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V.24 No.9 | 2/26/2015
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Practice and Pleasures of Zendo

Coffee at Zendo ArtEspresso

This Downtown café offers local art and great coffee.

Book Review

Men Who Loved Men in Berlin

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

A scholarly tome unveils a fascinating chapter in the pre-Stonewall history of the gay rights movement and the body of cultural and scientific knowledge that informed it.
V.24 No.8 | 2/19/2015
Margherita pizza
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Gioco

This sports bar is no joke-o

A new sports bar scores a touchdown! Or maybe a homerun. We don’t know. We’re in it for the food.
“Go out there and run faster than all the other kids. ... Boom. Inspiration.”

Film Review

McFarland, USA

Standard-issue “inspirational sports movie” still manages to inspire

Inspirational true-life sports movie McFarland, USA sticks to the formula, still manages to inspire.
V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Indian taco
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

An Abundant Harvest

Pueblo Harvest Café offers a delicious bounty

Ari LeVaux finds Rez dogs and duck mole happily coexisting in this North Valley eatery.
“I really need to know: Team Edward or Team Jacob?”

Film Review

Still Alice

Alzheimer’s hits hard in simple family drama

Oscar-nominated psychological drama Still Alice addresses the horror of Alzheimer’s head-on.

Book Review

Peeking Through Keyholes

The Miniaturist

Delicious mysteries and secrets abound in this rich tale of a 17th-century Amsterdam bride.
Jack White at Popejoy Hall
All photos courtesy of Jack White
Jack White at Popejoy Hall

Music

Jack White comes into his own at Popejoy

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, Jack White and his five-piece band played a full house at Popejoy, and the performance was refreshingly classic. It was apparent that White is intent on bringing back something that's been missing from rock 'n' roll for decades.

In a crowd of mostly college kids, it was easy to be taken back to a time when a love for a band was so fervent that the band could do no wrong. The sound quality and stage presence didn’t much matter. The fact that this iconic figure was right there in the flesh—right in front of you—was enough. Tastes evolve and become more discerning, and sometimes it’s not so easy to get lost in the moment—especially if the sound guy is too stoned, the band members don’t seem interested in giving their best, or the musicianship just isn’t there. Thank goodness Jack White continues to care about what he pumps out and how he presents it.

The White Stripes was the perfect platform for White to find his style. Now, he has the resources, freedom and drive to tailor his sound and handpick incredibly talented members for his band to help him realize that vision. Mixing White Stripes hits with more recent solo tunes and covers, White delivered a lengthy concert that included peaks and valleys. His versatile backing band of multi-instrumentalists kept the set fresh. White also headed over to the piano at one point, playing a haunting ballad and looking and sounding quite comfortable on keys. It was obvious that drummer Daru Jones has chops for days, but he kept it simple per Jack’s preferences without losing any precision or energy. Visually striking musician Lillie Mae Rische switched seamlessly back and forth—from fiddle to mandolin—and her voice could put a siren to shame; she harmonizes with White so sweetly that it almost makes you want to go to church … for the choir.

The other three band members, respectively rocking bass, keys and pedal steel, are no less talented; White's band made the jam feel more like a journey than a meandering mishap, as is too often the case with jam bands. Add two semi trucks worth of lighting and sound equipment to the mix, and the result was a bona fide arena show squeezed into the intimacy of Popejoy Hall. It was reminiscent of Deep Purple or The Allman Brothers Band concerts from the '70s I've seen on Youtube—more reminders of being born too late. With an eight-song encore, the show clocked in at just under two hours. White was sheepish and shy, only addressing the audience at the end of the show, but he's a consummate showman who clearly cares about preserving a dying art—one where people write and perform their own songs and pour their souls, sweat and grit into every note.

V.24 No.6 | 2/5/2015
Lamb kebabs
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Middle Eastern EDo

Yasmine’s Café

Ari LeVaux visits a Central Avenue favorite that has changed hands many times over the years.
“Zut alors! Even our ice cream sucks.”

Film Review

Two Days, One Night

Simple, working-class story about job security delivers Oscar-worthy drama

Working-class film from Belgium finds Oscar-quality drama in economic insecurity.
V.24 No.5 | 1/29/2015
MarQuee burger
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Redeeming ‘the Q’

Q Burger gets it together

Even if you’ve never called Albuquerque “The Q,” you’ll appreciate these burgers.
“Relax, honey. We’ll get through this. ... One day the ’80s will be over.”

Film Review

A Most Violent Year

Chandor’s ’70s-style crime thriller aims for greatness, hits goodness

J.C. Chandor’s ’80s-set crime saga A Most Violent Year aims for greatness, but only hits goodness.

Book Review

Even God Leaves a Carbon Footprint

Carbon

An environmental sci-fi graphic novel with dark overtones, Carbon is populated by demons, gods and coal barons.
V.24 No.4 | 1/22/2015
Kara miso
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Back from the Heart of Japan

Kokoro Japanese Restaurant returns to Albuquerque

An Asian favorite returns after the owner’s sabbatical in Japan.

Film Review

Blackhat

When it comes to information technology, Hollywood just can’t hack it; or the history of bad computer movies in one review

Michael Mann’s preposterous thriller Blackhat proves that Hollywood just can’t hack high tech.

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