Thursday, May 27, 2021

Klezmer + Mariachi = Klezmarachi!

Only in New Mexico! Yes, there are many disappointing and distressing, disturbing and difficult events and topics that Abq Jew could continue to discuss and discuss and discuss right now (see Not Everyone Got the Memo, et al). But there will (alas!) never be a shortage of them, while this here event is rare and ... unusual.

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Live! In-Person!
5:00 - 7:00 pm @ Casa Barelas
1024 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


The Program

Heartfelt Mexican music in Yiddish, soulful Yiddish music in Spanish, powerful and wonderful for all of us. In person and socially distanced, pandemic permitting.

A superb set of mariachi music, a wonderful set of klezmer music, and then a joint set that will be beyond anything you can imagine!

The Performers

Margot Leverett and Duke City Hora

This Song: A beautiful dobriden (דאָברידען - dawn or early morning song) collected by Jewish folklorist
Moishe Beregovski from a singer named Gurevich in Odessa, Ukraine in 1930,
with original lyrics for our emergence from pandemic winter into spring.

Margot Leverett is one of the foremost clarinetists of the klezmer revival. 

Classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, she was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 before moving on to establish a solo career. 

Duke City Hora is an Albuquerque-based band performing Klezmer music, featuring Jordan Wax of Lone Piñon on accordion and Yiddish vocals; Margot Leverett on clarinet; and Tanya Nuñez on upright bass.

Trio Jalisciense

These Songs: El Mil Amores (0:06); Que Chulada de Mujer (2:11); Besame Mucho (3:49) .

Trio Jalisciense is New Mexico's only professional mariachi trio. The ensemble has been performing at Los Cuates restaurant (Cottonwood location) in Albuquerque, New Mexico since January of 2016. 

Members of the group are: Jose M. Santiago (Violin / Vocalist);  Jose Carrillo (Guitarrón / Lead Vocalist); and  Daniel Salazar (Vihuela / Vocalist).

The Sponsors

Thank You

Looking forward to a live performance
at Congregation Albert this summer!

To which Abq Jew responds: Maybe someday. Not yet. The event is too recent (July 25, 1965); the heartache is still there. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Not Everyone Got the Memo

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism? Who would have guessed? After the Holocaust. Even after the Six-Day War. As it turns out, there is still a lot of Jew-hatred out there in the world. In the Christian world. In the Muslim world. From the political right. And from the political left.

Israel Never Alone

Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, just (May 24, 2021) published in important commentary on anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and the political left.

Since so many of us pro-Israel Jews have given up on The Times (Abq Jew thinks about it, but just can't bring himself to cancel his subscription to the US Newspaper of Record), here is the entire article.

Abq Jew recognizes that this is in complete violation of an entire plethora of US copyright laws, UN resolutions, and international conventions. But this is important, and Abq Jew agrees with just about everything Bret Stephens says.

Please note that the original essay has about a zillion hyperlinks, most of which Abq Jew has not carried over here. That's what a subscription is for.

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism?
Someone Didn’t Get the Memo.

In recent years it has become an article of faith on the progressive left that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism and that it’s slander to assume that someone who hates Israel also hates Jews.

Not everyone got the memo.

Not the people who, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Death to Jews,” according to a witness, assaulted Jewish diners at a Los Angeles sushi restaurant. Not the people who threw fireworks in New York’s diamond district. Not the people who brutally beat up a man wearing a yarmulke in Times Square. Not the people who drove through London slurring Jews and yelling, “Rape their daughters.” Not the people who gathered outside a synagogue in Germany shouting slurs. Not the people who, at a protest in Brussels, chanted, “Jews, remember Khaybar. The army of Muhammad is returning.”

Also not getting the memo are the people who have tweeted the hashtag #HitlerWasRight (including someone who now works for the BBC), along with the hashtag #Covid1948, a suggestion that Israel is a virus that needs the cure of Hamas’s rockets as a “vaccine.” Apparently, these hashtags count as legitimate political speech at Twitter, a company whose objections to bigotry are otherwise so strong that it once banned a Canadian feminist for the sin of tweeting remarks about transgender women like “men aren’t women.”

In this storm of hate, political leaders such as Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain have issued appropriate statements of condemnation. On CNN, correspondent Bianna Golodryga called out the anti-Semitism of Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, when he cited “deep pockets” and “control [of] media” in terms of Israel’s influence on public opinion. Good for her.

But if there’s been a massive online campaign of progressive allyship with Jews, I’ve missed it. If corporate executives have sent out workplace memos expressing concern for the safety of Jewish employees, I’ve missed it. If academic associations have issued public letters denouncing the use of anti-Semitic tropes by pro-Palestinian activists, I’ve missed them.

It’s a curious silence.
In the land of inclusiveness, Jews are denied inclusion.

One response to the attacks that I have seen coming from the left is that attacks on Jews are wrong because an American or British or German Jew should not be held responsible for the actions of the state of Israel. That’s true, and fine as far as it goes.

But it doesn’t go far enough. Would the assaults in Los Angeles and New York have been more justifiable if the victims had been Israeli citizens — even, say, Israeli diplomats? Is hatred of an entire country and threats or violence to its people acceptable as long as the hate is untainted by some older prejudice?

It is especially despicable when Israel is singled out in ways that apply to no other country. To take just one example, when was the last time you heard of a campus demonstration or a call for boycotts and divestment in response to Turkey’s 47-year occupation of northern Cyprus or its routine bombardment, using American-made jets, of Kurdish militants in Iraq?

But, again, this doesn’t go far enough. The accusations made against Israel — stealing Palestinian land (despite the fact that Israel vacated the territory from which it was subsequently attacked) and wanton violence against Palestinian civilians, particularly children (despite the fact that Israel regularly warned its targets to vacate buildings before targeting them) — can’t help but make me think of ancient libels about Jewish greed and bloodlust.

Also echoing ancient libels is the idea that 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas somehow constitute a unique global horror, even as the world barely takes notice of the Taliban’s murder this month of 85 people at a school in Kabul. The anti-Semitic worldview is always Judeocentric, in the sense that it is obsessed with Jewish behavior as the supreme factor in domestic and international political life. The left has lately been awfully Judeocentric.

This ought to be whistling loudly in the ears of progressives
who claim to be horrified by every form of prejudice. 

Instead, they have indulged an anti-Israel movement that keeps descending into the crudest forms of anti-Semitism. They remind me of a certain kind of Trump voter who would occasionally voice disgust at his most outrageous behavior, only to come back into alignment with him a few days later. After a while, it becomes clear that the outrage is cheap, if it isn’t simply fake.

Progressives will have to come to their own reckoning about what to do about the burgeoning anti-Semitism in their midst.

As for Jews, they should take the events of
the last few days less as an outrage than as an omen.

Bret Stephens
Bret Stephens

Bret L. Stephens joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2017. His column appears Thursday and Saturday.

Mr. Stephens came to The Times after a long career with The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently deputy editorial page editor and, for 11 years, a foreign affairs columnist. Before that, he was editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post. At The Post he oversaw the paper's news, editorial and digital operations and its international editions, and also wrote a weekly column. He has reported from around the world and interviewed scores of world leaders.

Mr. Stephens is the author of "America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder," released in November 2014. He is is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including two honorary doctorates and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He was raised in Mexico City and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MSc. from the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic for The Times, live with their three children in New York and Hamburg, Germany. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

For Ashkelon: May 2021

What We Know: At the current moment, Hamas is still firing rockets at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot, and other towns and cities in Israel. There is talk of an "imminent" ceasefire - which will happen, but who knows when? Or for how long?

Magen David Rockets

You, Abq Jew's loyal readers, know of his love for Ashkelon - his former home town (if only briefly, some 50 years ago) - see December 2017's Ashkelon, Oh Ashkelon
Of which the Jewish Virtual Library says
Israel has one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, with white sandy beaches and spectacular Mediterranean views. The coast stretches to the northern border with Lebanon at Rosh Hanikra and south to the Gaza Strip. Just north of Gaza and 36 miles south of Tel Aviv is the southernmost stop for most tourists, the city of Ashkelon.

And of which Abq Jew wrote in November 2012's Community Rally For Israel:

Simtat HaSneh
When they go after Ashkelon,
they're going after me.

Here are a few other things that Abq Jew is thinking about right now.

Four Freedoms
The Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell's famous paintings – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear – illustrate what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said are four basic human rights which ought to be universally protected. These four freedoms were later incorporated into the United Nations charter.

Kim Kardashian (there's a name Abq Jew had thought would never appear in his Blog) posted this statement on her Facebook page - and came under fire for it.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and safety. Anyone trying to convince you that one must come at the expense of the other does not support human rights for all humans.

Abq Jew strongly supports
Kim Kardashian's statement and FDR's Four Freedoms.

Four Israelis Held
The Four Israelis

Do you recall that Hamas is still holding the bodies of IDF officer Hadar Goldin and soldier Oron Shaul, and civilians Avra Mangisto and Hisham al-Sayed?

In fact, the Jerusalem Post tells us that, as a sign of solidarity and support -

The workers' union at the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) announced on Thursday that it will not fix electric lines to the Gaza Strip that were damaged during the latest round of fighting until the Israelis being held by terrorist groups there are released, according to Israeli media.

Hamas has been holding the remains of Israeli soldiers Shaul and Goldin captive since Operation Protective Edge in 2013. Civilians Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed have also been held captive by Hamas for a number of years. 

Yamina MK Idit Silman expressed support for the announcement by the IEC workers, saying 

"I stand behind the people of the IEC who understand that the greatest moral and social value for the citizens of Israel is to come out of the fighting in Gaza not only with reinforced deterrence, but also with all four boys back home."

 Abq Jew strongly supports
the release of the four Israelis.

The Blue Marble
The Blue Marble

Do you recall that we all live on one planet (Earth), and that we are all we've got? 

Abq Jew notes with controlled (so far) horror
the pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, and anti-Jewish attacks
taking place all over the world - even in the US.
And denounces them all.

Black Star
Abq Jew doesn't always feel like this.
A lot of the time, yes. But not all the time.

Shabbat Shalom

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Windmills of Ezekiel

It's Time for Shavuot! Lately, Abq Jew has been thinking a lot about windmills. Why? Because windmills are - like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel.

Windmills of Your Mind

And also because the Holiday of Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks) fast approaches, getting closer by the ... day. Which brings with it Abq Jew's favorite haftarah reading - Chapter 1 of the Book of Ezekiel (with one verse from Chapter 3 as a chaser). My Jewish Learning tells us:

The haftarah for the first day of Shavuot is Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12, which contains the prophet’s most astounding vision of God. Ezekiel describes a remarkable vision of God. 
He sees a Divine Throne-Chariot, whose main feature is a group of four-faced living creatures. His appearance of a manifestation of God connects the haftarah to the Torah reading, where God reveals His will at Mount Sinai.

4 Angels Ezekiel

The JC tells us:

Complementing the awesome revelation of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, which is read from the Torah, is Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot of angels. 

The prophet beholds a quartet of celestial beings, each with four faces, four wings and glittering hooves hovering above a wheel; together they form a chariot that bears aloft the Divine Presence.

The flashing fire that forms the backdrop to this extraordinary spectacle mirrors the pyrotechnics of Sinai. It is the most enigmatic haftarah of the year and trying to fit the details together is like doing a surreal jigsaw puzzle. 

When Moses encounters the glory of God in the cleft in the rock, the Torah provides no description other than record it happened as if it could not be put into words. 

Ezekiel treats us to a literary son et lumière.

His vision became the focus of an early branch of mysticism named after it, Merkavah, the Chariot, whose followers sought to ascend through the heavens to witness the glory of God.

So, maybe that (see 4 Guys Above) is what Ezekiel saw.

Ezekiel Spaceship

Or maybe it was more like the above image: an illustration on the cover of Josef F Blumrich's 1974 book The Spaceships of Ezekiel

In which the then chief of NASA's systems layout branch of the program development office at the Marshall Space Flight Center posits that Ezekiel was not describing a meeting with God in a prophetic vision - but one of several encounters with ancient astronauts in a shuttlecraft from another planet.

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

And then there's Ezekiel's Wheel: a wheel within a wheel, capable of rotating not only in the forward-backward direction, but also sideways. Did it look like the image above, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum?

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

Or perhaps like 
the image above, from the Columbus (GA) Museum?

Ezekiel UFO

Or perhaps something even simpler in design, as shown in the illustration above?

Montefiore Windmill

Windmills also go around circles.
You know - sort of like genealogy research.

Abq Jew's beloved daughter-in-law and her mother (Abq Jew's mechuteneste) and all her mother's family have - for as long as Abq Jew has been part of their family - believed that they are related to businesswoman, art collector, and philanthropist Helena Rubinstein.

Helena Rubinstein

There is no reason to doubt them,
and every reason to believe them.

The Rubinstein Connection

And yet the exact identity of The Rubinstein Connection remains - after many years - elusive. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, as Winston Churchill once said of Russia (still true). To Abq Jew, at any rate. Who nightly loses sleep over it, but dreams of windmills.


And who just can't seem to get the song The Windmills of Your Mind out of his. Thus Wikipedia tells us:

"The Windmills of Your Mind" is a song with music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Americans Alan and Marilyn Bergman

The song was introduced in the film The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. A cover by Sting was used in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

Now, you can search YouTube (and the rest of the Internet), and you'll find a zillion "covers" of the song by a zillion different artists. But Abq Jew is going to stick with Barbra Streisand's version, because of Babs' crystal clear enunciation of the song's opening word and her glorious articulation of the lyrics that follow.

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind!

Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind!

Keys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that you said?
Lovers walking along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway and the fragment of a song
Half remembered names and faces, but to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning to the color of her hair!

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind,
like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind!

Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Barbra

The lyrical and surreal stream of consciousness was written by the team (in every respect of the word) of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. About whom Wikipedia tells us:
Alan Bergman (born September 11, 1925) and Marilyn Keith Bergman (born November 10, 1929) are American lyricists and songwriters. 
The pair have been married since 1958 and have written the music and lyrics for numerous celebrated television shows, films, and stage musicals. The Bergmans have won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Alan Bergman was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1925, the son of Ruth (Margulies), a homemaker and community volunteer, and Samuel Bergman, who worked in children's clothing sales. He studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his master's degree in music at UCLA. 

Marilyn Bergman was born in 1929, coincidentally at the same Brooklyn hospital where Alan had been born four years earlier, and is the daughter of Edith (Arkin) and Albert A. Katz. Both Alan and Marilyn are from Jewish families. 

And of the Bergmans' relationship with Barbra Streisand, The JC tells us: 

"This is not just long professional relationship," says Marilyn, speaking on the phone from their home in Beverly Hills, "but a deep and lasting personal one."

Blue Circle on Fuchsia

Too many circles? Too many windmills?
Here's one special version by The Muppets!

Abq Jew wishes everyone - except for those firing
rockets toward Ashkelon, his old home town, or toward
any place in the Land of Israel - a Happy Shavuot.
And, please God, a safe one.

Happy Shavuot


Monday, May 3, 2021

Portsmouth Parking & The Jews

Visiting the Granite StateWith great joyMr & Mrs Abq Jew hereby announce that they recently completed their first visit to the new home town of their son Dov the Film Editor; their daughter (in-law) Jessica the Surgeon; their grandchildren Vera and Chuck; and their granddog Dave (see Welcoming New Hampshire)

And, of course, with extreme gratitude (see Vaccines, Ken O'Hara!to 

The Holy One, Blessed Be He

Who Gives of His Wisdom to Humankind

Visiting concurrently and therefore also present in Portsmouth: Mr & Mrs Abq Jew's daughter Alex the Communications Strategist; Alex's boyfriend Jake; and Hugh the Musician, Mrs Abq Jew's brother.

All of Us

Everyone involved in Mr & Mrs Abq Jew's family reunion (except for the grandkids and granddog) had been doubly-vaxxed and -vetted. And (except for the granddog) wore masks in public and washed their hands.

Which left us all free to explore

Market Street
Beautiful Downtown (Market Street), Portsmouth

Now there's a ... boatload of Abq Jew's family history in Portsmouth, which Money Magazine has more than once (!) declared "one of the top five best places to live in America." This, in spite of the fact that the city has no nickname. 

Unlike, for example, Albuquerque, NM, known as Duke City. Or Santa Fe, NM, known as The City Different. Or Rumney, NH, known as the Crutch Capital of the World.

BTW - It turns out that the official State Motto of New Hampshire is NOT

Live Free or Plotz
Abq Jew was misinformed.

But back to Portsmouth family history. Which goes back to Abq Jew's favorite Rosenfield relatives - his grandmother Frances; and his two really great aunts, Clara and Lillian. Back in 1921, Clara married Abq Jew's Great Uncle Ben. 

Later, Ben and Clara had a son, Alfred - Abq Jew's father's first and favorite first cousin. Alfred left Brooklyn and moved to Portsmouth. After a brief intermission, he married Ola. The couple then had children: Michael, Patricia (of blessed memory), Allison, and Shawn. 

Little Harbour School

All of whom attended Vera & Chuck's Little Harbour Elementary School, where Ola taught for may years. And where Ola's relative Nicole currently teaches. 

Ah, Portsmouth!
Looks beautiful, doesn't it?

However. One of the first questions any Portsmouth visitor or resident has to face upon arrival in this beautiful city is -

Will I Find Parking

You, Abq Jew's dear and loyal readers, will surely recall Abq Jew's inexplicable fascination with parking (see March 2013's To See and Not Believe; and June 2013's Parking and Jews and Boston).

And then there's this video of a woman struggling to parallel park her car, which has gone massively viral online after being posted on TikTok. WARNING! You must watch till the end. 

Which, of course, brings up the deeply theological question that Abq Jew hears you, his loyal readers, asking -

What Jews

Abq Jew will explain.

By presenting three (3) four (4) ways to avoid the whole Portsmouth Parking Problem.

Way Number 1: Forget the Car

Remember that - when visiting Portsmouth,
if you don't drive a car or other vehicle,
you don't have to worry about parking.

Portsmouth Map

It is perfectly OK to visit Portsmouth without a car or other vehicle. The city (especially the downtown) is relatively compact and extremely (and beautifully) walkable. All you have to do is get there. 

Pedestrial Light

So, you say you're going to walk around? Portsmouth tries to make walking around as safe as possible, with pedestrian crossing signals that will actually tell you when to WAIT and when to GO. Moreover - drivers in Portsmouth strangely seem to stop when pedestrians approach a crosswalk. 

This confused Mr & Mrs Abq Jew no end.

Way Number 2: Buy a Home

Remember that - if you buy a home in Portsmouth
that includes a garage, a carport, or at least a driveway,
you don't have to worry about parking.

Price, as it turns out, may be one slight, relatively minor ... impediment to buying a home in Portsmouth. Remember Abq Jew's relatives Alfred and Ola? Back in the day, the family (even then, with two wage-earners) lived at

238 Lincoln Ave

238 Lincoln Ave, Portsmouth NH 03801

These days, Zillow tells us, the house has 2,124 square feet of living space; 4 bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms. It's currently off the market. But ...

Its sale Zestimate® is $947,811.
Its rent Zestimate® is $3,500/month.
Doesn't work for you? Then let's move on to -

Way Number 3: Pay to Park

Remember that - if you do decide to visit
with a car or other vehicle - 
has plenty of public parking available.
You don't have to worry about parking.

Parking Portsmouth

And by public, Abq Jew means: PAID. Typical rates:

The Hanover Parking Facility charges $2.00 per hour; Max Rate: $40; Lost Ticket: $40; $5.00 All day parking on Sundays for Portsmouth Residents. The garage is open 24 hours a day. 

Visitors may park overnight up to a maximum of seven days. You can also purchase a monthly pass at the Hanover Garage ($200.00 for residents, $275 for non-residents).

Way Number 4: Pray to Park

Remember that - if you join Portsmouth's historic
Temple Israel - you don't have to worry about parking.

Wait What

First, a little background. Introducing -

Temple Israel

Temple Israel of Portsmouth

Temple Israel of Portsmouth was established in 1905 in the historic Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth and has resided at 200 State Street, the former First Methodist Church, since 1912. 

It has been recognized as the oldest permanent Jewish house of worship in New Hampshire by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.

Temple History

The Temple, made up of about 300 families from 40 communities around the NH Seacoast, is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. 

The Temple’s Religious School serves about 70 children ages 5-13, and its Early Learning Center is a Montessori-inspired preschool that brings Jewish values and culture to children ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years.

 For more information,
visit or call (603) 436-5301.

Yes, Abq Jew can here you wondering -

How Work

Here's how.

Temple Israel Map

That blacktop, my friends, right around Temple Israel, right there at 200 State Street, the heart of Downtown Portsmouth, right near Market Square and the Old North Church - that's a parking lot.

Now, some of that parking lot belongs to the auto repair shop that is leasing space from Temple Israel. But most of that parking lot belongs to, and can be used by, Temple Israel's membership.

Which is to say - your membership to Temple Israel includes the benefit of 

Temple Israel Logo

Free parking in Temple Israel’s lot
in downtown Portsmouth!
However -

Write a Check

In order to receive your free parking with Temple Israel membership, you're gonna have to write a check first. How big a check? Well, for Mr & Mrs Abq Jew, it'd be $1,045 for the first year; and $1,790 per year thereafter. Including the Cemetery, Building, and Security funds. And did Abq Jew mention free parking?

The Party Band

Everyone involved in Mr & Mrs Abq Jew's family reunion (except for the granddog, although Portsmouth is proudly dog-friendly) was wandering through Downtown that Sunday when we came upon The Party Band of Lowell, MA performing right there, in front of the Old North Church. Homegrown, unadulterated, unplugged FUN.

But, as Dorothy always reminds us -

No Place Like Home

There's no place like home.

Left Turn ABQ