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V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
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Summer Guide 2014

New Mexico Sites You Haven’t Been To Yet

Ty Bannerman reports on how to skip the tourist traps and still see the best parts of New Mexico.

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“The Church at Ranchos de Taos” by Bill Wittliff

Get Lit

Light Looking Back

With their indefinite lines and smoothed-away textures, pinhole photographs hearken to a long-ago time. But Poetics of Light brings the technology firmly into the 21st century.

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #333: Trouble at the Museum

I arrive at a museum. G and my family go in ahead of me. I decide to buy the $10 ticket instead of the $15 one. I ask my sister if she's seen G. She tells me instead about some great surprise our mother has found. I walk down a hallway on the third level. I grab hold of a portal pillar made of mud and stone and peer down into the courtyard below. Under wooden vegas covered with vines I see some sheep grazing. The partition I'm holding crumbles and falls. I close my eyes and wait for the crash but hear only silence. I stroll away nonchalantly.

news

The Daily Word in the Bulger trial, a bomb-throwing beauty queen and singing canines

The defense says he was an informant; the prosecution says he's a murderer. Bulger's trial should come to a close this afternoon.

Talk about the future in food ...

It looks like the recently crowned Miss Riverton isn't your average bombshell.

Two people were injured in a shootout that targeted the Black Berets motorcycle club. The Black Berets say “it ain't over.”

In Bernalillo County, a man was shot and killed by police on Sunday evening after threatening a deputy.

Apparently breaking into public pools for a late-night dip isn't enough …

The “Old Main” prison, which been closed for 15 years, could become “New Mexico's Alcatraz.

It seems like Daft Punk might be popular with canines as well.

V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Seton stands proud.
photo courtesy of the Academy for the Love of Learning, a gift of John G. Samson

Gallery Preview

Through the Wolf’s Eyes

Extensive archive illuminates vision of hunter-turned-conservationist

Ernest Thompson Seton spent his life making people aware of their impact on nature and introducing youth to the outdoors. He was an artist, woodsman and mentor who wrote more than 50 books. He confounded the worldwide Boy Scouts movement. And he was once an avid hunter who was changed into a conservationist by a spiritual experience he had in New Mexico. The Academy for the Love of Learning, based outside Santa Fe, is about to open its permanent Seton Gallery.

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Alibi Picks

Visible, Vital, Valuable

A new exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum illuminates the legacy of African-American communities in our state. The show focuses on three areas: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Blackdom—an all-black settlement near Roswell, formed around 1901. The Federal Homestead Act of 1862 caused more than 100,000 Southern African-Americans to move West to claim land and settle. Learn about immigration, family life, religion and the fight against segregation through the life stories of some fascinating individuals, such as Clara Belle Drisdale Williams—the first African-American to graduate from New Mexico State University.

Alibi Picks

Albuquerque Artists Head North

A couple of Albuquerque's favorite street urchins, er, street artists will be showing their stuff in The City Different, not normally the scene of such lowly art. Eggman & Walrus, a Santa Fe gallery that specializes in emerging artists, is presenting Stolen Paint, a show featuring The Groundscore Collective. The group features Albuquerque painters Ernest Doty and Thomas Christopher Haag. The reception is Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Eggman & Walrus (130 West Palace, Santa Fe). For more information, call (505) 660-0048. Here's hoping this will continue to bridge the artistic gap between the two cities.

Tech

Seriously, go to the Telephone Museum

Taking a tip from the Alibi’s Summer Guide, I decided to stroll on down to the Albuquerque Telephone Museum on 110 Fourth Street.

Buried in the middle of the outdoor plaza in Downtown Fourth Street, the Victorian-style building may be difficult to find. But once you locate it, the kitschy little museum inside is well worth the $2 admission fee.

Far from the polished atmosphere of the Natural History and Albuquerque Museums, guests at the Telephone Museum may feel as if they’ve stepped into someone’s living room, or at least a small-town tribute to its local history.

The walls on the first floor are lined with antique telephones, starting with the early 1800s. In the next room, guests are invited to try out 1950s novelty telephones in the shapes of Elvis, Barbie, and Mickey Mouse.

As well as the myriad of telephones and phone equipment, the museum takes visitors back in time with mannequins, including a life-size representation of Alexander Graham Bell. They added color to their depictions of historical events, and just enough cheesiness to endear the museum to visitors.

As no museum would be complete without a gift shop, this one offers visitors a chance to take home dangly telephone earrings, Alexander Graham Bell magnets, and even an outdated VHS tape on how to teach children telephone manners.

If you need a respite from the heat, or the 21st century, ring up the Albuquerque Telephone Museum for a guided tour.

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