May 2018 - Cover Story: Wake Self

The field of rap has evolved since its inception back in the late 1970’s. However, new artist Wake Self follows the rules of the old school - write about your environment. Wake may be a young man, but he has a big voice and a following that is loving the message. Promoting the release of his new video, Wake sat down with us to discuss his inspirations in music, the message behind his single “It Won’t Go Away,” and continued goal to be a voice for social change. Where did your inspiration come from, when it comes to music? Wake: For me, it never turns off. A lot of people talk about writer’s block and having their moments. For me I’m just an observer of the world in general. Everything I do I

May 2018 - Let Us Entertain You: Les Miresables

Popejoy Hall prepares for one of the most beloved musicals to take over the lighted stage. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by mo

May 2018 - Let Us Entertain You: Celtic Women

Celtic Woman, the multi-platinum international music sensation, is returning with a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning Spring 2018 and is making a stop at Popejoy Hall. The much-anticipated concert, ‘Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast. Celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, the Grammy winning group, Celtic Woman, combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience. From the debut, Celtic Woman has touched the hearts of a huge global audience. Now with Homecoming, Celtic Woman brings the next chapter of an extraordinary musical journey.

May 2018 - Turn it Up: Music in New Mexico

Hella Bella Needless to say, Hella Bella is unique in their own right. With a drag queen lead singer, Bella Gigante, taking the lead of this ultimate party band, you will not be disappointed when you take in one of their shows. How did this band become a reality? Bella Gigante: my goal was to always have a band. Along the road I began to meet different musicians who wanted to be a part and shared similar visions. Three years later it finally happened"Hella Bella was born. Who are your musical influences?/ Where does the inspiration for your music come from B: Our musical influences vary from Blonde to Rocky Horror Picture show. We are attracted the most by music that people can connect with.

May 2018 - Behind the Scenes: DA

Leading West End Productions’ second show this year is Philip J. Shortell in the title role of “Da”, directed by Colleen McClure. “Da” is a witty, wise and magical experience for the whole family. Phil is well-known in Albuquerque for playing some of America’s classic characters – including Willy Loman (All My Sons), Hickey (The Iceman Cometh), Mr. Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank), Al Lewis (The Sunshine Boys), Joe Kidder (All My Sons). Joining Phil, in the role of Mother, is Jessica Osbourne, well-known for her West End Productions appearances in the one-woman play Shirley Valentine, as Rita in Educating Rita, (both plays directed by Colleen McClure) and to hilarious effect as the much-pu

May 2018 - Between the Pages: The Voyage of Brendan McCurdy

I have driven by the Calvary Church on Osuna in Albuquerque a million times. A lot of those times on Sunday, I have to stop because the huge congregation for the Church is pouring out on Osuna. I have seen the Church add-on with a playground, classrooms, and much more. This children’s book – The Voyage of Brendan McCurdy - is topical because it features Brendan on his skateboard taking an ark voyage adventure. Kids love skateboards. The author, Senior Pastor Skip Heitzig, is a skateboarder and the book is the first in the series of his, Say, Play, and Pray books. My first inclination was that the book would be overly religious. It is not. The book is about rainbows, love, and a lot of good f

May 2018 - Extras: New Mexico Philharmonic's "Just For Mom!"

The NMPhil celebrates all New Mexico Moms with “Just for Mom!” a FREE Mother’s Day Concert for the whole family at the BioPark Zoo, included in the price of Zoo admission! Relax under the cottonwoods as Maestro Roger Melone conducts a breezy afternoon of musical gems, just for mom. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or bring your own picnic lunch, blankets and chairs at 1 p.m, Sunday, May 13th. The NMPhil’s Young Musician Initiative orchestra will be the warm up band. Also, a special appearance by this year’s Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition winner: Ezra Shcolnik on violin. Zoo Concerts offer an opportunity to hear the magnificent sound of the New Mexico Philharmonic in

May 2018 - Extras: 2018 New Mexico Fiber Crawl

Whether you weave, felt, dye, knit, or are just interested in New Mexico’s long history with the fiber arts, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center’s New Mexico Fiber Crawl is a fascinating way to experience the entire tradition. Over the weekend, fiber fans can explore the farms where it all begins, meet people who hand spin the yarn and the artists who work with it, and visit the galleries and museums highlighting the traditional as well as the most cutting-edge work in the state. Beginning in Albuquerque and winding north to Taos, the Crawl features conversations with artists, exclusive access to gallery and museum collections, hands-on demonstrations, and chances to win prizes, including

Mara Wilson Joins Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge Writing Contest as Member of Judging Panel

Writer and actor Mara Wilson, known to many for playing Matilda Wormwood in the beloved film Matilda, will be helping Willy Wonka with his search as one of the judges in thisyear’s Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge and will be helping to read the entries and pick the winners. Mara announced her involvement on Twitter earlier this week, noting that she is "thrilled to be helping to pick a winner!" This year, the Roald Dahl Story Company, Penguin Young Readers, and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, in conjunction with Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions, kicked off Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge starring Willy Wonka himself. This imagination contest asks kids and their t

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