Alibi V.23 No.15 • April 10-16, 2014

Sometimes Poison Is the Only Cure

Gibraltar stages edgy relationship at the heart of Joyce’s Ulysses

Gibraltar follows Molly and Leopold Bloom over the course of a single day in Dublin. With their marriage on the rocks, Leopold is willing to try anything to rekindle the passion, even allow Molly to hook up with her overbearing concert manager Hugh “Blazes” Boylan.

The Mayor’s Race Is a Thing

Albuquerque election forum is happening this Wednesday, August 23

All the candidates are jockeying for position as they come around the home bend. Get right up there on the edge of the running, as it were, when the North Valley Coalition and Weekly Alibi present a forum for Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW).

Jurassic Best of Burque Restaurants World

The most ferocious of prehistoric reader polls is back

What's your favorite New Mexican food? What's your favorite dinosaur? Ok, now put them together and what do you get? An Enchiladodon? A Chileopteryx? A Tacoraptor? A Sopaipillatops? Awesome! Get ready for the T. Rex of “Best of City” contests: The original Best of Burque Restaurants will be hitting Weekly Alibi racks and website on Thursday, Oct. 12. The polls are open now. Vote on your favorite Frito pie, vegetarian food, Japanese restaurant and local brewery. Let your voice be heard! Rawr!

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Is There Justice For James Boyd?

What explains the relentless history of police violence in Albuquerque? There are no simple answers to that question. But we may begin to seek an answer in the hard life and violent death of James Boyd.

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Crib Notes: April 10, 2014

What do you know about this week’s New Mexico news? From a lesbian couple’s lawsuit against a local photo studio to happenings at LANL, test your savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

Odds & Ends

From Denmark to Germany, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

Letters

Wherein the readers write—about legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico, informing consumers about GMOs and dealing with the problem of police violence in Albuquerque.

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Creatures Featured

The new show’s acrylic-on-resin sculptures tell the story of an ominous factory in a world short on resources and long on corporate greed and toxic waste.

Letters, Lovers and Time Travel

Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.

Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque

Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.

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Le Week-End

Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to Paris

Middle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.

Reel World

With emerging ABQ filmmakers, a new anime convention and more, we take a look at all the cinematic happenings around our state.

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

What’s going on in TV land? Let Devin D. O’Leary fill you in.

Week in Sloth

More hog killers, Wil Wheaton the interviewer and cyborg assassins—all this when we take a spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on.

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Four Up

Whether you’re craving post-punk and soul-inflected rock, stygian chillwave, epic hip-hop or a whip-smart alt.country diva, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Timber Timbre and Mac DeMarco and Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler’s “The Root”/“Range on Castle” 7-inch. Now with A/V previews!

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A Sacred Experience

The Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente

Ari LeVaux takes a dunk in a healing spring and then explores the fine food at The Artesian Restaurant.

Statewide Buffet

Our regular sampler of New Mexico’s food news

A sampler platter of stories from across the state.

Alibi V.23 No.14 • April 3-9, 2014

APD Ad Absurdum

Mainstream media misses protests’ point

Author Mike Smith urges Albuquerque citizens against cherry-picking chaotic moments from hours of peaceful protest against APD’s inordinately high number of fatal officer-involved shootings.

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Best of Burque 2014

Wherein you told us what’s what

It’s hard remembering a time when there wasn’t a Best of Burque—it’s been around longer than lots of its voters, now. It was the first and remains the best “Best of” of Burque, even amid an ever-growing host of distracting start-ups and simulacra, vying for imaginary market share and kissing rump roasts harder than dignity abides.

BOB: Community Pick

Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family): “Every time a bunch of prairie dogs finds a nice bit of grass or even a bit of forgotten dirt to build themselves a town within our city's confines, there are people immediately pushing them out with poisoned hay and other nastiness. Can't we somehow find a way to make space for these adorable, intelligent animals? Will it really ruin your shopping experience to have them peeking out of holes along the grass between Babies“R”Us and Target?”

BOB: Life in Burque

Best Scandal, Best TV News Personality, Best-Dressed Burqueño, Best Place to See a Ghost, Best Place to People-Watch, The Person We Lost in 2013 That We'll Miss Most and other aspects of a life that can only be lived in this particular city.

BOB: Community Pick

Gabrielle Torres (Miss Albuquerque): “Whether you are an amateur hiker, a runner or you have many miles on your hiking boots, the Sandias offer a variety of trails and scenery. The transition from high heels to tennis shoes seems to be the best part …”

BOB: The High Life

Generous, capable and attractive, the staff at Sister will chat you up or leave you alone, depending on your happy hour mood, and they won't lose their shit when the bar is three-deep at midnight. Sister puts their servers through rigorous special training in the whole eye contact thing to ensure great service. Same psychic bartender school Anodyne sends their people to. It is also universally agreed that Sister's cadre of door guys are of the highest caliber. (GP)

BOB: Community Pick

Maggie Hart Stebbins (Bernalillo County Commissioner): “How often do you drive through the intersection at Carlisle and Indian School and not take a look at the giant red arrow, stuck there in a big stone block? Most of us breeze by or pull into the Whole Foods parking lot with hardly a glance. But if you take the time to stop and look at the thing, it’s magnificent!“

BOB: Arts & Lit

Best Comedy Troupe, Best Graffiti, Best Author, Best Poet, Best Theater Performance, Best Mural—all these bests and more in creative endeavors.

BOB: Community Pick

Richard Berthold (ex-UNM professor): “An excellent place to visit in Albuquerque is UNM. You can attend a Regents meeting and see people whose only qualification is supporting some governor's election decide the fate of the university.”

BOB: Local Flavor

From June through October, on Saturday mornings, get on over to Robinson Park at 8th and Central downtown, and get your fix of fresh, local and homemade goodness of all kinds. Vegetables, fruits, baked goods, artisan items, and if that's not enough, there’s always a parade of food trucks lined up to keep you nourished while you shop. (HVW)

BOB: Community Pick

Raven Chacon (Composer/artist, Spirit Abuse founder): “It’s okay if you move away to a bigger city, but others will take your place while you are working 9-to-5 to pay for your tiny-ass apartment.”

BOB: Goods & Services

Best Book Store, Best Thrift Store, Best Bicycle Shop, Best CD/Record Store, Best Adult Shop, Best Yoga or Pilates Studio, Best Computer Help and a bunch of other winners in the realm of quid pro quo.

BOB: Community Pick

Alex Denbaars (Musician/community organizer, Goathead Record Collective): “The tiny, spiky, troublesome little seeds known as goatheads can be found almost anywhere in the city but are most concentrated at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. Their Latin name is Tribulus terrestris, which translates to ‘spiky weapon of the Earth,’ and it is certainly a name they live up to—as anyone who has stepped on one in the dark with bare feet can attest to.“

BOB: Photo Winners

Is there really a Cutest Baby? A Best Dog? Certainly a Weirdest Tattoo seems plausible. But why debate the possibilities? Photographic evidence has been presented and the truth can now be told.

Best Anything We Forgot

We’re not omniscient—okay, technically, some of us are—and so we welcome your annual input on what Best of Burque categories we neglected.

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Crib Notes: April 3, 2014

Test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news—from APD protests to air travel to bears—with our weekly pop quiz.

Odds & Ends

From Germany to Mississippi, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.

Reel World

Get into your Avengers spandex and take a glance at all the cinematic happenings around our state.

Return of the King

“Game of Thrones” on HBO

Whether you’re a rabid fan of George R.R. Martin’s book series, or you’re saving them to avoid spoilers on the TV series, the Season 4 premiere has got something to get you fired up.

Week in Sloth

We take a quick spin around the television dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on. This week: comics references galore, plus “Game of Thrones” finally premieres.

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Four Up

Whether you’re ISO Americana, Greek/Latin folk-informed world-pop, improvisational drumming or an excellent folk-rock band named after a bleak Russian short story, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!

A Man Called Destruction examines Chilton’s life and work

A Man Called Destruction, published on March 24, presents the reader with an unflinching portrait of the artist as a wrestler-with-demons working toward redemption. Chilton is best remembered as a gifted creator who fought to recover from the trauma of young fame by navigating a stormy sea.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Liars and Golden Retriever and an Elton John 40th anniversary reissue. Now with A/V!

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Gesturing to All Life

Animales Animados drums up a vivid menagerie of aerialists and musicians

Like a demented child’s dream, Animales Animados features four airborne collaborations between local aerialists and musicians exploring “the animality of humans and the humanity of animals.”

Gimme Supershelter

Sustainable architecture can be learned in a few weekends

Building the New World is a workshop series that puts low-cost, earth-friendly building techniques in your hands.

Recovery in Aztlan

Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.

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Boxed and Blended

The art of cheap-wine snobbery

Ari LeVaux shares his tips for getting drunk on only the best cheap vino.

Chocolate Judgement

Playing Paula Abdul at the The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Festival

Mark Lopez gets to play Paula Abdul at the 4th annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest.

Alibi V.23 No.13 • March 27-April 2, 2014

Loving Vivian Vance

The highs and lows of an Albuquerque legend

Beautiful, talented and compassionate, the real Vivian Vance was more than an “I Love Lucy” sidekick. She didn’t always gel with her famous costars, and her personal life wasn’t always picture-perfect.

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Odds & Ends

From England to Maine, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

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Inside Information

The science of cells paints a pretty picture

The bedrock of discovery is observation. That’s where a scientific demiurge like Dr. David Goodsell comes in. He’s spent years translating the utterly tiny into the comprehensibly visual.

The Age of Innocence Lost

“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”

Nurturing Nature

There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.

Reel World

How to spoiler “Game of Thrones” for all your friends—this and other brilliant cinematic happenings around our state.

Cartoons in Your Head

“TripTank” on Comedy Central

As expected, “Trip Tank” is rude and irreverent. Blood, cursing and masturbation jokes abound. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.

Week in Sloth

A quick spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on. Like racist cartoons.

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Four Up

Whether you’re craving a Lou Reed tribute by female Americana musicians, new-school West Coast rap, rediscovered concert compositions or bitchin’ Atlantan garage-punk, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new and forthcoming releases from Perfect Pussy, The Porter Draw and JoyCut. Now with A/V!