08.31.167 DaysWednesday, August 31, 2016
RIP JUAN GABRIEL AND GENE WILDER
Which beloved legend will 2016 take next? It’s been a rough year.
PUBLIC SERVANT KATE NOBLE MOVES ON
We sure hope nobody was expecting anything to ever get done at City Hall now.
ZIKA MOSQUITOES FOUND IN seventh NM COUNTY
And those skeeters don’t pay attention to the county lines.
FACEBOOK STILL EYEING LOS LUNAS FOR NEW DATA CENTER
Are they aware of the whole Zika situation?
32 CITY-OWNED SITES TO NOW FEATURE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
For when you’ve just gots to Netflix and chill at the Santa Fe Airport.
ZOZOBRA TO BURN
Meet us at second base.
SFR PUBLISHER JEFF NORRIS GETS A CANCER-FREE VERDICT FROM THE DOC
Oh great, now we all have to look busy.
Santa Fe County mulls ordinance that would ban leaving dogs in chainsLocal NewsWednesday, August 31, 2016
On an overcast Monday, a Labrador-blue heeler mix lies next to a mobile home off a cul-de-sac in a subdivision near the state penitentiary. She’s leashed via rope to a fence, her default position when her owner, Rilye, goes to work.
“I don’t like having to tie her up, but I don’t want her to be running off,” says Rilye, who declines to give his last name for fear of “looking like the asshole” in this story about proposed changes to the county animal control ordinance.
Rilye says his dog, which he adopted from a shelter about four months ago, will attempt to bolt out of his yard the moment he unties her. One time, she managed to crawl under his fence into the neighbor’s yard.
He insists there’s nothing wrong about the way he restrains his pet. But sometimes, when his dog is tied up too long, she’ll get restless and take her frustration out on surrounding property. “She rips up our irrigation system,” he notes, pointing to a strip of torn rubber tubing next to dog’s paws.
As for the suggestion of cruelty, Rilye says, “We take her to the park. She’s not being abused.”
Come this fall, if Santa Fe County lawmakers pass a new animal control ordinance, Rilye’s practice of roping up his dog could earn him a fine or even land him in jail.
The county’s proposed ordinance bans all forms of tethering as a primary means of restraining animals, including the trolley systems allowed in the city. (Picture a cable strung between two poles. Another cable connects the dog to the overhanging wire.) Violators would face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Animal welfare advocates say the proposed rule will make the county safer—not just for dogs, but for people as well. Chained dogs account for about 17 percent of dog bites and injuries nationwide, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Advocates also point to literature that says tethering dogs deprives them of the socialization and companionship necessary for them to live healthy lives.
Bennett Baur, director of the state’s public defender system, says the potential punishments under the county’s ordinance proposal go too far. “Our state is moving away from criminalizing conduct. The county may decide this is something they want to make illegal, but they should punish it with something other than jail time,” he tells SFR.
A 2008 study by the Department of Public Safety encouraged statewide legislation to restrict the use of chains to restrain dogs. That hasn’t happened.
But San Miguel, Bernalillo and Doña Ana Counties all recently banned the practice. And two years ago, Santa Fe City passed an ordinance requiring that dog owners who tether their pets as a method of restraint use a trolley system.
Johnny Martinez, supervisor of the city’s Animal Services Division, says Santa Fe is headed in the direction of a full ban on animal tethering. The trolley exception gives pet owners some time to adjust. “We didn’t want to go from one extreme to the other,” Martinez says.
Citizen complaints regarding chained dogs have steadily declined since that ordinance went into effect. “If we get eight to 10 a month, that’s a lot,” Martinez says. “When we first changed our ordinance, we were getting calls on a daily basis.”
Martinez credits community outreach for the reduction, saying his officers worked hard in the early months to educate pet owners about the change. He says officers offered “one-time deals” to ordinance violators, dropping citations once they came into compliance. And Animal Protection of New Mexico this summer launched a program that will fund containment fences for area dog owners.
Chain Free Santa Fe, the group spearheading the county’s push for banning animal tethering, collected about 600 signatures from supporters. If they are successful, it will be the first major change to the county’s animal control ordinance since 1991, according to county Commissioner Kathy Holian.
VJ Khalsa, who lives in northern Santa Fe County, says she got it touch with the group through its Facebook page after losing sleep over her neighbor’s pit bull, who spent a lot of time on a chain. She called animal control, but officers didn’t find any violations on the property.
“I was just amazed there was no law that would prevent a dog from being abused like this,” she says.
Khalsa says she decided to take things into her own hands, first offering to walk her neighbor’s dog, and eventually paying for a fence.
“He’s like a different dog now,” she says.
Santa Fe County will hold a public meeting regarding proposed changes to the animal control ordinance on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Public comment starts no earlier than 5 pm at 102 Grant Ave.
Letters to the Editor
08.31.16Letters to the EditorWednesday, August 31, 2016
News, August 24:“‘The Hope of A New School Year’”
Not All That Glitters
[Veronica] Garcia might be a lovely person, and might have good intentions, but a lot of these problems with the state’s educational system occurred on her watch. As a long term state employee, and involved with the educational system, there has been consistent failure. There appears to be a serious disconnect with the state ratings and the perceived reality here. So many safety net programs have been demolished, while the public is led to believe that this is something new or improved.
News, August 17: “The New Recruits”
Way To Be, Bro
Great work! So proud to see this kind of selfless dedication!
Cover, August 17: “Cannabusted”
Lowest of the Low
Clearly all of Santa Fe’s other problems are solved, so this lowest priority becomes a priority…
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08.31.16EavesdropperTuesday, August 30, 2016
“It’s just like the State Fair, only all jewelry.”
—Overheard at Indian Market
“Would you rather be a housewife or a house cat?”
—Overheard from kids on a field trip with Acequia Madre Elementary
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Client TellSavage LoveWednesday, August 31, 2016
I have been seeing sex workers for 30 years, and I shudder to think how shitty my life would have been without them. Some have become friends, but I’ve appreciated all of them. Negative stereotypes about guys like me are not fair, but sex work does have its problems. Some clients (including females) are difficult—difficult clients aren’t typically violent; more often they’re inconsiderate and demanding. Clients need to understand that all people have limits and feelings, and money doesn’t change that. But what can we clients do to fight stupid, regressive, repressive laws that harm sex workers?
-Not A John
You can speak up, NAJ.
The current line from prohibitionists—people who want sex work to remain illegal—is that all women who sell sex are victims and all men who buy sex are monsters. But talk to actual sex workers and you hear about considerate, regular clients who are kind, respectful, and sometimes personally helpful in unexpected ways. (A sex worker friend had a regular client who was a dentist; he did some expensive dental work for my uninsured friend—and he did it for free, not for trade.) You also hear about clients who are threatening or violent—and how laws against sex work make it impossible for them to go to the police, making them more vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and abuse, not less.
There is a large and growing sex workers’ rights movement, NAJ, which Emily Bazelon wrote about in a terrific cover story for the New York Times Magazine (“Should Prostitution Be a Crime?” May 5, 2016). Bazelon spoke with scores of sex workers active in the growing and increasingly effective decriminalization movement. Amnesty International recently called for the full decriminalization of sex work, joining Human Rights Watch, the World Health Organization, and other large, mainstream health and human rights groups.
But there’s something missing from the movement to decriminalize sex work: clients like you, NAJ.
Maggie McNeill, a sex worker, activist, and writer, wrote a blistering piece on her blog (“The Honest Courtesan”) about a recent undercover police operation in Seattle. Scores of men seeking to hire sex workers—the men ranged from surgeons to bus drivers to journalists—were arrested and subjected to ritualized public humiliation designed to discourage other men from paying for sex.
“These crusades do nothing but hurt the most vulnerable individuals on both sides of the transaction,” McNeill wrote. “The only way to stop this [is for] all of you clients out there get off of your duffs and fight. Regular clients outnumber full-time whores by at least 60 to 1; gentlemen, I suggest you rethink your current silence, unless you want to be the next one with your name and picture splashed across newspapers, TV screens and websites.”
The legal risks and social stigma attached to buying sex doubtless leave some clients feeling like they can’t speak up and join the fight, and the much-touted “Nordic Model” is upping the legal stakes for buyers of sex. (The Nordic Model makes buying sex illegal, not selling it. In theory, only clients are supposed to suffer, but in practice, the women are punished, too. Bazelon unpacks the harms of the Nordic Model in her story—please go read it.) But sex workers today, like gays and lesbians not too long ago, are coming out in ever-greater numbers to fight for their rights in the face of potentially dire legal and social consequences.
Clients need to join the fight—or perhaps I should say clients need to rejoin the fight.
In The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution, which I read while I was away on vacation, author Faramerz Dabhoiwala writes about “Societies of Virtue” formed all over England in the late 17th century. Adulterers, fornicators, and Sabbath-breakers were persecuted by these groups, NAJ, but their campaigns against prostitutes were particularly vicious and indiscriminate; women were thrown in jail or publicly whipped for the crime of having a “lewd” appearance. The persecution of streetwalkers, brothel owners, and women guilty of “[walking] quietly about the street” went on for decades.
Then a beautiful thing happened.
“In the spring of 1711, a drive against ‘loose women and their male followers’ in Covent Garden was foiled when ‘the constables were dreadfully maimed, and one mortally wounded, by ruffians aided by 40 soldiers of the guards, who entered into a combination to protect the women,’” writes Dabhoiwala. “On another occasion in the East End, a crowd of over a thousand seamen mobbed the local magistrates and forcibly released a group of convicted prostitutes being sent to a house of correction.”
Male followers of loose women, soldiers of the guard, mobs of seamen—not altruists, but likely clients of the women they fought to defend. And thanks to their efforts and the efforts of 18th-century sex workers who lawyered up, marched into court, and sued the pants off Society of Virtue members, by the middle of the 18th century, women could walk the streets without being arrested or harassed—even women known to be prostitutes.
I’m not suggesting that today’s clients form mobs and attack prohibitionists, cops, prosecutors, and their enablers in the media. But clients can and should be out there speaking up in defense of sex workers and themselves. Sex workers are speaking up and fighting back—on Twitter and other social-media platforms, sometimes anonymously, but increasingly under their own names—and they’re staring down the stigma, the shame, and the law on their own. It’s time for their clients to join them in the fight.
I’m a 26-year-old gay male, and I like to explore my feminine side by wearing female clothes. I have a boyfriend who likes to do the same thing, but he doesn’t have the courage to tell his parents that he’s gay and explores his feminine side by wearing female clothes. I want to adopt early school-age boys and teach them that they can explore their feminine side by wearing female clothes. My question has two parts. First, in regard to my boyfriend, how can I encourage him to tell his parents he’s gay and wants to explore his feminine side by wearing female clothes? Second, in regard to adopting early school-age boys, how do I teach an early school-age boy that it’s okay for them to explore their feminine side by wearing female clothes and also teach them that they don’t have to be gay at the same time?
-Dressing A Future Together
Wear whatever you like, DAFT, but please don’t adopt any children—boys or otherwise, early school-age or newborn, not now, probably not ever. Because a father who pushes his son into a dress is just as abusive and unfit as one who forbids his son to wear a dress. You two don’t need kids, DAFT, you need a therapist who can help your boyfriend with his issues (the closet, not wearing female clothes) and help you with yours (your extremely odd and potentially damaging ideas about parenting, not wearing female clothes).
Before I sign off: a big thank you to the Dan Savages who filled in for me while I was on vacation—Dan Savage, Orlando-based sportswriter; Dan Savage, London-based theatrical marketing executive; and Dan Savage, Brooklyn-based designer. You guys did a great job!
And here’s something clients of sex workers can do without going public: The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) is running a pilot program to help incarcerated sex workers. Send a book to an imprisoned sex worker, become a pen pal, or make a donation by going to SWOPbehindbars.org and clicking on “10 Ways to Help Incarcerated Sex Workers.” Non-clients are welcome to help, too!
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SFR Picks: A Bookworm’s Hero
Fantastical paintings inspire literary foraysPicksWednesday, August 31, 2016
Mary Alayne Thomas is a champion of books—like, the ones with turnable pages and bound spines. And her upcoming solo exhibit is all about spurring her audience to grab a book. “It feels we are getting away from the physical act of really reading,” she says, “so I wanted it to be an inspiration for people to pick up an actual book and read it.”
Storytelling features 23 of Thomas’ watercolor paintings and, according to the artist, “a lot of them are smaller, but it was a lot of work to get together.” Thomas grew up in Santa Fe in a family full of artists, and says she spent her childhood wanting to write. “I thought I was going to be a writer well into high school,” she tells SFR. “Then I discovered watercolor painting and immediately knew that’s what I wanted to do, but I have stories that percolated inside me all these years, and I wanted this show to be an homage to that part of me.”
Thomas’ work is striking in its simultaneous freshness and familiarity with several paintings featuring women with flowing hair, floating upwards as if underwater, full of bouquets and forest animals. As a spectator, you get a sense that their story is classic; you somehow already know it. And even if you don’t know it, you wish you could. “All of the paintings are either pictures of characters interacting with books, or illustrations from some of my favorite fairy tales,” Thomas says.
In this age of internet modernity, books are slowly being forgotten. “Reading things online, you just don’t engage the same way you do when you read a book,” Thomas says. “An artist’s goal is to inspire and bring new beauty into the world and give new ideas, so I hope that people go and are inspired and want to read; I hope they see something that uplifts them and something that’s meaningful, and feel the magic of being transported through stories.” We are with Thomas, and we hope you leave wanting to grab the nearest novel. (Maria Egolf-Romero)
Mary Alayne Thomas: Storytelling
5-7 pm Friday Sept. 2. Free.
Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art,
702 Canyon Road,
Stitching ConnectionsForty years after the Holocaust, survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz created a series of 36 embroidered fabric panels to show her children the story of her survival. Stitching Our Stories presents photographs of Nisenthal Krinitz’s panels alongside story cloths made by immigrants living in Santa Fe. “I really want people to start thinking deeply about the way that we treat and interact with immigrants in our community,” show curator Cecile Lipworth tells SFR. “I want people to really feel something that applies to our neighbors and what we can do to change systems that work against immigrants, and ... [have] a human connection to someone.” (MER)
Stitching Our Stories:
5:30-7:30 pm Wednesday Aug. 31. Free.
201 W Marcy St.,
Food, Glorious FoodFood Tour New Mexico is all about connecting people with great food on their various tours, but the local company’s owner Nick Peña wants to take that a step further with an upcoming food-based scavenger hunt. “I thought it would be fun to come up with a concept that got people out and about and moving,” Peña says. The hunt, which runs through Sept. 11, challenges teams of up to two people to find and photograph 40 different food-related items (and some surprises) from nearly 30 restaurants located all over town. “I think it’ll even challenge locals’ food knowledge,” Peña muses. (Alex De Vore)
Santa Fe Foodie Scavenger Hunt Kickoff:
5 pm Thursday Sept. 1. $50-$75.
Santa Fe Plaza,
100 Old Santa Fe Trail,
Inclusive Public ArtCurate Santa Fe and the City of Santa Fe recently teamed up to create a series of artist-decorated bicycle hitches downtown. “There are 10 artists and 12 hitches,” says Niomi Fawn, Curate’s founder/owner. Join her, along with Mayor Javier Gonzales, this Tuesday for a ribbon cutting and walking tour to check out the useable works of art. Fawn says the hitches have already gotten positive reactions. “I feel like public artwork can actually work for the people,” she says. “Sometimes, as artists, we get huffy and puffy and don’t think about what the average person needs, but art is for the people.” (MER)
Hitch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
6 pm Tuesday Sept. 6. Free.
200 Lincoln Ave.
with Jess Clark3 QuestionsWednesday, August 31, 2016
On one hand, it’s a much better time to be a transgender or gender non-conforming person than in previous eras of human history, but there is still much violence, a serious ways to go and a lot to learn when it comes to being an ally or even a decent person. Just ask Jess Clark, a trans activist and education and prevention manager for Solace Crisis Treatment Center, who facilitates the upcoming workshop, Trangender 101: Beyond Blue and Pink (5:30 pm, Tuesday Sept. 6. Free. Dragonstone Studios, 313 Camino Alire, 992-8833). Clark provides an open and safe space for businesses, nonprofits and/or private citizens to educate themselves on the matter and helps to cultivate understanding and acceptance. What’s cooler than that? (Alex De Vore)
Give us an idea of what the class covers.
Right now we’re coming against a huge onslaught of people who are actively working against trans rights. Working against rigid gender norms is a really hard thing. And I think people who want to hang on to those norms really tightly [do so] because they get some kind of meaning in their lives from those norms, and trans people are the easiest targets. We started doing these presentations as a larger part of our violence prevention strategy; it covers basic terminology, how to be act most respectfully as a human being, that gender expression and gender identity are not the same thing.
We always hear about how Santa Fe is a safe and accepting place. Is this true in your experience?
We are really lucky in Santa Fe. I feel lucky to have come out and started transitioning here. For the most part I’ve had really positive relations and lovely people around me. Like any marginalized group, we’ll explain our existence in whatever way brings access to care, and this tends to either make us heroic or pitiable, and when you’re heroic or pitiable, there’s almost no room for the everyday brilliance in between.
How does one be a good ally?
Think of the term “ally” as a verb and constantly engage, because it’s never over. Some people use the label as a way to not be accountable to whatever marginalized community. Acting as an ally is to understand that you can have really good intentions, but your actions are more important. What works for me may not be the kind of access another person needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. My best takeaway is that if you’re in the bathroom with someone and you think they’re in the wrong bathroom, unless they’re verbally or physically assaulting someone, don’t worry about it. They know where they are.
'Complete Unknown' ReviewMehWednesday, August 31, 2016
Toward the end of Complete Unknown, one character tells the other, “That’s crazy and fucked up and kind of amazing.”
In what could be the slowest movie ever made about New York City, at least those first two are right. Michael Shannon is Tom, who’s nothing like the General Zod in Man of Steel, but more like a moody pencil pusher who realizes during his birthday party that he’s not satisfied with his job or, it seems, his life, even though he has a smoking-hot, playful, Farsi-speaking, creative wife (Azita Ghanizada). Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) plays Alice, a woman with a mysterious past and a penchant for adventure.
Their intersection in the plot largely takes place over one evening and tries to be transcendental, but it comes out as a weird, slow story with a bunch of slow, dramatic pauses where nothing actually happens. The camera doesn’t move and the characters have boring, melancholic existences, except for the wife, who seems to be close to the edge of reinventing her dreams.
Danny Glover appears as the husband of Kathy Bates in an oddball cameo. He has a Haitan accent, she has a head of gray hair—and neither does anything that we couldn’t have lived without.
Since the core of the twisting plot is its only redeeming quality, we’ll leave out an analysis of its shortfall. Yet it’s interesting that we learn Alice feels trapped by being known—when someone else “wants to lay claim to you.” Exploring this would have been worthwhile. But apparently that didn’t occur to director and writer Joshua Marston, which is disappointing after the compelling characters in his 2004 heroin-smuggling drama Maria Full of Grace. The feeling that you’re supposed to spend the quiet moments of Complete Unknown contemplating the meaning of the truth, the merit of loyalty to your own character, and just what you might do with the opportunity to start with a blank slate doesn’t surpass the feeling of, “Why am I still watching this?” Not completely sure.
'Hell or High Water' Review:
O, Coen Brothers, Where Art Thou?OkWednesday, August 31, 2016
About 30 minutes into Hell or High Water, an unfortunate thought occurs: It’s trying to be a Blood Simple/Fargo kind of Coen Brothers film, but it’s failing.
The slow burn tells the tale of Texas brothers Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine’s eyebrows), ranchers who turn to bank robbery in order to pay off bank debts and provide for Toby’s estranged family. All the while, Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges, who is basically why we’re nearly tricked into thinking it’s the Coens) is hot on their heels with his partner Alberto (House of Cards’ Gil Birmingham). We’re told constantly that the plan is smart: Rob a specific bank’s various under-secured branches in small Texas towns and then launder the money through Native casinos located in Oklahoma. And though we can accept that this somehow makes Toby a genius, his unpredictable ex-con brother acts as wild card and begins to muck it all up as he operates outside their agreed-upon tactics. Unplanned robberies, a penchant for violence and a psychotic need to stir shit up fuel Foster’s scenes, and we constantly have this uneasy feeling he’s about to explode. He portrays this restrained lunacy to perfection. Pine, on the other hand, is flat and emotionless to the point we constantly wish Foster would just get back on-screen already.
What could have been a tense cat-and-mouse story turns sour as Bridges and Birmingham’s relationship makes for something akin to comedic relief. Uh-oh! The old-timer cowboy cop is full of racist little quips for the stoic Native cop—but they’re buddies and love each other despite all the chop-busting! This doesn’t mix entirely well with Pine and Foster’s decidedly more serious scenes, and it’s hard to invest in either duo when the brothers are complete assholes and the cops are borderline bumbling. This makes the way they finally do catch up to the brothers feel anti-climactic or like they lucked out.
The Texas backdrop, however, is gorgeous and embodies place-as-character in a way not so enjoyable since the first season of True Detective’s terrifying Louisiana backcountry. Music from Nick Cave sets a tone of constant dread and ramps up the unspoken feeling that Pine’s character never wanted to resort to robbery. This could have (and should have) been explored more deeply, which leaves us with half of a fleshed-out character, a misstep that is all the more disappointing since the entire film otherwise progresses under the assumption that banks are evil, and while they most certainly have proven they are, it seems an ultimately flimsy motivation. Too bad, because Pine’s unease might have translated into a Robin Hood-like regard for the brothers’ actions; Tanner, unfortunately, is never redeemed.
The final 15 minutes feel tacked-on in a “let’s wrap this up” fashion, and we simply can’t shake the feeling that other filmmakers have executed similar subject matter with more successful results. It’s as if director David Mackenzie (we promise you don’t know him) seems to have missed the line between homage and distorted emulation.
It isn’t that Hell of High Water is boring—more like it feels as if it couldn’t quite realize its full potential. Bridges is always worth watching, even when his lines are goofy, and Birmingham strikes a superb counterpoint to his gruff, old cowpoke demeanor (let’s get this guy more roles, huh?). Regardless, it still isn’t the Coen Brothers; rather, it’s a simple story told just well enough as to not bother anyone.
Hell or High Water
Directed by David Mackenzie
With Foster, Pine, Bridges and Birmingham
DeVargas, Violet Crown