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32 fi l m When will the men in tights go away? Film columnist Dan Gutierrez would really like to know.


CALENDARS Arts Events..........................33 Community Events...........37 Live Music........................... 29

The Good Doctor............. 26 Soundboard.........................28 The Nine Muses..................32 Credit Corner.....................40 The Gaffer............................38



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Cor r ec t i on A story in the Aug. 1 issue identified Ivan Wiener as the director of the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience. Wiener and Lainie S. Quirk are co-founders and executive producers.


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Spaceport America Previews 9a, 1p, Fri.-Sat.; 9a., Sun., Aug. 16-until facility is fully open

Watching Bad 6:30p, Sun., Aug. 18


MARKET Santa Fe Indian Market Various Times Sat.-Sun., Aug. 17-18 Santa Fe Plaza



eturning for its 92nd year, the exceptional Indian Market showcases the best in contemporary Native American art and culture. Over 150,000 people journey from all over the world to Santa Fe each year to experience one of the Southwest’s most intriguing cultural events. Bring your family and walk around Santa Fe’s historic plaza to meet over 1,100 artists selling and showcasing their works of art. With jewelry, pottery, sculptures, carvings, paintings and more to choose from, there is something for everyone, from the enthusiast to the gallery owner. Listen to live music, eat authentic Native American food, take your children to the activity tent and see cultural performances on stage daily. If you’re feeling fashion, attend the hip hop fashion show on Saturday, featuring exclusive T-shirts designed by Ehren Kee Natay, and participate in the traditional Native American clothing contest on Sunday. —JS

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s Walt going to come to a bad end? The last eight episodes of Breaking Bad will tell the tale. If you want a sense of community while you witness the conclusion of the series that will forever be part of Albuquerque lore, this season-long watch party is one way to make sure you’re not alone. Watching Bad switches venues every Sunday — the Aug. 18 party is at Zinc, the Aug. 25 screening is at Louie’s Pub and Grill, etc., and it all leads up to the show’s finale, which can be seen at Hotel Albuquerque on Sep. 29. Marble Brewery has made two special drafts for the events, Heisenberg Dark and Walt’s White Lie, and local businesses and talent connected to the show will be on hand at some of the parties. For a complete listing of the watch parties, visit events/albuquerque-watching-badbreaking-burque. —ME







hree. Two. One. Blast off! A new age of space travel is upon us, and New Mexico is the starting point. Spaceport America will be the world’s first personal and commercial spaceport, and weekly tours give limited-time access to the pre-operational port. Start off in Truth or Consequences and journey past Elephant Butte and historic El Camino Real. See the scenic beauty of Armendaris Ranch and more as your tour guide shares the exciting history of the Old West’s characters. Then experience the past meeting the future as you leave the western scenery and enter the perimeter of the 18,000-acre Spaceport. Learn up-to-date information on space transportation and why New Mexico is ideal for commercial space travel, and see the future launch facilities, mission control, operations center, airfield and massive concrete spaceway. —JS

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 505.598.9664


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Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire 10a-6p, Sat.-Sun., Aug. 24-25

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FESTIVAL Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Thu.-Sun., Aug. 22-25 Multiple venues, 505.980.3100

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ou might not realize how salsa-crazy Albuquerque is until you attend one of the city’s Latin dance events, like the annual Salsa Under the Stars series at the Albuquerque Museum’s outdoor performance space. It all reaches a frenzy during this festival, which features three nighttime dance parties, over 40 dance workshops and top international talent flying into the Duke City to share a love of Latin music and dance. Branching beyond just salsa to include bachata, merengue and cha cha cha, events include a salsa party with Jackie Zamora and Calle 66 in Old Town on Fri., Aug. 23 and a concert and dance party the next night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with Grammy winner Marlow Rosado and Danny D. A Sunday wrap party, again at NHCC and featuring DJs and dancing, will cap the weekend. Start loosening your hips, people. —ME


rafters, developers, artists, scientists and tinkers are all invited to exhibit their creations at the 2nd Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire. This family-friendly fair thrives on invention as people of all ages and backgrounds come together in an exciting two-day show and tell. See what makers are cooking up in Albuquerque, learn how to launch a rocket, figure out how 3D printing works, learn basic skills with tools and exchange your old clothing for new pieces you create yourself. Entertainment and education abound, with presentations from different participants and performances from artists displaying their musical innovation. The event features a multitude of makers including author Wendy Tremayne and robotic artist Christian Ristow. Spark your imagination and come out to make, see, buy and learn about the many things people are making. —JS





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CONCERT Keith Urban Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch

7p, Wed., Aug. 28 Sandia Resort & Casino  30 Rainbow NE, 505.796.7500 



ulti-platinum country artist, husband of actress Nicole Kidman, judge on American Idol — to say Keith Urban is a star doesn’t quite cover it. The Aussie performer is bringing his tour to New Mexico for this outdoor show. Urban, 45, has already had a longstanding career, starting in 1991 with a self-titled debut that was a hit in the Land Down Under. In 1999 Urban released his U.S. solo debut, also self-titled, and the rest is history. He’s sold more than 8 million records as a worldwide country star. He’s won the Country Music Awards Best Male Vocalist numerous times and written and produced a handful of his own hits. Urban has charted 29 singles in the U.S. alone, including number-one hits “Somebody Like You” and “Sweet Thing.” And if you think he’s just a pretty boy, oh yeah, Urban has also kicked a cocaine habit — how’s that for gritty country bonafides? —ME

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canna cures When strains of marijuana effectively treat serious ailments in children, why should controversy cloud the issue? by orlando Watts


aki Jackson was a 6-month-old baby when he was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Kids with this disease can have upward of 250 febrile seizures every day, making it hard to develop motor skills and language skills. Zaki’s case was extreme. For years, his parents lived with the agony of the constant possibility of losing their son. “He would stop breathing,” they said. All of the air would exit his lungs as they watched helplessly, and he would not take another breath until the seizure had passed. Over the next 11 years of his life, his parents tried more than 17 pharmaceutical medications prescribed to him by doctors to calm the seizures. None worked. Some of these prescriptions also have the unfortunate side effect of leaving kids zombie-like for most of the day, according to other parents coping with Dravet Syndrome in their children. I’ll tell you more about Zaki in a bit, but first let’s talk politics and science. Cannabis is being used to treat children diagnosed with cancer, autism and severe epilepsy. With 19 states and Washington, D.C. allowing medical use, more parents, doctors and communities are turning to cannabis in place of the chemicals dolled out by pharmaceutical companies. But the treatments have sparked debate nationwide, some of it stemming from ignorance. There are more than 480 compounds in the cannabis sativa plant, and 66 have been classified as “cannabinoids,” meaning they’re unique to the plant. The most popular and well-known of the bunch is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance that causes psychoactive effects or high. But in recent years, a number of people and organizations worldwide have made it their mission to research and develop other beneficial cannabinoids. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound that offers medical benefit but does not make people feel stoned. In some cases, it has been known to actually counteract some of the effects of THC. For decades, cultivators have been breeding strains for high percentages of THC. With these new medicinal revelations, there are many CBD-rich strains that are low in TCH being grown for and by medical users. Understanding the developments in cannabis is particularly important when it comes to considering the role of this medicine in pediatric care. The goal is to offer up beneficial CBDs without interfering with the development of a child’s brain. I should mention that CBD is not psychoactive, but technically, in any form, it’s

federally illegal despite its lack of addictive potential— or any other rational dangers. For 11-year-old Zaki Jackson, medicinal cannabis has been a miracle drug. When a doctor wrote him a prescription for it, his life changed: The electrical storm raging in the adolescent’s brain for more than a decade was calmed for the first time. The results were immediate and astonishing. His mother sat for hours, just staring and waiting for his next seizure, and remarkably, it never came. By administering a daily dosage of a liquid extract which isolates the cannabidiol, he has been seizure-free for at least eight months. Now his parents beneFit — who are conservative, natural rx Christian folks, benefit by the way — can show actually get to WitH sayWut?!, know their son as a Mondo Vibraperson. Zaki has the tions, opportunity to let la Junta, dJ ill his personality shine audia. Proceeds benefit druG and lead a more Policy alliance normal life; he gets neW Mexico to learn how to ride 9p, fri., aug. 16 a bike. sister bar Critics of using 407 Central nW, 505.242.4900 medical cannabis $5 to treat illnesses in children argue that new-mexico there have not been enough clinical trials to determine the long-term effects. One doctor at the American Academy of Pediatrics compared the prescription of cannabis to mid-century doctors recommending tobacco for stress relief. But Zaki Jackson is not alone. There are numerous children with serious diseases in the United States and elsewhere who have had their lives changed. Had it not been for states taking brave steps to legalize medical cannabis, those kids would have languished waiting for the right combination of pills to ease their daily suffering. I hope people take the time educate themselves about the burgeoning science of medicinal cannabis. None of this is possible without the millions of people around the world who have dedicated themselves to defying stereotypes that surround cannabis and furthering the industry. It comes down to quality of life. And if this plant can afford a child the quality of life that all of us deserve, who are we to interfere? Orlando Watts is a botanical specialist at Natural Rx, a medical cannabis nonprofit dispensary in Placitas, N.M. For more info, go to LocaL iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | august 15-28, 2013



The Duke City’s taste of Broadway since 1959


re you watching me on The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens on Monday mornings? My most recent segment had me sitting with some of the cast of The Pajama Game, the latest production from Musical Theatre Southwest (musicaltheatresw. com). Many of us still refer to the company as ACLOA — which was Albuquerque Civic Light Brew set and watched the cast of The Pajama Opera Association. Yes, we longtime townies! Game make us smile with a song. Since 1959 the city has been given a taste of Curt Branom is now a principle player in San Broadway by this troupe’s multitude of local Francisco’s famous Beach Blanket Babylon. As talent, which began as a working organization for Musical Theatre Southwest, you can catch under the name Albuquerque Light Opera the last showings of The Pajama Game Aug. (ALO). By 1972 the “Civic” was added. Then 16-18, and Sweeney Todd will take in 1999 the organization changed the stage in October. Stars are made the name to Musical Theatre every time the curtain rises. Tune in to Southwest to better focus attention Steven J. on the artistic product. And through Hi, I’m Steve; I’m an opera Westman the years, venues switched from newbie every Monday Popejoy Hall to the Hiland Theater at 7:30a on OK, I’ve said it. As someone who to where they are now - The Center Channels has always had a love of theater, I for Theatre, which includes a 26 & 27 for spent decades going to the opera Black Box performance space, culture talk on without much more interest than the on Domingo Road next to the The Morning notion it was the “in” thing to do. fairgrounds. Brew For me it was all about the tailgates Surviving in this town is no small in the parking lot beforehand. Then feat. You need community support my best friend Curt met a man and the ability to keep things fresh named Jake Heggie — and everything changed and fun. Rising from the 2010 warehouse fire for me. Jake is considered one of our era’s most that destroyed costumes, set props and even prolific composers, well known for modernarchives, they are still here. day operas like Dead Man Walking (I was there I spent a good amount of time in the audience when it premiered in San Francisco in 2000) during the late 1970s as one of my best friends, and most recently Moby Dick (I was there when Curt Branom, starred in many shows. I thought it premiered in Dallas in 2010). Mr. Heggie is of my pal as I sat on the couch on the Morning responsible for my love of opera now.

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The Morning Brew With Larry Ahrens correspondents, along with host Larry Ahrens take time for a photo just prior to attending AFME’s awards presentation at KiMo Theatre on August 10. Left to right: Larry Ahrens, Khalil Ekulona, Dan Gutierrez, Justin De La Rosa, Shavone Otero and Steven J. Westman. AFME Co-Founders and Executive Producers Lainie S. Quirk and Ivan Wiener, along with Robert and Sibylle Redford presented actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) with a Creative Achievement Award. The Morning Brew crew rolled up to the KiMo in a pair of classic cars courtesy of the Bombardier Car Club ( The Morning Brew With Larry Ahrens airs live weekdays at 7a on Comcast channels 26 & 27.

This week I will be tailgating with Jake and Curt (who were married in 2008 — yep, I was there) at the Santa Fe Opera. And Sun., Aug. 18 we will be treated with Festival of Song Santa Fe Opera Stars in Concert: Jake Heggie & Friends, at the Scottish Rite Center at 4p. His work is beautiful and as a pianist he’s more than wonderful and mesmerizing. This is the perfect time to see him. If there are still tickets, join us for something magical (

Red carpet fun Keeping with the theater buzz, the iQ Morning Brew Crew had a blast walking the red carpet at “An Evening with Giancarlo Esposito and Special Guests” on Sat., Aug. 10 at The KiMo Theatre. All gussied up and looking fabulous with my cohorts Larry Ahrens, Justin De La Rosa, Shavone A. Otero, Khalil Ekulona and Dan Gutierrez, it was quite an experience. Robert and Sibylle Redford presented Esposito with a Creative Achievement Award for his large body of acting work, including his role as Gus Fring in the made-in-Albuquerque Breaking Bad. The screening of The Usual Suspects was fun. And the dessert reception afterwards, catered by Indulgences, was yummy. Our working with Co-Founders and Executive Producers Ivan Wiener and Lainie S. Quirk of Albuquerque Film and Media Experience made it all the better. I’m eager to see what we get to do next, and what we will be wearing then!

And finally, on the move About to pack up their longtime storefront on San Mateo is Garson & Sons. My buddy Paul Garson gave me the scoop on the decision to head eastward and land in Butterfield Plaza across from Coronado Center. For the last 55 years, Garson & Sons has been the place to go for religious, inspirational and artistic goods. Paul’s parents, John and Rose, arrived here when Rose was recovering from tuberculosis. The high and dry climate proved to be good for her. And good for us, because if you know Paul, you are aware of his active presence and community work all over the state. At the new locale there’s talk of hosting book signings, featuring a New Mexico artist every month and much more. The move should take place at the end of August, but watch for the grand opening in October. I have had to light way too many candles this year for lost ones, and I’m grateful to the Garsons for having place to find these things. Good luck to them ( Steven J. Westman is a consummate man about town, but may not catch everything out there. If you have an interesting story, send him an email at


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G.r.r. on the move Game of Thrones writer reopens Santa Fe movie house, headlines Bubonicon 45 by bill neVins


he theme of Bubonicon 45, Albuquerque’s longest-running annual science fiction/fantasy fan and author convention, is “Superstitions.” While that suggests the classic Stevie Wonder song will be background music, the theme also opens the door to all sorts of fun-filled weirdness and speculation. Certainly, as every year at Bubonicon, there will be imaginative and colorful costumes being worn in the Marriott halls and rooms, with a costume parade ending the gala weekend. And as at every convention, there will be plenty of dining, imbibing and socializing, including lots of fantasy game playing and laughs. Martin But there will also be plenty Marquee of the kind of “superstitious” bubonicon fantasizing and imaginative 45 creation that aug. 23-25 fuels the reading Hours: and writing lives 4-11p, fri.; of Bubonicon’s 9:30a-7p, sat.-sun., participants, both MarriOtt fans and authors 2101 lOuisiana alike. Some of ne, 800.228.9290 those authors are $15 fri./ $25 high rollers in the sat., sun./ $45 prospering and 3-day pass often movie-linked world of speculative and fantasy fiction. Among many others, superstar writer and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin, whose novels are the foundation for the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Martin is publishing a cross-genre fiction anthology this December with co-editor Gardner Dozois, entitled Dangerous Women. Game of Thrones fans will be intrigued to learn that Dangerous Women includes a new G.R.R. Martin novella “The Princess and the Queen,” which reveals the origins of the sort of female dragon-riding noble warrior women who give much zest and fiery sex appeal to the HBO series. The never idle Martin has also renovated and re-opened the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe this month. Local iQ spoke with Martin recently in his Jean Cocteau Cinema and with Rowland in a separate interview by phone.

Local iq: So here we are in about-to-be-reopened Jean cocteau cinema. george R.R. Martin: We have the best popcorn in town, and it will be made fresh here. We have real butter and parmesan cheese. We also have coffee and fine pizza and ice cream, and my books for sale as you come in. iq: Are you looking forward to bubonicon this month? gRRM: I am, it’s a great little festival. There are so many sci-fi writers in New Mexico, and Bubonicon is a great gathering of them, and we hope they will also come here to our Jean Cocteau theater! iq: this has been a big year for you, with a new anthology Dangerous Women and the opening of this theater. gRRM: Yes, we have a new brighter screen and a brand new NEC digital projector as well as an old warhorse 35 mm film projector. That means we can screen the new films and the older films which are being converted to digital. You have to go to digital to survive now. Many small theaters sadly will close because they cant afford the digital conversion. And the studios are not releasing many films except on digital now. iq: Sounds like some of the movie aspect of bubonicon might be here? gRRM: To some extent we will focus on sci-fi and fantasy films, which I love. But sci-fi is so popular these days that we may not get the new big ones. But we are screening Europa Report, a great new indie sci-fi film, and films like that. And classics like Forbidden Planet or the original Day the Earth Stood Still or 2001: A Space Odyssey. So we will have surprises. And some horror films in the midnight movies. And a kiddie matinee on Saturdays noon with kids admitted free with an adult along. One will be Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which has the Wolfman and Dracula in it too. iq: what else will you screen? gRRM: We’re very eclectic. We opened with the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, with the real Robby the Robot right here to welcome people. We will also show classics including Jean Cocteau films of course. We will have a variety. We will also do midnight movies, which I hope will attract especially young people and people like me who are young inside who don’t have much else to do in Santa Fe after about 9p. We start with Dark Star and we have a full slate of midnight movies. iq: what inspired you to reopen this theater? gRRM: Well, it was almost just a whim. It was always my favorite cinema in Santa Fe and I live 10 minutes away. I got addicted to the popcorn with parmesan and real butter. Then it closed in 2006 and was put up for sale. I was very sad. So I said somebody should buy that theater. Then I realized that somebody is me. So I called my realtor Meredith Haber and bought it. Fortunately, my books and the HBO show (Game of Thrones) have done very well lately, so I could afford it. I may lose my shirt, but I have other shirts. (Laughs). It’s been fun and I think it will continue to be fun, and something I can give back to the community.

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Take a seat to a feast fitting for a farm’s table


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Sommelier-turned-restaurateur Myra Ghattas has consistently produced regular wine tastings with a keen focus on education upon opening Slate Street Cafe eight years ago. Ghattas will be upping the ante in September with the launch of a six week wine course called Introduction to Wine and Tasting Appreciation, which will start on Sep. 16 and take place in the downtown restaurant’s wine loft.

Drink what ya like There’s no great mystery to good wine, according to Slate Street Cafe owner Myra Ghattas, who runs one of the city’s best wine programs are long gone. There are hundreds of rules but it’s about comparing and contrasting the airing food and wine can seem an complexity of the different flavors.” enigmatic alchemy reserved for Ghattas has a great enthusiasm for wine, high-minded gastronomes, but and it has led her to not only sell wine at for Slate Street Cafe owner Myra Slate Street Café but also to teach a “Wine Ghattas, stripping away that mystique is part Tasting and Appreciation” class at the cafe of what makes the dining experience at her to promote wine education at all levels. Her restaurant a pleasure. class lasts six weeks and teaches “Our approach to wine is unique people how to taste the different because we try to make it fun, aspects of a wine and how to approachable and really good,” Slate take the intimidation factor out Ghattas, the house sommelier, Street Cafe of ordering wines, among other said of Slate Street’s wine 515 Slate NW, essentials. program, which is recognized 505.243.2210 “The language of wine is as one of Albuquerque’s best. Wine loft hours: difficult. Wine is presented in a “Wine has a reputation of being 4-10pm Tue.-Sat. different way everywhere you go, something associated with an so it confuses people and they aloofness and we try to take the don’t understand what they’re mystery out of it and make it Introduction drinking,” Ghattas said. But that to Wine comfortable for someone at all Tasting and misses the point, she believes. levels of consuming wine.” Appreciation “Who cares what you’re With that focus on making wine Instructor: drinking, do you like it? Do you accessible, Slate Street hosts Myra Ghattas like that it’s sweet? Do you like a variety of successful wine Length: how velvety it is? Identify what events each year, including 6 weeks it is you like and then you have twice-monthly themed wine Time/Dates: a selection of wines to choose tastings on the first Tuesday and 6-7:30, Monday from,” she said. nights from Sep. last Thursday of every month. 16-Oct. 21 For $18, anyone can attend Slate Street Café sells 30 wines Price: the tasting and sample three 3 by the glass, half glass or flight $90/six weeks oz. glasses of wine with a food and continually brings in one-of$45 materials fee pairing. And in September, a-kind wines for an unforgettable Ghattas will introduce a wine experience. appreciation class to be held every “We do tastings with our distributors to Monday for six weeks. select wines. Patrick Martin, our beverage “Pairing food and wine is really about manager, is always enthusiastic to learn about wines and he represents our wine understanding the characteristics of the program here, under my direction,” Ghattas food and of the wine,” Ghattas said. “The said. “We look for good value and high old rules of white and white and red and red By Jessica Sosa



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quality. We don’t want any grocery store wines. I want our wines to be special wines that you can’t find everywhere.” Those so-called “grocery store wines” refer to lesser-quality, mass-produced wines found in nearly every supermarket, and Slate Street aims for something extraordinary. When thinking about wine, an image comes to mind of a fancy restaurant and a long list of nerve-racking names and prices. Ghattas shared that even though wine can be seen as “snobby,” it certainly doesn’t have to be. “Drinking wine does not mean that you have to have expensive wine. There are great wines under $20 or $50. I want to show people that you can enjoy wine at a reasonable price,” she said. Quality over dollar amount is key when drinking any kind of wine, and when seeking quality you are the only one who knows what you like. “Everything contributes to the quality of a good wine. You have to look at the vintage, the producer, the region. But it’s very personal. A wine I might like, someone else may not like,” Ghattas said. Because wine drinking differs for every individual, gaining more experience is the best way to figure out what style of wine suits you. From reds to whites and bitter to sweet, the combinations of characteristics are endless. Ghattas said, “People always ask me, ‘How do I learn more?’ Drink more wine; have wine tasting parties; invite a bunch of friends and expose each other to more wines so you can keep trying new types of wine and find what you like.”

oing out to eat can become a bit of a routine. Sure, the scenery may be different, but it all ends up with you going through the same motions of ordering, eating, drinking, paying and carrying on with your other plans. That’s not to say there needs to be a Vegas-style dinner with a show to make dinner special — in fact, I find that kind of thing to be quite awful. It’s just nice to change things up by making Tune in to dinner an experience Justin De La without any gimmicks. Rosa every Tuesday Farm & Table is at 7:30a on Albuquerque’s lauded Channels leader of locavore 26 & 27 for cuisine, and they’re food talk on celebrating the summer The Morning with a Farmer’s Feast Brew to be held on Aug. 18. While the menu at Farm & Table aims to be completely local, the Farmer’s Feast is their way of showcasing the great things produced by local farmers, ranchers and food artisans in a family-style meal. Think of it as a summertime cookout, but instead of burgers and bratwursts you’ll be noshing on locally-sourced fine foods and imbibing local libations. The weekend wrap-up will kick off with a jamboree mingle and farm walk at 6:30p. It will be a chance to soak in the sun and admire the flourishing flora that surrounds Farm & Table. After the walk, get ready to sit down and indulge in the feast you won’t soon forget at 7:15p. The best way to complete a cookout on the farm Farmer’s is with some bluegrass tunes from none Feast other than the Squash 6:30p, Sun., Blossom Boys. Aug. 18 Chef Jaye Wilkinson Farm & Table is making a 8917 4th NW, 505.503.7124 menu featuring a $45 smorgasbord of farmand charcuterie and roasted meats that are prepared using whole animals. That’s right, nothing goes to waste and nothing gets thrown away. It will definitely be a step above your typical matanza. Along with the lamb, beef and pork, a medley of seasonal vegetables like okra, eggplant, corn and cucumbers (to name a few) will be served up in what you can be assured is nothing short of Farm & Table’s typical stellar fashion. You can forget the fine-dining feeling for the night, as you will be presented with heaping plates of food in the middle of the table so you can help yourself to your heart and stomach’s content. Not a bad deal. Guests can reserve a spot at the Farmer’s Feast for $45, and if you’re a farmer or purveyor of local food or drink you can get your spot for $35. For reservations contact Farm & Table. Justin De La Rosa writes about the local food and restaurant scene. He can be reached at justin@


Microfarm experiment yields tasty cocktails


f you’re a home gardener, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded “Zucchini Syndrome.” Over-producing squash plants make the zukes faster than your family can eat them. You try to give them away, but no one wants them because they’re now larger than your cat. Well, the same thing can happen to chile plants, which is why I wrote Too Many Chiles with Nancy and Jeff Gerlach. But at least you can dry the chile pods to preserve them — something you can’t do easily with zucchinis and large tomatoes. Because I’m writing a book on microfarming, I decided this year on two relatively valuable crops to experiment with, superhot chiles and heirloom tomatoes. The superhots, Scorpions and Barrackapores, are no problem because demand exceeds supply and retailers can sell the pods fresh for a dollar each! But selling fresh tomatoes in the summer is a challenge because everyone has them. I discussed this situation with some chef friends, and their suggestion was to puree the tomatoes and freeze the puree in pint or quart amounts so that chefs would have access to organic, heirloom tomatoes during the winter for sauces and as an ingredient in various other dishes. They also told me they would buy fresh culinary herbs and greens if I could produce them in my small greenhouse during the winter, so I’ll give that a shot too. Understand that I’m not changing my careers or retiring — I’m just experimenting for the new book. I harvested 41.6 pounds of tomatoes in July and fully expect at least a couple of hundred pounds for the entire season. Heck, one of the Brandywines I picked today weighed nearly a pound! Less the ones that we’re eating or giving away, the harvest will produce a lot of puree. Will it be worth more than fresh tomatoes sold now? I’m betting it will. I did some research on using fresh, uncooked tomato puree, which of course is thinner than commercial or even cooked purees. Besides making pasta sauces — a no-brainer — there weren’t a lot of good ideas out there. So I decided to try some experiments for utilizing my microfarm bounty, starting with something alcoholic. I critique my recipe below.

on the lowest possible temperature you can get from your burner, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish and puree in batches on high until it’s as smooth as possible. Make the bloody mary and enjoy. Yield: 3-1/2 cups, Heat Scale: Medium

The Homemade Bloody Mary Ingredients: 1-1/4 cups fresh Bloody Mary mix 1/4 cup Vodka of choice Celery stalk for garnish Method: Fill a tall glass with ice, add the mix, add the vodka and stir well. Garnish with the celery stalk. Yield: 1 serving, Heat Scale: Medium Critique: I erred originally by adding the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce before simmering. It needs to be added to the mix after the cooking, so I adjusted the recipe to reflect this. The finished mix did not have the tart “pop” that I expected, and the Worcestershire sauce was hard to detect after cooking. That said, the mix was far better than any bottled mix I’ve ever tried, and the fresh tomatoes had none of that canned flavor. The cooking thickened and concentrated the tomatoes, so the mix was diluted perfectly by the ice and vodka. All in all, a fine use for too many tomatoes. Chile pepper expert Dave DeWitt is the author of 50 books and the founder of the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show. He lives and grows in the South Valley.

Fresh Bloody Mary Mix I only drink bloody marys occasionally, but I like them because of their combination of ingredients and spiciness. And I don’t really like the mixes out there so I decided to give fresh puree a try in a recipe and see what happened. I had purchased roasted fresh red chile from Sichler’s Chile Stand on San Mateo — Eleanor Sichler saves it for me, so I used that instead of hot sauce.

Ingredients: 4 cups fresh Tomato puree 1/4 cup pureed fresh Red Chile 1 tsp. Celery salt 3/4 tsp. Black Pepper, freshly ground Juice from one Lemon 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. Atomic horseradish Method: In a saucepan, combine the puree, red chile, celery powder (celery seed in a spice mill), black pepper, and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes

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Honor El Tortuga with jalapeno-infused tequila


n my last installment of Stir It Up, I encouraged you, the cocktail artiste, to create your own infused spirits using seasonal herbs, fruits and/or vegetables. I was, however, remiss in not giving you some suggestions, so here is a recipe inspired by this summer’s cornucopia of veggies sprouting from my, and hopefully your, gardens. This one is called The Rooster Tail, and finds its origins on a trip I took to Mexico to “deliver some souvenirs” for mi tia baja back in the summer of ’87. I was all set to drive a box truck full of said souvenirs up to the south side of Detroit and deliver them to mi tia’s amigo, Maurice, to make some extra spending cash for my sophomore year of college. The evening prior to the morning of my planned departure we had a fiesta grande, replete with copious amounts of charcoal-grilled sea meats washed down with one after another of mi tia’s “margaritas bajas.” To my ultimate fortune, I awoke face down on the beach a quarter mile from mi tia’s estate, the early-morning cock crowing, followed by bullhorn shouts and machine gun blasts. With bullets whizzing all around, I had no direction to go but west. I stumbled into the ocean and swam as far as I could when I luckily hitched a hitched a ride with a giant sea turtle who kindly dropped me off in San Diego. As best I can remember, here is what I think we


drank that evening.

The Rooster Tail Ingredients:

2 oz. Jalapeño-infused tequila reposado (Espolon is a good choice) .5 oz. Cointreau orange liqueur 1 oz. Cilantro honey simple syrup* .5 oz. Lime juice .5 oz. Lemon juice .25 oz. Orange juice 4 garden fresh Jalapeños 4 garden fresh Baby heirloom tomatoes 1 bunch garden fresh Cilantro sprigs (save some for garnish) Coarse sea salt Lime wedge Method: First, we’ll make the jalapeño-infused tequila by cutting the garden fresh jalapeños into thin slices, discarding

stems. Place jalapeños in glass jar and add tequila. The infusion should take only 24 to 48 hours depending upon the spiciness of your peppers. If you feel your infusion is too spicy, simply add straight tequila until you have achieved your flavor to taste. Strain through a fine chinois or cheese cloth and re-bottle. Second, we’ll make the cilantro honey simple syrup by adding 12 ounces hot water to 8 ounces local honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Add cilantro and let steep 24 hours. Remove cilantro sprigs, strain and bottle for easy use. Now let’s make a Rooster Tail by slicing the baby tomatoes in half and tenderly muddling them in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add jalapeño-infused tequila, Cointreau, honey simple syrup, lime and lemon juices. Add a few ice cubes and shake briefly. Pour into a double old-fashioned glass rimmed with sea salt. Add ice to bring the contents just below salt level. Stir to evenly disperse tomatoes and top with 1/4 ounce splash of orange juice. Garnish with cilantro sprig and fresh lime wedge. Take a moment and give thanks to your giant sea turtle. Randy Kolesky is a veteran bar and restaurant manager in Albuquerque and the Tuesday host of All That Jazz on KUNM 89.9 FM.

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For a good relationship, tiptoe around traps “It’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other.”
 —L.M. Montgomery


hen working with distressed couples, I can best help them by correcting their misinterpretations, untying their knots that twisted their communication and tuning up their abilities to hear their partner accurately. I believe couples can overcome their relationship problems if they recognize first that much of their disappointments, frustrations and anger stems not from a basic incompatibility but from unfortunate misunderstandings that result from faulty communication and flawed interpretations of each other’s behavior. Consequently, my focus is on how you can individually change and so, in turn, help the marriage. To avoid marital misunderstandings, I think it helps to know how the brain functions — and malfunctions — when we are frustrated or disappointed. Unfortunately, our minds are predisposed to misinterpret or exaggerate the meaning of other people’s behaviors, and to make up negative explanations when we are disappointed. Then we act on these misinterpretations, fighting against these negative, made-up projections. It rarely occurs to us in that moment that our negative judgment could be wrong. There are several mental traps capable of complicating marital relationships. These cognitive distortions occur automatically, often in a fraction of a second. Troubled couples can fall prey to any or all of the following. Mind Reading: This is often a route to inaccurate predictions, resulting in unnecessary upset. Unless we ask, we can NEVER know the thoughts and feeling of others, or why they did or said something, or didn’t do or say something. If you’re jumping to conclusions before asking and getting clarity, you are creating major undue hardship — especially if you jump to a negative conclusion. Thinking in Extremes: This can leave couples with an exaggerated, unpleasant view of each other. If you find yourself with extreme feelings, such as rage, fright or despair, then it’s likely your thinking is extreme. Learn to notice if these intense feelings are a result of all-or-nothing thinking and over-generalization. Personalization: Many people habitually

believe that the actions of others are directed at them. Personalization is a distortion where a person believes that everything others do or say is some kind of direct, personal reaction to the person. A person engaging in personalization may also see themselves as the cause of some unhealthy external event that they were not responsible for. For example, “We were late to the dinner party and caused the hostess to overcook the meal. If I had only pushed my husband to leave on time, this wouldn’t have happened.” Tunnel Vision: People reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other. For instance, a couple decided to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary together with their 8-year-old daughter at the lodge where they spent their honeymoon. En route, they were having a pleasant conversation when a disagreement arose as to which turn to take. The disagreement escalated into an all-out argument, with accusations of total incompetence on the one side and bossiness on the other. The rest of the trip went smoothly, but several days after they returned home, they had another squabble. Both spouses then agreed that they could not get along, even during a pleasant occasion like their wedding anniversary. When their daughter pointed out that the argument had lasted less than one percent of the entire trip; they realized that they actually had a great time. Such tunnel vision keeps distressed couples from seeing or recalling the good parts of their marriage. Blaming: You hold other people responsible for your pain, or take the other track and blame yourself for every problem. For example, “Stop making me feel bad about myself!” Nobody can “make” us feel any particular way; we, alone, have control over our own emotions and emotional reactions. I hope that this column has given you some guidelines to work on. Good luck and be well!

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santa fe

Dining al fresco A day in Santa Fe is just better with a stint on a restaurant patio, for locals and visitors alike By Paul Lehman


uring the summer season, Santa Fe restaurants rely heavily on their outdoor patios and can boast more of these scenic dining areas than most cities in the great Southwest. Late summer and fall are perfect times for patio dining in the City Different. Here is a selection of patios discovered by Local iQ staff. Let us know if we missed your favorite spot. And enjoy.

Midtown Bistro 901 W. San Mateo, 505.820.3121 

This new Santa Fe eatery shares its site with the New Mexico Stone Company’s beautiful and spacious stone garden and the patio is located in the garden. Menu items include superior salads (Cobb, Caesar, Nicoise, Steak), an authentic reuben sandwich, green chile stew and roasted pork or chicken taquitos as well as Pacific blue crab cakes.

Restaurant Martin

enchilada, yellow fin tuna and Maple Leaf Farm duck breast.

Santacafe 231 Washington, 505.984.1788

Here the patio is the main attraction and provides the majority of the choice seating, including very attractive trees and plantings. Some menu items include shitake and cactus spring rolls, deviled egg salad sandwich, Applewood smoked bacon BLT sandwich, grilled Sterling Silver rib eye steak, citrus crusted pan seared wild Alaskan halibut, grilled marinated Colorado lamb chops and grilled Angus filet mignon.

Luminaria (Inn & Spa at Loretto) 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505.984.7915  

An intimate, yet spacious, patio is both glamorous and comfortable, providing a romantic setting for lunch or dinner. Menu items include tortilla soup and blue crab

526 Galisteo, 505.820.0919

One of Santa Fe’s gems, the patio is vast and attractively landscaped. The menu features tempura-crusted prawns, daily soup and sandwich combos at lunch, a black angus beef burger, seasonal fish tacos, a beef rib eye

The patio menu designed by Chef Juan Bochenski at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (above), with such tapas-style dishes as Tequila-Cured Salmon Carpaccio and Duck Enchilada Mole, has established that restaurant as one of Santa Fe’s top fine dining destinations. Hotel St. Francis’ Tabla de los Santos (left) is another of the City Different’s best outdoor eating options.

La Casa Sena 125 E. Palace, 505.988.9232

tostadas at lunch as well as a waygu burger and grilled flat iron steak, Talus Wind Ranch lamb rack, boneless beef short ribs with diver scallops and a seafood paella at dinner are other memorable dishes.

Anasazi Restaurant (Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi) 113 Washington, 505.988.3030

The patio’s al fresco dining is in a class by itself and some of the delights include a beef tenderloin wrap and a pan-fried almond and chile-crusted ruby trout, tequila-cured salmon carpaccio, duck enchilada mole, shrimp-dusted crab cake, pan-fried scallops and a unique spring vegetable salad.

The immense courtyard garden patio with a magnificent 90-year-old cottonwood is surrounded by one of the oldest houses in the city with oak, juniper and fir trees and a central fountain – the delightful menu includes a special green chile cheeseburger, chile relleno, grilled venison Italian sausage, Aztec-dusted salmon and grilled hanger steak.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa 330 E. Palace, 505.954.9670

This elegant mansion and grounds were built for the Staab merchant family in 1882 and the six-acre garden patio looks out on the desert oasis of a green lawn. The menu features grilled strawberry salad, a buffalo bleu burger, Pepita pesto chicken, Julia’s Orchard pork tenderloin,

chocolate cherry mole duck breast and bacon wrapped scallops.

Rio Chama Steakhouse 414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505.955.0765

With its location adjacent to the Roundhouse you can expect lots of politicos hanging out here, but several years ago they built a larger attractive patio in the back and the menu’s attractions are there too. Those include Chama chile, Pacific oysters, prime rib burger, the griddled country club, duck and duck (duck leg confit and duck meatloaf), local lamb T-bones, petit wagyu ribeye and broiled lobster tail.

Harry’s Roadhouse 96 Old Las Vegas, 505.989.4629

A very popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike with a large patio out back set among the trees and natural greenery, featuring a big menu including a catfish po’boy, roasted turkey breast sandwich, cold turkey meatloaf, grilled salmon tacos, blue corn turkey enchiladas, St. Louis cut pork ribs, Moroccan vegetable stew and baked penne.

The Pink Adobe 406 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505.983.7712 

One of the city’s oldest establishments, this venerable veteran boasts a large, multi-level patio with a menu including escargot, clams Lucifer, a whole artichoke, steak Donigan (famous specialty), tournedos bordelaise, chicken enchiladas, poulet Marengo, spaghetti rossi, lobster salad, fried shrimp Louisianne and a plato Mexicano (tamale, taco, enchilada).


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Weeding out those common gardening myths


rowing up in a home with cultural influences from German grandparents, an English-Irish grandmother and a Spanish grandfather brought many interesting discussions to the Sunday dinner table. The crux of many conversations circled around which family’s methodology (pick your subject) was more accurate and efficient. As a child, it was inappropriate to challenge the head of the table, the loudest in the discussion or any adult for that matter. But there were times when I silently disputed whether any of those Sunday arguments had validity. Families are inclined to preserve myths from one generation to the next. At some point, young families may decide to question the significance of these myths and traditions in relationship to how well they work for their family. The discovery could reveal that many long-held myths may have sufficed for previous generations, but no longer have any credibility. The horticultural world has some myths about gardening that have been used for years without complete facts to prove their effectiveness. Gardeners may find that sticking to the “old fashioned way” may, in fact, be creating unnecessary work for them. The information below may encourage smart gardening.

Myth: Adding sand to clay-like soil is beneficial This is only true if you would like to create cement-like soil that can be used to build bricks. Amending clay soil with sand will not

Myth: Fresh wood chip mulch takes nitrogen out of the soil

remedy anything, only cause the soil to harden. To improve the nutritional value and drainage of the soil, use composted organic matter on top of the soil. This will loosen the clay soil, breaking up the texture to a finer grade. Spreading compost in four- to six-inch layers each spring will lead to workable, more valuable soil.

Myth: Xeriscape plants don’t need water All living things need water! When newly planted, the root systems of plants will be the shape of the pot. If they do not receive a sufficient amount of water for at least the first growing season, the root system will not be able to extend beyond the original hole, causing stress and ultimately death. Xeric plants that have low water needs still require supplemental water during extreme heat and drought. Using xeriscape guidelines will help gardeners to understand xeric plants and their water needs. A gardening expert can help identify which plants can handle drought-like conditions. Remember, not all plants are created equal.

Using fresh wood chips for mulch in a garden will not rob the soil of nitrogen. However, when wood chips are incorporated into soil, nitrogen will be used as well as key nutrients while the wood is decomposing. Wood chips used as mulch will discourage weed growth and retain moisture in the soil, but are not suitable as a soil amendment.

Myth: Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the root ball

It is a common misperception that xeric plants don’t require water. Though they are low water plants, they need a sufficient amount of water in the first growing seasonrequire supplemental water during extreme heat and drought.

Myth: Stake newly planted trees Staking trees when they are newly planted is not necessary or advisable. If the tree is planted properly, it will develop a strong root system that will enable it to withstand powerful winds. It is actually helpful in the development of the tree to allow it to sway with the wind. The only time a tree may need to be staked is when it is planted on a slope. There are correct ways to stake trees when necessary that are beneficial and not harmful to the tree. Contact your local nursery for details on how to take proper care of trees.

To insure long-term success when planting, dig the hole twice the width of the pot or root ball and only as deep as the soil it is grown in. Using this principle encourages healthy root growth and creates an environment favorable for the plant to find water and nutrients. If planted too deeply, the soil against the trunk or stems of the plant may cause rotting that will introduce bacteria and insects. Not all gardening myths are misinformation. With the amount of knowledge at the hands of gardeners, it is wise to be sure that the methods used are actually found to benefit the garden and the gardener as well. When exposed to various influences during the process of becoming an experienced gardener, it is necessary to weed out the bad information and cultivate the good. Tish Resnik is the owner of Great Outdoors Nursery. She can be reached at info@

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Sum m er win e iSSue

VINO ADVENTURE Summer wines need not fall into the same old rut. expand your repertoire by exploring grapes on a road less traveled stOry by by saM MelaDa — PHOtOs by Wes naMan


t’s summer in our high-desert climate and people are grilling and entertaining. If you are looking for some refreshing wines to explore there are many options beyond the familiar Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. There’s nothing wrong with your old friends, but the more you know, the more options you have and the more comfortable you will feel with the wine list at your favorite local restaurant. With a few pointers you might be able to wow your friends at your next summer shindig.


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By no means do I want you to think your current favorite wines are not acceptable or good, I just want to give you more options to explore at your local wine shop, and I hope you might share these discoveries with your friends. Here are some recommendations for summer 2013 wines for our climate. You may not like them all, but I guarantee you will find on this list at least one new food-friendly grape to enjoy with whatever you might be cooking or eating.

Sum m e r w i n e Issu e

burst your bubble


hen you want to lift your spirits any time of year, bubbles will help you rise to the occasion. We tend to think of sparkling wine as the drink of choice during the New Year, but it works just as well in the heat of summer. Vinho Verde is consistently my first stop for fizzy summer drinking. It’s light and fresh with a hint of lemon and lime, less than half the bubbles of champagne, just enough to be a subtle surprise to the palate. It’s inexpensive and readily available. Most run about $8 to $12 a bottle. Over the years I have had the Famega or the Gazela, but this year there are some new ones to try. The Portuguese have been enjoying this wine for centuries and now they are more than happy to share it with the rest of the world. You can pick up the Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde at Jubilation for $10/bottle. It’s crisp and light and best served at the temperature of a refreshing Mexican beer. A new player on the scene is the Arca Nova for $9/bottle,

which doesn’t require any food at all. At around 10 percent alcohol, these wines are ideal for serving before anyone even sits down to eat. If there’s salty and fried food to enjoy, you might want to step up the bubbles and jump to a bottle of Gruet Extra Dry or Rosé from our own local wine masters. At $15/bottle you will not be disappointed. A new kid on the block is the Cotes De Mas Rosé made from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. It comes from the Languedoc region of France, just inland from the Mediterranean coast, and brings more grapefruit and orange to the table. Pick it up for $16/bottle and serve it with salads or fried starters. The chenin blanc grape is the secret ingredient that brings a splash of citrus to the glass.

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Su mm e r win e Issu e

whiter shade of pale


f you’re savvy enough to know your way around a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, you should step out a little and try an Albariño from Galicia, Spain. While the Galicians drink their Albariño with the local fresh seafood, you can enjoy it here in New Mexico with a salsa verde or anything else made with tomatillos. It has all the apricot and peach flavors you might find elsewhere, but it also has an amazing briny quality that makes it ideal for seafood on the grill or ceviche. You can enjoy it without food too: its aromatic qualities make it a refreshing change from the same old Sauvignon Blanc. Pair it with a salad of mixed greens, goat cheese, pears and a light vinaigrette and you just made a new friend in the world of wine. While there are many to try on our local shelves, the Albariño from Burgans is a great starting point at around $15/bottle. Try the California version from Tangent at $17 (available at Quarters Wyoming). This is one of the grapes used to make Vinho Verde, but when allowed to ripen on its own, it produces a bouquet of flowers for your nose and a crisp peachy sweetness on the palate. More restaurants are putting this gem on their wine lists, and I encourage you to leave room for this as an option when dining out. When cooking at home, try it with anything tangy or salty; you will be surprised by its versatility over other whites.


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just like honey


f you prefer white wines with a little more body and finish on the palate, but are bored with the same old cheap California Chard (or even the inspiring whites of the Rhone), you might discover a new pleasure in the often unappreciated grape called Godello. Wine guru Oz Clarke has argued that it might be Spain’s most interesting white wine grape. Godello has a more silky body than an Albariño but it still has a dry and crisp honeydew-like quality that makes it very food friendly. It can stand up to creamy herby pasta dishes as well as simple roasted chicken or grilled fish with fresh herbs and garlicky sautéed veggies. Its versatility satisfies the Chardonnay drinker and the White Rhone drinker alike. New to the shelves at Jubilation is the Sábrego from the Valdeorras region. At $16 it is worth your while to try it out at the dinner table or on your back porch. The Godello from Abad Dom Bueno is another excellent choice at $16/ bottle. Pick it up at Quarters Wyoming if you happen to be in the NE Heights. When you pair it with food, don’t be afraid to go with heavier fare. Cream and fat are friends of Godello (though a steak would be a little over the top).


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Sum m er win e Issu e

wine pros offer their top summer picks


story By Sam Melada • photos by wes naman

ne of the best ways to learn about wine is to pick the mind of someone who knows more than you do. In that spirit, Local iQ asked four Albuquerque wine professionals which wines are gracing their palates during the hot days of summer.

Amy Hass Wine Director Farm & Table

Amy Haas started her wine education at her first “real” restaurant job at Seasons: “This was the beginning of my love affair with wine. As one might imagine, wine was very intimidating back then. I wanted to take that intimidation out of the equation and help others learn without the pretentiousness and big words that often accompany wine knowledge. After many years and many tastings later, I was ready to turn my knowledge over to others and teach them in a very down-to-earth, easy-to-understand way. After working for several distributors and restaurants along the way, from my original job at Seasons to my current role at Farm & Table, that dream has unfolded in numerous ways.” What amy is drinking This summer:

“I was recently introduced to Piquepoul, a lovely white Rhone varietal. This wine screams summer refreshment. It will round out the by-the-glass offerings at Farm & Table.”

Jessie Griego Wine Representative Fiasco Fine Wine

Jessie Griego’s relationship with wine started in 1987: “I was lucky enough to work with some of the most wineknowledgeable and passionate people I have ever met, at Doc Martin’s Restaurant Griego in Taos. They sparked my interest and began teaching me, even before I was old enough to taste. An early gift from one of my mentors was the Windows on the World Wine Book, which to this day I still own.”


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Amy Haas, the wine director at Farm & Table, places glasses down at a recent wine dinner featuring the wines of Caduceus Cellars, co-owned by Maynard James Keenan (sitting), also known for his music (Tool, A Perfect Circle). This summer, Haas says she is keen on drinking Piquepoul, a varietal from the Rhone region of France.

What Jessie is drinking This summer:

“My go-to wine is one that is great any time of day (yes, even for breakfast), fitting for any occasion, or lack of occasion. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a meal (at the beginning, the middle and certainly the end with its incredible food-friendliness). It’s something most anyone can afford (and comes in every price range), and it’s something I think more people should drink more often. I will give you a hint. It’s Italian and my nick name is ‘Bubbles’… yes, Prosecco! What’s in my fridge right now? Adami Prosecco de Valdobbiadene ‘Bosca di Gica,’ nv. At around $21/bottle it’s a delight. The Adamis are a small family winery and the bench mark for great Prosecco.”

Emily Heckman

is present on the finish. Berger Grüner Veltliner is a food-friendly wine that pairs well with summer fair like artichokes, asparagus, salads and scallops. It comes in a big green oneliter bottle with a pop-top closure so it travels from summer picnics to parties with ease. The one-liter bottle provides enough to share and enough to last long into evening after a lazy, hot summer day.”

Beer Specialist
 Whole Foods Market

Emily Heckman’s wine education began In 2004: “That’s when I began my career in the wine industry with a job in the liquor department at the Sunflower Market Westside. At this time I knew little about wine, but I had the desire to learn. Three years later I got a job at the Whole Foods Market on Academy in the specialty department (beer, wine and cheese). In short time I became the wine specialist at Academy and eventually transferred into the same position at the Carlisle store. During this time, I also worked as a server at Jennifer James 101, where my fondness for great food, fine wine and handcrafted beer grew.”
 What Emily is drinking This summer:

“My go-to wine for the summer of 2013 is Berger Grüner Veltliner. Made by husband and wife team Erich and Maria

Kelly Fagan
 District Sales Manager Southern Wine and Spirits


Berger, this dry white from Kremstal, Austria, is crisp, light and refreshing. It is very clean with floral, citrus, lychee and mineral flavors that linger on the palate. A subtle white pepper spiciness

Fagan got into wine thusly: “I was working in the Artichoke Cafe kitchen in the early ’90s and transitioned to the wait floor. I asked then-waiter, now-Stoneface package store manager Trent Anderson to ‘teach me all about Burgundy.’ He did his best in the few short years we worked together and I moved into fine wine wholesale in 1999.”


What Kelly is drinking This summer:

“Adelsheim Rose of Pinot Noir ... mmmm! I’ll drink it on a boat, with a goat. It is the epitome of Willamette Valley Rose: loaded with berry and spice aromas and ready for any seafood I care to drag across my charcoal. And it’s accessible! The drawback: Many Oregon wineries sell theirs through the tasting room or wine club only. Road trip?”

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astly, I know that I would not be a realistic wine educator if I did not offer some suggestions for red wines this summer. I realize that there are some wine drinkers out there who simply aren’t ready to delve into the world of white wine. Perhaps you think it’s too sweet or too light for your palate. When the weather is warm and the barbecue has brats and burgers on it, there might be something rich and red that complements the meat and smoke. The Montsant from Bula is just the wine you want for your burgers, chicken kabobs and barbecue. When you look at the blend on the back of the bottle, don’t be frightened by the word mazuelo. That is the Spanish word for Carignane (the grape that makes up the most of this blend). The rest of this blend is Syrah and Grenache (garnatxa in Spain), and it is my favorite cookout red this season.

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It has nice acidity to cut through fat of grilled meats, and balanced fruit to match with everything from bratwurst to steaks or Portobello mushrooms. You can find it locally at Jubilation for around $15/bottle. Try it instead of Tempranillo or Cab and let me know what you think. Finally, there is a style of red wine that is a bonafide gem when the weather is hot and the cooler is full of beer. In the Beaujolais region of France, they grow a grape called Gamay that complements all the flavors of grilled summer treats. A great starter in this category is Brouilly from Chateau De La Chaize. It is full of raspberry fruit without the heaviness of something you might drink during the colder months. There are other villages in the regions of Beaujolais, but this one is a great introduction at around $20/bottle. It has raspberry and strawberry on the nose with light fruit that is guaranteed to match with barbecue or satisfy the palate on its own. What’s more, this is one red wine that is perfectly fine to serve slightly chilled, which adds to its grill-side appeal. In the end it is your palate that decides what you like. There are no right answers. Summertime potlucks are full of variety and you should be able to meet that variety without embarrassment or insecurity. My goal this summer is to introduce you to wines that might expand your horizons and allow you to feel confident the next time you walk into you favorite restaurant and peruse their wine list. What you enjoy is not subject to any rules or regulations in the wine world and I encourage you to strive towards more comfort and knowledge in the world of food and wine pairing.

new mexico wineries Don Quixote Distillery & Wines

By Tamon Rasberry


ew Mexico’s wine scene is constantly evolving and maturing, and for drinkers of New Mexican wines, sometimes it’s good to go to the source. Here’s a list of a few new and many longstanding wineries throughout the state. Several include tasting rooms, making for an enjoyable destination. We’ve included visitor hours for the wineries that post them. Be one of many to enjoy and indulge in the splendid refreshing wines that are offered across The Land of Enchantment.

Acequia Vineyards & Winery 240 Reclining Acres, Corrales, 505.264.1656 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Wed.-Sun. Wines: Rose, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli

Amaro Winery 402 S. Melendes, Las Cruces, 575.527.5310 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 3-10p, Wed.-Fri.; 1-10p Sat.; 1-6p Sun. Wines: Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc

Anasazi Fields 26 Camino de los Puebitos, Placitas, 505.867.3062 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Wed.-Sun. by appointment 10 or more Wines: Anasazi wines are made from fruit, no grapes.

Arena Blanca Winery 7320 U.S. 54, Alamogordo, 575.437.0602 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 9a-6p, daily Wines: Apricot Wine,

18057 U.S. 84, Pojoaque, 505.695.0817 Tasting Room: Yes (Los Alamos/Santa Fe) Hours: Call for appointment Wines: 17 different wines, including classic table wines, fruit dessert wines and ports

Blackberry Jewell Wine, Cereza de Bar M Cherry

Dos Viejos Winery

Balzano Vineyards

69 Pecos, Tularosa, 575.585.2647

201 S. Canal, Carlsbad, 575.234.9891

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 9a-5p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon-5p, Sun. Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz

Tasting Room: No Wines: Tempranillo, Dolcetto, Shiraz, White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon

Black Mesa Winery

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

1502 Highway 68, Velarde, 800.852.6372

106 N. Shining Sun, Santa Fe, 505.455.2826

Tasting room: Yes Hours: 10a-7p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon-6p, Sun. Wines: White Port, Petite Sirah, Chocolate Dessert Wine

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-6p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon-6p, Sun. Wines: E Luna Pera, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and more

estrelladelnortevineyard. Photo by Wes Naman

Black Range Winery & Vintage Wines

Grapevines at Corrales Winery

2461 Calle de Principal, Mesilla, 575.523.9463

Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery

Casa Rondeña Winery

01 Camino Abril, Algodones, 505.771.0208

733 Chavez NW, ABQ, 505.344.5911

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-8p, Wed.-Thu.; Noon-10p, Fri.-Sat.; Noon-5p, Sun. Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon and vintage wines



Fort Seldon Winery

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Thu.-Sun. Wines: Muscat Canelli, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo

Tasting room: Yes Hours: Noon-7p, Sat.-Sun. Wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer

1233 Fort Seldon, Las Cruces, 575.647.9585 Tasting room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p Wines: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Sangiovese

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Gruet Winery 8400 Pan American NE, ABQ, 505.821.0055 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-5p, Mon.-Fri.; Noon5p, Sat. Wines: Brut, Blanc de Noirs, DemiSec, Blanc de Blancs, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Guadalupe Vineyards San Jose Loop, San Fidel, 505.552.0082 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Thu.-Sun. Wines: Dry Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat

Heart of the Desert Wines 2355 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, 575.647.2115

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-6p, Mon.-Sun. Wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Riesling

La Chiripada Winery Hwy 75, Dixon, 505.579.4437 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-6p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon6p, Sun. Wines: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, more

La Vina Winery 4201 New Mexico 28, La Union, 575.882.7632 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Thu.-Tue. Wines: Merlot, Sémillon, Syrah, Zinfandel, more

La Esperanza Vineyard & Winery

Matheson Wine Company

100 DeLaO, Sherman, 505.259.9523

103 Highway 528, Rio Rancho, 505.350.6557

Tasting Room: No Hours: 11a-7p, Fri.-Sat.; Noon-7p, Sun. Wines: Golden Muscat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Wed.-Sun. Wines: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, more


Luna Rossa Winery 1750 Calle De Mercado #1, Las Cruces, 575.526.2484 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-6p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon6p, Sun. Wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, more

Pecos Flavors Winery

Shattuck Vineyard

305 N. Main, Roswell, 575.627.6265

43 Bridle, Caballo, 915.491.9459

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-7p, Mon.-Thu.,; 10a-8p, Fri.-Sat. Wines: Chardonnay, Petit Syrah, more

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-6p, Sat.; Noon-6p, Sun. Wines: White, Zinfandel, Pinot Gris

Sombra Antigua Winery

Milagro Vineyards

Ponderosa Valley Vineyards & Winery

985 W Ella, Corrales, 505.898.3998 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-4p, Sat.; Noon-4p, Sun. Wines: Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Noisy Water Winery 2342 Sudderth, Ruidoso, 575.257.9335

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-5p, Mon.-Thu.; 10a-6:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 10a-5:30p, Sun. Wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, more

Old Gate Cellars 2261 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, 575.525.2620 Tasting Room: No Wines: Cabernet, Chardonnay, red and white table wines

3171 New Mexico 290, Ponderosa, 575.834.7487 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10-5p, Tue.-Sat.; Noon-5p, Sun. Wines: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Riesling and Viognier

Rio Grande Vineyards & Winery 5321 New Mexico 28, Las Cruces, 575.524.3985 Hours: Friday hours Noon–5:30p Tasting Room: No Wines: Gewürztraminer, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc

430 La Vina, Anthony, 915.241.4349

Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-6p, Mon.-Thu. Wines: Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Dolcetto, red and white table wines

St. Clair Bistro Winery and Bistro Albuquerque 901 Rio Grande NW, ABQ, 505.243.9916 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-9p, Sun.-Thu.; 11a-10p, Fri.-Sat. Wines: Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Malvasia, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, more albuquerque continued on page 25


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a matter of tastings One need not look too far in the Duke City to find informative, elegant wine tastings There are several restaurants in Albuquerque that offer an opportunity to

learn more about wines, whether it’s a straight wine tasting or more elaborate pairings of food and wine. The following is a far-from-complete listing of some of the best places to delve deeper into the world of wine.

Artichoke Café

Farm & Table

424 Central SE, 505.243.0200

8917 4th NW, 505.503.7124

Located in the EDo area of Albuquerque, Artichoke Café customers get a scenic view of the neighborhood through the northfacing window and tasteful meals and wine. Wine-focused events at Artichoke feature both wine dinners and wine seminars, scheduled throughout the year. The cost of these events depends on the wine chosen. Check the website for upcoming events.

A casual, elegant restaurant that provides a hometown Albuquerque feel, Farm & Table puts an emphasis on farm-fresh food as well as local beer and wine. Wine events at the the North Valley restaurant include monthly dinners featuring special themes as well as food and wine pairings. Check the “events” section at

By Tamon Rasberry

Lucia at Hotel Andaluz 125 2nd NW, 505.923.9080

Pair the beautiful atmosphere found at this premier Albuquerque Hotel with interesting wines and a three-course dinner every Thursday from 5:30-9:30p. Add a bit of live jazz and complimentary valet parking and $42-$52 per person is a small price to pay.

Scalo 3005 Central SE, 505.255.8781

This beloved Nob Hill spot hosts a signature wine meal dubbed “Wine Down Wednesdays.” Scheduled every Wednesday at 6:30p, the event offers a four-course menu paired with always intriguing wines. $27.50 per person.

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 2031 Mountain NW, 505.766.5100

Popular Old Town restaurant Seasons hosts the regular “Celebration of Spain,” a fivecourse meal with pairings of wine from the rich and flavorful wines of that country. Act quickly! The next event is 7p, Fri., Aug. 16. Cost is $50 per person + $13.50 surcharge.

Slate Street Café 515 Slate NW, 505.243.2210

Slate Street redefines comfort food by adding a unique twist to its dishes, and the wine menu is thoughtfully built to match the food. Wine tastings are held in the restaurant’s loft area the last Thursday and the first Tuesday of every month, from 5-7:30p. No reservations are required. Slate will also be holding a six week course called Introduction to Wine Tasting and Appreciation. The class will be held every Monday at 6-7:30p from Sep. 16-Oct. 21. Cost os $90 for six sessions, plus a $45 materials fee.

Savoy Bar & Grill 10601 Montgomery NE, 505.294-9463

This venue offers an elegant atmosphere and innovative, savory New American fare. Wine tastings are held every other Saturday at 3p, with courses of food prepared for the wines. Six wines are usually featured, with two whites and four reds. Savoy also hosts seasonal wine dinners and seminars. Savoy’s next tasting, to be held on Sat., Aug. 24 at 2:45p, focuses on Nebbiolo, paired with small bites. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro 3009 Central NE, 505.254.9462

Elegant, dimly lit, with fine food and a wine list to match, Zinc offers a regular “Wine and Cheese Night” every Wednesday in the cellar or dining room. Customers receive 20 percent-off bottles of wine served with a complimentary plate of cheese. Visit the Zinc website for information on other wine-related events scheduled throughout the year.


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St. Clair Winery and Bistro Las Cruces 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, 575.524.2408 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-9p, Sun.-Thu.; 11a-10p, Fri.-Sat. Wines: Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Malvasia, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, more lascruces

St. Clair Winery and Bistro Deming Deming
1325 De Baca, Deming, 575.546.1179 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-9p, Sun.-Thu.; 11a-10p, Fri.-Sat. Wines: Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Malvasia, Reisling, Gewürztraminer, more deming

St. Clair Winery and Bistro Farmington 5150 E. Main, Farmington, 505.325.0711 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 11a-9p, Sun.-Thu.; 11a-10p, Fri.-Sat. Wines: Nebbiolo, Zinfandel,

Malvasia, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, more farmington

Sunland Winery 1769 Victory, Sunland, 575.589.1214 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Saturdays all day Wines: Red and white table wines

Tierra Encantada Winery 1872 Five Points SW, ABQ, 505.688.2426 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: Noon-5p, Fri.-Sun. Varietals: Tempranillo, Chambourcin, Merlot, Viognier

Tularosa Vineyards 23 Coyote Canyon, Tularosa, 575.585.2260 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 9a-5p daily Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Shiraz/Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Symphony, Gewürztraminer, more

Vino Del Corazon 235 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, 505.865.7903 Tasting room: Yes Hours: Noon-5:30p, Tue.-Sat.; Noon-5p, Sun. Wines: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Chile Cab

Vivac Winery 2075 Highway 68, Dixon, 505.579.4441 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10a-6p, Mon.-Sat.; Noon6p, Sun. Wines: Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, more

Wines of the San Juan 233 New Mexico 511, Blanco, 505.632.0879 Tasting Room: Yes Hours: 10-6p, Mon., Wed.-Sat.; Noon-7p, Sun. Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

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Don’t freak out if your heart skips a beat


he health topics I have covered in The Good Doctor column have ranged from seasonal allergies to the health benefits of caffeine. As a cardiologist, I am glad in this issue to return to a subject which I address regularly in my practice — heart palpitations. We have all felt that unnerving feeling of our heart skipping beats or racing uncomfortably. Every person at one time or another will have the sensation of palpitations. Some describe palpitations as fluttering, fast, skipped, or strong heartbeats. These sensations are felt mostly in the chest, but can also be felt in the throat or neck as well. Although palpitations can be worrisome, they’re usually harmless, since your heart is still pumping well. Rarely, palpitations may be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. So, when should you be concerned about palpitations? Palpitations that occur rarely or last only a few seconds usually do not require any evaluation. However, if you have a history of heart disease or have frequent palpitations, consider seeing you doctor. If your symptoms are accompanied by chest discomfort, fainting, severe shortness of breath or severe dizziness, seek emergency medical care. Many times a reason for palpitations cannot be found. Most palpitations are benign and have no serious consequences. Common causes of heart palpitations include: • Stress or anxiety • Exercise • Caffeine • Nicotine and other stimulants • Fever • Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause


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• Taking cold and cough medications that contain pseudoephedrine • Taking some asthma inhaler medications Occasionally palpitations can be a sign of an underlying problem, such as an overactive thyroid, cardiac condition, or an arrhythmia. An evaluation by your doctor may be necessary if your palpitations are frequent, long lasting, or are accompanied by the symptoms I described earlier. The evaluation will focus on your medical history, attempting to determine if you have any risk factors that could lead to palpitations. Testing may include thyroid tests, ECG (electrical recording of the heart), Holtor monitor (which is worn for a few days), Event monitor (which is worn for a few weeks and is activated by pushing a button when symptoms are felt), and/or possibly an echocardiogram (an ultrasound picture). These tests will determine if your palpitations have an underlying medical cause, and may possibly suggest a treatment. All of us will feel palpitations and the vast majority are harmless. They can be annoying and may cause some worry. Remember stress, anxiety and stimulants can cause palpitations. Reducing stress is always a good thing. And maybe cutting back on the triple espresso couldn’t hurt either. Dr. Abinash Achrekar is an assistant professor of cardiology, internal medicine and public health at the University of New Mexico. He can be reached at

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small towns, big tunes Jazz legend Chick Corea joins world-renowned musicians up north for the 30th anniversary of Music from Angel Fire by ross scHarf


hamber music’s greatest hits? Classical music and jazz on the same program? Northern New Mexico’s legendary Music from Angel Fire has it all for its 30th anniversary season. That’s apparent right from the opening night of this year’s celebration, which brings worldrenowned musical artists to intimate venues in northern NM towns Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas. The Aug. 16 kick-off concert features the 18th century music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the 21st century jazz stylings of Chick Corea in a show at the Angel Fire Community Center. Corea is the 2013 “composer in residence” for Music from Angel Fire, and will be on hand for a number of shows during the festival’s twoweek run. “Mozart is one of Chick’s heroes,” explained Ida Kavafian, the festival’s artistic director. “Chick won’t be playing Mozart, only his jazz works.” In that festival-opening concert, repeated Aug. 17 at the Taos Center for the Arts, Corea will perform with vocalist-wife Gayle Moran Corea some of his compositions that will be announced from the stage. Also the Harlem Quartet will perform Corea’s “The Adventures of Hippocrates.” And that’s just the start of a packed and eclectic program that promises to be one of the state’s more unique musical events of the year. The festival schedule has another concert with Mozart and Corea on the menu, an Aug. 21 show in Angel Fire that features Mozart’s “Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings” and Corea’s “Addendum for Piano, Violin and Cello” and the world premiere of Corea’s work “Not Serious Music” for piano, clarinet, violin and cello. “Not Serious Music” was commissioned by — and dedicated to — Music from Angel Fire. For both of his compositions, Corea will be at the piano and Kavafian will be on violin. They are longtime friends and colleagues. Joaquin Turina’s “La Oracion del Torero” is on the same program. The overriding theme of the festival is “30 Years, 30 Treasures,” Kavafian noted. “It’s like the greatest hits,” she said. “I’ve tried to select some really great chamber works — warhorses that are beloved by musicians and audiences.” There is a slew of great music at the festival to fit the theme, including Franz Schubert’s “Quintet in A major for Piano and Strings (The Trout)” and a woodwind quintet arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” on Sat., Aug. 24 in Taos. Or you can hear the complete Brandenburg Concerti of Johann Sebastian Bach

on Wed., Aug. 28, also in Taos. Additional performances include an all-Schubert evening on Tue., Aug. 20 at the Shuler Theater in Raton. This free concert features young musicians from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music playing Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet. In fact, the ensemble playing the Rosamunde calls itself the Rosamunde Quartet. “We’ve expanded our outreach. The young artists are going to do more at the area schools,” Kavafian said. “It’s a great opportunity to get the music out there.” She added that the young players have given her feedback that the outreach experiences are a joy, not a chore for them. Most of the festival’s main artists, including Kavafian, are teachers at Curtis. So it’s a good experience for the young artists to observe their teachers performing. The festival is also having fun in programming another greatest hit, Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” The famous concerti are divided into two separate concerts, both to be performed at the United Church of Angel Fire. The first one, Sun., Aug. 18, pairs PrevieW Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Summer” with Astor Music from Piazzolla’s “Autumn” and “Winter” from his angel fire: “Las Cuatro Estaciones 30 years Porteñas.” The next one, aug. 16-sep. 1 Thu., Aug. 29, pairs MultiPle venues: Vivaldi’s “Autumn” and angel Fire, taOs, “Winter” with Piazzolla’s ratOn, las vegas 575.377.3233 “Spring” and “Summer.” $20-$35 Kavafian organized these concerts in this manner because Piazzolla is from Argentina and Argentina’s seasons are opposite those in the northern hemisphere. Music from Angel Fire is also staging a concert in Las Vegas on Fri., Aug. 23, which will feature music of Philipp Telemann, Benjamin Britten and original works by the Imani Winds.

“Mozart is one of Chick (Corea)’s heroes,” said ida Kavafian, the artistic director of Music From angel Fire, a classical music festival celebrating its 30th year and featuring a performance by the legendary jazz figure, as well as numerous performances in a variety of northern new Mexican towns.


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sense and change welcomes us to earth


ry to pin down joeSpeaks of Sense and Change on a question and you’ll probably get poetry — or a really frustrated detective if you had him in an interrogation room. When asked how Sense and Change’s music is described by others, he said that they tend not to get compared to other bands and their sounds. “We are often told that there is so much diversity in the songs that we make, it’s hard for our fans to put a label on it,” he said. Ask joeSpeaks who Sense and Change sounds like, and you get this response: “We listen to a wide range of musical genres, so if you ask us, there is a spirit of every one of those songs, influencing every one of the tracks that we make.” From one poet to another, I love it. However, this poet is no frustrated detective, just a resourceful one. Sense and Change’s ReverbNation page says they sound like Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Atmosphere, The Gorillaz and Cake. But after listening to their music ... joeSpeaks is right. They don’t sound like any of that. Let’s take the first track off their new (and FREE) album, Welcome to Earth. “Abducted” (Track 1) begins sort of like one of my favorite musicians, Kid Beyond. An electric, post-industrial sounding launch sequence gives way to a funky (even bluesy) groove with synthesizer accents. However, the guitar mixed with Atom Ortiz’s vocals give you a reggae-Americana feel. That is, until joeSpeaks hops on the mic to give you a healthy serving of underground emcee. So yeah, they don’t sound like anything else ... and that’s just the first track of the album. Fresh off a Duke City gig with Sublime and Rome, Sense and Change is the evolution of a different band configuration that began in 2008. Along with joeSpeaks and Atom Ortiz, Sense and Change is made up of MarkWidit, Mike, Paul Corona and Zack Herrera. Exploring everyday situations lived by everyday people in their music, Welcome to Earth reminds me of life. Sense and Change write songs about what it’s like to be human in the world today, asking us to ask ourselves questions. They ask us to consider why we care what others think about us, what kind of media we consume, what is our sense of self and more. Get grounded with Welcome to Earth via free download at Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s poet laureate.


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Submit to Loc a l iQ The next deadline is Aug. 21 for the Aug. 29 issue. send calendar entries to: f: 888.520.9711 a: PO Box 7490, ABQ., N.M. 87194 Please use this format:

Venue Band genre Time, Cost List events any time for free at *All events subject to change. Check with individual venues before heading out

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Thu 15 Blackbird Buvette The Fabulous Martini Tones SURF ROCK 6p, FREE KGB Club GOTH/ INDUSTRIAL 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Freaky Tiki Bass 8:30p, FREE The Cowgirl Rene’ Reyes ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY 8p, FREE

The Downs Racetrack & Casino En-Joy SALSA 9p-1a, FREE GiG Performance Space Makana HAWAIIAN GUITAR 8p, $20 Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Launchpad HellBound, The Ground Beneath, Sorry Guero!, Against The Grain 9p, $8

Low Spirits Sonny Vincent, Elevator, Get Action 9p, $5

Marble Brewery NM Brewfest Early Bird Ticket

party with The Higgs 5-7p Squash Blossom Boys 7-10p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Jake Jones Band 5:30p-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Duke City Saints 8p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Kodama Trio 7:30p, $10-$15 Pueblo Harvest Cafe Encuentro LATIN FOLK FUSION 6-9p, $5 (all you can eat horno pizza) Savoy Bar & Grill Shane Wallin Duo 6-9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band SONGWRITER 8p, FREE

Sister Bar Social Justice Soul Train 9p, $5 Zinc Cellar Bar The Deltaz AMERICANA 9:30p, FREE

fri 16 Blackbird Buvette Michael Weaver Live Jukebox 7p The Vapors w/ Speed One & DJ Cello 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Leonhardt, Douglas & The Furs, The Strange 8:30p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Amy Brown 6-8p, FREE The Cooperage Tobias Rene SPANISH 9p, $20 The Cowgirl Jim Almand BLUES/ROCK 5-7:30p, FREE Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers BLUES 8:30p, $5 The Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ G 6-9p, FREE Tequila Rain 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 10p, FREE The Kosmos Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet 7p, $9-20 Launchpad 12 Step Rebels, Stabbed In Back, The Johnny Cats 9:30p, $5 Lemoni Lounge Le Chat Lunatique 7:30-10:30p, FREE

Los Cuates-Sandia Park Los Radiators ACOUSTIC FOLK/ROCK 6-9p, FREE

Lounge 54 Tracey Whitney 9p-1a, FREE Low Spirits Lil Nessie & Her Tail Chasers, Sin Serenade, Alonerly, Blue Rose Ramblers 9p, $5 Marble Brewery Cali Shaw 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo 6:30-9:30p,


Mine Shaft Tavern Area Co Conspirators 8p, FREE Molly’s Lady Uranium 2-5p, FREE Paradox 5:30-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Raven And Her S.P.P. Band 9p,


Ned’s Bar & Grill Squash Blossom Boys 6p Planet XTC 8p, The Rudy Boy Experiment 9p, FREE

Outpost Performance Space Roust House Teen Performance Night 7:30p, $3 Pasion Latin Fusion Jazz Brasileiro 6:30-8:30p, FREE Prairie Star Restaurant The Real Matt Jones 5:30-8:30p,


Pueblo Harvest Cafe Chris Dracup Trio BLUES 6-9p, $5 (all you can eat horno pizza) Scalo Il Bar Dusty Low INDIE/AMERICANA 8:30p,

The Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ G 6-9p Tequila Rain 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe Spinning By Ryan SHea 10p, FREE Launchpad Said The Whale, Red Light Cameras 9:30p, $7 Lemoni Lounge Shane Wallin 7:30-10:30p, FREE Lounge 54 Tracey Whitney 9p-1a, FREE Low Spirits Boomroots Collective CD Release Party, Dre Z and The Root 1 Band, 2bers, Walatowa Massive 9p, $5 Marble Brewery Beer, Beats & Bellydance 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern Jim & Tim SOULFUL BLUES 3-7pCW Ayon BLUES 8p, FREE Molly’s The Replicators 1:30-5p Dangerous Curvz 5:30p-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station The Rudy Boy Experiment 9p, FREE

Pueblo Harvest Cafe Chava And Paid My Dues Rhythm & Blues 6-9p, $5 (all you can eat horno pizza) Robinson Park-Downtown Growers Market Marimba Southwest 8:30a-Noon,



Sister Bar Natural Rx Benefit Show 9p, $5 The Stage DJ Cut & Huggy 9p-1a, $5-10

Santa Ana Cafe Swag Duo JAZZ/BLUES 6-9p, FREE Savoy Bar & Grill Bad Katz 6-9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Sudade BRAZILIAN 8:30p, FREE

sat 17

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Chris Dracup Trio 6:30-9:30p, FREE Sister Bar Double Ditch After Party 8p, TBA The Stage The James Douglas Show 9p-1a,


Taylor Ranch Library Mala Mana Noon, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Jade Masque SOUTH WESTERN ROCK 9:30p, FREE

sun 18 Blackbird Buvette Dreamcruiser, Jim Phillips, Dominic Cagliostro, Carl Peterson 8p,


The Cowgirl Joe West COUNTRY Noon-3p Susan Herdon AMERICANA 8p, FREE The Downs Racetrack & Casino Mariachi Tradicional 9p-1a, FREE First Unitarian Church Alec Charles Klebenow 3p,


Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Wildewood INDIE 3-6p, FREE The Kosmos Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata 10:30a, $5-$15

Launchpad Black Maria, The Midnight Ghost Train, Fando 8p, $7 Marble Brewery Burque Sonidero, Mar Ata, Wagogo, Racine Kreyol, Rumelia, Jade Masque 1-9p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Gene Corbin AMERICANA 3-7p, FREE O’Niell’s Pub Juan Tabo Silver Blue 4-7p, FREE

O’Niell’s Pub Nob Hill Holy Water and Whiskey 4-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space The Roost: BaBa 7:30p, $5 Ponderosa Winery Saudade 2-5p, FREE Seasons Rotisserie & Grill SWAG 6:30-9:30p, FREE

mon 19 Blackbird Buvette Jaspar Lepack & Janelle Loes AMERICANA 6p Karaoke 9p, FREE The Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad City In The Sea, Portrait Of A Mastermind, Follow Silence 7:30p, $8 Marcello’s Chophouse Open piano night 6:30-9:30p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Karaoke 8p, FREE

tue 20 Blackbird Buvette Groove The Dig w/ Old School John ROCK/GLAM 10p, FREE The Cowgirl Peewee Moore & The Dreadful Awful Snakes COUNTRY 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery The Fabulous Martini Tones SURF/


Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Automatic 9p, FREE

Low Spirits The Goddamn Gallows, The Imperial Roosters 9p, TBA continued on page 30

Blackbird Buvette Alex McMahon, Sage Harrington, Meredith Wilder 6p Close Contact w/ DJ Kevan ’80s REQUEST 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Silent Crush, Sputniq, Throw The Temple 8:30p, FREE The Cooperage Son Como Son CUBAN SALSA 9:30p,


The Cowgirl Indigie Femme FOLK/WORLD 2-5p The Mud Ponies ROCK/BLUES 8:30p,


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Molly’s The Tumbleweeds 5:30p-Close,


Ned’s Bar & Grill Rudy Boy Blues Jam FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Whim Grace FOLK POP 8p, FREE

wed 21 Blackbird Buvette Whim Grace SINGER/SONGWRITER 6p Beats & Verses UNDERGROUND


Burt’s Tiki Lounge Organize Underground, Deaed Lang, Biggawatt, Summon, Sapience Christ, Omen 20012 8:30p, FREE

The Cowgirl The Bus Tapes INDIE FOLK 8p, FREE The Downs Racetrack & Casino Ryan Montano 4-7p, FREE Launchpad The Shine Brothers, The Angel Babies, Elevator Boys 9:30p, $7 Low Spirits Jesse Dayton 9p, TBA Marble Brewery Bebe LaLa 6-9p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Sid Fendley 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Bella Luna 5:30p-Close, FREE Moonlight Lounge Skulldron, Dark Earth, Shiva 9p, $5 Ned’s Bar & Grill Electric Edric & Jake Jones 7p, FREE

thu 22 Blackbird Buvette Cosmic Dancing w/ Brendangerous & Nicolatron 10p, FREE The Cowgirl DK & The Affordables ROOTS ROCK

8p, FREE

The Downs Racetrack & Casino Terra Plena 9p-1a, FREE Hooligans Tavern Throw Logic w/ Ballistic Bats and Method Blank 8p, $6

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Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Launchpad Zoology, Ghetto Blast, SPC VLNC, Boxcar Strainsun 9:30p, $5 Low Spirits Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp, Darrin Stout, The Shadowmen, DJ Lucky Guy 9p, TBA

Marble Brewery The Gregg Daigle Band 7-10, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Bartender 4 Mayor 5:30p-Close,


O’Niell’s Pub Juan Tabo Los Radiators 7-9p, FREE Savoy Bar & Grill Kevin Herig Duo 6-9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 8p, FREE Sister Bar The Lymbs 9p, $5 St. Clair Winery & Bistro Le Chat Lunatique 6p, FREE Zinc Cellar Bar Floozy AMERICANA/ROCK 9:30p, FREE

fri 23 Blackbird Buvette DJ Caterwaul 6p Birgitta’s Blame It On The Boogie Night ’70S DISCO 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Freak The Mighty, Cold Country, Teenage Rage, Hibou 8:30p, FREE The Cooperage Steve Poltz 8p, $15-20 The Cowgirl Eric From Philly SINGER/SONGWRITER 5-7:30p The Country Blues Revue 8:30p, FREE The Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ Quico 6-9p Tapestry 9p-1a, FREE

Imbibe Woohabs 6p DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Deforme, Torture Victim, Laughing Dog, Feud Of Temptation 9p, $5

Lounge 54 Chris Dracup Acoustic Trio 9p-1a,

The Cowgirl Hot Club of Santa Fe GYPSY JAZZ

Low Spirits Ryan McGarvey 8p, $8 Marble Brewery Chris Murray & The Blue Hornets

The Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ Quico 6-9p Tapestry 9p-1a,


8-11p, FREE

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


Molly’s Skip Batchelor 1:30-5p Missing Stateside 5:30p-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Felonious Groove 9p, FREE Moonlight Lounge Fanatics, Opposition Rising, Torn Between Worlds, Econarchy 9p, TBA

Ned’s Bar & Grill Ali Rae 6p Planet XTC 8p The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p-1a, FREE Praire Star Stuart MacAskie 5:30-8:30p, FREE Pueblo Harvest Cafe Entourage Jazz 6-9p, $5 (all you can eat horno pizza) Santa Ana Cafe Swag Duo JAZZ/BLUES 6-9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar David Berkeley w/ Wildewood INDIE/AMERICANA 8:30p, FREE

Sister Bar Kurt Vile And The Violators 8p, $15

The Stage DJ Cut & Huggy 9p-1a, $5-10 Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse Le Chat Lunatique 7:30p, FREE

sat 24 Blackbird Buvette The Goldsteins 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Big Kahuna Howdown, The Shadow Men, Mudwave, The Guilded Cage 8:30p, FREE CoolWater Fusion Oscar Butler 6-8p, FREE The Cooperage Cafe Mocha SALSA 9:30p, $7

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2-5p, FREE


El Farol Saudade 9p, $5 Ibiza Lounge Swag JAZZ/BLUES 7-10p, FREE Immanuel Presbyterian Church Alec Charles Klebenow 6p, DONA-


Imbibe Spinning By Ryan Shea 10p, FREE Isleta Amphitheater Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chanz 8p, $38+ Launchpad Chris Murray, Blue Hornets, Radio La Chusma, Reviva, Crazyfool, Mondo Vibrations $8-10 Lounge 54 Chris Dracup Acoustic Trio 9p-1a,


Low Spirits Seryn, The Porter Draw, Chambers 9p, TBA

Marble Brewery Alex Maryol 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Molly’s Larry Conga Show 1:30-5p Rudy Boy Experiment 5:30p-Close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station The Jake Jones Band 9p, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Just Lazarus & One Foot In 9p, FREE Pueblo Harvest Cafe Mala Mana 6-9p, $5 Includes AllYou-Can Eat Horno Pizza Robinson Park-Downtown Growers Market Champola 8:30a-Noon, FREE Savoy Bar & Grill Le Chat Lunatique 6-9p, FREE Scalo Il Bar Sam Miller SONGWRITER 8:30p, FREE Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Ryan Montano Quertet 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Sister Bar Leeches of Lore 10p, $5 The Stage Gimme Sum 9p-1a, $5-10 Sunshine Theater Pandamonium 8p, $10-20 Zinc Cellar Bar Memphis P-Tails BLUES 9:30p, FREE

sun 25 Blackbird Buvette Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band Noon Sexy Sunday ft. Wae Fonkey 7p, FREE

The Cowgirl Joe West COUNTRY Noon-3p Boris & The Saltlicks AMERICANA 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Keith Sanchez SONGWRITER 3-6p, FREE

The Kosmos Brahms Trios 10:30a, $5-$15 Launchpad Cast In Your Shadow, The Conjuring, Ulterior Method, Endless Infection, Life Never Lost, Silver & High, Against The Grain, Crystal Decadence, Disavowed 4:30p,


Low Spirits Danger Cakes, Mr & Mrs Jones, The Howlin’ Wolves 8p, $5 O’Niell’s Pub Juan Tabo Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 4-7p, FREE

O’Niell’s Pub Nob Hill Curio Cowboys BLUEGRASS 4-7p, FREE

Outpost Performance Space The Roost: Consort Un-Caged 7:30p, $5

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Bobcats 6:30-9:30p, FREE

mon 26 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke 9p, FREE The Cowgirl Karaoke 9p, FREE Launchpad Calabrese, Mr Right & The Leftovers 9:30p, TBA

Low Spirits Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie 9p, $7 Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p,


tue 27 The Cowgirl Cait Black POP 8p, FREE Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Automatic 9p, FREE

Launchpad Psyclon Nine, Dawn Of Ashes, Diverje 9:30p, $8 Low Spirits Secret Society In Smaller Lies, Lindy Vision, Bigawatt, Lady Uranium 9p, $5 Molly’s Whoa! Nellie 5:30p-Close, FREE Ned’s Bar & Grill Rudy Boy Blues Jam 7p, FREE Rancho Church of Seventh-Day Adventists South American Orion Duet 7p,


wed 28 Burt’s Tiki Lounge Organize Underground, Ghetto Blast, Charles X, Stackhouse, Kid Sixx, Who Knowz 8:30p, FREE The Cowgirl Michelle McAfee & Myshkin AMERI-


The Downs Racetrack & Casino Ryan Montano 4-7p, FREE Low Spirits Torches 9p, FREE Marble Brewery Cactus Tractor 6-9p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Juke Box Hero 5:30p-Close, FREE Scalo Il Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE

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f the desire to get krunk is all encompassing in your life, then the gold-grilled, tattooed, stereotypically misogynist raps of Lil’ Wayne are up your alley. As far as the hip-hop/rap genre is concerned, Lil’ Wayne (aka Dwayne Carter of New Orleans), undoubtedly ranks among the most notable progenitors of the dirty-South sound (Nappy Roots, Outkast). Of course, that label is entirely relative, as the scene has only existed for a couple of decades, though during that time it has successfully spawned legions of diamondtoothed, blunt smoking, coldLil’ Wayne medicine drinking head-boppers. 7p, Sat., Aug. 24 Isleta Amphitheater Reveling in the stereotypes that 5601 University SE, 505.452.5100 would have been seen as racially insensitive 30 years ago, Carter has $32.75-$189.75 been an active participant in the rapTickets: game since the tender age of 9, when he joined Cash Money Records as the label’s youngest artist. Released in 1999, Lil’ Wayne’s first solo album, The Block is Hot, went platinum, while his next two albums certified gold. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Carter’s sound is the fact that he is willing to explore new and different avenues of musicianship, as is evidenced by the Rebirth album, which focuses more on heavy guitar power chords than the typical southern rap booming bass sound. Any artist that is willing to stray from tried-and-true material in favor of the pursuit of new sounds and ideas is a representation of a constantly weakening form of the entertainer, which is a good thing. —Charlie Crago

For more music coverage and videos, visit Cold War Kids

Steve Poltz 8p, Fri., Aug. 23 The Cooperage 7220 Lomas NE, 505.866.1251

$15/$20 Tickets:


outhern California songwriter Steve Poltz likes to name his many guitars: Smokey Joe, which he saved from being destroyed, Clickity-Clack, Flowerpot and Trailer-Trash, among others. At age 53, Poltz is a founder of cult band The Rugburns and a solo performer and movie/ TV soundtrack star who often collaborates with Jewel and Mojo Nixon. His live shows are legendarily fierce and wide-ranging — Poltz has been known to alternate country songs, jazzy songs, cartoonish songs, folk songs, crazy guitar workouts and jokes. Poltz recently told reporter Colin Gibson on the Audio Reckoning blog, “I want my shows to be something where everybody can bring five of their friends who never go out to hear music, and for them to feel welcomed. I’m Springsteen-school mixed with, like, Jim Carrey or Randy Newman or somebody like that. I love comedy. As a kid I memorized every Steve Martin album.” Poltz’s own latest album, Noineen Noiny Noin, takes its name from the Australian accents he heard on the first of his many trips to Oz. The songs on this, his 13th album, touch topics ranging from love, murder and Johnny Cash to the joys of transvestites. And many of them have the Poltz trademark: a surprise ending. Hear how Steve Poltz’s stories all turn out at this fine AMP concert. —Bill Nevins


old War Kids is not the indie version of Creed. This is important to know, because despite the band’s great 8p, Mon., Aug. 19 Sunshine Theater success, its music has suffered a bit of 120 Central SW, 505.764.0249 character assassination over the years. After $20 the release of its debut album, Robbers and Cowards, the hyper-influential music website Tickets: Pitchfork slammed the band, referencing “heavy-handed” biblical symbolism in the lyrics, even suggesting that it pushed a Christian agenda by using lines reminiscent of things said by President George W. Bush. Needless to say, this resulted in widespread hipster exile with the band’s fan base and, in the minds of the attention-deficit indie rock world, the band was downgraded from “philosophical” to “preachy.” Frontman Nathan Willett says this is not the case. He has no interest in proselytizing, as he himself was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home and, since childhood, has been at odds with the authority of the church. His lyrics are about that struggle, and the crises of faith that one encounters throughout life. They are more introspective than suggestive, he says. The band’s new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, is about an advice columnist who has a crisis of conscience when he realizes he can no longer seek to help others because he is not yet at peace with himself. While very few people enjoy being preached to, most everyone requires self-examination. Perhaps that is all Cold War Kids wanted to do in the first place. —Nathan New With Papa

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‘cycle’ of life fosters a greater sense of community


PHoto by JosH scHaber

artist Courtni Hale meditates in her albuquerque garden. Hale, a lifelong painter who specializes in watercolors and acrylic on silk, also gardens and teaches spiritual workshops. she’s leading a shamanic workshop later this month.

force and form Artist Courtni Hale paints on silk, paper and in her garden, giving shape to metaphysical themes They are complex mazes of color, all containing symbolic and mythological here is a place north of Downtown and east of the river where a village value; many contain goddesses and female heroes, such as the next painting we visited of sunflowers grow. They are the portraying Ixchel. “Ixch was the goddess sentries of a healing space, a bevy in the Yucatan of wisdom, beauty and of shifting greens, peas, fruits, a Buddha, knowledge. Also love, childbirth,” and, Hale dotting rocks, silk paintings and dinner added in a low voice, “fornication.” plates. Now the girasols are seven feet tall, but when I first met them, they were just She paints on silk, a medium which leafy buds, lovingly tended produces a dual nature by their mother, Courtni to the pieces. “They’re all eXHibit Hale. transparent, as you can see. In this one I used part “For a while I was spending soul retrieval acrylic, so the light doesn’t nine hours a day, easy, just Journey: pass through the buffalo’s pulling weeds,” Hale told courtni Hale skull,” Hale said. In front Local iQ recently, “and I 7p, tue., aug. 20 of a window or lamp, light lamented the time I couldn’t pokes softly through the spend painting. But then Center FOr natural anD traDitiOnal watercolor, her medium of Patricio (Dominguez, Hale’s KnOWleDge choice. mentor) pointed out that ... I 1524 8tH nW, 505.382.5275 am painting, in the garden.” Since childhood, Hale was painting flowers and She walked through geometric patterns. “Not the beds, identifying really very different than it the thriving mugwort, is now, just not as advanced,” she observed. divulging her relationship with the land, the She traveled the world and studied with nourishing food and plant allies it produces. a variety of teachers, in Chinese, Native It is groundwork for understanding her American, Buddhist, Judaic and Christian paintings, for they celebrate the divine practices, stumbling upon sacred geometry feminine, the spirit which manifests form. — concentric circles — her guideline for She calls it “World Womb.” perspective. “It’s all metaphysical. It’s all allegorical. “Basically I’ll lay down the flower of life Some of them I use as teaching tools,” she and stare at it, pray on it a little bit and start explained, referencing a large painting depicting the tree of life in Mayan moving around the lines of the circles,” Hale cosmology, the gateway between the explained. “They say that everything in the underworld, the physical plane of earth universe came into being through the flower and sky. It is a visual commonly used for of life geometry, so that’s what I play with to shamanic journeying. create and to let spirit come through.” by JaMila coloZZi



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Hale came to New Mexico specifically to work with her spiritual mentor, Dominguez, who pointed out the similarity between her garden and fine art creation. She founded the Center for Natural and Traditional Knowledge, an umbrella for World Womb, groups Urban Shaman, Urban Edibles and Man Up!, and Project Girasols, a sustainability program for children. Her spiritual work provides the basis of instruction for her workshops, which she teaches in the form of ceremonial circles, tutorials in art, journeying, kombucha and gardening. With a background in cross cultural communications and international relations, Hale has studied both ancient and contemporary cultures and economies, a lifetime of research leading to one saving grace for our planet: the reintroduction of the divine feminine. Hale pulled out her hand drawn diagram of the Chinese system of the universe, pointing to the male energy (force) and female energy (form). “The male and female popped into existence at the same time as a result of this wanting to explore what form would be like, because there was no form,” Hale shared — wisdom passed on from her Kung Fu master. “It’s the female energy that defines form,” she explained. One method of healing from trauma which Hale teaches is the journeying, a visual meditation to the beat of a drum. In good weather, she teaches in the garden. “So the garden is step one,” Hale concluded, “and there’s also this piece: you relax considerably when you can walk outside your door and make a salad.”

recently met a newcomer from Minnesota who admired how ‘Burque has a reputable bike scene, and I felt proud of our cyclist community, boasting of our velocipede shindigs. I realized that I am surrounded by fantastical bicycle mania, including Cycles of Life, a nonprofit program that consists of art, gardening, bicycling and community. (Holla!) Cycles of Life (C.O.L.), a program within Trips for Kids Rio Grande, is facilitated by Henry Jake Foreman, who I met in college through our overachieving academic programs. It’s great to see that since we are now officially grownups, he is still active in his research, following his vision with Cycles of Life, which seeks to exercise the mind, body and spirit through bicycling, tune in to gardening and art. shavone I recently visited the otero C.O.L. warehouse and on Wednesfelt like I was walking days at 7:30a on Channels into a playground for 26 & 27 for the imagination, full of arts talk on potential for creativity. the morning The space is hosted at brew Tribal World Rugs & More, a family-owned business with Michael Mull off I-25 and Paseo del Norte, an unexpected location that provides a raw canvas for a collaboration of movers and shakers. Upon arrival, I was welcomed by head-butting baby goats and chickens and a towering garden outside. I made my way to the back of the warehouse through gorgeous, enormous hanging tribal rugs from around the world, past some live art by current resident artist Jaycee Beyale, who was jamming some fine tunes and painting for the Indian Market in Santa Fe (Aug. 17 and 18), and finally over to Kuya Jake’s “PlaySkooh” of bicimaquinas (pedal-powered bike machines). The large space provides a hub of creative activity like screen-printing, ceramics, photography, videography, graphic design, soap-making, vinyl sticker making, gardening with microorganisms, painting, learning, playing y mas! As a fellow mind in the community and regional planning field, we talked about how there are many resources in New Mexico, although not necessarily monetary, such as talented, active people using what they’ve got to network and collaborate in spaces like this. There is a larger, global mission at work here, and I’m proud to say that New Mexico is forthcoming in a special way — rooted, grounded, ancient and conscious. Truly the Land of Enchantment. Learn more about Cycles of Life at the grand opening of Tribal World Rugs & More on Sept. 28, 10a-8p, which will include festivities, music and vendors. C.O.L. hosts an artisan market every Wednesday from 4-6p at the warehouse and can also be spotted at the Downtown Farmers’ Market every other Saturday. Meet ya there on our bikes! Shavone Otero hopes you tuned into the Local iq arts segment on the morning brew with Larry Ahrens last Wednesday as Jake Foreman made bike-powered smoothies (

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Arts Events

Submit to Loc al i Q The next deadline is Aug. 21 for the Aug. 29 issue. Send entries to: f: 888.520.9711 a: PO Box 7490 ABQ., N.M. 87194 Name of Exhibit/Event Description of exhibit/event, Venue/Gallery Address website List events any time @ Events are always subject to change, check with individual venues before heading out ** Calendar listings are a free service and may be cut due to space. preference is given to free events.

through aug. 25: performance

Secret Things A new play by Elaine Romero Set in the 1990s, Secret Things tells the story of Delia, a writer for Time magazine sent on assignment to her native NM to do a story that will quash the rumors he has been hearing about Jews settling in NM in the 16th century to escape the Spanish Inquisition and practicing their faith in secret for centuries. In the course of her research, Delia has strange dreams, and is transported to a secret, mythical land called Sephardia, where she finds herself in a search for her own family’s hidden past. 7:30p, Sat.;2p, Sun., $13-$18 Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe through aug. 17: performance

Bahu-Beti-Biwi A powerfully rhythmic dance-theater solo by Sheetal Gandhi wrapping North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary exploration that slides between humorous portraiture and active resistance. An original score for the work is the product of a flourishing collaboration with the composer Joe Trapanese. 8p, $10-$15

fri 16

N4th Theater/North Fourth Art Center
4904 4th NW, 505.344.4542 through aug. 31: performance

through sep. 21: reception/ exhibition

Yazzie Johnson & Gail Bird: Contemporary Jewelry New work by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird, who together are recognized for their innovative interpretation of jewelry based on Navajo and Pueblo tradition. Reception: 4-6p, FREE Zane Bennett Contemporary Art 435 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, 505.982.8111

An Adult Evening of Shel Silver Steinstein Well-beloved as the creator of childhood classics such as Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein’s cultural impact has been massive and profound. 8p, Fri., Sat., 8p, $15 The Hermes Theatre 136 Washington SE, 505.918.1369

Art in the Park A series of fine arts and crafts shows sponsored by the Corrales Society of Artists. This year’s season of shows promises to be bigger and better featuring local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters and crafts artisans who have been juried into the society. 10a-4p, FREE


I’ll Drink To That The usual suspect of Sunday suds-filled fun, is continuing its streak of keeping audiences guessing. With a handful of new artists coming to the table/bar, IDTT proves that sustainability is only a willing community away. This month’s show will serve up comedy, live art, poetry and music. Hair Art will come to this widely known variety show. 4p,

Drew-the Man Behind the Poster Documentary Documentary on movie poster artists Drew Struzan who has done over 150 movie posters. 3:30, 5:30, 8p, Price


Tractor Brewery 118 Tulane SE, 505.433.5654

Art in the Park A series of fine arts and crafts shows sponsored by the Corrales Society of Artists. This year’s season of shows will be bigger than before featuring local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers and crafts artisans who have been juried into the society. 10a-4p, FREE La Entrada Park NW corner of Corrales and La Entrada

sat 24 through aug. 25

ABQ Mini-Maker Faire The Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival, showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. 10a-6p, $5-$15 Abruzzo Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum NE, 505.880.0500

Musical Theater Southwest Black Box Performance Space 6320-B Domingo NE, 505.265.9119

Paul Frank Presents: Celebrating the premiere of the firstever Paul Frank collaboration with Native American Designers Premiering a new collection by four Native designers, Dustin Martin (Navajo), Autumn Dawn Gomez (Comanche/Taos), Louie Gong (Nooksack), Candace Halcro (Plains Cree/Métis) in collaboration with Paul Frank. These limited edition pieces will be showcased and sold in the MoCNA Store throughout the weekend. FREE through sep. 1: performance

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


The Guild 3450 Central NE, 505.255.1848

Ongoing through oct. 5: exhibition

The Pajama Game Conditions at the factory are anything but peaceful, sparks fly between the new superintendent and the female leader of the union’s grievance committee as the workers battle for a raise, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. The show won a Tony for best musical and numerous awards for its outstanding choreography. 8p, Fri., Sat.; 4p, Sun.,


through sep. 2: reception/ exhibition

National Hispanic Cultural Center Plaza Mayor 1701 4th SW, 505.246.2261

wed 28

through aug. 18: performance

New Concept Gallery 610 Canyon, Santa Fe, 505.795.7570

7p, $30-$35

La Entrada Park NW corner of Corrales and La Entrada

Ethnic Pottery Prints by Julia Roberts The ethnic pottery prints are carborundum collagraphs and etchings and are derived from illustrations she did many years ago for the travel classic “Journey to the High Southwest” now published in its 8th edition by the Insider’s Guide. Reception: 5-7p, FREE

ABQ Latin Dance Festival A magnificent doubleheader main event, with Marlow Rosado and Danny D & Xtreme. Celebrating three days and four nights of Latin music and dance, the festival culminates with live salsa, bachata, merengue and cha cha cha.

Touch New abstract work by ABQ artists Natalie Hardcastle and Jessica Kennedy. Both artists manipulate the surfaces of each work by sewing, scraping, cutting, layering and erasing to develop complex abstract images that emote, suggest, pulse and breathe. FREE

Page Coleman Gallery 63020-B Linn NE, 505.238.5071 through aug. 24: exhibition

Rationalization Resistance New Zealand based installation artist Tiffany Singh’s first solo exhibition in the US. Singh’s work — which includes video with sound, mixed-media installation and social collaboration — addresses the problematic construct of Rationalization. Rationalization Resistance is an examination of ritual that alludes to a rich area of human self-expression. FREE Spirit Abuse 1103 4th, 505.577.6331


through sep. 8: exhibition

A Crack in the Wall A staged reading of a new play by ABQ playwright Peter Fisk, directed by Marty Epstein. A drama about idealism vs. horrific reality in the lives of two families, one Jewish and one Catholic, set in German-occupied Poland just prior to the bloody Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April 1943. 2p, FREE

Jim Wagner, R.C. Gorman, Fritz Scholder and Woody Crumbo All artists celebrated are legends and are from a time in Taos being referred to by the show’s organizers as Chapter III. 10a-5p, Mon.-Sat.; 5p, Sun., Noon-

The Vortex 2004-1/2 Central SE, 505.247.8600 Music on the Rocks Music Festival
 An all-day music festival featuring nine concerts including performances by ABQ standout Ryan McGarvey, the Sean Healen Band, Main Street Garage, Pawn Drive, Jeronimo Keith, Eric George, Prudy Dimas, Steady Rollers and Jenne McIntosh. Artist booths, wine tastings, a beer garden and festival food are available all day. 10a-8:30p, FREE

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts , 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort 505.414.1550

5p, $8-$10

The Harwood Museum of Art 238 Ledoux, Taos, 575.758.9826

through sep. 7: exhibition

Indian Summer, 1830-1940 The exhibition features early 19th century Americana by Karl Bodmer, George Catlin and McKenney & Hall. Regionalist NM artworks from the late 19th century and the 20th century Modernist era include works by Emil Bisttram, Gerald Cassidy, Peter Moran, Datus Myers, Arnold Rönnebeck and John French Sloan. FREE William R. Talbot Fine Art 129 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, 505.982.1559 continued on page 34

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Communication and an MA in Media Studies. FREE

through aug. 31: exhibition

Loma Colorado Library 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 505.891.5013

mixed media, sculpture and clay. Exhibiting Luna Project Artists: Alice Webb, Anna Mafchir, Betsy James, Cate Eaves, Joani Murphy, Kris Thacher, Lauri Dickinson, Margy O-Brien, Marta Light, Mary Dornacker, Nance Elsinger, Nancy Rutland, Pat Cohen, Phyllis Benia, and Ruth Cohen.

through sep. 27: exhibition

Weyrich Gallery 2935 D Louisiana NE, 505.883.7410

Modernist Printmaking in the Southwest, 1920-1950 An exceptional exhibition of SW scenes from the early 20th century, with fine art prints by important American Modernists, including Emil Bisttram, Morris Blackburn, George Burr, Gerald Cassidy, Howard Cook, Gene Kloss, Arnold Rönnebeck, Will Shuster, John French Sloan and Theo White. William R. Talbot Fine Art 129 W. San Francisco Santa Fe, 505.982.1559 through sep. 29: exhibition

Ground Effect Paintings by Zane, Chris and Roy. Ground Effect includes works that originate from the landscapes of the American SW; the artists’ approaches to the subject of landscape are audacious and they come at the subject from quite different points of view. The KiMo Theatre Gallery 423 Central NW, 311 through aug. 30: exhibition

Charron McFadden Pencil Portraiture and Other Special Memories After raising her family, Charron worked as an executive assistant for businesses in the Chicago area, until her retirement to Rio Rancho in 2010 with husband Dan. She holds a BA in Organizational


Water/Nymph A solo exhibition by multi media artist Eric Tillinghast. Utilizing water as his primary subject, Tillinghast transforms appropriated objects into an aesthetic experience that examines the perceptions of our world’s most fundamental element. Richard Levy Gallery 514 Central SW, 505.766.9888 through aug. 31: exhibition

Excavations - Paintings by Marilyn Dillard & Raul Dorn This show of vibrant abstract acrylic paintings is all about color and texture. Marilyn Dillard’s pieces are inspired by the natural landscape, especially the visual qualities of rock, soil, and vegetation in its many variations. Matrix Fine Art 3812 Central SE, Suite 100 A, 505.268.8952 through aug. 31: exhibition

Angus Macpherson Annual Exhibition Milestone: Celebrating 30 Years in the Art Business Filled with his billowing clouds, landscapes, treescapes and sunsets, the exhibit includes large and small acrylic paintings plus his through sep. 5: exhibition

On display through Sep. 27 at Richard Levy Gallery (514 Central SW, 505.766.9888, is Water/Nymph, a solo exhibition by multimedia artist Eric Tillinghast using water as his primary subject. Tillinghast collected postcards of waterfalls, crashing waves, waterfronts, swimming pools, and shorelines and recontectualized these found images with acrylic paint.

new book Paintings~Quotes~Artist’s Notes. The new book is a fun find full of his new paintings, the favorite quotes of some of Angus’ collectors, and notes on art from Angus. Sumner & Dene 517 Central NW, 505.842.1400 through aug. 31: exhibition

Organic by Design Works by Pamela Wesolek, Mary Sundstrom, Katharine Noe, Krista Barrett The four abstract artists work in a variety of media and find their inspiration in nature. They combine elegant design with expressive marks and judicious

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color palettes. Mary Sundstrom will exhibit some of her newest paper cuts, Katharine Noe monotype and mixed media, Krista Barrett jewellike multi-plate prints combining etching, gravure and monotype and Pamela Wesolek large multiplate etchings combined with chine colle. New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery 3812 Central SE, Suite 100 B, 505.268.8952 through aug. 30: exhibition

Echoes Fifteen women artists from The Luna Project working in oil painting, acrylic painting,

Alexander Calder’s Calders Primarily Colors Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was mainly known for his innovative contributions to 20th century sculpture; many recognize him for his kinetic mobiles. Calder started creating colorful gouaches in the mid-1940s. On display will be a number of Calder’s personally signed lithographs that celebrate his use of primary colors, no muddle, no confusion. Palette Contemporary Art & Craft 7400 Montgomery Suite 22, 505.855.7777

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: to instigate a renewal of experience with the underlying systems and the vast source of signs for complexity, multidimensionality and simultaneity in our place. Maybe it is a cognitive map (not a new cognitive map), or a template for how to construct a more concrete collective space. SCA Contemporary Art 524 Haines NW, 505.228.3749 through sep. 1: exhibition

Alluvial: A Meditation on Time, Water, Gravity A multimedia exhibition that explores natural patterns and progressions. It seeks to render an artful meditation on the gradual redistribution of matter. Or, in the case of art, ideas. The Open Space Visitors Center 6500 Coors NW, 505.897.8831

through sep. 5: rexhibition

through sep. 4: exhibition

Gotham City Comic art from Batman and the dark city. Featuring art from Neal Adams, Steve Scott, Jack Purcell, Matt Slay, Christopher Uminga, James Baroody, Billy Fowler, Lukey Hogan and Charles Paul Wilson III. Metropolis Comic Art Gallery 1102 Mountain NW, Suite 202

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. Leich Lathrop Gallery 323 Romero NW, Suite 1, 505.243.3059

smart arts

Bahu-Beti-Biwi 8p, Fri.-Sat., Aug. 16-17


ast and present flow powerfully and rhythmically together in this solo dance performance by Indian writer, director, North Fourth Art choreographer and performer Sheetal Gandhi. Center Enveloped in the traditions of North Indian 4904 4th NW, music of centuries ago, Gandhi dances and 505.345.2872 sings about the bonds of tradition and the $10-$15 complicated desire to both hold onto and break away from those traditions. A one-person artistic achievement, Bahu-Beti-Biwi follows a set of complex family characters. Beginning as an intriguing bird figure and shifting to a nurturing aunt, an anxious Indian American teen and more, this theater solo explores the ways that family connections conflict with cultural convention and contemporary life. Imagining the female Indian singers of long ago in conjunction with the strong Indian women of the present, Gandhi creates a deep conversation over time about what it means to be a part of a family. See the ways that complex tensions play out on stage as characters work out the life-long struggles between desire, duty, love, independence and negotiation. —Jessica Sosa

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any artists seek to break cultural stereotypes, and this exhibition aims to introduce a more realistic way of viewing Native American culture. Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation will feature several Indigenous contemporary artists who have combined the importance of cultural tradition with the concept of moving forward. The new generation of Native artists makes use of modern techniques and challenges fixed stereotypes to encourage a reevaluation of what Native American art is. With an intriguing combination of past and present, tradition and labels, the complexities of these works come to life in a colorful and meaningful exhibition across several mediums. The museum will also feature solo exhibitions from Cannupa Hanska Luger, Jacob Meders and Steven J. Yazzie. Luger’s STEREOTYPE examines the ludicrous nature of labels and exposes the complexities of his Native culture. Meders’ Divided Lines shows the way Native American people have been misrepresented over time and the difficulty of breaking away from Western perspective. Finally, Yazzie’s The Mountain communicates that the land is a part of personal reflection and the ways in which culture is relevant. —Jessica Sosa

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation Opening Reception: 5-7p, Thu., Aug. 15 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 108 Cathedral, Santa Fe, 505.922.4242



osted by Working Classroom, a diverse company for students and professional artists, actors and writers, the play Dreamlandia creates a place where the mind is reality and reality can be questionable. Latino playwright Octavio Solis and director Monica Sanchez invite you into a world both likely and unlikely, where illusion and reality coexist in what has been commonly referred to as a “state of mind.” Set along the U.S. — Mexican border, Solis’ play, a re-telling of Life Is A Dream by Calderon de la Barca, combines the use of narcotics, the struggles of immigration, the challenges of separate cultures coexisting and the ways that family, cultural and sexual identities define us. Dreamlandia offers the audience a new way of viewing the difficult concept of the American Dream, with a Working Classroom cast that includes alumna Gabriela Mayorga. With stark realism and colorful imagery, the play gives insight into the contradictory absurdity that is the mind’s logic and the intangible nature of dreaming about an idealized life. —Jessica Sosa

Dreamlandia 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p., Sun., Aug. 16-25 Paul Carpenter y Salazar Theater 423 Atlantic SW, 505.242.9267


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Sharing trend reduces impacts of consumption Dear EarthTalk: Some green groups are promoting the simple notion of sharing as a way to “green” communities and combat waste. Can you explain? — Becky Lipscomb, Centereach, N.Y.


he convergence of environmental awareness and consumer culture has created a whole new movement today whereby sharing is cool. Indeed, some environmentalists view sharing as key to maintaining our quality of life and our sanity in an increasingly cluttered world. “Sharing is a relatively simple concept and a basic part of human life,” reported Janelle Orsi on Shareable, an online magazine that tells the story of sharing. “What’s new is that people are applying sharing in innovative and far-reaching ways, many of which require complex planning, new ways of thinking and organizing, and new technologies. In short, people are taking sharing to new levels, ranging from relatively simple applications of sharing to community-wide sharing initiatives — and beyond.” “In a shareable world, things like car sharing, clothing swaps, childcare coops, potlucks and cohousing make life more fun, green and affordable,” said Orsi. “When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world.” The non-profit Freecycle Network, which runs a Craigslist-style website where people can list items they want to give away, pioneered using the Internet to facilitate diverting reusable goods from landfills when it launched back in 2003. To date, more than 9 million individuals across 5,000 different regions have used the

group’s website to find new homes for old items. According to Shareable, other examples such as Zipcar, Wikipedia, Kiva and Creative Commons show how successful sharing can be. “They show what’s possible when we share. They show that we don’t act merely for our own good, but go out of our way to contribute to the common good. They show that we can solve the crises we face, and thrive as never before. They show that a new world is emerging where the more you share the more respect you get, and where life works because everyone helps each other.” Shareable and the Center for a New American Dream, a non-profit that highlights the connections between consumption, quality of life and the environment, have collaborated on the production of the new “Guide to Sharing,” a free downloadable booklet loaded with practical ideas about exchanging stuff, time, skills and space. Some of the ideas in the guide include: organizing a community swap; starting a local toy, seed or tool library; launching a skills exchange where community members can swap professional skills like carpentry or grant-writing; or setting up a food, transportation or gardening co-op. Some other sharing tips include carsharing, gift circles, sharing backyard chickens with neighbors and launching a “free market”

In a shareable world, things like car sharing, clothing swaps, childcare coops, potlucks and cohousing make life more fun, green and affordable.

where people meet to trade skills and stuff. For her part, Orsi envisions a future where public land is dedicated to community gardening, public libraries also lend tools, equipment and other goods and citywide bike sharing, carpooling and wifi programs are all the rage. Orsi and others warn we had better get used to sharing, as it is here to stay.
 CONTACTS: Freecycle Network (; Shareable (; Center for a New American Dream (

Dear EarthTalk: Hurricane Sandy brought more sea water onto shorelines than I’d ever witnessed before and many communities near where I live are now being required to raise their homes up. What is the prognosis for sea level rise in the years immediately ahead? — Scott P., Fairfield, Conn. Since sea-level measurements were first recorded, in 1870, global averages have risen almost eight inches. The annual rate of rise has been 0.13 inches over the past 20 years, which is close to twice the average from the previous 80 years. Future estimates for sea levels vary according to region but most Earth scientists agree that sea levels are expected to rise at a greater pace than during the last 50 years. Predicting the amount of rise is an inexact science and depends on many factors including climate change and ice sheet flows. The U.S. National Research Council predicts a possible sea level rise of between 22 and 29 inches over the 21st century in the U.S. Sea levels are anticipated to continue rising for centuries. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), land elevation changes also have a large impact on the effects of rising water levels. Subsidence (sinking) or uplift (rising) of the land can help determine the relative sea level rise. The EPA’s relative sea level estimates, assuming a two foot global sea level rise by 2100, are 2.3 feet at New York City, 2.9 feet at Hampton Roads, Virginia, 3.5 feet at Galveston, Texas, and one foot at Neah Bay in Washington state. The main factors contributing to sea level rise are thermal expansion (created by an increase


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in ocean water temperatures) and the melting of ice caps and glaciers. Human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, combined with natural activities, have contributed to the rise of the earth’s surface temperature over the past century. According to National Geographic, about 80 percent of this additional heat is absorbed by the oceans. The above factors are well studied, but more research is still being done on how climate change will impact large ice sheets in areas such as Greenland and the Antarctic. An extra foot of sea level rise could be a possibility depending on what happens with these larger ice sheets. Even small changes in sea levels can have adverse effects on coastal areas. Erosion, flooding of wetlands, aquifer and agricultural soil contamination and habitat loss for fish, birds and plants are all problems resulting from rising sea levels. Also, higher sea levels usually mean more destructive weather events as storm surges get bigger and more powerful and devastate everything in their way. Coastal communities will suffer the most, as flooding from rising water levels will force millions of people out of their homes. As for what can be done, reducing our collective carbon footprint is no doubt the first and most important step. Individuals should drive and fly less, walk and bicycle more and take advantage of public transit. But sweeping policy changes will have the most impact: A recent commitment by the Obama White House to require coal-burning power plants and other large industrial operations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions should finally help get the United States started on the right track, but many wonder if such moves represent too little too late. CONTACTS: U.S. National Research Council (; EPA Climate Change Future ( html); National Geographic Sea Level Rise (ocean. Got an environmental question? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: emagazine. com/earthtalk/thisweek/ or e-mail earthtalk@


CO M M UN ITY EVENTS thu 15 Laughs Abound at The Stage: Comedy Show This show will feature Alex Ortiz, Keith Manning and Vince Acevedo. The three comedians will perform individually. 6:30p, $5 The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino Jemez Dam Road, 505.771.5680

fri 16 Meditation for Beginners Take a break from your busy day and enjoy a quick and easy guided meditation that can immediately provide a peaceful state of mind. Noon1p, $5

Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico 8701 Comanche NE, 505.292.5293

Sat 17 Annual Country & Americana Music Festival This event will provide the very best regional Country and Americana bands live on two stages, along with ample room for dancing, as well as many other community oriented street fair activities. In addition to this festival, visitors are encouraged to attend the 220th Annual Our Lady of Belen Fiesta which will be within walking distance. 11a-9p, FREE

Downtown Belen, NM Becker St. between 2nd St. and 5th St

PBS Kids and Literacy This is a new workshop that focuses on literacy research conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Participants will explore these results and learn about successful resources that can help all caregivers and parents build children’s literacy skills and motivate children to learn. 10a-Noon, FREE. RSVP required

Presbyterian Hospital 1100 Central SE, 505.277.4087 GreyWater Harvesting Marian Wrage, Utilities Environmental Program Manager, for the City of Rio Rancho’s Department of Public Works and Lonnie Burke, city water conservation auditor, will present a workshop on greywater harvesting. Aside from the obvious benefit of water conservation, greywater recycling reclaims nutrients that would otherwise be lost and returns them to the soil. Learn how to reuse this valuable waste product to replenish your gardens at home. Registration is not required. 10a,


Esther Bone Memorial Library 950 Pinetree SE, Rio Rancho, 505.891.5012

Resort & Spa, Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse and many more. 7p, $10 Casas de Sueños Old Town Historic Inn 310 Rio Grande SW

Something Wicked Comes This Way: The Twilight Gypsy Bazaar An evening of magic and mystery under the moonlight. The amazing silent auction includes items from The A Store, Bair Medical Spa, Butterfield Jewelers, Country Club Men’s Salon, Dressed to Kill, Lilly Barrack, Nambe, Ooh Aah, Slate Street Café, Tamaya

Enchantment Pet Resort and Spa 580 Quantum NE, Rio Rancho

wed 21

sun 25

Community HU Chant   Join a group contemplation of an ancient sound. Access the higher power within you and experience more love in your daily life. 8:15-8:45a, FREE Palo Duro Senior Center  5221 Palo Duro NE, 505.265.7388

fri 23 through aug 25: festival The Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival This festival includes performances by national, regional, and local bluegrass and old time artists, plus dances Friday and Saturday night, workshops and showcase events. $20-$50 Santa Fe County Fairgrounds Santa Fe fundraiser

Pet Resort to create d-Harmony, an adoption event and promotion with the goal of finding perfect matches for 40 dogs and owners. 4-7p, FREE

sat 24 d-Harmony Dog Adoption As Animal Humane undergoes our renovation of its Main Campus, Project Humane, it will be temporarily losing some canine housing. The group has teamed up with Enchantment

Community HU Chant   Join a group contemplation of an ancient sound. Access the higher power within you and experience more love in your daily life. 10:30-11a, FREE Eckankar Center  2501 San Pedro NE, suite 113, 505.265.7388 Women’s Equality Day Celebration & Rally for the ERA Join elected officials, community leaders, poets, musicians, friends and neighbors. Celebrate the 93rd anniversary of women getting the vote in the US. Call on your legislators to help make equal; rights for women and men a reality in our country! 1-3p, FREE Tiguex Park in Old Town Mountain Road and 19th Street NW

wed 28 Community HU Chant   Join a group contemplation of an ancient sound. Access the higher power within you and experience more love in your daily life. 8:15-8:45a, FREE Palo Duro Senior Center  5221 Palo Duro NE, 505.265.7388

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Shooting in N.M. now

Box Office

The Guest


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Locations: Moriarty, Edgewood and Estancia Snoot Entertainment Independent Feature Thriller

Weekend gross (Millions)

We’re the Millers.....................................$26 Planes.....................................................$22 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters................$14

A Million Ways to Die in the West

2 Guns..................................................... $11

Locations: Bonanza Creek Movie Town, Chama, Jemez Pueblo, Shiprock Producers: Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber, Jason Clark Director: Seth MacFarlane Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman

The Smurfs 2............................................. $9 The Wolverine........................................... $8 The Conjuring........................................... $6 Despicable Me 2......................................... $5 Grown Ups 2............................................. $3

Longmire (Season 2) Locations: Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Santa Fe Production Company: Warner Horizon Television/ A&E Network Producers: Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Chris Donahue, Patrick McKee Cast: Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff

Release schedule

White Sands International Film Festival


Century 14 Downtown 100 Central SW 505.243.7469

Century Rio 24 14901 Pan American Freeway 505.342.2424

Cinemark Movies 8 4591 San Mateo 505.888.1992

Cinemark Movies West 9201 Coors NW 505.898.4664

Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE 505.255.1848

UA Cottonwood Cottonwood Mall 10000 Coors NW 505.897.6858

UA Four Hills 13120 Central SE 505.275.3863

UA High Ridge 12921 Indian School NE 505.275.0038

Winrock 6 201 Winrock Center 505.872.9070



Aug. 16

Sep. 6 Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.



This growing festival originated in Alamogordo but has since moved to Las Cruces and greatly expanded its slate of independent films. Held from September 4-8, the festival will feature a number of workshops, screenings, parties and an awards galas, including a Lifetime Achievement Award being given to Lou Diamond Phillips. Among the films and documentaries to be screened are Everyday Sunshine, The Color Wheel, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, Utopia and Run to the East. Other films include Barbarian Days, which looks at the modern day fans of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, The Painter and the awardwinning Come Morning. For a full schedule of screenings and ticket information, visit

Kick-Ass 2

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as a do-it-yourself superhero vigilante in Kick-Ass 2, a followup to 2010’s surprise hit Kick-Ass. This time around Taylor-Johnson is joined by masked crusaders inspired by his exploits in the first film, including Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Enough with the dudes in tights


am sick of men in tights. Not the Mel Brooks flick starring Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis and the loveable Dave Chappelle as Ahchoo (God bless you). I just do not want to see another superhero movie. Every cape-wearing action flick this summer has been mediocre at best. They all have similar action sequences that feel like they’ll adventures of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl never stop, and origin stories we know battling bad guys as they struggle by heart. through high school and maintaining How many radioactive freak government secret identities a la Buffy the Vampire experiments with aliens from outer Slayer. Though the similarity to Buffy space displaying godlike does have me a little traits in a CGI world do we worried; I hope it still feels need? How many bad guys Tune in to fresh. with intentions of world Dan Gutierrez Speaking of superheroes, Fridays at 7:30a domination — or worse, just Marvel has announced two on Channels a slight disdain for our caped more mystery projects, 26 & 27 for film do-gooder— can we tolerate? and that’s not counting talk on The I think we’ve had enough. My their movies already slated Morning Brew brain needs a little break from for release like Ant-Man, all of the punching, kicking Guardians of the Galaxy, and unnecessary destruction and the sequels to Thor, of cityscapes. Captain America, and The Avengers. DC Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want is even trying to find ways to jump back Hollywood to end the idea of superhero into the ring. Before The Dark Night movies altogether. I think we can still be series ended, rumors of a Justice League friends, super friends, but I do feel like we movie were circulating, until Man of Steel need a little time apart. limped away from McKayla Maroney-style unimpressed fans and critics. There is one superhero movie I still want to see, however: Kick-Ass 2. It hits Still, Zack Snyder announced a sequel, theaters this weekend and I can’t wait. I but this time Batman joins Superman! loved the first Kick-Ass, it was extremely Didn’t we just have an entire Batman entertaining. I enjoyed the idea of franchise? DC, don’t you have any other bringing superheroes into the real world property you can exploit? I’m about to and adding a taste of comic book ultradon a mask, turn vigilante and punch violence. Snyder in the face. I’m like a 3-year-old For Kick-Ass 2, I want to see the further boy given ice-cream after a large serving

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Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2.  After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher MintzPlasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

Rush Sep. 20

of chocolate cake, I’ve had enough. So naturally, I’m doing the sensible thing: I’m setting up a pup tent outside Rio 24 to get my advanced tickets. Hey, it looks like Jobs is opening Aug. 16 ... maybe I should see that instead.

R/123 min

DVD pick of the week If you are as sick of superheroes doing super things as I am, I recommend The Specials (2000), a flick where the heroes do nothing extraordinary. The Specials is written by James Gunn, who started his career as a writer for Troma and worked on other unconventional superhero flicks such as Super with Rain Wilson. Gunn is now writer/director to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The Specials follows the 6th or 7th best superhero team in the world on an uneventful, world-doesn’t-need-saving kind of day. Egos and action figures are the only things on their minds. It stars Rob Lowe, Judy Greer, Jamie Kennedy and Thomas Haden Church. Dan Gutierrez is host of Directors Cut Radio Program (available at He can be reached at

The World’s End Aug. 23 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub — The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Closed Circuit Aug. 28 In this international thriller, two ex-lovers, Martin (Eric Bana of “Hanna”) and Claudia (Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

Thanks for Sharing Sep. 20 100 min

A sharply comic and deeply moving look at a very different kind of modern family – the haphazard family forged by three men trying to navigate life, love and the emotional landmines of New York City while recovering from addiction. Academy Award nvominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Tim Robbins and Broadway star Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) anchor a stellar ensemble cast in a story about the kind of friends who, no matter how wild their rises and falls, always put each other back together again.

Planet Waves Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) If you have the sensation that you’re slowly working your way toward some emotional edge, but you don’t know where it is, that’s about right. The larger experience is that you keep reaching one challenge, passing over or through it, and then another, and you may be wondering when you are going to reach the actual brink. It may involve your sense of safety, your patience, tolerance of a domestic situation, or some factor that’s been making you angry. Beneath all of these experiences is something deeper, which is the desire to cut loose, really cut loose and be as wild as you feel inside. The story of our society is the story of keeping that particular set of desires in check. It works, for a while, but it has frustrating and negative effects. One of them is that you might feel like an animal with a wild streak who is in a cage, and you want more than anything to break free. If so, congratulations — and keep going.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net find yourself facing a challenge, particularly one centered on your household or family, the key is to remember what you know. Another key is to remember that you have not just allies but supporters — you just need to recognize who is and who is not one of those. If you’re a woman, notice the mother-daughter dynamics in your environment, including in your own family and those of others. If you’re a man, tune in to this dimension in the women around you. This seems to be at the heart of the matter, and the core theme is learning to be flexible — more flexible than mom.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Proceed with caution, as if you’re piloting a boat and you’re unsure how deep the water is. Slow down and stay close to the center of the channel. Put someone on the bow to keep watch, because there might be random objects floating in the water. The most significant thing you must pay attention to is your own state of mind. Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) Make sure that you do what requires You seem to be coming apart and putting alertness with full attention. If you notice yourself back together. I would offer a that your attention is lapsing, take a pause, hint that there is one piece to the puzzle a nap, a walk or get a good night’s sleep. that you’re missing, and you might want One advantage you have is that information to focus on finding that before you do will be coming to you from non-ordinary another disassemble/reassemble. Stop and sources, including what seem like psychic consider what the missing piece might be. impressions, dreams and synchronicities. I can offer you a couple of clues. It seems To sum up, you have a need for more to involve a love affair, described by your awareness, and you also have more kinds ruling planet Venus transiting your solar 5th of awareness to draw upon. As you do house. That in turn describes a situation this, you may run into something, an idea, where you long for a sense of purity and experience or obstacle that seems to violate may be taking out your frustrations on your intuition. I strongly suggest that you yourself in the form of perfectionism. You not override what your “extra” senses are may have the sense of being on your own; telling you. But at that point, stop and where there was so recently a sense of collect evidence. contact and movement, there may be the sensation of nothing left to reach for. I am Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) You seem to be lost in the sauce of your sure you’ll be glad to hear that this is a own life. It’s as if you have gone missing temporary experience. You’re working out the results of a stage of growth, and soon, from yourself, or as if you’ve replaced your presence in your own life with an idea a new field of reality opens up. Till then, about who you are. It’s kind of like you’ve take it easy on yourself. invented yourself into an avatar, though Gemini (May 20-Jun. 21) it’s a pretty convincing one. That process You may feel like you’re getting out of may get a little jolt over the coming days, the water after soaking too long, going and you’ll be awakened into the reality that up to the beach and having the urge something more is possible. It may be to go back into the water. You may feel that someone tries to get your attention restless, with the sense of being hemmed with an action or a statement. It may be in to some confine you cannot see but that you encounter a person or experience you can feel. What is that space? It looks that compels you to bring more of yourself like the necessity to be mature, or to into the exchange. You may decide collect yourself and not be so scattered. spontaneously to wake up from a slumber Astrologically these translate to getting of self-denial. Whatever form the reality clear how you feel about yourself. Clearly check takes, I would count it as a positive identify the various questions you may development and good practice. Venus, have, and the conditions you may be your ruling planet, is heading for your sign. placing on having a peaceful relationship with yourself. This is not about assembling Currently it’s in Virgo and arrives in Libra on Aug. 16. That begins a whole new phase the parts as much as it is about asking of life experience — one that will require yourself the right question. If you find you to be fully present in your own reality yourself playing with your mind, pause every day, all the time. and reflect. This thing I’m calling the right

question will arrive with the feeling of inner leverage and give you the sensation that you can maneuver in the world. Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22) There seems to be a pattern that’s been in your life for months. You may not be able to discern whether it’s an emotional pattern or mental; in truth it’s at the place where the two realities meet — what you may think of as the mind-body nexus. Current planetary movements are helping you shift the dynamic, but there are ways to help the process along. One is by increasing your physical activity. Don’t sit at your desk for long; get up at least twice an hour. Get outside. Remember the sport you used to love the most and try some of that again. Seemingly on another frequency entirely but not really, invest some energy into writing. Do your best to skip over the “form” thing and go right for the gutsy core of what you want to express, in all its pathos, passion and curiosity. Leo (Jul. 22-Aug. 23) Mercury has just ingressed your sign, which may be arriving with the sensation of the lights coming on after a long trek through the dark.You may have the feeling that a trove of knowledge that you’ve earned and accumulated is finally catching up to your awareness, kind of like you knew it all, and now you’re discovering that you did. If you

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “If men are so wicked as we now see them with religion, what would they be if without it?” I meditate on this quotation often, which comes from a letter commenting on a book someone sent Franklin about why we would be better off without worship, prayer and the “guards and guides” provided by religion. He urged the writer to burn the manuscript before anyone else could see it, and told the author he was spitting into the wind and thus into his own face. While I think that old Ben was right about most things, and a generous, lusty guy, I find his point of view puzzling. For instance, didn’t he notice that religion so often drives people to misery, self-doubt and inner division? He spent a lot of time in Europe and he had to know of the blood-soaked battlefields, including one in Germany where 22,000 “Christians” slaughtered one another in one single day. But hey, even Ben couldn’t see everything. I suggest you look closely at all your notions of religion, of God, of Goddess, of sin, of sacrifice and of whether pleasure is appropriate in the eyes of the Universe. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) You seem to be invested in an obsession of some kind. The question, however, is whether this is a self-obsession or whether

it’s really about someone else. Another related question is, is this a sexual thing or isn’t it? If it is, it has a curiously asexual quality, though you might want to check whether that’s some kind of defense mechanism. You could also inquire with yourself if you’re trying to figure out if the scenario meets the approval of someone important in your life, such as your father. That wrinkle, or some kind of father figure, may be casting a kind of weirdness over the situation. I would offer, though, that just because something is a little strange doesn’t make it wrong, unnecessary or unhealthy. In fact, the slightly off-pitch flavor may be the point of interest or intrigue. While you’re sorting through this, I suggest you notice any way in which you’re holding back your passion, commitment or energy fearing that you might not be approved of, if you were to let go into the person and/or the feelings involved. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Over coming days, you’ll need to iron out the details of a commitment that is finally showing some promise. Though you may be feeling enthusiastic about this, the details are significant. Be conscious that what seems off to a great start may arrive at an obstacle of some kind, which is your clue to get a new overview, then get busy with the subtle points. In this whole matter, your flexibility will count for a lot. Said another way, you hold a lot of power, particularly in your ability to say yes or no to just about anything. It will help to recognize when you are and are not willing to bend, compromise and look for a work-around. One potential sticking point is how you think you’re perceived by your friends, the community and whatever you define as the “public.” Is there some issue of image involved here? Are you concerned about being seen as something you’re not, or revealed for something that you are? If that is a factor, it would be better if it was a conscious one, rather than a covert one. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Mercury is stirring up the need for a conversation about sex, or rather, many of them. There’s just one little problem: sex is the one thing that everyone is an expert on, hardly anyone has read a book about and that few people have the courage (or the vocabulary) to discuss. It’s commonly avoided; that’s not a shock. Then there are numerous taboos thrown over the topic, as well as not just the acceptability of lying about it but also a kind of urgency to do so. This is, however, the area of existence that wants more than any other to be invited into the light of day. It’s likely to be the stuck point in one or more of your partnerships, though if you follow the threads, you’ll discover that may go deeper. For example, you might recognize that you simply must come to terms with this subject in its many forms. These include sex for fun, for healing, for reproduction, sexual health, and finally, the financial value you put on your favors. Everyone has a price. What is yours, and why? Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) You may finally be able to tackle a problem that has been elusive for months on end. It would seem, from the look of your solar chart, that you already know what this is about, but that you haven’t come up with the words to describe it, or the ideas to consider it tangibly. As you bring your intuitive impressions into form, you will gain power over your situation. As you develop the language to speak about it clearly, including to yourself, it will seem to hold far less power over you. If at any point you notice the thought form that what you’re dealing with is something intractable, something that just won’t budge, remember — this is just an idea, it’s not a reality. If you think of it as a reality, you will be unlikely to do anything about it. If you remember that it’s a concept, it will seem to be much more flexible. One thing to remember is that all concepts come from the past. I suggest you figure out where this one came from, and take an inventory of the many alternative possibilities that you have.

american values crossword “The AAB List”

By Tyler Hinman, edited by Ben Tausig. Difficulty 3/5 ACROSS 1 In need of Viagra, say

41 British equivalent of “f*ck,” in some phrases

5 Not to be trusted

42 “Good Morning America” weatherman

10 Piece of a design 14 Irish singer unlikely to be heard in a dance club 15 Too weird 16 Brand name in lawn care 17 Famed advice giver 19 ___ Domini 20 Ad that lectures you, briefly 21 Heart surgeon’s device 22 Character associated with five digits 23 “I win! Suck it!” 25 Frontman for the Kinks 27 Bit of debris in an addled brain 30 Be outstanding with money 31 “The King of Chutzpah” 35 Word before and after “just,” in an annoyingly common reaction 38 Makes known, as grievances on Festivus 39 Painter’s phases 40 Participant in an annual patriotic football game

3 Talker in a cage 4 Friendly word often used sarcastically 5 Fired off

44 Fig. in car ads

6 Dynamite actor Jon?

45 Two-time loser to Ali

7 “The Hunger Games” setting

46 “Arrested Development” attorney

8 How lovers might talk 9 What lovers might say

52 Trap for a fish or butterfly

10 Deprive of

53 Not even a little off


54 Give one’s take

11 Scammy eponym

56 You can press it instead of clicking Cancel

12 Orange puppet

59 Mona Lisa ___ (“My Cousin Vinny” role for Tomei)

18 AustraliaEngland cricket event, with “The”

13 Campus hippie hangouts

60 “Terminator 2” protagonist 62 Menu option usually next to File

22 Gaping openings 24 Punchers with spikes 26 Like some fins near the tail

63 Author Jong

27 They do taxing work, briefly

64 Sci-fi character named for an Asian sea

28 The ___ Players

65 Quitting time?

29 Stomach settler

66 She went to jail in 2009

32 Herbert of the Pink Panther films

67 Tiptop

33 Shop-___ DOWN 1 Make the ___ (become great, as a promising athlete)

34 Old verb ending

37 Vegas developer Steve 40 Church part 42 Ad 43 John “Plato” Crawford’s portrayer 44 Creator of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy 46 Carpenter’s tool (hint: it doesn’t start with L) 47 Compound containing the eighth element (yes, another chemistry clue) 48 Hit for a goal, as a puck from midair 49 Irish lullaby syllables 50 Creature often killed with a spray 51 Betray an igry feeling, say 55 Org. that gets away with not paying those it makes millions from 57 ___ proprietor 58 Heart 60 Leader of the Holograms 61 Gp. that can solve this puzzle as soon as I email it to Ben

35 Cited

2 Places to rest, in an RPG

36 Melville’s bestknown novel (if you do nothing but solve crosswords)

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nquiries into your credit have the potential to lower your overall credit score, so it’s a good idea to try and keep track of the number and source of inquiries made on your credit. If there are credit checks that you did not initiate, you have the right to request their removal. There are three types of credit inquiries. One is verifying your credit rating to acquire loans or financing, and this will affect your credit scores, especially when pulling through a third party. The second type is when you pull your own credit at one of the many sites available, and this will not affect your credit score. The third inquiry is a promotional inquiry, which occurs when a credit company reviews your report for solicitation. For this type of inquiry, it does not count against your credit score. You are allowed six inquiries a year without impact to your score, per 10 years of research. After that, your credit score can be affected by 10 percent. Remember there are three reporting agencies, so you can have up to 18 inquiries. Many times consumers will find inquiries

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they feel they did not initiate. This can be especially true after a car purchase — sometimes after you give the dealership permission to pull your credit report they will send your file to many different banks and lending institutions to try and get you qualified, but all those companies do not have your signature to pull your credit. When this happens many consumers don’t know what to do. You can contest some of those inquiries. If you find inquiries that are not yours and you did not request the credit, use the letter below to help you remove them: Until next time, good credit to you, and remember we have free credit classes and free credit manuals on the second Saturday of every month. Please RSVP at 505.899.1448. Michael Ramos is president of Credit Rescue Now (

“ATTN: Equifax Name: SSN: DOB: Address: I am exercising my rights under the consumer Credit Protection Act Title VI. I dispute the validity of the inquiries listed below. They are not mine, nor did I give permission to any of these companies to look into my credit history. I want the disputed inquiries removed immediately as they are causing me great embarrassment to my credibility. I hope we can resolve this matter without legal counsel. Sincerely, (Your Name)

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