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The River Bride
By: Emilie Rasmussen
The River Bride, a play by Marisela Treviño Orta, is the NMSU Theatre Arts department’s first production of the season. The show opens on September 21, at 7:30 PM.
The River Bride feels like it doesn’t have a place in time, like a fairytale. The play is about a Brazilian family living on the shore of the Amazon. Helena, the protagonist, watches as her little sister, Belmira, is about to marry Helena’s first love, Duarte. Belmira is malicious but wants to make everyone believe that she’s deserving of everything she steals from Helena. She’s kind of the worst.
When a handsome, mysterious stranger, Moises, is fished out of the river by Senhor Costa, Helena immediately feels a connection with him. After only a couple of days spent with the family, Moises asks Helena to marry him. A flood of Helena’s emotions combined with revelations from Belmira, Duarte, and Moises follow. When you watch the show, it feels hard to believe that this is all set in the span of three days.
The show contrasts the brightness and color of its costumes, lighting, and set with the darkness of the fairytale it’s wrapped inside of. Its storybook-like appearance tells you that there’ll be magic happening. I only wish that the show felt more ominous, so that the audience might feel more worry for the Helena and Belmira.
A couple of the students who worked on The River Bride shared their processes at the talkback after the show’s preview on Thursday, September 20.
James Padilla, light designer for The River Bride, said that “There’s this whole talk of magic in the air, and so trying to communicate that, especially through the lighting, was one of the more fun parts of the show. There’s a lot of pink lighting through the sides, and a lot of that is references to pink river dolphins.”
Emily Romero, costume designer for The River Bride, explained that she “…definitely had to separate Moises from the rest of the family, putting him in that light pink. I also wanted to connect him to Senhor Costa, with that pink. Early on I decided that I wanted to connect Helena to the river, so that’s why she’s in greens and blues, and I wanted to connect Belmira to the city she wants to go to so much.”
I wasn’t in the show at all, but I was part of its house crew, which you could call an interesting experience. Essentially, house crew hands out programs, helps seat the audience and makes sure that no one is disruptive during the show. This means that we can watch every performance of the show. I feel like the job’ll eventually become monotonous, but it’s a good way to help out with the show and get to watch it a bunch of times.
Barricade Culture Shop: The Mom and Pop Board Shop
By: Ethan C. Campbell (DJ Casey)
There is a rad, little board shop that is easy to miss on the corner of Kansas and Solano. They have artwork covering the walls, T-shirts on every bit empty space, stickers, and a half pipe in the back. I’ve driven by many times not knowing there was a gem sitting there. In charge of it all is a man named Saba. He was wearing a fedora, wayfarer glasses, a brown suit jacket, jeans, vans, and a shirt he designed and printed in the back. I got the feeling that his mission was simple: Being a hungry artist while making really cool stuff. Barricade is a place for everyone to hangout and feel the New Mexico street culture. Too many people are under the impression that there is not a style or culture in LC. Santa Fe has cathedrals, whole foods, and vegan restaurants. ABQ has more concerts, breaking bad, and blue tortilla chips. But LC has dope spots too–places like Barricade, Art Obscura, West End Art Depot, The Farm, and Trainyard (now closed). All this comes from the desire to have a bonfire with friends by the river, and wanting to be inside a unique venue while maintaining the fact that most Las Crucians, and college students do not have a lot spare income. These shows are free if you go by during the week and grab a flyer. I’ve heard from foreigners that America has no culture. It becomes clear by Saba’s shirts that New Mexicans experience the same struggles, and have the same eye for art and taste. We have this culture that many are not aware of, and whether you’re a fan of hip-hop skate boarding and graffiti or not, there is something at Barricade for everyone, they have a wide range of paintings and shirts. The underlying objective of this article is to tell you that there is in fact something to do or see for free. You don’t need to be 21 or have a dollar in your pocket. Their past shows included a movie premier, art show, skate tournament, EDM, open mics, taco night, and lots of hip hop.
I went to a free hip hop show there at 9 o’clock on a Thursday night and the turnout wasn’t bad for something almost no one knew about. The people in attendance included a couple of 19 year-olds skating the halfpipe in the back. An old KRUX DJ named “Jose Camacho” who was telling me about how he would spin vinyl records live in the current booth that now has digital sound systems. The other 29ish-year-olds met Saba like an old friend and everyone there took me in quickly, I felt like a part of the community instantly. The truth is most of us are a part of this greater community whether you know it or not.
Because of how small the audience was the concert didn’t happen, instead we jammed to their tunes, talked to the artist, and took place in their music video. It was a very organic and home grown experience. We were able to make the most of a poor turnout which, this place is usually packed. The concert would have been really dope, this group had just opened for Murs earlier in the week. I met Mazzi an MC from Jersey City, Watzreal from the Bay area, A. Billi Free a brilliant singer from Chicago, and Def-I from our very own ABQ. If you like organic, conscious hip hop then these guys have it all, there very eclectic between the four of them. You get East coast, West coast, soul, and Southwest. Each of these people were unique and yet all cohesive with each other often featuring on each other’s albums. They are playing El Paso on Sunday for free (2/25/18) at Neon Rose (2430 Wyoming Ave; El Paso, Texas 79903). For people that loved when ASNMSU had G-Eazy, Hoodie Allen, and the Ying Tang twins, I expect to see you there.