It’s 2013. Learn a new skill, create a new talent, water some small seed of knowledge with your tears of discontent and let it grow into a monstrous tree of self-congratulatory bluster. The tree can never be taken from you. Instead of a compulsive chip-eater, become a compulsive chip-eater who knows how to fold an origami frog and drive a semi-truck.
A big thanks to Showcase participants and attendees
Winners and nominees—23 of them— rocked over a thousand attendees at five venues on March 24, 2018. It was a blast and we’ll see you at next year’s shindig. Here for posterity (and your browsing pleasure) are the winners and runners-up.
How do you go about turning your yard into a pastoral pecking ground for a handful of chooks? The folks over at the Old School have your back. For the incredibly low price of $7, you can sign up for a one-hour class that will introduce you to all the basics of the urban chicken lifestyle.
How I almost learned to play an instrument without trying very hard
By Carl Petersen
For over five decades I've practiced an intense and, I think, quite reasonable refusal to acknowledge the very existence of dulcimers. Yet dulcimers exist, if only in defiance of my will. Also, Cyndi Lauper plays the dulcimer, and I can do anything Lauper can. Anything.
I’m sure some people still think hackers are internet troll-type losers who spend their days cracking codes, infiltrating databases and basically screwing up the system. Well, those people haven’t been to Quelab. Quelab, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is a local hackerspace right here in Burque. If you’re anything like me, who had no preconceived notions of what a hackerspace would entail (minus watching that terrible Angelina Jolie movie in the ’90s), then you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Learning to sew again has been on my resolution list for at least five years. Patterns have accumulated, and my browser's DIY sewing project bookmarks have grown unwieldy. After doing a little research, I ended up contacting The Designer's Lounge, whose Facebook page has been a source of inspiration. I messaged co-owner Teresa Romero, and she offered to give me a lesson on the basics. I may have been the most pedal-shy student ever, but Romero's patience and encouragement and her clear demonstrations and descriptions had me anxiously but steadily humming away.
We’re about mid-way through flu season here in New Mexico, so it’s not too late to get this year’s vaccination, thereby vastly reducing your chances of “catching a bug” that could, at the very least, set you stumbling back and forth on the trail of tears between your bedroom and bathroom for several days while your significant other spends their free time changing sheets, scrubbing the toilet bowl, and trying to figure out which carpet cleaner is most likely to get the vomit stains out of the rug. At worst, a bad case of the flu could see your loved ones spending their free time making funeral arrangements and fighting over who gets your vinyl records. So why take the risk?
It must be an exceptional quality that brings The Peking Acrobats to Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall on January 20th for their fourth consecutive year of body-bending spectacle. After all, to accommodate everything from big-name Broadway shows to world-class dance troupes, a venue’s got to be selective.
A whale bit my legs off and all I got was sex with a musclebound Belgian
By Devin D. O’Leary
It’s possible the ailments afflicting the French drama Rust and Bone are not the result of anything culturally specific. They could simply be the the sole artistic bias of writer-director Jacques Audiard, with no reflection on his fellow, Sorbonne-educated countrymen. But damned if—in their dark, existential, ennui-riddled self-importance—they don’t feel oh-so-French.
The shot-in-New-Mexico drama Warrior Womanby writer-director Julie Reichert will have its debut screening January 19 through 21 at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. The Student Union Building Theater at UNM fires up its projectors for a full seven-day schedule this semester. New Mexico Women in Filmwill hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail) in Santa Fe.
TBS’ reality competition “King of the Nerds” isn’t anything television hasn’t seen before. It’s one of those “Survivor”-meets-“The Real World” shows that tosses a bunch of people into a house, gives them some prize money to fight for, then sits back and watches as they bump one another off in their quest to become the last man or woman standing. The show gets major bonus points, however, for going all the way with its concept.
UHDC opened their doors three months ago in a strip center near Cottonwood Mall. Their approach is to doll up a Nathan’s Famous all-beef frankfurter with everything under the sun—particularly foodie favorites like fancy cheeses, fresh herbs, slaws and sauces.
Several Sundays ago I was bumbling about the downtown breezeway, standing in lines and taking my turn gathering up the freebies offered to the homeless. At the end of one line stood a man I knew only by face and circumstance. He asked a moment of my time. I obliged. He explained he'd listened-in to one of my diatribes and was intrigued. He thought it worthy of print, suggested I write it down and submit it for publication. I blushed under my beard, thanked him for the flattery and said I would think about it.
International Theatre Festival returns with puppets, masks and a giant igloo
By Leigh Hile
When the Revolutions International Theater Festival rolls into town every January, it feels like Santa has come all over again. Only this time, he’s brought inimitable theatrical experiences from countries as far away and diverse as Poland, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia, Italy and more.
Bone stock is neither soup nor broth, but it is the base for both and can be used in the making of nearly any savory dish. An ingredient rather than a finished product, stock doesn’t taste like much on its own. And making it right is a lot more involved than boiling a leftover turkey carcass.
The Kimo Theatre kicks off Hi-Def Hitch film series and Silver Screen Saturdays. The Reel New Mexico Film Series is looking for independent films either with a strong local feel or created by local filmmakers.
NBC’s midseason replacement sitcom starts off with a stereotypical setup. Seems that chubby loser Skip (Josh Gad from Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) has been kicked out of college after seven unproductive years and is now forced to move back in with his parents. The twist in this tale is contained in the titular address. Yup, Skip’s parents are the president and the first lady of the United States.
Before she went down as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria led a lonely, isolated life controlled by people scheming to use her in their quest for power. Victoria Rebels, the most recent young adult novel by Albuquerque author Carolyn Meyer, renders the repression Victoria endured as a child at the hands of her mother and an unyielding advisor.
Whimsically dramatic biopic of FDR asks, “Who’s porking the prez?”
By Devin D. O’Leary
Who among us isn’t intrigued by the prospect of a juicy, between-the-sheets look at the scandal-worthy love life of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt? If you said, “Ick. I don’t want to see that, and I can’t imagine anyone who would,” then you are not among the cast and crew of Hyde Park on Hudson.
The Historic KiMo Theatre screens the unprecedented 15-part documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library cracks the spine on another Books to Big Screen film series with Wise Blood.