Alibi V.22 No.40 • Oct 3-9, 2013

Insider’s Guide to Balloon Fiesta

What your mother would tell you

From staking out choice free viewing spots to Porta-safety pro-tips, Fiesta picks and must-see extra-balloon attractions, Sarah Bonneau delivers the Insider’s Guide to Balloon Fiesta.

Regrets accepted here

Remorse optional

Regretting that "No Regrets" tattoo you got this year? Cheat on the love of your life? Failed your chemistry class? Invested time in paying attention to the Kardashians? Exercised all of three times over the summer? We all have regrets…

New Mexico Hempfest!

Saturday, August 19, noon-9pm

It's Aug. 19, 2017. You're getting evaluated by a real medical doctor. You're making tie-dye. You're learning more about your medicine. You're supporting legalization of a useful plant. You're eating delicious food. Where are you? At the first annual New Mexico HempFest of course! Entry is totally free, and parking is a measly $1 per car at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. You are roaming around enjoying live music from local bands, a Hemposium tent with exciting speakers, a kids' activity area and dozens of regional artists, farmers, educators, plus lots of tasty food trucks. You're with all your friends and family at this all-ages, family-friendly event and having an absolute blast celebrating New Mexico's hemp industry.

Jurassic Best of Burque Restaurants World

The most ferocious of prehistoric reader polls is back

What's your favorite New Mexican food? What's your favorite dinosaur? Ok, now put them together and what do you get? An Enchiladodon? A Chileopteryx? A Tacoraptor? A Sopaipillatops? Awesome! Get ready for the T. Rex of “Best of City” contests: The original Best of Burque Restaurants will be hitting Weekly Alibi racks and website on Thursday, Oct. 12. The polls are open now. Vote on your favorite Frito pie, vegetarian food, Japanese restaurant and local brewery. Let your voice be heard! Rawr!

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Prêt-à-Porta Potty

The Andy Gump, Squat Palace, Porta Potty, Temp Toilet, Port-a-Loo … whatever you decide to call it, half a million people are going to relieve themselves at the Balloon Fiesta. What a horrifying thought. Please don't think about it, but prepare to be Porta-safe with these helpful hints:

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Four Up

Whether you’re craving modern jazz, hip-hop, psych-neofolk/rock or sonic docs about cult bands Death and Big Star, Four Up has you covered.

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Janelle Monáe, Blouse and PINS. Now with A/V previews!

Tasty Brews and Party Tunes

Get hoppin’ with hops at NM Brew Fest

Editorial intern Rebecca Gonzales previews the 4th Annual New Mexico Brew Fest’s sonic lineup.

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Lunch with Heisenberg

A culinary goodbye to “Breaking Bad”

Say goodbye to the most important television project filmed in Albuquerque by grabbing a bite at these Breaking Bad-featured restaurants.

GMO Labeling

A Democratic path forward

GMOs are here to stay, but consumers demand labeling. Doesn’t it make sense for both sides to work together?

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Honeybee Alchemy

La Abeja’s Rose infuses wellness with natural magic

Amelia Olson talks alt.wellness with herbalist Sophia Rose: her namesake flower’s essential nature, La Abeja Herbs, wildcrafting and teaching.

Crib Notes

Wherein we revive the New Mexico week-in-review pop quiz. But if you haven’t seen the final episode of “Breaking Bad” let me just say: SPOILER ALERT!

New Mexico News: Late September 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!

Odds & Ends

Funny because it happened to someone else ... in England, Illinois, Utah and Florida.

La Cucaracha

Minimize roachiness the nontoxic way

Audit Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund’s virtual environmentally friendly pest control course; the cockroach is the star of this week’s lecture.

Letters

Readers talk back about election coverage, mayoral endorsements and Abq’s good and bad.

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Rock doc covers cult band for both acolytes and the unfamiliar

When it came to the rock critics in 1973, they didn’t sway. And they didn’t nod or tap their toes. They danced ... to Big Star.

Reel World

The 48 Hour Film Project in Albuquerque is launching a brand new, horror-based competition. Teams will have just two days to write, shoot, edit and premiere their short horror masterpieces.

More Heroes, Less Super

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

How scared is DC of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”—TV’s biggest drama debut in four years?

Week in Sloth

Week in Sloth: A quick spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on

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Holdin’ On in the Plastic World

ABQ Zine Fest creator Marya Errin Jones on self-publication, little Ray Bradbury and unlikely alliances

ABQ Zine Fest offers a weekend of zine-related events, celebrating independent publishing and DIY culture in Albuquerque.

Powerful in Pink

As Pink Sari Revolution makes clear, local-level resistance can be potent, even in “India’s Wild West.”

Alibi V.22 No.39 • Sept 26-Oct 2, 2013

Billy Cobham’s Fierce Fusion

Spectrum 40 refracts at KiMo

Rudi Thornburgh waxes poetic about the problematic nature of jazz appreciation, Billy Cobham and Mahavishnu Orchestra in preview of Cobham’s Spectrum 40 tour.

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It’s Called Voting

You should try it sometime

Wherein we premasticate and kiss-feed informative political nourishment to our dear readers. Scope the Alibi’s 2013 mayoral election digest before heading to the polls.

Mayor McCheese

The race for Mayor of Albuquerque is by far this election's most exciting issue … and it isn't even that exciting.

The Name is Bond

This year, 10 General Obligation Bonds will appear on the Ballot. These bonds represent a debt incurred by the city to fund improvements. The city has to pay them back with interest, but they don't result in property tax increases, so there's generally no reason to vote against them. Stuff has to get done.

Take Your Own Council

As Albuquerque's legislative branch, our nine City Councilors serve four-year terms and collectively adopt the ordinances and resolutions aka laws that govern our city. Roughly half of them are up for reelection every two years. In this election, councilors for Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are on the chopping block. A tip for voters: You only get to vote in your own District's Council race, so refer to our handy map and read on at your own peril, lest you clog your brain with pointless information.

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The World Inside

Matchbook photomontages ignite everyday magic

Matchboxes from around the globe open to reveal worlds of hidden and layered imagination.

An Artist's Church

Fred Sturm and Logan Phillips bring artistic ruminations to Chatter Sunday

Sunday mornings have always been set aside for church, even for the people who organize and coordinate Chatter Sundays, the music-and-arts series that began as the Church of Beethoven.

Found in Translation

Spain’s Great Untranslated is a new anthology that deals with issues as disparate as terrorism, love, grief and addiction, styles range from the darkly comic to the starkly tragic.

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Letters

The readers write about the National Forest Service, Naval Yard homicides and renewable energy.

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Rush

Ron Howard’s European race car drama is fast but only slightly furious

Over the years former child actor Ron Howard has proven himself a workmanlike, mainstream director—like Steven Spielberg minus the awe-inspiring sense of wonder.

Reel World

French Funerals-Cremations continues its irreverent but inspired series of funeral/death-based movie screenings with the 2011 film Bernie.

Doctor Love

“Masters of Sex” on Showtime

The “Mad Men” treatment is apparently a thing now, because pioneering sex researchers Masters and Johnson get it in Showtime’s new period drama “Masters of Sex.” The show, created and written by Michelle Ashford (“The Pacific,” “John Adams”), takes Thomas Maier’s biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson and shellacs it in a thick veneer of mid-century modern style and sophistication.

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Last Month in Music

Late-August 2013

Author Mike Smith reports on panic attacks, Caravan East, Double Shot and Playa One.

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Frankie Rose, Oneohtrix Point Never and Crystal Stilts.

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American Blend

Thai Saweiy offers pan-Asian Tex-Mex

Tex-Mex meets pan-Asian at Downtown’s Thai Saweiy

Alibi V.22 No.38 • Sept 19-25, 2013

Wedding Bells for Jesse Tyler Ferguson

“Modern Family” star returns to New Mexico to support marriage equality

Alibi alum Steven Robert Allen chats with Jesse Tyler Ferguson about growing up in Albuquerque, “Modern Family,” Tie the Knot and freedom to marry.

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Producing Prisoners

An interview with film producer Kira Davis

Santa Fe native Kira Davis has built quite a career for herself since trading the Land of Enchantment for Hollywood. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from New Mexico State University, Davis found herself interning on a small, 1996 comedy called Love Is All There Is, starring a teenage Angelina Jolie. It was there she met the co-presidents of Alcon Entertainment and began working with them as an assistant. Since 2001 she has co-produced The Affair of the Necklace, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Chasing Liberty and Racing Stripes. In 2005 she executive produced The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and became a full-fledged producer with the sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

Reel World

The Digital Arts Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design will host a visit from award-winning Mexican animator Pablo Calvillo from Sept. 19 to 21. Calvillo has worked for a number of design, animation and film studios in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Australia and the US. He has done everything from 3D animation to layout to art direction on feature films such as Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, Happy Feet Two and Astro Boy as well as the upcoming projects Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lego Movie.

Esquire TV: Take Two

Men’s magazine launches new network—for real this time

Let’s try this again, shall we? Way back in April, I reported on the newly minted Esquire Network. The televised spin-off of the long-running men’s magazine was slated to take over programming of the formerly video game-focused network G4 on April 22. At the time, I expressed a healthy amount of skepticism about Esquire’s ability to launch an entire television network based around exactly two docu-reality shows (one cooking show and one travel show). Obviously the executives in charge were listening to me because less than a week before the net was set to debut, Esquire pulled the plug.

Week in Sloth

Week in Sloth: A quick spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting our lives over

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Atomic Café

Songs in the key of Uranium-235

Distract yourself from any number of nuclear disaster scenarios with our atomic playlist.

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Beyond Pleasuredome

Pornotopia survives “erogenous zoning”

Managing editor Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on what the NM Supreme Court’s reversal of the Guild Cinema’s Pornotopia conviction means for the fest, Albuquerque and New Mexico.

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Ledger Lines

Whether you’re hankering for Ukrainian “etho chaos,” Mexican electronica, new wave, dance-rock, punk or surf rock, Ledger Lines has you covered.

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