The Daily Word in mine sweeping rats, spray-on condoms and Morrissey’s junk
Citizens live without cell phones or WiFi in this West Virginian town.
Iconic percussionist and drumstick maker Vic Firth has died at the age of 85.
Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition James Palmer, who is currently nowhere to be found.
Everything you hate about wearing glasses.
I present to you the spray-on condom.
Prepare to be disappointed by tonight's blue moon.
Check out Prince's new song!
Odds & Ends
Sci-fi hip-hop, flower power, the Black Spirits and in the key of XX
There are more boss concerts coming up than you can shake a stick at. We took a stab at it anyway. But what about the stuff there just wasn't enough dead tree space to explore? Of primary importance is the 42nd Annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, which happens Sunday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 27. Celebrating the centenary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, special guest composers and performers include wireless controller-obsessed Duo X, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli and local Sunday favorites Chatter, and they're demoing Robb's Moog Synthesizer this year. For the full schedule, visit the trust's site: robbtrust.org
But experimental and classical composition isn't all our fair city has on offer this week. Whether you're into hip-hop, horrorcore, pornocore, strings, Zimbabwean spirituals or songs written by women, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Peep related A/V below. Sister • Kool Keith • Fri Mar 22 • 10 pm • $16 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
Music to Your Ears
Camp and concerts feature African music and dance
If you’re excited by the idea of eight straight days of dancing, singing, drumming and learning about African culture with renowned teachers from all over the continent, read on. This week marks the beginning of Camp Mabina and the first of two big concerts surrounding the camp’s many workshops.
The Daily Word starring Banksy, Thom Yorke and Bryan Cranston.
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Whippersnappers say no to the new sexiness.
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A bad lady was a mean to dogs.
Alibi's Ben Radford reports on North American Lake Monsters.
Blair River, spokesperson for the Heart Attack Grill, died of pneumonia.
Banksy bailed out some artistic Russian hooligans.
It's life, Jim, but not as we know it. NASA found fossilized bacteria on a meteorite.
Quick. Somebody buy me a Dune coloring book.
I love e-books. Andy Rooney hates e-books.
China wins top honors in 700-year-old Chinese mummy preservation.
On the other hand, China's mega-mall is kind of like downtown Albuquerque.
National Geographic built the house from Up!
I don’t remember any of these weird wrestlers.
Listen to the new smooth jazz Metallica.
My new burial plans involve being shattered like a frozen liquid Terminator.
Heather Wilson is probably going to run for Senate.
The arts board wants to protect Albuquerque’s Ghost Bikes.
Read more Albuquerque stories from Adelita over at DCF.
Happy birthay Bryan Cranston.
Thanks to Tom Nayder, Robert Masterson and Geoffrey Anjou for some of today’s fine news stories.
Thumb Piano Extravaganza
If you’ve never been, Ezra’s Place is the absurdly delicious, Dennis Apodaca joint (see Sophia’s Place) inside of Lucky 66 Bowl on Fourth Street. A trip to Ezra’s is well worth it just for the gourmet diner fare and interesting atmosphere, but tonight there’s an even bigger incentive to stop by. Musekiwa Chingodza and Cosmas Magaya, Zimbabwean masters of the mbira—that’s a thumb piano to folks who can’t pronounce mbira—will be performing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The duo plays for tips tonight before heading up north for other events. Admission is free, but you’d be a fool not to fork over some cash for a Kobe burger and prickly pear margarita (and tip the musicians).