Alibi V.21 No.41 • Oct 11-17, 2012

Zorba’s

A legend reincarnated

A nostalgic Ty Bannerman tries octopus for the first time at the two-year-old restaurant started by the former owners of Olympia Café.

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Best of Burque Restaurants 2012

Once again, the Alibi is proud to present the absolute best restaurants this city has to offer, as voted on by you, our readers. Whether you’re a longtime Burqueño looking to see whether your favorite spots have been rewarded for what they do best, or a new arrival trying to get your bearings in a town with so many great food options, this guide is indispensable for anyone with an appetite. A hearty congratulations to all the winners!

Breakfast

From brain-fueling oatmeal to gut-busting burritos, Burque never skimps on the most important meal of the day.

Lunch + Dinner

Satisfy your craving for that midday sandwich, afternoon mac ‘n’ cheese, evening burger or midnight falafel.

N.M. Cuisine

See which restaurants do our fair state proud with their green chile cheeseburgers, sopaipillas and carne adovada.

The Good Bad Stuff

We from the 505 do not take our food lightly, nor our proportions. What soul-satisfying grub has captured our affection?

You Deserve Dessert

You deserve key lime pie, caramel apple donuts, blueberry struesel, strawberry cheesecake and frozen yogurt. Shh ... don’t let them tell you otherwise. You deserve it.

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Searching for Sugar Man

Soulful documentary proves rock and roll dreams come true

Soulful documentary about a Detroit-area singer-songwriter proves rock and roll dreams really do come true.

Reel World

Reel New Mexico, Santa Fe’s only monthly independent film series, is back on Thursday, Oct. 11, with the premiere of Missing You.

Supernatural Superintendents

“666 Park Avenue” on ABC

If you think combining “Melrose Place” with “American Horror Story” sounds like a great idea, then you’re not very creative. You are, however, creative enough to be a programming executive at ABC. The network’s new series “666 Park Avenue,” is far more soapy than scary—but it does manage to meld two not terribly compatible genres into a rather rickety hour-long melodrama.

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Preaching to the Prez

Christian groups shout mixed messages at the White House

A coalition of Christian groups goes to Washington, D.C., to protest prayerfully.

Bucking the Buck

Businesses combat a $1 minimum wage bump

The wage hike will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In the meantime, groups on both sides of the issue mount campaigns to sway voters.

Springs Fling

A relaxed, all-season Colorado destination

Travel writer Elizabeth W. Hughes heads north for camping and a float race down a river.

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Playing Cowboys and Indian

Hillbilly rockers roll through fashion, cars and music

Two-thirds of Cowboys and Indian talk pomade (or lack thereof), redux, car culture and recording aspirations.

Top TEN

Read all about three diverse shows happening this week in Burque and Santa Fe.

Sonic Reducer

This week, Captain America listened to Bob Mould, The Hi-Lo Tones and The Raveonettes.

Low Life’s Blue Period

This week’s Flyer on the Wall is both literally and figuratively blue and announces the last Thursday night Low Life at Blackbird Buvette.

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Eclipse of the Heart

An ambitious and haunting play falls flat

Southwest Rural Theatre Project takes on a challenging and atmospheric musical.

Alibi V.21 No.40 • Oct 4-10, 2012

Looper

Time travel gets trippy in Rian Johnson’s brainy, bullet-riddled genre-bender

Time travel gets trippy in Rian Johnson’s brainy, bullet-riddled genre-bender.

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Eat Like a Local

An off-the-beaten-path food guide

Driving around our fair city (and beyond) will eventually leave you hungry. After all, man does not live on offbeat tourist destinations alone.

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Brotherhood of the (Sad Baby) Wolf

I guess we have to talk about The Shins now

Eschewing the Shins-centric perspective Sad Baby Wolf's publicist urged, Marisa Demarco shares the tale of a local indie rock quintet whose members value family, friendship and maintaining a sense of humor as much as they enjoy rocking out in the limelight.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to Michael Anthony, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Dum Dum Girls.

Spañapalooza Turns 11

This charmingly jumbled monochrome flyer invites Nuevo Mexicanos of all ages to Española Skate Park on Saturday for the 11th Annual Spañapalooza. Skate demos, graffiti battles, food and performances by enchanted-land bands—ranging from Burqueño hip-hop crew Zoology to Taoseño black metal duo Willow to Española-based glitch / dubstep act SIMpill—make the hour-and-a-half drive well worth it. Learn more at: tinyurl.com/spana2012 (SAC)

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Dia de los Zines

Celebrate independent publishing

The second-annual ABQ Zine Fest is upon us. Get over to Kosmos on Oct. 6 and check it out.

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The Specter of Voter Fraud

Despite low numbers of New Mexicans registering to vote, the secretary of state's attention is elsewhere

Despite low numbers of New Mexicans registering to vote, the secretary of state's attention is elsewhere.

First Responders

Study says AFD needs more staff and more gear to answer calls quickly

Two studies came out last month. One looks at ways to save the city money, the other posits things are spread to thin at the Albuquerque Fire Department.

The Right is Lying About Obamacare

One of the most puzzling aspects of the election for Jerry Ortiz y Pino is the way Republican candidates and conservative super PACs are deliberately painting our Affordable Care Act as a boogeyman.

Get Registered

The last day to register to vote in the 2012 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Coming Out, Touching Down

Citizens show up to Council chambers to talk National Coming Out Day. Councilor Michael Cook wants to make it easier for balloons to land around the city.

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Kaling Delivers Laughs

“The Mindy Project” on FOX

Writer-producer-actress and all-around comedienne Mindy Kaling abandons the sinking ship that is the final season of NBC’s “The Office” to head her own, self-titled sitcom over on FOX.

Reel World

The upcoming Santa Fe Film Festival (Dec. 6-9) presents another one of its sneak-preview events. This Friday, Oct. 5, there will be a special screening and reception for the film Without Borders. The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium (113 Lincoln, next to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe). Without Borders introduces audiences to Thanasis (Yorgo Voyagis), a goodhearted Athenian cotton candy vendor who does his best to raise a baby girl after her mother—an immigrant prostitute—abandons her and disappears to America to find her fortune. Years later, mom returns and reclaims her daughter. With no money, no visa and no English skills, Thanasis heads to America to find the child he raised as his own. The film’s writer-director Nick Gaitatjis and several cast members, including Academy Award nominee Seymour Cassel, will be in attendance. Ticket price is $30 and includes screening, Q&A / reception, food and drink.

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Tasting the Fire

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina.

Alibi V.21 No.39 • Sept 27-Oct 3, 2012

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Cubes of Beauty

Operation Art Box, part deux

Circulation manager Geoffrey Plant writes about all of the local artists who revamped our distro boxes in 2012.

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Decade of Decadence

The Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival turns 10

The 10th annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival rips back the curtain on more than a week’s worth of features, documentaries and shorts.

Reel World

Multiple congratulations are in order. Local producer Anthony DellaFlora and videographers Blaise Koller and Charles McClain have all been nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy. The trio worked together on “Flight Path: The Flyway Project,” a short documentary detailing Corrales artist Robert Wilson’s journey from creation to completion of a controversial public art project using recycled jetty jacks. The documentary was produced as part of a series of interview shows for the city’s Public Art Urban Enhancement Program that airs on Albuquerque’s GOV-TV (Comcast Cable Channel 16). Winners of this year’s Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards will be announced in Phoenix on Oct. 6. In the meantime, DellaFlora (along with his writing partner Michael Gallagher) has inked a deal with the recently formed Rio Grande Media Group. DellaFlora and Gallagher’s script for the crime thriller Dead By Thursday has been optioned as a feature film project. The group, which produces the late-night variety show “The After After Party” with Steven Michael Quezada, is hoping to branch out into larger projects—including a possible TV drama. If all goes well, Dead By Thursday will begin shooting in Albuquerque, Deming, Las Cruces and Grants by next year.

The Bomb, Baby!

“Last Resort” on ABC

A few weeks in and the fall 2012 TV season is already starting to look like a washout. Almost none of the new shows are generating much interest. All that is about to change drastically, though, with the bracing, nuclear-power shot across the bow that is ABC’s “Last Resort.” This isn’t just the best new show, it’s the best hour of television in ages.

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Buddha’s Songwriter Gives Voice to Optimism

Chris Smither takes on the imponderables—and wins

Singer/songwriter Chris Smither doesn’t need much to cast his spell, just his blue guitar and a miked particleboard so his tapping foot can keep time.

Breakup Mix

I’m not breaking up with anybody. I’m just breaking up with my job, so I made you this mix. We’ll always have the music!

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Dark Days of Detention

The legacy of Japanese American internment in New Mexico

Advocacy group raises awareness about internment camps during WWII in our state.

Freedumb of Speech

Racist anti-abortion posters draw student ire

Native American students were shocked by posters displayed on UNM campus. They led a demonstration of their own in response.

Hot in Here

The Council gives a thumb’s up a landmark designation at Bataan Memorial Park but won’t support Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day.

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Turning Point

Mother Road brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life

Featuring a cast of almost 30 characters representing real historical figures, The Killer Angels attempts to dramatize the events surrounding the Civil War’s pivotal Battle of Gettysburg

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Best of the Worst of the Fair

Flavors that linger

A crack team of iron-stomached eating enthusiasts spend a Sunday night scouring the State Fair booths for the most grotesque and oddball foodstuffs they can find.