THE GOOD GUYS OF GOVERNMENT

Dede Feldman, Ed Sandoval, Bill O'Neill, Deborah Armstrong

Dede Feldman, Ed Sandoval, Bill O’Neill, Deborah Armstrong

The North Fourth Art Center has been fortunate over the years to have enthusiastic supporters who also happen to be government officials, legislators, commissioners and councilors.

What a pleasure it was to have some of the most loyal as our guests Saturday night, June 28th.

For the closing night of Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance’s season, North Fourth hosted our very own Representatives and Senators, past, present and future, at a reception. Orlie Sedillo and Tasia Young, former and current board members, served as masters of ceremony and we were able to express our thanks to Ed Sandoval (Representative, District 17 until the 2015 session), Debbie Armstrong (new Rep for District 17), Dede Feldman (former Senator District 13) and Bill O’Neill (current Senator District 13). Other friends and supporters present included Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, former Senator Richard Romero, Representative Rick Miera, former Representative Daniel Silva and Representative Mimi Stewart.

Orlie Sedillo, Ed Sandoval

Orlie Sedillo, Ed Sandoval

Rick Miera; Bob White and Leonard Stitelman

Rick Miera; Bob White and Leonard Stitelman

We are very honored that so many of our best and brightest public servants support the programs we offer here at North Fourth. We are all familiar with the general consensus that government is broken—and perhaps share that view from time to time. But, again like so many of us, we love our own legislators. We should—they have been nothing but concerned, involved and respectful of our programs, artists and staff. As importantly, they have participated in and enjoyed what we do here—they truly have fun when they join us for events, programs and parties.

I want to put in my plug here for paying attention to where our legislators—and all of our elected officials—stand on the issues, particularly in our case standing with people with disabilities. Pay attention and VOTE. When you do that it results in government that is responsive to EVERYONE.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF ELECTED FRIENDS

AND WE THANK THEM.

 

DRAMA & DANCE/POLITICS & POETRY

This is the final weekend of the Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance Season of 2014. Friday night at 7pm and Saturday night at 6pm.

Saturday night there’s is a little something special for the lucky audience. A reception, a ceremony honoring our very own North Valley legislators, performances by ETC, BVD and some of our talented legislators.

The North Fourth Art Center has been so fortunate over the years to have enthusiastic  supporters who also happen to be government officials, legislators, commissioners and councilors.

Many of them will be with us Saturday night…and several will be performing.

PLEASE SEE PAGES 4-7 OF THE ATTACHED NEWSLETTER FOR A LIST OF THE HONOREES.

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OPENING NIGHT @ NORTH FOURTH

This morning’s BVD rehearsal was a smashing success! If these dancers aren’t Broadway bound they should be…

Here’s a sampling of what you can see over the next two Friday and Saturday nights. JUNE 20, 21 & 27, 28/7PM. Enjoy.

Diana in "Beauty and the Beast."

Diana in “Beauty and the Beast.”

 

Diana & Ryan in "Be Our Guest."

Diana & Ryan in “Be Our Guest.”

 

Annette, Diana, Ryan in "Be Our Guest."

Annette, Diana, Ryan in “Be Our Guest.”

April in "Little Girls," after one swig too many.

April in “Little Girls,” after one swig too many.

April in "Little Girls" from Annie.

April in “Little Girls” from Annie.

 

Eddy in "Mister Cellophane"

Eddy in “Mister Cellophane”

"Dream Girls," Cassie Freelong, Lydia Peterson, Megan Lenihan.

“Dream Girls,” Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

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Catalina, another of the “Dream Girls.”

 

April, yet another of the "Dream Girls."

April, yet another of the “Dream Girls.”

Just too dreamy...Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

Just too dreamy…Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

Annette & Brittania in "Popular."

Annette & Brittania in “Popular.”

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“One.”

Eddy wishes us all a GOOD NIGHT.

Eddy wishes us all a GOOD NIGHT.

TIS THE SEASON

They’re Baaaaack. Those fine actors, dancers, performers, show-offs, characters, comics and stars that comprise the Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance Companies.

On Friday and Saturday nights, June 20-28th/7pm, Equilibrium Theater will present NORTH FOURTH NIGHT LIVE: Hilarious Sketch Comedy and Buen Viaje Dancers will offer BVD DOES BROADWAY: Dancing to All Time Favorites.

It just gets better and better every year—as the following rehearsal photos from EQUILIBRIUM THEATER prove. (Stay tuned tomorrow for BVD rehearsal photos.)

Esmeralda & Adam on a blind date and Phil, the weirdest waiter ever.

Esmeralda & Adam on a blind date and Phil, the weirdest waiter ever. in “Blind Date.”

Ryan in "Mike Gets a Jacket."

Ryan in “Mike Gets a Jacket.”

James & Drew in "Mike Gets a Jacket."

James & Drew in “Mike Gets a Jacket.”

Drake, in "El Paso."

Drake, in “El Paso.”

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Sebastian & Ryan in “El Paso.”

Rachel & Sebastian (with Bruce & Kate in the background) in "El Paso."

Rachel & Sebastian (with Bruce & Kate in the background) in “El Paso.”

Mark and Cindy in "The Interview."

Mark and Cindy in “The Interview.”

Marc & Esmeralda in "Good Morning Starshine."

Marc & Esmeralda in “Good Morning Starshine.”

James, Andie, Bridgett & Lydia in "How to Get Down!"

James, Andie, Bridgett & Lydia in “How to Get Down!”

Josh, the tech director...to make the lighting magic.

Josh, the tech director…to make the lighting magic.

Fist & Heel Performance Group meets North Fourth Performing Artists

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North Fourth artists have had classes with Reggie Wilson’s company in years past so they were eager to go this morning when the dancers appeared. Reggie has the same expectations of our dancers as of any other class he teaches so they worked VERY hard, loving every moment it seems.  Here’s a small photo album:

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Car show logo by Derek Smith

If you like cars…food…bands…art…COME TO THE NORTH 4TH CAR SHOW on AUGUST 10TH from 10-4PM at the NORTH FOURTH ART CENTER at 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque 

 The North 4th Car Show is a new venture for North Fourth Art Center, planned by Exploratory Arts as another cool way to explore our world. We are expecting at least 50 new/old/interesting/funky/fancy cars to appear; a variety of food including Sebastiano’s Food Truck and others; local bands in the theater (more about them later) and some unusual and attention-grabbing artwork. Artists from the community and from North Fourth are offering up some of their most exciting pieces for display in the lobby/gallery. Also…there are tables available for $15 for your group, organization, or business to share information.

 We’ll back with more about this big new adventure next week. Meanwhile here are a few images for a sneak preview.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

Soon James Dean's image will materialize here.

Soon James Dean’s image will materialize here.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

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Two Worlds Theater 2013

Dancing with Fire

Dancing with Fire

The multi-talented Kimberly Gleason is back in town (from her new job and life in Spain) to recreate Two Worlds, the theater and film program produced for some years by the North Fourth Art Center.  Kim is partnering with Carmen Tsabetsaye, filmmaker and business professional in this ongoing venture.

 For these two weekends in July, last weekend and coming up on the 19th and 20th, Two Worlds Theater 2013 is offering a Staged Reading Festival with plays by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq), Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Kimberly Gleason (Navajo)—yes, in addition to producing, Kim is also a budding playwright.

 This coming weekend, Kim’s “Dancing with Fire” will be Friday at 7pm; Diane Glancy’s “Mask Maker” is Saturday at 5pm; and Lucas Rowley’s “William, Inc.” is Saturday at 7pm.

 I saw both “Dancing with Fire” and “William, Inc.” last weekend and previously read “Mask Maker.” These readings are all well worth attending; the work is original in that it comes straight from the brains, hearts and fingers of these able playwrights, and original in telling new stories effectively and old stories with a new twist.

 The readers/actors are certainly all capable and some of them are downright brilliant in their reading roles. In the two plays I watched, the serious topics (alienation, alcoholism) and the humor inherent in everyday life were well incorporated with relatively little chance for preparation by the readers. I was impressed.

 The following photos should further entice you all to come over to North Fourth Art Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. It’s good theater and there’s a chance to meet the cast of characters over refreshments after each performance.

Cast: William Inc.

Cast: William Inc.

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Kimberly Gleason

Kimberly Gleason