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Judges Selected for ABQ's Got Talent Vocal Competition

South Broadway Cultural Center today announced the judging panel for the October 22 ABQ's Got Talent Vocal Competition Finals to be held at 7pm in the John Lewis Theatre at South Broadway.

The competition, now in its third year, brings local amateur vocalists to the stage to compete in two age categories: 6-16, and 17 and beyond. This year's competitors will perform in hopes of winning first and second prizes of $500 and $250.

Head Judge: Jackie McGehee has been a young musician benefactor who established the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition sponsored by the Music Guild of New Mexico (formerly the New Mexico Symphony Guild) 25 years ago to identify and support young musicians in New Mexico. Her educational background includes a BA from UNM, Masters from New Mexico State, and doctoral studies at Colorado University in Boulder. She has presented master classes and workshops in Hawaii, Austria, England, France and Switzerland. She was Chair for the New Mexico Symphony Board of Trustees, and is a long-time member of the Music Guild of New Mexico, serving as their President and in other board positions.

When asked about the upcoming competition, she said, "Searching and rewarding talent has been one of my passions all of my life. I look forward to the Albuquerque search and hearing our future stars."

Dr. Daniel Cummings is a composer, conductor, pianist and vocalist who grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Composition before heading to Los Angeles, where he earned a Master's in Choral Conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from UCLA. During his time in Los Angeles, he was chosen as conducting assistant to John Mauceri at the famed Hollywood Bowl, and appeared in a major film with Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. As a composer, Daniel has written film scores, concerti for piano and clarinet, choral works, songs and song cycles, and over one hundred arrangements of hymns and folk songs for various ensembles and singers. He joined the music staff at Manzano High School this fall as director of choral music.

Teresa Edens has long been active in a number of organizations in Albuquerque, bringing to the judging panel significant experience with music competitions. As a long-time member of the Music Guild of New Mexico (formerly the NM Symphony Guild), she has been one of the key players in the development and operations of the 25-year-old Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition. With strong knowledge in the area of presentation, she will be the critical eye that helps identify those vocalists who know how to present themselves onstage, their demeanor, personality, and their ability to not only sing well, but to "sell" the song.

Louise Loomis received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of New Mexico. Further studies included Orff Schulwerk training from Denver University, Hamline University, The University of St. Thomas, The University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has received the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Teacher of the Year Award, the John M. Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Music and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Recently retired from Manzano Day School, Louise conducts the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program's Preparatory Chorus.

Josef Scott Powdrell is an Albuquerque native who has studied voice under Kathleen Clawson, and currently studies under Marilyn Bernard, who introduced him to the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, where he is now a member. He. performs in the Albuquerque area with various groups ranging in styles from jazz and R&B to rock, He has experience as a performing artist, recording artist, musical director, and songwriter, and was chosen to complete the judging panel as a performer who has built a career in the Albuquerque area with a strong understanding of what it takes to go from amateur to professional status. He commented on the competition, "New Mexico is really so rich in talent and culture. I'm extremely anxious to see what artist our hometown has on the horizon!"

Who will win? Plan to join us for this fun competition that may define who our next local vocal stars may be! Tickets are only $5 each and are available at

Be there for the big moment when two talented vocalists are crowned as winners!

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Democracy: Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Sunday, Oct 16: NM Secretary of State Candidate Debate

Kent Walz, Editor of the Albuquerque Journal, moderates the only scheduled debate between candidates Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Nora Espinoza.

The Daily Word in Supermoons, Space Nations and Teddy Bear Snuff Films

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Having trouble eating your greens? Then the Taste Buddy is for you! A scientist who's goal in life is to make kids eat their veggies had developed a spoon that delivers a low-level electrical shock that will stimulate certain taste buds, tricking your mouth into thinking it's eating ... say, birthday cake instead of brussels sprouts.

So, space nation Asgardia is officially accepting applications for citizens. That's right, you can live in space as part of a democratic nation, floating among the stars. I'm already signing up people I don't like.

Tomorrow night, the hunter's supermoon will make its closest approach to earth. The best time to view it is just after sunset (around 6:30pm).

October creepiness continues with this disturbingly violent video of a family dismantling their Teddy Ruxpin doll. (Warning: The images contained in this link are not for the weak of heart. Reader discretion is strongly advised.)

Cough cough. I've got a stuffy nose and runny eyes. I went to see a ton of doctors, but none of them could figure out what was wrong. Then I heard about Sandra Kim's new online class, Healing From Toxic Whiteness. After taking a long, hard look at myself in the mirror, I noticed that my skin color did seem a bit too light—surely a sign of toxic whiteness (I also recognized notes of toxic masculinity in the bags under my eyes, which I will have to deal with at some point, I suppose). Hopefully this $297 online course will cure me of my whiteness, and I can finally break this fever. (How is this not racist?)

Courtesy of the Artist

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I Want to Believe

Saturday, Oct 15: Mr. Gnome • indie, rock • Leeches of Lore • stoner rock, psychedelic • Italian Rats

Mr. Gnome won't stop short of brilliant.
Courtesy of Burque Noir Facebook

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Who Feels It, Knows It

Saturday, Oct 15: Burque Noir

A marketplace for merchandise sales, live art, networking, community engagement, entertainment and enlightened enjoyment, highlighting Black artists in the community.
Painting by Chaz Bojorquez
Chaz Bojorquez

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An Artful Anniversary

Saturday, Oct 15: Decade Reception

A group exhibition that draws from the diverse local, national and international artists that have been featured at the renowned gallery since their original opening.

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Come one, Come all

Saturday, Oct 15: Albuquerque Roller Derby Bout

The Albuquerque Roller Derby team goes against The Chupacabras from Los Alamos under a carnival theme. Enjoy face painting, local art, a bounce house for the kids and more.

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The Truth is Out There

Saturday, Oct 15: NM UFO and Paranormal Forum

David Paulides discusses several bizarre cases documented in his Missing 411 books, as well as his bigfoot research and the DNA evidence retrieved.


The Daily Word in sausage, mistrials and Bob Dylan's prize

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Local news station KOAT has an au currant web redesign!

A motorist found himself drawing his firearm on Wednesday evening when some people supposedly protesting a mistrial in the James Boyd case started messing with his truck.

We are all waiting to hear why a motorist sped his car to upwards of 100mph as he approached the dead-end on 1st Street in Belen, NM and then, launching off a small dirt embankment, jumped three trains. Experts agree it was a carefully not thought out escapade.

Further sausage party reports include an item about this Afrikaner who fell off a boat full of sausage and into shark infested waters. Where the man tried to eat a gull.

Rolling Stone Magazine, in this writer's opinion, has the most entertaining take on Bob Dylan's being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rush Limbaugh's defense of Donald Trump's thing about "consensual sex". Not for the faint of heart.

On a related, "it's a conspiracy", note. The very existence of the porn sub-genre "cream pie" may be the result of a conspiracy! No, really.

Back in the day Saddam Hussein owned a fancy-pants NYC townhouse across the street from a bunch of fancy-pants. Hussein's may have had some added features.

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Dam Dam Dam

Saturday, Oct 15: Centennial Celebration

Shop a unique collection of vendors with handcrafted and vintage goods, food vendors, a beer and wine tent as well as a dedicated kid's area, yoga workshops and magic shows.

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