It's true. The Pit is now deliciously called the WisePies Arena.
APD fired the officer that shot Mary Hawkes sans lapel camera footage.
The unidentified, phantom shooter in ABQ's SE Heights yesterday has caused an elementary school to be staffed by "extra security."
Today a fairly eloquent, top-hatted man came into the alibi offices and made his stance known vis a vis Albuquerque's ordinance against feeding pigeons. How do alibi readers feel? How do you guess the top-hatted man feels?
Charles Manson is engaged. Charles Manson does not have a wedding registry.
UK porn production will be stifled by this recent outlawing of acts.
Maurice Sendak's estate is in the hands of a former caretaker who either has his best interests in mind or is limiting accessibility to his effects and art collection.
The Reagan-era ban on homosexual men donating blood may soon be over.
Here is a six hour long video of The Count reciting pi to 10,000.
Turns out, Mingus couldn't work without the cat shit.
The Fort Hood gunman had an opportunity to make a final statement before sentencing. Here is a (paraphrased) transcript, "Defendant shrugged shoulders and mumbled 'Whatever man.'"
Santa Fe mulls over the eternal question of paper or plastic. Decides on paper. For everyone.
Yes, art can be a crime. In Russia. When it's a painting of Putin and Medvedev in women's underwear.
Looks like the abortion question will be on a Bernalillo County ballot sometime soon. Probably in a special election. Which will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. To decide on a ban that is already unconstitutional and will no doubt be overturned.
50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fight goes on.
Albuquerque is a top 20 city for early 20-somethings! Mainly because it's cheap to live here.
Looks like some kind of military intervention in Syria is inevitable.
But don't think about that. Miley Cyrus did a thing!
Been feeling controversial lately? Maybe even censoring yourself? Do you have a need to break free of the rusty confinement that's holding you hostage in the mundane? It's understandable—but not permanent. Just ask Tera Muskrat or Nacho Jaramillo, the two artists who are showcasing their frowned-upon and censored artwork at El Chante (804 Park SW) on Saturday, July 27.
These two artists have felt the sting of galleries and town halls turning their work away because it was deemed “inappropriate.” However the point of art is to expose the inappropriate and political. For viewers, it expresses a previously unseen vision of the world.
But instead of faltering under the mighty thumb of “the man,” Jaramillo and Muskrat are exhibiting works new and old to showcase their accomplishments and push the boundaries of what is considered art and who makes that decision. These artists' work is described as “expressions of the human body, daily life, New Mexican women, comadres and rucas assisting their comadre on her journey to Chimayo or a night out at the Saints and Sinners bar to the faces of raza, Chicanos, Matachines and compadres deep in emotion where their eyes speak of life experiences.”
Jaramillo's Los Ojos Hablan exhibition showcases multiple iterations of his contemporary eye, from the use of simplistic brush strokes to 3D panels and “androgynous characters that consume you with their eyes.” And Muskrat's New Mexico Calendar Girls exhibition takes the traditional female form of yesteryear and places them within a contemporary setting to show the authentic beauty and multi-faceted integrity that lies within the natural New Mexican woman.
The opening reception starts at 6 p.m. and ends around 8:30 p.m. So, if you're in the mood to see some artwork that'll make you think, make you question and ultimately make you proud of this beautiful, crazy state we live in, make sure you get there on time. Oh, and there's gonna be “food, music y mas.” Can't beat that. The show runs through August 11.
When the Chronicle-gate dust settled, I sought out opinions on the importance of the censorhip incident from New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Gwyneth Doland, Daily Lobo Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Cleary and CNM Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Jyllian Roach. I wrapped those insights up with an editorial bow, and then I slipped a mixtape into CNM’s locker in Stop the Presses. Below, stream our freedom of speech-centric mixtape featuring tracks by Salt-n-Pepa, 2 Live Crew, Beastie Boys, Chamillionaire feat. Slick Rick, Anthrax, Alice Donut, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa, the Ramones, NOFX, Steve Earle, Todd Snider and the Dixie Chicks.
In follow-up communication with Cleary, she noted her plan was never to completely halt publication or bankrupt the Daily Lobo. “We were however not going to have our 'regularly scheduled programming' in print,” said Cleary. “We were going to keep up the momentum by either reprinting parts of Chronicle's sex issue in our paper, running a huge editorial from the Chronicle editor on our front page, etc. Basically, it was giant X's the first day, and then in subsequent days, we would have kept looking for the next shocking thing to demonstrate we weren't letting it go, sort of taking it day to day.”
“What were you thinking?”
“Why a sex issue?”
Before Tuesday, I've never had so many people interested in my thoughts. The idea for an issue based on sex and sexuality first came up in Sept. 2012. The CNM Chronicle managing editor at the time and I had been kicking around all sorts of ideas for a special edition; when I suggested sex and sexuality, we immediately agreed.
The very first article we had decided on was the center spread. “A Rainbow of Sexuality” was something that was very important to me and I knew that no matter what else went into that edition, a round table interview would be the centerpiece.
Every week after, I would tell the writers to come up with ideas and keep a running list of things they thought might be interesting. Just before spring break, we selected the articles that would go into the issue. Everyone on the staff contributed something to the creation of this issue. It mattered to them as much as it mattered to me.
So why do it?
Because we do not talk about sex openly. Sex, sexuality, gender identity and masturbation: these are not dirty words. It is not wrong to talk about these concepts and practices. People have sex. Our parents did it, we do it and, one day, our kids will do it, too. Not talking about these things puts people at risk, not just for pregnancy and STD/STIs, but for abusive relationships, misguided decisions and self-loathing.
From the beginning, my goal was to educate. I wanted to honestly discuss topics that were relevant to the times. Suicide rates among LGBT teens have skyrocketed. The Boy Scouts of America are being boycotted for kicking out gay members. The Girl Scouts of the USA are being boycotted for allowing transgendered children to join. E.L. James’ “50 Shades” trilogy has sold millions of copies and will soon be a adapted into a movie, all while giving a drastically incomplete and sensationalized view of the BDSM community. Realistically, we are an office of 13 people who write for an audience of 30,000. We cannot change the world, but we had the opportunity and an obligation to inform our readers and if even a single person walked away better informed about sex and sexuality, then we made a difference.
We expected disagreement. I learned when I first began working for the Chronicle that pleasing everyone all at once is the sort of goal that will drive a person crazy. I wanted feedback, especially from those who disagreed. I wanted to have open discussions about what others thought was right, wrong or just plain left out. Those comments are what will allow me to do my job better next time.
I thought others would be open to that, too. I believed that I and my staff would be respected as journalists and adults and that those who were offended or upset by the issue would talk to us, as has always been the case in the past. But then, I have always been a bit of an idealist. The up-side to this whole affair is that our issue reached more readers than we expected.
People throughout the nation, and even on other continents, have read all about sex and sexuality. Some of those people may have been offended or disturbed, and that's okay; it is not mandatory to agree with newspapers, but we can be sure now that we reached and educated at least one person.
A new election rule looks like it will make it harder for Republicans to become Mayor of Albuquerque, even when Dems split the vote.
And Republicans in Rio Rancho are also feeling disenfranchised.
That whole minimum wage law thing? We're still talking about it. Now the servers have their say.
New Mexico legislators are fighting about whether or not they should be allowed to ban books, especially ones about brown people.
2,635 people have died via gun violence since the Newtown massacre. At least.
Who doesn't love trolling celebrities on Twitter? Watch out, though, because sometimes Internet tough guys meet the real deal.
This just in: Kids everywhere love toys.
Update: Smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel signifying that a new pope has been chosen.
Santa Fe animal shelter took in a 39 pound cat.
ARMY cancels Nugent performance. In other Nuge news, did you know Meatloaf and Derek St. James sang most of his famous songs?
"Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade estate brouhaha.
Brace yourself for Lisa Gail Allred's "music."
The FBI wants us all to visit a website in order to find out if our computers have a virus.
Matt Rutherford has returned to Annapolis, MD after an unprecedented solo circumnavigation of the Americas.
Secret police surveillance from communist Czechoslovakia.
Why some children's books are no longer on Britain's library shelves.
In last week’s paper, I interviewed Rudolfo Anaya about censorship. His landmark Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima was boxed up and put into storage along with a host of other books in Tucson, Ariz. It’s part of a push to do away with ethnic studies programs the education department considers divisive.
New Mexico is no stranger to this conversation. Anaya has on file an article published in 1981 about an attempt in our state Legislature to set standards for schoolbooks. In that article, one state senator is quoted as saying she personally saw to it that copies of Ultima were burned in Bloomfield, N.M.
Tonight the Librotraficante caravan hauling contraband literature from Houston to Arizona will be making a stop in Albuquerque. At 7 p.m., the banned book bash will commence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW).
A new version of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes out more than 200 instances of the n-word and replaces them with “slave.”
DREAM Act fails to pass in Grinch-like Senate.
Bank of America joins others in suspending Wikileaks accounts.
Meanwhile, in a tit-for-tat scene the Swedish police report on the Assange accusations has leaked.
Sonic booms turn crocodiles on.
Check out this ridiculously tiny lighter.
Fun fact for journalists: on this day in 1918 Lenin made it illegal for the Bolshevik press to criticize in any way the original Soviet secret police, the Cheka--which had been formed exactly one year earlier. Lenin had originally intended the secret police to be a temporary institution. Oh well.
It’s Banned Books Week, a national holiday that exalts in our right to read. Every year, people object to various books appearing in schools, stores and libraries. From Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five to Stephenie Meyer’s overtly religious Twilight, faves of young readers are flying off the shelves, flung by overzealous censors.
Fear not. The opposition is strong. Banned Books Week is so popular, even the U.K. is getting in on it. (Copiers.)
Alibi Arts Editor John Bear points out that when a book is held up as proof of society’s poor morals—what with all the cursing and sex and witches—sales go through the roof. But think of the children. If you cleanse their readings lists of all the good stuff, who the hell is going to want to crack open anything other than Teen Vogue?
Most writers say they’re honored to be named among other fine authors when they’re called out on these yearly smut lists.
See the American Library Association’s roster of 2009’s most frequently challenged books.
Scope this map of banned books.
There’s also this proud lineup of the most controversial banned books, including links to excerpts.
Ooh. An even bigger list.
And here’s a bunch of sweet merch items that would make great presents for your most fascinating friends.
Or, celebrate on your own. Go get dirty and nerdy with your favorite filthy literature. Freeeeeeeedooooooooom!
Someone in Utah leaked a list of 1,300 supposed illegal immigrants.
Turns out Toyota may not have been at fault for all those sudden acceleration accidents.
New Orleans police officers are charged with the murder of two unarmed people during the post-Katrina chaos.
Teagbaggers place a billboard in Iowa comparing Obama to Hitler.
Apple is censoring discussion of the iPhone 4's antenna problem.
These Mel Gibson quotes are adorable.
Another idiot, another Craigslist story.
What's with all these jackasses trying to patent yoga moves?
MTV is bringing back Beavis and Butt-head.
Have scientists solved the chicken-egg riddle-with science?
Be the first to regret ordering your Betty White calendar.
Are the Jonas Brothers dorks? (YES)
What is really being taught in Bible Belt science classrooms?
Has the Higgs Boson been found?
Unintentionally hilarious infomercial of the day.
Oldest written document found in Jerusalem.
Who really makes money in the record industry?
Two words: FOOTLONG CHEESEBURGER.
Two more words: LASAGNA SANDWICH.