Before Coronado’s colonization, one of the names for this place was Tiguex. Nowadays the name has both mystic and civic connotations; it recalls the world as it was before European intervention, and it’s the name of a park near the historic center of Albuquerque. And it’s the perfect place to ponder the mystery and magic of human and animal life on earth, past and present. On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4:30pm, Tiguex Park (1800 Mountain NW) will be the site of Animales Animados: Gods, Goddesses and Mythical Creatures, a collaborative effort combining the talents of Burque’s musical avant-garde and a lofty incarnation of our burg’s awesome aerialists, represented by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and AirDance ArtSpace.
Musical discourses by Monica Demarco, Mauro Woody, Gena Lawson and others will be accompanied and interpreted by air dancers including Christina Cavaleri, Joanna Furgal, Guadalupe Chavez, Tasha Books and Kristen Galbreath. The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds generated through this musical flight through the before time go toward supporting homegrown women's experimental music festival Gatas y Vatas. Tiguex Park • Sun Sep 7 • 4:30pm • $10 suggested donation • View on Alibi calendar
In 1962 Ken Kesey wasn’t yet known as a Merry Prankster when his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’sNest, groundbreaking for its critical portrayal of a mental institution, launched him from a ’60s acid muncher to the higher pantheon of American letters. For the 85th anniversary of Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW), William R. Stafford directs the stage adaptation of the book. Join the crazies and follow the intrigues of Randle P. McMurphy—famously played by Jack Nicholson in the movie version—as he pleads insanity to elude criminal charges and spends a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
We soon wonder which is worse—jail or the psych ward? Things get heated as he butts heads with the dominatrix-like Nurse Ratched, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. The action mounts when McMurphy leads the patients into open revolt and all hell breaks loose. It’s a bold look at what defines “insanity” in an uptight society. Who’s crazier, the doctor or the patient? Runs through Sept. 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm; with a special performance on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30pm. Tickets $12-$22. See albuquerquelittletheatre.org or call 242-4750 for more info. Albuquerque Little Theatre • Fri Sep 5 • 7:30pm • $12-$22 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
There's a thing about car shows: A lot of the time, people think you have to be obsessed with trannys and motors to be included in the fun. But sometimes a car show comes around that has so much more than vehicular jargon that it's almost a waste to look at the cars ... but you do anyways. So if you like cars, or tolerate them, head over to the KongFusion Car Show & Tattoo Expo at Santa Ana Star Center (3001 Civic Center NE) in Rio Rancho for this three-day extravaganza featuring a bikini contest, a burnout contest, games such as Car Limbo and Car Glow, and cash prizes. That's just the tip of the motor, so to speak.
There will also be live music, and by that, we mean rap stars Chamillionaire and Paul Wall, and industrial rock group Powerman 5000. If that's not enough to rev your engine, I don't know what is. The event starts tomorrow at 6pm and continues on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at 11am. Tickets go for $5 (kids), $15 (adults) and three-day passes for $30. Showcasing the “finest and loudest rides in New Mexico,” this should be a memorable outing. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Fri Sep 5 • 6-10pm • $5-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry made history yesterday. In addition to debuting a YouTube communiqué strategy, Berry became the first mayor in Albuquerque's history to veto an election amendment. According to the announcement, Berry vetoed R-14-91 because he couldn't "in good conscience" allow citizens of Albuquerque the opportunity to vote on a) lessening criminal penalties for possession of marijuana in quantities of one ounce or less and b) raising the Albuquerque gross-receipts tax rate one-eighth of a cent to fund social services for addicted, mentally ill and homeless citizens.
In this historic address, Berry cites his unwillingness to sign a bill that would raise taxes without any "clear and concise plan" on how to spend resulting funds and "flying in the face of state and federal law" by decriminalizing the possession of an "illegal drug." And the big, bad "illegal drug" is ... marijuana, a drug so innocuous even notoriously conservative local media outlets refer to it by slang terms like "pot" or "weed."
Deferring a vote on lessening penalties for possession of marijuana—which is a far cry from actually decriminalizing marijuana—is rather short-sighted, but the greater injustice in this veto is stalling funding for a citywide crisis of addiction, mental illness and homelessness. These three issues—which overlap and are at the root of immense suffering, both for those grappling with these afflictions and those impacted by resulting crime—must be at the core of any "urban renewal" strategy.
The City Council can override Berry's veto with a vote of 6 to 3. Three other ballot initiatives—granting the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, changing the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and a bond proposal that would fund "metropolitan redevelopment"—are also included in Berry's veto. Within the scope of these combined, largely progressive initiatives, consider the urgency of funding social services for our city's homeless, mentally ill and addicted residents when communicating with your City Councilor. If you're not sure who that is, find out here.
For my money, raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent, from 7 percent to 7.125 percent, is a prudent investment in the future of Albuquerque. And if lessening criminal penalties for possession of marijuana allows Albuquerque law enforcement to focus on addressing the institutional failures clearly outlined by the US Department of Justice and preventing violent crime, so much the better. Whatever your opinion of the ballot initiatives proposed in R-14-91, let your City Councilor know what you think. This is an issue that deserves your attention and civic engagement ... even on Labor Day weekend.
Looks like we're gonna be seeing a new album from King Khan & BBQ Show ... wait, never mind. The new album will be released under their old/new moniker Bad News Boys. Apparently a barbecue joint in Berlin sued the band for taking their name (King Khan Und BBQ), so they decided to go back to their original band name. Along with that, they've shared a track from said upcoming record, though there's no details as far as the release date and whatnot. Still, have a listen to “We Are The Champion” below.
Bad News Boys - “We Are The Champion”
Out tha basement
Two legends. Count 'em, two: Bob Dylan and The Band. Why do I bring them up? Because Bob Dylan has announced the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. Basically he's releasing “every salvageable recording” from sessions with The Band from 1967. 138 tracks of sonic goodness, all yours for the small price of ... wait, I don't know how much it costs. But it hits online and physical markets on Nov. 4, so that's somethin' to look forward to, no?
Take a leap
'Member how I mentioned that underground folk legend Vashti Bunyan was releasing a new and final album, Heartleap, on Oct. 7? Well, to give fans another snippet of the record, she's released the track “Holy Smoke.” The atmospheric ditty is gorgeous, whispery and magical ... as I'm sure the record will be. Have a listen below.
Believe in Usher
Uh-oh, the sexy vocal stylings of Mr. Usher Raymond are about to grace the airwaves once again. Not like he's been slacking on that front or anything. Usher shared a new single, “Believe Me,” which is scheduled to appear on his forthcoming record Everything You Can Imagine. The song is produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, who has worked with noted contemporaries like Juicy J, GOOD Music, Lil Wayne and the queen of dick pop (new genre, you heard it here) Miley Cyrus. Head to Spin to hear the tune.
Morrissey, Scorsese, Ramones, oh my!
Here's a lil something exciting if you like The Smiths (which I don't) … or better, if you like the Ramones. Morrissey has chosen the tracklist for the upcoming Best of the Ramones compilation. Not only that, he also got to choose the cover photo, which is viewable below. No word on when that'll be released, but this should still be interesting. Not because Morrissey had anything to do with it, but because it's the Ramones! Speaking of the Ramones, apparently there's a film in the works, and it's set to be directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. That's gonna be a good one. Head to Pitchfork to read more about that.
Please stand up
Slim Shady ain't over, y'all. Eminem recently announced a 2-CD compilation titled Shady XV, which is scheduled to hit the music-sphere on Nov. 24. The compilation will feature one album of Shady Records greatest hits and an album of new work by Em, D-12, Yelawolf and more. As an added bonus, Shady also shared a collaborative track with Sia (who's been gaining some hardcore traction with her latest album 1000 Forms of Fear), titled “Guts Over Fear,” which is featured in the upcoming film The Equalizer (out Sept. 26). To read more about the compilation and single, head over to Billboard.
Dream of the stream
It's time for the album streamage. New York rock band Interpol announced a few months ago that they'd be coming back with a new record (El Pintor). Well, they weren't lying. That record drops on Sept. 9, but in the meantime, NPR has you covered. Head their way to hear the album in its entirety. And while we're talkin' free music (well, this next one is free), why not mention Ty Dolla $ign's new $ign Languagemixtape, which is available for download. Don't worry, fans. He's still coming out with a new record later this year. This is just a nice little sampler. Listen to/download that below. Note: Streams are only available for a limited time, so we apologize if they’re no longer available by the time you click these links.
MacFarlane’s crooning skills
He may not be Frank Sinatra, but Seth MacFarlane can sing a tune. Known mostly for his various voices and comedic timing after creating such hits as “Family Guy” and Ted, MacFarlane seems to have a hand in everything, whether it's writing, directing, voice-overs and singing. You name it, he's probably done it. And now he's tackling a Christmas album (Holiday for Swing), in which he'll cover such classics as “Baby It's Cold Outside” and “Let It Snow.” If you like Christmas LPs and crooning, then this is the record to play whilst decorating your house in tinsel and stockings. MacFarlane spoke to Billboard from the set of Ted 2, so head there to read what he had to say about the record.
Berry gets the Polar
It's great news for the music industry, or for people in general, that legend Chuck Berry received Sweden's Polar Music Prize, considered to be “the world's most prestigious music accolade.” Not bad, Berry. The 87-year-old musician wasn't able to make it to the ceremony due to illness, but he did have someone there to read his acceptance speech. So, congratulations Mr. Berry! Now, we watch a performance of “Nadine” to celebrate!
Chuck Berry - “Nadine”
A dip in sales
Uh-oh, the record industry is in trouble. According to Billboard, last week's sales (3.97 million) are the lowest weekly sum since SoundScan began tracking these numbers in '91. It's also the first time sales have fallen below 4 million for a single week. But record executives aren't surprised, as the head of one label said, “Sales have been going in the wrong direction all year. I guess it's overdue when you look at the growth of streaming.” For more information on the decline of the record business, click here.