is out on a ride. They give a nice carb boost, a chance to cool off and they won’t really distract the rider too much. And after a beer or two, I’m usually much happier about riding my bike back home, too. Whether you are cycling in the heat or if you are just trying to beat it with beer, remember: misery loves company. So grab a beer in the style of other hot parts of the world. Seth Hall is head barman at the Albuquerque Press Club, where upon request, he serves both beer and history lessons.

Baja Brewing’s flagship beer, Cabotella, was designed by its brewmaster to be light and refreshing with more attention to quality and craft than standard cervezas.

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Stretching possibilities Tedx showcases ideas that inspire and aim to plant seeds for change By MiKe eNGliSH


2,000 person Albuquerque lecture event that sells out in days and inspires a fervor usually reserved for rock bands and sports teams is not your typical Duke City happening. Welcome to the world of TedxABQ, where ideas, innovation and possibility take center stage and cynicism falls off the map. TED was founded in 1984 by a California non-profit group as a one-time event featuring speakers giving 18-minute talks on the TED focus areas of technology, entertainment and design. With the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” that initial gathering led to a yearly exclusive TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., that has drawn such speakers as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Jane Goodall. Providing a stage for innovative people to share their ideas was a simple formula that proved wildly popular. TED is still going strong with its annual once-a-year conferences, and has branched into TEDx events, designed to give communities, organization and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Albuquerque has been one of the pioneering


communities of the TEDx PrOFile movement, said local TEDx organizer Tim Nisly, who noted tedxaBQ that the Duke City was the 30th Salon community-based TED event when it launched in 2009, feat. MeGaN KaMericK and now there are 5,000 such 5:30-7:30p, events worldwide. Wed., aug. 7 “It’s a whole day designed albuquerque to make you see the world MuseuM 2000 MOuntain differently,” Nisly said, trying nW, 505.242.4600 to explain the popularity of the $15 event. “It’s a day when you can PHoto By WeS NaMaN set aside cynicism and really tedxaBQ teDxabq organizer tim nisly consider possibilities.” 10a-4:30p, said the event “gives a voice to people who have great ideas,” Sat., Sep. 7 That was true for Nisly, who and creates a forum where those POPeJOY Hall, volunteered for the first TEDx ideas can be shared. unM CaMPus, in Albuquerque, which was 505.277.8010 held at the Tamaya resort. Nisly ranged from Vince Clark, a $65 found himself listening to a leading brain researcher at UNM, speaker talking about the power to South Valley farmer Henry of human resiliency, and it Rael, who is working on software struck a deep chord for him, as solutions for connecting growers Nisly had recently lost his mother to breast and consumers. cancer and was learning to live with the loss This year’s TEDxABQ, with the theme “be of a parent. extraordinary,” will feature a diverse lineup Since 2010 TEDxABQ has been held of speakers, including Alix Generous, a at Popejoy Hall to progressively larger 20-year-old neuroscience researcher from audiences. Speakers through the years have Santa Fe; Christopher Erickson, a research

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physicist exploring the potential of cold atom technology; Doug Fine, a New Mexico bestselling author and farmer and Eliseo Torres, a Mexican folk healer working to bridge traditional and technological approaches to healing. Additional speakers include Anne Taylor, who specializes in how school buildings and the built environment affect learning and behavior; Mark Salisbury, speaking on humanity’s utilization of ever-more capable machines and Michelle Creech-Eakman, an astrophysicist who will explain how technology at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory will soon expand our understanding of the universe — and that’s not even the complete lineup. “It showcases cool things in New Mexico to the world,” Nisly said. The speakers submit applications for the chance to be a presenter, and a local panel chooses the lineup. A team of 120 organizers and volunteers help stage the event, which includes such added features as jugglers, chefs and artists demonstrating their crafts between talks. The popularity of TEDxABQ has led to monthly TEDxABQ salons. The Aug. 7 salon will feature journalist Megan Kamerick, who will discuss women’s voices in the media and modern culture. Meanwhile, the TED movement shows no signs of slowing — certainly not in Albuquerque. And that’s not a surprise to Nisly. “Someone takes 20 years of experience and distills it to an 18-minute talk, that can change people’s perspective,” he said. “It stretches people’s idea of what’s possible.”

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Simple back-to-school snacking The start of a school year is just around the corner. Along with new classes, new teachers and new friends, why not add a new, more exciting menu to your back-to-school list? Family Features


ith all the things you need to get before their new educational adventure begins, it’s easy to overlook the lunchtime options you serve your kids. Make the most of this exciting time and break out of the old back to school routine with a few simple snacking tips. Serving up these healthy snacking solutions will bring color and enjoyment to an otherwise drab lunch. The following are are a few simple ways to pack some fun back into lunch:

Pack a Bento Box

These convenient, easy-to-carry food containers are perfect for lunchtime. The compartments make packing different foods simple, while keeping flavors and textures separate. Pack in hummus along with some dippers, such as pretzels, sliced fruit and veggies for healthy eating on-the-go.

After-school noshes

Keep the fun, flavorful food options on hand for after-class, as well. When they’re busy doing homework or cramming for the exam, your kids will love the Mediterranean twist on these classic kid-

friendly recipes, like this recipe for Grilled Vegetable Pita Pizza.

Try new condiments

When it comes to dressing up sandwiches and wraps, go beyond the ordinary mustard and mayo routine. Your kids will love exploring new flavor combinations, especially when you choose their favorites. Spread hummus on whole grain bread and fill with their favorite sandwich fixings for a tasty variation on a lunchtime classic. Recipe:

Grilled Vegetable Pita Pizza Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups Summer squash (about 2 medium size) yellow and/or green 1/4 cup Olive oil 2 tsp. Salt 1Red onion 2 Vine ripe tomatoes 3 six-inch-Round pitas 1 cup hummus Black pepper and salt to taste


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Method: Slice summer squash into 1/4-inch rounds. Place in bowl and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Peel and cut red onion in half, then slice with grain in 1/3-inch wedges. Repeat with second half. Place in bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and combine. Cut tomatoes in half and slice 4-6 halfmoon wedges. Repeat with second half. Place in bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and combine. Grill summer squash about 4 minutes on each side. Grill onions about 5 minutes, rotating once. Grill tomatoes about 5 minutes rotating once. Warm pita on the grill about 3 minutes each side. Once warm, remove pita from heat and slather with about 1/3 cup hummus. Top with summer squash, tomatoes and onions. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy. Yield: 3 pizzas, 24 small slices

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cycling>forward Albuquerque gets heaps of praise from outsiders looking in to the numerous miles of bicycle-friendly paths available to its denizens, but there is more work to be done if the Duke City’s true aim is to become Bike City, America


Introduction by Mike English • Photo by Wes Naman

hey call us a city for cyclers, a bike rider’s paradise. Bicycling magazine named Albuquerque the 20th best bicycle-friendly city in the country in its May 2012 issue, and that’s just one of the more recent designations of the Duke City as a pedaler’s utopia. For those of us who ride our bikes in Albuquerque, we know why all this praise rains upon us — we do boast a remarkable total mileage of biking pathways, both dedicated paved trails and lanes that are striped alongside roads. Mountain bikers can easily hit the trail, inside or barely outside the city limits. And our bicycling weather, aside from those days of extreme heat and cold, ain’t too shabby either. Of course, not everything is flawless. We wonder if some of those national magazine writers have ever jumped into Albuquerque traffic with their bicycle. It can be a heart-pounding experience, and we aren’t talking about the cardio. Cyclists die on our streets. We have the ghost bike installations to prove it. Yet bicycle culture is growing in the Duke City, a fact that should be celebrated. In this issue of Local iQ you can read about the city’s resurgent Critical Mass movement, in which bikers are joyfully staking their claim to the streets; get an update on the City of Albuquerque’s effort to link together a 50-mile bicycle path that encircles the city; learn some of the favorite rides of the city’s bike shop professionals; and consider some of the things needed to get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes, in a commentary piece written by a young urban planner. May your wheels spin freely. Enjoy the ride.

Local bicycle enthusiasts, such as Deborah Remington (right), owner of Fusion Hair + Skin and hair stylist John Jay Roybal, also of Fusion, are those “everyday people” the City of Albuquerque are searching for input from on how to make Albuquerque even more bike-friendly than it already is.


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A few of their favorite bike rides


By Tamon Rasberry


ust about any cyclist who spends time in their saddle comes to favor one route in particular through the city over all others. If they’re lucky, it’s the ride to work. Maybe it’s a weekly exercise route or the ride taken to clear and reset the mind. Local iQ asked a few local cyclists to tell our readers about their favorite Duke City paths. Here’s what they had to say. Albuquerque Poker Ride

Matthew Bernuaer Bike Mechanic, Bike Coop Photo illustration by Jonathan Wright + Kevin Hopper

Imagine if you will a 50-mile path, dedicated to bicycles, walkers and runners that stretches from Sandia Heights to Mesa del Sol, and the South Valley to Paradise Hills. For those that spend most of their time outdoors, it’s a dream come true, and one that city planners are currently making a reality. Dubbed the ‘50-mile Loop’ (and actually consisting of several hundred total miles of trails), it is a project that Mayor Richard Berry is intent on seeing to completion. “This isn’t a 20-year project,” Berry told Local iQ. “We will build a segment at a time, and hopefully down the road within the next five or six years we can see it completed.

Closing the ‘Loop’

City pushes ahead with planning and design for continuous 50-mile bicycle loop to encircle the city, asking for input from ‘everyday people’


By Jessica Sosa

ike a cyclist buckling down during the final stretch of a long ride, Albuquerque’s plan to finish contracting a continuous 50-mile bicycle loop around the city is just 16 miles from completion, and you can almost see the finish line on the far horizon. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is pushing the bicycle loop as part of his “ABQ the Plan” initiative, and it’s more than just talk. The city signed a $150,000 contract last year with engineering consultant team Wilson and Company to plan the infrastructure, with a goal of including Albuquerque’s community in the process as much as possible. Money is already being set aside for working on segments of the trail, which will be completed as the budget allows, possibly within the next five years. “This isn’t a 20-year project,” Berry said. “We will build a segment at a time, and hopefully down the road within the next five or six years we can see it completed. We need to get funding in place as we see how much each segment will cost.” Open meetings on the project have pulled together a volunteer ad hoc committee to help guide the planning for the bicycle loop. “They are just everyday people: A mom and kids, walkers, cyclists. It isn’t just about biking. It’s about walking, roller-skating, you name it,” said Savina Garcia, senior project manager at Wilson and Company. The concept of the continuous loop has received mostly support from Albuquerque’s citizens, particularly those who already utilize the many existing multi-use trails — the Bosque trail, Tramway — spread throughout the city. “We started asking the community, what do you like? What would improve your quality of life? What would you like to see more of?” said Berry.

The new loop will be a continuous journey suited for families and the everyday user, and this means that some big changes are in order to ensure safety and comfort. “The difficulty is filling in some of the gaps, connecting and creating safety aspects for the multi-use trails,” Garcia said. “We want to get them away from the road and avoid crossing main roads as much as possible. We have all been riding the trails, testing them out and we are looking at making them wider.” With plans for construction underway, the loop is taking shape. The first segment of the trail, from Nob Hill to Uptown, already has a $1.5 million budget. The loop’s alignment plan includes several mini loops and neighborhood loops located throughout the city, giving riders and walkers the ability to access the trail at convenient intervals. It will also include rest stops, benches, shade structures, drinking fountains and user-friendly signs and maps throughout the 50 miles. The goal is to create a user-friendly amenity that bumps up the city’s overall quality of life. “We have a great city, and we want to see what we can do to make it better,” Berry said. “The loop has great possibilities. We are making an effort to be sure it goes to interesting places, whether that be places to eat, world-class hotels, boutique hotels, Route 66, museums, Old Town. We want to show that Albuquerque has diverse things to do and see, and we can bring new economic dollars into our community.” Since the loop will include trails all around Albuquerque, the city is coordinating with such stakeholders as Bernalillo County, Sandia Pueblo and the University of New Mexico, so everyone is in agreement with the final result and is happy to make use of it. “It’s for everybody. Rent a bike, hop on the 50 and go on a little adventure,” Garcia said.

120 Yale SE, 505.265.5170

This bi-weekly cruise and booze ride was originated by Dave Lawless. Riders visit a series of parks in a cross-city ride where each rider gets a poker card. At the end of the ride the best hand wins, and the winner picks the next route. “This ride is a cult classic of the city,” Bernuaer said. “You get both elements of being social and riding.” Oak Flat Trail

Single-track trail 10 miles east of Albuquerque Jake Inman Bike Mechanic, Trek Bicycle Superstore 5000 Menaul NE Suite A, 505.312.7243 trekbicyclesuperstore. com

Inman said he loves the scenic routes of New Mexico. “Oak Flat Trails is so beautiful! You’re able to get a striking outlook outside the city limits,” he said. Placitas Mountain Bike Trail

20 miles north of Albuquerque Daniel Swinton Owner, Bike Works 2839 Carlisle NE #180, 505.884.0341


“One of my favorite rides incorporates a little bit of everything,” said Swinton. “It takes riders through Placitas and back around through the ski trails — not a ride to be taken lightly. It takes the average rider about five hours to complete.” King of the Mountain Trail, Sandia Crest

Damien Milazzo Bike Mechanic, Fat Tire 421 Montaño NE, 505.345.9005

Milazzo explained why he loves riding this challenging trail, which starts at the base of the ski area: “This ride stars off with a lot of exertion riding up hill. Your reward is when you’re able to return back down the hill,” Milazzo said. Bosque Trail

Along the Rio Grande Sam Pheifer Owner, Fixed and Free 114 Tulane SE, 505.255.0586

“It’s very hot out right now and I love the idea of working hard and then enjoying a treat after,” Pheifer said. And by “treat” he means a celebratory beer at one of the city’s breweries, which are easy to reach by bike.

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“Getting up and riding your bike on the road to work can be as normal as tying your shoes in the morning.” —Julian Butt, owner,

Power to the pedal people! Critical Mass Albuquerque a joyful expression of local cyclists’ right to ride


By Jessica Sosa

magine that you leave your car in the garage and take your bike to work one day. As you start out through your neighborhood the ride is enjoyable, but soon you must merge onto one of the city’s main roads. With cars rushing by at 50 miles per hour, being on a bicycle can be intimidating for many riders, but Albuquerque’s Critical Mass is working to promote traffic equality for all types of transportation. Tracing its roots to 1992 in San Francisco, Critical Mass began as a political statement to take back the road and remind cars that bicycles have the same rights as motorists, and it has now spread to include 300 cities nationwide. It got it’s start in Albuquerque about 15 years ago, stopped, then started again, and has been growing steadily in recent months. “We had a little over a hundred riders last month,” said Lee Ratzlaff, the primary organizer of the event. Albuquerque riders meet at UNM’s Duck Pond on the last Friday of every month and go for a ride together through the city. Riders of all ages are welcome, but the event has become a trend for the college-aged generation. “It has really been taken over by the younger crowd of university students. We are trying to include more of the roadies and also the serious commuters because it really is a ride


Critical Mass 6:30p, last Friday of the month at the UNM Duck Pond. Routes vary. criticalmass albuquerque

Photo by Wes Naman

Turnout for the Albuquerque Critical Mass bike ride of Jul. 26 was dampened a bit by the looming hurricane-like storm that hit that evening, but the monthly gatherings of pedalers are a big part of the city’s burgeoning bicycle culture. “It’s empowering and creates a sense of community for riders,” said Lee Ann Ratzlaff, an organizer of the event.

for all cyclists. It’s about advocacy to share the road and reflect the total population of cyclists in the city,” Ratzlaff said. Although Critical Mass began as a response to controversy on the road, it has formed in Albuquerque as a way to have a good time and bring together a community of cyclists. The event is organized primarily by word of mouth and through social media, with no particular person in charge of the ride. “In Albuquerque it is much more about a fun time than it is political. Critical Mass wants to celebrate how bikes promote recreation and fitness, and promote the

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normalization of bikes. Getting up and riding your bike on the road to work can be as normal as tying your shoes in the morning,” said Julian Butt, owner of One of the biggest problems facing cyclists is the unwillingness of many drivers to share the road with their two-wheeled counterparts. Critical Mass has gained a negative reputation in some places because riders have broken laws and angered drivers. “We have to be respectful,” Ratzlaff said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to break the law. If we want to show that bikes have the same rights and respect as traffic, then we have to act like traffic and share the road.” Albuquerque’s bike culture has boomed within the past few years, with more and more cyclists venturing out onto the roads and trails throughout the Duke City. As a

kind of social movement, sometimes coined as an “organized coincidence,” Critical Mass aims to keep the culture growing. “Bikers have great opportunities here. There is some of the most open space and land in the country, right here in Albuquerque, and we have over two dozen great bicycle shops, recreation trails and places to race or mountain bike,” Butt said. Critical Mass offers an opportunity for bike riders to experience a group ride and to become comfortable with their rights and responsibilities on the road. “It is empowering and creates a sense of community for riders. It reaches critical mass when cars start honking happily, joyous to see so many cyclists. When I am on rides I tell everyone to smile and wave at vehicles. We are a spectacle in a good way,” Ratzlaff added.


Six steps toward a better Burque for bike enthusiasts


By Dan Majewski lbuquerque has historically performed well in the game of “top American cycling cities.” Our multi-use path network is the envy of municipalities across the nation: 50plus miles of paved path, completely separated from automobiles. Add other lanes and routes to the total and we have 400-plus miles of bicycle infrastructure! City leaders have worked hard to accomplish this and they should be commended. However, the development of cycling infrastructure in Albuquerque is stagnating. This may come as a surprise to many residents. After all, new paths open annually and visible improvements to our network are constantly being made, though many major American cities are evolving at a more rapid pace than the Duke City. The key to keeping up? Get more people riding. Below is a list of six ideas for how the City of Albuquerque can do that: 1. Fill The Gaps

Cycling in Albuquerque is 90 percent heaven and 10 percent hell. The weakness of the city’s existing network is found in the gaps between the paths, lanes and routes. Some of these dangerous gaps have been the site of fatal cycling collisions. Many of them exist near interstate on/off ramps. Properly filling these gaps would be expensive and could require taking away space from motor vehicles, which is never easy politically. Yet, until the city understands the vital importance of utility cycling (using bicycles for transportation), Albuquerque will stagnate. Filling these dangerous gaps must be a primary focus.

shop, etc. Businesses can be accessed from the trail but there is no relationship between the destination and the trail. The trails have been designed specifically for recreation. Besides the Bosque Trail, they are not pleasant public spaces. Citizens are currently leading a movement called BIZ (Bike-in Zoning) that would allow small businesses to open up along the trail, activating the space. Connecting the existing network to popular destinations is vital.

relatively quick and cheap to build. Creating a network of these around UNM would lead to an increased rate of cycling. Many of our streets are over capacity. This means that they have more vehicle lanes than necessary to accommodate the amount of traffic. Re-striping certain streets in Albuquerque could happen tomorrow for minimal cost. It has already been done on some streets; there is no reason to stop now.

3. Don’t Forget About the Bus

5. Education & Encouragement

To be a top cycling city, we need to be a good walking and transit city. New York is quickly transitioning to a bicycle-friendly place because many people do not own cars. A quality cycling city cannot be dependent on cars. It is no accident that Albuquerque’s Central Avenue corridor has a high percentage of people cycling for transportation. Filling the gaps in our transit and sidewalk network is crucial. To make this a reality, citizens must push government officials to take the difficult steps required for this transformation.

A recent study done in Portland, Ore., demonstrated that 60 percent of the population there is “interested yet concerned” about cycling for a number of reasons, primarily safety (33 percent said they wouldn’t ride “no way no how,” 7 percent said they were “enthused and confident” to ride, while 1 percent was “strong and fearless” about riding a bike on city streets). Converting “interested but concerned” residents into bicycle riders requires a massive amount of education and encouragement. Well-advertised and frequently scheduled classes that educate people how to safely ride in the streets is essential to the growth of bicycles as a mode of transportation. This is already being done. However, to increase the number of people cycling, this must be more integrated.

4. capture Low Hanging Fruit

The UNM area and Downtown are already filled with residents who do not own cars and primarily cycle or walk. Making these areas more bike-friendly first would be the best value. Other cities are building protected bicycle infrastructure in their downtowns or their universities. This is a natural next step for Albuquerque. Bicycle boulevards like Silver Avenue are

6. Strengthen Staff Numbers

The City of Albuquerque has one bicycle coordinator. They do not have a single pedestrian coordinator. And we wonder why our city looks the way it does. ...

To accomplish anything from this article, there must be an increase in staff dedicated to making our city more people friendly. Adding a single staff person dedicated to cycling in our city would double the amount of work we could accomplish annually. Conclusion

Albuquerque is on the cusp of a cultural transition. Hundreds of residential units are being developed downtown, microbreweries and food trucks are appearing everywhere and the awareness and importance of building community around active transportation and small local businesses is growing. Central Avenue is our spine and there are active community conversations occurring about the future of it. Bus rapid transit? Bike lanes? We need a cohesive direction. A bicycle-friendly city is part of a larger vision. It includes more density, better transit and other elements that some long-time residents are uncomfortable with. Engaging the community is an important next step. It is time for us to retake the lead. It will not be easy but it is our best opportunity to rebuild our broken economy. Building a more bike-friendly Albuquerque will not be difficult. Finding the funding and political support will be. Follow for more information on how to get involved. Dan Majewski lives car-free in the Silver Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque.

2. Connect the Dots

Our bicycle path network is a great idea: build facilities that are separated from vehicles. This prevents any possibility of conflict between motorists and cyclists, creating a safe, quiet and relaxing environment. However, to access the paths, one must ride on streets that do not accommodate cyclists. The trails do not directly connect with any place that one needs to go: the grocery store, the bike

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dahhm Life drops new video, album to follow


Percussionist scott Kettner (left) has made a career out of exploring the maracatu music of brazil and raising awareness about it in the united states. Kettner and his band nation beat are joining forces with Maracatu nacao estrela brilhante of recife, brazil, for the first-ever tour of the u.s. by a brazilian maracatu band.

Beat of the nation One drummer’s obsession leads to the import of a centuries-old music culture teacher, jazz drummer Billy Hart (who played with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, unique form of Brazilian percussion McCoy Tyner and many more), had planted the music, stewed in a pot not much seed. different from the African-European“With Billy it was all about tracing the roots Native cultural gumbo of Louisiana of the music we were playing,” that he came to love as a young Kettner said. “He was all about southern musician, is just about PrevieW the rhythmic tree.” irresistible to drummer Scott Kettner. Hart had heard of maracatu Maracatu but never played it. And when A New Yorker by way of a Florida Kettner asked around about it, childhood, Kettner is the driving Nacao estrela even inquiring among Brazilian force behind a growing North Brilhante & friends living in New York, he American awareness of maracatu, Nation Beat found that they didn’t know a centuries-old form of percussive 6p, Mon., aug. 12 much about it either. So Kettner music played in northeast Brazil. santa Fe PlaZa bought a ticket to Recife, found For Kettner, it has been a 14-year frEE the people playing maracatu, and journey of repeated trips back and decided to stay. forth from Brooklyn to Brazil, and it will come full circle this Maracatu is a marching, dancing, 7p, Wed., aug. 14 month when his South American outdoor music form. Maracatu nHCC percussion compadres, Maracatu 1701 4tH sW, bands — called nacaos, or 505.246.2261 Nacao Estrela Brilhante, visit the nations — can have as many as $17 United States for the first time 150 members. “Each maracatu ever for a series of shows with group is its own world,” Kettner Kettner’s own band Nation Beat. explained. Some of the current nachos have been playing “Bringing them here has been a continuously as groups since the dream of mine,” Kettner said in 19th century. a recent interview with Local iQ. “It’s going to be an historic tour.” Kettner immersed himself in Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante. They became his teachers, his Kettner has been self-admittedly “obsessed” with maracatu since 1999, when he first went in friends. “They were my school,” he said, adding that he would drum and parade with them, search of it on a trip to Recife, Brazil. Kettner’s

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soaking up everything he could learn. By 2002, Kettner decided he wanted to build his own maracatu nation in New York. He started teaching maracatu percussion classes in Brooklyn in order to build a community of players and generate awareness. “No one knew about maracatu,” he said. “I needed to develop a group of people who understood it.” That’s an effort that has taken root and continues to this day. Besides his band Nation Beat (which Willie Nelson has said is “just a fantastic group”), Kettner continues to teach his classes and has now built his own maracatu tribe, Maracatu New York. The group just released its first record, Baque do Brooklyn, an extravaganza of percussion (of course) but also an expression of Kettner’s own musical journey. You’ll hear New Orleans-style horns and rhythms, funk and country blues blended with the Brazilian beats. The concert tour with Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante is an eight-show engagement, and will stop at venues like Lincoln Center in New York and Grand Performances in Los Angeles. So the New Mexico shows are a special treat, the result of Kettner’s friendship with Albuquerque concert promoter Tom Frouge. Estrela Brilhante members visiting from Brazil will include nine drummers, four dancers and a master singer. Throw in members of Kettner’s band Nation Beat, and you have a mini maracatu nation — just as Scott Kettner dreamed of.

ahhm Life is a fixture in the Albuquerque hip hop music scene. You can find the name “Dominic ruiz” (aka-Dahhm Life) on the starting roster of many talent-stacked musical teams over the years. Syzygy, Mental case (later Sleepwalkers), Habeas corpses, Model citizens, Zoology and the list goes on. However, after writing his first rhyme at 13, taking up percussion at 19 and helping found a record label (Skull control records), Dahhm is kicking-off his sophomore solo album Spirituali with cinematic flair. Constantly raising the bar (and the roof) for the Burque hip hop scene and reinforcing our “pound for pound” reputation around the country, Dahhm Life partnered with concept Flux media director phillip “Flux” torres to create an epic video for the first single off the album. “Clarity” (feat. Kayhoes) is a satisfying mix of visual storytelling and narrative lyricism. The non-linearity of the dream sequence-style visuals (characteristic of iconic photography) complements the storyline that these two baritone emcees punch into the track. You can dial up the video at to view this extravagant dance of visual verbosity. I’ll let the emcees’ lyricism do what it do, speak for itself. However, to prep your eyes for what you’re going to see means harkening back to the backlit, strobe-lighting of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” video. Dahhm and Kayhoes are the shadowed oracle-type figures in this Greek tragedy, minus MJ’s shadow dancing. The dancing is left up to the two professionally choreographed muses of the video’s female lead, who is part of a relationship that was born under a bad sign. The male lead acts as the harbinger of bad signs, bringing a smoldering smoke to the relationship that he takes with him in its wake. Don’t follow? You just have to watch it ... over and over again. The cinematic quality and symbolic storytelling make the “Clarity” video a treat to keep coming back to for another peek. After you wet your appetite with this video, you’ll likely be asking, “Where’s the album?” Mark your calendars for an album release for Spirituali in October. Keep up at Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s poet laureate, and a tireless supporter of local art and music enterprises.

music Monte Vista Fire Station The Memphis P-Tails 9p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Skip Bachelor 5p, FREE Pueblo Harvest Cafe Stratus Phear CLASSIC ROCK 6-9p, $7 All you can eat horno baked pizzas Robinson Park-Downtown Grower’s Market Jazz Brasilerio 8:30a-Noon, FREE Savoy Bar & Grill Chava & The Paid My Dues Blues Band 6-9p, FREE Sister Bar Don Martin REGGAE 9p, TBA The Stage Fat City 9p-1a, $5-$10 Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse Hannah & Maggie 7:30-10:30p,

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Burt’s Tiki Lounge Get Down w/ Nightstar 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Jah Branch REGGAE ROCK 8p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Bad Rabits, Air Dubai, Sahtyre 8p, $13 Low Spirits Felix Y Los Gatos, Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, Kimo 9p, $7 Marble Brewery The Saltine Ramblers 7-10p, FREE Molly’s Swamp Deville 5:30p-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill H28 7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Django Rhythm Meat Grinder, Brian Wingard Quartet 7:30p, $10-$15

Pueblo Harvest Cafe Blue Hornets REGGAE 6-9p, $7 All you can eat horno baked pizzas

Savoy Bar & Grill Le Chat Lunatique 6-9p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Todd Tijerina Trio BLUES ROCK 9:30p, FREE

fri 2 Blackbird Buvette Next Three Miles ACOUSTIC 7p, FREE Tawdry Nights w/ Jill & Amanda 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Deer People, St. Petersburg, Critrz 8:30p, FREE

CoolWater Fusion Oscar Butler 6-8p, FREE Cosmo Tapas Restaurant Jazz Brasileiro 7-10p, FREE Cowgirl Galo Malo BLUES/ROCK 5-7:30p, FREE Jaka WORLD BEAT 8:30p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Naam, Pepper Griswald, Gusher 9:30p, $5

Lounge 45 The Bad Katz Trio 9p-1a, FREE Low Spirits Karaoke 8p, $5 Marble Brewery The Jir Project 8-11p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Gypsy Night 7-11p, FREE Molly’s Tall Paul 1:30-5p, FREE Odd Dog 5:30p-Close, FREE

Monte Vista Fire Station Felix Y Los Gatos 9p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Planet XTC 8p, FREE Jake Jones Band 9p, FREE Prairie Star Restaurant Bobcat Jazz Trio 5:30-8:30p, FREE

Pueblo Harvest Cafe Joanie & Combo Special 6-9p, $7 All you can eat horno baked pizzas The Stage DJ Cut & Huggy 9p-1a, $5-$10

sat 3 Blackbird Buvette Sleeping Cranes FOLK/INDIE 6p, FREE Mod Patio Night 10p, FREE


Alternative hip hop mogul and co-founder of Definitive Jux, Brooklyn’s EL-P will appear at Sister Bar (407 Central NW, 505.555.5555, on Sun., Aug. 4 with Killer Mike. Show at 8p. $20 cover. Tickets available at holdmyticket. com

Zinc Cellar Bar The DCN Project FUNK 9:30p, FREE

sun 4 Blackbird Buvette Jim Phillips Noon, FREE

Cowgirl Joe West Noon-3p, FREE Gary Gorence & Bruce Ondrusek 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen & Brewery Alpha Cats JAZZ/SWING 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos Chatter Sunday: John Graham VIOLA 10:30a, $5-$15

Mine Shaft Tavern Gene Corbin AMERICANA 3-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Alex Neville/Milton Villarrubia Duo 7:30p, $5

Sister Bar EL-P + Killer Mike 8p, $20

mon 5 Blackbird Buvette Joshua Stephens INDIE/FOLK ROCK 7p, FREE Karaoke 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad Ours, Luna Arcade 9:30p, $15 Molly’s Lilly Maase & The High Life Band

N4th Theatre Wagogo 12:30p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Karaoke 8p, FREE Sol Santa Fe Greenhouse 9p, $5

Tue 6 Blackbird Buvette Groove The Dig w/ Old School John ROCK/GARAGE 10p, FREE Cowgirl Marbin ROCK/JAZZ 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen & Brewery Palace Flophouse FOLK/AMERICANA 6-9p, FREE

Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Twisted Audio 9p, FREE

Launchpad Echoes of Fallen, Bloodgeon, End To End, Unleash The Baboon 9p, $5 Molly’s Steve Kinabrew 5:30p-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Rudy Boy Blues Jam 7p, FREE

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Burt’s Tiki Lounge And The Black, Feathers, Port Alice, Gimme My Moon Back 8:30p, FREE Cooperage En-Joy CUBAN SALSA 9:30p, $10 Cowgirl Rob-A-Lou JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE 2-5p, FREE Broomdust Caravan HONKY-TONK 8:30p, FREE

Imbibe DJ Rotation 10p, FREE Lemoni Lounge Saudade 7:30-10:30p, FREE Lounge 45 The Bad Katz Trio 9p-1a, FREE Low Spirits Lord Huron, The Blurts 9p, $10 Marble Brewery Elder Grown 8-11p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Gary Gorence 3-7p, FREE The Jakes CLASSIC ROCK 8p-Midnight, FREE

Molly’s Jus’ Cuz’ 11a-3p, FREE Burning Bridges 4-Close, FREE

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Sunshine Theater P.O.D., Flyleaf, Stars In Stereo 8p, $22

Zinc Cellar Bar Philip Gibbs 8p, FREE

wed 7 Blackbird Buvette Beats & Verses UNDERGROUND HIPHOP 10:30p, FREE

Cowgirl Far West 8p, FREE Launchpad Die By The Sword, Destroy To Recreate, Carrion Kind, Friend 2 Foe, Shadow’s Burn 9:30p, $5 Marble Brewery Turbine Toolshed 6-9p, FREE Molly’s Samantha Harlow & Elli Perry 5:30p-Close, FREE

Sister Bar Fletcher 9p, $5 Sunshine Theater We The Kings, Breather Carolina, T.Mills, The Ready Set, Keep It Cute 7p, $18

Thu 8 Blackbird Buvette Zealous Grooves, Amber Saint Yves 10p, FREE Cowgirl Todd Tijerina BLUES/ROCK 8p, FREE The Harwood Museum of Art Leslie Lewis 7p, $20-$25 Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE


Launchpad Mike Stud 8p, $10 Loma Colorado Library Lenin And McCarthy 6:30p, FREE Low Spirits Think Fast Jak, Red Light Cameras, Port Alice, Red Line, Katy Bow 9p, TBD

Marble Brewery Swingrass 7-10p, FREE Molly’s Jimmy Jones 5:30-Close, FREE Outpost Performance Space Mark Dankert Quartet, Lewis Winn & Right About Now 7:30p, $10-$15 Savoy Bar & Grill Siyeric 6-9p, FREE Sol Santa Fe Toad The Wet Sprocket 7:30p, $27 Zinc Cellar Bar Saudade BRAZILIAN JAZZ 9:30p, FREE

fri 9 Blackbird Buvette Carlos The Tall 6p, FREE Planet Rock FUNKY DANCE PARTY 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Stabbed In Back, The Shell Corporation, Allout Helter 8:30p, FREE

Cowgirl Daniel Isle Sky ROCK/POP 5-7:30p, FREE Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia w/ Mister Sister R&B 8:30p, FREE Imbibe Woohabs 6p, FREE DJ Malik 10p, FREE

Launchpad The Rip Torn, Bath House, Distances, Pepper Griswald 9:30p, $5

Lounge 45 Lnin and McCarthy 9p-1a, FREE Low Spirits Neil Diamond Cover Night w/ Blame It On Rebekkah, The Great Depression, Paris A GoGo Burlesque, Shoulder Voices, A Band Named Sue, Freddy Raygun, Kimo Licious, Carlous The Tall 8p, $5 Marble Brewery Group Therapy 8-11p, FREE Molly’s Steve Kinabrew 1:30-5p, FREE Bad Katz 5:30p-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station The Alex Maryol Trio 9p, FREE Nahalat Shalom, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Alvados 6:30-9p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Open Mic Night 7-11p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Picosso 6p, FREE Planet XTC 8p, FREE Mr. Black 9p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Leslie Lewis 7-9p, $25 Prairie Star Restaurant The Gregg Daigle Band 5:30-8:30p, FREE

Pueblo Harvest Cafe The DCN Project R&B/FUNK 6-9p, $7 All you can eat horno baked pizzas Santa Ana Cafe Jazz Brasileiro 6-9p, FREE Sol Santa Fe Rock For MS 7p, $5 The Stage DJ Cut and Huggy 9p-1a, $5-$10

sat 10 Burt’s Tiki Lounge Diamond, Hundo 8:30p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Matt Jones 6-8p, FREE

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Cooperage Tumbao SALSA 9:30p, $7 Cowgirl The Railyard Reunion Bluegrass Band 2-5p, FREE Jono Manson ROOTS/ROCK/BLUES 8:30p, FREE

East Mountain Library Mala Mana Noon, FREE Elena Gallegos Amphitheater The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band 7-9p, FREE Imbibe DJ Rotation 10p, FREE Lounge 45 Lnin and McCarthy 9p-1a, FREE Marble Brewery Jake Jones Band, Step In, Saving Damsels 7-11p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Joe West, Lori Ottino, Peter Singdahlsen PSYCHEDELIC COUNTRY 3-7p, FREE Susan Holmes, Earl Poole Ball 7-11p, $5 Molly’s Rock Bottom 1:30-5p, FREE Memphis P-Tails 5:30p-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station The Twisted Owls 9p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Merican Slang 8p, FREE Pueblo Harvest Cafe Baracutanga LATIN/FOLK 6-9p, $7 All you can eat horno baked pizzas Robinson Park-Downtown Grower’s Market Squash Blossom Boys 8:30a-Noon, FREE

Savoy Bar & Grill Swag 6-9p, FREE Sol Santa Fe Connie Long, Fast Patsy 8p, $10 St. Claire Winery & Bistro Saudade 6:30-9:30p, FREE

The Stage Blu Sol 9p-1a, $5-$10

Zinc Cellar Bar Natural Vibe ROCK/R&B 9:30p, FREE

Sun 11 Blackbird Buvette Jenny Wren Noon, FREE The Weeksend w/ Wae Fonkey 7p, FREE Cooperage NM Jazz Big Band 3p, FREE Cowgirl Joe West Noon-3p, FREE The Happy Gland Band INDIE 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen & Brewery Saltine Ramblers AMERICANA 3-6p, FREE

The Kosmos Chatter Sunday: Schumann’s Song Cycle 10:30a, $5-$15 Low Spirits Filligar, Mikaela Davis 9p, $7 Marble Brewery The Withdrawals 6-9p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern The Barbwires BLUES 3-7p, FREE O’Niells-Nob Hill Los Radiators 4-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space The Rumble Trio 7:30p, $5

Mon 12 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke 9p, FREE Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad Howl, Lordy Dying, Wartorn, Hanta, Rezin Tree 9:30p, $7 Low Spirits Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band 9p, $7

Ned’s Bar & Grill Karaoke 8p, FREE Sister Bar Souls of Mischief 9p, $16

Tue 13 Il Vicino Canteen & Brewery Next Three Miles FOLK 6-9p, FREE

Cowgirl Carter Simpson FOLK/AMERICANA 8p, FREE

Esther Bone Memorial Library Norio Hayakawa 6:30p, FREE Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Twisted Audio 9p, FREE

Low Spirits Cas Haley, Cali Shaw Band 9p, $12 Molly’s Twisted Mojo 5:30-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Rudy Boy Blues Jam 7p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Zealous Grooves FUNK/ROCK 8p, FREE

Wed 14 Cowgirl Turbine Toolshed AMERICANA/ FUNKGRASS 8p, FREE

Launchpad MC Chris, Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously, Tribe One 7:30p, $13

Low Spirits Gunsafe, Mr. And Mrs. Jones, Merma And Roberta 9p, $5 Marble Brewery Todo Mundo & Marbin 6-11p, FREE

Molly’s Steve Maase Project BLUES 5:30-Close, FREE

National Hispanic Cultural Center A Tale Of Two Nations 7p, $15

smart music Souls of Mischief 9p, Mon., Aug. 12 Sister Bar 407 Central SW, 505.242.4900



iding the first wave of the early ’90s rap/ hip hop explosion, Souls of Mischief rest among the greatest outfits the genre has ever known. Rounding out the legendary Heiroglyphics crew (See: Del the Funky Homosapien), Souls of Mischief have been a major force on the scene since the release of their debut album, ’93 ‘til Infinity, which is still counted among the greatest rap and hip-hop albums of all time. Comprised of schoolmates Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto and Opio, the group is absolutely to be considered progenitors of the dark-yet-smart hip hop sound, utilizing massive vocabularies to create intricate rhythms about sides of life much of suburbia is unfamiliar with. Working under Hieroglyphics’ producer Domino, Souls of Mischief continued to release records through the first decade of the 21st century, culminating with Montezuma’s Revenge in 2009. One may flinch at the idea of a touring group not releasing an album in nearly five years, but the truth is, it happens all the time. What’s more, it seems that the more time a band spends on the road, the more time it has to perfect their live presentation. Even better, Souls of Mischief will be playing ’93 ‘til Infinity in its entirety, which should be amazing. —Charlie Crago

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rifting their moniker from an old Monty Python bit about a fictional rock ‘n’ roll reporter, Toad the Wet Sprocket is no laughing matter. The Southern California band first made the scene in the mid-’80s and continued to play a heavily influential role on what would become the “alternative” genre throughout the bulk of the ’90s. Though much of the music that came out of the last decade of the 20th century focused on the angst of suburban life (Nirvana, Toad the Wet Alice in Chains), TtWS maintained the Sprocket harmony-infused sound that has made 7:30p, Thu., Aug. 8 young girls swoon and little boys laugh Santa Fe Sol from the Beatles to Blues Traveler. After 37 Fire Place, 505.473.2667 disbanding in 1998, the band continued $27 to play sporadically throughout the first decade of the 21st century. Finally, after a string of successful tour outings between 2006 and 2010, original members Glen Philips (vocals), Todd Nichols (guitars), Dean Dinning (bass) and Randy Gus decided it would be prudent to reunite for both a reworking of the band’s classics and to begin formulating entirely new material. Coming about in the form of New Constellation, the first album of fresh material released by the band in 15 years, and a summer 2013 tour, Toad the Wet Sprocket has proven that they are truly back, and ready to give their fans all they want. —Charlie Crago

The Young Dubliners 7:30p., Fri., Aug. 9


he Young Dubliners has, through the past 25 years and nine albums, Albuquerque Zoo BioPark waved high the Celtic rock banner 903 10th SW, first unfurled by the likes of The Pogues, 505.768.2000 Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys and U2. The $10 California-based group adds a jam-band flare to its live shows driven by the catchy lyrics of Dublin-born lead singer Keith Roberts and supported by bassist Brendan Holmes, violinist Chas Waltz, guitarist Bob Boulding and drummer David Ingraham. Multiple appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and tours with Jethro Tull, Jonny Lang, Great Big Sea and many other bands have spread the name and fame of the Young Dubs to a cheerful, mosh-happy base of fans. Its latest album, 9, is a refreshing, joyful listen, packed with tunes that are sure to enhance the good-time vibe of this Irish party called a show. And who knows, they just may play us their famously thrilling version of Shane MacGowan’s classic “A Pair of Brown Eyes.” —Bill Nevins

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AR TS Ev ENTS tHu 1 tHrouGH AuG. 30: ExHibition

Charron McFadden Pencil Portraiture and other Special Memories McFadden holds a BA in Organizational Communication from North Central College and a MA in Media Studies from Northern Illinois University. FREE

LoMA coLorADo MAin LibrArY AuDitoriuM 755 LoMA coLorADo nE, rio rAncHo, 505.891.5013

Fri 2 tHrouGH AuG. 18: pErForMAncE

The Pajama game The show won a Tony for best musical and numerous awards for its outstanding choreography. 8p, Fri., Sat.;

4p, Sun., $20-$22

bLAcK box pErForMAncE SpAcE 6320-b DoMinGo nE, 505.265.9119 sherman alexie’s prolific career has included a number of novels, short story collections and books of poetry, as well as work as a screenplay writer and film director. He’s visiting new Mexico this month as a faculty member in the graduate writing program at the institute of american indian arts in santa Fe, where he’ll be teaching students what he refers to as the “ins and outs of writing.”

culture of alexie —EXcErPt from ‘smokE signaLs’ bY shErman aLEXiE

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consider the above quote to be one of the best lines in American film history. It was written by ... no, no no. It was born from a mind so deep that you’ll never find the bottom. The mind of Sherman Alexie. Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who lives in Seattle, is the author of 20 books, a screenwriter and a filmmaker. Alexie is also a new eXHibit faculty member of the master of fine arts graduate writing program at the institute of Institute of American Indian Arts in american Santa Fe, where he will headline a fundraiser for the program August indian arts 2. Other faculty members include fundraiser Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), Joseph featuriNG Boyden (Metis/Ojibwe), Sterlin SHerMaN alexie Harjo (Seminole/Creek), Natalie Diaz 6p, fri., aug. 2 (Mohave/Pima) and Eden Robinson 83 avan nu PO, (Haisla/Heiltsuk). santa Fe 505.424.2300 In addition to the Alexie event, the $50 IAIA will also feature writer N. Scott Tickets: Momaday at a reading August 3. Local iQ’s recent conversation with Alexie went something like this:

iq: can you tell me about the seminar that you’ll be doing here in Santa Fe? SHERMAN ALEXiE: I’m going to be doing a fundraiser and

performance for the The Institute of American Indian Arts. It’s scholarships for the master of fine arts in creative writing. It’s just starting, it’s young. And I am a faculty member as well. iq: Wow. Holy sh*#.


Water/Nymph A solo exhibition by multi media artist Eric Tillinghast. Reception: 5-8p, FREE ricHArD LEVY GALLErY 514 cEntrAL SW, 505.766.9888

Acclaimed author brings unique world view to iAiA’s faculty Thomas Builds the Fire: Now you tell me a story. Susie Song: You want a lie or do you want truth? Thomas: I want both!

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SA: Yeah. It’s done with low residency so the students can work

in some classroom time, as well as e-mail or on the phone. The faculty members, we’ll all be doing readings and performances, but we’ll be meeting our students for the first time and talking with them about the ins and outs of writing. It’s gonna be one concentrated week of school. I want them to have a real foundation in writing so that they can really do the work. iq: i know that culture is a major part of your work. i was curious how you viewed Southwest American indian culture vs. your own northwestern American indian culture. SA: Oh ... well ... might as well be talking about Chinese vs.

Irish. Yeah, it’s vastly different. When you’re talking about Native people (sigh) you must think of geography and the animals present. Everything. My reservation, we’re talking huge rivers, salmon and pine trees. Pueblo culture is a whole different thing. It’s a desert. Indians and Mexicans and goofy-ass white people. iq: You just blew my mind. And to be fair, my wife is Hispanic. but they really prefer “Spanish.” SA: I didn’t know that. I learn something new every day. Maybe

it’s a class battle where everyone wants to deny being Indian. iq: i do not believe that anyone understands American indian culture unless they have seen your film Smoke Signals. Everyone wants to see the noble savage on horseback. but you make all of your characters human beings. SA: Right? iq: What’s your recent work been like? SA: Short stories and poems. It’s not like a novel. It’s different

muscles. A dash like hell around the track instead of a marathon. iq: Doing a 40-yard dash? SA: 400 yard? opEninG

Alice valdez and Esta Bain The influence of Indian and Javanese techniques is evident in Valdez’s work. Bain has delighted people throughout the SW with her ceramic sculptures. 5-8p,


WEEMS GALLErY 303 roMEro nW, 505.764.0302 opEn HouSE

Farrell Cockrum and Robert Parrea New works by Matthew Patton, Navajo artist Cathy Sherman and custom handcarved “roadrunners” from Matthew Yellowman and Rita Juan. 5-8p, FREE bLAcKbirD GALLErY 323 roMEro nW, StE.16, 505.243.9525 rEcEption

Yucca Art gallery Spotlights Jewelry, fabrics and gourds from, respectively, Renee Gentz, Sharon Patrick and Leah Ready. 5-8p, FREE YuccA Art GALLErY 206-1/2 SAn FELipE nW, 505.247.8931

Circumstances and Jenny Lind (1942-2011): A Retrospective Lind left the world with drawings, prints, paintings and more. Reception: 6-8p, FREE

HArWooD Art cEntEr 1114 7tH nW, 505.242-6367 tHrouGH AuG. 31: ExHibition

Excavations - Paintings by Marilyn Dillard & Raul Dorn Dillard’s vibrant abstracts are inspired by the natural landscape — rock, soil, and vegetation. In his own words, Dorn’s pieces “have no prescribed footwork, only impulse.” Reception: 5-8p,


MAtrix FinE Art 3812 cEntrAL SE, StE. 100 A, 505.268.8952 tHrouGH AuG. 31: ExHibition

organic by Design Works by Pamela Wesolek, Mary Sundstrom, Katharine Noe, Krista Barrett. Reception: 5-8p, FREE nEW GrounDS print WorKSHop & GALLErY, 3812 cEntrAL SE, SuitE 100 b, 505.268.8952 opEninG

ABq Arts 2013 Photo Contest Winners Vibrant examples of photography by both professionals and amateurs. 5p, FREE

tHE ArtiStic iMAGE 1101 cArDEnAS nE, StE. 206, 505.554.2706 tHrouGH AuG. 30: ExHibition

Echoes Fifteen women artists from The Luna Project working in oil painting, acrylic painting, mixedmedia, sculpture and clay. Reception: 5-8:30p, FREE WEYricH GALLErY 2935 D LouiSiAnA nE, 505.883.7410 tHrouGH SEp. 5: ExHibition

Alexander Calder’s Primarily Colors Alexander Calder (18981976) was known for his innovative contributions to 20th century sculpture; many recognize him for his kinetic mobiles. Opening 5-8p, FREE

pALEttE contEMporArY Art & crAFt, 7400 MontGoMErY StE. 22, 505.855.7777

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Angus Macpherson Large and small acrylic paintings plus Macpherson’s new book Paintings ~ Quotes ~ Artist’s Notes. Reception: 5-9p,

iq: Four hundred-yard that is. it was such an honor to speak to you. i’ve learned to say those sorts of things last, after the interview. not first. it blows it.


SA: You are an Indian. Know it or not.

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tHrouGH AuG. 8: ExHibition

SuMnEr & DEnE 517 cEntrAL nW, 505.842.1400

Photographs of NM and the American West This exhibit is by awardwinning photographer, George Pearce. August’s show will include images of the area’s vast landscape and people. Reception: 5-8p HiGH DESErt Art & FrAME 12611 MontGoMErY nE SuitE A-4, 505.265.4066


arts e vents reception/demo

Hot Artisan Nights Works by Robert Wirz, Darlene Moore and Anita Caress. Reception: 5-8p, FREE The Gallery ABQ 8210 Menaul NE, 505.292.9333

Ain’t no time for Mondays


onday is a drag. After Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says WTF. Well, I got one solution for you: f*mondays! Before you perdona mi francés, let me fill your head with magic. Remember that Albuquerque variety show back in the day called Sunday School ... It Ain’t Church!? Creative organizer Mahad Ahmed brought the Sunday School variety show concept from Carbondale, Ill., to the Duke City in 2006, injected it with the steroids of local talent and provided a slew of entertainment in collaboration with the Sunday School Crew for five awesome years. Sunday School was the first time I saw some of my local favorites grace the stage, like beatbox queen Ashley Saywut Moyer, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Tune in to Bellamy, and rad artist Shavone Otero Nikki Zabicki, among every Wednesa plethora of awesome day at 7:30a bands. (Not to mention on Channels it’s where I met my 26 & 27 for fiancé over five years arts talk on ago, DJ Halcyon, former The Morning host and DJ of Sunday Brew School. Aw, que cute.) Mahad and his new crew are at it again with f*mondays, a live, rehearsed comedy show infused with improv, hip hop and music. Basically, Sunday School had a baby and they named it f*mondays, appropriately so. Last week, I heard the f*mondays gang practicing at my neighbor’s house. I moseyed over to check out the wonderful ruckus and learned of their plans to take over Mondays. The crew consists of mostly mutual Verb Collective and Sunday School heads that have created a fresh gig for the downtown scene. Who are these cats? Ahmed, Christopher Andrews and Khalil Ekulona (Local iQ music correspondent on The Morning Brew) will be performing as our honorary comedians, with Benjamin Eaglin as improvisational director plus Deer In Headlights band members Kelly Flaharty, Sara Johnson, Benjamin Eaglin, Marc Pettitt and Lydell Mitchell. The show entertains in three parts — stand-up comedians and the “delicious sounds of Deer in Headlights” sandwiched by more comedy, hip-hop and improv followed by Eaglin’s group Dream Machine. Expect to see some surprises with professional, local comedians you would normally have to buy a ticket to see. Catch these hooligans Monday, Aug. 5 at Burt’s Tiki Lounge from 9p to midnight (doors open at 7p). A la, they even got Burt’s to open on a Monday with full service just for us! Keep an ear to the ground to follow this traveling, rambling act as they plan to f*mondays biweekly from one joint to the next. Sounds fun. You bettah have time for that!

through sep. 5: exhibition

Gotham City Comic art from Batman and the dark city. Reception: 7-10:30p, FREE

Metropolis Comic Art Gallery 1102 Mountain NW, Suite 202 through sep. 13: exhibition

Paula Castillo: Signifier for an Abstracted Place The work in this exhibition is the last phase considering whether or not opaque texts aid the original intent better. Reception: 5-8p, FREE SCA Contemporary Art 524 Haines NW, 505.228.3749

through aug. 11: performance

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” Presented by ABQ Little Theatre and The Dolls

Murder and intrigue on the opulent Orient Express as only The Dolls can deliver! 8p, Fri., Sat.; 2p, Sun., 2p, $20

ABQ Little Theatre 224 San Pasquale SW, 505.242.4750

sun 4

fri 9

through sep. 4: reception/ exhibition

through sep. 1: performance

Laurie Alpert and Janet Yagoda Shagam; Lost & Found Boston-area Printmaker and book artist Laurie Alpert and ABQ printmaker Janet Yagoda Shagam take very different and personal approaches to the theme of lost and found in prints, books and sculpture. Reception: 3-5p, FREE

sat 3

Leich Lathrop Gallery 323 Romero NW, Suite 1, 505.243.3059

through sep. 1: reception/ exhibition

Alluvial: A Meditation on Time, Water, Gravity A multimedia exhibition that explores natural patterns and seeks to render an artful meditation on the gradual redistribution of matter. Reception: 3-5p, FREE

Living for 32 A 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection that was short listed for an Oscar, is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic Virginia Tech massacre that took place on Apr. 16, 2007. 12:30, 1:45p, $5

Open Space Visitors Center 6500 Coors NW, 505.897.8831

film screening

Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE, 505.331.0252

Hedda Gabler The Regional Premiere of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, a new version by Brian Friel. Directed by Jessica Osbourne. 8p, Fri., Sat.; 6p, Sun., $16-$22 Aux Dog Theatre 3011 Monte Vista NE, 505.254.7716 through sep. 2: reception/ exhibition

Aaron Karp: Paintings, Then And Now The exhibition will feature a new series of Karp’s brilliant, dazzling paintings entitled “Indra’s Pearls.” Earlier works that have not been shown in recent years will be exhibited to compliment this series. Reception: 5-7p, FREE New Concept Gallery 610 Canyon, Santa Fe, 505.795.7570

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Shavone Otero thinks that the Arroyo Stomp last month brought July’s lovely rain and she’s hoping you take some time to play outside and smell the yuccas.

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smart arts


Photo by Wes Naman

The cast of Overlook, NM, a new web series created by Josh Klein and Willis Davidson. From left to right: Paul Blott, Laura Mathis, Nicholas Ballas, Rebekah Wiggins, Bruce Holmes, William Sterchi, Peter Diseth, Alex Knight

urder, intrigue, suspense and off-thecharts entertainment are sure to abound at the firstever live stage performance of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, staged by none other than The Dolls. In the true style of a Christie novel, the play offers the chance for you to follow along on the twists and turns and sleuth your way through the storyline to catch the murderer, with the dramatic charisma and energy of The Dolls guiding each step. Set in 1935 on board the Orient Express, the mystery begins when an American investor is found stabbed to death in his compartment. A range of colorful characters, extravagant costumes and rich sets bring the story to life as the list of suspects grows to include a Russian princess, an English colonel, a Swedish missionary and a Hungarian countess with a Pekingese. As one of the most renowned, creative and busy drag theater troupes, The Dolls bring their “A” game to every performance, with no audience member left outside of the fun. —Jessica Sosa

You are now entering Overlook, New Mexico


The show was produced, written, directed and edited by Josh Klein and Willis Davidson. The duo taped over 60 hours of footage on six cameras resulting in 20-plus 3-5 minute webisodes. Klein and Willis plan to release about 10 episodes on Aug. 8 at their website and plan to have several more episodes released in consecutive weeks. As an added bonus, the entire website adds to the fun of watching this living and breathing imaginary town, as many references and Easter eggs can be found peppered throughout the site. Check out for more information.

DVD pick of the week

I enjoy sharing movies I love, especially ones that wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice for movie night with family. One of my absolute favorite movies as a kid, and still one of my top picks, is Midnight Madness (1980) with Michael J. Fox. Don’t expect too much of him, though — Fox has one of the smaller roles as the troublemaking younger brother of one of the main characters. Midnight Madness follows five teams of college students competing in “The Great All-Nighter,” a scavenger hunt-style game designed by a clever student named Leon. In the world of reality television the idea of Midnight Madness is no longer new or novel. But since this was made in 1980, the premise is pretty innovative and may be inspiring for bored college students planning a night of frolicking through the city. I bet some TV exec has pitched a reboot of this movie as a reality show. If not, maybe I should pitch this idea to a TV network. Dan Gutierrez is host of Directors Cut Radio Program (available at He can be reached at

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Albuquerque Little Theatre 224 San Pasquale, 505.242.4750



s Albuquerque continues to grow into its place among culture hubs the world over, several new and interesting art forms have sprung up around the city, from amazing street art to comedy showcases and dance. In this case, Gilded Cage Burlesk and Varieté bring us the Saints-Sinners Circus Burlesque and Vaudeville show, an homage to the wild and vibrant time sometimes called the Great Depression. The first quarter of the 20th century in America was simultaneously marred by war and depression while being graced with technological feats that would pave the way for the world Sinners & Saints Circus to come, from aviation to Burlesque and Vaudeville Show cinema. U.S. citizens were 8p, Sat., Aug. 10 at once being told not to Low Spirits drink but also to forget 2023 2nd NW, 505.344.9555 about the troubles of life $10 and embrace the wonder of American creativity and fortitude. Fittingly, Uncle Sam’s children took to lavish parties and powdered without shame, fighting the good fight for whatever kind of relief they could find. Fast forward 80 years ... is it reasonable to ponder the possibility that perhaps America finds herself in the same place today? This would explain our insatiable desire to be entertained. And the schools of burlesque and vaudeville in Albuquerque and Santa Fe (Independent Stars and Zircus Erotique, respectively) do not disappoint. Led by the “carny preacher” Armitage Shanks, the night is sure to be one leavened by laughter. Enjoy. —Charlie Crago


omewhere between here and Santa Fe, just south of Hobbs and not far from Farmington, there’s the city of Overlook, N.M. It’s a town run by dimwitted, self-absorbed city councilors who capture every moment of their outlandish city council meetings on tape. Fortunately for the rest of our state, Overlook is an imaginary town, created by Josh Klein and Willis Davidson for a new web series called Overlook, NM. When I first stumbled upon this web series, I was slightly confused; I thought Overlook was a real town which had its city council meetings parodied by independent producers. I was half right, and if I had studied more Tune in to for my seventh grade Dan state geography quiz Gutierrez I wouldn’t have been every Friday duped. at 7:30a on But that’s the beauty Channels of this entire project. If 26 & 27 for you go to overlooknm. film talk on org the entire town has The Morning been fleshed out. To an Brew unknowing person, it’s almost impossible to differentiate Overlook from an actual city. The website gives bios of each of the city members, details the hilarious and shocking events the city will be holding and even lists job postings with detailed descriptions and excellent wages that may deceive unsuspecting jobseekers. I debated lying to you in this column about a real city called Overlook, N.M., convincing you to check out the website while mentioning that tapes from the city council meetings will be leaked Aug. 8, both on the website and YouTube. But I kind of wanted you in on the joke. At face value, it is very much like an unedited broadcast from C-SPAN, but once you get past the intentionally low-budget government-style graphics and seemingly dull atmosphere, magic happens. You start learning about each of the council members and their shocking antics keep you entertained.

Murder on the Orient Express 8p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., Aug. 2-11


s both a practicing architect and a painter, Bruce Davis operates in high contrast, between the precision of construction and the abstract nature of his art. Though he seems more interested in allowing things to appear rather than forcing them to, he pushes, rolls, scrapes and sands paint on composite wood paneling (often salvaged from his construction sites) until he sees something he likes. Davis told Local iQ, “I find it fascinating how the mind pulls together reality from a distance — even though the closer you get to something all you’re left with is some random information.” Much of his photography (some of which will also be on display) is an exercise in this phenomenon, drawing the viewer in closer until they see how simple objects can be illusory when viewed at a different angle or scale. His paintings differ greatly in their use of color, but all cohere by way of a shared process — much like his work in architecture. Pieces of his day job rendered into new expressions, he evaluates the paintings based on how many different interpretations they may contain. This writer had great fun interpreting several paintings (I saw the cosmic entity Cthulu for sure) and I think you will too. Come on down to the recently opened gallery/coffee shop Zendo, and see what you can see. —Nathan New

Bruce Davis Opening reception:

5-7p, Fri., Aug. 2 Zendo 413 2nd SW, 505.903.0607

Planet Waves Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) If you understood how much of your insecurity was about trying to please others, you might find yourself getting angry. And if you find yourself getting angry, consider that it’s about trying to make sure that everyone approves everything: from your plans to your state of mind before you make a move. Try to seek nobody’s approval for anything. Make up your own mind about everything. As you start to do this, you might notice that you’re sloughing off layer after layer of submission, conciliation, people-pleasing and what you believed was give-and-take. All of that is the opposite of taking authority. And taking authority is what you’re about to do. This will require some actual courage, and I believe you’ve got that available. Follow what both your instincts and intuition tell you. The information is coming into your awareness from a deep place. You know what is true for you. What you must do is count that as relevant — and make a decision that the emotional dramas of others are irrelevant. Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) You’ll have more fun when you can take a risk without obsessing over everything. This may come in the form of thinking through every possible contingency, which is good for some things and not so helpful for others. It’s good for things like marketing campaigns and investigative reporting. Love, friendship, art and music require far less cerebral strategizing. The problem is that once your mind gets hold of something, it doesn’t like to let go — and this is true when there is some chance to be taken, or some relatively minor unpredictable factor. You could tidy up this situation by considering the theme of emotional boundaries. Whatever the source of your anxiety or concern, you’ll feel better and be stronger if you define some space and time wherein you’re free to be yourself. That’s the space where anything can happen, and it’s okay. Then, do the same thing with selected friends. Choose the people around whom you can “risk” being yourself, which means fully present with your ideas, passion, creativity and sexuality. You may not find many people you can experiment with, though you’ll find a few, the most significant one being yourself. Gemini (May 20-Jun. 21) You’re about to begin a new chapter of the season, based on a recent discovery that has helped you get your priorities in order. You seem to have figured out what you want and don’t want. This has come at a cost, such as being dragged through a bath of uncertainty and self-doubt, mainly to teach you what is not true. Now all you need to do is shift your emphasis to what is true. This can be tricky; there are negativity traps everywhere, and it takes some discipline to emphasize the positive. It’s clear from your chart that if you do, you will get a lot more of it. This is an abundant moment; the variable is what abundance you get. It takes humans a while to figure out that what we focus on multiplies. Therefore, focus on what you know is true; on what is important to you. Pay attention to the people you want to go deeper with, and focus on what you want to create for them. Regarding money, translate “make money doing what you love” to “seek your fortunes doing what’s actually meaningful to you and you will be successful.” Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22) If you’re finally tired of not really living the life you want, now is your chance to step out. To some degree we are all pushed into a state of compromise between our potential and expressing it. Some of that is about circumstances. Some is about how difficult it is to connect with the wild creative core that you contain, and so many pressures that exist against doing so. It’s challenging on Earth with all its complications and obstacles to hold the frequency of one’s original intentions for coming here. Now all of these factors are changing simultaneously. You’re in a position to take advantage of favorable environmental factors and stretch what seemed like your physical and emotional limits. You’re also coming into contact with your deeper confidence. Though this may seem like emotional movement, it’s more like challenges you’ve confronted are putting you into contact with your spiritual strength. It would be helpful to recognize the difference. It may look to others like your ship coming in. In reality it’s an internal phenomenon based on your devoted contact with who you are.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net Leo (Jul. 22-Aug. 23) There is strength that comes from devoting your life to service. I don’t mean servitude, codependency, or subjugation. I mean devotion to something in yourself that connects to the world around. It’s helpful to get the order correct: devotion is an inner phenomenon, not a commitment to something outside you. But the inner aspect is not a “this is for me” thing; it’s not about you, it’s about something you contain for the purpose of expressing. There’s a useful image from across the wheel in Aquarius, where your counterpart there has an urn of water that she fills up to give away. You can think of yourself as being the guardian of the sacred hearth. You tend this hearth because it’s the thing to do, then it provides heat, light and energy for everyone around you. Get used to the idea: this is a 24-7/365 commitment. Then, offer your time and energy when called upon and when appropriate. If you get rid of everything that is trivialand gossipy you will have abundant time and energy. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Note the presence of a different kind of intelligence — the kind that does not run in circles or work against itself. It’s off the plane of mental cognition and accesses the level of direct knowledge. This kind of intelligence knows something is true, then figures out how it works in practical terms. As you get a feeling for this experience, you’ll shift your relationship to yourself, and could discover you have access to something deeper, something that transcends the usual boundaries of what you think of as your mind. Your mind is part of something larger. It’s only the idea that it’s not that prevents you from experiencing this. It’s essential that you do the one thing with your mind that is eminently possible for anyone who wants to do so: keep it open. Observe the ways in which information comes in from modalities other than what you might normally consider thought. Actual creative thought is not bound by anything physical. It’s a truly generative experience. To get there, you need to think of yourself differently, which means noticing your prior limits and being willing to go beyond them. Limits serve the purpose of creating a comfort zone — one that you no longer need, and that I doubt you want. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) If you recognized that you don’t have to go it alone, you would feel a lot better, and your life would be easier. This transformation would happen without fuss, and the results would be easy to see. It’s true that you are subject to forces outside your ability to control them, and lately you’ve been feeling this. You may also be questioning whether there is solid ground to stand on. Then the sensation that you have to do it all yourself, just feeds on itself. Shift the dynamic by taking the initiative and gathering people to whom you relate. Take that one risk. Reach out to others who you’ve noticed have similar values or ideas, or who reach you with their positive ideas. As you do this, you’ll begin to realize how influential you are. You don’t want power; you want the ability to connect with others in ways that are meaningful, to share ideas and experience the pleasure of common ground. You may feel like you’re miles away from such a space, when you’re much closer than you think. All you need to do is stop waiting for something positive to happen and recognize that you’re the attracting force. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) You are being handed an opportunity to think of your career in a new way, to redefine your idea of achievement and to embrace a notion of success that has the power to change your life. There is something strong and beautiful in the chart about doing what you do for its own sake, rather than for some other common motive). Yet it looks like you’ll be doing whatever you’re doing in an unusually visible way — and it’s up to you not to become distracted, and to keep your focus. Your charts for August have a profound theme of service. This is a concept that gets more talk than it needs and less action than it deserves. It would be helpful if you would deflect any recognition that you get back into the basic service that you are providing to the world. It would also help if you take the time to refine your ideas about what that service is, and concentrate on how you can become the point of contact between what you do and who benefits from it. The more it seems that other people benefit, the better you’re doing.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) Speaking at the recent Conference, I started my talk by reminding everyone that sex leads to existence, and that people who don’t like or don’t approve of sex are likely to have some deep misgivings about being on the planet. Your charts are reminding you of the connection. Because religion has gone so far out of its way to build its fortunes on shaming sex, we take for granted that it must be inherently unspiritual. This is straight out of the Toxic Sludge Is Good For You school of public relations: tell a lie often enough and it seems to be true. Your chart is issuing a reminder that there is nothing more spiritual than sex. If you know this, let it inform your whole life. If you’re struggling with it, I suggest you check out the “relationship to existence” angle. If you belong here, then how you got here is a good thing. If you don’t belong here, then you might have an issue with the way you got here. Consider this long enough and it’ll start to make more sense — to you. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) As you make your way through life, notice who laughs at your jokes and who cares when you talk about a topic or issue that’s important to you. You may have become so accustomed to the feeling of intimidating others that you expect people to respond to you that way. It would help if you could set aside that expectation, because it has a way of perpetuating itself. It’s true that people are generally intimated, timid and self-centered. You don’t need to light up the whole room — you need to notice the one or two people who have some light in their eyes. And they are likely to be the ones who notice you. Maintain inner focus, which is to say, your inner awareness. You may notice that some people enhance that focus no matter what you’re doing together (and some distract you from it). They’re the ones to cultivate relationships with, because they support your relationship with yourself and vice versa. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Your charts suggest that this is an interesting moment in your relationships. Yet, the same astrology is cautioning that you may feel like everyone but you is getting what they need. There’s an illustration of you in the role of healer, facilitator, or the one who holds space for others. You may feel like you’re the last stop before people find the thing they’re looking for; you may feel like you’re the one safe place where others open up, but get overlooked as the one to make contact with. Usually when I see this kind of astrology, it’s clear that someone is playing what you might call a karmic role, something they’re accustomed to and are good at. But the planet involved, Vesta, often leaves people yearning for personal experience that they can imbibe for their own pleasure.Take the step and cross that threshold yourself. Make choices that bring you closer to getting what you want. When you find yourself with the option to offer yourself in service to someone, make the decision carefully whether you want to offer yourself. It’s a different role than the person with the human need for play and creature comforts, and at this stage in your life, either option really is a matter of choice. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Your charts say you have everything going for you at the same time. These are rare moments and thanks to astrology you can have some confirmation that this one is real. The highlight of your astrology is not just equal emphasis on both creativity and work, but the removal of the dividing wall between the art studio and the office. There is emphasis on passion and on healing, on self-focused experience and absolute devotion to service. There is emphasis on what you do in private nd how this radiates into the culture around you. Most humans I’ve met or heard about struggle with recognizing their capacity to be so much at once. We struggle with our human potential. That’s the biggest risk. It calls for courage, and for setting aside the fear of consequences that has proved to be worth heeding. We all must get over the pain and sense of limitation that we’ve accumulated from past experiences, and for you this is an excellent time to do that.

The american values club cross word “Your Table is Ready”

By Francis Heaney, edited by Ben Tausig. Difficulty 5/5 ACROSS 1 Movie-based Broadway musical featuring Allison Janney in Lily Tomlin’s role 5 Stone’s equivalent: Abbr. 8 Most recently acquired, as an emotional injury 14 “Game of Thrones” actress Chaplin 15 Movie with an Angry Birds tie-in 16 Wrinkle remover 17 Some are fine 18 Rock genre related to “crabcore” 19 To some extent 20 Score after losing a serve 22 Song mashed up with “Helter Skelter” on “The Grey Album” 24 Removes from power 26 “Fie!”

70 Makes glossy, as a mane

33 Oldie from Chicago 35 Tea type

71 Rather less racy than 45-Across

40 Recuperating after some careless skateboarding, say

72 What various elements of this grid become in their crossing entries: Abbr.

41 Island south of Martinique 43 Qirsh spender 44 Song whose title came true on June 18, 2006 45 Like “Showgirls”

DOWN 1 Mustang youngster, say 2 Matador’s competitor 3 Airing

32 Italian port 34 Included in a thread 36 SAD preventer 37 Geo., chem., etc. 38 Goals 39 Miranda’s nanny on “Sex and the City” 41 Horshack, e.g.

48 ___-splitting

4 Stationed

49 Federal agcy. founded in the 1930s

5 1-Down’s father

42 The Smiths’ “Louder ___ Bombs”

6 Cold green dessert

46 Presidential headaches

7 Taps playfully on the nose

47 Cause backups, say

50 Right on the map 54 Record of the Year Grammy winner between “Bette Davis Eyes” and “Beat It”

8 Comeback 9 Word before League or Spring

50 Puts forth 51 Gargamel’s cat

57 Manifest Destiny rallying cry

10 Eschatology studies its end

52 Self-directed British epithet

11 Write in

59 Movie named for a Detroit road

12 One of Homer’s in‑laws

53 Crapola

13 Meeting probably not listed on one’s wall calendar

63 They take in waves

55 On, as a pitcher 56 Old Commodore

27 Wu Tang member whose first two initials were sadly prophetic, given how he died

64 Breakthrough exclamation

30 Kid’s car engine sound

67 Shul

25 Those in favor

68 Nick’s role on “Parks and Recreation”

27 Some upscale

69 Stare open‑mouthed, to a Brit


61 What old men are concerned about kids being on, stereotypically

28 Spanish lady

62 Fair

29 German beer

65 Fussy

31 Planes that inspired the name of an Athens, Georgia band

21 Matter

66 Way to see the big picture?

23 Reenactor in gray

58 Dylan’s pre“Judas!” genre 60 “___ a loss”

Solution on page 28

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S i gh t s + S o u n ds a r o u n d t o w n

fri 2

Another busy social month kept Local iQ and friends’

Community HU Chant Learn an ancient sound to access higher power within, and experience more love. 6-6:30p,

calendars full. From a swanky night in the City Different to evenings filled with local craft brew, this was (as they say) one for the books. If you are having an event that you want iQ peeps at, “friend us” at and shoot our readers an invite. You may end up with your mug on the Social iQ Page.


Eckankar Center 2501 San Pedro NE, suite 113, 505.265.7388

sat 3 through aug. 3: antique show

Local iQ stopped in for a rousing round of drinks at Santa Fe’s Secreto Bar, located in the historic Hotel St. Francis. Manning the bar was mixologist Chris Milligan, who handcrafts each cocktail with care and a bit of whimsy.

iQ’s own Joy Godfrey (left) had a killer birthday theme this year (can you guess what it was?). Travel writer Steven J. Westman (as bowling pin) and Joy’s hubby Brendan (aka Brendangerous) kept the party interesting. Good thing Jesus was there to hold it all together. For more, flip to Westman’s column on page 6.

Six local food trucks, including Kristina De Santiago’s Conchita’s Creations, competed in a showdown sponsored by the New Mexico Beef Council at Marble Brewery. Attendees payed $20 to eat their face off and judge the best beef-infused taste. There were also a couple of craft brews poured down gullets as well. A great event for all.

15th Annual Great Southwestern Antiques Show The show features over 200 of America’s finest dealers of art and antiques, with the proceeds from this event benefiting local nonprofits focused on the enhancement of the Arts and Education in NM. 9a-5p, Fri.; 10a-

4p, Sat.

Manual Lujan Complex Expo NM300 San Pedro NE, 505.255.4054

greatsouthwesternantiqueshow. com

mon 5 Explore A Wildlife Habitat Garden A Master Gardener of The Xeric Garden Club of ABQ will give a guided tour of the certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. The garden uses native, xeric plants to support indigenous wildlife as well as migratory birds 10-11a, FREE

Speaking of beer, these two beer geniuses — Marble Brewery’s President and Owner Jeff Jinnett and the state’s official “Beer Ambassador” Christopher Goblet, were on-hand for the first ever Beer Premiere, where a handful of local brew houses offered up a brand spanking new brew to (of course) be judged by a crowd of thirsty locals. Who won? We’re not sure, but we think it was the crowd. Visit to find out more.

ABQ Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE

wed 7 Community HU Chant Learn an ancient sound to access higher power within, and experience more love in daily life. 8:15-8:45a, FREE Palo Duro Senior Center  5221 Palo Duro NE, 505.265.7388

fri 9 Trés Chic: Hair & Fashion Show This show benefits HIV/AIDS organizations, SW C.A.R.E. Center and International AIDS Empowerment and features N.M. salons and clothing stores. The event is hosted by Jason J. Carter (Rupaul’s Drag Race) and 100.3 The Peak’s Donnie Chase. 6:30p, $25-$35

Kiva Auditorium 401 2nd NW, 505.450.4706 Community HU Chant   Learn an ancient sound to access higher power within, and to experience more love in daily life. 10-10:30a, FREE Highland Senior Center  131 Monroe NE, 505.265.7388

wed 14 Community HU Chant Learn an ancient sound to access the higher power within, and to experience more love in daily life. 8:15-8:45a, FREE Palo Duro Senior Center  5221 Palo Duro NE, 505.265.7388


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