Alibi V.19 No.27 • July 8-14, 2010 

News Feature

Recession and Race

Economist says job losses have been hard on the state’s Hispanics

In the summer of 2006, New Mexico economist Gerry Bradley and his colleagues were baffled by housing construction data. “Too many houses were being built. We’d never seen anything like it," he says. “It looked like something that wasn’t going to continue.”

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Thin Line

Crime Reporter Burgled, Worries About Milk

The life of a crime reporter is fraught with other people’s peril. I spend my days observing various tragedies, disasters, heinous whatnots and so on. It’s my pleasure.

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Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (South Half)

Ah, Grandaddy Paseo del Bosque, that 16-mile behemoth that stretches all the way from Alameda in the north to Rio Bravo in the south. The best, most perfectly car-free artery in the entire city. The trail so epic that we're only going to talk about half of it this week.

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Commentary

World Cup Junkie

It's no easy trick to write about the World Cup soccer tournament while it's happening. When you're not watching one of the 64 games, you're busy bantering about missed calls and poor coaching decisions, or you're emotionally spent from two hours of shouting at tiny men bopping a ball around your television screen.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Indonesia—A dozen children were killed while taking part in an—obviously unsuccessful—ceremony to dispel bad luck in their remote village of Aceh last month. “There were about 37 kids gathered together on a wire-cable suspension bridge when it collapsed and fell into a river,” district chief Ibnu Hasyim told reporters for Agence France-Presse. The children were taking part in a traditional ritual ceremony to ward off misfortune after a measles outbreak in the area. The adults were throwing live chickens as offerings into the river when the bridge collapsed. Twenty five children were rescued with minor injuries, but 12 others were swept away by the river’s swift current.

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Letters

[Re: Guest Editorial, “Creators and Destroyers: On the Paolo Soleri,” July 1-7] We have visited this wonderful amphitheater and are in total protest that it be demolished. My husband and I are also contributors to the Indian schools and cannot understand the real reason for the destruction of this cultural icon that represents many cultures of ethnicity and the arts. The Paolo Soleri is an institution.

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The Movement of Revolution

Ghanaian Dance Classes

Learn traditional Ghanaian dance from a master of the genre.
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Hearing is Believing

The Science of Sound

Learn about the science of recorded sounds. Record a voice straight to vinyl with a restored record cutter and make a record player from paper and a cactus needle. For ages 13 to 17.
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Courtesy of El Vado ABQ

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New Kicks on 66

El Vado ABQ Grand Re-Opening

Drive down Route 66 and you're bound to see the countless historic motels that have gone by the wayside in one way or another. El Vado Motor Court Motel refused to be one of them, and holy shit have they had a comeuppance. Originally opening their doors in 1937, shifting through several owners and narrowly avoiding demolition, the city of Albuquerque stepped in knowing there was an opportunity for something unique. Come by their grand re-opening on Friday, July 20 from 6 to 10pm of the historic motel with the opening ceremony beginning at 8:30pm. The new spaces are apartments, guest rooms, event space, shops and restaurant pods. The small restaurant spaces are offered to up-and-coming restauranteurs to get their footing in the industry. No shortage of beer, food, giveaways, room tours, shopping, live music and more, this space is a new beginning and much needed rehab for the city. El Vado promises to “STAY UNIQUE.”   
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Photo by Jim Gale

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Time for Summerfest!

Route 66 Summerfest

See headliner Irma Thomas as well as The Memphis P.Tails, Max Gomez, Silver String Band and more as well as a kids' zone, brews and plenty of vendors.
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Roller Derby Saves the Day

Albuquerque Roller Derby Mashup Game

Watch the The Unicorns in a mashup game of heroes vs. villains with face painting, local artists, a bounce house for the kids, local vendors, libations and snacks.
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If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It

Ballet of the Seven Planets Workshop

Learn traditional Baroque ballet from the time of Louis the XIV sponsored by the Dance Preservation Fund.
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Like They Do in Havana—Ooh Na Na

¡Baile!: Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Classes

Instructors Evelyn Mora and Norma Quiñones offer a chance for families and friends to learn the history, culture and basic movements for salsa, bachata, merengue and more.
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