Protesters being beaten in the Middle East. North Koreans fleeing across the Demilitarized Zone. That’s what we think of when we envision a “police state.” But the world’s largest police state that suppresses freedom of speech is the country we call home.
Symposium spotlights Nuevo Mexicano composers
Susan Abod honors Anita O'Day
Vocalist and songwriter Susan Abod has been working hard on her upcoming Anita O’Day tribute concert, but her commitment goes only so far. She’s immersed herself in O’Day’s recordings and videos, read her autobiography, been rehearsing the material night and day, and even gone in search of a wide-brimmed hat and white gloves to recall the singer’s iconic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. She has, however, steadfastly refused to tour the country in dance marathons, marry her drummer, have her uvula excised by a sloppy surgeon, or explore heroine and alcohol addiction—all of which marked the life of O’Day.
A trio of underground hip-hop artists— Sole, Ceschi and Bleubird—stops in Albuquerque to play at Synchro Studios (512 B Yale SE) on Saturday, March 24. Locals Summon and Sapience Christ & Omen20012 open the show starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Seems this sexy, sci-fi drama forgot something
First, humankind loses its sense of smell. The disease comes like a tidal wave, sweeping across the globe but without any known point of origin. Perhaps it’s a pathogen that’s caused this pandemic anosmia, released by terrorists or by a Darwinian mutation. Perhaps it’s a sign of some cosmic expiration date. Whatever the strange phenomenon, the people it’s disabling can’t figure it out, and all the unaffected can do is wait their turns.
Apparently, all-knowing elderly black people (sorry, Morgan Freeman) have gone the way of wisecracking over-muscled cops (sorry, Arnold Schwarzenegger) and crazy bearded prospectors (sorry, Gabby Hayes). Hollywood’s favorite manufactured stereotype is now, officially, the super-powered autistic kid.
Just in time for the film’s 20th anniversary and ... something else I can’t seem to recall, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are presenting a special, one-night-only screening of The Bodyguard. On Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., more than 400 theaters nationwide will screen the 1992 romantic drama starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. (... Oh, right.) If you’re interested in re-experiencing the soundtrack-selling classic, Rio 24, Downtown 14 and Cottonwood 16 will be participating here in Albuquerque. Get your advanced tickets online now.
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Teens awarded for merging DIY with high design
A typical art publication made by teenagers comes off a Xerox machine, is bound by a Swingline and has an alternating blank page for every page of off-toned black and white print. When Amy Biehl High School students Mikala Sterling and Sofia Resnik took an elective class freshman year, their teachers encouraged them to aim for a more professional and focused aesthetic.
Soap rendered useless in Ben Marcus' apocalyptic tale
It makes sense to showcase an exhibit on artistic and religious preservation in a state steeped so historically in those traditions. And since that exhibit involves work that took 13 years to complete—and is rooted in an order that's been synonymous with preservation for more than a millennia—it’s fitting that the minds behind that display would extend its run.
Turning chewy, cheap cuts into lusciously flavorful food
Coffee and red wine are two of my favorite beverages to drink with meat. Given how much braising I do, it was only a matter of time until I tried braising meat in a mixture of coffee and wine. The results are exceptional: a browned, flavorful exterior and spoon-tender, succulent interior.
UNM’s Eurydice is an otherworldly, fiendish delight
The tale of the once-mighty Colorado waterway, part of Tuesday’s Banff Mountain Film Festival tour stop
In a sense, photographer Pete McBride has been preparing to make Chasing Water all his life. Raised on a cattle ranch in central Colorado, he grew up working hay fields irrigated by snowmelt that carved the Grand Canyon and slaked the thirst of the Southwest. “I often used to think about water,” says McBride in the film. “I wondered how much went into our fields and how much returned to the creek ... I wondered how long it would take irrigation water to reach the sea.” Later, as a photographer for National Geographic, Outside and Men’s Journal, McBride traveled to some of the world’s most exotic locales—often, as it happened, shooting stories that related in some way to water.
Get the feeling with César Bauvallet and Jackie Zamora
Vocalists César Bauvallet and Jackie Zamora want to be clear about this: They will not be held responsible for any child conceived on the evening of their Cuban boleros concert by anyone in the audience. Fair warning.
Ken Cornell is an audio tech who’s been running sound for bands famous and unknown for more than 16 years. He’s also a musician who plays in multiple acts—Tripping Dogs, Diverje, Cranial Smash Device—along with noise/improvisation projects Alchemical Burn, The Handmaidens and Death Convention Singers. See Cornell perform with The Handmaidens and Alchemical Burn on Saturday, March 17, at Synchro Studios (512-B Yale SE). The all-ages show is $5 and begins at 9 p.m. Basement Babies, Grenadrian and Cinik also play. Peer into this omnipotent local music purveyor’s aural library via the random tracks below.
Performance art, music, dance and food collide in a veiled event at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW) on Saturday, March 17, from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free, 18-and-over.
attorney- turned- writer does justice to the system in Guilt
Looking up from a drink in a dark bar the other night, I was confronted by a group of aging Hungarian men clad in Speedos and gold jewelry. One had his arms crossed over his bare chest and looked like a mob boss interrogating a rat, right before the rat gets whacked and his body is chopped into small bits. I would have been scared shitless had I not been looking at a photograph.
Tribe takes on hipster clothing chain
in- high- school comedy fails at nostalgia
Despite ample evidence arguing against jokey big-screen remakes of campy old crime fighting TV shows (Dragnet, The Avengers, Wild Wild West, I Spy, The Mod Squad, Starsky & Hutch, Get Smart, The A-Team), Hollywood continues to plunder the ancient airwaves for cinematic inspiration. The latest show to get swept up in the remake/reboot wave is the old FOX stalwart “21 Jump Street.”
“Community” on NBC (and Hulu)
NBC is heavily invested in the movie/TV download website Hulu.com. (You could probably tell by all the commercials airing on NBC.) The company is a joint venture of NBCUniversal Media, Fox Entertainment Group and Disney-ABC Television Group. The service has yet to bite the bullet that rival Netflix did and start producing whole seasons’ worth of original TV series. (See last week’s Idiot Box review of “Lilyhammer” for comparison.) But Hulu is doing its damnedest to plug the current TV shows of its corporate overlords. And that isn’t always a bad thing.
Because he wants to show off the brand-new silver screen at the historic KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry is inviting everyone to a free screening of the 2000 Western All the Pretty Horses. It’ll take place on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Director Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) filmed this modern tale of romance and betrayal right here in New Mexico. It’s based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and stars Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz and Henry Thomas.
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Sandwiches with a slow food ethos
Restaurants that advertise their use of local ingredients are becoming more commonplace. But for whatever reason, they rarely seem to appear in strip malls near major freeway exchanges. Bliss Sandwich Spot-N-More stands alone in that regard (it’s one of the storefronts at The Pavilions at San Mateo, right off of I-40) and in many other ways, most of them charming.
Rudolfo Anaya on Mexican-
American studies and book burning
A historic saloon keeps Bernalillo’s spirits up, even as the Silva family rides off into the sunset
Silva’s Saloon is the subject of town lore. More than a few Bernalillo old timers believe it has an underground tunnel that was used to transport illegal booze. (It doesn't.) That proprietor Felix Silva Sr. kept nine loaded guns stashed throughout the building, just in case. (True.) That a CIA agent used the pay phone to call in to headquarters. (Also true.)
Get your ass to Mars. ... Or not. It’s a long way and not always worth the trip
John Carter is a perfectly good action adventure. Unfortunately, it’s probably not good enough to revive a nearly 100-year-old franchise that’s had little success breaking out of its literary roots. Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ swashbuckling source novels may be more impressed than they’d have thought, but it seems unlikely that the general public will soon be consumed by John Carter fever based on Disney’s fair-to-middling fantasy flick.
“Lilyhammer” on Netflix
On March 1, the Internet streaming service Netflix lost its contract with Starz. This means the service no longer has access to a whole host of popular movies such as Toy Story 3, Tron and Scarface. Executives at the beleaguered company (remember the whole Qwikster debacle?) say this is no big deal, as Netflix subscribers now spend upwards of 80 percent of their time downloading TV series. Yup, Netflix is usurping TiVo as the preferred method for television watching.
Local boxing legend Johnny Tapia will be the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Eddie Alcazar. The documentary about the Albuquerque-born boxer’s often tumultuous career will feature candid interviews with Tapia, archival boxing footage, news segments and historical photographs. The Tapia family and the film’s production company are reaching out to fans, asking them to submit any Tapia photos, video footage or stories of the famous fighter. See the movie’s website for more details, and be sure to include your contact information for credit in the film.
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Global DanceFest’s sensory smorgasbord
Staying alive after war
The Council breezed through an easy agenda at its Monday, March 5 meeting. The gavel was in Debbie O’Malley’s hand as President Trudy Jones was absent.
Jane Monheit brings “home” to Albuquerque
If voices could be bought and sold the way that, say, violins are, Jane Monheit’s instrument would likely command a pretty price. Few can match her silky, sensual sonority, which bathes the ears in pure acoustic pleasure. Makes you want to fill up an entire bathtub with that sound and take a full-body soak.
A talk with Deerhoof’s John Dieterich
Deep into a second decade of making music, Deerhoof continues to introduce avant anachronisms to the world of pop music. Ostensibly based in the Bay Area, Deerhoof’s music evokes specific San Francisco sound memories: crashing waves under the Golden Gate; the high-pitched squeal and hiss of the N Judah train; a mission junkie’s shuffle. Straying from the geographic origin that lends an aural palette to its songs, the band is spread throughout the country with drummer Greg Saunier living in New York, singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki “floating,” guitarist Ed Rodriguez in Portland and guitarist John Dieterich in Albuquerque.
Before heading to SXSW, local pop rock band Red Light Cameras plays a show with some out-o-towners at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). The lineup includes one-man band Decker, acoustic indie act Dry River Yacht Club (both of Arizona), and indie rockers Brown Shoe (California) and Nick Jaina (Oregon). The 21-and-over show happens on Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. Admission is $8. Happy birthday, Chris. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
A better life for egg-layers and the humans who love them
The age-old debate over which came first seems close to being resolved in favor of the chicken. After years of hens being treated as little more than egg-dispensers, concern is rising for the well-being of the layers themselves. Meanwhile, the practice of personal flock-keeping is on the upswing. Across the country, and in many parts of the world, chicken-first approaches are supplanting the simple quest to create the cheapest eggs possible.