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V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016

Vote for Education

If you’re a registered voter living in the Albuquerque area (particularly if you’re in the APS district), tomorrow is an important day! A vote regarding educational bonds affecting APS, CNM and local charter schools is taking place. This could increase CNM’s capital mill levy $1 million (they haven’t gotten an increase since 1996) and APS and charter schools' capital mill levy to $575 million. Capital mill levy means the money would go towards construction, renovations, operating expenses, etc. And guess what! This won’t increase taxes!!! Whaaaaat!

So stop complaining about having to do shit and help out your local community and economy by voting! Look to see where the nearest voting center is here and if you have any more doubts, watch these videos. See y’all at the polls!

"A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS" at the Cardboard Playhouse

Adapted from the Broadway hit, A Year With Frog And Toad KIDS is based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, the play tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This tale is brought to you by the Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company.


Performances will take place at South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE) on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at 7 pm and on February 14 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 per person for reserved seating and are available at southbroadwaytickets.com.

For more information on events and activities at SBCC, visit cabq.gov/sbcc or call 311.

V.25 No.3 | 1/21/2016
Skipping
Tamara Sutton

Education

The Kids are Alright

Memoirs of an educational assistant

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens was talking about teaching when he wrote that, right?
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Er Ma Gerd! Berbbles!

Friday, Dec 18: New Bubbles Exhibit Opens

Explora gets bubbly with its new exhibit, Curious Bubbles/Burbujas curiosas.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
compfight.com

Event Horizon

Spread Good Cheer + Socks

Saturday, Dec 5: Holidazzle at the Promenade

Donate a pair of funky socks stuffed with a gift card for kids looking for forever homes through Adoption Exchange of NM.
V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015

The Daily Word in the US, Bees and Policing

The Daily Word

Presidential Candidates as Disney villains.

Details of the US-led attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital are being released.

This women's underwear brand is getting a lot of attention—but not for the reason you think.

Listen to the bees!

More disgusting issues regarding APS employees.

Kurt Cobain's unreleased songs will be made public soon. You can listen to one right now!

Police unions are active against fighting reform. Surprised? Me either.

Scaring kids doesn't teach them to know better. Water is wet.

V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Like child-Megan, this thing has no idea what's going on

Fame ft. Megan

Last Friday, I had just arrived at work and my supervisor Ty told me to follow him to “a thing” (he was very specific). I grabbed my water bottle and went with him. I thought maybe a meeting was happening and I just didn't see the email, but we went to the lobby and there was a photographer there. Then they started talking about beer and I got excited—free beer is my favorite kind (unless it's not craft, then keep your dirt juice away from me)!

Fate had other plans. Instead I was going to be interviewed with Ty about new breweries in town which meant no free beer. We went outside and stood in front of the office and as the photographer set up, I noticed a chill in the wind and remembered the one other time I've knowingly been on the news 12 years prior.

I was ten, my Mom brought me to a community gathering. It was about a sex offender that was moving to a place near our home. It was intense but I didn't listen to any of it. I likely sat on her lap the entire time wishing I was home. I was uncomfortable being in a school after hours and the place was packed. I didn't understand why we were there. There wasn't anything more to learn about the man or the situation that hadn’t been reported on television. I knew the guy was bad, but it's not like anyone could stop him from moving there.

After the meeting, when everyone was eating snacks, my Mom was interviewed by a local news station. Since I was with her—she was my ride, after all—I stayed by her side during. I remember at the end of her interview, the reporter asked me a couple questions not pertaining to the event (in retrospect, maybe it did a little) like where I went to school and what I liked to learn about. I think he poked my belly but maybe I'm imagining that. I've never really enjoyed being the center of attention unless I’m making a joke (or I’m waiting for a bartender).

The following day at school I remember kids (popular kids!) telling me they saw me on the news and that I looked good, all of which was foreign to 10-year-old Megan. I was on cloud nine. I felt famous. During the interview with Ty, I couldn't tell if I was in the shot so I slowly tried to edge my way out of it. I didn't say anything till the cameraman/reporter said I had been quiet and asked if I had anything to add. I did have a few words, and they misquoted me in the write-up. No one talked to me about it afterwards, but that's fine, because you're reading about it now and that's all the fame I need.

V.23 No.35 |

news

The Daily Word in "Longmire" cancellation, kids with guns and affirmative consent

The Daily Word

Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death last year for fatally shooting 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, has asked to be made a citizen of the Islamic State.

California passes an “affirmative consent” bill to address the problem of rape on campuses.

A police officer in Atlanta was arrested for allegedly killing a woman he met online and then burning her body.

Soaring rents prove problematic for people living in urban areas, as that's where everyone wants to be.

The Washington Post on young children and guns.

Albuquerque authorities are investigating a robbery at a Dairy Queen, during which an employee shot and killed the suspected robber.

So, not only did they still a car, but they left a bag of caca and a gun?

A judge will decide today whether to grant the $350,000 buyout for former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Longmire,” formerly shot in Garson Studios in Santa Fe, has been canceled. Now fans wonder whether another network will pick it up for a fourth season.

A couple guys found out why those rocks in Death Valley move.

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.
CC BY evoo73 photography

Summer Guide 2014

Summer Activity Guide for Kids

Campin’ it up in ABQ

Weekly Alibi has it on good authority that both kids and parents want summer fun. So explore all the youth camps Burque has to offer.
V.21 No.38 |

news

The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour

The Daily Word

Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.

Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.

At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.

The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.

Register to vote.

OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?

Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.

Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.

How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?

iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.

It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.

A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.

Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.

Work backward out of a creative rut.

What's next in body mods?

V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Erin Adair-Hodges

Mama Crass

What a Way to Make a Livin’

The American workplace is built for 1950s Man, a pomaded machine who didn’t need vacation or time with his kids.
V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
Hale and hearty kale
Joyosity / CC by 2.0

Food for Thought

Kids and Kale Chips

Scientifically proven not to make them go, “Eeeeew.”

Kale is succeeding where spinach and other green things have consistently failed: getting swallowed by children. The key is to bake the kale into crispy chips. In a series of taste tests conducted in Montana, it was determined that kids will eagerly turn their mouths green with extra helpings.

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V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
Don’t forget your parasol
D Sharon Pruitt

Arts

The Lost Ending in the Fourth Street Mall

Free interactive kids show Friday at noon

“I hate the stuffy theater in the summer! More outdoor performances!” you shout. “Gimme free stuff to do with my kids because they’re out of school and they’re totally driving me bonkers being around all day!”

Fusion Theatre Company yells “Okay!”

Friday at noon, an ensemble of players theatricalize the Fourth Street mall, spinning tales in front of Creative Albuquerque’s home base. The Lost Ending, by Brad Gromelski, is an interactive play created with children in mind, but Fusion promises it will engage adults too. When a group of storytellers loses the book half way through the performance, they need the help of their audience to create an improvised ending.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, and claim a spot early. Lay back in the shade and be entertained.

The Lost Ending running time is 45 minutes

V.19 No.14 |

animation

Oscar-nominated film The Secret of Kells in SF

Inexplicably (to me), Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo didn't get an Oscar nod for Best Animated Picture, but maybe (just maybe) it was nudged out of the way by this very cool-looking Irish cartoon that New Mexicans can see starting tonight (and running through at least April 15) at Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts. I'll be hitting the 11:30 a.m. Sunday showing if I'm not too hung over, and I recommend you do the same.

The 75-minute film seems entirely OK for kids used to concepts like death and violence and beauty but is Not Rated. CCA says "this fantastical, breathtaking spiritual animation follows as the 12-year-old Brendan fights Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. The story begins when Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator, initiates Brendan into the art of illustration, awakening his hidden, but extraordinary talents. But finishing the magnificent book means a remarkable quest beyond the abbey walls and deep into an enchanted forest." Sounds awesome. See ya there.

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