Alibi V.26 No.35 • Aug 31-Sept 6, 2017

Patti Cake$

8 Mile goes to Jersey in beat-dropping indie drama

There’s just enough charisma and likability on display throughout Patti Cake$ to make you wish the man behind it were as interested in originality as he was in sentimental manipulation, crowd-pleasing formulas and rhyming insults.

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Weekly Alibi Turns 25

What I’ve learned over a decade of making newspapers

The best way to support the paper is to remember that “to love us is to plug us.”

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¡Oh, Si, It’s Them Oh Sees!

Dwyer’s evolving rock ritual

Ahead of his appearance at Sister as something multi-limbed, multifaceted and multi-named, John Dwyer chatted with Weekly Alibi.

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Fly By Night

The “Moth Migration Project” lands in downtown Albuquerque

Hilary Lorenz put out a call asking for individuals to make paper moths and mail them to her to so she could arrange them together in a massive installation of 40,000 moths—the number of moths a grizzly bear can eat in a single day.

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Seriously Promising

Blunt names give away the game

Serious Happiness lives up to its name, but Sour Chem isn't so good for folks who tend to carry a lot of anxiety.

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Newscity

Christopher Ruszkowski promoted to education secretary, supplemental fluoridation decision delayed and Navajo Housing Authority cleared of wrongdoing.

Consulting with Candidates

Political gurus influence local race

Some local mayoral campaign managers and consulting firms have already collected from $50,000 to $100,000 since the race began earlier this year.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a 99p charge for nothing happens to someone else.

Letters

The readers write about similar leader personalities and poisoned honey bees.

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Reel World

A grant is available for your science fiction or fantasy film idea, there’s a stage reading series to debug your dialog and a fundraiser for The Deadly Link documentary. Or just watch Sing at Civic Plaza.

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Toasting & Tasting

Steel Bender stays busy on Second Street

Steel Bender Brewyard's flavor and service could be improved but it does not have a popularity problem.

Food News

Smith’s kicks off the “Great American Food Drive,” Dion’s releases new ranch, Silver Street Market turns a year old, Sauce Pizza and Wine already giving back, how New Mexicans can help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey, and there’s a new boss in the food section.

Alibi V.26 No.34 • Aug 24-30, 2017

Filling in the Blanks

Hanging at Joe's Pasta House

Joe's Pasta House has the relaxed comfort of a familiar neighborhood mom-and-pop diner, but with the staff and menu of a fine dining establishment.

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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Portrait of unsung guitar god lets you doc out with your rock out

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story provides an enlightening crash-course in the glitter-and-guitar-heavy glam rock era while simultaneously singing the praises of one of the music industry’s most talented hidden figures.

Reel World

See The Incredibles at Civic Plaza, Power Rangers at a park or The Age of Innocence at the KiMo. Or attend the New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference.

On the Money

“DuckTales” on Disney XD

Though the extended pilot’s amped-up, post-milennial pace is sometimes wearying, “DuckTales” feels like a winner. Fans new and old should take to this one like a duck to water.

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Frida Kahlo Through the Lens

Her “battlefield of suffering” illumined in 241 photos from her private collection

In her work, Kahlo was able to continually realize and remake the power of pain. In her life, she stands as a figure of immutable strength and on her face, her “battlefield of suffering” is reflected back to the viewer.

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Greetings from the New Alibi Food & Drink Editor

We want your stories and your tasty food

If you pick up the Weekly Alibi with any regularity, you may have seen my name at the top of a few columns of text. I’ve been writing for the Alibi as a freelancer since the fall of 2015, jumping from section to section based on the editorial staff’s needs and my own whims. In that time, I’ve gotten to learn a lot about Albuquerque and its people, and I’ve written some things that have — hopefully — informed or entertained you.

Food News

New restaurant shares building with Cheese and Coffee, Guy Fieri visits ABQ, McDonald’s pulls out of India, The Range turns 25, La Casa Sena takes honors, and Frontier Restaurant runs off illegal parking.

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Lighting the Way to the Future

Post-eclipse meeting is subdued

A small post-eclipse crowd greeted city councilors at their Aug. 21 regular meeting. With no red-hot topics, councilors trekked through an easy agenda that included a new innovative public lighting plan, a halt to some road construction and grant dollars for senior citizen projects.

Udall on Climate Politics

Ignoring change puts country at risk, says N.M. Senator

The Powell Manifesto advocated that businesses whose profits were threatened by conservation and environmental laws should become involved in political campaigns and media. Tom Udall says it may have been the turning point in these regulations becoming partisan.

Newscity

Lawsuit filed to keep Albuquerque Healthy Workforce Ordinance off the ballot and N.M. ranked among the worst states for babies.

Odds & Ends

Funny because getting stranded at a North Dakota Walmart in your pajamas happens to someone else.

Letters

The readers write about someone who never surrendered and someone else who did.

Mayoral Forum Brings Candidates, Community Together

The election is Oct. 3

Local citizens continue to embrace and invigorate the local political scene. Their commitment to change and democracy was apparent and in full force at a satnding-room mayoral candidates’ forum—co-sponsored by the North Valley Coalition and Weekly Alibi—that happened Tuesday night, Aug. 23, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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A Warped Emancipator

Alibi music intern rocks out

Live music creates a sense of belonging, even if that belonging only remains as a summertime memory.

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Let’s Talk About S-E-X

CG and the dirty dirty

Josh Lee is skeptical of the aphrodisiacal qualities of Sexxpot, but it does seem to fight the most common enemy of the libido: stress.

Alibi V.26 No.33 • Aug 17-23, 2017

BernCo Turns Back Trumpian Logic

Commissioner Johnson’s anti-immigrant resolution refused

Bernalillo County Commission considers a resolution that would rescind the immigrant-friendly status of the county and the separate issue of adding dozens of Sheriff’s deputies to the county’s ranks.

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Best of Burque Restaurants VOTING ENDS WED. 9/20!

The age of prehistoric reader polls is ending soon

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! Voting ends Wednesday, Sept. 20 at high noon. Rawr!

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Newscity

APS splits district onto “Learning Zones,” judge invalidates governor's vetoes and closures caused by bear activity.

We Don’t Need No Education

No dark sarcasm in the classroom, but closures possible

The state Public Education Department rates schools to identify which ones could experience major overhauls, and that’s causing alarm among some teachers, especially in rural communities.

Odds & Ends

Funny because an unflattering mug shot happens to someone else.

Letters

The readers write about Christian Science and who is responsible for our policies on children's needs.

music

Birthday Party, Cheesecake, Jellybean, Boom!

And I feel fine

Go out this weekend unafraid, witness one of the greatest live music scenes here on Earth—given the proper amount of restraint and reserve, one hopes Burque’s concert culture will persist for innumerable weekends to come.

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Something for the Makers

Spoiler alert: We're all makers

The Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire will host soldering stations, “Take-a-Part(y)” courtesy of Quelab, and stations where visitors of all ages can explore things like rocket building, block printmaking, puzzle and maze design, a seed library, local history, rug crafting and much, much more.

The Flintstones Vol. 1

With DC’s recent acquisition of The Flintstones characters, Saturday morning delights are in the news again, with inventive creators putting their own spin on the beloved cartoon absurdity of yesteryear.

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Shot Caller

Prison drama succeeds in making life behind bars look bad—which isn’t much of a challenge, really

Despite some committed acting and some gloomy cinematography, Shot Caller is far too melodramatic and drags its twisty story out far too long to have the solid, gut-punch impact it so desperately wants.

Reel World

See Singin’ in the Rain at Civic Plaza, Smoke Signals and "The Best of 2017 48 Hour Film Project.” Crewmembers are wanted for Judgment.

Regularly Scheduled

Networks lock new fall lineups

The broadcast networks announced their fall schedules. Here's what we’ll be watching (or not) come September/October and what new shows have been sidelined until midseasons (January/February).

Week in Sloth

There's an “unscripted docuseries" about a Beverly Hills erotic club, legendary warriors of light chosen by the Trump Kingdom to protect the world from evil desires and a “Countdown to Darkness.”

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“He’s an Eatin’ Lad”

March goes all Jethro on y’all at Kap’s Coffee Shop

Diner fare and New Mexican cuisine are somehow related. They’re both a sort of comfort food available in America, after all. Kap’s Coffee Shop & Diner has both.

Food News

Insomnia Cookies delivers late-night addiction, Sandbar Brewery and Grill takes a historic spot, “Big Healthy Life” on big healthy lives, Chef Marc Quiñones does ABQ proud, Angel Fire resort hosts a real humdinger, and Flagship Foods announces major plans.

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Expect Legalization Talk in 2020

Cannabis on everyone’s mind

Prospective presidential candidate introduces bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level, Verdes Foundation begins building a farm in Corrales, NIH funds a study of cannabis usage as treatment for opioid addiction, and California town to become a "cannabis-friendly hospitality destination."