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Made in Burque! Hooray!
Made in Burque! Hooray!

Guess Where I Am Right Now!

(Ok. You got me. I'm at FabLabABQ.)

The first thing I thought of when I awoke too early this morning to one of my cats* sneezing on my face was: Today is the day! Fab Lab ABQ, the magnificent and mind-blowing new digital fabrication laboratory, is opening. Officially. Which means that between now and 7:00p, you can come observe all of its many wonders, and speak to the visionaries behind them, and connect with other Albuquerqueans who are as interested in the world of fabulous fabrication as you are.

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Detail of Entre palmas / Amidst Palms Flora Fong, 1949, Camagüey, Cuba. 2009. Mixed media on canvas 150 x 200 cm.
Courtesy of National Hispanic Cultural Center
Detail of Entre palmas / Amidst Palms Flora Fong, 1949, Camagüey, Cuba. 2009. Mixed media on canvas 150 x 200 cm.

Arts

Yay for Albuquerque!

NHCC Included in Frommer's Global Must-See List

We all know how amazing NHCC isbeautiful exhibits, fabulous programming, breathtaking premises. And now, if it didn't before, the whole world knows, too. Or at least, the Frommer's-reading world.

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Why is this allowed?
Why is this allowed?

Environment

Something Very Confusing

Mass Development, Jerk Face Littering and Life as Pollution

We* had a car when we moved to Albuquerque this summer, but its undercarriage fell out -- which is a ridiculously expensive problem to fix -- and so we decided** we could handle being without one. We're fortunate to live in a great spot for riding mass transit, in a little house that's plopped perfectly, equidistantly between Central and Lomas. Turns out, we sleep pretty well at night knowing that we're sharing our commutes' carbon footprints with other transit riders instead of making our own.

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Mark Frye's 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Mark Frye's 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Arts

Guess What's Happening Today?

VSA Day Arts' Going Public!

VSA Day Arts’ Going Public is holding an Artists’ Reception this very afternoon from 1:00 3:00. The show is the artists’ first exhibit at the Albuquerque Main Library, and it’s truly fabulous. It runs through March 31, but today is your chance to be star struck because the artists will all be there. Who, you ask? Why Maya Anaya, Marc Frye, Carlan Gettman, Max Haugen, John Lowe, Sammy Maldonado, Cosima Martinson, Harriet Morse, Ken Sharpton and Rudy Via. That’s who! You don’t want to miss it.*


*And if you’re working Downtown, you have no excuse. Take a late lunch and a little stroll over to the library, meet the artists, view the work, tell me how much you love it.

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The awesomest drawings in all of Albuquerque
The awesomest drawings in all of Albuquerque

The Loveliest Thing I've Ever Known Any Couple To Do

Every evening, my friends Nick and Nora* spend time drawing portraits of each other. It’s something they started 56-days-as-of-this-Friday-when-I-went-over ago. And it’s amazing.

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Katie Rast is the coolest nerd in town. Except for me, of course.
Katie Rast is the coolest nerd in town. Except for me, of course.

Lessons From Last Night's Lecture(s)

FabLabABQ's Sparkplug Talks at Launchpad

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you the particularly fascinating summary points from a May Ray lecture at UNM. And some of you three of you, by my estimations appeared to be compelled by the thought of thinking. So for those three of you, a reprise:

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Ray Maseman's Explorers
Ray Maseman's Explorers

Once Upon A Time

Is Now. Write Something!

This weekend, I went to New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery to interview artist Ray Maseman, learn about non-toxic etching and see Fairy Tales (his collection of prints that will be on exhibit at New Grounds beginning March 5, with early bird previews starting March 2).

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ooooohhhhhh! definitions!
ooooohhhhhh! definitions!

Do You Love Words?

Then You'll Love This!

First: I apologize, as I really should have posted this sooner.

Second: You should forgive me since I'm posting it now.

Third: Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day. It's the most amazing thing since sliced bread. Except it's even better because it's free. And because it teaches you one new thing for your vocabulary list every morning. And because it shares each word's origins. And because it has a weekly guiding theme. And because it appears in your email box daily, like magic... And did I mention it's free? Go! Learn!

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Man Ray's Noire et Blanche, 1926
©2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Man Ray's Noire et Blanche, 1926

Lessons From Last Night's Lecture

Man Ray at the UNM Art Museum

Last night, UNM Art Museum hosted the second in a series of six lectures that correspond to their present (and fantastic!) exhibition, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. Katherine Ware, from Santa Fe’s Museum of Fine Arts, addressed a packed room on the luminary artist’s early years in a talk aptly titled, “In the beginning: Man Ray in New York.”

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Today's Events

Joyce Manor
Courtesy of artist

22 Jump Street at UNM Student Union Building, Atrium (ground floor)

Rudolfo Anaya Induction at Alvarado Transportation Center

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