Nonstop To Lawsuit City



Nonstop To Lawsuit City
VOL III, Issue 7, April 6 – 19, 2016
Serving Up Journalistic Justice Since 2014
To Lawsuit
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Goes X-rated
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Will Cost
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New Cat Café
Serves Java &
Kitty Cuddles
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Surf Beat: Dick Dale Tells All
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2 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
ABQ Free Press Pulp News
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PCs for the poor
A top Apple executive recently
mocked people using older
computers. While showing off a
new Apple display and camera,
Apple’s head of marketing, Phil
Schiller, took some digs at Windows and PC users, specifically
the 600 million people using PCs
more than five years old. “This
is really sad,” Schiller said. C.
Custer, reporter for Tech in Asia,
criticized Schiller’s remarks:
“Using the same machine for five
years? How barbaric! Thank God
we live in civilized society, where
everyone throws their gadgets
out and buys new ones every two
Donald’s grandpa
Donald Trump’s family name
was Drumpf when his grandfather Friedrich immigrated to
the United States in 1885 and
opened a brothel in New York
City. Friedrich, who changed his
name to Frederick Trump, followed the Klondike gold rush to
the Yukon and ran brothels there,
allowing customers to pay with
gold dust. He returned to New
York after a regional police crackdown on gambling, liquor and
prostitution. In one of his books,
Donald Trump wrote that the
name Drumpf Tower “Doesn’t
sound nearly as catchy.”
Less yucky
Boeing, which manufactures
most U.S. airliners, has developed a new prototype airplane
bathroom that sanitizes itself
after each use by blasting the
space with ultraviolet light that
the manufacturer says kills
99.9 percent of all germs on the
room’s surfaces in just three seconds. The prototype goes further:
a bathroom vent on the floor to
whisk away spilled liquids, and
touch-free faucets, trash bins,
toilet covers and flush handles.
Previous advances by Boeing led
to negative-pressure bathrooms
that keep smells from permeating
the airline cabin.
Syrian spaceman
If you don’t recognize the name
Muhammed Faris, you should:
In 1987, he became the first Arab
cosmonaut. The Syrian, who
spent seven days, 23 hours and
five minutes in space on the Mir
space station, returned a national
hero and tried to convince Syria’s
leader, Hafez al-Assad, to create a
national space institute. The ruler
said no. “He wanted to keep his
people uneducated and divided,
with limited understanding,”
Faris told The U.K. newspaper,
The Guardian. “That’s how
dictators stay in power,” he said.
Now, Faris is one of millions of
Syrian refugees from the regime
of al-Assad’s son, Bashar al-assad. Faris lives in Istanbul.
A Baltimore woman is suing
the city for damages, including
PTSD, after she was blown
off her toilet by city sanitation
workers using high-pressure
hoses to clear a clogged sewer
in her neighborhood. The blast
exploded her toilet and sent her
flying across her bathroom. She
wants $250,000 for the emotional
trauma she says the incident
caused her.
Internet privacy
The Federal Communications
Commission wants to crack
down on Internet providers who
see it as their right to record and
sell your Internet browsing habits. The FCC wants companies to
obtain explicit permission before
they can sell your information
to third parties, rather than
including an assent in their terms
of services. Providers argue the
proposed rule will lead to higher
user fees. On a similar note, users
of the workplace collaboration
app Slack may not realize that
every keystroke they make while
on Slack is saved in perpetuity,
or until the account is deleted,
meaning the messages are subject
to subpoena and are accessible by
employers. The growth of Slack
will lead to “environments of total surveillance,” wrote Annalee
Newitz of
“Freddie Got Fingered,” a comedy movie on VHS, got a Concord, N.C., man arrested when
a cop who pulled him over for a
broken taillight found a 14-yearold warrant that he had never
returned the movie to a store that
no longer exists. “He goes, ‘Sir, I
don’t know how to tell you this,
but there’s a warrant for your
arrest from 2002. Apparently, you
rented a movie “Freddy Got Fingered” and you never returned
it. … And we’re here to take you
to jail,’” James Meyers said of
the incident on a YouTube video
he posted. Meyers was allowed
to leave the scene and take his
young daughter to school if he
promised to surrender later in
the day, which he did. He was arrested, handcuffed and released
on a condition to appear April 27
in a local court. The alleged crime
is a misdemeanor punishable by
a fine of up to $200.
Last chance for
Texas businessman Roy Rose has
plans to transform the Bastrop,
Texas, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” landmark Last Chance
Gas Station from a creepy movie
memory into an even more creepily named barbecue destination –
We Slaughter Barbecue. According to KXAN in Austin, Rose and
business partner Ari Lehman,
who played Jason Voorhees in
the first “Friday the 13th” film,
are building a “horror barbecue
resort” that will include cabins,
a music stage, souvenirs and, of
course, barbecue. Rose hopes to
complete renovations and open
the resort in late summer 2016.
Phallus Fun
In Kawasaki, Japan, it’s the start
of an annual celebration called
the Kanamara Matsuri, or “Steel
Phallus.” Festival-goers sport
penis-shaped purses and carry
large penis-shaped Shinto shrines
through the streets, and people
eat penis-shaped lollipops and
other penile edibles. The event,
which started in 1977, has its
roots in the 17th Century when
a blacksmith built a steel monument to honor the deities of
childbirth and fertility. This year,
festival-goers can straddle a giant
wooden phallus. As Ron Dicker
of the Huff-Post website wrote,
“Hey, what’s a festival without
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the first win came in 2013.
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concern over the fact the artist wasn’t named.
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Eating Bark, Dirt and Trying
To Make Texas Eat Crow
ello, my inquisitive citizens!
This is The Sassy
Lass, your friendly
brainiac. This time
out, I’ve got two
curious questions on
Q: I understand that aspirin was
derived from tree bark, which makes
me think that at some time in human
history, someone gnawed on trees and
discovered it cured their headache. I’ve
also heard that women in the South
eat dirt. Why on earth, pardon the pun,
would they do that? This idea of people
eating “stuff” later found to have medicinal effects intrigues me. When did
tree gnawing begin, and what benefits
come from eating dirt?
You’re right, Nature Nibbler — someone
in our evolutionary history did scarf
bark, namely Australopithecus sediba.
An examination of their dental plaque
determined that these human ancestors
ate tree bark, as well as fruit and leaves,
two million years ago.
After we descended from the treetops,
humans discovered the medicinal properties of flowers, weeds and especially
willow tree bark.
The word “aspirin” traces its roots to
Spiraea, a biological genus of shrubs
rich in salicylic acid, which reduces
inflammation, lowers body temperature
and relieves pain. Early incarnations
of aspirin were made by boiling white
willow bark, although its acidity causes
major stomach upset. The ancient
Sumerians and Egyptians refer to it in
pharmacopoeia, and Greek physician
Hippocrates even recommended salicylic
tea to alleviate the pain of childbirth.
Today’s aspirin was made in the 1890s
by chemist Felix Hoffmann and was
available over the counter by 1915.
As for a dirt diet, count yourself
privileged if soil isn’t on your menu.
Earth eating, or geophagia, includes the
consumption of dirt, chalk or clay. It is a
widespread practice amongst animals,
and human geophagia goes back more
than 2,000 years.
These days, people who gobble
ground are often dirt poor. Starving
Haitians will eat biscuits made from
soil, salt and Crisco to fill their bellies;
ironically, long-term consumption leads
to malnutrition. Still, it seems that dirt
has things – including minerals such as
calcium, B12 and iron – that some folks
don’t get anywhere else.
Speaking of tummy aches, ever
wonder where Kaopectate got its name?
It’s from kaolin clay, originally an
active ingredient in this OTC diarrhea
treatment. It is used to make porcelain
and paint; kaolin is also eaten as an
appetite suppressant and is one of
many bizarre cravings reported among
pregnant women.
Sandersville, Ga., is the “Kaolin Capital
of the World,” where Ziploc bags of
kaolin sold as novelties are eaten as
snacks. For one woman’s story of kaolin
addiction, watch the documentary “Eat
White Dirt.”
Before you dive into your kid’s mud
pie though, be forewarned: health risks
of geophagia include tetanus, stomach
tears and bowel obstructions.
Q: If you look at a map of New Mexico,
the eastern border with Oklahoma
shows a little jog outward to the east,
away from the border with Texas. For a
state so precisely drawn by a bunch of
OCD mapmakers to match longitudinal
lines, it seems odd. Why does Union
County bulge out there?
A: Ah, the mystery of the Union County
bulge. Well, Curious Cartographer, it’s
not as mysterious as you’d think. Why
did the Land of Enchantment end up as
the Land of Uneven? Short answer: It
was a mistake. The complete answer is a
little more complicated.
The eastern border of New Mexico is
along 103° W longitude with Oklahoma,
then it moves three miles west of 103°
W longitude with Texas.
The New Mexico Territory was established in 1850 by the Organic Act, using
that longitude as the eastern border.
Nine years later, the 1859 Clark Survey
screwed up everything. The surveyors’
tools, time tables and sense of perspective meant the line got shifted, and New
Mexico lost 603,485 acres; the decision
was ratified in 1891.
So we know why the boundary is
futzed up. Why has it remained so?
Because it was either that or no statehood. Before New Mexico could become
a state, it was forced to accept the Clark
survey line. Congress even declared the
1891 ratification to be “a conclusive
location and settlement” of the lines.
New Mexico begrudgingly accepted
the ultimatum in 1912 and earned her
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PARCC, Abortion Rights
And ‘Yo Soy Joaquín’
by sayrah namastÉ
testing: Last year,
students surprised
New Mexico with
massive “walk
outs” to protest
the infamous
PARCC tests and
took to the streets chanting rather than
participate in the high-stakes test.
I was one of many parents holding
signs in front of my daughter’s school
alongside the teachers’ union opposing
high-stakes testing. As PARCC testing
begins for New Mexico schools again
this month, activists have organized a
Town Hall on Standardized Testing titled
“First We Walked Out, Now We Opt
Out” at 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April
13, at the African American Performing
Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Drive NE.
Janelle Astorga, co-leader of last
year’s Albuquerque High School PARCC
student walkouts, will speak at the
Town Hall. Another speaker will be
Jesse Hagopian, author of “More Than
a Score: the New Uprising Against High
Stakes Testing.”
Organizers will also give out 2016
opt-out information for parents and
students. The campaign has not lost
steam; recently the ACLU filed a
lawsuit against the New Mexico Public
Education Department on behalf of
some Albuquerque teachers and parents
as a result of the “gag” rule that
prevents teachers from making negative
comments about standardized tests.
Please RSVP for the Town Hall if you will
need translation or childcare. For more
information, please call Emma Sandoval
(505) 247-8832.
Abortion rights: University of New
Mexico Nursing Students for Choice,
Planned Parenthood New Mexico,
and Respect New Mexico Women are
concerned about the closing of abortion
clinics across the country.
They have organized a screening of
the new film, “Trapped,” which will be
shown 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at
the Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE.
The film documents the fight to keep
abortion clinics open across the country.
It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film
Festival, where it won the Special Jury
Award for Social Impact Filmmaking.
Hundreds of laws regulating abortion
clinics have been passed by conservative
state legislatures since 2010, including
our neighboring state of Texas. These restrictions are called TRAP laws (Targeted
Regulations of Abortion Providers).
Often, women from other states such as
Texas travel to Albuquerque to access
abortion procedures.
In recent years, Albuquerque has been
a focal point in the abortion debate. In
2013, the city considered a ballot that
would have banned abortions after
20 weeks. A campaign called Respect
New Mexico Women was created by
several organizations and supported by
respected Hispanic labor leader Dolores
Huerta to keep abortion legal. The
measure failed to pass, and abortion
clinics, including ones that perform third
trimester abortions, have stayed open in
New Mexico.
The film was made before Supreme
Court Justice Scalia passed away.
Republicans refuse to hold hearings for
President Obama’s nominee, resulting
in an even number of Supreme Court
justices, which has already resulted in
some tie decisions.
A panel discussion after the film will
educate viewers about how these laws
impact patients and providers and what
you can do to support access to abortion
rights in New Mexico.
Chicano rights: Many New Mexicans were part of the Chicano Rights
Movement, marching as Brown Berets
and organizing their own political party,
La Raza Unida. An epic poem by Rodolfo
“Corky” Gonzales famously associated
with the Chicano movement of the
1960s has been turned into a play.
“Yo Soy Joaquín” will be shown at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, through
Saturday, April 9. It will be shown
again at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at
the National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 Fourth St. SW. “Yo Soy Joaquín”
describes the struggles Chicano people
have faced in seeking economic justice
and equal rights.
Corky’s poem was published in 1967
and has been described as “the forerunner of the Chicano cultural renaissance.”
A classic in the classroom for teaching
Chicano history, it is often referenced
by writers, researchers and historians as
a pinnacle in the evolution of Chicano
culture and literature.
Playwright Patricio Trujillo y Fuentes,
who grew up in Pueblo, Colo., in the
1960s, has known the poem since he was
9 years old. By turning the poem into
a play, he wants to reach new audiences with the history of the Chicano
movement as well as bring back proud
memories for those who were part of
the movement.
Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the
American Friends Service Committee in
Albuquerque. She writes about events
of interest to Albuquerque’s activist
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 5
Lawsuit to Block ART Alleges City Hall Malfeasance
wo separate groups of residents and business
owners have filed lawsuits – one in federal court
and one in Bernalillo County District Court – to stop
Mayor Richard Berry’s $119 million Albuquerque
Rapid Transit project.
Both lawsuits seek injunctions to stop the 10-milelong ART project along Central Avenue, and both
claim that Berry’s administration and the Federal
Transit Administration violated federal laws in
approving ART.
The first lawsuit, filed in Bernalillo District Court
in Albuquerque, alleges that in approving ART,
Berry’s administration and the Federal Transportation Administration violated the National Historic
Preservation Act and the federal Administrative Act.
It also alleges that the ART project is a public nuisance and constitutes the taking of private property
by the government.
The second lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court
in Albuquerque and alleges many of the same things
as the state court complaint. It also named Berry and
the FTA as defendants.
“The proposed corridor will require the destruction or impact of well over 48 Historic Landmarks
that are registered with the National Historic
Registry and the destruction of well over 217 trees
of historic and environmental significance to the
communities involved,” the state court lawsuit said.
“The proposed corridor will require at least 18
months of construction, which will devastate local
businesses along the corridor and eliminate their
access to customers during construction and after
construction, as the project will prohibit left hand
turns on Central Avenue.”
Phony review
The suit also said that the process by which the
project was approved by the feds was a sham and
that environmental, traffic and historic preservation
studies either weren’t done or were incompletely
Named as defendants in the suit are Berry, Chief
Administrative Officer Rob Perry, Transit Director
Bruce Rizzeiri, Chief Operations Officer Michael
Riordan, all nine members of the Albuquerque City
Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation and
the FTA.
The state court lawsuit was filed by Albuquerque
attorney John McCall. The federal court suit was
filed by Albuquerque attorney John Boyd. Both
lawsuits were filed on April 4.
Plaintiffs in the federal case were businesses
owned by Douglas Peterson, who owns several
properties along Central; the Coalition of Concerned
Citizens to Make Art Smart; and Jean and Marc
Bernstein, owners of the Flying Star restaurants, one
of which is on Central and in the ART corridor.
The lead plaintiff in the state court lawsuit, activist
Maria Bautista, said the city has ignored the complaints of regular citizens about ART.
“The city of Albuquerque has been overrun by
developers, and it is time that residents stand up
and say, ‘Wait a minute, you have been excluding
our vision,’” Bautista said. “The entire Albuquerque
Kelly’s Brew Pub is one of more than 100 Central Avenue businesses that oppose Mayor Richard Berry’s proposed ART project.
community has been locked out of the process.
We did everything we could; we went to all the
meetings, and they totally disregarded their constituents.”
Laws ignored
The state court lawsuit said the city and the feds
basically ignored the provisions of the National
Historic Preservation Act, which requires a thorough
study of any historical places along the route by the
Historic Preservation Review Office process.
The national law “requires that any federally
funded undertaking take into account the effect of the
undertaking on any district, site, building, structure or
object that is included in or eligible for inclusion in the
National Register of Historic Places,” the lawsuit said.
“The consultation with [review office] in this case
consisted of two brief letters and no review at all of
the well over 48 sites [along the route]. The City appears to have identified over 150 historic landmarks,
yet none of them has been the subject of any significant study and the City has counted on no questions
from FTA to the City’s cursory two letters to and with
[the review office] because the City has assumed there
would be a wide range of public support. This is not
the case.”
The lawsuit asks for a “full review of Historic Landmarks and the impact of the project thereon rather
than the illegal cursory indication that no significant
impacts would occur with regard to Historic Properties.”
The lawsuit alleges ART will be a public nuisance.
“This project, as planned, would create such devastating effects [on] local businesses that they would be
forced out of business,” the lawsuit said. “The overwhelming business response is against this project, yet
the City has portrayed positive support to the FTA.”
“The eagerness by Albuquerque officials to get the
funds in spite of community opposition to a project
that requires proof to federal officials of general
community support is the essence of malfeasance in
office,” the suit said.
The suit asks that the city be barred from spending
any money on ART until all proper studies are done.
And, it seeks to bar the city from taking “any and all
actions for construction of the ART.”
The federal court action alleges that the FTA
improperly granted the city a “documented Categorical Exclusion” this past August that relieved
the city and the FTA of the obligation to perform an
environmental impact study for ART.
It also alleges that the city provided the FTA
“false statements and assurances ... that the ART
would not significantly impact the foregoing human
environmental factors; and b) that the ART would
not generate intense public discussion, concern or
controversy within any subset of the Albuquerque
The lawsuit continued: “The City’s assurances to
the FTA, together with the FTA’s failure to consider,
address and reasonably evaluate those assurances,
its failure to provide a reasoned basis for its decision
and its violations of its own regulations as described
hereinafter, resulted in the City of Albuquerque
obtaining the CE from the FTA. Albuquerque and
the FTA were thereby relieved, contrary to law, of
their obligations to meaningfully assess the impact
of ART on the Central Avenue corridor, through an
Environmental Assessment or, if later determined
appropriate, an Environmental Impact Statement.”
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor at
ABQ Free Press. Reach him at [email protected]
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The Day I Didn’t Get Shot
By Another APD Officer
BY dan klein
ow could an
police lieutenant
shoot his own
officer? Look no
further than the
Police Department’s
training, or lack
of it.
Officers are given hundreds of hours
of firearms training in the academy. It
was drilled into me: Identify the threat
and the target before you shoot. Sounds
simple, but it takes a lot training, and
follow-up, to do it in a stress-filled moment. APD has great training for cadets,
but after the academy, the majority of
officers fire their weapons only twice a
year at qualification.
It was February 1988, and two other
ROP detectives and I were on the city’s
east side in the area of Western Skies
and Central searching for a meth head
with a felony warrant. We found him
walking on Elyse Southeast, and the
chase began. He ran to his girlfriend’s
house, but the door was locked. As we
chased behind him, the fugitive turned
on us and began to pull a handgun from
his waistband. We all pulled our pistols,
but none of us fired. The felon pulled
his handgun out and tossed it on the
roof and surrendered.
All three of us could have shot
him, but none did. Why? We trained
constantly, and therefore, instead of
panicking, we recognized that he wasn’t
pulling his gun on us but rather to toss it
away from us. A subtle difference saved
his life.
Later, I asked an officer who was an
expert in the use of deadly force if we
should have shot. His response was
simple. We identified the target but
didn’t perceive a threat. We weren’t
threatened just because he was pulling
a gun. That would have changed in a
microsecond had he started to point it
at us.
Months later, I spotted a fugitive walking on Central Avenue. I began chasing
him on foot just west of the Caravan
Club. I chased him back and forth across
Central, and after about five minutes, he
lost his steam and slowed to a fast walk
through the nightclub’s parking lot.
I drew my pistol and ordered him
to his knees with his hands behind his
head. He complied, and then I heard
the sound of a round being racked into
a shotgun. An APD officer had been
sitting in his patrol car in the shade
of the canopy in front of the club. He
observed two apparent druggies chasing
each other, and one had a gun. The
A Cop’s
officer calmly told me he was going to
shoot me if I did not drop my gun.
Let’s stop here. The officer had identified a threat (I had a gun), but he had
not identified the target, not to his satisfaction. I am glad he didn’t check off
that second box. Without turning, I told
him I was an APD detective and asked
if I could place my gun on the ground.
He recognized me and said, “Aren’t you
getting promoted tomorrow?”
Whenever I see this officer, I thank him
for not shooting me. Recently, I asked
him why he had not. He replied that
he identified me, so he didn’t have to
shoot. The boxes weren’t checked off.
That’s good training.
An APD officer had been
sitting in his patrol car
in the shade of the
canopy in front of the
club. He observed two
apparent druggies
chasing each other,
and one had a gun
Police agencies must train new
officers, and reinforce training with
current officers, to check off the boxes
before they use deadly force. Officers
must identify the threat and the target
before pulling the trigger.
I spoke to an officer who went to
a “street survival” seminar recently.
He told me that there are three types
of people, sheep (citizens), wolves
(criminals) and sheepdogs (police).
The only other training where humans
are degraded into animals is military
training, so I knew who had staged this
With wars ending, many military
specialists are out of work and have
started training police officers. Officers
need to be trained in tactics, but they
also need to be trained that it is not a
war zone and that police officers are
public servants. We need peace officers,
not soldiers.
America has a million cops, and on
average, we lose 170 officers a year to
line-of-duty deaths. Car crashes cause
the majority of officer deaths. Police
trainers must balance training for
street survival, basic shooting skills and
the reality that police work isn’t war.
Leaving one of these three concepts out
of police training is a sure recipe for
Dan Klein is a retired Albuquerque police
sergeant. Reach him through Facebook.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 7
Booze, Cash and Ethics
Headline April Fools’ Day
hat do you
mean we
missed the deadline
for an April Fools’
Day column? In New
Mexico that’s akin to
a holy holiday where
tomfoolery and
buffoonery in our
politics is as expected
as green chile on your combination plate.
We simply can’t let the occasion pass,
and with the indulgence of our editors,
we won’t. So without further ado, here
is the breaking (if a bit belated) news of
April Fools’ 2016.
The Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe has been
renamed the “WisePies Resort” in the
aftermath of the wild holiday pizza party
Gov. Susana Martinez had there with staff
members. Hotel management says the
Martinez pizza party room is available for
special events and that a safety net has
been installed below the balcony to catch
any falling debris such as beer bottles and
the like.
Mayor Richard Berry has announced
that an Old West-style horse feeding
trough filled with $100 bills has been
set up on Civic Plaza to resolve the
millions of dollars in lawsuits against the
Albuquerque Police Department. “The
idea is to bring in a dozen trial lawyers,
have them kneel at the trough, and for
15 minutes stuff as much cash into their
pockets as they can. In exchange for
keeping the cash, they agree not to sue
the city. We think this is fiscally prudent
Political consultant Jay McCleskey called
a news conference to announce that
he is assuming all official powers of the
officer of governor and mayor. A reporter
responded by asking him what the news
A merger long in the works between
the Albuquerque Journal and state
and city government has finally been
completed. After arduous negotiations,
Journal Editor Kent Walz announced
that the merger agreement includes a
provision that the mayor and governor be
given 48 hours notice of all news articles
mentioning them, instead of the current
24 hours. The governor and mayor will
also continue to have full editing rights of
all such articles.
The director of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has
confirmed that the water supply to the
City Council chambers has been spiked
for a number of years with low doses of
Sominex. “We’ve been getting questions
about the level of activity there and want
to assure the public there is no danger to
their health. The spiking of the council’s
water supply was undertaken by order of
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden.
After years of resistance the New
Mexico Legislature has finally approved
an independent Ethics Commission and
named former Secretary of State Dianna
Duran and former state Sen. Phil Griego
as co-chairs. Meetings of the commission
will he held at Sandia Casino and Griego’s
real estate offices and, of course, will be
open to the public.
Political consultant Jay
McCleskey called a news
conference to announce
that he is assuming
all official powers of
the officer of governor
and mayor. A reporter
responded by asking him
what the news was
Taking a page from the book of Donald
Trump, Colorado authorities have erected
a 10-foot wall at Raton Pass to slow the
migration of thousands of college-educated New Mexicans to their state. “We
were going to ask New Mexico to pay for
the wall, but given the economic situation
there, we decided to foot the bill,” said
the head of Colorado’s immigration
NASCAR’s driving credentials committee
has certified all Albuquerque freeways
for official racing. Drivers traveling under
85 miles per hour must now divert to the
frontage roads.
UNM Lobo basketball coach Craig Neal
says despite the controversy that led to the
departure of his son from the team, there
will still be “Neal blood” on the Lobo
bench. “You’re damn right, she’s ready to
play,” Neal said of his wife, Janet.
UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs
granted Mrs. Neal a waiver to play and
immediately raised Neal’s salary to $1.9
million a year and his own to $2.4 million.
The unexpected moves were unanimously
approved by the UNM Regents and President Robert Frank, who also approved a
36 percent increase in student tuition.
At the Legislature came these developments in response to the budget crunch:
The free liquor in the cafeteria will
now carry a charge of 10 cents a shot.
Lobbyists will have to pay for parking,
and only cash payments to the legislative
leadership will be accepted.
Now that’s an April Fools’ Day to
remember. Or not.
Joe Monahan is a veteran of New Mexico
politics. His daily blog can be found at
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ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 9
KRQE-TV Memo Raises Questions, Including, ‘Still in Effect?’
directive from a New Mexico TV station to
its employees about news coverage involving
advertisers raises questions – especially with the
timing coming hours after management removed a
reporter from a story critical of a “client.”
In a memo on Nov. 18 of last year, the news staff
was instructed that any story involving advertisers
must first be approved by the news director before
moving forward.
KRQE-TV News Director Iain Munro sent the
“If you are doing a story that may involve a client,
that is good or bad, I need to be notified before any
calls are made on the story,” Munro’s memo read.
“No exceptions.”
NM Political Report learned from a source familiar with the situation that on the same day, before
Munro sent the memo to employees, KRQE sent a
reporter to work on a story about a military veteran’s group.
The reporter learned that the members of the
group were having trouble paying their rising rent
costs, which are administered by a major Albuquerque auto dealer who often advertises on local
television, including KRQE.
The reporter returned to the station only to be
taken off the story. Within hours, Munro sent the
memo to staff, instructing them of the process for
covering clients. Ultimately, KRQE never ran a story
about the veterans group or its housing situation.
Munro’s motives for the memo are unclear; no
one at the station, including Munro, responded to
numerous emails and phone calls over the past few
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The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional
Journalists encourages journalists to act independently and to avoid special coverage for those who
are paying the bills.
“Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or
any other special interests, and resist internal and
external pressure to influence coverage,” the code
Caesar Andrews, a professor of ethics and writing
at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno, told NM Political Report that
the memo alone is not problematic.
“It’s way different from pulling the plug on a legitimate story, it’s way different from avoiding unflattering coverage of people just because they happen
to be advertisers,” Andrews said. “All of that would
be problematic.”
But he did say the memo raises suspicions about
why Munro sent the memo in the first place.
“It does raise questions, and anybody who’s skeptical about motives would have grounds for being
skeptical,” Andrews said.
He said news outlets are also businesses so it
would not necessarily be unethical to create a dialogue between news staff and management regarding what is being reported or what will be reported.
“It is a business so it would not be the worst thing
on earth if the news director wanted to be aware
of stories that were related to major institutions or
major advertisers,” Andrews said.
But, he added, a news outlet may attract more
advertisers if audiences see a higher journalistic
standard at play.
“If you, like me, believe that [credibility] contributes to your ability to attract revenue, then ultimately it’s a business decision, it’s not just an ethics
or moral decision or a do-the-right thing decision,”
Andrews said.
Andy Lyman is a reporter for NM Political Report,
an online news source that specializes in covering
New Mexico politics.
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contact us in confidence at [email protected]
Why Did We Shoot This Photo?
ell us what this thing is and win a pair of tickets to the
Duke City Gladiators’ arena football team’s April 23 game
against the Dallas Revolution. The “thing” in the photo is
something publicly visible around town. Send your answers
to [email protected] by 5 p.m. April 13.
hannon Wagers identified the March 23 Mystery Photo:
“Took one look at it and said, ‘Gotta be the ‘Spy House.’’
So I took a drive
over to North
High Street, and
sure enough,
that was it – the
former rooming
house [at 209
High St. NE,
now a B&B]
where David
passed atomic
bomb secrets to Soviet spymaster Harry Gold during World
War II, for which Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (Greenglass’s
sister) got a high-voltage sendoff. Enough ‘detail and context’?”
10 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
With Med Pot Legal, Why Buy on the Street?
he big secret about medical marijuana is that
those with a serious illness who don’t have the
means to get their cannabis card are still subject to
arrest if they seek relief on the black market.
And the fact that the government can tell Americans which plants they can and cannot grow and
consume is absurd to self-medicating black-market
buyers such as Larry, who says medical pot is only
“for the rich.” New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program isn’t much comfort to the 56-year-old Marine
vet on a fixed income.
Pot does a much better job of easing the pain in
his ruined knees than opiates, says Larry, not his real
name. During his six-and-a-half-year enlistment,
which began right after the Vietnam War ended, an
injury shattered the meniscus in his knees.
Years later, Veterans Administration doctors put
him on Oxycodone for his bad knees and bad back,
and he became addicted.
“I can’t take the stuff anymore,” he says. “I have
to take marijuana for relief. I can still get out and
function, and I’m not all drugged up.”
But Larry doesn’t enjoy the legal protections or the
enormous variety of marijuana products available
to those New Mexicans who can afford to get the
patient card and shop at the legal dispensaries.
Dust picks up in Albuquerque’s seasonal gusts
and turns into dirt devils along the unpaved road
that horseshoes through Clyde’s trailer court, from
which he sells black-market marijuana.
Clients pop in and out of the trailer as Clyde (also
not his real name) holds forth on his long history
with the plant and the police. Clyde’s a 57-year-old
Army vet who’s been smoking weed for 40 years. He
sells it in small quantities, mostly “dime bags,” which
is enough to pay the rent and keep himself fed.
One young woman who comes in to Clyde’s trailer
is a cute brunette, mid-to-late 30s, in a Slipknot
T-shirt. There’s polite small talk, then a deal for $10
worth of an illegal plant. She’s just been diagnosed
with advanced breast cancer. She describes the biopsy to Clyde, how they had to go back in for more
tissue three times because they kept screwing up.
Like any decent budtender, Clyde lends a compassionate, supportive ear to his customer as he weighs
out an extra-fat gram.
Jay Steinberg is a much different kind of weed
dealer: the legal kind. He’d like to see marijuana
one day be completely free for Americans to grow
and use, but for the time being, he’s content to work
City Exercise Center Lacks Exercise Equipment
A tale of two weed dealers
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 11
One young woman who comes
in to Clyde’s trailer is a cute
brunette, mid-to-late 30s, in a
Slipknot T-shirt. There’s polite
small talk, then a deal for
$10 worth of an illegal plant
Tom O’Connell
The bits and pieces of a marijuana dealer’s trade.
within the confines of the system.
“It’s not a perfect circle yet,” Steinberg says. “We
have four dispensaries. Patients are demanding
more, and we can’t facilitate it. By the state keeping
plant count low, these dispensaries are becoming
high-THC dispensaries. I don’t see why this nontoxic vegetable has to be restricted. I don’t get what
they are trying to protect.”
Steinberg owns the hippie store Birdland in the
heart of Albuquerque’s Nob Hill, one of the state’s
busiest retail centers. He’s seen his retail sales steadily fall since the 2008 crash. Black-light Bob Marley
posters just weren’t paying the bills like they used
to, so he started looking for a partnership with a pot
group. Steinberg’s now under contract with a major
medical marijuana outfit called Ultra Health, which
had its grand opening on March 25.
Steinberg, like Clyde, has been using marijuana
for more than four decades. But unlike Clyde, he’s
protected by the law.
Clyde’s customer was in pain, and she wanted
some weed to treat it. Luckily, she lives in a state with
medical marijuana. So why buy on the black market?
To get on the medical cannabis program, you have
to get documentation from your doctor proving that
you have an approved diagnosis. Then you have to
pay around $150 to a medical marijuana doctor who
will fill out your paperwork and hand you an envelope to mail to Santa Fe. Then you wait to see if your
card arrives. It could take weeks. It might not come
at all. There’s no way of knowing until you get either
the card or a letter saying you were turned down.
Even if you do get your card, you have to go
through the same routine to renew it each year.
Dispensaries are hard to get to on the bus because,
unlike Birdland/Ultra Health, they’re typically
tucked away in industrial and office parks.
To get on the medical cannabis
program, you have to get
documentation from your doctor
proving that you have an approved
diagnosis. Then you have to pay
around $150 to a medical
marijuana doctor
The current New Mexico state limit of 450 plants
per producer limits availability, which drives up
prices. Colorado is less stringent, and its medical
prices are as much as $5 less per gram. Medical
marijuana menus of Colorado dispensaries show
average prices of $9 to $12 per gram, while New
Mexico prices are generally around $10 to $14.
The young cancer patient in Clyde’s trailer has
concluded she can’t afford to be on New Mexico’s
medical cannabis program, but she can afford the
occasional dime bag “on the street.”
Tom O’Connell is an Albuquerque freelance writer.
couple of years ago, the city’s Valle del Norte
Community Center was a thriving place with
an exercise room full of equipment and neighborhood residents who used it.
But last summer, as equipment began breaking,
the city began removing it, and now the room is an
empty place with one exercise bike and mats that no
one uses.
City officials promised to repair the broken
equipment, or buy new machines, but that hasn’t
happened yet, and area residents are angry.
Audra James, 54, who once exercised routinely at
the center, said equipment has been broken since last
year, and little by little, things were being taken out
of the fitness room.
“What is the point of a community center unless
it’s going to be working and open to the public?”
James asked. “I don’t know why it’s not being used,
but we certainly are paying for it.”
James is frustrated because she has asked city
officials, including Mayor Richard Berry and City
Councilor Isaac Benton, about the vanishing equipment and said she hasn’t gotten a response from
“They kind of just ignore people like me, and I
have lived here for more than 15 years. It’s just plain
incompetent that I can’t get a response from anyone,” she said.
ABQ Free Press checked out the exercise room at
the center at 1812 Candelaria Rd. NW, and all we
saw were a few mats, one working stationary bike
and an exercise ball.
Fernando Sraga, a resident in the area, said he was
harassed by community center staff after he urged
area residents to complain about the nonexistent
“The woman kind of came after me, because I was
telling people to call 311 with their complaints, and
The Valle del Norte Community Center’s exercise room changed from a frequently-used space full of equipment to an empty place with
one exercise bike and mats that no one uses.
I shouldn’t be confronted at the door just because
someone called you guys,” he said. “She told me
to sit down and shut up for a minute, and I didn’t
appreciate that at all.”
Bobby Sisneros, public information officer for Family and Community Services, said that new equipment has been on order since December and that the
process takes time. Sisneros said the city has to go
through a bidding process, and he hopes to have the
gear replaced by summer.
“I can completely understand where they’re
coming from. I wish I could speed up the process,”
he said.
Sisneros said community centers in Barelas and
Taylor Ranch have the same issues. The bid will
include the cost of replacement exercise equipment
for all three centers.
Sraga urged residents who feel the wait is taking
too long, or feel they were treated unfairly by the
community center, to email Councilor Benton at
[email protected]
ABQ Free Press attempted to reach Anita Fernandez, division manager at the Family and Child
Development Department that runs the center, but
our calls were not returned.
Rene Thompson is a staff writer at ABQ Free Press.
APD Taser-mania Likely to Cost ABQ Taxpayers
he U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled
that two Albuquerque police officers can be sued for using a stun gun
on a suspect who suffered from mental
illness and later died.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals said that Albuquerque officers
David Baca and Andrew Jaramillo
weren’t immune from being sued
because of the way they used the stun
gun on Jerry Perea on March 21, 2011.
Perea was Tasered 10 times in less than
two minutes by Jaramillo.
The ruling allows a wrongful death
lawsuit filed by Perea’s family to move
The officers had been attempting to
subdue Perea, who was on a bicycle.
The man’s mother had called 911 that
day saying that her son was on “very
bad drugs” and that she was afraid
of what he might do. A neighbor also
called 911 and said that Perea was
pacing in his yard, clutching a Bible and
asking forgiveness of a higher power.
Baca and Jaramillo were sent to do a
welfare check.
When the officers arrived at Perea’s
home, they were told that he had left on
a bicycle. The two officers followed him
in their separate squad cars and eventually forced him into a parking lot after he
had run a stop sign on his bike.
“The officers used their patrol cars
to force Perea to pedal into a parking
lot. Jaramillo left his vehicle to pursue
Perea on foot. After a brief chase,
Jaramillo pushed Perea off his bicycle.
The officers did not tell Perea why they
were following him or why he was
being seized, and they never asked
Perea to halt or stop,” the appellate
court opinion said. When Perea put up
a struggle with the officers, he was hit
with the stun gun.
The officers called an ambulance to
the scene, as required by APD policy, and while it was en route, Perea
turned gray and stopped breathing.
The officers revived him with CPR,
but when Perea heard the approaching
ambulance’s siren, he began to struggle
and started to scream. Paramedics tried
to calm him down, but he stopped
breathing again, and his pulse stopped.
He was taken to a hospital where he
was pronounced dead.
The court ruled that the Tasering
constituted excessive use of force and
was unconstitutional.
“Though some use of force would be
justified to get Perea under the
officers’ control, the district court
determined that a reasonable jury could
find that Jaramillo continued to use
the taser on Perea even after the point
where it could be considered necessary
or even debatably reasonable,” the
opinion said. “Although some use of
force against a resisting arrestee may be
justified, continued and increased use
of force against a subdued detainee is
“We hold that the officers’ repeated
tasering of Perea after he was subdued
constituted excessive force, and that
it was clearly established at the time
of the taserings that such conduct was
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor
at ABQ Free Press. Reach him at
[email protected]
12 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
APS Settles Another Open Meetings Lawsuit, This Time for $59,000
he Albuquerque Public Schools will pay $59,000
to settle a lawsuit alleging it violated the First
Amendment rights of an Albuquerque photojournalist and long-time ethics advocate who said the APS
board limited his ability to attend and photograph
board meetings.
The settlement with Mark Bralley, a retired Albuquerque cop and occasional contributor to ABQ
Free Press, is the second time recently that APS has
settled a free-speech lawsuit. In December, it agreed
to pay $575,000 to settle a similar lawsuit bought by
retired teacher Ched MacQuigg.
Bralley filed the suit in federal court in August
2013 after what he said was a years-long attempt by
APS to bar him from meetings and limit his ability
to photograph board members during meetings.
And, he claimed that APS was trying to define who
was and who wasn’t a journalist, something he said
government is forbidden from doing.
Bralley tried to attend an Aug. 19, 2010 debate
between gubernatorial candidates Susana Martinez and Diane Denish at Eldorado High School in
Albuquerque. But APS said it was an invitation-only
event that could be attended only by journalists it
had credentialed and approved.
Bralley charged that was a violation of the state’s
Open Meetings Act, which says that almost all
government meetings are open and that “all persons
desiring shall be permitted to attend and listen to the
deliberations and proceedings” of those meetings.
“It should have been first-come, first-serve,” Bralley
told ABQ Free Press. “Instead, it was [APS spokeswoman] Monica Armenta’s little tea party. I sued
them because of the fundamental concept of two
things. First, anybody in the United States today with
an Internet connection has the ability to tell stories
about anything, including their local government.
And second, that one need not be connected with a
corporate media outlet to be able to do that, and that
government has made rules that are contrary to the
fundamentals of the Constitution.”
Bralley has had a long history of activism. In 1999,
while still an APD officer, he became known as “The
Two-Minute Criminal” for daring to talk longer than
120 seconds at meetings of the [then-named] Police
Oversight Commission.
Asked if he would limit his activism after the settlement, Bralley laughed. “If APS decides not to play
nice in this thing, I know the way to the courtroom,”
Bralley said. “Now that they have given me $59,000, I
can certainly afford the $400 filing fee.”
ABQ Free Press Local Briefs
Jacob Grant
The City of Albuquerque will pay
$6.5 million to police Det. Jacob
Grant, who was shot eight times by a
fellow officer during an undercover
drug bust. As part of the settlement
of Grant’s lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department, the
city will pay Grant’s medical bills for
the rest of his life. The man who shot
Grant, Lt. Greg Brachle, retired from
APD last month. Police Chief Gorden
Eden said the city has learned from
the shooting and has implemented
changes in undercover operations.
March madness
March was a costly month for Albuquerque taxpayers. In addition
to the $6.5 million the city agreed to
pay to settle the Jacob Grant lawsuit,
taxpayers got hit with an additional
$725,000 bill to settle three other
lawsuits. The largest settlement was
for $295,000 to get rid of a wrongful termination lawsuit by former
Albuquerque Fire Department
paramedic Brad Tate. Then there was
$245,000 to settle a suit against former
APD Officer Pablo Padilla, who kneed
a University of New Mexico student
in the groin during a DWI stop. The
student lost a testicle as a result of
the incident. And lastly, the city will
pay $185,000 to a female employee
who said her boss, Mark Shepherd,
sexually harassed her. Shepherd is the
manager of the Division of Security
and Parking Enforcement in the Department of Municipal Development.
He told the employee that his city
desk was shaped like a penis.
Here’s another sign of how dependent
New Mexico’s economy is on government: In 2015, the state’s personal
income grew by $2.84 billion, or 3.7
percent. But half of that growth was
due to government transfer payments,
things such as Social Security, unemployment, food stamps, and Medicaid
and Medicare payments. Transfer
payments accounted for $1.42 billion,
or 50.25 percent of the $2.84 billion
increase. Net earnings, meaning the
money people make from their jobs,
made up $852 million of the increase,
or 29.9 percent, according to the U.S.
Bureau of Economic Analysis. The
third component of personal income – dividends, interest and rent
– accounted for $563 million of the
increase, or 19.8 percent.
First Amendment
The ACLU of New Mexico has sued
the New Mexico Public Education
Department, charging that a PED rule
prohibiting teachers from disparaging
standardized testing is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by five
teachers and a parent, alleges that
the department squelched all teacher
dialogue critical of testing under the
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
testing regimen. The lawsuit also alleges that the department engaged in
Big Brother-like surveillance of teachers’ social media accounts looking for
violators of the nondisparagement
rule. “In addition to the prohibitions
on protesting and speaking negatively
about the test, they were also told
they could not post anything negative about the PARCC exam on their
personal Facebook accounts, as those
accounts were being monitored by
PED,” the lawsuit alleges.
Health Care
It was a mostly down year financially
in 2015 for New Mexico’s major health
insurance companies. New Mexico
Health Connections, the state’s nonprofit insurance company formed under the Affordable Care Act, lost $23
million last year, a huge jump from
the $4.3 million it lost in 2014. Molina
Healthcare of New Mexico Inc., which
serves mostly Medicaid patients, lost
$1.6 million, an improvement from the
$24.9 million it lost the year before.
Presbyterian Health Plan made $29.8
million last year, but that was a big
drop from the $71 million it made in
2014. And the parent company of Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico,
Illinois-based Health Care Service
Corp., lost $66 million in 2015, according to a report in Modern Healthcare
magazine. HCSC lost $866 million
to $1.5 billion on individual plans it
sold through the ACA’s insurance
exchanges, the magazine said.
Conflict of Interest
The American Federation of Teachers has some explaining to do. The
nation’s third-largest labor union
has financial ties to publisher and
testing company Pearson PLC. That’s
the same company that developed
the Partnership for Assessment of
Readiness for College and Careers
test (PARCC) – the test that the union
hates and has been fighting. But at the
same time the AFT has been fighting
PARCC, it has been urging Pearson
to become more profitable. Turns out
that the retirement funds of 27 AFT
affiliates own Pearson stock. The New
Mexico Public Education Department
introduced PARCC testing last year
and has been slammed by the AFT
for doing so. But PED spokesman
Robert McEntyre blasted the AFT for
its financial ties to Pearson. “It is the
very height of hypocrisy for the union
to publicly bash an organization, yet
gladly take their money behind closed
doors,” McEntyre said.
Aviation Police
Albuquerque’s Aviation Police are
about to lose their independence.
Mayor Richard Berry’s administration
is in the process of putting the airport’s 30 or so cops under the direction and authority of the Albuquerque
Police Department. It could have
something to do with the recent controversy surrounding Aviation Police
Chief Marshall Katz, who is now on
paid administrative leave. The latest
problem at the department involves
mishandled drug evidence that was
seized from a passenger at the airport
in early March. Katz and four others
have been placed on administrative
leave while the city conducts an investigation. This past November, Katz
was suspended for 45 days following
allegations that he sent aviation police
off airport grounds to take reports that
APD officers should have taken.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 13
Exploring the Sham Divide Between Candidates and Super PACs
closing credit that disclosed who
here’s no evidence to suppaid for it.
port Donald Trump’s claim
“The penalty was $50,000,
that Ted Cruz played a role in a
and that came about four years
super PAC’s attack on his wife.
later,” Ryan said. “The fine was
But federal rules barring
ridiculously small, and it came
coordination between cantoo late.”
didates and the super PACs
While Ryan contends that it
that support them have been
would be a clear violation if a
enforced so rarely that even if
candidate purchased a photo
Trump were right, it’s uncerand provided it to a PAC, as
tain the Cruz campaign would
Trump alleges, he doubts that
be penalized.
the FEC’s Republicans, who adThe question arose late last
vocate against the government
month, when a super PAC
encroaching on political speech,
called “Make America Awewould see it that way.
some” rolled out a digital ad
“They seem to bend over
targeting Utah voters that
backwards to find no violations
featured Trump’s wife, Melaof law,” Ryan said.
nia, posing nude for the British
For one thing, Ryan said, the
edition of GQ magazine more
FEC could decide that even if the
than 15 years ago.
super PAC got the photo from
“Meet Melania Trump. Your
the campaign, it operated within
next first lady,” the ad read.
the law because it covered some
“Or, you could support Ted
Cruz on Tuesday.”
Donald Trump’s opponents circulated this photo of his wife, which ran in a British magazine 15 years ago, and asked voters portion of the original photo
if this represents their image of America’s first lady.
by adding embedded text and
Trump accused Cruz, or
therefore showed less of the
his campaign, of buying the
original content.
photo from the magazine and
and invite its favored candidate to headline the
Weiner, a former attorney for a Democratic FEC
providing it to the PAC. Trump has offered nothing
event and solicit money from guests. Candidates
commissioner, said he’s also not confident the
to back up the claim.
can also publicly post information about their ad
agency would take action.
The Cruz camp said it had no involvement in the
buys, allowing super PACs to determine where the
It’s been difficult for the commissioners to find
ad. A representative for the PAC accused Trump of
campaign might need reinforcements.
ground on many enforcement measures,
concocting a “weird conspiracy theory.” And the
In recent years, both parties were found to be reWeiner
because of partisan gridlock. While the
original photographer denied giving approval for
leasing granular data about ads or polls on obscure
three Republican appointees tend to want a narrow
anyone but GQ to use the photo.
Twitter feeds in apparent attempts to get around
interpretation of what constitutes a violation of the
coordination rules.
rules, the three Democratic appointees have also
That line gets blurrier when it comes to super
A super PAC called
hardened their positions.
‘Make America Awesome’
number of candidates have posted hours of polished
rolled out a digital ad targeting
video footage of themselves online, where super
Trump accused Cruz, or his
Utah voters that featured Trump’s
PACs can grab clips to use in ads.
of buying the photo
Daniel Weiner, an attorney at the Brennan Center
wife, Melania, posing nude
from the magazine and
for Justice at the New York University law school,
said candidates “laundering this stuff” by putting
providing it to the PAC
Suppose, though, that evidence does emerge to
the content online and into the public sphere is “not
show a link. It would be up to the Federal Election
a get out of jail free card.”
“If they make a small exception, allow a small
Commission, which is supposed to police the conBut, Weiner said, it does help campaigns dodge
they’re worried a truck will be driven
duct of campaigns and political action committees,
liability — whereas “if it’s something the campaign
Weiner said.
to determine if it is illegal for a candidate to buy or
sent directly (to the super PAC), that could be an
Eric Wang, a campaign finance attorney who forproduce content that a super PAC then parlays into
indication they really wanted you to use it.”
merly worked for a Republican FEC commissioner,
an ad.
While advocates for stronger regulation have
said Congress designed the agency to be evenly split
If history is any guide, it’s not a sure bet the FEC
argued that that sort of repurposing is illegal, the
as a check on the over-regulation of political speech.
would do anything about it.
FEC’s three Republican appointees (the commission
“I shy away from using the term gridlock,” Wang
Super PACs are committees that can accept donais evenly divided by party) have typically forced
“Gridlock suggests the agency is not functiontions of any dollar amount and can promote canan impasse on the issue, deeming relatively short
a smooth manner or in the way it’s supposed
didates as long as they don’t coordinate with their
snippets to be fair game.
to function.”
campaigns. Candidates can’t solicit large donations
Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal
The FEC, he said, is operating just as it should.
for super PACs, and, before an election, they’re not
Center, a nonprofit that advocates for stronger cam“They’re regulating core First Amendment issues.
allowed to strategize with the groups on what kind
paign finance regulation, could remember only one
of ads to craft or where to run them. If they could
They’re regulating issues that directly impact our elecinstance when the FEC did take action on this front.
coordinate, dollar caps on contributions to canditions,” Wang said. “You don’t want an agency that’s
Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting 2012
dates would become virtually meaningless.
regulating our elections that’s tilted toward one party.”
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ran
But the definition of illegal coordination is narrow.
an ad almost identical to one run by the Romney
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that
A super PAC, for example, can host a fundraiser
campaign itself. One of the sole differences was the
produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
14 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Susana’s Transparency
Veneer Wearing Thin
ell, well. … Gov.
Susana Martinez has
earned membership in an
elite, by-nomination-only,
New Mexico political club: the
Like Gov. Bill Richardson before her, a grand jury examining
allegations of corruption failed
to issue any indictments. A
lawyer for “Shadow Governor”
Jay McCleskey, Martinez’s
chief political adviser, said the
investigation had concluded
with no indictments.
But the Martinez machine
didn’t escape the collateral
The Santa Fe New Mexican,
which virtually alone has
covered the seamy side of
the Martinez administration,
disclosed the two-faced political
maneuverings examined in the
McCleskey probe:
Patrick J. Rogers, the lawyer
for Martinez’s inauguration
committee, wrote to the
committee’s honorary chairman,
former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici:
“The entire process will be
transparent as to the identities,
and the details of the donations
will be disclosed to the public.”
To the committee’s executive
director, Andrea Goff, Rogers
wrote: “Well, since we cannot
use the inaugural money for
‘political purposes’ and put it
into the campaign fund, perhaps
we can find a way to highlight
our transparency and open gov’t
approach. I would, nonetheless,
not suggest you report expenses.
Just donations.”
Indeed, that was a prudent
caution, given that more than
$130,000 of the committee’s
funds reportedly went to companies connected to McCleskey,
the mastermind behind the
whole enterprise. McCleskey,
in turn, emailed Goff that
they were “going to try not to
release expenses unless we get
waterboarded into it.”
The “most transparent
administration in New Mexico
history” rides again.…
The 2016 McCleskey-Martinez
investigation ended without
a parting shot from the U.S.
attorney to match that which
closed out the Richardson probe
in 2009.
Then-U.S. Attorney Greg
Fouratt wrote to the investigation targets that the lack
of indictments was “not to be
interpreted as an exoneration
of any party’s conduct.” His
unprecedented letter was an
extrajudicial smear with no
avenue for redress. Fouratt later
was named Martinez’s secretary
of the Department of Public
Secretary Fouratt retained
his penchant for commenting
on grand jury proceedings he
didn’t like. He weighed in on an
attorney general’s investigation
McCleskey, in turn,
emailed Goff that
they were ‘going
to try not to
release expenses
unless we get
waterboarded into it’
of Amy Orlando, Gov. Martinez’s hand-picked Las Cruces
district attorney successor, with,
“This is nothing more than a
clumsy and amateur political
stunt coordinated between a
DA with what appears to be
a personal vendetta (Mark
D’Antonio, who beat Orlando)
and a gubernatorial candidate
who’s just a few weeks away
from an election (Gary King).”
Republican Orlando subsequently landed a job in Fouratt’s
Department of Public Safety.
Gov. Martinez has never
stopped railing against past
administrations’ alleged
pay-to-play maneuvers, even
while logging a list of her own.
The inaugural funds imbroglio
wasn’t her first.
There were the circumstances
surrounding the hurry-up award
of a 25-year-lease to The Downs
at Albuquerque in Martinez’s
first year in office. Longtime
prominent state Republican
Tom Tinnin said at a legislative
hearing in 2014 that he felt the
bidding process was contrived
and planned by members of the
governor’s office and privatesector allies. Tinnin had earlier
resigned from the state Board
Cont. on page 15
To the Editor:
Hey, I thought I would follow up on my
comment on Facebook about your [March 23]
cover. I get the symbolism and it was good, but
the image of Hillary’s butt in a blue pants suit
overwhelmed the cover. I found it demeaning
to Hillary and to your newspaper. You guys
are a class act. Monahan is a class act, keep it
I am voting for Hillary, period. I spend a ton
of time reading, watching and thinking about
our politics and she, in my mind, seems to be
the only leader in the gutter that has become
our next presidential election.
I like Bernie, but I just don’t think we can
afford him. I like John Kasich, but he is getting
squashed in the rhetoric. My point is, don’t let
the Free Press get pulled into the weeds with
the rest of the sordid group.
I look to you for political and journalistic
leadership. The Santa Fe New Mexican is
great, the Las Cruces and even the Carlsbad
papers were good till Gannett bought them
and turned them in to USA Today Vanilla. The
Albuquerque Journal has gone from bad to
propaganda, and I find it sad to disturbing.
You guys are the hope and maybe I have
higher standards for you than is correct. Satire
is good, your reporting is great. Just keep up
the good work. Thanks for listening.
— Joe Craig, Los Ranchos
Editor’s note: The cartoon was meant to represent
Bernie and Hillary standing Clint Eastwood-style
in the path of Trump’s Blitzkrieg. There was no
intent to make Hillary’s butt look big. Maybe the
cartoonist draws through a wide-angle lens.
To the Editor:
Greetings, Freeists. I enjoyed the [March
23] column by Robert Reich on Trump and
fascism. His somewhat nuanced approach to
the subject compares well with the knee-jerk
denunciations and smugly obtuse predictions
of Trump’s imminent demise by the likes
of Lawrence O’Donnell and countless other
pundits for ten months now.
In the motley mix of Trump’s schtick he
susana’s, page 14
of Finance rather than vote
on approving the deal.
And then there was the
now thoroughly discredited
behavioral health provider
putsch of 2013, in which Martinez’s Department of Health
froze payments to all 15
Medicaid nonprofit providers
on spurious fraud allegations,
replacing them with Arizona
firms – some of whom are
alleged to have had political
contribution connections to
the governor.
All but two have been
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does say some amazing things, like the Iraq
invasion was a disaster and W lied. This is
not something I ever expected to hear in a
Republican debate.
The fallen GOP candidates now coalescing
against Trump are just as bad, if not worse
in my view. Jeb Bush concocted a variety of
voter suppression methods – notably a fake
“felon purge” – to steal the 2000 election for his
Ted Cruz is a zealous idealogue who embraces torture, like Trump, and would try to replace the present system with theocracy. Carly
Fiorina actively incited a crackpot’s killings
at a Colorado Planned Parenthood. And John
Kasich, lately depicted by corporate media as
the embodiment of sanity if not sainthood, was
a principal in that wave of sexual McCarthyism known as the Clinton impeachment.
I look at the Republicans with the looming
chaos of their convention and I try to like
Hillary. I discount 99 percent of what GOP
operatives have thrown at her for 30 years. But
so far I just can’t go past the fact that she’s an
interventionist and hawk.
Her latest speech after Brussels terror called
for intensified bombing in Iraq and Syria.
Bombing is terror, too, and has caused in large
measure the humanitarian catastrophe we
have now. Just ask Doctors Without Borders,
whose hospital was hit by the U.S. Air Force.
Bombs do not distinguish “good guys” from
“bad guys.”
But there’s one candidate running who
might actually be a good guy with more than
corporate interests at heart and that’s Bernie
Sanders, the sole progressive.
— Bret Raushenbush
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cleared of the fraud allegations – and clamor is growing
for a federal investigation.
But perhaps the biggest
self-serving power grab of
the Martinez years is just now
unfolding. The abrupt move
by the University of New
Mexico Board of Regents
to seize direct control of
the UNM Health Sciences
Center is alleged in part
to be a pre-emptory strike
to head off approval of a
new hospital by the former
semiautonomous HSC board
of directors. Lovelace Health
Systems has long opposed
the proposal. Lovelace was a
campaign contributor to Gov.
The contrast between Gov.
Martinez’s pious transparency
pronouncements and the
actual performance of her
administration sets a new
low in cynical political
doublespeak. This political
back-scratching farce would
be almost comical were it
not so detrimental to New
Bill Hume is a former editorial
page editor of the Albuquerque
Journal and later served as a
policy adviser to former
Gov. Bill Richardson.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 17
Bradbury Promises to Bring
‘Full-fledged Chaos’ to Pit
BY richard stevens
ou can’t help
but wonder if
Paul Krebs, UNM’s
vice president of
athletics, should
bring a shovel
to all his news
conferences. It
seems King Krebs
is either digging himself into a hole – or
out of one.
Krebs, the guy who chased off Rocky
Long and also hired Mike Locksley,
Yvonne Sanchez and Craig Neal, looks
like he is making a good attempt to
excavate himself with his latest hire –
Mike Bradbury.
Bradbury will replace Sanchez as the
holder of the keys to The Pit on the
women’s side. You remember The Pit,
don’t ’ya? It was once one of the best
venues in the nation to play women’s
college basketball.
Yes, The Pit has faded a bit – well, a
lot – but it is still above the norm, and
there is hope that maybe The Pit can
recapture its faded glory.
There are at least two reasons to
expect Bradbury to be an improvement.
There is really only one way to go, and
that is up. And Bradbury looks like a
pretty good hire. Krebs actually might
have done some research before tossing
out the big bucks.
It’s not that Bradbury is a “wow” hire.
He comes from Wright State, which is
not exactly a powerhouse or a big name
in women’s basketball. But let’s face it:
There aren’t too many “wow” hires in
women’s basketball because the sport is
pretty much pushed to the back pages
of the sports pages from the East Coast
to the West Coast.
But Bradbury will find things are
different in New Mexico and in Albuquerque. The heartbeat of New Mexico is still basketball and the potential of
The Pit has only been scratched (by Don
Flanagan) and not scratched recently.
You have to blame Krebs for this
decline because he failed to act with
boldness and foresight when he
replaced Flanagan five years back.
Bradbury, 46, says a few things you
want to hear from a guy making
$250,000 in his first year and $275,000
a year over the next four. He has a
five-year contract. He coached from
2007 to 2010 at Morehead State where
he rolled out a modest 50-44 record.
Not good enough for The Pit. He then
jumped to Wright State from 2010 to
2015 and went 128-73. That’s better, but
when you consider The Pit is worth an
80 percent win percentage, you want
You want the stuff that Flanagan
produced in his early years.
Bradbury could do better. Flanagan
was a dynamic floor coach and polished
his Lobos with fundamentals and
purpose. He was not a dynamic recruiter,
and he never hired a dynamic staff to
make up for this shortcoming.
Bradbury needs to make some
dynamic hires. The Pit already has a fan
base that exceeds most of the colleges in
America. The women players don’t really
choose colleges based on ESPN appearances. They want a good experience.
They want an education. They want a
chance to win. The Pit is an exceptional
The Lobos will
dribble-drive and attack.
This is a good way to
play in The Pit with
its rabid crowd
Bradbury said at the news conference
that “coaches all over the country know
about this program and are envious.”
He said he understands the high
expectations but said he thinks those Pit
dreams are “right on.”
He also says his Lobos will run – play
at “full-fledged chaos.” The Lobos will
dribble-drive and attack. This is a good
way to play in The Pit with its rabid
crowd. There is energy to be milked out
of WisePies Arena – energy that was
wasted over the past several seasons
because the sizzling upside to Lobo
basketball was never reached. It would
be nice if Bradbury also throws out a
full-court press and some half-court
And a lot of Flanagan stuff – defense,
honoring possessions, focus, preparation, taking good shots, etc.
Krebs emphasized that Bradbury has a
strong desire to work at UNM and that
that was a plus in making the decision
to hire him. Yeah, Locksley, Sanchez and
Neal had the same desire. Would you
hire someone who did not have a strong
desire to come to UNM and make an
outrageous salary?
Here’s hoping that Bradbury brings a
few other qualities to the table.
Richard Stevens is a former sports
writer for The Albuquerque Tribune.
More recently, he was an insider at the
Lobo athletic department. Reach him at
[email protected]
Joscylyn Huffmeister
sent us this photo of her
“emotional support kitty
of three years, Mau Mau.”
She said Mau Mau is a
very loving flame point
Siamese who is “a constant source of entertainment for our family with
his antics,” and who is
supportive of a baby girl
born into the family on
Feb. 14.
Send it to
[email protected]
Include your name, phone number, and your pet’s name,
and we’ll try to reserve their spot in the pet parade.
Submit your purr-fect cat videos by April 30
Submit entries to: [email protected]
Prizes to be awarded at the event:
$250 Best in Show Cash Prize
Gift Baskets for 2nd & 3rd Place
Guidelines available at:
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Animal Humane New Mexico and CABQ Film Office
Organic Herb Farmer, Pilot
Tom Kuehn Dead at 69
18 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Let Us H our
ind Y
You F
homas William Kuehn
was a man who knew
no limits but the sky.
In his 35 years as a certified flight instructor in
Albuquerque, Tom became
known for his professionalism, his insistence on safety
first and his habit of going
to war with the powers that
be over needless red tape
– be it the FAA, the City of
Albuquerque, or the phone company.
Tom died peacefully at age 69 on
March 19 at his South Valley home. He
is survived by his wife, Corey, and their
10-year-old son, Robert, the most curious
and energetic of children.
Tom began his career in flight instruction as a freelance teacher with no plane
and no office. He and his students would
hop the fence at the Albuquerque International Airport to gain access to rental
planes owned by his past students.
Tom’s early students practiced at Double Eagle II Airport on the West Side long
before there were buildings there. On the
day Tom deemed a student ready to solo,
he would get out of the plane, propeller turning, sit on the infield grass by the
runway, smoking a cigar, and watch as
his fledgling pilots bounced their way to
their first landing.
Tom taught a basic ground school
and instrument ground school for the
University of New Mexico’s Continuing
Education program for several years. He
also taught the basics of aviation at Albuquerque High School.
He eventually became founder and
chief flight instructor at West Mesa Aviation, a flight school at Double Eagle that
grew to become a full-service fixed-base
operator that fueled, rented and serviced
aircraft. At its peak, Tom oversaw a half
dozen instructors and mechanics and a
fleet of 15 single-engine and multiengine
In his career, Tom instructed hundreds
of private pilots, many of whom went
on to become pilots for major airlines.
In the 1990s, a national flying magazine
sought out the U.S. flight instructor with
the most hours in a Cessna 172, a basic
training aircraft. The magazine’s editors
found Tom and awarded him the prize of
an all-expenses-paid trip to the Farnborough Air Show near London. He later
scored a flight on a British Airways Concorde to London.
For many years, Tom performed
charity work by flying ophthalmologists deep into the
state of Chihuahua, Mexico, to perform cataract surgeries on the Tarahumara
indigenous people.
Tom was known for his
acerbic and often self-deprecating wit. While he was
gruff on first appearance,
people who came to know
him found him a caring,
unselfish man with an unending curiosity and a desire to learn. He was generous
with his time and talents, most recently
as a volunteer on the governing council at
the International School at Mesa del Sol.
Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Coast
Guard. He served most of his enlistment
on the icebreaker Sebago, which was frequently stationed in the North Atlantic.
He used his GI Bill benefits to learn to fly.
Early in his adult life, he worked as
an Outward Bound instructor in Maine,
as a carpenter, as a club hockey player,
and as a New Mexico motorcycle safety
instructor. He served as a mountainclimbing expedition logistician in the
Andes. On one expedition, after a New
Zealand climber fell thousands of feet to
his death, Tom camped weeks near the
ravine where the body lay, as required
by Chilean law, waiting for relatives to
arrive from New Zealand to identify and
claim the body.
Tom met his wife, Corey, who worked
at a convenience store near his farm. He
would stop by frequently to invite her
out for coffee. His weeks of persistence
paid off, and they eventually married.
Tom was a life-long fan of whatever
hockey team represented his home state
of Minnesota. He enjoyed poker, golf, a
good cigar, good whiskey and working
the land on his South Valley farm. He
loved fishing, especially with his son.
For the last decade, Tom owned and
operated Bethany Farms, a certified organic farm in the South Valley that grew
herbs, lettuce, and chile and tomato
plants for the La Montañita Co-op stores.
After he died, friends made sure his last
crop made it to market.
Tom was preceded in death by his
mother, Dorothy, and father, Robert, of
Minneapolis, and by his brother, Bob, of
Boston. Services will be private. A memorial will be held for family, friends
and former flight school students at
6:30 p.m. on April 9 at the
Albuquerque Press Club.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 19
Giving Ballet a Whirl at Keshet
ight has fallen by the time I arrive
at Keshet Center for the Arts (4121
Cutler Ave NE), but the building is still
brightly lit and echoing with activity.
Most of the noise comes muffled
from the far side of the lobby — music, shuffling, a teacher’s commanding
voice. The volunteer who checks me in
at the reception area catches me eyeing
the closed doors: “That’s the teen ballet
class. They’ll be out in a few minutes.”
Sure enough, a flurry of adolescents
pours forth just before 7 p.m., clearing
Studio C-3 for the next class, Adult Ballet
II. This is my first ballet class in 20 years,
and as a new student, I’m unsure of
what to expect.
Keshet’s website reveals that I’m
about to “train rigorously, mastering the
plié [and] quickly memorizing complicated battement tendu, battement
degagé, rond de jambe à terre, and battement frappé patterns.”
For an hour-and-a-half class, that
seems like a lot of ground to cover. I’ll
be happy if I master the plié.
A dozen of us gather around barres at
the center of the studio, where a wall of
mirrors reveals how well I fit in (or don’t)
with the more experienced dancers.
My hair is pinned into an appropriate bun, but from the neck down, I’m
dressed in the stretchy neon garb of
a casual runner, hot pink socks and
all. The outfit pops among the other
students’ mix of black leotards, white
tights, sheer skirts and ballet slippers.
In kindergarten, I owned a miniature
version of those slippers: pale pink,
thin leather, snapped into place at the
ankle with an elastic strap. Back then,
my mother took me to my Saturday
morning classes. I recall her sighs as I
clung to her legs throughout the hour,
sobbing in terror.
Remembering those days on the
drive over, I had to laugh. Frightened by a ballet class? What’s so scary
about pointing your toes and taking a
few leaps? That’s what I figured when
I decided dance lessons would be a
fun way to shake up my stale exercise
After all, Keshet’s mission statement
includes “fostering unlimited possibilities through dance” and increasing
“health and self-esteem.” The center
offers some 80 classes a week, adapted
to students of all ages and abilities. This
must be the place where an amateur
adult can give ballet a judgment-free
None of these be-slippered ballerinas
seem to mind my socked feet or awkward arrival. I smile and consider making small talk, but I don’t get a chance.
The teacher appears without warning
and starts issuing instructions: “Five
and six and seven and eight, demi-plié,
relevé ...”
As if by magic, everyone falls into
line at the barre, their legs dipping and
lifting in unison. I stand paralyzed for
an instant. Off on the wrong foot, I
scurry to insert myself behind an elegant older woman.
“Starting in first, left hand barre-side,”
she continues. “And stretch and seven
and eight, grand plié, big big plié, all
the way down — and one and two, up
on three and four.”
Our instructor is Sarah Williams,
director of Keshet’s Pre-Professional
Program and their core teacher of ballet.
She earned a master’s degree in theater and dance from the University of
New Mexico and has trained in several
styles of instruction, including Russian
Vaganova, Italian Cecchetti and the
French methods. Williams is the only
ballet teacher in Albuquerque who’s
certified in the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum.
As she demonstrates each sequence,
counting us in with recorded piano
music, I try not to feel intimidated. Despite the unbroken stream of instruction, I steal frequent glances at other
students to check my steps.
I tell myself, point, flex, find your
balance. From 16-year-olds to equally-lithe 80-year-olds, I’m surrounded
by good examples to follow. Everyone
else seems to know what she’s doing,
and they’re all so focused on their own
form that my slip-ups go unnoticed.
Williams paces around the studio, offering terse corrections as needed. Each
time she passes, a twinge of kindergarten fear ripples through me. The teacher
is terrifying and I’m terrible and I’m going
to be punished.
Thing is, I’ve come a long way in 20
years. In terms of dancerly technique,
I flub a lot of frappé patterns, wobble
when on one foot and consistently leap
with the wrong leg when we transition
from the barre to allegro floor combinations. But in terms of courage and
persistence, I’ve advanced by leaps and
bounds. Every time the fear flutters in,
I remind myself that missteps aren’t a
punishable offense. They’re a part of
life. So I take the leap, wrong leg and all.
When the class ends, I’m breathless
and pretty sure I’ll be sore the next day,
but I’m also happy to know I kept up.
Each ballerina curtsies to the teacher
in turn before changing out of her slippers. I hang back to ask Williams how I
did for a first-timer.
Overall, it seems I did fine.
“There’s nothing that is a mistake,”
Williams assures me. “Really, there’s
not. As long as you’re trying, there are
no mistakes.”
“Even though I leapt with the wrong
Williams stands firm: “You’ll learn,
and next time, you’ll leap with the
right foot.”
“That’s a good life philosophy.”
Nodding, she assents. “There are a
lot of good life philosophies in ballet.”
As I pull chunky gym sneakers over
my socks and head out into the night,
I consider her parting words. There’s
a lot to learn here. Maybe it’s time I
invest in adult-sized ballet slippers. I’ll
see how sore I am in the morning.
Karie Luidens is an Albuquerque-based
writer of criticism, commentary, current
events, and semiconnected musings.
Bites of Burque: Serving Fresh Food News
Jenny from the block
Jennifer James plans to return
to Nob Hill after a decade away.
According to an update on Jennifer
James 101’s website, the multiple
award-winning chef’s restaurant will
be relocating to the 2300 block of Central NE, adjacent to the soon-to-shutter original Satellite Coffee location.
The space will require significant
updates to serve as a restaurant, so
no opening schedule has been announced. James’ previous Nob Hill
venture, Graze, occupied the spot that
currently houses Nob Hill Bar & Grill
and closed in 2006 after creative differences between its business partners.
of their new coffee shop chain 35
North Coffee. The café will nestle in
next to the existing Draft Station (1720
Central SW) and feature a ski bum-influenced roster of beverages and food.
For example, their Oatmeal Latte
consists of oatmeal, brown sugar,
espresso and foamed milk, while their
Adjust Your Latitude Coffee is made
with butter, coconut oil and MCT oil.
Santa Fe Dining expects to open the
coffee shop sometime this summer.
Lights, camera, food!
In other Nob Hill news, the
space formerly occupied by Kurt’s
Camera Corral (for 65 years!)
has been purchased by Coe &
Peterson. The new owners plan
to convert the space into several
storefronts, adding an elevator to
access a roof-deck. New tenant
possibilities include regional chain
Frost Gelato and, according to
Albuquerque Business First, “one
or two restaurants.”
35 North heads South
Organic or no?
Santa Fe Dining, the company behind Chama River Brewing, The Draft
Station and Santa Fe’s Blue Corn Café,
will launch an Albuquerque location
An Albuquerque institution for 40
years, La Montañita Co-op recently
garnered controversy after a board
cont. on page 20
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Matters of the Art: Dependence, Transience & ‘Rezilience’
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Me-wow! Welcoming Gatos y Galletas
When painkillers attack
New Mexico, we have a problem:
More of us died of drug overdoses in
2014 than from firearms, falls or even
motor vehicle accidents. At 547 such
deaths, we suffered at almost double
the national rate. In fact, our rate of
death from drug overdose has more
than doubled since 2000.
We’re scrambling to figure out what
to do about it. On March 4, Governor
Susana Martinez signed a bill finally
making it legal for individuals, first
responders, community organizations
and others to keep and use opiate
overdose antidote Naloxone.
Urgently needed, the bill passed
unanimously in the legislature.
Improved access to Naloxone and
protection from civil liability for its
use will save lives. New Mexico’s
situation is a microcosm of a national
quagmire that’s been brewing for
How did the U.S. get twisted up in
this morass of opiate addiction and
deaths? Journalist Sam Quinones set
out to answer that very question in
“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” (Bloomsbury;
paperback; $18).
What Quinones uncovered was
a disturbing history of capitalism
run amok. In the 1990s, time-release
painkiller OxyContin was marketed
as having less potential for abuse;
the resulting addiction epidemic was
aggravated by an influx of cheap
Mexican black tar heroin. In communities across the country, this double
whammy of opiate availability has
proven devastating.
Quinones is keynote speaker at a
free event on Monday, April 11, at the
African American Performing Arts
Center (310 San Pedro NE). With its
interwoven tales of addicts, traffickers
and cops, “Dreamland” serves as a
jumping-off point for discussion of
New Mexico’s own collective struggle
with opiate addiction. Hosted by
Bookworks, Quinones’ reading starts
at 5:30 p.m. The main event kicks off
at 6:30 p.m. Scope the schedule at
Power’s ephemeral vessels
Through her art, Abbey Hepner
delights viewers even as she disturbs
them. Take, for example, her “Nuclear
Mascot” project. In it, characters embody the identities of Japan’s nuclear
power plants.
In the wake of 2011’s tsunami,
earthquakes and subsequent nuclear
meltdowns devastated Japan. Hepner
created her own quirky, adorable
mascot and photographed it peering
into an abandoned elementary school,
picking mushrooms in a bamboo
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decision to stock conventionally grown fruits and
vegetables alongside organic ones. In an Albuquerque Journal article, the move was described
as a cost-saving measure. The news was greeted by
customer-owner outcry.
Several critics voiced their concerns on Facebook.
“Adding produce sprayed with pesticides and labeling them ‘Clean 15’ seems misleading and not in
the best interest of the co-op as a standard of good,
local, organic food. There are plenty of places to
buy pesticide-laden foods. Please continue to stand
against poisons,” wrote one commenter.
Imperial additions
forest and watching nuclear protesters
on TV.
Hepner’s tactics make alarming
subjects more approachable. Her
series “Transuranic” photographically documented U.S. sites that send
nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation
Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M.
Produced in 19th-century format
“uranotype,” which uses radioactive
uranium in place of silver to produce
reddish-brown prints, the work retains
a detectable amount of radiation. When
installed, two Geiger counters click
away atop one of the “Transuranic”
prints, “filling the [gallery] space with
a warning.”
The opening reception for Hepner’s MFA thesis show “Evocative
Objects” happens at CFA Downtown
(113 Fourth Street NW) on Friday,
April 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibit
runs April 8 to 22. The show includes
photographs, video and objects “based
around systems of power and transitional vehicles through which we
experience loss and attempt to hold on
to authentic experiences.”
CFA Downtown is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. or call 221-8037 for an appointment. For more info, visit
Indigeneity and exclusivity
Prefer to drink in art with mighty
gulps rather than itsy sips? If so, “Rezilience: Indigenous Arts Experience”
is just the thing to slake your thirst.
On Saturday, April 30, over 60
painters, musicians, vendors, rappers,
nonprofits, poets and filmmakers take
over the National Hispanic Cultural
Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) all day
long, celebrating enduring cultures,
self-expression and collaboration with
an exhibition and movement event
Construction of Downtown’s Imperial Building
at Second and Silver SW is nearly complete. The
Imperial Building will be home to the highly anticipated Silver Street Market grocery store and several
additional new tenants.
Abbey Brewing Company, maker of Monk’s Ale,
will partner with the owners of Eli’s Place (formerly
Sophia’s Place) to develop a taproom and kitchen
called Monk’s Corner. The restaurant will serve
“neo-New Mexican food” designed to complement
the beers on tap.
Restaurant chain Crackin’ Crab also plans to open
a location in the building. The Imperial Building
is slated for completion this summer, and Monk’s
Corner is expected to open in fall 2016.
that immerses visitors in modern
indigenous talent.
Intentionally inclusive and engineered for all ages and backgrounds,
“Rezilience” is loosely organized into
areas of interest. “Design” brings
together visual artists, muralists
and installation artists. “Expression,”
hosted by Tanaya Winder, rejoices in
Native poetry.
“Inspiration” offers workshops and
activities, while “Exchange” offers
a chance to purchase food and art
and engage with nonprofits. Film
showcase “Vision” features work
from Native entertainers Steven Paul
Judd (“American Indian Graffiti”) and
Bobby Wilson of comedy troupe the
“Voice” brings performers like
hip-hop artist Supaman and Filipino
rapper Ruby Ibarra to the stage. Emphasizing “Rezilience’s” commitment
to positivity and well-being, the day
begins with “Movement.” The event’s
only off-site activities, 5K and 10K
runs along Rio Grande running trails,
start at 7 a.m.
The National Hispanic Cultural
Center opens at 9 a.m., and “Rezilience” runs until midnight. The film
showcase and concert have differing
prices ($15 and $40, respectively), but
basic access to the exhibit is just $5.
All-access passes are $55, and VIP
status will run you $120. Kids under
7 get in free. Since some ticket prices
may increase on day of show, buying
them early at is advisable.
Learn more at
Lisa Barrow is a member of the Dirt
City Writers collective. Visit her on the
interwebs at She most recently served as
arts & lit and web editor at Weekly Alibi.
Chewing the fat
At the end of March aka National Nutrition
Month, personal finance website WalletHub released
a ranking of a hundred American cities on obesity,
problems related to weight and overall healthy
While it’s not clear why a personal finance site is
ranking cities according to average weight, it’s nice
to know that Albuquerque came in 82nd on the list,
with Memphis, Tenn., ranked as America’s Number
One “fattest city.”
Journalist Ty Bannerman, who loves to eat, reports on
local food news for ABQ Free Press.
alling me a cat magnet is a huge
understatement. My ability to
consistently summon unseen felines
from their yards has even earned me
the nickname “The Cat Whisperer.”
It’s disheartening for animal lovers
like me to hear the grim statistics on
shelter animals. The ASPCA estimates
that approximately 3.4 million cats
enter shelters nationwide each year.
Of those, 1.4 million are euthanized;
most, if not all, were healthy, adoptable critters.
Aside from spaying and neutering
to reduce population and adoption
to provide loving homes for those
that remain, another option is the cat
café. Before jumping to conclusions,
cats are not on the menu. A cat café is
a themed space offering cats a place
to play, eat and snooze and people a
chance to interact with cats in a relaxed, public environment.
These cafés originated in Taiwan
but really took off in Japan, where
population constraints and housing policies prevent people from
keeping companion animals in their
homes. The cafés came stateside in
2014. Many North American cat cafés
operate on an adoption model, where
guests can take home a kitty they
make a special connection with.
Launched by local entrepreneur
Julia Grueskin, Gatos y Galletas aka
Cats and Cookies (located at 412 and
414 Central SE) is Albuquerque’s first
cat café with adoption options. As
the proprietor of Gatos y Galletas,
26-year-old Grueskin is friendly and
approachable, with a wide smile and
an air of laid-back professionalism.
Many moments during our in-person
interview — conducted as Grueskin
and I sat cross-legged on the floor of
the cat room — were interrupted by
little whiskers and noses poking in to
see what the fuss was about. You can,
too, at Gatos y Galletas’ grand opening,
tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. on
Saturday, April 9.
Facebook fans of GyG are asked to
choose an hour-long window for a
session with the kitties. This method
gives everyone a chance to visit, while
also ensuring a safe, calm space for
the cats. Participants pay a $3 fee to
spend time in the cat room.
Patrons can dine in the café next
door or have their food packaged up
to enjoy in the cat room. There will
also be $10 cat yoga sessions, wherein
guests can do down dog while a curious cat crawls between their legs.
volunteers who take
care of over 100 cats;
some of those volunteers will foster six
to 10 cats at a time in
their own houses, then
bring them to PetCo
for weekend adoption
events. So I thought it
would work for me to
have Gatos y Galletas
act as a foster home
for some of their cats
and that people could
adopt them from here
as well.
One of Gatos y Galletas’ residents visits with owner Julia Grueskin
For hours and more info, visit, call 243-9955, or
email [email protected]
ABQ Free Press: Why start a cat café?
Given your professional background
as a chef and a yoga instructor, it
seems like a drastic transition.
Julie Grueskin: I started hearing
about cat cafés when they first came
to the states. Part of me wanted to be
the first person to do it in New Mexico, and I thought it could benefit the
community. I’ve always loved cats. I
wanted to be a veterinarian for most
of my childhood, but I became a chef
and yoga instructor instead. So when I
heard of the idea of a cat café, I thought,
“Oh, this is perfect! I can bring together
my love for animals with my love for
healthy cooking and yoga.”
All the cats are from FAT Katz, a local nonprofit no-kill cat shelter and
foster service. How did that arrangement happen?
FAT Katz reached out to me. I think
it works out well, because they don’t
have their own brick-and-mortar shelter like Animal Humane New Mexico. They have a network of foster
At the moment,
you’ve got all young
cats here. I know it’s
hard to find homes
for older cats, since
they may have a history of trauma or difRene Thompson
ficulty. Will you have
a wider age range of
cats in the future?
I will, yes. These are the ones that
were selected for our first group, but
that’s definitely something I’ve had in
mind, because I totally agree; it’s often
harder for them to get adopted, and
I’d like to give them a better chance.
What about the cats’ safety? Are you
taking special precautions since your
business is located right on Central?
We’re going to put some material in
the windows that has holes in it that
are small enough for the cats not to
be able to get through and then some
extra signage to make sure the outside
door, and the doors to the cat room
and the café all stay properly closed.
Tell me about the menu you plan to
serve at the café.
It’ll change based on seasonal availability. I want to get a lot of the produce from local farms. The food will
be all vegetarian cuisine, with a lot of
vegan and gluten-free options, as well.
We’ll have kale salad, quinoa salad,
curry, spring rolls and sushi rolls, buffalo cauliflower, squash soup ... things
like that. We’ll also have espresso
drinks with regular or nondairy milk,
raw and baked desserts, fresh juices
and smoothies, and I think at some
point we even might try to get a beer
and wine license.
Rene Thompson
The revamped storefront at Gatos y Galletas
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t
have to.
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Beer Town: Welcome to Flight Club
Paint It Black Milk Stout: The name
says it all: this is an ultra-black milk
stout. Its malty body has woody and
chocolatey notes. Paint It Black is
solid, true-to-style beer with a ripple
of coffee. Served on nitro, the pour
cascades, resulting in an impossibly
thick, creamy head. 5.6 percent ABV.
The Beer Town Stamp of Awesomeness
is hereby awarded to: Roamer Red.
Got a hot tip on Albuquerque’s beer scene?
Know of a seasonal draft I’ve simply got to try?
Drop me a line at [email protected]
Make tracks to Sidetrack
or this issue, I’m rolling out a new
feature for this column; I call it
Flight Club. The first rule of Flight
Club is that you must keep the Chuck
Palahniuk jokes to a minimum. Actually, that’s the only rule.
So here’s how Flight Club works:
Even in a town as hop-crazed as Burque, there are weeks when beer news
is slow. During these brief respites, I’ll
partake in a drinkable tour of a couple
local breweries and report my findings to the residents of Beer Town.
Ordering and reporting on these
offerings may assist readers in seeking
out the beer(s) of their dreams. I’ll
also anoint my favorite beer from each
establishment with the Beer Town
Stamp of Awesomeness.
Knowing my own predilections, I
won’t bother with wheat beers or
cider. I already know I hate them,
so you’re on your own with those
Behind the Red Door
The first-ever Flight Club went
down at Red Door Brewing Company
(1001 Candelaria NE). When you
picture a microbrewery, the imaginary
facility that comes to mind looks just
like Red Door.
This is a no-frills joint with a concrete floor and a cavernous interior
that’s redolent of hops and barley. It’s
the kind of place where the beer’s
quality comes before any and all other
Gateway Blonde: Straw-colored and
crystal clear. A sweet floral aroma
hits the nose before translating to an
apple-y crispness on the tongue. Gateway Blonde is a light, thirst-quenching ale. With a relatively low 4.9
percent ABV, you can enjoy another
Strong Scotch Ale: A garnet-red wee
heavy. A wisp of smoke followed by
an intensely peaty, whiskey-like flavor
that enlivens the taste buds. A touch
of honeyed sweetness is Strong Scotch
Ale’s end note. This highly drinkable
beast comes in at 8.1 ABV, so pace
Roamer Red Ale: Ruby-colored with a
dank and grassy hops aroma. A heavy,
satiating caramel malt flavor contrasts
neatly with bitter hops and a biscuitlike finish. Every sip of Roamer Red
demands another swallow, and so on
and on. This satisfying brew occupies
mid-range ABV at 6.2 percent.
Threshold IPA: Burnt orange with a
lingering head. The nose is rife with
the piney punch of Northwestern
hops, and the first taste is super bitter
(this is a 100 IBU beer) with a positively grapefruity aftertaste and a lingering woody flavor. 6.6 percent ABV
Bad Moon Ryesing Black RyePA:
Vampy port-like color with a brandy
aroma. Smooth and velvety, Bad
Moon slips right down the back of the
tongue. It finishes with a warm, lingering coffee accent. This RyePA (6.3 percent ABV) is wonderful and unique.
Situated Downtown, Sidetrack Brewing Co. (413 Second Street SW) shares
an aesthetic philosophy with Zendo,
the coffee shop/art gallery next door.
The warm minimalist ambiance of
Sidetrack is the perfect vibe for a first
date drink or a heart-to-heart with a
close friend. When I visited, it was too
chilly to sit outside, but the patio looks
promising for warmer weather. But
enough about the design, it’s time for
Flight Club.
Pub Ale: Minimal aroma in a light,
sweet malt-forward ale that’s super
easy to drink. According to my bartender, it’s even better as a traditional
cask ale; unfortunately, they ran out
right before we ordered a sample.
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NM Film Focus: From ‘Better Call Saul’ to Incentive Debate
Railhead Red: This sucker is intensely
malty and quite sweet. There’s a
touch of golden citrus to its aroma,
and its finish is pleasantly bitter.
Switchgear IPA 1: The malt in this IPA
is quite assertive, with the piney hops
washing in second. A much more
balanced IPA than Railhead, with a
satisfying tang on completion.
Switchgear IPA 2: Watch out! These
hops come on hard and shoot right up
your nose. The malt character is overpowered by the hops, which continue
to linger long after your final sip. If
you like hops, and only hops, this is
your beer. If not, stick with IPA 1.
Dark Engine Stout: A liqueur-like
aroma, sweet and heavy. There’s a
touch of smoke to this stout and a
vaguely oily mouthfeel.
310 to Belen Brown: Sweet and malty
on first taste, touches of coffee and
grapefruit on second. Drink, repeat.
The Beer Town Stamp of Awesomeness is hereby awarded to: Pub Ale.
Until next time, dear readers, keep
drinking and brewing.
Ty Bannerman is a beer drinker, co-host
of City on the Edge podcast, and author
of “Forgotten Albuquerque” as well as
a forthcoming memoir. He most recently
served as managing, feature and food
editor at Weekly Alibi.
ou may know actor Patrick
Fabian as Howard Hamlin on
“Better Call Saul.” Or you might
simply recognize his piercing blue
eyes and chiseled jaw from innumerable film and television roles over his
two-decade career.
ABQ Free Press sat down with
Fabian to talk “Better Call Saul,” other
upcoming projects and the reasons
why he’s an ally of the New Mexico
film industry.
As New Mexico Film & Media
Day’s 2016 keynote speaker, Fabian
delivered a rousing speech at the
Roundhouse on what the state’s
vibrant film industry accomplishes
for residents as well as for grateful
migrant workers like himself.
The “Better Call Saul” star was
elated by the recent announcement of
AMC’s renewal of the hit series for a
third season.
“I was thrilled to hear that it was
official,” Fabian admits. “As an actor,
you learn to never get too comfortable
until the plane ticket is in hand.”
Fabian and his costars likely won’t
return to New Mexico to resume
filming until late summer or early fall.
Courtesy of author
Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul”) and Christa Valdez at the Roundhouse for this year’s
Film & Media Day
Yet Albuquerque and New Mexico
remain part of his everyday life. He’s
currently enjoying being recognized
by people from all over the world
who greet him with conflicted emotions over his enigmatic portrayal of
law firm lead partner Howard Hamlin. Do we love or hate him? At this
point in the series, it’s still impossible
to decide.
Fabian is genuinely a fan of the
show. His impossibly blue eyes light
up as he confides that he’s thoroughly
enjoying watching the relationship between eponymous star Saul Goodman
née Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk)
and the complex Kim Wexler (Rhea
Seahorn) unfold.
“They just get to be boyfriend and
girlfriend,” intones Fabian.
He remains understandably tightlipped as to his own character’s fate
but admits some people are convinced
Howard Hamlin will meet his demise
before long.
“You never know. Harry could just
wind up retiring on a beach somewhere,” he mused.
“I’m more worried about Mike
(Jonathan Banks) and the trouble
he’s getting mixed up in.” As both its
star and a fan just like the rest of us,
Fabian anxiously awaits more “Better
Call Saul.”
In the meantime, keep an eye out for
Fabian in the forthcoming suspenseful
“coming of middle-age” film “DriverX.” In director Henry Barrial’s latest,
Fabian plays a man at a literal crossroads, making ends (almost) meet as a
stay-at-home dad turned ridesharing
freelancer for an Uber-like company.
Cont. on page 25
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On Service: The Ian Maksik Story
n a warm summer day in Brooklyn, my parents were stuck in a traffic
jam. Waiting for a ferry to Rockaway’s
beaches, my father was a new law
school grad who would only serve
two clients. Waiting for traffic to move,
he spotted a “Lot for Lease” sign.
Noticing everyone else awaiting the
ferry, he mused about his own hunger and his certainty that others there
were equally famished. Turning to my
mom, he said, “Let’s open up a hot
dog stand on that lot over there.”
Ultimately, it became the largest
nightclub in the world and played
host to every big showbiz name save
Frank Sinatra Sr. At the height of its
popularity, it served more than 6,000
tables on a typical Saturday night.
I was almost born at that hot dog
stand. By the time I was 4, I was helping my mom set tables. At 7, I was
working in the kitchen. I bused tables
by 11 and became their best waiter by
age 16.
My dad was vice president of the
NYC Nightclub Association. When I
was 13, he brought me along to The
Latin Quarter, owned by Lou Walters,
Courtesy of Ian Maksik
the association president. Lou was Barbara Walters’ father, and she sat opposite me at that meeting, where I learned
about the Cornell Hotel School.
At 14, I was Tony Bennett’s light
man at our club, and that was also the
year I interviewed for Cornell. After
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state’s filming future.
“It’s not a cap on
those working now,”
Hendry said. “It’s a
cap on the hopes and
dreams of young New
film focus, Page 23
matriculating from Cornell, I became
general manager of our nightclub for
nine years. When it was sold, I was
named general manager of the JFK
Hilton. Then, I opened Terrace on the
I was lured away from Terrace by
an offer to become assistant general
manager and director of catering for
Singer’s Resort Hotel in Rockland
County. I stayed there for six years
before becoming my own boss.
I founded Ian B. Maksik Ltd. and
booked hundreds of high-profile
events as an independent hospitality
consultant. Representing 375 caterers,
restaurants and hotels as a site finder,
I was empowered as a commissionable agent, signing contract and
booking dates on their behalf.
Over the past several years, I’ve
published two books, “The A to Z’s
of Professional Table Service” and an
encyclopedia on catering and service titled “Service Stinks.” These
books are employed in training and
staff development globally in the
industry. Recently, I completed my
first web-based training program,
Read an expanded version of this article at
Serve-Sational Service, and moved to
Albuquerque to be close to my son.
Since relocating, I’ve become affiliated with the New Mexico Restaurant Association as a service training
vendor. When I spoke recently at the
Albuquerque Innkeepers Association,
I explained that service is simply a list
of procedures while hospitality is the
way a guest perceives those procedures. As the only active hospitality
columnist in New Mexico, I look forward to working with my New Mexico colleagues.
Ian Maksik is a Cornell Hotel School
graduate, a former Hilton general
manager and catering editor for New York
magazine CUE. Known as “America’s
Service Guru.” Maksik has keynoted,
lectured and trained owners, management
and staff of hospitality facilities in 21
countries and at notable industry conferences. Contact him at [email protected]
or (954) 804-5413.
He says he relished the role. It
found his character, Leonard, in
sketchy scenarios with millennials on
the streets of LA. Learn more about
the actor at his website, PatrickFabian.
com. And expect to see and hear more
from Fabian on his imminent return to
the Land of Enchantment.
Indie spotlight
Several independent
productions made in
New Mexico will be
showcased on silver
screens in the coming
These films include
“The Merry Maids of
Madness,” “Monday,”
“Opal,” “Leverage,”
“Shadows of Waste”
and more. Look for
New Mexico-specific
film blocks at local
film festivals scheduled around the state.
Browse a comprehensive calendar of area
festivals at
In a first-of-itskind screening, four
Cap talk
Eight television series and three
feature films roll between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. No less
than three unnamed film productions
are in the works over the next few
months. Industry insiders simultaneously rejoice at our bounty and
reflect on the impact of the state’s $50
million cap on film incentives.
This year’s productions are already
on track to beat the record $288
million generated by the film industry for the state’s economy in 2015.
Many New Mexicans working in the
industry are worried that the cap
may hinder incoming projects within
the calendar year.
Film union business agent Jon
Hendry has his eye on the generational impact the cap imposes on the
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movies screen together at the Monterrey International Film Festival
(Festival Internacional de Cine de
Monterrey) in June. The special
program will feature works by New
Mexico filmmakers from 82|92
Productions and 4.5 Films.
New Mexico indie production
“[email protected]” was picked up for digital distribution in late 2015 and is
expected to resume filming a second
season this summer.
N.M. film on demand
Need a New Mexico film fix STAT?
The following N.M.-made movies
and shows are now streaming on
Netflix: “The Ridiculous 6,” “Bare,”
“Frontera,” “The Homesman,”
“Sweetwater,” “Frank,” “Big Sky,”
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26 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Lit Up: On ‘Bad Clowns’ and ‘Armada’
‘Bad Clowns’
by Rene Thompson
rrational fears can be both silly and
overwhelming, and creepy clowns
are no exception.
As an actual cause of phobias and a
pop culture trope, clowns are deeply
ingrained in our collective American
consciousness. Author Benjamin
Radford delves into why we fear these
characters from circuses and birthday
parties in “Bad Clowns” (UNM Press;
paperback; $24.95).
Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.
While there isn’t any hard data on
the subject,
estimates the phobia affects approximately 12 percent of U.S. adults. In
“Bad Clowns,” the causes of coulrophobia aren’t taken too seriously.
The phobia isn’t prevalent enough
to research or deemed an ailment by
most who suffer from it. Yet it still
fascinates the masses.
In “Bad Clowns,” the author examines the psyche of real-life cracked
clowns such as serial killer John
Wayne Gacy and English entertainer
Joseph Gramaldi, whose tormented
were edited
by Charles
From lyrics
to film and
TV, our
with scary
forms a
why we
let ourselves be afraid of clowns
depicted by movies such as “It” or
“Poltergeist.” Radford, a supernatural
skeptic and science-based paranormal
investigator, researches subjects such
as mass hysteria and critical thinking
while debunking urban legends and
other bizarre phenomena.
The author will read from “Bad
Clowns” at Bookworks (4022 Rio
Grande NW) at 3 p.m. on Saturday,
April 16. For more info, visit
n the 2009 film “Fanboys,” a pack of
circa-1998 Star Wars geeks embarks
on a cross-country road trip to George
Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. Their driving impetus? A desire to see “Episode
I — The Phantom Menace” before it
hits theaters.
That screenplay was co-written by
Ernest Cline, who proudly proclaims
that his creative identity stems from
his Star Wars fandom and an all-consuming love for video games and ’80s
Although “Fanboys”— and if we’re
being honest, “Episode I”— received
mixed reviews, the film proved
Cline’s ability to capture the singleminded passions of American otakus,
a Japanese term for young people
whose obsessions with computers
and/or popular culture often outweigh social skills.
Since then, nerd culture has risen
from an underground interest to
a mainstream multibillion dollar
industry, and Cline’s writing career
has skyrocketed. His bestselling 2011
novel “Ready
Player One,”
an adventure
set in a gameworld dominated 2044, is
being adapted
into a movie
directed by
Steven Spielberg.
Now Cline
is on a tour to
promote the
paperback release of his latest smash
hit, “Armada” (Random House;
paperback; $16). The novel examines
how the life of gamer Zack Lightman
is changed forever when he discovers that his favorite video game is
actually a training guide for fighting
an impending alien invasion.
Venture into a futuristic pop culture
playground at Cline’s reading and
book signing at 5 p.m. on Sunday,
April 17, at Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau
Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave.). Admission-only tickets are $10; for $26,
you get in and receive a paperback
copy of “Armada.” For more info, call
(505) 466-5528.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 27
On Surf Beat: Dick Dale Still Goes Trippin’
or rock musicians and audiences,
79-year-old guitar legend Dick
Dale’s primal California scream has
proven unforgettable.
A genre-starting talent, Dale visits
Sister (407 Central NW) on Monday,
May 9. Opened by local “surf noir”
band Phantom Lake, the 21-plus
concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are
$30. ABQ Free Press caught up with
Dale by phone at his ranch home near
Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Dale calls his genre “surf rock,” and
pretty much every rock guitarist with
a Fender knock-off has experimented
with the Dick Dale sound. If you’re
unfamiliar, start with instrumentals
such as “Wipe Out” and journey
through the sound of America’s original boy band, The Beach Boys, and
sandy offshoots such as Jan and Dean.
Yet Dale’s experience has spanned
so many eras it seems unfair to pigeon-hole him with a “King of the Surf
Guitar” label. But Charlie Daniels once
sat elbow to elbow with Dale in the
front row of a Nashville awards show.
Dale recalls, “As I was looking at all
the famous musicians being honored,
I nudged him and said, ‘What am I
doing here?’ [Charlie] had his big old
hat on, and he looked down toward
me and said to me in his country
accent, ‘Suuuhn, they can’t do what
you can do.’”
In the 1950s, Dale was chosen by his
friend Leo Fender to quality-test his
first Stratocasters. He helped create
his tube amps and discovered reverb
for electric guitar.
“I sang country like Marty Robbins,
but I couldn’t sustain the vocal notes
with his sort of vocal tremolo,” Dale
said. “I tried a natural vibrator, and
then I made an echoplex. It wasn’t
very good.
“But I had a Hammond organ at
my house. I took it apart in my living
room and adjusted its reverb so I
could sing through it—a birdcage
microphone like Frank Sinatra used
to carry around. I took it to Leo and
said, ‘This is it.’ It made me sound
like Dean Martin. Then I said to Leo,
‘What if I played guitar through it?’”
Dale doesn’t use special effects on
his guitar or amp. “In the late 1950s,
I snapped the vibrator bar off on my
Fender, and the nub of the piece is
still flush in it,” he said. “I liked the
whammy bar on the Gibson they gave
me, a Country Gentleman. It made the
most beautiful sound. I used it to play
pretty Latino songs because it gave a
real nice, soft sound.”
At a similar awards function, Dale
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Dale’s infamous KLRA promo photo
conversing with
Eric Clapton.
Dale noted that
many musicians
there could
play multiple
musical styles as
opposed to his
more singular
sound. “Clapton said to me,
‘With you, Dick,
there are many
imitators, but no
The songs
Dale will play
here in Albuquerque emphasize the first
beat of basic,
four-count rock.
Audiences love
songs where
the first beat is
and that reaction
is important to
“I don’t play
for musicians,”
Courtesy of artist
he said. “I play
for grassroots
Dick Dale, the king of surf rock
“I play the guitar like a tree: The
Dick Dale
trunk ... is the base string, but it is not
with Phantom Lake
played hard. Then I play the branches
Monday, May 9, 8 p.m., 21+
and the leaves, but only loud enough
Sister, 407 Central NW,
so you can hear the voices and the
Tickets: $30
The artist’s performance sets are
minimally planned out, and Dale
said songs can shift rhythms quickly,
depending on where he wants to go
with similar conditions to keep on
that night. “And with my diabetes, I
pushing through. Don’t let it get you
don’t even remember where I took the
song after the night’s performance.”
When his health allows, Dale takes
Dale has chased many whims
a southern tour through Florida, a
beyond his primary musical interest,
northern tour through New York and
and the man has amassed a heap of
a western tour through the Southwest.
amazing stories to match. Yet his body
He used to fly. Now he’ll drive a
is betraying him. Dale suffers a multiFord van — with a Chevy van contude of life-threatening illnesses.
voy — from his ranch near Twentynine
While these conditions don’t domiPalms, Palms, Calif., throughout the
nate his musical life, they are always
on his mind, because he needs to keep
That’s part of life now — and Dick
working to cover the cost of his and his
Dale is all about living.
wife Lana’s medical expenses.
“I have to keep doing this,” Dale
Reporter, editor and photographer Mark
said. “We have $3,000 a month medical
Hopwood serves as president of Hopwood
expenses. I talk about it onstage. I joke,
Communications. Contact him via email
but I [also] try to encourage anyone
at [email protected]
28 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Within Range: The Classical Edition
pring has sprung, and what better
way to ring in blossoms and sunshine than with the energetic vitality
of classical music?
There are more works than Vivaldi’s
Spring Concerto that commemorate
this resplendent time of year. Here’s
a sampling of choral works, Baroque
beats, resonating organs and chamber
muszic coming up in Burque and
Albuquerque Baroque Players
Founded in 1997, Albuquerque Baroque Players’ personnel has evolved
over time, but its Players keep
1 Community: The Cookie Paw
Cause to Benefit Animal Humane
New Mexico
APRIL 13–17
New Mexican Portraiture Now
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724–4771,
4 Artspree: Community Guitar Day
1 pm, Free, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476–5072,
De Profundis men’s ensemble
playing, sharing their love of vocal
and instrumental music of the 17th
and 18th centuries in a regular concert
series. Celebrate “A Season of Song:
Concert IV” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April
17, at San Ysidro Church (966 Old
Church Road in Corrales).
Founding member and harpsichord
player Susan Patrick has played
with the New
Mexico Symphony
Orchestra, the
Chamber Orchestra
of Albuquerque and
Santa Fe Pro Musica,
among others. MaryAnn
Shore (Baroque oboe and
recorder) was the woodwind specialist with Musica
Antigua de Albuquerque from
1995 to 2007. Mary Bruesch (viola
da gamba) is a music specialist at the
UNM Fine Arts and Design Library
and previously played cello with the
Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Patrick, Shore and Bruesch have
performed with a variety of other New
Mexico ensembles, including Santa Fe
Pro Musica. Soprano Kathryn Mueller
joins the Players in a concert of vocal
and instrumental music by Bach, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Elisabeth Jacquet de
la Guerre and Jacob van Eyck.
Admission runs from $18 general
admission to $7 for students with an
ID. For tickets or more info,
call 400-9385 or email [email protected] or visit
Peter Richard Conte: Organ
Jubilee Concert Grand Finale
For more than 25 years, organist
Peter Richard Conte has had the
distinction of being the grand court
organist of the Wanamaker organ at
Philadelphia’s Macy’s store.
Two times a day, six days a week,
Conte plays original compositions
and transcriptions of an eclectic
assortment of music for some very
lucky shoppers. Nicknamed “Baby,”
that Wanamaker organ also happens
to be the largest functioning musical
instrument in the world.
Conte is organist and choirmaster
for St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia and still finds time to tour the
United States and Canada extensively.
That’s all impressive, as is the 60th anniversary of the massive organ housed
at Albuquerque’s First Presbyterian
Church (215 Locust NE).
Conte brings his decades of musical
experience to a special concert at the
church at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
This concert is the grande finale of five
shows presented as part of First Presbyterian’s Organ Jubilee Concert series.
The programs includes Bernstein’s
“Overture to Candide,” Sibelius’
“Finlandia,” Marcel Dupre’s “Symphonie-Passion” (Parts 1 and 4) as
well as works by Strauss, Alexandre
Guilmant and Julius Reubke at First
Presbyterian. Admission is free.
Seating is available on a first-come,
first-served basis. For more info, call
764-2900 or visit
ChamberCHOPS: Celestial
ChamberCHOPS is also known as
The Chamber Music Cooperative of
the Southwest. The community-based
group understands the collaborative
power of music, choosing to perform
without a conductor. Instead, the
cooperative allows members to participate as revolving musical directors.
ChamberCHOPS invites music fans
to gaze at the sky and open their ears
for a “Celestial Navigation: A Terrestrial Musical Journey with the Stars as
our Guide.”
The concert features Haydn’s “London Trios” (1794), a light composition
for flutes, violins and cello; James
Stephenson’s 2011 “Celestial Suite for
Brass Quintet,” a five-movement suite
that addresses the correlation between
sacred music and astronomy and highlights five astronomers/physicists (Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Hubble and
Stephen Hawking); Michael Torke’s
“July,” a 1995 riff on an overheard
pop song that harkens back to Ravel,
Steve Reich and Philip Glass; and Carl
Nielsen’s “Wind Quintet Op. 43. C”
(1922), a wind quintet staple that fuses
neo-classicism and modernism.
To learn more about this free concert
at Congregation Albert (3800 Louisiana NE) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24,
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APRIL 8–10
Dirty Bourbon
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, 296-2726,
April 8–9, Mike Chism & Hollowpoint
APRIL 18–24
Various locations, Albuquerque,
11 Screens: Love Thy Nature
7 Word: Jazz Bebop Society:
3 Artspree: Artist Panel:
9 am, Bryn Mawr & Central,
10 Screens: ABQ Film and Music
Albuquerque Convention Center,
401 2nd St SW, 803–6966, more info:
Poetry & Jazz
7 pm, Free, Unity Spiritual Center,
9800 Candelaria NE,
7 pm, Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Rd,
APRIL 22–24
El Prado, (575) 758–1900,
12 Shows: Masque Aspect
AirDance ArtSpace, 3030 Isleta Blvd SW,
APRIL 16–17
8 Outdoors: April Half-price Weekend:
Kevin Eubanks
Jason Vieaux
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
7 pm, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW,
3 pm, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church,
7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas,
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
9 pm, El Rey Theater, 622 Central Ave SW,
Peelander Z
Moonlight Lounge, 120 Central Ave SW,
Zap Mama
Mala Mana
Rock & Swab w/Rock to Cure
Cancer and Delete Blood Cancer
7 pm, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 313 Gold Ave
8 pm, Sister Bar, 407 Central Ave SW,
The Pericles Project
The Temporary Tattoos
Low Spirits
Clue: the Musical
April 8, Flashback 80’s Video Music Party
The Graduate
Aux Dog Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista
Blvd NE, 254-7716,
The Quality of Life
Keshet Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler
Ave NE, 227-8583,
Caesar‘s Blood
The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street
NW, 898-9222,
Terra Nova
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle NE,
Part of The Linnell Festival of New Plays
7:30 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
Aux Dog Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista
Blvd NE, 254-7716,
Musical Theatre Southwest,
6320-B Domingo NE, 265-9119,
NM Phil & NM Ballet Co:
Alice in Wonderland
6 pm, Popejoy Hall, UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive NE, 925-5858,
Angels all Die
Part of The Linnell Festival of New Plays
7:30 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
Birds of Chicago CD Release Party
139 W. San Francisco St,
Santa Fe, (505) 982-0775
de Profundis: Songs of the
7:30 pm, St. Michael and All Angels
Episcopal Church, 601 Montaño NW,
Eryn Bent’s Birthday Show
7 pm, Distillery 365,
2921 Stanford Dr NE, 221-6281,
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole
8 pm, The Cooperage,
7220 Lomas Blvd NE,
Solo Aqui
Part of The Linnell Festival of New Plays
2 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
APRIL 8–24
407 Central Ave SW, 242-4900,
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April 8, Nightdemon,
Suspended Visigoth
April 9, Freddie Gibbs
April 10, Punk Rock Flea Market
Sister Bar
ABQ Free
ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central Ave NW,
ShowOff 5.0 — Time Travel:
Science Fair and Talent Show
for Adults
2823 2nd St NW, 344-9555,
April 8, Pink Freud, Pherkad
April 9, Boomroots Collective
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All of BioPark
7:30 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
in the
Pet Parade and Fair
Rude Boy Cookies, 115 Harvard Dr SE #7,
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268–0044,
Courtesy of artist
9 Events: Nob Hill is 100 Unleashed:
What We Do and How We Do It
Noon, Free, The New Mexico Office of
Archaeological Studies, 7 Old Cochiti Rd,
Santa Fe, (505) 476–4404,
Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan +
Rahim Alhaj
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5 Word: Paleoethnobotany:
2 Shows: Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali 6 Events: New Mexico Fashion Week
De Profundis
Latin for “out of the deep,” beloved
local male a cappella group
de Profundis says goodbye to winter
and ushers in this warm, vibrant season with a program celebrating earth,
air, water and fire.
Directed by David Poole,
de Profundis presents “Songs of the
Elements” at two concerts on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10.
In a career spanning more than two
decades, de Profundis has released
three albums and performed with jazz
legend Dave Brubeck, the Albuquerque
Boy Choir and Quintessence — Choral
Artists of the Southwest.
In 2004, de Profundis commemorated its 10th anniversary with a
commissioned program conducted by
acclaimed composer Alice Parker, featuring one of Parker’s original works
commissioned by the choral group.
“Songs of the
Elements” will
feature arrangements of traditional
songs of Russia, the
Georgia Sea Islands
and the New Zealand
Maori, as well as works
by Joseph Barnaby, Luca
Marenzio, Mussorgsky,
Schubert, Ralph Vaughan
Williams, Irish singer-songwriter
Martin Donnelly and contemporary
composer Eric Whitacre.
Pianist Amy Woolley will provide
occasional accompaniment.
Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Michael and All Angels
Episcopal Church (601 Montaño NW)
and 3 p.m. on Sunday at Immanuel
Presbyterian Church (114 Carlisle
SE). Tickets range from $15 general
admission to free for kids under 12.
For tickets, visit For more
info, call Roy Morgan, 266-4240.
ABQ FREE PRESS • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • 29
3 pm, Corrales Bistro Brewery,
4908 Corrales Rd, Corrales,
Tripp Nasty & Fiends
8 pm, The Tannex, 1417 4th St SW,
Wayne Horvitz
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268-0044,
We Are House
9 pm, Effex Nightclub, 420 Central SW
APRIL 9–10
Zuni Olla Maidens
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Birds of Chicago CD Release
7:30 pm, The Cooperage, 7220 Lomas
Blvd NE,
Calle 66
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
Clark Libbey
Part of Bloody Sundays Brunch and
Bloody Mary Bar
11 am, Distillery 365, 2921 Stanford Dr NE,
de Profundis: Songs of the
3 pm, Immanuel Presbyterian Church,
114 Carlisle SE, 266-4240,
7:30 pm, Dirty Bourbon,
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, 296-2726,
Lara Ruggles
6 pm, Taylor Ranch Library,
5700 Bogart St NW, 897-8816,
The High Desert Blues Band to
benefit The Freedom in Music
7 pm, Taos Mesa Brewing,
20 ABC Mesa Rd,
El Prado, (575) 758-1900,
Lara Ruggles
Noon, Lomas Tramway Library,
908 Eastridge Dr NE,
Pat Malone
The Country House
The Cell, 700 1st St NW, 766-9412,
Ana Vidovic
7:30 pm, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
The Blunns
4:30 pm, Rio Bravo Brewing Company,
1912 2nd St NW,
9 pm, Effex Nightclub, 420 Central SW,
Chris Dracup
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
El Rey Theater, 622 Central Ave SW,
Hops and Dreams: Raquy Horror
Picture Show Edition
8 pm, Tractor Brewing — Wells Park,
1800 4th St NW, 243-6752,
Jesus Cedillo
Part of Noontime Guitar in the Galleries
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Part of Noontime Guitar in the Galleries
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
16th Annual Nuestra Musica
SoulScape Thursday: Deja vs
Adem Joel, Coma, Sir+
Solo Aqui
9 pm, Burt’s Tiki Lounge,
313 Gold Ave SW
APRIL 14–16
Yjastros: 30th Season
7 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
Part of The Linnell Festival of
New Plays
7:30 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
APRIL 14–24
Albuquerque Little Theatre,
224 San Pasquale Ave SW,
Xicanos with Guns Two!
Part of Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
The Diary of Anne Frank
30 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
APRIL 8–21
Angels all Die
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Family Fun Day
Part of The Linnell Festival of New Plays
2 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 466-5528,
Through April 14, Mermaid
April 8–21, Hardcore Henry
April 10, Alvin Ailey American Dance
Families Make History Workshop: Seed Planting
AYSP: Finale Concerts
1, 3, 5 & 7:30 pm, Popejoy Hall,
UNM Main Campus, 203 Cornell Drive,
Gabriel Landstedt
10:30 am, Las Puertas Event Center,
1512 1st St NW,
NM Philharmonic: ¡Zarzuelas!
Rediscovered Romance
AYSP: Chorus Program Finale
5 pm, Immanuel Presbyterian Church,
114 Carlisle Blvd SE, 875-1319,
Bach Mass in B Minor
7:30 pm, Popejoy Hall, UNM Main
Campus, 203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
Celebration of the Arts:
An Evening of Dance, Music,
Theatre and Art
7:30 pm, Free, Ilfeld Auditorium,
New Mexico Highlands University,
Las Vegas, NM,
(505) 920-6235,
Part of The Linnell Festival of New Plays
2 pm, UNM Experimental Theatre,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
The DCN Project
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
Eric Cuerno
Part of Noontime Guitar in the Galleries
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Last Call
Part of Art in the Afternoon
2 pm, Free, Albuquerque Museum of Art
& History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW,
Rock n’ Rhythm Youth Orchestra
Spring Concert 2016
7 pm, South Broadway Cultural Center,
1025 Broadway Blvd SW, 848-1320,
APRIL 16–17
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr
KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW,
TCMG presents Colores! Music
Harwood Museum of Art,
238 Ledoux St, Taos, (575) 758-9826,
Haak’u Buffalo Dancers (Acoma)
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
AARP Smart Driver Course
Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco,
Santa Fe, (505) 988-1234,
APRIL 9–10
8 pm, Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Cir,
Santa Fe,
Screens: “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”
45th Anniversary Screening
2 p.m., KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW, 768-3544,
Roberto Devereux:
The Met Live in HD
Tia McGraff
illy Wonka — a character popularized by Gene Wilder
in the 1971 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel
— has long transfixed audiences. Reclusive chocolatier Wonka
opts to share his magical world with five lucky kids who find
“golden tickets.”
As a child, I certainly envied Charlie Bucket’s luck. It’s the
American dream: rising from endemic poverty to make the
world a better place. Surely we can all agree that chocolate
improves life on Earth.
On Saturday, April 23, The Albuquerque Film & Music
Experience hosts a sweet fête at KiMo Theater featuring a
45th anniversary screening of the cult film classic, singalongs,
costume contests and even a Wonka Land photo booth, all
benefitting the AFME Foundation and charitable causes.
Arrive by 1:30 p.m. to search for 10 hidden golden tickets
that entitle winners to a 2017 AFME Film Lover’s Pass.
2 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
6:30 pm, Solid Grounds Coffee House,
4601 Juan Tabo NE, 293-9673,
George Brooks’ Aspada
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268-0044,
Terra Plena
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
Conrad Tao in Recital
7:30 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
Pherkad-Acoustic Set
7 pm, Draft Station ABQ,
1720 Central SW, 247-0193,
APRIL 22–30
The Scarlet Letter
VSA -N4th Gallery, 4904 4th St NW,
The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee
Rodey Theatre, UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
Anna in the Tropics
Desert Rose Playhouse,
6921 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste E,
See for a more
extensive list of events.
APRIL 8–10
Guild Cinema
3405 Central Ave NE, 255-1848,
Through April 10, Experiments in
Cinema v11.4 — A Basement Films Event
April 9, All the Time in the World,
Theory of Obscurity
April 10, Trapped
APRIL 8–15
CCA Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe,
(505) 982-1338,
Starts April 8, Marguerite, City of Gold
Starts April 15, Sweet Bean
1:30 pm, Free,
New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5200,
American Girl Fashion Show
Jewish Community Center,
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, 260-0199,
APRIL 15–17
New Mexico International Auto
Albuquerque Convention Center,
401 2nd St SW, 768-4575,
Fiestas de Albuquerque
Noon, Free, Historic Old Town,
Rio Grande Blvd & Central Ave NW,
APRIL 16–17
Gun Show & 3P Preparedness
Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Dr NE,
1 pm, Loma Colorado Main Library,
755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho,
RSVP: 891-5013x3033,
2016 Golden Gala benefitting
Valle de Oro
5:30 pm, National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 4th St SW,
Wine & Wishes to benefit NM
6 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 888-9474,
Korean War Veterans Open
1 pm, New Mexico Veterans Memorial,
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE,
Drinking Liberally – Albuquerque Chapter
6 pm, O’Niell’s NE Heights,
3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 264-1368,
Dementia Arts Conference:
Celebrating Creativity in Elder
Care — A Day of Learning
10 am, New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 277-2250,
Kids’ Future Paleontologist Class
10 am, Mama’s Minerals,
800 20th St NW, RSVP: 266-8443,
Jewish Community Women’s
6 pm, Congregation Albert, 3800
Louisiana Blvd NE, RSVP: 883-1818,
Improve Your Posture:
NM Ageless Living
2:30 pm, Free, Garden Gate Day Spa &
Salon, 5 Thomas Rd., Los Lunas,
Bingo to benefit First Congregational United Church of Christ
5 pm, First Congregational United
Church of Christ, 2801 Lomas Blvd NE,
Imagine the Possibilities to
benefit Keshet
6 pm, Keshet Center for the Arts,
4121 Cutler Ave NE, 227-8583,
Parenting Class
10:15 am, donation, Body’s Peace Place
for Kids, 333 W. Cordova Rd, Santa Fe,
(203) 788-1993,
ABQ Jazz Trio Open Jam
5 pm, Free, Lizard Tail Brewing,
9800 Montgomery Ave NE,
1:30 pm, New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5200,
Sunday Family Fun
10 am, Bachechi Open Space,
9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 314-0398,
Spring Japanese Garden Tour
Wednesdays, 10 am, ABQ BioPark
Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave NW,
Spring Pastels Flower Show
Coder Dojo
10 am, ages 7-17, Quelab,
680 Haines Ave NW,
Lyme Get Together
12, Free, location varies,
more info: 304-9411
Downtown Walking Tours with
Albuquerque Historical Society
10 am, Free, meet at Central and 1st
by Century Theater,
Saturday Night Swing Dance
7:15 pm, Rhythm Dance Company,
3808A Central Ave SE,
Noon, UNM North Golf Course,
2201 Tucker Ave NE, 873-8084,
APRIL 20–23
Earth Day Celebration: all of
ABQ BioPark
10 am, various locations: ABQ BioPark,
Cheese Making Workshop
Free Fishing Derby
Downtown Growers’ Market
6:30 am, Free, Tingley Beach,
1800 Tingley Drive SW, 768-2000,
Saturdays, 7 am, Robinson Park,
8th and Central, 252-2959,
The Great Ape-ril: Chimpanzees
10 am, ABQ BioPark Zoo,
903 10th St SW, 768-2000,
Zombees Pub Crawl
7 pm, Kelly’s Brew Pub,
3222 Central Ave SE, (623) 853-6805,
Lunar Monday
7 pm, New Mexico Natural History
Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd NW,
Post Fishing Derby Cleanup
11 am, Tingley Beach,
1800 Tingley Drive SW, 768-2000,
Improving Desert Garden Soil
10 am, Free, Bear Canyon Senior Center,
4645 Pitt St NE Rm 5, RSVP: 767-5959,
[email protected]
10 am, ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 10th St SW,
HIV Walk & 5K Fun Run
5 pm, Greenside Café,
12165 NM-14, Cedar Crest,
1 pm, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 401,
2011 Girard St SE,
Noon, The Old Windmill Dairy,
2 Paso Ranch Rd, Estancia, 384-0033,
American Veterans Post 7
4 pm, Yes Organic Boutique and Salon,
3420 Lomas Blvd NE,
(602) 295-2278,
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden,
2601 Central Ave NW, 764-6200,
Drinking Liberally — Cedar Crest
Yes, Save the Bees Please!
Animal Myth Discovery Day
Pajamas and Puffers:
Aquarium Overnight
6:30 pm, ABQ BioPark,
2601 Central Ave NW, 764-6200,
APRIL 15–17
Floral Design Show:
Wedding in the Garden
ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central Ave NW,
The 4-Legged Race 2016 to
benefit Viva NM Rural Animal
Rescue & Babes and Bullies
8:30 am, Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd
Barnyard Bash
Noon, Free, Cottonwood Mall,
10000 Coors Blvd NW, 897-6571,
Salud y Sabor: Cuba
5:30 pm, National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
April 9, Margaret Coel, The Man Who
Fell From the Sky
April 10, James Terry, Kingdom of the Sun
April 11, Sam Quinones, Dreamland:
The True Tale of America’s Opiate
IAIA Library Readings
Various dates and times, Institute of
American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd,
Santa Fe,
A Conversation and Presentation
with Pimentel & Sons
Guitar makers
1 pm, Free, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
H is for Hawk and Shaler’s Fish:
Helen MacDonald
6 pm, Collected Works Santa Fe,
202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, (505)
Kingdom of the Sun — Stories:
James Terry
4 pm, Page One Books,
5850 Eubank Blvd NE Ste B-41,
Storytellers: The Art of
Randy Chitto
2 pm, Wheelwright Library,
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe,
(505) 982-4636,
APRIL 11–23
Spinal Poetry
Loma Colorado Main Library,
755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho,
Emerging Diseases, Deadly
Lessons: Carlos Castillo-Chavez
11 am, Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW,
3rd St NW and Marquette Ave NW,
Talin Market Food Truck Round Up
11 am, 88 Louisiana Blvd SE
ABQ Food Fridays
4 pm, Civic Plaza, SW Section,
1 Civic Plaza NW,
3rd St NW and Marquette Ave NW,
Coffee Education and Tasting
6:30 pm, Prosum Roasters,
3228 Los Arboles Ave NE Ste 100,
Los Ranchos Growers’ Market 7:30 pm, Free, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
The Clovis Site — Understanding
the Earliest Americans:
George Crawford
6:30 pm, Loma Colorado Main Library,
755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho,
Current and Planned Mental
Health Resources in Bernalillo
County: Morgas Baca
11:30 am, MCM Elegante Hotel,
2020 Menaul Blvd NE, RSVP by 4/11:
Danger at the Rodeo:
Karen Glinski
10 am, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW,
2:30 pm, Page One Books,
5850 Eubank Blvd NE Ste B-41,
Santa Fe Farmers Market:
8 am, 1607 Paseo de Peralta at Guadalupe,
Santa Fe,
See for a more
extensive list of events.
Like An Animal: The Grazing
and Sex Tour
APRIL 9–11
6 pm, Ages 21+, ABQ BioPark Zoo,
903 10th St SW, 768-2000,
4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139,
Truckin’ Tuesdays
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The Beginning of the Age of
Mammals in New Mexico:
Dr. Thomas Williamson
7 pm, New Mexico Natural History
Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd NW,
The Ring Around the Rose:
Jay DeFeo and Her Circle
6 pm, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum,
Education Annex, 123 Grant Ave,
Santa Fe, RSVP: (505) 946-1000,
t 310 years young, Albuquerque is still looking mighty fine. On Saturday, April 16, venture into the heart of
Old Town to celebrate our burg’s history and traditions with
free family fun at Fiestas de Albuquerque.
For children and young-at-heart residents, face painters
wait on standby to adorn beaming visages with festive
designs ... at no charge. Adventurous inhabitants can turn
their divided attention to a rock-climbing wall or local artist
demos, including retablo making.
Competing for your concentration are the likes of the Sun
and Fire Dance Group, Baila! Baila!, Casa Flamenca, Cuicani
Sin Fronteras, Grupo Kontratiempo, Mariachi Tenampa and
other performers. Groove to an authentic nuevomexicano
soundtrack while dining on food truck fare by All Smoked
Out BBQ and Firenze Pizzeria. You do have to pay for the
slices and ribs; we are, after all, still on Earth.
Events: Fiestas de Albuquerque
Noon, Free, Historic Old Town, Rio Grande & Central NW,
Justice is Coming — An Illustrated
History of the Justice System in
the Territory and State of
New Mexico: Charles W. Daniels
Part of Brainpower & Brownbags
Lunch Lectures
Noon, New Mexico History Museum,
Meem Community Room,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5200,
Third Thursday Poetry:
Carlos Contreras & Burque Sol
5 pm, Albuquerque Museum of Art &
History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW,
Crazy Wisdom Poetry
4 pm, Free, OffCenter Arts,
808 Park Ave SW, 247-1172,
The Rainbow Artists Collective
First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd
NE, 554-3891,
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32 • April 6 – April 19, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Going Crazy
by Myles Mellor and Sally York
cont. from page 31
Andrew Fearnside:
The Desert
J Matthew Thomas
Painting the Unseen:
Edith Baumann
Gail Gering: The Fires and
The Floods
Reception April 9,
5:30 –7:30 pm
Page Coleman Gallery,
6320-B Linn Ave NE,
Unhyphenated: Jami Porter Lara
Reception: Friday,
April 15, 6–8 pm
Central Features,
514 Central SW,
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art,
554 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe,
(505) 989-8688,
Placitas Artists Series
April Reception
2 pm,
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church,
7 Paseo de San Antonio,
Artists New 2 ABQ
Reception: Friday, April 13,
5 – 9:30 pm
South Broadway Cultural Center,
1025 Broadway Blvd SW,
Japanese Masters in
Printmaking: Ando Shinji
and Takahiko Hayashi
3 Studios Gallery
Opening Reception
5 pm, 3 Studios Gallery,
901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe,
(505) 819-1103
Matrix Fine Art, 3812 Central
Ave SE, Ste 100A,
Silent Frequency:
Phil Noto
New Baroque:
The Imperfect Pearl
Stranger Factory,
3411 Central Ave NE,
David Richard Gallery,
1570 Pacheco St Ste A1,
Santa Fe, 983-9555,
Spring Group Show
Evoke Contemporary,
550 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe,
(505) 995-9902,
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9. Aerobic bit
13. Milky gems
14. Mine entrance
15. Drive-___
16. Justice
18. Viva-voce
19. Needs to tighten
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21. Use a keyboard
22. Food tray
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35. Pests in the steeple?
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47. First name?
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52. Heave
55. In a baseball position?
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3. Kashmir clan
4. Shines
5. Test
6. Month before Nisan
7. Net-surfer’s stop
8. Burgoos, e.g.
9. Places to sit
10. Flourished
11. Magical Mr. Clean product?
12. Whining ones
14. Like a rainbow
17. Medicinal amt.
20. Mediterranean evergreen
23. Kind of rule
24. Bygone polit. cause
25. Blackguard
27. “Yeah”
28. Drone, e.g.
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44. Posterior
45. Marine mollusks
46. Dryness
48. Some nerve
51. The “U” in UHF
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57. Certain protest
58. Beef buy
59. Udders
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