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Join the Fun at Heights Summerfest Featuring Rusted Root

Albuquerque's first popular Summerfest of the season returns to North Domingo Baca Park on Saturday, June 11 with live music, food and drink, arts and crafts, great entertainment for kids and much more. The event kicks off at 5pm and closes the evening at 10:30pm.

Headlining this year's Heights Summerfest is Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh known for their fusion of acoustic rock and other styles featuring strong percussion that draws from African, Latin and Native American influences. Rusted Root rocked to fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, featuring the hit single, "Send Me On My Way," a song featured prominently in many films and commercials. The band has sold more than three million albums worldwide. Rusted Root performs from 9-10:30pm.

Kicking off the event from 5-6pm is the Cali Shaw Band. Bringing Americana/folk/rock with his unique stylings, Cali Shaw is fast becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers across the Southwest. Cali Shaw performs regularly as solo, duo or up to a seven-piece festival-ready ensemble; with dynamic and original performances that captivate and embrace people of all generations.

Next onstage from 6:15-7:15pm is Santa Fe native Alex Maryol. He has opened for Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Leon Russell, and G. Love and Special Sauce. He performed at the Telluride Blues Festival for a number of years with other musical guests such as James Brown, Johny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles.

Porter Draw takes the stage from 7:30-8:30pm to perform its version of alternative country. The Albuquerque-based band has been involved in the New Mexico roots music movement since 2007, and has shared the stage with such greats as Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Horton Heat, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Cadillac Sky. The Porter Draw has built a reputation for high energy, sweat-drenched shows coupled with tight harmonies of wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience.

Enjoy the tastes of Summerfest with choices from green chile cheese burgers to barbecue, and cool off with snow cones or Italian ice in the food court. Settle back and enjoy the music with libations that include local craft beers and a variety of wines at the Microbrew Garden.

There will be plenty of fun for everyone, including the kids, who will be worn out at the end of the evening after trying the bouncies, testing their strength on the 25' climbing wall, and deciding on a design for face painting. The little biologist in them will enjoy learning with the ABQ BioPark staff as they check out shark fins, cactus and much more.

A crowd favorite, Clan Tynker, will be there to amaze and confound the audience with their Vaudeville act that includes magic and magical stunts that have the crowd oohing and aahing! Wings of Enchantment will bring fluttery fun to everyone with live butterflies you can enjoy up close and personal.

Bring out the creative bent in your kids with Home Depot on hand to guide them as they craft and construct special keepsakes, like birdhouses, tool boxes, baskets and even a helicopter!These workshops are a great way to show kids how fun creating something can be.

In the Artisan Market you can find more than 35 local vendors offering a wide variety of handmade and other items for sale. From unique t-shirts to handmade soaps and salsa, jewelry and more, you are sure to find a local treasure.

North Domingo Baca Park is located on Wyoming Blvd. and Carmel Ave. NE, just north of Paseo del Norte. There will be shuttles running from La Cueva High School from 4:30 - 11 p.m. If you don't want to deal with the traffic, ride your bike and leave it at the Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop.
Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to attend.

Entry is free to all ages. Come join the fun!

The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness

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Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.

A petition to remove Stanford sex offender's arguably biased judge has received over 100,000 signatures. Meanwhile the victim's powerful 12-page letter continues to go viral.

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

It's electric! And it can jump.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.

Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.

Speaking of cute animals... You decide.


The Daily Word in Muhammad Ali, Flint’s water crisis, and rap-rock supergroups

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This weekend, boxer and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali died at 74. He was the greatest of all time, both in and out of the ring.

Sunday marked the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the month-long fast for those who observe it. Here’s answers to some of the questions you were too embarassed to ask about Ramadan.

Primaries for New Mexico open tomorrow. Get out there and vote, y’all.

On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that will punish any groups who boycott Israel for the sake of Palestinian human rights.

A new supergroup is formed -- members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill have come together to form Prophets of Rage. And their 35-date summer tour is called “Make America Rage Again.”

In a new report, the state of Michigan found that it would require $216 million to fix the city of Flint’s contaminated water crisis. Which is more than three times what governor Rick Snyder budgeted for the project.

Scientists and historians have long debated about when and how dogs were domesticated. Some new genetic evidence indicates that in fact, dogs may have been domesticated twice.

Jeremy Montoya

Night of the Arts at SBCC Offers Variety of Experiences

South Broadway Cultural Center's monthly Night of the Arts is scheduled for Thursday, June 16 from 5-9pm. The popular free event offers a potpourri of experiences that include the opening of a new art exhibition, a reception for the artists, live music and an art-themed film.

A new exhibition, "Old Disciples, New Worshipers", features the works of a nine local artists, some of whom have been featured in earlier SBCC exhibitions, and some of whom will be featured for the first time. Artists Jon Sanchez, Jeremy Montoya, Reyes Padillia, Lalla Cola Weeks, Esteban Duran, Rocky Norton, Virginia Baich, Mario Romero and Bruce Hyde bring a wide variety of techniques and styles to the exhibition, which is open through July 22.

"Old Disciples, New Worshipers" is based on art inspired by others, be they famous artists or local artists whose works have been exhibited in previous shows at South Broadway. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 5-8pm in the South Broadway Gallery. From 5-7pm guests will enjoy the sounds of Albuquerque Funk Band Kookie Jones and the Group Thing. Light refreshments will be available.

At 8pm the film Exit Through the Gift Shop will screen in the John Lewis Theater. The film features an inside story of Street Art entangled with fame, money and vandalism. The film by street artist Banksy tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is narrated by British actor Rhys Ifans.

The Daily Word in Chickens, Tattoos and Tools of the Apes

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A new telescope is allowing archeologists to see inside the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Edgar Cayce, eat your heart out.

Back in 1906, if you didn't raise chickens in Montezuma, Iowa, they'd run your ass out of town.

Victory Outreach, a local "recovery program" for sex workers, gives escorts a place to turn their life around. Yesterday, they held an event dedicated to the 11 victims of the West Mesa murders that was designed to give people on the streets "hope." No mention about how keeping prostitution illegal puts purveyors of the oldest profession at needless risk.

That sweet ink you got on your back (the one with Wile E. Coyote in a Saint Jude pose) is going to make it easier for the FBI to identify you, thanks to the new tattoo recognition software they're developing.

A study has found that the use of basic tools might be instinctual in humans.

Courtesy of Faye Fearless Facebook Page

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The Park of Wands

Tuesday, Jun 7: Olivander's Wand Making Class for Witches and Wizards

Learn about the wandlore history of the Harry Potter world. Every attendee will leave the class with their very own custom designed wand.

The Daily Word in Trump and Martinez, Cop on Cop Violence and Discrimination

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Despite being unethical and possibly illegal APD's reverse drug stings will continue.

New Mexico In Depth asks primary candidates about Marijuana policy and probably other things, too.

Garcia's Kitchen is being sued for discrimination.

Now Trump's trying to buddy up to Gov. Martinez.

The Sherrif's deputy who shot another deputy takes the stand.


Santa Fe writer visits Page 1 Books

Check out local paranormal romance at Page 1 Books.
Courtesy of Wyrdteenth's Facebook Event Page

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No Fear of a Black Planet at Wyrdteenth

Sunday, Jun 5: Wyrdteenth

Celebrate cultural aesthetics and critical dimensions of Afrofuturism with zines, poetry and performances from Ebony Isis Booth, Marya Errin Jones, Brielle Leilani, Tanesia Hale-Jones.

Albuquerque Concert Band to Perform at Balloon Museum

The all volunteer Albuquerque Concert Band is anticipating their annual performances at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, scheduled for three Wednesdays: June 8, June 22, and July 6. You are invited to join them for an evening of great band music in a beautiful, casual setting. These free concerts have become a favorite for all ages, and particularly for families, a place where the kids can play and have fun while grownups relax and enjoy their own picnics, or purchase food from one of Albuquerque's popular food trucks.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics (no alcohol or glass) and settle in for an evening of rousing music that ranges from Patriotic to Big Band, to popular tunes of today. The one-hour concerts begin at 7pm.

In existence for more than forty years, the Albuquerque Concert Band has been enriching the culture of the Albuquerque community in performance of the great heritage of band music. More than eighty players of a wide range of age and ability meet each week and represent an enormous variety of backgrounds, with vocations ranging from music educator to engineer, from doctor to lawyer.

During the summer season the band is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department. This summer they will present concerts on the East lawn of the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, and at New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park on July 20, August 3 and 17.

The Concert Band will also perform on July 4th at the Balloon Museum as part of the Red, White and Balloons celebration that will include music, food and a great view of Freedom 4th on Balloon Fiesta Field. For more information and ticket prices for this event, please visit:

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