Alibi V.21 No.45 • Nov 8-14, 2012

Feast on Film

Your nutritious guide to holiday movies

What’s hitting the table this holiday season?

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Skyfall

For a man of 50, James Bond is looking better than ever

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise. The famed superspy’s first cinematic adventure, Dr. No, hit theaters in 1962. To celebrate, producers have pulled out all the stops to make Bond’s latest big-screen adventure his biggest and boldest yet.

Reel World

Award-winning author (The American Way of War) and filmmaker (Why We Fight) Eugene Jarecki will visit Albuquerque this weekend to introduce his new documentary The House I Live In.

“Glee” for Straight Dudes

“Wedding Band” on TBS

TBS’ new hour-long comedy is more or less Wedding Crashers and The Wedding Singer crudely sewn onto an episode of “Glee” with those big, Frankenstein-style stitches. Ignore the scars, though, and you might discover an amiably raunchy musical comedy with which to while away a boring Saturday night.

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Humanity and Divinity

Santa Fe playwright infuses love story with dark philosophy

A precocious young stenographer is sent to help the famous Russian author in dire deadline straights.

X-mas 4-eva

The holiday season is expanding, encroaching on more weeks of the year. To get away from the madness, check out the Hipster Craft Fair at Hipstich. This is definitely not a mainstream fare.

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News Feature

Reporter Margaret Wright speaks with strippers and politicians about the city’s new batch of strip club regulations.

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To Burque, With Love

Jenny Invert delivers dark, operatic pop

We chatted with Jenny Invert’s Sam Miller about stamps, philosophy, music, Seattle and Mike Watt.

A/V Reducer

Check out the debut of our A/V Reducer column, wherein we meditate on and muse about music videos.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to Bat for Lashes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Soft Moon.

Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re into punk, folk or thrashcore, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

In the Wake

This week’s Flyer on the Wall hypes both a mixed-media photography show and a corresponding concert at The Kosmos.

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Alibi V.21 No.44 • Nov 1-7, 2012

The Intelligence Quotient

Seattle rockers sound smart

Captain America shares insight into The Intelligence’s sonic evolution, performance style and new album.

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Next Gen Justice

Young women tackle reproductive equity

Girl Tech participants say the “if, how and when” decisions about having kids should be left to mothers.

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Beauty Is Embarrassing

Irreverent documentary about successful puppeteer-cum-artist says it’s OK to laugh at art

“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” puppeteer Wayne White finally gets the biographical treatment he so richly deserves.

Reel World

KNME-5 hosts a screening of Ken Burns’ old-timey documentary series “The Dust Bowl.” Swing by the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 to see the show’s first episode, which was partially shot in New Mexico.

Electile Dysfunction

Your Guide to Election Night 2012

Starting early in evening, your television will be a sea of pundits in red or blue ties showing off a string of slowly accruing exit poll numbers and electoral college counts. Devin O’Leary provides a few basic tips on how to survive without going crazy.

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Music to Your Ears

In this week’s Music to Your Ears, Derek Caterwaul reports on High Mayhem Emerging Arts’ third annual Fall Series.

Trip Out

This week’s Flyer on the Wall capitalizes on ‘60s style and promotes a Saturday evening psych rock gig at Sister.

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Major-Minor Doom

Bit characters from Hamlet wander to their demise at Theatre X

This is no spoiler: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.” An ambassador from England announces this at the end of Hamlet and this masterpiece from Tom Stoppard. Anyone who is familiar with Hamlet or has even read the title of Stoppard's classic absurdist drama has a pretty good idea of where they play's action is headed. Even the protagonists, at various turns in the story, know they're going to die, though they either forget or willfully ignore the information upon receiving it every time.

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Girl Eats Bugs

Daniella Martin, internet entomophage

Daniella Martin, writer of the Girl Meets Bug blog, spills about the origins of her passion for eating bugs, her favorite recipe and which critters she thinks a first-time entomophag should start with.

The Insectivore’s Dilemma

The Abq BioPark Zoo’s Creeping, Crawling Cuisine dinner wants to help you get past your ingrained squeamishness about eating insects, arachnids and other invertebrates.

Alibi V.21 No.43 • Oct 25-31, 2012

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Shoutout! Maggie Toulouse Oliver

During hectic election seasons when they’re likely slammed with questions, the voice on the other end of the line is always ready to help us out. Maybe that doesn’t seem exceptional, but trust us: Prompt, accurate info is not the norm among governmental agencies.

$$$ for I-25 and Paseo: NO

Albuquerque city leaders are asking for $50 million in gross receipts tax revenue bonds to reconstruct the Paseo del Norte and I-25 interchange.

Minimum Wage

Boost it! Because it’s the right thing to do.

Why we should raise it and help low-income families in Albuquerque.

Bonds

Though we’re not crazy about the Municipal Bond Question that gives $50 million to the mega Paseo construction project, the Alibi supports almost all of the other bonds on the ballot. Bond Questions A, B and C allow for improvements to senior citizen facilities, libraries and higher education improvements.

Long-Jump to the Ballot Box

You'd think everyone would be passionate about increasing the ranks of voters and educating people about the importance of civic participation. Right?

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Cloud Atlas

Time-hopping sci-fi tale soars—but how high?

Among the books often labeled unfilmable is David Mitchell’s 2004 sci-fi hexaptych Cloud Atlas. Somebody finally decided to wrestle that tiger, though, and the results are structurally (if not always emotionally) miraculous—a $100 million genre-hopping art house blockbuster in search of a sympathetic audience.

Reel World

Louie’s Rock-N-Reels, Albuquerque’s longtime purveyor of awesome movie memorabilia, suffered a break-in late last month. Owner Louie Torres says several of his most prized items disappeared during the burglary. This is lousy news and not just because it takes money from the pockets of a hardworking local businessman. It also deprives Albuquerque’s movie fans of the opportunity to purchase their own piece of movie history.

Dead and Gone

2012’s TV dead pool strikes early and often

Every fall, casual viewers and industry insiders alike engage in a little game. They try to guess which of the new TV shows is so bad or so badly placed (or both) that it will be the first to get canceled. If, for fall 2012, you put your money on CBS’ “Jersey Shore”-meets-“Ally McBeal” show “Made in Jersey,” then consider yourself an ace prognosticator. Less than four weeks into the new season, CBS executives gave the low-rated Friday night show the ax.

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Bands by Lottery

Anomalous fest embraces chance

Emma Crane and Andy Lyman, organizers of Band Lottery: The Show(down), share the method of their madness and details on this weekend’s adventitious showcase.

Kick(start) Their Crotch

Glitter Dick's Sparkling Richard

Captain America delivers a jocular and enlightening report on rock and roll foursome Glitter Dick’s debut album Kickstarter campaign.

Music to Your Ears

Plan your creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky week of concert-going with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

Emma Crane’s random tracks

Charming, knowing singer / songwriter Emma Crane supplies this week’s Song Roulette and daydreams about the ultimate intimate concert.

Bela does Mitt

This week’s Flyer on the Wall ponders the relative scariness of politicians and vampires. It also promotes a Halloween concert at Blackbird Buvette starring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd.

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An Empty November

Vortex’s solid cast props up madcap plotline

The premise may sound familiar as our real presidential election approaches, but this piece written by David Mamet is so absurd and pointless that it fails to connect to anything bearing resemblance to reality.

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Spice Up Your Sick Life

Fighting illness with the arsenal in your kitchen

Did you know that just around the corner from your sick bed there’s a trove of remedies? Not in your medicine cabinet but in your spice rack. Your kitchen is an illness-fighting arsenal.