The Rising Sun at the Rail Yards Market

Big News Everyone! Community Publishing has revamped its website and now you can follow my blog from it’s self-hosted platform http://communitypublishing.org. Please come on over and read all of my shared thoughts about the Rail Yards Market, Arts, the importance of Community, Life, Parenting, and Love. Below is a sample of my latest blog, please click the READ MORE to finish reading the story over on the new platform!!

Alex Paramo Summer Solstice

Summer SolsticeThe Summer Solstice is when the summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere and for us living in Mountain Time Zone that moment is “officially” occurs at 4:51 AM on Saturday, June 21. Known as Litha in many pagan traditions, there are many celebrations that take place around the globe and and in many creative ways. READ MORE

Father’s Day and How to Save the World

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I have been a father for 7 years now and as all parents will tell you, time definitely flies! I like to use this day not to pat myself on the back or kick my feet up and relax but rather to think about my growth as a person, father and a member of society.

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One thing all parents learn quickly is that in order to have your children behave in the manner you would like them to, you have to behave that way yourself. But lets take that a step further. How can the way we interact, communicate and discipline our children determine what kind of personality the child develops and what their motivation(s) in life might be?

The Good Ole Days

Many of us parents harken back to the day when we were being raised and our parents only “had to ask us once.” Amongst ourselves, us parents bemoan the fact that once upon a time kids respected their parents and if we would get out of line, well we got “pow right in the kisser.” Of course that myth is often different than the reality. If we were to ask our parents and they asked their parents, despite the spankings, we still didn’t jump when they said how hi.

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So as a dad my best friend is patience. I constantly toe the line between the easy way and the harder way. Wanting my daughter to listen to me, obey my directions, not because she is afraid of me but because she believes in me. It takes a very long time but teaching your children to understand their actions will give them a deeper reservoir for thought and inspire critical thinking in your child and promote empathy. Knowing that they are a part of a bigger whole will help your child figure out what path to follow in their daily lives as their interact with others and shape their world.

Dancing in the New World

If we are to build a society, change the world and fill it with folks that care about each other, then we truly need to start with our children. We need to realize that while their might be some merit to the old ways of doing things, we need to look to new ways of raising our children that emphasize understanding, peace, harmony and true respect. We must always watch our words and behavior around children. Even the most seemingly innocuous words might effect a child’s world-view.

For example at the Rail Yards Market there was a demonstration for pixilated animation and my daughter Marisol, my partner Yvette and I decided that we wanted to be animated. We wondered what should we do. We thought, “what about fight poses” and then I thought about it and said no, “there is enough violence in our society, we are going to do a dance, we need more dancing in our society.” Check out the animated video below. (Thanks to Donnine Canamara for the wonderful video).

Respect vs. Fear

Next time you get a chance and before your child misbehaves, which is inevitable, think about our current society: the chaos, conflict and tragedy. It is our creation, and we are a product of the “traditional” methods of disciplining children which bases its foundation upon fear. Now think about the world you want your children to live in and remember that they will be the architects of our future society. Give them the tools to create a world that is based upon equality, caring, giving, helping, sharing, and collaboration. Through patience during your interactions with them on those tough moments you will be teaching them to think critically, and thoughtfully. Hopefully, with these tools, they will build a world built on empathy, filled with “true” love for all and based upon mutual respect. In the video below my little girl sings the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow: With our help, our children can make that special place a reality.


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital programmer at Rail Yards Market.
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5 Reasons to spend Father’s Day at the Rail Yards Market

multi-languageAs most might surmise, we owe the celebration of Father’s Day to the adoption of Mother’s Day. Due to the efforts of  Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by a widower, the first “Father’s Day” was celebrated on July 19, 1910, in Washington. The holiday was not recognized nationally until 1972. Father’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In some countries it is not an official holiday.

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Another well known fact about Father’s Day is the commercial aspect of the celebration. For better or for worse, in the U.S. over $9.4 billion dollars is spent celebrate dads. At the Rail Yards Market we have a plethora of locally made arts and crafts, food(s), produce to go along with great entertainment. The benefits of buying local are well documented. Below are some of the activities/entertainment we have planned for Father’s Day Sunday:

1. Live Art Zonelive-art
Bob Riolo joins RYM on Father’s in the Live Art Zone with wood crafting. Bob works with recycled wood and collaborates with his clients in creating one of a kind custom pieces that can be handed down through the generations while keeping an upbeat style alive with humor. He began his business 12 Years ago with 5 Bird Houses and hasn’t looked back. Bob will be teaching and showing various stages of the wood crafting arts all day in the Zone. Bring the Family and make some great memories with us on Father’s Day where we’ll be WINGIN’ IT with Bob Riolo’ Rustic woodwork!

2. Pop-Up Art ZoneLisa_Casaus
Lisa May Casaus is an illustrator who focuses on character design and storytelling. Her personal mascot, Baby Onion, Is featured throughout her work. Her work has a unique style that is whimsical with a grim edge. She Is a Local ‘Burquena and has received her Bachelors of Arts in Illustration with a Minor in Animation from Southwest University Of Visual Arts of Albuquerque, NM. We a very excited to exhibit her on Father’s Day & June 22 at the Rail Yards Market Pop-Up Gallery!

3. Children’s Zone
Come on down and learn how to make pottery from Artists Marilu Tejero and Kyle Roberts

  • Marilu Tejero, of the Gallery ABQ was born in Bolivia and lived in Melbourne, Australia since 1975. She is a resident of New Mexico since 2000. Since 2007 she is the pottery instructor at Barelas and Palo Duro Senior Centers, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational with the after school program. At La Mesa Art Academy after school art programs since 2008. Additionally, In October 2004 she was a guest at the Smithsonian Museum for the American Day, On Sunday, children will learn how to make pinch pots and decorate ollitas that they will take home to their dads.
  • Kyle Roberts, of Vecinos Del Bosque Farm, is a born and raised South-westerner. He has Fathers_Day_Blog_CZlived in California, New Mexico and Colorado. Kyle has been a potter for nearly four decades makes functional and decorative stoneware. Additionally Kyle has lived and worked in Europe the Middle East and South America. Kyle has also taught at all different levels from Pre-K to the University level. Kyle will be demonstrating work on the Pottery Wheel as well as teaching children how to make pinch pots.

4. Traditional Zone
Matthew_LewisMatthew Lewis of Desert Wanderers will be Flint Knapping arrowheads at the Traditional Zone. Matthew is an Artists who has been Flint Knapping for over 5 years. Additionally, Matthew attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He will be demonstrating and discussing the ancient art of Flint Knapping.

5. Main and Community Stages
We have a host of talented folks on both stages this Sunday including but not limited to:
Music with Stanlie Kee; Helios,
Poetry with Jazz Cuffee; Warehouse 508 Poets
Dancing with Break Dancers; Sara de La Luz Flamenco

Additional entertainment/activities include the, Daniel Minte Tai Chi and the Aerialist Collective. Please visit the Rail Yards Market website for a complete listing. Happy Father’s Day and
See You Sunday in Beautiful Barelas New Mexico!!!


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market.

‘Burque Style

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A Jude Gallegos Design

Residents of Albuquerque have known their city to be a hub of arts and creativity. New Mexico in general attracts artists of all mediums, from all corners of the globe, to come and soak in the mystical forces of the four elements.

With a nod to New Mexico’s inaugural Fashion Week, the Rail Yards Market is inviting you to come on down and display your finest “Burque Style.” Come dressed to impress and we will feature your photos on the Rail Yards Market website for all of the world to see how we represent ‘estilo‘ in Nuevo Mexico.

The Rail Yards Market provides the Albuquerque community the chance to be exposed to local entertainers, artists, educators, growers, food vendors and everyday folks exhibiting their “Burque Style.” This Sunday we have:

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Live Art Zone
Jennifer Lauren of Frankie + Mae and a student at the Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA), demoing her sewing skills in the Live Art Zone. “What makes Frankie + Mae’s toys so unique is the creation of precious forest animals with the combination of vintage floral & modern geometric fabrics.” Katie Calico from the Talking Fountain Gallery will also be demonstrating and creating at the Live Art Zone.

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Friends of the Orphan Signs will be on hand to show their restored vintage signs. Friends of the Orphan Signs restores “orphaned signs” of the abandoned motels of eastern-Central Avenue, left behind from a time gone by and “navigates this territory with a commitment to keep open the possibility for a non-commercial, stylistically hybrid, and changing voice of collective origin. We want to inject mystery, humor and surprise into the visual landscape of Albuquerque’s roads, and we invite all to participate.”

Children’s Zone Polymer_Balls
Super artist, educator, entertainer Stephanie Galloway will be on hand in the AM to lead the kiddos in jewelry making. Stephanie recycles items that we regularly discard and makes them into works of art! In the afternoon, kids will be making colorful, bouncing, polymer balls with Princess Marisol!

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Yes Organic Boutique and Spa use only organic, natural, wild crafted sustainable ingredients in their natural beauty products. They will be on-hand to provide samples of their infused herbal mixtures and discuss healing through herbal remedies.

Main and Community Stage 

Poets Justin Romaine and Manuel Gonzalez – Warehouse 508.

Fashion Show!

Fashion show with Kymloc Designs, Lovelight Boutique, Radiant Moonchild Designs, and Fashions from Cjetta. Other performers include: Rastafari Works, Clark, Asliani, and the National Institute of Flamenco. Please click here for full schedule of events and event-times.

The Rail Yards Market is truly a community-powered event! We welcome your help either by volunteering (clicking here), participating as an educator (click here) or contributing (clicking here). If your organization is interested in sponsoring please click here. See you on Sunday in your ‘Burque Style best!!
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Top image courtesy of Jude Gallegos


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market initiative.

Pride in the Name of Love

I read a thoughtful article in the Albuquerque Alibi, “Silent No More” by Ty Bannerman, where I discovered the story of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben who helped train George Washington’s Army during the American Revolution. Von Steuben was gay, and his story has been unfortunately hidden as have been the stories of thousands of other men and women who fought and/or served honorably in the U.S. armed forces.

Celebrate Pride at the Rail Yards Market (RYM)

At the RYM we welcome anyone and everyone and at all times -provided that we are open-
;-p We have lots of fun, educational, community-based activities/entertainment planned at the Rail Yards Market this coming Sunday, June 1, (9:00 am to 3:00 pm):

SUVA at the RYM

Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) joins us at the Rail Yards Market Sunday June 1st for the day!!! Paul Ziomek, Aaron C. Bass and, and Donnine Canamar are Core Faculty members of SUVA’s Albuquerque Campus. We are all in for a real treat. Visit SUVA online https://suva.edu/

Live Art

  • Paul Ziomek will be creating a lot of fun for our Live Art Zone with his well humored Caricatures  during our morning set and is currently exhibiting “Sequential Art and Illustration” at VSA North 4th Art Center, Albuquerque Public Libraries, South Broadway Cultural Center, Southwest University of Visual Arts and Trillion Art Space.
  • Aaron Bass is a fine artist who works primarily in the BassBeakHouse printmaking field and will be joining us in the afternoon with an interactive session of Relief-printing. You are invited to join the creative process with him and get some hands on experience! In addition to teaching, he has taught workshops in photo-printmaking processes, curated exhibitions, and worked in research and development for the nation’s leading press manufacturer, Takach Press.

Children’s Zone 

    • Donnine Canamar is an animator who will be using kids as puppets to teach kids about the fun of animation! The process is fairly simple, and children can do it at home with any smartphone. Children will be the stars in their own little clips.

Programming Not Affiliated with SUVA,

  • Marilu Tejero of the Gallery ABQ was born in Bolivia and lived in MariluMelbourne, Australia since 1975. She is a resident of New Mexico since 2000. Since 2007 she is the pottery instructor at Barelas and Palo Duro Senior Centers, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational with the after school program. At La Mesa Art Academy after school art programs since 2008. Additionally, In October 2004 she was a guest at the Smithsonian Museum for the American Day, in a day dedicated to Bolivia and where she worked with hundreds of children showing how to make pinch pots and decorate ollitas that they took home. Ms. Tejero will be teaching children about pottery and they will be decorating their own ollitas.

Pop-Up Art Gallery –  Friends of the Orphan Signs will be on hand to show their restored Friends_Orphan_Signs
vintage signs. Friends of the Orphan Signs restores “orphaned signs” of the abandoned motels of eastern-Central Avenue, left behind from a time gone by and “navigates this territory with a commitment to keep open the possibility for a non-commercial, stylistically hybrid, and changing voice of collective origin. We want to inject mystery, humor and surprise into the visual landscape of Albuquerque’s roads, and we invite all to participate.”

Traditional ZoneCloud Face Dance Crew XFRX will be bringing their unique brand of dancing to the Rail Yards Market! Cloud Face has been an active creator in the indigenous hip hop scene, as well as in the painting and dancing art worlds. “Cloud Face is now mostly immersed in the music and dance world, between DJing, choreographing and composing music for various artists. He divides his time between his dance studio in Gallup, New Mexico, several Albuquerque/Santa Fe venues,  as well as select galleries in Phoenix, Arizona.”

The Community Stage and Main Stage will feature several acts including:

  • Andean flutes from Ecuador
  • Temporary Tatoos
  • Billy Crooze and Friends
  • Cassette
  • Yoga with Stephanie Anne Landers
  • Cleve Sharp and Jug of Punch
  • Angelo Marisco and Alan Esquibel
  • Sol De La Noche Listen Here

Bannerman’s article discusses the new monument at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park that will openly honor LGBT veterans. Despite the fact that it is long overdue, I am proud of New Mexico and hope that other States follow suit.

See you Sunday…
**For a complete listing including activity/demo/performance times please click here.


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

Delectably Eclectic

Remember when it seemed like people only liked one type of music genre? People would be labeled according to what music they liked: Metal Heads, Punks, Goths, Hip Hop Heads and the like. Well increasingly and partially due to technology, folks are swimming through different genres and no one more so than DJ Flo Fader.

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Born in the South, DJ Flo Fader aka Roscoe Floyd was influenced by the diverse musical tastes of his mom and step-dad who was in a Funk/Rock/Blues band. He and his family moved to the NYC/NJ area where he was exposed to DJing and Hip Hop Culture. In the combination of songs in his professional sets to the combination of sounds when he is producing beats, a myriad of sounds that create storms of pulsating energy in your head.

Diverse World

Countries, including our own, are becoming more diverse. Sounds from all corners of the earth can be found a click away thanks to the inter-webs. DJ Flo Fader has traveled the world professionally working with legends J-live,  Masta Ace and the whole EMC crew.

Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader

By combining the talents of DJ Flo Fader (music), Alex Lopez (photographer) with a little bit of “wordsmithing” by yours truly: throw in some guest musicians like Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, Xian Bass and tracks by Masta Ace and J-live among others and a sonic recipe of sight and sound will be delivered! Community Publishing’s forthcoming multimedia eBook, the Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader, is bringing a multi-sensory experience to typically disparate audiences. Below I interview him in regards to this project.

Life In the Fader

Follow Life in the Fader, to keep up with this multidimensional persona and his quest to discovers new frontiers and crush them up, season them and combine them with all of his other ingredients of musical genius. Forever at the cutting edge, DJ Flo Fader is also Video DJ Flo Fader. He is dedicated to his community, having taught DJing 101 at several public schools in NYC and Albuquerque. One of the most likable, down to earth people you will ever meet, check out his blog Life in the Fader, this coming Saturday, May 31 right here!

**Big Shout-Out to Kent Black and HighDefEntertainment | AffinityMusicGroup


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

 

5 “must-sees” to catch on 5/25 at the Rail Yards Market

Another exciting Sunday quickly approaches and the Rail Yards Market will be chocked full of events, activities, performers, displays: to go along with plenty of tasty food and locally grown produce! Look out for some new food choices as well as your RYM favorites!

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Events, Educational Activities & Entertainment

1.  The Aerialist Collective  will be performing their high-flying brand of theatrical acrobatics! “The Aerialist Collective is an open, inclusive group working to build a positive and supportive aerial circus community in the greater Albuquerque area.”

Aerialist Collective

2.  Eric Thelander is a New Mexico-based artist who will be featured in the Pop-Up Art Zone. His extensive knowledge of metal arts, includes: patination,welding, etching, and the use of explosive to create controlled bar relief in sheet metal. A great deal of this knowledge comes from a ten year apprenticeship with Governors award winning artist Evelyn Rosenberg. Most recently, Thelander has developed his own process for etching his own photographs into galvanized steel.

Metal Engraving

3.  Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.  Check out sustainable living workshops and education at the Sustainability Zone in the Rail Yards Market this Sunday!

Sustainable Living

4.  Zoltan Orkestar – Zoltan and his band of fortune telling gyspies will be performing on our Main Stage! Don’t miss their original brand of Jazz Gypsy and Western Swing. 

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5. “The Desert Darlings are a tribal belly dance troupe based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They specialize in Tribal Fusion, respectfully borrowing from traditional styles of belly dance, flamenco, and hip hop. Founded by two sisters in 2010, the troupe now consists of seven dancers with various dancing backgrounds.”

Old_School_2More Must-Sees

Of course we have more than 5 “must-sees” like:
– Artist/educator extraordinaire Stephanie Galloway  and her Recycled Monsters in the   Children’s Zone
– Kids Yoga with Stephanie Anne Landers at the Community Stage
– The music of Israel Berube, Joe Hay and New Mexico’s finest Poets will also grace our stages.

Don’t miss a minute of the fun, please click here for a complete including performance/activity times.


Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org