Alibi V.21 No.50 • Dec 13-19, 2012

Even Drag’s a Drag

The Dolls’ holiday show lacks polish and shine

The Dolls have been making a name for themselves since 1996 with their original material and drag-tastic interpretations. They're purported to be the crème de la crème of the Albuquerque drag scene. So it was a surprise and a disappointment to find their latest offering, Miss Mary Christmas, a bit of a mess.

Pretty in Print

Alibi writing contest brings local lit to light

The Weekly Alibi is seeking submissions for the newly minted, first-ever Pretty in Print writing contest. Authors from across the state are invited to send their works of 750 words or less in any of three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. We ask that each author submit only one piece in each category.

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Shop Local, Even at the Last Minute

The nonshoppers guide to more than 30 stores packed with gift-giving goodness

The Alibi’s last minute gift guide has you covered from candy to sausages and beyond.

Gifty Shops

These shops are a last-minute gifter’s secret weapon with an eclectic selection of items for nearly everyone. They’re the Swiss army knife of butt-saving gifty-ness.

Foodie Shops

The artisan food market has taken over pretty much every kitchen in the country, so we’re willing to bet your holiday list has at least one self-declared foodie on it. These shops make it easy to find gourmet gifts that will surprise even the most devoted food connoisseur. Show your friends and family that you know your kale from your kimchee.

Fashion

Don’t be fooled: Giving clothes as a present isn’t lame. (As long as we’re not talking white tube socks.) Just be smart about fit or ask for a gift receipt if you aren’t sure, and be sincere. Giving something that made you think of the recipient is guaranteed to be well-received. And you really can’t go wrong with shoes. Promise.

Vintage

Old gems are always in fashion. Swipe up some steals at these choice shops to make your vintage-loving loved ones rosy-cheeked with delight. Since you’re short on time, ask store staff to point out hidden treasures.

Pet Shops & Boutiques

We adore our pets (and their toys and their cuddle blankets and those little bows for their hair), and we know you have more than a few people on your list who do, too. Stock up on fresh-baked treats for Fido’s stocking, or finally get the kids that fish-filled tank they’ve been bugging you about.

Sports & Outdoors

‘Tis the season to shred (or shed, depending on how much turkey you stuffed down your gullet). Hit up these local stores for the actively active or those who want to kick off the New Year with a bit more get-up.

Toy & Comic Stores

Tooooooys! You can’t go wrong with toys. For anyone of any age, they are foolproof gifts.

Breweries & Wineries

Who doesn’t need a drink to get through the holiday season? Gifts from the city’s ever-growing number of craft breweries and wineries will keep friends and family happily tipsy while sleigh bells ring and jingle. Most of the breweries in town offer some sort of club membership that includes discounts, treats and access to special events. Here are a couple of our favorites.

High Adventure

Don’t just give things—give massive adrenaline rushes. While you can’t exactly wrap up pure, heart-throbbing adventure in a tidy red bow, these Albuquerque businesses offer services and products that will make thrill-seekers squeal with delight. Just because you waited until the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t offer the gift of a lifetime.

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Pancake Fusion

The Mid- and Southwest meet at Roper’s Restaurant

Cowboy diner serves up giant burritos, Santa Fe pancakes and breakfast favorites.

How Many Gadgets Do You Need?

A plea for kitchen efficiency

A reminder to think twice before you buy Mom that ridiculously fancy ice cream scoop or voice-activated coffee-maker.

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Rolling Down Central

City explores a new public transit method

More Burqueños than ever are riding the bus and transit planners have their hands full working on how to improve the reliability of public transportation.

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Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren make a bloody good couple in cozy biopic

Iconic British director Alfred Hitchcock gets the biographical movie treatment courtesy of iconic British actor Anthony Hopkins in the appropriately titled Hitchcock.

The End?

“Doomsday Preppers” on National Geographic

New reality show is like a happy home tour of the weird neighbors you never want to meet. Some have bunkers stocked with canned food, bottled water and the occasional amenity (a big screen TV!). Others merely have a basement full of toilet paper.

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The Gracchi Reunite at Garage & Wax

Take part in Burque music history when the original lineup of The Gracchi—including former Alibi Editor in Chief Laura Marrich—reunite at Captain America’s fourth Garage & Wax Night.

Queering Public Spaces

Glitter Dick’s aesthetic causes kerfuffle at UNM

Owing to a homoerotic flyer, sleaze rock outfit Glitter Dick stumble onto free speech issues and GLBTQ representation at UNM.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new albums by Redd Kross, Acid Baby Jesus and Hell Shovel and Dark Mark.

Otherworldly Good Times

Multidimensional art hypes an all-ages Sunday night gig at The Gasworks featuring Rock Island, Ill. singer / songwriter EmJay and local acts.

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The Tan Can

This week’s culture shock bring you highlights of some of the city’s best venues, exhibits and shows.

Alibi V.21 No.49 • Dec 6-12, 2012

Anna Karenina

Joe Wright sets the stage for lush, theatrical adaptation of lit classic

Leo Tolstoy’s romantic classic Anna Karenina gets a cheeky, self-consciously theatrical, big-screen redux courtesy of British filmmaker Joe Wright and award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard.

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Heated Conclusion

Outgoing PRC member goes to bat for solar energy

Jason Marks is going out swinging. He’ll spend his last month on the Public Regulation Commission fighting to defend renewable energy, especially solar power.

News Bite

Jason Marks on lowering the cost of phone calls from prison in New Mexico

Life on the West Bank

If there's one thing I've learned since coming to Palestine almost three months ago, it's that everything is political—even archaeology.

The Commish

O’Malley was elected to the Bernalillo County Commission in November, filling the seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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In the Iris of the Beholder

Gallery offers a more egalitarian approach to art

Sandra Becker and Jeanne Englemann have started a new type of gallery that diverts from the mainstream art exhibits. The grand opening of the Iris Gallery starts with an inagural show on Sunday, Dec. 16th

Infinity Sleigh Bells

Let the holiday season begin! This year December is packed with shows, performances and drag shows and gallery grand openings. Take your pick of trendy events to attend with these suggestions.

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Light and Luscious

Limonata Italian Street Food Caffe

There was a time when the words "Italian street food" conjured one image in my mind—gelato. The treat was all I saw in Italy as a poor college student, not because it actually was the only street food available, but because it was so eye-grabbing and delicious.

24 Hours in Jemez Springs

A trip to the Jemez Mountains is the perfect get-away for Burqueños fleeing their city in any season. However, when cold winds and snowbanks preemptively ruin picnic plans, it's good to know that the tiny town of Jemez Springs has several options for warming your bones with good food and drink, no matter what time of day you arrive.

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Film Fête in Fe

Our neighbor to the north hopes to lure film lovers to the City Different for the 13th annual Santa Fe Film Festival. The viewing party unfolds Dec. 6 through 9 at a number of venues including The Screen, the Center for Contemporary Arts, The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the New Mexico History Museum.

Last Man Standing

One and a Half Men Hate “Two and a Half Men”

When Charlie Sheen had his public meltdown last year, rambling about “tiger blood,” insulting his producer and demanding a pay raise, he seemed like just another Hollywood casualty. But now, just over a year later, we find our ourselves glued to our gossip shows watching another star of “Two and a Half Men” freak out over the show. What in the name of Adonis DNA is going on here?

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East 99 Meets Burque

Bone Thugs revisit the ’90s

Securing an interview with members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is harder than you might think. So, we meditate on the hip-hop quintet’s influence and history instead.

Parody or Pabulum

Brokencyde’s best-of is the worst

Music writer Geoffrey Plant deconstructs Burque’s most tasteless and financially successful act, Brokencyde.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new albums by Scott Walker, Crystal Castles and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.

Psych Out

This week’s Flyer on the Wall uses spirograph style to hip Burque residents to a psych-rock show at Iron Haus.

Alibi V.21 No.48 • Nov 29-Dec 5, 2012

Fertile Ground

More than just plant life thrives in school gardens

On an unusually warm afternoon at Mountain Mahogany Community School, the fourth-grade class is working in a garden under the guidance of teacher Lisa Slavick. The campus feels like a little Eden tucked away from bustling traffic on Fourth Street; fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetable and flower gardens all burst with life.

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Legal Legacy

Civil rights lawyer’s family sues APD and the city

When a local civil rights lawyer died, 26 people arrived at the scene. APD mishandled the case, say her family members, who are suing the police and the city.

Know Thy Virus

How to avoid a snot-filled winter

From nurse columnist Whitny Doyle’s perch at a busy primary care clinic, the waning daylight is an ominous harbinger of abundant infectious nastiness. Here’s how to prevent illness or know what you’ve caught.

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The Comedy

Abrasive character study is like the Taxi Driver of hipster comedies

In large part, The Comedy is a stumbling tour through New York City with an aimless tour guide. For all its weird meandering and audience off-putting, however, there seems to be a deeper and darker level at play.

Reel World

“The After After Party With Steven Michael Quezada” hosts Bryan Cranston, The 13th annual Santa Fe Film Festival fires up the projectors a night early this year for a special “Festival Eve” presentation and Friends of Film, Video and Arts sponsors a talk on “Trademark Law.”

The New Normal?

NBC No Longer The Biggest Loser

This year’s fall sweeps marks the first time in 10 freaking years that NBC has been the top-rated network.

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SLC Songstress Punks Up the Uke

Jessica Davis on code and categories

We gabbed with uke-thrash soloist Jessica Davis, a.k.a. S.L.F.M., about touring, acronyms, secrets and uncertainty.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Rolo Tomassi and Joe Martinez.

Halftone Hoedown

Artist Chelsea Wrightson’s flyer invites fans of women-powered media to shake their groove thing to benefit Neblina.

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The Long Road

Group show weaves together science and mythology

Four artists were called to the desert. They retrace their paths and their DNA in Creation / Migration: Stories of the Journey at FreeStyle Gallery.

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