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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.33 | 08/18/2016

The Daily Word in Bees, Instagram and Italy

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Aug 24 2016 11:11 AM ]
The Daily Word

A 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy last night.

Not sure if you're depressed? Check your Instagram.

Business owners have already started to take proactive action against the negative affects of ART.

A spontaneous block party was filmed for a music video for the musician Jandro on Sunday.

#LetEmployeesVent or #NoRespect

France exploited three women who just wanted to enjoy the beach for an afternoon.

A project called Holobiont Urbanism is tracking microbes with bees and mapping the results.

V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016

The Daily Word in Hiddleswift, Eternal Debt and Dope

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Jul 7 2016 10:29 AM ]
The Daily Word

Jon 'Bones' Jones was pulled from UFC 200 because he was all doped up.

The girlfriend of Philando Castile, a recent victim of a fatal police shooting, speaks about his death.

Germany passed a bill today to help victims of assault file charges against their attacker.

Could there be a mutiny at the RNC? I sure hope so.

Have you heard of Hiddleswift? Of course you have. What if I told you it wasn't real?

Welcome to the park of the future.

Death is no excuse to not pay your student loans, kids. There is no escape.

The next prime minister of Britain will be a woman.

V.25 No.13 | 3/31/2016

The Daily Word in The US Capitol, Tumbleweeds and Taxi Rides

By Desiree Garcia [ Mon Mar 28 2016 2:50 PM ]
The Daily Word

The US Capitol was on lockdown today.

You gotta make money where money can be made...that even includes giant weeds.

A prime example of why we can’t have nice things.

The only place I wish I would’ve been this weekend for Easter is Mexico City.

Who even takes a 2 hour taxi drive to begin with?

V.24 No.52 | 12/24/2015
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

NYC for NYE

Thursday, Dec 31: Manhattan on the Mesa

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Dec 30 2015 3:45 PM ]
Enjoy a delicious New York style dinner, live music by the Bad Katz Band, dancing and celebrate the New Year while watching the ball drop in New York City.
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V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015

The Daily Word in the US, Bees and Policing

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Nov 5 2015 11:36 AM ]
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.20 No.17 | 4/28/2011

news

The Daily Word with Bryan Cranston, No Circumcision, Expensive Space Flights

By Adam Fox [ Tue Apr 26 2011 10:28 AM ]
The Daily Word

Only 38% of Americans believe that Obama was born in the USA.

Coffee prices are at a 34-year high.

Turn this into a movie! Police arrive at a crime scene to see a man pick up a circular saw and cut off his leg.

More excellent feature film fodder; a sword fight breaks out in a NYC Sikh temple.

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston shoots this sweet promotional vid for a celebrity charity softball game at Isotopes Park.

A man is caught on tape peeing on cough drops in a drug store.

A woman is offering a $100,000 after a politically-motivated chihuahua-napping.

Start saving; a trip to space on Virgin Galactic will run you a cool $200,000.

Albuquerque Tortilla Company has been sold to Mission Foods for $8.8 million. :(

Flavor Flav’s chicken restaurant closes after just four months.

A man breaks into a Christian radio station and threatens to rape the host.

A ban on circumcision could be on San Francisco’s November voting ballot.

Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou for some of today’s links.

V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011

news

The Daily Word With Angry Birds Movie Trailers, Heart-Charged iPods, Etch A Sketch Art

By Adam Fox [ Tue Mar 29 2011 11:13 AM ]
The Daily Word

Texas is thinking about legalizing gambling to make up for their own budget deficit. Yee haw?

Welfare recipients in NYC may soon be forced to scrub subways to get their check.

Your iPod may soon be able to be charged by a beating heart.

This man completely lost it when he failed to steal a muffin fromthe Copper Canyon Cafe on Gibson.

An explosive device was found in an old refrigerator near Wyoming and Osuna.

If you’re in the market for your very own aircraft carrier, now’s your chance!

All those bastardized online abbreviations you’ve come to love (or hate) make the dictionary.

Take a look at this sweet gallery of amazing Etch A Sketch art.

Richard Simmons stars in this really creepy airline safety video for Air New Zealand.

This Ohio man gets a cable bill in the mail for a cool $16 million.

Watch this hilarious “real life” movie trailer for Angry Birds.

V.20 No.9 |

NEWS

The Daily Word 3.5.11: Synthetic cannabis prohibition; Berlusconi; Yekaterinburg

By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Mar 5 2011 3:13 PM ]
The Daily Word

Meet the refugees from Lybia. None are Lybian.

The man who started this revolution is being assassinated every day.

More Berlusconi.

Old School drug prohibition bill in the House. Thanks Steve Terrell.

P.K. Dick fans hate movies based on his books.

Update on the Voina Russian art collective bust.

Maryland is ending it's crab license buy-back program. Save the Bay.

Bold smuggler caught at one of the world's premier interdiction points.

NYC drivers still park like assholes.

This week's TSG mugshots.

This is where the don't ask don't tell repeal is. 60 days late and a bathrobe short.

On this day in 1995 the remains of the missing members of the Romanov family were exhumed in Yekaterinburg.

V.20 No.6 | 2/10/2011

news

The Daily Word 2.4.11: Gas Outages Everywhere, Walmart to Conquer NYC, Puppy Bowl

By Adam Fox [ Fri Feb 4 2011 10:27 AM ]
The Daily Word

We’re still under a state of emergency due to the gas outage, so lower your thermostats and turn off any appliances you’re not using.

Meanwhile, Mexico rescinds its offer to send electricity to gas-short Texas.

City leaders in Long Beach are asking for teens to pick up their sagging pants in respect of Black History Month.

Don’t violently barrage your mailman with snowballs.

ADHD could could be caused by certain types of foods.

What a little rebel! Miley Cyrus gets tattoo number five.

Rejoice, NYC, for Walmart is on the verge of sinking their fangs into you.

If you’re not a football fan but just a fan of all things adorable, Animal Planet will be showing its annual Puppy Bowl. Puppies!

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole apologizes for his jackassy self-promoting Egypt tweet.

APS extends Superintendent Winston Brooks’ contract.

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