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Albuquerque Museum Celebrates Route 66 Anniversary

From her hotly debated beginnings to her decades-long role as a pathway for adventurers, migrant workers, post-war veterans, tourists, hippies and sentimental souls, Route 66 has fascinated and engaged us, and compelled us to follow her beaten, crumbling path. Conceived in honor of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, a new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road, celebrates the art, history and popular culture of the iconic Mother Road.

Created by Albuquerque Museum's Curator of History, Deb Slaney, this exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to experience the beauty of culture of "our" piece of the road. According to Slaney, "the Southwestern leg of the route is particularly intriguing."

"Too often the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque has been overlooked," says Slaney, "even though our city sits near the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and boasts, at 16 miles, the longest single-city urban stretch of the highway in the nation. We are also the only place on the Mother Road where the highway crosses itself. Indeed the very re-routing of Route 66 to the east-west alignment was a political scandal, but shaved time and miles off the odometers of road-weary travelers and their automobiles. This exhibition explores the creation, decline, and contemporary revival of Route 66 in New Mexico and the Albuquerque area, set in the context of significant events of national importance and enhanced by personal stories from Albuquerque area residents."

Collections include works of art from lenders across the country including the Autry National Center and the San Jose State University's Steinbeck Center, as well the collections of the Albuquerque Museum and other New Mexico museums, and private lenders. Key objects in the exhibit include neon signs from Oden Chevrolet and the El Vado Motel, a set of six Burma shave signs, works of art by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, Roy Rogers' guitar and cowboy boots, and the cover illustration from Jack Kerouac's book, On the Road.

Informative displays will share stories of the road, and visitors will metaphorically travel the road through art, memorabilia, poetry, literature, music, film and television.

There will be many exciting ways for visitors to drive down memory lane. A hands-on component of the exhibit will focus on the family road trip, recreating the experience of traveling in the iconic Teardrop Camper and providing ideas for your own Route 66 road trips. Families can plan to attend a Sock Hop in May and a movie night in June.

The exhibition Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road is expected to draw significant numbers of local visitors as well as people from other states and countries who love the drama of the road. This exhibit compliments events all over the city - and the country - which will also be celebrating our unique relationship with the Mother Road and show the benefits of preserving this historic landmark.

In particular, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque is hosting a concurrent exhibition called America's Road: The Journey of Route 66 and the KiMo Theatre will be presenting a series of Route 66 themed movies.

The exhibit opens May 14.

For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.

The Daily Word in Pokejets, Jellyfish and Robot Eyeballs

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Researchers working near the Mariana Trench have captured video of a rare hydromadusa

Surprise, surprise. America's most highly educated people are mostly liberal. I'm sure this partisan gap has nothing to do with an imbalance in ideological representation amongst educators, or anything.

The last of All Nippon Airways' "Pokémon jets" has been decommissioned. But don't worry, Pokéfans! Plans for brand new Pokéjets are already in the making.

Sweet Jimminy Cricket. It's snowing in New Mexico? I'm done, dammit!

OMG. What if the AI computer in Spike Jonez's Her featured the voice Dr. Steve Brule instead of Scarlett Johansson? This.

The new eSight, a hands-free headset that uses a high-speed camera to enhance vision, has allowed a 5th grader to see his mom for the first time.

...And then Google dropped a patent on an injectable computer that will go inside the eye to correct vision with focused light. Oh. And you will be constantly connected to the internet. Great googly moogly!

via assistancedogsofthewest.org

Event Horizon

The Kind of Hero We Need

Tuesday, May 3: Assistance Dogs of the West's 21st Annual Graduation Ceremony

Dogs graduate to take on new roles within the judicial system, veterans' groups, the FBI, and help individuals with disabilities. Hosted by Ali McGraw.

The Daily Word in Climate, Opioids and Hover Bikes

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Now that you've got a break between semesters, you finally have some time to build yourself a hover bike like this guy.

A favorite food truck is moving indoors.

The rate of opioid overdoses is called a state of emergency by county commissioners.

The handling of police shootings are put in the spotlight for Santa Fe's DA race.

Our state climatologist talks about the climate trends in our state.

We are 6th most quickly warming state. Not that our Governor or Legislature cares.

The DOJ released the findings from its investigations of UNM's handling of sexual assualt cases.

Event Horizon

Winning is a Drag

Sunday, Apr 24: Drag Queen Bingo

Play bingo to benefit New Mexico AIDS Services.

Literature

UNM Landscape Prof at Page 1

Baker H. Morrow, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of N.M., will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 1, to talk about and sign his updated non-fiction effort, Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes: Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Revised and Expanded Edition.

The book is described as such: "First published in 1995, this invaluable guide to the trees, shrubs, ground covers, and smaller plants that thrive in New Mexico's many life zones and growing areas is now available in a long-awaited new edition. Landscape architect Baker H. Morrow considers the significant factors that impact planting in New Mexico—including soil conditions, altitude, drought, urban expansion, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation—to provide the tools for successful gardens and landscapes in the state. Added photographs and sketches identify the forms and uses of plants, including many new species that have become widely available in the region since the 1990s. The latest recommendations for specific cities and towns include more photos for ease of reference, and botanical names have also been updated. With ingenuity and efficient water management, Morrow demonstrates how to create landscapes that provide shade, color, oxygen, soil protection, windscreening and outdoor enjoyment."

Morrow, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has been a principal of Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., Landscape Architects for the past 36 years. Morrow is Professor of Practice of Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico (since 1975), where he is the founder of the MLA program in the School of Architecture and Planning. A third-generation New Mexican, he is the author of a number of books, including Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes and A Dictionary of Landscape Architecture, and the co-editor of Canyon Gardens: The Ancient Pueblo Landscapes of the American Southwest. Morrow is an award-winning landscape architect, experienced at working with stakeholders on pressing issues in both English and Spanish. He and his firm have received over 90 design awards and citations since 1980. Practicing in New Mexico and the surrounding area, he has served as project manager and principal in charge for more than 3000 projects. Among Professor Morrow’s award winning projects are the Journal Center, the New Mexico State Fairgrounds entries, Park Square, Dietz Farm Plaza, Children’s Psychiatric Center at UNM, St. Joseph Square, the Albuquerque Academy, and Yale Boulevard in Albuquerque.

Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Morrow event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit [link].

Register Now for Arte Encantado 2016 Summer Program

Applications are now being accepted for a unique summer program which emphasizes the interplay of art, music, science and ecology. Arte Encantado, for middle-school-aged students, takes place at the ABQ BioPark, Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Albuquerque Museum. Arte Encantado is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department.

Now in its fourth year, Arte Encantado has become a popular program for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades, with a variety of outdoor and indoor art and science activities being experienced during the week.

Among them, students will explore the Rio Grande and bosque, design solar-powered robots, create music from organic sources, compose poetry and learn about art and science connections. Teachers in the Arte Encantado program are professionals in their particular disciplines, and enjoy the opportunity to share their passion with students.

The program has a mission to increase access to the abundant educational, cultural and natural resources in Albuquerque.

Two one-week-long sessions are available with a maximum of 25 students each session. Session One is scheduled for June 13-17; Session Two is scheduled for June 20-24.

Arte Encantado sessions run Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and take place at different locations depending on that day's activities.

The cost is $35 per student with lunch and snacks included. Parents must be able to drop off and pick up their children at the daily specified session locations and times.

Online registration is available at cabq.gov/arte-encantado-registration-form/.

The Daily Word in Republicans, Harry Potter and Vaginas

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uz tha debil” –John Boehner to Ted Cruz

I really enjoy Tina Fey but I don't understand how people can just call her perfect when she relies on socially acceptable racism so much.

And this is exactly why, out of all the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is my favorite.

Kesha is recording again!

The next Vice President could be Tom Perez.

VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA!

Another Doctors Without Borders hospital has been attacked.

This ancient treat fucks eeeeeverything up.

Former House Speaker and life-long sex offender Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to just 15 months in prison.

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Event Horizon

Get With the Times

Saturday, Apr 30: Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Food, music, demonstrations, arts and activities all recreated from the Middle Ages.
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