Last December I found myself conducting a hurried search for a new place to live. I ended up on Iron SW, between 3rd and 4th. The place is lacking some basic modern amenities, is old and cold, but is funky enough to appeal to an unemployed, fulltime MFA student/writer/poet looking for inexpensive digs where he could study, write, and let his creative juices flow. The neighborhood consists of several churches close by, a homeless shelter on the corner, and a large playground across the street… Continue
For sheer silliness, with a touch of existentialism, peel your butt off the couch and plunk it down at UNM's Theater X Sunday afternoon for the show "Nharcolepsy". Hey, you even get to throw stuff at the actors.
ACOMA ROOM, ABQ CIVIC CENTER--Michael Cadigan spoke on a panel this morning whose topic was "Tools and Strategies for Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level." Towards the end of his segment he announced that Obama's stimulus package contained an interstate off-ramp for the SunCal development southwest of the city. Not only will it be an interchange in the middle of nowhere, it "will be 15 miles from people's jobs." Cadigan characterized the… Continue
ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER--This is the 8th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference. There are over a thousand people here: attending panel discussions, training sessions, local tours, and speeches. This is a nation-wide event plus a smattering of attendees from other countries. Here are a few impressions.… Continue
Whether you’re a Burqueño, a Northeast Heightseño or a Nob Hilleño, you know it. I know it. Coronado Wieners are where it’s at…wherever that may be. They’re the bomb…and the packaging looks like one too--like a case of dynamite from a loony western cartoon.
I once debated with myself about smuggling a two-pound, pink package of Coronados with me on a plane. But I feared it would have caused panic with the TSA once the wieners hit the… Continue
This morning on our daily walk to the Bosque we were delighted to see a Bald Eagle! It was just another moment that I wished I had brought the camera. It was such a rare and awesome sight. The crows however, weren't as happy, they were chasing the eagle out of every tree he landed in.
I have a question for anyone who might know, is this normal? I have never seen a Bald Eagle in NM in the wild and wondered if they migrate through here or something?
We had a spectacular week with our visitors from abroad. I'm now revisiting the list of places that we thought about taking them in my post from a couple weeks ago: Winter Day Trips & Sightseeing. Here's the play-by-play.
Rail Runner to Santa Fe: We rounded everybody up on a Tuesday, took two cars downtown to park in the garage on 2nd Street and caught… Continue
An early map shows the "province" of Tiguex in an unlikely location.
By the time Europeans had begun colonizing the Americas in earnest, the middle Rio Grande valley had been inhabited for over 10,000 years. In that time, many peoples had left their mark there, from the scattered remnants of hunter-gatherer camps to the pit-houses of the area’s first agrarian settlers, to the multi-story villages of the early-Pueblo people. And, even… Continue
Oh I love this time of year. That's because it's Revolutions time. I'm talking about the Revolutions International Theater Festival, now in its 9th year. I'm always amazed that more people don't know about it because it really brings some of the best theater of the year to town. Tricklock Company, Albuquerque's own, travels the world with its own… Continue
It was 1975 at Eldorado High School and it had just snowed. A pretty good dump for Albuquerque. One of those rare snows that didn’t shut down the entire school system. Jones, in his infinite wisdom, thought it would be a great idea to go throw snowballs at cars. Me and Pissant didn’t really want to do it, but Jones, and this new kid, Blane were up for it. Someone else was there too, but I don’t remember. It might have been Alan “Hairlip” Schactner (so-called by Jones because Alan had an actual… Continue
This morning's NY times magazine has a series of portraits of people who will be important in the Obama aministration. They are just people up against a white background, very stark, oddly posed. My son was looking at them and asking questions about the people. This gave way to to speculation about who would good and who be evil if they were in a sci-fi movie.
It reminded of me of an idea we had. Maybe this was in my head… Continue
We are really looking forward to doing this show at the South Broadway Cultural Center in conjunction with Ballet en Fuego! New Mexico has such a unique cultural scene and we love being a part of it. We'll be showcasing a fusion of dance and music from Mexico and Spanish speaking countries around the world. We're not shy about bringing the beauty of the Spanish-speaking world together in one place. We've been influenced by so many beautiful cultures and feel enriched by them. A little bit of… Continue
One of the most disturbing things about living in Albuquerque is the sheer number of people I meet who think the place sucks. In fact, I find myself defending it all the time and I’m not even from here. I’m from a place people thought was great. I never had to defend it much. So it’s odd to now be endorsing a city to people who know it better than I do: the locals, the natives, the New Mexicans. Take my neighbor, for example, who swears up and down if he had more than $5 in his pocket he’d blow… Continue
San Francisco artists Mati Rose McDonough and Hugh D'Andrade came to town at the start of the New Year to paint this playful & kid friendly Monster mural in our Main Gallery. On opening night a local performance duo, The Church Animals, set up their casios and guitars for a quick set of equally playful tunes. This video shows the mural in the making, set to one of The Church Animal's stickiest tunes.
This eve, Friday Jan 16th, is the Old Town ArtsCrawl.… Continue