Albuquerque youth ask the City Council to approve an arts space just for them
A runty Slayer T-shirt is adrift in a lake of beige, blue and gray suits. It floats down through clumps of swollen shoulder pads, finally settling into a bank of black tops.
E-mail This To All Your Friends!—Generally, I don't read past the first few paragraphs of any story in The Onion: America's Finest News Source. The headlines and the wacky lead are the funny parts—the rest is just made-up, tired fluff. As a member of the media, I enjoy scanning its pages to see what big-buzz story parody makes the front page or which cultural absurdity will be thrown under the microscope of comedic scrutiny (i.e. "Women Who Claims Book Changed Her Life Has Not Changed"). And as a member of the media, a recent article threw my industry under the microscope with surgeon-like precision, rife with "made-up, tired fluff" and a heavy dose of reality.
Artists say the removal of graffiti murals is more than just cleanup; it stamps out a tradition of public space reclamation
Part two of a two-part series. Read Part one here.
Ortiz y Pino
Honoring the work of Frank Sanchez
Last week, while I was meeting with a community organizer who works for Albuquerque Interfaith, she asked me, “Who do you think of as your heroes?”
Odds & Ends
Dateline: England —Homes were evacuated, a main road was closed and a controlled explosion was set off after a “suspicious package” was found attached to a bridge in Pease Pottage, West Sussex. In the end, some bats were mighty pissed. The A23 and the B2110 highways were both closed for several hours after an Army bomb disposal team was called in to investigate. Several nearby homes were evacuated and motorists experienced long delays as the mysterious box was destroyed without incident. The British Highways Agency eventually identified the suspicious package as a bat box being used as part of a wildlife survey. “We are working on ways to improve identification of our property to avoid a repeat of the incident,” a B.H.A. spokesperson told the BBC.
Waiting For the Light to Change
Red-light cameras dominate the Council
So we shouldn't object to electronic surveillance unless we want to break the law, right? When it comes to red-light cameras, Albuquerque hasn't really made up its mind.
Bisti Beast Meets Godzilla
NM Black Expo
New Mexico Black Expo brings together statewide stakeholders and partnerships that empower the community by providing resources, engagement opportunities and shared cultural experiences in the focus areas of economic empowerment, healthcare advocacy, education, policy and community development. This year’s Black Expo happens on Saturday, June 22 from 2pm to 10pm within Expo New Mexico at Villa Hispana, and it’s free for all-ages. Small businesses offer their products and services in a no-cost networking and marketing atmosphere in the Flower Room. In addition, health vendors and a children’s corner provide screenings, education and interactive learning activities. The entertainment comes courtesy of local singers, dance groups, musicians, rappers, comedians and spoken word artists. This year, national recording artists Anita Wilson and saxophonist Jazmin Ghent also perform.