“I love you more than my own skin,” said Frida Kahlo. “And though you may not love me as much, you do love me a little. Don’t you?” If posterity has any say in the matter, the answer is a resounding Y-E-S. The six decades since Kahlo’s death have only seen adoration amplify for the otherworldly painter who bared her feeling self on canvas. And because we love her so, the Frida Fiesta unleashes in Old Town on Saturday, July 19, from 11am to 8pm.
W!ld Moon Boutique (206½ San Felipe NW) hosts the fourth annual celebration and provides clothing for the Frida Fashion Show in the early afternoon. A Frida parade wends its way through Old Town in the afternoon, and early evening sees a Frida look-alike contest on the Plaza (worth it for the acclamation of exquisite eyebrows alone). The day includes Frida trivia, games and prizes, plus live entertainment from Aztec dance group Kapulli Ehecatl, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, folklorico dancers and more. Wear your finest chunky jewelry and flowers (or pick some up from Old Town shops) and show some love for a great 20th-century artist. For más information, see wildmoonboutique.com or call 247-7456. Historic Old Town • Sat Jul 19 • 11am-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Ever notice how different sets of ears hear things, well, differently? Take Oakland, Calif., quartet Everything is Dirty. Peruse online reviews and you’ll find numerous references to grunge, art rock and psychedelic. The meaning of pigeonholing tags—which all us music scribblers adore—shift over time as music changes. For instance, “soul” used to mean cornbread vocals by Sam & Dave backed by plenty of horns. These days, soul means (ugh) Robin Thicke or (less ugh) Duffy. That '90s catchall phrase “alternative rock” referred to the watered-down but occasionally worthy successor to '80s “indie rock” on labels like Merge and 4AD but ultimately degenerated into describing knuckleheads like Fred Durst.
If Everyone Is Dirty is grunge, then so is Weezer. Art noise? Sure, there’s some droning here and there, but I guess anything vaguely atonal is “noise” to masses who nowadays prefer songs that are more beat than melody or harmony or anything else that was once the hallmark of popular (pop) music. Live, the band does tend to venture heavily into “improv” and “jam”—two words that always fill me with dread. Singer Sivan Gur-Arieh takes her electric violin into Jean-Luc Ponty territory, while Christopher Daddio's guitar solos are sometimes longer than necessary but not by much; that's good for a guy like me whose attention wanders when soloists noodle around above the fifth or sixth fret. Psychedelic? Please. Only people who have never taken drugs use that word.
Here’s my take: Everything is Dirty's recorded output is post-Breeders, post post-Pixies, texture-rich and crunchy with vocals reminiscent of Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls) and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses). (And if three “posts” in one sentence isn’t enough, I don’t know what is.) Of course, I think I’m correct, but see for yourself at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Monday, July 14, at 9pm. Cover is $5. Low Spirits • Mon Jul 14 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Sketch troupe Comedy? (pronounced “comedy-question-mark” for reasons I don’t pretend to fathom) has been entertaining Duke City audiences for years with their distinctively hilarious brand of long-form improv, games and sketch comedy. Now they offer A Toast to the city, a newly birthed multimedia show brandishing just about every formidable talent their seven wacky members possess. From skits to songs to unrelenting tomfoolery, Comedy? promises homegrown, off-kilter hilarity in the vein of “Key & Peele,” “SNL” and “Arrested Development.” Breaking away from Comedy?’s Downtown roots, A Toast opens at Aux Dog Theatre (3011 Monte Vista NE) in Nob Hill tomorrow at 7pm. Tickets are $10 at auxdog.com or by calling 254-7716, or $12 at the door. The show runs Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 8pm through July 26. Aux Dog Theatre • Fri Jul 11 • 7-8pm • $10-$12 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
It's no secret music is an audible experience. The instruments strumming, banging and wailing along with each other, creating a wall of sound that is trance-inducing and magical. But if you head to Laser Mania at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW), you can experience music in a visual context, with laser lights choreographed to accompany the music of such noted groups as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. I'm opting for that last one. Can you imagine “Comfortably Numb” by laser light? I'm sure that's the way it's meant it to be heard.
The colorful celebration starts tomorrow and Saturday, July 12, at 7pm both nights. To hear some Zeppelin and Beatles tunes with the presence of harmonic hues, attend on Friday. But Saturday is all about Pink Floyd's otherworldly notes as “colors poetically express each timeless track.” Tickets for these shows are $6 for adults and $5 for museum members and seniors. Oh, and there are also some family Laser Mania shows not set to rock music. Those will be going from July 12-17. Check nmnaturalhistory.org for details. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science • Fri Jul 11 • 7pm • $5-$6 • View on Alibi calendar
Get about as oiled as a diesel train tomorrow night at Launchpad (618 Central SW) with a rumbling, roaring night of metal made from molecular materials similar to those used in locomotives—but much heavier, bro. Move past antimony and thallium on the periodic table, and think instead about lead and uranium when Roadrunner Records presents stoner rock from The Horned God (a band whose Celtic influences touch directly on the same metal mythologies explored by the likes of Slough Feg and Kyuss).
Burque tech death metal champions Vale of Miscreation, featuring the brutally precise rhythm section of Justin Andrus and Kenny Cappadona will be in full effect, as will Santa Fe prog-thrashers Carrion Kind. Local Southern metal heroes The Ground Beneath are loaded on this train, too; the chance to hear Steve Beneath’s electrified six-string wizardry is alone worth the price of admission, and things will keep rolling as native metalheads Left to Rot fill out the bill. This 21-plus show is only five bones, and doors are at 8pm. Do yourself a favor leavened with musical gravity and check this one out. After all, Saturday night’s the night you like. Launchpad • Sat Jul 5 • 9pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar
Last weekend, the geeks had their annual "prom" at Albuquerque Comic Expo. This weekend, the carnivores will reign supreme at the 11th annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship, a three-day celebration of all things meaty and grilled. There will be beer, wine tastings, eating contests and samples galore, and if you don't go through an entire case of wetwipes by the end of the first day, you're doing it wrong. The event starts tomorrow and continues on Saturday, July 5, from 11am to 8pm both days, and Sunday, July 6, from 11am to 5pm. Tickets range from $20-$60. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Fri Jul 4 • 11am-8pm • $20-$60 • View on Alibi calendar
It makes sense to welcome the 4th of July with stirring words artfully arranged—poetry seems to run in America’s veins. It connect us with our ideals and national hopes, whether or not we’ve yet achieved them. In 4 Voices on the 4th, the Museum of the American Military Family presents the voices of veterans and their family members woven into a powerful, poetic “collage performance.”
They join a long literary history. “The Yankees will hang their heads up high,” acknowledged a British officer in “The Battle of Bunker Hill,” written after a 1775 military clash that proved American troops wouldn’t be easily routed. Boston poet Robert Lowell connected the Civil War to his own milieu in 1960’s “For the Union Dead”: “The stone statues of the abstract Union Soldier/ grow slimmer and younger each year—/ wasp-waisted, they doze over muskets and muse through their sideburns…” At 2pm, hear Caroline LeBlanc, Circe Olson Woessner, Karin Bradberry and Jacqueline Murray Loring at the Museum of Nuclear Science and History (601 Eubank SE), and while you’re there, visit the Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family exhibit, honoring the sometimes unacknowledged heroes of our nation’s defense. See nuclearmuseum.org or call 245-2137 for more info. Before you head out for fireworks and beer on Friday, take some time to remind yourself why we’re celebrating. National Museum of Nuclear Science and History • Fri Jul 4 • 2-3pm • Included with regular admission • View on Alibi calendar
Now that Independence Day is looming, it's time to start planning with the family. What are we gonna do? Your parents' house or mine? BBQ? It can be exhausting, especially if you have kids who want to relive the whimsical wonder of witnessing fireworks à la that scene in The Sandlot. So here are a couple of events for those who can't decide what to do. Head to the BioPark Zoo (903 10th Street SW) tomorrow morning, between 6 and 10am. Yes, it's early, but you get in for free during this time because 100.3 The Peak's Tony, Jackie and Donnie are broadcasting live, interviewing zookeepers and providing a morning of informative fun and leisure. It's regular admission for those who can't get up on time. On Friday, July 4, head to Balloon Fiesta Park (5500 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy.) for the Freedom 4th celebration. The festivities happen at 3pm and go through the night. Well, roughly 11pm. Hear music and see the state's largest display of fireworks. But if you want something more low-key, head over to Isotopes Park (1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE) and take in a baseball game on the 4th. The Albuquerque Isotopes will take on the Las Vegas 51s at 6:05pm. What better way to celebrate being an American than a good old-fashioned home run … assuming they knock it out of the park. Tickets for the game run $7-$28. So enough planning, more doing. After all—as Martina McBride says—“It's Independence Day!” ABQ BioPark Zoo • Thu Jul 3 • 6-10am • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Ex-Albuquerqueño Sam Miller—who's actually from the Northwest—returns from Seattle for his first solo release, You Need To Hear It, which was ably mastered by Sean McCullough of Sad Baby Wolf. When last we saw him, Miller was fronting the pleasantly uncategorizable Jenny Invert, a band that spun off from the somewhat categorizable (ersatz-Americana?) Grand Canyon. If this sounds somewhat equivocal, it’s not intentional.
While listening, I jotted down some notes: pseudo-Slavic mariachi country and Western piano party-pop wrapped in a game show-theme with Sam as dashing host—“Come on down!”—but deadly earnest. It’s a shame this description comes off so damn messy. Although his sound comes from incredibly disparate sources, Miller makes it blend like a chef adding just the right dash of thickener to a sauce that could otherwise be a lumpy mess. Rather than the pedestrian cornstarch an amateur might use, Miller employs a grand beurre manié, which is really just butter and flour but oh so elegant. Much of this album shouldn’t mesh, but it does. You Need To Hear It is a heroic dish anchored by compelling piano work, handsome voice and clever—never stupid—songwriting with sweeping but tasteful Queen-like production. Hear it at Burt's Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) tomorrow night at 9pm. $5 gets you in. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Sat Jun 28 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
If you still lack a reason to skive off work the afternoon of Friday, June 27, ACE will save you. Obviously you can’t work; that is the first day of the Albuquerque Comic Expo. A diligent skiver will make good use of the 2-6pm window of awesometunity. Opening day is themed Comic Creator Day, and visitors to the NE/SE Exhibit Hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW) can hobnob with local talents like Robert Saiz (Mythica) and John Sumrow (Buddha Bot, Infinite Bacon), as well as farther-flung creatives Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (Rat Queens), and Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos (Transmetropolitan). Panels and fan-squee and autographs, oh my!
Don’t miss this chance to share a little love with someone who created comic magic. Find the juicy details at abqcomicexpo.com, and remember that—for good or evil—not all cosplay wardrobe malfunctions get sorted before opening day. If you are directly involved in a non-profit organization, keep an eye out for ticket giveaways! Tickets range from $20 for a day pass to $150 for VIP. Expo continues on Saturday and Sunday. Albuquerque Convention Center • Fri Jun 27 • 2-6pm • $20-$150 • View on Alibi calendar