Alibi V.21 No.43 • Oct 25-31, 2012

Spice Up Your Sick Life

Fighting illness with the arsenal in your kitchen

Did you know that just around the corner from your sick bed there’s a trove of remedies? Not in your medicine cabinet but in your spice rack. Your kitchen is an illness-fighting arsenal.

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Shoutout! Maggie Toulouse Oliver

During hectic election seasons when they’re likely slammed with questions, the voice on the other end of the line is always ready to help us out. Maybe that doesn’t seem exceptional, but trust us: Prompt, accurate info is not the norm among governmental agencies.

$$$ for I-25 and Paseo: NO

Albuquerque city leaders are asking for $50 million in gross receipts tax revenue bonds to reconstruct the Paseo del Norte and I-25 interchange.

Minimum Wage

Boost it! Because it’s the right thing to do.

Why we should raise it and help low-income families in Albuquerque.

Bonds

Though we’re not crazy about the Municipal Bond Question that gives $50 million to the mega Paseo construction project, the Alibi supports almost all of the other bonds on the ballot. Bond Questions A, B and C allow for improvements to senior citizen facilities, libraries and higher education improvements.

Long-Jump to the Ballot Box

You'd think everyone would be passionate about increasing the ranks of voters and educating people about the importance of civic participation. Right?

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Cloud Atlas

Time-hopping sci-fi tale soars—but how high?

Among the books often labeled unfilmable is David Mitchell’s 2004 sci-fi hexaptych Cloud Atlas. Somebody finally decided to wrestle that tiger, though, and the results are structurally (if not always emotionally) miraculous—a $100 million genre-hopping art house blockbuster in search of a sympathetic audience.

Reel World

Louie’s Rock-N-Reels, Albuquerque’s longtime purveyor of awesome movie memorabilia, suffered a break-in late last month. Owner Louie Torres says several of his most prized items disappeared during the burglary. This is lousy news and not just because it takes money from the pockets of a hardworking local businessman. It also deprives Albuquerque’s movie fans of the opportunity to purchase their own piece of movie history.

Dead and Gone

2012’s TV dead pool strikes early and often

Every fall, casual viewers and industry insiders alike engage in a little game. They try to guess which of the new TV shows is so bad or so badly placed (or both) that it will be the first to get canceled. If, for fall 2012, you put your money on CBS’ “Jersey Shore”-meets-“Ally McBeal” show “Made in Jersey,” then consider yourself an ace prognosticator. Less than four weeks into the new season, CBS executives gave the low-rated Friday night show the ax.

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Bands by Lottery

Anomalous fest embraces chance

Emma Crane and Andy Lyman, organizers of Band Lottery: The Show(down), share the method of their madness and details on this weekend’s adventitious showcase.

Kick(start) Their Crotch

Glitter Dick's Sparkling Richard

Captain America delivers a jocular and enlightening report on rock and roll foursome Glitter Dick’s debut album Kickstarter campaign.

Music to Your Ears

Plan your creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky week of concert-going with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

Emma Crane’s random tracks

Charming, knowing singer / songwriter Emma Crane supplies this week’s Song Roulette and daydreams about the ultimate intimate concert.

Bela does Mitt

This week’s Flyer on the Wall ponders the relative scariness of politicians and vampires. It also promotes a Halloween concert at Blackbird Buvette starring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd.

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An Empty November

Vortex’s solid cast props up madcap plotline

The premise may sound familiar as our real presidential election approaches, but this piece written by David Mamet is so absurd and pointless that it fails to connect to anything bearing resemblance to reality.

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Take This Waltz

Indie drama about infidelity hits like a cold shower

After testing the writing-directing waters with her delicate 2006 Alzheimer’s drama Away From Her, Sarah Polley pauses to contemplates the gulf between love and desire in the complicated romantic ménage à trois Take This Waltz.

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Socialism’s Front Woman

Young candidate for president calls for people to get organized

Peta Lindsay’s campaign is not about a short-term electoral victory. It’s about building a movement, she says, and setting an example for young people who feel alienated by the political scene.

The Hungry Ghosts

Doctor says loss and trauma cause addiction—not just genetics

Maté is a compelling speaker, as his agile phraseology and hard-earned authority bear out—regardless of whether you agree with his conclusions. And some people don't.

Around and Around

In defense of the Candelaria roundabout

The intersection sees 300 percent more accidents with pedestrians than the rest of the city, equivalent to the San Mateo and Montgomery intersection. That is just startling for an area that rightfully prides itself on a mellow pace of life.

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Mean Bao

Lean dessert machine

Mean Bao Tawainese-American bakery offers perfectly concocted delights like savory and vanilla cream bao (a beignet-like treat), pineapple cake and green tea milk buns.

News for Foodies

Bite-sized edition

Detectable levels of lead in urban-farmed eggs mean bad news for the burgeoning backyard chicken movement.

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Reel World

Santa Fe-based ambient music composer Michael Stearns will be on hand to introduce screenings of the film Samsara on Friday, Oct. 19, at Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema. The film is a major collaboration between Stearns and director Ron Fricke.

“Nashville” on ABC

Little Bit Country

Sometimes it pays to watch the credits. I wouldn’t have given ABC’s new musical drama “Nashville” much of a glance if I hadn’t paid attention to who’s behind the camera. The show is created by Callie Khouri, who won herself an Academy Award for a little movie called Thelma & Louise.

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Daniel Brigman’s Random Tracks

Experimental musician Daniel Brigman shares five random tracks and gives us the scoop on an all-ages show on Friday at DIY venue Moldspores.

Candy on the Bus

This sweet, smart flyer for a Tuesday night house show featuring Busdriver, Nocando, Open Mike Eagle and Sapience Christ&Omen20012 brings back memories of passing notes and having crushes.

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Zorba’s

A legend reincarnated

A nostalgic Ty Bannerman tries octopus for the first time at the two-year-old restaurant started by the former owners of Olympia Café.

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Best of Burque Restaurants 2012

Once again, the Alibi is proud to present the absolute best restaurants this city has to offer, as voted on by you, our readers. Whether you’re a longtime Burqueño looking to see whether your favorite spots have been rewarded for what they do best, or a new arrival trying to get your bearings in a town with so many great food options, this guide is indispensable for anyone with an appetite. A hearty congratulations to all the winners!

Breakfast

From brain-fueling oatmeal to gut-busting burritos, Burque never skimps on the most important meal of the day.

Lunch + Dinner

Satisfy your craving for that midday sandwich, afternoon mac ‘n’ cheese, evening burger or midnight falafel.

N.M. Cuisine

See which restaurants do our fair state proud with their green chile cheeseburgers, sopaipillas and carne adovada.

The Good Bad Stuff

We from the 505 do not take our food lightly, nor our proportions. What soul-satisfying grub has captured our affection?

You Deserve Dessert

You deserve key lime pie, caramel apple donuts, blueberry struesel, strawberry cheesecake and frozen yogurt. Shh ... don’t let them tell you otherwise. You deserve it.

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Searching for Sugar Man

Soulful documentary proves rock and roll dreams come true

Soulful documentary about a Detroit-area singer-songwriter proves rock and roll dreams really do come true.

Reel World

Reel New Mexico, Santa Fe’s only monthly independent film series, is back on Thursday, Oct. 11, with the premiere of Missing You.

Supernatural Superintendents

“666 Park Avenue” on ABC

If you think combining “Melrose Place” with “American Horror Story” sounds like a great idea, then you’re not very creative. You are, however, creative enough to be a programming executive at ABC. The network’s new series “666 Park Avenue,” is far more soapy than scary—but it does manage to meld two not terribly compatible genres into a rather rickety hour-long melodrama.

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Preaching to the Prez

Christian groups shout mixed messages at the White House

A coalition of Christian groups goes to Washington, D.C., to protest prayerfully.

Bucking the Buck

Businesses combat a $1 minimum wage bump

The wage hike will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In the meantime, groups on both sides of the issue mount campaigns to sway voters.

Springs Fling

A relaxed, all-season Colorado destination

Travel writer Elizabeth W. Hughes heads north for camping and a float race down a river.

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Playing Cowboys and Indian

Hillbilly rockers roll through fashion, cars and music

Two-thirds of Cowboys and Indian talk pomade (or lack thereof), redux, car culture and recording aspirations.

Top TEN

Read all about three diverse shows happening this week in Burque and Santa Fe.

Sonic Reducer

This week, Captain America listened to Bob Mould, The Hi-Lo Tones and The Raveonettes.

Low Life’s Blue Period

This week’s Flyer on the Wall is both literally and figuratively blue and announces the last Thursday night Low Life at Blackbird Buvette.

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Eclipse of the Heart

An ambitious and haunting play falls flat

Southwest Rural Theatre Project takes on a challenging and atmospheric musical.