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The Soul of Maxwell

Romantically sweeping and deeply funky, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite defined the neo-soul movement in the late '90s. Maxwell himself will give one helluva concert on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7:30pm at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater (14500 Central SW), performing work from his back catalog as well as recent stuff. After engaging a two-decade-long career arc that careened from classic to confounding, Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night to commercial and critical acclaim in 2009, once again establishing himself as the prime mover in an otherwise unpredictably bifurcating subgenre.

His rich, sometimes ornate take on rhythm and blues has earned Gerald Maxwell Rivera, noted for his physically intense performance style as well as grooved-out melodicism, two Grammy Awards, a dozen Grammy nominations and all kinds of metal-coated records too. Though his latest compositions reflect the maturity that comes from surviving the record industry and the '90s, the work is still highly diggable with sensuous overtones and a crisp, starry finish. All of that groove, past and present, can be yours for the evening. Tickets range in price from 55 to 125 clams. If you go, it will be totally fortunate, dig? Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Sun Aug 17 • 7:30pm • $55-$125 • View on Alibi calendar

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A Farm-Tastic Extravaganza

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It's here, folks. The event that your FFA courses prepared you for. A chance to show off your crops, tractors and gardening wares, or to sample someone else's. It's the Harvest Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park (87 North Frontage Rd.) in Edgewood, N.M. And while it may seem like a trek, 30 miles is a mere cruise when you take into consideration all that will be on hand. Celebrating the “area's culture, traditions and agricultural heritage,” there will be a tractor parade, visits to the Pinto Bean Museum, fresh produce, wine sampling, live music, delicious food, tractor games and old-fashioned hayrides. And that's just the tip of the pie, so to speak.

A down-home, family friendly event like this isn't one to be missed. And you have two days to get your acts together, get the kiddos in the car and get truckin'. The festival starts tomorrow at 9am with a tractor parade and continues till about 6pm. Then it picks up again on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 6pm. All the weekend's activities, minus the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, are included with regular admission ($7 regular, $6 seniors, $4 students). And, as always, children under 5 are free. Wildlife West, Edgewood • Sat Aug 16 • 9am-6pm • $4-$7 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in the Ferguson shooting, World of Warcraft and the Pope

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World of Warcraft memorializes late comedian Robin Williams.

Darren Wilson has been identified as the police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

North Korea says projectiles fired during the Pope's visit were just a coincidence.

A mother in South Carolina was arrested for dropping the F-bomb in front of her kids in a grocery store. Wait … that's it?

Three Fort Lauderdale men face criminal charges for digging up the cremated remains of relatives in an effort to move them to a cemetery in Maine.

The APS board voted unanimously for Superintendent Winston Brooks' resignation.

Santa Fe police apprehended a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday evening.

An Albuquerque woman allegedly had sex with two German shepherds, then tried to poison her roommates when they found out about it.

APD is investigating a “slaying” after a woman's body was found in a vacant lot in southeast Albuquerque.

Booty shorts, boxers, bourbon and beer, oh my!

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The Not Quite Weekly Podcast: Zines, music and events!

This week, zine maven Marya Errin Jones and freelance contributor Mike Smith join us to talk about the world of DIY publishing. Also: upcoming music and events!

Also, we have a new microphone!

Editor's note: While we hyped the right date for the Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden/Cold Cave concert, our blurb listed the wrong day of the week. Now hear this, this recital happens on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7pm. For more deets check out "'90s Nostalgia Meets New Wave of Now."

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"I Saw You" and Then I Felt Things

Who saw? Who was seen? Was it you?

"I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true." A.A. Milne | Reply for free or see more “I Saw You” ads at alibi.com/personals.

Falling

The fall semester will begin soon. You have returned from your summer affairs. I had hoped you would've said something to me by now. Perhaps I am foolish, too timid, and too late. My ideas of ever getting to know you are silly … Who knows … You're still a very handsome guy & seeing you when I do is nice. View ad

I Saw You, Robin Williams

We battled the same demons and you made me laugh and forget about them momentarily when watching some of your greatest work, like The Dead Poet's Society (of course); The Fisher King (of course); Good Morning, VietNam! (of course); The World According to Garp. My fellow Cancerian on the Cusp of Leo, I shall miss you greatly. You were my favorite celebrity/actor, and I don't have many. Your works gave me hope and saw me through some of my own darkest days. I'll miss you greatly. View ad

To a Tulsa princess (and her furry best friend)

I'm sorry for my abrupt distancing right before I departed last week. I really did hope to see you again, but was fighting it. And yesterday (08/08), under sublime evening skies shimmering with tranquil music, I looked for you on “your bench”but it was sadly empty.

I hope you are well, and that the upheaval of your transplant proves a boon to your growth (as I'm sure it will). Your glowing smile still lives in my mindmaybe with luck I'll see it again sometime.

J.

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The Daily Word in hipsterism, #Ferguson and green burial

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In Alibi-centric news:

If you're reading this, you may have already noticed our revamped website design. Please take a moment to revel in its glory.

Our Back to School Guide is on stands (and online, natch) now. Therein, your favorite alt.weeklythat's us!provides a foolproof guide to becoming the uber-hipster of your dreams.

Features and food editor Ty Bannerman shares his Intro to Cool syllabus. From vinyl records to vintage threads to facial hair to books-with-a-history to local/organic eats and indie film, music and transportation, learn from the chicken-keeping, concertina-playing master of hep.

Music and news stringer August March proffers a survey of 10 local venues for your concert-going bucket list. Audit his Intro to Venues-ABQ 505 micro-course.

Foodist/freelance writer Nora Hickey leads a study session on Albuquerque's poetry, spoken word and storytelling scene in "The Literary Beat."

Author Mike Smith lectures on Burque's thriving micro-publishing culture in "Zine Scene 101."

Blogger and food freelancer Eric Castillo drops custard, paleta and fresh-squeezed juice knowledge in "Follow the Bells."

In national and local news:

If anyone can empathize with the outrage and protest against militarized police violence in Ferguson, Mo., it's Burqueñas y Burqueños. We stand in solidarity with you, #Ferguson.

Test your knowledge of last week's New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz, Crib Notes.

Green burial is where it's at, y'all.

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The Daily Word in War Machine vs. Dog, freaking out about West Nile virus, and Sharklumbo

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An MMA fighter who legally changed his name to War Machine is on the run after assaulting his ex-girlfriend and breaking 18 of her bones. Both parties have been tweeting about the experience, and Dog the Bounty Hunter is tracking War Machine down because this is the world we live in.

Meet the Tyrant King of Beer Bottle Labels, and shudder at his bureaucratic might.

Perhaps you’d like to pour a bucket of ice water on your head? For some reason?

Increased rain means that you might have a few more mosquitoes buzzing around.Which means hey, why not? time to worry about West Nile virus.

Death came to town. And did a little dance. And freaked people out on the Interstate. As always when it comes to this sort of thing, we suspect Alibi correspondent Mike Smith had something to do with it.

And the Internet has turned Peter Falk into a shark.

Finally, a reminder: Don’t feed the coyotes. They’re on a special diet of outdoor house cats and backyard chickens.

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Crazy Legs Heads to Burque: Chris Fonseca is ready to laugh

It was the '90s, and comedian Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca was at the height of his career. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a youth, he uses a wheelchairhence the nickname “Crazy Legs,” which is often the starting point of his comedy. With his dry humor and well-crafted one-liners, Fonseca “was on every sitcom in that decade,” he says, but “I started to drink, and things changed.” Fonseca, now two years sober, is prime for a comeback.

Positioning himself in this new world of comedy based on social media has been an interesting transition for the comic, but he says, “Comedy hasn’t changed. Where we get comedy has changed, but comedy is still comedy. I make people laugh, and that’s always wanted.” Now touring much more frequently, Fonseca brings his wit to The Stage Aug. 14 at Santa Ana Star Casino (54 Jemez Dam, Bernalillo). The 21+ show gets underway at 7:30pm. Cost is $10. Opening for Fonseca are John Mark Gard and Albuquerque’s own Keith Breckenridge. The Stage @ Santa Ana Star, Bernalillo • Thu Aug 14 • 7:30pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in repetitive headlines about the death of Robin Williams, the sad state of individual rights in the digital age and WIPP!

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New York Times obit for Robin Williams.

How far in advance are obituaries written?

Even the President of the United States loves Mork.

Marcos Delgado, suspect and fugitive in the murder of three women in Albuquerque shot himself in the head.

LANL is under fire for even considering biodefense/biological warfare programs as part of its mission.

APS superintendent Winston Brooks is the subject of a school board investigation as a result of a 911 call. And a tweet that offended "Public Education Secretary Designate" Hanna Skandera.

Let Ferguson, Missouri show us how to really say F**k tha Police.

Drag when the props in your political ad get hard.

The evil overlords could remotely kill your smartphone if this bill passes in California.

Who among the youth of Baltimore will obey a severe blanket curfew?

"Make no bones about it, WIPP has to come back" says the energy secretary.

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Comedy Matters

Robin Williams and the death of our captain

I named this column Comedy Matters because I truly believe it does. It matters to the junkies and alcoholics who frequent open mics to work through their demons on stage. It matters to the headliners and road comics who travel from club to club each night for a living. It matters to writers and Hollywood execs who make millions off the laughter that rumbles in darkened theaters. It matters to cancer patients, widows and kids. Comedy strikes us over the head or starts slowly in our belly and bellows out of us warming our innards with a rush of happiness. So when a comic dies, we hurt. And today, we’re hurting because the world lost a great one.

Robin Williams started his career in San Francisco in the 70s and quickly became one the most absurd joy makers in the comedy world. His big break was when he landed the role of Mork in “Mork and Mindy” in 1978. He transformed into a prolific actor and comedian, appearing in films such as Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp, Good Will Hunting and so many more; too many to list.

But this isn’t just about his qualifications or list of his films. He affected people in many ways. His fans loved him for his insane and wild energy. Comics loved him for how dedicated he was to comedy and how sweet he was despite his fame. He was a good man, a beloved man, who struggled with depression and an addiction to drugs and alcohol for the past forty years. On August 11, his struggled ended. Investigators believe his death may have been a suicide and to anyone who knew him or his history this would not be a surprise.

At the news of William’s death, Michael Ian Black tweeted, “We lose at least one great comic to suicide or ODs every year. Our jobs are to communicate, but we seem to not know how to ask for help.” Comedians don’t control the market on depression and substance abuse, but it seems to be a common theme amongst them. These issues manifest on stage to applause and laughter but they continue off stage and they grow and fester and strain relationships. And people die and then there’s nothing we can do.

Robin Williams brought a joy to the world that he couldn’t find internally. His family and friends are mourning. His wife and kids are shattered by his loss. And his fans will find it hard to replace this legend. Be in peace captain, we’ll miss you.

Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian.  She performs all over the country and runs two monthly shows in Albuquerque: Comedians Power Hour and the Bad Penguin Comedy Show at The Box.  More information can be found at genevievemuellercomedy.com or on Twitter: @fromthefloorup.

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