Alibi V.21 No.42 • Oct 18-24, 2012

Take This Waltz

Indie drama about infidelity hits like a cold shower

After testing the writing-directing waters with her delicate 2006 Alzheimer’s drama Away From Her, Sarah Polley pauses to contemplates the gulf between love and desire in the complicated romantic ménage à trois Take This Waltz.

Best of Burque Restaurants Voting is Closing Soon!

Let us know your favorite eats in the 505 before Sept. 20

Albuquerque’s restaurant scene is thriving, but that scene doesn’t grow and change without input from you, the diners. Which is why we have the Best of Burque Restaurants reader poll each year, so you can cast your votes for the best cocktail bar, the best pizza place, and the best green chile to be found in the city. This is the kind of thing that restaurants will print out and proudly display in their windows for years to come, so, y’know, don’t take it lightly.

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Socialism’s Front Woman

Young candidate for president calls for people to get organized

Peta Lindsay’s campaign is not about a short-term electoral victory. It’s about building a movement, she says, and setting an example for young people who feel alienated by the political scene.

The Hungry Ghosts

Doctor says loss and trauma cause addiction—not just genetics

Maté is a compelling speaker, as his agile phraseology and hard-earned authority bear out—regardless of whether you agree with his conclusions. And some people don't.

Around and Around

In defense of the Candelaria roundabout

The intersection sees 300 percent more accidents with pedestrians than the rest of the city, equivalent to the San Mateo and Montgomery intersection. That is just startling for an area that rightfully prides itself on a mellow pace of life.

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Reel World

Santa Fe-based ambient music composer Michael Stearns will be on hand to introduce screenings of the film Samsara on Friday, Oct. 19, at Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema. The film is a major collaboration between Stearns and director Ron Fricke.

“Nashville” on ABC

Little Bit Country

Sometimes it pays to watch the credits. I wouldn’t have given ABC’s new musical drama “Nashville” much of a glance if I hadn’t paid attention to who’s behind the camera. The show is created by Callie Khouri, who won herself an Academy Award for a little movie called Thelma & Louise.

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Daniel Brigman’s Random Tracks

Experimental musician Daniel Brigman shares five random tracks and gives us the scoop on an all-ages show on Friday at DIY venue Moldspores.

Candy on the Bus

This sweet, smart flyer for a Tuesday night house show featuring Busdriver, Nocando, Open Mike Eagle and Sapience Christ&Omen20012 brings back memories of passing notes and having crushes.

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Mean Bao

Lean dessert machine

Mean Bao Tawainese-American bakery offers perfectly concocted delights like savory and vanilla cream bao (a beignet-like treat), pineapple cake and green tea milk buns.

News for Foodies

Bite-sized edition

Detectable levels of lead in urban-farmed eggs mean bad news for the burgeoning backyard chicken movement.

Alibi V.21 No.41 • Oct 11-17, 2012

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!

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Alibi V.21 No.40 • Oct 4-10, 2012

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.

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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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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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Tasting the Fire

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina.

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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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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.

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.