Alibi V.12 No.52 • Dec 25-31, 2003

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Music Article

Spotlight on David Diamond

One of the more prolific American composers of the last century, 88-year-old David Diamond has created an impressive body of finely crafted work whose tuneful romanticism and ruminative feel continue to win converts.

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Joe Pernice has Brian Wilson's uncommon gift for popcraft as high art, and his ability to express the full range of love is pure genius. But the more I listen to his latest release, I'm reminded more of how I felt when I first listened to The Smiths' ode to love and heartache, Strangeways ... than I am of when first I listened to Pet Sounds. Lyrics and delivery are more than slightly reminiscent of Morrissey's, and while echoes of Johnny Marr's incomparable hooks can be heard within the guitar figures throughout, the arrangements sound hauntingly like 20/20-era Beach Boys.

Release date: out now

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Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal publisher Tom Lang, the National Hispanic Cultural Center has the $500,000 it needed to complete construction of the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts. Therefore, the 700-seat proscenium theater—the largest of the center's three venues—will be dubbed Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Shit, for half a million dollars, I will legally change my name to Tom Lang's Michael Henningsen. ... Local metal band ATG wrap up the year as winners of both the 2003 New Mexico Showcase and 103.3 The Zone's Local Access Showcase III, making them the only band to have won both contests in the same year. They've also completed their debut full-length album, which is to be released sometime in early 2004. Furthermore, ATG have applied for a showcase at next year's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, which all local bands should have done by now. Congratulations on all your successes, guys. ... Thirsty Ear's American Icons Series kicks off on Jan. 30, 2004, with a concert by the one and only Bo Diddley. So far, other performers scheduled to appear on later dates in the series are Eric Bibb, Chris Smither and Taj Mahal. Season tickets are still available. Visit www.ThirstyEarFestival.com or call (505) 473-5723 for more information. ... In case you hadn't noticed, pretty much nothing at all is going on this week.

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Astor Piazzolla, Argentinean tango master and the man responsible for introducing the form to dance floors and concert halls worldwide, has been dead nearly 15 years. But his musical genius and richly hued legacy lives on in this remarkable set. Contemporary elctronica artists—Koop, 2 Banks of 4, Fantasista, Nickodemus and Osiris and many others—were given original masters from which to create remixes of classic Piazzolla works. The results vary from trippy, neo-psychedelic groove to deep house, and all 15 tracks are genuinely stunning. An album of the original tracks reinterpreted here is forthcoming. This one truly kicks ass.

Release date: out now

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This is an expanded reissue of Knife in the Water's acclaimed 2000 release. Dark with brief emotional flares, quietly shimmering but occasionally and unexpectedly brutal, Red River quintessentially defines the Austin-based quintet who made it. Bill McCullough's pedal steel is used sparingly, but in—and only in—all the right places amid spacious psychedelic organ and dueling vocals by songwriter/guitarist Aaron Blount and keyboardist Laura Krause. Think Nick Cave colliding head-on with the Handsome Family and you'll have a pretty good idea of just how cool KITW and this album in particular really are.

Release date: out now

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High Brow Seamstresses

Threads at the Richard Levy Gallery

The Richard Levy Gallery isn't exactly known for peddling crafts. The gallery specializes in showcasing some of the most radical cutting edge art in town. For this reason, it might surprise many people to learn that the current exhibit at the gallery features work by artists who share a common interest in sewing.

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So, you've been slapping plastic on retail counters all over the state for a month, buying mountains and mountains of gifts for everyone from your closest family and friends to your third Ukrainian cousin thrice removed who you've never met and aren't entirely sure even exists. Christmas—praise Jesus—is over, and it's time to start spending money on someone who really matters: yourself.

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Food Article

Christmas is great and it also kind of sucks. Mostly it sucks if you're not Christian, but even those of us (whose families at least) belong to the “I Heart Jesus” club can get pretty down around this time of year. For one thing, all that shopping stress can really send you hurtling headfirst towards either another religion or an anti-capitalist cult. Baby Jesus's birthday can also be a real bummer if you're not one of those folks roasting up a big haunch of meat and mashing several pounds of Yukon Golds while nibbling on Grandma's date bar cookies. But hey, I saw Will Ferrell in Elf, and I know all you need is a little of that good old Christmas spirit! Or shall I say, Christmas spirits. That's right, there's no case of holiday blues that can't be cured with a bucket of KFC Original Recipe, a handle of Jim Beam, a couple good friends and some really bad TV. Yee-haw!

Ten Sparkling Wines Under $30

Our panel suffers through an afternoon of champagne-sipping to find the best cheap bubblies

You walk into your favorite bottle shop and all you know is that you need to buy some sparkling wine to take to a party. You don't want to look like a jerk bringing Tott's but you're also not prepared to drop 200 bucks on a bottle o' bub'. So if you're going to buy (relatively) cheap bubbly, which one's the best? To figure that out we assembled a panel of tasters who sipped and bickered and picked favorites from a group of 10 that all cost less than $30. The panel was composed of Alibi Food Editor Gwyneth Doland, Editorial Intern Laura Marrich, National Distributing's Ryan Twitchell and Bill Nolan of Bacchus/Wine Patrol/Southern Wines and Spirits along with Sam Etheridge and Jamal Davis of Ambrozia (Rio Grande and Central, 242-6560).

Labor of Love

Ellerd and Josephine García share fond memories of a Christmas tradition

Ah, the holidays in New Mexico—the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the delectable aromas of posole, tamales and biscochitos that fill the air and warm the soul.

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Most of us were surprised to find that this wine was American and not French because it seemed French in style. Several of us noted that it was “well made” or “well structured” as well as crisp and clean” with “steely, nice fruits and a great bouquet.” One taster dissented and called it, “pretty and honest but [without] a whole lot of personality—not as complex as I'd like it to be.” Still, after repeated tastes and discussion we all chose it to be among our top three.

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This French Champagne impressed us with what one taster described as a, “seductively fruity nose with enticing flavors of Pinot Noir”—otherwise known as “fruit and earth” with “a nice finish”. Others described it as “elegant” but “unassuming” and “great for a party” but “without much character.” Though we couldn't find it for under $33 on the day of the tasting, we heard sworn testimony that it can be found for as little as $27 on sale at Cost Plus World Market.

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We had a near consensus that this wine was “soft and pretty” with an “earthy, sweet nose” of “green apples.” We did disagree over whether the finish was “lingering” or “quick” but even the dissenters who derided the Blanc de Blancs as “unfocused” conceded that they'd have no qualms about serving it at a party.

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Those of us who like our bubblies lean and mean were wooed by this vintage bottle from the California arm of Taittinger. Some thought it was “fresh and lively” if also “simple and innocuous”. It was “approachable and crisp” with a “very nice flavor at first” even though others pointed out that the charm faded quickly. After one taster labeled it a “wedding toast” wine, several others concurred that this “refreshing” sparkler would do well for toasting.

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This was certainly the best value of the tasting, easily placing ahead of the only cheaper wine (Seaview Brut). New Mexico's favorite everyday sparkling wine was variously described as being “clean”, “lean” and having a “steely nose”, which some did think indicated a “lack of depth” or “not much character.” Still, we found the bigger bubbles “vibrant” and “refreshing” and all appreciated the low price.

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This is Gruet's sweeter sparkling wine and even tasting blind most tasters recognized it immediately. We admired its “floral nose” and “golden apple” flavor and thought it would be a good introduction for non-wine folks; In fact, one taster called it “training wheels for new bubbly drinkers”. Others called it “easy drinking” even though one suspected it would produce a “wicked hangover”.

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Another American-made sparkler from a French Champagne house, we liked the “meatiness” that Pinot Noir grapes give the wine even though we could agree it was not that complex. We appreciated the “good acid and crisp finish” and suggested it would be good for slurping with friends at a party. One taster picked up a hint of cherry flavor and others quickly agreed, prompting a discussion of possible food pairings including classic French cherry clafouti.

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The only Italian sparkling wine in the tasting, Franciacorta's Bellavista seemed a bit “metallic” and “somewhat sweet” though one taster was enamored of the “soft pear and apple flavors” and “just enough acidity”; Another called it “an ’I got lucky last night' morning-after” wine. Two suggested it for mimosas.

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This Australian bubbly was the biggest disappointment of the tasting. Several of us reacted with chagrin when it was revealed that we had flatly rejected a wine we had highly recommended in the past. Either the wine has changed dramatically over the past few years or this experience taught us again the value of tasting blind. Though most of us were charmed by what we described variously as a “seductive nose”, “intoxicating smell” and “very nice bouquet”, we were disappointed by the fading bubbles, lack of acidity and quick finish. One taster went so far as to label it “not good at all—barely drinkable” but another suggested it might make a good end to the night, with “some leftover P.F. Chang's, a date and bad television.”

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And finally, we tasted a sparkling Shiraz/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Australia. This unusual, dry red with bubbles provoked a number of furrowed brows until the folks from Ambrozia brought out a plate full of chocolate truffles. Eureka! We discovered that this red bubbly is a stellar match for not-too-sweet chocolate desserts like truffles (especially flavored with Framboise) and, we suspect, flourless chocolate cake.

Alibi V.12 No.51 • Dec 18-24, 2003

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New Years Packages

El Dorado Hotel

309 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

(800) 286-6755, (505) 988-4455

Celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the historic El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the acclaimed Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.

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Nouveau Noodles

A New Flavor Rises in the East

East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that once housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.

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Art Article

Legendary New Mexican author N. Scott Momaday will make an appearance this Sunday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jemez Mountain Trading Co. in Jemez Springs. Momaday actually spent a good chunk of his childhood on Jemez Pueblo, and the region provides settings for much of his acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning novel House Made of Dawn.

Momaday will deliver a special reading in conjunction with an exhibit of his paintings from his children's book Circle of Wonder, also set in the Jemez area. Take a brief roadtrip to meet and greet one of our greatest living writers. For details, call (505) 829-3956.

Digital Fine Art Society of New Mexico

Ironic Horse Gallery

Computer-generated art by New Mexican digital artists is currently on display at the Ironic Horse Gallery (416 Iron SE). The Digital Fine Art Society has only been around for a little over a year, but the 72-member group is already making big, surf-worthy waves in the local arts community. Their latest group show presents art on the cutting edge of image-making technology. Show hours are Saturdays Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. If you can't make it then, call 924-2161 to make an appointment.

One Angry Elf

The Santaland Diaries at the Vortex Theatre

Ah, the Christmas season. The angelic sounds of carols wafting through the city. The wide-eyed faces of innocent young children, eagerly anticipating the most wonderful day of the year. The merry jangle of sleigh bells. The bright lights shining from a thousand trees. The jolly laugh of a thousand St. Nicks, warming the hearts of a million holiday shoppers.

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Conjure up a little extra holiday mirth by attending Música Antigua de Albuquerque's concert of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in celebration of the Christmas season. Now Make We Merthe will feature both vocal and instrumental pieces performed on period instruments like the recorder, shawm, vielle, rebec, portative organ and other antique obscurities.

It should be a very good show. The group will perform in St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (601 Montaño NW) on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 students. For more information, call 842-9613.

Drawing from Experience: Historic and Contemporary Plains Pictographic Art

Price-Dewey Galleries

The late actor Vincent Price acquired a ledger book in the late '60s dating from the last decades of the 19th century. The book was filled with drawings created by Native American artists. This odd artifact is considered to be the finest of its type in existence. Nineteen drawings from that ledger book are currently on display at the Price-Dewey Gallery in Santa Fe, along with contemporary ledger drawings by Tom and Linda Haukaas. The show runs through Jan. 16. For details, call (505) 982-8632.

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Music Article

"I'm not a one-trick pony," sings Nelly Furtado on the opening track of her new album, and it quickly becomes apparent that that one powerful sentiment is a declaration that Folklore is more than just a well-timed follow-up to her widely lauded debut, Whoa, Nelly! Besides the fact that she's now legally allowed to drink alcohol, Furtado has matured into an artist who's able to display her true colors in a variety of contexts—from hip hop to stirring string arrangements to pure pop. Folklore's earthy grooves, innovative melodies and wide-open lyrics conspire to make it a sure bet.

Release date: out now

Rosalie Sorrels

Saturday, Dec. 20; Outpost Performance Space (all ages, 8 p.m.): Legendary folksinger, songwriter and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels will make her first appearance in Albuquerque in over two years with a concert that ironically celebrates her life on the road and her retirement from it, simultaneously. Mother of 22 solo recordings during a career that has spanned 40 years, Sorrels is promoting her latest release, Rosalie Sorrels and Friends, which features guest performances by Peggy Seeger, David Bromberg and Loudon Wainwright III.

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On Thursday, Dec. 18, Stella Blue will host an "End-of-Semester Reggae Party," featuring selections chosen and spun by DJs Hovey D and Kabir from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover is only $2. Those of the female persuasion get through the doors free of charge. Then, on every Thursday night thereafter, Stella Blue will present Stella Blue's Reggae Bash for those of you who can't get enough of ganja-soaked grooves. ... Albuquerque's most famous (and deservingly so, if I do say so my damn self) band, the Shins, have landed on yet another national magazine cover. The Dec. 15 edition of Pollstar magazine, the leading journal of touring bands in the country and the one nearly every club in America you'll ever visit books bands from, is graced with the faces of Jesse, Marty, James and Dave. Inside, there's an accompanying article titled "Making Money with the Shins." I certainly hope they are. Making money, that is. ... Local guitarist/music professor Michael Chapdelaine has finally released a Christmas album featuring renditions of—you guessed it!—Christmas carols and holiday music. Details are few since I can't seem to access his website, but the album sounds lush and wondrous, just like the holidays used to be before my parents got divorced and my brother moved away. You can get your copy at Natural Sound and other area record stores friendly to local releases. City on a Hill, the organization that currently bases itself in the historic (and recently remodeled) Lobo Theater will present the third in their three-concert series on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. with gospel singer Hillary Smith. The concert is free and open to all ages.

Nouveau Noodles

A New Flavor Rises in the East

East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that formerly housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.

Music Article

On their 17th album of 90-BPM darkly hued songs, The Church manage to sound exactly as they have for the past 23 years. Forget Yourself was reportedly recorded spontaneously by drummer Tim Powles, which purportedly means that the band recorded live as a four-piece unit instead of in layer upon layer of overdubs. The result is a record that sounds a tad underproduced as Church albums go, but, being that that's all that separates it from about 15 other Church records, I'll take it. The songs here aren't particularly strong, but some of the understated guitar work is quite interesting.

Release date: Jan. 20, 2004

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Sosa is perhaps the most prominent Cuban jazz pianist working today. On his 10th album, he's teamed up with Los Angeles-based world music percussionist Adam Rudolph with mixed results. Sosa is known for playing outside the box of Afro-Cuban jazz and as a pianist with fully evolved harmonic sense. So while some of Rudolph's percussion lends itself nicely to Sosa's expressive compositions, some of it simply sounds like a three-year-old in a kitchen full of pots and pans, which distracts from Sosa's mostly tender, engaging keyboard work. At times, Rudolph seems to bang on things simply because he has them.

Release date: Jan. 13, 2004

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Food Article

Notice something different about the food section this week? That's right, we've done away with “Eater's Digest” and replaced it with “Chowtown”. What's the difference between these two? “Eater's Digest” was a collection of paid advertisements that included brief descriptions of restaurants along with their addresses, phone numbers and other important details. “Chowtown”, instead of being written and paid for by the restaurants themselves, is a rotating collection of restaurant descriptions written by us. the result is a more comprehensive, more flexible picture of dining in the Duke City. We hope that “Chowtown” will soon become an indispensable tool for you foodies. If you have comments or suggestions please let us know by e-mailing food@alibi.com.

Good News—Restaurants Open on Christmas and Suggestions for Stocking the Freezer

Everybody wants to know where to eat out on Christmas. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for exhausted cooks and servers) many restaurants close for the holidays, allowing employees to spend a much needed break with their families. In calling around checking on holiday hours, however, I found that many of my favorite restaurants will be serving on Christmas Eve. Here's a quick rundown of your options.

New Year's Eve Packages

Leave the driving to ... the drunks

Can't decide what to do for New Year's? If you don't want to stay home, don't want to go to a bar and really don't want to have to drive anywhere then you might be a prime candidate for one of these dinner/entertainment/room packages.

Labor of Love

Ellerd and Josephine García share fond memories of a Christmas tradition

Aaaah, the holidays in New Mexico—the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the delectable aromas of posole, tamales and biscochitos that fill the air and warm the soul.

Food Article

The Albuquerque Hilton and Hot 95.1 join forces this year for a special “ABQ 1st Friday Old School New Year's Eve Bash”. Tickets for the party can be purchased alone or as part of a special package that includes a discounted stay at the hotel. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. with a free all-you-can eat buffet featuring a tempting array of fresh fruit, seafood and decadent pastries. Contests, give-aways and booze will ensue, with DJs spinning enough old school and R&B favorites to keep your booty shaking all night long.

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The Hyatt Regency Downtown is a sure bet for a stylish but low-key New Year's celebration. Sip your bubbly at the bar while enjoying the smooth sounds of a live jazz trio. Afterwards, take advantage of the hotel's New Year's package, which includes double occupancy guest accommodations, complimentary parking (a must for any Downtown partygoers), party favors in your room and a breakfast buffet for two. The cost is $169 plus tax and tip.

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With two New Year's Eve packages to choose from, the Tamaya is the perfect place to start off the New Year with a bang. The Celebration package starts at $349 per couple and includes one night's accommodations for two people, two tickets with reserved seating to the ballroom gala party, live entertainment featured throughout the resort, elaborate New Year's Eve Buffet, decadent dessert and coffee station, midnight countdown, champagne toast, spectacular balloon drop, party favors and resort fee. The Midnight to Remember package starts at $449 per couple and includes all of the above Celebration package items plus a choice between dinner for two at the Corn Maiden or preferred seating at the ballroom gala party. Entertainment includes the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Dinner options range from Ancho Chile Seared Pork Loin with Cranberry-Cider Demi Glaze to Pinon Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Mushroom-Truffle Sauce. Got the kids with ya? For $60, kids aged 3-12 can join Camp Tamaya's celebration including children's buffet, games, movies and a special sparkling cider toast.

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If you're looking to pull out all the stops this year, check out the two ridiculously luxe packages offered by El Monte Sagrado resort in Taos. The first will set you back $2,935 and includes a five night stay in a suite, admission to the New Year's Eve masquerade ball, New Year's Day recovery breakfast and a choice of three spa treatments per person.

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Then again you could celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.

Alibi V.12 No.50 • Dec 11-17, 2003

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Music Article

Since the recent closing of Club Rhythm and Blues, one of Albuquerque's most cherished spoken-word traditions, "Poetry and Beer," has been homeless. But, thanks to the folks at Puccini's Golden West Saloon, all you iambic pentameter junkies can rest easy. The monthly events born at the Dingo Bar nearly a decade ago will now take place at the Golden West. The new season kicked off on Dec. 6 and will return in January under the direction of Danny Solis, Don McIver and Angela Williams. For more information on "Poetry and Beer" or how to get involved with Albuquerque's poetry scene, visit www.abqpoetryslam.com. ... Unfortunately, I didn't have space last week to announce the first in a three-part holiday concert series, but fortunately two parts remain. Organized by Randall Cawlfield, the series entitled "Christmas in the City" features performances by local musicians and groups. Part two of the series, "Bluegrass Night," will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lobo Theater at 8 p.m., and will feature performances by Raising Cain, Hobos in Limbo and The Cawlfield Family. Admission is free. ... Don't forget the Second Annual Winter Ball on Monday, Dec. 15 at OPM. Formal attire is encouraged, and the cost of admission is the toy you bring for donation to YDI. The Eyeliners, Black Maria, Dirty Novels and Obenjyosan will provide live music, Tucanos will provide food for the first 100 people through the door. ... This year's Launchpad Employee F*#kjam will take place Tuesday, Dec. 23. On the bill thus far are SssnakessslackssS (reunion show), DJ BJ, Beef Ramp, Goofoffhuffers, These Arms Are Snacks, Bukaki Goggles, Gregg Pain, Metalhead and Sign Renovation. If you've never attended this spirited holiday event, I encourage you to do so this year. If you've attended in the past, I encourage you to do so this year. You will not be disappointed. Maybe.

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As anyone who's seen them live knows, there's no substitute for U2 in concert. And, as anyone who's seen them live knows, there's nary a more—annoyingly so at times—preachy lead singer than U2's Bono in concert. U2 Go Home, the band's first live DVD, makes both of the aforementioned points patently clear.

The Pernice Brothers

with special guests

Saturday, Dec. 13; Plush (21 and over, 9 p.m.): Joe Pernice gets compared regularly to pop Rachmaninov Brian Wilson, so often in fact, that the comparison itself has become almost meaningless. To be sure, Pernice has an uncommon gift for popcraft as high art, and his ability to express the full range of love through the written word is pure genius. But the more I listen to the Pernice Brothers' latest release, Yours, Mine and Ours (Ashmont), I'm reminded more of how I felt the first time I listened to The Smiths' ode to love and heartache, Strangeways Here We Come than I am of the first time I listened to Pet Sounds. Pernice's lyrics and delivery are more than slightly reminiscent of Morrissey's, and while echoes of Johnny Marr's incomparable hooks can be heard within the guitar figures throughout Yours, Mine and Ours, the singing and arrangements sound hauntingly like 20/20-era Beach Boys.

Frankly, there's not a bad song on the record, and the live experience promises to be even more stunning. Don't make the mistake of missing this show.

Oscillation Festival 2003

with The Echoing Green, Random Access Memory, Leiahdorus, Ohmniscience, The Blacklight Zebras and many more

Saturday, Dec. 13; Cell Theatre (all ages, 6 p.m.): Albuquerque has a thriving electronic music scene, whether you're aware of it or not. Not that it's an underground genre exactly, but the musicians playing tonight are inclined to stay locked in their homes creating, writing and developing their personal sound, and striving to come up with the perfect song. When they do finally make an appearance it's at a dark bar where you can't see much and all you can hear is the rhythm of the music.

Ill Niño

with Sevendust

Sunday, Dec. 14; Sunshine Theater (all ages, 8 p.m.): After touring for two years straight and releasing a second studio album, Ill Niño has gone from unknown New Jersey rockers to universally adored thrashers in the realms of both metal and rock. The hard rock band also elevates itself to a level of distinction with its creative Latin-flavored guitars and alternating English/Spanish lyrics—a culture-crossing trait that can only help reach wider and more diverse audiences, leaving more conventional bands such as Mudvayne, Static X and Puddle of Mudd searching for ways to match wits.

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Recently re-released on DVD, this chronicle of the Oz Man isn't a complete picture of the Godfather of Heavy Metal, but it's an entertaining glimpse into some of the more poignant, pivotal moments in the singer's booze-soaked life. Beginning with Osbourne's less-then-ideal childhood as one of five siblings in a poor Birmingham, England home, Don't Blame Me chronicles Osbourne's exploits as lead singer of Black Sabbath through his career as an exponentially more popular and successful solo star.

Sonic Reducer: Special 2003 Last-minute Holiday Edition

Filmed in 1994, a couple of years prior to Sade Adu's arrest for heroin possession and subsequent prison stint, Sade Live is a gift from God Himself. Bear with me here. The program was released on DVD several years ago, and captures the singer and her band at the height of popularity and artistic mastery. Largely forgotten in today's musical landscape, Sade once represented adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock at its finest. And just because you didn't bother to listen to adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock doesn't mean it all sucked. Indeed, the case is just the opposite. Adu's voice, combined with keyboardist Stuart Matthewman's songwriting savvy and the incomparable grooves laid by unheralded bassist Paul S. Denman and guitarist/saxophonist Andrew Hale made for some of the most perfect late-night driving/make-out music in history. Yeah, you have to be a little ballsy to cite Sade as a band you admire, but if you actually get music, all the bullshit razzing in the world doesn't matter. If you think I'm wrong, you're just depriving yourself, and that's really sad.

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An Armchair Tour of the Southwest

New Photography Books

Something about the Southwest lends itself to great photography. Photographers talk in romantic terms about la luz, the light, but surely the allure of this part of the country can't wholly be explained by our light. I mean, New Jersey has light, doesn't it? And that's one of the ugliest places on Earth.

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Lounge lizards should really consider slithering out of their holes on Saturday, Dec. 13, or Saturday, Dec. 20, for the latest installment of Tricklock's infamous Reptilian Lounge. The long-lived variety show gives local acts—some amazingly accomplished, some merely bizarre—the chance to shine before a crowd of rowdy admirers. For a mere $5.77, you too can take part in this subterranean cultic ritual. The show starts late, at 10:30 p.m. For complete details, or to make reservations, call the Tricklock Performance Space at 254-8393.

Mariachi Christmas

Popejoy Hall

One of the most popular Christmas shows each year in Albuquerque is the Ovation Series' extravagant Mariachi Christmas at UNM's Popejoy Hall. This year the all-female Mariachi Las Adelitas de Jose Luis Salinas provides the music and Ballet Folklorica Paso del Norte returns to offer folkloric dances and a rendition of a traditional posada. Have yourself a Mariachi Christmas by checking out this performance on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Jump on it! It always sells out fast. $19, $26, $29. Order online at www.ovationseries.com or by calling (800) 905-3315.

Shards of Pain

Such a Sad Box at the Walls Gallery

The writing is on the wall, along with fragmented photographic images and Joel David Waldrep's cartoonish icon of a sad empty box, arms drooping lifeless at its sides, teetering on the brink of tears. An undergraduate at UNM, Waldrep has constructed an installation inside the Walls Gallery that fits in perfectly with this alternative venue's guiding philosophy.

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Albuquerque's Artscrawl gallery tour comes to Old Town during the month of December.

Over at the Weems Gallery (303 Romero St. NW, 764-0302), local artist Dan Stoffer will be demonstrating his watercolor technique. An exhibit of his work will run through Jan. 3. The Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW, 242-6367) will host a fundraiser along with a joint reception for several new exhibits that evening. The fundraiser centers around an exhibit of small-scale work. Fifty percent of proceeds from sales will go to fund the center's worthwhile programs. A host of other new exhibits include work by Glen Gunderson, Jill Christian, Carol Klimek and Suzanne Hruschka.

How to Pick Up Chicks

Tricklock Performance Space

How does one go about picking up chicks? I've been around the block a few times, and I still haven't figured this out. Thankfully, Rusty "The Chick Magnet" Rutherford, a graduate of the Tricklock's 2003 Manoa Project, reveals his devious secrets for fooling the fairer sex into affection in his goofy one-manly-man show, How to Pick Up Chicks. Kids: Do not try this at home. The show runs one weekend only: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. $8 general, $6 students/seniors. For details, call 254-8393.

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The Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon

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Over the ages, most of the best-known classical composers were of Germanic origin, and several were French, British and Russian. Patriots will be proud to recall that we can boast a few musical geniuses of solid American stock. On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., UNM's University Chorus, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band joins forces for a performance in Keller Hall of music by American composers Aaron Copeland, Daniel Pinkham, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others. An American Holiday should be a smashingly good show. Tickets are $12, $10 and $7 and are available at the UNM Bookstore (277-5451) or by logging onto www.tickets.com.

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Cooking Classes

Because you can never be too hot in the kitchen

Giving the gift of cooking classes does not say to the recipient, “The last time I came to your house for dinner the food was so bad I spit it all into my napkin and got a Whopper on the way home.” It does say, “I care about you, dear friend. I know you have a passion for fine food and a desire to hone your already sharp skills. Please cook for me again sometime soon.” Of course, you don't have to use our cheesy lines. You can write whatever you want on the gift card. Here are some of the many options Albuquerque has to offer.

Food Lovers' Stocking Stuffers

Nibbles and gadgets for your favorite foodies

Drop a few of these goodies in your honey's furry red sock and your taste buds will thank you later.

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In some ways it's lucky for us cooks that Christmas falls so close to Thanksgiving this year. First and foremost, it's easy to make a wish list so soon after the biggest cooking and eating day of the year. For example, it's fresh in my mind that my meat thermometer sucks and I need a newer, much more high-tech model. That crappy old one is solely responsible for the dry-as-a-bone turkey breast I served two Thursdays ago. The remote, remote possibility that user error could have contributed to my cardboard-flavored bird could be addressed with a “Roasting 101” cooking class or two. And in the meantime, I'd like to drown my sorrows in a beer or two. Thus, the inspiration for some of our Last Minute Gift Guide suggestions. Perhaps somebody you love would like a book on how to bake pies? Is there a dear, dear friend who could really use a lesson on wine and food pairing? Check out this week's suggestions for cooking classes and stocking stuffers. There's got to be something here for the cook in your life.

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Blue Plate Special's core strength is creating personalized, hands-on cooking experiences that are custom-fit to the clients and what they want to accomplish. That means you could plan a team-building relleno-making office party or set up a one-on-one lesson at home to master pastry crust. Prices start at $25 per person per hour and you'll probably want to invest in at least three hours (and some groceries). Pick Blue Plate for the most intensive experience.

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Rio Grande Brewing Co.'s annual holiday beer is a full, rich, dark brew that would warm Mr. Scrooge's bones.

Perfect for taking to holiday parties or keeping in the fridge for your house/pet/baby-sitters.

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La Piazza offers low-key demonstration classes on gourmet Italian cooking every other Sunday. La Piazza focuses on a different region of Italy every quarter; individual classes select seasonal themes that reflect those tastes. Invite some girlfriends to join you, kick back, sip some vino and soak it all in as the pros share recipes and techniques. Expect to pay about $45 plus tax and tip. You won't walk out feeling like a master chef but you'll be relaxed, refreshed and a little more knowledgeable about Italian food.

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These big, beautiful bars are made by a luxury chocolatier and were inspired by the flavor combinations of their chocolate truffles. We absolutely love the Pearl Bar: velvety dark chocolate with crunches of black sesame seeds and subtle hints of ginger and wasabi. The Red Fire Bar incorporates chile powder and cinnamon. Avoid the curry-flavored Naga bar—one person we gave some to said it tasted like a Hershey bar that had been found in the back of a taxi.

Perfect for chocoholics, ingredient snobs.

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Taking a cooking class at Le Café Miche is similar to dining experiences you've probably had there—it's intimate, manageable and romantic. The entertaining and informative Chef Claus Hjortkjaer demonstrates impressive but surprisingly simple dishes that flow together as a dinner menu. Classes are presented every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and are typically in the $25-$35 range. The wine list is impressive and there's plenty of room for questions, so come curious. These classes make good gifts for a couple who can enjoy the experience like a date.

Le Café Miche also offers food and wine pairing classes one or two Wednesdays a month. Informal and casual, at around $15 they're a real bargain.

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These bright, sugary syrups inject kitschy colors and flavors into boring beverages. There are four varieties to choose from— the green "cream soda," clear "mali" (a jasmine or honeysuckle-like flavor), yellow "pineapple," and red "sala" (with kind of a generic red candy taste). We like the cream soda and mali best of all. Try mixing a little syrup with water (plain or seltzer) or Sprite and serving it over ice. Also good as an ingredient in cocktails or with milk.

Perfect for booze-hounds, Asian ingredient freaks, children.

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Foodies know that Now We're Cooking is the place to go for kitchen gadgets and specialty items in the far North East Heights. What they may not be aware of is that NWC also hosts cooking demonstrations in the back of the store for $30 a pop. Many of the classes are taught by guest chefs from celebrated local restaurants like Seasons, Scalo and Jennifer James. So if you've ever wondered how your favorite place makes the soup so delightfully smooth, NWC is a great opportunity to find out first hand. They even offer hands-on cooking classes for kids in the summer (which should keep them occupied for at least a few hours). Be sure to ask about store discounts for class participants.

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Take a walk down Memory Lane at the In Crowd's candy display and choose from a selection of Big Hunk, Boston Baked Beans, candy cigarette packs, candy cigars, candy necklaces/bracelets (some with candy crucifixes,) giant old-fashioned taffy, Lemonheads, Lucy's Predic-a-Mints, Necco Wafers (chocolate), NikLNips, Redhots and jumbo Sugardaddies.

Perfect for stuck-in-the-good-old-days friends with dental insurance.

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Soiree is a husband and wife team of culinary school graduates who teach classes in the demonstration kitchen at National Restaurant Supply. The classes range from ethnic cuisines to fish to butchering meat. Prices vary but are usually very affordable, about $20. The instructors are young, enthusiastic and well-versed in their trade. As caterers for intimate dinner parties, they can offer lots of help for people who want to perfect their entertaining expertise.

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This gizmo does double duty as a thermometer and timer, showing proper cooking times and internal temperatures for all your meaty creations. It's got a three-foot sensor cord with which you skewer your roast while the magnetized digital display chills on the outside of your oven door. Your goose is cooked when the super-loud alert sound goes off.

Perfect for anyone who might have tragically overcooked a turkey two weeks ago.

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The Specialty Shop is home to just about every kind of cake, cookie and candy making product you can think of. None of which will do you any good unless you know how to use them, of course. With that in mind, the shop features a stable of hands-on classes designed to get you familiar with the methods, equipment and ingredients of all things confectionary. Topics cover cookie painting and bouquets, hard candy, chocolates, gingerbread houses, pies and cake decoration. They've even got a wedding cake class for the truly intrepid—or insane. Classes range from $25-$50 and can be a one-day deal or a part of a weekly series.

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Cookin' On the Go is the ultimate accessory for the techno-geek chef on your list. It works with handheld Palm Pilot modules, allowing you to download and e-mail recipes and shopping lists, add an unlimited amount of your own recipes, search your database by keyword or ingredient and even perform nutritional analysis. Now if only it could do the dishes.

Perfect for gadget fiends, cooks with overflowing recipe boxes and organizational problems.

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If you're really hungry for culinary aptitude, you might consider enrolling in TVI's Culinary Arts program. Sure, you could run off to a fancy big-name school like the CIA, but since TVI's program is nationally accredited by the same institution (the American Culinary Foundation, or ACF), you'd be getting a top-notch education here at home for about $30,000 less. Work weekdays? TVI offers nighttime, weekend and online courses to boot. The associate's degree program covers professional cooking, baking and pastry, sanitation, nutrition, equipment use, human relations, supervisory skills, dining room skills, business practices and more. You can complete it as a full-time student in four terms (about a year and a half). If that seems like a lot to put on your plate, go for a professional cooking or baking and pastry certificate—it's like getting half the degree in half the time.

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Yeah, it seems like a lot of money to spend on a pastry and basting brush but remember how that crappy boar-bristle brush hemorrhaged bristles all over the pie crust last time? These skinny silicone fingers won't melt and the whole thing (unlike boar-bristle brushes) is dishwasher safe.

Perfect as a compliment to the digital thermometer.