What an amazing night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) for Son Como Son's 25th anniversary party, the MetroABQ's mesmerizing salsa-&-everything-else Cuban-inspired Latin music ensemble. Calling the evening "a retrospective celebration of salsa," Son Como Son--They Are As They Are--played on their more than a dozen different instruments while scenes unfolded in front of them on the stage: dancing & pranks from a jester, a dozen dancers coming & going throughout a nice long set & even some local salsa dancers invited to the stage as the Hispanic Cultural Center auditorium itself began to morph into a huge dance floor. I was lucky to discover the Son Como Son celebration at the NHCC: my neighbor Jim suggested we go--he is one of the (only 2?) trombonists in the often 11-member band. What an fantastic experience is was watching him play! Now I see him in that groovy big band context, as opposed to his casually biking past me mornings on his way to work. The band plays regularly at The Cooperage, a landmark Albuquerque restaurant serving steaks & more for over 40 years; dancers come from miles around to experience Son Como Son almost every weekend. They are another reason why I love this city. Read More
The community of Barelas packs quite a lot of important places, great activities, sights and sounds
into a nicely compact area of the MetroABQ. The ABQ BioPark Zoo is a prominent destination, encompassing 64 acres along the Rio Grande. During
special times, from the zoo one can hear the howl of the coyotes, the cackling of the monkeys, and the singing of dozens of varieties of birds. Just
south is an entrance to the Rio Grande river system bike paths that stretch the length of the city, with Tingley Beach as one of the first stops.
Above top is the gargantuan Machine Shop at the Barelas Rail Yards, as seen from the Blacksmith Shop. Very few buildings have been renovated, as the groups involved discuss how best to “find new, sustainable uses”. I love the fiery sunstrikes on the building as it sets just before the OneBeat concert. For the scale of the building, notice the person at the bottom right. Read More