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Chicago, IPAs and a reality TV star

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — We’re on to week two and the machine keeps on rolling.

There’s plenty of entertainment to offer in this issue:

• Let’s flashback to the late 1970s and ’80s when rock band Chicago ruled the airwaves. I got a chance to chat with Lee Loughnane about how the band has survived for more than 45 years and why it keeps making music.

Loughnane was very open by saying that he feels proud “to have been part of the tapestry of people’s lives and within that pride comes the responsibility of making it sound as good as people remember.” Chicago will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Isleta Resort & Casino.

• For those who want to stay in, beat the August heat and catch up on some films, the 2013 Native Cinema Showcase is part of the Santa Fe Indian Market and is just the ticket. The event will screen more than two dozen films and shorts in Santa Fe from some of the nation’s most innovative Native American filmmakers.

Albuquerque actor Tatanka Means, who appears in “Derby Kings,” says the showcase is one of the most “high profile” events for Native American cinema. Be sure to check it out when the seven-day event kicks off this Monday at the New Mexico History Museum.

For more information on the showcase, visit

• All you TV fans out there. Do you remember Cas Haley, the runner-up from “America’s Got Talent” in 2007? If not, refresh your memory by checking him out on YouTube and then head out to see the reggae-influenced singer/songwriter who will bring his new music to Low Spirits Bar & Stage on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

• Calling all IPA craft beer drinkers. It’s time to unite during the 11th annual New Mexico Brewer’s Guild’s IPA Challenge that kicks off today in Las Cruces.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it down south, the challenge also stops Saturday at Taos Mesa Brewing in Taos and on Aug. 16 at Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe. It wraps up Aug. 17 at Marble Brewery in Albuquerque.

About 14 New Mexico breweries have confirmed they will be part of the event including Il Vicino, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Blue Corn, Chama River, Broken Bottle and Second Street. Il Vicino has won the past three years in a row with its IPA Exodus.

• A note to readers. October is going to be Happy Hour Month. We here at V would like to know your favorite happy hour places around town – yes, that includes Santa Fe and surrounding areas – including best food, drink, atmosphere and music. Email us at or to submit your answers. We’ll visit and feature the most-recommended places in October.