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V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011

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Flyer on the Wall

Lucha

It seems like it was over before it even began! Rock and roll duo the Elevator Boys plays for the last time on Friday, Sept. 23. The show—opened by Great White Buffalo and Joe Cardillo (Scrams singer, performing solo for the first time)—happens at 8 p.m. at The Tan (formerly Normal Gallery, 1415 Fourth Street SW). Admission to this all-ages night of loving and fighting and rocking is $5. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.50 | 12/16/2010
The gimmick of a mask was first adopted by American wrestlers wishing to take on another identity and grapple in other leagues. In Mexico,   mascarados   are considered sacred and are never removed in public. The legendary   enmascarado   El Santo was buried in his gimmick. A wrestler who is stripped of his mask in the ring is shamed.
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Mucha Lucha

Mexican wrestling finds a new home in Albuquerque

It’s Sunday night in the main showroom at the Hard Rock Casino, south of Albuquerque. The place is packed and excitement is high. “¡Otra! ¡Otra!,” shouts the crowd, encouraging a tall man in a gold mask to mete out “another!” viscous forearm smash to a beefy bodybuilder dressed like a cross between serial killer Jason Voorhees and an extra in Gladiator. Lucha libre has come to Albuquerque. And it’s got the locals cheering.

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V.19 No.49 | 12/9/2010
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El Smackdown

“Masked Warriors” leaps into Albuquerque

It’s not often that Duke City denizens get to see a TV show being filmed. Sure, “Breaking Bad,” “In Plain Sight,” “Wildfire” and “Scoundrels” all made their mark on Albuquerque, lensing (and in the case of the first two, continuing to lens) lots of local landmarks. But aside from the random sighting of a film crew camped out Downtown, our opportunity to really see a show being shot is slim.

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