Alibi V.26 No.36 • Sept 7-13, 2017

The Road Goes Ever On

Headed to adventure on the Great Divide Trail

Jim Chavez's cycled all 2,768 miles of the Great Divide Trail, learning a lot about bike packing, route finding and the pace of life with a simple objective.

film

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Roadtrip through Lakota country is slow but sincere in its message

In Neither Wolf Nor Dog, a Minnesota-based writer travels to meet an inscrutable elder Native, to learn and tell his story.

Weather Porn

Disaster coverage on The Weather Channel

For the last week of August, The Weather Channel’s Harvey coverage filled up four of the top five spots among basic cable ratings, besting the likes of “Real Time With Bill Maher” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” which normally occupy those slots.

music

art

Ships Not at Sea

The work of NYC artist Alex Branch's residency at Sanitary Tortilla Factory

Over the course of six weeks Alex Branch will design, source materials for and build an acoustic vessel that will make its home, for a time, at Sanitary Tortilla Factory.

Hollow Knight

Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight combines strong game play with powerful immersion and storytelling, a strong contender for 2017’s game of the year.

news

Mijo, I’m Sick

Healthy Workforce Ordinance signals progress

The Healthy Workforce Ordinance would require that employers provide accrued paid sick time of one hour for every 30 hours worked.

Santolina Moves Ahead

Development’s second phase approved

The Santolina project gained some significant ground after the Bernalillo County Commission narrowly approved the next phase for the planned mega-development on the county’s far southwest mesa.

Newscity

HUD wants its Community Development Block Grant money back and N.M. hires accountants to model the tax code to predict the consequences of changes.

NM Oil and Gas Development Looms

Chaco, tribal lands at risk

Retired National Park Service employees spoke with reporters this week about the impacts of oil and gas development on some national parks—particularly from adjacent lands overseen by the US Bureau of Land Management.

Odds & Ends

Funny because being swallowed by the street happens to someone else.

food

Roots Farm Cafe: A Neighborhood Gathering Spot

Tijeras farm-to-table cafe serves up fresh veggies and small-town charm

Roots Farm Cafe has a take-it-easy vibe, with flavorful and fresh food in reasonable portions, without the ridiculously high prices that usually come along with anything vaguely “farm-to-table.”

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Pen Pals

Sessions gets some hate mail

Jeff Sessions has already made it clear that he isn't going to believe something just because it's true. The problem isn't his poorly sourced claims or his deceptive use of data. The problem is all these poindexter lawmakers trying to get him to use his head.

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

¡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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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.”

film

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.

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.

food

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.

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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.

art

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.

Alibi V.26 No.34 • Aug 24-30, 2017

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.

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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.

music

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.

film

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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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.

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.