Alibi V.22 No.35 • Aug 29-Sept 4, 2013

Shoo, Fly, Get Off of My Cloud

Nontoxic solutions for Burque’s latest plague

Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund gives helpful tips on how to curb your fly problems without calling on toxic pest control.

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Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to recent and forthcoming albums from Ebony Bones, The Tumbleweeds and Chelsea Wolfe.

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Beyond Legend

UNM professor searches for truth in his mother’s desert murder

How the legacy of Wyatt Earp and the Old West helped precipitate a shocking death.

Drifting Toward the Surface

Jacqueline walks the beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea every day, watching tourists sunbathe, but she also battles constant hunger and a horrific past.

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The Look of Love

Winterbottom and Coogan pull back the sheets on one man’s very British empire of smut

In the retro-sleazy biopic The Look of Love, British comedian/actor Steve Coogan and fellow countryman/director Michael Winterbottom reunite for the fourth time following 2002’s 24 Hour Party People, 2005’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and 2010’s The Trip. The boys have obviously found colorful inspiration in the life of real-life London sex merchant Paul Raymond, but their enthusiasm for the subject doesn’t always translate into compelling drama.

Reel World

The White Sands International Film Festival[xurl] returns to sunny Las Cruces on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with another four days’ worth of cinematic discoveries. This year’s highlights include: a lifetime achievement award for guest of honor Lou Diamond Phillips, the world premiere of the locally shot comedy Roswell FM and one of those increasingly popular “48-hour film” competitions.

Psycho Cops in Love

“Cracked” on Reelz

Summer is the traditional time when networks, unwilling to waste money broadcasting new shows, turn a hopeful eye to our northern borders. Normally the US is content to ignore Canada. But in summertime American networks are desperate for something other than the third rerun of a “Modern Family” episode. The solution: In addition to being a cheap source of prescription drugs for Michigan’s elderly, Canada is also a fine source for inexpensive television filler.

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Alibi V.22 No.34 • Aug 22-28, 2013

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A Tale of Two Probation Offices

Corrections consolidation raises hackles Downtown

Barron Jones reports on a developing controversy over the Corrections Department’s plan to centralize services for Albuquerque probationers.

New Mexico News: Early August 2013

Inspired by Félix Fénéon's Novels in Three Lines, this feature presents news from New Mexico, briefly, written by author Mike Smith and illustrated by ¡Brapola!

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Culture Shock

From va-va-voom to vermin, Culture Shock highlights the week’s artworld finest.

Hiking Literary Hinterlands with Rennie Sparks

Don't get me wrong: I dig the Handsome Family, but my true fandom rests with author Rennie Sparks. Her lyrics and essays walk the fine line between extemporaneous storytelling and preternatural, elegant deconstruction.

Space Opera Hits a High Note

An alien artifact known as the Ring, an intergalactic weapon of unknown power, lies at the heart of this third book in the “Expanse” series.

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Artful Dishes

The smart design of Hartford Square

A new EDo restaurant specializes in local ingredients and artful eating.

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The Spectacular Now

Brutally honest high school romance throws cliché under the bus

Dark, deeply felt teenage dramedy (with a heavy emphasis on the “dram” and only faint dustings of “edy”) stands firm as a brutally honest assessment of childhood’s waning days.

Reel World

Bubonicon 45 gets underway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The long-running sci-fi convention will feature art, gaming, lectures and parties—plenty to keep the Star Wars, “Star Trek” and Game of Thrones-loving fans of Albuquerque busy.

Real Fake

When educational TV lies

The fact that the vast majority of “reality” TV shows feature very little that could be considered “real” shouldn’t come as much of a revelation to viewers. Faking reality is a full-time business in Hollywood.

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A Vile Sincerity

Songwriter Kurt Vile talks music, American fiction and fatherhood

Mark Lopez gabbed with Kurt Vile about fame, schnitzel, family and songwriting.

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Sonny & the Sunsets, Willis Earl Beal and Emilíana Torrini.

Alibi V.22 No.33 • Aug 15-21, 2013

Road to Hell Leads to Albuquerque

An interview with prolific B-movie maker Albert Pyun

Starting with his first feature, 1982’s late-night cable TV staple The Sword and The Sorcerer, Albert Pyun established himself as one of the B-movie kings of Hollywood. Now he’s touring the country with Road to Hell, an unofficial sequel to Walter Hill’s 1984 urban fantasy cult film Streets of Fire.

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Get Schooled

Study Alibi’s back-to-school survival guide

Our annual back-to-school survival guide offers guidance for students of all stripes, in a variety of subjects: academic, cultural, gastronomic and historical geography; transportation planning; survival strategy; and biology, with a focus on local fauna.

Do It In Public

Study like a Burqueño

Samantha Anne Carrillo shares anecdotal research on and analysis of environmental ambience and a short list of Downtown, Nob Hill and University sugar and caffeine purveyors.

Dirt City Driving for Neophytes

Alibi circulation manager drops native motoring knowledge

Geoffrey Plant is your instructor, and this is everything you always wanted to know about booting, DWI and parking tickets, but were afraid to ask.

Fauna of Burque

A roundup of animals and insects in your new environs

Publisher/editor Carl Petersen turned in an extemporaneous essay on antlions, black widows, New Mexico whiptail lizards and horny toads.

Electives and Incentives

Alibi copy editor/staff writer imparts postsecondary strategy

Mark Lopez presents strategies for succeeding in college: gaining experience in your desired field, getting along with profs, saving money on books and staying well all the while.

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Beware the Internets

Delete on Reelz

Reelz is doing its damnedest to one-up Syfy in the cheap sci-fi disaster movie field. Recent stuff like Ring of Fire and CAT. 8 have proven Reelz is committed to the genre. Now comes Delete, which further hammers home the “we’re all going to die” point.

Week in Sloth

Take a spin around the television dial to see what’s worth killing your brain cells for.

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Teenage Protest Pilgrimage Arrives

Young adults bused in to reinforce local pro-life movement

Barron Jones reports on out-of-state teen and young adult anti-abortion protesters and their graphic, controversial nine-day campaign to raise pro-life awareness in Albuquerque.

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Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Medicine, Pop. 1280 and Blondes. Now with A/V previews!

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Jack Handey is Real

And he is funnier than you

To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.

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