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 V.14 No.16 | April 21 - 27, 2005 

Newscity

Ballroom Blitz

Lessons learned from SXSW 2005

The more things change, the more they stay the same. You've heard that before. And sometimes it's true. For example, a quick scan of the headlines generated from this year's South by Southwest music showcase in Austin, Texas, follows a similar theme, the same theme in fact that the music press has rehashed now for the past five years.

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Thin Line

Quote of the week. Santa Fe City Council member David Pfeffer, angered by an April 5 Albuquerque Journal article titled "Pfeffer Wants to Patrol Border," responded to the story in a letter published in the Journal on April 6 claiming the reporter, John T. Huddy, was guilty of ye olde "complete fabrication."

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Commentary

Impact Fee Psychosis

Leninists and corporate shills make odd bedfellows at the Legislature

Impact fees have amazing powers. They can restore sense to the city's growth policies. But did you know they also induce pathological behavior? Impact fees can turn right-wing Republicans into Leninists and glib liberals. They also have a strange effect on populist Democrats, turning them into shills for corporate favoritism.

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News Editorial

Red-handed

The big deal about the Albuquerque Party Patrol

The APD Party Patrol genuinely seemed like a good bunch of people. And so well-behaved. Of course, I was a reporter with a microphone in my pocket, but all the same they seemed perfectly pleased to have me along for the ride. It was fun that night, getting the chance to watch our local party busters in action, even though we didn't break up any raucous events. It gave me a newfound respect for their team—these guys really were the cream of the crop, hand selected to serve in the overtime program that was supposed to save teenage lives and keep the peace. They deserved the extra bucks they were making off the shift—they knew how to deal with kids—they were calm, respectful, yet authoritative (in a good way). All that extra training seemed to be paying off. And so when I wrote my story on the Party Patrol a few days later ["Laying Down the Law," March 24-30], that night stayed with me.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Australia—Despite recent crackdowns on passengers and the items that they are allowed to carry on to planes, airport security continues to suffer setbacks. Take for example, the story of David Cox, who was waiting inside the terminal at Sydney Airport last week. He happened to glance outside the window, and what should he see but a baggage handler wandering around the runway wearing the camel costume that he had packed in his luggage. On Friday, Qantas Airways Ltd. suspended the handler in question after a video revealed the unnamed man opening the passenger's bag, donning the camel's head and wandering around the airport tarmac. According to Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon, the baggage handler could be fired pending further investigation. “We are acutely aware of heightened community concerns around security of baggage,” Dixon said in a statement. “What has happened is completely unacceptable and is unacceptable to the vast majority of decent, hardworking Qantas employees.”

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Letters

Recently, I found myself defending an article that I wrote and was published in the Alibi letters section last month. I was seated along with about 20 other civic leaders around a conference room table. Our monthly neighborhood association coalition meeting started on time, following the agenda on topics of importance and interest to the residents of this particular Northeast City Council district.

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News Interview

Not All Music is Created Equal

An interview with Jay Frank, programming director of Yahoo! Music

On the final day of this year's South by Southwest music showcase, I stumbled into a convention center ballroom that promised a lively discussion on the state of the music industry in the United States. I figured no sane member of the music press would pass that up, right? There's just so much to talk about. You've got satellite radio, Internet downloads, peer-to-peer file sharing technology, the iPod, eMusic, iTunes, reggae tone, ringtones, Britney Spears ... you name it. So I went in search of enlightenment.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Finish Him

Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party

Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

MuggleWatch 2016

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party

Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Viva Frida, Colorful Art Goddess

6th Annual Frida Fiesta

Celebrate the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with live music, a Frida Parade and a Frida birthday cake.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Aug 5)

Geek Out!

Albuquerque Cosplay Ball

A night out with local cosplayers. Enjoy skits, waltz lessons, food from Kirei cafe, a dance contest hosted by Nikoel of SenshiGomi cosplay and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

A Midsummer Night's Wings

Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight

Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about nature journaling.
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The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Downtown Summerfest

Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Glowing Recommendation

Glow Swim

Rangers give presentations about water safety and how to properly use a lifejacket. All swimmers are required to wear a USCG approved lifejacket.
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Today's Events

Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park

6th Annual Frida Fiesta at Patio Market in Old Town

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