An air of serenity envelops Jerry Wellman. He is sitting inside the roving Axle Contemporary, the immersive gallery housed inside a retrofitted 1970 step van, which he’s manned with partner Matthew Chase-Daniel since 2010.
It’s Sunday afternoon and a heated debate is taking place inside the
Maria Benitez Cabaret Theater at the Lodge. It involves the placement of
a piece of sheer fabric during one of the acts of the upcoming season
of the Jewel Box Cabaret
John Waters has several mantras, among
them: “All young people need somebody bad to look up to…sort of a filth
elder if you will.” Through his midnight films like Polyester, Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, Waters has been just that.
“This is the non-sexy space that visitors don’t get to see,” Michelle Gallagher Roberts says as she leads the way to the New Mexico Museum of Art’s sub-basement. It is there that a treasure trove of art belonging to the state’s oldest museum is archived, preserved and kept.
“¡Ay, Chihuahua!” Balloon Man John Dukeminier (stage name John Duke) says as a section of what was meant to be a crown for a child patron bursts. Gliding on comedic momentum, he pops the whole thing and starts an impromptu dance.