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DIY Adventures

Saturday, Oct 1: 24 Hour Comics Day

Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
Chrome Sparks Courtesy of Landon Speers
Landon Speers

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Desert Sound

Friday, Sep 30: Chrome Sparks

So Chrome Sparks apparently has a few hours open in his schedule to visit ABQ—somewhere in between juggling his gajillion other projects and fulfilling his role as busiest spacey electro-pop composer on the planet. New Mexico seems like the perfect place for those wide-open, expansive tunes of his. Maybe someone can talk him into posting up in the middle of the desert next time. Sound carries further at night and can have a a really spooky resonance. Just saying. This Friday, Sept. 30, he'll be wowing the pants off of us at Sister Bar (which is indoors, unfortunately) starting at 9pm. Sister • Fri Sep 30 • 9pm • $10-$12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

Darth and Yoda Awaken at the Balloon Museum

Darth Vader and Master Yoda, two immensely popular hot air balloons, will be featured by the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum at an inflation event that caps the museum's year-long celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

The free event, "Darth and Yoda Awaken," takes place from 8:30am to noon on Friday, September 30, weather permitting.

"This is a great way for us to engage people of all ages in the science and technology of hot air ballooning," says Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager. "What better way to teach about this than by including Darth and Yoda?"

In addition to encountering these balloons up close, visitors will also be able to meet the pilots and crew members.

The event also includes entry to the Balloon Museum's exhibitions, the Mos Eisley Craft Port (arts and crafts in the museum's Sky Lounge), the new Tim Anderson 4-D Theater, and a one-of-a-kind Virtual Reality Experience presented by the ARVUS Roadshow and the Albuquerque Film Office.

Reservations are not required, however, school groups and tour groups are encouraged to register in advance by using the online form located on the "Darth and Yoda Awaken" events page of the Balloon Museum's website,cabq.gov/balloon.

Upon arrival at the Balloon Museum for the event, visitors should proceed to the box office to gain admittance and to receive their Imperial Access Permit (visitor brochure), which will help guide them through their "Darth and Yoda Awaken" experience.

Since visitors will be under the watchful eyes of troops from Vader's own 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison, costumes are welcomed, but blasters are not permitted at this event.

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"A Lot About Living"

Friday, Sep 30: Alan Jackson

Enjoy honky tonk tunes from the country music legend.

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OPA!

Friday, Sep 30: Grecian Festival

Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries, and tour the St. George Church.

News

The Daily Word in Special Sessions, rate increases, long snakes, an astronaut and a catfish

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Our governor, Susana Martinez, will convene a special session of the legislature on Friday. Action items include managing a huge state budget shortfall as well as discussion and debate regarding the death penalty in New Mexico.

PNM customers (this means you, Burqueños) will soon see a 10-13 percent rate increase under a plan modified and approved by the state Public Utility Commission.

The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of now-retired Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and former APD Officer Dominique Perez.

Yesterday, New Mexico's Supreme Court heard arguments related to the "Copper Rule," a controversial law that regulates the amount of pollution big mining operations in the state can produce. At issue: the massive amount of ground water pollution such operations generate. A decision is forthcoming.

Legalizing weed in the land of enchantment could produce over $400 million in revenue for state coffers during the first year of such a program. So says a new study published by Ultra Health.

Meanwhile, long snakes caused a power outage in Rio Rancho.

A US presidential candidate from the Socialist Party visited our state's flagship university on Tuesday.

An astronaut from Albuquerque recently appeared at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Finally, in state angling news outta Storrie Lake, "Nicholas Gonzales and Marcelino Zaragosa teamed up to land a 33-inch, 13-pound catfish on the night of Sept. 17. They were using chicken liver."

Meet Famous Adventure Balloonist Buddy Bombard at Balloon Museum

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will have an incredible number of events and activities during this year's Balloon Fiesta, and one special event is Buddy Bombard's Adventure Ballooning Tribute on Tuesday, October 4 from 6-8:30pm.

For those who may not recognize his name, Buddy Bombard is a legend in luxury multinational ballooning adventures across Europe. For 39 years, Bombard has operated Buddy Bombard's Europe, presenting passengers with many incredible European sights from the gondola of a hot air balloon.

From his earlier years, Bombard has been an adventure-seeker, becoming an avid skier, an Air Force jet pilot, a scuba instructor, America's Cup yachtsman, an insurance executive, a photographer, an honored balloon pilot and a tour and travel entrepreneur with a long history of providing the ultimate in adventure travel.

Please join us for this special Tribute to Buddy Bombard, the inspiration for the creation of a new major exhibition at the Balloon Museum. The event will feature a champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres created in the style of one of Bombard's grand adventures, the unveiling of a new display about his life and adventure travel, and a keynote address by this world renowned balloonist and entrepreneur.

Another interactive experience at the museum during Balloon Fiesta is "Find Joy and Fly", large letters that invite visitors to complete each word by making the "Y" at the end, and post their photo on social media using the hashtags #FindingJoy @BalloonMuseum and #YouFly @BalloonMuseum to see how far their photo will travel across the US and the globe. The experience is certain to be fun for all ages.

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Got Minerals?

Friday, Sep 30: Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
Igor and The Red Elvises
Rene Thompson

Music

In Review: Igor and The Red Elvises

The Russian rockabilly surf rock band, The Red Elvises, have been coming to Albuquerque for years and at one point had a pretty massive local following when they would roll into town at the very least once a year. Those that have gone to their shows become nostalgic for their showmanship and inventive sounds. One cannot help but want to dance to and join in on their audience immersive gigs.

These days though, there is only one original member left in the band that was founded in 1995. They’ve changed their name to Igor and The Red Elvises, maybe because it just isn’t quite the same show or band with different members.

It was unfortunate to see that only a small number of people came to the show on Tuesday. This may be part of a larger issue; many millennials out and about downtown are no longer going to see bands play anymore, but seem more interested in hip hop and EDM.

The newer members of The Red Elvises play the same songs as the other incarnations of the bad did, and have even added a few new ones to their repertoire, but the show itself is different. The new singer does not have a Russian accent, that is an aspect that made the band what it used to be. The fervor was gone and replaced with a younger and not as lively group.

I must admit I hadn’t seen them play in years, and don’t get me wrong, every single one of the new band members are talented in their own right, especially their new horn player—she is a badass—but also their formerly infamous red balalaika bass was not being twirled about and used as a show prop as it once was. Essentially the show didn’t have the flair it once had. This could be due to Bernov, the previous bassist, quitting the band in 2009 to join the circus as a clown with a group called Slava's Snowshow.

But things do happen. Something that was made notable by Russian accents, grandiloquence and sheer soul to play had been changed and ended up sort of lost on a younger audience. Unfortunately this gig missed the mark of their usually grandiose shows.

According to their bio, showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is “perpetually globetrotting, and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining musicians to bring into the fold of this increasingly international party band,” and it’s understandable that sometimes bands need to change to keep thriving.

Maybe it’s that I was hoping to see the show I had memories of from in my youth, but sometimes bands develop into something else entirely, even though they're playing the same music. And sometimes older fans are either going to embrace it or they’re not.

The new musicians added to the group and they did put on a great show. Anyone looking to go have a great time dancing to fun and upbeat vibes will thoroughly enjoy the newly evolved Red Elvises, especially if they play Launchpad again.

The Daily Word in the Senate, Tinder and Balloon Fiesta

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Look at your new favorite animal.

A Christian group in Fla. wants to convict abortion providers and their patients with first-degree murder.

The demotion of the Fox News anchor that filed a lawsuit against the “news source” shines light on how the company views their women employees.

We all know people play games when they date but the dating-app sensation Tinder was literally designed to be like a game.

What makes balloons float the directions they do during Balloon Fiesta?

The Senate just overrode Pres. Obama's veto for the first time.

A Disney classic is about to be remade.

Modern family continues to be a 10/10 show by casting an actual trans kid as a trans kid.

 

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