Florida (1565):Author and teacher Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon, of the University of Florida, have argued that the earliest attested "thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. Newfoundland (1578):The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a…Continue
I recently heard that one orchestra had their tuba player — who had little to play in a particular piece — tweet messages to audience members during the concert. That's one example of the new buzzword for the performing arts: engagement.
With smart phone constantly on, our new arts consumer (we’ll call him/her Chris, for unisex reasons) goes out into the world with at least two guises: Chris the Consumer and Chris the Reporter. Chris the… Continue
This week marks KNME's third in a series of partnerships with the community on the new and exciting project entitled Public Square. This month, as part of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, KNME brings together community members from eastern New Mexico, for an impassioned and informed discussion about some of the biggest issues facing our children today. The focus this time is on the challenges of rural health care, including the shortage of health care providers for the youth. After… Continue
Because I am suffering from PTSSDTOT (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Due To Overeating Turkey), I am hoping that someone out there will post some interesting news stories. The Friday Morning Fix is in your hands.
So here I am, in Louisville, KY, sitting at an Amish custom built mission style dining set, in my brother and sister-in-laws expansive kitchen- my coffee is surreptitiously spiked with Old Forester (hey- it's past Noon eastern time!) and I'm… Continue
Yesterday the Divine Karlita and I went to the Bosque Del Apache, which is one of America's greatest places to see migrating birds. It was just astoundingly beautiful, and the best part was the sounds, the cacaphony of ducks, geese, and cranes against a background of waterfalls and wind.
The estimate was that around 15,000 Sandhill cranes were at the… Continue
So I was the lucky lucky winner of the tickets to see Steve Poltz (Thanks DCF and thanks Neal Copperman (copperman, copperman, copperman, copper man n n n n n...) of AMP Concerts) last night (November 24) and man oh man am I glad I went. I had not laughed so hard in so very long....
I wish I had taken along a notepad so that I could write a better review, instead, I'll have to wing… Continue
NOB HILL--In the News Business, context is pretty important. Without it, "Firefighters Save Mayor's House" becomes "City Workers Water Mayor's Lawn." It is not exactly a lie...just pretty far from an accurate report. It could be called an entertaining diversion, much like the sleight-of-hand a magician uses.
Everybody likes a little diversion once in a while. And with the ABQ Journal we get more than our share. Add to that the… Continue
So, way back when, I had a friend who rhetorically asked me what would
make a great band better, and he answered his own question by stating:
dancing girls – of course, I couldn’t disagree – they always improve
the atmosphere. Now I know what would make that better – a trio of
good looking young women who happen to be terrific belly dancers.
Rachel Brice & the Indigo can dance – now that’s an understatement… Continue
As beautiful as this season can be, there is still an undercurrent of approaching winter. And life...well, it has its own seasons.
Lee Francis IV has appeared in Words On A Wire, Moccasin Telegraph, Earthships Anthology and A Bigger Boat. He was a member of the 2006 Albuquerque Slam Team, coach of the 2008 Albuquerque Slam Team and a member of the 2008 LoboSlam National Champion Team. He currently teaches at the Native American Community… Continue
Not far from where I live, in the last few years, at least three women have been brutally murdered because they were transgender...and Albuquerque is generally a remarkably tolerant place. It's staggering to ponder how me being me could somehow be threatening to some people. I'm outraged by this, being thrust into personal conflict. I try to grasp and honor the deep gender insecurity someone would have to… Continue
New Mexico takes center stage in the fight over the future of the Internet. Hundreds gathered this week at the National Hispanic Cultural Center to encourage the FCC and Congress to protect the Internet from corporate interests. Ahead this week, highlights from the Town Hall and the fight over net neutrality. Plus, how that fight may have changed based on the outcomes of the mid-term elections. Also this week, the media landscape is changing once again in New Mexico,… Continue
Consider: if there is a past and a future, there must be something in between. This deceptively simple truism invokes—but does not betray—the essence of Tricklock Company’s new production, “Traitors,” now playing at UNM’s Theatre X.
Kristen Simpson’s original script weaves historical figures such as Judas Iscariot, Benedict Arnold, and Joseph McCarthy into a masterful madcap, skillfully delivered by Director Summer Olson. Like the… Continue