NME After Print: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

I discovered RENT in 2004, ten years after its off-Broadway premiere after hearing "Season of Love" for the first time. That song started my obsession with this powerful musical. RENT is still entertaining audiences after 20 years. For me, this show has been close to my heart since I saw it live at Popejoy Hall. Now back celebrating its anniversary it still brings me joy. The cast had a nervous start in terms of harmonizing. Mark, played by Logan Marks, came out of his shell after the first couple of songs. He provided the sensitive, outgoing foundation for the show. Roger, played by Joshua Bess, held back. While powerful physically he was reserved vocally. I loved Deri'andra Tucker as Mimi!

February 2019 - Make 'Em Laugh: Black Mike

Who or what inspired you to do comedy? Eddie Murphy:Raw. I seen Raw and thought it was bigger than the moon landing. Making people laugh was always my way to be included and I was always good at it. Do you remember your first gig? Tell us about it. My first gig was in Montgomery,AL. I started in improv and as you can imagine not a lot of demand for comedy in Alabama. We did improv gigs in local bars. I knew I was funny then, because I walked into bars with Confederate Flags hanging and walked out with new friends. I can count on my hands the number of black comedians I've seen in Albuquerque. You decided to make it a statement. Why call yourself Black Mike? Actually the Black Mike came from

February 2019 - The 5: Gene Grant

This month we sat down with journalist, writer and all-round amazing human being Gene Grant. Get to know him in 5 questions. Let's get this out of the way, how are you feeling about our current political climate, specifically the results of this last midterm elections? I’m feeling pretty positive about it actually. The country has spoken. Our system of governance had its say. It’s always frustrated me how midterms have been so unimportant to voters. That’s all changed now. Congrats on New Mexico in Focus. How have some of the stories that guests have shared inspired you? I’m actually overloaded with inspiration! The simple fact is there are some incredible people here working against long od

February 2019 - The Art World: Shontez Morris

This month I wanted to talk with one of my favorite artists in New Mexico, Shontez Morris, whose work deals with sexuality, race, and female empowerment. She took time out to discuss her new role at Meow Wolf, her inspiration, and share advice for young artists. Tell us about your style of art. What are you trying to say with your work? My style of art specializes in acrylics on canvas, pencil and paint marker sketches as well as multimedia mannequin art that portrays sensuality, spirituality and self confidence that straddles the borders of racial issues and contradicts how the Black woman is portrayed in today's media. My collection, "Project Mystiq", is a cumulation of mannequin artworks

February 2019 - Between the Pages: NM Book Co-op

New Mexico has a long and deep history with skiing. I was lucky to have met Pam Salmon and Robert Nordhaus, both legends of New Mexico skiing. The author is no newbie to skiing in New Mexico. He has written about it for over twenty-five years. Jean Mayer who wrote the Foreword, is a legend at the Taos Ski Valley. The nice thing about this book is that it is not just about “regular” skiing. It also features cross-country, alpine touring, and backcountry skiing. Each location in New Mexico has a profile that includes: getting there, rentals, ski school, lift tickets, website, runs, first aid, and a little about the nearby town. The book is also the size that you can fit in your backpack to use

February 2019 - The Cut: Michelle Michelotti Martinez of Michela's Bistro

Michelle Michelotti Martinez has join forces with the New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival to create some tasty treats every year for the event. But Martinez’s love of food began long before the festival came into view. She took time out to talk to us about what inspired her love for food, her overall goals and what is it about cooking that brings her such passion and joy? Where did your inspiration for food come from? I grew up with tradition and food as a big part of life. My mother was Italian and having her family around for any occasion was what brought her the biggest joy! My father still loves the heart of family gatherings and is continually sharing his memories of family picni

February 2019 - Extras: New Mexico Italian Film Festival

The NM Italian Film and Culture Festival, the State’s premier festival celebrating Italian cinema and culture, has announced the full program of films and events for its 12th-anniversary festival. “We’re set to launch the best festival of our entire 12-year run,” said Festival Director, Dan Puccetti. “Included in our film lineup are several award-winning and highly-acclaimed recent films that haven’t yet made the rounds of Italian film festivals in the US. And included in our events are some great new features, new menus, and new performers. It’s shaping up to be one for the record books.” The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival is the annual flagship event of Italian Festivals of New Mexico

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