Some might say having a crib on stage is bizarre but it’s definitely the norm for Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby Tour.
As soon as I showed up to get in line, there was no doubt this show was sold out. Girls dressed up with big bows, doll dresses, and bright pastel colors wrapped around the Sunshine Theater all the way back to First street. You could tell the fans' outfits were inspired by Melanie’s doll-like image. So much so that some other folks near the Sunshine Theater passed by fans gasping, thinking it was Melanie herself standing in line.
Handsome Ghost started off the show with an electronic, indie pop sound. Handsome Ghost reminded me of Owl City, mellow,bubbly, yet glitchy. Everyone was relaxed and swaying to the ghostly sound emanating from the opening band, occasionally moving their hands in the air with the songs, like they were trying to catch the elusive spirit rising from the stage. The set felt like the calm before the storm. It was enjoyable because you knew once Melanie got onto the stage everyone was going to be screaming, pushing and shoving, trying to get as close as they could to the stage. Handsome Ghost provided a sense of calm and good vibes to the audience as an otherwise anxious group of concert-goers listened, grooved and waited for Martinez.
Sure enough, fans screamed with so much excitement I could feel my ears ringing when Melanie walked onto the baby themed stage.
The stage was full with over-sized props of a cake, crib, and wooden blocks that lit up and spelled “Cry Baby”. She has definitely come a long way, musically, from her time on “The Voice” with her coach Adam Levine. Her image. though, has stayed the same with her half-black and half-fun-colored hair and look of innocence. She moved around the stage singing, smiling, lifting everyone’s heart when she got nearer.
Everyone sang along to her nursery rhyme-like songs. I don’t think cell phones stopped taking photos until about the fifth song, finally giving those in attendance a decent view. One thing that Melanie usually does that she didn’t do is at this show was pouring milk onto her fans. It sounds gross but a part of me actually wanted to see that now legendary act come true. I wanted to see the audience reaction. Would they have loved it or would they be absolutely disgusted and walk away? As far as Burque goes, we'll never know.
Towards the end of the show, she sang my favorite tune—and probably everyone else's too—"Mad Hatter."
Martinez played an encore, of course, for "her crybabies." which is what she calls her fans. Overall it was a fantastic show with lots of colors, enthusiasm, and an unique vibe. Even though her baby-themed show and music seems sorta bizarre in retrospect, I would definitely see her in concert again if I could.
At the Weekly Alibi's Inaugural Fetish Formal, not only will you be able to enjoy the sights we've created to incite and delight you while you meander through the fabulous crowd, but we will also have some featured vendors for you to find something special to take home.
The January Shop was opened in 2013 to fill two gaps in the BDSM toy market: vegan toys, and toys that are affordable and well made. The founders are openly poly, pagan, kinky and leather: Robert Jones and Orli January, together with Orli's husband, head the January House Leather Family. The January Shop also employs other members of the kink community, and, unlike some of the very plentiful overseas companies that make BDSM toys, are committed to paying their employees a reasonable wage. That's right—you can bring social conscientiousness to your playroom at no extra charge!
When you walk up to the January Shop's table at the Formal, the first thing to catch your eye will probably be the brightly colored paracord floggers. There's a flogger to create any sensation, from thuddy to stingy, heavy to light. Orli's favorite part of vending at events is helping people find exactly the right sensation for them. Your Passport includes the opportunity to utilize Orli's expertise!
The January Shop also sells hand-dyed and -conditioned bondage rope in cotton, jute and coconut, cut to your specific needs. (We've invited Orli and Robert to demonstrate proper use in our Dungeon of Visual Delights!) In addition to rope, they'll have wearable works such as custom collars, leashes, body harnesses and jewelry. Your Alibi and Cabaret staff will be donning some of their custom jewelry during the Formal. (Look for the scarlet letter "a"s if you need one of us.)
The January Shop retails online and at local events, and wholesales both in the US and internationally. They also take appointments for Albuquerque locals to shop in person!
Find Orli and Robert on:
Facebook: Orli January and Robert Jones
Fetlife: OrliDoll and RobertReins
Don't want to wait? Use coupon code ALIBI online or in person for $10 off your purchase of $20 or more!
Instead of walking from house to house with the kids dodging cars, other kids and grownups this Halloween, why not check out the new "BOO!-LLOON MANIA" celebration at The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum this year?
Please join us Friday, October 28 from 3-9pm for this FREE community, all-ages event featuring:
A Jack-o'-Lantern Glow and special Balloon Glow on the Balloon Museum lawn (weather permitting).
Your own carved pumpkin or decorated "BOO!-luminaria." Bring them from home or make them at the museum. Glow sticks will be provided to all participants in the glow activities. Please, no candles.
Pumpkin carving and luminaria decorating for all ages.
All-ages costume contest for humans and pets.
Crafts, Halloween treats and more.
In addition, the evening includes free admission to visit all the fascinating exhibitions, displays and the exciting Tim Anderson 4-D Theater, where you not only see and hear an action-oriented animated aerobatic film on a giant screen but also feel the sensations that are being experienced by those onscreen.
There also will be booths staffed by safety, service and health experts from the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Boy Scouts Great Southwest Council, the Albuquerque Public Library, Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico, City of Albuquerque Fire Department and the Mind Research Network.
In addition, donations of canned and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Roadrunner Food Bank and donations of school supplies will be welcomed by the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico.
For those so inclined, a special themed "Paint Night" will be available for those 18 years and older. Under the direction of a professional artist, participants will create their own version of a themed painting on display, taking home their unique interpretation.
All materials are provided for painting, as well as free popcorn. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and prizes will be awarded for the best ones. A cash bar will be available for those 21 years and over who have a valid ID. Tickets are only $25 per "artist." After creating your masterpiece, stay to enjoy the "BOO!-lloon Glow" on the museum lawn (weather permitting).
Tickets are available at: cabq.gov/
We are honored to bring artist, producer, musician and residing member of the Dark Order of Mistresses and Masters to join us at the Fetish Formal. Known for his work at Black Leather New Mexico, Spring Pandemonium, his bondage noise performance at the Denver Noise Festival and more, Master Angaym K. Oss will be bringing his unique skills and stern hand to both our stage and Dungeon of Visual Delights.
What is the Dungeon of Visual Delights? Your opportunity to witness some of the best kink players doing exactly what they love the most. Throughout your evening, we'll be serving up scenes for you to enjoy ranging from flirtatious bondage, fetishism and more extreme sadomasochistic delights. Please exercise your voyeuristic tendencies, we have some exhibitionists that just love the attention.
Not sure what to wear? Free Radicals is an award winning shop that would love to help you tart up for your fellow attendees. From corsets and heels to vests and boots, they have just what you need to impress. Your invitation (that you can pick up or we'll mail to you once you register, it's a limited edition work of art and your passport to so much more) will gain you a discount at Burque's Best Shop for clothes.
Reserve your invitation today.
On sale until the 25th!
Earlier today, Elizabeth Warren delivered a searing speech in support of Hillary Clinton on the campus of Saint Anselm College. “We nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever,” said Warren, citing the quickly reclaimed term Trump fired at Hillary on the debate stage last week. Remember, my fellow nasty women, early voting has already opened.
In late August, comedian, actor and Ghostbuster Leslie Jones was hacked by some racist losers on the internet. Nude photos that she had taken years prior were leaked to the public. Over the weekend, Jones appeared in an SNL skit where she proved that there's not much a hacker can do to shame a tell-all comedian. "If you want to see Leslie Jones naked, just ask," she said. "You can't embarrass me more than I've already embarrassed myself."
Certified musical geniuses and hip hop/soul genre-benders Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge released Yes Lawd! last Friday, their debut album as the group Nxworries. It is powerfully good. See the video for the single "Link Up" here.
Scientists at MIT are trying to teach a computer to terrify humans. It's doing a pretty good job. The only question that remains is: why?
In Japan, women are waging a legal battle for the right to keep their own surname after marriage.
Wendy Rule is a musical enchantress. She weaves vocal spells with her songwriting and choices of traditional songs. She is a full-throated, deeply resonant vocalist.
Rule performed 10 songs at the North Valley Library as part of AMP Concerts free series in association with the Friends of the Public Library.
Among the most notable songs were several atmospheric ones which embodied her personal strength and earth goddess nature. "Radiate," her final song, was the most powerful in the set and shifted the energy in the room. It was written for her son Ruben, now a young adult who is also a touring musician with two bands in Australia. The lyrics included these lines: "Your heart is true … and blessings are flowing through you."
Early in her set she introduced an old Welsh ballad, "John Riley," a classic folk song that she performed, a capella, to haunting, melodic perfection. Rule makes use of modulation and alternating her strong voice with a softer delivery, as she did on the fine song "Into the Trees." She sang: "A forest dark, a midnight magical, I took a walk, into the trees, to be with you, to see our dreams..,"—This song appears in a new Australian film, Boys in the Trees, that recently won best picture at the Austin Film Festival.
Rule has a highly engaging singing and storytelling style, connecting to the crowd through both anecdotes and a guitar-accompanied vocal performance. In "Winter," she sings, “l build a hearth of stone, and always a fire will be burning … and will fill all the shadows with light … When spirit calls my name, I’ll offer a song … Here by the fire, all I require is stillness."
Australian Wendy Rule, has Pagan leanings and is a musician with a purpose: “I love to help people connect to their own emotional world, and to trust it," she said in an interview with Weekly Alibi. “I hope to help people to honor their connection with nature and the world around them. And I like to inspire them to follow their own soul path."
Rule’s musical origins began with the fact that her father was a huge jazz fan. He introduced her to singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. So Rule became a jazz singer for some years before she began writing her own material. And she performed in musical theater after high school and through college.
Her songwriting process begins with a big emotion that needs to be expressed, or a big idea, such as those found in mythology. Then she takes a walk in nature, lets the process incubate and finds that the lyrics and melodies come through during her long walks. In that way, she opens up to what the universe is offering to her.
Her performing configurations vary from solo—as she did today—to pairing up with her husband Tim. For 20 years she has toured with cellist Rachel Samuel. She has also worked with a big band of up to seven pieces when touring at home in Australia. More recent influences include Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Björk, the Doors and world music.
The audience at the North Valley Library learned that Rule will be relocating with her husband to Taos as of this Winter. We welcome her back to the Land of Enchantment!
Rule has many CDs, is on You Tube and Instagram and keeps up active email correspondence with those who sign up for her mailing list. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Douglas Cohen is a culture writer and essayist based in Corrales, New Mexico. Find his concert and music festival reviews at [link].