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V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

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Vinyl Fetish

Sunday, Oct 23: Albuquerque Record Convention

By Devin D. O'Leary [ Sat Oct 22 2016 11:00 AM ]
Find LP, 45s, EPs, 78s, T-shirts, music-related books and posters, turntables, cassettes, 8-tracks, reel-to-reel tapes, DVDs, VHS and miscellaneous rock'n'roll debris.
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Who Feels It, Knows It

Saturday, Oct 15: Burque Noir

By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Oct 14 2016 2:00 PM ]
A marketplace for merchandise sales, live art, networking, community engagement, entertainment and enlightened enjoyment, highlighting Black artists in the community.
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Oscillation Music Festival masterminds Brian Botkiller and Kenneth Cornell
Eric Williams Photography

Music Interview

How To Oscillate Wildly

Return of the Oscillation Festival

By August March
August March chats with Oscillation 2016 prime movers Brian Botkiller and Kenneth Cornell.
V.25 No.40 | 10/6/2016

Sonic Reducer

Jacuzzi Boys Ping Pong · Fresh Snow ONE · Lizzy Rose Crocodile Tears

By Geoffrey Plant
Resident record reviewer Geoffrey Plant returns to reiterate rock’s relevance.
V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016
Megan Reneau

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

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Latte Birthday Wishes

Saturday, Oct 1: Birthday Bash

By Renee Chavez [ Fri Sep 30 2016 10:00 AM ]
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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Event Horizon


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.
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V.25 No.37 | 09/15/2016

Event Horizon

Ukulele University

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.
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V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016

Event Horizon

I Wish I Was the Tune Tonight

Saturday, Sep 17: Neko Case

By Robin Babb [ Fri Sep 16 2016 1:00 PM ]
Live performance by the American singer-songwriter.
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V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
Michael Gira
Cyrille Choupas

Music Interview

A Man Who Glows, a Sound that Grows

Swans founder Gira discusses dissolution, chaos and the now

By August March
Swans founder Michael Gira speaks with August March about music and airplanes.
V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016

Event Horizon

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.
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V.25 No.36 | 9/8/2016
Mac Sabbath in concert
SKIBZ777 via Wikimedia

Music Interview

Mac, Not Black

Sabbath parody band sizzles with special sauce

By August March
August March talks burgers and badassery with Mike Odd, manager of Mac Sabbath.
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Zoltán Székely
Courtesy of the artist

Aural Fixation

Zoltán’s Fortune

A new album and a cheese fest

By Geoffrey Plant
Geoffrey Plant investigates the musical phenomenon known locally as Zoltán Székely.
V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016

Event Horizon

Get Lit

Friday, Sep 9: Umbrella Week

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Sep 7 2016 12:00 PM ]
Kickoff Umbrella Week with ten-minute performances by musicians, comedians, dancers and poets.
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Galen Weston Band at El Rey, 9/3
Photographed by Robin Babb

Galen Weston Band review: El Rey Theatre, 9/3/16

Jazz dudes from Toronto on tour with the Gipsy Kings

By Robin Babb [ Tue Sep 6 2016 2:10 PM ]

Last Saturday night (9/3), the Galen Weston Band opened for the Gipsy Kings at El Rey Theatre. Weston, the Toronto-based jazz guitarist, is currently touring for his debut album, Plugged In. His tour with the Gipsy Kings goes through several US and Canadian cities to promote the new record, and finishes at the Beacon Theatre in New York on September 10.

Plugged in features 10 new songs written by Weston, along with covers of Keith Jarrett’s “Country” and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Like Someone in Love.” Weston, who's received glowing reviews from Downbeat Magazine and The Midwest Record, claims guitar influences such as Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, and Pat Metheny.

Galen and crew laid down some solid tunes Saturday night, with serious shredding from Galen and Richard Underhill's masterful saxophone solos. The Galen Weston Band has come a long way from being a local Toronto band—now that they've earned their national touring stripes, I look forward to hearing what they've got in store for the future.

Here's hoping the dudes come through our humble city again one day.

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