Alibi V.22 No.15 • April 11-17, 2013

Experimental Theater at UNM

13th Annual Words Afire! Festival

The costumes have been hemmed, the stages built, the props have been set and reset again. All the lines have been fumbled and are now gracefully recovered. The graduating MFAs of the UNM Experimental Theatre department's Dramatic Writing program have pulled the curtain again. Words Afire! is the program’s annual send-off for graduate students in the Theatre Department, and for the graduating playwrights, it is now their turn to sit in the audience and watch their works come to life.

news

Outreach Seeks to Protect Prostitutes from Abuse

Prostitution is a dangerous way of life, often characterized by violence and drug abuse. The violence is so widespread that roughly 68 percent of prostitutes will be sexually or physically assaulted while working. One group aims to reduce the violence by providing support, including a list that tracks dangerous johns.

film

Trance

Danny Boyle’s twisty film noir tries to psych us out. Or does it? ... Yes, it does.

High-concept, twist-filled setup requires lots of voice-overs, frequent flashbacks and plenty of explicatory scenes in order to keep viewers apprised of what the hell is going on.

Reel World

Experiments in Cinema v8.53 washes over the Duke City this weekend like a cinematic fever dream. This is the eighth year for the alternative film festival (or something like it, that numbering system of theirs is pretty wacky). The multi-day festival is billed as “an annual celebration of international cinematic experimentation.”

Eat This

“Hannibal” on NBC

NBC’s bloody brilliant “Hannibal” may not reverse the network’s tragic ratings tailspin all by itself. But it’s already a huge improvement over the last show to inhabit the Thursday night 9 p.m. timeslot. Given that show, “Do No Harm,” only lasted three episodes, though, that’s not saying a lot. Still “Hannibal” is one of the best new shows of the midseason, and one of the few to challenge ratings-hog rival CBS at its own game.

music

Seattle Wall of Sound

A paean to grunge

Staff writer Mark Lopez explores the fuzzy riffs, frenzied corporate co-opting and ethos of authenticity that the grunge movement birthed.

MAXIMUMCATERWAUL

10 shows in 30 days in 500 words

DJ, DIY promoter and music writer Derek Caterwaul shares a quick and dirty roundup of the best March shows you may have missed.

food

The Boozehound in the Garden

The Drunken Botanist explains the herbal origins of your favorite drinks

If you pick up a copy of The Drunken Botanist expecting a cocktail book featuring plant-based recipes, you're in for a surprise. It’s really a collection of booze, botany and mystery, all presented in the framework of plants, trees, fruits and fungi.

Po’ Boyhood and Beyond

The birth of a New Orleans original and where to find it in the Duke City

The po’ boy sandwich is special. Not only for its elusiveness in our fair city, but as the tasty little vertex of two great American endeavors—1.) sandwich eating and 2.) sticking it to “the Man.”

Alibi V.22 No.14 • April 4-10, 2013

NO

South of the border political drama sells audiences on the idea of revolution

Your knowledge of late-’80s Central American politics isn’t really an issue when it comes to the new political drama NO. In fact, the less you know about the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the more thrilling the film will be. If your closest connection to the material is Dennis Miller’s “Pinochet Countdown” contest from “Saturday Night Live,” then you’re primed and ready to watch NO spoiler free.

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Best of Burque 2013

Dear Best of Burque, you sure are a Lot of Worque.

We all love our Burque, but sometimes we forget to say so out loud. For 20 years and counting, the Weekly Alibi has told the Burque Monster that we love it by counting up thousands and thousands of votes and boiling them down into the definitive things our readers love about living here. Some things are different, some things stay the same. You can think of it as a love letter. To the Burque.

BOB: Community Pick

Amelia Olson (Neblina founder, musician): “At Forever 21 in Coronado Mall, music plays so loudly from every direction that you’re like a small animal locked in an ill-timed demise. By the time you’re safely in your car, you find yourself with awkward fitting faux silk dresses and weird smelling cardigans. What happened to you? Who were you in those dark moments, aimlessly walking from room to room trying to decipher if you’re an S, M or L?”

LIFE IN BURQUE

Best Bike Trail, Best City Politician to be Awarded a Medal, Best News Anchor We Want to Wear a Cowboy Hat for an Entire Broadcast, Best "Breaking Bad" Location and more winners in essential Burqueñosity.

BOB: Community Pick

Manny Rettinger (Studio recording engineer and music technology lecturer, University of New Mexico): “I'm not sure if Nauman considered the sonic possibilities in his conception of the piece, but I am obsessed with the desire to explore them.”

ARTS & LIT

Best Art Gallery, Best Theater Space, Best Comedy Troupe and Best Pointillist-Cubist-Structuralist Work of Art Created in a Vacuum Tube. Kidding.

BOB: Community Pick

Jessica Billey (Multi-instrumentalist, The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Phantom Lake, Veery and more): “Doing Tai Chi next to hundreds of giant birds on a cold morning, facing east towards the mountains and the climbing sun, turned out to be pure magic.”

LOCAL FLAVOR

Best Bakery, Best Butcher/Meat Counter, Best Liquor Store and other besty tastes—er, tasty bests.

BOB: Community Pick

Gordy Anderson (Guitarist, Black Maria): “In a town where a local band's guarantee is a couple of drink tickets and perhaps a slice of the take at the door, the green room at Sister will help you fulfill your rock star fantasies and momentarily forget you have to lug all your crap back to the practice space at 2:30 a.m.”

THE HIGH LIFE

Best Bar Staff, Best Swanky Bar, Best Bar for Dancing and other bars that are the best, bar none.

BOB: Community Pick

Peter Mezensky (KUNM DJ, Duke City Tech co-founder): “This town is in dire need of more/better tech jobs or any kind of jobs, really. In order to attract those jobs, we need to show off our local talent and help them network with the right people.“

GOODS AND SERVICES

Best Adult Shop, Best Comic Book Store, Best Yoga or Pilates Studio, Best Pest Control and all them other bestests that you pay people for.

BOB: Community Pick

Michael Henningsen (PIO/Media and Marketing Director for Expo New Mexico and Former Alibi Editor/Music Editor): “Bill Richardson is a true craftsman, perhaps the only real one in the whole state. Take your guitars to him or sell them and buy new ones and just hope for the best from the factory. What Bill's got working is a thing called magic.”

BOB: Community Pick

Nora Hickey (Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Mesa Review Literary Magazine): “Winning Coffee has it all: slams, open mics, OUTspoken Word, Works In Progress (UNM creative writing graduate students and professors) and an eclectic cast of regulars.“

BOB: Community Pick

Eric Castillo (Blogger at Followeric.com): “Going in, I never know what I'll end up with, but I always find something fun and funky. I've walked out with everything from a handmade hand warmer to a vintage necktie.”

BOB: Community Pick

Sarah Kennedy and Sarah Mowery (Stand-up comedians, hosts of Broad Humor Comedy Show): “This half-treehouse, half-bar is the perfect atmosphere for wise-cracks and story-telling after shows. If you’re out on a Friday or Saturday night, Dan Rascon is surely standing at the bar. Anodyne’s beer selection and friendly staff make it an obvious pick for energetic, post-show folk.”

BOB: Community Pick

Chris Silva (Weekly Alibi Circulation Driver): “Six bucks will get your tire fixed, and it never takes more than ten minutes. Once, these guys found me a particular and much-needed rim in their salvage pile that the dealer had on backorder for over a month.”

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Reel World

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is celebrating the 20th annual César Chávez Day with a free screening of the film Fight in the Fields on Thursday, April 4. This hour-long documentary will help viewers learn more about César Chávez and the movement he inspired among American farmworkers. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local labor union leaders, DREAM activists, clergy and minimum wage campaign organizers.

TV News

Tidbits from Around the Dial

Saint Strikes Back—Leslie Charteris’ long-running book series character “The Saint” is returning to TV. The Robin Hood-esque super-spy/super-thief was brought to life, famously, by Roger Moore in the ’60s. A 1997 movie version starring Val Kilmer failed to revive the franchise. But now a new weekly take is being lensed. It stars Adam Rayner (“Hunted,” “HawthoRNe”) as do-gooder Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”) as his on-again-off-again love interest. No word on where it might be airing, but producers are screening it this month at the MIPTV market in Cannes.

music

Stop the Presses

An editorial/mixtape for CNM

Alibi Music Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo editorializes Chronicle-gate and slips a mixtape into CNM’s locker.

Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re hankering for hardcore/hip-hop, world music, psych-rock, surf, Elvis homage, singer-songwriters or acoustic folk inflected with punk and stand-up comedy, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

art

With Love, From Me to We

New self-help book takes 250 pages to make the same point every coach makes at halftime: “There’s no ‘I’ in Team!”

food

Vermiculture

Thriving and writhing at El Pinto

El Pinto is a busy place and therefore generates a lot of food waste. Owners Jim and John Thomas didn’t want to keep throwing all that biodegradable material into the trash, so about six years ago they started experimenting with a form of composting they’d learned about on a visit to Chihuahua—vermicomposting. Composting with worms.

Leaves and Asphalt

Stanley Crawford and the center of the universe

Stanley Crawford, novelist, memoirist and garlic farmer is telling me about the experience of driving back to his home near Dixon after a day of shopping, movie-going and dinner in Santa Fe. He talks of leaving the barrage of consumer goods and emerging into the Rio Grande canyon; the feeling of being suddenly surrounded by rocks and juniper and piñon.

Alibi V.22 No.13 • March 28-April 3, 2013

news

No More Grand Juries

New process to evaluate officer-involved fatalities

On March 21, 2013, the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office announced that it will convene a panel of senior DA's to evaluate all officer-involved fatalities. The evaluation process will replace the controversial investigative grand juries banned by Bernalillo County District Court judges. The judges banned the investigative grand jury, citing the appearance that prosecutors were not impartial and that New Mexico law does not support the process.

film

Like Someone in Love

Minimalist drama finds Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami peeping on Tokyo trio

When we first meet fresh-faced, girl-next-door type Akiko (actress Takanashi Rin, who played the “pink” team member in several “Power Rangers”-esque TV shows), she’s sitting in a Tokyo cafe arguing with someone on her cell phone. As mere observers, we aren’t privy to the other side of the conversation, but we eventually figure out that Akiko is verbally fencing with her overly jealous boyfriend. This one-sided, information-light style of storytelling is part-and-parcel to Like Someone in Love, the low-key new drama from award-winning Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Certified Copy).

Reel World

Downtown’s historic KiMo Theatre has done a fantastic job of keeping patrons rolling in cinema. In addition to the Hi-Def Hitchcock and the 6 By Tarantino series (both of which continue this Friday and Saturday, respectively), the venerable venue is launching a new Golden Age of Mexican Cinema series.

Check In

“Bates Motel” on A&E

Unbeknownst to all but the most dedicated of TV viewers, NBC tried making a TV series out of director Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1987. That aborted version of “Bates Motel” starred Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) as Norman Bates’ roommate at the lunatic asylum, who gets out and reopens his kill-crazy pal’s old roadside haunt. For better or worse (mostly the former), the pilot movie (still unavailable on DVD) never got picked up for a full series. Now A&E is trying again, rebooting writer Robert Bloch’s familiar oedipal plotline as a weekly cable series.

music

Inside Jeff Mangum’s Aeroplane

Jeff Mangum doesn’t do interviews, so Alibi music columnist (and super-fan) Mike Smith penned an essay that deconstructs the Neutral Milk Hotel phenom and serves as a reminder of Mangum’s inimitable voice and persona.

February 2013

Author Mike Smith shares the psychogeography of his February adventures in live music.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Marnie Stern, Dani Shivers and Thalia Zedek Band.

art

Free Art Fridays

Stephanie Galloway on the worldwide art movement right here in the Duke!

What do you get when you cross online social networking with real people in real places making real art—for free?

UNM’s Three Millionth Book

First Edition of Sheriff Pat Garrett’s book on Billy the Kid

On April 1, the Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico campus will hold a celebration officially welcoming the three millionth volume into their collection.