The University of New Mexico theatre department opened its last show of the semester, “As You Like It,” last Thursday. The lighthearted play was brought to life by the hard work of the actors, along with the beautiful set and costumes that added even more vibrancy to the play’s atmosphere.

The play centers around Rosalind, a young noblewoman who is forced to flee from her uncle’s court when he fears that she is more loyal to her banished father than to him.

Accompanied by Touchstone, the court jester, and Celia, her cousin and dearest friend, she disguises herself as a man and takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. While she is there, she encounters Orlando, the young man that she fell in love with while she was still at court, who has been forced by his vengeful older brother to abandon his home and come to the forest.

The 10th annual Queer Student Alliance (QSA) Drag Show took place in the Student Union Building Saturday evening. This year’s theme was dubbed “Space Glamp” and featured both amateur and professional drag performers.

“It’s like glamorous camping – boujee camping ,” said QSA co-chair Jude Ripley. “Instead of a tent and a campfire you have heated tents and an RV.”

Ripley said the original theme was supposed to be “extra-terrestrial” but changed it to avoid repeating the same theme as New Mexico Pride.

Pulling from moments exposed in Nic Sheff’s memoir “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines” and carefully stitching them together with recollections from his father, David Sheff’s, own memoir “Beautiful Boy,” director Felix van Groeningen and lead actors Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet bring to life an all too familiar vignette of America’s crippling opioid addiction.

Memories are rarely reflected in linear timelines and are seemingly provoked by sensory triggers unique to each person — these can come in the form of objects, smells and locations. This is the framework which “Beautiful Boy” is built on.

The University of New Mexico’s KIVA Club hosted the 15th Annual Native Beats Concert on Sunday in the Student Union Building. Signs were draped along the performance space with messages that read “Abolish ICE” and “Protect Chaco Canyon.”

Indigenous musicians and vendors participated to benefit Native communities in the Chaco Canyon area who are affected by fracking, a drilling process that extracts natural gas and oil.

Performances ranged in genre from spoken word, to hip-hop and rock. The KIVA Club encouraged performers to speak about issues that affect their own communities to offer different tribal perspectives.

UNM hosts exhibit for young artists

Students from public, private and charter schools around New Mexico now have their art on display in the Masley Art Gallery at the University of New Mexico, an exhibit that runs until Dec. 7.

The exhibit gives sixth through 12th graders the opportunity to show their artwork in a professional venue. Students were encouraged to submit works in a variety of different mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and video.

Marigold Parade celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, the Day of The Dead, is a multi-generational, deep-rooted Mexican tradition and for almost the past three decades it has been celebrated as a public parade throughout the South Valley in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This past Sunday marked the 26th annual Dia De Los Muertos Marigold Parade. The event began at 2 p.m. but crowds of people started to gather on the streets up to an hour before to get the best spots to see the upcoming parade.

Kristin Barendsen, a New Mexico local, said that she has come to the South Valley’s Dia De Los Muertos Marigold Parade for more than five years. She said that she dresses up every single year with her friends and family.

Student sculptor defines her identity through different mediums

Editor's note: a video piece that is paired with this article is published on the Daily Lobo’s YouTube page, with segments of both the interview and shots of the art in the gallery described throughout.

The John Sommers Gallery, enveloped inside the University of New Mexico’s Art Building, hosts a rotation of student work throughout each semester, with graduate student Hazel Batrezchavez taking over the last few weeks.

Batrezchavez stood in an all black outfit, contrasting with the white walls of the gallery space. She is an artist, but more specifically a sculptor, standing at a solid 5 feet, 2 inches next to her sizable works of art.

Popejoy cancels student discounts for Broadway performances

The University of New Mexico’s performance hall, Popejoy Hall, has announced they are pulling back student discounts for Broadway productions due to issues with funding provided by the Student Fee Review Board (SFRB).

By mid-September most of the student fee revenue that was dispersed to Popejoy was used up due to student subscriptions and the high demand for Wicked tickets, according to Terry Davis, the marketing manager for PopeJoy Hall. That, paired with UNM’s decrease in student enrollment, hit Popejoy in their pockets.

UNM’s enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is down by 7.17 percent from last year according to the Fall 2018 official enrollment report.

SUB hosts Halloween Bingo

The University of New Mexico’s Student Programming in the Student Union Building hosted Halloween Bingo on Friday at 8 p.m. in the SUB. The event, which is part of UNM’s UNI Nights, attracted around 100 University students.

Students with a valid UNM ID were welcomed into the event, receiving a free fanny pack and candy. For those interested in following the UNM SUB’s Instagram or Snapchat, an additional chance to win a UNI Nights mug was offered through a raffle.

Five and Why: Local drag queen Avery Taureaux's favorite albums

With the help of some make up and carefully crafted outfits, Freddie Bell turns into Avery Taureaux on the stages of Sidewinders Bar, Albuquerque Social Club, Twist Nightclub, Zullo’s Bar and Bistro and The Clubhouse; Alternative Lifestyle Club. What started with being an attendee at RuPaul’s Drag Race event at Sidewinders, dressed as the famous Naomi Smalls, turned into several performances in clubs across Albuquerque as Avery.

As a wardrobe stylist, Avery puts thought into the functionality and aesthetic of each outfit. Her routines involve drops and intensive choreography so there is little room for wardrobe malfunctions.

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