NME After Print: We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

My musical repertoire is too eclectic to pick a favorite genre or song. But many would not guess that I have a love for the Carpenters. There’s just something about their music that brings such joy to my heart and touches me when I need to cry. When Popejoy Hall announced their season included an evening with the Carpenters, I had to see it first hand. Most importantly, I needed to see who would be brave enough to take on the beautifully textured vocals that Karen Carpenter was known for that matched perfectly with Richard Carpenter’s brilliant, multilayered arrangements. I had the opportunity to interview Michelle Berting Brett prior to the show, “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembere

February 2020 - Cover Story: For the Love of Harry Connick, Jr.

I was sixteen when I first heard his voice. It was smooth, silky, and had that New Orleans twang. Harry Connick Jr. was the modern-day crooner during the '90s. His album "We Are In Love" made a name for itself. His big band sound broke through the newly founded grunge scene and slews of hip-hop artists. I saw him live in 1998, promoting his album, “She.” Now, celebrating the 30th anniversary of We Are In Love, Connick is heading back to Albuquerque on March 3rd for his concert “True Love - An Intimate Performance,” at the Kiva Auditorium. I just had to interview the man whose very voice brought couples together, found his true love, and continues to bring joy to millions of fans. How does it

February 2020 - Let Us Entertain You: Alice in Wonderland Ballet

The New Mexico Philharmonic and the New Mexico Ballet Company invite you to leap down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fully staged, thrilling night of fantastical music and dance! It’s the Alice in Wonderland Ballet at Popejoy Hall on February 29th at 6:00 p.m. David Felberg, conductor, Anna Sofia Bridge, director, Amanda Rohr, Alice, original choreography by Natalie Harris, and performed to the music of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical”; Alexander Glazunov’s The Seasons: “Winter,” “Summer,” and “Autumn,” and Symphony No. 4; Bedrich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride: “Polka” and “Dance of the Comedians”; and Anatoly Lyadov’s The Enchanted Lake. Albuquerque native, violinist, and con

February 2020 - Behind the Scenes: Blush & Whimsy

One New Mexico company continues to make products that make its customers love and make them smile. Micaela Brown, the owner of Blush & Whimsy, is excited that her new product, The Celestial-Inspired Elune necklace, will be included in the gift bags for the 92nd Annual Academy Award® nominees. "We're honored that Academy Awards attendees will experience the magic of our new products for themselves," says Micaela Brown, founder, and CEO of Blush & Whimsy. "Our business relies on amazing people with disabilities and disabled veterans from New Mexico to package, assemble, and ship each order, ensuring the utmost in quality and care." Brown's company has a focus on social entrepreneurship and pr

February 2020 - Turn It Up: The King's Singers

The King’s Singers are back! Fresh off their 50th-anniversary tour, the vocal sextet returns to Santa Fe for another magical evening at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Known worldwide for their “seamless blend and pitch-perfect, liquid tone” (Washington Post), these Emmy- and Grammy-winners span genre, emotion, and time in their spellbinding performances. Whether exploring Renaissance classics, performing new commissions, or grooving to delectable crossover arrangements, this flagship British ensemble has something for everyone. We asked baritone Chris Bruerton a few questions about the ensemble. How did the group form? The group was formed from six friends who attended King

February 2020 - Turn it Up: Michelle Berting Brett / We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembere

Michelle Berting Brett had a dream as a kid - to sing like Karen Carpenter. The music of The Carpenters has been discovered by generations and Brett keeps the discovery going with her show coming to Popejoy Hall, “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered on February 23rd. This definitive concert celebrates the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Brett takes center stage accompanied by her band to re-create the Carpenters’ arrangements and sound. Michelle shares stories about the Carpenters to broaden the experience. Fans and reviewers alike love the show and swear that Michelle sounds just like Karen Carpenter. Brett sat down with us to discuss her love for Th

February 2020 - The Cut: Anatolia

I am a fan of Mediterranean food. As an avid lover of Sahara, any new franchise had to compete against this beloved spot. My son informed me of a new restaurant in the University area called Anatolia. Not fully open, they allowed him to try some of their baklavas. They discussed dishes on the menu and the hope that their place will do well. My son informed me that he talked to the owners about the magazine and after much begging, we went to their grand opening the next day. The restaurant was painted in a sea of blue. They could have fit a few more tables but chose to consider walking space for patrons and staff. I met the owners who greeted us and found a seat to sample the menu. We started

February 2020 - Between the Pages:

What do you get when you combine family roots from the heart of Dixie with a girl born and raised in California? You get some seriously delicious comfort food just like your grandmother used to make. With Lori Rogers known as Chef Lorious, you also get new and innovative twists on classic recipes we all love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Lori “Chef Lorious” Rogers specializes in both classic and contemporary comfort food. Born in California and raised by a close-knit family anchored in southern tradition from Alabama, this “Calibama” girl learned very early that food cooked with love has the power to inspire and heal. In her first cookbook, Calibama Cooking, Lori puts it all together

February 2020 - Follow-Up: Sundance Recap

ORDER A PRINT: https://www.peecho.com/print/en/677922 VIEW A DIGITAL COPY: https://issuu.com/nmentertains/docs/02_nme_february_2020 The Sundance Film Festival brought the world another year of amazing films. We had the opportunity to learn more about some of the projects and movies that made us excited about the event. The Killing of Two Lovers (NEXT) Divorce is a challenging experience. In Robert Machoian’s new film, The Killing of Two Lovers, he examines the lives of a family being torn apart by the unpredictability of change. Machoaian's experience brings inspiration to create a story reflecting the struggles of divorce. “I have always wanted to make a film on marriage. A film about the r

February 2020 - The Art World: Sayaka Ganz/Reclaimed Creations

Art is a love for many. For Sayaka Ganz, her art is a love of nature and harmony. Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. “One of the important tasks for artists of our time is to bring more of the natural world back into people’s lives, especially in urban areas,” said Ganz. “When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. I desire a similar response from viewers of my work; to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world.” She describes her style as “3D impressionism”, creating an illusion of s

NME After Print: The Book of Mormon (Review)

The Book of Mormon is a satirical musical focused on two missionaries spending their mission years in Northern Uganda. The musical begins with the opening number "Hello." We are introduced to our main characters - Arnold Cunningham (Jordan Matthew Brown) and Elder Price (Liam Tobin). The first song of the show started us off with a funny and intriguing spectacle, which will make you excited for the rest of the musical. Cunningham is an eccentric, exciting character who Brown can portray through many mannerisms, not just acting, bringing the character to life. Tobin is also an amazing actor and seems to ease into his character throughout the show. The stage setup was amazing, displaying creat

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