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 V.15 No.6 | February 9 - 15, 2006 
V-Day is Upon Us!
The time has come once again for the mushiest of our annual contests: The Valentine's Day Card Contest. This year there's so much romantic flourish that page 18 is literally sticky. So climb aboard our little loveboat and behold the meticulous and heartfelt craftsmanship of our local Don Juans and Don Juanitas.
Big Brother is Watching
A letter criticizing the Bush administration, published in the Alibi last September, leads to a particularly creepy investigation of its author. As Steven Robert Allen reports, the VA nurse, now represented by the ACLU, was accused of sedition.
Spotlight: The Empty Orchestra
Got an itch you need to scratch? A thirst you need to quench? A need to fulfill a secret desire? An insatiable yearning to sing? Are pathetic renditions of '80s adult contemporary songs, wood-paneled bars and highballs your only cure? Lucky for you, my friend, we've provided a seven-day guide to karaoke in Burque.
Restaurant Review: The Red Ball Café
The Red Ball Café has been a Barelas landmark since the Depression, and while their Wimpy Burger no longer costs a nickel, the classic burger is still on the menu, along with a heap of New Mexican treats and a load of priceless local history.
Idiot Box: WB + UPN = CW?
The WB and UPN are going out of business. Now you can finally know a life free of The Gilmore Girls ... or so you might think. Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. have merged and plan to salvage a few of the more profitable shows from each network, including the aforementioned piece of crap. Devin D. O'Leary tells the tale.
Author Interview
In an interview with Caroline Moorehead, author of Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees, tragedies of war, famine and people bound by borders are revealed.

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NEWS

The Daily Word in bomb threats, no more square hamburgers in Russia and Presidential pants

The Daily Word

Huning Highland shall not be home to a Subway.

The man who was subjected to an extensive and illegal cavity search courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's department details his story in a new interview.

Someone threatened to blow up the capital building in Santa Fe.

Naked intruder alert.

Dead Jackass star Ryan Dunn's photo wasn't supposed to be used in this story.

Behold the motorized sneaker/rocket roller skate thingees.

No more Wendy's in Russia.

March of the Juggalos.

The time President Johnson ordered pants.

A satanist group is leveraging the Hobby Lobby decision to challenge "informed consent" laws.

An American Hippie in Israel.

news

The Daily Word in WWI, wacky weather and other worries.

The Daily Word

Happy 100th birthday, World War I.

Massive, explosive decompression brought down MH17.

A tornado hit near Boston.

A lightning storm hit Venice Beach.

I wonder if Palin TV will show Lidsville.

Watch the trailer for the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode.

Now worry about kissing-bug disease.

A UFO terrifies Toronto.

Sexual harrassment at Comic-Con exists.

Get ready for the new mass extinction.

Progress Now NM is pushing for $25 fines for marijuana possission.

An Albuquerque hot dog cart was stolen.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Go swimming!

Happy birthday, Steve Morse.

Alibi Picks

Rubberneckin': Toadies in the Duke City

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Toadies will perform Rubberneck in its entirety at Sister (407 Central NW) tomorrow night. Lazily categorized as “post-grunge,” the songs that comprise their platinum-selling debut album are more intricate and timeless than this subgenre would suggest. It's a clever balance of slightly progressive roughness with a Southern-fried tinge, all wrapped up in a sinister bow, thanks to the macabre, cerebral lyrics of frontman Vaden Todd Lewis. Without a single weak track, it only seems proper that the album be played front to back. The first two legs of the Rubberneck Anniversary Tour were so well received that a third leg was added with a stop in the Duke City.

The Toadies are still going strong, having released two noteworthy albums since reforming in 2008. In a recent Alibi interview with drummer Mark Reznicek, he touched on the band's signature sound, created by the tendency to veer away from standard 4/4 time. “Initial ideas can sound too straight,” Reznick said, so they'll add a couple beats every few measures to make it interesting. “It can come naturally or by accident,” but the goal is for the listener to “not even know it's odd. If there's away we can screw up a time signature and make it work, we'll explore it.”

Get there early for Ume (pronounced “ooo-may”), a three-piece outfit that joined Toadies and Helmet on a prior tour. Speaking of their front woman and guitarist, Lauren Larson, Reznicek boasts, “You won't believe that all that sound comes from one small lady.” With doctored crap being passed off as music these days, it's easy to become cynical about live music. Rest assured, Toadies will get that vampire blood pumping through your veins, raise the hair on the back of your neck and leave you at the end of it all with a dirty, satisfying feeling. The 21-and-up show costs $20, and the music kicks off at 9pm. Sister • Tue Jul 29 • 9pm • $20 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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