Weekly Alibi
 Dec 22 - 28, 2005 
NEWS/OPINION
The Place in Nob Hill
Take that, dirt lot in Nob Hill! Mixed-use strikes again as a three-story development is slated to be built at the old Baca site, located between Wellesley and Tulane on Central.
MUSIC
Spotlight: The Ground Beneath CD Release Party
Simon McCormack takes a little trip to "Talent City" and brings back souvenirs from local nu-metal jockeys The Ground Beneath. Turns out a spell concocted with a Gibson Explorer, a lock of Tim Stroh's hair and hard work can result in a bitchin' album.
FOOD
Dining Out Special
Make your New Year's dinner reservation now. We've compiled a guide to let you in on what's to eat and drink in the desert on the last evening of 2005.
FILM & TV
The Producers
From movie to musical back to movie, Mel Brooks' The Producers is fit for those who can't wait to see cheap Hollywood comedies like Weekend at Bernie's turned into musicals (and, possibly, back into movies).
FEATURE
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
For drinks, entertainment and who to call when your plumbing explodes, this week we've designed for you, loyal readers, a special New Year's guide that will help you plan your party or evening out. We'll put you well on your way to singing "Auld Lang Syne" out of tune with champagne and other humans, instead of watching Dick Clark's ball at home with your cat.
ARTS/LIT
Author Interview
Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Teacher Man, discusses, among other things, how he found salvation in teaching.

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Alibi Picks

Universal Sound

Local heavy metal legend Al Cisneros brings his dark, droning psych-rock collaboration with Emil Amos, an eldritch thing called OM, to the stage at Sister (407 Central NW) tomorrow night. Cisneros, of influential doom band Sleep, and Amos—who also drums in PDX post-rock outfit Grails and conjures soundscapes with Alex Hall in Lilacs & Champagne—are well known in both these parts and the metal universe for generating sounds that are massive, entrancing and louder than goddamned hell.

OM takes its moniker from the Hindu concept for the sound the universe makes; if that descriptor is anywhere near the ensemble’s musical truth, then this world’s vast emptiness is a triumphantly noisy affair that careens between chaos and transcendence. Robert Lowe's contributions to the band’s latest release, Advaitic Songs, and touring efforts add a shimmery crunch to OM’s cosmically unpronounceable, sonically arcane journey. But why read words that attempt to describe something all-at-once too simple and complicated to make words out of ... when you can take the trip yourself for 10 bucks. Opening act Watter—featuring Britt Walford of Slint and Grails' Zak Riles—takes the stage at 10pm, and this show is 21-plus. Sister • Sat Apr 19 • 10pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in Marquez' death, a Russian firefighter and a balloon crash

The Daily Word

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87.

Yesterday, Missouri police arrested a suspect, accused of a string of vehicle shootings on Kansas City highways.

Relatives of those who were on Flight MH370, which disappeared weeks ago, want answers.

An avalanche swept down Mt. Everest, killing at least 13 people.

The City settled several lawsuits from people who were arrested or cited for feeding the homeless.

Earlier this morning, a hot air balloon crashed into a house in the Sage and Unser area.

Gov. Susana Martinez addressed negative things that were said on secret audio recordings from four years ago, pero she won't say “sorry” because they were private.

A medical marijuana supplier wants to give people a mall-like experience. In that case, do they provide free samples?

This Russian firefighter knows what's up.

Alibi Picks

Get Your Beep-Boop On: Play Yars' Revenge at the Tannex

Do you get misty for those halcyon days of 1982, when you were a giant space wasp hell-bent on picking your way through the enemy’s defenses and destroying their cannon before it destroyed you? Even if you weren’t born yet, the game Yars’ Revenge kindles this need within you.

Luckily, tomorrow night, the Tannex is hosting a Yars’ Revenge event. Swing by 1417 Fourth Street SW after 8pm. For $5 you get to manhandle the joysticks of two Atari Flashback systems in any of 64 classic games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall!, Breakout and possibly the single most embarrassing video game of all time, Video Checkers. (Kidding, of course; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has that “honor.”)

Live electronica completes the evening, courtesy of local acts Huron Valley Listening Club, Lenn Cicada and Meta Vaux. While waiting your turn to settle that 30-year Galaga grudge match with your sister, you can fight over who has to be P2 next time, or plan a field trip to the Atari landfill excavation we hear is launching in Alamogordo on April 26.  Tannex • Sat Apr 19 • 8pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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