Alibi V.28 No.12 • March 21-27, 2019

The City and the State

Burque benefits from legislative luau

This year’s legislative session allocated $33 million to assist our city with many projects, including improving law enforcement, relieving Balloon Fiesta traffic and the redeveloping rail yards.

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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.

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The Council in March

City lawmakers on sovereignty, downtown, TV and the police

As the March winds wailed and blustered, Albuquerque became the first city in the US to officially recognize Native American governmental sovereignty. Councilors put the brakes on Downtown traffic and seek your input on proposed revisions to the city’s civilian police oversight ordinance.

Same Time, Next Year

A recap from the Roundhouse

Well, you all can keep those pipes in your pocket and continue to stash that stash. Though that may seem like bad news to your typical New Mexican, it’s really just a small, smoky mote in the eye.

Newscity

Health Department sent a medical exam van to migrant family shelters; water official said he'll work with AG in water rights battle; Rep. Debra Haaland addressed Congress last week concerning the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous women on Native reservations.

Odds & Ends

Funny because a “BreedReady” status leak happens to someone else.

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Get Baking, Get Baked

A layman’s guide to cooking with cannabis

Thinking of making your own cannabis edibles? Learn from others' mistakes and you can avoid throwing away hundreds of dollars in ingredients.

Freight House Kitchen + Tap

Beer and BBQ are the key to elevated pub grub

Bernalillo may not be the first spot that springs to mind when considering your next bite to eat, but the Freight House could certainly change that. You'll certainly find much to like with a menu and a vibe that's easy-going yet inviting.

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Gloria Bell

Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places

Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.

Submit to the State

See A League of Their Own on the big screen; film and TV sets need medics (not just people who play them) and it's time for local residents to submit films for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase; learn how to join the union for professional film technicians working “below the line” on TV and movie productions.

“Love, Death + Robots”

No Kids “Zone”

“Love, Death + Robots is “adult” in the sense that it’s super violent, loaded with cuss words and shows lots and lots of boobies. If you’re looking for an antecedent, it’s like Heavy Metal, but with less of the arty European fantasy stuff and more old-fashioned American exploitation.

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Watcher of the Skies

Chatting with Dremon, a fellow who flows

We chat with the rapper named Dremon, born and raised in Albuquerque among a family of music-lovers.

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Exploring Our Own Backyard

516 ARTS looks to our local past

While many works included have come directly from Ray Graham’s personal collection, In Our Own Backyard seeks to go beyond merely exhibiting an archive by bringing in current work to demonstrate a continuum and inspire the next generation of collectors, curators and artists.

Reading and Hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

Topping many Burquenos’ list of why they love living here is access to the great outdoors, but what if you’re at a loss for an excursion that fits your desired length, landscape and difficulty, or if you’re just tired of hiking the same trails every weekend?

Found Objects

This week there's I Am Harvey Milk, the annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Fronteriza poet Scenters-Zapico comes to read selections of her work and you can finally get your Albuquerque Solid Waste Management T-shirt.

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So It Goes

Legalization bill fails

"Compromise" legalization bill dies and Scott Gottlieb resigns from FDA leaving CBD regulatory framework unfinished. Come to the 2019 New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference!

Alibi V.28 No.11 • March 14-20, 2019

Portrait of a Creative Community

Forever Now: New Portraits by Andrew Fearnside

Weekly Alibi sat down with visual artist Andrew Fearnside to talk about community and what drives his interest in bringing community into his work.

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A Dream Deferred

Recreational Marijuana in 2020?

The tents were packed up. The elephants and donkeys have trouped back out to their homes on the range or in the mountains of the desert and back to the cities too. The circus was over, but recreational marijuana never made it into the ring-master’s inner circle.

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Ruben Brandt, Collector

Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller

Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.

Funny Films

This week there's the New Mexico Actors Showcase and screenings of Dinner at Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Funny Fest is looking for people and KiMo Theatre is offering guided tours.

Girl, Uninterrupted

“Shrill” on Hulu

“Shrill” balances its amusing pop cultural observations with some harsh realities about how cruel we can be—both to others and, ultimately, to ourselves.

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Just Words and Some Tunes

Let’s get there soon

This is the week when time catches up, when there is light again, well past supper. The evening activities that await seem to stretch across the mind’s eye like the lonesome stretch of old Route 66 that trails off into nothingness at the edge of Burque.

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Roasted Byrd

Local comedian catches insults for cancer

Why on Earth would anyone invite a group of vicious local comedians to roast her in public?

Found Objects

This week, you can check out an Open Poetry Reading, Enchanted Coloring and Crafts, Antiquarian Book Fair and Yjastros 34: The Rise of Flamenco.

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The Plume that Would Not Die

New Mexico Environment Department has a plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on its draft strategic plan to address the contamination and cleanup of the Kirtland jet fuel leak.

Talking with Donkeys

Democrats revisit recent successes and envision a hopeful future

Weekly Alibi met with Democratic Party communications director Joel Kasenetz and the current chair of the party, Marg Elliston to discuss the legislature, the state and the future.

A Real Emergency

Global warming must be addressed with urgency

Without a WWII-level effort to reduce CO2 emissions, we will soon approach a point where we can’t affect any meaningful change by controlling emissions, as the feedback loop cascades beyond control. Ignoring this problem is akin to waiting until the Nazi Wehrmacht is in Pennsylvania as opposed to France.

Newscity

Luna County commissioners unanimously approved a county resolution backing the president's emergency; Española water levels tested high for nitrates in November but not in January; Armed security guards began patrolling Rio Rancho Public Schools campuses this week.

Gas is Good

The readers write about natural gas, the wall vs the Green New Deal and the need for policy-makers' financial disclosure.

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Four Moons Farm in Los Lunas

Molly Mendenhall aims for healthy soil and crop diversity

In her first year as a grower, Molly Mendenhall convinced 10 friends to support her budding occupation by signing up for her newly formed Community Supported Agriculture cooperative. And then “it just kind of spiraled,” she says. “I didn’t think it would become a career.”

Next Door to the Brewery

Sweets and sandwiches at Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is about as close to a deli as there is in Albuquerque. They do breakfast and lunch and, cleverly, stay open late to cater to the Tractor Brewing crowd as well. You can order at TLB, take a number and let them know that you’ll be at the brewery, and they’ll bring your order over to you.

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Dare We Hope?

House passes legalization bill

New Mexico House passes compromise bill to legalize cannabis, the 450-plant limit ruled arbitrary and inadequate and House also passes hemp bills to expand production and innovation.

Alibi V.28 No.10 • March 7-13, 2019

The Fractured Earth

Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process

We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.

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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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Inmates, Bees and Behavioral Health

Bernalillo County Commission has a busy month

Bernalillo County Commissioners heard good news about a 24-year-old lawsuit, expressed support for saving bees and toads, funded new behavioral health housing and affirmed the county is immigrant friendly, all as part of a busy February.

The Valid Contrarian, Part II

Apodaca dishes on statewide issues

We present part two of our long conversation with Jeff Apodaca, New Mexico citizen and acute political observer.

Newscity

Board of Veterinary Medicine opposes bill that legalizes first responders giving first aid to animals; Sheriff Gonzales says he's taking part in 2nd Amendment sanctuary county movement; N.M. lawsuit against EPA can go forward.

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Going Down, Concert Time

Your friends are gonna be there too

As the air around you heats up and life returns all greenly, graciously to foothills and river forests, so too does the volume on locally stacked banks of Marshall amplifiers get turned up a notch.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by KBenally/LETSJUSB, Heaven For Less and a compilation from local label Blues Funeral Recordings.

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Downtown Wine Bar: Redux

New bar Wine.Dive has great food and diverse wine list

Wine.Dive's diverse but curated wine list makes for an easier experience without decision paralysis and the food menu is equally well-considered.

Food on the Airwaves

Reading is for chumps. Tune into these four food podcasts instead.

There’s a wealth of excellent storytelling about food happening these days, and podcasts seem to be the medium of choice.

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Climax

Gaspar Noé gets down with his bad self in one freaky acid trip

Half Bob Fosse and half Marquis de Sade, Climax will be a torture test for the average moviegoer. But for those in the market for something unshakably original, this is one very bad trip you might want to check out for yourself.

Get High

This festy week has the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the March Indie Screening, CatVideoFest 2019 and the Italian Film & Culture Festival.

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

CBS All Access is shaping up as the classic sci-fi lovers channel; Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen to adapt T.C. Boyle’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel The Tortilla Curtain; Netflix is reviving childhood fave “The Baby-Sitters Club"; Disney’s proprietary streaming service will launch with “Book of Enchantment.”

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La López Returns

Famed Chicana painter Póla López is back for Qué Chola exhibit

Born and raised in Las Vegas, N.M., Póla López nows lives in Los Angeles and is one of the best-loved painters in contemporary Chicanx art. She’s back in New Mexico this week, as one of her pieces is being featured in the Qué Chola exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

He’s Bringing Funny Back

Comedian Will Spottedbear is back in Burque

We chat with joke-slinger Will Spottedbear, returning for a gig in Albuquerque where weird people try to act normal.

Creative Conjuring

Local artists talk process

Lisa Valdes posed the question “What is your creative process like?” to four local artists. Here are the answers they gave.

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Thanks for All the Memories

Nostalgia, noses and Natural Rx

Mystery #1 takes Joshua Lee back in time, and Banana Liquor relieves ocular pressure and joint pain, leaving him in a dreamy, relaxed state.