Monday, August 19, 2019

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)

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Last updated: August 19, 2019

Stars Lynda Carter, God's gift to us all.

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4320 Central Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
(pawn shop where Bobbie Jo looks at guitar in the window)

Coal Avenue Southwest & 10th Street Southwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
(fight after pinball game was behind building on southeast corner of intersection)

129 South 4th Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, USA
(gun store they hold up - home now to fashion fantasy)

US-285, Vaughn, New Mexico, USA
(Cattlemen's bank building stands east of Hemstreet Ave intersection)

134 West Broadway, Mountainair, New Mexico, USA
(barbershop where Lyle and Slick get a shave)

3401 4th St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
(Larry's Drive in restaurant where Bobbie Jo worked -- now demolished)


Joshua Trees

Old West Shootout show

Mobil gas station

Looks like Sandias - SB I-25 just north of Bernalillo exits

Looks like what's now called Highway 550.

Crashed police car ( 35.367217°, -106.632415°)

Car dealership?

Drive-up restaurant

Pup n Taco on Central near Honest John's Seven Idols Pawn shop - Central and Washington - Now, Blunt Bros. Coffee and Aunt Polly's Antiques

White Houses - neighborhood - Downtown West?

Highway 550

Church at Abo (34.450213°, -106.375423°)

Shooting Gun


View of De Anza Motor Lodge, ABQ National Bank, and Payless Motel

Adult book store

Trade Winds Motel

Pinball - Pin Ball Pool Hall - Coal & ???

Galles Chevrolet on Lomas


Diner/ Pool Hall


Looks like U-Gas on 4th St.? Convenience market, a la Circle K, near a Conoco. Maybe on Isleta Blvd. South, but can't figure it out.

Chase & Exploding police car

Dance club

Driving on Central

New Mexico Peterbilt

Sandler's Liquors apartment

NM Christian Crusade Bus - Jemez Bus - Sure looks like between Jemez Pueblo & Jemez Springs, but still unclear.

Swimming hole

Sundown Unit #7

Joshua Trees

Dumping body

Prayers.... Off Highway 550??

Old House

* Deal, OK Clothiers, Roswell Gun Shop, Sprouse, AJ Irwin Insurance Agency

Country House

Sands Motel/Cafe -

Commercial strip - Phillips 66, Chevron,

Cattleman's Bank

Vaughn, NM - Hemstreet & Hardie

Fuller Dome - The Palace - Placitas, NM - Old Commune Area

Clifford's Barber Shop, Mountainair, 110 Broadway,

View of Train ( 34.440000°, -106.377681°)

Meeting mama

Deep Throat Motel - near a Texaco


Blue Springs Gas station (34.423141°, -106.517625°)

Grocery Store

Isleta Pueblo, and church

Bare (2015)

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Drama starring Diana Agron, Paz de la Huerta, Chris Zylka, Louisa Krause and Gary Farmer. Filmed around Albuquerque and Moriarty.

I wasn't able to determine exact location of sand dunes, just that they are the ones southwest of Albuquerque. Couldn't determine house locations either.

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SB I-25 (35.134095°, -106.607720°)


Quonset Hut

Lost Galleon

Supertown Grocery store




Kitchen/ B-Day party

Supertown - Harts Hardware exterior in Moriarty (Willowpea)

Nacho's restaurant in Moriarty

Second hand store - Francesca's

Reno lights - Eldorado

Casino interior




Fast Food place - Dairy Dream - Frozen Yoga place

Longhorn? yes! Blue Room (exterior)

Country road

Suddenly, SW of ABQ

BrBa Confessions sand dune?

Stink bug


Pete's Bar, 800 Central Avenue, Moriarty, NM

Marez Barber Shop, 400 Rte 66, Moriarty, NM 87035

Willowpea Police Dept.

House - 416?

House - South Valley? - 606

Club 203, Adult entertainment club, 20364 Rte 66, Moriarty, NM 87035 (Longhorn)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Banshee Chapter (2013)

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Banshee Chapter (2013)
AKA: Banshee. Suspense Thriller. An investigative journalist seeks to find the truth about government mind-control experiments. Starring Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian, Monique Candelaria, David Midthunder, Jenny Gabrielle. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Socorro, Tijeras.

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Condo or Apartment

Interview Room

Driving - Bobby Foster Road

I-40/Highway 6 interchange span

Condo or Apartment

Budget TV Repair (9641)

Drive west of ABQ?

Poles - Edge of Black Rock Desert

Big Building

Thomas Blackburn - Hunter Thompson lookalike shooting machine gun

House w. Spanish Tile Roof

Chamber 5

Wild Horse Mesa bar

Big House in the Dark


Room for medical experiments

Medical Bldg

Freshly-built neighborhood

Peeing & City Lights

Radio antennas - Old Fallout shelter - Chamber 5 - On NM Tech land somewhere near (34.088915°, -106.998872°) [This is approximate - not exact location - couldn't quite track it down exactly.]

Large buildings - near Balloon Fiesta Park?

Sheriff Dept.

Entrance into property

Thanks given to: City of Rio Rancho, City of ABQ, Villages of Tijeras and Corrales, Town of Bernalillo

Location provided by NM Tech

Saturday, August 17, 2019

American Waitress: New Mexico (2002)

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Last updated: August 17, 2019

Documentary shot around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, featuring waitresses Lilian Beams, Sonya Fairbanks, Sherry McElwain, and Karen Webb.

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(Many of the restaurant and business locations are gone now, so the map is rather conservative on posting sites, in order to avoid making mistakes.)

Garcia's Kitchen, 1113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Route 66 Diner

Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe

The Cowgirl Restaurant

Duke City Diner / 1915 Menaul Blvd. NE ????

Medusa Salon, 107 Washington SE /

Farmer's Market / (which one?) ???

Sonya Fairbanks

The Plaza Restaurant / ???

.... Karen Webb - Santa Fe?

Hooters ABQ / (There are two - which one?)


Various homes

Hawaiian Restaurant / ????

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Restaurant /

Due Corvi Pizzeria / ????

Tulips / ???

Saigon Cafe /

near a Harley Davidson's sales store

1508, Mika's


Ranchers Club of New Mexico

Duke City Diner / ???

Metalworking Studio

Big Cross

Kelly's / Presumably Kelly's Bar in ABQ

Pranzo Italian Grill

Frontier Restaurant

Independent Inc. Tatoo Shop / ???

Mika's Cycle Shop / 1508 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Community College /

Blewin Gallery /

Aston Gallery /

La Cocinita /

Friday, August 16, 2019

Frank (2014)

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Last updated: August 16, 2019

Comedy Drama. A young musician joins an eccentric band. Filmed in Ireland, Texas, and Albuquerque. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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English town


New Mexico:

On Highway 60 (34.432895°, -106.535061°)

View of mountains (34.431250°, -106.562614°)

East Highway 60 sign (34.425743°, -106.658098°)

Turnoff (34.424454°, -106.679744°)

Spreading Ashes ( 34.409493°, -106.678313°)

Big-I 35.105975°-106.630471°

SB I-25 35.088210°-106.635908°

4th & Central

Countdown to SXSW gig - ABQ Convention Center

Kap's - Central & Alvarado

Warm-up gig

Hotel room

Ritz hotel

Hotel - Parq?

Walk down Central



Doubletree Hotel - 201 Marquette Ave. NW

Central & 2nd - View of Mural

2nd St.

SXSW Theater - Launchpad?

French Quarter Motel, 9317 Central Ave. NW


Lam's Chinese Restaurant, 2124 Central Ave SW

Westbound I-40 Frontage Rd. - 35.105554°, -106.639421°

The Madrid Lounge

Overpass and Exit from Freeway - Appears to be I-40 and Highway 41 exit at Moriarty (35.007473°, -106.045520°)

Magnum Steel Sign - I-40 near Moriarty ( 35.019266°, -106.084182°)

Moriarty-area road

Remote House

Bluff City , KS - Looks like Albuquerque - 7704 Harwood Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA - John passes by this house.

7715 ..... 7715 Harwood Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Telephone pole road

View of RR & Highway 60 - Can't quite make it work.

El Madrid

Walking south on 1st St.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

My Videos of DMTC's 2019 Teen Cabaret - August 11, 2019

A video of the entire show, plus videos for each song.

Entire Show


"Another Openin' (Kiss Me Kate)

"Friend Like Me" (Aladdin Jr.)

"Aquarius" (Hair)

"Little Girls" (Annie)

"Always Look on the Bright Side" (Spamalot)

"Happiness" (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown)

"When You're an Addams" (The Addams Family)

"As We Stumble Along" (The Drowsy Chaperone)

"Putting On The Ritz" (Young Frankenstein)

Together Wherever We Go" (Gypsy)

"Interjections" (School House Rock)

"Thank You For the Music" (Mamma Mia); Bows and Thanks

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Posted Four Years Ago, But Always Welcome

Jafar and Gaston and Darth Vader and Aladdin....

The Rainbow Bridge

While I was waiting yesterday evening with Blue the Dog in my vehicle in the driveway of VCA Mueller Veterinary Hospital, I started talking to a woman who was also waiting with her dog in her vehicle. Her dog appeared to be paralyzed. "Aren't dogs wonderful?" she said. "They love you so. I've had my son's dog for a lot of years now. This dog saw me through the alcoholism years, and so many other things. He's blind and deaf now, and isn't much company, but I love him so. The end is probably coming soon, and I'm trying to find the strength for that time."

I talked about putting down Bella the Dog in 2016, and the joy these days of having Jasper, a young dog. I suggested she think about a young dog when the time came.

Hospital staff came and took her dog in.

About an hour later, I saw her leave the hospital. She was stricken, choked with tears, and couldn't speak. The hammer had fallen so fast.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hard To Find An Emergency Vet on Sunday Evening in Sacramento

Still peeved about last night. Friends Gabe and Eleanor went to Los Angeles again this last weekend, and again I was tapped to dogsit for their pets, Blue and Molly. They live in the general neighborhood of Florin and Highway 99 in South Sacramento.

On Sunday evening, we had just returned from a walk around the neighborhood. I let the dogs out into the back yard. The dogs ran to the north fence to bark at people on the other side - people transiting the pedestrian walkway that crosses over Highway 99, just like they've done a million times before. Except, this time, Blue returned with a limp. A pad on her right front foot had been sliced off entirely and the webbing between her little toe and the rest of the foot had been severed. And blood. Lots and lots of blood!

(Our working theory is that there was glass embedded somewhere in the back yard. A wannabe burglar had shattered a bedroom window just last month before being scared off by the alarm. Despite Gabe's cleanup, it's conceivable some glass remained undetected in the yard, and that's what Blue hit. We still haven't found the hazard.)

I called Gabe in LA. He suggested going to VCA Mueller Hospital, near Meadowview and Freeport. Several miles away. Quite a distance I thought, given the amount of bleeding occurring, but no places closer were bound to open on a Sunday evening, so I went.

Most VCA veterinary hospitals advertise that they are open 24 hours. This may be technically true, but it doesn't mean that they can accommodate you. I waited 1.5 hours for the emergency vet at VCA Mueller, only to learn that the vet had gone into surgery and wouldn't be available for 2 or 3 hours.

I had to find another vet. But you couldn't rely on the advertising. If 15 or 20 vets are advertising 24/7 services, how do you find the 1 or 2 places that are actually open? I had a bleeding dog. I didn't have time to call all the hospitals. The vet staff at Mueller said they'd help, but there was a shift change - they got distracted and stopped helping. An animal can bleed to death in the meantime. I threw up my hands and chose to go UC Davis, far from South Sacramento. The veterinary school there was staffed with vet students. More importantly, because they were located in a public university, I could count on the UC Davis vet hospital actually being open on a Sunday evening, unlike the privately-held VCA hospitals.

Later, I learned there there are apparently a few Sacramento-area vets open on a Sunday evening: maybe ones in Roseville, Rancho Cardova, and Folsom, on the far northern or eastern fringes of the Sacramento metropolitan area, where disposable incomes are higher and life is easier. We were in South Sacramento, where there was just one overworked vet in hours-long surgery, and thus unavailable to anyone. (And of course that applies to Elk Grove, Sacramento, and North Sacramento too. Close to a million people, and just one overworked vet.)

Finally, about 9 p.m., 3 hours after the bloodletting had started, Blue finally started getting medical care. She was released about 10:30 p.m., with a bandaged leg, some pain meds, and a Cone of Shame.

Evil Afoot

More frightening than any horror movie:

Posing for this photograph, the Trumps remove any last doubt about their dead-eyed cruelty and transactional view of life. Smiling emptily above this wounded little boy, whose life was shattered before he could take his first step, the president and his wife call to mind those famous safari photos taken by Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr. — in which they, like their father, smile brightly over the victims of their own heedless cruelty and violence. To Donald Trump, this baby is little more than a hunting trophy in his own brutal race war (which explains his triumphant thumbs up).

Injured, confused, squirming away from Melania’s brittle embrace, and straining toward what’s left of his family, Baby Paul now stands in for all the children — indeed, all human beings — who, like him, have been harmed and are being held against their will by a white supremacist president.

Don't Dally At The Hospital

I saw this sticker today in the Sutter Hospital parking garage, and posted it in the "Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Signage" Facebook Group with the comment: "Don't dally at the hospital." It turns out to be a very popular post: so far, 24 shares and 623 views. Apparently it was a well-recognized meme for people nostalgic for the 2007-2012 Internet - "Charlie the Unicorn." Who knew?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Let Me In (2010)

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Remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Horror; an isolated boy befriends a strange girl as murders plague their neighborhood. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz. Set in Los Alamos, with filming locations there and in Albuquerque.

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Los Alamos, NM (March 1983)

Canyon view

Los Alamos Memorial Hospital -


Swimming Pool/ Locker Room

Convenience Store/ Game Arcade

Martin Brothers - Plumbing supply store, 1635 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

RR Crossing - Highway 313 & Sandia Loop RR Crossing - (35.251523°, -106.577563°)





Anderson Pharmacy, 1377 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos


Gas Station

Overturned Car

Hospital exterior looks like Better Call Saul Mesa Verde Building in ABQ, modified with CGI with extra floors

School bus



Hospital interior is likely Gibson Hospital

Owen's home - Apartment 304

Moana Apartments, 1100 Alvarado Dr SE, Albuquerque

Odd Thomas (2011)

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Last updated: August 10, 2019

Paranormal thriller, based upon the character and novel by Dean Koontz. A fry cook who can see dead people gets involved in a war of good vs. evil. Starring Willem Dafoe, Tim Robbins, Anton Yelchin, 50 Cent, Patton Oswalt, Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, and Melissa Ordway. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Pecos, Plaza Cafe (Santa Fe), Rio en Medio (near Tesuque), Rio Rancho, Sandia Pueblo, Santa Fe, Winrock Mall (Albuquerque), Zia Pueblo.
The scenes below are of the town square where Odd Thomas works. The actual location is the Santa Fe, Plaza. The address is 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM. 87501. The Plaza Cafe is the actual location used for the restaurant. The apartment that Stormy lives in is also located in the plaza.

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Plaza Cafe Downtown - 54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
(Pico Mundo Grille)
Winrock Mall - 155 Winrock Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
(Facade of Green Moon Mall; parking lot of mall; ice cream shop)
Garson Studios, College of Santa Fe - 1600 Saint Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Saint Anthonys Catholic Church, Pecos, New Mexico, USA
(St. Barts/belfry)
The production used a lot of recognizable locations. Prominent is the “Pico Mundo Café,” really the Plaza Café, closed at the time because of its kitchen fire, but briefly reopened as a movie set. Likewise, the company resuscitated the shuttered Silva Lanes to sub as “Green Moon Bowling,” and a refurbished room at the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, amidst its transformation into the Drury Hotel, was Odd’s abode. Out of town, the church in Rio en Medio became “St. Bart’s,” and Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque was morphed into “Green Moon Mall.” There’s also a predictably spooky sequence in Old Main at the State Pen.

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Welcome to Pico Mundo - Opening view - Avenida Primera S and Los Altos Norte, NE part of Santa Fe

Marcy & Lincoln St. in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Plaza

Green Moon Mall

Green Moon Bowling

House - 624 ....

Mom's House

SW corner of Plaza - East San Francisco and Lincoln Ave.

Marigold Lane and Huckleberry Way -

Chase/ Pool

Pico Mundo Grill, 54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Bodak corner

Green Moon Mall

Head on collision


Fungus Bob's House - Roughly 27552 W. Frontage Road, near Santa Fe Downs (35.593759°, -106.068068°)

Rooftop place

Saint Anthony's Catholic Church, Pecos, New Mexico, USA

Old Silva Lanes - Rufina Lane - Meow Wolf

5th St. & Central in ABQ

Motorcycle ride

On Lomas next to Quality Buick GMC of Albuquerque, 7901 Lomas Blvd NE

Park motorcycle


Stormy's Apartment - Building at SE corner of the Santa Fe Plaza


Old Main prison?


Cop's house


Santa Fe Plaza, south & west side

Ice Cream Parlor

Bridge - Edith Blvd. NE (35.204362°, -106.599361°)

Von Zipper's - State Pen again.

Green Moon Mall - likely Winrock

Edith overcrossing of North Diversion Channel


Zia lands

Las Vegas view

Thanks include Biopark of ABQ, Casas de Santa Fe, Drury Santa Fe, Hotel Andaluz, Inn @ Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe, La Posada, Las Palomas, Luna Luz properties, Nativo Lodge, Pueblo of Sandia, Casa Zaelke

Greed, the Pebble Mine, and Bristol Bay

Development decisions are now being made purely based on greed, with expertise put to the sword. Gold mining is immensely harmful and developing the Pebble Mine will be especially destructive, given that the world's greatest salmon run is based in Bristol Bay, as are a number of other fisheries and whale feeding grounds:
The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world's most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska's governor, CNN has learned.

The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that they were informed of the decision a month earlier, during a hastily arranged video conference after Trump's meeting with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The governor, a supporter of the project, emerged from that meeting saying the president assured him that he's "doing everything he can to work with us on our mining concerns."

The news came as a "total shock" to some top EPA scientists who were planning to oppose the project on environmental grounds, according to sources. Those sources asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

The copper-and-gold mine planned near Bristol Bay, Alaska, known as Pebble Mine, was blocked by the Obama administration's EPA after scientists found that the mine would cause "complete loss of" the bay's fish habitat.

"Let Me In" - Are You A Vampire?

Some great films have been made in New Mexico in recent years.

"Let Me In" is a 2010 American-British romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring, among others, Chloë Grace Moretz. It is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In," based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a female child vampire.

The film is set in Los Alamos in 1983, and filmed both there and in Albuquerque.

Love this scene:

An Analysis of an Obscenity

Trump, the most evil man in the universe:
A really exceptional work of obscenity, like a really exceptional work of beauty, exceeds the ability of its viewers to fathom what they just saw. Did that just happen? But … how? What sorcery created it? Words don’t arrive, and the stammering gives way to silence.

Like the Red Shirts in Star Trek

Orwell Foresaw All This

Orwell was so good at understanding our times.

Another Cri de Couer About the Injustice of a World That Has Squirrels In It

Love the Headline

That desire for freedom:
Man who robbed bank to get away from wife sentenced to home confinement

DMTC Teen Cabaret On Saturday and Sunday!

Here is our article promoting the show:
This year, seven teens will be performing songs from “DMTC…Past & Future.” The singers include Nora Baggarly, Katarina Detrick, Ella Del Favero, Katelyn Reeves, Stella Silver, Annie Whiteford and Lindsay Whiteford. You can see them onstage at DMTC, 607 Pena Drive this Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 pm and Sunday August 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 (plus a $2 facilities fee), and proceeds go to the Teen Scholarships.

Cloudflare Tries To Save A Bit Of Its Dignity

Looks like 8chan will have to go elsewhere for their Internet services:
8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare's service. We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.


Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Lonely Street (2009)

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Science Fiction. Thriller about friends on a road trip who get drawn into a high-tech mystery. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Robert Longstreet,Sarah Clarke, Jeffrey Grover, Beau Knapp and Lin Shaye. Filmed around Albuquerque and Taos.

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Wooded area/ Red House

Aerial view of ABQ

4th & Central

View of Central - 3500 block, where Toad Road is now.

El Mexicano Truck Salvage, 1200 Old Coors Rd. SW

The Martini Grille

Under the RR - underpass on Central

Old Town Plaza

Aztec Motel

Skate Park (Los Altos? Aztec Motel?)

Rio Grande sign at west side of river, south side, on Central

View down Rio Grande, just north of Bridge Blvd.

View west up Central, from about 60th St.

Lobo Theater

Pink Motel, Sun Valley, CA

Caravan East?

View of Central looking west from about 1st St.?

Fancy Asian House

Drive across bridge (probably Central)

Serge's Automotive Mechanic Auto Repair Shop, Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta, CA, USA

Double Six Motel across street

Brewer Library (California?)

Golf Course Pavilion

Aerial views of Civic Plaza area

View of Aztec Motel, looking west down Central.

Offices - 2400 Louisiana? Apparently not it.


LA Park

Nob Hill at night?


Interview room

Driving between Desert Sands and Hiland Theater

Martini Grill, 4200 Central Ave SE

40th St. & Central Ave.

View of Central - 3500 block, where Toad Road is now.

Kimo Theater Door

Salvage yard (but palm trees, so actual scene filmed in SoCal)

Lover's lane

View of street curve

Turquoise Springs mansion

Cedar Crest/Tijeras turnoff - probably about (35.080324°, -106.391566°)


66 Diner (on Central)

Street view outside 4200 Central Ave SE, looking east

Just downstream of Central Bridge

'Grand Theater' in Santa Fe

Aerial view. I-25?

Press scrum - arches - ???



'Vegas' parking lot

Vegas skyline

Convention center????

Film Clip From "Lonely Street"

As an Albuquerque native, this just made me smile.

Spreading The Word

Knock, knock, knock! Early in the morning, and two evangelists were at the door, one of whom I recognized from previous visits. “I hear you do a lot of theater?” the lead fellow (a Millennial) said. “Yes. Our youth theater just finished doing ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’” I said.

Even though the fellow explained he had done theater in high school, he had never heard of the show. “It’s a take on a Bible story?” I said. I could tell no bells were ringing in his head. I began to elaborate. He self-deprecatingly replied, “When I hear the word ‘Technicolor’ I think of television. I come from a generation where we watched a lot of television.” (Not as much as in my generation, though, where by the age of 14 I could recite ‘Gilligan’s Island’ rerun dialogue from memory.)

So, I began to evangelize about ‘Joseph,’ and the many good points of community musical theater. I talked on and on, expansively declaiming on any number of subjects. “Don’t ever let businessmen on your theater boards,” I warned, “because they look for profits. There are no profits to be made in community musical theater, so the logical businesslike thing to do is shut down your theaters.”

At the end of their visit, they remembered to refer to their tablet and leave me with a Bible quotation. It was something that I couldn’t quite follow (from Matthew 6??). After greeting Jasper, they bade me farewell. (Were they Jehovah Witnesses? Maybe – can’t recall - but no telltale Watchtower.) Glad to get the Word out there.

The Signal (2014)

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Science Fiction. Thriller about friends on a road trip who get drawn into a high-tech mystery. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Robert Longstreet,Sarah Clarke, Jeffrey Grover, Beau Knapp and Lin Shaye. Filmed around Albuquerque and Taos.

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Video arcade?

Highway - Peach Springs/ Drive-In/ Motel


Woods/ River

Driving/ Store/ Stormscape

Sandia Tram - midway and top

Flying J Travel Center - Truck stop, 1 Giant Crossing, Jamestown, NM 87347 ? [Maybe not]

Rio Grande Gorge, near bridge (36.475089°, -105.735243°)

Turnoff/ Antenna

House - Holy crap, it's Tuco's house! (Or immediately adjacent) Basement is apparently I-25 studios. Stairs down is in Pasadena, according to commentary.

White Hallway

Carnival (apparently Indiana)

Tunnel - Rio Rancho?

West Mesa Volcanoes - but where?

Cafe - Maybelle's Bar

Bobby Foster Road

Road near Double Eagle Airport (35.149225°, -106.786553°)

Fantasy landscape

Shelter - rest stop above lake - Visitor Center, apparently for Cochiti Lake, but not the new Visitor's Center - possibly (35.643695°, -106.326992°)

James' House

Bobby Foster Road

Behind Volcanoes - Double Eagle?

Shootout - Probably driveway into Westside jail

Driving away

Rio Grande Gorge

Bobby Foster Road roadblock

Approaching Gorge

Gorge roadblock too, just east of Gorge

Looks like Railyards

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Dancehall Powerup - July 11, 2019

Learning Tap

DMTC YPT's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - July 27, 2019

Green Valley Theater's "Shakespeare in Love" - July 26, 2019

Dog Days

Close Call

Jasper was pulling on his leash as we walked through a dark, well-to-do neighborhood at 1 a.m. Suddenly he stopped and started whining. *Some animal* was located just eight feet (2.5 m) away in the shadows. Lo and behold, it was a skunk, tail pointed straight up and prepared to fire! Nevertheless, the skunk kept its cool and merely walked away.

Big Sky (2014) - Hazel Goes For Help

It's fun looking at various Albuquerque-based films, and seeing how different creative teams envision the desert.

Here is a clip from one very-strange film - "Big Sky" (2014).

I enjoy walking through the New Mexico desert, and find it soothing. In contrast, severe agoraphobe Hazel (Bella Thorne) dreads the exposure.

Disney's Lemonade Mouth (2011)

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Last updated: August 4, 2019

Crime Comedy Drama. An ex-gambler gets drawn back into the life for a big score. Starring Gometh D’Oyley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Cho, Steve Buscemi, Emily Mortimer, Peter Dinklage, Romany Malco, Tim Blake Nelson, Shawn Prince. Filmed in Las Vegas Nevada and New Mexico; NM filming locations: Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Laguna Pueblo (Route 66 Casino), To’hajiilee.

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Detention classroom

Living room

Mesa High School - Albuquerque High School

Mountain Ridge Community College - Also Albuquerque High School

Grandma's House - Maybe Heritage House

Horse Riding - Corrales?

Living Room

Modern house


Dante's Pizzeria -

Mudslide Crush - Railyards


The Heritage House, 207 High St. NE


Halloween Bash

Dante's Pizzeria - Christee's, 8600 Indian School Rd NE

Heritage House, dissolves to other house, with pool

Old Town Plaza


Mo's house, 215 High St. NE

Plaza behind La Placita Restaurant, featuring Wild Moon Boutique, 206 San Felipe St. NW, #3 - Yucca Art Gallery - Spat


"Jail" - Police Department - ?? - Mystifying place - near Q Studios?

Looks like KiMo Theater interior

Wedding venue - ?

Performance venue - ?

South side of Old Town Plaza - Treasure House
The Heritage House, 207 High St. NE

The Heritage House was built around 1907 in the Huning Highland Historic District of Albuquerque. The historic district got its name from Franz Huning, one of the developers of the district. This district was developed to accommodate the many individuals moving to Albuquerque from the east in the 1800s when the railroad came to Albuquerque. This accounts for the more Victorian style of the home, which is unusual for this area, due to the heavy influence of the Southwest adobe style. The Heritage House is a Dutch colonial home that is otherwise known as the “Simpson House” in some records because the Simpson family was one of the longer owners of the home; they owned the house from 1922 to 1950. The house has had a variety of owners, from physicians and telegraph operators, to employees of the surrounding hospitals. From the records we have found, the house has always been a single-family home – something rare for many of the homes in this historic district.

From On Location Vacations:
Lemonade Mouth is filming at/around Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. (On a side note, we stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and highly recommend it if you’re in town!)
Update: •Disney’s Lemonade Mouth is filming on Bellamah NW in Albuquerque.
•Lemonade Mouth is filming around Corrales Rd and Wagner Ln in Corrales, NM.
Disney’s Lemonade Mouth is filming around High St. SE (between Lead & Silver) in Albuquerque, NM.

Friday 8/13/10 | Atrisco High School | Ages 14 to 20
Monday 8/16/10 & Tuesday 8/17/10 | Kiva Auditorium | Ages 14-65
Tuesday 8/24/10 | Santa Ana Star Center | Ages 14-65.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)

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Last updated: August 1, 2019

Crime Comedy Drama. An ex-gambler gets drawn back into the life for a big score. Starring Gometh D’Oyley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Cho, Steve Buscemi, Emily Mortimer, Peter Dinklage, Romany Malco, Tim Blake Nelson, Shawn Prince. Filmed in Las Vegas Nevada and New Mexico; NM filming locations: Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Laguna Pueblo (Route 66 Casino), To’hajiilee.

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Las Vegas

Convenience market

ABQ, NM - Long view down Central

Housing near Sandias - 301 Lanier Dr. SE

Shell - Gas station, 7801 Carr Way NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Car dealership - BMWs?


Parking lot/white buildings for Townsend Insurance (35.103602°, -106.573031°)

Office with cubicles - Townsend Insurance

Road - To'hajiilee?

View of abandoned house (35.073444°, -107.112077°)


Dream building

Solar field - National Solar Thermal Test Facility - approximate location (34.963409°, -106.508020°)

Truck stop/ shower - Probably Casino 66 Travel Center.

Gift shop

Moriarty -

Power pole driveway - Approx. ( 35.062044°, -106.762207°) [Not feeling confident on this one.]

Wild West A Go-Go

Base of Sandias?



Turnoff (35.096861°, -107.111067°)

Flames. Nature Compound... (35.124658°, -107.129204°)

Driving straight towards mountain (35.128096°, -107.132984°)

Wildcat Accident Scene (35.132991°, -107.135724°)

Dream again.


Convenience market - Probably Casino 66 Travel Center again.


John's New Home - 3700 Covered Wagon Ave. SE

Credits list Compass Bank Building in downtown ABQ. Probably where the Townsend Insurance offices/cubicles were.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Sex & Lies in Sin City (2008)

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Last updated: July 29, 2019

Drama set in Las Vegas Nevada, based on a true story. The inheritor of a casino dynasty gets involved in intrigue and death. Starring Matthew Modine, Mena Suvari, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Siverttsen, Kira Arai, Kevin Christopher Brown, Burly Cain. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, Galisteo, Santa Ana Pueblo (Santa Ana Star Casino), Santa Fe, Tesuque.

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Opening landscape/ Las Vegas/ Casino

Stripper Bar - TD's North Show Club??

House (Tesuque?)

Bonanza Creek Ranch (35.507866°, -106.105818°)


Palatial House

Party House


Sandy's House - GBW

Ranch House

Digging Hole


Sister's House


Roadside (35.509433°, -106.113000°)

Fancy Restaurant

Swimming Pool

Looks like Santa Fe Judicial Courthouse architecture

Cheetah's Topless Club

Backyard pool

Ted's house - moth orchids

Vault (35.521539°, -106.113606°)

Las Vegas

Convenience market, Giant, 4354 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, USA


Prisoner release area

Bataan Memorial Building

Bataan Memorial Building, 400 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501


GBW Bathroom



Sandy's place