It’s that time of year when sweater weather is creeping around the corner, and that means it’s time for a fall coffee review. The Daily Lobo presents: Eating with Wolves. In this edition, Daily Lobo reporter Natty DeAnna, an experienced barista, rated local coffee shops on their house coffee and seasonal drinks. For anyone out there looking to kick off their fall season by consuming warm beverages, DeAnna tasted recommended seasonal hot drinks along with their classic roasts. Each coffee shop was rated for their house coffee and specialty seasonal hot drink. Our reporter then reviewed based on multiple criteria: Flavor notes, freshness, taste and ambiance.
On Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Natural History Museum of New Mexico (NHMNM) hosted the annual Observe the Moon Night. This event occurs in either September or October, when the moon is around the first quarter – a great phase for evening observing, according to NASA’s website. International Observe, the Moon Night has been held annually since 2010. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses and backyards around the world. Everyone can participate. Although Friday started out rainy and cloudy, the sky cleared up by the time night fell with only a few clouds scattered in the evening sky by 7 p.m. Telescopes were provided by the museum, and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society also set up telescopes along the observation deck for use.
On Saturday, Aug. 31 the first annual New Mexico Prickly Pear festival took place at Three Sisters Kitchen. According to the website, the festival seeks to celebrate everything prickly pear including food, art and music. According to Desert USA, the prickly pear cactus, otherwise known as Genus Opuntia, “represent about a dozen species of the Opuntia genus (Family Cactaceae) in the North American deserts.” The flesh (tuna) of the fruit produced by these cactus are typically used to make pulp, juice and syrups, among other products. When asked what inspired the Prickly Pear Festival, Will Thompson, consulting arborist and co-owner of Agri-Environmental, told the Daily Lobo that he used to have a small farm in the North Valley, and one of the things he noticed after he stopped farming was that people really do not utilize the prickly pear even though it is a native food.
University of New Mexico poet Tori Cárdenas loves writing, almost as much as she loves her dog. Cárdenas is a master of fine arts student and the poetry editor of “Writers Resist,” a feminist literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. She has also worked her way up to become the editor in chief for Blue Mesa Review, UNM’s graduate student literary magazines, during the 2019-2020 school year. Cárdenas said that Blue Mesa is dedicated to showcasing authors and artists, especially in the southwest. She hopes to include more information about the mission and goals of the magazine for readers and artists to help people better understand the culture.
Muros translates from Spanish to “walls,” according to STUDiO HiLL DESiGN, who showcases the many murals lining the Albuquerque streets in an online project, Los Muros de Burque. Starting in beautiful Nob Hill, traveling into Downtown ABQ, and ending in the Santa Barbara-Martineztown area, visitors and locals can look at the diverse, cultural and artistic talent that is harbored in the heart of the city. According to New Mexico Explorer, a website dedicated to describing less known New Mexico travel locations, Albuquerque became home to one of the first public art programs in the country in 1978. In the beginning of this art bloom, some of the first mural artwork was displayed was at the ABQ Sunport. Although this is just a collection of the many murals and street artwork available to view in ABQ, these murals seem to commonly represent unity, diversity, and collectivity in some way or another.