New councilor arrives and other business at the Dec. 9 meeting
Part II of the interview
In last week’s issue, Alibi interviewed David Bashwiner about his musical career with local band Cactus Tractor. On Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30pm, Bashwiner's folk ensemble plays the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). Cactus Tractor describes themselves as “a seven-person bohemian pop folk disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band with four songwriters, toothsome harmonies and a multitude of fun, stringed and unstrung instruments.” For this week's interview though, we talked about his work in music theory.
Three diggable gigs
Wordcraft Circle celebrates and promotes Indigenous writing and storytelling
“Jessica Jones” on Netflix
Community finds a home at Green Jeans Farmery
All the news that’s fit to eat
Weekly Alibi is here to help you finish off your gift list
You’ve made it through the first round of gift buying, knocking off the easy folks—the ones you know well enough that you can zero in on the things they want or need most. But don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet, because now it’s time for Level 2. These are the people who are a touch more removed from your day-to-day life. The Uncle Jacks and Aunt Marthas you see exactly twice a year, the in-laws whom you’re still trying to figure out, the co-workers whom you’ve got to get a gift for because you know they’re going to give you something.
Recommendations for everyone left on your shopping list
Jim Hoffsis reads every single book put onto the shelves at Treasure House Books & Gifts in Old Town (2012 S. Plaza NW). According to Jim, that's the only way he can provide a good recommendation to his patrons, whether they are tourists wandering in off the Plaza or long-time New Mexico residents. Jim Hoffsis runs the show at Treasure House along with his son, John. Treasure House provides readers with the very best from New Mexican writers as well as a wide selection of books on topics pertinent to us desert dwellers. John Hoffsis was kind enough to provide his book recommendations for all the bookworms on your holiday shopping lists—all of which are available at Treasure House, many of which are available at other local book havens like Bookworks and Page One.
Give the gift of adventure
Gifts for the fun of it
Because you wouldn’t leave man’s best friend off your shopping list
The best gift of all
Near the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—after having his past, present and future reviewed and revealed by a trio of spirits—Ebenezer Scrooge awakened, went to the window and asked a passing child about the day’s date. Of course it was Christmas Day; who knew? Scrooge then proceeded toward resolution, joyously bearing gifts and goodwill to all he encountered.
The rhythm, the speed, the shows!
Pt. I: The Musician
David Bashwiner is a professor of music theory at UNM, but you might recognize him as the singer and guitarist for local band Cactus Tractor. The Alibi spoke with him to discuss the double life of a musician and music theorist and how the two roles affect each other.
A gun ownership fantasy
It’s the dead of night and someone’s in my house. I can hear his stealthy footsteps as he creeps across the living room floor toward my bedroom door, or worse, my kid’s room. But this midnight interloper didn’t reckon on one thing.
Ron Howard spins a whale of a tale through choppy waters
“The Expanse” on Syfy
Pop-Up Collective creates fleeting experiences in the city's vacant places
Swiss Alps Bakery returns to peak
Five concerts to shock and surprise
Colcha evolves as a craft while preserving New Mexican heritage
Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill
Tim’s new place, Thanksgiving miracles and other news from around the city
A Chipmunks sequel, a pointless Point Break remake and some more wars in the stars
Nets hold on to underperforming shows
If there’s anything predictable in this chaotic world we live in, it’s that, given the chance, David Bowie will do something very strange. Bowie upheld this truism a couple weeks ago when he released the music video for “Blackstar,” the first track we’ve heard of his upcoming album, also titled Blackstar).