Saturday, May 21: Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Boogie with Buika
Thursday, Mar 24: Buika
Burque’s Spanish-Language Music Scene
From norteño and corridos to polka and beyond
Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail
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.
Found in Translation
Spain's Great Untranslated
Gold and Souls
Winter of the Metal People
The Daily Word in gun buy-backs, creeping fuel spills and conspiracy theorists
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.
The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican
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.
Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?
Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.
Sexuality as a force for good.
Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.
Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.
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.
Lost and Found
The children of Cuidando los Niños
A soft-spoken young woman in a button-up shirt and black slacks bows her head. “Ya’at’eeh,” she says quietly in Navajo, then switches to English. “I became a mother at age 17,” begins Reina. She now has three young daughters.
Spanish wine importer Ray Vigil has gone far, but his local roots run deep
You can’t help but notice Ray Vigil’s intense energy. His mind and body are always in motion, but his most noticeable characteristic is his positive outlook and contagious sense of possibility. When discussing his two favorite topics—cooking and wine—the Vin Iberian Wines founder becomes almost childlike in his enthusiasm. Speaking with him, you realize it’s his passion for these two hobbies, and not profit, that led him to his career as an importer of Spanish wines.