Roving Burque art generator Black Market Goods is resurfacing for its annual Xmas show and toy drive. Fifteen artists—Josh Jones, Corey Yazzie, Peanut and more—will show off their work alongside fashion from Trystan's Trinkets and Tutus, Zuri Bennett and Thin King Press. Get a bellyful of hot green chile stew, take in some music spun by DJ Wae Funky, and get your body painted at the Winter Daze event. If you bring an unwrapped toy, you can enter a raffle to win free art. For more, go to bit.ly/BMGoods. Downtown Contemporary Art Gallery • Sat Dec 15 • 8 pm • View on Alibi calendar
There was a time when the items in your house weren't assembled by the tiny hands of children in other countries and shipped to a fluorescent-lit, big-box store near you. The Old School rooted itself in Albuquerque a couple of years ago with a mission: To pass on the skills of yore that helped people live inexpensively and sustainably. Experts teach classes in the home arts, and cheap and safe child care is available. This weekend's sessions may yield items that can easily be turned into gifts. In the Kitchen Cosmetics class this afternoon, you can learn to make fizzy bath bombs, and salt and sugar scrubs. In the Culturing Milk course, you can make your own yogurt, kefir and cheese. Tomorrow offers Embroidery for Beginners, as well as Soap-Making. Prices and times vary, and space is limited. Go to abqoldschool.com for more. The Old School • Fri Nov 30 • 5 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar
As the announcement broke Tuesday that our police force is under investigation by the feds, I was making the final edits to an article about civil rights lawyer Mary Han. She died two years ago, and though the Albuquerque Police Department declared her death a suicide, people who knew her say there’s no way.
The crime scene was so badly handled, according to her family, it will be nearly impossible to find out what happened to Han, an attorney who never shied away from taking on APD or the city. Twenty-six people—officers, APD brass, high-ranking city officials—went to Han’s house that day, according to the civil lawsuit.
Check out the house that Delahunt built for her master’s in fine art. For her final project, the 3D artist decided to ensure her future living quarters so she can continue to pursue her art.
In this week’s Opinion section, longtime reporter Carolyn Carlson takes on a tough issue. UNM wanted to build a substance abuse treatment center near Central and San Mateo. But residents in that area say there are already too many of those kind of places in their neighborhood. UNM argues that more than half of its patients live in or near that region, and it’s serviced by a reliable bus line.
The issue hit close to home for Carlson this year. Read her story and her thoughts on the clinic, addiction and recovery.
Reporter Margaret Wright was there on election night as results came in, talking to supporters and candidates. She fills us in on fallout from election 2012.
Thanks to cottage industry supersite Etsy, you can buy holiday gifts made by people in your city. Amy Dalness outlines her favorite items in this week’s feature: Etsy-Querque. She also lists great local businesses with rad gift options. Keep the cash circulating in our stretch of desert.
And hey, did you know one of the Etsy founders is a Burqueño?
Amy Dalness, Alibi stuntwoman, spent the last few weeks scouring the city for the raddest stuff inside local businesses. Her finds are excellent. Peruse them in her feature “Social Gifting: Find the right presents for your circles.”