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A big thanks to Showcase participants and attendees
Winners and nominees—23 of them— rocked over a thousand attendees at five venues on March 24, 2018. It was a blast and we’ll see you at next year’s shindig. Here for posterity (and your browsing pleasure) are the winners and runners-up.
The students in the Dolores Gonzales Gardening Club will be going home with not only some fresh fruits and vegetables from their beds, but also with some plants they can continue to nurture at home, learning to be stewards for nature.
Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
Reset, restaffed and injected with a long-overdue sense of humor, “Fear the Walking Dead” now feels like a dusty undead Western and it might actually be the jolt of zesty ranch flavor this show’s bland mix of rotting corpses and bad decisions has been needing.
A measure to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis passed by a hair, though four City Councilors still felt it's a good idea to lock people in a cage for using a substance that doesn't harm anybody.
Bernalillo County's District Attorney is calling for expanded limits on existing gun laws; a judge has ruled that state Sen. Joseph Cervantes qualifies to run for the Democratic nomination in the state's Gubernatorial race; a bill expanding a national child abduction alert service's coverage to include tribal lands was signed into law by President Donald Trump last week.
Tips on reducing and reusing the stuff you’d normally throw out
By Robin Babb
If you cook at home at all, you likely throw away a lot of food waste. But there’s plenty of clever ways you can reuse scraps to keep them out of the landfill and save yourself a few bucks in the process.
School districts across the state are struggling to interpret legislation that increases teachers' salaries; a state congressional candidate allegedly failed to disclose large real estate contracts with state agencies over the last five years, possibly violating state law.
Even in the pallid realm of gothdom, joy is possible. In a world where love hurts, music provides a purity of form that leads away from the edge to a pulsating center. And that’s that’s just the goths; every other subculture has probably come to the same conclusion.
Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth
By Maggie Grimason
The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.
Artist Gina Beavers renders social media as high art
By Maggie Grimason
In recent years, Gina Beavers has explored imagery culled from the internet and rendered in realistic acrylic paint, providing us with a different eye on ourselves and the ways in which we express ourselves, even in the most casual forums.
David Chang challenges “authenticity” in new Netflix series
By Robin Babb
In “Ugly Delicious,” David Chang and a rotating cast of friends and expert guests travel around the world to examine the origins and modern permutations of different kinds of foods. Chang wants to know what makes a dish authentic and, more importantly, why we should care.
Heinrich instrumental in code talker’s recognition
By August March
When the tide of fascism rose to unbearable levels Adolph Nagurski went out to meet it, using his own culture as a weapon, though having been denied that culture by the large apparatus of the federal government.
New Mexico Environment Department fines LANL over hazardous waste storage; records of Governor Martinez's audit-exempt expenses obtained; Latifah Phillips fired from job as state's assistant secretary for Native American education.
Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey
By Devin D. O’Leary
Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
Artist nicholas b jacobsen shows us what we can learn from the natural world around us
By Maggie Grimason
What does being a rock look like to you? To artist nicholas b jacobsen the practice of being a rock is the practice of approaching a new understanding of yourself in stillness, and the world outside in all its busy-ness and all of its tranquility, too.