Alibi V.23 No.14 • April 3-9, 2014

Gesturing to All Life

Animales Animados drums up a vivid menagerie of aerialists and musicians

Like a demented child’s dream, Animales Animados features four airborne collaborations between local aerialists and musicians exploring “the animality of humans and the humanity of animals.”

feature

Best of Burque 2014

Wherein you told us what’s what

It’s hard remembering a time when there wasn’t a Best of Burque—it’s been around longer than lots of its voters, now. It was the first and remains the best “Best of” of Burque, even amid an ever-growing host of distracting start-ups and simulacra, vying for imaginary market share and kissing rump roasts harder than dignity abides.

BOB: Community Pick

Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family): “Every time a bunch of prairie dogs finds a nice bit of grass or even a bit of forgotten dirt to build themselves a town within our city's confines, there are people immediately pushing them out with poisoned hay and other nastiness. Can't we somehow find a way to make space for these adorable, intelligent animals? Will it really ruin your shopping experience to have them peeking out of holes along the grass between Babies“R”Us and Target?”

BOB: Life in Burque

Best Scandal, Best TV News Personality, Best-Dressed Burqueño, Best Place to See a Ghost, Best Place to People-Watch, The Person We Lost in 2013 That We'll Miss Most and other aspects of a life that can only be lived in this particular city.

BOB: Community Pick

Gabrielle Torres (Miss Albuquerque): “Whether you are an amateur hiker, a runner or you have many miles on your hiking boots, the Sandias offer a variety of trails and scenery. The transition from high heels to tennis shoes seems to be the best part …”

BOB: The High Life

Generous, capable and attractive, the staff at Sister will chat you up or leave you alone, depending on your happy hour mood, and they won't lose their shit when the bar is three-deep at midnight. Sister puts their servers through rigorous special training in the whole eye contact thing to ensure great service. Same psychic bartender school Anodyne sends their people to. It is also universally agreed that Sister's cadre of door guys are of the highest caliber. (GP)

BOB: Community Pick

Maggie Hart Stebbins (Bernalillo County Commissioner): “How often do you drive through the intersection at Carlisle and Indian School and not take a look at the giant red arrow, stuck there in a big stone block? Most of us breeze by or pull into the Whole Foods parking lot with hardly a glance. But if you take the time to stop and look at the thing, it’s magnificent!“

BOB: Arts & Lit

Best Comedy Troupe, Best Graffiti, Best Author, Best Poet, Best Theater Performance, Best Mural—all these bests and more in creative endeavors.

BOB: Community Pick

Richard Berthold (ex-UNM professor): “An excellent place to visit in Albuquerque is UNM. You can attend a Regents meeting and see people whose only qualification is supporting some governor's election decide the fate of the university.”

BOB: Local Flavor

From June through October, on Saturday mornings, get on over to Robinson Park at 8th and Central downtown, and get your fix of fresh, local and homemade goodness of all kinds. Vegetables, fruits, baked goods, artisan items, and if that's not enough, there’s always a parade of food trucks lined up to keep you nourished while you shop. (HVW)

BOB: Community Pick

Raven Chacon (Composer/artist, Spirit Abuse founder): “It’s okay if you move away to a bigger city, but others will take your place while you are working 9-to-5 to pay for your tiny-ass apartment.”

BOB: Goods & Services

Best Book Store, Best Thrift Store, Best Bicycle Shop, Best CD/Record Store, Best Adult Shop, Best Yoga or Pilates Studio, Best Computer Help and a bunch of other winners in the realm of quid pro quo.

BOB: Community Pick

Alex Denbaars (Musician/community organizer, Goathead Record Collective): “The tiny, spiky, troublesome little seeds known as goatheads can be found almost anywhere in the city but are most concentrated at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. Their Latin name is Tribulus terrestris, which translates to ‘spiky weapon of the Earth,’ and it is certainly a name they live up to—as anyone who has stepped on one in the dark with bare feet can attest to.“

BOB: Photo Winners

Is there really a Cutest Baby? A Best Dog? Certainly a Weirdest Tattoo seems plausible. But why debate the possibilities? Photographic evidence has been presented and the truth can now be told.

Best Anything We Forgot

We’re not omniscient—okay, technically, some of us are—and so we welcome your annual input on what Best of Burque categories we neglected.

news

APD Ad Absurdum

Mainstream media misses protests’ point

Author Mike Smith urges Albuquerque citizens against cherry-picking chaotic moments from hours of peaceful protest against APD’s inordinately high number of fatal officer-involved shootings.

Crib Notes: April 3, 2014

Test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news—from APD protests to air travel to bears—with our weekly pop quiz.

Odds & Ends

From Germany to Mississippi, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

film

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.

Reel World

Get into your Avengers spandex and take a glance at all the cinematic happenings around our state.

Return of the King

“Game of Thrones” on HBO

Whether you’re a rabid fan of George R.R. Martin’s book series, or you’re saving them to avoid spoilers on the TV series, the Season 4 premiere has got something to get you fired up.

Week in Sloth

We take a quick spin around the television dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on. This week: comics references galore, plus “Game of Thrones” finally premieres.

music

Four Up

Whether you’re ISO Americana, Greek/Latin folk-informed world-pop, improvisational drumming or an excellent folk-rock band named after a bleak Russian short story, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!

A Man Called Destruction examines Chilton’s life and work

A Man Called Destruction, published on March 24, presents the reader with an unflinching portrait of the artist as a wrestler-with-demons working toward redemption. Chilton is best remembered as a gifted creator who fought to recover from the trauma of young fame by navigating a stormy sea.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Liars and Golden Retriever and an Elton John 40th anniversary reissue. Now with A/V!

art

Gimme Supershelter

Sustainable architecture can be learned in a few weekends

Building the New World is a workshop series that puts low-cost, earth-friendly building techniques in your hands.

Recovery in Aztlan

Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.

food

Boxed and Blended

The art of cheap-wine snobbery

Ari LeVaux shares his tips for getting drunk on only the best cheap vino.

Chocolate Judgement

Playing Paula Abdul at the The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Festival

Mark Lopez gets to play Paula Abdul at the 4th annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest.

Alibi V.23 No.13 • March 27-April 2, 2014

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.

news

Odds & Ends

From England to Maine, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

film

Reel World

How to spoiler “Game of Thrones” for all your friends—this and other brilliant cinematic happenings around our state.

Cartoons in Your Head

“TripTank” on Comedy Central

As expected, “Trip Tank” is rude and irreverent. Blood, cursing and masturbation jokes abound. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.

Week in Sloth

A quick spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on. Like racist cartoons.

food

music

Four Up

Whether you’re craving a Lou Reed tribute by female Americana musicians, new-school West Coast rap, rediscovered concert compositions or bitchin’ Atlantan garage-punk, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new and forthcoming releases from Perfect Pussy, The Porter Draw and JoyCut. Now with A/V!

art

Loving Vivian Vance

The highs and lows of an Albuquerque legend

Beautiful, talented and compassionate, the real Vivian Vance was more than an “I Love Lucy” sidekick. She didn’t always gel with her famous costars, and her personal life wasn’t always picture-perfect.

Inside Information

The science of cells paints a pretty picture

The bedrock of discovery is observation. That’s where a scientific demiurge like Dr. David Goodsell comes in. He’s spent years translating the utterly tiny into the comprehensibly visual.

The Age of Innocence Lost

“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”

Nurturing Nature

There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.

Alibi V.23 No.12 • March 20-26, 2014

news

Odds & Ends

From Iceland to Oregon, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

Letters

Wherein the readers write—about fracking near Chaco Canyon, Amy Goodman’s stance on climate change, and implementing GMO tech safely and sanely.

art

A Terrible State of Chaos

Laughter lands admidst tragedy at the Southwest Irish Theater Festival

In Juno and the Paycock, great storytelling, social commentary and lyrical language elevate a seriocomic classic of Irish theater.

Not Here, But Almost

The body of water that snakes through Alessandro Sanna’s The River isn’t Albuquerque’s Rio Grande, but it almost could be.

food

Songs for Yelpers

The Supper Truck’s Amy Black has a unique response to online criticism

Supper Truck owner Amy Black responds to a one-star review in a musical and adorable way.

film

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back and they never “felt” so good

All is right with the world ... so long as there’s a Muppets movie in theaters. Here’s another pitch-perfect outing of epic silliness.

Reel World

Reel World’s fresh-baked NM film news includes hyper-local documentaries, the Taos Shortz Film Festival, kids no one sees and crowdfunding just for you.

Supergirl

“Believe” on NBC

This supernatural drama about a cute li’l girl who has psychic superpowers doesn’t live up to its superstar creators’ reputations.

Week in Sloth

We take a spin around the TV dial to see what’s worth wasting your life on. Whee! It’s John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Town, “Community,” Blondie and more.

music

Four Up

Whether you’re craving dark new age, swervegaze, Latin/rock/hip-hop fusion, doom metal or avant-garde black metal, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V previews!

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Architects, These New Puritans and Carla Bozulich. Now with A/V previews!