Drumroll, please! Best of Burque, the original Albuquerque reader’s poll, enters its latest incarnation on Valentine’s Day, 2018. Voting runs Feb. 14 through March 13, a four-week period during which, for the first time, you can cast your votes once each week. So if you want to express love for your Best of Burque faves on a weekly basis to give the objects of your affection an edge in the results, your wish has been granted!
Nominations are closed, the ballot will be open for two weeks
The people have spoken. The nominations are in for the best local bands, players, albums, venues, engineers and labels of the past year. The second round for all the marbles runs Feb. 21 through Mar. 6. This year you can cast your votes once each week (that’s up to three times if you check your calendar carefully).And the cherry atop the BOBM sundae is a fantastic live showcase of nominees on Mar. 24. This thing was a blast last year, so let’s do it again!
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Sen. Barack Obama is—above all, perhaps—a source of inspiration. He is the first leader of our generation who has had the presence and politics necessary to kindle something that died in many Americans: Interest. Empowerment. Hope. Not since the days of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. has a political figure so captivated national attention. He couldn’t have come at a better time.
If Rep. Tom Udall is elected as one of New Mexico's two senators, he would bring his brand of moderate pragmatism to the table. He was the state's attorney general in the '90s and has been a congressperson in the House of Representatives since 1998. He's worked on bipartisan efforts to preserve wilderness in New Mexico.
If Martin Heinrich is elected to serve as our congressperson for the First Congressional District, New Mexico would gain a moderate progressive in a seat that’s held a hard-right conservative for the last decade.
If Jason Marks keeps his job as the Albuquerque area representative for the Public Regulation Commission, he'll continue as a methodical examiner of the state's utilities, telecommunication and insurance industries.
We sent questionnaires to every candidate running for a relevant office. Mixed with this online version of our Election Guide, you’ll find the responses of those who answered along with job descriptions, terms, salaries and campaign websites for every candidate, even those who didn’t respond.
Job Description: Represents the county in all cases not already provided for by law. Appoints officials to vacant seats. Crafts the county budget. Sets policies, ordinances, resolutions, zoning and business regulations in unicorporated areas.
Job Description: The governor appoints judicial vacancies, but those appointments must run in a contested, partisan election in the next general election. If they are elected, they thereafter run in nanpartisan retention elections. In the Second Judicial District, only felony DWI and domestic violence cases are heard.
Job Description: The governor appoints judicial vacancies, but those appointments must run in a contested, partisan election in the next general election. If they are elected, they thereafter run in nanpartisan retention elections. Metro Court presides over civil actions under $10,000, first felony appearances, misdemeanors, misdeamor domestic violence cases, misdemeanor DWIs and all other traffic violations.
Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties are all being asked to raise their gross receipts tax by one-eighth of 1 percent to fund regional transportation. Gross receipts taxes are what New Mexico uses instead of sales taxes. They are imposed on businesses, but most businesses pass them on to the consumer, and so they generally act as a sales tax. Gross receipts taxes vary between counties, but Bernalillo County's is now 6.75 percent.
Truly. Downtown's overall picture of Halloween night is the best I've ever seen in Albuquerque (and certainly during my five years at the Alibi). After years of school-night trick-or-treating, Oct. 31 finally falls on a Friday. And since the election has people frothing with anxious excitement, this Halloween could be the party of the decade. From big-name blowouts to the cream of Bernalillo and Sandoval Countys’ crops, Downtown's pimp chalice of live music runneth over. Here's what you can't miss on Oct. 31.
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Prom night, 1999: I was arrested by the Cape Girardeau police department at the Victorian Inn where a very boring party had been taking place. Down at the station, I got a "minor in possession of alcohol" charge and was photographed wearing pearls and a lovely corsage.
Lawyer wages war against evangelism in the armed forces
By Marisa Demarco
His Albuquerque home has become a bunker. Flood lights, attack dogs, loaded weapons. The evening before Father's Day, someone painted a swastika and a cross on Mikey Weinstein's Albuquerque home. The Weinsteins are Jewish.
Several speakers called for strengthening the Police Oversight Commission during public comment at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting. The Council passed Councilor Don Harris’ bill requesting an extension until June 30, 2009, of interim design guidelines for the East Gateway Sector Plan area. Council President Brad Winter and Councilor Michael Cadigan were excused.
The race for New Mexico’s northern Third Congressional District seat, the position Tom Udall is vacating to run for Pete Domenici’s Senate spot, has not garnered many headlines or much television coverage in Albuquerque. Only a tip of that district touches the metropolitan area, and the hotter contests elsewhere have caused that particular campaign to fade from scrutiny.
Dateline: Japan—A 43-year-old woman in southern Miyazaki was arrested after killing her virtual husband in an interactive online videogame. The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, said she was so upset over an unexpected divorce from her online husband that she “killed” his digital persona. “I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning,” the unidentified woman told reporters. “That made me so angry.” The death occurred in the MMORPG MapleStory, in which players use digital “avatars” to interact with one another, engaging in relationships, social activities and combating monsters. The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old male office worker whose avatar was married to hers to kill off his character. The man complained to police when he discovered his beloved online avatar was dead. The woman was arrested last Wednesday and detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, on suspicion of hacking. She could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000. Police said they did not know if the woman was married in real life.
The Cine in Construcción film series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre concludes this Thursday, Oct. 30, with the Argentine film Pueblo Chico. The film takes us to a lonely seaside town where nothing ever seems to change. One day, a group of foreign investors arrives, promising sweeping progress. The longtime mayor opposes these capitalists, touching off a war between tradition and modernity. The screening gets underway at 7 p.m. As always, the film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is free to the public.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. This year, Halloween and Election Day will fall within the same five-day period. A coincidence? Actually, yes. But let’s pretend it’s some dark act of symmetry designed by a cruel and mocking universe to taunt us. Behind one of these doors lies a beautiful maiden. Behind an other lies a hungry tiger. Choose well, America. The entire future of our country depends on it. No pressure or anything.
Historical crime drama unearths astonishing story but keeps its facts too straight
By Devin D. O’Leary
As an actor, Clint Eastwood specialized in the granite-faced cowboy, the clench-jawed cop. It comes as no surprise, then, to find his directorial career marked by a stoic sort of classicism (Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers). His latest, the period drama Changeling, continues the trend, offering an emotional tale of kidnapping, murder and rampant corruption as seen from a detached, exquisitely composed distance.
Sure, you could go out to a club on Halloween night, get drunk, hit on some girl in a sexy kitty outfit and then drive home looped on Bacardi. But I wouldn’t suggest it. Odds are you’ll get pulled over by APD and sent to the BAT Mobile. Trust me, you do not want to spend a weekend in jail dressed as a pirate.
Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol translates literally into "big puppet show." Horror isn't the first genre that comes to mind when thinking of puppets, but gore and taboo are specialties of Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol. The theater, located in Paris' racy Pigalle district, was known for its encounters with the law, having been shut down by police censors for such atrocities as portraying prostitutes and vagrants on stage. From 1898 to 1914, director Max Maurey measured the success of a Grand Guignol play by the number of audience members who fainted.
The grand opening of The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space
By Tom Gibbons
The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space slays the expectations set by its small, shopping-center setting. Works of art adorn the walls as a shifting mass of visitors admire acrylic and oil paintings, bronze sculpture, jewelry, photography and beckoning belly dancers. The gallery floor feels crowded—a reflection on the presentation of original works, the attending ArtsCrawlers and the ability to get large quantities of art into what appears tiny from the outside.
Albuquerque and its environs are associated with artists of the painterly variety who come here for “the light.” Yet come November, it’s the writerly types who can be seen at quiet corners of cafés and kitchen tables littered with stale cups of coffee and whatever authorial talismans we hope will lure the muses. We are hunkered down over a keyboard or scribbling wildly into a journal, having accepted the colossal dare of /nanowrimo.org[/urlNational Novel Writing Month. Last year, 527 of us from all over the state participated in the national challenge and NaNoWriMo (as it is nicknamed) may attract more foolhardy scribes this year. We participating writers share one thing: A fervent hope for the fortitude to complete the required 50,000 words in an astonishing 30 days.
Cave-aged IPAs? It's not doctor recommended, kid tested or mother approved. Most brew hoarders go by the “eeny, meeny, miny, moe; if it's hoppy, let it go” mantra–thus, they only age high-alcohol beers. And we're sure there's some scientific sense in that. But we also know that there are exceptions to every rule, so we stuck hop-heavy beers in our makeshift beer cellar. Talk about testing our resolve! Just imagine: You make a beer run, scoop up a frosty cold bomber of your favorite high-grade hoppy strong ale, only to file it away like a dusty library book.
In my home city of Las Cruces, a decent cup of coffee is hard to come by. I usually have to buy beans in Burque and then wait until the weekend for my husband to make me some. I could drag my ass to the one good coffee house in town (actually in Mesilla), but it’s a 30-minute drive down the mountain into the valley, past four Starbucks, a craphole that always burns its beans and countless gas stations that offer a blend of the aforementioned choices. For this reason, I adore Albuquerque and its many brewed options.
The KiMo ghost mystery has never been truly investigated—until now
By Benjamin Radford and Mike Smith
Most longtime residents of Albuquerque hold a number of truths about life in their city to be self-evident. These truths include, for instance, that turn signals are nice to use when driving down Central but not essential; that local activist Don Schrader could wear a shirt once in a while and no one would object; and that the KiMo Theatre is either probably or certainly haunted.
Kim Terrell returned from a trip overseas and went to St. Catherine's Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to visit her mom. Elva Bacon, 88, has vascular dementia. "She basically lives in the past," Terrell says.
Dateline: Indonesia—A pair of rural job seekers were tricked into getting their entire faces tattooed by a bogus official offering government jobs. Village chief Sawiyono, who was helping the men find jobs in Jakarta, claimed he received a text message from a government official who purported to be offering work as intelligence officers to villagers, Antara state news agency reported. The sole condition was that potential employees must have a full-face dragon tattoo. Sawiyono realized he had been tricked after checking with the subdistrict chief of the Bojonegoro district of East Java, who told him there was no such requirement. By then, however, it was too late. Nangang, 30, and Bambang, 40, had already gotten their tattoos. “I am fully responsible for the mistake and I will do my best to help the men remove their tattoos,” Sawiyono said. The man purporting to be a government official was later identified as a “mystic” who the two men believe put them into a trance in order to convince them to have the tattoos. Indonesian police said it was the third such hoax to have been reported in recent months.
I want to try making kimchi. I was talking to someone who said they heard you let the Napa cabbage sit a little bit in the fridge or the garage first and let it break down and rot a little bit before making kimchi. Do you think there is any truth to this?
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of FDR’s New Deal, the National Archives has restored and released a number of films from its collection. The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe will present a one-evening festival of these U.S. government-produced films from the Depression. Five newly struck prints of “The Road Is Open Again” (1933), “We Work Again” (1937), “The Plow That Broke the Plains” (1936), “The River” (1937) and “The City” (1939) will screen on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. General admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors. The Lensic is located at 211 W. San Francisco.
I owe a great deal of my love for horror films to my older cousin, Lucille. You see, back in the mid-’80s, my trusty cousin was lucky enough to have that magical device that opened up our mundane lives to the twisted imaginations of men like Herschell Gordon Lewis, George Romero and Tobey Hooper. Of course, I’m talking about old-school cable.
To give Gavin O’Connor (director of the 2004 feel-good hockey film Miracle) some credit, at least his first attempt at an epic, NYC-centric crime drama doesn’t waste its runtime trying to replicate the work of Martin Scorsese. No, for his inspiration, O’Connor chooses the slightly less ethnographic work of Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Q&A, Night Falls on Manhattan). For the average viewer, it’s a negligible difference. But well-studied students of inner-city crime cinema might at least appreciate the fact that Pride and Glory isn’t just another Scorsese knockoff. (Little Odessa, The Yards and We Own the Night director James Gray, I’m looking at you.)
Feature film producers aren’t the only ones so starved for ideas they’re snapping up every foreign and classic product in reach with the intention of doing a remake. This fall’s TV season is rife with remakes both domestic (“Knight Rider,” “90210”) and imported (Australia’s “Kath & Kim,” England’s “Eleventh Hour”). Though it’s doubtful many American viewers are familiar with “Kath & Kim,” there are probably a few out there who recognize ABC’s Americanized cop series “Life on Mars” thanks to good old BBC America.
Guitarist Stephane Wrembel takes Gypsy jazz on a wild and wonderful ride at the third annual New Mexico Django Fest
By Mel Minter
French guitarist Stephane Wrembel can almost play faster than ears can listen. Before the brain can really register every precisely filigreed ornamentation, every breathtaking swoop and swerve into unexpected territory, before it has time to involuntarily voice amazement, Wrembel is laying down another beautifully formed and emotionally ripe idea at light speed.
In the classic novel by Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray—sad the painting of himself would stay young forever as he grew old—gave his soul to switch fate with the picture. As his portrait aged, Dorian Gray stayed young. That is, until ...
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at Albuquerque Little Theatre
By Amy Dalness
While the KiMo Theatre may not be home to a childlike poltergeist named Bobby, the Albuquerque Little Theatre is certainly host to a big friendly giant. Actually, The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG) from the pages of Roald Dahl's beloved children's novel, adapted for stage by David Wood.
Thursday, Oct. 16, is the last night to catch the limited-release digital screening of Viz Pictures’ anime-to-live-action sequel Death Note II: The Last Note. It’s showing locally at Cottonwood Starport and Century Downtown starting at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so grab your tickets right away by visiting fathomevents.com.
An interview with Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh
By Devin D. O’Leary
Jumping out of the British theater scene in 1970 with his first film, Bleak Moments, Mike Leigh joined a loose group of social realist filmmakers emerging in England. Chronicling ordinary lives in near-documentary style, Leigh developed a unique writing/directing method over the years. His films (1993’s Naked, 1996’s Secrets & Lies, 1999’s Topsy-Turvy, 2004’s Oscar-winning Vera Drake among them) often involve long, improvisational rehearsals with actors, slowly building characters, relationships and situations before a single frame of film is shot.
An uncategorizable but irresistible bit of whimsy from the Czech Republic, I Served the King of England rewinds its way through several decades of Eastern Europe’s political and social history as seen through the eyes of one single-minded service industry professional.
Albuquerque is certainly well-represented this television season, with no less than three weekly series shooting here in town: AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” The CW’s “Easy Money” and the soon-to-premiere Starz series “Crash.”
Yjastros company founder and director Joaquin Encinias is a fourth generation flamenco dancer. He joined a dance troupe at the age of 5 and become a soloist at 12. This weekend, Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company will perform the choreography of Encinias as well as that of Israel Galvan, Yolanda Heredia and Omayra Amaya during an evening of flamenco music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Oct. 17 and 18. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20, $25 and $30, depending on your seating choice. Call the NHCC box office for tickets at 724-4771.
This election is tailor-made for political junkies. Tensions are running high. A lot of talking heads, generally those who aren’t actual economists, say we might be on the brink of the next Great Depression. I personally haven’t transformed my life savings—such as they are (were?)—into gold bullion and buried it in my yard, but it’s tough not to feel a certain level of panic.
Food prices have skyrocketed. Polar bears are doing the breaststroke. Though things aren't looking great for our planet or our economy, something good, it seems, has come from the precarious position we've found ourselves in.
Canvassers push during the final days of voter registration
By Justin Alan Hood
It’s the evening before the voter registration deadline of Oct. 7. Night students and maintenance workers trickle through the UNM campus. Just a few hours ago, walkways and bus stops swarmed with canvassers and campaigners. Have these crusaders for partisanship laid down their pens until the next presidential election?
It's strange that after looking at something long enough, you cease to feel anything about it. That kind of desensitization is exactly what happened to me over the course of a few hours at a gay male strip club. By the time my companions and I left that filthy, filthy place, the initial heart-sinking embarrassment of witnessing such debauched hilarity was gone. For a spell, watching naked men writhe around on stage became normal.
State politics with Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez
By Simon McCormack
Ray Suarez can tell New Mexico isn't normal.
"It's not like other parts of the country, and it's not even like the places that border it," says the senior correspondent for the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." "It's a place apart in good and interesting ways."
The city’s code compliance official previously ruled that the Church of Scientology needed a conditional use permit for its proposed Downtown hub. At the Oct. 6 meeting, the church appealed the decision, arguing that it should instead receive a permissive use permit to convert the Gizmo building at Fourth Street and Central into a Scientology center. A conditional use permit requires holding a public hearing with neighborhood input, unlike a permissive permit. Councilors voted to uphold the code compliance official’s ruling as consistent with the 2010 Downtown Sector Plan.
As Election Day approaches, political commercials are tossing out labels like hand grenades. The word "liberal" is uttered in the same tone of voice as "leper." "Conservative" is used to imply a total detachment from modern times. But what do these divisive labels really mean? Are you voting Republican because you think "liberal" is a dirty word? Are you pulling a straight Democratic lever in the voting booth because you don't want to be labeled "conservative"? Maybe you should find out exactly what those words mean.
Dateline: Brazil—If, for some reason, Barack Obama doesn’t become the next President of the United States, at least he’s got a shot in Brazil. Eight, in fact. A grand total of eight candidates in Brazil’s upcoming local elections have adopted the name “Barack Obama,” hoping to catch some attention in the notoriously crowded races. Obama isn’t alone, either. More than 200 hopefuls contesting the municipal polls this weekend have renamed themselves after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the country’s popular president, who maintains an 80 percent approval rating. Brazilian election law allows candidates to either register under their own name or choose a new one. Among the more outlandish candidates running for various offices this year are “Elephant Without a Tail,” “Germany in the Lorry,” “Golden Fork,” “King of the Cuckolds,” “Kung Fu Fatty” and “The Second King of Prawns.” Although no Brazilian candidate has adopted the name of Obama rival John McCain, there is one “Bill Clinton,” a “DJ Saddam” and three Bin Ladens (John Bin Laden, Chico Bin Laden and Luis Bin Laden). Claudio Henrique dos Anjos, who is running for mayor of Belford Roxo, said he changed his name to Claudio Henrique-Barack Obama because, “I am Black and I wore a suit on television and people started to tell me I was just like that Barack Obama guy in the United States.”
If hip-hop was on the ballot, would you vote? On Tuesday, Oct. 21, this partisan party raises the blue and rides the donkey all night. Hip-Hop 4 Barack is a free, all-ages show at STOVE (114 Morningside NE) with a bill of politically active artists across the board: Bukue One is flying from California to get in on the rally, with local support from Mantis Fist, Zoology, DJ Ohm, Saint Sinner Suns and more. For the love of America, Brian Hargrove, bassist for Public Enemy and a New Mexico resident, will be a keynote speaker. There'll be live mural paintings of Obama, and Hip-Hop 4 Barack is even organizing shuttles to deliver voters from the show to early polling sites. The doors of STOVE open at 4 p.m. Visit the New Mexico Hip-Hop Congress' MySpace page at myspace.com/nmhhc for more hip-hop-centric organizing opportunities.—Justin Hood