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A Non-Skynyrd Fan Reflects on Going to a Skynyrd Concert

What? I Can't Hear You.

I never really got that whole “southern rock” thing. Lynyrd Skynyrd in particular. “Free Bird” seems like it has to violate several international treaties dealing with wanton cruelty.

Maybe it's my northern extraction. It's been a long time since anyone related to me traveled south of the Mason Dixon line. It was 1864 and they were just “marching” through on their way to the beach.

But I digress. It was Thursday and I was offered a free ticket to see Skynyrd and ZZ Top at Tingley Colosseum. It was either that or, I don't know, suicide or something, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Soon I was attached to an elite unit of Alibi Hipsters going to see Lynyrd Skynyrd, ironically.

Surprisingly enough, they kind of rocked. I soon gave up on trying to figure out who was an original member and enjoyed the show. Oddly enough, I even enjoyed the more jingoist flag waving moments, though I could have done without the Confederate Flag. I know it's cool looking, but give it a rest.

They played about ten songs. I wasn't sure what most of them were. "Simple Man" was big with my group, as was the "What's that smell" song. They also played “Sweet Home Alabama.” I sang along, off key.

They left the stage. Suddenly, I felt the overwhelming urge to hear “Free Bird,” perhaps for the first time. It was partly because I wanted to actually be able to yell “Free Bird! Free Bird!” and have it mean something, rather than the default thing a dumb person yells at every other concert.

Also, it was a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

"Free Bird!"
Tom Nayder
"Free Bird!"
Of course, they came out and played “Free Bird.” You know they would. And it was, forgive me lord, awesome. I take back everything I ever said about it.

Tingley quit serving beer so most of the elite squadron of Alibi Hipsters left the building like they were on fire, leaving only the hard core members waiting for ZZ Top.

What is there to say about ZZ Top that hasn't been said about God? Lots of people imagine the All Mighty as a bearded man. ZZ Top has two. And they wear sequined jackets. It was the closest to a religious experience that I will ever get to. If I ever have sex again, I hope ZZ Top is playing. That's love making music.

Overall, this show was totally worth the permanent hearing loss I most likely will suffer.

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For the Dogs

The Eastside Animal Welfare Center (8920 Lomas NE) is throwing a "grand opening" party to celebrate a recent renovation. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 18 animal rescue groups will man info tables and help with pet adoptions. The fun includes free pizza, door prizes and demos by the APD K-9 Unit, as well as the unveiling of two newly installed sculptures: "Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHeuvel and "American Dog" by Dale Rogers. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 768-1975.

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For the Pirates

Aux Dog Theatre (3011 Monte Vista NE) is presenting an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's <I>Treasure Island</I>. Come on down and see Long John Silver in a "toy theater" version of the classic pirate tale. Opening night is Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. but if you get there early, there will be a "spectacular aerial skills performance." Stick around afterward for food and live entertainment. Tickets are $10. The play runs through May 29. For more information, visit

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Drunken, Not Blurred

Finally, a charitable excuse to drink gin and vermouth (but not too much vermouth). On Friday at 7 p.m., come to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for Martinis, a Martini glass auction, jazz and mixologist Oscar Lopez of Hotel Parq Central. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 for couples. Buy tickets at 842-0111 or Proceeds benefit Lead with the Arts, a high school arts program. Otherwise, the kids will have to steal their art supplies. You don't want the kids to have to steal, do you?

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Albuquerque Artists Head North

A couple of Albuquerque's favorite street urchins, er, street artists will be showing their stuff in The City Different, not normally the scene of such lowly art. Eggman & Walrus, a Santa Fe gallery that specializes in emerging artists, is presenting Stolen Paint, a show featuring The Groundscore Collective. The group features Albuquerque painters Ernest Doty and Thomas Christopher Haag. The reception is Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Eggman & Walrus (130 West Palace, Santa Fe). For more information, call (505) 660-0048. Here's hoping this will continue to bridge the artistic gap between the two cities.


Scribendi reception

Come on down to UNM campus to support the good folks at Scribendi, the non-profit annual print publication of art and literature by undergraduate honors students. It is produced at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and published by UNM’s University Honors Program.

This is their 25th year of publication.

There will be a reception today (Saturday) at 7 p.m. in the University Honors Program Forum which is on the ground floor of the Student Health Center.


The Daily Word 4.8.11: Ducks, geese and lots of death

The Daily Word

Levi Chavez gets indicted for murder.

Goose and deer become buddies in cemetery.

Duck nesting at Chick-fil-A.

'30 Rock' may not be ending.

Tina Fey is pregnant with her second child.

Stripper gets 10 years in prison for killing a customer.

More than 100 bodies found in Ivory Coast, some burned alive.

Planned Parenthood only thing holding up budget deal, Harry Reid says.

Friday protests break out in middle east.

Police have suspect in Long Island serial killings.

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Candle Art, Bro

Artist Dan Socha uses smoke to draw. He collects old pieces of ledger paper, and old handwriting becomes art when he takes candles and uses the smoke to make images across double pink lines intersecting with the aquamarine ones. Exhibit 208an artist-owned gallery specializing in professional level workswill be showing his pieces beginning Friday with a reception at 5 p.m. If you can't make it then, the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hold Me Closer, Airy Dancer

You had me sold at bats flying on trapezes. AirDance New Mexico presents an evening of aerial dance and theater. Up Against the Wall features climbing walls, ropes, hoops and trapezes. The group is promising cave paintings coming to life, birds changing their feathers and cocoon-bound ballerinas bursting to freedom. Hell yeah. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at AirDance ArtSpace (3030 Isleta SW). Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 842-9418 to RSVP.


A dish best served cold

Four revenge ideas


I've been thinking about it a lot lately. There is no one in particular I am seeking vengeance against, but it's good to have a list of ideas. Here are four for your consideration.

1. Go to northern New Mexico, find some sheep herders and bring them to wherever the person against whom you seek satisfaction works. Have a sheep shearing party. Sheep are smelly loud beasts and the person will soon regret whatever it is they have done. Afterward you can make sweaters and have a matanza.

2. Purchase one hundred boxes of allergy pills, five gallons of pool cleaner, vinyl hosing and assorted coffee filters and camp stove fuel. Place items in trash bags and deposit in enemy's back yard. Call drug task force and report clandestine methamphetamine lab. Don't get caught transporting these items, lest ye be charged with manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance. [I wouldn’t do this; it’s probably construed as a felony in most courts.]

3. Buy a cow. Place cow in enemy's office. Feed cow. Smacking of cow lips will soon drive them mad. Large amount of cow dung will also have crazing effect. Note, this does not work if you share an office.

4. Hijack space ship by placing mind controlling bugs in ears of crew members. Threaten to use planet building Genesis device as weapon. Quote Melville. I saw it in a movie once. It didn't work out to well but the principle is sound.

Today's Events

Screen Talk at Jean Cocteau Cinema

An evening of behind-the-scenes screenwriting stories, straight-talk advice and good humor with screenwriter and Santa Fe resident Kirk Ellis.

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Through The Roots • reggae • The Supervillains • The Steppas • reggae, roots rock at Launchpad

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