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V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Music Feature

Burque’s Spanish-Language Music Scene

From norteño and corridos to polka and beyond

Franchesca Stevens reports on the state of the Spanish-language club scene in Burque. Long story short, it’s thriving.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe
Matt Wright
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe

Arts

Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail

Janire Nájera
Julia Gómez at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on the Colcha stitch

Janire Nájera apparently likes her road trips 19th-century-style. The Spanish photojournalist and curator is taking a cue from Antonio Armijo—who laid the groundwork for successful trade along what's now known as the Old Spanish Trail when he successfully hoofed it from New Mexico to California and back (and managed to make a profit in the process)—with a voyage through northern New Mexico, parts of Utah and Arizona, and into Southern California. For the journey, Nájera's own pack animal of choice is an RV from 1984, a bit of an upgrade from the 100 mules of Armijo's trip in 1829-1830. Her goals are social and artistic in nature as she explores, according to the description on her website, how “the traditions of the first settlers [of European descent] ... have merged with domestic cultures, influencing the creation and identity of today's pueblos and modern cities.”

Nájera's journey began in Santa Fe on March 10, and she's already building a fascinating portrait of modern-day descendants of our region's Spanish heritage. See Nájera's video below featuring Julia Gómez talking about the famous Colcha stitch, and her latest blog entry has another great one with Santa Fe hairdresser Faustino Herrera de Vargas, entirely in Spanish, speaking about his storied life.

Follow Janire Nájera's travels along the Old Spanish Trail at her blog Looking Forward, Moving Back, and keep a weather eye out for the book and photography exhibit that will be the eventual result.

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V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013

Book Review

Found in Translation

Spain's Great Untranslated

Spain’s Great Untranslated is a new anthology that deals with issues as disparate as terrorism, love, grief and addiction, styles range from the darkly comic to the starkly tragic.
V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Winter of the Metal People

Book Review

Gold and Souls

Winter of the Metal People

A novel of the bloody events that followed the arrival of Coronado’s advance expedition as it barreled through the Southwest.
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V.22 No.15 |

news

The Daily Word in gun buy-backs, creeping fuel spills and conspiracy theorists

The Daily Word

The Sunport is beefing up security after the Boston Marathon bombings. Because that's what they do when pretty much anything happens.

ABQ City Council: We ain't gonna buy your guns.

The EPA says that Albuquerque residents can look forward to drinking water with "high energy additives" in the future.

There is Spanish in baseball.

Wounded Saudi national who was tackled and taken into custody after the Boston Marathon bombings is found guilty. Of being Saudi. But nothing else.

Anti-government conspiracy nut Alex Jones knows who really bombed the marathon! Spoiler alert: He thinks the government did it. As part of a conspiracy. Because he is a nut.

Weiner rises again! (No, I don't care about this. Yes, I only included it for the dick joke.)

And the gun bill looks like it's going to die.

V.20 No.46 |

news

The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican

The Daily Word

UNM hires ex-Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to be Lobo football's new boss.

APD fires belly-bumping officers who kicked a suspect in the head on video.

The toast sandwich is two pieces of bread around a slice of toast. It's the 150-year-old brainchild of Victorian food writer Mrs. Beeton.

Occupy Wall Street embarks on a nonviolent solidarity action, and has trouble with police in New York.

Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?

Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.

Sexuality as a force for good.

The New Mexico Independent is done done. Almost exactly a year ago, the company got rid of its news team and hired part-time bloggers.

Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.

Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.

Politicians fumbling Spanish.

The people don't like Congress much these days. Know what that means? It's third-party time.

Google's getting into the music store biz. But there's no Prince. And no Zeppelin.

Katy Perry's Milli Vanilli flute fail.

Norwegians raise a viking ship using viking tools.

Is ScarJo a beard?

Some places in the world remain untouched by Facebook.

Life on Europa.

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Lost and Found

The children of Cuidando los Niños

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V.18 No.48 | 11/26/2009
Ray Vigil

Feature

The Importer

Spanish wine importer Ray Vigil has gone far, but his local roots run deep

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Sean Costanza at Blackbird Buvette

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Stand-Up Comedy Thursday at The Stage @ Santa Ana Star

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