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V.25 No.38 | 9/22/2016

Food News

Dinner Bells at the BioPark

BioPark serves up a fresh meal, the Seattle Seahawks adopt a local BBQ sauce, sugar consumption in the US dips a little, foraging chef Rob Connoley signs books, new pub called Monks’ Corner opens and why a Mediterranean diet is better than ours.
V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

Event Horizon

Float Like a Butterfly

Sunday, May 22: Butterfly Pavilion Opening

Enjoy hundreds of butterflies in this immersive seasonal exhibit.
V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016

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/.

V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
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Event Horizon

Me-ow!

Saturday, Apr 16: Like an Animal: The Grazing and Sex Tour

Resident experts divulge the details of the curious romantic rituals and strategies of animals. Price includes cocktails and appetizers.
V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015
Illo by Tamara

Council Watch

Got Voters?

Election results and more

Carolyn Carlson reports on the council’s attempt to overturn Mayor Berry’s pot veto and other business in this post-election Council Watch.
V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015
ABQ Meanies
Robert Maestas

Council Watch

Bully Tactics

Pot decriminalization and police retention discussed

Cops approve of only their highest-paid command staff receiving $6k-$12k bonuses for not retiring, and some of those cops staged a dramatic demonstration for the issue's debate.
V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015

Restaurant Review

Dine with the Fishes

Shark Reef Café

Ari LeVaux joins some fishy hosts for dinner.
V.24 No.17 | 4/23/2015
Warner Bros.

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: April 23, 2015

What do you know about last week’s 505 news? Test your recall with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.24 No.15 | 4/9/2015

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: April 9, 2015

Test your knowledge of last week’s 505 news with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.27 |

music

Acoustic Performer John Gorka Graces Duke City

Singer/songwriter John Gorka delivered two highly spirited sets at the Summer Nights series at the BioPark (903 10th Street SW) on Thursday, June 19. The Minnesota-based veteran touring artist wowed longtime fans and won over countless Albuquerque music lovers who were new to his signature mix of deep and clever vocals, guitar and comedic storytelling.

Gorka opened with originals from his latest release, The Bright Side of Down, and continued to sample the collection to great effect throughout the evening. Gorka is nothing if not precise, personal and universal, sometimes all in the same lyric. This ability combined with masterful musicianship across genres including folk, blues, pop, rock, bluegrass and rockabilly makes him a worthy companion for an evening ... or a lifetime. This reviewer has seen him in concert over 20 times. Many of those performances have been in festival settings, as Gorka is a highly sought-after act on the vital, enduring national folk fest circuit. At the BioPark concert, he joked about visiting Scandinavia, a hotbed of singer/songwriter and folk fandom.

Gorka's catalog is extensive, and he plumbed its depths in concert. Selections included chestnuts like “I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair,” “I’m From New Jersey,” “Branching Out” and “Love is Our Cross to Bear.” The modern-day Renaissance man wove requests and selective orchestrated sing-alongs to engage the receptive crowd on the lawn that beautiful night. Many in the audience were obviously longtime followers. And they, along with the newcomers, were rewarded with a varied and holistic representation of the showman’s talent.

In stark contrast to the awkward egotism displayed by Marc Cohn the week prior at Zoo Music, Gorka paid our fair city a compliment during the second set. He praised the enthusiastic audience, noting that he wished all his shows could be like this, in “this corner of paradise.” The key to delivering such a line lies in simplicity and sincerity, and Gorka radiated both.

John Gorka is a deft master of the folk trifecta: penetrating lyrics, unparalleled musicianship and compelling storytelling. When he opened and finished his tunes at the BioPark, he wasn't greeted with mere applause: We’re talking yelps, yoo-hoo's, squeals of joy and all-around exuberant acknowledgment of this well-traveled troubadour.

Dear John, please come back soon and stay longer.

V.23 No.22 |

news

The Daily Word in Snowden's letter, the first "elfie" and James Boyd's autopsy

The Daily Word

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to some California schools.

A Quincy cabdriver, who was a friend of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been arrested for obstructing the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The NSA released a letter from Edward Snowden from 2013, in which he raises concerns about surveillance activities, though Snowden says the version they released is incomplete.

A former roommate of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger speaks out.

An Alaskan woman played dead after being attacked by a mama bear and survived to tell the tale.

The company that owns a historic Albuquerque cemetery is finally listening after years of complaints about it being unclean and unkempt.

An autopsy for James Boyd, a homeless man killed by APD in the foothills, showed that he was shot in the back and arms, and had no drugs in his system.

Independent voters of New Mexico are planning to sue for being denied the right to vote in the closed primary elections.

The BioPark welcomes a couple of sandbar sharks.

Latabe takes the first “elfie.” And now "elfies” are a thing.

V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
Padma, the pygmy slow loris
photo by Angela Harrell/ABQ Biopark

Summer Guide 2014

The Pygmy Slow Loris

Show your kids the best animal on Earth

A meditation on fun vs. “fun,” the zen of raising children, and the quiet majesty of a rare venemous mammal.
V.22 No.33 |

news

The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment

The Daily Word

Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.

A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.

Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.

I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!

UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.

It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.

Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.

V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012

news

The Daily Word in baby rhino, Hostess closing and suspicious coin

The Daily Word

The zoo recently welcomed a baby Rhino. Starting on Monday there will be a contest to name him. Look for it then on the BioPark’s Facebook page.

Hostess Brands is shutting it’s doors for good. Fear not, you can make Twinkies at home!

Apparently LiLo had no idea that she now has a half sister.

How exactly do you get a giant tree to Rockefeller center?

Ikea apologizes after previous forced labor charges resurface.

What would we do without the internet?

The reviews are in for Breaking dawn part 2.

Sandoval County voters lash out over election day mess ups.

“Suspicious coin” causes great concern.

NM Land Commissioner bans coyote killing contest that would have taken place on state land.

Shepherd in Germany raises adorable baby lamb.

V.20 No.27 |

news

Deadly snake watch

King Cobra comes to the BioPark

In April the BioPark acquired two deadly sea snakes. Now it has added another deadly herpetological specimen to the fold.

There is no venomous snake in the world that can reach the length of a fully grown king cobra (up to 18 feet). But the BioPark says not to worry about this slithery 12-foot addition, who hails from Iowa. "Although king cobras are normally aggressive and eat other snakes, this cobra is quite docile and eats mice," the park writes in a press release.

But not so fast. The press release also says that fully grown cobras are capable of killing adult elephants, and that they show "signs of advanced thinking such as problem solving."

If I were locked in a cage and were an advanced problem solver, I can think of about one problem I would try to solve first. After accomplishing such a task, I could then think of a few other problems to solve—namely with the use of my almighty venom.

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