NME After Print: The Sound of Music

Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer and the von Trapp children. Photo by Matthew Murphy I have a confession to make; whenever I think of The Sound of Music, my initial thought usually goes to the lengthy and somewhat giddy song, "The Lonely Goatherd." Of all the beautiful and far more well-known songs in the show, why that one is always the first that I think of is beyond me. But as I sat in the audience at Popejoy Hall and saw the curtain rise on the National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, I was instantly reminded of the beauty and musical mastery that goes far beyond the lonely goatherd on his hill. Written in 1959 and set in 1938 Salzburg, Austria, the musical, wit

NME After Print: The Oddities & Curiosities Expo

On January 19th, Albuquerque will witness a spectacle of the strange and unusual at the Oddities and Curiosities Expo at Expo New Mexico. Michelle Cozzaglio, curator of the event, took a moment to tell us more about it. Why oddities and curiosities? What do you feel makes people take part? Many people (including us!) collect the strange and unusual. There wasn't really anything going on to bring people interested in this type of thing together, so thats how the Oddities & Curiosities Expo was born. Our vendors have all things weird - so theres truly something for everyone at our show. You've expanded from two cities to 16. You must be getting a good response with this genre? Our first year i

January 2019 - Cover Story: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Every January, celebrities, filmmakers, directors, and fans make the trek to Park City, Utah, for one of the most prestigious film festivals in the United States. Sundance has become illustrious for storytellers to share their latest projects and audiences looking for a new perspective. This winter, New Mexico Entertainment will have the honor to cover the 34-year-old event that has launched many films to critical acclaim. As mentioned on their website, this annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films and series and episodic content. New Frontier showcases emerging media through multimedia installations, performances, and film. Along with daily filmmaker convers

January 2019 - Let Us Entertain You: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

On April 29, 1996, a musical opened on Broadway that looked and sounded unlike anything that had come before it. It told a powerful, moving, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of young, impoverished New York artists who were seeking to make their way in the world, longing to connect, and trying to survive the looming specter of AIDS. The actors were black, white and brown; the characters were straight, gay, bisexual and transgender. Although the show was famously inspired by Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, it was also a reflection of the life of its creator, Jonathan Larson, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics. His score brilliantly melded Broadway savvy with contemporary rock, and t

January 2019 - Make 'Em Laugh: Zach Abeyta

If you haven’t witnessed Zach Abeyta live on stage, you are missing out on one of the funniest comics gracing the comedy arena. With every kick, every swivel of the hip, Abeyta will bring down the house at every show. We had the opportunity to talk about his inspirations, how his grandfather plays a role in his set, and what piece of advice he would give to a new comic. Who or what inspired you to do comedy? In some way, I’ve always been a fan of comedy. As a kid, I fascinated with Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Robin Williams movies. By the time I was ten years old, I remember listening to Denis Leary tapes in the car with my Dad. It felt cool listening to Leary blare out obscenities over th

January 2019 - The 5: Steven J. Westman

Five questions answered by some of our New Mexico Favorites! What inspires your writing? For more than half my life, I have been writing about traveling all over the state of New Mexico, and about the folks who live here and how they connect. My grandfather, Chisel Smith, was a general contractor. From the 1940s to the early 1980s, his companies built many of the New Mexico roads & highways & runways & bridges, that connected the city to the town to the village to the county. Six years after his passing in 1990, I began writing about traveling these roads. I was raised here and spent weekends as a kid in the back of a station wagon taking in the scenery. I’m now like the dog that sees the sq

January 2019 - The Art World: City of Albuquerque Public Arts

How did this project come to fruition? The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program came to fruition through a group of citizen advocates who were aware of public art program starting up around the country. Back in 1977, then Mayor Harry Kinney appointed a group of these citizens to explore how Public Art Programs and the designated funding worked. After much research and advocacy, in November 1978, the Albuquerque City Council voted to approve the 1% for Art Ordinance that established the Albuquerque Arts Board and the 1% for Art funds that voters approved as part of the General Obligation Bond program every two years. It appears that the process is a through one. How do you decide on what pi

January 2019 - The New Keyes in the Castle: Meet Alicia J. Keyes

Albuquerque is experiencing a rebirth. The election of Mayor Tim Keller has the City feeling hopeful of real change for this town, revitalizing Albuquerque and highlighting the many events and productions that are happening in this town. One of the additions to the Albuquerque team is Alicia Keyes (no relation). Keyes comes from a television and film background that can only benefit the city, state, and filmmakers. We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Keyes about her goals with the film office, what she loves about Albuquerque, and what New Mexico means to her. Was it the job or the mountains that brought you to New Mexico? It was the mountains, my family and the people. This is

January 2019 - Between the Pages: New Mexico Book Co-op

Nasario Garcia is very prolific, both for adults, young readers, and kids. These two books hit all categories of readers. Nasario is one of the nicest treasures in the New Mexico literary world and he specializes in the folklore of Northern New Mexico and the people who live and work there. With No More Bingo Comadre!, Nasario also introduces us to how the people play – in casinos! Comadre is a collection of short stories about gypsies, family, animals, doctors, prisons, and of course the ills of casinos and the people who go there. The book is total New Mexico from language, habits, likes, loves, and what Hispanic New Mexicans find important. Grandma Lale’s Magical Adobe Oven is the third s

January 2019 - The Cut: Lights, Camera, Kitchen!

This red-haired firecracker has been making a name for himself throughout New Mexico. Passionate about film and cooking, Chris Wright-Garcia took his two loves and created a crafty, entertaining show called “Lights, Camera, Kitchen!” The show centers on a particular project that filmed in the Land in Enchantment while creating a dish. Wright-Garcia sat down with New Mexico Entertainment to talk about the unique cooking show. How did you come up with the idea for Lights, Camera, Kitchen? "Lights, Camera, Kitchen!" was born as an homage to the many amazing people of New Mexico Film that took me in as one of their own and gave me a place to belong just as I am. I wanted to do something to highl

January 2019 - Extras: The RESPECT Gala

New Mexico Jazz Workshop (NMJW) presents The R-E-S-P-E-C-T Gala at the African American Performing Arts Center (AAPAC) on Saturday, February 2, 2019, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a combined musical and visual arts gala to celebrate the life and music of the recently departed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The incomparable Hillary Smith and the Chill House band will perform the songs and stylings of the Queen. The gala will promote NMJW’s dual mission of jazz education and performance through a visual arts exhibit featuring African American Jazz, Soul and Gospel musicians of the past 75 years, along with the tribute concert to Aretha. The event will also serve as a multifaceted show to honor a

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