November 2015 - Cover Story - The World According to Willow

America will be experiencing the final installment of The Hunger Games this month with Mockingjay Part 2. New Mexico will once again be excited to see one of their own on the big screen. Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games series, made a big noise recently becoming the youngest competitor ever on the 20th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Shields shared what the experience was like. “Amazing! Everything about the experience was challenging, physically exhausting, and terrifying! But all in the very best way,” expressed Willow. “Each week you learn something completely new. Each week you get to be a part of this amazing collaboration with your partner. I was

November 2015 - Let Us Entertain You - A Christmas Story

This holiday season, for the first time in Albuquerque, one of America’s favorite Christmas movies comes to life live-on-stage in a hilarious, large scale Broadway musical, at the Popejoy Hall, November 19 – 22. A Christmas Story, The Musical, chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions t

November 2015 - Turn it Up - Winter Jam

GRAMMY®-nominated, platinum-selling rockers Skillet are poised to headline the Western leg of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, one of the largest annual tours in the world. Making history earlier this year with more than 600,000 people at a total of 47 shows across the country, the tour will conclude an unprecedented year with stops in nine additional cities in November, kicking-off on November 5 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Founded and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, this year’s Winter Jam West will also feature for KING & COUNTRY, Jamie Grace, Lincoln Brewster, Family Force 5 and Love & The Outcome, as well as special guest Sadie Robertson (“Duck Dynasty,” “Dancing with the

November 2015 - The Sports Connection - Joe Quesada

We all know Craigslist as a place to shop for used video games and the like, but did you know a few lucky people find their dreams on Craigslist? Joe Quesada did. He answered a simple ad in 2007 looking for pro-wrestlers. Before he knew it, he was learning how to fall and take a hit as safely as possible. In 2008, he framed his first pay day from pro-wrestling, a five-dollar-bill. This is not a hobby you take up for the money. You take it up for the love of wrestling. Hours, months, years of continual training go into being a pro-wrestler. Accidents and injuries are part of the experience. Joe has a scar in his shoulder from one wrestling event with friend, Donny Amsterdam. In the same event

November 2015 - Now Showing - The Martian

It was date night for the mister and me and he was adamant that we see The Martian. He just read the book, loved it, and needed to see if the movie would hold up to what he read. Either way, I thought a night at Icon Cinema with those awesome seats - and they are awesome - all-you-can-eat popcorn and drink, and Matt Damon was an excellent evening. The Martian is an outer-space drama where Mark Watney, played by Damon, finds himself living on Mars after a storm hits the red planet, striking him with debris. and leaving his team to think he’s dead and leaves to survive. Once revived, Watney is left to figure out how to survive until the cavalry returns to bring him home. I wasn’t sure what to

November 2015 - Between The Pages: Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot

“Tracer bullets from machine guns in the trenches below streaked around him.” Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot jumps into the amazing life of Eugene Bullard. From the ripe old age of eleven, this boy took off on adventures that would make most people’s stomach churn. A fast-pacing reader’s dream, this book, at a mere 162 pages, is a fast, entertaining read. Perfect for an escape into the past. Eugene’s tale begins long before the war when the child runs away from his home in search of a better life - where a black man is treated equally to a white man. This endeavor takes him across the ocean from the American South to a land his father told him stories about, France. One ad

November 2015 - Extras - Nutcracker on the Rocks

The holidays in December are a time to hold up traditions, like going with family members to watch The Nutcracker. But aren’t all traditions, like rules, meant to be broken, or perhaps, at least bent? Shari Greenburg of Keshet Dance Company bent the rules on a classic when she dreamed up a way to showcase different music and dance styles with her Nutcracker on the Rocks. “My vision was to create a modern classic out of the traditional gem. I chose rock and roll music and incorporated a range of dance styles to infuse the production with a fresh, high-energy feeling that would be engaging for audiences of all ages,” says Greenberg. Keshet Dance Company, which brings together both professional

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