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KiMo Theater courtesy of Karen Blaha
/ Creative Commons

Anniversary Interview

Less of an Interview, More of a Love Letter

What do Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Cranston, The Nutcracker and Finding Nemo have in common? The KiMo! Albuquerque's premier historical theater is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and N.M. State Register of Cultural Properties. It's also an Albuquerque Historic Landmark.

The KiMo was created by immigrant Oreste Bachechi (the entrepreneur and owner of the Bachechi Open Space property) and designed by Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architecture, based in Kansas City, Mo. Erected in 1927 (opening on Sept. 19, 1927), with an Art Deco-Pueblo Revival Style, the KiMo was named after the Tewa word for mountain lion as suggested by the Isleta Pueblo governor at the time, Pablo Abeita. One of the most well-known and intriguing stories about the KiMo is the explosion of 1951: a terrible accident resulting in the death of one child who is now said to haunt the building. The staff tends to the spirit of the boy, Bobby Darnall, by leaving him gifts and offerings—like toys and candy—in the backstage stairwell.

The theater became decrepit after a fire in the 1960s and was meant to be destroyed until a bond passed by voters in Albuquerque in 1977, allowing the city to purchase the building and renovate the space. Now it serves the community as one of the paramount cultural centers of the city.

The celebration of the 90th anniversary for the building begins at 7pm on Friday, Jan. 27, with author Douglas Preston discussing his novel. The Lost City of the Monkey God is about the legend of a 500-year-old cursed, city, where anyone who enters dies. For a full list of 90th anniversary events, continue to follow our event calendar and visit www.kimotickets.com.

News

The Daily Word in the new fascism, Taos avalanches and homicidal psychopaths

The Daily Word

There is an avalanche warning in the Taos area.

Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf is working on a gigantic new installation, "The House of Eternal Return".

As many as 1 in 4 men in the United States have HPV.

The Trump administration claims the Donald's tweet about millions of illegal aliens voting illegally in the recent election is based on "evidence".

This teenage girl self-identifies as a "homicidal psychopath".

The Trump administration has eliminated spanish language options on the White House website.

President Trump has sided with Big Oil by green lighting the controversial Dakota Pipeline.

When your new pair of Adidas shoes is worn out, they simply decompose when put in water.

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Workout Trends 101

For Trendy Gym Rats and Cutting Edge Couch Potatoes

The New Year is known for two things: predictions and resolutions.

Predictions, as in, “The hot trend this year will be purple-sequined zebra print. You’ll see it EVERYWHERE.” And resolutions as in, “THIS is the year I’m gonna work out regularly! I’m losing 20 pounds if it kills me!” Put these two together and you'll be working out in a purple-sequined zebra print ... What a mental picture.

Fortunately, purple sequined zebra print is not on the fashion radar for 2017, but fitness is virtually always a resolution. And just like jelly bracelets and neon colors in the '80s, grunge and “The Rachel” cut in the '90s and some of the styles predicted to rock our closets in 2017 (all shades of pink, a resurgence of platform shoes, and “vacation-style prints”) there are trends in fitness, too. Think Thighmaster, Jazzercise, Zumba.

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual list of the New Year’s top fitness trends. Here’s what’s hot for 2017.

1. Wearable Technology

This is number one for the second year in a row. Whether you’re working out on your own while wearing a Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, or Apple Watch, or hitting a gym like Orangetheory Fitness that issues a special heart rate monitor to members, chances are you’ll be wearing some sort of device to track every heartbeat, mile, and calorie burned.

“We use technology to help people train through their workout zones and reach their target heart rate,” says Orangetheory coach Colton Gibney. “It helps people stay motivated, because you have the stats to know you can push yourself a little more.”

But he cautions against getting too dependent on your device.

“Sometimes, instead of using it as a training tool to learn your body and how things should feel, people get fixated on numbers. It can get a little obsessive,” Gibney says.

2. Body Weight Training

This was the number one trend in 2015 and was number two last year as well. Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats–you can do these anywhere. No time for the gym today? “Stand up and sit down 10 times from your work chair and you just did a set of squats,” says Gibney. It also helps you focus on that 2pm meeting with the boss.

3. HIIT -- High Intensity Interval Training

Number one on the list in 2014, HIIT is still super popular, rounding out the top three. This concept is what a lot of gyms like Orangetheory Fitness are based on, because it works.

“A lot of people are on the go. That’s what makes HIIT great—you don’t have to spend as long training because you’re hitting it harder for a shorter time,” says Gibney. “We’re taking you up into a push zone or all-out–that’s taking you into a HIIT zone, spiking your heart rate, then back to your recovery zone.”

Along with the top three fitness trends for the New Year, there are some other notable fitness processes that made the list.

Group Training

On the list for the first time, Group Training makes a strong showing at number six. It's high-energy exercise, motivation, a social outlet, and support group all in one (and who doesn’t need that?)

“You’re with a group of people experiencing the same thing and when you see they’re not giving up it lets you know that you can keep going, that you can do it,” Gibney says.

It also ups the fun factor. “You make new friendships you may never have made otherwise,” he adds. “They’re your fitness buddies now. It helps with accountability.”

Fitness programs for older adults

Chances are, you’re noticing more, shall we say, “distinguished” folks at the gym. The older population is working out more often, and for good reason. They’re building strength, coordination, and balance for their golden years.

“Low-impact exercise with good resistance training helps keep those bones nice and strong, and increases cardiovascular and cognitive function as well,” says Gibney.

And don’t kid yourself. Some of those people can outpace fit Millenials.

“We’ve got a member who has had a double hip replacement and has taken almost 300 classes,” says Gibney. “There is an 82-year-old woman who works out with us who has eight children and 12 grandchildren. We ensure that everyone works out within their own means.”

Whether you hit the gym or exercise at home, you can try some of these trends to stay motivated. And the best part–you never have to wear purple sequined zebra print workout clothes. Unless of course, you’re into that.

Chevelle
Courtesy Epic Records

Event Horizon

Not Just Red

Tuesday, Jan 24: Chevelle • alternative • Black Map • Dinosaur Pile-Up • rock

Chevelle, an indie band from the Midwest, portrays their hard sound—expressed with exasperated vocals, a muscular rhythms and chunky guitar riffs that repeatedly drift off into tangential melodies—as an artful thing, comparable to '90s peers like Tool. And they do sound like Tool—if their latest single "Door to Door Cannibals" is any indication—when that band was at its peak at the end of the last millennium. Whether this particular vernacular is still credible in a rocanrol world that is rapidly evolving away from rocanrol remains to be seen, yet Chevelle does provide solid affirmation that such beefy sounds are still commercially, if not aesthetically viable. Currently a familial unit comprised of brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler as well as their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini, Chevelle continues to use themes of darkness and domination to draw radio-friendly audiences worldwide. Burqueños can get a taste of their rockingly reserved rampage when the trio visit our town on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Black Map and Dinosaur Pile-Up open this 13+ show at the El Rey that costs between $25-$45. El Rey Theater • Tue Jan 24 • 7pm • View on Alibi calendar

The Daily Word in Skittles, Synesthesia and Trump Updates

The Daily Word

The Interior Department was told to go silent on all its Twitter feeds after the National Parks Service retweeted a comment on the low turnout for Trump's inauguration.

Apparently one in five people report a synesthetic aural response to flashing lights.

Why were thousands of red skittles on their way to be animal feed in Illinois?

The Women's March movement has even spread to Antarctica.

How many frames can the human eye see in a second? The answer is ... complicated.

Keep up to date with the real-time Vice list of the laws and executive orders Trump has signed. They promise to update during the year.

Event Horizon

Rebel Grrls

Saturday, Jan 21: Women's March on Washington

Join the many unique cultural groups across New Mexico in an inclusive dialogue to become more educated about how to take positive and peaceful action to exercise your constitutional rights.
via brujosrugby.com

Event Horizon

Drag Shows Are My Favorite Sport

Saturday, Jan 21: Rugby is a Drag • Truly Scrumptious Coxx

Drag your ass to Sidewinders for the fundraiser, Rubgy is a Drag, presented by Brujos Rugby and Casa Q.
Big Foot

Event Horizon

Robot Dinosaurs: A Menace

Friday, Jan 20: Toughest Monster Trucks

See Bigfoot driven by Larry Swim, Heavy Hitter driven by Derick Anson, Snake Bite driven by Vinny Venom, Megasaurus and more.
Courtesy of Keshet Center for the Arts

Event Horizon

Dancing Through Life

Friday, Jan 20: Together and Apart: An Albuquerque Urban Journey Through Dance

Dancer Silva Laukkanen explores how environment impacts choreography.

Event Horizon

Science + Art = Molecool

Friday, Jan 20: Collected Works: Michael Wallace Opening

Featured works include pastels, oils, acrylics, mixed media and electronic media from the earth scientist and creator of the Calabacillas Arroyo public art. Runs through 1/31.
 

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