The Daily Word in Mandela's death, bathroom surveillance and bad dirt
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, died yesterday at the age of 95.
It looks like Carrie Underwood struck gold (not really). Apparently, even though not everyone loved it, The Sound of Music was watched by many.
Over 100 people were left dead in Bangui, Central African Republic, due to political unrest between Muslim rebels and Christian citizens.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has not been charged with rape.
Shaine Sherrill, who was shot by APD officers Sunday afternoon, did not have a gun. Apparently, Sherrill was suicidal and had said he wanted to be shot by police.
Just for future reference, when you use the wrong dirt … it might cause some setbacks.
Andrew Coppler faces up to nine years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for the death of his father.
A restaurant owner is facing some scrutiny for putting a surveillance camera in the men's bathroom. Yikes.
Jesse Sugarmann: California Bloodlines
The desert inspires and frustrates utopian dreams in equal measure. California City, California is a case in point. Decades ago, developers optimistically earmarked 80,000 acres of raw Mojave desert as the future site of a great metropolis. But it wasn’t to be. With fewer than 15,000 inhabitants, California City is now a parody of its founders’ intentions. A vast grid of decaying roads stretches over the desert like a graft that never took. Artist Jesse Sugarmann pays tribute to this surreal landscape in his videoed performance piece “California Bloodlines,” which invites us to view these roadways as a sacred architecture. At one point in the video, a lone woman sweeps sand off a street with the same loving devotion a curator at the Louvre might dust the Mona Lisa. As the late author J.G. Ballard wondered, could our sprawling highways one day be seen as “enigmatic and mysterious monuments” that inspire the same awe as the Egyptian pyramids do today? Ponder that question yourself while viewing the video “California Bloodlines” at Albuquerque’s project space Spirit Abuse tonight at 6pm, or by appointment throughout December. Spirit Abuse • Fri Dec 6 • 6-11:30pm • View on Alibi calendar
Annual Old Town Holiday Stroll
via Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
When I moved to Burque a year ago, I set out to find not only tourist attractions, but staples of this grand city that “trap” people into calling this fair metropolis their home. And Old Town was one that most people recommended for Native jewelry, books, restaurants and scenic beauty. My first few weeks of living here were spent people watching in the Old Town square, scrounging through multiple stores for a slick bracelet and photographing in the Don Luiz Plaza. Now folks can further understand and appreciate the appeal of this city section by attending the Annual Old Town Holiday Stroll. The event, which kicks off today at 4pm, features a Color Guard performance and singing of the National Anthem at the gazebo, the Blessing of the Tree, a Santa Parade and much more. Not to mention luminarias and twinkle lights. This illustrious event is known for being Albuquerque's official kickstart of the holiday season, so it's not to be missed. And it's also a great way to pick up some Christmas presents for friends, loved ones or obligatory acquaintances. So head to Historic Old Town (303 Romero NW) to bask in the holidays in style. Historic Old Town • Fri Dec 6 • 4-10pm • View on Alibi calendar
Holly Holm fights Friday
and it could be the last time you watch her fight in Burque
Sure, it’s a damn shame that the UFC may never do a show in Albuquerque. After all, Duke City has some of the most committed fight fans on earth. On the flipside, we’ve got some of the best fighters as well, with both home-grown talent and fighters hat have immigrated here to train at Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA, as well as some of the other gyms, like FIT NHB. That adds up to local Mixed Martial Arts events stacked with top caliber talent, fighters that may very soon be competing at the sport’s highest level.
Case in point: Friday, Dec. 6, at the Route 66 Casino, the Fresquez Productions’ “Havoc” fight card, featuring Holly Holm vs Angela Hayes at bantamweight (135 lbs). The UFC has already expressed interest in Holm, and UFC president Dana White has acknowledge to being pestered to the point of desperation with questions about when the organization will sign her. Holm is being touted by many fans and media as a potential solution to Ronda Rousey's dominance.
Thus far, no opponent has escaped the first round without tapping to an armbar, much less beaten the UFC champion. Holm, a world champion boxer, and, according to her coach Mike Winkeljohn a “better kickboxer” is a fearsome striker, who has never been taken down or threatened on the ground in five professional MMA fights. But five of her opponent’s six wins are by submission, which means this could finally be the time Holm is tested on the ground. And we have the opportunity to see what happens, live. As soon as Holm gets picked up by the UFC, you might not be able to see her fight in Albuquerque ever again, so take advantage!
Also on the card, flyweight Nick Urso, a Jackson/Winkeljohn product like Holm. SouthWestFightNews notes, “Urso’s combination of speed, technique and natural talent has placed his name front-and-center in the discussion of who is New Mexico’s best fighter not-signed by a major MMA promotion.”
Urso will be fighting Jesus Urbina of Bushido MMA in El Paso. Again, SouthWestFightNews: “Urbina is very tough in all areas of MMA as he can trade punches in and outside of the pocket, he is very good at scrambling in his defensive grappling and he can finish fights when he gets top position on the mat. All of those compliments only accent his respected wrestling game; Urbina in fact has a collegiate wrestling background. “
Another fighter on the card we should be exited to see is Jackson/Winkeljohn welterweight (170 lbs) Clint Roberts, who will fight Eddie Gamboa, also of El Paso’s Bushido MMA. Roberts is a powerful, well-rounded fighter who would likely be making big waves by now if he didn’t keep getting injured. Most recently: a broken hand suffered in his last fight. It the knockout win, he ended up breaking his hand on his opponents’ head.
Many other local prospects will be fighting as well, including Cody East, Chuck Pieritz, Gabriel Benitez, Ricky Esquibel, and Mike Benefiel. The six-bout main card is preceded by a five-fight amateur undercard, which starts at seven. The public is invited to attend the weigh-in on Thursday at 2 pm, at the Route 66 Casino.
The Daily Word in restriction, haiku and festivity
Last night the APS School Board voted 5 to 2 against a proposal to send parents letters informing them they have a right to opt out of certain standardized testing for their children. The controversial testing has been hotly protested by teachers and parents of late.
The Second Judicial District Court provided a preliminary injunction for UNMH employees who feel that mandating flu shots under threat of discliplinary action up to and including termination is bogus. But this stay will only protect UNMH employees until the UNM Labor Management Relations Board hearing on Dec. 12.
Three days later, more questions than answers exist in the Shaine Sherrell shooting. Sherrell was shot by at least two APD officers during a domestic violence call, and he is still undergoing surgeries for gunshot wounds.
Test your knowledge of New Mexico in popular culture with this week's Crib Notes.
Conjure up the spirit of yesteryear’s fête with our festive holiday party mix, Dark Sweets for High Desert Winter.
Consider Mike Smith's cheerful deconstruction of the War Against Christmas.
Eschewing Photoshop, Korean artist Jee Young Lee actually builds alternate realities in her tiny studio and photographs them for posterity. Color me enchanted.
‹‹ V.22 No.49 | December 5 - 11, 2013