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The Daily Word in Skittles, Synesthesia and Trump Updates

By Joshua Lee [ Sat Jan 21 2017 10:22 AM ]
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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.

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Rebel Grrls

Saturday, Jan 21: Women's March on Washington

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Jan 20 2017 11:00 AM ]
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.
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Drag Shows Are My Favorite Sport

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

By Robin Babb [ Fri Jan 20 2017 10:00 AM ]
Drag your ass to Sidewinders for the fundraiser, Rubgy is a Drag, presented by Brujos Rugby and Casa Q.
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Robot Dinosaurs: A Menace

Friday, Jan 20: Toughest Monster Trucks

By Joshua Lee [ Thu Jan 19 2017 12:00 PM ]
See Bigfoot driven by Larry Swim, Heavy Hitter driven by Derick Anson, Snake Bite driven by Vinny Venom, Megasaurus and more.
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Dancing Through Life

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

By Rini Grammer [ Thu Jan 19 2017 11:00 AM ]
Dancer Silva Laukkanen explores how environment impacts choreography.
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Science + Art = Molecool

Friday, Jan 20: Collected Works: Michael Wallace Opening

By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Jan 19 2017 10:00 AM ]
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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The Sailor

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Sail on, Sail on, Sailor

By August March [ Wed Jan 18 2017 7:10 PM ]

On Saturday night the bell on my landline went off and damn it all if it weren't the Sailor, ringing me up to hear more about Duke Ellington and his way with the piano.

"Come on over, August," he breathed gruffly and grandly into the handset, "and show me again how those first 16 bars go, because I have an idea on how to fit a harmonica over that bit, plus which I believe I can lay a fine shuffle under that storm and so we will be on our way to being a fine jazz band, after all."

I'd already had a couple of drinks of Wild Turkey by that time though and told him I didn't fancy driving through the student ghetto just to lay down some clumsy riffs on his Yamaha upright, but he disagreed.

"Go on and walk over then, Mr. March and I will mix you up a creme soda with Jameson's in the bottom of the glass."

I could not resist and so spent the next 3 hours rambling through "East Saint Louis Toodle-oo" while the rest of the boys followed along blithely. My wife called about 10 and told me I better get on home if I wanted any spaghetti. "Who could resist that," I told the Sailor as I dropped my charts onto his desk, grabbed my cane and ambled toward the door. I flashed him the peace sign and said I'd see him Tuesday for practice.

That was the last time I saw the man folks here in Dirt City called by a nautical name.

I'd known him since I was a kid, and him being 20 years my senior did stop us becoming fast friends. He was part brother and part father; we hiked, smoked, drank, jammed and regaled each other with stories of where the other had been on the Earth.

He was the only man I knew that had seen more of the planet than me. I'd been on all the continents, excepting Antarctica; his tale of seeing the Ross Ice Shelf rise up on the horizon set my brain on fire and besides that we always had a laugh about the after-midnight goings on in Singapore, the lights of the north star and the aurora way up north or how it was impossible to understand the dialect of the Peruvian seamen who landed in Guayaquil looking for a good time.

When he broke his hip late last year, my wife and I sat with him at the hospital, brought him dinner from Los Cuates on the weekends and made sure his walker was ready to go when he was. The pain was bad he told us, but nothing like the time he got burned putting out a fire on an oiler outside of Osaka.

Just last week, we spent an afternoon listening to the Rolling Stones new album, a blues thing. And I complained that Charlie Watts was about an eighth note behind Keith Richards when it counted but he said to take it easy because we were all getting old.

On Tuesday morning the bell on my cell phone went off and god damn it to hell, it was the Sailor's neighbor who was weeping on the line when I answered and then told me the news.

"Mike got up early this morning, put a note on the door, then went back to his place and shot himself."

I went home early that day. I sat at my piano and played until my hands hurt, thinking about the time the Sailor told me how Polaris was possibly the center of the universe—blinking timelessly, brightly while the rest of the sky rolled and spun chaotically around and around.

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The Daily Word in Trump, Global Warming and Sobriety

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Jan 18 2017 11:51 AM ]
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Sober curious?

Dear Mr. Trump...

It's not a myth! All Disney Pixar films are connected.

After Donald Trump approached Chelsea Handler to introduce himself, she responded, “Great.” Hero.

After three consecutive years of increasing temperatures, 2016 was the hottest yet.

The Supreme Court is taking on a case regarding free speech and trademarks from a band called The Slants.

There was a bomb threat at Manzano Day School this morning.

By the way, here's some dope noise that no one knows.

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Slay Me With Words

Thursday, Jan 19: Annihilation Songs

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jan 18 2017 11:00 AM ]
Santa Fe writer and award-winning filmmaker Jason DeBoer presents anagrammatic takes on The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hamlet.
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High Rollers

Thursday, Jan 19: Game Night

By Rini Grammer [ Wed Jan 18 2017 10:00 AM ]
Snacks, games and music with friends.
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