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V.22 No.43 | 10/24/2013
The Octopus and the Fox
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Arts Feature

Octofair Brings Octofun

Autumn gets artsy at The Octopus and the Fox

Full-fledged fall fun supports local artists and crafters at the October Octofair.
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V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012
Before: The 505 house-party uniform

Fashion

A coming-of-age story about pants

The fashion bloggers at BurqueStyle have embarked upon an age-old endeavor.

You see, there comes a time in every young jerk’s life, when one might want to get the kind of job where clothes matter a little.

I’m not talking about life at the Alibi. Most days, we’re just lucky we’re all wearing pants. (To be fair, some staffers dress very nicely here. I’m not one of them.) However, if I were a lawyer defending you in a triple-homicide case, maybe you’d want me to class it up a little. Like with a hat or something.

Which brings us to Jersey punk transplant J. He once drove a car through a Home Depot. He hangs around Dumpsters, if the photos on the blog are any indication. Soon, he will be a young professional. So BurqueStyle and local clothing shop Toad Road hooked him up with some ideas.

I think it’s actually kinda hard to dress professionally but still feel like yourself if you’re coming from an counterculture background. They did nice work. And J still got a chance to point out that if you’re wearing pants that cost $180, it totally blows if you screw them up somehow. But they fit nice, he says, and feel better than the mass-produced, cookie-cutter $15 jeans dangling from plastic hangers at Walmart.

And all the better if you can support local business or avoid child-labor-made goods in the process.

BurqueStyle’s got an event happening this weekend, too. Pop Up ABQ is Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Corrales Bistro Brewery. Details here.

V.19 No.12 |

food

Jennifer James Leaves Wallets Around

The inspired Albuquerque chef is combining a Wonka-style lottery with the timeless coupon concept. Over the next two weeks, be on the lookout for unattended wallets and purses in the city. Inside, you’ll find dolla bill$ with James’ face on them, an eating license and fake credit cards. You can bring them to her restaurant and get $30 off your bill. "We needed something that people would notice, pick up and look at,” she says in a news release. “In this economy, people are only thinking about money, so this is kinda our own personal stimulus package."

V.19 No.12 | 3/25/2010
The grill’s Italian burger.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Food

Independence Grill Closed

Maybe you already heard, but the patriotically decorated Independence Grill shut its doors on Sunday, March 14. Here’s the goodbye post from near midnight on the locally owned restaurant’s Facebook page:

So that's all she wrote folks! Thank you so much for your support of our risky business venture this last year and a half. We have so many memories. Sadly, we have closed up shop tonight and will miss you all. :( We wish more than anyone that we could have made our little Indy Grill a lasting success.

It may have been kind of sudden, as earlier in the day at around 4:30 p.m., the grill posted:

I have to say...I finally expanded and tried our Revolutionary Burger yesterday with the Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, cream cheese, and pineapple slaw and have been wondering why I haven't had on every day for the last year! You should DEFINITELY make today the day to try one.

The place was known for its many variations on the hamburger form and for its support of the tea party movement.

V.19 No.10 |

Video Games

Touch Your Video Games

"I think back to the ’20s when people saw movies for the first time. It's something most people don't even really envision can exist. When you touch something and you can actually feel it and it's physical even though it's virtual ... "

That's Tom Anderson speaking, CEO of Novint, a local company that makes haptic video game controllers and sells them around the planet. Haptics are to our sense of touch what graphics are to our sense of sight, he explained.

The device went from costing tens of thousands in the '90s to about $15,000 in 2000. It was only in the last couple of years after a worldwide search that Novint was able to make one for about $180. Read the full profile here.

The Falcon, as the game controller is called, works with about 50 games right now, including the Orange Box releases. Soon, with the advent of a product called F-Gen, the device will work with any game right out of the box, Anderson says.