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Acoustic Performer John Gorka Graces Duke City

John Gorka
John Gorka

Singer/songwriter John Gorka delivered two highly spirited sets at the Summer Nights series at the BioPark (903 10th Street SW) on Thursday, June 19. The Minnesota-based veteran touring artist wowed longtime fans and won over countless Albuquerque music lovers who were new to his signature mix of deep and clever vocals, guitar and comedic storytelling.

Gorka opened with originals from his latest release, The Bright Side of Down, and continued to sample the collection to great effect throughout the evening. Gorka is nothing if not precise, personal and universal, sometimes all in the same lyric. This ability combined with masterful musicianship across genres including folk, blues, pop, rock, bluegrass and rockabilly makes him a worthy companion for an evening ... or a lifetime. This reviewer has seen him in concert over 20 times. Many of those performances have been in festival settings, as Gorka is a highly sought-after act on the vital, enduring national folk fest circuit. At the BioPark concert, he joked about visiting Scandinavia, a hotbed of singer/songwriter and folk fandom.

Gorka's catalog is extensive, and he plumbed its depths in concert. Selections included chestnuts like “I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair,” “I’m From New Jersey,” “Branching Out” and “Love is Our Cross to Bear.” The modern-day Renaissance man wove requests and selective orchestrated sing-alongs to engage the receptive crowd on the lawn that beautiful night. Many in the audience were obviously longtime followers. And they, along with the newcomers, were rewarded with a varied and holistic representation of the showman’s talent.

In stark contrast to the awkward egotism displayed by Marc Cohn the week prior at Zoo Music, Gorka paid our fair city a compliment during the second set. He praised the enthusiastic audience, noting that he wished all his shows could be like this, in “this corner of paradise.” The key to delivering such a line lies in simplicity and sincerity, and Gorka radiated both.

John Gorka is a deft master of the folk trifecta: penetrating lyrics, unparalleled musicianship and compelling storytelling. When he opened and finished his tunes at the BioPark, he wasn't greeted with mere applause: We’re talking yelps, yoo-hoo's, squeals of joy and all-around exuberant acknowledgment of this well-traveled troubadour.

Dear John, please come back soon and stay longer.

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Faster Miles an Hour

Get about as oiled as a diesel train tomorrow night at Launchpad (618 Central SW) with a rumbling, roaring night of metal made from molecular materials similar to those used in locomotives—but much heavier, bro. Move past antimony and thallium on the periodic table, and think instead about lead and uranium when Roadrunner Records presents stoner rock from The Horned God (a band whose Celtic influences touch directly on the same metal mythologies explored by the likes of Slough Feg and Kyuss).

Burque tech death metal champions Vale of Miscreation, featuring the brutally precise rhythm section of Justin Andrus and Kenny Cappadona will be in full effect, as will Santa Fe prog-thrashers Carrion Kind. Local Southern metal heroes The Ground Beneath are loaded on this train, too; the chance to hear Steve Beneath’s electrified six-string wizardry is alone worth the price of admission, and things will keep rolling as native metalheads Left to Rot fill out the bill. This 21-plus show is only five bones, and doors are at 8pm. Do yourself a favor leavened with musical gravity and check this one out. After all, Saturday night’s the night you like. Launchpad • Sat Jul 5 • 9pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in ArtBar, Santa Muerte and fire danger

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Albuquerque Business First reports that ArtBar has been granted a temporary liquor license by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Division and can reopen, but organizer Julia Mandeville says organizers need to meet to decide whether or not to reopen the private, nonprofit bar.

Two Oklahoma residents convicted in Albuquerque will get a second trial thanks to Santa Muerte. Sort of.

APD Officer Daniel Carr is being investigated by Internal Affairs over allegations that he attempted to use his badge and power to get a date with an adult entertainer.

In the wake of radiation scandal, LANL confirms that 115 workers contracted by Energy Solutions are now unemployed because LANL isn't sending out waste.

New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas is demanding that Mayor Berry and his administration address the money problems stemming from mismanagement of City golf courses.

Religious leaders are calling for people to gather at the site of Albuquerque's latest fatal officer-involved shooting.

Tomorrow's the 4th of July. Please consider the potential for starting fires when planning your festivities. We're in a drought, remember? Check out this rad list of fireless fireworks from ABQ hackerspace Quelab.

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Here, Piggy, Piggy: 11th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship

Last weekend, the geeks had their annual "prom" at Albuquerque Comic Expo. This weekend, the carnivores will reign supreme at the 11th annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship, a three-day celebration of all things meaty and grilled. There will be beer, wine tastings, eating contests and samples galore, and if you don't go through an entire case of wetwipes by the end of the first day, you're doing it wrong. The event starts tomorrow and continues on Saturday, July 5, from 11am to 8pm both days, and Sunday, July 6, from 11am to 5pm. Tickets range from $20-$60. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Fri Jul 4 • 11am-8pm • $20-$60 • View on Alibi calendar

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Bravely Said: 4 Voices on the 4th

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It makes sense to welcome the 4th of July with stirring words artfully arranged—poetry seems to run in America’s veins. It connect us with our ideals and national hopes, whether or not we’ve yet achieved them. In 4 Voices on the 4th, the Museum of the American Military Family presents the voices of veterans and their family members woven into a powerful, poetic “collage performance.”

They join a long literary history. “The Yankees will hang their heads up high,” acknowledged a British officer in “The Battle of Bunker Hill,” written after a 1775 military clash that proved American troops wouldn’t be easily routed. Boston poet Robert Lowell connected the Civil War to his own milieu in 1960’s “For the Union Dead”: “The stone statues of the abstract Union Soldier/ grow slimmer and younger each year—/ wasp-waisted, they doze over muskets and muse through their sideburns…” At 2pm, hear Caroline LeBlanc, Circe Olson Woessner, Karin Bradberry and Jacqueline Murray Loring at the Museum of Nuclear Science and History (601 Eubank SE), and while you’re there, visit the Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family exhibit, honoring the sometimes unacknowledged heroes of our nation’s defense. See nuclearmuseum.org or call 245-2137 for more info. Before you head out for fireworks and beer on Friday, take some time to remind yourself why we’re celebrating. National Museum of Nuclear Science and History • Fri Jul 4 • 2-3pm • Included with regular admission • View on Alibi calendar

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Memories of ACE 2014

Legos, Muppets and Star Wars ruled the day

The Lego table, where dreams come true
all photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
The Lego table, where dreams come true

Star Wars photobooth
Star Wars photobooth
Dapper Muppets
Dapper Muppets
Touch Stormtroopers at your own risk.
Touch Stormtroopers at your own risk.
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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #352: A Story About Waiting at an Intersection

I meet my pal E on a downtown street. He starts to tell me a long story about seeing me in my truck. According to him, I was waiting at a light for J, who stuttered as a child, to cross the street. I finally grew to impatient and raced through the intersection, causing all my bottles of prescription drugs to bounce off my rear bumper into the street.

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The Daily Word in the ArtBar, Bigfoot and OMG raccoons

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It's Wednesday, July 2,

and ArtBar by Catylyst Club will be closing its doors due to problems with the State Alcohol and Firearms department,

Joline Gutierrez Krueger of the Journal is freaking out about raccoons,

and Gary Johnson is finally president! Of a marijuana cough drop company.

Meanwhile,

an analysis of several Bigfoot hair samples suggests that legendary creature is some kind of wolf/ cow/raccoon/bear hybrid,

Target is asking that people please stop bringing huge guns into their stores,

whereas the state of Georgia says it's okay for you to bring guns wherever you want! Including bars, government buildings and airports,

and in a revelation straight from my nightmares, plants can hear themselves being eaten.

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Go Forth on the Fourth

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Now that Independence Day is looming, it's time to start planning with the family. What are we gonna do? Your parents' house or mine? BBQ? It can be exhausting, especially if you have kids who want to relive the whimsical wonder of witnessing fireworks à la that scene in The Sandlot. So here are a couple of events for those who can't decide what to do. Head to the BioPark Zoo (903 10th Street SW) tomorrow morning, between 6 and 10am. Yes, it's early, but you get in for free during this time because 100.3 The Peak's Tony, Jackie and Donnie are broadcasting live, interviewing zookeepers and providing a morning of informative fun and leisure. It's regular admission for those who can't get up on time. On Friday, July 4, head to Balloon Fiesta Park (5500 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy.) for the Freedom 4th celebration. The festivities happen at 3pm and go through the night. Well, roughly 11pm. Hear music and see the state's largest display of fireworks. But if you want something more low-key, head over to Isotopes Park (1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE) and take in a baseball game on the 4th. The Albuquerque Isotopes will take on the Las Vegas 51s at 6:05pm. What better way to celebrate being an American than a good old-fashioned home run … assuming they knock it out of the park. Tickets for the game run $7-$28. So enough planning, more doing. After all—as Martina McBride says—“It's Independence Day!” ABQ BioPark Zoo • Thu Jul 3 • 6-10am • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

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You were throwing people out of the bar with your gorgeous muscles. We embraced in the stairwell, but i wanted more. View ad

Marble Vibrations: So I turn around and you are wearing my shades ...

As the nearly full moon shines over Albuquerque, the music ripples through the warm night air. I turn around and you're wearing my sunglasses and dancing non-nonchalantly. I must be dreaming. You wave my green bandanna as it turns into an otherworldly talisman. I can't help but smile, then laugh, then feel absolutely splendid. You brightened up my life like the neon moon over Marble Brewery. "I'll see you on the 23rd," rings in my mind like an enlightening mantra. Thank you for your good vibes. View ad

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I saw you at Applebee's on Lomas about a week or so ago. You were with your work crew, in a white truck … coming in for late night appetizers, around 9pm. You wore a ball cap and had a long beard. I was inside, watching you come in. We made eye contact as you were walking in and again when you entered the restaurant. If you remember that, and are single, I'd love to introduce us... View ad

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I was at the movie alone at 11 am on a Friday. You were there with two young boys. We caught each other's eye and now I can't stop wishing I would have said hello to you. When we left I noticed your tattoos and thought you were so handsome and TALL! You drove away in your Toyota and I lost you in the traffic. View ad

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