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
With an Albuquerque contestant on this season's Next Top Model, hopes are running high in the Duke City for the new round of auditioners. We had to hoof it out to the West Side this past Tuesday to get in on the action. My own hopes were cruelly dashed by the age limit. Let me know when America's Next Top Model: Thirtysomething Edition starts… Continue
The soon-to-be named National Museum of Nuclear Science & History needs help! We are deep into the throws of moving from our old-town location to our new building, planning opening events, AND continuing to build, install, and prep our new exhibits! (EVERYTHING AT ONCE! ACK!)
So, how can you help? Tonight & tomorrow night we are welcoming able bodied volunteers to come help us paint our new exhibit walls so that once our… Continue
At the request of a friend, im reposting a post I made to the Albuquerque Urban Exploring blog (abq_urbex)
I plan to continue the hunt and I will of course post more photos.
So as of my last posting about the seemingly boring subject of hunting for the the Barelas Acequia/Creek/Ditch, and any possible tunnels that may be involved, I have come across some new information,… Continue
NOB HILL FLYING STAR--It is hard not to notice the torn cushions in this Flying Star. Every booth seems to have them. And it has not escaped the attention of the Morning Coffee Detectives. I don't want to sound overly concerned about something that is obviously out-of-sight as soon as one sits down, but I was determined to get to the bottom of it...so to speak.
The morning busser had a plausible explanation which… Continue
I had an unusual Saturday night this week. I was on Twitter when I noticed an invitation from Gwyneth Doland of The New Mexico Independent to come to a live webcast at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe where she was live blogging with some other folks. Having never done either of these things before, I was intrigued, and so off I went to join them in live cyberspace. Live? Not being one to even think IM was anything but an annoyance while I am… Continue
“Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down” –The Doors.
I can often be overheard spewing forth such tidbits as my continued genuine surprise at not winning the Powerball. Well guess what… I didn’t win again! On the bright side- I was only off by 5 numbers. But I have seen such strange “signs” in my world lately that it could happen. That… or it’s the… Continue