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 V.15 No.16 | April 20 - 26, 2006 
Losing It
Head Games: One proposed law would mandate outpatient treatment for people with debilitating mental illness, yet as Albuquerque's mental health care facilities shut down at alarming speeds, who will be left to care for them? Christie Chisholm takes a terrifying look into the heart of this crisis.
News Interview
Welcome to the Hotel Rwanda--Paul Rusesabagina, peace advocate and storied hero of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, talks candidly with the Alibi about genocide, justice and American responsibility.
Sport and Spectacle: Sport and Spectacle
Real, live rollergirls of the rough-and-tumble Duke City barrel into their first full season of pain and wicked four-wheel exploits. Taste the thunder!
Spotlight: The Magic of Ben McIver
Cool jazz on a warm April night: Seasons' Saturday Night Jazz Series begins on a high note with the Ben McIver Quartet.
Restaurant Review: The Green Light Bistro
The Green Light Bistro serves up your five-a-day, and then some, in a cozy--make that very cozy--setting.
Film Festival Preview
¡Mira! The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is now playing in your own backyard with 40 shorts, documentaries, features and animated pieces from all across the Spanish-speaking world.
Poetry News
Some inventors dream of making it big as the next Post-it Note entrepreneur or cashing in on late-night infomercials. Not Chicago poet Marc Smith. He invented the poetry slam. Who knows what the hell he was going for? Steven Robert Allen asks in an exclusive interview.

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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

sports

University of Connecticut Women's Team Destroys Notre Dame in NCAA Final

But does basketball matter if few people watch?

UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma

A week ago, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament reached its apex. And the University of Connecticut won. Nope, not the men's game, which was fantastic, sure, but the women's game. It was truly historic, and not just according to the wonks at 538, the newly minted sports blog from famed statistician Nate Silver. While there have been undefeated teams ostensibly playing for a national championship before—in college football at least—that's never been the case in basketball.

Many say the latest victory for the UConn women represents an endorsement of their coach, Geno Auriemma. With long-time rival Pat Summitt retired, it seems as though almost no one can stand in the way of the Huskies and their long-running records. Notre Dame fought valiantly for their place as the spoiler, and maybe if they'd had Natalie Achonwa or Ace playing alongside her senior teammates, things could have gone differently.

There's no shame in losing to this UConn team, but there are definitely columnists who have wondered if all those Husky wins piling up are leading to Geno and Co. fatigue. While Mechelle Voepel argues that UConn's winning ways are good for women's basketball overall, there's definitely room for disagreement. Kate Fagan reasons that games are better when they're truly competitive and if Notre Dame represents the best team that UConn had to face, things are getting into a bad place. The bottom line: We need a multitude of better teams, not just UConn.

The takeaway a week later, with almost no one talking about the women's game, despite the WNBA Draft already occurring, is that NCAA Division I basketball is still all about the men's game. March Madness, to most people, means men's games exclusively. Even if—or rather, when—two undefeated teams play, something that has never happened in the sport before, there's very little attention for the women. Something needs to change.

Film

This Week at Guild Cinema

We screwed up! We didn’t get Guild Cinema’s regular ad in this week’s print edition of Weekly Alibi. Here, now, is the ad that should have run, in all its glory. We’re sorry, movie fans!

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