V.25 No.40 | 10/06/2016
Heritage, Past and Present
Monday, Oct 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration
By Monica Schmitt [ Sun Oct 9 2016 11:00 AM ]
Students of the Native American Community Academy express what it means to be Indigenous in their eyes through story, song and dance.
Like a Virgin
Saturday, Oct 8: Virgins and Veterans
By Devin D. O'Leary [ Fri Oct 7 2016 10:00 AM ]
A burlesque show spotlighting new performers and their expert counterparts are River Delacour, Holly Rebelle, Eddi Fication, Paris a GoGo, Rozalyn Black and more, hosted by Julian Addams.
V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016
Dinner and a Wedding
By Megan Reneau [ Wed Oct 5 2016 3:29 PM ]
I had never heard of Dîner en Blanc until I was invited to attend one in good ol' Burque. My coworker Courtney had planned on going but realized she wouldn't be able to make it due to a prior commitment, she asked me if I would like to attend in her place and I told her I would think about it. I looked it up and it seemed interesting enough—a party where people are required to wear all white at a mystery location—so I agreed. I was put into contact with a lovely woman named Kristi D. Lawrence, the event's PR manager She sent long, detailed messages about what was going to happen at the dinner, which confused me at first because I haven't experienced people actually planning their events in Albuquerque.
She said that guests were expected to wear all white, bring their own meals, table, chairs, utensils and décor that had to be all white, as well. She told me I could partake as media (walk around and observe) or as a guest. I typically wear all black, so just finding an appropriate outfit was a struggle; I opted for the media option. She emailed me the time and location the morning of the event.
I wondered why people would commit to bringing so much to an event like this—I've never been expected to provide my own food, tables, chairs, utensils and decorations at any event, so naturally, I googled it.
The technically illegal event began around 1986. A man named François Pasquier began hosting pop-up parties at historic and culturally important landmarks in Paris, France, telling his friends (who told their friends, and those people told their friends) to dress in all white so they could find each other easily. Eventually the event became legal with better organization and looked pretty fucking classy compared to local hooligans (or tourists!) running around said landmarks smoking, loitering or taking pictures.
Nowadays we don't have to depend on word-of-mouth but people do need to know someone to be a part of the event. To join you need a sponsor or be put on a waiting list which will make you wait a pretty long time because Dîner en Blanc events often sell out.
Those lucky enough to make the cut are told a meeting place and time, from there they are taken to the end location—which is a public space—and take over it. They set up a table for two (did I mention you have to have a date?) with all the bells and whistles: chairs, decorations, plates, glasses, utensils and most people bring their own meals and wine. The end location for this year's dinner was the BioPark's beautiful Botanical Gardens.
It took a bit over an hour to get all 1400 guests in and set up (a record for anything being done in such a timely fashion in this state). Then people stood up and waved their napkins above their heads like lassos meaning the space had been taken over and it was time to begin the meal. Everyone looked gorgeous. Outfits ranged from two-piece suits, either with a blouse or a fitted button up. Dresses were popular—everything from short and fitted to long and flowing. Lace was very popular amongst the lady-folk, and fedora and trilby hats were popular with the men-folk. There were also a surprising number of white wigs.
I began wandering the space trying out my new camera (and super-zoomy lens) on people eating, which I noticed made folks uncomfortable so I just did the socially acceptable thing and watched people eat instead. I saw most people brought their own meals, I saw everything from steaks to salads to fried chicken. In regards to beverages, most people opted for the wine on location.
A lot of folks were excited to get to the party part of the evening and drifted toward the stage where there was live music. I was pulled to the back of the venue by some unknowing force and heard people cheering in the ceremonial garden so I decided to pop back there for a minute to see what all the hubbub was about. As I passed the wall a voice became clearer, talking about marriage. I found a surprise wedding was in progress! The crowd seemed to be primarily family and friends of the happy couple-to-be, with the groom and officiate standing on the side closer to the Jardin Redondo. The bride joined them quickly and the ceremony was brief and lovely.
Soon after, sparklers were passed out to the guests on the green and the entire crowd lit huge sparklers at the same time. The enchantment that sparklers bring at any time lasted longer than expected, but that describes the entire night, to me. It was such a positive experience; families and friends gathering together civilly, sharing a meal with hundreds of strangers without anyone being rude or mean. Sure, it was a little hectic at times, but isn't that what makes things exciting? Unpredictability prompts bonding.
Many guests (including myself) left early because of rain, a magical end to the night. As I left I asked some people how their night went and everyone said they had a great time and the hosts—Cat Hanna, David Stroud, Taylor Trodden and all the group leaders—were marvelous and created a wonderful environment. Their guidance and efforts created a wonderfully relaxing and fun night.
V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016
Friday, Sep 30: Grecian Festival
By Desiree Garcia [ Thu Sep 29 2016 12:00 PM ]
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries, and tour the St. George Church.
V.25 No.37 | 09/15/2016
Friday, Sep 23: Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Sep 22 2016 11:00 AM ]
A three-day celebration of the ukulele, featuring eight instructors and two island dance workshops.
V.25 No.38 | 9/22/2016
The City's New Languages of Dance
SHIFT's inclusive dance movement
By Maggie Grimason
Alibi’s Maggie Grimason writes about SHIFT's inclusive dance movement.
V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016
Fiesta de la Salsa
Saturday, Sep 10: 12th Annual Salsa Fiesta
By Desiree Garcia [ Thu Sep 8 2016 4:00 PM ]
Watch contestants make homemade salsa on site, taste the delicious results and vote for the best recipe. Live salsa music by Albuquerque All-Stars and Frankie Morales.
V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016
Spend a Day at the Barre
Friday, Sep 9: Envisioning Inclusive Dance 2016 Regional Convening
By Maggie Grimason [ Wed Sep 7 2016 10:00 AM ]
Discuss the regions existing resources and expertise and begin to craft goals and action items for enhanced opportunities in the field of integrated dance.
V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
Courtesy of Dahli Delia's Instagram
Bless the Freaks
Saturday, Aug 27: Freak Asylum
By Megan Reneau [ Fri Aug 26 2016 11:00 AM ]
Jayy Von Monroe of Blood on the Dance Floor performs as his alter-ego Dahli Delia, featuring Candy Rose, Lola Turner, Billy D. Andrews and Ramiyah Devereaux.
V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016
Y'all City Slickers Listen Up
Thursday, Jul 28: Edgewood Music and Arts Fest
By Megan Reneau [ Tue Jul 26 2016 12:08 PM ]
Sunset Chuckwagon barbecue, Western swing music, raptor show and wildlife zoo.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
Pixabay / Public Domain
Quitar lo Bailado
Saturday, Jun 25: Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture
By Taylor Grabowsky [ Thu Jun 23 2016 10:00 AM ]
Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
Pixabay, public domain
Saturday, Jun 18: World Refugee Day Celebration
By Renée Chavez [ Fri Jun 17 2016 1:00 PM ]
Features music, dancing, art activities and free food and drinks. Special guests Sol de La Noche and Basade (Bells & Shakers African Dance Ensemble).
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Friday, Jun 3: Albuquerque Folk Festival
By Maggie Grimason [ Wed Jun 1 2016 11:00 AM ]
Learn about folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern and other international traditions. Music, dance, jam sessions, storytelling and more.
Sunday, May 29: 2nd Annual South American Folk Fair
By Robin Babb [ Fri May 27 2016 10:00 AM ]
South American arts and crafts vendors, dancers and musicans pay homage to Andean communities.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016
courtesy Australia's Thunder From Down Under's Facebook Page
Package For Mom
Sunday, May 8: Thunder from Down Under
By Joshua Lee [ Sat May 7 2016 11:00 AM ]
The internationally-acclaimed male revue of dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs.
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