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The Last Most Beautiful Thing Not Yet Ruined

No matter how snow-sparkled and gingerbread-housed your childhood may have been, working a retail gig at Christmastime is enough to turn anyone into a total Scrooge. I spent a good 15-plus years vending knickknacks and gift certificates to an only occasionally grateful public, and I’ve gotta say—it changed me, maybe not for the better.

Yes, I’ve endured hearing A Charlie Brown Christmas on repeat hour after hour, week after week, until the Vince Guaraldi Trio became the stuff of nightmares. I’ve borne customer bellyaches about out of stock items, pawing listlessly through the back room for products I knew perfectly well wouldn’t be unearthed until January. I’ve been on the receiving end of customer jeremiads for no other reason than that—shocker—the store was really busy. And by no means did I suffer the worst of what the season has to offer. Can you blame me for feeling decidedly meh this time of year, even if it’s been ages since I had to touch a cash register?

And the point is, folks, that Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade is coming and you’ve got one more day to register your floats.

But I’m not entirely a lost cause, because one thing still has the capacity to rise above it all. One sparkling night of cheer, one public act of guileless sweetness. One word that cannot be said angrily or critically.

Twinkle.

You’re with me, right? Twinkle is the most cheerful word I know. Twinkle twinkle twinkle. I get giddy just typing it. Twinkle! And the point is, folks, that Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade is coming and you’ve got one more day to register your floats.

Choose from one of nine categories of (try “Misfit”—that sounds like a good one, doesn’t it?) and pay your entry fee (nada for government, $25 for single families and single vehicles of a non-commercial nature, $50 for nonprofits, schools and community entries, and $100 for commercial entries). Visit the city website for deets and the application—the deadline is mañana, Friday, Nov. 15. The parade happens in conjunction with Nob Hill’s Shop and Stroll on Dec. 7.

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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #243: There are horses with hats.

I am watching a parade. There are horses with hats and painted elephants. I think I see my sister-in-law and try to rewind the dream to make sure. Now there is an all-child marching band dressed in white shoes and red sequins. Somewhere a kid shouts "Peanuts!"

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We Art the People

Huge puppets, acrobats and crafts galore

Bellydancers at the 2010 festival
courtesy of OFFCenter
Bellydancers at the 2010 festival

Giant puppet samba parade? Say no more; I’m there. OFFCenter Community Arts Project is throwing its ninth annual folk art festival, We Art the People, on Sunday in Robinson Park (Eighth Street and Central NW). In addition to the parade, a family of jugglers, acrobats and magicians known as Clan Tynker will be running around spreading merriment. The daylong event—including a Rogue Bindis belly dance performance, the Cajun rhythm and blues of Joe Daddy & Hoodoo Jeff’s Swamp Fried Duo, bluegrass by Holy Water & Whiskey, and a crafting tent with supplies for kids and adults—is free. The only thing you might spend dough on is the work of more than 90 self-taught folk and community artists.

A Clan Tynker cyclist
courtesy of OFFCenter
A Clan Tynker cyclist

OFFCenter says the sale of OFFCenter products, baked goods and yard sale items at this event will benefit the nonprofit and its low-income and/or homeless artists throughout the year. Also a portion of the food sales from the day is being donated to OFFCenter by the mobile vendors.

Your little one might make a new pet.
courtesy of OFFCenter
Your little one might make a new pet.
Ah! Giant puppet!
courtesy of OFFCenter
Ah! Giant puppet!
We Art the People
Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Robinson Park
Central and Eighth Street, Downtown
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Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. was (and still is) one of the most iconic and revolutionary figures in American history. He is honored today as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade strolls down the streets of Albuquerque. Starting at 11 a.m., the march begins at the corner of University and Martin Luther King Jr. NE and reaches its conclusion at Civic Plaza, where a brief commemorative ceremony with music and talks by local community leaders awaits. For more information, visit nmmlksc.com or call 222-6466.

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Dia de los Muertos Edition

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our super friend Tammy Maitland.

Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade 2010

V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010

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Albuquerque Pride Parade and PrideFest Schedule


The official schedule of events from June 10 to June 12. Things kick off Thursday with a 7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil at Morningside Park (3899 Lead SE) with special guest Tyra Sanchez. Click for more.

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