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The Daily Word in faulty ATMs, faulty meter readings and a faulty chemistry teacher

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Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down after being protested against for his intolerant views against same-sex marriage. Now some think this is reverse-intolerance.

Sparks from welders are thought to be the cause of a Boston fire that killed 2 firefighters and injured 13 people.

A mother in South Carolina could face 20 years to life in prison after her infant died of an overdose of morphine from her breast milk.

Former President George W. Bush has been getting crazy with the oil paints.

Have you heard of these firefly devices? Apparently they can screw up your water meter readings.

A child abuse prevention rally is scheduled to take place today at noon at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

City websites back on track after Anonymous unleashed a “cyber hurricane” this past weekend.

A political science professor from Johns Hopkins University wrote an analytical paper stating how Walter White was a “bad teacher” and a “failure.”

A man requested $140 from an ATM in Maine, but got $37,000 … can you point out its exact location on this map I'm holding?

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The Daily Word in the great outdoors, transuranic waste and APD

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Prepare to be boarded, APD.

On this list, Austin is number one and Burque is 89.

Check out this year’s Isotopes.

LANL began removing 3706 cubic meters of transuranic waste from above ground storage. The stuff is headed to Texas until WIPP reopens.

The vast Union-Pacific railyard in Santa Teresa is open for business.

The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland has a new exhibit called New Mexico: Land of Enchantment.

An oil well in Loco Hills, NM exploded.

New Mexican chile crop acreage declined in 2013.

After a two-year closure, Manzano Mountains State Park is reopening on April 21.

Here's this week’s New Mexico fishing report.

Last night, the Lobos pounded the NMSU Aggies.

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Paying Tribute to Woody

This spring legendary folkie Arlo Guthrie hits the road with a small ensemble to celebrate the work of his renowned father, Woody. With only a dozen stops scheduled, each of these intimate concert appearances is destined to be a flavorfully significant reiteration of Woody’s immense stature in the annals of American music, as well as an opportunity to show off a folk family whose musical cred ranks right up there with Dylan and Cohen.

Accompanied by his son (Woody’s grandson) Abe and longtime collaborators Terry Hall and Bobby Sweet, the storied composer of seminal '60s protest tune “Alice’s Restaurant” will perform a cross-section of the Guthrie family legacy. Besides grand distinction as an American musical voice, Guthrie is known for his sharp wit and gift for telling stories that turn out to be pertinent reflections on the quintessential American cultural experience. The “Here Comes the Kid” tour makes Burque its second destination tomorrow at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 and are available at holdmyticket.com and the KiMo box office. KiMo Theatre • Thu Apr 3 • 7:30pm • $39-$59 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Harvard Library's human flesh collection, more police shootings and Trinity test downwinders

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It's Wednesday, April 2

and there's been another police shooting in Albuquerque, although this time it was the US Marshals and not APD,

a former Albuquerque policeman who was fired in 2011 after kicking a prone suspect "repeatedly" in the head would like his job back,

and family members of civilians exposed to radiation from the Trinity test are getting ready to protest at the bomb site's annual opening.

Meanwhile, Chile has been rocked by a deadly earthquake,

the Supreme Court struck down even more campaign finance limitations,

the latest Facebook scare campaign is claiming that kids are smoking coffee to get high; this guy tried it and says it sucks,

and Harvard's library discovered that at least three of their books have bindings of human flesh, one of which belonged to a man who was flayed alive.

Have a good day!

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Bringin' the Glory Holm

via Holly Holm's Twitter

A hook to the right, a kick to the side, over, under ... just a mere glimpse of the jargon I'd hear while watching MMA fights with my brother. Moments like this captured the epic mentality that went with watching a sport where people beat each other up for glory and some cold, hard cash. When it's a fight between opponents of formidable talent, it's always reason to take a closer look and maybe even throw some money in the pool. Albuquerque's very own MMA superstar Holly Holm is scheduled to have an intense bout with Juliana Werner in the Legacy 30 Fighting Championship.

Welterweight Holm is an Albuquerque icon who was once named Ring Magazine's female Fighter of the Year and has numerous wins in both her boxing and MMA careers. It's no small feat that Holm is still an undefeated MMA champ, so if Werner is gonna be the one to change that, she's gotta bring all her force into those jabs and kicks. The fight happens tomorrow at 7pm at Route 66 Casino's Legends Theater (14500 Central SW). Tickets for the all-ages match range from $30 to $200. But aim for front row. After all, that's where the action happens. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Apr 4 • 7pm • $30-$200 • View on Alibi calendar

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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.

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

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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

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