Alibi recaps the heartbreaking ordeal of developmentally disabled man Robert Gonzales. He sat jailed for nearly 1,000 days as the suspect in the 2005 Halloween death of an 11-year-old girl, even as DNA evidence pointed to another suspect as the killer. Today, a civil suit is pending against police, prosecutors, the jail, and city…
Daylight Savings time is practically synonymous with Home Improvement Season and that time is here again. We recently tore out a bunch of concrete in our back yard and needed a legal way to dispose of it. You can't throw it in your trash can, nor can you take it to one of the city's Convenience Centers. There's an even cheaper option: Take it to… Continue
Called "hippies" by a nation embroiled in war and inter-generational conflict, much of young America took to the road searching for a more compassionate, peaceful, and authentic way of life. Many came to New Mexico. And many stayed. That story shines through brilliantly in "Three-Bucket Bath." The poem brings a smile to my lips and tears to my eyes.
Merimee Moffitt left the Pacific Northwest in May 1970 in a shiny green Chrysler with two… Continue
ok, after my dining debacle at El Patio, i decided to find some place that knows how to cook new mexican or mexican food, cuz i was still jonesin' for something more authentic. lo and behold, i found it. on the corner of monroe and central. when i moved here in 2002, it used to be a mom and pop place, typical breakfast and lunch menu. then it transformed into a place that served cuban food, (sorry, never tried it) and now it's Guichos, a mexican restaurant. the interior is painted in bright… Continue
Two of the most controversial artifacts in the collection of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History moved to their new home today. I took a ton of pictures and VIDEO! The whole process was much smoother and simpler than I imagined, and it is such a relief to see them sitting in the new space - alongside other artifacts that the museum had in storage all this time (like the… Continue
No Rooz is almost here! That's Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring (technically, the exact moment of the vernal equinox; this year, it's March 21 at 5:44am). I grew up within a sizable Iranian community in Milwaukee, and this was the social event of the year, hands down. There would be one or more huge parties with everyone dressed to the nines (and those Iranian ladies can get fancy, let me tell you), tons of food,… Continue
Every time I drive to the airport, I see the San Jose Cemetery just west of I-25 and south of Gibson. I always tell myself that one of these days I must stop and check out the cemetery on foot.
This past weekend I did just that.
Finding the entrance to the cemetery was a bit of a challenge – the dirt road from Gibson is blocked off due to construction on Gibson, and so I ended up entering from Edith just south of Gibson. There’s… Continue
Most of the time I am taking photographs of the beautiful scenery in New Mexico, but when we travel to Pajarito Mesa things change a bit. Today I spent the afternoon in the west mesa, and I don't know why it is, but I get this compelling sense of urgency to drive myself to the area for pictures.
The Albuquerque Museum recently opened a new exhibit that explores the history, style and romantic era of the Alvarado Hotel. Our own beautiful old Harvey House, right in the heart of our city, knocked down in 1970 and now kind-of memorialized by the Alvarado Transit Center, which sits on the same ground.
I went for a very quick look this past week, but wanted to save the real visit to be shared with my guy, who is a wild… Continue
"Home Invasion" is a love poem to the wonders of the city and countryside that stole his heart. Now how can Hollywood compete with that?
Hakim Bellamy is a two-time National Champion in the Poetry Slam scene. He was a member of the 2005 National Poetry Slam Champs Team Albuquerque in his first year of poetry slam. The following year he was a member of the 2006 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champs Team UNM. He has won the City… Continue
Last weekend's Global Dance Fest offering was brought to N4th by Gunilla Heilborn of Sweden. The title, "Potato Country," referred either to an Irish story that was woven into the piece, or the emotional range of some of the characters, or more likely, those things and more. As this year's GDF unfolds with its Latitudes North theme, it provides multidimensional glimpses into the Scandinavian soul. The lack of linear narrative… Continue