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music Considered one of the most astute ‘little orchestras’ in the business, Pink Martini makes music that covers the globe


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fi l m Santa Fe filmmaker helmed definitive documentary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Albuquerque Comic Con 5-9p, Fri.; 10a-6p, Sat.-Sun., Jan. 10-12 Hotel Albuquerque 800 Rio Grande, 505.843.6300

$15, $30 3-day pass

Imagine a weekend full of comic book and science fiction heaven. Albuquerque Comic Con will bring this dream to reality during its fourth annual gathering. This event will feature a wide array of guests including (amongst many others) comic book artists Don Rosa, Nicole Brune and George Perez; actors Jonathon Frake, Corey Feldman and Heather Henry; and costume designers Rosanna Rocha, Toni Darling and Katybear McCullough. A special preview event will occur Jan. 9 in the evening at Envy Nightlife, and VIP passes covering all events plus exclusive events are available (ranging in price from $50-$200). This may go without saying, but it’s highly encouraged to wear your favorite comic con attire to this event in order to have a chance at winning the costume contest. Pick up prints from your favorite artists and reserve a hotel room in order to truly experience the best comic convention. —CW

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RACE Sandia Snowshoe Race 10a, Sat., Jan. 18 Sandia Peak



t’s that time of year again when the Friends of Sandia Peak get together to host the annual Sandia Peak Snowshoe Race. This year will mark the 12th installment of the series, and if you’re new to the event, the snowshoe race is comprised of a 5K trek through the gorgeous greenery of the Cibola National Forest. The race begins at the lower lot of the Sandia Ski Area at 10a sharp, and continues until the last trekker crosses the finish line, typically no more than a couple of hours. Last year’s winner finished the race in not much more than 30 minutes, so be ready for some serious competition. Also, don’t forget your camera — there’s beauty in them there hills! Registration can be completed online at the race’s web address, or in person at REI, but don’t dilly-dally, the participation number is capped at 150 people. Hope to see you there — get your snowshoes on! —CC


he awe-inspiring resurgence of the hip hop scene in Albuquerque has put the city’s reputation as a metalmecca to the test, as various incarnations of the genre continue to pop up throughout the 505 like chicken pox. Unlike chronic shingles in adults, this is a good thing, helping to further cement the Duke City as a center of the American Southwest’s cultural renaissance. Soul Soup, a born and bred Burqueño co-op consisting of two of the city’s finest solo funk and hip hop acts, perfectly embodies the reality of the situation: rap is back. (Yeah, I said rap – I grew up in the ’90s). What matters here, is that with the release of their debut album, Comfort Food, Soul Soup instigators Soy the Organic Hispanic and Akword Actwrite are keeping the heart of Albuquerque beating with excellent beats and equally as good words. And you can check them out at one of Albuquerque’s many artsy events, even further evidence that the city is becoming nationally relevant in terms of the revival of sound. Featuring the 2Bers Zoology and DJ Shakedown, get out and get down! —CC










he Peking Acrobats are returning to Popejoy Hall to astound and captivate audiences with impressive flips, gymnastics and seemingly magical talents. Everything from contortionists, balancing acts with plates, tumblers, beautiful instrumental solos, jugglers and cyclists will be featured, all accompanied by a live orchestra. This collaboration between astonishing physical agility and live music has won many awards and gathered rave reviews, traveling around the world to inspire audiences and broaden the imagination. Beginning in 1986, the Peking Acrobats have redefined what Chinese acrobatics is all about, performing daring maneuvers atop precariously balanced objects and flying through the air on delicate wires, basically defying gravity and any human body restrictions. The sweeping music, acrobats and stunning outfits are sure to astonish anyone who experiences this show, so bring the whole family, especially the kids, and all your friends to an experience that will ignite your imagination. —CW



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Featuring 2bers, zoology and dj shakedown

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he Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has quietly been building a nationally prominent Native American writing program at its campus in Santa Fe, and the IAIA Writer’s Festival is a time to celebrate that fact. This year, authors giving free readings and book signings include poet Linda Hogan (Cherokee), poet and critic Santee Frazier (Cherokee) and author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene). The Writers Festival is part of IAIA’s low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing — visiting faculty are introduced to graduate students when they are in residence in Santa Fe and mentor students, who are able to complete their coursework from their hometowns. IAIA’s program is unique, as it’s the only one in the country that focuses on Native American literature and authors. Alexie serves as a faculty member in the program. Attendees are asked to RSVP at the above phone number for the Alexie reading. —ME

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VARIETY I’ll Drink to That 4p, Sun., Jan. 19 ArtBar 119 Gold SW

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ike many people after the National Institute of Flamenco building on Gold Avenue went up in flames in December, Carlos Contreras was heavy-hearted. But as someone who is heavily invested in the Albuquerque art scene — in his case as the creator and emcee of the monthly variety show I’ll Drink to That, among other roles — Contreras decided to do something about it. This month’s edition of I’ll Drink to That will serve as a fundraiser for and celebration of the National Institute of Flamenco as it works to get back on its feet. The focus for this show will be on visual artists, including Cloudface, Sparrow, Bearface, Rene Palomeras, Ashley Peralta, Chris Grill, James Black and Al’Nair. Other poets, comedians, musicians and dancers will also step forward, including Damian Flores, Tanaya Winder, David Maile, Matthew Aguilera, Sarah Kennedy and Desert Darlings Belly Dance. From the ashes rises more creativity. —ME


Better call Bill His resume includes a recurring bit part on Breaking Bad, but comedian Burr is most renowned for his standup routine I remember one time I was on set and trying to

By Mike English


keep my giddiness under control, but I finally ecognized now by face and name, had to ask, “Can I go in the lab? Can I just Bill Burr is one of a handful go and stand in there?” They were like, “Yeah of comedians who has broken Bill, sure,” and I went in there and I was like, through. But the Massachusetts “Wow! This is the Super Lab! It’s under the dry native said he never thought twice about his cleaner!” (laughs) career path as a comedian. You’d see the cast come to the set dressed in “I never had a thought that I’m not going to character, and you’d be like, “Oh my God, that’s make it, because I loved standup so much,” Jesse!” And Aaron would be like, “Hey man, what’s going on?” It was nuts. It was really nuts. Burr said in a recent interview with Local iQ. iQ: What was your impression of New Mexico Burr, a veteran of Comedy Central and with when you were out here? a recent standup special that streams on BB: Oh man, I absolutely loved it. I grew up in Netflix, has branched into acting in recent the Northeast, and to see all that stuff that looks years, with a recurring role on Breaking Bad like a Roadrunner cartoon, only more beautiful, and movie parts in films like Date Night with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey and The Heat with man. My wife and I are big on hiking and I’d really like to get up to northern Melissa McCarthy. New Mexico. Burr will bring his current marquee iQ: I wonder what makes standup act to Legends Theater someone into a standup comic. at Route 66 Casino. Here’s Bill Burr How would you answer that for the transcript of his recent 8p, Sat., Jan. 18 yourself ? conversation with Local iQ.

Local iQ: You’re no stranger to Albuquerque, right? Bill Burr: Before Breaking Bad I was. iQ: How many episodes of Breaking Bad were you in? BB: Something like five or six.

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iQ: You drove the truck in the train robbery episode, right? That might be one of the greatest TV episodes of all time. BB: That was definitely a master class on how to build suspense. And that’s one for the bucket list, to be in a scene where you get to rob a train. It was fun. iQ: Is acting something you want to pursue more? BB: I do really enjoy it. Breaking Bad was my big break. I owe Vince Gilligan, all the writers, the directors, the editors, everyone, because they gave me this great material and made me look good. They made me look like I knew what I was doing. (laughs) I was as big a Breaking Bad fan as anyone. I watched from day one. I remember seeing a billboard in L.A., I can’t remember if it was just Bryan in his underwear and the Winnebago or if Aaron Paul was in it too. There was just something in the way they looked. After the pilot, that was it. I kept bugging my agent to get (me) on the show, and when I got on I remember when they did the first take, they used that clapper thing and it had those Breaking Bad chemical signals, and I said to myself, “Jeez, how the hell did this happen?” It was so surreal every time I did that show. When I did the show I was an actor, and the minute I left the set I was back to being the biggest geek fan there is.

BB: I always loved laughing, making people laugh. It’s how I made friends, it’s how I met women. It certainly wasn’t the looks. (laughs)

In the tradition of most successful standup comics, Massachusetts native Bill Burr has been toiling away at his craft for 20 years, and all the work is paying off. Besides his own comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, Burr is also landing acting parts in movies and television.

never deliver on stage without getting fired. (laughs) I don’t know how she does it.

I could get my Spanish going, I would do South America.

iQ: Tell me about your current show. How much have you been on the road? BB: I spent this whole year on the road. I didn’t do Nebraska, Iowa or North Dakota, let’s put it that way. I did a nine-country tour of Europe. I’d find myself in front of a crowd in Moscow, thinking, “OK, how do I crack this safe?” And if

iQ: Have you got any word about (possible Breaking Bad spinoff ) Better Call Saul? It occurs to me there might possibly be a role in there for you, since you played one of Saul’s assistants. BB: I haven’t heard anything. All I know is that I’ll be watching every episode.

iQ: Was there a moment when you knew this is going to work out? BB: I never had a thought that I’m not going to make it, because I loved standup so much. It was never a means to an end, it has always been something I love to do. iQ: Have there been any mentors for you? BB: Countless. Kevin Knox, who passed away a few years ago. He would absolutely destroy on stage and he was very supportive of new people coming in. I started in the early ’90s, and comedy had gone from the heights of the ’80s to just nosediving. Some of the headliners then would tell you to get out, to find another job, and some felt it but some just wanted to get rid of the competition. Kevin never pulled rank. And then some of the guys I started out with: The late great Patrice O’Neal. The best comedian I ever saw live. He could be so deep and so original, and then he could be just silly. He was incredible. And I have to mention Dane Cook. I’ve tried to reach back and grab the torch, as far as my style, but a guy like Dane created his own style of comedy where he made and lit his own torch, to the point where a lot of people didn’t even get what he was doing. Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, Greer Barnes. There have just been countless people. Growing up: Kenison, Dice Clay, Carlin, Pryor. I’ll tell you one of the most underrated comedians of all time, and I put her in the top five of all time, is Joan Rivers. The sheer amount of material she has written and she always has a brand new killer hour. She has jokes I could never think of and

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Start a fabulous new year with a day at the spa


appy New Year, gorgeous! Double maternity leave is over — prepare to get fabulous. Fabü will appear here every other issue. My 2013 was an absolute blur of babies and business. The twins are walking and talking. Favorite words include “wow” and “moo.” My company, Come Correct Writing & Editing Services (, is zipping right along. Hope your year was stellar. Eager to see what 2014 has in store for us. We shall relish the triumphs and weather the tragedies, as we always do. Cheers, dahling! Clink! Oh, here we are, drinking already. Fabü returns! Clink! So happy we’re together again. Away we go! Many people prep for the holidays by hanging lights and wrasslin’ trees. Mr. Brown sent yours truly to Betty’s Bath and Day Spa (1835 Candelaria NW, 505.341.3456, for a pre-holiday de-stressor. My package: Beyond Betty’s ($345), a half-day of five incredible treatments. According to Mr. Brown, it was an ounce of prevention against holiday spousal meltdowns. At $345 an ounce, this better be good stuff. My day began cocooned inside Betty’s Luxury Aromatherapy Wrap, which was accompanied by a mini foot massage and warm-oil scalp massage. I’ve made no secret of deep affinity for scalp massages. Add warm oil and I nod off in seconds. If you’re like me, consider Betty’s Extremities Treatment ($70): 45 minutes of happiness for your scalp, shoulders, neck, hands, feet and soul, featuring warm oil,

Los Poblanos Lavender Lotion and Betty’s Peppermint Foot Cream. Next: Betty’s Blissful Massage, an hour of Swedish, acupressure and therapeutic techniques. Luckily, the therapist for all my body treatments was Mia Battaglia, who is also a Thai massage pro. She incorporated some Thai moves into my massage, which proved to be my favorite facet of the whole day. Yes, it’s that fabulous. Thai massage combines rhythmic pressing and yoga-like stretching to produce major tension release and muscle lengthening. It feels incredible and it works. Good news: Betty’s offers 90-minute exclusively-Thai massages ($125). All Thai, for a glorious hour and a half. I’ll be back, Mia. My massage ended with a lovely little service called Feet Treat — a moisturizing foot massage incorporating peppermint oil foot scrub and warm towels. A 15-minute break followed. I lounged in the sauna, then returned to the treatment room for a salt glow. After my trio of über-relaxing treatments, this lavish, head-totoe scrub with essential oils and sea salt was a perfect way to invigorate my body and prepare me for reentry into the world.

Following a nice, warm shower, I met esthetician Esmeralda Fraga for a Jurlique facial, complete with steam, exfoliation, facial massage and mask. I must admit, I can only recall fragments of the treatment because I was so blissed-out by that point. My glow, however, spoke volumes. It was so vibrant that I snapped a selfie and shared it with some fellow spa aficionados, who were unanimously impressed. Five stars to Betty’s (and Mr. Brown, of course) for a wonderful day. Gracious staff, immaculate space, expert treatments — it doesn’t get any better. This day helped make the holiday madness not only tolerable, but — dare I say — jolly. The next time you have something major (holiday, big presentation, wedding, surgery, etc.) looming, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a spa day before things get in full swing. Your mind and body will thank you. Alas, now that the holidays have ended, my body is thoroughly retoxed. Naturally, this means I need more treatments. I have some great ones lined up to share with you, including a few holistic therapies that border on downright freaky. Bring it, I say! From my family to yours: May 2014 be your brightest year yet. Cheerio! Lisa VanDyke Brown is owner of Come Correct, a writing and editing firm for sales and marketing businesses. Do you sell/make a product or offer a service that you think is fabulous? Don’t be shy. Local iQ readers eat this stuff up with their purse strings. Email details to and you might just gain the Fabü seal of approval.


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A soothing atmosphere is one of the signatures of Betty’s Bath and Day Spa, where a package of services can serve as the perfect post-holiday de-stressor or the perfect preparation in advance of a major life event. Try a halfday package of five services for the ultimate in attitude adjustment.


Eating healthy might mean eating less


have over-indulged in sweets, turkey and spirits this holiday season and I know I am not alone. This new year, many of us will make diet resolutions. There are many diets out there: South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo, all of which work at weight reduction, at least temporarily. The Paleo diet or caveman diet attempts to mimic what our prehistoric ancestors ate; it’s basically a high-protein, high-fiber eating plan that promises you can lose weight without cutting too many calories. You can’t eat any processed foods on this diet. And since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, not farmers, no consuming of wheat and dairy, along with other grains and legumes (such as peanuts and beans). This assumes that cavemen were lean and not pudgy like Fred Flintstone. I am sure that cavemen did not sit down at a flat boulder for three square meals a day. Likely there were days gorging any food they came across and then days of no food or fasting. This brings us to today’s topic of intermittent fasting, another popular diet phenomenon. While well-designed medical research is limited, many experts suggest that those who eat less may generally be healthier and live longer than those who eat more. Intermittent fasting is based on this principle. Basically, it’s a technique that incorporates a weekly fast into your routine. Supporters of intermittent fasting claim that the 5:2 diet (5 days of normal eating with 2 days of reduced calories) promotes weight loss and life span, reduces cognitive decline, and prevents cardiovascular disease

and cancers. The 5:2 diet is easy to follow — you eat normally five days a week, and fast on the other two days. However, this isn’t the traditional concept of a “fast” in religious terms (eating nothing all day). Instead this fast is a form of extreme calorie restriction: dieters are advised by this plan for two days a week, to eat no more than 500 calories if you are a woman or 600 calories if you are a man. So, how does intermittent fasting possibly work? When we are in a fed state our bodies release insulin and other chemicals to control glucose levels and to store fat. Our Paleo-ancestors were likely never in a continually fed state, and therefore did not store fat continuously. Reduced calories through fasting or overall reduction has been shown to increase the lifespan in mice by protecting chromosomes (DNA) from degrading. The metabolic changes from fasting begin with only 18 hours of fasting. Experts in intermittent fasting suggest starting a fast after dinner around 7p, then skipping breakfast the next morning and only eating a few hundred calories, like steamed vegetables, for lunch. Then resume a normal dinner. So, the 5:2

diet is not a full 48 hours of fasting. The research on health benefits of a calorierestriction diet in rodents is robust and well-accepted; which has fueled interest in the calorie-restriction diet in humans. Calorierestriction, the basis for intermittent fasting, for health benefits in humans is still investigational. Adult rodents that reduced their calorie intake by 44 percent increased their life spans by 10 to 20 percent and developed fewer chronic diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re interested in an intermittent diet for health benefits, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian. The diet may not be safe for everyone — particularly older adults and people who are lean. Side effects of the diet might include menstrual irregularities, reduced bone density and loss of muscle mass. Sufficient vitamin supplementation and exercise can reduce some of these side effects. An intermittent fasting diet may be beneficial to a longer and healthier life, yet more medical research is necessary to recommend this to everyone. Rodents, on the other hand, should all consider reducing their caloric intake. Eating like a caveman may be beneficial to one’s health, and may not be very difficult to do. However, I am not sure how healthy cavemen really were. Dr. Abinash Achrekar is an assistant professor of Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Public Health at the University of New Mexico. Send comments or questions to

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A resolution to try new restaurants


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Renowned New Mexican chef Joseph Wrede (left) is back at the helm of his own restaurant, Joseph’s Culinary Pub near the Santa Fe Railyard. Known for his innovative approach to fresh ingredients, Wrede offers dishes such as pork cassoulet of pork cheeks and belly, honey and cardamom dusted phyllo Napoleon and rabbit lasagna (right).

Bountifully tasty Joseph’s puts another pin in the map of must-do New Mexican dining with organic poached egg ($8), grilled pizza with garlic sausage, grapes and Gorgonzola ine dining in Santa Fe has just been ($12) and lettuce-wrapped pulled veal cheeks expanded by the recent opening of with apple, celery and fennel slaw ($14). Joseph’s Culinary Pub, Chef Joseph Wrede’s new and exciting creation. For an entrée we chose rabbit lasagna served Just a very short walk from the Rail Runner with fresh pasta, wild mushrooms and station in the Railyard, Joseph’s features its root vegetables in aged balsamic topped own parking lot and is adjacent with creamed Mascarpone to the large Sanbusco parking ($26). This dish proved to be lot. Wrede’s many fans date delightfully tasty and surely review back to his Taos eatery Joseph’s totally original. Table as well as his fine work Another companion chose the Joseph’s  at The Palace, and now he can organic Scottish salmon and Pub Culinary satisfy all who know his many corn pudding with sweet potato 428 Agua Fria, talents as well as new Santa Fe Santa Fe, and local goat cheese tamale in 505.982.1272 and Albuquerque foodies and a warm tomatillo sauce ($27). visitors to the city. The salmon proved to be soft, Hours We were impressed with the juicy, mild and bountifully 5:30-10p, Sun.-Thu.; 5:30-11p, Fri.-Sat. innovative menu of Joseph’s tasty. Yet another member of Culinary Pub on our recent the party chose the local lamb visit. We started with the grilled and banana yellow curry Tagine polenta starter topped with ($24) which was deemed superb and included lemon coriander warm chicken liver mousse jasmine rice. and including Parma prosciutto, shallots and parsley oil ($12). It proved to be an outstanding Other entrée choices included crispy duck, combo and our dining companions chose a salt-cured confit style ($28), pork cassoulet salad — baby spinach with crispy prosciutto, of pork cheeks and belly with garlic sausage local feta and pickled mushrooms ($11), which ($28), pumpkin, kale, corn and local porcini they enjoyed. enchiladas ($22), mustard seed and crème fraîche crusted cast iron bronzed cauliflower Other starters we could have chosen included with white beans and anchovy tomato sauce rock shrimp and smoked butter enclosed in ($18), honey and cardamom dusted phyllo whole wheat phyllo pastry ($14), garlic soup By Paul Lehman


Napoleon with Italian ham, root vegetables sauté and local goat cheese ($24), and Joseph’s Table’s famous New Mexico steak au poivre made up of natural New Mexican grassfed beef tenderloin with Madeira wine, foraged New Mexican porcini and chanterelle sauce and smashed potatoes ($42). For dessert we chose to share the Cloud Cake made up of an Italian meringue cake with caramel sauce, fresh tarragon and grapefruit supreme ($14). A truly unique, very light concoction which provided a refreshing finish to an excellent dinner for everyone in our party. Other desserts included chocolate pâté cake ($12), warm bittersweet chocolate bistro cake ($10), bay leaf panna cotta ($12), organic apple tartine ($10), butterscotch pudding ($12), sorbet ($9) and chocolate gelato ($9). Joseph’s wine list is impressive although expensive, ranging from glasses for $8-$18, whites by the bottle from $31-$107 and reds by the bottle from $38-$158. The bar menu features Joseph’s well known duck fat fries ($9), polenta fries ($10), a New Mexican burger made with ground lamb, local feta and green chile with house salad on an English muffin ($14) and elk red chile posole with a corn quesadilla ($14). For adventurous foodies interested in delicious, highly original food, Joseph’s new and comfortably attractive venue is a must-do.

Foodies needed to submit their best ‘#iQfoodporn’ shots


f you’re not the type of social media user who rolls your eyes at others when they post pictures of their killer eggs benedict dish, artfully crafted cheesecake or mammoth green chile cheeseburger, then Local iQ has a contest for you. In our Feb. 20 issue, we are seeking our readers’ best food shots. Photos can be of restaurant dishes, street food or inventions from your own kitchen. The only requirement is that food is in the shot (and


please keep things respectable folks). Submit images online with name and email address at or post to facebook. com/localiqmag. Deadline is Feb. 10. Low resolution images will not be considered (min. 1200 x 750 ppi). Prizes will be awarded to the top three images as chosen by the iQ editorial staff. The top 20 images will print in the Feb. 20 issue (space available). Good luck and good eats!

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elcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a little time off and a lot to eat (and drink). My holidays were filled with family, friends and food. We did everything from eggs Benedict to won ton soup. With a spread of cuisine like I experienced, it truly was the most wonderful time of the year. Now that we are all back and trying to get into the swing of things, I’m setting my sights on trying out some new things in this new year. There are a few restaurants that opened up in 2013 that I simply didn’t get the chance to check out. Aside from any other resolutions I set, my goal as an eater is to experience more cuisine more often. I often receive recommendations but, between juggling three jobs, I rarely get the time to make it everywhere I want. Some are new, some are old, but this is a short list of places I’m looking forward to trying in 2014. It is far from typical for me to be on the Westside, but I have a new reason to get out there soon – M’Tucci’s Kitchina (6001 Winterhaven NW). I really haven’t heard a bad thing about M’Tucci’s from anyone I know who has been there. With executive chef John Haas at the helm, the menu is a nod to traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary, creative twist. A well-rounded wine list makes me think this will be a perfect place for a date night. Valentine’s, anyone? Another place I always hear about but seem to forget when it comes time to ask the question, “Where should we go for dinner?” is Down ‘n’ Dirty Seafood Boil (6100 4th NW). The last time I set foot in a Cajun restaurant in Albuquerque was the long gone and missed Cajun Kitchen (Lynn, if you’re reading this, I need some gumbo!). Now, Besides Ragin’ Shrimp, Down ‘n’ Dirty seems to be the closest to Cajun we’ll get, and I’m ready to get down on a boil. With crab, clams, mussels and crawfish all coming at market price, it’s time to put down the fork and knife and get my hands dirty. This last place recently received a bit of a makeover — Pasión Latin Fusion (722 Lomas NW). In December, Pasión was the subject of the Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, in which chef and restauranteur Robert Irvine takes a struggling restaurant and makes necessary changes in its menu, management, marketing and decor to give it a breath of new life. I look forward to getting a taste of Latin cuisine in the new and improved Pasión. The show devoted to its makeover will air later this year. Do you have any places you think I should try? I’m always open to new ideas and ready to taste the town! Justin De La Rosa writes about the local food and restaurant scene. He can be reached at


New food resolutions by the baker’s dozen


ll my life I’ve had this attitude that if everyone else is doing it, I’m not. This mostly relates to insubstantial things, which is why I’ve never smoked a cigarette, joined a fraternity, church or bridge club, and I refuse to discuss religion or politics in most situations. About food, I’m the same way. So my preface here will help you understand my resolutions for 2014.

1. I’m not eating any fast food. This has been going on for 45 years and is not going to stop.

2. I’m not eating at restaurants that expect you to do their job. I’m not waiting in line to order, make my own fondue or clean my own plate. That’s why I’m eating out — not to have to do those things.

3. I will learn one new cooking technique.

8. I’m continuing my quest for a really good, complex Cabernet under $10. One that’s better than Charles Shaw (akaThree Buck Chuck). So far, 25 Cabernets tried and no winner.

9. I will continue to eat Monday lunch at the Quarters on Yale with Wayne Scheiner.

In 2013, thanks to Yoder Smokers, I learned how to smoke on a pellet smoker, and I love it. Now on to something new.

We have been doing that regularly for 39 years, so why stop? And a tip of the hat to Connie Nellos for not selling it out from under us and turning it into a brew pub.

4. I’m going to continue to drink locally produced craft beers.

10. I’m continuing my boycott of all-you-can-eat restaurants.

I’m about 90 percent there, but some restaurants just don’t have them so it’s Negra Modelo time, which isn’t bad at all.

Why break a lifelong tradition?

5. I’m not opening a restaurant. This has been going on for 69 years and will continue.

11. I’m going to make the Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show better but not bigger.

6. I’m going to put in a garden.

It’ll be both whenever Sandia Resort and Casino expands their exhibit space, but for 2014, we’re going tropical. More soon.

This is not a resolution, it’s an addiction, and I do it every year.

12. I’m not buying any more local foods.

7. I’m going to find my wife Mary Jane at least one ingenious cooking gadget that she needs.

Wait a minute, who slipped that in? I’m buying MORE of them.

I gave her a cookie press out of the blue right before Christmas, when she was about to start the manufacture of at least 1,000 holiday cookies. I thought she was going to faint with joy and confusion, like how did I think this one up? Blind luck, and shopping at Now We’re Cooking.

13. I’m going to ask a waiter in a seafood restaurant, “How far does your escargot?” I’ve always wanted to do that. And there you have it, 13 lucky food resolutions that I’m bound to keep. May you all have a wonderful new year.

Chile pepper expert Dave DeWitt is the author of more than 50 books, many f them on chile peppers and spicy foods, including The Complete Chile Pepper Book. He is also the founding producer of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.

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profile Michael Thomas Coffee 111 Carlisle SE, 505.255.3330


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Freeform latte art and Intelligentsia Coffee from Chicago mark The Grove Café & Market in EDo as “coffee cultured.”

offee aficionados think about things like roast date, aroma and bean oil content. A coffee shop where the owner knows not just the beans — whether they be African or Central American or South American or South Pacific — but the roasting techniques that maximize the flavors as well ... then you’re getting into the art of coffee. And that’s where a shop like Michael Thomas resides. Located inconspicuously on a residential stretch of south Carlisle Boulevard near its juncture with Gibson, Michael Thomas Coffee was a harbinger of neighborhood improvements when owner Michael Sweeney opened it seven years ago. You can find a full line of quality teas, but coffee is king here — there’s a fancy Diedrich roaster right behind the counter that lets coffee geeks know they have found a home. Accordingly, you’ll find the full range of roasts, from dark to light. There are also blends like Banda Bear and Hornet Roast that pay homage to neighborhood schools Bandelier Elementary and Highland High School. A good coffee shop can add to a neighborhood’s quality of life by promoting social interaction and creating a feeling of comfort and belonging. Michael Thomas Coffee does all that, and roasts a mean bean to boot. —Mike English

With coffee and tea shops just about everywhere in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and elsewhere in New Mexico, the only question is, what’s in your cup? Story by Mike English + Kevin Hopper + Paul Lehman + Steven J. Westman


Photos by Wes Naman + Joy Godfrey + Joshua Schaber • Compiled by Chloë Winegar-Garrett


uch like the rapid evolution of Albuquerque’s beer scene, the Duke City’s coffee and tea culture has grown in unprecedented ways in recent years. From the proliferation of quality coffee beans and loose teas served and sold at local shops to the growth of businesses like Villa Myriam, a family-owned coffee farm in Colombia that ships its product exclusively to Albuquerque, this is not a Folgers and Lipton city anymore. In this issue of Local iQ we list many of the shops and businesses that are upping the ante of Albuquerque’s coffee and tea culture.

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Michael Thomas Coffee’s Diedrich roaster, placed strategically right behind the counter, lets coffee geeks know they have found a home.



The Coffee Shop

Gold Street Caffé

A & B’s Lunch Box

700 2nd NW, 505.242.3801

218 Gold SW, 505.765.1633

Opened in 2011, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center created an employment training site for those attempting to leave the streets and achieve employment, working on helping clients leave homelessness in Albuquerque. Along with a variety of coffee, tea and other beverages, they also serve a full food menu for breakfast and lunch.

Just looking at the facade of Gold Street Caffé, located on Gold Avenue in Downtown Albuquerque, makes you thirsty for a large latte and a good long sit on a sidewalk table. Another reason to spend some time here: the White Velvet Latte. Yum.

414 Central SE, 505.312.8819 Picking up where The Daily Grind left off, A&B’s is a convenient little spot to grab breakfast or lunch with a healthy list of coffee, chai and espresso drinks. The funky little patio is one of the city’s undiscovered gems.

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe multiple locations

The Daily Grind 4340 Cutler NE, 505.883.8310

Getting a good cup of chai was a dicey proposition in Albuquerque prior to the opening of Annapurna’s. The first shop on San Mateo near Copper changed that, and now the local chain’s anchor location at Silver and Yale is THE spot for spiced-toperfection chai tea.

Barelas Coffee House

906 Park SW, 505.765.1514

1502 4th SW, 505.843.7577

For the sake of the name, Barelas Coffee House has to be included on this list. But this storied Barelas eatery is all about green and red, and less about black or with cream.

Black Mesa Coffee 2200 Sunport SE, 505.842.4305

Many people miss the EDo location of this well-loved coffee shop, but the Daily Grind lives on in its new home near Washington and Indian School, with coffee and menu items just as they were.

Downtown Java Joe’s Sitting in Java Joe’s and gulping down cup after cup, one wonders if this is a movie set for a scene from Slacker (circa 1991). What may at first seem very San Francisco or Austin turns out to be precisely Albuquerque. Java Joe’s is legendary in our books.

Fans of Film Cinema Café

Even if you are running late for your early morning flight, a run through the airport wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Black Mesa.

504 Yale SE, 505.934.7592

Bosque Baking Company 922 Coal SW, 505.312.3782

Bosque Baking Company is one of those quaint neighborhood shops designed, first and foremost, as a place to hang out for a spell. You can grab a bowl of posole to go with your baked goods. The coffee provides that added touch.

The Brew 311 Gold SW, 505.814.1599

The ultra-chic and intelligent decor at this newly established spot on Gold Avenue makes it a great place to hang out, sip coffee from Villa Myriam (see story on page 12) and write a short story or make blog posts to your heart’s desire. Maybe it’s another sign of the city’s evolution as a film town. Coffee and movie lover Michael Palombo opened this unique shop near the main campus of CNM just over a year ago. There’s coffee, of course, a breakfast and lunch menu and, as you would expect, a video projector for regular movie screenings.

Flying Star Cafe Multiple locations Flying Star is probably more renowned for its pastries and meal plates than its java, but going back to its start as Double Rainbow, this Albuquerque institution, with locations all over town and Santa Fe, has always been a great place to hang out and people watch in the best coffee house tradition.

Golden Crown Panaderia 1103 Mountain NW, 505.243.2424 Golden Crown is one of New Mexico’s most unique bakeries — that can be said when you make bread that looks like a turkey — and has been prominently featured on the Food Network. This family affair also serves great flavored lattes and tea from NM Tea Company. Plus, every customer gets a free biscochito while they are waiting.

The Grove Café and Market 600 Central SE, 505.248.9800 Shortly after its opening in the summer of 2006, The Grove became a culinary anchor in EDo. Perhaps the only spot in town that serves Intelligentsia coffee from Chicago, The Grove is more than just a place to get a great cup of coffee or an artfully designed latte; it’s a big time breakfast and brunch staple.

Hadley’s Tea 7600 Jefferson NE, 505.821.4832 Located in an obscure strip mall on Jefferson at Journal Center, Hadley’s is an inviting place that any tea lover would find enjoyable. Hadley’s offers a wide variety of teas, pastries, chocolates and tea accessories.

La Vida Mocha 801 4th St. NW, 505.934.1214

Mobile espresso truck turned brick and mortar, La Vida Mocha is conveniently located next to Metro Court and smartly pairs espresso drinks with food provided by Mother Truckin’ Gourmet food truck.

Kung Fu Cowboy Tea House Cafe 3107 Eubank NE, 505.292.2832


offee is king in America. However, tea might be about to stage a cultural revolution in the States. In the same way that soccer has taken a major foothold in this country over the past two decades (but will likely never overtake American football), the more universal cup of tea will continue to get more and more popular here. Just don’t expect it to replace America’s cup o’ joe anytime soon. “Tea has a funny sort of feel to it. A lot of that comes from the (misguided) idea that tea is so much more complicated and so much more time,” Clark said. Photo by Wes Naman Brian Clark purchased Annapolis Tea Co. If tea begins to slowly replace cups in 2009 and went on to give the place a here, Brian Clark, owner of Kung punchier name — Kung Fu Cowboy Tea Fu Cowboy Tea House Cafe, is House Café. ready to provide both the tea and tea knowledge for anyone willing to try a cup of Earl Grey in the morning and/or afternoon and/or evening. A certified tea master, Clark renamed and reopened what used to be called Annapolis Tea Company in 2009, setting out to (as his slogan states) “break the coffee habit.” On a recent afternoon visit, I ordered a pot of Earl Grey spiked with jasmine tea and admittedly enjoyed the surprising contrast from my usual triple espresso or Americano. I found the mellowness of the tea to be just as addicting as coffee’s bitter component. “People are funny about the fact that we don’t do tea bags. We’ll have some people come in, find out that none of our teas are in teabags and they’ll walk right out the door. They’re like, ‘Wait a minute… 200 plus teas? Overload. I don’t know what to do with all that information.’” In case visitors here aren’t ready to make the leap, French press coffee is available and Clark is seeking to add an espresso machine soon. Kung Fu Cowboy would likely be a familiar name to many Local iQ readers, were it not for the fact that it is tucked into the back of Scottsdale Village — out of sight of passing pedestrians or motorists. However, this works to the shop’s advantage as a trip to Kung Fu Cowboy can be a respite from the daily routine. For folks who aren’t fervent about crowds, seeing or being seen, this is a great place to disappear for an hour or so, sip tea and take your time noshing on a sandwich, salad, soup or quiche. Clark recently added new, more comfortable furniture, so if you feel idle time is the Devil’s playground, it’s also a great way to get some work done. Either way, if tea is your bag (so to speak) the culture resides here. —By Kevin Hopper

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Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee

1131 Mountain NW #2, 505.962.2137

2420 Midtown NE #H, 505.814.1599


ost Albuquerque residents are unaware that a local family owns a Colombian finca where they grow beans for shipping straight to the Duke City. But that’s the business model for Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee, started three years ago and owned and operated by brothers David and Juan Certain. Villa Myriam is the name of the farm in Pendiamo, Colombia, built in the 1960s by the Certain brothers’ grandfather. Located at an elevation similar to Albuquerque’s, the farm’s beans are Rainforest Alliance Certified and handharvested for sale as a “specialty grade” bean in the U.S. They are shipped straight to a warehouse along the I-25 frontage road near Comanche, where they’re packaged for sale and coffee service at places like The Range Cafe and Hotel Parq Central. The Certains own The Brew, a new Downtown coffee shop on Gold Street, where Villa Myriam beans are sold and served. They’ve also developed business relationships with people like UFC fighter Keith Jardine, for whom they roast a special “Caveman Coffee” brand. David Certain, in an interview with Local iQ, said his family left Colombia as political refugees. They tried Miami first, but didn’t like it. An aunt lived in New Mexico, so the Certains moved to the Southwest — “This felt more like home,” Certain said — and a family coffee business was born. David Certain said the plan is to grow the number of outlets for Villa Myriam coffee, open more coffee shops in Albuquerque and stay focused on maintaining the quality of the beans and the roasting process for Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee. —Mike English

Mountain Road has been trying to be a kitschy cultural corridor for some time. NM Tea Co. is one of the reasons it feels that way. Offering everything a tea lover could want in their cup, it is a place where the owner, David Edwards, will educate tea novices on just about any aspect of tea you would want to know about. If you are local, you can get a free ounce of tea each month.

Old Town Farm & Bike-In Coffee 949 Montoya NW, 505.764.9116

Photo by Wes Naman

Juan (left) and David Certain pause for a fresh cup of their family-owned Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee, grown on their grandfather’s Columbian farm and roasted in Albuquerque.

Le Chantilly

Moons Coffee & Tea

8216 Menaul NE, 505.293.7057 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, 505.984.8500

1605 Juan Tabo NE, Suite F, 505.271.2633 This is the type of “coffee shop” that is more about the sweet treats than it is about the beans. That being said, whichever pastry (or pastries) you decide on (they are all delicious), pair it with a cup of well brewed coffee, espresso drink or tea selection, whatever your fancy.

Limonata Italian Street Food 3222 Silver SE, 505.266.0607 The neighborhood vibe, the good coffee, the funky multi-roomed ambience, the breakfast and lunch menu … everything that people liked about Giuseppe’s at this location lives on with Limonata. This well-run shop is a gem to its Nob Hill regulars, and a welcome local change-up to the Seattle-owned coffee shop a couple blocks away.

Mimmo’s 3901 Central NE, 415.686.6265

If you mourn the loss of Giuseppe’s coffee at that shop’s old Silver Avenue and Downtown locations, don’t. Founder Joe Prinzivalli has downsized and moved to this walk-up window in East Nob Hill at the corner of Solano and Central. The coffee is better than ever and there’s something that feels just right about getting a cup of fine, hot espresso at an informal little neighborhood hole in the wall.

12 Many moons before coffee and tea shops began to take root in every neighborhood in town, this Heights store was one of the few that offered fresh-roasted coffee beans, an abundant tea menu and a plethora of coffee and tea kitchen accessories all in one place. It’s still one of the best places to get all that.

Napoli Coffee 2839 Carlisle NE, 505.884.5454 Set in the shadow of a McDonald’s and a giant Wally World, Napoli is a welcome respite for Midtowners looking for a hot cup and wi-fi. Be sure to peruse Napoli’s long list of intriguing specialty drinks with creative names like Lucky Shamrock, Home for the Holidays and Pumpkin Patch, or kick start your day with an espresso milkshake.

New Mexico Piñon Coffee 4431 Anaheim NE, 505.298.1964 For coffee purists, it may seem a bit odd to infuse piñon into coffee. But when you taste it, it makes a lot of sense. The products from this Albuquerque roaster make a great gift (and there are many packages to choose from) for former residents pining for a taste of New Mexic

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Just a few spokes under two years, the North Valley’s Bike-In Coffee has made a very nice and comfy home at the Old Town Farm. On any given weekend you’ll find cyclists and other happy people lounging under the big cottonwood trees sampling offerings like fresh baked goods, garden-fresh quiche and, of course, fresh brewed coffee drinks. It’s a simple plan that seems to work flawlessly.

Red Rock Roasters 4801 Jefferson NE, 505.883.1175

Photo by Wes Naman

Assam tea is one of numerous types of fresh tea availabe at at New Mexico Tea Co. near Old Town.

Whiting Coffee Co. 3700 Osuna NE, 505.344.9144

Whiting has been one of the most consistent roasters in town for nearly three decades. Don’t let the industrial location turn you away. Walk into the front door and fill your senses with coffee, tea and all the necessary accessories that go along with the culture (note: this is not a café). And don’t walk away without a pound or two of the fresh stuff. Arguably, the best in town.

Santa Fe The Beestro 101 W. Marcy, Santa Fe, 505.629.8786

What began in a farm in 1993 has expanded into one of the most popular lines of coffee beans in the city. You may have tried this brand in one of many cafés or restaurants and been amazed, but you can also get it by the pound at stores such as Whole Foods or Talin Market.

Chef-made locally-sourced sandwiches, salads and soups. Paninis are a specialty as well as organic direct trade beans.

Satellite Coffee various locations Like its sister restaurant Flying Star, Satellite Coffee is a unique expression of Albuquerque, with quirky, creative interior design and a full roster of coffee, pastries and quick eats like burritos and sandwiches. And watch for this Duke City staple to hit the road — the company has plans to franchise outside of New Mexico.

St. James Tearoom 320 Osuna NE, 505.242.3752 This is quite a treasure for tea enthusiasts, speakers of the Queen’s English and those who know what “a tea” is. That being said, this is a place where parents can instill a sense of decorum and teach their children a bit of etiquette as well.

Winning Coffee Co. 111 Harvard SE, 505.266.0000

Betterday Coffee 905 W. Alameda, Santa Fe, 505.780.8059 For homesick Oregonians and fans of Stumptown Coffee, this little arty cozy corner attracts a hip crowd attracted by the super baristas and the weekly varietals.

Café des Artistes 223 Canyon, Santa Fe, 505.820, 2535 A Canyon Road favorite with creative sandwich selection, salads and sweets, plus coffees.

Café Ole 2411 Cerillos, Santa Fe, 505.438.3000

More than a coffee shop, this Cerillos Road haven features hearty burritos and healthy salads.

Capitol Coffee Company 507 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, 505.983.0646 Lots of organic blends including Sangre de Cristo, Plaza, Monte Sol, Adobe and Canyon Road by the pound.

Chez Mamou French Café

In the middle of the only street in New Mexico that looks remotely as hip as one in Berkeley sits Winning Coffee Co., a caffeinated haven for students looking to either cram for an exam or relax after one. It is a cornerstone of the Bricklight District and a really good place to sip the day away and people watch.

217 E. Palace, Santa Fe, 505.216.1845

This comparatively new little hideaway was formerly known as Café de Paris in Burro Alley. It still features a fine selection of pastry as well as a limited French menu with soups and sandwiches as well as fresh seafood. And fine coffee in the French tradition.

Crumpackers Café & Bakeshop 5 Bisbee, Santa Fe, 505.471.0226 Originally a bakery, this talented crew opened their own small restaurant serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches and pastries featuring home-made soups and egg dishes with expert pies, cakes and rolls. And the coffee is good.

Downtown Subscription 376 Garcia, Santa Fe, 505.983.3085

Where the intellectuals hang inside and out, for good coffees, pastries, sandwiches and a big selection of current newspapers and magazines.

Dulce Bakery & Coffee 1100 Don Diego, Santa Fe, 505.989.9966 One of the city’s top coffee houses offering an ample selection of fresh pastries including killer cinnamon rolls, croissant, Danish, scones and muffins, cookies, tarts and cheesecake along with a variety of coffees.

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Iconik Coffee Roasters 1600 Lena, Santa Fe, 505.428.0996

A 1927 Otto Swadlo roaster is the prime jewel at this creative new coffee shop, where coffee is held on par with Russian caviar and the menu includes baked goods but also unique fare like curry-spiced hot dogs wrapped in Indian naan bread.

Palace Coffee & Tea 135 W. Palace, Suite B, Santa Fe, 505.204.4908

Your staightforward coffee shop, with bagels, sandwiches and subs as well as topnotch croissants.

profile Station Coffee and Tea 530 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, 505.988.2470

Zendo Art Espresso

413 2nd SW, 505.926.1636

Located at the bustling Railyard, this welcoming, professional coffee house in a restored bare brick warehouse building includes a big outdoor terrace, local art exhibits, exotic teas and creative coffee smoothies and gelatos.


Teahouse 821 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, 505.992.0972 A mecca for tea lovers where almost every variety known to man can be savored along with lots of tasty egg creations, panini, baked goods, soups and salads as well as Italian specialties and sandwiches.

Sage’s Coffee Bar/ Bakehouse 535 Cerrillos, Santa Fe, 5005.820.7243 Good coffee, quiche, sandwiches and lots of pastries and delicious breads for sale baked on the premises.

Holy Spirit Espresso

Revolution Bakery

225 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, 505.920.3664

1291 San Felipe, Santa Fe, 505.988.2100

Other notables Here the gluten-free crowd hangs out – enjoying an array of breakfast pastries as well as a lunch menu ranging from tasty pizzas to salads to sandwiches (on gluten-free bread). Gluten-free desserts consist of cookies, cakes, scones and muffins.

Beyond Grounds

A tiny hole-in-the-wall coffee shop offering fast service, good, well prepared coffee and cinnamon buttons for folks in a hurry to get on with their day.

Las Chivas Coffee Roaster 7 Avenida Vista Grande, Santa Fe, 505.466.1010

Santa Fe Baking Company

Coffees by the pound, including organic fair trade

504 W. Cordova, Santa Fe, 505.988.4292

Ohori’s Coffee Tea Warehouse 1098 S. Saint Francis, Santa Fe, 505.982.9692 A Santa Fe original with coffees from throughout the world by the pound and by the cup. In addition to a fine cup of java, you’ll find superior breakfast burritos as well as a substantial variety of baked goodies at this popular city veteran where regulars gather to chat and contemplate their online existence.

12220 Highway N. 14, Cedar Crest, 505.281.2000

Café Bella Coffee 2115 Golf Course SE #102, Rio Rancho, 505.994.9436

Clafoutis Santa Fe 402 N. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, 505.988.1809

Hartford Square 300 Broadway NE, 505.265.4933

Greenside Cafe 12165 New Mexico 14, Cedar Crest, 404.286.2684

Oasis Coffee & Tea 4940 Corrales Road, Corrales, 505.792.4720

Pete’s Cafe Belen

endo Art Espresso is a starkly designed downtown coffee hangout that could easily have been another ultra-hip, arts-centric spot that places more weight on the art, and less on the coffee. Luckily, for Zendo’s growing and disparate clientele, the love of art and coffee is equally distributed. In fact, the scales might tip a bit more towards the coffee side. And that’s perfectly OK. Owner Trevor Lucero holds a Master of Fine Art degree from UNM, and could be called a master of coffee science the way he carefully and methodically concocts each drink from behind the handmade coffee bar at Zendo. He’s had a lot of practice, having been involved in coffee world for some time with stints in Santa Photo by Wes Naman Despite the cool weather, Marissa Russell enFe at Cloud Cliff Bakery and The joys Zendo’s popular cold-brewed iced coffee. Galisteo News, as well as Flying Star Café and UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. But with Zendo, Lucero hit the nail on the head in a part of town — just far enough off the Central corridor to make headway into Barelas — that is primed for a big time coffee culture infusion. “The people that come here are from all over,” Lucero told Local iQ on the very day he and his partner Pilar Westell were expecting their second child. They come from the South Valley, the Northeast Heights, Downtown. There’s lots of visitors and tourists who come here too.” For coffee purists, the beans at Zendo — roasted specifically for Lucero every other day by a local, family-owned roaster — are superlative. Pair that with Lucero’s penchant for creating original drinks like the Zia Latte (white chocolate and cinnamon) or the Heisenberg (a four shot cappuccino), and you get a coffee shop essentially made for baristas on their day off who are aspiring to be artists. I personally love the pour-over coffees here, which take around five or so minutes to be brewed. Never mind the wait, it will give you time to say hello to the person next to you at the coffee bar and gaze at the monthly rotation of art hanging on the whitewashed brick walls at Zendo. Based on what I’ve seen so far, Lucero has a very discerning eye for unusual, dynamic and more compelling works — all from local artists, both known and unknown. “After getting a Masters degree and no job to go with it, I started thinking of ways I could have a gallery space that could actually make enough money to stay open,” Trevor explained. “That’s when I thought of the pairing of art and coffee.” Don’t fret tea lovers. Zendo has a small selection of high-quality teas available, as well as select pastries, burritos and fruit. Choose to sit inside at one of the community tables, or on the sidewalk bistro tables under the sun. In the warmer months, ask for a signature cold brewed iced coffee (made with coffee ice cubes) served in a mason jar. Make sure you keep the jar, because you will be coming back often. —By Kevin Hopper

105 N. 1st, Belen, 505.864.4811

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World party Considered one of the most astute ‘little orchestras’ in the business, Pink Martini makes music that covers the globe By Kevin Hopper


homas Lauderdale is an inveterate classicist. His band, Pink Martini, is immersed in music that pulls from a far more romantic era; a time before amplified guitars and Marshall stacks; a time when music was more acoustic and, for that matter, more tangible. “We’re even pressing vinyl, which is great,” said Lauderdale in a recent conversation with Local iQ about Pink Martini’s music. “We’re not making 8-track tapes however, nor are we making cassettes. I’ve always wanted to make 78s but that’s a bit rash.” preview Indeed, Pink Martini’s Pink Martini music could have easily fit into a gramophone Featuring Storm Large collection, alongside 7:30p, Mon., Duke Ellington, George Jan. 20 Gershwin, Tommy Lensic Dorsey or Bing Crosby. 211 W. San Francisco, “The records that we Santa Fe, 505.988.1234 make are jazz records $54-$84 that hopefully don’t have a shelf life. They’re slow and steady. Our audience is very loyal. They are one of the last demographics of people actually buying records,” Lauderdale said. Lauderdale himself best summarizes his own band’s approach, describing it as “a rollicking around-the-world music adventure Thomas Lauderdale (left) is founder and conductor of Pink Martini, which he jokingly de… if the United Nations had a house band in scribes as “the United Nations house band in 1962.” Lead singer Storm Large, right, joined the 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” group in 2011 and now shares touring duties with fellow lead singer China Forbes. Pink Martini songs are sung in a multitude chanteuses, and though both singers are very “I knew that (Diller) had studied classical of languages — from Japanese to Turkish, piano and make several albums in the ’60s,” talented, well-heeled and beautiful, there are French to Chinese and Spanish to Lauderdale recalled. “So I instinctually asked notable differences. Romanian. The music is arranged beautifully her if she would consider recording a song. “It’s definitely a different aesthetic and a by Lauderdale, a pianist, who conducts his Crazily enough she agreed to it.” different performance,” Lauderdale said small orchestra made up of brass, strings Lauderdale continued, saying that the song of a Pink Martini fronted by Large rather and four percussionists. Until 2011, singer he thought most appropriate for an album than Forbes. “So far it’s worked out. China China Forbes, whom Lauderdale met while called Get Happy was “Smile.” now has a five-year-old son, so it eases the the two were attending Harvard, maintained pressure off of her, and Storm has a full vocal duties. That was, until she had to “It was perfect for a comedian,” Lauderdale schedule of her own. So it kind of works out undergo surgery to repair a hemorrhaging said, “but also written by Charlie Chaplin for perfectly.” vocal chord — needless to say a frightening the film Modern Times (1936). It turned out surgery for a singer. Thankfully, the surgery that Charlie Chaplin was a friend of hers, so Luckily, Lauderdale has avoided the diva was a success, but in the interim, Lauderdale it made all the sense in the world.” syndrome. He offered a possible reason why recruited a replacement, Storm Large, who that might be. Recorded in just one very charming take, possesses an equally powerful set of lungs it turned out to be Diller’s final recording “It’s better to have two singers, because and a notably less demure stage presence. before her death in 2012, and a sublimely everybody is on their best behavior. Because She continues to perform with the band fitting close to one of Pink Martini’s finest they realize, ‘Hey, if I’m an asshole, there’s a even though Forbes has made a complete works to date. chance that I’ll be replaced.” recovery. Though Lauderdale has long considered Both singers appear on songs from the “Storm Large kind of came to our rescue politics as a second career, it would be a group’s latest recording, Get Happy, which about three years ago,” Lauderdale explained. debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums shame to not have a band like Pink Martini “We had a full roster of performances in the world — a band that has the ability to Chart. The recording, set for release on (scheduled for an upcoming tour), and I sort represent more than one culture in such a Jan. 24, also invites a number of additional of panicked. So just a few days before our cosmopolitan fashion. Even those attuned to singers, including Rufus Wainwright (a performance with the National Symphony hearing loud guitars or synthesized modern longtime friend of Lauderdale’s), Philippe at the Kennedy Center, Storm learned 10 beats would be wise to let Lauderdale’s band Katerine, Meow Meow, Ari Shapiro, The von songs in five languages in four days. She’s open their ears and eyes to a more classic Trapps and one very special guest, Phyllis amazing.” and worldly approach to music. It wouldn’t Diller, who lends her voice to the closing hurt to purchase the vinyl either. song on Get Happy. Now Pink Martini is armed with a pair of


Local iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | January 9-22, 2014

Twerking, respectfully


t does not matter whether you are for or against Jay Z’s fashion deal with Barneys after their racial profiling scandal because, as Jay Z put it, “Somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.” I kid, but continue to hone my satirical skills in hopes that The Onion is looking to hire a hip hop culture columnist someday. Truth is, twerking is everywhere. Even in Albuquerque. Fortunately for Burqueños, we have a resident expert on the Afro-Caribbean roots of twerking, so young teens (and let’s face it, not-so-young adults) can respect their bodies in the midst of all this media misinformation and plain old ignorance. Christian “Xian” Bass describes herself as a one-time “conflicted teen.” Teen turned Queen, most Burqueños know Xian for her work as a model, musician, performing artist, mediator, educator, community mentor and sex ed counselor. A performing artist for the past 12 years, Xian released a short video titled The Roots of Twerk at the height of the media’s fascination with people “makin’ it clap” on a handstand. At this point, if you have never seen a twerk, you will never get the vague visual reference alluded to in the previous sentence. You can get your education “on” with Xian’s video at her YouTube channel ( Before transplanting to Albuquerque in 2009, Xian lived in Atlanta (a city known for being an early adopter of twerking). “I actually was a part of the culture, and learned how to twerk firsthand,” she said. These days, Xian works at Wilson Middle School and sometimes gets chaperone duty at the school dances. “I got frustrated because I knew these teens were basically just mocking what they see adults do,” she said. “They were imitating without the proper guidance, which can be the gateway to situations that are not age appropriate. The tipping point is when I began watching the news and seeing teens being suspended for twerking as well as parents brutally punishing their children for dancing this way.” So Xian turned the twerk into a learning moment, using it as an icebreaker to open conversations with teenagers about sex, body image and respect. “The Roots of Twerk workshops I teach allow people to learn where this dance originates from,” said Xian. “The re-education that takes place focuses on cultural history as well as the empowerment of women to learn how to twerk appropriately with having control over their sexual power instead of being subjected to sexual deviance and a negative stigma of dancing like ‘a ho’ or some other disrespectful term that is given to women that are overtly sexual.” And since dance is not exclusively for teenagers or women, men and ladies can get “physical education” in Xian’s workshops at High Desert Yoga and Sisters Making A Change (SMAC) at La Plazita Institute. For class times and dates email 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.


L ive M usic

Submit to Loca l i Q The next deadline is Jan. 15 for the Jan. 23 issue. send calendar entries to: f: 888.520.9711 a: PO Box 7490, ABQ., N.M. 87194 Please use this format:

Venue Band genre Time, Cost List events any time for free at *All events subject to change. Check with individual venues before heading out ** Calendar listings are a free service and may be cut due to space. preference is given to free events.

Thu 9 Blackbird Buvette Sazoram/Jonny Stunka/Danny Spacebar/Tropical Girls/10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe JJ & the Hooligans ROCK 8p, FREE Dirty Bourbon Renegade Mountain Band COUNTRY 9p, $5

Launchpad Metalachi HEAVY METAL 9:30p, $8 Marcello’s Karl Richardson PIANO 6:30, FREE Molly’s Jimmy Jones 5:30p-close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Alex Maryol 7p, FREE Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Ace Revel 9:30p, FREE

fri 10 Blackbird Buvette Next Three Miles ACOUSTIC 7p Planet Rock FUNKY DANCE PARTY 10p, FREE Casa Esencia DJ Sez/DJ Devin 9p-1:30a, $20 Cowgirl Santa Fe Ben Wright AMERICANA 5-7:30p Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia with Mister Sister R&B 8:30p, FREE Dirty Bourbon Renegade Mountain Band 9p, $5 The Downs Racetrack & Casino Blue Sol LATIN 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe The Woohabs ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ACOUSTIC TRIO 6p DJ Malik 10p, FREE Launchpad Borgeous/Sin Seven/Panda/DJ Dexter 9:30p, $10 Low Spirits Le Chat Lunatique/American Rails/ Cactus Tractor 9p, $5 Marcello’s Karl Richardson Duo PIANO 6:30-

Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Black Cat Serenaders SWING 7:30-

mon 13

Thu 16

sat 11

Blackbird Buvette Karaoke by Kammo’s Karaoke 9p,

Blackbird Buvette The Local Spin 7p Live, Local Music Showcase 10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Jono Manson ROOTS ROCK 8:30p The Bill Hearne Trio COUNTRY 2-5p, FREE Dirty Bourbon The Porter Draw 9p, $5 The Downs Racetrack & Casino Blue Sol LATIN 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe Ryan Shea 9p, FREE Launchpad Reviva/Fayuca/Merican Slang 9:30p Low Spirits Squash Blossom Boys/The Saltine Ramblers/Meredith Wilder 9p, TBD Marcello’s Tony Rodriquez PIANO 6:30-9:30p,

Cowgirl Santa Fe Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig

Blackbird Buvette Emmett Williams SINGER 7p KGB Club GOTH 10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe Secret Circus ALTERNATIVE 8p, FREE Dirty Bourbon Marshal Reign 9p, $5 Launchpad Mic Club 17 9p, $10 Low Spirits Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys

Mine Shaft Tavern Felix y Los Gatos AMERICANA 8p, FREE Molly’s Juz Cuz 1:30-5p Rock Bottom

Imbibe DJ Automatic 9p, FREE Launchpad Lionize/Marsupious/Ten Ton Hit

QBar Special guest DJs TOP 40 9p-1:30a, $10 (no cover for women 9-11p) Sol Santa Fe Ultimate Girls Night Out 9p, $20 St. Clair Winery and Bistro SWAG ACOUSTIC 6:30-9:30p, FREE Sunshine Theater AFI/Youth Code/Comin 8p, $2 Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Pollo Frito 9:30p, FREE

Molly’s Juke Box Hero 5:30p, FREE QBar Pete Gabaldon and Magic LATIN

10:30p, FREE


5:30p-close, FREE

sun 12 Blackbird Buvette The Weeksend w/ Wae Fonkey & guests 7p, FREE Congregation B’nai Israel Leonar and David Felberg, Arlette Felberg dinner reception CLASSICAL 5:30p, $50-$100

Cowgirl Santa Fe The Santa Fe Revue AMERICANA Noon-3p Alto Street BLUES 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Wildewood AMERICANA 3-6p, FREE Mine Shaft Tavern Jane and the Dead End Boys ROCKABILITY 4-7p, FREE

Sunday Chatter Poet Rich Boucher with music by David Felberg VIOLIN 10:30a, $5-$15



Low Spirits The Cold Hard Cash Show 9p, TBD Marcello’s Open Piano Night 6:30-9:30p, FREE O’Niell’s (NE Heights) Los Radiators foLK BLUES 4-7p, FREE

Tue 14 Blackbird Buvette Try vs. Try Open Mic w/ Sarah Kennedy 10p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe HallyAnna FOLK 8p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Palace Flophouse AMERICANA 6-9p, FREE

9p, $5


Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro The Deltaz BLUES 8p, FREE

wed 15 Blackbird Buvette Kathleen Haskard SOLO ACOUSTIC 7p, FREE

Cowgirl Santa Fe Emmett Williams SINGER 8p, FREE Dirty Bourbon Aristocrats 7p, $15 Launchpad Pickwick/Elliot Brood 9:30p, $8 Marcello’s Sid Fendly PIANO 6:30-9:30p, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Memphis P-Tails BLUES 8p, FREE Molly’s The Western Hers 5:30p-close, FREE QBar Sina Soul and Rodney Bowe’s Sweet Life SMOOTH JAZZ 9p, FREE

Nativo Lodge Nativo Underground 10p, FREE QBar Old School House Party by DJ Mike T and Big Phill 9p-1:30a, FREE Uptown Sports Bar & Grill The Electric Edric Project ROCK

Launchpad Paws for Epilepsy Benefit Show

Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Shane Wallin ROCK/POP 7:30p, FREE

mon 20

9p-1a, FREE

sat 18


Blackbird Buvette “It Wasn’t Me” hosted by Jim Phillips 6p, FREE Cooperage En-Joy CUBAN SALSA 9:30p, $10 Cowgirl Santa Fe The Railyard Reunion Bluegrass Band 2-5p The Dusty 45s HIGH

fri 17

Dirty Bourbon Marshal Reign 9p, $5 The Downs Racetrack & Casino Sorela HIP HOP 9p-1a, FREE Imbibe Music by Ryan Shea 9p, FREE Launchpad Rock ‘n’ Roll Peepshow 8p, $10 Marcello’s Tony Rodriquez Duo PIANO 6:30-

9p, TBD

Marcello’s Karl Richardson PIANO 6:30-9:30p, Monte Vista Fire Station Alex Maryol 7p, FREE Molly’s Bella Luna 5:30p-close, FREE Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Stu McCasky 7-9p, FREE Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Sean Healen Band 9:30p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Michael Weaver Live Jukebox 7p Fresh Fridays w/ DJ Cello & Guests OLD/NEW SCHOOL 10p, FREE

Casa Esencia DJ LT/DJ Chil 9p-1:30a, $20 Cowgirl Santa Fe Kathleen Haskaard SINGER 5-7:30p Felix y Los Gatos RED HOT GREEN CHILE GUMBO 8:30p, FREE

Dirty Bourbon Marshal Reign 9p, $5 The Downs Racetrack & Casino Sorela HIP HOP 9p-1a, FREE Hotel Andaluz Jazz Brasileiro BRAZILIAN JAZZ 6-9p, FREE

KiMo Theatre Alternative Folk Showcase 7-10p, $10-$15

Launchpad The Ground Beneath/Beard/Requiem Mass/Illumina/Questionable Fate 9p, TBD Marcello’s Karl Richardson Duo PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern Monica’s Music 5p, FREE DJs Mesa Punk & Icky Mac 7p, FREE Molly’s Memphis P-Tails 5:30p-close, FREE Monte Vista Fire Station Katie P & The Business 9p, FREE


9:30p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern Iyah JAMAICAN 8p, FREE Molly’s Atomic Balm 1:30-5p Group Therapy 5:30p-close, FREE Popejoy Hall Mozart Masterworks 6p, $20-$68 QBar Special guest DJs TOP 40 9p-1:30a, $10 (no cover for women 9-11p) St. Clair Winery and Bistro Jazz Brasileiro BRAZILIAN JAZZ 6:309:30p, FREE

Yanni’s & Lemoni Lounge Sina Soul & The Sweet Life SOUL 7:30-10:30p, FREE

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Natural Vibe 9:30p, FREE

sun 19 Blackbird Buvette Me, Myself, and I SOLO 8p, FREE Cowgirl Santa Fe The Santa Fe Revue AMERICANA Noon-3p Keith Kenny ONE-MAN ROCK

9p, $5

Low Spirits The Blasters/Cowboys & Indian 9p, $15

Mine Shaft Tavern The Barbwires BLUES 3-7p, FREE

Blackbird Buvette Karaoke by Kammo’s Karaoke 9p, FREE

Cowgirl Santa Fe Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig ALL STYLES 9p, FREE

Low Spirits Sean Lucy & Damn Union/Everett Howl & The Wolves 9p, $4 Marcello’s Open Piano Night PIANO 6:309:30p, FREE

Shade Tree Customs & Café Los Radiators FOLK BLUES 7:30-10p, FREE

Tue 21 Blackbird Buvette Groove the Dig w/ Old School John 10p, FREE

Cowgirl Santa Fe Eryn Bent INDIE 8p, FREE Imbibe College Night w/ DJ Automatic 9p, FREE Il Vicino Canteen Nick Pena SONGWRITER 3-6p, FREE


Gene Corbin 5:30p-close, FREE QBar Pete Gabaldon and Magic LATIN JAZZ 9p, FREE

Sunshine Theater Reel Big Fish/Suburban Legends/ Mighty Mongo/The Maxies 7:30p, $15 Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Lara Ruggles 8p, FREE

wed 22 Cowgirl Santa Fe Jess Klein & Mike June SINGER 8p, FREE Marcello’s Larry Friedman PIANO 6:30-9:30p,


Monte Vista Fire Station Memphis P-Tails BLUES 8p, FREE Molly’s Steve Kinabrew 5:30p-close, FREE


Il Vicino Canteen Alpha Cats SWING 3-6p, FREE

9:30p, FREE

Mine Shaft Tavern DJ Sass-a-Frass 5p Open Mic 8p, FREE Molly’s Rudy Boy Experiment 5:30p-close,


Nativo Lodge Nativo Underground 10p, FREE Ned’s The Electric Edric Project ROCK 9p-1a, FREE

QBar Old School House Party by DJ Mike T and Big Phill 9p-1:30a, FREE Sheraton Uptown SWAG Duo ACOUSTIC 6-9p, FREE

Local iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | January 9-22, 2014


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etal is not dead; it exists as a radically unholy hybrid version of itself called Metalachi. It’s in the name. Trading double-bass pedals and flying-Vs for violins, trumpets and the guittaron, the heavy metal genre has been recreated by these outlaws of the industry. Purportedly the fraternal offspring of a Veracruzan horse tranquilizer addict and jai-alai enthusiast (though the truth is probably much more Metalachi depraved), Metalachi has taken some 8p, Thu., Jan. 9 of metal’s most overplayed, exhausted Launchpad anthems and returned them to their 618 Central SW, former glory. Not only can this band 505.764.8887 play, the members also know how to $10 apply makeup, which in both cases is more than can be said about most Tickets: ‘80s-era sellout garage bands. Comprised of players operating under the monikers Vega de la Rockha, Pancho Rockafeller, El Cucuy, Ramon Holiday, Maximilian “Dirty” Sanchez and Warren Moscow, Metalachi has traded any semblance of caution or shame for the heart and soul of something great, and I applaud them for that. For the sake of the Greater Good of the World, see them at the Launchpad bright and early in the New Year. Resolutions are overrated; rock ‘n’ roll, and leather sombreros with metal studs, are forever. —Charlie Crago



hil Alvin and his younger brother The Blasters Dave Alvin formed their rock and With Cowboys and roll band The Blasters in 1979 Indian to play what they termed “American 8p, Sun., Jan. 19 music,” blending blues, rockabilly, Low Spirits early rock ‘n’ roll, punk rock, mountain 2823 2nd NW, 505. music and rhythm and blues. Former $15 Black Flag lead singer and spoken Tickets: word master Henry Rollins called The Blasters “a great band that not enough people found out about.” Their live shows have always been stunning, and while never achieving mass market success, their recordings and concerts drew critical respect and a cult following across the United States and Europe. Since The Blasters disbanded in 1986, Phil Alvin released solo albums, earned a Ph.D in math, taught college and then reconvened The Blasters (without brother Dave except for occasional guest visits). The Blasters’ latest album, Fun on Saturday Night includes a duet Phil recorded with Exene Cervenka of X. He’s survived a serious illness and now keeps The Blasters joyously rock and rolling around the country and the world. Good humored, rocking American music, timeless, extremely danceable, and downright fun! —Bill Nevins

Local iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | January 9-22, 2014


he sound of soul has made its Pickwick way into the music we listen to With Elliot Brood every day. You might consider it a 9:30p, Wed., Jan. 15 revival of sorts. Whatever it may be, it is Launchpad being warmly received across all genres 618 Central SW, of music, adding a smooth groove to 505.764.8887 familiar sounds. Seattle’s soulful indie $8 rock sextet, Pickwick, is evidence of the Tickets: new trend of blending genres. Pickwick wasn’t always known for making the reinvented soul tunes you hear on 2013’s Can’t Talk Medicine. Several years ago, they were just one of many indie folk bands struggling to find an audible identity. After reworking their sound and songwriting in a collaborative effort, we now hear a band that has realized its potential. There is a fullness and depth to each track on the 13-song album that was achieved through recording live in the living room. Whether it is the slick, standout bass lines or frontman Galen Disston’s rich and smooth vocals, each song drives forward with and energetic retro rhythm that is reminiscent of Wilson Pickett. If getting down to some gritty, rocking soul music is what your idea of a good time is, then Pickwick should be on your list of bands to see live in 2014. —Justin De La Rosa

Local iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | January 9-22, 2014



Poked, prodded, tickled That’s how your mind will feel after three weeks of the latest installment of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival By Shavone Otero


f all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players, then Albuquerque’s got a flair for drama, with more theatrical performances taking place every weekend in Burque than any other U.S. city of its size. Ringing in the New Year with its 14th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Tricklock Company prepares to entertain and amaze us with a three-week lineup of local and international players on stage, including pirates, performers on stilts, costumes and artistic brilliance galore in a unique community and global engagement performance. This festival is unlike any other. Revolutions is a highly anticipated annual event that brings acclaimed performers from around the world in an ensemble of theatre, social events and cultural dialogue as produced by Tricklock Company, an Albuquerque-based, international theater organization founded in 1993. The company is committed to “artistic risk, physicality, absurdism and poetic work” and asserts that theater “is a provocative and vital tool for examining the human experience.” “Tricklocks’s basic goal is to bring community and cultures together through artistic exchange,” Hannah Kauffman Banks, Tricklock’s co-artistic director, said in a Local iQ interview. “We specifically plan events to engage community discussion between audience and performers.” Not only will you be able to witness the artistry firsthand, you can share the experience by engaging with the performers as provided by the many after-show receptions, Q&A forums and usual kick-off party. Revolution’s 2014 lineup, which features artists from France, Highlights of the three-week lineup for the 2014 Revolutions Australia, Spain, Nepal, Haiti, Burundi/Tanzania, Puerto Rico, International Theatre Festival include Die Roten Punkte (above), a Ethiopia and the U.S., includes a couple who will live a lifetime comedy about two punk rock orphans, and veteran actress Lauren Weedman (above left), who is staging an improv show, of sorts, in together without ever actually meeting; eight young people, which she explores Albuquerque’s potential to solve all her problems originating from separate places in the world, leaving their as a place for her to live. homelands and finding themselves traveling the same path; a woman discovering the perfect city; Week two: and a clown searching for his sanity. STAGE Catch the March 4th Marching Band (Jan. 24 at “This year we have a really fantastic festival,” Sunshine Theater) in Tricklock Company’s and AMP revealed Banks, who has been with the company for Revolutions Concerts’ production of a high-energy show where five years and volunteering for 10. “We are bringing M4 will take you from the swamps of Louisiana to International an amazing group from Berlin called Die Roten the gypsy camps of eastern Europe, boiling it all Theatre Festival Punkte (The Red Dot). They are a kickass rock ’n’ together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping Jan.14-Feb.1 roll brother-sister duo. It looks like the best rock ’n’ stilt-acrobatics. Multiple events roll show I’ve ever seen.” Week three: Die Roten Punkte (Jan.17-18 at UNM Experimental Visit Roadway Closed to Pedestrians (Feb. 1 at the NHCC for complete festival Theater) is comprised of Astrid and Otto, who were Outdoor Plaza) delivers a performance working with schedule orphaned as kids when Astrid was 12 and Otto was the musicality of movement and the chill of tragedy. 505.254.8393 9, found shelter in a Berlin squat, and never looked Roadway aims at a single aspiration: to link love, back. Tickets: the greatest of emotions, to the greatest number of Start the festival with Revolutions Kick Off Party people in a pay-what-you-can event with a special (Jan.14 at Tricklock Performance Laboratory & encore performance. ArtBar) where you can dance to live music from Revolutions is a festival that will leave your Goddess of Arno, enjoy delicious Tractor Beer and mind poked, prodded and tickled. To continue rub elbows with the artists before the three weeks of highlighted Shakespeare’s monologue, we have our exits and our entrances events. and play many parts. Join the players in this human experience on the world’s stage in the greatest international theater festival in Week one: Albuquerque. Audiences won’t want to miss Verbage (Jan. 15 at ArtBar), a spoken word-musical movement feast curated by Hakim Bellamy, Colin Tricklock Company would like to shout out a huge thanks to all “Diles” Hazelbaker and Carlos Contreras, that features a collage of its supporters, especially ABQ City Council to Bernalillo County local and national spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, and video. Commissioner Board for funding.


Local iQ | albuquerque’s intelligent alternative | January 9-22, 2014

Mural project branches in new directions


ne of the last times I spoke with Mexican-born, New Mexican-based artist Jade Leyva, it was for the opening of her exhibition in May 2013 for SEEDS: A Collective Voice. “Don’t be afraid. Just do it,” she said at the end of our conversation. Leyva is still doing it with grace, support and passion without fear, like a responsibility to continue what she started in planting a collective voice for seed preservation. Leyva’s exhibition at Downtown Contemporary Gallery was a huge success with 700 attendees and a followup at ¡Globalquerque! in September with her husband, Tom Frogue, co-founder of ¡Globalquerque! and executive director of Avokado Artists. Leyva presented an educational booth and distributed organic seeds with preservationists and volunteers, and noticed the demand for a bigger project. After becoming inspired by a mural made with seeds in Mexico this year, Leyva decided to go big and extend the roots of the project further into the community with the Community Seed Mural Project. “I wanted to come up with something interactive and add an educational element to art making,” Leyva revealed. Leyva has been invited to UNM and multiple schools and communities throughout New Mexico, like the Marigold Parade, ENLACE, and Corrales and Placitas Elementary Schools, to bring her story and art of seeds to create large mobile murals with dyed seeds, similar to a “paint-by-number” piece, for kids to learn about seeds, health, food source and different cultures, as each mural’s seeds are regionally themed. Leyva seeks to bring the project to underserved schools and communities lacking art programs to create, tour and eventually find a permanent home for the murals in a public space. “The most beautiful part of this is the educational part,” Leyva beamed. Leyva has much support with the project from volunteers like Noel Chilton and Isaura Andaluz, who teaches about organic eating and ancient seed preservation for future generations. “All the work has been volunteer, and now we want to start looking into grants,” Leyva mentioned, especially with interest in the project touring San Francisco and Vancouver. “I have been putting my art to the side to do this project. I’m hands-on in creating the designs in the mural, so I feel like I’m still painting, just with the community. It’s a true community effort, and people love it. They don’t want to quit doing it.” Like the seed she planted to not be afraid and “just do it,” Leyva’s project continues to grow with a collective voice branching into communities cross-culturally, and I have a good feeling it will keep growing. Interested in getting involved with the Community Seed Mural Project? Visit SEEDS: A Collective Voice on Facebook or email Shavone Otero has been inspired by amazing artists over the year to cultivate creativity and manifest a kickass 2014. Keep on keepin’ on, gente.

openings / performances

Submit to Loc a l i Q The next deadline is Jan. 15 for the Jan. 23 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.

Thu 9 Performance: Through Jan. 12

I Can Hear You But I’m Not Listening Comedienne Jennifer Jasper explores in a colorful and unscripted way her family’s influence on her life choices (some smart, some maybe not so smart), merging light and dark. 8p, $15-$20 Teatro Paraguas 3205 Calle Marie, suite B, Santa Fe, 505.424.1601 Portraits: through Jan. 12

Heart of the City Have your portrait taken in a mobile studio as part of an urban arts collaboration that showcases local Albuquerque residents. downtown neighborhoods Various locations, 505.242.1445

fri 10 Performance: Through Feb. 2 (Fri.-Sun. evenings)

Pack of Lies How well do you know your neighbors and close friends? What if a government agency asked you to use your home to spy on them? This drama examines this possibility and the stability of friendships. 8p, $13-$15 Adobe Theater 9813 4th NW, 505.898.9222 Reception: Through Jan. 30

Overlap / Re(structure) Experience works from Michael Hudock, Orlando Leyba and Kevin Tolman, along with mixed media reliefs and drawings by Rachel Zollinger. 6-8p, FREE Harwood Art Center 1114 7th NW, 505.242.6367

sat 11 Reading

Trotsky and Frida Dive into the tumultuous world of this political and intimate relationship between two powerful world figures of the early 20th century. 1p, FREE
 Artists reception 5-8p

The Gallery ABQ

The Art & Science of Longevity This introduction to Ayurveda will help teach how to balance and health, manage stress and age gracefully. 2-5p, $35

8210 Menaul NE, 505.292-9333 Open house 5-8p

Studio Sway 1100 San Mateo NE #32, 505.710.5096 Performance: Through Jan. 12

Don Quixote Ballet Russian composer Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote debuts in ABQ with Grant Cooper conducting the NM Philharmonic. 6p, $24-$68 National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 505246.2261 Performance: Through Jan. 12

I Can Hear You But I’m Not Listening Comedienne Jennifer Jasper explores in a colorful and unscripted way her family’s influence on her life choices (some smart, some maybe not so smart), merging light and dark. 8p, $15-$20 The Cell 700 1st NW, 505.766.9412 Workshop

Dominican-style Bachata Join Sarita and Shawn Claude Muller and learn some partnering choreography and dance moves, from beginning to advanced. 3-7p,


Matrix Fine Arts Studio 3812 Central SE, 505.288.8713

Thu 16 Film

Pedro-A Mini Almodóvar Festival Four characters’ lives intertwine when two men meet at a private clinic where one woman works as a nurse and the other is in a coma.

Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
 In “Protopia: almost a place,” Nina Dubois examines what could be the first place, a model for a place, almost a place using found materials with physical and psychological shelters. Up from Jan. 2-25 at SCA Contemporary Art (524 Haines NW, 505.228.3749,

UNM Law School 1117 Stanford NE, 505.277.9504

Explora 1701 Mountain NW, 505.224.8300

Through Feb. 6

10p, $8 Receptions

Third Friday Artscrawl Check out Right Brain Gallery, The Gallery ABQ, Weyrich Gallery, Palette Contemporary Art & Craft and Framing Concepts Gallery to experience a wide variety of art forms and styles. 5p, FREE


Stretching Savoye Mixed media paintings by Frederick Pichon reflect his personal interests in design, architecture, science, history and geometry. 5-8p, FREE

Through Jan. 31

New Year New Work Show Reg Loving’s work focuses on contemporary and abstract landscape depictions, which will be showcased alongside various other artists. 5-9p, FREE Artist reception 5-8:30p

Weyrich Gallery
 2935 D Louisiana NE, 505.883.7410

Sumner & Dene 517 Central NW, 505.842.1400

sat 18 Performance

Bill Burr Standup comedian that has starred in many famous TV shows such as Breaking Bad and New Girl. 8p, $25-$55

Route 66 Casino Hotel 14500 Central SW, 505.352.7866

Dominican-Style Bachata Work with Adam Taub to learn the foundations and integrating the challenging dance steps into practice, with a multimedia presentation intermission. 1-6p,

fri 17


3100 Menual NE, 505.816.0214


Palette Contemporary Arts 7400 Montgomery NE, 505.855.7777

Various locations Various venues

Performance: Through Jan. 19

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 505.254.8393

from alumni and staff of UNM law school while enjoying flute music and refreshments. 5p, FREE

Explora Adult Night This month’s theme is “Drawing Machines,” with projects ranging from theater performances to hands-on materials that help inspire the artistic process. 6:30- Mollie Revolutions International Theatre Festival presents a clown comedy with hints of theater where the absurd, reality and insanity are not so different. 7p, $18-$25

SE-OC Right Brain Gallery Activity

sun 19

KiMo Theatre 423 Central NW, 505.768.3522

7400 Montgomery Suite 22, 505.855.7777

open house 5-8p

7p, $5-$7

Performance: Through Jan. 26 (Fri.-Sun. evenings)

5809 Juan tabo, ne, 505. 294.3246


Salt & Pepper Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin presents a play about aging with grace, courage and humor through seven scenes. 8p,

The Vortex Theatre 2004-1/2 Central SE, 505.247.8600

Framing Concepts Gallery

Performance: Through Jan. 19


NE HEIGHTS open house 5-7:30p

Vortex Theatre 2004-1/2 Central SE, 505.247.8600

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea An annual program of short plays featuring up-and-coming artists, all focused on a beach scene at different points of the day. 7:30p,

third Friday Arts Crawl Jan. 17


Double Time Dance Studio 112 Morningside SE, 505. 2888713

Tue 21 Class

Casino/Cuban-Style Salsa and Rueda de Casino All beginning and intermediate dancers are welcome to learn how to dance these genres and learn more about the history. 6p, $5-$10

Teatro Paraguas 3205 Calle Marie, suite B, Santa Fe, 505.424.1601

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 505.254.8393

Reception: Through Apr. 15 Law School Alumni & Staff Show View a collection of original work

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he Vortex presents three By the Sea, By the unrelated plays, all set on Sea, By the Beautiful a beach at different times Sea: A Trio of Plays of day, written by three different 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, playwrights (Joe Pintauro, Sun., Jan. 10-26 Lanford Wilson, Terrance The Vortex Theater McNally) and directed by three 2004 Central SE, “up and coming” young directors 505.247.8600 (Paul Hunton, Isaac Christie, Jen $18/$12 (Stu.) Loli), with three actors, Michael Weppler, Francesca Tharpe and Hannah Colver, appearing in all three plays and portraying nine roles. While Dawn, Day and Dusk are stand-alone one-acts, they share the same universal themes of loneliness, longing and trying to find your place in relation to others, explained project director Lee Kitts. “The characters are all attractive 30-somethings, and their dialog is fast-paced, witty and challenging,” she said. “Even within the scope of a 30-minute story, reality shifts dramatically for each set of characters and their world.” It’s the Vortex’s annual Next Generation season kick-off production. A warm day on the shore in January — what a great concept! —Bill Nevins

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n the surveillance state that is the U.S. in 2014, a tense stage drama that examines issues of loyalty, friendship, betrayal and national security could hardly be more timely. Welcome to Pack of Lies, a play first staged in London in 1983. Written Pack of Lies by English playwright Hugh Whitemore, the 8p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, story focuses on the true story of a couple and their teenage daughter, the Jackson Sun., Jan. 10family, whose neighbors are suspected of Feb. 2 espionage. The Jacksons are asked to spy on Adobe Theater the neighbors, and it turns out those neighbors 9813 4th NW, are indeed spying for Russia. This Adobe 505.898.9222 Theater production stars Bridget S. Dunne $15 and Pete Alden as the unsuspecting Jacksons, with their daughter played by Sage Hughes. Teresa Kizziah and Michael Girlamo play the spy neighbors. The director is Joann Danella, who has directed 14 shows at The Adobe. “This play will entertain and raise questions about the effect on ordinary people of national security issues,” Danella said. —Mike English

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dare you not to get the theme song of Little Shop of Horrors in your head when you read this sentence. I double-dare you not to start bobbing your head a bit. This iconic play from the ’60s is one of the strangest shows to witness, with some of the catchiest songs in the musical world. The story begins in a struggling flower shop with a love-starved nerdy guy, Seymour, pining away for Audrey, a nasally-voice woman in a relationship with a bad-boy dentist boyfriend. Little does he know that Audrey loves him back. When an exotic plant arrives, who Seymour names Audrey II after his love interest, this unique plant first awes then horrifies those around it, since it is carnivorous and extremely thirsty for blood. The once-troubled shop begins flourishing, with a great amount of media coverage and popularity regarding this plant. Things spiral out of control when Audrey II develops a deep voice, having a devilish control over Seymour. By the end of the play, it’s hard to tell whether this plant will take over Earth or be defeated. This version is directed by Vernon Poitras, and is co-produced with The Enchanted Rose. — Chloë Winegar-Garrett

Little Shop of Horrors 7:30p, Fri.-Sat.; 2p, Sun., Jan. 10-Feb. 2 Aux Dog Theatre 3011 Monte Vista NE, 505.254.7716



Santa Fe man helmed famous film about MLK


o me, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday that has always existed like Easter, Christmas, Flag Day, Take Your Daughter to Work Day, etc. However, it was only signed into law as a national holiday in 1983 and wasn’t officially observed until 1986. It took until 2000 for all 50 states to officially observe it. As a child, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was one of the “fun holidays.” School was cancelled and my family would go see a parade in Old Town, Fort Collins, Colo. It was unbearably cold, and my mom bundled me up like Kenny from South Park. With the little feeling I had left in my fingers, I collected candy tossed toward my feet. Reflecting on it gives me feelings of nostalgia and a fear of breaking a tooth on frozen candy. But lately I’ve forgotten Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s not a holiday on which I get time off from work. The only reminder I get is when I need to race to the bank or post office and they’re closed. Maybe it’s just me, but growing up has had a huge impact on the holiday’s PR. That changed when I saw In Remembrance of Martin and had a chance to speak with the director. Santa Fe resident Kell Kearns was asked by Dr. King’s wife Coretta Scott King and the Atlanta King Center to produce this documentary as a tribute to her husband. It first aired on PBS in 1987 and has been rebroadcast many times since. The movie is a biographical look at the iconic man from those who knew him best. By now, many of the interviewees have passed away, and this film is an intimate reminder of their relationships. “I wish I had included more of the interview portions with

Ralph Abernathy,” Kearns said in our interview, “He was King’s closest friend and confidant. They virtually lived together for 13 years in motel rooms around the country as King shepherded the movement. Mine was one of the last interviews with Abernathy before his stroke.” Kearns said that Abernathy still seemed to feel the loss of King. “There was such a wistfulness and sense of irredeemable loss about him,” he said. “I would have loved to have had the time to put more of him in the show. He and I watched the first King Holiday parade together from the upper story of the King Center. A reputed million people were in the street below, representing all causes. He turned to me with tears in his eyes and said ‘These are his spiritual children.’” Like the creases formed around a grandfather’s eyes, time has given this film depth and has proven the magnitude of its importance in history. This movie is a time capsule, tucked away years ago, ready to be opened and to shed its history upon us. It reminded me of all of the great work Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for our society. Race issues have become quite rare compared to Dr. King’s time. We should be proud of that. But, there are those dark moments that remind us that King’s work still needs to be done, and that work is up to us. In honor of Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, In Remembrance of Martin will play at The Guild on Jan. 20 and 21. Dan Gutierrez is host of Directors Cut Radio Program (available at He can be reached at

Many consider the documentary film about Martin Luther King Jr., In Remembrance of Martin, to be the definitive movie about King’s life and legacy. It was made in the late 1980s by Santa Fe resident Kell Kearns, who was asked by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, to make it. The film will be screened at Guild Cinema Jan. 20-21.

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Film reel

GAR D EN By jordan mahoney surrounding her are muted colors, drab stone walls and the incessant howling of patients much worse off. The only correspondence she has is with her brother Paul, a Catholic mystic and poet, and the film slowly broods on their eventual meeting — and her possible release. Long takes, paired with the grating mannerisms of her neighbors, make for a jarring film, but an effective practice in putting the viewer inside the psyche of a tortured artist.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali Directed by Bill Siegel

4:30, 8p, Jan. 20-21 Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Inside Llewyn Davis

Century Rio 24 4901 Pan American NE, 505.343.9000

musicians, who are both the devil and savior to him, as he lives from couch to coffee shop gig. It’s not that he isn’t good — he’s great — but without sheen or buoyancy, Llewyn Davis flounders as an artist. A wonderful lament of a film.

Camille Claudel 1915

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

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ife’s a journey, but not all of us reach our destination. Such is the case for 1960s folk singer Llewyn Davis, a beaten spirit with a lot to sing about but nobody to listen. A true addition to the Coen canon, Llewyn plays like a cinematic goulash of O Brother, Where Art Thou’s musical odyssey, Barton Fink’s artistic struggle and A Serious Man’s bleak nihilism. And despite a new, high-contrast style, the film is riddled with the Coen’s trademark idiosyncratic characters in the form of a junk-addled jazz freak, his gravel-voiced driver (who only speaks through poetry), and Jean, an ex-fling who, according to our wandering hero, just “spouts vitriol.” Llewyn encounters a number of more successful

Directed by Bruno Dumont

4, 8p, Jan. 10-14 Guild Cinema 3405 Central NE, 505.255.1848


ike many artists, the prowess of sculptor Camille Claudel was paid at the price of her sanity. Set in a mental asylum in the south of France, this film explores the frustratingly confining existence of a woman not altogether unstable, but paranoid and fraught with delusions of persecution and poisoning. A subdued performance from Juliette Binoche, occasionally breaking into tears as Claudel teeters on the brink of madness. For her, life is a redundant nightmare, and


n boxer Floyd Patterson, after a personal jab, Muhammad Ali had this to say: “I want to see him cut, bruised, his ribs caved in and then knocked out.” A touch more personal than past biopics, The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a straightforward documentary about the brazen fighter without any stylistic flourishes, but the barebones approach is effective in cutting straight to the point. Setting Ali in the context of racial and religious discrimination, we see his evolution from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, and his affiliations with Martin Luther King Jr. and fellow black Muslim, Malcolm X. Trials highlights the backlash of Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam, and the subsequent stripping of his heavyweight title. To the glancing spectator, Ali may have seemed affronting and disrespectful, but the film provides a firsthand look at a man put down for his religion and race, and a man who countered with unwavering conviction.

Delve into design during the dormant season


am an addict. I admit it without hesitation. I am addicted to gardens, at all times of year, whether they are here in Albuquerque, in magazines, online or encountered while traveling. As a nursery owner, I am always interested in how people garden, what and where they plant, and their style of gardening. Some of the most interesting gardens that I have had the privilege of walking through were designed and planted by botanists, horticulturists or landscape professionals. The most common factor among the best of these gardens was the artistic style that was evident from the first step. At this dormant time of year, when our minds are free to consider new possibilities for the gardens right outside our door, I thought it would be helpful to consider some tips and techniques for designing and creating a beautiful garden and yard. The “how-to” of gardening is important, of course, but to take that next step and become a creative gardener it is beneficial to understand key components that help develop a sense of personal style. Most gardeners know what attracts them to certain choices, which can include color, size and ease of care. Because everyone’s perspective is different, there can be no right or wrong in how a garden or landscape should look. That’s the fun part!

Lines: Consider the importance of lines when creating a garden. There are horizontal, vertical, curved and straight lines. Each one has its own value, adding dimension to the space. These lines and how they are used will determine how the eye sees the layout and the direction that movement will flow, for instance where visitors will be led and what they will see. Light: Light is referred to frequently in dis-

cussing gardening as the key to the health and beauty of plants. But light and how it moves through the garden can be a valuable element, as well, adding quality to the atmosphere. Spend time watching how the light changes in the space and know that it will affect the way colors and textures look. Both natural and artificial light will enhance the value of any garden.

Texture: Textures of a coarse or fine nature will define a space with visual and tactile interest. Mixing different textured plants can


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maximize contrast, balance and repetition. The successful garden combines many textures, such as hardscape, garden décor or structures to accentuate the plant life. Most additions to a garden can add textural appeal.

Color: To achieve an artistic quality in the

garden, the central focus will be color. Colors can affect the mood of the space producing a powerful influence. With color, the gardener can express personal preferences and have fun with the palette. Be cautious of certain colors wanting the center stage that may overwhelm others. Choose colors that create balance and complement each other. Seasonal changes can have a dramatic impact in the garden and should be considered when choosing plants. The garden should have colorful, visual interest year round.

Unity/Rhythm: Think about the garden as

an outdoor living space. The overall impression should be balanced, with a warm welcoming feeling. Unity throughout will keep the space simple and not overwhelming. Introduce rhythm as well by placing garden art or features in the correct position. Rhythm is a natural flow or movement accomplished through lines, a grouping of stately trees or a winding path to a secret garden. Both unity and rhythm will prevent the garden from becoming tedious. The creative style of each of us is dependent on experience, perspective and an inner sense of our aesthetic preference. These attributes will be ever changing with the increase of exposure to more information on gardening, believing in ourselves as creative spirits and letting that spirit run free with ideas. Gardening can be a form of art; it will certainly allow the gardener to sow seed freely and design to the rhythm of the soul. Tish Resnik is the owner of Great Outdoors Nursery. She can be reached at info@

Planet Waves Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19)

To accept the idea that “this is the way things always were” is an excuse, especially if you know the theme of your life is change. The question seems to be, will you take initiative, or are you expecting someone else to do it for you? I suggest you make your own decisions and initiate your own moves rather than expecting something in your environment will start the process. What you come up with will be a lot more interesting than what anyone else does, even if others talk louder. Just think your plan through a couple of times, especially if it’s work-related. Things are changing around you, and I suggest you see where they shake out before doing anything too radical. The best idea will be a simple, easy-to-understand and, most of all, useful one. Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20)

by Eric Francis • problem. There’s also some missing information that will clarify matters considerably, and you won’t need to wait for long. I suggest that you strictly maintain a few guidelines, however. Make all your own decisions, based on what you know and understand. That’s another way of saying pay attention, take an active role and use what you know. Don’t succumb to anyone’s authority merely for its own sake or on the assumption that someone else must know more than you do. Your vitality is what helps you heal, grow and create your environment, and all three of those elements are interrelated. Your existence is holistic — part of an integrated whole, with each aspect influencing the others. You don’t need to treat symptoms, but rather, seek deeper understanding, shift your orientation and keep reminding yourself that everything is connected.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)

Consider carefully the influence you have on someone close to you — you’re a lot more potent of a force than you may imagine. That includes on individual people and also on your total environment. You may be going through so much interesting, intense, strange or curious inner movement that you may not be noticing how it’s radiating out into the world around you. Take the time to get some feedback from others about what they perceive about you. Open up the space for a dialog and put more energy into listening than into speaking. Trust that people already get what’s on your mind. You will learn a lot from what they have to say and from slowing down enough to get a sense of what they are feeling. While this theme is focused right now, it’s going to be a recurring theme for the next two or three seasons. So, take a deep breath.

Imagine that you visit an older relative you have not seen in years, and while you’re there you wander up to the attic. You see a trunk that seems to be for you, illuminated by the light from a small window, and you open it up. It’s full of artifacts from a century ago, stuff belonging to people to whom you’re related but who came through the planet decades before you. Old diaries, letters, newspaper cuttings, photographs, physical objects from life in the past, are all neatly, lovingly preserved in this trunk, and as you go gently through them, you figure out that they were indeed intentionally left for you. But who left it there? And how did they know you would find it? This is all a metaphor, and from a psychological point of view, you’re the one who has left a gift, an inheritance or a trousseau for yourself. There’s a lot in there, as will slowly become obvious over the next month or so.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)

Gemini (May 20-Jun. 21)

You seem to be asking yourself some deep questions about a relationship, and about the meaning of all intimate partnerships. This is not a fleeting inquiry but rather a crux point where you are Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) Venus, the planet traditionally associated finally getting to the heart of the matter. These questions involve whether you’re with your sign, stations retrograde. able to fully express your emotional That’s a fairly rare event; no planet is needs, what kinds of commitment retrograde less than Venus, though this you’re comfortable with, and the role event happens entirely in Capricorn, of marriage in your life. There is the where Venus has not been exclusively ever-present question of negotiating retrograde since 1802. The next two your independence. This is a moment months are a truly beautiful time to to consider all of your reasoning around resolve old family issues, particularly the concept of permanence, and the way on your father’s side of the family. The that it influences your emotional climate. material may surface on its own; you There is also the not-so-small matter of may be aware of topics or themes that how and why resources are exchanged. you’ve been brewing for a few years, What falls under the category of an which you’re now ready to address as a obligation, what do you feel is taken from conscious choice. Please use this time well. Nothing like it will happen again for you, what is a fair exchange and what is freely given? Once you have unpacked years to come. For you, making peace with the past also means understanding these subjects, you’ll find it a lot easier to relate to others in a way that is fair, and what happened, why it happened, and that you understand. how it influenced you. Nobody is going to hand you easy answers, but you are Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) eminently capable of putting the pieces Take advantage of excellent opportunities together. Take your time; be both careful to expand your income the next few and intuitive. weeks, beginning immediately. You already know of some prospects; there Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) are others you have not thought of, and You’ve got to let some of this pressure still others that you came up with and off. It seems as if you think you’re supposed to feel a certain way in certain set aside or forgot about. You may find it easier now than ever to cast off any situations, as if the “correct” emotional doubts or misgivings you have over the tone were prescribed in advance. This so-called profit motive, which you can extends to your opinions about things and the specific way you’re supposed to replace with the elemental fact that your think. None of this is valid; much of the work and your ideas have value and worth to the people who get the benefits. pressure is your attempt to respond to the illusion that it might be. I suggest you However, you don’t even need to go question that assumption, and consider there; it still has the feeling of an excuse. the possibility that it has a source. Once Look at your life, size up your resources, you make the decision to express yourself consider what you’re capable of doing and decide what you want to do. Develop rather than suppress yourself, you will feel less depressed, more alive, and more a strategy that you adapt as necessary, but use as a guideline. In worldly terms, in control of your life. You may feel that this should involve income for work to do those things, you have to change and services provided, how to efficiently your whole way of thinking, though it’s handle debt and tax-related matters, and easier and subtler than you were told, especially with the kind of cosmic support an overall business plan. Get competent help when you need it. you have right now.

Be careful not to take on the issues of others. You may be especially reactive, especially if people around you are in an intense mood. I suggest you choose your influences and your company carefully, especially through the 24th. Don’t let anyone push you into any agreement, longterm or otherwise, that you don’t really want to make, no matter how infectious their enthusiasm or persuasion may be. Events of the next week or so will help you figure out where you really stand with yourself, and therefore, put the opinions and feelings of others into context. It is this context — remember the concept — that is essential to your making healthy decisions for yourself. You’re someone who is inclined to consider the wellbeing of others in the choices you make, so you don’t have to worry about that factor; at the moment, you cannot count on others to do so. Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22)

Keep your heart and mind open and you’ll be better able to receive what others are offering you in your intimate relationships. You may sense that there’s a lot to their feelings, and you may be hesitant about allowing yourself to experience that. Phobia about intimacy, and hesitation in matters of the heart, do little to foster your happiness. Every relationship experience requires taking a risk, though in truth most of that involves allowing yourself to be vulnerable. A little self-therapy on that topic would be a great place to start. Ask yourself what you fear, when it comes to getting close to someone you care about. Is it about hurting someone else? If so, how long can you keep that up for? Or is it about the way a relationship might change your life? You already know how you feel. You know what you want. That’s actually worth something. Leo (Jul. 22-Aug. 23)

You may have health matters on your mind, though I don’t suggest you stress about them; stress seems to be the

You seem to be experiencing boldness and hesitancy at the same time. The combination, if left unaddressed, could create delays and waste energy; there’s no point spinning your wheels to get nowhere. And you have plenty of places to go, and experiences you want to have. If you have any form of mixed feelings, take the elements in the mix one at a time and see what they are trying to tell you. See if you can notice your source. The self-assertiveness you’re feeling does indeed seem to be about you; the insecurity and hesitancy seems to be coming from somewhere else, perhaps even someone’s influence from the deep past. It would not vaguely surprise me if that turned out to involve another person’s religious baggage that was leaking into your environment. In plain terms, you don’t have to worry about what others will think. You don’t have to be pure or give the image of being “not a slut” project some kind of faux conservatism. What you feel is more meaningful than what anyone else thinks.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

The sky is now focused on your sign. The Sun makes its annual return to Capricorn and Venus stations retrograde in your sign. This is a combination of factors that are likely to ignite your passion, help you focus your energy and feel how strong, loving and creative you can be. The reason you can be these things is because you are them already, so this is really a matter of emphasis, and of bringing out what is already inside you. I suggest, in that spirit, that you remove as many encumbrances on your time and energy as you can for the next few weeks. Make room for yourself. Take time to reflect and to appreciate who you have become and what you’ve created for yourself. This will be a meaningful time of reflection that will have the power to shape the course of your life. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

“Final Projections”

By Aimee Lucido, edited by Ben Tausig, Difficulty 1/5 ACROSS 1 Hole-punch tool that looks like a screwdriver 4 Magic Eye images, e.g.

42 Item that causes toons to hop around (P.S.: Maybe don’t Google it, it’s kind of gross)

9 Overact

46 “Tik ________” (Ke$ha hit)

14 Oft-overused hosp. scan

47 Spanish years

15 Green bully in Nickelodeon’s “Doug” 16 Ghanaian sister city to Washington, D.C. 17 Graph of a normal distribution 19 Low point 20 “Pinky promise!” 21 Undies brand 23 Chicago pizza chain 24 “Win a Date with __________ Hamilton!” 25 Show now delayed due to the death of one of its stars 27 Apple scheduling program 28 Swattable bug 29 With gloves off 32 Played tonsil hockey, say 34 The third in a recent trilogy of Green Day albums 35 Fantasized 36 Cherries ___ 40 Stat for 52-Down 41 Temporarily

48 Mai _______ (faux‑Polynesian drinks) 49 Fed from, as a vampire or a mosquito 50 School whose alumni often go into govt. jobs 51 The Red Sox, on scoreboards 52 Golfer García who recently insulted Tiger Woods 55 It’s a British thing 57 Retro, and a hint to 17-, 29-, and 42-Across 60 Piece of writing often BS’ed by students 61 Like the people on “The Biggest Loser,” initially 62 Get dolled (up) 63 Oboes and saxes, e.g. 64 Former Red Sox shortstop whose first name is his father’s name backwards 65 Brian who started the music label Obscure Records DOWN 1 Prefix meaning “both”

2 The Rock, previously 3 Purple drank– drinking rapper

33 Rain delay covers 36 Average dudes

4 Shamu, for one

37 Throw down some law

5 Distribute, as a pitcher of beer

38 :D or X_X

6 Cabinet dept. headed by Tom Vilsack 7 Gun, as an engine 8 Alex who might scold you for failing to respond in question form 9 Straight flush, e.g. 10 Here, in Tijuana 11 Uncle Scrooge’s surname 12 Where one might pee on a nice-smelling cake 13 Something to be out on 18 Headed the group 22 Pet detective Ace 25 Off the ______ (out of commission) 26 Allow 27 Cross the t’s and dot the i’s, in slang 28 Abbreviation before an annoying chain message from your grandmother 29 Quite sad kids’ movie about talking animals 30 Eroded

39 “OHMIGOD THAT’S A MOUSE!” 41 Sandra Bullock’s character’s org. in “Miss Congeniality” 42 Subject of a Maroon 5 simile 43 Not advisable 44 Airy dessert often made with chocolate 45 Meat-headed male in “Beauty and the Beast” 49 “One sec, gotta pee” 51 Those back in town, per Thin Lizzy 52 Slugger Sammy, whose name I only know because we’re both from Chicago 53 Decorative pouring jug 54 Band best known for its music videos 56 Crazy 58 “Game of Thrones” network 59 Sleep phase that Michael Jackson allegedly went 60 days without entering

31 ___ Outfitters (hipster clothier)

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C OM M U N I T Y E VE N T S thu 9

sat 11

thu 16



Beyond Meditation: Community HU Actively explore inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting with others.

Winter Birds and Bats This speaker program will focus on habitats, migration patterns, identification and behavior of birds and bats in NM, with bird and nature walks, and activities for children. 10a-4p, $3

Gospel Revival Get a last-minute chance to look at the exhibition African American Art in the 20th century, focusing on gospel music and history. 5p, FREE

9:45-10:15a, FREE

Highland Senior Center 131 Monroe NE, 505.265.7388

fri 10 Book Talk

If There’s Squash Bugs in Heaven, I Ain’t Staying By Staci Spragg-Braude Join local author Braude by the fireside to learn about her fierce passion for local farming. 6p, FREE Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm 4803 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.9297 Meditation class Cultivate states of mind that are conducive to peace and wellbeing, and find a way to enjoy life and lose negativity. 10a, $20 Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm 4803 Rio Grande NW, 505.344.9297

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2900 Candelaria NW, 505.344.7240

Film screening

Kinaalda: Navajo Rite of Passage Lena Carr will present and discuss her documentary feature film about the four-day ceremony for young Navajo girls turning into adults. 2:30-4p, FREE

Loma Colorado Main Library Conference Room 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 505.891.5013, ext. 3033

tue 14 Technology Toolbox Learn more about downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to put on your devices. 2:15-3:15p, FREE Loma Colorado Main Library Conference Room 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 505.891.5013, ext. 3033

ABQ Museum of Art & History 2000 Mountain NW, 505.243.7255

fri 17 Aquarium Overnight Let your children sleep next to the sharks while learning interesting facts about ocean species’ special nighttime behavior. 6:30p-8a, $30 ABQ BioPark-Aquarium 2601 Central NW, 505.848.7182

sat 18 Lobo Collegiate Invitational Check out the first collegiate indoor track & field event for UNM. 10a-4p, FREE

ABQ Convention Center 401 2nd NW, 505.768.4575 Supple Spine Yoga Learn to sense the world from the inside out while moving with more ease and fluidity. 1-3p, $20 Oriental Medical Arts 2716 San Pedro NE, 505.506.0136

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Introduction to the Seed Library Learn all about the upcoming seed exchange and how to “borrow” free seeds from the library in order to plant them at home, then bring back new seeds for others to borrow. 11a, FREE

Esther Bone Memorial Library 950 Pinetree SE, Rio Rancho, 505.891.5012, ext. 3 Lecture

Designing with Xeric Plants Hunter Ten Broeck, landscape designer and owner of Waterwise Landscapes of NM, will talk about drought-tolerant plants and how to effectively plant them for aesthetics. 10-11a, FREE ABQ Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE, 505.296.6020

sun 19 Bikes & Brews Take a VIP tour of the best breweries while enjoying a bicycle ride. Includes beer flights, palate cleansers and gear. 1p, $50-$60

Routes Rentals & Tours 11002 Mountain NW, Suite 101, 505.933.5667

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