7 Books in 7 Categories That’ll Delight This Christmas
Here at the Alibi, we suspect that the death of print has been blown a bit out of proportion. Whether you’re getting or giving this Christmas—or just going out for Chinese food—you can’t go wrong with the written word. Here are seven books in seven categories united only by their general awesomeness.
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A Backhanded Carol for Christmas: The Santaland Diaries
Just imagine the stories that roll out of this scene: “22,000 people came to see Santa today, and not all of them were well-behaved.” The setting is Santaland at Macy’s in New York, and the narrator is writer and humorist David Sedaris, working as Crumpet the Elf. “The Santaland Diaries” shares the comic experiences he collected on the job, surrounded by 10,000 twinkling lights and dozens of other hired elves. Kelsey Leos Montoya plays Sedaris for the second year running, in what could become a local tradition. The hour-long one-man show merrily skewers just about every aspect of Christmas, including happy children and Santas for hire. It’s a saucy antidote to the overwhelmingly cheerful feel of the season, with perhaps unexpected turns: Imagine Billie Holiday singing “Away in a Manger.” The Box (100 Gold SW, Suite 112) presents one show nightly on Dec. 20 and 21 at 8pm, with tickets going for $10. Due to irreverent content, it’s probably best to leave pre-teens and early teens at home. The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre • Fri Dec 20 • 8-9pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar
Love is Officially Love
New Mexico Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage
After several counties in New Mexico made a push in August to allow same-sex couples to marry, citizens urged the higher-ups to consider allowing statewide same-sex marriages to be considered lawful. Since state statutes neither banned nor condoned same-sex marriage, it has always been legal for gay couples to apply for marriage licenses. But depending on which county they lived in, it didn't mean they'd be approved … until now.
“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” said Justice Edward L. Chavez in the Court's decision.
Just last month, Hawaii and Illinois also made same-sex marriages legal. This also makes New Mexico the first state in the American Southwest to legalize gay marriage. All signs point to a trend of tolerance developing throughout the US. One can only hope.
The Daily Word in fire, horse slaughter and Nazi Christmas party photos
Fire destroyed the National Institute of Flamenco studio and conservatory Downtown. No one was injured, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wanna help the Institute get back on its feet? Donate here.
Pick up a copy of our latest issue—look for a bright red cover depicting Krampus—for deets on "Longmire," Crib Notes, a review of Saving Mr. Banks, a soulful/funky Xmas mixtape by DJ Tahnee, an art show themed on the King of mainstream horror and a review of the freshly relocated Daily Grind.
The 10th US Court of Appeals lifted an order preventing Roswell-based horse slaughter facility Valley Meat Co. from opening. Valley Meat owner Rick De Los Santos says the plant will open for business on Jan. 1, 2014.
New Mexico finds itself unable to impose limits on PAC contributions after a decision by the 10th US Court of Appeals in Denver.
Tejana Susana gets a jumpstart on her annual PR campaign against the issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in New Mexico.
JLaw comes out against fat-shaming.
Scope a chilling photo essay documenting a Nazi Christmas party.
Lobos Lose in Final Four to Notre Dame
courtesy of Lobo TV
On Friday afternoon, the University of New Mexico soccer team lost in the Final Four of the NCAA post-season tournament. Although UNM did a good job of controlling possession and took as many shots on goal as the Fighting Irish did, they allowed an early slip in defense, which led opportunistic Patrick Hodan to a goal in the seventh minute. With that disadvantage ensconced in their minds, the Lobos refused to play timid, challenging the staunch Notre Dame offense again and again.
As the second half began, though, and time started to slip through the fingers of the Cherry and Silver, things got a bit more tight. The set pieces started to develop for both teams—there were no corner kicks in the first half, and 8 total in the second. UNM still played the role of the aggressor, but it was clear by the mid-point of the second half that it was because they had to, not because they wanted to. Finally, in the 65th minute, Notre Dame connected again with the back of the net. Again, it was Hodan, this time off an extremely odd miss, hammered off the crossbar by Vince Cicciarelli and followed up on by Hodan after an unlucky Lobo touch.
From then on, it was desperation mode for coach Jeremy Fishbein and his crew; watching their magical season evaporate in front of their eyes and on ESPNU. When the final whistle sounded, UNM was still down 0-2, and Notre Dame was advancing, although their opponent was still to be determined at the time. Later Friday evening, Maryland took down Virginia for their place in the national title match.
There have got to be several consolations to ending the season in a loss, even in the face of departure from their seniors. Kyle Venter has been invited to the MLS Super Draft and is almost certain to be selected, while goalkeeper Michael Lisch and a pair of Michaels—Kafarri and Calderon—will all be gone next year, even if they don't all make it to the MLS. But the silver lining to these heavy contributors leaving the team is that there is a strong youth movement behind them. For a team that sometimes felt like it was overachieving this year, there's a solid foundation to build upon next year. And, much like this year's eventual champion, Notre Dame, there's a strong chance the Lobos will come back stronger next season.
The Lobos played yet another fantastic season and have much to be proud of. The future looks bright.
The tables are turned as ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano asks New Mexican Joseph Baca what it means to be from the Land of Enchantment.