PrideFest 2007News Bite: Radio Congeals
Families headed by gay and lesbian couples open up to the Alibi about their lives in New Mexico. Also see our complete listing of PrideFest 2007 events.
Santa Fe's Indie 101.5 falls prey to the same radio consolidation plaguing the rest of the country. Find out how to help at keepindiealive.com.
Paranormal sleuth Benjamin Radford talks about what it means to investigate the supernatural scientifically and the significance of belief.
Dig your dancing shoes out of the closet for all the fabulous extras happening off the Fairgrounds this Pride weekend.
Like an annoying but nice date, the wine menu at La Provence Brasserie tries too hard to impress. The spectacular wines more than make up for for the listing's awkward first impression.
This surfing penguin cartoon hangs five at best.
Howard Zinn discusses the axing of book sections across the country and the responsibility placed on readers to dig deeper for information.
High Desert Doom
New Mexico is a pretty metal state. From the Rez to downtown Burque, thereâ€™s almost always something heavy on the Land of Enchantmentâ€™s aural menu. Half an hour from now, you could be stretching your neck and breaking in your earplugs at High Desert Doom Fest. The headliner is unknown quantity Stonerist, which features members of Denver grindcore outfit Cephalic Carnage and local death/grind foursome Vale of Miscreation. Whether old-school or upstarts, these desert-dwelling noisemakersâ€”Black Maria, Black Lamb, Hanta, Prey for Kali, Marsupious, The Horned God and Rezin Treeâ€”crank out glorious low-end bass and vicious riffage for your pleasure. This 21-and-over fest starts at 6:30pm at Launchpad (618 Central SW), and admission is $8. Launchpad â€˘ High Desert Doom Fest â€˘ Sat Dec 7 â€˘ 6:30pm â€˘ 21+
While updating my smart phone, said intelligent device offered to sync my favorite music. Along with obscure dark wave, stoner/doom and The Sound of Music soundtrack, I synced up The Angel Babiesâ€™ â€śBlew My Speakers.â€ť This track from the New Mexico-born, Austin-based bandâ€™s debut 7-inch personifies the crunch and hiss of badland garage rock. When the group released their self-titled full-length in 2012, I described the result as ranging from â€śpostmodern corrido-style numbers to fuzzy, electronics-laced rockers to slow-burning and darkly ethereal tunes.â€ť Hang with The Angel Babiesâ€™ Frankie Medina and Calida Salazar at Captain Americaâ€™s ninth Garage & Wax Night at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Klondykes and Ballets open this 21-and-over gig. The concert kicks off at 9pm and tickets are five bucks, but get there early for stellar vinyl curation. Low Spirits â€˘ The Angel Babies â€˘ Sat Dec 7 â€˘ 8pm â€˘ 21+
Lobos to Face Huskies in Elite Eight
Video still courtesy of New Mexico Athletics
The Lobo soccer team continued its roll in the NCAA post-season tournament on Sunday, winning the match against Penn State by a final score of 2-0. The opportunities for more scoring in the match were numerous, but the Lobos just could not connect for the extra insurance. However, as the clock ticked down the seconds of the Sweet Sixteen game, it became apparent that the bonus points weren't needed—the Lobos are now headed back to the Elite Eight for their second time since 2005.
The Lobos will match up in Seattle against the University of Washington Huskies, where the current head coach is Jamie Clark—a man well-known in Albuquerque for his role as an assistant coach to the Lobos from 2002 to 2005. Clark served under current head coach Jeremy Fishbein and was present for some of the most exciting times in Lobo soccer. Ultimately, he would depart the Cherry and Silver squad when an opportunity arose at Notre Dame, where he would assist under his father. After brief stints at Harvard and Creighton, Clark has now taken the Huskies to their first Elite Eight appearance in school history.
Neither Washington nor UNM have faced ranked opponents in the Tournament thus far, but if the Lobos win the game on Saturday, they'll have to travel again. Their opponent, should they win in Washington? Either an upstart Michigan State team, or the Notre Dame team that Clark left UNM to work with.
Either way, Coach Fishbein, cognizant of having been here before, says he would love to continue playing at home, but the team is ready to take the battle up to Washington. As one of only three programs in the nation to make three consecutive Sweet Sixteens, the Lobos will look to match or beat their prior best; the last time UNM made it past the Sweet Sixteen, they went all the way to the national championship game, before ultimately falling to Maryland.
The UNM/UW game will be streamed online Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6pm MST and should be shown at various bars around town. The soccer program is making waves yet again as an organization worth the time to support.