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Simms City

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Two years before she died, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms got together with a group of Albuquerque music patrons and formed a chamber music event. That was in 1942. Seventy years later, the June Music Festival is a staple in the Duke City's classical and chamber music scenes, drawing performers from around the world. Tonight kicks off the festival's 71st incarnation with The Fine Arts Quartet performing pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Efrem Zimbalist Sr. The group also plays Sunday, highlighting the work of Beethoven, Haydn and Dohnányi. The festival wraps up the following weekend with a performance of Astor Piazzolla's tango movements by The Philippe Quint Quintet. It all takes place at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts (6400 Wyoming NE), with tonight’s performance at 7:30 p.m.

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UN Rights Council looking into mass killings in Syria which many believe to be the work of Syrian government.

Obama’s role in cyberattacks on Iran.

Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on I-25.

Saturday is Free Fishing Dayno licenses or stamps required.

Looks like John Edwards will walk free.

Details on the Seattle man who killed five in a cafe on Wednesday and then offed himself.

Relatives of the homeless (and now faceless) man who was attacked in Miami didn't know he was still alive. In related news, a Baltimore student snacks on a man’s brain and heart. Meanwhile, CDC denies Zombie Apocalypse.

Bieber has a thing for walking into plate-glass.

Where to go for free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.

If you've ever been pissed that your custom-ordered Persian rugs didn't come with the proper cherub imagery, maybe you'll sympathize with these embroidered Kanye tweets.

Invention of the year spray-bottle Sriracha. Somebody get a patent, stat!

Speaking of inventions, MIT students turn bananas, cat tongues and stairs into computer keys.

This guy should teach New Mexicans to parallel park. Just sayin’.

Gay Green Lantern.

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Postcommodity on the rise

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“Repellent Eye Over Phoenix”

Anyone who’s interested in sound- and art-installation in the Southwest is probably familiar with Postcommodity. The collective, comprised of four Native American artists working in a variety of mediums has been creating politcally charged and culturally inquisitive work since 2007. For this week’s arts profile, the Alibi caught up with member Raven Chacon to discuss the direction of Postcommodity in the wake of a large grant and an upcoming installation in Australia.

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Wild Dancing West tonight at VSA

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Meshi Chavez and Chip Sherman in We Two Boys

This year’s installation of Wild Dancing West opens with Burque native Meshi Chavez’ We Two Boys at VSA North Fourth Art Center (4904 Fourth Street NW). Shows run tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and are part of VSA’s three-week extravaganza highlighting the work of Southwestern dancers and choreographers. Click the above link to read about Chavez and the fest’s other offerings.

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Treasure Trove

The Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival returns to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and boasts more than 200 artists repping 40-plus pueblos and tribes. The event runs Saturday ($10) and Sunday (free) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As Native Treasures draws many art pickers, you can also throw down an extra $10 to get in an hour early Saturday before the crowds take over. Cowgirl BBQ caters, live music performances abound and Diné painter and jeweler Tony Abeyta is the weekend's celeb. He'll be receiving the festival's "Living Treasure" award for his excellence in craftsmanship and public service.

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Man arrested after confessing to abduction and murder of NYC boy in infamous case dating back to 1979.

Wildfires are back.

Ted Kaczynski fills Harvard classmates in on what he’s accomplished since graduating 50 years ago.

A pilot flying the governor last night forgot to put down the landing gear.

Chinese police investigating whether arrested man is a serial killer who targeted teenage boys.

Burglars flee Las Cruces area home invasion after shooting a 10-year-old who was protecting his family

Miami Heat move on to the Conference Finals.

International Space Station successfully captures commercial SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Celeb photographer realizes he is intersex after going to hospital with a kidney stone.

Would you rather be in trouble for a) spitting blood in a cop’s face in a squad car, or b) peeing in a squad car and calling a cop stupid?

Apparently Andy Milonakis is still around and reviewing wine.

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Street art stroll pt. 2

Paris edition

Photos by Sandra Adams

The last iteration of this blog column was used to highlight stencils, graff and found art in Downtown Albuquerque. Today we're switching things up a bit. My mom the art historian is currently in Paris, so I asked her to be the Alibi's foreign photo correspondent. Wonder what street artists with names like Miss-Tic, Boozy and and Jef Aerosol are up to in gay Paree? Here you have it in slideshow format, straight from the hip Parisian hood known as arrondissement des Gobelins (which does not mean, contrary to my language-botching proclivities, “The Round Table of the Goblins”). Check out the Hollande vs. Sarkozy presidential boxing poster!

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Breaking Balls

While Walter White might resemble an undersized Kevin Youkilis, he doesn't exactly cut a sporting figure. And Jesse Pinkman fielding hot grounders at shortstop? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. What about the icy glare of Heisenberg staring you down from the pitcher's mound, or DEA Agent Hank Schrader coming at you with a bat? Who would want to argue a call with crime lord Gus Fring? You can put these fictional questions to the test on Saturday as Bryan Cranston, members of "Breaking Bad" and celebs such as Lou Diamond Phillips host a charity softball game at Isotopes Park at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The celebs will be playing against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, vets who've lost limbs in combat. All proceeds will benefit their organization and Disabled American Veterans. Add a ’Topes game following right after, and you've got a double-header. My prediction? The celebs will take a Pinkman-esque beatdown.

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Facebook hits the stock market, but not every one is buying in.

Trayvon Martin case gets more complex.

Fort Wingate man who admitted to multiple child rapes is walking free.

Police say man shot to death in Santa Fe was a well-known thief.

Major Spice-manufacturing raid near I-25 and Jefferson.

Protests and precautions surround Chicago’s NATO summit.

Speaking of Chicago, Cubs’ owner still taking heat for now-canceled anti-Obama campaign.

Virginia man catches a world-record-sized snakehead.

Red Rock woman was running what looks like an indoor zoo.

Quail-Man robs a coffee shop.

Teenager gets part of a finger in his Arby’s sandwich.

Charlize Theron was pretty much toothless until the age of 11.

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Flash Fiction frenzy

In our May 3 issue we introduced this year’s ultra-short fiction contest. The rules are simplesubmit pieces of 119 words or less by May 28. Click the above link (or that graphic to your right) for specifics and prompts. In the meantime, here’s a few of last year’s winners for inspiration:

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Today's Events

Cine de la Epoca de Oro: La Perla at South Broadway Cultural Center

Screening of the film starring Pedro Armendáriz and María Elena Marqués. Part of the Mexican Classics series.

Corrales Growers' Market at Corrales Growers' Market

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