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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
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Crib Notes: April 10, 2014

What do you know about this week’s New Mexico news? From a lesbian couple’s lawsuit against a local photo studio to happenings at LANL, test your savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

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V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
“El Barteño” by Chale

Art Scenester

A Passion for Paint

The photos presented in Duke City Graffiti focus on vibrant, high-value productions, art pieces that force the audience to respect the talent involved, whether or not they agree with the medium.

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news

The Daily Word in assisted suicide, a lost-then-found Johnny Cash album and spying on gamers

Sandia Peak Ski Area announces early opening

New Mexico to consider legalizing assisted suicide.

Sandia Peak Ski Area is opening early this Friday.

City of Albuquerque spends a lot of money settling lawsuits and now some settlement details are available to public online.

Denver City Council amended the weed law so it is OK to blaze on your front lawn, balcony, etc.

Obama shook hands with Raul Castro at Mandela's memorial.

In other Cuba news, Russia plans to forgive 29 billion dollars owed to her by the tiny communist country.

Yet another way the NSA is spying on everybody all the time.

MURDOCHISEVIL.

Previously unknown Johnny Cash record to be released.

Great collection of (NSFW) ancient Pompeii graffiti.

Learn what a "sun dog" is.

Joan Jett demanding Sea World stop blasting her music at Shamu.

The rent is still 2 damn high.

Christiane F. has a new book, says she's dying.

Arts

Better Out Than In: Britain’s Banksy Hops Across the Pond

Oh, Banksy, you so crazy ...
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Oh, Banksy, you so crazy ...
Banksy has hit Broadway.

Today marks the tenth day of British street artist Banksy’s “residency on the streets of New York.” The artist’s website proudly declares that his famous—some might say infamous—work will be surfacing on the streets of the city that never sleeps for the month of October. The exhibit is titled Better Out Than In.

So far, there has been a new piece on a wall or vehicle every day—with the exception of the day when Banksy posted an ambiguous but clearly opinionated YouTube video on the Syrian War to his site. Among the street art is an intricately detailed rainforest scene in the back of an old delivery truck, the addition of the words “The Musical” to random graffiti around the city (ex. “Occupy! The Musical”) and the popular “THIS IS MY NEW YORK ACCENT … normally I write like this” spray-painting (below) on the Westside. All pieces are viewable on the street artist’s website and are now accompanied by a numbered tag, and a tongue-in-cheek audio component accessible by Banksy’s 800 number, 1-800-656-4271.


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More than a week in, and it seems as if the city of New York hasn't yet decided how to respond to Banksy’s pieces. While the first was painted over within 24 hours—as the satirical American voice at the other end of the 800 number predicted—others are rapidly being removed from their original locations to auction. This presents an interesting dilemma; some wonder if—in such a cultured city—removing the murals is preservation of art or its destruction. According to The Guardian, Bristol's City Council polled citizens a few years ago about Banksy's art, and 97 percent voted that when a Banksy image appeared in public domain, it should remain.


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While this conundrum is certainly one to mull over, this may be a good time to recognize some of Albuquerque’s own great street art, sanctioned and otherwise. Albuquerque, another city rich in art and culture, has long integrated street art into the urban landscape. Three years ago, 516 Arts hosted an event called STREET ART: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture and Free Expression, which left street murals around downtown Albuquerque. Participating artists included Chris Stain, who left a large painting of a solemn, silhouetted working man at Second and Central. Native Burqueño Ernest Doty was charged as the controversial, anonymous Rainbow Warrior, a street artist who spilled smile-inducing spectrums over buildings across the city. At least one of these rainbows remain untouched; whether that's due to cultural appreciation or inability to cover them up, I couldn’t say.

For more street works around the Duke City, check out the Street Art Albuquerque Facebook Page, which includes photos of acrylic and spray-painted works and the streets where they’re located. And to keep up with Banksy’s exhibit from the Duke City, visit the site or check out the #banskyny tag on Instagram.(Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to motivate all artistic adolescents to begin scribbling property that is not your own; some things are best left to the, er, more experienced.)

Fashion

Hyperlocal Style

Artist Jaque Fragua returns to the streets

Artist Jaque Fragua, who grew up on the Jemez Pueblo, usually expresses his urgently questioning worldview through bold combinations—partly of materials (from aerosol paint to found objects) and partly of ideas (like technology’s impact on colonization). Fragua collaborated with Chris Stain and Lichiban in 2010 on murals on the south- and west-facing walls of the El Rey Theater, and his William S. Burroughs-influenced series "Separate Savage Realities" is currently available at the NATIVE(X) Gallery in Santa Fe. Now Fragua’s distinctive aesthetic is taking him in a novel direction: a collaboration with Santa Fe clothing brand Not New Worldwide that includes a vintage slub cotton t-shirt and a raw denim jacket. Fragua’s screen-printed “Don’t Believe the Type” tagline “can be a comment on streetwear, graffiti [or] advertising,” said Jack Rael of Not New Worldwide in a press release. The designs will be unveiled at a pop up shop inside Nob Hill menswear store Izzy Martin (3019 Central NE), launching Friday, Aug. 30 from 6:30 to 9pm.

The campaign for the clothing line includes a slick video shot on the streets of Albuquerque. Media artist Dylan McLaughlin says he followed Fragua and Rael over the course of about an hour and a half. “We started in Nob Hill and moved downtown,” he tells me via email. “All the imagery in the that area is iconic and recognizable. Albuquerque has a very great aesthetic when viewed from the right perspective.” Since that perspective here includes what appears to be illicit graffiti-making, it remains to be seen whether the video will bring the right kind of attention to the project. Still, there’s something bewitching about seeing iconic local spots photographed so stylishly. “Jaque sort of just did his thing and I did mine,” says McLaughlin. “Creation and collaboration [are] real when each person is doing what feels right.”

More Videos

This Is Not New Pop Up Shop Launch

Friday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 9pm

Izzy Martin Menswear
3019 Central NE
232-9223, izzymartin.com
dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #257: I watch a TV report on the “Smudger.”

My pal L points to a TV report on the "Smudger," a local terrorist who draws huge black pictures over entire city blocks at night.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Sean Desmond

Song Roulette

Mike Giant is a visionary tattoo and graffiti artist who, although born in Upstate New York, grew up in Albuquerque. On Sunday, June 10, the San Francisco-based Giant makes an appearance in Downtown Albuquerque at the Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW). He’s presenting a tea party for his zine, “The Skullz Press.” There will be art for sale, giveaways from his apparel and skateboard company, Rebel8, and ambience provided by Austin-based DJ Daze. The free, 21-and-over party happens from 3 to 7 p.m.

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NEWS

The Daily Word in Locksley boot, affirmative action brownies, and Amazon's latest technology.

Brought to you by the artist formerly known as the US Space Program.

Mike Locksley gets canned after loss to Sam Houston State.

Albuquerque teen gets arrested for burping in class.

Casino shooting leaves Hells Angels leader dead and two others injured.

City acquires some more balloon landin' land.

NASA's dead satellite takes its fall.

Earth-shattering news about Catwoman's mask.

Controversy erupts over affirmative action bake sale at Berkley.

Doesn't this guy know you aren't supposed to try to reenact movie premises that involve having to cut off your own limbs?

Neil Armstrong labels the US Space Program as "embarrassing".

So what did we get from the US Space Program?

Amazon gets ready to release new tablet, Apple is actually a bit worried.

Bathroom graffiti responses.

The Oatmeal on the Netflix changes.

Man calls police during a 30-mile chase Thursday to tell them that deputies "needed to leave him alone."

Princess Bride Monopoly Board!

news

The Daily Word in faster than light particles, home invasions and spontaneous human combustion

Gary Johnson had the best line from last night's presidential debate. Also, a gay soldier was booed.

President Obama is rewriting No Child Left Behind.

Texas ends the ritual of a special last meal for death row inmates.

Scientists may have discovered faster than light particles.

Glowing kitty may further aid in AIDS research.

Early morning home invasion on the West Side.

The House passes a temporary spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown, for now.

The FBI is investigating mysterious "Arabic" graffiti on the underside of Southwest Airlines airplanes.

Is it worth it to pick your own apples?

A suspected member of LulzSec was arrested in Phoenix.

Scientists use science to explain near-death experiences!

Probably not a good idea to post your murder plans on Facebook.

Who doesn't love animated GIFs?

50 signs the world is coming to an end.

Spontaneous human combustion listed as cause of death of a 76-year-old man.

Chicken snack menus are the next front in the fast food wars.

Was Archduke Ferdinand's fate sealed because of cheese sandwich?

Someone is making a TV show based on musical chairs?

James Spader joined the cast of The Office.

Happy Birthday Tom Lester!!!

Downtown

Dragon Artist Flies Again

Thanks, person whose signature I can’t make out

It was back at the end of June that a mystery artist created a 50+ foot NeverEnding Story-esque beast on the plastic wrap that masks the Anasazi building’s lower parts. It was beautiful, but I pass the intersection everyday. The piece stayed up so long that I got used to it. I don’t really know when it got washed away, but only looked up one afternoon and it was gone.

A replacement dragon appeared on Monday morning. This one is green! It’s not as long, but still impressive in size. It’s also lumpier. (That’s not really an insult to a dragon.) What I like about these pieces is their fuzziness, their ambiguity. The creatures could be from any mythology. They could be Asian, Eastern European, fictional or whatever. At first glance, I thought the dragon rider was wearing a sombrero. But it could be one of those old-timey jungle explorer hats. Or maybe a fantasy hat of the world from which the dragon hails.

The green behemoth has lips. Or does it? It definitely has teeth. Or maybe it’s just that brush-like stuff whales have. One thing’s for sure, it looks drowsy. I feel you, sleepy dragon. I’m glad we can commiserate as I walk to work each morning.

Green Dragon with Rider
Now until they take it down, 24 hours
SE corner of Central and Sixth Street
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