V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Four men fling themselves off of a 30-meter pole and swing around and around, tethered to the top by ropes. A fifth performer balances on the end of the pole, dancing on one foot and playing the flute. These are Los Voladores, or the flying men of Veracruz. Their thousand-year-old ritual is just part of the ¡Viva México! this weekend at Rancho de las Golondrinas.
V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Flamenco festival brings home the passion and soul of Spain
By Summer Olsson
Festival Flamenco Internacional 2011 is upon us. Jose Maya and his company, who hail from Madrid, Spain, are some of this year’s guests. Eva Encinias Sandoval says that Maya is an icon. “Flamenco artists are on a real high level of notoriety there, in Spain, so these artists that are coming are young, but very, very renowned ... he’s like a rock star.”
V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010
Douglas Kent Hall
Rahim AlHaj Plays for Peace at ¡Globalquerque!
Six continents and a world premiere in two days
By Mel Minter
A Cultural Feast
Abundant music, food, crafts and merch
By Mel Minter
V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
The International Boolba Festival happens Saturday August 7th near Fenton Lake
By Dan Enger [ Thu Aug 5 2010 2:54 PM ]
The Boolba Festival is the creation of street artists from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia who are passing through 16 countries to spread a message of freedom, love and sincere communication. And they’re having it up in the Jemez, out in the woods near Fenton Lake. The Boolba Festival will feature:
• Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian folk songs
• Boolba, Borstch and other traditional foods
• Ceramics workshops
• Traditional Games
Admission is free but they warn that the road to the festival is rough and narrow and may require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Just take a right on Forest Road 378 after the Fenton Lake entrance and keep left. There will be someone at the entrance to help with directions. For more information email: email@example.com
V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010
The Daily Word 7.19.10: Roman Polanski, Bubble Lounge Shooting and Sandia Man Cave
By Nick Brown [ Mon Jul 19 2010 9:11 AM ]
China uses more energy than the USA.
60 are dead in an Indian train smash.
“He awoke to a man slashing his neck with a knife.”
Roman Polanski went to the Montreux Jazz Festival; he had to because his wife was playing there.
When beavers attack.
Here are ten ways to scam the elderly. For ten more, send $10 to nickbrown c/o the Alibi.
Tiny hotel rooms are fun.
If you have to write a report on sea serpents, you should just copy this one.
Read a letter from Tesla about his Death Ray.
Paris Hilton keeps having pot in her purse.
Mad Mel might migrate; his Malibu mansion is on the market for millions.
A man was shot outside the Bubble Lounge at 6th and Central.
Matthew Dykes fell near the Sandia Man Cave.
Deranged and toothless, Harold Romero has escaped from a Belen mental facility. So, you know. Unlock your doors. Make pudding.
Don't take a gun to a knife fight, or a garage sale.
Happy birthday, Max Fleischer!
V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010
In the Pit With Andrew WK at Warped Tour
By Kurt Jakub [ Wed Jul 7 2010 4:28 PM ]
Sweaty kids, bikini tops, shaved ice, swag and more than 75 bands can only mean one only thing: The Vans Warped Tour.
New Mexico State University's practice field was the stage for this year's tour, its 16th, last Wednesday.
More than 75 bands jammed out all day on seven stages to a mix of kids, punks, metal heads and annoyed parents. One of the most intriguing aspects of the tour, however, is the array of bands playing the shows. "Mainstream" acts such as Face to Face, Alkaline Trio, The Bouncing Souls, The Swellers and Andrew WK travel the country in decked out tour buses with managers, roadies and video game consoles. Other bands are struggling to make it to the next show.
"We're trying to scrounge up enough gas money to make it to the next show in San Antonio," said Roger Esparza, bassist for Dose of Adolescence. "I'm just bombing around the parking lot selling CDs and begging for donations."
The Duke City's own The Harlow Defense was featured on the Local Stage, ripping a 20-minute set.
"It was like having my cherry broken," said Mike Kmenta, guitarist and vocalist in Harlow, "by a huge, sunburned dong,"
"It really was similar to having sex for the first time" Kmenta added. "It was sweaty, sloppy, awkward, and it was over as quickly as it began."
One artist in particular was excited to be back on the tour.
“I did Warped back in '03 and hit a rough patch in my career in '05," said Andrew WK. "When my management called me up to tell me we were doing Warped again, it was such a wonderful and exciting surprise."
Andrew said the Warped Tour is a great institution in the music industry, and is one of his favorite crowds to play in front of.
"There's definitely a unique vibe at these shows," he said. "It's not a hippie festival at all, but there's a lot of love and energy,"
"It's all about fun with aggression." he added. "And so many amazing bands are here to let the music fuel it."
He said it's an absolute departure from his recent public appearances.
"I've been doing a show for Cartoon Network called ‘Destroy Build Destroy’ and motivational speaking events. I've lectured at Harvard and Yale, which is just surreal. I've been around 10 years now and I still can't believe it," he said. "It's like watching a movie that I'm the star of sometimes."
One band on tour feels the Warped climate has shifted over the last half decade.
"We did the tour back in '05 and it's definitely a different scene now." said Nick Diener, front man for The Swellers. "MySpace changed it all,"
"Bands used to record a demo and send it out to every label and try to get on any tour, but now they just put their music on their site and the labels discover them."
He said he definitely misses some of Warped's perennial acts like Bad Religion, NOFX and Pennywise. Diener said he wasn't sure the new crops of bands will still be relevant in 10 years.
"I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, but it should take more than getting a song on ‘Glee’ to become relevant."
The end of the day was delivered by none other than Andrew WK, who managed to get the crowd dancing after more than nine hours in the hot Las Cruces sun. "Party Hard," indeed.
V.19 No.2 | 1/14/2010
Long Live the Revolution
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By Julia Mandeville
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