Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, was born to sing her blues in jazzy, sultry tones from coast to coast. Holiday's personal life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty and prejudice created a complex backdrop for a sadness she was unable to overcome.
As part of the KiMo Theatre's 90th anniversary celebration, and in partnership with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, a free Chautauqua performance will bring Holiday's story to life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the historic theater.
In Singin' the Blues, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley stars as Holiday, who was introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s. Holiday used her unique singing style to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a number of other blues and jazz greats of her time. Known for her popular hits such as God Bless the Child and All of Me, the memory of Holiday has endured through generations of jazz lovers.
Hollingsworth-Marley is a popular vocalist, having appeared at numerous community, church and jazz events. She is also a storyteller who has performed in many venues including the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the African American Pavilion at Expo New Mexico.
Future Chautauquas include Music from the Ranch and the Open Range on March 26; Traditional New Mexico Folk Music on April 23; and Sephardic Jews in N.M. - Stories and Songs on June 25. All performances are on Sunday at 2pm. All are free to attend.
For a complete list of the KiMo's 90th anniversary season of celebration events, visit www.kimotickets.com.
Throughout the year, the KiMo will travel through the decades with trivia, "then and now" posts and "remember when" features. The KiMo invites the community to join in by posting memories and photos on social media using #KiMo90. Back in 1937, the KiMo screened Green Light starring Errol Flynn and Anita Louise. Also that year was the Fall Fashion Revue presented by the National Garment Co., Paris Shoe Store and Jack Lawler's Beauty Salon.
The KiMo Theatre Art Gallery is a wonderful place to find interesting art and artists. The spacious light-filled gallery offers visitors an opportunity to see artists they may or may not know, and themed exhibitions that create new visual experiences.
On Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm, there will be a free public opening night reception for artists Elizabeth Barraclough and Mark Samudio.
The exhibition "Love Letters to Albuquerque" featuring the work of artist/photographer Barraclough, who at age eight processed her first photograph at Kirtland's then-free darkroom, a picture of her cat, Pretty Girl, sniffing flowers. Her journey as an artist and musician led her to performing with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary and many other musical adventures. Work in various roles in Hollywood gained her experience on big budget movies, and along the way she traveled the world, connecting with numerous "names" and building a lifetime of memories.
Eventually returning to Albuquerque, she fell in love with the landscape and the uniqueness of our town, and, tired of people she met along her way being "disappointed" that she was not from Santa Fe or Taos, Barraclough began the a seven-year process of creating photographic "Love Letters" to show once and for all that Albuquerque is unique, majestic, and offers every bit as much as our more famous neighbors.
The companion exhibition, "Studies from the Bosque", also celebrates the beauty of Albuquerque through the eyes of artist/photographer Mark Samudio. The California native's art experience began in big scalem painting billboards in Clovis, CA for 3M's national advertising campaign. That job transitioned into working for a sign company in El Paso, where he learned the power of commercial art. He was strongly influenced by the Old Masters who also incorporated the use of lettering in their art. His work has been recognized with awards and has been shown at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Samudio's beautiful New Mexico photography is on display at Albuquerque's City Hall.
The KiMo Gallery is open during normal hours of operation of the KiMo Theatre (Wednesday through Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm) and during most KiMo events. During the day visitors are requested to enter at the KiMo's Business Office at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) where they will be directed to the gallery to view and enjoy the exhibition at no charge. For the reception, visitors may access the gallery through the 417 Central Avenue entry.
From her hotly debated beginnings to her decades-long role as a pathway for adventurers, migrant workers, post-war veterans, tourists, hippies and sentimental souls, Route 66 has fascinated and engaged us, and compelled us to follow her beaten, crumbling path. Conceived in honor of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, a new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road, celebrates the art, history and popular culture of the iconic Mother Road.
Created by Albuquerque Museum's Curator of History, Deb Slaney, this exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to experience the beauty of culture of "our" piece of the road. According to Slaney, "the Southwestern leg of the route is particularly intriguing."
"Too often the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque has been overlooked," says Slaney, "even though our city sits near the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and boasts, at 16 miles, the longest single-city urban stretch of the highway in the nation. We are also the only place on the Mother Road where the highway crosses itself. Indeed the very re-routing of Route 66 to the east-west alignment was a political scandal, but shaved time and miles off the odometers of road-weary travelers and their automobiles. This exhibition explores the creation, decline, and contemporary revival of Route 66 in New Mexico and the Albuquerque area, set in the context of significant events of national importance and enhanced by personal stories from Albuquerque area residents."
Collections include works of art from lenders across the country including the Autry National Center and the San Jose State University's Steinbeck Center, as well the collections of the Albuquerque Museum and other New Mexico museums, and private lenders. Key objects in the exhibit include neon signs from Oden Chevrolet and the El Vado Motel, a set of six Burma shave signs, works of art by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, Roy Rogers' guitar and cowboy boots, and the cover illustration from Jack Kerouac's book, On the Road.
Informative displays will share stories of the road, and visitors will metaphorically travel the road through art, memorabilia, poetry, literature, music, film and television.
There will be many exciting ways for visitors to drive down memory lane. A hands-on component of the exhibit will focus on the family road trip, recreating the experience of traveling in the iconic Teardrop Camper and providing ideas for your own Route 66 road trips. Families can plan to attend a Sock Hop in May and a movie night in June.
The exhibition Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road is expected to draw significant numbers of local visitors as well as people from other states and countries who love the drama of the road. This exhibit compliments events all over the city - and the country - which will also be celebrating our unique relationship with the Mother Road and show the benefits of preserving this historic landmark.
In particular, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque is hosting a concurrent exhibition called America's Road: The Journey of Route 66 and the KiMo Theatre will be presenting a series of Route 66 themed movies.
The exhibit opens May 14.
For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.
The KiMo Theatre Art Gallery will open DISCERN, a new art exhibition on Thursday, April 28 with a free public reception for the featured artists from 5 to 8pm.
Discern: to distinguish, pick out, detect, glimpse. An exhibition of work by two artists that seek to explore and capture events and spaces, real or imagined, through photography and printmaking. Featuring the works of Laurel Lampela and Tom Richardson, the exhibition will run through June 19.
Wisconsin native and Air Force Veteran Laura Lampela holds a Master's degree in Art Education from Wright State University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State. She is Professor of Art Education in the College of Fine Arts at UNM. Her work has been featured in solo, juried and invitational exhibitions from East to West Coast, and in numerous shows in New Mexico, where she won top awards.
Tom Richardson attended the University of Florida and received his BFA. in Photography in 2000. In 2001, he moved to the southwest to attend the M.F.A. program at the University of New Mexico. Since graduating with an MFA., he has taught photography at the University of New Mexico and for the past seven years, at Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. His photographs have been displayed in US galleries and abroad.
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A new exhibition in the Gallery of the historic KiMo Theatre opens on Thursday, March 3 with a free public reception for the artists from 5 to 8pm.
"From Cubes to Cutouts" features the works of two New Mexico artists whose individual styles mesh well to create a powerful response from viewers.
Alejandro Moralez was born in Anthony, New Mexico and was strongly influenced in his formative years by the Impressionists' style that focused more on story than precise detail, and by the works of post-impressionist Paul Cezanne, whose minimalistic style captured subjects in geometric shapes such as cylinders, cones and spheres. Post-impressionist style revisited describes Moralez' works that will be on display. His work has been shown in galleries throughout New Mexico.
Nacho Jaramillo was born in Anton Chico, New Mexico and now resides in Las Vegas, where he owned a gallery in the late 1980s. Jaramillo's main subjects are mostly androgynous figures, deliberately enigmatic to convey feeling and emotion. Working mostly from photographs, the artist has the ability to distort and change, sometimes even changing the gender of the subject to make it more interesting. Most of his portraits or character studies are of Chicano people, reflecting his Hispanic heritage. His works have been exhibited in a long list of one-man and group shows around New Mexico, garnering numerous awards.
The exhibition will remain open through April 18.
The KiMo Gallery is open during normal hours of operation of the KiMo Theatre (Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm) and during most KiMo events. During the day visitors are requested to enter at the KiMo's Business Office at 423 Central NW (corner of Fifth and Central) where they will be directed to the gallery to view and enjoy the exhibition at no charge. For the reception, visitors may access the gallery through the 417 Central entry.
ABC Library is partnering with the historic KiMo Theatre to present "Books to the Big Screen," a trio of films adapted from the novels of famed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald scheduled for Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at 7pm. Fitzgerald is widely considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, whose works are classically emblematic of the Jazz Age.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) will be screened first, on Feb. 18. Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor star as lovers who meet and marry in post-WWII Paris.
Playing on Friday, Feb. 19 will be the bio-epic film, The Great Gatsby (1974). Fitzgerald's "magnum opus" is considered a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream, and bears more than a small resemblance to Fitzgerald's own life and marriage to Zelda Sayre.
The final film in this series screens on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Last Tycoon (1976) is believed to be based in part on the life of Irving Thalberg, deemed the "boy genius" production chief at MGM in the 1920s and '30s who died at age 37. Fitzgerald died before completing the novel, and the film is based on the story as edited by Edmund Wilson using Fitzgerald's notes. It was the last film of famed director Elia Kazan.
Humphrey Bogart filled the silver screen like few actors of his generation. At the historic KiMo Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2pm, Bogart stars in Key Largo with Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson and Lionel Barrymore in this thriller that won an Oscar for supporting actress Claire Trevor. The American Film Institute nominated character Johnny Rocco for AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains, and the film was nominated for AFI's 10 Top 10 Gangster Films.
General Admission for each screening is $6-$8. Tickets are available at KiMoTickets.com. Tickets are also available at the KiMo Ticket Office, 768-3544.