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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #341: I Meet the Farmer’s Daughters

Song: "All my life, all your life, yer numb, yer numb, yer dumb, and then you die…"

In a field near the top of my childhood street I search for a place to build a fort for my nephews. I examine a shady, overgrown area behind some rusty corrugated siding. An old farmer appears. He is friendly and leads me into a huge house he is remodeling. I see his wife down a long hallway with a plywood floor. In the living room, I meet his three daughters. The farmer resumes painting above the mantle. The middle daughter tells a story about my old friend S. I ask about S’ sister. I ask if S is married.

"No, but close to it—with (girl's name)!"

"That's even better!" I say.

Personals

"I Saw You" Explaining a Brilliant Idea

Who saw? Who was seen? Was it you?

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” –Oscar Wilde | Reply or see more “I Saw You” ads at alibi.com/personals.

I saw you at Two Red Brothers...

Your eyes were filled with tears, your face was all red, and you were asking about herbs for allergies. Ain't nobody got time for allergies!

Your Idea For New Mexico-Based Superhero

Hi. I am a cartoonist and I overheard the idea you were bouncing off your attractive lady friend at the Frontier this morning, 4/1/2014. I think your idea of 'The Green Cloud' as a new superhero who inhaled toxic wastes at WIPP has a lot of potential and I want to get together with you to discuss a business partnership. You left as I was getting my order! This is not an April Fools' gag!

What Would Marshal Matt Dillon Do?

Warning! Unauthorized Campers in the Foothills Area of Albuquerque Will Be Summarily Executed! By Decree of the Hungry Guns of the Albuquerque Police Department.

University and Coal like 47 minutes ago

Like 48 minutes ago (1:30pm 3/28/14) you were turning west on Coal off University in a silver truck. I smiled at you and you gave me a reserved but kind smile back as you drove along your way. I watched you take off up the hill with no way of saying hello. I can't get that smile out of my head. Hello.

news

The Daily Word in a 1,000 year old Native American, a 160 year old tortoise and a million jars of peanut butter

The Daily Word

Justifying the use of tear gas during Sunday's anti-police-violence demonstration, APD chief Eden points to a man allegedly wielding an AK-47.

The dialogue concerning APD's pattern of employing lethal force is taking place on some interesting social media pages.

Media outlets across the nation are picking up the story of James Boyd's death and the resultant public outrage.

A boy in Utah found the remains of an ancient Native American.

Kelly's Brewpub is canning their beer using a mobile cannery.

Defunct peanut butter manufacturer Sunland ended up dumping all their left-over jars of peanut butter.

Glenn Beck is the subject of a defamation suit related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Did the press defame Dracula?

A 160 year old British war hero died.

White people are unhealthy.

Ukraine's next leader is Darth Vader.

Russia appears to be waging an economic war against Ukraine.

This guy is going to sleep inside a bear for two weeks.

The latest about Flight 370's disappearance.

Attention: Lego is a tool of Satan.

Swedish "cold yoga".

Arts

What to Wear in New Spain

Behind Closed Doors peeks into the fashion and elitism of the past

Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar
Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mrs. L.H. Shearman
“Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar,” 18th century, attributed to Pedro José Diaz

For over four centuries, the most powerful people in Spain’s New World—an elite group made up of Creole, indigenous and mixed-race peoples—were as anxious as modern-day celebrities when it came to their social ranking and how they appeared in public. Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898—an exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain Road NW)—explores how the upper classes of New Spain wanted others to view and revere them. These privileged aristocrats anchored themselves in displays of material goods and used portrait painting to legitimize their power. Their elaborate portraits were as telling as snapshots of Hollywood stars spontaneously freezing on the red carpet in all of their self-styled finery.

Take Doña Rosa María Salazar y Gabiño, Countess of Monteblanco and Montemar, the Peruvian aristocrat who posed for a painting (attributed to Pedro José Díaz sometime around 1770) in such unsettling ostentation that every inch of her body seems to be sprouting diamonds and pearls. The portrait includes a motley pattern in the upper right-hand corner that represents the combined coat of arms of the countess and her husband—about as subtle as a Prada label.

Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape
Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mrs. Carl H. de Silver
“Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape,” circa 1770-96, Agostino Brunias, oil on canvas

Then there’s Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar—an ungainly woman depicted by a Peruvian painter (either José Joaquín Bermejo or Pedro José Díaz) in a giant blue shell of priceless fabric. This discerning woman avoided marriage to the man she was promised to (an old fogy pronounced “uglier than an excommunication”) by entering the convent. Later, when the coast was clear, she reentered society and married her original fiancé’s wealthy nephew—the mayor of Lima. She quickly became one with the “in-crowd,” including the countess of Monteblanco and Montemar, who often frequented her salon.

Inca King
Brooklyn Museum et al
“Inca King,” Peru, probably mid-18th century, oil on canvas

As the catalog for the exhibit—edited by Richard Aste, a curator at the Brooklyn Museum where the show originated—explains, every group in New Spain was out to prove its worthiness in a new world of changing political and racial identities. For example, the Creole elite set out to prove their “limpieza de sangre” (“purity of blood”) in complicated genealogies that illustrated a lack of Jewish or Moorish ancestry. What’s more, as direct descendants of the pre-Hispanic nobility, the Inca elite produced Europeanized portraits of their ancestors in order to put themselves in the right light to gain privileges such as the right to hold office.

The blurring of racial lines in New Spain allowed for a greater conversation about what groups are given the right to wield power and a greater anxiety over how various people distinguished themselves from one another. Agostino Brunias, a painter of Italian origin, captured the complexity of the new social rules in his painting “Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape.” Here we see free gentlewomen of mixed race dressed for a date with leisure—something that never would have gone over in Europe.

Brunias’ smudging of color lines may have been a reaction to casta painting—eighteenth-century paintings created in Mexico and meant as clear visual lessons about the racial caste system in the New World for those in Old Spain. These paintings attempted to delineate a clear hierarchy among different social groups and they depicted people as belonging to one distinct racial category or another. (A knee-jerk reaction to anxiety over the mingling of bloodlines.)

In 1898, the Spanish-American War ended the empire’s rule of Cuba and Puerto Rico—the last Spanish claims in the Americas. But by this time, the conversation about “new world identity” had already been going on for centuries. Who was who? What rank did you belong to? How could you prove it?

Power dresses itself up in many different ways—almost all of them painstakingly deliberate. What comes first, the emperor or the emperor’s clothes? Judging from this exhibit, it's hard to say.

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Behind Closed Doors:
Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898

Runs through May 18

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain NW
242-4600, albuquerquemuseum.org
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm
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Tell Some Big Life Tales

Photo by Andy Mattern

Maybe it was getting a passport, finding a friend, experiencing grief, choosing the high dive, hearing rock ‘n’ roll for the first time, saying yes or saying no. What experience has changed you? That’s the question behind an event coordinated by the University Heights Association for its neighborhood residents. Each person who takes part gets asked that same question. Responses will be videotaped, audio recorded or handwritten and edited into a documentary video collage about the always-changing University Heights neighborhood.

The event is the first in a year-long project that explores change as a way to connect with others instead of as a barrier to creating community. After all, stories of change make us human and connect us. Imagine comparing stories about your first love, your first home, the first time you had to say goodbye to someone you cared about. Odds are that you’d find more in common with someone than you’d imagined. The project is supported by a grant from the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program. The story project takes place tomorrow, from 7 to 9pm, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice • Tue Apr 1 • 7-9pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in APD protests, mudslides and how you got that dent in your lip.

The Daily Word

Mayor Berry held a press conference to address APD protests and concerns of excessive force.

Improper logging led to the Washington mudslide.

A baptism ceremony was swept out to sea.

Elton John is getting married.

The healthcare deadline is here.

Ronan Farrow faces ratings woes.

Learn the proper way to eat Tic Tacs.

You can actually sell your crappy CDs.

How much pee in a swimming pool could kill you?

Learn to flirt scientifically.

Psychedelic drugs can relieve despair in terminal patients.

Happy birthday, Christopher Walken.

news

Unnanounced Protest Brings APD Out In Force

APD Headquarters 3/30/14
G. Hudson
APD Headquarters 3/30/14

The sirens have finally died in downtown Albuquerque. Choppers are still making noise in the sky above the city from Nob Hill west to the Downtown neighborhood where today hundreds of protesters marched in protest against the most recent APD shooting. Unfortunately, James Boyd (a homeless man who was camped out in the foothills of the Sandias) is not the most recent kill by APD, simply the most high profile.

Riot gear, screaming fast police cruisers and a generally intimidating tone were the order of the day for residents of Albuquerque, a city which has become internationally famous for the brutality of its police department. Consensus is that the Duke City has one of the most dangerous, out of control police departments in the nation. The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into James Boyd's death.

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

I always hate writing these … but sad news, people. GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (also known by his stage name Oderus Urungus) has gone to see the spirit in the sky. The musician was 50, and his cause of death is not yet known. The thrash ensemble has been performing for decades, building a loyal following. So it's an understatement to say that Brockie will be missed. R.I.P. And since their cameo in Empire Records was my first introduction to the band, it's only fitting to share that with y'all. You can watch that below.

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Marc meets GWAR

“Do you know what this is, son? This is the panopticon. And all around us blink the brash and shifty eyes of common cash.” Sorry … a little Joanna Newsom fever going on over here … But let me get to business. Smashing Pumpkins have launched a new website called The Panopticon where they announced they're coming out with two new albums in 2015. (Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night). The recording process kicked off this past Tuesday (so says the site), and they're working with Howard Willing, whom they worked with on their Adore record. I'm sure there'll be updates on that in the coming year.

As if they couldn't get any better, blues-rock duo The Kills are now part of a documentary series (”Unlock Art”) that explores the processes, thoughts and perceptions going into creating art. The Kills' mini-doc focuses on “duos” in the art world and how collaboration can help mold, shape and magnify any particular medium. While this isn't solely music-related, I find it important in that music itself is an art form, and bandmates Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart both go into detail about great duos from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to Jeff Koons and Cicciolina. You can read more about the doc series at NME, and you can watch The Kills' video below.

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Unlock Art - Great Double Acts

I'm sure Cyndi Lauper fans are already in the know regarding the 30th anniversary reissue of her breakout debut record She's So Unusual. The re-release of that LP will have demos, outtakes, B-sides, the works. And to give a little taste as to what surprises might be lurking within that LP (which hits stores on April 1), Lauper has shared a demo of the track “Rules and Regulations,” which didn't make the final cut of the original album. You can hear the track and Lauper's thoughts about it over at Rolling Stone.

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has made a hefty amount of music since his debut in 1997, and now he's gearing up to release a new record: a tribute album to the late Lou Reed. Apparently Reed and Arthur were pretty chummy, and thus, Arthur felt compelled to provide a nice send-off to a close friend. The record Lou hits stores and online markets on May 13. And as a believer in signs, this release is already kind of blessed because that's my niece's birthday. But you don't wanna hear me ramble. Arthur has come out with a video for his cover of Reed's “Walk on the Wild Side.” Check it.

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Joseph Arthur - “Walk on the Wild Side”

Some peoples are gonna be excited with this one. Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons), Elvis Costello (of Elvis Costello), T-Bone Burnett and more are going to record an album of recently discovered Bob Dylan lyrics. Apparently the lyrics “date back to 1967,” and this endeavor is being handled “with Dylan's approval.” That should come out later this year, and the record is titled Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.

It took me this long to really delve into The Julie Ruin's 2013 release Run Fast. Not that I wasn't stoked, but upon hearing some tracks, I put that record on an indefinite hiatus until I found a vinyl copy at Mecca. And after giving it a thorough listen, I was delighted that Kathleen Hanna was officially back. Tracks like “Oh Come On,” “Kids in NY” and “Just My Kind” show Hanna's range from the punk-tastic overtures of Bikini Kill to the club-happy remnants of Le Tigre. And now The Julie Ruin has come out with a video for the aforementioned track “Just My Kind,” which you can watch below. Cheers!

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The Julie Ruin - “Just My Kind”

It looks like tributes are in the air, man. Charlie Daniels (whom most of you know from his classic bar tune “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”) is gearing up to release an album of Bob Dylan songs, titled Off the Grid: Doin' it Dylan. Apparently Daniels lent a hand on some of Dylan's records (from Nashville Skyline to New Morning). The record comes out on April 1, and you can read more about it over at Billboard.

There's not a whole lot you can say about The Pretenders that's not been fit to print and re-print already. I will say that it was one of the only bands that me and my best friend's dad (who is kind of a music nerd) could agree on. I mean, just listen to Chrissie Hynde's voice. And now Hynde is gearing up to release her first solo record, Stockholm, later this year. And she's made the track “Dark Sunglasses” available. And while the track isn't overtly stellar, you can't deny Hynde's vocals. The woman's still got it.

Not a lot has been written or talked about regarding The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas’ new project (Julian Casablancas + The Voidz), other than a trailer and a website. But now, Casablancas and co. have shared an 8-minute video talking about the band, the project and the music. You can view that below.

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Can I VHS You? - Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

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Slam It, Janet: 2014 ABQ Grand Slam Poetry Slam Championship

Wake up, verbs. Drink some coffee, adjectives. Put on your mascara already, nouns. Your services are required by Albuquerque’s leading poets. Prepare to rally to action tomorrow when 10 local hopefuls compete in the 2014 ABQ Grand Slam Poetry Slam Championship. The four best will go on to represent Burque at the National Poetry Slam, held this August in Oakland, Calif. The poetic art of the public slam arrived in Albuquerque exactly two decades ago this year, and our homegrown versifiers have been doing us proud ever since with a national win in 2005 and frequent notable finishes. This year’s qualified poets lay down the gauntlet of words at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) at 7:30pm in the year’s biggest night of performance poetry. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $10-$15; visit outpostspace.org, or call 268-0044 for deets. Outpost Performance Space • Sat Mar 29 • 7:30pm • $10-$15 • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in Washington mudslides, a coin-flip removal and gay marriage in Michigan

The Daily Word

After two major mudslides occurred in Oso, Washington, authorities say up to 90 people are missing, and the death toll has risen to 17.

If Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriage, the federal government will.

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to smooth things over with King Abdullah.

Nine mid-level commanders charged with safe-guarding the US nuclear arsenal have been fired for “creating a culture that enabled” cheating on proficiency exams.

Mayor Richard Berry doesn't think a federal takeover of APD is a good idea.

Phillip Chacón flipped the coin, called heads and lost his city council seat.

A “new state-by-state comparison” puts New Mexico near the bottom in regards to university graduation rates.

Just in case you forgot why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment

In case you're planning on playing basketball at the University of Georgia, know this: “Orgies and gangbangs are inappropriate.

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