This Week’s Event Horizon in t-rex’s, ridin’ derby, eating meatballs and more

[ Mon Mar 27 2017 12:47 PM ]



Join fellow orthographists beginning at 6pm for the The Brew Bee at Boese Brothers Brewery this Thursday, March 23, and raise money for the Children's Grief Center. In case you don't know—the Children's Grief Center helps kids who have lost a loved one cope in a healthy way for free. All the proceeds collected from the spellers will go to the center as well as $1 from every pint purchased during the night. The event will be split into two rounds (one round is already full, and the second is filling up fast so sign up soon!) with a maximum of 25 participants per round. Participants pay $5 to enter the competition. For each phase of the round, those who misspell the given words as chosen by the judges can pay $1 to respell a word. The winner will receive prizes from Rude Boy Cookies and a $25 gift card from Boese Brothers Brewery. To learn more about the services provided by the Children's Grief Center, contact their office at (505) 323-0478. Godspeed! (Rini Grammer)

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T-Rextasy
Andrew Piccone

Surf-style, fuzzed out and formidably feminist pop-punkers T-Rextasy make an appearance in Albuquerque, at the new home of all things fearsome and fashionable, Burt's Tiki Lounge, on Thursday, March 23. The New York City band—singer Lyris Faron, guitarists Lena Abraham and Vera Kahn, under the rhythmic influences of bassist Annie Fidoten and drummer Ebun Nazon-Power—is known for its arch approach to the genre, generating pure pop nuggets like last year's “Gap Yr Boiz” to deconstruct and decimate a culture they find to be placid and painstakingly pointless. They'll be joined on stage by space rock quartet Mount Ivy and self-described “Seattle-based sadgirlrock” adherents Emma Lee Toyoda. Hmm, the more I think about it while considering this show, the more I imagine that rocanrol is still alive and has a chance against the forces of the future. Find out for yourself if all of that fashion-future-forward stuff is la neta by jaunting on over to Burt's for this 21+ gig, where its always free to go in and have a listen to what will most certainly be. (August March)

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I hear chocolate is good for you. Coffee, too. I suppose I could look it up, but then I might find something that disputes those wonderful claims, and I don't know if I could live with that. Instead, I'll just keep repeating it while I eat and drink my weight in the stuff at the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest. This Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, at the Manuel Lujan building at Expo NM, the best chocolatiers, coffee roasters, candy makers, bakers, breweries and wineries will converge to bring you a day of pure decadence. The kids can keep themselves busy with activities and face painting while you gorge yourself on live entertainment, cooking demos and a number of contests that will leave you bloated and begging for insulin. The festival starts at 10am. Tickets prices start at $10 for adults. (Joshua Lee)

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So, I might go to the 7th Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch, but I can't promise I'll eat anything. I'll buy a plate, sure. I mean, the money does go to benefit Babes and Bullies, who promote spaying and neutering awareness, and that's a very important cause. I'll probably even box the dinner up and take it home. But something about meat in red sauce alongside a dinner that has “no balls” in the title is making me queasy. Swing on by Luigi's Restaurant this Saturday, March 25, and help spread the word about sterilizing pets. While you're there, you can find me in the corner looking green around the gills. (Joshua Lee)

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“They see me rollin'/ They hatin'/ Patrolling they tryin' to catch me winnin' the derby.” On Saturday, March 25, head over to the Heights Community Center to catch Duke City Roller Derby's season opening matches at 2pm and 4pm. Witness the athletic prowess of the Dooms Dames, the Disco Brawlers and the Marionettes! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and free for kids (12 and under). Hoo-rah! Block that jammer! (Renée Chavez)

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Jenna Dunlap
Amanda Kirk

I read a recent review that said Jenna Dunlap's debut recording was “sweet,” with “wistful vocals.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Dunlap—who was recorded by Cinder Cone Media's wizard of an engineer Howard Wulkan for her first studio outing, Out of My Head—is dynamic and thoughtful, with a rumbling, tumbling vocal nuance and muscular musical style that is equal parts Sheryl Crow and Regina Spektor, mixed in with the sometimes plaintive but always hopeful observations of youth transitioning into adulthood. Her voice resonates and she has a great finger-picking style too, knowingly finding chords and arrangements that complement her intense and intelligent vocal treatments. Jenna Dunlap will be having a free CD release party for Out of My Head on Saturday, March 25, so you can hear all of that for yourself and thereby help discourage the use of meaningless musical phrases like "sweet" and "wistful" while supporting the awesome thing—called local music—itself. Keith Sanchez & the Moon Theives will provide folk-appropriate support. (August March)

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Wha Happen EP Cover

I love Kurt Travis ... I said it! I don't regret it, either! (Well, I actually hardly know the man—i.e. not at all—I just love his music.) I know you won't regret seeing him at The Co-Op alongside the phenomenal bands Eidola and Amarrionette this Saturday, March 25, for only $10. Travis was the lead clean vocalist for notable post-hardcore bands Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like Birds. He has expanded his act as a solo musician producing the dazzlingly lovely EPs Wha Happen? (2012), Kurt Travis (2013), Everything Is Beautiful (2014) and the Kurt Travis/Paul Travis Split (2016). Travis creates an acoustic, atmospheric pop sound combined with wailing, lonesome bluegrass-esque vocals. In the newest split EP that he made with his brother, the two have created a delicate mix of Americana, pop and indie rock which is sure to translate well into this incredible performer's repertoire. Be sure not to miss this all-ages show, doors open at 7pm. (Megan Reneau)

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Find your spandex and tighten your laces for Sunday's Safari Run, to be held at UNM's north golf course. This run comes in several varieties—a 1k for kids and a 5k or 8k for adults. What makes the race stand out from the pack is where the entry fees will be channeled. In this case, all the cash supports Global Health Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that provides medical and other humanitarian aid to rural communities in Kenya. This fun run for a good cause kicks off at 8:30am with a $10-$35 buy in. (Maggie Grimason)

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