A big thanks to Showcase participants and attendees
Winners and nominees—23 of them— rocked over a thousand attendees at five venues on March 24, 2018. It was a blast and we’ll see you at next year’s shindig. Here for posterity (and your browsing pleasure) are the winners and runners-up.
This year, 10 General Obligation Bonds will appear on the Ballot. These bonds represent a debt incurred by the city to fund improvements. The city has to pay them back with interest, but they don't result in property tax increases, so there's generally no reason to vote against them. Stuff has to get done.
As Albuquerque's legislative branch, our nine City Councilors serve four-year terms and collectively adopt the ordinances and resolutions aka laws that govern our city. Roughly half of them are up for reelection every two years. In this election, councilors for Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are on the chopping block. A tip for voters: You only get to vote in your own District's Council race, so refer to our handy map and read on at your own peril, lest you clog your brain with pointless information.
The “Mad Men” treatment is apparently a thing now, because pioneering sex researchers Masters and Johnson get it in Showtime’s new period drama “Masters of Sex.” The show, created and written by Michelle Ashford (“The Pacific,” “John Adams”), takes Thomas Maier’s biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson and shellacs it in a thick veneer of mid-century modern style and sophistication.
Santa Fe native Kira Davis has built quite a career for herself since trading the Land of Enchantment for Hollywood. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from New Mexico State University, Davis found herself interning on a small, 1996 comedy called Love Is All There Is, starring a teenage Angelina Jolie. It was there she met the co-presidents of Alcon Entertainment and began working with them as an assistant. Since 2001 she has co-produced The Affair of the Necklace, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Chasing Liberty and Racing Stripes. In 2005 she executive produced The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and became a full-fledged producer with the sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
The Digital Arts Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design will host a visit from award-winning Mexican animatorPablo Calvillo from Sept. 19 to 21. Calvillo has worked for a number of design, animation and film studios in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Australia and the US. He has done everything from 3D animation to layout to art direction on feature films such as Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, Happy Feet Two and Astro Boy as well as the upcoming projects Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lego Movie.
Men’s magazine launches new network—for real this time
By Devin D. O’Leary
Let’s try this again, shall we? Way back in April, I reported on the newly minted Esquire Network. The televised spin-off of the long-running men’s magazine was slated to take over programming of the formerly video game-focused network G4 on April 22. At the time, I expressed a healthy amount of skepticism about Esquire’s ability to launch an entire television network based around exactly two docu-reality shows (one cooking show and one travel show). Obviously the executives in charge were listening to me because less than a week before the net was set to debut, Esquire pulled the plug.
Mad media archaeologists Everything Is Terrible! come to town
By Devin D. O’Leary
Since their inception, the VHS-obsessed amateur sociologists behind Everything Is Terrible! have spent thousands of hours digging up the weirdest, most mind-boggling films, TV commercials, music videos, exercise tapes and motivational speeches for the edification and bafflement of future generations.
To put things in perspective, the last time “The Arsenio Hall Show” was on the air, Tom Hanks was acting dumb in Forrest Gump, Boys II Men was spending six months at the top of the Billboard charts and Al Cowlings was chauffeuring O.J. Simpson around LA in a white Bronco. Oh, and the Alibi was still called NuCity Weekly. Twenty years later and the short-lived king of late night is hoping to conquer the world of talk shows once again with his new syndicated series “Arsenio.”