Alibi V.23 No.16 • April 17-23, 2014

Under the Skin

Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposes

Experimental sci-fi film Under the Skin introduces audiences to sex and violence, alien-style.

Gus Pedrotty’s Alibi interview [Video]

Gus Pedrotty—Gus, as he likes to be known—stopped by Alibi Headquarters to discuss a bid for mayor that began as idealistic—and some would say unlikely—but has since been transformed into one of the more vital and remarkable candidacies that have passed through this high desert city in ages.

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Department Corrections

Reforming APD’s culture of violence requires radical change

Wherein Alibi Managing Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo reflects on the US Department of Justice investigation into Albuquerque police violence—specifically the resultant scathing DOJ report—and entreats citizens to engage in critical dialogue with both the DOJ and elected officials about our city’s future.

Odds & Ends

From Singapore to Oregon, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

Letters

Wherein a reader critiques the advocacy journalism of Alibi media partner La Jicarita.

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Reel World

A look at all the cinematic happenings around New Mexico, including Indie Scene, Navajo Star Wars and Movies for Earth Day.

Nerdvana

“Silicon Valley” on HBO

Mike Judge lampoons the tech industry in HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

Week in Sloth

Take a spin around the TV dial this week for “Monster High,“ “Tobacco Wars” and the return of “Orphan Black.”

music

Four Up

From Zimbabwean electric protest songs to poptastic electro, Four Up has deets the world music, hip-hop, pop-punk/alt.folk fan needs. Now with A/V!

On the Periphery

David Sylvian solo career bio proves exhaustive

Wherein August March reviews dancing about architecture, specifically On the Periphery, a complex, scholarly biography of David Sylvian’s post-Japan solo career.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from NEEDTOBREATHE, The Tower and Todd Terje. Now with A/V!

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Yes and … Where Do We Go From Here?

Building an ABQ improv scene

Good improv is hard. It requires an unwavering belief in a fictional moment, a strong and steadfast collaborative spirit and a self-awareness that’s nearly impossible to achieve. Yet two regular weekly performances are a testament to how dedicated the ABQ improv scene is.

Culture Shock

Scope Culture Shock for what’s best in this artful world. This week: new William Lumpkins, bibliophile pr0n, urban renewal keynote and famous authors in a Fe movie theater.

Junkiedom Tragicomedy

In Rayya Elias' memoir, Harley Loco, her unpretentious, funny narration depicts her outsider existence as a junkie, hairstylist and aspiring musician in late-'70s/early-'80s New York.

Color Me Curious

Sophie Benini Pietromarchi’s charismatic Color Book aims to awaken a love of the visible spectrum in pre-teens (and older readers who haven’t outgrown a nice picture book with lots of vivid spreads to mull over).

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Ouvrez La Bouche

French-American bliss on the Westside

Gail Guengerich finds French-American bliss on the Westside.

Alibi V.23 No.15 • April 10-16, 2014

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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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

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.

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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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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.

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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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.