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V.26 No.3 | 01/19/2017
KiMo Theater courtesy of Karen Blaha
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Anniversary Interview

Less of an Interview, More of a Love Letter

What do Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Cranston, The Nutcracker and Finding Nemo have in common? The KiMo! Albuquerque's premier historical theater is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and N.M. State Register of Cultural Properties. It's also an Albuquerque Historic Landmark.

The KiMo was created by immigrant Oreste Bachechi (the entrepreneur and owner of the Bachechi Open Space property) and designed by Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architecture firm, based in Kansas City, Mo. Erected in 1927 (opening on Sept. 19, 1927), with an Art Deco-Pueblo Revival Style, the KiMo was named after the Tewa word for mountain lion as suggested by the Isleta Pueblo governor at the time, Pablo Abeita. One of the most well-known and intriguing stories about the KiMo is the explosion of 1951: a terrible accident resulting in the death of one child who is now said to haunt the building. The staff tends to the spirit of the boy, Bobby Darnall, by leaving him gifts and offerings—like toys and candy—in the backstage stairwell.

The theater became decrepit after a fire in the 1960s and was meant to be destroyed until a bond passed by voters in Albuquerque in 1977, allowing the city to purchase the building and renovate the space. Now it serves the community as one of the paramount cultural centers of the city.

The celebration of the 90th anniversary for the building begins at 7pm on Friday, Jan. 27, with author Douglas Preston discussing his novel. The Lost City of the Monkey God is about the legend of a 500-year-old cursed, city, where anyone who enters dies. For a full list of 90th anniversary events, continue to follow the KiMo event calendar and visit www.kimotickets.com.

V.26 No.3 | 1/19/2017

Restaurant Review

Un Modelo para Llevar a Hogar

El Modelo as archetype; ribs as revelation

El Modelo’s Nuevo Mexicano cuisine is nearly mythic in presentation and flavor.
V.26 No.2 | 1/12/2017
Italian mushroom pocket
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Bite of Sunshine

Vibrance offers up plant-based dining in a bright, leafy space

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foodies are not likely to be disappointed if they take the time to slow down with Vibrance.
V.26 No.1 | 1/5/2017
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

What'z in a Name?

Reviewer’s assumptions go down in Flamez

Flamez does up big, tasty meals in an open and friendly atmosphere, even if it does end in a “z.”
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016

Event Horizon

Weapons, Sweet, Weapons

Tuesday, Dec 27: Sweet Weapons • alternative • Crime Lab • The Ill Motion • pop punk • Witless

Get ready to rock.
V.25 No.51 | 12/22/2016
Biscuits and Gravy
Renée Chavez

Restaurant Review

Zen and the Art of Eating

Karma Cafe feels like home

At Karma Cafe you pay-as-you-feel for excellent food that tastes like it's homemade.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
The Mexican combo
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Kings of the Wild Frontier

Do us all a favor; go Western

August March visits the venerable Frontier Restaurant with his wife Samantha, remembers Doctor Shock, hums a bar or two from the first Adam and the Ants album and eats way too many tortillas.
V.25 No.49 | 12/8/2016

Restaurant Review

Like a Fox

The madness is spreading at SweeTea

SweeTea Bakery Cafe's setup is inspired by the 85°C Bakeries in California (and around the world)—patrons grab a tray and a set of tongs and choose from the sweet and savory items available that day.
V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016

Event Horizon

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle … Art

Friday, Dec 2: Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

A showcase of art created from discarded materials.
V.25 No.48 | 12/1/2016
Green chile chicken pizza
Hosho McCreesh

Restaurant Review

A New Go-To

Especially for the ain’t-gots

Old Town Pizza Parlor fuses the best of all possible pizza worlds into something distinctly New Mexican.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016

Event Horizon

Lavender Lies

Friday, Nov 25: Lavender Tea Tasting

Taste the newest line of locally crafted teas by tea.o.graphy. Sample the full line of lavender teas as well as other unexpected blends.
V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016

Restaurant Review

423 Textures and Flavors

A Vintage repast

From the unobtrusive yet helpful service to the savory and satisfying cuisine, Vintage 423 is a classy place.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016

Event Horizon

Story Time

Saturday, Nov 19: Tellabration

Albuquerque’s annual celebration of storytelling featuring stories performed by local storytellers Steven Pla, George Williams, Sarah (Juba) Addison, and visiting storyteller Pete Griffin from Juneau, Alaska.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016
Enchilada Ranchera
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Come On Home to Cecilia’s

Jubilation: tortillas again!

August March visits Downtown institution Cecilia’s Cafe, evoking thoughts of tortillas past and present.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016

Restaurant Review

A Still Place

Aura's aura of calm

The sauce is boss at Aura European Mediterranean Restaurant.
 

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