When I was a kid, my sister, who is 13 years older than me, made it a mission to expose me to the musical phenomenon known as the Beatles. She was being paid by my mom to “babysit” me over the summer. I was about 12 years old, and I was like a dry sponge ready to soak in anything that I came in contact with. She started by showing me what she was most interested in at the time (she was in her mid 20’s), the psychedelic side of the Beatles. My first favorite Beatles songs were “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am the Walrus.” I know that I was lucky in my early musical exposure, but I can’t stress enough how important the Beatles were to my personal musical and creative development. My favorite movies were “Yellow Submarine” and “Help!” All thanks to my sister, whose tastes cannot be questioned.


The UNM Fencing Club is a little known club on campus that practices the medieval art of fencing twice a week. While small, the club is dedicated and is always looking for new members.

“We are more than willing to come up and give you gear and teach you how to fence,” said Renee Reeves, a senior Liberal Arts major and member of the club. “It is free and there is no commitment.”

Reeves said that the people who show up come from all sorts of backgrounds, from newcomers who have never held a sword to people who have been fencing from a young age, like her.

Once in awhile there comes a film that is remembered for generations and looked upon as a masterpiece that captures what life was like at that point in history. There are films like “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood” that capture life in the narrative style of a coming-of-age story in iconic ways, and the ASUNM Southwest Film Center will be showing the granddaddy of these films this weekend: “Rebel Without a Cause.”

On Friday evening, the UNM Experimental Theatre opens its doors for “The Murder Room,” a play put on by SCRAP Productions, a student theatre organization. Moy Honojos, the director of the production, says the show is a comedy.

“It is a murder mystery farce, so there is a killing and cops who come in and try to solve a murder,” Honojos said. “Then things get complicated when the main character’s daughter comes back from America and brings a brand spanking new fiance, which complicates things.”

Honojos said that he decided to do “The Murder Room,” which was written by Jack Sharkey, as a tribute to his first directing mentor, who directed the show about seven years ago. Honojos worked as the assistant director during that production.


Fashion: Three ways to wear a bomber jacket

With cloudy skies, chilly gusts of wind and temperatures changing almost on a daily basis, choosing an outfit to best prepare yourself for unpredictable weather can be somewhat challenging. One of the hottest fashion trends out there is a cute bomber jacket, perfect for ever-changing weather.

When it comes to indecisive weather moments, a bomber jacket can be worn multiple ways. It’s the overall statement piece. Here are three ways to wear it.

Theatre troupe goes as authentic as it can with Shakespearean performance

On Saturday at the Robertson and Sons Violin Shop, theatre troupe Severall Friends will be performing “Songs and Sonnets,” a dedication and rendition of classic Shakespearean and other Elizabethan works.

Severall Friends, according to group manager Ken Perlow, is “a non-profit arts organization based in the Santa Fe area, and committed to passionate period-instrument performances — that is, on the very instruments played at the time — of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music.”

Severall Friends holds true to its goal of affordable theatre for students.

Joshua Pedersen, lightsaber smith

Every Wednesday and Saturday night at the Duck Pond, ABQ Jedi meets to clash in the mystical art of lightsaber dueling. While these battles are fierce and climactic, the true hero hides among their ranks — Joshua Pedersen, a “Sabersmith.”

Pedersen runs a local business known as Battle Sabers. Originally created as a passion project, as Pederson hoped to explore saber smithing and sparring.

Lacking the funds to construct sabers and inspired by his own experience with saber sparring, Pedersen visited the Internet to learn how to create his own. After researching forums and multiple websites, he stumbled upon a guide to make a personal saber out of PVC pipe.

Film Review: 'Lion' portrays a raw, true story

If “Lion” was a work of complete fiction, there’s no doubt it would invite skepticism over its unbelievable plot.

The fact that this – a story about an Indian boy, Saroo, losing his family and finding them again decades later as a grown man – is a true story is astounding enough in its own right. But Garth Davis doesn’t simply rely on immense emotional appeal for his feature directorial debut. He works to make the climax as satisfying as possible, via two hours of compelling and superbly-written narrative that certainly earns its place in the Best Picture race.

Chief among the things that elevate “Lion” from good to great is the decision to make the story linear, when it could have been told through flashbacks that would have detracted from its magnitude.

Unique food and art collective to host pop-up dinner

On Feb. 26, the organization FoodGore will be hosting a special “Tea for Two” event, featuring food, tea, and local art.

Started in Oct. 2015 by Mayaneli Brown and Niles Keith, FoodGore is a unique collaboration between chefs and artists, combining art, food, jewelry and homemade ice cream. Through its regular art show pop-ups, FoodGore has become a perfect showcase for local artists of all kinds.

Brown said that there’s no limitation when it comes to involvement.

SWFC Preview: Oscar darling 'La La Land' to play at the SUB

One of 2016’s holiday hits, the critically acclaimed “La La Land,” will be playing in the SUB Theater this weekend as a part of the ASUNM Southwest Film Center’s spring 2016 film series. “La La Land” represents the second feature by director Damien Chazelle after he broke onto the Hollywood scene with “Whiplash” in 2014.

The film stars Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, an aspiring jazz musician living paycheck to paycheck, and Emma Stone as Mia a young actress looking for her big break. Both of them aspire for fame and fortune in contemporary Los Angeles.

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