Alibi V.21 No.8 • Feb 23-29, 2012

Shades of Green

Irish theater fest showcases contemporary offerings

[photo]UNM linguistics professor and actor Alan Hudson was sitting at El Pinto. It was March 2010, and he'd just seen a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank at The Filling Station. He was surrounded by people involved in the production. As theater talk filled the air, Hudson recalls prominent local actor and director Brian Hansen offhandedly proposing the idea of an Irish theater festival in Albuquerque. "That kind of lit a fuse of some sort in my brain," says Hudson, who was born and raised in Dublin.

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Statue of Limitations

Oscar snubs and surprises of 2012

Jonah Hill of Superbad fame was nominated for an Oscar. Albert Brooks wasn’t, despite his riveting turn as a crime lord in Drive. Read more about who will and won’t be walking the red carpet.

The 2012 Academy Awards Ballot

The following is a complete listing of this year’s Academy Awards nominees. For the top eight categories, we’ve included each nominee’s name along with a list of the accolades that have already been won from awards shows, film critics associations and the like. As a bonus, we’ve posted betting odds as calculated by historic London bookmaker Ladbrokes.

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From Toilet to Tap

Rio Rancho plans to pour effluent into the aquifer

Rio Rancho’s waste is being wasted. The same is true for most cities, which treat their sewage well enough to be used for gray water purposes but then send it downriver. Due to the plight of the desert and a rapidly growing population, Rio Rancho no longer wants to send off its sewage.

The Drugs Are Winning

We’re using more than ever

New Mexico is the longtime world heavyweight and still national champion in deaths by drug overdose. But lawmakers passed a landmark memorial that could put a dent in the yearly death toll.

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Forked Tongues

German writer’s biblical take on adultery and communism lacks bite

Albuquerque writer John Bear reviews German writer Ingo Schulze’s biblical take on adultery and communism.

Culture Shock

Whether it’s with a pearl-handled .357 Magnum revolver or a Canon EOS 7D, folks in the 505 are quite fond of shooting things. And while images of Hunter S. Thompson blasting a typewriter to pieces is alluring to my inner vigilante journalist, the truth is I’m more prone to shutterbuggery than gunplay. Take that as a good thing, as I’ll be conducting the Alibi’s ninth annual photo contest. So go ahead. Give us your best shot(s). Here are the rules.

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Academy Awards Rolls Out the Red Carpet in Albuquerque

KiMo Theatre’s Oscar Night America fundraiser

Not a lot of New Mexicans get the opportunity to attend the Red Carpet Soiree to End All Red Carpet Soirees—otherwise known as the Academy Awards. Most of us simply watch from the decidedly unglamorous comfort of our living room couch. But this year, the city of Albuquerque is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring us the closest thing to being there. Oscar Night America is a series of officially sanctioned Academy Awards parties held in 49 cities across the United States. The events are done in conjunction with the Academy’s philanthropic arm, allowing proceeds to go to various charities around the U.S. Albuquerque is one of the elite few hosting one of these Oscar Night parties. The event will take place this Sunday evening as a benefit for Friends for the Public Library and the historic KiMo Theatre.

Hit or Miss?

“Smash” on NBC

Given the continuing success of vocal talent competitions like “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor,” “The Voice,” et al, Americans are obviously obsessed with people who can carry a tune. So far, though, Hollywood hasn’t been able to translate that into anything other than “let’s all vote on America’s next pop star.” FOX’s “Glee” briefly captured the drama of stardom-seeking in fictionalized form, but the show’s writing continues on a tragic downward trajectory. The movie industry, meanwhile, has yet to fully convince audiences they actually want to see a full-fledged musical. (Nine? Burlesque?) Hell, even Broadway has a hard time holding onto shows that aren’t “jukebox” musicals filled with pre-popular songs by well-known groups like ABBA or Green Day. So what’s next?

Reel World

Instead of scribbling notes and taking tests, the students at Albuquerque’s Public Academy for Performing Arts’ media program decided to make their own feature film. The end result, a 60-minute movie called PAPArazzi, will make its public debut on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Guild Cinema. The film tells the story of two ambitious performing arts school students doing battle with one another to get their hands on a coveted scholarship. The film will screen at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Of course, the cast and crew will be in attendance. To help out, Guild next-door neighbor Il Vicino pizzeria has offered to donate 20 percent of its sales that night to the school’s media program (if you mention PAPArazzi). So come out, have dinner, watch a movie and support Albuquerque’s next generation of filmmakers.

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Gift Rapping

The voice behind Blackalicious blazes on

Don't let money change ya. That's the message of "Deception," arguably the most well-known and anthemic track by Bay Area duo Blackalicious. It's also a creed the group's vastly skilled, tongue-twisting MC Gift of Gab (née Timothy Parker) seems to have taken to heart. He’ll be headlining a show at Burt’s Tiki Lounge next Wednesday. The Alibi caught up with him in advance.

One Voice Invokes Two More

Patti Littlefield pays tribute to Etta James and Dinah Washington

Vocalist Patti Littlefield can’t recall the song, but she knows who was singing on her mother’s radio. “The first song I remember hearing was Dinah Washington,” she says. “I remember thinking—as a 3-year-old or whatever, I was very, very young—that I wanted to be a singer, because of her vibrato, the way her voice was.”

Flyer on the Wall

A Culkin in a wizard costume is the mascot of the all-ages, $1 Bass Fiesta, happening at Synchro Studio (512 Yale SE) on Friday, Feb. 24. Silhouetta, D. Swift and Archaea provide deep house and Southwestern bass from 7 p.m. to midnight. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Hollywood Helper

Make dead celebs’ dishes the life of your Oscar party

Liberace’s sticky buns. That’s Frank DeCaro’s favorite recipe in his freshly published Dead Celebrity Cookbook (HCI Books, $19.95), and the reason has nothing to do with taste—although DeCaro says the packaged crescent rolls doused in rum, butter and enough seasoning to spice a pumpkin pie are dangerously delicious. “It just kills me,” says the Sirius Radio talk show host and former “Daily Show” film critic, “but only if he’s in on the joke. If he’s not in on the joke, it’s just sad.”

Alibi V.21 No.7 • Feb 16-22, 2012

A Real Pill

Prescription rules pit addiction activists against medical groups

Legislation that aimed to curb the state's epidemic rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths became a hot-button issue during the 30-day legislative session.

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State Axes Cap-and-Trade

After more than a year of death-defying escapes, an environmental rule was repealed on Monday, Feb. 6, with a unanimous vote by a Gov. Susana Martinez-appointed board.

Don’t Be Scared. Be Angry.

Watching the Republican presidential candidates’ mind-numbing televised forums all winter long, this question echoed through Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino’s mind: How do we get past conjured fear?

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Memory Play

The Glass Menageries reflects all of us

Good literature is a conversation between the author and the characters, or the author and the subject—but the best draws readers into a conversation with themselves. Comprised of literary and thoughtful folk, The Glass Menageries invites you to converse while you sway to inspired dream pop that paints divine mind pictures.

Life Is a Carnaval

Frank and Pilar Leto host a music and dance spectacular

This weekend, Frank and Pilar Leto’s Carnaval extravaganza—including costumes, music, dance, stilt walkers and more—moves into the National Hispanic Cultural Center to celebrate Caribbean, Brazilian and Louisianan traditions of the festival.

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Pasión Latin Fusion

A green-chile-infused tour of Latin America

Being a generalist might be a good thing if you’re, say, a Renaissance man or a contestant on “Jeopardy!” With food, though, I prefer my chefs to focus on one area of expertise. But that doesn’t apply to Pasión Latin Fusion.

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Pina

Technically dazzling 3D dance doc likely to leave viewers dizzy

Mad filmmaker Werner Herzog may have conjured up a whole new genre when he directed his 3D art-house documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. That film—combining ancient cave art with eye-popping 3D technology—became an award-winning hit. Now, fellow German auteur Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, Until the End of the World) has followed suit, creating a 3D documentary about avant garde dance choreographer Pina Bausch.

I’m on a Boat

“The River” on ABC

Apparently we are not, as a nation, over that whole “found footage” thing. Obviously, after the chart-topping release of the theatrical superhero flick Chronicle and the successful debut of the jungle-clad horror series “The River,” America is still perfectly happy to watch handheld shaky-cam footage of stuff they can’t quite see happening. From The Blair Witch Project to Cloverfield to Apollo 18 to The Devil Inside, Hollywood has worked long and hard to turn “shot-on-video faux documentary” into a genre—mostly because it costs next to nothing to make.

Reel World

Spells, a low-budget romantic comedy shooting in Santa Fe starting mid-March, is looking for two featured roles. Producers need an “intelligent” female, aged 20 to 30, and a “handsome” male, 20 to 35. Both must be good at comedy. This film is being made under a low-budget SAG contract. Both SAG and non-SAG actors will be considered. The shoot is expected to last two weeks. To sign up for an audition, please submit photos and résumés electronically to daid@cybermesa.com.

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Carving Artist

Ace barber and woodworker is handy with a blade

You may recognize Joel Baca as the guy standing behind your head. He's cut hair Downtown at Ace Barbershop for the past two years. That's also where his A Collection of Works show is on display. The 33-year-old artist and barber was born and raised in Albuquerque. His father, the late Eddie Baca, and second cousin, Freddy Armijo, are well-known for wood carving. "I tried to pick up from them and learn a lot from them as a child and growing up in my teens," he says.

Oedipus , Not So Complex

Duke City Rep’s noble undertaking riddled with monotony

More than a creepy story about a son murdering his father and marrying his mother, Oedipus is a tale about fate. In the Greek tragedy, King Oedipus is lauded among his citizens for one specific great feat of wisdom: answering a question posed by the tormenting Sphinx, who in response throws herself off a cliff. Yet the man who solved a riddle that had plagued a thousand men is terribly unaware of his own circumstances.

Alibi V.21 No.6 • Feb 9-15, 2012

505 and a Heart Shape

Winners of the Alibi’s ninth annual Valentine’s Day Card Contest

We received a plethora of lovely handmade cards for our ninth annual Valentine’s Day Card Contest. See the winners here.

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Love Notes

You, our beloved readers, submitted hundreds of short messages to your sweethearts. We printed them in this week’s issue, and you can read them all here.

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Boss Party

It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to

The guv stuffs even brief sessions with contention: 2012 brings us relentless hammering on driver's licenses, an embattled education secretary, abortion, medical marijuana, bullying and prescription pills.

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A Recipe for Love

Albuquerque’s best chefs share a five-star dinner at home

All right, sweethearts, here’s the deal. Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, which means restaurants are booked solid or filling up fast. If you haven’t already made a reservation, you could be gambling with your love life. But there’s no need to panic.

Chocolate’s Dark Side

The controversial life of cacao beans

Valentine's Day is the chocolate industry's holiday season. With an eye toward this February's love-fest, the International Labor Rights Forum purchased an advertising slot on a JumboTron outside the Super Bowl's Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on which to broadcast a video calledHershey's Chocolate, Kissed by Child Labor.”

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Bad Romance

Ten dark, disturbing, entirely screwed-up (and yet still romantic) films for Valentine’s Day

We don’t hate Valentine’s Day around here. We’re not that jaded. Really. But we do have a very different idea of what constitutes romance. Sappy Hollywood rom-coms in which Julia Roberts or Jennifer Aniston or (God forbid) Katherine Heigl eventually falls in love with some guy she allegedly hates is not our idea of love. Real love is painful, messy and frequently fatal. Love, to quote Def Leppard, bleeds. Just ask Romeo and Juliet.

Sponsor Losers (and Winners)

Best and worst Super Bowl ads

At Super Bowl XLVI, car companies clearly ran over beer companies. Anheuser-Busch—normally the King of Commercials—fumbled in 2012. The Budweiser brewer tossed off a couple of forgettably nostalgic spots before bottoming out with the introduction of Bud Light Platinum, which ... has a higher credit limit than other beers? I have no idea. Car companies, however, pulled out the stops with a string of notable ads. Hot babes made a good showing, as always, hawking cars, more cars and domain name registration. Dogs also had their day, starring in five spots (six if you count Snoopy in the MetLife commercial). Monkeys, bears and babies, on the other hand, seem to have worn out their welcome. Good riddance to them.

Reel World

After a successful screening at the state Legislature’s New Mexico Film and Media Day, Brent Morris and David Jean Schweitzer’s Made in New Mexico will be shown at Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 9. The documentary explores the burgeoning film industry in New Mexico and the impact our state’s various tax incentives have had on the business of making movies. In addition to the documentary, there will be several shorts by New Mexico filmmakers. This includes the premiere of Governor’s Cup-winning Director Ramona Emerson’s “Opal,” about an 8-year-old Navajo girl taking on a town bully. A Q & A with filmmakers follows the screenings, which get underway at 7 p.m.

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Heart Set

Songs about love, loss and lust

Love is a many-splendored thing, and music reflects this complexity. Songs are written about first love, obsessive love, unrequited love, heartbreak and so on. Whether you consider Valentine’s Day a silly Hallmark holiday or a nice annual summit on the true meaning of the L word, here's an eclectic soundtrack that ranges from torch songs to tortured ballads. Raunch, romance and resentment are represented in this sonic valentine.

Music to Your Ears

From dirty stories to DIY music spaces, there’s plenty to do in Burque this pre-Valentine’s weekend.