More Cool Cars on the Plaza

Biking out of work last night, noticed another gathering of cars on the Plaza. Looks to be the annual vintage car show that accompanies Pancakes on the Plaza, usually on July 4, but probably rescheduled because the holiday's in the middle of the week.

Bear with me for just a few photos; this isn't becoming some sort of car photoblog.

A 1939 Tucker Hollywood, if I'm remembering that book on the hood correctly:

And this 1969 Charger just spoke to me. I don't know what it is about it, maybe the ultra-clean, smooth, shiny lines, but far and away the one I would choose to drive off in:

On the way out, passed by this guy. Not a part of the show; radio blaring, just heading home for the day:



Part 1 After work, headed to St. John's for their Music on the Hill program. Brought dinner and the Sunday New York Times that has begun appearing at the house. But, like our one attempt last year, soon after arriving, it clouded over and cooled down and lightning started flickering in the distance. We made it out as the rain just started to fall; it's just sputtering a bit now, but the lightning's still all around (above).

Part 2 The plug's been pulled on Indie's broadcasting.


Lowriders on the Plaza

Friday night was the opening of El Favor de los Santos, an exhibition that Monica worked on, which features retablos from the NMSU collection. One of the additions made by the curator at the Palace was the inclusion of contemporary retablos, like a hood of a lowrider. So, for the opening, they had a whole bunch of lowriders in front of the Palace.

The ones with devotional images were placed close to the entrance of the exhibit.

(M+D — that could've been the Potemkin)

The above car's hood was the one that was on display; it had everything decorated — the inside of the trunk, the window; note the Virgin of Guadalupe on the edge of the door.

I think this car was my favorite . . .

though this one was sporting the treatment I'd like to give to the Golf:


Sherman Alexie in Santa Fe

Sherman Alexie — or, Johnny Buckskin, as he decided his name would be if he was a stripper — was at Garcia Street Books this evening as a part of his book tour for Flight.

Heard him interviewed on this morning's Santa Fe Radio Café, and decided to change our plan to go to the outdoor concert jazz at St. John's to catch him speak. I've read Toughest Indian in the World and seen Smoke Signals, but I've also heard him interviewed plenty of times, and he is just amazing to hear — funny, acerbic, witty, opinionated, truthful.

And he did not disappoint this evening. Admitting he was on the 35th city of the book tour, he was a little punchy. And awfully entertaining.


happy anniversary, Mom + Dad!

[high school prom]

16 June 1969


Chuck D on the Plaza

Public Enemy's Chuck D stopped by Santa Fe today to participate in a rally on the Plaza in support of Indie 101.5. The movement to try and save the radio station from being bought out is picking up steam, and they're posting ways to help at Keep Indie Alive.

Update: Coverage at The New Mexican.


Happy Birthday, M!

(And an early Happy Father's Day, D!)


Tornado South of Santa Fe

No, not anywhere near us. Hit late yesterday afternoon, touched down near nobody, it seems.

We were on the road, heading in the opposite direction, north to Española for Ryk's going-away barbecue. We just got some heavy rain and winds.

Whole story, with photos, is over at The Santa Fe New Mexican


Printing the Moving Annoucements

Spent the morning at James' letterpress studio, putting together our change-of-address postcards.


Show Opening

Friday night was the opening of an exhibit of work from 7000 BC, our comics creators group, at North Fourth in Albuquerque. Strip: Undressing Comics focuses on the processes of various creators, showing how comics get made from initial script ideas, through preliminary artwork, to finished piece. Nineteen projects from fourteen creators from our group are represented, a total of about 210 pieces on the wall. Rob, from North Fourth, along with 7000 BC members Jeff and Pete, really hustled, gathering up all the work, figuring out how to display it, and then making it happen. Monica coordinated and handled all the wall labels for the artwork, while I was gathering artwork from the Santa Feans, writing bios, and helping with the PR.

Our various Raised By Squirrels projects are featured along one wall; in addition to the stories we do, there's work from five other artists we've worked with, making for an interesting overview and comparison. And I learned a few new things about how our collaborators work.

The opening was well-attended, I thought. It was right before a dance performance and we got some of those attendees looking at the artwork — a couple commented that they were pleasantly surprised to find us there.

More photos at Flickr.

Off on the quarterly business trip now. So far, more than an hour delayed getting out of ABQ because of "weather in Dallas."