Weekly Alibi
 May 7 - 13, 2009 
Maren Tarro grabs a carton of Camels and hits the open road to see what lies beyond the boundaries of Albuquerque. (She finds gypsum, nuts, a chimp named Ham and reminders of New Mexico's volcanic past.) Plus, the Alibi's Recession-Proof Summer Guide bubbles over with a season's worth of cheap thrills.
NEWS/OPINION
The proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant might get its permit yanked by the EPA. Albuquerque's brand-new Encantada TV channel brings local arts, film, food and sports programs to your television. And everyone should relax about swine flu.
MUSIC
Hip-hop a cappella artist Zack Freeman uses his voice to touch souls. Meanwhile, Super Furry Animals' Dark Days/Light Years bounces from funk to hippie jams to sunshine-folk and never stops to ask for directions, instead reveling in getting lost.
FOOD
Victory gardens are thriving for the first time since WWII; but if you want to save money with a backyard recession patch of your own, you've got to invest time and sweat.
FILM & TV
X-Men Origins: Wolverine isn’t an awful movie. It’s just completely mediocre in every way. And the indie comedy Gigantic is filled with terrific good humor and charming characters.
ARTS/LIT
Best-selling author Michael Datcher speaks about laying himself bare in his autobiography Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story. Plus, the Minotaur, armless cats and a devil are on display at Cirq Art Gallery and Boutique.
Websclusive: Artspace 116
Photography and painting and porcelain, oh my!

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Alibi Picks

A Feast for Folk Fans: Conor Oberst at Sunshine

Hipsters and folksters, both young and old, are invited to gather at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow night for an all-ages Conor Oberst concert. Promoting his fifth solo album Upside Down Mountain on this coast-to-coast tour, fans can expect to hear more poignant musical poetry than ever before. Oberst will sing new songs like sleepy, indie-pop tune “Time Forgot,” bittersweet trip-down-memory-lane “You Are Your Mother’s Child” and even a few relative oldies like rowdy, foot-stomping number "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)." Originally of Bright Eyes, Oberst brings a quavery, campfire vocal quality and simple, comforting and impassioned guitar playing. His poetic lyricsthat make fans remember childhood and lost lovesare where Oberst shines the most, and he has won recognition as an expressive and subtle lyricist. Don’t bring your mosh gear; instead, bring a lighter (or a lighter-imitating smartphone app) to wave in the air and a few buddies to sway with. Tickets are $25, and opening acts Jonathan Wilson and Refried Ice Cream take the stage starting at 8pm. Sunshine Theater • Tue Sep 23 • 8pm • $25 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.

In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.

If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.

In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voterssome of whom obviously voted for hernow seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Strikingand very AlarmingContrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.

In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."

But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.

Alibi Picks

Welcome to the Danger Zone: Danger Carnival

Seeking some adult-friendly danger this weekend? How about a carnival’s worth? Emerge ABQ’s Danger Carnival is back for a second year! Step right up this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 11pm at Skarsgard Farms (3435 Stanford NE) for a night of art, food and entertainment. Equal parts harvest festival, freak show and vaudeville spectacle, the Second Annual Danger Carnival features fabulous fun for ages 21-plus. Jam along to The Tall Boys, DJ Dave 12, Zack Freeman and DJ James Black. Dandykor offers a spanking booth for the especially naughty, and Olive Bee Photography invites you to celebrate the skin you’re in with a Body Positive Photo Temple. Still feeling adventurous? Check out body parts printing by Zona, then marvel as the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Soo Bak Food Truck brings a taste of “Korean Seoul Food,” while ABQ Mystique’s menu features Frito Pie and beer brat sandwiches. Wet your whistle with Skarsgard Farm’s hard cider and Casa Rondeña wines. For $5, you get five carnival tickets; additional tickets are $1. For more info, and to RSVP for Danger Carnival, visit on.fb.me/1obBV1M. Skarsgard Farms • Sat Sep 20 • 6-11pm • $5 suggested donation • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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