Alibi V.16 No.46 • Nov 15-21, 2007

Aries

(March 21-April 19) Adventurous, Impulsive, Energetic

The notoriously impatient Aries will appreciate this vintage Nintendo game on her keychain, a perfect waiting-in-line distraction. Chances are she's also a video game fanatic because of her competitive streak. But if you can't afford to spend $50-plus on the newest hotness, you won't go wrong with the much-loved "Donky Kong." A "Zelda" version is also available at this old-school gamer nerd shop.

Ready for the Masquerade?

Local fetish event to take place Jan. 20, 2018

Weekly Alibi Fetish Events is creating a wonderland for your hedonistic delight this January. Our Carnal Carnevale party will be held at a secret location within the Duke City, and we'll all be celebrating behind a mask. Dancing, kinky demonstrations, the finest cocktails, sensual exhibitions and so much more await!

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Holiday Gift Guide

An Italian carafe for the sensual Taurus; a heart rate monitor for the energetic Aries; suede slippers for sensible Capricorn—consider your loved one's placement on the zodiac as you shop this season.

Taurus

(April 20-May 20) Sensual, Practical, Diligent

Music is a passion to the point of eccentricity for many a Taurus. Appeal to your bull's love of lyric loudness, ladies, planning and local stuff with the 2008 New Mexico Rocks! calendar. Each calender page shows off Burque's most talented beauties with all the proceeds benefiting APS music education.

Gemini

(May 21-June 20) Enterprising, Clever, Spontaneous

Holiday treats are the quintessential, never-fail gift. For the explorative Gemini on your list, an assortment of moist, bite-sized cupcakes will appeal to his fickle taste buds. Pick a cupcake in every flavor or stuff the box with his favorite, then add a few others for taste-adventuring. An assortment of fresh-baked cookies, fancy chocolates, a variety of teas and cocoas, or a selection of pastries from a French bakery are other delectable gift ideas.

Cancer

(June 21-July 22) Nurturing, Creative, Domestic

If you haven’t already figured it out, Cancerians like to take care of things. They also enjoy communing with Mother Nature. If you know a Cancer with a furry hiking buddy (a dog), this cool, practical gift is right on the nose. This clip-on water bottle snaps open into a water tray when Fifi needs a drink. A plus for eco-conscious Cancerians: it wastes less water than a bottle alone, and it’s much lighter and easier to carry than a bowl.

Leo

(July 23-Aug. 22) Generous, Original, Passionate

Whether wild and curly or thick and straight, a lion loves her mane. Spoil your favorite Leo with volumizing shampoo and conditioner or splurge on some styling foam. She'll be grateful for the attention you've paid her hair; every Leo knows good grooming is the key to success.

Virgo

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Meticulous, Craftsy, Analytical

It's important that Virgos comfort themselves after long, über-productive days. These "fortune teas" are wrapped in beautifully folded origami paper, which can be hung as ornaments. Inside, there's an affirming fortune and a flowering tea. White, green or black tea leaves are sewn into a ball that, with hot water, "blooms" into a beautiful tea flower. The tea flower makes up to three pots or can be displayed as a centerpiece for up to five days.

Libra

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Refined, Artistic, Social

While stamps are of use to nearly every citizen of our nation, unusual stamps help social Libras engage with others. These graphic, colorful and inexpensive Marvel Comics Commemorative stamps (complete with the ripped cartoon abs of Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner) will make for a red letter X-mas. For an extra powerful gift, pair these with pens, postcards and stationary.

Scorpio

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Secretive, Passionate, Exciting

If you're looking for a romantic gift, sensual Scorpios are drawn to perfumes with intense musk or floral scents. Perfumes of the Desert have been handmade, hand-mixed and hand-labeled in Albuquerque's Old Town since 1948. Popular scents include piñon, yucca and purple sage, but Scorpios might appreciate the exotic "Midnight Cereus."

Sagittarius

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Jovial, Inquisitive, Daring

Sagittarians are an inquisitive bunch by nature. Driven by a quest for knowledge, they develop an insatiable appetite for the written word. Though they frequently look to the realm of philosophy and science for answers, they stand to benefit from metaphysical exploration. Masaru Emoto's book Love Thyself: The Message from Water III is filled with microscopic photographs of water droplets that have been exposed to words with either positive or negative connotations. Emoto has one foot in the scientific community and one in the spiritually searching realm, much like Sagittarians themselves.

Capricorn

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Sensible, Ambitious, Noble

What could be more prestigious than jotting down thoughts in the same book van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway used? One-hundred-and-ninety-two lined pages of sleekly thread-bound paper, ready to be swathed with ingenious ideas and master inventions, await your Capricorn's most intellectual thoughts. With the security of an elastic enclosure, this nifty gift provides just the right dimensions to slip effortlessly into the her pants’ pocket or a briefcase.

Aquarius

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Humanitarian, Inventive, Intellectual

A lover of social activism with a penchant for unique fashions, your Aquarian is probably already campaigning for a "Screech for Peace" T-shirt. The white design on vibrant purple sends a worthy message. All profits made from this and any other T-shirt sold at the Peace and Justice Center directly fund the efforts of peace projects, putting the ever-aware Aquarian mind at ease.

Pisces

(Feb. 19-March 20) Imaginative, Sensitive, Intuitive

Pisces seldom need an excuse to languish in the tub. A sign closely tied to fish, they find solace in water and will be delighted by these sapphire-colored bath salts and sea horse-, star-, duck- and moon-shaped bath beads. Just don't expect them to leave the suds anytime soon; Pisces will linger in the water well after their toes become pruney.

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Culture Shock

Unlike those highly exclusive, snotty, popular-kids-only PJ parties in middle school, everyone is invited to The Pajama Men's night of flannel-clad hilariousness. You do need to have $15 for a ticket (or $12 for students and seniors), your own ride to the Stove (114 Morningside NE) by 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16, and you can't be a loser (just kidding ... but not really). Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez will be there—in full pajama regalia—to entertain you with their quick wit and schizophrenic character changes along with a special, unnamed musical friend. This is a one-night-only thing, so be there or risk being laughed at Monday morning by your possibly more popular coworkers. To make reservations, call 301-4892.

Back in Black and White

Rival Tattoo Art Studios' two-tone gallery

If the world were only so simple as black and white. No gray stomping grounds between the tinge of our ink-and-paper polarities—only left-wing and right-wing, good and evil, yin and yang. Colors might fill in the dimensions of our world, but it is black and white that define them.

Novel Ideas

Gifts for a literary holiday

Forget about silkscreened T-shirts, mixtapes or even the Sharper Image catalog of wonders, there’s nothing as personal as a book. For every personality, every reading level, there’s a book out there waiting to provide that lucky Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanza celebrant with a few hours—maybe a few weeks—of pleasure. To help you unlock that potential for joy, here are a few tips for the best books to buy this holiday season.

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The Dish

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Julia Child Cookbook of the Year winner Deborah Madison (no relation to Dolly) will be the guest of honor at this year's Elegant Autumn Evening. Madison is the author of an abundant crop of vegetarian titles such as The Greens Cookbook and Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets.

Brasserie La Provence

French kiss the cook

My experiences with French food and wine have been better than my experiences with the French language. In high school, my Midwestern-accented mispronunciations were second only to my grossly butchered written phrases. But my homemade coq au vin (chicken stewed with wine) was tasty enough to get me out of the class with an A.

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Endgame

Albuquerque’s hidden chess scene

As I listen to 13-year-old Ian Jones rattle off phrases like "dynamic attack," "releasing the tension" and a "fully formed endgame," I become less and less confident in his previous assertion that chess "isn't just for super geniuses."

"E" For Effort?

New health care report card shows New Mexico is far from making the grade

When it comes to the health of New Mexicans, it's hardly a level playing field.

Answer Me This

Why is the mayor studying red-light cameras? Who's jumped in the Senate race (that could give said mayor a run for his money)? Why is Downtown suddenly a war zone? What new privilege have we given the city's public school police?

Chupacabras of the Southwest

In July 2007, a rancher in the small Texas town of Cuero captured a strange creature that had been attacking her livestock. She claimed the blue, hairless animal had been lurking around her ranch for years, and when it was hit by a car, she suggested she had finally captured a chupacabra, the vampiric goat-sucking monster of lore. Tissue samples were sent to biologists at Texas State University for DNA analysis, and while the rancher waited for the results she sold thousands of "2007: Summer of the Chupacabra" T-shirts and caps.

Green Cowboy Hats

Ranchers step up to protect federal lands

On the environment front, good news arrives from an unexpected quarter.

Immigration? Who Cares?

Why it may not be such a big issue after all

When KKOB and ABC radio announced Albuquerque would be the site for a national town hall on one of the hottest of hot button issues, the “immigration crisis,” I groaned.

Odds & Ends

Dateline: The Netherlands--Residents of chilly Terschelling island, 70 miles north of Amsterdam, are getting their recommended daily allowance of potassium thanks to the tons of unripe bananas that have washed up on a half-mile stretch of beach. The fruit fell off a Cuban cargo ship that encountered stormy weather last week. Authorities estimate that six containers were washed off the ship and at least one burst open. Local beachcombers checked out the tropical bounty but weren’t as excited as they were one year ago when tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and toys washed ashore. Old-timers also remember a nice load of sweaters that was swept onto the beach 20 years ago.

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Reel World

The upcoming Santa Fe Film Festival will present a special “sneak preview” night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque this Thursday, Nov. 15. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the NHCC (1701 Fourth Street SW) will screen the Spanish-language (with English subtitles) film August Evening. Filmmaker Chris Eska will be present and SFFF director Stephen Rubin will introduce the program. August Evening tells the story of an aging, undocumented farm worker named Jaime (Pedro Castaneda) and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe (Veronica Loren), as they struggle to survive and find love in Mexico. Tickets go on sale the day of for $10 each. For more information, visit www.santafefilmfestival.com.

No Country For Old Men

With its quick, brutal flashes of violence, its off-kilter characters and its deadpan funny dialogue, No Country For Old Men is unmistakably the work of indie auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen. Except that it isn’t, exactly. The film is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy. The plot, dialogue and characters of this modern-day, neo-noir Western are lifted--frequently word-for-word--from McCarthy’s text. The result is a seamless blending of artistic worlds, a bloody, funny, beautifully shot, faultlessly acted thriller that has to rate as one this year’s best films.

Punk’s Not Dead

Energetic documentary proves music may evolve, but it won’t roll over and die

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to encapsulate an entire life story, artistic movement or historical era in 90 minutes or so. Thankfully, Punk’s Not Dead, an energetic new music documentary by Susan Dynner, doesn’t really make the attempt. Instead of trying vainly to be the end-all, be-all of punk rock filmmaking, this short, sharp doc acts as more of an endearing tribute to the (as yet) undying spirit of punk.

Roped in!

“The Roping Show” on RFD-TV

OK, I admit it. I’m scared. I fully support the Writers’ Guild in its strike against the major movie and television studios. At the same time, with many shows being yanked off the air and many others preparing to go into semi-permanent reruns, I’m a little worried about my job. Three months from now, if the strike is still going on, am I going to have to be penning pithy, philosophical columns about reruns of “Deal or No Deal”? I’m gonna have to do some serious channel surfing to find fresh stuff to write about.

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Save Q!

Among contributors to the broad New Mexico soundscape, some have been fortunate enough to cross paths with the immensely talented and endearingly eccentric audio engineer Quincy Adams. Over the years Quincy, also known as Q!, has worked on countless recordings for our region's musicians, his eclectic archive of projects including rock bands past and present, experimental artists, and an abundance of local rappers and hip-hop groups. Along with expert sound, anyone who has worked with Q! has probably been privy to his excellent sense of humor, engaging conversation and all-around good nature. Sadly, during the past couple months, Q! has become increasingly sick, and his studio has closed down. He is now faced with a life-threatening illness and the colossal bills that come with it.

Royal Dead

Doin' the zombie stomp

Despite his blood-soaked T-shirt and ghoulish colored contacts, there's a smirk on Eddie Suicide's face that lets you know he takes his band's mantra of gore and destruction only half-seriously.

No Softballs for Isaac Brock

An antagonistic interview with the Modest Mouse frontman

You start an interview easy, with some chill question that allows your source to go on and on about himself, to warm to you. This is, apparently, not the way to go with Isaac Brock, a man who isn't hot on the idea of explaining himself or why his band's latest album is so much better than a lot of the shlock Modest Mouse put on shelves in the last decade.

Rahim Alhaj

Home Again chronicles refugee’s poignant 2004 visit to Iraq

Home Again (Fast Horse Recordings), the latest solo release from Iraqi oudist/composer Rahim Alhaj, sounds unfamiliar at first. The CD’s nine compositions are played on a 12-stringed acoustic instrument little known in the West, whose recorded history dates back 5,000 years. They’re built on modes (maqamat) alien to the Western ear, and their themes are developed almost entirely melodically.

Alibi V.16 No.45 • Nov 8-14, 2007

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The Nontraditional Thanksgiving

T-Day with a twist

Sam Etheridge's favorite food of all time is turkey and gravy. But nothing's ever quite that simple for Etheridge, the chef/owner of Ambrozia Café and Wine Bar and the forthcoming Nob Hill Bar and Grill. His trademark is to create upscale versions of down-home cooking. "Last year I did a roasted turkey, but I stuffed foie gras under the skin," he says. "I do a traditional green bean casserole but make my own portobello mushroom soup and use fresh green beans. I make my own onion rings to put over the top instead of buying the canned ones."

The New Mexican Thanksgiving

Feeling hot, hot, hot in November

We love our chile in the Zia state. Hell, the official state question is “Red or green?” There’s no reason why this infatuation with capsaicin shouldn’t carry over to Thanksgiving dinner.

The Inexpensive Thanksgiving

Celebrate on a budget

Every year, Michael Sedillo oversees a kitchen that cooks 35 turkeys, prepares 50 pounds of stuffing, opens 250 cans of mixed vegetables and makes a 25-pound green bean casserole. Through the process, Joy Junction's food service director has learned a thing or two about how to make a tasty, filling meal without breaking the bank.

The Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Don’t invite Tofurky this year

When it comes to food, tradition can often take precedent over individual concerns, leaving the lowly vegetarian gnawing on rolls and corn at a holiday dinner. But it doesn't have to be that way if you don't want it to (and if you're willing to take a little guff from grandma). Meet Yashoda Naidoo, lifelong vegetarian, owner and head chef of Annapurna Ayurvedic Cuisine and Chai House, which serves vegetarian and vegan foods cooked in the ancient Indian ayurvedic tradition. "If you look very deep inside, you will see that it all comes back to, 'I choose to go down this path, I don't have to go through deprivation on Thanksgiving dinner when everyone else is enjoying the turkey.' You can have a dish that is totally contrary to what's on the table and still be connected and giving thanks. It's really what you make of it," she says.

High-Altitude Baking Adjustments

Albuquerque is perched at a little over 5,300 feet, which changes the alchemy of the way we bake. Follow these simple guidelines and your Thanksgiving cakes won't fall flat.

Safe Cooking Temperatures

Kill dangerous micro-organisms by cooking your food properly. Temperatures should be gauged by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the food.

Talking Turkey

Indispensable guidelines from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Remember to allow 1 pound of turkey per person.

In the Refrigerator (40°F or below)

Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds

4 to 12 pounds: 1 to 3 days

12 to 16 pounds: 3 to 4 days

16 to 20 pounds: 4 to 5 days

20 to 24 pounds: 5 to 6 days

Keep the turkey in its original wrapper. Place it on a tray or in a pan to catch any juices that may leak. A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. If necessary, a turkey that has been properly thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen.

Holiday Grub

Unstuffed

4 to 8 pounds (breast): 90 to 195 minutes (1 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours)

8 to 12 pounds: 165 to 180 minutes (2 3/4 to 3 hours)

12 to 14 pounds: 180 to 225 minutes (3 to 3 3/4 hours)

14 to 18 pounds: 225 to 255 minutes (3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours)

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Reel World

The eighth annual Santa Fe Film Festival is still looking for volunteers. This year’s fest is set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 28, through, Sunday, Dec. 2. Just one four-hour shift translates into two free movie tickets. Not a bad deal, if you ask me. People are needed immediately for festival box office, set up and orientation as well as for staffing. These positions could start as early as Nov. 9. If you’re interested, call Sarah at (505) 955-7003. Other opportunities include: venue management, hospitality, ushering and transportation. To help fill one of those positions, call Lexie at (505) 820-2267.

Strike Out!

WGA shoots down Hollywood

On Monday morning--after nearly a week of promising to do so--members from the Writers Guild of America walked out on their jobs and formed picket lines at major studios in New York and Los Angeles. For now, the 10,000 or so members of the WGA are not allowed to pitch to or negotiate with a struck company. They may not provide any writing services, and they may not sell or option literary material to a struck company. Writers, directors and producers can continue to do their jobs, but they can’t do it with any new words.

Fred Claus

Who wants a big, fun lump of coal in their stocking?

Tim Allen must have been sick or bored or tanning in Ibiza earlier this year, because we’ve got no Santa Clause 4 to look forward to this holiday season. (If “look forward to” is the correct phrase.) Instead, Vince Vaughn has stepped into the gap to deliver this season’s traditional tinsel-filled, live-action family comedy. So if you’re the kind of parent who loads the family into the minivan and trucks them off to the mall theater every Thanksgiving to watch the likes of Jingle All the Way, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Christmas With the Cranks, Surviving Christmas and Deck the Halls, then start herding them up now, because here comes another thoughtless stocking stuffer.

Struck Down

Four tips for surviving the WGA strike

You heard it right, the Writers Guild of America is on strike. Late-night talk shows (“The Late Show with David Letterman”), daily scripted series (“The Colbert Report”) and live/live-on-tape shows (“Saturday Night Live”) are off the air as of now. Daytime soap operas will dry up in a month’s time. Primetime dramas and sitcoms will run out of new episodes by the end of the year. What then? Oh my God, people, what then?!?

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Kokoro Japanese Restaurant

Size doesn’t matter

All sorts of cool stuff comes in small packages. At holiday time, those tiny boxes with little bows on top often signal something shiny and expensive. The diminutive Toyota Yaris gets 36 miles to the gallon. And those baby Laughing Cows are just enough cheese to satisfy, requiring no slicer and no tummy ache later.

Sherry and Sage Spuds

When the weather starts to turn, there’s nothing that will warm you to the core like a plate of hot potatoes. These wee tubers braised in sherry will heat your chest cavity, and the heady fried sage mayo will stick to your ribs.

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Business Picks Up

Albuquerque plans to implement curbside recycling pickup for businesses

Two to three times a week, business owner Kristie Romano finds herself feeding quarters into Downtown parking meters outside her Vitality Juice smoothie bar. With the clock ticking, she and her husband load up the car with plastic, aluminum, glass and corrugated boxes to take to one of the city's recycling centers.

Answer Me This

Republican or Democrat for Domenici's Senate seat? How many more will lose their PNM jobs? Is New Mexico healthy? Why are we better than Tucson?

Handle with Care

With a switch in management, what will happen to the city’s animal shelters?

If someone asked you to be responsible for 30,000 animals, what would you do? What if you knew that if no one took responsibility for them, they’d all likely get run over, be snatched and thrust into underground fighting rings, become ill or aggressive, or simply multiply their numbers exponentially so their offspring would perpetuate the same patterns? What if you knew that, in taking responsibility for this teeming mob of animals, in choosing to save them from the above alternative, you would also be responsible for killing more than half of them?

Thin Line

Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said in a recent speech "idiot culture" is at fault for the bungling state of politics in the U.S., and vapid celebrity gossip is lowering our collective IQ. That's right, Britney Spears is dragging your smarts through the dungheap.

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Malaysia--Fearing he had too much to drink, a driver tried to play it safe by bribing a policeman to avoid a breath analyzer test. As it turned out, he passed the breathalyzer but was promptly arrested for corruption. Aw Cheng Fat offered a police officer 50 ringgit ($15) after his car was stopped at a police checkpoint for drunk driving three years ago, Kuala Lumpur’s The Star reported last Wednesday. On Tuesday, Aw was fined 1,000 ringgit ($300) by a local court for the ultimately pointless bribery attempt.

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The Old Main

Rod Lacy's trip back to music

Rod Lacy knows how to spin a yarn, and like any born storyteller, he knows what's important about his own story.

Dixie Witch

Rock out in crunch country

Like many musicians, Clayton Mills of Austin's Dixie Witch doesn't want his band to be pigeonholed into a single musical category. He seems especially perturbed by the name of the genre in which his band is most commonly placed.

Danzig on Danzig

Glenn Danzig talks with his MySpace alterego

I’m not a journalist. I'm a local musician, who, like a majority of my generation, has a MySpace page. I have my own personal page, sure, but I secretly maintain a Glenn Danzig page. You see, I'm a huge fan of Danzig—from The Misfits to his solo career to his Verotik comic book line, he's a rad and hugely influential artist.

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Culture Shock

The Albuquerque Little Theatre begins its Studio Series on Saturday, Nov. 10, with staged readings of work by local playwrights Walter L. Newton, Edith Weiss, Robert F. Benjamin, Elaine Jarvik and Scott Bison. The Studio Series is a program offered by ALT to local writers for the development of new dramatic scripts through workshops, readings and performances. The staged reading will start at 7 p.m. and last around two hours including an intermission (with complimentary coffee and cookies) and a talk back with the actors and directors. As any writer knows, audience feedback is essential to creating a successful product, so don't be afraid to chime in with the good and the bad. The event is free for ALT members and ticket holders to previous shows or $5 at the door. Call 242-4750 for more info.

Y’Feck Yeh

The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Cell Theatre

On a public television biography that aired last week, Charles Schulz admitted to milking a lot of humor from straight-up violence. From a 21st century perspective, it might be odd to think of “Peanuts” as violent, but it was, of course. Schulz hurt his characters. We laughed. A simple, infallible equation that worked almost every time.

Alibi V.16 No.44 • Nov 1-7, 2007

The Alibi 's Quiz and Puzzle Issue!

It's been a year and 11 months since our last Quiz and Puzzle Issue, and in that time our unchallenged minds have become dull. Simple concepts are hard to understand, big words are frightening and we can't remember where we put our stash (of pens, of course). But perhaps the challenges that lie within this issue can renew our brains as well as yours, restoring them to their once-glorious state of mental acuity. Best of luck, eggheads. (JCC)

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Are You a Genie?

1) Do you have neither legs nor a wheelchair?

2) Do you insist on calling something that looks like a gravy boat your “lamp”?

3) Are your movements shrouded by wisps of smoke?

4) Are you blue, but breathing easy?

Are You on Fire?

1) Are strangers wrapping blankets around you when you aren’t the least bit cold?

Have You Entered a Rip in Time?

1) Do you see floating clocks with spinning hands?

2) Are you surrounded by Tron-like grids and metallic spheres?

3) Are you playing Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Timecop"?

Are You Going to Die?

Death is on our minds every day. Humans are all born with a natural curiosity and fear of the unknown. What happens when we die? Where do we go? Is there a heaven or hell? Will we retain any memories? Can we take our money with us? Hang on a second. Before we worry about the afterlife, we need to ask ourselves a more fundamental question: Are we going to die? Circle true or false to find out if you’re likely to take the eternal plunge.

1) I am carbon based. T/F

2) My name is Dick Clark. T/F

New Mexico Pursuit

It's the Alibi Trivia Challenge!

Well, it's not so much a challenge. And you don't win anything ... except a sense of accomplishment at having acquired or relearned important information about the state in which you reside. Answers can be found at www.alibi.com.

And the Winner is ...

“Going ‘Schrader watching’”

While there were a handful of excellent entries, the winner of our Hot Singles Challenge featured in "Thin Line" [Re: “Our Third Annual Review of the ‘Hot Singles’ Issue,” Oct. 18-24] two weeks ago is Miriam Gwilt. Miriam likes "to move it, move it" and describes herself as a "dyke with style." Of her responses to Albuquerque the Magazine's "Hot Singles" questions, our favorite deals with what makes a great Albuquerque date--“Going 'Schrader watching.'"

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Reel World

The locally produced slacker comedy Land of Entrapment has been completed and will premiere this Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill at 1 p.m. (You can check out trailers on MySpace and YouTube or at www.505films.com.) Writer/director Craig Butler will be on hand if’n ya wanna ask the dude behind it all some questions. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students. If you can’t make this screening, the film will show again at TromaDance NM (Nov. 16-19) and at the Santa Fe Film Festival (Dec. 6-10).

Know Your Zombies!

Cinema of the living dead

Zombies have a long and proud tradition in the film industry. The 1932 chiller White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi is considered by most to be the first zombie-related film. (“She was not alive ... nor dead!” reads the poster’s tagline.) But how well do you, gentle reader, know your cinema of the living dead? Test the power of your delicious brains with this heart-stopping quiz. Simply match the iconic zombie with the film that spawned it.

Martian Child

Adults are from Earth, children are from Mars

According to the closing credits, the weepy, melodramatically indulgent dramedy Martian Child is “based on a true story.” Only “the characters and events have been fabricated.” So ... what exactly is true here, the houses they used?

Psychic TV

Dust off the crystal ball and have a look at fall's new metaphysical game shows

Evidently, Fall 2007’s stars have aligned and given birth to a whole new sort of TV psychic--the kind that’s pitted against other psychics in a battle royale. After general ridicule earlier in the decade of TV mediums like John Edward (“Crossing Over”), James Van Praagh (“Beyond”), “Montel Williams Show” regular Sylvia Browne and obvious phony Miss Cleo, the psychic set seems to be making a comeback under a different format. Of course, it was inevitable that reality TV would eventually explore the paranormal. And contrary to what intuition might tell you, this may actually be a good thing.

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Get Garlic Planted Now

Dear Chef,

I think we’re approaching the time to stick garlic in the ground, and I’ve forgotten which end of the clove goes up. Could you so kindly remind me?

—Grabs His Bulbs

Dear GHB,

Now is indeed the time to plant garlic—the sooner the better, with the freezing of the ground serving as your final deadline. Garlic planted in fall will establish roots and then go dormant for the winter. Come spring, it’s off to the races. Your garlic will be tall and majestic while your neighbors are still staring at the ground waiting for their radish seeds to sprout.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill

Fowl Play

Why did the chicken cross the road? Easy. To get far, far away from the searing flames at Zea Rotisserie & Grill, where tender, juicy legs, breasts and thighs far surpass the level of "finger-lickin’ good."

The Amazing Fortune 3000!

Discovers the desires of your belly while predicting your future!

Directions:

1) With the fortune teller face-down, fold each of the four corners to the midpoint of the page.

2) Flip your new, smaller square over, and fold each of the four new corners to the midpoint of the page.

3) Fold in half.

4) Stick your index fingers and thumbs into each of the four pockets and pinch closed.

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Scraping By

A survey of Albuquerque's homeless population uncovers surprising data

Homeless people need affordable places to live—an obvious statement on its surface. But a survey released last week by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness arrives at that conclusion and flies in the face of many assumptions people maintain about Albuquerque's homeless population, says Lisa LaBrecque, policy and advocacy director with the coalition.

Asshat of the Week

"All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours--whereas all the testing says not really."
Dr. James Watson on Sunday, Oct. 14, referring to his belief that those of African ancestry are inherently less intelligent than those of European descent

Thin Line

When I heard the news that three employees at the Orlando Weekly were arrested on charges of deriving proceeds from prostitution and aiding and abetting prostitution, my first thoughts were: What about every other alternative weekly (including the Alibi) that runs advertisements for escort agencies? Why haven't they been targeted, and are they going to be?

Answer Me This

How does cancer's latest foe do battle? How much is APS paying its educational assistants? How did a Northern New Mexico resident get caught by Johnny Law? And what does the "Governator" think about the sticky-icky?

Word Nerd

And you though the regular crossword puzzle was nerdy. Try this one.

Don't Hire the Patsy

APS' search for a new superintendent

I wasn’t able to attend the public meetings conducted by the search committee for a new APS superintendent. The committee’s purpose was to gather input from the community on two important issues the search will have to confront, so I’d like to toss my own two cents into the pot.

Odds & Ends

Dateline: England--Vince Mattingley of Watford, Hertfordshire, has proudly showed off his tattoo for the last 26 years. The tat, emblazoned across his chest, spells out his name in Chinese characters--at least that’s what he thought. According to England’s The Sun, Mattingley was on a recent trip to Thailand when a barman asked him why he had “Coca-Cola” written on his chest. “I thought it was a joke, then I found out that’s what it said.” Mattingley got the tattoo’s design by asking the staff of his favorite restaurant to write out his name in Chinese characters. “The restaurant staff must have had a good laugh about it.” Mattingley says he now plans to get another Oriental tattoo to cover up the name, adding, “I’m going to go with something Japanese this time.”

music

Music to Your Ears

Las Cruces is not a place that comes to mind when you consider the great music centers of the universe, but every now and then the cosmos are kind and the stars line up favorably for this often-forgotten southern New Mexico town.

2008 New Mexico Rocks Pinup Calendar Match-Up

See if you can guess what some of Albuquerque’s female rockers do when they're not melting your face

With the 2008 New Mexico Rocks Pinup Calendar premiere at the Launchpad this Friday, Nov. 2, corresponding with our second Quiz and Puzzle issue, we got to thinking: How easy would it be to determine what a selection of Albuquerque’s most recognizable musicians do to pay the bills? We decided this task was too difficult to do without cheating, so we found out the day jobs of this year’s pinup models and included them below (along with some incorrect answers to make it interesting). See if you’re up for the challenge, and get to know a little more about these posers for a cause. Circle your best guess and then go to alibi.com for the answers.

Mystery Sonic Reducer

After a prolific decade of music-making, this was the last album recorded by the highly influential foursome that has helped shape the musical landscapes of artists such as Grandmaster Flash and the Arcade Fire. Released in 1988, the record frequently incorporates Latin rhythms and, although it produced a couple successful singles, much of the album was indicative of a band struggling to form one of its last creative gasps with trite lyrics and several songs that lack clear direction. The heavy Latin influence surfaced again on the lead singer's first solo album released a year later. [SM]

Dafnis Prieto

Cuban-born drummer/composer’s quintet mixes jazz, Latin and classical textures at the Outpost

Alongside the equipment commonly found in a jazz drum kit—toms, snare, kick drum, wood blocks, high hat, cymbals—drummer Dafnis Prieto mounts an unorthodox percussive instrument: a frying pan.

art

Culture Shock

Matthew Bubb, cofounder of The Dolls, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Matthew had battled cancer for a year. He died peacefully at home, with friends and family at his side.

Microscopic Art

David Scharf’s photographs of a tiny world

There are creatures living on this page. You can't see them, but they are there. Infinitesimal organisms spread from soil to animal to person to paper and back to a person. Billions of them, right here on these words, ready for their close up.