Dance Dance Revolution
Jessica Montoya Trujillo doesn't hesitate to tell SFR precisely why dance (and, in particular, this Saturday's flash mob at the Roundhouse) is important to her.
"Being a child sex abuse survivor, that is where the scene of the crime is: my body," she says. "So being able to return back to the scene of the crime and be conscious and aware of what's going on around me … has helped me return back into my body."
Montoya Trujillo is a global coordinator for the New Mexico chapter of national organization One Billion Rising, a nonprofit whose advocacy work focuses partly on helping survivors of sexual assault (one in three women and one in five men will be assaulted, raped or beaten—and that's only what is reported), but also advocates for justice for Indigenous people, people of color, the trans+ community and the otherwise disenfranchised.
At the flash mob dance this weekend, she says, "Being able to dance in a public space and reclaim that space … helps connect you and bring you back into your body, back into the world."
She doesn't want folks to be scared off by the idea of "dance," though; the flash mob, which OBR has done annually since 2012, is set to the tune of Tena Clark's "Break the Chain," and a YouTube search reveals it's easy enough that you could even just watch others to learn it as you go. There are also ways to do it with a walker or wheelchair, so those who identify as handicapped, disabled or differently abled are encouraged to come.
Just remember: Whether you're "in the dirt, so to speak; in the trenches, in the arroyos, working with direct service," Montoya Trujillo says, "or if you're in the legislature or a lobbyist, you have to be feminist at the forefront of all of your movements." (Charlotte Jusinski)
During the month of February, SFR kicks of its Best of Santa Fe poll for the year, so let's break it down in an easy-to-understand way: We collect nominations at SFReporter.com/bosf in over 115 categories; the top six nominees in each one head to the final ballot in May; voters choose the winners. It's just that easy. Even better, SFR has cooked up a way to make nominating easier, and this time there's beer involved! Join us at Second Street Brewery's Rufina Taproom for an evening of hanging, nominating with provided devices and, for some lucky party-goers, pints on us. Find an SFR staffer and use the word "best" in a sentence to get yours. (Alex De Vore)
SFR's Best of Santa Fe Nominating Party:
6 pm Thursday Feb. 8. Free.
Second Street Brewery (Rufina Taproom),
2920 Rufina St.,
Are all of your moms and dads also super excited for the upcoming Los Lobos show? We know ours are. And why wouldn't they be? For decades, Los Lobos has effortlessly blurred the lines between rock, folk and Latin music styles while creating some of the most fun and critically acclaimed albums of our lifetime (we particularly liked 1996's Colossal Head). Even better, the boys are doing this one for a good cause—specifically, Española Humane (that's the animal shelter). So, to summarize: have fun with a legendary band, support selfless animal organization. Sold! (ADV)
7:30 pm Friday Feb. 9. $35.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center,
201 W Marcy St.,
Let the Good Times Something Something
Fat Tuesday hath arrived, and you know it's gonna be a party around here. But where to go? What bar to choose? How to earn those beads (don't be gross)? Simple: Find and follow the sounds of the Hill Stompers' Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. This is about as tradition-y as it gets around here when it comes to Mardi Gras, and the funky jazz band—part music performance, part circus-like mobile dance party—snakes throughout the downtown area with jams and aplomb. Things kick off at 6:30 pm at the Cowgirl (319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565), followed by stops at Secreto (210 Don Gaspar Ave., 983-5700) and Evangelo's (200 W San Francisco St.). The whole thing comes to a final stop at Boxcar (530 S Guadalupe St., 988-7222) around 9:30 pm—then that bar doesn't close till 2 am. (ADV)
Hill Stompers' Mardi Gras Pub Crawl:
6:30 pm Tuesday Feb. 13.