Alibi V.25 No.50 • Dec 15-21, 2016

La La Land

Modern-day musical should garner fans despite flaws

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is lovingly assembled and will nab fans with its sheer nostalgic novelty.

Best of Burque 2019 Nominations Are Wide Open

The original Albuquerque reader’s poll busts out with another taste-making iteration

It’s anybody’s game, Burqueños. If there is a best, together we will find it. The rules are simpler than ever: Nominations run March 6 through March 22 and you can vote for your favorites every day. The top five nominees in each category are then promoted to a steel cage death match of competitive weekly voting madness March 27 through April 10. From this hardcore democratic exercise the winners will emerge victorious or die trying. Let the games begin!

Sounds Like Burque

Best of Burque Music Showcase soundtracks March 30

Our readers know what they like; and thanks to our annual Best of Burque Music reader survey, so do we. On Saturday, March 30, join us for Weekly Alibi’s 2019 Best Of Burque Music Showcase at über-popular Downtown venues Sister, Side Effex, KiMo Theatre, The Jam Spot, Corpus Arts and Launchpad.

Building the Cannatopia

RSVP to Weekly Alibi’s New Mexico Cannabis Expo

Since New Mexico legalized medical cannabis back in 2007, the Earth has circled the Sun a dozen times. Amid those revolutions, the sociocultural acceptance of using cannabis and derived cannabinoids—think THC, CBD and CBN—as legitimate medication has gained significant ground here in The Land of Enchantment. And, with the 2018 US Farm Bill’s passage, the licensed cultivation of hemp in New Mexico is now ostensibly legal.

Drawing Down the Future

Dating back to at least the 18th century, the cultural impact of comic art in the United States is undeniable. Founding father Ben Franklin’s darkly humorous 1754 “Join, or Die” comic is, after all, remembered as the first cartoon published in an American newspaper. The alt-weekly has long offered its readers incisive, strange, deadpan and riotously funny comic strips while providing cartoonists with access to a historically receptive audience.

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Stick it to the Man by donating to charities instead of buying material goods

Instead of buying cheap body lotion that will be regifted six times, spend that money on a donation in the name of your special someone to an organization that is working to change the world for the better.

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Hello Mr. Soul

A raw conversation with Kane

Alibi music critic August March tells about interviewing celebrities as a preface to his killer conversation with illustrious rapper Big Daddy Kane.

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Holiday Cheer

R. Greenleaf and the spirit of the season

Sativas can make the world open up like a beautiful flower before your eyes—a boon to anyone who's slumped through the gray fog of depression.

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Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

Fourth well under construction

A fourth extraction well is being built to filter ethylene dibromide, one of the most concerning contaminants from the Kirtland jet fuel spill, out of the groundwater.

Newscity

UNM plans major renovations, N.M.’s rural population has the highest poverty rate in the nation and a new development takes shape east of EDo.

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Reel World

New Mexico Women in Film Fiesta submission deadline approaches, Chicago’s best shorts screen here and predators invade the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

The Replacements

Midseason premieres dates

Midseason replacement time is upon us. What can that mean for the broadcast network biz?

Week in Sloth

This week in the slothful realm known as teevee land, an animated Justice League, the “Rob & Chyna Baby Special, Tony Bennett and “A Tribute to the Stars We’ve Lost” in 2016.

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Long May You Run

Corpus Arts marks one year with a series of benefits for Standing Rock

Corpus Arts marks one year with a series of benefits for Standing Rock.

Compassionate Anarchy

Adam Burnett delivers a piece that's “part monologue, part magic act, part drag show, part karaoke”

Adam Burnett delivers a piece that's “part monologue, part magic act, part drag show, part karaoke.”

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Kings of the Wild Frontier

Do us all a favor; go Western

August March visits the venerable Frontier Restaurant with his wife Samantha, remembers Doctor Shock, hums a bar or two from the first Adam and the Ants album and eats way too many tortillas.

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Babies get smaller, Galloping Grace Food Ranch gives back, The Old Windmill Dairy sees a windfall, a retired chef from the Hyatt Regency tells his story, holiday appetizers and what to buy a chef for Christmas.

Alibi V.25 No.49 • Dec 8-14, 2016

Like a Fox

The madness is spreading at SweeTea

SweeTea Bakery Cafe's setup is inspired by the 85°C Bakeries in California (and around the world)—patrons grab a tray and a set of tongs and choose from the sweet and savory items available that day.

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We’re in Touch with Your World

The force-fed future includes music

August March is convinced The Cars presaged something called Radiohead. He also suggests rocking out at concerts featuring bands like Weedrat, Shoulder Voices, and Steve Hammond and His High Plains Grifters.

Sonic Reducer

Alibi music writer Robin Babb goes all pop with reviews of new recordings by The Weeknd, Justice and Bruno Mars, for crissakes.

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Getting Free

Idris Goodwin's notes toward liberation through imagination

SHOUT-OUT Redux revisits a collaboration, when Chaz Bojórquez created a mural in response to a series of poems about Albuquerque by Idris Goodwin for the original SHOUT-OUT. This time, Goodwin will craft spoken word in response to existing work by Bojórquez.

Three Modern Wise Men

The Adobe Theater’s take on holiday cheer

By cutting its sweetness and convenient miracles with a shot of dark humor, My Three Angels is perfectly relatable.

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Food News

#Karma, meatballs are really coming up, local fires hurt local restaurants, a possible masa shortage in Las Cruces, food industry rethinks allergy warnings, plus give a local gift.

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Respect, The New Boss and Narcan

Council takes action on many measures

Isaac Benton takes over as president, naloxone to be put into first-aid kits in public places and thumbs down to waiving bus fares along Central during ART construction.

Newscity

UNM Architecture and Planning students present “Orchestra Place,” state officials seek comments on wildlife restoration and the State Auditor begins an examination focused on sexual assault kit testing practices.

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Incarnate

The devil is not in the details in redundant new exorcism drama

Incarnate is terribly derivative and made up of random scraps of a whole bunch of other movies—right down to the “gosh, where have I seen that before?” ending.

Reel World

Experience the Santa Fe Film Festival from Dec. 7 through Dec. 11. Selections run the gamut from shorts to documentaries, romantic dramas and sports films, too.

Hangry Games

“3%” on Netflix

The new telenovela “3%” is the sort of sci-fi that works great in today’s paranoid, divided world.

Week in Sloth

Shows that are loosely based on reality, feature Xmas trees as characters and generally celebrate the holiday spirit with aplomb and dignity.

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Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em

Cannabis and your lungs

Light to moderate cannabis smoking has not been shown to have any lasting negative effects on the lungs.

Alibi V.25 No.48 • Dec 1-7, 2016

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WWJD?

He wouldn’t drink and drive, that’s for sure.

Even as you enjoy this holiday season and our fabulous Boozy Gift Guide, never, never drink and drive!

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Moana

Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon

Moana's got everything you love about Disney animated movies, but for all the tradition, this one’s playful about its roots, poking fun at Disney’s endless princess franchise.

Reel World

Guild Cinema sells off posters, SFCC offers film industry training program, Kimo continues "Comics in Disguise" and NMFF takes submissions for actors showcase.

Psychic Vision

“Shut Eye” on Hulu

"Shut Eye" finds a clever new milieu in which to set things: the sketchy, sunlit LA world of storefront psychics.

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Rocanrol Recovery

Local doctor uses music to address opioid crisis

We chat with Dr. Larry Abramson, guitarist and healer, about rock and roll, addiction and recovery.

Sonic Reducer

Alibi record reviewer Geoffrey Plant continues his awesome as hell jazz odyssey while taking a momentary diversion to examine the dark wonder that is Summon.

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Newscity

N.M. oil production might increase under Concho Resources, retail leasing booms in Burque and a new grant provides resources for Native Americans at UNM.

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Four Years of Fandom

Albuquerque's anime convention is all about finding connection

No matter how shy or outgoing you are, it's easier than ever to join the party and connect with others of your fandom.

Art Ops

Simon and Allred have created a world where Mona Lisa can sing in a punk band.

The Nutcracker Rocks On

'Tis the season for air guitar and more at Keshet

Nutcracker on the Rocks borrows plot elements from the original story, while maintaining something essential of the classic story's spirit, the twist coming in the form of an updated soundtrack and related choreography.

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A New Go-To

Especially for the ain’t-gots

Old Town Pizza Parlor fuses the best of all possible pizza worlds into something distinctly New Mexican.

Food News

Students give back with a gingerbread house auction, Dion’s speeds up the process, Kellogg’s pulls out of Breitbart, restaurant owner sings the liquor license blues, M’tucci’s goes pizza and some questions about charcoal supplements.

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Sweet Relief, Sweet Relief

Savvy Fair takes care of the pain

Though topical analgesics containing CBD extract are legal, growing the source plants comes with legal difficulties.