Weekly Alibi
 May 5 - 11, 2005 
The Kids Are Not Alright
How can you have any pudding, if you don't eat yer meat! Mayor Martin Chavez says he wants to promote all-ages venues Downtown, but his plan might just put the Launchpad and Sunshine Theater out of business.
NEWS/OPINION
Payne's World
Greg Payne shares a word to the wise: There's five months until election day and the mayoral race is just getting started.
Agro Meets Urban Bliss
For some residents of Towne Park, the gated community's board of directors is acting less like a benevolent authority figure and more like a gestapo.
MUSIC
Music to Your Ears
Two decades after The Swans, Michael Gira still prefers the sparkling sound of discomfort.
FOOD
Restaurant Review: Here's the Beef
No surprises here: Pho #1 Vietnamese Cuisine & Grill might just serve the number one pho in town.
FILM & TV
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Although it probably won't win over any new fans, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy successfully blends "Doctor Who" and "Monty Python" into an amusing, anarchy-filled diversion.
ARTS/LIT
Performance Review
Hedda Gabler is wicked fine theater performed by some of the best actors in town. Catch it this weekend at the Cell Theatre!

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #343: Chili Powder Miniaturizes My Friend

Against our advice, my friend B consumes an entire package of red chili powder, rendering him microscopic. I can still hear his tiny voice, but I can't see him.

Alibi Picks

Prep Your Mountaintops

For many the lo-fi, folk-rock “movement” of the late-'90s begins and ends with Neutral Milk Hotel. Originally formed in Ruston, La. by singer/guitarist Jeff Mangum as a recording project, it wasn’t until the 1996 release of On Avery Island that Neutral Milk Hotel became a full-fledged band. The budding foursome relocated to New York, where they would finish their short-lived career with an exhaustive tour for sophomore release In the Aeroplane Over the Sea way back in 1998. Think Sebadoh-meets-Guided by Voices. Critically acclaimed yet largely ignored by the mainstream record-buying public, the album eventually became something of a legend in its own time.

Fast-forward 16 years, and NMH has become the progenitor of such roundly lauded bands as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Franz Ferdinand, and their music has been covered by Brand New, The Dresden Dolls and The Mountain Goats. After a lengthy hiatus, Neutral Milk Hotel has finally reunited to embark on a reunion tour featuring the lineup from their seminal release, In the Aeroplane. This show is for old and new fans alike—yes, even indie-folk has made a strong comeback in recent years—and In the Aeroplane is, for many, still the defining release of the genre’s first wave, seamlessly blending folk, rock, psychedelic and shoegaze into one succinct package. Neutral Milk Hotel's all-ages concert at Kiva Auditorium (401 Second Street NW) tomorrow night is a must-see. The show happens at 7:30pm; tickets start at $36, and lo-fi indie-pop group Elf Power opens. Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center • Thu Apr 17 • 7:30pm • $36-$51 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in eyeball licking, Police Oversight Commission resignations and Captain Underpants

The Daily Word

It's Wednesday April 16

and three of Albuquerque's six member Police Oversight Commission have resigned, saying that they have no real power to do their jobs, that the City Attorney's Office has undermined them at every turn, and that the Commission is a 'mockery' in terms of oversight,

cleanup crews are moving toward the contaminated section of WIPP, very, very slowly,

and Governor Susana Martinez is being compared to Sarah Palin and eyed for a presidential run.

Meanwhile, a ferry boat sank off the cost of South Korea, possibly killing hundreds,

children are struggling to understand the unfathomable mystery of the Sony Walkman,

parents are complaining to libraries about the use of words like "pee-pee" and "Dr. Diaper" in the Captain Underpants book series,

and a man was arrested after licking a cop's eyeball outside of a bar called "Pisser's Palace."

Have a great day!

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