U.S. vs. Them
Memorializing an event is really about solidifying how the story will be told—which facts will be remembered, and which ones will be left out. To do our job as Albuquerque’s alternative news weekly, we are voicing a range of perspectives to the narrative of this anniversary.
Panic in the Streets of D.C.
Alibi advice columnist Kat Cox remembers the morning of 9/11, when a plane crashed into the Pentagon a few miles away from her college. The phones were down, and chaos ensued.
Stranger in a Strange Land
U.S. fighter jets have taken off. ... Where’s Bush? Cheney’s in a bunker. ... The White House has been hit. No, the Pentagon has been hit ... box cutters ... terrorists on a train . ... Saddam did this. No, the Saudis did it ... 10,000 dead. No, 4,000. ... Let’s roll.
The Eagle’s Talons
An Iraq War veteran reflects on the collapse of the twin towers and the country’s reasons for war.
What Was the Lesson?
Anniversaries like this ought to be as much about mapping the future as rehashing the past. If examining what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, doesn’t help us plot a wiser course, we haven’t gained anything at all from it.
Joe Woolhead / Silverstein Properties
A Token in the Ash
There are so many others who were affected deeply, who suffered unknowable personal losses on Sept. 11, 2001. But as a country, the greatest loss we suffered was our sense of safety. Still we survive, and a new tower is being constructed in New York. shrouded in strings of lights and topped by a crane, it looks especially surreal. But there it sits, a palpable mark of progress, and the city continues to churn around it.
Odds & Ends
Funny because it happens to someone else.
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8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews
The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
Albuquerque Wine Festival
Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
Butterfly Education and Awareness Day
Learn how to bring these winged beauties to the yard and help bring back the Monarchs in greater numbers.
Corrales Garden Tour
A self-guided tour of six private gardens newly landscaped, rejuvenated and mature gardens from the Bosque to the sandhills.
Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike
An instructional hike led by Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism. Registration required.
Pint Size Polkas
Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on earth together with magic and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family.
Make a motorized contraption that bounces, spins, bumps and moves to leave a mark to trace its path. For ages 13 to 17. Registration required.