On Thursday Emmy award winner Aaron Paul tweeted out a subtle message about returning to Albuquerque and teased with a general inquiry about who might like to join him for a Breaking Bad tour!
As of today Paul has garnered over 13,000 favorites and 6,000 re-tweets on the comment which was stamped with a Stay Kind hashtag – leading this blogette to believe that the star may be planning some sort of benefit for his stunning bride’s Kind CampaignAll.
Breaking Bad and its fans are no stranger to fund raising for the greater good as the cast and crew were well known for around town, here, here, here and here.
All of which have lent to inspiring some charitable efforts by many Breaking Bad super fans, including our very own raffle and the Walter White Memorial Tribute event that raised over $20K to directly aid Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless!
Looks like Bad will continue to do good for many, many years to come!
Munukeer is a short Boston University thesis film set in 1970’s Saudi Arabia. It’s a drama about the complications of bringing intimacy back into a marriage. The story involves a romantic trip that, after careful preparation, never happens. For more info Facebook.com/munukeer
The film will be shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Oct 14-22, 2013
If you can do any or all of the following please contact Producer, Michael Callahan, at Callahan@bu. edu:
AD (assistant director)
AC (assistant camera)
Note: Travel, lodging, food, and transport expenses will be covered by the production.”
Statewide, NM – FREE LABOR DAY WEEKEND CONCERT TOUR
The New Mexico Federation of Labor (NMFL) along with a collation of business and community groups presents THE SALT OF THE EARTH TOUR FREE – ALL AGES, SIX CITY TOUR this Labor Day Weekend.
Beginning in Southern New Mexico, in Las Cruces and in Truth or Consequences on Saturday August 31, the midpoint of the festivities will be held in Albuquerque and Corrales on Sunday September 1, with the full culmination of the traveling festival landing in Santa Fe on Monday September 2, ending in a finale blowout that night in Taos!
The six city, three-day event featuring performance art, poetry and music, will bring the true meaning of Labor Day to the people of New Mexico in a fun family environment.
Jon Hendry, President of NMFL said, “Many people think of Labor Day as just another three day holiday, but it’s our chance to celebrate working people and labor’s contribution to this country. We want to entertain and educate people.”
The Joe West Trio headlines “The Salt of the Earth Tour,” performing spirited renditions of classic workers’ songs important to labor history and tradition. Albuquerque’s Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy brings his exquisite style of social justice oriented lyrical poetry to new audiences on the tour. Local street performers of all styles and special musical guests will create a festive environment for all to enjoy. The seminal New Mexican Labor film, “Salt of the Earth” will screen at each tour stop. Local progressive groups will be present at each event to connect with each other and with new audiences about their work.
It’s time to “Rock” & talk while New Mexico talent and artists work to entertain and engage YOU!
Local Breaking Bad aficionado and one-time Walter White impersonator, Miguel Jaramillo has partnered with local Yelp* aficionado, Howie “The Duke of Duke City” Kaibel: together the premiere Breaking Bad location photographer and ABQ “off-the-beaten-path” reviewer have your Breaking Bad final eight viewing party needs covered!
Check out their full final season schedule here. For a lengthy list of Breaking Bad Albuquerque business filming locations by Yelp* click here. Get the FREE TouringBad app for the most complete ABQ shooting locations here. And of course if you want to be the splash of any Breaking Bad party from here to eternity, click here to get in on the last charitable bids to win cast autographs, show memorabilia and show experiences!
The premier episode of the final season of Breaking Bad broadcasts Sunday, August 11 at 7pm. While exciting, this is a sad rite of passage for Albuquerque, which has indeed become a central character in the award winning television program. The show put ABQ on the map.
The page has international following, and recently many of the followers have begged for an excuse to visit our city: Watch Parties. These are already happening all over the country, so rather than let others steal our local thunder, we’re hosting a Watch Party for all eight episodes at different locations around the city, with a special emphasis on the Premier and Finale. These are free and open to the general public. Several of the locales were filming locations for the show. Events run 6:30-8:30. Shows begin at 7pm and will close with a Talking Bad chat segment. Locations and dates as follows:
1. (Premier) Uptown Sports Bar, 6601 Uptown Blvd NE, Sunday August 11th
2. Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, 3009 Central Ave NE, Sunday August 18th
4. Hooligan’s Tavern, 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Sunday September 1st
5. Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW, Sunday September 8th
6. Kelly’s Brew Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Sunday September 15th
7. Il Vicino Canteen, 2381 Aztec Rd, Sunday September 22nd
8. (Finale) Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, Sunday September 29th
Want more? Word has it that Marble Brewery is tapping two new brews, the Heisenberg Dark and Walt’s White Lie, for the run of the show; Il Vicino is putting together three pours, titles to be announced; Kelly’s will be releasing a special brew, as well. Various personalities who acted and worked on the show may be making guest appearances. The Supper Truck will be cooking up (pun intended) some BrBa inspired eats. Baillios is sponsoring and providing additional wide screen sets. Add in arts and treats from other locals (the Candy Lady, Rebel Donut, Gorilla Graphix, A Good Sign) and the evenings are sure to represent the 505 in style.
The Albuquerque Conference and Visitors Bureau is promoting and attending the events, as well. Mark your Tweets and status updates with this hashtag: #BrBaABQ. Please check out their Breaking Bad page: http://www.itsatrip.org/…
Are you “in”? Click here, at the tab at the top of the event listing add a comment to let us know when you’re coming. Check-in to each event. Add a photo and a tip, review the show! Let’s send off this epic series with some hometown love.
This Labor Day weekend, headliners The Joe West Trio and Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy are set to perform at the Salt of the Earth Tour – a FREE six city festival on wheels, spanning the state of New Mexico from Las Cruces, to Truth or Consequences to Corrales, with an entire street fest in Albuquerque and Santa Fe – all culminating in a FREE evening concert, blow-out at the world famous Taos Mesa Brewing Company!
The Salt of the Earth Tour celebrates labor, the power of the people, our great state and its diverse and talented artists.
Each stop will feature a showing of the seminal New Mexican Labor film “Salt of the Earth”.
Now is your chance to get in on the action.
Salt of the Earth wants YOU – local area bands, artists, street performers, singers/songwriters & poets!
For consideration to be featured in this premiere event submit the following to your Tour Organizer Alysha Shaw:
1. Electronic Art samples (video, video links, audio files, etc.)
2. High resolution promotional photo (jpeg or pdf)
3. Band/Performer/Artist Bio
4. Links to your online social network sites (facebook, reverbnation, website, myspace, youtube, etc.)
5. Description of your skills/performance in 10 words or less
6. Location, contact information, and availability
ALL genres of music, art & performance are encouraged to apply for inclusion. ALL SHOWS ARE “ALL AGES” UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
All day on Friday, April 26, any dog more than 1-year-old will be just $5. The price includes spay and neuter services, a microchip and registration.
Desiree Cawley, the director at the animal welfare department, told Action 7 News this is the first time they’ve offered anything like this. She said they are simply so overpopulated, they need to make more room.
Animal welfare reported more than 500 dogs in their shelters, more than they had at the same time last year. They said even though they’ve done commercials, put up posters and held event after event, they keep getting more and more dogs.
“We don’t know why it’s happening,” Cawley said.
Most of the dogs they have are strays. Some of them were surrendered by their owners.
Both the Eastside and Westside shelters will have extended hours on Friday. Cawley said they will be open 10:30 to 8 p.m. so that people at work still have an opportunity to come by.
CASTING CALL FOR MODELS! Feel free to come and also share this with your friends IF YOU’RE APPROPRIATE for the CASTING. If you have an agent they will receive an additional 20% above your rate of $600. Here’s the info:
MODELS for professional PHOTO SHOOT
Men and Women 18-28 years old
Young, attractive ALL TYPES
What we are seeking:
+A mix of students and working professionals living in urban and suburban areas of the Midwest. ALL ETHNICITIES
+Overall the look and feel of the cast could be described as “hipster light.” Interesting but approachable; healthy and vibrant.
+The cast should feel “real” and not like a bunch of super wholesome cookie-cutter models, but not too grungy or heavily tattooed either.
+native “New Mexicans” **BE YOURSELF!**
+ Just show up. No experience necessary
UPDATE 3/10/13: THANK YOU TO ALL who made their way to this environmentally important event! It was a huge success! Hundreds of people showed-up to properly throw out their electronic waste – in doing so, truckloads of poisonous material will not make its way into our landfills! GREAT WORK BY ALL INVOLVED!
E-Waste Recycling Event Eldorado High School
11300 Montgomery Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87111
(East side access from Juan Tabo)
Saturday, March 9, 2013
10 am – 1 pm
This event is intended to provide community members, faculty, families and local businesses the opportunity to bring their e-scrap for recycling at a convenient time and location.
Electronics accepted for recycling include:
Copiers/Fax Machines /Radios/Stereos/Satellite Equipment/Rechargeable Batteries/Computer Back-up Batteries/Phones/Cell Phones/Cords & Wire/Computer Keyboards and Peripherals/Ink and Toner Cartridges/ Lead Acid Batteries/ Motors/ Microwave ovens/ Cameras/ Computer game assemblies/ CD and DVD players/ Pots/ Pans/ Specialized Electronic Equipment/ Christmas Lights.
All acceptable electronics disposal is FREE
FREE Hard Drive Wipe & Data Destruction
Only flat panel televisions accepted at event (no disposal fee)
Enter on Talent, Click Register and Talent Application. Complete application and upload 1-2 photos. It is FREE to register so you should NOT pay for the suggested ‘active’ account upgrades that will be offered twice a month. There is NO charge and you can be booked for work with the basic ‘not-active’ profile. DO NOT PAY FOR AN ‘active’ ACCOUNT!!!
-Recent photos of yourself (taken within the past six months)
-**PHOTOS should be of clear good quality, facing forward to camera, NO sunglasses, NO hats, NO silly gestures or faces, and should include ONLY those being submitted for the project.
-In the “”Referred By section please list Enemy Way
If you have additional questions about this project or On Location Casting – please feel free to email us at: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com
Homelessness is a devastating experience for families. It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life. It damages the physical and emotional health of family members and interferes with children’s education and development. The sooner a family is stabilized and able to return to permanent housing, the more successful the family will be in breaking their cycle of homelessness. With less income available for housing, food, and necessities, many families are only an accident, illness, or paycheck away from becoming homeless. Nearly 40% of the homeless population consists of families with children.
The Barrett Foundation is a New Mexico not-for-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of serving Albuquerque’s homeless women and children.
Its first program was Barrett House, an emergency shelter founded in 1985. The shelter can house up to 23 women and 20 children and is located in a beautiful 12,000 sq.ft. facility that was built in 2005. Women can stay up to four weeks and receive meals, clothing, case management services, and emotional support.
In 1988 the Casa Milagro program was established. This program is designed to address the needs of women who are over the age of 40 and diagnosed with chronic mental illness. This is a group home setting, and clients can stay for up to 18 months while receiving psychosocial rehabilitation services.
In 1997, the Barrett Foundation added the Bridges to Self-Sufficiency supportive housing program to address the needs of non-disabled women with or without children. This program is a collaborative effort with three other agencies to provide supportive housing to clients who are motivated to move towards independent housing and self-sufficiency. Participants must be employed or attending school and can stay in the program for up to 24 months.
Through an incredible gift in 1999, the Barrett Foundation purchased a 16-unit apartment complex that provides supportive permanent housing to graduates of Casa Milagro. The Casa Verde program provides necessary Aftercare services to recent graduates and is complemented by an Art Therapy component.
In 2004, the Barrett Foundation added Casa Socorro, yet another permanent housing program that was started as a pilot project to serve chronically homeless women. This project is yet another collaborative effort with three other agencies. All of these clients were homeless for more than one year or were homeless more than four times the previous three years at the time of admission and have a mental disability. Clients receive case management services once a week.
The Barrett Foundation truly makes a difference in the lives of over 650 women and children every year. Although our clients come from many walks of life, they all have things in common – the need for safe housing, nutritious meals, counseling, emotional support, and hope for a better tomorrow. -The Barret Foundation
Six of Albuquerque’s top stand-up comedians are prepared to go all out to make you laugh on Friday, March 15th at The Guild Cinema.
Think of six of the funniest guys you know. Now give them each a stage, a microphone, and years of finely honed material performed almost nightly in front of audiences all over the country. With the line-up starring at The Guild Cinema on March 15th, that’s exactly what you’ll have. It takes years and years of hard work and consistency to become a professional stand-up comedian and these men have put in their time, all working towards the noble goal of making a room full of strangers laugh.
“To take an audience through a set is a beautiful thing… You’re providing them an emotional experience, and one of the least understood in human behavior; laughter. It comes from a place deep inside of us and sometimes it is completely inexplicable, but that’s the goal. That’s what we do. We make you laugh.” says comedian and publisher Mike Long.
These are comics who have committed to the lifestyle of a stand-up, sacrificing privacy, personal comfort, and security to go out of their way for a good joke. No topic is too close to the heart and no subject is taboo. The material for their acts is culled from their very lives and the thought processes that make them tick as human beings.
The Guild Cinema provides a perfect backdrop for this performance. This isn’t a bar show, it’s not an unruly open mic, it’s a nice, dark theater with perfect audio and a great stage. It’s the environment that stand-up comedy thrives in. It’s the setting that the art was meant for. This will be a chance to see six professionals performing at the top of their game for your amusement.
Life these days is difficult, and real entertainment is sparse. To be able to take in a live performance that makes you forget about your problems and concerns for an hour and a half, to be immersed in something else; pure, genuine, laughter, can be a blessed escape from reality.
It really is something to get to take a night off, sit down in a comfortable theater and have six trained professionals try to make you laugh. Your enjoyment is their main concern. The fact that you have a good night and a great time is their utmost goal. It’s why they’re there. It’s what motivates them to put in the “blood sweat and tears” that it takes to get to this level in their profession.
Albuquerque has an amazing stand-up comedy scene, and these are the best of the best out of it. It’s a group of individuals that have cut their teeth at local open mics and showcases for years, and then taken their acts on the road to perform in front of varied and sometimes vicious audiences.
Matt Peterson has been producing top notch shows in town for the last five years, including shows at the Guild Cinema for the last year and a half. He has garnered national attention for his starring role in the feature film “The Bigfoot Election”, along with roles on Television’s “Longmire” and “In Plain Sight”.
John Cuellar is one third of the comedy production team “Young Dumb and Full of Comedy” and hosts a weekly open mic at Nexus brewery. He has become a true master at crowd work, bringing each and every audience member personally into his act as he crafts a set that engages the entire room.
Joe Quesada is another third of “Young Dumb and Full of Comedy” who hosts a monthly showcase at Elliot’s Bar and Grill. Joe has created a seemingly endless amount of material drawing from his own insecurities and struggles in life, baring his soul to the audience in search of the perfect bit.
Rusty Rutherford hosts Albuquerque’s longest running comedy contest every month at Terrene Hookah Lounge. His upbeat and energetic performances have been described as “structured insanity” as he jokes, raps, and freestyles his way into a crowd’s heart.
James Morrow has been performing all around Albuquerque and the Southwest for over four years. He has been referred to as a “comic’s comic”, being able to turn even the coldest room inside out with laughter.
Mike Long is a published author who has dedicated his creative efforts towards stand-up comedy for the last three years. His somewhat twisted view of the world and dark sense of humor have generated rave reviews, having audience members say “I didn’t want to laugh at that, but he made me.”
This group has spent many a night together both on and off stage, perfecting their art, honing their craft and embodying the lifestyle of a comedian. They, each in their own unique way, are exceptionally adept at bringing an audience into their minds during their time on stage and generating a laugh that may even surprise the listener.
The show’s host Matt Peterson says “There is nothing in the world like being a comedian. We get to see the world and report it back to you, all in the hopes of laughter! Albuquerque Comedy is alive and well!”
Come out to The Guild Cinema on Friday, March 13th to enjoy a comedy show like no other. Admission is only $10 for this 18 and over show that will begin at 10:30pm. Boys will be Boys, and they’ll make you laugh along with them in the process.
Event organizers: Belle Starr Productions & Native Stock Pictures
Also note that annual Oscar sanctioned parties and events held all over the country benefit charities and cities every year, including this year’s local beneficiary, The New Mexico BioPark Society, Albuquerque, NM
The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to Albuquerque on Oscar Night®. Residents of Albuquerque can experience the thrills and surprises of the 85th Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Oscar® Experience: Albuquerque party benefitting the New Mexico BioPark Society. The Albuquerque event is one of 47 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night®. Please join us for this Red Carpet / Black Tie Optional event.
Free parking will be available in the VSA Garage on the corner of 5th and Copper.
ABQ Trolley Co. is excited to introduce the first ever Breaking Bad locations tour of Albuquerque on Sunday, July 15th. “The BaD Tour” is a 3.5 hour, fully-narrated tour of Breaking Bad locations. Breaking Bad is the Emmy-winning television series that is shot on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Spend 3.5 hours on a uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley as we tour Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s Albuquerque!
The tour coincides with the much-anticipated Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad. The BaD Tour begins July 15th at 4:00PM and ends at 9:00PM after a private viewing party of the Season 5 Premiere of Breaking Bad at Back Alley Brew Pub located inside JC’s New York Pizza Department (215 Central Ave. NW) in downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $60 and include dinner. Tickets go on sale on July 1st at 12:01AM. There are 34 seats available. The tour departs from 3rd St. & Tijeras NW (Convention Center [west complex] loading zone). There will be Breaking Bad trivia and great prizes from local Albuquerque businesses given out on the tour.
Pre. S. You want his sh*t? Bid on it b*tch! “Jesse’s” Breaking Bad swag on the auction block, for a good cause here!
In the latest issue of The Weekly Alibi, the entire cast of Breaking Bad was voted BEST OF BURQUE, Community Pick in their annual BOB survey. In the issue (on stands now), Arron Paul recounts his bumpy road to professing love for the Q and NM as a whole:
“Albuquerque is like no other place on this planet. The entire state [of New Mexico] is beautiful and the skies are endless. I gotta be honest, when I first shot the pilot I was thinking to myself, Oh dear God, I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to handle shooting a series out here. Just because I didn’t really see any of Albuquerque – I was just going from the hotel to work, and the hotel I was staying at was in the middle of nowhere, and there was nothing around, nothing for me to do. But once we got picked up, the series, I instantly fell in love with the city.”
Bumpy to start, bumpy to end. The star surely can’t be feeling much love for the city right now just days into the New Mexico shoot of the fifth and final season of the best show on television, as he tweets New Mexico to the world with this bad news…
Re: Sony Imageworks Pulls the Plug on Albuquerque
What to make of the recent blow to the digital special effects effort here in New Mexico? The state had put a lot of effort and money into creating a good environment for them. This includes a multimillion dollar UNM studio and program to train professionals.
The local news feeds were just not satisfying and had mixed reasons for the move. I wanted to find out more. So I did some digging and found a website for digital special effects people (VFX). This is new site to me but from a scanning of the site it looks legit. You can read their take and I think Sony comes off looking like the bad guy here. It has to do with studio greed and just going where they can get the biggest discount (read Vancouver 46%) regardless of the consequences. The company will take the profit for a few years, shut it down and then find some swamp to settle down in for the next one. Vancouver is a beautiful city but one of the most expensive places to live in the world (yes WORLD). So the professionals are faced with either no job or go live in Vancouver.
“We offer the company 25 percent film incentives, while Vancouver is going to offer them 46 percent. It just makes sense for them.”
- NM Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis
“At least New Mexico was marketable for its lower cost of living.”
- VFX Sodier
VFX also points to the 24 minute documentary, called “Albuquerque the Unknown“, made by around 40 of the actual people who came from Culver City to work in Albuquerque. Most of the comments start out as “I thought it would really suck to move to Albuquerque but then…”. It comes off as a nice tribute to the city and illustrates what these people found here to love. Note the digital rain as one of them is talking during the video. Sadly, some of these same people are probably out of jobs unless they want to move to Vancouver.
The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, the Albuquerque Arts Board, and the Creative Albuquerque Mural Selection Committee have initiated a project to enhance the east exterior wall of a facility located at 115 4th Street NW. The facility is owned by the City of Albuquerque and leased by Creative Albuquerque.
The Committee seeks artists from the greater Albuquerque area to design and install a mural/relief that will embody the values and mission of Creative Albuquerque, while further enhancing the diversity of the Downtown Arts and Cultural district and the 4th Street pedestrian mall.
Regina Chavez of Creative Albuquerque tells KOAT, “We are hoping to get a lot of submissions. We like the idea of creativity. We like the idea of something more contemporary and interesting,”
The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
For more details about this project please read the Prospectus here.