Alibi V.27 No.12 • March 22-28, 2018

On Saturday, Mar. 24 Rejoice: Best of Burque Music Showcase is Go

More awesome local bands than ever!

Driving home while thinking about the cultural profoundity of events like Weekly Alibi’s upcoming Best of Burque Music Showcase—which is happening on Saturday evening, March 24, downtown, in case you did not know that fact—led me to the shores of ghetto Smith’s where I repaired to the produce section for some fresh fruit to calm my florid mind.


Best of Burque Music 2018

Don’t cry and remember to vote: it’s a lark!

This year’s Best of Burque Music reader’s poll reflects the portion of the population that voted. If you still don’t like the results after some studied listening, then August March has the same general advice he does about not liking any election outcomes: Vote!



Icy family drama will make you glad you don’t live in Russia

Loveless is a stark, dark, often beautifully bleak “feelbad” family drama wrapped around the hardened core of a procedural crime thriller. It is, in short, an extraordinarily Russian film.

Reel World

Indie Q film screenings and NMFF's New Mexico Actors Showcase return; Albuquerque Sol hosts Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story; New Mexico Film Office offers talk on how to make money off the film business.

Can You Say Bingewatch?

“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” turns 50

50 years ago, a children’s television show called “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” hit the national airwaves. Now Twitch is streaming every episode.


Monique Carr Makes Shrubs

Spellbound Syrups is popularizing the fruity, probiotic drink

A shrub is any drink made from a vinegar-based syrup, but the word can refer to the syrup itself, too. Most of the shrubs you’ll find here in Albuquerque are made by one person: Monique Carr, the woman behind Spellbound Syrups.

Meyer Lemon Shrub Recipe

Shrubs are easy to make and tasty to drink

If you haven’t started drinking shrubs yet, where have you been, homie? These sweet and tart probiotic fruit drinks are getting pretty trendy right about now, and for good reason—they’re not only delicious, but wicked easy to make.

Weekly Specials

This week is all about introducing you to some things you might not know about, or at least don’t know how to make (yet).


The Blinking of a Council

Women’s History Month, AFD raise on agenda

Quick meeting proclaims March to be Women’s History Month and spends money on firefighters and affordable housing.

CD 1 Forum Highlights Differences

Dem candidates vary in style, intensity

Weekly Alibi helped commence the primary election season with a forum of candidates for Governor and Congressional District 1.


APS board votes to not arm teachers, Transit Department alleged to have dumped contaminated water down storm drains and Land Commissioner to meet feds about border wall on state trust lands.


The readers write about suicide, the new tax law's failure for small businesses, head hunting in American territories and political feedback.


The Life of a Hand Letterer

Calligraphy is far from dead at Silver Swirl Studios

While so much of the verbage we interact with today is computer-generated, the work of calligraphers and hand letters is still very much prized.

Found Objects

This week: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, OT Circus art pop-up and Shrinky Dink & Storytellers workshops.

Love Conquers All?

West End’s latest brings deeply affecting questions to the stage

You could say love, depression and neuroscience are what Lucy Prebble's The Effect is about.


Here It Comes …

N.M. Dems Say 'Yes' to Cannabis

We're in for some cannabis legalization next year. Just keep away from the border checkpoints.

Alibi V.27 No.11 • March 15-21, 2018

Semi-Automatic Equals Automatic

The AR-15 should not be available to civilians

The decision to categorize weapons by the operator's trigger pull has been lost to the sands of time, but the gun-lobby's perpetuation of this distinction amounts to pacifying critics by assuring them that fully automatic "machine guns" have been outlawed for civilians since Al Capone.


A Path to Community Policing

Teaching children and officers works

In a progressive society, police are in integral part of the community. Their jobs are woven into the fabric of a peaceable and forward-looking citizenry. Establishing that sort of balanced civic environment is a job for the police but it will also take the work of an active, engaged and knowledgeable bunch of citizens to accomplish this goal.


State officials are attempting to redefine how the volume of nuclear waste is determined to allow the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad to increase its capacity, N.M. high school graduation rates remain at 71% and students across the state are calling for laws and policies that will make their schools safer.


New Views for Without Reservations

Ricardo Caté's cartoons deck the gallery walls at the IPCC

Santa Domingo Pueblo resident Ricardo Caté created “Without Reservations" to draw the world as he sees it and lend some perspective to non-Native viewers.

Sea of Love

A Delicate Ship launches at Aux Dog

We've all seen love stories played out on stage before, but not quite so philosophical as A Delicate Ship. We chat with director Sheridan Johnson.

A Lit Weekend

Book your weekend at the ABQ Antiquarian Book Fair

For those of us who still thrill to turn the pages of a book or explore the faded terrain of old maps, the Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair—an annual exchange of antique and rare books, maps and other ephemera—is taking place once again.


Get Real Bougie

Going for gold at Sacred Garden

Wrapped in gold leaf, dipped in hash wax and rolled in kief, the decadent Shine Twax joint challenges Joshua Lee to set aside the budtender's warning, leaving him light and emptied.


24 Frames

Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ruminates on time, art and image with final film

Abbas Kiarostami evidently began what became 24 Frames by speculating on great works of art. Paintings are designed to capture one specific moment in time. What, he wondered, happened immediately before and after those famous “freeze frames” that the artists chose?

Reel World

New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase submission deadline looms, teens can screen their work at Desert Light Film Festival and director Kyle Henry introduces Rogers Park.

Develop This

Nets float potential new shows

Spring is fast approaching, so television networks are preparing for the new fall TV season by assembling scripts, casts and showrunners—and then throwing them all against the wall to see what sticks. So what crazy ideas do they have in the pipeline?


I’m On Concerts!

So don’t leave me alone

Here and there and in Albuquerque, your grandest dreams can come true, if only you go out and listen for them.

Sonic Reducer

We review new releases by A Hawk And A Hacksaw, K. Dutch and Zealous Grooves.


Warm and Fed in La Fonda del Bosque

New restaurant at NHCC serves tasty Latin fusion

La Fonda del Bosque is gorgeous inside, having the appearance of an upscale Mexican inn with a formal vibe. Its "Latin Fusion" cuisine makes for a hearty, nap-inducing lunch.

Simply Vibrant, Simply Tasty

Plant-based meals from Anya Kassoff’s home kitchen

Cooking efficiently and seasonally may not sound very sexy, but it can make for some very tasty meals. Simply Vibrant is written by a home cook, not a professional chef, sympathetic to the real-life budgets and time constraints of regular cookbook-reading people.

Alibi V.27 No.10 • March 8-14, 2018

Time for Revolutions

Annual international theater festival brings performance from around the globe to ABQ

Tricklock Company's Revolutions International Theatre Festival returns, once again to bring voices of young, experimental artists to the forefront.


Taxes, Weed, Coyotes

Council works on a variety of issues

A rise in retail taxes, the hint of cannabis and condemning coyote hunts lured a flock of citizens to the March 5 Albuquerque City Council meeting to participate in the democratic process.

A Tax Increase, Explained

Cutting services not a progressive option

The city of Albuquerque will have to raise taxes. A projected $40 million deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018 has been on the mind of our city’s leadership for some time.


New Mexico Environment Department devised new policies on public participation without public input and Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed four bills that were approved during this year's legislative session.


Readers write about campaign contributions, The Don's drive and Best of Burque voting.


I Heard it in the Q

The radio, the concerts, the music

August March reckons Burque’s music scene is like the X Rock 80 radio station of old: Diffuse, indominatable and full of opportunities to hear something awesomely new or powerfully singular.


Magic in the Medium

Luis Urrea's novel works moving literary feats

The House of Broken Angels is a tremendous work—full of joy, yes, but regret, too—capable of humor typed right on to the page with phrases that will provoke tears.

The Story of a Dance

Dance phenom Jock Soto collaborates with legendary musician

World-renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Jock Soto's work will premiere during the Festival Ballet Albuquerque's Sacred Journeys, which will not only feature the legendary Soto, but the live music of another luminary, Robert Mirabal.


A Fantastic Woman

Chilean drama examines grief and gender

A Fantastic Woman is a tiny character study of a film with an almost gut-wrenching impact.

Reel World

A feast of festivals are happening: Taos Shortz Film Fest, Banff Mountain Film Festival and Italian Film & Culture Festival.

What’s Your Damage?

“Heathers” on Paramount Network

"Heathers" premiere delayed, and whichever the reason, it seems misguided.


Food Rescue US Saves Food From the Dumpster

With an app, take 30 minutes and feed your community

The country produces enough food to feed everyone, but because of income inequality, systemic poverty and inefficient distribution, approximately 40% of that food supply ends up in landfills even though one in six people struggle with hunger. It’s a mind boggling problem, and Food Rescue US is trying to solve it.

Weekly Specials

There's lots of good food to make and eat and donate this weekend, Albuquerque. Get on it.


Notes From the Underground

Nobody did it for the lulls

The cannabis market in the US is exploding, but remember: even CBD extract is still illegal under federal law.