Alibi V.12 No.51 • Dec 18-24, 2003


New Years Packages

El Dorado Hotel

309 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

(800) 286-6755, (505) 988-4455

Celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the historic El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the acclaimed Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.


Nouveau Noodles

A New Flavor Rises in the East

East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that once housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.


Food Article

Notice something different about the food section this week? That's right, we've done away with “Eater's Digest” and replaced it with “Chowtown”. What's the difference between these two? “Eater's Digest” was a collection of paid advertisements that included brief descriptions of restaurants along with their addresses, phone numbers and other important details. “Chowtown”, instead of being written and paid for by the restaurants themselves, is a rotating collection of restaurant descriptions written by us. the result is a more comprehensive, more flexible picture of dining in the Duke City. We hope that “Chowtown” will soon become an indispensable tool for you foodies. If you have comments or suggestions please let us know by e-mailing

Good News—Restaurants Open on Christmas and Suggestions for Stocking the Freezer

Everybody wants to know where to eat out on Christmas. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for exhausted cooks and servers) many restaurants close for the holidays, allowing employees to spend a much needed break with their families. In calling around checking on holiday hours, however, I found that many of my favorite restaurants will be serving on Christmas Eve. Here's a quick rundown of your options.

New Year's Eve Packages

Leave the driving to ... the drunks

Can't decide what to do for New Year's? If you don't want to stay home, don't want to go to a bar and really don't want to have to drive anywhere then you might be a prime candidate for one of these dinner/entertainment/room packages.

Labor of Love

Ellerd and Josephine García share fond memories of a Christmas tradition

Aaaah, the holidays in New Mexico—the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the delectable aromas of posole, tamales and biscochitos that fill the air and warm the soul.

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The Albuquerque Hilton and Hot 95.1 join forces this year for a special “ABQ 1st Friday Old School New Year's Eve Bash”. Tickets for the party can be purchased alone or as part of a special package that includes a discounted stay at the hotel. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. with a free all-you-can eat buffet featuring a tempting array of fresh fruit, seafood and decadent pastries. Contests, give-aways and booze will ensue, with DJs spinning enough old school and R&B favorites to keep your booty shaking all night long.

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The Hyatt Regency Downtown is a sure bet for a stylish but low-key New Year's celebration. Sip your bubbly at the bar while enjoying the smooth sounds of a live jazz trio. Afterwards, take advantage of the hotel's New Year's package, which includes double occupancy guest accommodations, complimentary parking (a must for any Downtown partygoers), party favors in your room and a breakfast buffet for two. The cost is $169 plus tax and tip.

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With two New Year's Eve packages to choose from, the Tamaya is the perfect place to start off the New Year with a bang. The Celebration package starts at $349 per couple and includes one night's accommodations for two people, two tickets with reserved seating to the ballroom gala party, live entertainment featured throughout the resort, elaborate New Year's Eve Buffet, decadent dessert and coffee station, midnight countdown, champagne toast, spectacular balloon drop, party favors and resort fee. The Midnight to Remember package starts at $449 per couple and includes all of the above Celebration package items plus a choice between dinner for two at the Corn Maiden or preferred seating at the ballroom gala party. Entertainment includes the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Dinner options range from Ancho Chile Seared Pork Loin with Cranberry-Cider Demi Glaze to Pinon Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Mushroom-Truffle Sauce. Got the kids with ya? For $60, kids aged 3-12 can join Camp Tamaya's celebration including children's buffet, games, movies and a special sparkling cider toast.

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If you're looking to pull out all the stops this year, check out the two ridiculously luxe packages offered by El Monte Sagrado resort in Taos. The first will set you back $2,935 and includes a five night stay in a suite, admission to the New Year's Eve masquerade ball, New Year's Day recovery breakfast and a choice of three spa treatments per person.

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Then again you could celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.


Music Article

"I'm not a one-trick pony," sings Nelly Furtado on the opening track of her new album, and it quickly becomes apparent that that one powerful sentiment is a declaration that Folklore is more than just a well-timed follow-up to her widely lauded debut, Whoa, Nelly! Besides the fact that she's now legally allowed to drink alcohol, Furtado has matured into an artist who's able to display her true colors in a variety of contexts—from hip hop to stirring string arrangements to pure pop. Folklore's earthy grooves, innovative melodies and wide-open lyrics conspire to make it a sure bet.

Release date: out now

Rosalie Sorrels

Saturday, Dec. 20; Outpost Performance Space (all ages, 8 p.m.): Legendary folksinger, songwriter and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels will make her first appearance in Albuquerque in over two years with a concert that ironically celebrates her life on the road and her retirement from it, simultaneously. Mother of 22 solo recordings during a career that has spanned 40 years, Sorrels is promoting her latest release, Rosalie Sorrels and Friends, which features guest performances by Peggy Seeger, David Bromberg and Loudon Wainwright III.

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On Thursday, Dec. 18, Stella Blue will host an "End-of-Semester Reggae Party," featuring selections chosen and spun by DJs Hovey D and Kabir from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover is only $2. Those of the female persuasion get through the doors free of charge. Then, on every Thursday night thereafter, Stella Blue will present Stella Blue's Reggae Bash for those of you who can't get enough of ganja-soaked grooves. ... Albuquerque's most famous (and deservingly so, if I do say so my damn self) band, the Shins, have landed on yet another national magazine cover. The Dec. 15 edition of Pollstar magazine, the leading journal of touring bands in the country and the one nearly every club in America you'll ever visit books bands from, is graced with the faces of Jesse, Marty, James and Dave. Inside, there's an accompanying article titled "Making Money with the Shins." I certainly hope they are. Making money, that is. ... Local guitarist/music professor Michael Chapdelaine has finally released a Christmas album featuring renditions of—you guessed it!—Christmas carols and holiday music. Details are few since I can't seem to access his website, but the album sounds lush and wondrous, just like the holidays used to be before my parents got divorced and my brother moved away. You can get your copy at Natural Sound and other area record stores friendly to local releases. City on a Hill, the organization that currently bases itself in the historic (and recently remodeled) Lobo Theater will present the third in their three-concert series on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. with gospel singer Hillary Smith. The concert is free and open to all ages.

Nouveau Noodles

A New Flavor Rises in the East

East Mountain residents have new flavors and an entirely new dining experience waiting for them at Nouveau Noodles, the latest restaurant to open in the area in the past few months. Located on North Highway 14 in the building that formerly housed Kokopelli's restaurant, Nouveau Noodles promises something different for area diners, in the form of carefully crafted Asian-fusion cuisine.

Music Article

On their 17th album of 90-BPM darkly hued songs, The Church manage to sound exactly as they have for the past 23 years. Forget Yourself was reportedly recorded spontaneously by drummer Tim Powles, which purportedly means that the band recorded live as a four-piece unit instead of in layer upon layer of overdubs. The result is a record that sounds a tad underproduced as Church albums go, but, being that that's all that separates it from about 15 other Church records, I'll take it. The songs here aren't particularly strong, but some of the understated guitar work is quite interesting.

Release date: Jan. 20, 2004

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Sosa is perhaps the most prominent Cuban jazz pianist working today. On his 10th album, he's teamed up with Los Angeles-based world music percussionist Adam Rudolph with mixed results. Sosa is known for playing outside the box of Afro-Cuban jazz and as a pianist with fully evolved harmonic sense. So while some of Rudolph's percussion lends itself nicely to Sosa's expressive compositions, some of it simply sounds like a three-year-old in a kitchen full of pots and pans, which distracts from Sosa's mostly tender, engaging keyboard work. At times, Rudolph seems to bang on things simply because he has them.

Release date: Jan. 13, 2004


Art Article

Legendary New Mexican author N. Scott Momaday will make an appearance this Sunday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jemez Mountain Trading Co. in Jemez Springs. Momaday actually spent a good chunk of his childhood on Jemez Pueblo, and the region provides settings for much of his acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning novel House Made of Dawn.

Momaday will deliver a special reading in conjunction with an exhibit of his paintings from his children's book Circle of Wonder, also set in the Jemez area. Take a brief roadtrip to meet and greet one of our greatest living writers. For details, call (505) 829-3956.

Digital Fine Art Society of New Mexico

Ironic Horse Gallery

Computer-generated art by New Mexican digital artists is currently on display at the Ironic Horse Gallery (416 Iron SE). The Digital Fine Art Society has only been around for a little over a year, but the 72-member group is already making big, surf-worthy waves in the local arts community. Their latest group show presents art on the cutting edge of image-making technology. Show hours are Saturdays Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. If you can't make it then, call 924-2161 to make an appointment.

One Angry Elf

The Santaland Diaries at the Vortex Theatre

Ah, the Christmas season. The angelic sounds of carols wafting through the city. The wide-eyed faces of innocent young children, eagerly anticipating the most wonderful day of the year. The merry jangle of sleigh bells. The bright lights shining from a thousand trees. The jolly laugh of a thousand St. Nicks, warming the hearts of a million holiday shoppers.

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Conjure up a little extra holiday mirth by attending Música Antigua de Albuquerque's concert of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in celebration of the Christmas season. Now Make We Merthe will feature both vocal and instrumental pieces performed on period instruments like the recorder, shawm, vielle, rebec, portative organ and other antique obscurities.

It should be a very good show. The group will perform in St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (601 Montaño NW) on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 students. For more information, call 842-9613.

Drawing from Experience: Historic and Contemporary Plains Pictographic Art

Price-Dewey Galleries

The late actor Vincent Price acquired a ledger book in the late '60s dating from the last decades of the 19th century. The book was filled with drawings created by Native American artists. This odd artifact is considered to be the finest of its type in existence. Nineteen drawings from that ledger book are currently on display at the Price-Dewey Gallery in Santa Fe, along with contemporary ledger drawings by Tom and Linda Haukaas. The show runs through Jan. 16. For details, call (505) 982-8632.

Alibi V.12 No.50 • Dec 11-17, 2003


Music Article

Since the recent closing of Club Rhythm and Blues, one of Albuquerque's most cherished spoken-word traditions, "Poetry and Beer," has been homeless. But, thanks to the folks at Puccini's Golden West Saloon, all you iambic pentameter junkies can rest easy. The monthly events born at the Dingo Bar nearly a decade ago will now take place at the Golden West. The new season kicked off on Dec. 6 and will return in January under the direction of Danny Solis, Don McIver and Angela Williams. For more information on "Poetry and Beer" or how to get involved with Albuquerque's poetry scene, visit ... Unfortunately, I didn't have space last week to announce the first in a three-part holiday concert series, but fortunately two parts remain. Organized by Randall Cawlfield, the series entitled "Christmas in the City" features performances by local musicians and groups. Part two of the series, "Bluegrass Night," will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lobo Theater at 8 p.m., and will feature performances by Raising Cain, Hobos in Limbo and The Cawlfield Family. Admission is free. ... Don't forget the Second Annual Winter Ball on Monday, Dec. 15 at OPM. Formal attire is encouraged, and the cost of admission is the toy you bring for donation to YDI. The Eyeliners, Black Maria, Dirty Novels and Obenjyosan will provide live music, Tucanos will provide food for the first 100 people through the door. ... This year's Launchpad Employee F*#kjam will take place Tuesday, Dec. 23. On the bill thus far are SssnakessslackssS (reunion show), DJ BJ, Beef Ramp, Goofoffhuffers, These Arms Are Snacks, Bukaki Goggles, Gregg Pain, Metalhead and Sign Renovation. If you've never attended this spirited holiday event, I encourage you to do so this year. If you've attended in the past, I encourage you to do so this year. You will not be disappointed. Maybe.

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As anyone who's seen them live knows, there's no substitute for U2 in concert. And, as anyone who's seen them live knows, there's nary a more—annoyingly so at times—preachy lead singer than U2's Bono in concert. U2 Go Home, the band's first live DVD, makes both of the aforementioned points patently clear.

The Pernice Brothers

with special guests

Saturday, Dec. 13; Plush (21 and over, 9 p.m.): Joe Pernice gets compared regularly to pop Rachmaninov Brian Wilson, so often in fact, that the comparison itself has become almost meaningless. To be sure, Pernice has an uncommon gift for popcraft as high art, and his ability to express the full range of love through the written word is pure genius. But the more I listen to the Pernice Brothers' latest release, Yours, Mine and Ours (Ashmont), I'm reminded more of how I felt the first time I listened to The Smiths' ode to love and heartache, Strangeways Here We Come than I am of the first time I listened to Pet Sounds. Pernice's lyrics and delivery are more than slightly reminiscent of Morrissey's, and while echoes of Johnny Marr's incomparable hooks can be heard within the guitar figures throughout Yours, Mine and Ours, the singing and arrangements sound hauntingly like 20/20-era Beach Boys.

Frankly, there's not a bad song on the record, and the live experience promises to be even more stunning. Don't make the mistake of missing this show.

Oscillation Festival 2003

with The Echoing Green, Random Access Memory, Leiahdorus, Ohmniscience, The Blacklight Zebras and many more

Saturday, Dec. 13; Cell Theatre (all ages, 6 p.m.): Albuquerque has a thriving electronic music scene, whether you're aware of it or not. Not that it's an underground genre exactly, but the musicians playing tonight are inclined to stay locked in their homes creating, writing and developing their personal sound, and striving to come up with the perfect song. When they do finally make an appearance it's at a dark bar where you can't see much and all you can hear is the rhythm of the music.

Ill Niño

with Sevendust

Sunday, Dec. 14; Sunshine Theater (all ages, 8 p.m.): After touring for two years straight and releasing a second studio album, Ill Niño has gone from unknown New Jersey rockers to universally adored thrashers in the realms of both metal and rock. The hard rock band also elevates itself to a level of distinction with its creative Latin-flavored guitars and alternating English/Spanish lyrics—a culture-crossing trait that can only help reach wider and more diverse audiences, leaving more conventional bands such as Mudvayne, Static X and Puddle of Mudd searching for ways to match wits.

Music Article

Recently re-released on DVD, this chronicle of the Oz Man isn't a complete picture of the Godfather of Heavy Metal, but it's an entertaining glimpse into some of the more poignant, pivotal moments in the singer's booze-soaked life. Beginning with Osbourne's less-then-ideal childhood as one of five siblings in a poor Birmingham, England home, Don't Blame Me chronicles Osbourne's exploits as lead singer of Black Sabbath through his career as an exponentially more popular and successful solo star.

Sonic Reducer: Special 2003 Last-minute Holiday Edition

Filmed in 1994, a couple of years prior to Sade Adu's arrest for heroin possession and subsequent prison stint, Sade Live is a gift from God Himself. Bear with me here. The program was released on DVD several years ago, and captures the singer and her band at the height of popularity and artistic mastery. Largely forgotten in today's musical landscape, Sade once represented adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock at its finest. And just because you didn't bother to listen to adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock doesn't mean it all sucked. Indeed, the case is just the opposite. Adu's voice, combined with keyboardist Stuart Matthewman's songwriting savvy and the incomparable grooves laid by unheralded bassist Paul S. Denman and guitarist/saxophonist Andrew Hale made for some of the most perfect late-night driving/make-out music in history. Yeah, you have to be a little ballsy to cite Sade as a band you admire, but if you actually get music, all the bullshit razzing in the world doesn't matter. If you think I'm wrong, you're just depriving yourself, and that's really sad.


An Armchair Tour of the Southwest

New Photography Books

Something about the Southwest lends itself to great photography. Photographers talk in romantic terms about la luz, the light, but surely the allure of this part of the country can't wholly be explained by our light. I mean, New Jersey has light, doesn't it? And that's one of the ugliest places on Earth.

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Lounge lizards should really consider slithering out of their holes on Saturday, Dec. 13, or Saturday, Dec. 20, for the latest installment of Tricklock's infamous Reptilian Lounge. The long-lived variety show gives local acts—some amazingly accomplished, some merely bizarre—the chance to shine before a crowd of rowdy admirers. For a mere $5.77, you too can take part in this subterranean cultic ritual. The show starts late, at 10:30 p.m. For complete details, or to make reservations, call the Tricklock Performance Space at 254-8393.

Mariachi Christmas

Popejoy Hall

One of the most popular Christmas shows each year in Albuquerque is the Ovation Series' extravagant Mariachi Christmas at UNM's Popejoy Hall. This year the all-female Mariachi Las Adelitas de Jose Luis Salinas provides the music and Ballet Folklorica Paso del Norte returns to offer folkloric dances and a rendition of a traditional posada. Have yourself a Mariachi Christmas by checking out this performance on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Jump on it! It always sells out fast. $19, $26, $29. Order online at or by calling (800) 905-3315.

Shards of Pain

Such a Sad Box at the Walls Gallery

The writing is on the wall, along with fragmented photographic images and Joel David Waldrep's cartoonish icon of a sad empty box, arms drooping lifeless at its sides, teetering on the brink of tears. An undergraduate at UNM, Waldrep has constructed an installation inside the Walls Gallery that fits in perfectly with this alternative venue's guiding philosophy.

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Albuquerque's Artscrawl gallery tour comes to Old Town during the month of December.

Over at the Weems Gallery (303 Romero St. NW, 764-0302), local artist Dan Stoffer will be demonstrating his watercolor technique. An exhibit of his work will run through Jan. 3. The Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW, 242-6367) will host a fundraiser along with a joint reception for several new exhibits that evening. The fundraiser centers around an exhibit of small-scale work. Fifty percent of proceeds from sales will go to fund the center's worthwhile programs. A host of other new exhibits include work by Glen Gunderson, Jill Christian, Carol Klimek and Suzanne Hruschka.

How to Pick Up Chicks

Tricklock Performance Space

How does one go about picking up chicks? I've been around the block a few times, and I still haven't figured this out. Thankfully, Rusty "The Chick Magnet" Rutherford, a graduate of the Tricklock's 2003 Manoa Project, reveals his devious secrets for fooling the fairer sex into affection in his goofy one-manly-man show, How to Pick Up Chicks. Kids: Do not try this at home. The show runs one weekend only: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. $8 general, $6 students/seniors. For details, call 254-8393.

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The Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon

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Over the ages, most of the best-known classical composers were of Germanic origin, and several were French, British and Russian. Patriots will be proud to recall that we can boast a few musical geniuses of solid American stock. On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., UNM's University Chorus, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band joins forces for a performance in Keller Hall of music by American composers Aaron Copeland, Daniel Pinkham, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others. An American Holiday should be a smashingly good show. Tickets are $12, $10 and $7 and are available at the UNM Bookstore (277-5451) or by logging onto


Cooking Classes

Because you can never be too hot in the kitchen

Giving the gift of cooking classes does not say to the recipient, “The last time I came to your house for dinner the food was so bad I spit it all into my napkin and got a Whopper on the way home.” It does say, “I care about you, dear friend. I know you have a passion for fine food and a desire to hone your already sharp skills. Please cook for me again sometime soon.” Of course, you don't have to use our cheesy lines. You can write whatever you want on the gift card. Here are some of the many options Albuquerque has to offer.

Food Lovers' Stocking Stuffers

Nibbles and gadgets for your favorite foodies

Drop a few of these goodies in your honey's furry red sock and your taste buds will thank you later.

Food Article

In some ways it's lucky for us cooks that Christmas falls so close to Thanksgiving this year. First and foremost, it's easy to make a wish list so soon after the biggest cooking and eating day of the year. For example, it's fresh in my mind that my meat thermometer sucks and I need a newer, much more high-tech model. That crappy old one is solely responsible for the dry-as-a-bone turkey breast I served two Thursdays ago. The remote, remote possibility that user error could have contributed to my cardboard-flavored bird could be addressed with a “Roasting 101” cooking class or two. And in the meantime, I'd like to drown my sorrows in a beer or two. Thus, the inspiration for some of our Last Minute Gift Guide suggestions. Perhaps somebody you love would like a book on how to bake pies? Is there a dear, dear friend who could really use a lesson on wine and food pairing? Check out this week's suggestions for cooking classes and stocking stuffers. There's got to be something here for the cook in your life.

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Blue Plate Special's core strength is creating personalized, hands-on cooking experiences that are custom-fit to the clients and what they want to accomplish. That means you could plan a team-building relleno-making office party or set up a one-on-one lesson at home to master pastry crust. Prices start at $25 per person per hour and you'll probably want to invest in at least three hours (and some groceries). Pick Blue Plate for the most intensive experience.

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Rio Grande Brewing Co.'s annual holiday beer is a full, rich, dark brew that would warm Mr. Scrooge's bones.

Perfect for taking to holiday parties or keeping in the fridge for your house/pet/baby-sitters.

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La Piazza offers low-key demonstration classes on gourmet Italian cooking every other Sunday. La Piazza focuses on a different region of Italy every quarter; individual classes select seasonal themes that reflect those tastes. Invite some girlfriends to join you, kick back, sip some vino and soak it all in as the pros share recipes and techniques. Expect to pay about $45 plus tax and tip. You won't walk out feeling like a master chef but you'll be relaxed, refreshed and a little more knowledgeable about Italian food.

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These big, beautiful bars are made by a luxury chocolatier and were inspired by the flavor combinations of their chocolate truffles. We absolutely love the Pearl Bar: velvety dark chocolate with crunches of black sesame seeds and subtle hints of ginger and wasabi. The Red Fire Bar incorporates chile powder and cinnamon. Avoid the curry-flavored Naga bar—one person we gave some to said it tasted like a Hershey bar that had been found in the back of a taxi.

Perfect for chocoholics, ingredient snobs.

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Taking a cooking class at Le Café Miche is similar to dining experiences you've probably had there—it's intimate, manageable and romantic. The entertaining and informative Chef Claus Hjortkjaer demonstrates impressive but surprisingly simple dishes that flow together as a dinner menu. Classes are presented every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and are typically in the $25-$35 range. The wine list is impressive and there's plenty of room for questions, so come curious. These classes make good gifts for a couple who can enjoy the experience like a date.

Le Café Miche also offers food and wine pairing classes one or two Wednesdays a month. Informal and casual, at around $15 they're a real bargain.

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These bright, sugary syrups inject kitschy colors and flavors into boring beverages. There are four varieties to choose from— the green "cream soda," clear "mali" (a jasmine or honeysuckle-like flavor), yellow "pineapple," and red "sala" (with kind of a generic red candy taste). We like the cream soda and mali best of all. Try mixing a little syrup with water (plain or seltzer) or Sprite and serving it over ice. Also good as an ingredient in cocktails or with milk.

Perfect for booze-hounds, Asian ingredient freaks, children.

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Foodies know that Now We're Cooking is the place to go for kitchen gadgets and specialty items in the far North East Heights. What they may not be aware of is that NWC also hosts cooking demonstrations in the back of the store for $30 a pop. Many of the classes are taught by guest chefs from celebrated local restaurants like Seasons, Scalo and Jennifer James. So if you've ever wondered how your favorite place makes the soup so delightfully smooth, NWC is a great opportunity to find out first hand. They even offer hands-on cooking classes for kids in the summer (which should keep them occupied for at least a few hours). Be sure to ask about store discounts for class participants.

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Take a walk down Memory Lane at the In Crowd's candy display and choose from a selection of Big Hunk, Boston Baked Beans, candy cigarette packs, candy cigars, candy necklaces/bracelets (some with candy crucifixes,) giant old-fashioned taffy, Lemonheads, Lucy's Predic-a-Mints, Necco Wafers (chocolate), NikLNips, Redhots and jumbo Sugardaddies.

Perfect for stuck-in-the-good-old-days friends with dental insurance.

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Soiree is a husband and wife team of culinary school graduates who teach classes in the demonstration kitchen at National Restaurant Supply. The classes range from ethnic cuisines to fish to butchering meat. Prices vary but are usually very affordable, about $20. The instructors are young, enthusiastic and well-versed in their trade. As caterers for intimate dinner parties, they can offer lots of help for people who want to perfect their entertaining expertise.

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This gizmo does double duty as a thermometer and timer, showing proper cooking times and internal temperatures for all your meaty creations. It's got a three-foot sensor cord with which you skewer your roast while the magnetized digital display chills on the outside of your oven door. Your goose is cooked when the super-loud alert sound goes off.

Perfect for anyone who might have tragically overcooked a turkey two weeks ago.

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The Specialty Shop is home to just about every kind of cake, cookie and candy making product you can think of. None of which will do you any good unless you know how to use them, of course. With that in mind, the shop features a stable of hands-on classes designed to get you familiar with the methods, equipment and ingredients of all things confectionary. Topics cover cookie painting and bouquets, hard candy, chocolates, gingerbread houses, pies and cake decoration. They've even got a wedding cake class for the truly intrepid—or insane. Classes range from $25-$50 and can be a one-day deal or a part of a weekly series.

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Cookin' On the Go is the ultimate accessory for the techno-geek chef on your list. It works with handheld Palm Pilot modules, allowing you to download and e-mail recipes and shopping lists, add an unlimited amount of your own recipes, search your database by keyword or ingredient and even perform nutritional analysis. Now if only it could do the dishes.

Perfect for gadget fiends, cooks with overflowing recipe boxes and organizational problems.

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If you're really hungry for culinary aptitude, you might consider enrolling in TVI's Culinary Arts program. Sure, you could run off to a fancy big-name school like the CIA, but since TVI's program is nationally accredited by the same institution (the American Culinary Foundation, or ACF), you'd be getting a top-notch education here at home for about $30,000 less. Work weekdays? TVI offers nighttime, weekend and online courses to boot. The associate's degree program covers professional cooking, baking and pastry, sanitation, nutrition, equipment use, human relations, supervisory skills, dining room skills, business practices and more. You can complete it as a full-time student in four terms (about a year and a half). If that seems like a lot to put on your plate, go for a professional cooking or baking and pastry certificate—it's like getting half the degree in half the time.

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Yeah, it seems like a lot of money to spend on a pastry and basting brush but remember how that crappy boar-bristle brush hemorrhaged bristles all over the pie crust last time? These skinny silicone fingers won't melt and the whole thing (unlike boar-bristle brushes) is dishwasher safe.

Perfect as a compliment to the digital thermometer.

Alibi V.12 No.49 • Dec 4-10, 2003


Music Article

The Outpost Performance Space will present its Kids Variety Show on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Such shows have become a tradition at the Outpost, featuring dance, music, comedy and theater conceived and performed by and for children. Call the Outpost at 268-0044 for information and to reserve a performance slot for your child or children. Admission is free! ... Also on Saturday, Dec. 6, it's time for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's annual Yule Struttin' Holiday Fundraiser Party. This year's event will take place once again at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) from 7 to 11 p.m., and will feature live music, art, food and a silent auction. Pianist Steve Figueroa and Friends will deliver straight-ahead jazz, Linda Cotton's ensemble will serve up funky jazz grooves and Guajira will spread the Latin and salsa love. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and desserts, along with a variety of beverages, will be served throughout the evening courtesy of the Cooperage, and all guests will be able to enjoy the many exhibits currently on display at the museum. The silent auction opens at 7 p.m. and boasts more ticket packages, fine art and unique gifts than ever before. The auction will close promptly at 9:30 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's educational programs. Those of you who haven't attended Yule Struttin' in the past have been missing out on one of the premier parties of the year in all of Albuquerque. Tickets are $35 and available from the NMJW. Call 255-9798 for reservations and more information.

Music Article

Luciana Souza Quartet

Saturday, Dec. 6; Outpost Performance Space (all ages, 8 p.m.): You won't find Brazilian composer and singer Luciana Souza's name in most of the exhaustive and homogenous books on jazz that line the shelves of your local bookstore. Yet, that is. With a musical background that extends into early childhood visits with Milton Nascimento and Hermento Pascoal and an upbringing by a family of bossa nova innovators, followed by a formal education at the New England Conservatory of Music and four years on faculty of the Berklee College of Music, Souza's stars are aligned in such a way as to ensure that she'll eventually be a household name.

She's released four albums as a leader, the latest of which, North and South (Sunnyside), completes a trilogy she began by putting the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop to music (The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs) and continued with 2001's Brazilian Duos. The trilogy, says Souza, was meant to underscore the fact that she could leave her native country only to find that it would never leave her. North and South is composed of some of Souza's favorite jazz and Brazilian tunes—several of them standards—along with a pair of her own works. The resulting album is a spacious rendering of her Brazilian roots that traces a graceful arc through contemporary jazz. Her choice of songs, from Jobim's "Corcovado" to Carlos Lyra and Ronaldo Bôscoli's "Se é Tarde me Peroda," and her treatment of them paint a sort of musical self portrait of Souza, whose artistry is almost unimaginably broad in scope and steeped in visceral understanding.

Music Article

Five years and a new guitarist later, singer-songwriter Raul Malo has revived the Mavericks and ushered in a new album that retains much of the rock-infused country magic that made the band an early '90s platinum-selling sensation. Malo, who during the Mavs hiatus spent time recording with Los Super Seven, has become an elemental songwriter, able to capture the classic Nashville sound, then soup it up using Cuban folk and Orbison-era rock. His Chris Isaak-like vocals and ability to put a pop twist on just about everything he writes provides us once again with a glistening Mavericks effort.

Release date: out now

Kool and the Gang

Friday, Dec. 5; Route 66 Casino (21 and over, 7 p.m.)

With a pair of Grammys, seven American Music Awards and 31 gold and platinum albums to show for their 30-plus years together, few would argue that Kool and the Gang are one of the most important funk-soul groups of all time. The hits—there have been 25 in the Top 10, including "Celebration," "Jungle Boogie," "Too Hot," "Ladies Night," "Fresh" and others too numerous to mention—haven't stopped coming, and brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and brother Ronald haven't stopped bringing on the funk, touring almost ceaselessly throughout their long careers.

Vendetta Red

with S.T.U.N., Armor for Sleep and Pris

Friday, Dec. 5; Launchpad (all ages, 8 p.m.)

Think of Seattle's Vendetta Red as pioneers of what will one day (very soon) be referred to as post-grunge. The five-member band have as much in common with Fugazi and early Smashing Pumpkins as they do with StonePearlGardenJam and the like—stadium rockers with feet firmly planted in the fertile garden of punk and hardcore of days gone by. If Screaming Trees had merged with the Pixies, you'd have the template for Vendetta Red.

Music Article

Sounding more confident than ever, James Mercer appears to have grown into his spectacular voice on the band's second release for Sub Pop. Chutes is impressive for its evenness—rather than relying on a handful of miraculous hits like their first record's "New Slang" and "Know Your Onion!," Chutes rests balanced on Mercer's increasingly introspective lyrical genius and his ability to craft melodies to envelope it. The result is classic '60s pop fed through a kaleidoscope of contemporary indie rock. Chutes isn't quite the gold mine that is Oh, Inverted World, but it's a subtle masterwork in its own.

Music Article

Aside from being my personal favorite jazz pianist, George Cables is largely responsible for defining modern jazz piano as we now know it. His latest recording offers a pleasing variety of post-bop up-tempo swing numbers and hushed ballads, all recorded with his "classic" quartet (Gary Bartz, Peter Washington and Victor Lewis). Eight of the 10 compositions are Cables' own, and the pair of covers, Carol King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and Eric Satie's "Gymnopedie," prove to be excellent choices for the ensemble. Cables' lyrical style coupled with Bartz' equally enchanting soprano sax work makes for incredibly satisfying listening.


Have Yourself a Gay Little Christmas

The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus and the New Mexico Women's Chorus

There's no merrier way to get into the Christmas spirit than by catching annual holiday concerts by the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus and its sister chorus, the New Mexico Women's Chorus. Every year the groups put on accomplished, eclectic shows to ring in the season. This year, I'm happy to say, will be no different.

Art Article

This silent night might not be a holy one, but since it's filled with great art, who the hell cares? The University of New Mexico's Graduate Art Association will host its Seventh Annual Silent Art Auction on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harwood Art Center. You can come for the excitement of bidding on fantastic art by local artists. You can come for the tasty edibles provided by Albuquerque Catering. You can come for the live music by Casadimanza or for the print by an artist from the Tamarind Institute that will be raffled off.

A Little Nightcap

The Cell Theatre

The Cell's famed multimedia cabaret returns on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. with an evening of film, music and comedy. Alan Arkin debuts a short digital film called "Blood," starring local actor Tom Schuch. Tenor Jay Hill performs some Spanish songs with guitarist Julia Peterman. Julia Thudium and Catherine Haun play for laughs in a sketch called "Feminism for the 21st Century and Beyond." And there's plenty more where that came from, all for the bargain price of $5. Have yourself A Little Nightcap. For more information, call 766-9412.

Art Article

It's that time once again. For the past 20 years, the Arts Alliance has honored the best of the best of Albuquerque's arts community by bestowing worthy organizations and individuals with Bravos Awards. This year nominations must be post-marked by Friday, Dec. 19. Nomination packages should include an official form, two letters of support, and an address, phone number and (if available) an e-mail address. Categories include dance, music, visual arts, theater arts, literary arts, outstanding arts volunteer or philanthropist, arts education and outstanding arts organization. I'm sure you know a person or organization that deserves some credit for their creative efforts in the community. If so, get off your duff and get busy. For more details, and to get your hands on a nomination form, call the Arts Alliance at 268-1920. Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Albuquerque Marriott on Saturday, April 17.

Second Annual Invitational

Coleman Gallery

I'm sure you've already got Thursday, Dec. 4, marked on your calendars. That's the evening of Nob Hill's much-anticipated Shop and Stroll, when most area galleries and shops will open their doors to folks who want to get a jump on holiday gift buying. One of the cooler events will be the Coleman Gallery's reception for its Second Annual Invitational, a show featuring work by 10 contemporary abstract artists from New Mexico. The reception starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. If you can't make it that night, the exhibit will run through Dec. 31. 232-0224.

Art Article

The Latin Beat: The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music from Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond


Garlic-Flavored Oils: Tasty or Dangerous

Our resident chemist explains why locally produced Valley Garlic Oil is indeed safe

I've heard warnings about garlic-infused oil, but I never really got to the bottom of it. My question for you is: Is there any validity to the claim this gentleman makes in the e-mail I've attached? Is the oil dangerous?

Food Article

This week columnist Robert L. Wolke tackles the subject of whether or not garlic oil is dangerous. I think it's his most interesting and relevant column yet. Professor Wolke lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pa., but self-syndicates this column through The Washington Post. A few weeks ago he informed me that he was giving up on syndicating his column because it was more work than it was worth. Disappointed but understanding, I asked him to give me some quick advice on an e-mail I'd recieved. A garlic juice manufacturer had sent me a message about a story that appeared in La Cocinita, the food magazine we used to publish and of which I was editor. He claimed that the Valley Garlic Oil we wrote about was dangerous. Suspicious that his claim was untrue but realizing that if it were true I'd be obligated to do something about it, I forwarded the message on to Wolke. In the true fashion of a scientist, the professor investigated fully and revealed that the oil is, in fact, safe. But if you've ever considered making your own garlic-infused oil then you should definitely read his column and find out why it could be deadly. Meanwhile, look for Valley Garlic Oil at La Montañita Co-op. I wasn't lying when I wrote to Bob that I love the stuff and use it all the time.

All the News That's Fit to Eat

Beer and hockey go together like ice skating and getting the crap beaten out of you by guys missing one or more front teeth. Good times! Next time you're out at (S)Tingley Coliseum for a Scorpions game check out the brand new team beer: Scorpions Ale. Rio Grande Brewing makes the team's official beverage, which debuted two weeks ago, and brewer Scott Moore describes it as, “a hoppy California-style pale ale with a rich, copper color, hoppy nose and clean finish.” Scorpions Ale is available at all of the beer stands at Tingley and costs $5.50 per cup (Budweiser costs $4.50). It is also on tap at O'Niell's Uptown and other sports-friendly bars. Look for 22-ounce bottles of the brew in retail stores early next year.

Good Old Fashioned Pork Chops and Rice

No fuss, just food

When I left home, one of the things I most looked forward to was being able to cook what I wanted, when I wanted. The problem was that I had never made any of the meals that my mom specialized in; after a decade or so away from home, I started missing them. There were several winners in my mom's repertoire, but the one I miss the most is her pork chops and rice. The same way that waffles are just an excuse to dip your bacon into maple syrup, the pork chops are merely a prop for the rice. Too creamy to be a pilaf, but not quite a risotto, this is classic southern rice and gravy, the kind of side dish that sits perfectly next to a mess of stewed greens and a perfectly seared then braised pork chop.