March 2016 - Now Showing: Eddie the Eagle

They had me at, “From the producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service.” I had the opportunity to check out a special screening of the upcoming movie Eddie the Eagle. Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie Edwards, the British skier who, in 1988, became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Taron Egerton, who played Eggsy in the action hit Kingsman, impressed me as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, transforming himself from the sexy, fitted-suit-wearing spy to the awkward, geeky, and far-from-athletic Edwards. Sporting a twisted posture and a huge underbite, Egerton is this innocent man-child. Not the average-looking athl

February 2016 - Cover Story: THE VERY THOUGHT OF NICHELLE NICHOLS

I’m not a Trekkie and never have been. When I watched Star Trek as a child it was because I saw someone like me. Lieutenant Uhura, played by actress Nichelle Nichols, broke ground as one of the first, prominent, African-American characters on TV at the time (the mid- to late-sixties) who wasn’t a servant. When I had the opportunity to interview Nichols at Albuquerque’s Comic Con this past January, she told me she knew when she took on the role of Lieutenant Uhura that the show would be something big. Now 83, Nichols was a wonder to watch as she handled her fans with poise and grace, signing autographs and listening to the stories shared by excited individuals. She made an impact on Star Trek

February 2016 - Turn it Up: BOYZ II MEN

Still going strong after almost 30 years, Boyz II Men is on tour and making a stop in the Land of Enchantment. Performing now as a trio, B2M is still giving audiences the smooth, harmonic styles they’ve come to know. Currently on tour promoting their latest album, Collide, Shawn Stockman talked about what audiences can expect with the upcoming concert, looking back on how it first started and reflecting on how it feels to perform on stage. Still - almost 30 years - strong, how does it feel to still be performing together? It is an incredible feeling to still be singing on stage together! We have been performing together for so long that we just have incredible chemistry, and with our residen

February 2016 - Let Us Entertain You: AILEY II

A dance legacy for almost 60 years is making a stop in Albuquerque. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s extension, Ailey II, presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The spirit of Alvin Ailey continues to shine as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory, including Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II was founded in 1974. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for a

February 2016 - The Sports Connection: HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters® are coming to WisePies Arena, a.k.a., The Pit, in Albuquerque with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, and Cheese Chisholm – plus female standout, Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters®’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy, and unequaled fan interaction. The Harlem Globetrotters® are a worldwide icon, synonymous with unique family entertainmen

February 2016 - Make 'Em Laugh: MIKE LONG

Philosophical comedian Mike Long started on a roundabout journey beginning in Belen and is continuing in the comedy scene in Albuquerque. A young Mike Long moved out of New Mexico and into California to make a life for himself. In 2006, he wrote his first book, and a year later he formed a publishing company. The publishing company didn’t fare well, and Mike moved back to New Mexico, bringing his failing publishing company and 1,000 copies of his partner’s book with him. Somehow, he didn’t manage to bring back any copies of his own book, which you can find posted in the notes on his Facebook page. Mike moved back to New Mexico hoping to revive his publishing company when it was suggested to

February 2016 - Now Showing: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Just over a month ago, Disney released its first of what is going to be a metric ton of Star Wars movies. Afterwards, there was a collective sigh of relief as Star Wars fans everywhere realized that it was actually a good movie. That sigh was soon drowned out, though, by a mass of people who said, “Hey, you know, that seemed pretty familiar.” Yes, both “A New Hope” and “The Force Awakens” hit pretty much the same beats. There are lost droids, hidden plans, desert planets, giant, world-destroying weapons, and trench runs in both movies at pretty much the same points in each story. In the end, it doesn’t matter, “The Force Awakens” is a pretty damn good movie. This is because while the setting

February 2016 - Extras: RAISIN' JASMINE: An Interview with Jasmine Guy

The Harlem Renaissance is back on the stage of Popejoy Hall. Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey, inspired by the 1923 novel, Cane, gives a glimpse into the thoughts and words that became the voice of a new generation. Between 1918 and the mid-1930s, the African American movement experienced a time of artistic expression in literature, music, and dance. Leading the charge of this powerful story (along with The Avery Sharpe Trio, who will be bringing the show to life) is an artist who is familiar to many. As a singer, dancer, actor, and director, Jasmine Guy is a quadruple threat and is still not afraid to dream and reach for her goals. She’s been this way since she was a child. Guy ta

February 2016 - Follow-up: MEOW WOLF NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Artists, Ravers, Punk-Rockers and more turned up in droves for the Meow Wolf New Year’s Eve Bash at the Santa Fe Farmers market. Fake fur and stilettos were all the rage among the attendees. Set up like a Vegas nightclub, there were different areas separated by hanging pieces of designer art. Doors opened at 8:00 pm, and the party kicked off around 10:30 pm. Techno DJs spun set at one end of the market while people played Ping-Pong near the door. A table was set up for face painting and glittering upon entering. Near the stage, acrobatic girls swung from silken ropes in mid-air yoga poses. Duel supplied all the drinks for the event including a 2015 Goya, an imperial stout with strong coffee

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