Alibi V.26 No.26 • June 29-July 5, 2017

The Hero

Sam Elliott’s fictional career looks suspiciously like his real one in slow-going indie drama

In The Hero, what aims to be a self-referential, self-deprecating, late-career look back at regret ends up as a frustratingly predictable film with an overqualified, underutilized star standing front-and-center.

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Muscle Rehab

Get real about workout recovery

After a workout, it takes up to 48 hours to properly recover from the soreness, and what you do during this period matters.

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Our Very Own Methane Cloud

N.M.’s gas and oil industries equal pollution

The methane cloud over New Mexico’s San Juan Basin is the largest area of elevated methane concentration ever measured in the US. With the BLM and EPA having recently suspended the standards to limit the pollution and waste from natural gas mining, it is now up to New Mexico's leaders.

Newscity

Los Alamos Labs is under investigation and new PED chief calls for more reform.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a reclassification of a past-timestamped event caused a current-timestamped event in someone else’s computer.

Letters

The readers write about the need for N.M. to lead the country in immigration reform (including protecting the community from disruption by ICE), making someone else be the artist, holding the keys to our own prisons and clean power.

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“I’ll Wait in Los Angeles”

The West is the best

Adult Beverage discusses their move to California with “I’m not ashamed to admit that I couldn’t make it in California” Music Editor August March.

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Reel World

Submit your film to ¡Cine Magnífico!, take a workshop in storyboards, sip margaritas while watching Hairspray or enjoy Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Spanish.

Fireworks and Food

Independence Day around the dial

Odds are you’ll get your fill of parties and barbecues on Saturday and Sunday, and by the time Tuesday, July 4, rolls around you’ll be sitting at home glued to the idiot box.

Week in Sloth

This week's highlights include an army of lab-created creatures bent on destroying mankind, unleashing pet spiders upon one's tormentors and the creation and expansion of the crack cocaine industry. This confluence is not necessarily intended as inspiration for your next project.

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The Indomitable Minie Gonzalez

The enduring creative power of one irrepressible local photographer

From the time she learned to work a camera to the last day she was able to hold one, Minie Gonzalez was taking photographs.

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Summer Magic

Consistency and kindness reign at St. Clair

Balance seems to be what St. Clair is good at. Their restaurant is upscale without feeling out-of-bounds when you're dressed down, the staff is knowledgeable about the wine list without sounding snobbish, and the food is refined without the price tag.

Food News

M'tucci's Italian expands into retailing, ABQ not the best place for late night munchies, Santa Fe Spirits and Cacao Santa Fe spoil us rotten, Brixen's finally shows its face, someone keeps smashing up Taqueria Mexico and Kasey's closes because of some sad circumstances.

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Memorable Edibles

Canna-candies ain’t so sweet

Rini Grammer treats PTSD-triggered anger by smoking a legendary strain but is disappointed by the taste of cannabis hard candies.

Alibi V.26 No.25 • June 22-28, 2017

Catch the Pizza Bug

Blue Grasshopper has serious pizza and scads of beer

Blue Grasshopper Brewpub on the West Side invented neither beer nor pizza, but does a damn fine job at serving up both to the sweaty Burqueños who crawl into its cool, dark depths.

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The Writing Life

And the winners of the Pretty in Print writing competition are ...

We asked readers of the Alibi to share their writing and we received a lot of great submissions, but our task was to choose only three winners. Here they are.

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New Budget, More Business

Council meets ahead of summer break

Budget tweaked, Healthy Workforce Initiative's entire text to be on ballot and gas tax removed for space.

Newscity

Waste drum mislabeled by N.M. lab, lawsuit against PED goes to trial and city installs new bike lanes.

Odds & Ends

Funny because having your dick bit off by a pig and then dying from the resulting infection happens to someone else. Yes, “Funny.”

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Trost is the Most

Multi-instrumentalist rocks new record

August March chats with Heather Trost about her new album, Agistri.

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We're Off On the Road to Los Lunas

Visiting Minerva in a far-off land

Josh Lee travels to Los Lunas to see if they're ready for the coming data center workers. He finds a mood-boosting strain, a hunger-causing strain and a sleep-inducing one too.

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Cars 3

Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line

Cars 3 is no ironclad Pixar classic but it is a well made film that delivers more or less the same sentimental moral as the original and Larry the Cable Guy is hardly in this one at all.

Reel World

See the Navajo Documentary Film Tour, the Annual Feline Film Festival and The LEGO Batman Movie outdoors.

Crash Course

“Blood Drive” on Syfy

With its new trashy-and-proud-of-it action drama “Blood Drive,” Syfy veers into the uncharted realm of grindhouse exploitation.

Week in Sloth

There are monsters in "The Mist" and in "Hotel Transylvania: The Series" but in Okja, who are the real monsters?

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Something Wonderful This Way Comes

Shakespeare on the Plaza stages Macbeth and more

Shakespeare on the Plaza aims to bring the significance of The Bard to Albuquerque at large by making the annual open-air staging of the plays entirely free.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods is limitlessly funny, never bogged down by its slew of surprisingly well-crafted mini-games or its heart-wrenching moments of sorrow, embarrassment or the macabre.

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Food News

Cutbow Coffee Roastology announces opening, Random Acts of Rideshare delivers food to fire evacuees, Tasty Spot app available for download, Cielito Lindo plans on opening a fleet of new locations, La Salita moves to a spot with more parking and Poki Poki announces two new restaurants.

Alibi V.26 No.24 • June 15-21, 2017

Pedrotty’s Bigger Picture

Candidate: healthy future is now

Gus Pedrotty's bid for mayor began as idealistic, 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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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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Someone is Singing

Gifts from a flower to a garden

One of the prime spots for live music in Burque celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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El Portal de la Percepción

Monica’s is the door to delicious

The food at Monica’s El Portal Restaurant resembles and tastes like home-cooked New Mexican fare more than any of the other dozen or so diners August March has visited in the past year.

Food News

Cielito Lindo is opening two new locations, the Fermentation Festival is on its way, Thai Vegan Nob Hill works out some bugs, a food truck driver is charged with shooting, Chef Daniel Morgan gets us ready for Father’s Day and McDonald's makes a cannabis joke.

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Paris Can Wait

Rambling romantic trip to Paris should have taken the bullet train

Paris Can Wait is exactly the sort of pretty, pseudo-exotic, post-menopausal romance you’d expect a wealthy, film-obsessed octogenarian to make in conjunction with Lifetime Films.

Reel World

See a documentary about a 19-year-old’s gender identity evolution, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Kimo or other movies in parks.

What Up, Dog?

“Hey Duggee” on Nick Jr.

Hey, Duggee, I’m kind of addicted to your cartoon show, but I have a few questions.

Week in Sloth

’80s style punks with guns, a nostalgic BBC costume drama and for some reason an old scandal named Watergate is on peoples’ minds again.

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Looking Backward

Gay Kid on a Cattle Ranch recounts joy and pain of coming of age in N.M. ranchlands

John Burns' latest elucidation of love for musical theater comes in the shape of the quirky cabaret Gay Kid on A Cattle Ranch, a piece that explores his unique experience of growing up on a cattle ranch in Nara Visa, N.M., all the while knowing that he stood slightly apart from the expected farm boy type.

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If You Build It, They Will Smoke

With the resurgence of hand-crafting as a kind of weekend hipster sport—along with the sudden influx of new cannabis patients in the community—it should come as no surprise that we've come upon a whole new era for pipe-making.