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music Is Ani DiFranco still a ‘righteous babe’? Of course, just one with a little more knowledge, passion and a couple of kiddos.


a r ts Zombies overrun Albuquerque and you need to escape in the experiential theater haunted house ‘Quarantine’

26 Author Paul DeBlassie III’s new psychological thriller The Unholy delves into the dark side of religion




Arts Events.......................... 27 Community Events........... 28 Live Music.............................21

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APPLES 9th Annual Cider Festival 10a-2p, Sat.-Sun., Oct. 12-13 ABQ BioPark-Botanic Gardens 2601 Central NE, 505.848.7182



here’s no need to travel to any farms this weekend. The ABQ BioPark is bringing country traditions to your doorstep. Swing on by and enjoy a variety of apple cider flavors freshly pressed on site. After all, nothing quite rings in autumn like the tasting of a new harvest. The event is a family affair, so be sure to bring all of the kids for some creative handson activities such as educational crafting and discovery stations. Your taste buds won’t be the only thing buzzing, ears will be ringing as several bands from Albuquerque take the stage. As if the cider frenzy wasn’t enough, local farmers will be selling freshly grown produce like pumpkins and squash at a bargain. Don’t forget to pick up a sample and support the local farming community. —BD

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WILDLIFE Wolf Awareness Day 10a-2p, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 18-20 ABQ BioPark Zoo 903 10th SW, 505.764.6200

$12.50, $4 kids biopark


he artist Paul Gauguin had a favorite story. A hungry wolf ran into a dog on the edge of town. He asked how it was that the dog was so well fed. The dog replied, “I live with people. They feed me and take care of me. Come on and I’ll get you the same deal.” When they reached the door of the dog’s home, the wolf asked, “What is that on your neck there?” The dog answered, “Oh, that’s a collar. The people insist that you wear one.” The wolf stared at the door. Wolves are wild. Radically wild. They don’t always (maybe never) play by our rules. A certain amount of understanding in how they operate as a pack — their mindset — is required so that we maintain a balance in our wildlife community. A community that we should be proud of. The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is offering some incredible assistance in this area. You can learn about wolf conservation and their re-introduction in the Southwest at these seminars, which are included with admission to the zoo. —JP


he saying goes that once you buy a house, the house owns you. So, on behalf of your house, you are invited to attend the Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show to find out new ways to keep your house looking and feeling good. There will be over 300 booths, with vendors who can help you make small changes with big impact, or make bigger changes for super impact. Many restaurants will provide samples, and there will be roasted green chiles, a bluegrass band and a chance to win a pellet stove from Carefree Spas. Remodeling, furnishing and product professionals will help you navigate your house ideas and hand out promotional materials. Just beware: You may be overwhelmed with new ideas your house will want immediately. —CW






ounded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has been the launching pad for the comedy world’s most talented performers to break through to the mainstream. The critically acclaimed live improv and sketch comedy troupe has launched the careers of some of America’s best comedians like Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Belushi and Steve Carell. The traveling show consists of songs, short scenes and comedic improvisational sketches. With resident companies in both Chicago and Toronto, the national tour companies are your best opportunity to see comedy stars in the making. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy being part of a show that plays along in an environment where no topic is off limits. In fact, if your parents asked you not to discuss it at the dinner table, it may be the source of laughter on this wild night of fun. —JW





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Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show 10a-5p, Sat.; 10a-4p, Sun., Oct. 19-20

The Second City 7:30p, Thu., Oct. 17

The Bike Smith 901 Rio Grande NW, Suite D-124, 505.242.9253

ou ride, The Bike Smith will do the rest. Enjoy the Paseo del Bosque trail this fall on this biking adventure that offers easy access to 16 miles of paved multi-use trails that do not cross paths with roadways. The trail reaches from the north to the south corners of the metro area. See public art near Tingley Beach, witness water in the Rio Grande River and meet other bicyclists along the way. The trail is known as one of the best bike rides in the West. The Bosque Biking Adventure Package includes a bike rental, a trail guide and a gourmet meal fresh from the gardens at Old Town Farm. The farm, a five-minute ride from The Bike Smith store, is located on 12 acres of land and caters to cyclists with their Bike-In Coffee Café. Novice and intermediate riders are welcomed to participate in the adventure. Just bring yourself and a desire for a new experience. —JW



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The where to go and what to do from Oct. 10 to 23

RACE Duke City Marathon 7:15a-2p, Sun., Oct. 20 3rd and Tijeras, 505.880.1414



ace up your running shoes and get ready to hit the streets: it’s the Duke City Marathon! This is the 30th running of the event, with proceeds this year benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. Not only will your endorphins have you feeling great, but so will your soul. To ensure each person is in the right group for their strength and comfort level, there are seven courses to choose from: marathon, marathon relay, half marathon run, 20k walk, 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk. The course is flat and fast and refreshments will be provided prior and during the marathon. Make sure to register and pick up your packets before the day of the events, then have a blast running with fellow marathon enthusiasts. —CW


Glbt on the big screen the curtain rises on the 11th Annual sWglff, featuring 70 movies from all over the globe bY blanca duarte


alling all movie lovers, of a LGBT persuasion or otherwise. It’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for. Marking its 11th year, the 2013 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival includes a lineup of 70 films and 30 programs that promise to be an entertaining, educational array of work. Back in 2003, founder Roberto Appicciafoco put together a three-day festival with nine movies and six short films. To say the Southwest Marquee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has grown is an southwest understatement. Gay and Appicciafoco’s vision for the festival is to shed light lesbian film on the full range of queer festival sensibility. “More than just oct. 11-20 sheer entertainment, we tHe guilD CineMa want to educate people about this year’s southwest gay and lesbian Film Festival will feature an array of 70 films, including Reaching for the Moon (left), about 3405 Central ne, poet elizabeth bishop and her brazilian architect lover, and Peyote (right), about two young men who make a spontaneous trip to pivotal aspects of queer 505.243.1870 the Mexican desert and learn lessons about life and love. culture such as immigration, $10, $100 full pass marriage inequality, aging said the theme transpired from watching between work life and home life. • Be on the lookout for the and HIV stigmatism,” he HBO’s documentary film Valentine Road, black-and-white film Everybody’s said in a recent interview • Another notable film is Malgoska which depicts the murder of a gay 15-yeargot Somebody ... Not Me by Raul with Local iQ. Szumowska’s In the Name Of, which follows old named Larry king. “We can bring Fuentes. The paradigm between Appicciafoco has made it an unconventional priest struggling with his communities together, not just by teaching queer relationships and Spanish traditional his mission to screen the most creative, sexual feelings toward men. one another tolerance, but by building views on heterosexuality provides an rawest films on the festival circuit that are • Darren Stein’s G.B.F. has been chosen bridges,” Appicciafoco said, noting that interesting perspective on love. unlikely to get a Hollywood release. The as the festival’s closing-night film. Playing more than 10 percent of the audience for the • Appicciafoco insists that viewers mark crop of movies in this year’s event have been off the idea of “mean girls,” the film shows festival is heterosexual. their calendars for the showcase fi lm hand selected from top film festivals such the dynamics of high school drama and the At the end of the 10-day festival, audience Interior. Leather Bar. The James Franco and as Sundance, the Seattle International Film effects it can have on openly flamboyant gays awards for best feature, best documentary Festival and Palms Spring International Film Travis Matthews project recreates the lost in pre-adulthood. and best short will be given out. 40 minutes of the controversial 1980s film Festival. Be reminded that this is barely a sneak peak Cruising. If you’re a fan of how Appicciafoco In essence, audiences will get the chance to of what the festival offers. In addition to an coordinates this event, stay tuned. He is • SWGLFF’s opening-night film, Free Fall, view one-night showings of unique films. array of films, Appicciafoco will be launching currently working on a collaborative project directed by Stephan Lacant, explores the There were over 500 films submitted, and a new shorts program called De Colores. with Instituto Cervantes. The Magnifico affair between two German police officers. in paring those down, Appicciafoco said the A festival topic for this year is the Latino Film Festival is expected to debut in One is straight and about to become a father, 12-member screening committee sought out unpunished act of bullying. Appicciafoco which of course complicates the boundaries April. emerging, eccentric filmmakers.

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The skinny on skin care and youthful skin


y family spent most of a recent weekend sweltering by the Albuquerque Country Club pool, where I saw scores of my peers literally cooking in the sun, basting themselves with sun tan oil and slowly rotating their golden brown bodies for an even bake. Many of us, as we grow older, attempt to rejuvenate our appearance with anti-aging systems, diets, ointments or treatments. In this column I want to discuss a few products and procedures which have scientific evidence in preventing the appearance of aging, increasing skin tone and decreasing wrinkles. So to get the skinny on skin care and youthful skin, I have asked Dr. Barrett Zlotoff, associate professor of dermatology at the University of New Mexico, to co-write this article. What is skin aging, really? The dirty little secret of the anti-aging industry is they have convinced consumers that age-related changes in the skin are actually due to aging. In fact, most of the things we think of as signs of aged skin are actually signs of sun-damaged skin. Unless they are nudists, many patients have great skin on their buttocks and other places where the sun don’t shine, even when the rest of their skin is a wrinkled, mottled mess. So sunscreen is essential. It is important to prevent skin cancer and it is important to prevent sun damage, also called actinic damage. Ultraviolet light from the sun is divided into UV-A and UV-B which causes different types of damage to our skin. UV-B was the type of ultraviolet radiation we used to get all excited


about because it causes skin cancer. But recently researchers have become more aware of the effects of UV-A and its ability to make free radicals and cause actinic skin damage. The free radicals are little packets of energy knocked off of atoms in your skin by UV-A. They bounce around, wreaking havoc on the skin cells. This damage can result in sunspots, red and white mottling of the skin, sagging of the skin, wrinkles, broken blood vessels in the skin, freckles, leathery skin, yellow coloring of the skin and also probably contributes indirectly to cancer formation. Smoking can do similar things to the skin. If you are tanning and not wearing at least over 30 SPF sunscreen, it is ridiculous to throw away money on procedures and products that “cure wrinkles.” The most studied and safe “wrinkle cure” is Tretinoin (also known as Retin-A). This prescription has been demonstrated to improve fine lines and brown spots in multiple studies. Here are a few approaches that have good evidence for improving wrinkles and other signs of aging:

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If you are tanning and not wearing at least over 30 SPF sunscreen, it is ridiculous to throw away money on procedures and products that “cure wrinkles.” 1. Wrinkle prevention Notice the emphasis on the word “prevention.” People often have the misperception that botox can erase giant valleys already present in their face. It doesn’t work that way. Botox paralyzes specific muscles that have been found to be wrinkle-causers. For instance, let’s say you are a squinter with those little lines at the corners of your eyes known as “crow’s feet.” A little botox in the squint muscles will make it impossible for you to squint. If the muscles don’t move, the skin doesn’t crease and no new wrinkles will form. Over time, the old wrinkles may even go away as the skin gets used to being relaxed in that area.

2. Broken blood vessels/blotchiness This laser does a really great job of targeting anything that is red. Broken blood vessels can

form around the nose, cheek and even in the V of the neck after years of sun damage.

3. Wrinkles that have already formed As the name implies, these are various compounds that are injected into different levels of the skin (depending on the product) in order to fill a wrinkle that has already formed. The cosmetic results are very promising if administered by trained physicians. These techniques and a myriad of others have been shown to be safe and effective for facial rejuvenation in the hands of trained professionals. But be wary of who does your procedure and what products are used. There have been multiple cases abroad where unapproved substances have been injected into skin or poor procedural technique has caused serious harm. Some spas have non-medical staff doing some of these procedures under supervision of various medical professionals. As a result, it has become very difficult to figure out who has been well trained in specific cosmetic techniques. So, before you go out and spend your hardearned money on anti-aging treatments, begin with sun screen for prevention and limit your treatments to science-supported, professionally administered techniques. 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 Dr. Barrett Zlotoff is an associate professor of dermatology at UNM.


Learn to accept differences as a fact of life


s a girl growing up in Michigan, sometimes I’d pray that it would stop snowing. I’d stare out my bedroom window watching the snowflakes fall, one after the other — a very vivid example of things happening, and me unable to change them. It’s funny when I think about relationships this way: We first meet as strangers, seeking something that will bind us. Our initial conversation is a search ... “where do you live, who do you know, what do you do?” Each of these questions seeks some commonality that we can talk about and begin to develop a relationship around. This is the time when similarities are important. This is the most nonthreatening stage of a relationship. But then we are confronted with the “Big D” — DIFFERENCES. That which brought us together is suddenly threatened. We begin to try to mold the other person to be like us; to demand our partner to change.

But what if we can accept differences as a fact — accept it in our belly and bones, not just conceptually? Then we are less troubled by it. And we become more able to do what is possible to work together to build a beautiful relationship. Thus this month’s practice: Accepting Your Partner for Who They Are. Successful marriage partners know it’s not a matter of who’s right or wrong that solves issues in their relationship. A healthy vibrant relationship is a matter of knowing what works and what doesn’t — and consistent action. These are some strategies that can help.

Respect one another, unconditionally. It’s easy to be kind and wonderful when we are happy with one another. But those in healthy relations pass the test in difficult moments. Even when upset, whether by an event or by what their partner is saying or doing, they can express themselves with dignity and kindness.
 Stay focused on action-based solutions, not problems. It’s not uncommon for partners to spend decades on one or two unresolved “issues” and find even unrelated problems lead them back to the same argument. Partners in happy relationships identify what the problem is, then focus most of their energies on generating solutions and following up with actions. Be flexible. Flexibility in thinking is a learned ability that makes it possible for partners to connect. Unlike partners who are in defensive mode, a flexible person is open to explore possibilities for what works best to positively energize the best in one another, to make conscious choices on how to respond to

maintain a love connection and avoid getting hijacked by the body’s survival system. What does this mean for partners who want to enrich their marriage with healthy ways of relating? It means they need to train their brains to break away from old conditioned interaction patterns and literally learn new response patterns in their place. When partners know what to do to promote an inner shift to a sense of safety and empathic connection, they empower a strong relational foundation upon which they confidently have successful and long-lasting marriage. Is it easy? No. Is it achievable? You bet ya! Ana Loiselle is a licensed relationship coach, speaker and author. As the owner of The New Mexico Relationship Center, she has applied sensible, positive and effective strategies to help singles and couples work out their relationship challenges. Visit or call 505.872.8743.

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Five ingredients to restaurant success By Nelle Bauer


y most accounts, I was not destined to become a chef. My parents are both geologists. I declared vegetarianism in the third grade. I was a science dork in high school and I majored in physics as an undergrad. I went to culinary school only after deciding I wanted to learn about food as a foodist, not because I would actually cook for a living. Back then, it wasn’t cool to be a chef. And now, thanks to the Food Network and celebrity chefs, people think my burn-striped arms and busy-patterned elastic-waist pants are awesome. Somehow, I am half of a very successful, independent restaurant in a nondescript strip mall in the Uptown Neighborhood, near Northeast Heights, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like all ventures, there are many key ingredients to our success; this is the recipe that’s worked for us. Ingredient 1: Do What You Love Total cliché, right? Yes, and no. There are a million ways to make what you love doing into a career. It actually is more applicable as a negative: Don’t Do What You Don’t Love. The lack of passion and excitement will be evident and will come through in your work, or in our case, our food. We change our menu frequently. Sometimes in a week we are already bored of a dish or find it isn’t working for us. I overhead one server explain to a table that we “change our menu at least eight times a year, often at a whim.” True. When we aren’t in love with what we are putting on the plate, we change it to something we do love. After all, if we are passionate about what we are feeding you, how can you not be passionate about eating it?

after week. Nobody new could ever get a reservation and it didn’t have the community-networking aspect we were hoping for. We decided, instead, to offer a weekly three-course meal for $25 every Thursday. Reservations were required, just like the Community Table, but unlike CT, guests could dine at their own table, with their own company at any time. As committed as we were to having a communal dining experience available, it wasn’t serving the purpose to which we had intended it. It took a few months to catch on, but our Thursday Night Dinners are incredibly popular. And, in a show of compromise, we now offer our one big table for communal dining any night that it’s not booked for private reservations. Ingredient 4: Stick To Your Guns It’s not necessarily the savviest of business suggestions, but it sure makes what you do that much more meaningful. It lends itself a bit to the whole Doing What You Love scenario, but it also speaks to the conviction part of our enterprise. When we decided to offer the value-forward three-course meal for $25 every Thursday, our goal was to make our restaurant more accessible more frequently to more people. Instead of seeing certain diners every six months for a special occasion celebration, we wanted to see those customers every month just because. We cook, and it’s only fun and worth our time if we have people to cook for. So we figured out a way to give people that value-priced dining experience while still doing what we do. We still use the same ingredients as the rest of our menu and cook the same way we do for every other dish. We know what we are able to do well and it wouldn’t do anyone any good for us to do something half-assed, even if it’s only one night a week.

Ingredient 2: Play To Your Strengths. Which is exactly why it’s This one’s tricky. If you’re like important to (Ingredient 5:) me (and most people), you like Be Transparent. to be good at lots of things. And It is very bold of us to have chances are, the things at which policies and rules and reservation you really excel are all the same party size limits and nominal type of things. You like playing seat charges, but as long as we chess and your closet is organized communicate everything honestly by color. Or you are fascinated by and straightforwardly with our hieroglyphics and people call you clientele, we feel like those people when they need help assembling who support us will support us Ikea furniture. In our case, regardless. And the people who we are really good at making Photo by Wes Naman don’t understand why we only ingredients taste like the best Nelle Bauer, a physics major turned chef, has learned a few things about have one vegetarian entrée item running a restaurant from her experience as a co-owner at Albuquerpossible versions of themselves. or only seat parties of eight people que’s Jennifer James 101. So we don’t make foams or or less are exactly the people that spherify liquids or compress probably won’t appreciate what fruits. We think we’re pushing we do. It’s risky and potentially the envelope when we dehydrate something. Which is not to say we loses us customers, but it strengthens the relationships we have with don’t love the science behind what we do, but we are in the business the customers that understand the reasoning behind it. of feeding people food, not testing our latest gadgets on them. But, Accidental restaurateur I might be, everything about Jennifer James it isn’t always easy to identify strengths in people because it doesn’t 101 is intentional. Every day is another learning experience, do-over always correspond to what they love to do. Which leads me to: and attempt to make the recipe of our successes better than it was the Ingredient 3: Know When To Say When. day before. It’s not perfect, and we make no guarantees that it will be, Yes, I borrowed an Anheuser-Busch slogan from 30 years ago. But it’s but it is what we love to do in a space that we love to share. a good way to say what I mean. Back in January, we decided that our Nelle Bauer is co-chef and co-owner, along with Jennifer James, of weekly Community Table dinners just weren’t working, for a number Jennifer James 101. She thinks the sixth key ingredient is a sense of of reasons, and we stopped offering them. We realized that the weekly humor or a good arsenal of clean food jokes. CT diners were almost always the exact same eight people. Week


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Foraging the local flora and fauna


can’t believe we’re already in the middle of October. Not long ago, beer, baseball and barbecues were the highlights of my week. Now, I’m cozying up in cardigans and waiting for that comfort food phone call from my dad: “I made green chile stew if you want to come up to the house.” Speaking of comfort food, the Supper Truck just rolled out its new fall menu in celebration of its one-year anniversary. Congrats! My delectable start to October was dinner at Farm & Table the other night for one of their moveable feasts, this one called “Flora & Fauna.” Attendees were offered the choice of two separate menus, one featuring 10 vegetarian dishes (flora) and another featuring 10 meat-based course (fauna). I was lucky enough to not have to choose, as my girlfriend accompanied me so we could enjoy the best of both worlds. In true Farm & Table fashion, they took it to the next level with standouts like a green tomato bisque, sweetbreads, smoked garlic ice cream and fois ganache. Though you may have missed this one, there are always new and fabulous dining events at Farm & Table. Keep up with them at or join them for the Second Annual Marigold and Harvest Festival on Oct. 19 from 9a-2p.

Tasting NM Tourists and locals alike, we’re over typical Balloon Fiesta fare and are ready for a taste of something different. Luckily, the final weekend of Balloon Fiesta kicks off the Taste of New Mexico. On Oct. 12-13, Bernalillo County is giving visitors a reason to stay an extra day and experience local food and drink in one place. Make your way to the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th SW) and sample bites and beverages from various New Mexican restaurants, wineries and breweries. Libations for the event will be available from ABQ Brew Pub, Broken Bottle Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Casa Rodena Winery and St. Clair Winery. You can nosh on food from Cecelia’s Cafe, Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles, La Fonda, Mr. Powdrell’s Barbeque House and many more. The Taste of New Mexico is free to attend with food and drink tickets available for purchase at the event. More information available at

Food friend Last but not least, I’m forcing my sappy side on you. I would like to wish a very happy birthday to the person who is by my side for all of my dining adventures and more — my amazing girlfriend and “dining companion,” Sarah. Love you, my beautiful Boo! Justin De La Rosa writes about the local food and restaurant scene. He can be reached at


Pickling the answer to overwhelming chile harvest


ne of the best ways to handle an abundant chile crop is to pickle them. Pickling the peppers will preserve them at least until next year’s crop comes in and makes “almost” fresh chiles available throughout the year. They can be pickled by themselves or in combination with other chiles or other vegetables. With just a little imagination, it’s easy to turn out attractive, multi-colored jars of pickled peppers. And, although pickling does require some time at the stove, it’s an easy way to put up a lot of chiles. There are a few basic rules to follow when pickling: 1. Sterilize jars and lids in a boiling water bath for 10 to15 minutes. We generally bring a large pot to a boil with an inch or two of water, along with a folded dish towel on the bottom of the pot. Jars are then placed, mouth down, into the water, along with the lids which can just be set between the jars. We then turn down the heat just enough to keep the pot slowly boiling or simmering. 2. Use pickling salt, rather than table salt which contains undesirable (for pickling) additives like iodine. Pickling salt is free of the additives that turn pickles dark and the pickling liquid cloudy. 3. While cider vinegar is more flavorful, five to six percent distilled white vinegar should be used to avoid discoloring the chiles. Note that we do use cider vinegar when discoloration is not a problem. 4. Do not boil the vinegar for a long period of time as that will reduce the acidity. 5. Poke or cut a hole in each chile to keep it from floating and also to allow the pickling solution to work into the entire chile. 6. After filling each jar, remove any trapped air with a spatula or knife blade inserted between the chiles and the wall of the jar, or by gently tapping the jar. 7. After processing in a boiling water bath, remove jars to a draft-free location and allow to cool before handling.

Sun-Cured Pickled Jalapeños These pickled chiles have an East Indian flavor because of the mustard seeds and ginger. Any small green chiles can be substituted for the jalapeños. Serving Suggestions: Serve these unusual chiles on sandwiches, hamburgers, or as a side relish for grilled or roasted meats. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.

Pickled Green Chile These chile strips are great on sandwiches or when chopped and mixed with salads such as tuna or shrimp. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation. Ingredients:

1/2 cup White vinegar 1/2 cup Sugar 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Dill seed 1/2 tsp. Mustard seed 8 to 10 green New Mexico chiles, roasted and peeled, cut in strips 3 cloves garlic, cut in slivers


1 cup Jalapeño chiles, stems and seeds removed, cut in 1/4-inch strips 1 Tbsp. Coarse salt 1 Tbsp. Mustard seeds 1 tsp. Cumin seeds 1/4 cup Oil, peanut preferred 1 tsp. chopped fresh Ginger 1/4 cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice

 Sprinkle the chile strips with the salt; toss and let them sit for 10 minutes. Toast the mustard and cumin seeds on a hot skillet, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the seeds begin to crackle and “pop.” Heat the oil to 350 degrees F, remove from the heat, stir in the ginger, and let it simmer for two minutes. Remove the ginger and discard. Stir in the chiles, cumin seeds, lemon juice and pack in a sterilized jar. For five days, set the jar in the sun in the morning on days when it is at least 70 degrees, and bring it in at night. Shake the jar a couple times each day. Yield: 1 pint, Heat Scale: Hot Chile pepper expert Dave DeWitt is the author of 50 books, many on chile peppers and spicy foods, including The Complete Chile Pepper Book (Timber Press). He is also the founding producer of the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show.

 Combine the vinegar, sugar and spices in a pan and simmer over low heat for five minutes. Put the chile into small, sterilized jars, cover with the liquid and add some garlic to each jar. Cover tightly and refrigerate for three days before using. Yield: 2 pints, Heat Scale: Medium

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‘Liquor gravity’ makes weighty drinks


ummer is no more. The long sundrenched days of folly and frolic are gone. School is already a drab routine. The Isotopes are a distant memory. Swimming pools are closed. Girls are wearing more clothes. Depression, anxiety and ennui would soon ensue for most Americans this time of year, but for the simple fact that the death of summer does conveniently usher in the professional football season. It’s five months of obsession, anxiety and stress bolstered by rituals like prognosticating, tailgating and grown men wearing shirts with other men’s names on the back. Beside the pageantry, spectacle, jaw dropping one-handed catches and mindnumbing collisions, the best part of the football season is the gathering of friends and family to eat, drink and be merry … and to drink some more. And what could be a better way to drink and be merry than by serving up a round or two of colorful, layered cocktails designed with your favorite team’s colors? The pousse-café, or “pusher of coffee,” is a great way to kick off your post-breakfast adult beverage indulgence. Yeah, it has a French name and even looks a little wussy. Yeah, you’ll most likely end up using some pretty sweet spirits. But you will be guaranteed to wow your crowd and forever more be asked to make some more “Cutler Bombs” when your Chicago Bear entourage arrives to a table of triple orange shooters layered from bottom to top with blue curaçao, orange curaçao and Cointreau. To make a pousse-café with your favorite


team’s colors, simply Google “liquor gravity” and up will pop a whole slew of sites with the weights and colors of the most popular spirits used in pousse-cafés. Select some ingredients and break out grammy’s antique poussecafé glassware. If you don’t happen to have traditional pousse-café glassware on hand, you can use a skinny shot glass, pony glass or champagne flute. Build your drink from the heaviest to the lightest. After pouring in the heaviest ingredient, you should pour subsequent lighter spirits over an inverted bar spoon touching the inside of the glass. Also, you may want to chill your ingredients before you begin to make your cocktails. Chilling the spirits will make them easier to layer and result in a more pleasant finished shooter. Be sure to experiment the night before your shindig, as some listed liquor gravities vary from site to site. Thus, you may see two of your ingredients switch places. Finally, if your hand is a little too shaky, make your pousse-cafés well ahead of time, put them in the fridge and let physics do the work for you (they’ll separate

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out themselves as long as you don’t mix them together). My favorite pousse-café-inspired cocktail is a personal variation, as I like to build it on the rocks and sip it until I’m sure my team has the game in hand. The drink was born of a combination of magic mushrooms, silly lady friends and a deeply felt need to celebrate Independence Day while licking up some hair of the dog. It was promptly christened “The Patriot” and soon became an accompaniment to many a big game.

The Coffee Pusher Ingredients:

1 oz. Grenadine 2 oz. Romana Sambuca .75 oz. Blue curaçao Method: Pour one ounce grenadine into your favorite rocks glass. Fill glass with ice. Slowly pour in two ounces Romana Sambuca. You may want to pour the Sambuca over a bar spoon to help keep it from mixing into the grenadine, but you shouldn’t have to as long as you pour slowly and close to the ice. Lastly, layer the blue curaçao on top. You’ll probably want to use the bar spoon this time to help ensure a nice separation in your spirits. Voila! Tom Brady now loves you too. Randy Kolesky is a veteran bar and restaurant manager in Albuquerque and the Tuesday host of All That Jazz on KUNM 89.9 FM. He can be reached at

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Fall travel ideas

Foot traffic

Among the countless alluring qualities of Santa Fe, walkability may hold the most usable charm


one-day, one-night jaunt to Santa Fe is an all-too-often overlooked luxury for residents of Albuquerque and surrounding areas. On a very recent visit with my lovely wife, I realized why this magical global destination is such a draw to so many travelers. In a word, walkability. After numerous visits to the City Different over the past few decades, it has never really dawned on me just how close all of its varied cultural amenities are to each other. In fact, it’s downright European. With one slight exception (more on that later), wifey and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon, evening and late morning in the confines of just a few square blocks. Of course, to do this, visitors need to find a hotel very close to the storied Santa Fe Plaza. Luckily, there are many.

story by Kevin Hopper Neighboring hotels Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe and Rosewood Inn Of the Anasazi, located on Washington and Palace Avenues, northeast of the Plaza, are each exquisite choices. For this latest trip, we chose the former, a recently revamped 56-room hotel that pays homage to its namesake, the New Mexican landmark town of Chimayo. Walk into the warm, woodsy lobby filled with distinctive artwork (all from Chimayo artists), including a mesmerizing Virgin Mary carving surrounded by lit candles and a wholly unique fireplace decorated with colorful santos, then through a French door, and guests are greeted with an enchanting three-story territorial style galley courtyard reminiscent of a Venetian alleyway (albeit one lined with decorative red chile ristras). Each room’s balcony looks out to this charming plaza, marked by a striking

yet serene wooden cross. The perfect place for a wedding? Yes, very much so. Rooms at Chimayo are similar to the town it is named after: rustic and folksy, yet exceedingly comfortable and warm. Rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces, plush beds with soft linens and handmade crosses and weavings all created by Chimayo artists. Though our visit here was in late summer, we are already planning a winter stay in hopes of soft snow and a roaring fire. As for walkability, guests can choose to walk just a few dozen feet to take in an authentic New Mexican meal at Tia’s Cocina, one flight up from the lobby, and perhaps a handcrafted cocktail afterward at Low ‘n Slow, just off the lobby. If that is all we had done on this trip, it would have been a short but relaxing respite from the normal day-to-day routine. Of course, we walked a bit further on this trip, but not much. Dinner was across the street at the Santa Fe dining institution The Bull Ring,

Lauded as one of the top travel destinations in the world, Santa Fe has a lot going for a town its size, not the least of which is offering numerous amenities in such a small space. On a recent one-night stay at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe (above), Local iQ’s Kevin Hopper didn’t stray more than a block in any direction, and still managed to take in a variety of shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, including the popular tapas spot La Boca, just a one or two minute walk away from Chimayo.


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Fall travel ideas a storied steakhouse and meeting place for politicos that relocated from its original location in 1995. In fact, as luck would have it, Michael David Winery (Lodi, Calif.) was holding a four-course wine dinner, where we sat with co-owner and president David Phillips, who introduced us to the winery’s creatively-named portfolio, including Rapture, Freakshow, Lust and Earthquake. Serendipity! Had we not chose The Bull Ring, we could have walked 20 more steps to indulge in Chef James Campbell Caruso’s tapas menu at Taberna La Boca, around the corner to La Boca (also owned by Caruso, who will soon be launching a tapas spot at Hotel Andaluz in Downtown Albuquerque) or cross one more street to Il Piatto for rustic Italian fare. This is all within a half block to the west from your room! Just a literal stone’s throw to the west and south is another splendid courtyard setting that houses La Casa Sena, where Chef Patrick Gharrity creates simple, elegant dishes that tips a hat to the ingredients and traditional fare of New Mexico. After-dinner drink spots are just as plentiful and within reach from Hotel Chimayo. Again, Low ‘n Slow is as ideal and unique as it gets. Not only does the signature cocktail menu pay tribute to local ingredients, the focus of the decor is about as New Mexican as can be: the lowrider. In fact, the parking spots out front are designated for lowriders only. Other nearby cocktail stops include The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, El Paseo Bar & Grill or the esteemed Staab House. Again, all of these spots are a threeminute walk at most, while your car is safely parked underground at Hotel

Santa Fe Where to stay:

Where to drink:

Hotel Chimayo


Rosewood Inn Of the Anasazi 113 Washington, 505.988.3030

Slow ’N Low

Hotel St Francis 210 Don Gaspar, 505.983.5700

330 E Palace, 505.986.0000

125 Washington, 505.988.4900

Where to eat:

Il Piatto

95 West Marcy, 505.984.1091

The Bull Ring

150 Washington #108, 505.983.3328

La Boca Photo by Wes Naman

Chimayo and a fireplace awaits your return. In the morning, hobble over to The French Pastry Shop for a coffee and quiche, or sleep in a little and grab a seat at The Shed for a leisurely lunch — just two of many other restaurants located just steps from your bed at Hotel Chimayo. Had the wife not been so thoughtful as to book a private tub and massage at Ten Thousand Waves up the hill (perhaps the most authentic Japanese spa this side of Tokyo) we would have had no use for a vehicle of any kind. It’s a very pleasant travel concept

when you think about it, and one that is far too rare in American cities. All the more reason that this jewel of a city should serve as the prime locale for Duke City residents seeking a short and sweet interlude.

72 West Marcy, 505.982.3433

The Shed

72 West Marcy, 505.982.3433 125 Washington, 505.988.4900

Staab House

Secreto Bar

210 Don Gaspar, 505.983.5700

The Palace Restaurant & Saloon 142 W Palace, 505.428.0690 Where to relax:

Ten Thousand Waves

3451 Hyde Park Road, 505.982.9304

113 E Palace, 505.982.9030

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Fall travel ideas

Alpine splendor Scenic driving tour through Ouray and Telluride offers stunning and majestic mountain views not so far from Albuquerque


hen you already live a mile high, alpine splendor is a lot closer than you think. That’s the takeaway from my recent two-day trip through the southwestern Colorado towns of Ouray and Telluride. For jawdropping fall scenery, hop in your car and drive north. There are perks to being a journalist in New Mexico. Money is not necessarily one (buy that ink-stained wretch a drink next time you see him at the bar). But a mid-week journalism assignment to leave the desk and computer screen behind and drive north into the mountains is worth its weight in gold (the color of the leaves up there right now). I went by way of State highway 550, a beautiful drive in its own right through Cuba and Aztec. There’s something about getting into the northwest reaches of New Mexico that soothes any agitation which a too-long stretch in Albuquerque has stirred for me. And we weren’t even in Colorado yet. Is there another state border that demarcates such a


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story by mike english dramatic shift as the New Mexico/Colorado border? Maybe it’s as simple as the elevation gain and the move from high desert to alpine terrain. Or, perhaps the Colorado roads are paved differently. Whatever it is, I often feel like I’m traveling from one country to the next when I cross from New Mexico to Colorado. You skirt Durango on the way to Ouray, which is a five-plus hour drive from Albuquerque. And it’s after Durango that you start to understand why the approach to Ouray and the town itself is called the “Switzerland of America.” I’m not even going to try and describe the beauty, particularly everything that surrounds the curvy stretch of highway through the San Juan Mountains from Silverton to Ouray. Let’s just say there are alpine peaks and aspen groves and evergreens and blue sky, and your little car on the little ribbon of highway is just a small speck in God’s creation. Named after the Ute chief, Ouray was a booming silver and gold mining town in the late 1800s, and when you hit Main Street that history is evident in buildings like the Beaumont Hotel and Ouray City Hall, all built prior to 1900.

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My first stop after a long afternoon on the road was the Ouray Brewery. The IPA lacks the bite of an Albuquerque version of the same style, but there were Where to stay: absolutely no complaints over a fine craft pint enjoyed on the rooftop of a historic building on the corner Box Canyon Lodge and Hot of a mountain town. The brewery is a must-visit for Springs anyone remotely enamored with suds. 45 3rd, 970.325.4981 After the pit stop, where I also ate a hearty bowl of chipotle black bean soup with lime and cilantro, it Ouray Brewery was time to check into my accommodations. The Box 607 Main, 970.325.7388 Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs is a meticulously maintained chalet-style inn with multiple hot tubs Mouse’s Chocolates and filled by the area’s natural hot springs. There’s something about a clean, orderly room and a Coffee welcoming outdoor hot tub under the stars that 520 Main, 970.325.7285 is rewarding after a day’s drive. It soothed me so much I almost went to bed at 8p. But since I was on assignment, it was time for another beer. The Silver Eagle Saloon features a beautiful 1886 wood bar, and if you squint and don’t look at the flat Mountain Lodge Telluride screen you can almost imagine your great grandpa as 457 Mountain Village, a young man sitting next to you while you quaff a cold 970.369.5000 one. Next, I grabbed a cup of coffee and a cookie at Butcher and Baker Cafe lively Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee (another 217 E. Colorado, 970.728.2899 recommended stop) before I headed back to the lodge — and then took one more delicious soak in the hot New Sheridan Hotel and tubs before hitting the hay for a much needed rest Bar prior to the next day’s drive to Telluride. 231 W. Colorado, If the approach to Ouray from the south is 970.728.4351 memorable, the hour-long journey from Ouray to Telluride is simply one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the world. Called the San Juan Skyway, Baked in Telluride the road traverses the Dallas Divide and offers 127 S. Fir, 970.728.4775 stunning views of multiple 14,000-foot peaks. Throw in some fall colors (which were just starting to pop in late September), a sunny morning and a dusting of snow on the mountain tops, and your jaw literally drops. Not to abdicate my responsibilities as a travel writer here, but there’s not much I can say about Telluride that hasn’t been written before. If you have never been, go as soon as you can. Besides the natural splendor, the town’s main street features a charming array of shops and restaurants. I ate lunch at The Butcher and the Baker, an excellent local/organic deli. Then I went to check in for my stay at the Mountain Lodge, on the

outskirts of town. Again I was unprepared for the beauty of the setting. Mountain Lodge is part of Mountain Village, the ski town just above Telluride. As a resort, it boasts all the amenities you could ask for: valet parking, luxury rooms, dining and easy ski slope access. I was graciously hosted for dinner at The View, the resort’s restaurant/bar, by marketing director Neil Hastings, who shared his fondness for Mountain Village and Telluride and told me I had to take a gondola ride. The Telluride Gondola runs from Mountain Village to Telluride and back, with a couple stops along its 50-minute round trip. It’s free (subsidized by the residents of Mountain Village) and features enclosed cars that seat up to eight people. I rode the gondola solo into Telluride at night, and it was a thrill. I won’t ever forget the descent into the shimmering lights of Telluride, nor my return trip. The gondola runs until midnight. I had a beer at the historic New Sheridan Bar that night, and in the morning, I rode the gondola once again to grab breakfast at Baked in Telluride, a popular eating spot for locals and visitors. A gondola ride back led me to my car, and six hours later I was home to Albuquerque — refreshed and invigorated by my remarkable, yet all-toobrief two-day alpine tour.


The road from Ouray (above right) to Telluride (above) is called the San Juan Skyway, and is “one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the world,” according to Local iQ editor Mike English, who recently took a two day, two town escape from his desk for a jaunt that included a stay at Mountain Lodge (facing page), just a short and stunning gondola ride up the hill from Telluride. Throughout his trip, English experienced some of the best fall color travelers are likely to experience in the entire country.

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Fall travel ideas Set in time

A slight return This southern New Mexico city wears its history and friendliness on its sleeve


t was the winter of 1967 when my family was transferred from Albuquerque to Las Cruces. It was a bit of an adjustment, but it did not take long to fall in love with where we were. We discovered the new flavors of this region’s New Mexican cooking, due in part to our new neighbors. Several families introduced us to many of the local eateries. Some of the names became fuzzy in my head as the years passed. Daytrips were made to Old Mesilla, through the pecan orchards and chile fields of this agricultural part of the state. Gradually we found ourselves thinking the Organ Mountains might just be as beautiful as our beloved Sandias. History was made our last summer there when the first man left dusty footprints on the moon. And history was made again when we packed up and moved back to Albuquerque just three months later — me having barely started 2nd grade. Over the years I have revisited “Cruces” with the same affection I had when I left as a kid. In April of 1987 U2’s Joshua Tree concert was held at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, and a big group of friends headed down and lodged at the Hilton Hotel for the weekend. Many stories are still recounted by friends

story by Steven J. Westman about our time there. Now, 26 years later, I enter the doors to the same building — now the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. In 2006, Heritage Hotels and Resorts took over and it underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Even though there were fragments of memories of the old lobby, I was quite amazed by the luxurious transformation. A vast array of beautiful crosses and art work fill the senses. Garduno’s has taken over as the restaurant, and right next to it is awesome Azul Lounge. The redo of the outdoor pool and gardens, is what wowed me the most. The feel of being at a lavish resort, resonates in this spot the best. The hotel sets up on a hill, on the east side of town, amid a lot of other businesses, but at the pool you feel hidden from it all. I saw several dogs and learned that four-legged family members are welcome. Another aspect of a hotel that will always leave a lasting impression on me is an affable and friendly staff who are also full of recommendations and directions to true “local” places to check out. Little did I know, many of the places would end up being flashbacks from my past.

While Las Cruces has grown immensely from a once sleepy Southern New Mexican burg, it has retained a number of its favorite restaurants such as Nellie’s Cafe and Chope’s Bar & Cafe (facing page) a little south in La Mesa. Conversely, new faces have been put on old mainstays, including Hotel Encanto (formerly a Hilton Hotel), where travel writer Steven J. Westman spent a couple of days and nights relaxing by the luxurious hotel pool and planning a tour of the city’s museums, such as the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, Las Cruces Museum of Art and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.


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For hitting the town, I am a lover of maps, but in this day and age the smart phone has taken over in cities where I need to keep my eyes on the road and my hands behind the wheel. I kept my dining experiences simple — nothing over the top or “fancy” — I wanted to be where the neighbors eat, where local fables unfold at the table next to you as everyone relishes yummy homestyle cooking. First stop was El Sombrero Patio Cafe, a family-owned restaurant that has been around since 1956. On this trip it was my first flashback to having dined there as a kid. I sat on the covered patio and struck up an instant camaraderie with my server Carl, formerly of Rio Rancho’s Turtle Mountain Brewing. He convinced me to order a plate of gorditas (as he swore you can’t find a good one in Albuquerque). I ended up thoroughly enjoying a combo plate featuring gorditas, a taco and a green enchilada paired with a cool michelada. I was a happy patron to say the least. Next in line was Nellie’s Cafe, another longstanding family-run gem (est. in 1963). The memories of past meals here came flooding back. Breakfast was bustling, with chatter all around, and the slow turn on the ceiling fans above helped establish the atmosphere of a place set in time. My server here was Josie, and with a smile she welcomed me back. She actually remembered me from the 1987 visit (honest and true). We realized we also went to Loma Heights Elementary in the same era, which made my ranch-style plate of eggs with meat, green chile and cheese all the more satisfying. I could have sat and sipped my coffee for hours. Breakfast and lunch, this place is a must. Yet another surprise was winding up my evening at High Desert Brewing, a fairly hidden spot that I drove right past (thank you smart phone). High Desert features a cool patio filled with beer lovers and a warm inside space with a bar, which is where I perched myself on stool and took it all in. High Desert started brewing in 1996; a year later they opened their brewpub. I had a pint of a seasonal Rye IPA (sublime!) followed by a Fresh Hop IPA, served with my green chile cheeseburger. I must say, the burger alone is worth going to this locale, and my bartender Luke took very good care of me. For my coffee fix I was directed to Milagro Coffee y Espresso in a shopping center right across from the NMSU campus. This is a special and popular haunt for locally roasted coffee and some delish baked goods, with a crew behind the counter that’s not just easy on the eyes but friendly and knows how to whip up strong java. I’m now madly in love with the Atomic Brew — enough blasts of caffeine to keep you going through the rest of the day.

History on display On most of my travels, I am somewhat a stickler for checking out the local history museums, of which Cruces has several well worth your time. Down by the train tracks is the Las Cruces Railroad Museum inside the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot — small in size but always a cool walk-through. Close by on Main Street is one of the city’s oldest structures, a spectacular building on the National and State Registries of Historic Buildings that houses the Branigan Cultural Center. It’s the home of a permanent local history exhibit and changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, concerts and other special events. Please, please make a stop here. Right next door is the Las Cruces Museum of Art,

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Las Cruces

which boasts a wide variety 0f revolving contemporary exhibits. It’s a modern building with fab eye candy on the walls. Finally, I need to thank the staff at Branigan for nudging me to drive to the far east side of Cruces, where I discovered for the first time the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Located on 47 acres, it is a sight to see, with a barn and orchards and steer roaming around. Walk the paths and interact with real farm life.


Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces 705 S. Telshor, 575.522.4300 WHERE TO EAT:

El Sombrero Patio Cafe

Trips afield There is also time for short little day trips during your stay in Cruces. Take Highway 28 south and pass through the more rural part of the town, where you see homesteads and farmland. Shadowy parts of the route are created by lush pecan orchards, specifically Stahmanns Estate Grown Pecans, which (to my dismay) no longer has shops open to the public. Trek about 16 miles further south, and find yourself in La Mesa, where you have to be sure to pull over for lunch or dinner at Chope’s Bar and Cafe. This infamous spot has a dining room and a separate bar. Please dine in the bar, as it’s the place to be. It has a dark and cool atmosphere that worked well with a cold beer and a bowl of chips and salsa while I waited for my Three Rellenos Plate smothered with queso and red chile. New Mexican food lovers will certainly be happy with Chope’s

363 S. Espina, 575.524.9911

Nellie’s Cafe Photo by Steven J. Westman

authenticity. I hope Liz will be taking care of you when you visit. Heading back north to Las Cruces, curious travelers must drop into Old Mesilla for a peek at the village’s historic plaza. My main goal is always to visit Mesilla Book Center, perhaps one of my favorite shops ever. A woman by the name of Mary Bowlin used to be the owner, and I actually recall her guidance in this somewhat chaotic space lined with piles and piles of books. But when she knew what you were looking for, she would always find it. I still have several hardbacks my mom purchased for me back in the day.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Bowlin is gone, but her daughter still runs the store — “local” at its very sweetest. Heading back home, head swelling from memories from the past and new ones emblazoned in my mind, I took the long way (of course) through Hatch. More pecan orchards and all the fields of green chile let you know that wherever you decide to travel in this state, you can always find beauty in the landscape and the people who reside there. That is hopefully something you will flash back to often — with notions of returning again and again to discover more.

1226 W. Hadley, 575.524.9882

High Desert Brewing Co.

1201 W. Hadley, 575.525.6752 highdesertbrewingco. com

Milagro Coffee y Espresso

Chope’s Bar & Cafe 16145 S. Hwy 28, La Mesa, 575.233.3420 what TO DISCOVER:

Las Cruces Railroad Museum 351 N. Mesilla

The Las Cruces Museum of Art 491 N. Main museums

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

4100 Dripping Springs nmfarmandranch

Mesilla Book Center

On the Plaza, Mesilla, 505.526.6220

1733 E. University, 575.532.1042 milagrocoffee

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rich’s ride Paraplegic cyclist blazes a trail from taos to tucson while raising funds for those in need bY blanca duarte


middle school math teacher, but despair entered his life. “The permanent paralysis had a way of shifting my awareness, I gave up for 10 years and convinced myself that nothing useful remained,” Dixon said in a recent interview with Local iQ. Physical restrictions challenged his normal way of everyday living. To cope, sPOrts and despite not having any knowledge about the writing taos to tucson field, Dixon started writing 2013 his first novel, Relentless a freak household accident in 1987 left rich Dixon (above with his dog oct. 1-28 Grace, in which he explored Monte) with a damaged spinal cord that confined him to a wheelchair. Dixon 970.218.1374 says he “gave up” for close to a decade before writing a book, Relentless the idea of not just surviving Grace, becoming a motivational speaker and take up hand-cycling. Dixon is DOnatiOns aCCePteD but thriving in the most currently on one of his many cycling treks, which works as a springboard to difficult of circumstances. raise money for good causes, such as stopping human trafficking. His book was published in Right then and there a movement took off, stemmed from one of 2008, and after retiring from and with the help of his supportive wife Hollywood’s hit blockbuster teaching in 2009, Dixon Becky Dixon and faithful service dog Monte, films, The Bucket List. In made the daring move to nothing would ever get in his way again. the movie, the storyline follows the lives become a writer and motivational speaker of two cancer patients who have ambitious Rich’s Ride has partnered up with a variety who seeks to spread encouragement about goals of accomplishing things they wouldn’t of social justice reform organizations such new beginnings. necessarily have the guts to do before they as U-Count and The International Justice As Dixon’s career began to blossom as a “kick the bucket.” Mission. By simply riding his hand-cycle, writer, other ventures such as Rich’s Ride Dixon knew all too well what it felt like to put Dixon has already made huge contributions were born. The organization’s inspiration toward raising funds to stop human off important adventures and later realize trafficking and end modern-day slavery. that good timing had never been on your side, leaving him with unwanted regrets. The determination didn’t stop there. Dixon He had worked through the despair after his recently launched the Florida Hope Tour and accident to begin to see new possibilities in the Front Range Freedom Tour earlier this his life. One thing that helped: cycling. year, where he invited over 30 abled cyclists to join him on his mission. Since 1999, Dixon’s infatuation with handcycling evolved into a dream of completing A resident of Fort Collins, Colo., Dixon chose an extended cross-country tour. At first Taos as the starting point for his current he tried several virtual simulators in Fort tour because of the historical strength of Collins, Colo., but somehow he always found the people of Taos Pueblo. “It’s lasted 1,000 an excuse that kept him from experiencing years,” he noted. “I thought about the the real thing. He said he didn’t get the push adversity those folks had to overcome, the he needed until he read Don Miller’s crossperseverance and determination, especially country story “A Million Miles in a Thousand in a culture that has an attitude of throwing Years.” The story prompted Dixon to finally things away.” choose whether or not he would let his selfThe Dixons welcome New Mexico residents imposed restrictions limit his capabilities. to get involved in Taos to Tucson 2013. Rich’s He decided they wouldn’t. Ride will post video, photos and blog updates In the fall of 2011, Dixon cranked out 1,500 of Dixon’s journey at He will miles along the Mississippi River to the be arriving in Flagstaff on Oct. 13, then Gulf of Mexico in eight weeks. The event heads south to Tucson, and he welcomes the raised nearly $60,000 for Convoy of Hope. company of other bicycle riders.


t’s amazing what the human spirit can endure, once limitations become a figment of the imagination. Rich Dixon’s life story validates the level of courage one can obtain by confronting fears and opening up to the idea of infinite possibilities. Dixon is the creator of Rich’s Ride, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for various humanitarian causes while encouraging people to overcome adversity. This month he is cycling across New Mexico and into Arizona using only his arms. It’s a trip designed to raise funds for Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization that organizes international feeding initiatives, community outreach and disaster response. Dixon rolled through Albuquerque on Oct. 6, with a scheduled arrival in Tucson on Oct. 27. That he’s cycling at all is a testament to his determination to helping others. In 1987, Dixon fell off of his roof while installing lights for the holidays. The incident left him with spinal cord damage, no use of his legs and confined to a wheelchair. He continued his career as a


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Build a foundation now for spectacular fall color With the blessed rains in September came every variety of weed, each growing at an accelerated pace. While spending days in the patches of never-ending, mindless weed pulling, I found ample time to reflect upon the seasonal change to fall. The feeling of movement into a time of lower temperatures, changing of the guard and respite from gardening seems to loom in the air. It is time to witness colors that are only present as the nights get cooler. Most gardeners make plans around color to include the presence of fall’s gold, red, yellow and orange. The combinations of autumnal colors reflect the light of shorter days.

Trees The most prominent impact for fall color will be trees. Depending on the variety, the tones of the leaves can be seen for miles. The short descriptions below will help gardeners make wise choices for great color. Autumn Blaze Maple: This one says it all, with long-lasting dazzling red-orange color. With an oval growth pattern this Maple can reach 40 feet tall by 30 feet wide. A drought tolerant and fast growing tree adds to the list of its benefits. Washington Hawthorne: A tree suitable for smaller yards, 20-foot by 20-foot, the leaves on this Hawthorne show a shiny orange to reddish purple vibrancy along with red berries suitable for song birds to enjoy all winter. New Mexico Olive: A native tree, this Olive can be considered a large shrub or small tree. Typically multi-trunked the small leaves will add a golden yellow to the fall palette. The fruit on

the female trees is purple contrasting well with the yellow leaves. Raywood Ash: One of the more noticeable fall trees, the Raywood Ash is used frequently in parking lots. A more compact 25-foot by 25-foot, the narrow leaves display purple shades that darken as the season progresses.

Shrubs Adding shrubs to the list of fall tones enhances the garden, filling in lower areas. Although there are many shrubs that can produce great fall color, the small selection below gives gardeners an idea of what choices are available. Regent Serviceberry: The fall colors of red, orange and yellow of this Serviceberry enhances any garden. The round leaves give an unusual texture along with the purple berries the shrub produces. As a medium size shrub, it will grow eight-feet by 15-feet. Cranberry Cotoneaster: The arching branches of this dense shrub reach three to six feet and display bright red berries and leaves in autumn. Cranberry Cotoneaster will certainly draw the eye to the garden making it a specimen in fall.

Dwarf Fragrant Sumac: A great addition to a landscape, this Sumac is low-growing for a shrub, maxing out at three to five feet. The leaves vary from yellow to red and are accented by the red berries. This shrub can tolerate most growing conditions as is witnessed growing in the medians in Albuquerque. Creeping Mahonia: The holly-like leaves on this compact shrub bring color to the lower level of the garden. With the red tones accompanied by purple berries, Creeping Mahonia is suitable for growing in shaded areas.

Perennials Perennials that bloom in the fall certainly deserve attention as well. Among the many, this list has a few of the beauties seen locally. Coronado Hyssop: Although this Hyssop starts blooming in the summer, the noticeable color of orange stays until the first hard freeze. Not only does the perennial have great color, the foliage is very fragrant.

Professor Kippenburg Astor: The masses of lavender blue blooms growing in a mound will add a glorious appearance when planted in groups and borders. This aster is a sure sign that fall is here. Maximilian Sunflower: As with any Sunflower, the buttery yellow blooms lighten up any landscape. The Maximilian Sunflower, when planted along a fence or wall, will spread four to five feet and stand tall up to eight feet. A majestic sight in fall! The benefit of the fall garden is enjoying showy colors while sitting in the comfort of cooler weather. Planting gardens with the vision of seasonal color and texture promotes the planting of unordinary shrubs, trees and perennials. Start now, plant now and you will thank yourself next fall. Tish Resnik is the owner of Great Outdoors Nursery. She can be reached at

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the evolution of ani Many of her fans still see her as a ‘righteous babe’ with a guitar, but life moves on for indie icon, mother Ani difranco bY bill nevins


ni DiFranco is fine with being labeled a folk singer. That’s how she burst on the music scene in the early and mid ’90s, a young woman with a guitar and an uncanny ability to engage large audiences all by herself with honest song craft and a unique infectious energy. Now 43, and the mother of two kids (her youngest was born in April), DiFranco has evolved beyond her 20-something persona. She is still the alternative icon who founded her own record label long before that was common, and she remains strong in her opinions and committed to her causes. But an Ani DiFranco album today (her most recent, PrevieW Which Side Are You On?, was released last year) is ani difranco just as likely to feature WitH tosHi reaGon New Orleans-style horns 8p, tue., oct. 15 and piano as it is folksy KiMO tHeatre guitar. DiFranco might 423 Central nW, sing a raucous ballad with 505.768.3522 a feminist point, but she’s soLd out also likely to sing a subtle, ticKets: mature, heart-wrending falling-in-love song like “Hypnotized.” DiFranco will play at the kiMo with bass player Todd Sickafoose and drummer Terence Higgins. She spoke recently with Local iQ during a tour stop in North Carolina.

Local iQ: We understand you recently gave birth to a new baby! Ani DiFranco: Yes, my second child, a wonderful event. iQ: Do you plan to write any new songs about this experience? AD: Well, being a mother is a most important part of my life and so that has to come into my songs. But really, I don’t usually sit down to write songs about specific things. It’s more like things happen, life happens, and it all tends to work its way into the songs somehow. I may have an idea and write some lines, maybe record them in the studio, and then come back to them later and work with them and see if a song develops. It’s not a direct method, but it is a way that songs come to be. iQ: What affects your songwriting lately? AD: I’ve been reading some books about how language itself impacts how we see the world, how our society is structured. As a life-long feminist, this really intrigues me. The authors that I’ve been reading suggest that the patriarchal structure we have, and have had for a very long time, is in many ways a result of how our language is structured and employed. Words impact how we perceive reality, and how we think and act. Its fascinating. I am still not sure how my reading will come into my songs, but we were in the studio when I was about six months pregnant and I think we will revisit those recordings and see what may come from them. We plan to go back into the studio soon to work

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Highly respected as a folk artist and 1990s alternative icon, ani DiFranco hasn’t faded from the music scene. Her latest recording, 2012’s Which Side Are You On? was found her experimenting with a hyper-diverse lineup of musicians and still moving the needle. DiFranco will perform to a sold out crowd at the KiMo theatre on October 15. toshi reagon will open the show.

towards a new album. iQ: You are known for many politically charged songs. Yet, some might ask why you choose to engage in social activism through music. Years ago, the very political songwriter billy bragg asked himself in a song, “Mixing pop and politics, i wonder what the use is.” AD: Yes, that’s a good song, but really I see pop music and politics as being very close to the same thing. When people come to a show and get the lyrics, even sing them with us, that is a political event, a very social event. I love it when people are really attuned to the songs, and seem to really identify with the words. iQ: on your most recent album you do an updated version of the song “Which Side Are You on?” which was originally a union-organizing song. Some years ago you recorded two fine albums with the late utah phillips, a famous international Workers of the World or “Wobblies” activist. Do you see unions as playing a role these days? And do you see a dichotomy as existing in society, or is it created by activists? AD: Well, unions have gone through very hard times in recent decades, and not all unions have been on the positive or progressive side of things. But while I do support progressive union work, I really see that song not so much as a union-organizing song now, but as a song which asks us if we are on the side of activism or

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if we are going to be passive and just let things happen to us. I prefer to be active. I don’t see it as a dichotomy so much as a choice either to engage with social change or not to. iQ: there is a report in the news this week of several American soldiers being killed inside the Gardez base in Afghanistan. AD: Yes, I am glad you brought that up. This is a very sad situation, and one that does not seem to be getting enough attention. The war just keeps dragging on, and people are dying, Americans and Afghans, as well as people in other countries. It is disappointing that Obama came in with our hopes and a mandate to end these wars, but they are still going on. This is something we need to address, and hold him and the government accountable. iQ: Do you have favorite songs of your own? AD: Well, we have a lot of songs recorded now over the years, and I know there are some that people really like, and expect to hear, and I love to play those ones — Ani Di Franco’s “greatest hits” (laughs) — but seriously I really like to play the songs that people get into, that they sing along with or seem to really feel. It is very special when a concert becomes a community experience, when it is about us, all the people in the room, not just about me. Those are the songs I really love to perform.

n Albuquerque-based podcast inspired by the mind of Joe Rogan? Yes. It exists. It is called Rips
Show, and co-founder Nicholas Meyers (BKA MC Nick Furious) counts the Joe
Experience and the Occupy
Show amongst it Blogtalk radio peers. But this is no talkingheads circle twerk, this show is 60 minutes of freestyle cypher complete with humorous skits, political quips and locally grown beats that’ll put some flava in your Wednesday night. When Rips
Raps producer, host and emcee (Band with No Name) Nick Furious founded the podcast with veteran Burque podcaster and frontman Brandon “Lowki” Atencio (Bat Wings for Lab Rats) they were just looking for something edgy that they had never done before. “We wanted it to be an excuse to let loose an abundance of freestyle raps, off the wall skits and witty banter,” said Furious. With a career’s worth of hours behind the mic logged on stage, I felt compelled to ask Furious what’s difference and the draw of getting behind the screen? “Generally, you get away with more stuff on a podcast because people are expecting edgy or silly and sometimes vulgar,” he said. “We try to keep it within reason on R&R but sometimes we go off on a tangent about political beliefs, something sexual or something taboo and in these cases I feel more comfortable doing so hidden behind the veil of the podcast.” As a guest on the show a few weeks back, I had the opportunity to take part in an improv comedy skit and watch Furious integrate stand-up comedy bits, sound effects, movie samples, audiobooks and live instruments to the show. It felt like listeners were getting the opportunity to hang out with us in the studio from the comfort of their own home. The 30-plus minutes of freestyling in every program create that “hangout” atmosphere for every aspiring hip hopper that spent countless hours bustin’ raps in their basement or parent’s car growing up. “The freestyle is a part of life and life is not always perfect,” said Furious. “Sometimes it is messy, jumbled, confusing, erotic, eye opening, mind expanding, etc. This is why I believe that it always works, even when it doesn’t work out all nice and neat. I encourage my guests to know that we are just homies in the cypher and that following the vibe is most important.” You can join the cypher every Wednesday at 10p on theliteraryunderground or on demand anytime after that at ripsandrpas.podomatic. com. If you think you’d like to be a guest, hit up Nick Furious at ripsandrapsshow@gmail. com. Hakim Bellamy hears music when other people are talking. It’s only awkward when you ask him to repeat what you said. He is also Albuquerque’s poet laureate.

music Downs Racetrack & Casino Mixtress Dancene 6-9p, FREE Sorela LATIN/HIP HOP 9p-1a, FREE Garrett’s Desert Inn Cedric Burnside Project + Jimmy Duck Holmes BLUES 7p, $25-$28 Gecko’s Bar & Tapas-Academy Bartender 4 Mayor 8p, FREE Imbibe Spinning with Ryan Shea 10p,

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Barley Room A.O.R. ROCK 9p-1a, FREE Blackbird Buvette Happy Hour with Carlos the Tall 6p Planet Rock-Funky Dance Party Burt’s Tiki Lounge Lindy Vision/Sun Dog/Nightstar

Cowgirl Santa Fe Butch Morgan WESTERN 8p, FREE Downs Racetrack & Casino Double Shot 7-10p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Launchpad Hellzapoppin: a Circus Sideshow Revue 9:30p, TBD Los Griegos Library Matt and Shannon Heaton CELTIC Noon, FREE (reservations req.) Low Spirits Sam Miller/Pancho!/Shenandoah Davis/Tono & the Finance Co. 9p, $6 Marble Brewery The Strange/Amber St. Yves/Zealous Grooves 7-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo PIANO 6:30-

9:30p, FREE

Molly’s Bar Jimmy Jones 5:30p-close FREE

9:30p, FREE

DJ Exodus will perform at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino ( on Fri., Oct. 11. Tickets are $10 to $50 at the door. Show from 9p-1a.

8:30p, FREE

Casa Esencia DJ Aquattro/DJ Devin TOP 40 DANCE 9p-1:30a, $20

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Launchpad Video Games/7:56 & Shoe/Broken Animals 9:30p, $7 Low Spirits Super happy Funtime Burlesque with Vivian MirAnn 9p, $10 Marble Brewery Zolton Orkestar/Temporary Tattoos/Let it Grow 2-9p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo PIANO 6:30-

fri 11

10p, FREE ** Calendar listings are a free service and may be cut due to space. preference is given to free events.


Scalo II Bar Le Chat Lunatique DIRTY JAZZ 8p, FREE Sister Bar Thu. night technics featuring DJ Babu 9p-1a, $10 St. John’s United Methodist Church Mary Kime, “Ars Musica” 1-3p, $10 Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Green Billies OLD TIME 9:30p, FREE

The Cowgirl Jody Jones COUNTRY SOUL 5-7:30p, FREE Jono Manso ROOTS-ROCK 8:30p, FREE

CoolWater Fusion Oscar Butler 6-8p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Jono Mason ROCK 8:30p, FREE The Downs Racetrack & Casino Mixtress Dancene 6-9p Sorela LATIN/HIP HOP 9p-1a, FREE

Imbibe DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Dahhm Life/Zoology/Definition Rare/Zack Freeman/Kayohes/DJ Ohm 9:30p, $5 Low Spirits Cali Shaw Band/Todd & the Fox/ Story Ark/Keyboard 9p, TBD Marble Brewery Squash Blossom Boys 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson PIANO 6:30-9:30p, FREE

Molly’s Bar Gene Corbin 1:30-5p Memphis P-Tails 5:30p-close, FREE

Q Bar DJ Huggie ’80s/’90s/FUNK 9p-1:30a, FREE

Scalo II Bar Vinyl Trio SOUL/R&B 8:30p, FREE The Stage/ Santa Ana Star Casino DJ Exodus 9p-1a, $10-$50 Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Shane Wallin SOUL/POP 7:3010:30p, FREE

sat 12 Blackbird Buvette The Local Spin 7p Live, Local Music Showcase 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Cynical Bird/Avalon Landing/Freak the Mighty 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Indigie Femme INDIGENOUS/ WORLD 2-5p Liv Lombardi SINGER 5:30-7:30p Felix y Los Gatos 8:30p, FREE

Cooperage Tumbao SALSA 9:30p, $7 Dragon Horn Tavern Maybe Sunday (Kelly Curtis) 6-9p,


Molly’s Bar Bailout 1:30-5p Rock Bottom 5:30p-close, FREE

Popejoy Hall Olga Kern plays Rachmaninoff 6p, $20-$68

Q Bar DJ Chil TOP 40/DANCE 9p-1:30a, $10 Roosevelt Park/Grower’s Market Eileen & Cross Country 9a-noon,

Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Jade Masque LATIN/FUNK 3p, FREE KiMo Theatre Jake Shimabukuro UKULELE 7:30p,


Launchpad Red Fang/Helms Alee/Dog Shredder 8p, $12 Low Spirits Widowspeak/Pure Bathing Culture 8p, $8

Marble Brewery Drastic Andrew CD Release Party 6-9p, FREE

O’Niell’s Heights Curio Cowboys 4-7p, FREE O’Niell’s Nob Hill Rye Creek FOLK/IRISH 4-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space Music Appreciation Series: Avant Garde Jazz from 1960s onward 2p, $5

Sunday Chatter Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble 10:30a, $5-$15

Sunshine Theater Trivium/Devildriver/After the Burial 7p, $22

Zacatecas Tacos + Tequila Jazz Brasileiro 12:30-3p, FREE

mon 14 Blackbird Buvette Karaoke-happy hour all night 9p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig ALL STYLES 9p, FREE

Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

Sunshine Theater Attila/Upon a Burning Body/ iwrestledabearonce/The Plot in You/Fit for a King 6:30p, $15

tue 15 Blackbird Buvette Groove the Dig w/ Old School John ROCK ’N’ ROLL 10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe A House for Lions ROCK 8p, FREE Esther Bone Memorial Library Adama African Dance and Drum Ensemble 6:30p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Fabulous Martini Tones SURF/ LOUNGE 3p, FREE

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Scalo II Bar The Breaktone INDIE 8:30p, FREE The Stage/Santa Ana Star Casino OMG 9p-1a, women $5/men $10 Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Kieth Sanchez BLUES/POP 7:3010:30p, FREE

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Copper & Congress INDIE ROCK/JAZZ 9:30p, FREE

sun 13 Blackbird Buvette World Famous Brunch with Aaron Markland and Andy Cook Noon The Weeksend w/ Wae Fonkey and guests 7p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Boris McCutcheon/Townes van Zandt AMERICAN Noon-3p Rio BOSSA NOVA/JAZZ 8p, FREE

Downs Racetrack & Casino Mariachi Tradicional 5:30-8:30p, FREE Eight Two 1 Antonia Apodaca 3-5p, $10 Hotel Andaluz Chatter Cabaret: Brian O’Connor french horn star 5p, $5-$15

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music Scalo II Bar Rio Bossanova 8:30p, FREE Sister Bar Trick or Tease: a Night of Bewitching Burlesque 9p-1a, $10 The Stage/Santa Ana Star Casino Lenin and McCarthy 9p-1a, FREE Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Kevin Cummings 7:30-10:30p, FREE

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Imbibe College night w/ DJ Automatic 9p,


Launchpad Into it. Over it/Hostage Calm/ Sweet Weapons 7:30p, $8 Marble Brewery The Giving Tree Band 7-10p, FREE Q Bar Pete Gabaldon and “Magic” LATIN

JAZZ 9p-1:30a, FREE

Sunshine Theater We Came as Romans/Silverstein/ Chunk! No, Captain Chunk/The Color Morale/Dangerkids 7:30p, $22 Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Jackie Myers Band FUNK/BLUES/JAZZ 8p, FREE

wed 16 Blackbird Buvette Skull Control Presents: Beats and Verses HIP HOP 10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Bat ROCK/FOLK/ACOUSTIC 8p, FREE The Downs Racetrack & Casino Certified Organic 6-9p, FREE Low Spirits Caravan of Thieves/Pawn Drive 8p, $12-$15

Marble Brewery D. Bess 6-9p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Larry Friedman 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Bar Pat Duran Show 5:30p-close FREE Q Bar Rodney Bowe “Sweet Life” SMOOTH

JAZZ/FUNK 9p-1:30a, FREE

Scalo II Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE

Sunshine Theater Blue October/The Unlikely Candidates/Tori Vasquez 8p, $25

sat 19

thu 17

Blackbird Buvette “It wasn’t me” hosted by Jim Phillips 6p Close Contact dance party

Blackbird Buvette Willy J Duo ACOUSTIC 7p KGB Club GOTH 10p, FREE

’80s request 10p, FREE

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Freaky Tiki 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Sarah Gillespie BRITISH JAZZ/FOLK/

Burt’s Tiki Lounge Radgo/Hoverboard/Postwar Germany 8:30p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe The Bill Hearne Trio COUNTRY 2-5p The Sean Healen Band WESTERN


Downs Racetrack & Casino Westwind 7-10p, FREE Imbibe DJ Malik 9p, FREE Launchpad And So I Watch You From Afar/This Town Needs Guns/Mylets 8p, $10 Marble Brewery Little Sister Band 7-10p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson 6:30-9:30p, FREE Molly’s Bar B.C. Boogie Boys 5:30p-close, FREE Outpost Performance Space The Clayton Brothers 7:30p, $25-$20 Q Bar DJ Quico LATIN 9p-1:30a, FREE Scalo II Bar Chris Dracup BLUES 8p, FREE Sister Bar Natty Vibes (Natural Vibrations) 8p-1:30a, $10

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Joe Teichman & TC Fambro 9:30p, FREE

ROCK 8:30p, FREE

Sleeping with Sirens will perform at Sunshine Theater on Fri., Oct. 18. Opening acts include Memphis May Fire, Breathe Carolina and Issues. Show at 7p. Tickets are $22.50, available at

fri 18 Asbury United Methodist Church 4th Annual NM Dulcimer Concerts Times vary, $10 cash at door

Blackbird Buvette Michael Weaver Live Jukebox 7p Fresh Fridays with DJ Cello and guests OLD SCHOOL 10p, FREE Burt’s Tiki Lounge Crazy Eyes/Belle Jar/Port Alice/ Sphynx 8:30p, FREE Casa Esencia DJ Justinincredible/DJ Chil TOP 40 DANCE $20

Cowgirl Santa Fe Ben Wright AMERICANA 5-7:30p Broomdust Caravan HONKY-TONK/ ROCK 8:30p, FREE

Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ David 6-9p Severo y Grupo Fuego CUMBIA 9p-1a, FREE Hotel Andaluz Jazz Brasileiro 5-8p, FREE Imbibe The Woohabs ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TRIO 6p DJ Malik 10p, FREE Low Spirits Concepto Tambor/Merican Slang 9p, TBD

Malarky’s The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9:30p-1:30a, FREE

Marble Brewery Aladocious 8-11p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Karl Richardson Duo PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

Molly’s Bar Skip Batchelor 1:30-5p Rudy Boy Experiment 5:30p-close, FREE Outpost Performance Space The Clayton Brothers 7:30p, $25-$20 Q Bar DJ Huggie ’80s/’90s/FUNK 9p-1:30a, FREE


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CoolWater Fusion Oscar Butler 6-8p, FREE Cooperage Son Como Son CUBAN SALSA 9:30p, $7 Downs Racetrack & Casino DJ FLo Fader 6-9p Severo y Grupo Fuego CUMBIA 9p-1a, FREE Gecko’s Bar & Tapas-Academy Scotty and the Atomics 8p, FREE Imbibe Spinning with Ryan Shea 10p, FREE Launchpad The Coma Recovery/Flood the Sun/Along Came the Swarm/John Courage 9p, TBD Low Spirits I was a Teen-Aged Creepshow Peepshow! 9p, TBD Lumenscape Studios Earwaves on SomaFM: grand opening 4p-2a, $10-$15 Marble Brewery Last to Know 7-10p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez Duo PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

Molly’s Bar Dangerous Curvs 1:30-5p Paradox 5:30p-close, FREE

Outpost Performance Space Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst 7:30p, $17-$22

Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery Le Chat Lunatique 6p, FREE Q Bar DJ LT. TOP 40/DANCE $10 Roosevelt Park/Grower’s Market Nosotros 9a-noon, FREE

Scalo II Bar Jade Masque LATIN/FUNK 8:30p, FREE Sister Bar You/Baboon Fiesta/AJ Woods/DJ Dcat 9p-1a, $5 St. John’s United Methodist Church Quintessence with the NM Philharmonic 7p, $19-$54 Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino DJ Cyber Kid 9p-1a, women $5/ men $10 DJ Automatic 9p-1a, FREE Lenin and McCarthy 9p-1a, FREE Sunshine Theater Sleeping with Sirens/Memphis May Fire/Breathe Carolina/Issues 7p, $22.50

Thunderbird Harley-Davidson The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p-1a, FREE

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Robby Ovefield & the Breaks 9:30p, FREE

Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Entourage JAZZ 7:30-10:30p, FREE

sun 20 Blackbird Buvette World Famous Brunch with Sloan Armitage, Fernando Moore, Gerald Burkhart Noon Me, Myself, and I: A Night of Solo Music 8p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe The Country Blues Revue ORIGINAL BLUES Noon-3p Alto Street ACOUS-


The Downs Racetrack & Casino Mariachi Tradicional 5:30-8:30p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Chris Murray SKA 3p, FREE Old San Ysidro Church Steve Cormier COWBOY GUITAR 3p, FREE

O’Niell’s Heights Iscuma 4-7p, FREE O’Niell’s Nob Hill Adobe Brothers BLUEGRASS 4-7p, FREE Outpost Performance Space ACS with Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding 7p, $30-$60

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smart music ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding 7p, Sun., Oct. 20

ZZ Top 8p, Sat., Oct. 12


he beards, shades, hats, dusters, custom Dean Z “Spinning Fur” Buffalo Thunder Resort & guitars and the red “Eliminator” Casino 1933 Ford Coupe. That’s ZZ Top. But 30 Buffalo Thunder, behind the humorous costumes lies a Santa Fe, 505.848.6337 true American blues rock band that’s $55-$75 been jamming for more than 40 years. The Texas trio, led by guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, look-a-like bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard (only member without a beard) can really blister live. With Gibbons shredding blues solos on his Les Paul guitar, ZZ Top is heavy — not as hard as AC/DC but ZZ Top still rocks. With its blues roots they are truer than most rock bands and still they don’t take themselves too seriously. Word is that the name is a combination of Zig Zag and Top, well known brands of “cigarette” rolling papers. That’s the ZZ Top blend: fun and rockin’. How good is ZZ Top? They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. They possess 13 multi-platinum records, including The Eliminator with the hit singles “Gimme All Your Lovin,” Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” — an album that sold over 10 million units. But has that changed the bluesy band’s entertaining nature? Nope. —Benjamin Quiñones Reyes


istening to ACS is like taking a relaxing trip away from the drudgery of everyday life. Each woman in this trio has an impressive The Lensic background in both instrumental 211 W. San Francisco, and vocal performances, and are all Santa Fe, 505.988.1234 incredibly tuned in to improvisation. $30-$60 The group is composed of three women: Geri Allen on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums and Esperanza Spalding on bass and the mesmerizing lead vocals. Together, their different styles work seamlessly together, as if they were actually reading each other’s minds. The style of ACS is unique, mysterious and sophisticated, reveling in the jazz art form. A trained musical ear would be challenged to pinpoint each subtle nuance in a piece since the music is rather disorienting, like a good dream. However, even the untrained ear would be able to approach this music without feeling lost (which can easily happen in other “jazzy” styles of improv) since the music sounds so beautiful. It would be impossible to predict what kind of show ACS will perform live, but these ladies will no doubt amaze you. —Chloë Winegar-Garrett


f you happen to be one of the multitude of GWAR football fans out there tired of the very unWith Whitechapel, Iron Reagan, Band of Orcs football-like entertainment generally found 7:30p, Tue., Oct. 22 at the Super Bowl, the recent announcement Sunshine Theater that Bruno Mars will be crooning during the 120 Central SW, halftime festivities this year probably didn’t 505.764.0249 help your outlook any. But instead of simply $19, 13+ grousing about it, one man, Jeff Cantrell, Tickets: decided to actually do something about it. He began an online petition to get the shock metal, blood spewing monolith commonly known as GWAR to play halftime of the 2015 showcase game, and his efforts have created a groundswell of support with the current tally of the petition at 40,000 fans. The fact that this band could even garner this type of support — realistic outcome or not — is a testament to a group made up of intergalactic space rogues sent here to destroy humanity. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to see this band live can attest to the total showmanship and apocalyptic feel that is present at any GWAR show. Over the better part of the past 30 years the band has tirelessly toured all over the country, exposing the poor inhabitants of Earth to a testosterone laden, satiric take on the absurdity of life on this planet. Oh, yeah … and Beavis and Butthead loved these guys — they uh huh, uh, they kick ass. —Jeff Kerby

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Blackbird Buvette Karaoke-happy hour all night. with DJ Speed 9p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig ALL STYLES 9p, FREE

Launchpad New Kingston/I. Conscious/The Riddims 9, $8 Marcello’s Chophouse Open Piano Night PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

tue 22 Cowgirl Santa Fe Gooding ROCK 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Brewery Zoltan Orkestar Duo GYPSY/SWING 3p, FREE

Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Automatic 9p, FREE Launchpad

Meathook/Impaled Offering/Defleshment/Deforme/A Malicious Plague 9p, $4 Low Spirits Miss Tess & the Talkbacks/Sage Harrington 9p, $8 Molly’s Bar Juke Box Hero 5:30p-close, FREE Sunshine Theater Gwar/Whitechapel/Iron Reagan/ Band of Orcs 7:30p, $19

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Jeremiah Sammartano BLUES/AMERI-



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Cowgirl Santa Fe The John Kurzweg Band ROCK 8p,

Tales Of A Grass Widow


Downs Racetrack & Casino Ryan Montano JAZZ/FOLK 6-9p, FREE Low Spirits Fayuca/I.Conscious/Bat Wings for Lab Rats/Con Razon 9p, $7 Marble Brewery Jeremiah and the Red Eyes 6-9p, FREE Marcello’s Chophouse Tony Rodriquez PIANO 6:30-9:30p,


Molly’s Bar Elli Perry 1:30-5p James Maple 5:30p-close, FREE

Q Bar Rodney Bowe “Sweet Life” R&B/


Scalo II Bar Cali Shaw Acoustic Showcase 8:30p, FREE

Sister Bar Quintron and Miss Pussycat 9p-1a,


Transistor Recordings, 2013

Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady are controversial artists. It’s what makes their music new, fresh and interesting. Tales Of A Grass Widow blends horror, beauty, hip hop, goth, folk and dangerous subject matter into a tight, well-produced autumn masterpiece. Their upcoming show on Halloween at The Sunshine Theater is an absolute can’t-miss.

Crocodiles Crimes Of Passion Frenchkiss Records, 2013

The glam bands of the 1970s were appealing because of their androgyny, catchy tunes and straight-up bitchy attitudes. Crocodiles bring these qualities back in an updated 21st century way. Plenty of “Oooooo’s” and “Aaaahhhh’s” and melodious bass licks abound, plus you’ll be singing along after the first listen.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Fly By Wire Polyvinyl, 2013

Certainly one of the best band names in a long time, SSLYBY makes pop music in the Vampire Weekend and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vein. Fly By Wire is loaded with seemingly happy, upbeat songs, but the overall vibe is often sad or just plain odd as evidenced by the first lines of the single “Cover All Sides”: “Goddamn, they’re coming from all sides, with 50 pounds of ice.”

SISU Blood Tears Mono Prism, 2013

SISU is the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. She began the project hoping to capture an uncategorizable sound. Using elements of underground ‘80s and ‘90s sound, Vu has made it contemporary, an unlikely blend of Siouxsie Sioux and Broadcast.


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Psych thriller delves into religion’s dark side By Damon Scott


isiting a doctor’s office doesn’t typically put me at ease, but that’s what happened when I visited the offices of Paul DeBlassie III last month. Granted, DeBlassie isn’t just any doctor and his office isn’t typical either. Maybe it was the dark interior of a classic, older Northeast Heights Albuquerque complex or the oddly steady rain that had been falling all day. Or the fact that DeBlassie is one of those rare beings that simply The Unholy compels you to relax. In any case, I stepped inside and immediately By Paul DeBlassie III wanted to sink in a big chair, cross my Sunstone Press, 2013 legs and start sipping cognac. $22.95 DeBlassie is a psychotherapist in ISBN-13: 978-0-86534private practice and has written his 959-9 first novel, The Unholy. The book is a psychological thriller with a dose Book Signing of mystery and supernatural scenes. It follows its main character, Clarie, Paul DeBlassie III through a life-and-death battle against 3p, Sat., Oct. 12 an evil archbishop. Bookworks DeBlassie said he could have covered 4022 Rio Grande NW, the subjects he wanted to cover by 505.344.8139 FREE writing “another self-help book.” He’s written those before, but that’s not what he wanted to do. The selfhelp track might have been easier, however, as it took the 60-year-old 10 years to get The Unholy published. He said it was a driving passion that eventually found a willing publisher in Santa Fe’s Sunstone Press, headed by Jim Smith. It’s true, The Unholy is not just another self help book and

DeBlassie’s first public event since its August publishing will not be just another book reading. DeBlassie will be leading a healing event and meditation at an Oct. 12 gathering at Bookworks. It will mark the first of several such events across New Mexico and in neighboring states to promote the book. DeBlassie has spent most of his career working with patients that have gone through religious traumas — those who have been affected by what he calls the “dark side of religion.” And while it would be easy to peg The Unholy as particularly tough on Catholicism, it is a shot across the bow to the dark side of all organized religions. Catholicism may be the religion that comes to mind as you navigate through Claire’s adventures, but DeBlassie said he is not out to bash Catholics — he was one himself for many years. In fact, DeBlassie wanted to be a priest, and went to Rome to do so. You’ll appreciate the thriller aspect of The Unholy, and if you’ve lived in New Mexico for any amount of time or are from the Southwest, you’ll recognize much of the scenery and Native American imagery. The breadth and depth of DeBlassie’s detail throughout the book will remind you of the region’s landscapes and many of its traditions. The DeBlassies are New Mexico through and through, with a long line of curanderas in the family. DeBlassie’s wife Kathleen is from Grants and his three children were all born and raised in Albuquerque and all went to Catholic schools. DeBlassie has made an effort to connect with readers online. The book is available on Amazon’s Kindle and he not only operates a website for The Unholy, but has a blog site and Facebook page. He has reached out to virtual book publisher’s across the country to help him promote the book as well.

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one way out Zombies overrun Albuquerque and you need to escape in the experiential theater haunted house ‘Quarantine’ bY JaMillaH Wilcox


his Halloween, Downtown Albuquerque has a new haunted house. Get ready for something different, something truly terrifying. Quarantine: The Experience is not your typical haunted house, but an intense interactive environment. You don’t just walk through it — you live it. Blackout Theatre member Barney Lopez said the audience enters a different world the moment they walk on the premises of Quarantine. “environmental theater t H e at e r is a theater piece that brings the audience Quarantine: onto the stage,” Lopez said, when asked what the experience the difference was 6p nightly through between regular and oct. 31 environmental theater quelab 1112 2nD nW, during a recent interview 505.672.8648 with Local iQ. $20 “A lot of times it’s not even a typical stage,” Lopez explained. “People are actually living in the world of the play, as opposed to being able to sit in their seats and be disconnected from the world of the play and watching passively.” Blackout was founded in 2007 by a group of University of New Mexico students interested in creating and teaching performance through theatrics, media, music and studio art. even though Blackout’s expertise is in sketch comedies and fulllength productions, Quarantine will satisfy people looking for a good scare. Most haunted houses don’t have a storyline to follow. People go from room to room expecting someone to scare them, but rarely is there a solid theme or connection between PHoto bY Wes naMan characters. Because Blackout’s strength is nobody said zombies are pretty. Members of the cast of Quarantine include (left to right) lila in theater, the experimental production will Martinez, Dani belvin, barney lopez and Jeff andersen. and yes, they are in costume. the four will be playing roles in an interactive haunted house, open nightly through Oct. 31. allow the audience to interact with the actors and participate in the plot. said. A zombie crawl on Oct. 5 was part of a Los Lunas native, said he didn’t grow up Quelab, a “hackerspace,” or communitywatching theater but he enjoyed performing the promotional campaign as well. operated workspace, will host Quarantine. at an early age. He said many people have a Lopez said the storyline was adapted to fit Rusty Rutherford, a local stand-up comedian, misconception that theater is boring. the building. The moment you walk in the has worked with Blackout in the past. The haunted house, people experience a new “I’m on a mission to let people know theater company invited him to participate in world. They are told to get on a train that will that theater can be cool,” Lopez said. “My the creative process for this show. take them out of the city because zombies mission is to show people that theater is “A lot of things in stand-up, like the element are overrunning it. really fun and really relevant and enjoyable. I of surprise, transition well into horror think that the haunted house can reach that Their final destination is the “Quarantine even though it’s so different,” Rutherford audience.” Zone.” An actor will guide a group of five explained when asked if the audience could to seven people through a decontamination To promote the show, Blackout has expect elements of humor in Quarantine. process. The world is coming to an end and created a social media campaign with an “This one is kind of story driven, so it’s every person has to get fogged down and environmental twist that informs people on almost like a play within a haunted house.” scanned to determine who has contracted the how to avoid contracting the virus. So be Rutherford, along with other actors, have the virus. After the inspections, things go wrong. mindful of the posters plastered on public opportunity to play different roles, which he Zombies are taking over the Quarantine bathroom walls that remind you to wash said is exciting because the audience won’t Zone. The only way out is through. your hands. know who to trust. “What we’re trying to do right now is create Not only is Quarantine a haunted house this sense of danger in Albuquerque,” Lopez “It’s pretty dark and creepy,” Rutherford said. with a twist, it has a hidden agenda. Lopez,


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Wake up. create. enjoy. go to Bed. repeat.


arrive at the Breaking
Bad Series Finale Watch Party at QBar and see the BrBa artwork of the usual suspects: Jodie, Cloud, JayCee … I’m hoping to run into Jaque Fragua to chat art for The
Muses. He’s just returned from painting a mural in Los Angeles with Shepard Fairy and has been busy co-launching Honor
Treaties, a project I’ve been learning about through his email newsletters, a media outlet Fragua frequently circulates. Award-winning, Juxtapoz-noticed artist from Jemez Pueblo, Fragua ( is humble and well-spoken, steezin’ a fedora and quotably discussing his intent with art and his grateful ability to share it with people. For Fragua, art is a lifestyle. “I haven’t had a ‘real job’ since 2005 because there is no other way for me to live than wake up create, enjoy and go to bed and do the same thing the next day,” he said. “I believe art to be an everyday activity, as vital as drinking eight glasses of water,” he continued. “When I was growing up, the way I learned the concept of creating something was through using my hands for ceremonial activities and ritualistic behavior in a place with ancient history. Everything has to be done by hand. You can’t go to the store for this sacred experience. You have to participate in the process.” Fragua initially attended school in Seattle to become a sound engineer and producer, nearly getting signed to EMI Records, but he switched genres to pursue painting through IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe. Describing his art as honest and culturally representative, Fragua’s work is a provocative, visual brain tease, “Using art as a tool for positive impact and social change for communities,” he said. “That’s what Honor
Treaties is in a nutshell,” Fragua explained. The mural reads “Decolonize and Keep Calm” on the left and “We Are Still Here” on the right (viewable on Vimeo: “We are actively reclaiming our identity, empowerment, sovereignty. That’s what I mean by ‘Decolonize and Keep Calm.’ I put preference on the true verb ‘decolonize.’ I want it to be ubiquitous.” Much like his message, Fragua himself seems ubiquitous, whether through music, dance, turntables, paint or graffiti in unexpected places like an alley or globally in Puerto Rico, Paris, Oaxaca and Vancouver. Art is the lifestyle. Wake up. Create. Enjoy. Experience. Go to Bed. Repeat. Fragua has an upcoming show December 3-8 at critically acclaimed Scope in Miami and is currently installing Honor
Treaties work for Santa Fe Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Honor the Treaties-designed shirts are available at Urban Outfitters in Albuquerque. Shavone Otero is looking forward to being a glitterfied unicorn with her gnomies for Halloween at ArtBar, where her fiancé DJ Halcyon will be spinning the Local iQ Halloween party!


openings / performances

Submit to Loc a l i Q The next deadline is Oct. 16 for the Oct. 24 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.

fri 11 Through Dec. 21: Exhibit

Bosque Morning Page Coleman’s newest series focuses on memory painting of the Bosque del Apache. 5-7p, FREE Page Coleman Gallery 6320-B Linn NE, 505.238.5071

sat 12 Through Dec. 20: Opening

Through Oct. 20: Performance

Dos Patrias: la poesía de Cuba This play will explore the richness and diversity of Hispanic/Latino poetry. Many famous poets will be represented including Emilio Ballagas, Nicolas Guillén, Eliseo Diego, Luis Nogueras and Nancy Morejón. 7:30p, $8-$10 Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie, 505.424.1601 Through Nov. 2: Exhibit

Genesis EXHIBIT/208 is hosting artist Richard Hogan. His abstract paintings are known to New Mexican’s because of his longtime association with the premier contemporary gallery. 5-8p, FREE EXHIBIT/208 208 Broadway SE, 505.450.6884 Through Oct. 13: Festival

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival This festival promises the highestquality work form artisans and artists alike, along with live music and good food. Kids can enjoy the magic shows. 9a-5p, $8-$16 Corner of I-25 and Paseo Del Norte, 505.292.7457 All Those Eyes Adam Padilla, born and raised in NM, began illustrating at an early age. A professional tattooist for 15+ years, Padilla is now focusing on his art. 7p, FREE The Annex 102 Richmond SE, 505.232.7800

The Likenesses of Light/ Light in Hand A series of new video works by Mary Tsiongas. Mining the UNM Art Museum’s drawing and print collection, Tsiongas appropriates images of work by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Charles-François Daubigny, and Edward Skeats to create five new video installations. Using green screen techniques, characters appear on the screen to erase, alter and reveal these iconic artworks. Tsongas’ vision relates the interdependence of plants, animals and humans with the interrelationships of art forms through contemporary media. Informed by early film history, these works are captivating scenarios that allude to childhood fables and folklore. Jenna Kuiper will also reveal her photograms. 6-8p, FREE

Richard Levy Gallery 514 Central SW, 505.766.9888 Tour

3rd Annual Alameda Studio Tour Seventeen studios located throughout the Village of Alameda will open their doors to the public.

31 booths and 22 tour locations, this promises to be an inspiring event to attend. 10a-5p, FREE Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 970.731.2766


The Golden Age of Radio The Rio Grande Players Announce the Return of “The Golden Age of Radio,” which features re-creations of A Date with Judy, The Life of Riley and The Aldrich Family. 7:30p, $4-$10 ABQ Mennonite Church 1300 Girard NE, 505.271.2542 Benefit Sale

Square Root Salon Art Benefit This sale will highlight 12 local artists, with portions of the sale going to the ABQ Rescue Mission. 7-10p, FREE

Square Root Salon 800 3rd NW, 505.508.3274

fresco panels and acrylic paintings will accompany it at the NHCC, and the opening reception will celebrate his success. 5-8p, FREE Casa Rondeña Winery 733 Chavez NW, Los Ranchos, 505.550.7220

thu 17 Performance

The Second City From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and improvisation. 7:30-9:30p, $30-$40

KiMo Theatre 423 Central NW, 505.768.3522

Through Oct. 19: Symposium


APIS 2013 The Alternative Photography International Symposium is coming to Santa Fe this year. Starting with “5 prints in 5 minutes,” this is an opportunity

Rio Rancho Art Association Join artists in Rio Rancho for tips and tricks for painting in various mediums. Learn watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. This workshop will be held outdoors, weather permitting. 10a-noon, FREE

for everyone to share their images with others. A blind print exchange and a lecture called “Time under Mexico’s Light” will also occur along with other artist lectures. Various times, prices

Santa Fe Community College 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, 505.474.0890

fri 18 Through Oct. 31: Performance

Captain Louie Jr. Based on the book The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats, this is a tale of Young Louie, the new kid in town who feels lonely and without friends in his new neighborhood. This play features a cast of 20 young performers between the ages of 8 and 16. 6p, $10 The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre 100 Gold SW, 505.404.1578

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Esther Bone Memorial Library 950 Pinetree Road SE, 505.891.5012

5-8p, FREE

Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center 9800 4th NW, 505.306.0471

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Through Dec. 15: Exhibit

Pagosa Makers Expo and Tour An interactive maze of exhibits, displays and demonstrations of those who make stuff, create objects, design goods, invent gadgets and concoct things. Featuring more than 90 makers at

Labor of Love Frederico Vigil has painted the largest concave fresco in North America at the Torreón at the National HIspanic Cultural Center. Vigil focuses on buon fresco, or a form of mural painting. An array of

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openings / performances continued from page 27 Through Oct. 30: Exhibit

Golden Sheldon Krevit has had a long and distinguished career. A painter, Krevit’s work has been included in curated exhibitions with Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Robert Natkin, Richard Tuttle, Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman. 5-7p, FREE Jay Etkin Gallery 703 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, 505.983.8511 Through Oct. 20: Film contest

48 Hour Film Horror Project This international filmmaking competition is coming to ABQ, and a new contest is happening to take advantage of the Halloween/Day of the Dead season. Competitors will shoot movies in the genres of B-movie, monster/creature feature, science fiction, spoof and many others. There will be a costume party with awards, and registration is open to anyone who is interested. Times vary, FREE UPublic Studios 907 3rd NW, 505.850.4054 Through Nov. 10: Performance

Sweeney Todd Musical Theatre Southwest presents the chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the

unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. 8p,


Black Box Performance Space 6320-B Domingo NE, 505.265.9119

sat 19 Roaring 1920s Party Harwood Museum will be celebrating its 90th anniversary with a swinging, speakeasy-style celebration. Dance to the sounds of the Big Swing Theory while enjoying the 1920s-inspired style of the fabulous Runway Vigilantes. Then, in Taos tradition, a rousing game of poker will happen. Dress the best and win a prize with the best Great Gatsby/1920s fashion. Tickets include one 1920s-themed drink, sweet and savory bites, dancing and poker chips (higher ticket includes dinner). 8-11p,


Old Martina’s Hall 4140 Hwy 68, Ranchos de Taos, 505758.9826 Through Oct. 20: Tour

26th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour Once a year, over 30 artists open up their private studios to the public. A walkable event, explore this historic adobe village just 20 miles south of Santa Fe. Painters, printmakers, potters, weavers, photographers, woodworkers,

jewelers, sculptors, crafters and chefs will be represented. 10a-5p, FREE Galisteo Studio Tour Galisteo, 505.466.2121 Through Oct. 26: Exhibit

Working Men are Hyped Playing off a Minutemen song “Working Men are Pissed,” Working Men are Hyped is a reflection of the artists’ experiences as working class men who carve out time to enjoy life and make things that they consider beautiful. Three artists will show their work: Brad Hayes, Marco A. Nieves and Aaron Frisby. 7-9p, FREE El Chante: Casa de Cultura 804 Park SW, 505.400.3635

High Desert Test Sites HDTS 2013, the ninth program in a series of free-ranging and ever evolving contemporary art events, expands range and depth to take in everything from Joshua Tree to Albuquerque. Roughly 60 new projects will take place over an entire week, during which artists and audience alike will traverse over 700 miles of desert roads to check out the new work and explore the hidden gems and diverse desert communities along this spectacular stretch of the Southwest. Various times, FREE Various Locations Fashion Heat 2013 As part of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and in collaboration with

the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, this will highlight local Native American designers who push the creative exploration of fashion. These works blur the lines between diverse art forms and and communities, Native fashion and independent film. 4:30-6:30p, FREE

Eldorado Hotel 309 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, 505.988-4455 Got Lap? A raffle to benefit the Lap Dog Rescue of NM. Bring in your pet or a photo of your pet and receive a $15 watercolor from one of the featured artists: Kris Mills, Janet Joelzel, Richard Dineen, Isaac AlaridPease, Jean Sloane and Eric McCollon. Help healthy lap dogs living in foster homes find new, permanent families to love them. 1-3p, FREE Mariposa Gallery 3500 Central SE, 505.268.6828

sun 20 Art in the Park Corrales Society of Artists will be running the last Art in the Park of the year in the village of Corrales. This year’s 9th season of shows featured local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers and crafts artisans. 10a-4p, FREE La Entrada Park, Corrales

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live music. 10a-2p, $4-$12.50

sun 13

Through Oct. 12: Fair

33rd Annual Christmas in October Over 40 crafters will be displaying and selling work. Food and drink will be served all day. Funds benefit local, national and worldwide missions. 9a-

ABQ Health Partners Bariatrics Seminar Join this program for a seminar regarding the health benefits and options for bariatric surgery. 10a, FREE

Prayers for World Peace Learn how to practically bring more peace and happiness by learning to cherish others, overcome anger and deal with stress. No prior meditation experience is necessary, everyone welcome. 10-11:30a, $10 sugg. don.

4p, FREE

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 9500 Constitution NE, 505.298.5596 Community HU Chant Join a group contemplation of an ancient sound. Access the higher power within and experience more love in daily life. 10-10:30a, FREE Highland Senior Center 131 Monroe NE, 505.265.7388

ABQ Health Partners 5150 Journal Center, 505.262.7000 Taste of New Mexico Experience all the flavors NM has to offer. The event will feature local restaurants with samples. Breweries and wineries will also be in attendance. Noon-5p, $10 for 12 tickets or $20 for 25 tickets

Kadampa Meditation Center NM 8701 Comanche NE, 505.292.5293 Book signing

The Proud Little Burro Author Lisa Bear Goldman and illustrator Patrice Schooley with Burrito the Burro will sign copies of their book.1-3p, FREE

National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th SW, 505.314.0495

Treasure House Books & Gifts 2012 South Plaza NW, 505.242.7204


Socorrofest Live music, spirits tent with wine and beer, a harmonica contest and a pet parade, with water sales benefitting the Socorro Animal Shelter and Socorro Consolidated School gardens. 6-10p, FREE

Trashion Fashion This fashion show is brought to you by Keep Albuquerque Beautiful and Warehouse 508. By challenging designers to create outfits using upcycled materials that are reclaimed, recycled or found, the results look uncannily like regular fabric and other textiles. A class will be led by Teresa Romero of the Designer’s Lounge. 2-5p, FREE

Local Food Festival and Field Day This festival includes workshops, kid’s activities, film screenings, seed exchanges and talks about the opportunities in the farming community. There will also be live performances with Mala Mana, Cactus Tractor, street theater and spoken word.

Socorro Historic Plaza 217 Fisher Avenue, Socorro, 575.835.8927

sat 12 Book signing

The Email Tango By Ronn Perea A book about musical cabaret producer Peter Arias. Noon-5p, FREE Treasure House Books & Gifts 2012 South Plaza NW, 505.242.7204 Through Oct. 13: Festival

Cider Festival Find out how cider is made and sample fresh cider pressed on-site. Cider will be for sale and there will be crafts, discovery stations, demonstrations and


ABQ BioPark/Botanical Gardens 2601 Central NW, 505.848.7180

Warehouse 508 508 1st NW, 505.296.2738 Opening

Toni & Guy Hair Academy The hair academy Toni & Guy will have its grand opening at ABQ Uptown. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths, and the opening will be followed by the 6th Annual Urban Trash Charity Hair and Fashion Show. Special appearances by the CEO and National Creative Director of the company. 5:30-7:30p, $10 ABQ Uptown 2200 Louisiana NE, 505.842.8646

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11a-4p, FREE

Gutierrez-Hubbell House 6029 Isleta SW, 505.247.1750

tuE 15 Book signing

Hidden Chicano Cinema By A. Gabriel Meléndez 1p, FREE

UNM Bookstore 2301 Central NE, 505.277.7473


wed 16 Book Signing

The Cairo Codex By Linda Lambert. 7p, FREE

Page One Bookstore 11018 Montgomery NE, 505.294.2026 Book Signing

Freaking Green By Laura F. Sanchez 6p, FREE

Bookworks 4022 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.8139

thu 17 Workshop

Halloween wreath-making workshop Learn how to make a decorative, spooky wreath for Halloween with Kathy Hallquist and Rena Jackson, staff member of the Rio Rancho Public Library. Space is limited and registration is required. 5:30-7:45p, $5 Loma Colorado Main Library 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 505.892.4782

fri 18 Festival

32nd Annual Ruidoso Oktoberfest Celebrating the 180th anniversary of Oktoberfest that began in Munich, Germany, There will be imported German beer and authentic German food. Ruidoso will be hosting a variety of musicians. Authentic folk dance troupes will entertain the crowds and there will be fun for the kids ranging from games to prizes to pumpkin decorating. Over 40 arts and crafts booths will feature the talent from local and regional artisans. 5-11p, $9

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smart arts Art at the Border: 21 Century Responses Public Forum: 4p Opening reception: 6-8p, Sat., Oct. 12 516 ARTS 516 Central SW, 505.242.1445



rtists are often drawn to political and cultural hot spots, and few places have been hotter in the last decade. Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses investigates the imagination of contemporary artists who live and experience the current sociopolitical issues regarding the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The event is a part of a public series called Place/Displaced. Featured artists include SIMPARCH, Margarita Cabrera, Adrian Esparza, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Tania Candiani & RSM (Rodrigo Guzmán) and Alejandro Almanza Pereda. Art pieces convey messages about immigration struggles, cross-border transportation, drug-related violence and covert military research. Some artists transform materials like Mexican blankets and automobiles into high art to bring attention to environment surrounding the border. Mexican artist Tania Candiani will open the event with a collaborative demo titled Interweave [Laboratorium]. The project examines the border from a scientific and artistic viewpoint. There will also be a public forum where guests can participate in a discussion on how artists and curators join forces on a project. Guests will get to meet the curator, Kate Bonansinga, and the artists. —Jamillah Wilcox


on Giovanni utilizes a brilliant combination of comedy and human tragedy to depict the legendary life of the single-minded lady’s man, played in this Opera Southwest production by Timothy Mix. The charming personality of Giovanni masks the devious crimes he commits behind closed doors, seemingly never paying any consequences. Having always used false pretense to escape impending judgement days, Giovanni realizes that his luck has finally run out when he refuses to change his ways and is banished to the fiery pits of hell. The twist on this Don Giovanni is that it’s set amidst the glitz and glam of old Hollywood in the 1920s, and the moral dilemmas of Giovanni’s life take on a big-screen dimension. The creative team responsible for the new look can be accredited to Carrey Wong and David Bartholomew, who have been the creators behind other Opera Southwest renditions such as Madama Butterfly, Othello and Barber of Seville. If you’re an opera fan, or if you have never been to an opera and think it’s an art form frozen in an earlier time, this production is sure to be a display of the relevance and entertainment of modern opera. —Blanca Duarte

Don Giovanni 7:30p, Oct. 20, 23, 25, 27 National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 4th SW, 505.724.4771

$12-$82 Tickets: 505.243.0591

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 8p, Fri., Oct. 18-Nov. 10 Musical Theatre Southwest Center for Theatre Black Box 6320 Domingo NE, 505.265.9119



he demon barber of Fleet Street is back in action at the Musical Theatre Southwest. This is a rare instance of a musical thriller, with compelling, hum-along music accompanying chilling murders. This play takes place in 19th century London and focuses on Sweeney Todd, a man seeking revenge for the murder of his wife. He was unjustly exiled from his home but returns with a seething desire for revenge against the judge who punished him and ravaged his young wife. By working as a barber he is able to kill him with a razor and throw him down a pit. This murder awakens an evil part of Sweeney Todd and he begins murdering his clients. He is helped by Mrs. Lovett, the pie shop owner from downstairs. She believes they could grind his victims into meat pies to sell at her store. The people of London line up around the corner to get a taste of the new mysterious yet delicious meat pie recipe. Shocking, hilarious and disturbing, this play promises to be fascinating. —Chloë Winegar-Garrett

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Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake turn 10 years old


love absurd entertainment. If you peruse enough karaoke bars in town, you may find me on stage with a mic in hand, sharing with the audience a passionate rendition to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Back In the early part of the last decade, I fell in love with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim; specifically, Aqua Teen Hunger Force. There’s just something so fantastically addictive about a meatball, milkshake and a box of fries learning life lessons … or just being deliberately obnoxious to their neighbor Carl. This week I spoke to creator Dave Willis and actor Dana Snyder on the now-titled Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies as well as writer/director Jim Fortier of Squidbillies on the phone. I had to ask the guys how they manage to get some of their edgier content past station execs. Willis responded, “Mike Lazzo (senior executive vice president of Adult Swim) runs it, and I think he runs things on his taste, and I think he generally wants to see stuff he hasn’t seen before.” After 10 seasons, I was curious to see if there was anything they wish they could have explored a little more, “Certainly our video game is not our finest hour, but I was very happy with the writing and execution of all the cutscenes we did. But as for the actual comedy in the game, that was kind of a cool thing that no one is going to know about.” The season finales for both Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies will air on Oct. 13.

Get ‘out’ more Oct. 11 marks the beginning of the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SWGLFF — see story on page 5). If your only exposure to gay cinema is Chasing Amy, Brokeback Mountain and watching reruns of Glee on TV, you may need to get out more. This festival is an excellent opportunity to do so and will deepen your understanding of queer cinema. The portrayals of homosexual or gender queer people in most mainstream media is very normative, meaning they fit into a neat little category (think: fabulous femme or butch daddy) much in the way men and women are portrayed as having a thick, solid line between them in terms of gender. While queer cinema often dabbles in stereotypes, it is not as driven by them the same way mainstream media is. Much of it lives in the gray area, like myself. Like most of us, really. I carry a pink iPhone, and have been known to live on a blurry line of gender identity. I’m comfortable with that, and queer cinema must be comfortable enough to carry a pink iPhone, daring to exist between, inside of, on top of and all around stereotypes. Queer cinema is a way to link all of us together through storytelling, while celebrating the differences in all of us.   The SWGLFF uses the silver screen to tackle some of the more interesting, and less talked about, aspects of queer identities such as race, economic status and disability.  A few titles to look out for: For Dorian, The Last Match (La Partida), the short film series Gender Fabulous, and for something more lighthearted, or at least campy, check out Chastity Bites and Big Gay Love. The festival goes through Oct. 20, so let’s all take this opportunity to get out more ( Dan Gutierrez is host of Directors Cut Radio Program (available at He can be reached at

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Weekend gross (Millions)

Gravity......................................... $55.6 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.$21.5 Runner Runner................................ $7.6 Prisoners........................................ $5.7 Rush (2013)..................................... $4.4 Don Jon..........................................$4.2 Baggage Claim................................. $4.1 Insidious Chapter 2..........................$3.9 Pulling Strings................................$2.5 Enough Said.....................................$2.2 Release schedule

The Fifth Estate

Last Vegas

Oct. 18

Nov. 1

R/124 min

TBD/104 min

A dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

Billy (Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro), Archie (Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy finally proposes to his 30-something girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to relive their glory days.

Wadjda Oct. 18 PG/97 min

Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, but her mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue.

All is Lost Oct. 18 PG-13/107 min

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Robert Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm.

About Time Nov. 8 R/123 min

The night after another unsatisfactory New Year’s party, Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.


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Planet Waves Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) Look closer at what seem to be contradictory demands within a relationship, whether they’re being made on you, or you figure out you’re making them on someone else. Your chart suggests that you want perfect freedom for yourself and perfect fidelity from someone else. This would work in a perfect world where we understand that fidelity and honoring freedom are the same thing. It works less well when those you care about have to compensate for your position, make allowances and ultimately put up with some hypocrisy because they love you. However, sooner or later their goodwill may run out, and you may be seeing signs of it wearing thin already. To solve this, listen to what partners and loved ones say about what they need — and take the initiative to provide that. If a request or desire leads you to feel threatened or hemmed in, consider the specifics carefully, and by that, I mean in a way that is fair — as they see it, not just as you see it. Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) On the outside you appear to be in a “get serious” moment, yet what you’re doing internally is trying to resolve a paradox. Taking things earnestly will help resolve the part about exterior boundaries and mutually agreed-upon rules of conduct. To work out the inner level will call for some subtlety of self-observation. You’re likely to see various unconscious patterns show up in your relationships — even things you thought you addressed years ago. The fact that they are showing up now does not mean that you’re back where you started. It means you get a new opportunity to look at them and make a decision about what they mean and whether you want to let them go. The theme once again is who has adult power in your life — and whether you’ve taken this authority in a meaningful way. As you do all of this, the New Moon in Libra is a reminder to keep things on the practical level. Look for real things you can do that are designed to get a noticeable, useful result.

by Eric Francis • planetwaves. net planet? In two words, the answer is: no secrets. Leo (Jul. 22-Aug. 23) The astrology of the moment suggests you could get involved in nearly anything with anyone — so use some discernment. The same astrology is also granting you leverage to open doors and the insight to look through situations, figure out what information is relevant and make decisions that have actual impact on your world and the world around you. It would help if you tuned into the scale of your situation — to see what you’re working with, who and what is influencing you, and who you’re influencing. You seem to be walking a fine line, though you’re on much more solid ground than you may imagine, with many more options than you may think. The main asset I suggest you cultivate is flexibility. Start in small ways. Change your routines a little. Travel home a different way than you went someplace. Look from side to side instead of straight ahead. There is interesting and even useful information coming from all directions. Where any one task, project or commitment is concerned, you have many more options than you think.

seem to be secretly dreaming of revolution. It is indeed when change seems impossible that revolution is the most necessary. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) I am sure you’ve had the insight that the world would be a happier place if more of us were as interested in what we could contribute to a situation as what we could get out of it. With Jupiter, your ruling planet, coming under focus in Cancer (the sign of nurturing) and in your solar 8th house (that of exchange), the question of what you offer and receive in your relationships is a top priority. Jupiter is suggesting that you have a lot to offer, and that at the same time, if you’re open, plenty is coming your way. You can therefore afford to be generous. Yet, if you’re feeling resistant to sharing yourself in some way, I would propose that it’s the result of a deeper anxiety: something hinting at your relationship to existence. It’s difficult to get access to the source of this kind of issue, though you have it now, and will have increasing access over the next few weeks. You can understand this, and you can work it out.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Come on like a storm. Refuse to hesitate, to second guess, to equivocate. Present yourself at full strength and with your full Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Think of self-worth as human currency that intent. But let beauty and refinement be your camouflage. Set your goals, focus on you can trade for other experiences and what you want and actively take the steps opportunities. Well, you don’t really trade to get there. Yet make sure everything it, because you’ll end up with more of the stuff when you’ve accomplished something is presented elegantly, diplomatically and in a way that honors the aesthetics meaningful to you. Yet it is similar to that one might expect under the specific credit in that the ability to “pay” for an experience (which means to come through circumstances involved. Yes, there is a way to be radical and tasteful; revolutionarily for yourself, to stand up to a challenge beautiful. You can say just about anything or to learn something that enriches your you want, as long as you say it well, and life) is what keeps you in the game. Start proofread your copy. You can present any with the strength to dare. Allow yourself idea you want, as long as you make it easy to experiment with something you think for people to understand. You can do nearly is over your level of talent or ability, or anything you want, as long as you do it with that you might not have the confidence some finesse. Beauty, finesse and clarity to try. Then go for it. I don’t mean to say offer credibility, by demonstrating that you that all self-esteem is based on what you really do care about others. Perhaps it’s achieve, but I will say that a significant a trick of the mind, or a trick of astrology dimension of it is. This is especially true involving a magnificent Libra event in your if you achieve something you thought you Gemini (May 20-Jun. 21) couldn’t do or didn’t have the guts to dare. chart. What matters is that you will get Don’t over think a work or health related Then you allow that to become a life lesson results, even if you think that’s unlikely. problem — use your intuition (there is such — or said another way, something you Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) a thing, and you have access to it) and your learn about yourself. There is a spiritual solution to what you’re creativity (it’s good for more than making facing, which is to say that nothing is Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) collages). I know there are many jobs and impossible and nothing is beyond the reach You stand at a crossroads, on a scale tasks within those jobs that seem routine, of healing. Yet two things are necessary. seemingly subject to no form of inspiration. that you may not even dare imagine. It’s One is focusing on your relationship with There are plenty of bosses who want things an inner intersection that joins together your inner Source, wisdom and intelligence where you’ve come from with where you done in the most straightforward way. as a higher priority than focusing on a are now, and several potential realities The end product, therefore, must match human relationship. This is not an either/or that you have the option to manifest. what the task requires, but how you get situation but rather an order of priorities in Yet lately you may feel like it’s more of a there is your own process. One thing your a moment when you are trying to work out charts are suggesting is your having access crosshairs than a meeting of avenues. something that may seem beyond human That sense of impending risk, danger or to information you might not be in line power. Allow the light to work through you, challenge is a slightly veiled sensation of for, especially with the help of someone and then stand back and allow it to work your potential coming into maturity. This in a position of authority. If you’re taken doesn’t necessarily arrive with the promise through the situation. Ask for a change into someone’s confidence, treat that as of perception, that is, to see the situation of how wonderful life will be when you a sacred honor and protect your source. a different way. I suggest you not focus step into a dream. It might arrive with a For you who already have considerable on the results, but rather on how you see hint of how daunting it is to confront the responsibility on your hands, the solution truth of your own talent, or the potential to things and how you feel. Your willingness is may come from someone younger and less experienced who just happens to know realize a desire. Whether you’re confronting the essential ingredient. So be willing, state it to yourself out loud, take a breath and something or who can see the problem in a a question, embarking on a mission or know that your next steps are guided. freeing yourself from a commitment that way that it can be solved. no longer works for you, your astrology Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22) is describing a sense of awe at what is You may find that unresolved Someone wrote to me recently and said possible. Now the key is to see this as circumstances and hanging questions there’s been too much mention of sex in something inside yourself rather than progress rapidly over the next couple of the Cancer horoscope. Sex relates to just external to you. days. I suggest therefore that you make about everything, especially the things that no investment in what you don’t want, or Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) people come to astrologers for the most solving problems that have resisted your Mercury in your sign is a wakeup call, often: money, creativity and relationships. best efforts, and focus on affirming what which means an invitation to use your Your chart is becoming increasingly you want. If you’re unsure of that in the intelligence. You might be thinking that focused on the topic rather than less so. ultimate sense, focus on what is working in Mercury is now in Scorpio (sex, emotional the mental and emotional challenges you your life by doing more of it. Emphasize the face are beyond your ability to handle depth and transformation), which is your 5th solar house (erotic play and creativity). them, though this seems to be more about positive, and people who keep you in a lifeaffirming state of mind, if only to increase the influence of something from the past Soon it’s going to be retrograde in that your chances of feeling good. If you find rather than a proven truth about who you sign, meaning it’s going to spend close to yourself resisting something, focus on are right now. How you handle this is a two months in one of the most sensitive matter of psychological perspective. If you something that is easier, more fun or more regions of your chart. There are many personally relevant. I would remind you of feel overwhelmed, you may be feeling like messages here, especially this: what you one other thing: you may be the missing think has nothing to do with sex is all about a child who is being asked to stand up to presence in any situation that requires an adult, or who’s being expected to grow sex. And this: get ready to learn some things about your past that might surprise up too young. In a sense that is (or at least a catalyst, spiritual boost or infusion of was) true, though the “adult” is something energy. This is less about what you do and you. The most pressing question is: what more about the fact that you show up with that you’ve internalized. One of its do you need to feel safe, as a lover, as a messages is that change is impossible. Yet, an open mind and consciously choose to member of a family or household, and as allow the situation to unfold. while that voice is whispering to you, you a person making your contribution on the

the american values club crossword “Battery Change”

By Samuel A. Donaldson, edited by Ben Tausig. Difficulty 2/5 ACROSS 1 It might inhibit concealment

41 Half of the old United Arab Republic

7 Fiction alternative

42 Short reply to “Hey baby, what’s your sign?”

11 Thoughtful gift? 14 Personally close to 15 58-Across, across the Pyrenees 16 Post-op stop 17 Hate with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns 18 They make beer better 19 Musical ability 20 Toss-up question? 23 With 53-Across, loaded question? 26 Hastily get hitched 27 .mov alternative 28 First home for the San Antonio Spurs: Abbr. 29 “___.0”

43 Works together well 45 Ctrl+Z command 47 506, to Caesar 49 “Buena Vista Social Club” director Wenders 50 Temple buildings

4 Quite flexible 5 Minerva’s counterpart 6 Healthier sandwich option

44 Social networking “I can’t believe it”

9 Prompter

46 Shit in front of the kids?

58 15-Across, across the Pyrenees

12 Massage site

59 “Cheers” character who replied to “What’s going down?” with “My butt cheeks on that bar stool.”

21 Twosomes

65 Airplane ___

33 Old nutrition fig.

67 Queen, for one 68 High school safety org. 69 Big Cup brand DOWN 1 Gunderson of “The Simpsons”

39 Salon steps

8 Get too old for foster care, perhaps

11 Vowel-laden song refrain

64 Piece of work?

37 Rodriguez’s recent punisher 40 1975 film adaptation of an Ibsen play

56 Leading question?

60 Hit, as a wide receiver

36 Madison, N.J. school that sounds like it has a great art department

7 Lardass

53 See 23-Across

31 Soft shoes

38 Burning question?

3 Seminal gangsta rap group

10 Brings to mind, as through one’s buds

66 Sunset Limited operator

35 Policy shared by PBS and Wikipedia

2 Game with a Wild card

13 Prize money 22 Ron Reagan cabinet member with “control” issues 23 Photobomber, often 24 Swears 25 French resort town that lends its name to a soup 30 73, usually 32 Some skin care products 34 World’s busiest airport, by passenger count: Abbr.

48 Kind of interview conducted by a sideline reporter 50 Screech Powers, famously 51 America’s second-busiest airport, by passenger count 52 Noir alternative, in roulette 54 Actor Best guilty of voicing Jar Jar Binks 55 Cancun-toPuerto Vallarta direction 57 Home of the NBA’s Pelicans, briefly 61 AP test takers 62 ___ kwon do 63 Signs off on

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Your options when mortgage hardship hits


obody wants to find themselves in a situation where they can’t keep up with their mortgage payments, but it happens. Let’s talk about the three avenues that are taken when a mortgage hardship happens. A foreclosure This is when a home has gone through the collection process and the bank takes back the home. It’s that simple. A short sale A short sale is when the home is sold at a reduced amount because the bank is willing to take less for the mortgage note. I highly recommend you do a short sale to handle your mortgage hardship if it’s possible, because if you have a second mortgage on the property, both the first mortgage and the second mortgage will be settled. If you are in this situation I recommend you get in touch with a local realtor and have them help you to short sale your home. It is a better alternative than foreclosure. A deed in lieu If you are losing your home and can not short sale your property, your next move is to contact your mortgage holder and ask for a deed in lieu. This means the bank will take the home back and drop the foreclosure process. You will walk away without a deficiency amount on your primary resident mortgage. A lot of consumers who call me are under the

impression that you cannot buy another home for seven years from foreclosure. Per the many mortgage loan officers I have spoken with, you can buy another home three years out of foreclosure, and if you can prove hardship, less time than that. If you are in this situation, contact a mortgage loan officer and run your situation by them. “How does it affect my credit score when I go through one of these three situations?” The note of an account is not what affects your credit score; it is the late payment which will cause your credit scores to drop. Each late payment drops your score by 35 points. I hope this information helps you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or come to one of our free credit educational workshops. RSVP to 505.899.1448. Until next time, good credit to you. Michael Ramos is the president of the Albuquerque credit counseling business Credit Rescue Now (

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sat 19 Marigold & Harvest Festival Join in a celebration of local, sustainable and accessible food. La Parada Mercantile, Farm & Table and Sol Harvest Farm will be featuring activities including live music, produce stand, farm walk, hands-on crafts, workshops, games, yoga, food demonstrations, fun shopping, marigold garland-making and more. Carpool or ride your bike and join in on the Decorated

Bicycle Contest. 10a-2p, FREE Farm & Table 8917 4th NW, 505.503.7124 Open House

IAIA Annual Open House Join a celebration of indigenous foods from various regions across the country, including chile stews, salmon, Native desserts and breads. There will be art demonstrations, indigenous games and music. Browse the work of students, staff and faculty at IAIA, the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. 11a-4p, FREE

IAIA 83 Avan Nu Pu, Santa Fe, 505.501.5588

sun 20 Fundraiser for The Figueroa Music and Arts Project This event will begin in the Barrel Room at Casa Rondeña Winery with wines and hors d’oeuvres then will progress to the Great

Hall for a short violin performance by Guillermo Figueroa, artistic director of the project. Port and desserts will occur across the lush gardens at the 1629 Club. 5-7p,

$100 ($75 tax deductible)

Casa Rondeña Winery 733 Chavez Road, Los Ranchos, 505.382.3650

tuE 22 Seminar

The Addiction-Trauma Connection: Spirals of Recovery and Healing This one-day training focuses on the process of trauma and the need for gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. Topics covered include therapeutic environment, stages of recovery, dissociation, triggers and secondary traumatization. 8:45a-

4p, FREE

African American Performing Arts Center: EXPO NM 310 San Pedro NE, 505.242.1010 Poetry Night Sudasi Clement, poetry editor for the Santa Fe Literary Review, will offer readings from her book The Bones we Have in Common as well as other works. She will be joined by Connecticut and Santa Fe poet Barbara Hill. Free coffee and audience members may read their own work in an open mic setting. 6:30p, FREE

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


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Local iQ • Fall Travel Issue  

• Ani DiFranco Interview • SW Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Zombie Apocalypse in Burque

Local iQ • Fall Travel Issue  

• Ani DiFranco Interview • SW Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Zombie Apocalypse in Burque