Alibi V.20 No.10 • March 10-16, 2011

Gus Pedrotty’s Alibi interview [Video]

Gus Pedrotty—Gus, as he likes to be known—stopped by Alibi Headquarters to discuss a bid for mayor that began as idealistic—and some would say unlikely—but has since been transformed into one of the more vital and remarkable candidacies that have passed through this high desert city in ages.

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Alibi Celebrates Pride

Guests of the N.M. Pride Celebration join Weekly Alibi to party

We would like to thank everyone who visited our booth at the Albuquerque Pride Celebration and the wonderful folx running the beautiful event.

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Punk Is Whatever We Made It to Be

An interview with bassist Mike Watt

Mike Watt's latest album, Hyphenated-Man, is not about the past. "It's kind of a meditation on me in middle age," he says.

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Reel World

Los Angeles-based writer/producer/director Darin Scott will be coming to Albuquerque this weekend to host his patented 2-Day Directing Workshop. Scott wrote Tales From the Hood, Caught Up, Sprung and Waist Deep (among others). He produced Stepfather II, To Sleep with Anger, Love and a .45, Menace II Society and the criminally underrated Fear of a Black Hat (among others). He’s currently directing episodes of a new crime series for HBO. Bottom line: The man knows his stuff.

Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms heads to an unconventional convention in a film that’s dark, funny, raunchy and sweet all at the same time

Ever since The 40-Year-Old Virgin became a massive sensation in 2005, Americans have developed a taste for edgier, more adult-oriented humor. Gone are the pratfalls, fart jokes and fat suits of the ’90s. Now, it’s all about sad-sack characters, uncomfortable situations and a healthy undercurrent of R-rated raunch.

Cedar Rapids follows in this vein by crafting a low-key comedy that’s equal parts drama, staffed by a collection of comedy industry ringers.

Featherweight Champion

“Taking on Tyson” on Animal Planet

We all knew fallen boxing idol Mike Tyson would end up on a reality show. It was inevitable. The only question was: Which one? An embarrassing turn on “Dancing With the Stars”? A rage-fueled meltdown on “Celebrity Apprentice”? Turns out we were all wrong. Who could have imagined Mike Tyson’s comeback would materialize in the form of a reality show on Animal Planet?

Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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World Movement

They just wanna dance, dance, dance

Marjorie Neset is a self-described "obsessive traveler and geographer." In 2008, a research grant landed her in Maputo, Mozambique, to investigate the local dance scene. There she connected with Panaibra Gabriel Canda—one of the country's foremost dance figures. A few weekends ago, Neset found herself on an 800-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, delivering Canda and his guitarist, Jorge Domingos, to the 11th annual installation of Global DanceFest.

It’s Sew Easy

New store continues where Panda Robot left off

The Octopus and the Fox is the brainchild of four women who wanted a place for Albuquerque shoppers to be able to buy handmade goods.

Clocks made out of old Grateful Dead records adorn the walls along with paintings, mosaics and other visual art. Blown glass pieces sit in a display case alongside belt buckles. Velociraptors in love grace a pillow. ...

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Peace Officer

Could APD crisis training have saved a veteran’s life?

Kenneth Ellis III had a handgun in one hand and a cell phone in the other as he stared down the barrels of nearly a dozen guns wielded by police officers. He gripped a pistol tight against his right temple and waited for his mom to pick up.

Pernicious Pigeons?

Police issues remain forefront during the public comment portion of the Council meetings. On Monday, March 7, councilors heard from a distraught Sylvia Fuentes, the mother of Len Fuentes, one of the 14 people shot by the Albuquerque Police Department in 2010.

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Music to Your Ears

You could make the 13-hour drive to Austin for SXSW, struggle through pressing crowds, spend tons of money and only dream of reaching the bar in any given venue. Or you could drive a measly 45 minutes to Santa Fe and see many of the same bands as they make their pilgrimage to Texas.

The Shivas

Psychedelic transformer

If you’re looking for a by-the-numbers revival psych band wearing paisley shirts and Cuban heels, don’t bother with The Shivas. If, however, you prefer a faithful ’60s sound taken to the next level, look no further. The Shivas is what you seek. Like the Hindu deity for which the band is named, this group is the Destroyer. That is, destruction in its highest form: transformation.

Gerald Clayton Trio

Young pianist finds the swinging sweet spot

On pianist Gerald Clayton’s debut release as a leader, his compositions and performances slip into the ear as easily and sweetly as pop music, yet they excite all the brain’s jazz synapses.

Flyer on the Wall

Red City Radio, Stabbed in Back and La Haine give an all-ages performance on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Heights Community Center (823 Buena Vista SE). As the flyer indicates in no uncertain terms, this is a PUNK ROCK SHOW. This is also the world premiere of a new video from Stabbed in Back. Admission is somewhere around a fiver, but sneaking in would probably be the punkest thing to do.

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

On Saturday, March 5, hundreds of Burqueños in search of bon temps gathered at the Launchpad for the Weekly Alibi's Mardi Gras Dance Party. Presented as part of our Group Hug series, complimentary food from Pepper's Ole’ Fashion BBQ and a king cake from Swiss Alps Bakery kept bellies full, while Mardi Gras props kept things shiny and festive. Le Chat Lunatique, Mondo Vibrations and Felix y Los Gatos completed a stellar lineup of local bands and kept everyone dancing all night long. Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico was also there to document the fun. As part of the service, the company also provides a DVD of all pics taken at the party. Behold the blast that was had. Our next Group Hug event will be announced shortly ...

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Eating on a Dime

Roadrunner’s Mobile Food Pantry rolls into a neighborhood near you

Brad Brown grew up in a family that made a tradition of giving. Two years ago, a Martineztown neighbor arrived at his door with a pair of shoes to sell: The man needed the money to buy food for his family. Brown’s concern took immediate form when he gave his partner, Mike Griego, a birthday present—a Roadrunner Food Bank mobile pantry in Martineztown. A seedling fund of $100 got it started, and it’s since become a community commitment.

AmerAsia & Sumo Sushi

You say Confucius, I say Zen

Sometimes it freaks me out when Chinese restaurants serve sushi. Japanese food is light and neat, leaving nothing to chance. Prepared with short, meticulous strokes, sushi is the epitome of this culinary ethos. Meanwhile, Chinese food is created with broad, heavy, greasy strokes, unafraid of the chaos of a stir-fry. The two foods don’t belong together, and it often seems like they only end up on menus that are cynically aimed at ignorant Americans who think all Asian food is the same.

Alibi V.20 No.9 • March 3-9, 2011

Moor Shakespeare

Othello bodes well for Aux Dog

Aux Dog’s fifth season, called Life and Chances, vows to set a new course for the theater. If its most recent production, Othello, is any indication, that course is a damn fine one.

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Do You Have a Chupacabra?

Take the Alibi quiz

It seems that every few months a chupacabra makes news somewhere. Maybe it’s a bunch of dead goats found on some rural Texas ranch. Maybe it’s a weird, hairless quadruped sighted along Coors. Descriptions of the chupacabra vary widely, and if you find a weird, dead animal in your backyard or on your ranch, how do you know if it’s a chupacabra?

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Reel World

We had over 1,000 entries in our Regal Entertainment Group / Alibi Oscar contest. We asked you to pick the winners in the top 10 Academy Award categories. Out of all those entries, only a tiny handful got them all correct. Some quick tabulation and a random draw or two later, and our winners are ...

The Adjustment Bureau

Sci-fi romance fights the odds to find love

The Adjustment Bureau, a new feature starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, falls into the category of entertaining, mainstream Hollywood efforts loosely based on the works of Philip K. Dick. The film uses a P.K.D. short story—“The Adjustment Team,” written in 1954—as its basic inspiration. There are elements (a traditionally religious worldview and a major romance) that Dick himself would never have penned. But there is a quirky sense of paranoia and a growing realization that the fabric of the universe is not quite what we perceive it to be—both of which are classic Dick moves.

After Party

A post-Oscars analysis

For all the talk about 2011 being the year of the “hip, young” Oscars, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards telecast seemed as traditional as ever. James Franco and Anne Hathaway were brought in as the youngest hosts ever, but any hope of edgy, timely fare like The Social Network winning awards was swept away as stodgy Academy voters gave their biggest kudos to The King’s Speech—an impeccable but doggedly old-fashioned Brits-in-costumes Oscar-baiter if there ever was one.

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Culture Shock

Haiku is fun. The haiku contests at the Alibi are a big hit (look for the 2011 edition in September). It's a chance to show off one's 5-7-5 chops. Until then, why not give villanelle a try?

Dead Celebrities

Rolling Stone writer compiles greatest hits (and misses)

Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead is not only a mostly true statement (it worked for Michael Jackson, maybe not as much for Hitler) but also a new book from journalist Neil Strauss.

It reads like the inner workings of a celebrity reporter's mind.

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Thin Mint Makeover

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails 2011 Cookie Caper

I’m polishing up my tasting spoons and getting ready for one of the sweetest gigs around. Author Anne Hillerman, along with chef/owner Christophe Descarpentries of P’tit Louis Bistro, will be joining me at the judges’ table for this year’s Cookie Caper. The gala fundraiser helps to support programs and activities for more than 5,000 girls throughout the New Mexico Trails Council.

Foodborne Idealism

Student collectives breed a healthy kind of codependency

As we're seeing in the Middle East, it can be easier to point out what's wrong with a picture than to come up with a solution. But that doesn't make a problem any less pressing. An organization called CoFed started, as many organizations do, with a protest—in this case, against the opening of a Panda Express fast-food restaurant in 2009 in the U.C. Berkeley student union.

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Armed and Dangerous

Pound for pound, Joseph Cordova is New Mexico’s best arm wrestler, or puller, as such folks are known. He has won the state arm wrestling crown 10 times, the U.S. title seven times. He’s ranked No. 4 in the world in the 121-pound class.

Making Sausage

Free the Data—Crack open the databases, New Mexico. Taxpayers want a look. Under Rep. Joseph Cervantes' (D-Las Cruces) bill, the state would allow people to peruse electronic collections of data "maintained by or on behalf of a public body."

Copwatch’s Appeal

Several members from the city's Copwatch attended the Wednesday, Feb. 23 City Council meeting to make an appeal about Albuquerque Police Department policies. Adriann Barboa, director of Young Women United, outlined the group’s requests, which include: an end to race- and class-based profiling; no more shoot-to-kill; mandatory crisis intervention training for all officers; a youth voice on the city’s Police Oversight Commission; and more authority for the commission so it can fire and discipline officers.

Having It Both Ways

We go before the world and prosecute a peremptory war on terrorism, daring our neighbors to find fault with our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. And yet we stand idly by while the Khalifa in Bahrain, our political friend, terrorizes its people with bullets supplied by our own arsenals. It is terrorism when a government beats and shoots its own people, scatters them in bloody shrieking masses through the city streets with volleys of gunfire. They have merely asserted what all free people assume as a right—the right to free assembly. How does this terrorism not incite our fury?

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Music to Your Ears

Mardi Gras: A time for beads and costumed revelry, spicy food and heady drink, making friends with strangers, and, sometimes, removing your pants in the street.

At All Angles

Winter’s Fall reinterprets familiar sounds

Slow, spacey keyboard sounds build into a multilayered crashing of guitars and drums, only to give way to a lonely steel guitar, leaving the listener with a vibe that’s hard to pinpoint. This is “The Surveyor,” the instrumental first track on the third Winter’s Fall album, At All Angles, and it sets the tone for what is to come.

To the Core

The Black Apples

With elements of surf, soul and garage, The Black Apples has the ability to bring that feel to the fore in a creative way—unlike retro psych bands that merely riff on “Psychotic Reaction” or “Dirty Water” over and over.

Flyer on the Wall

With very literal imagery, this graphic, high-contrast flyer announces the debut of the KC Strangle (see Song Roulette) on Saturday, March 5, at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. The new band will be sandwiched between the delicious rock of SuperGiant and Lousy Robot. The free, 21-and-over show begins around 10 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

Alibi V.20 No.8 • Feb 24-March 2, 2011

Hit the Brakes

Pick your poison, Burque: Speed humps? Chokers? Barricades?

Charlene Baldwin says the speed humps in her neighborhood could have caused her a major medical problem in the fall.

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The 2011 Academy Awards Ballot

Here’s the complete listing of this year’s Academy Awards nominees. For the top eight categories, we’ve included each nominee’s name along with a list of the accolades that have already been won, as well as betting odds according to historic London bookmaker Ladbrokes. Plus, we’ve added our own “Alibi Predicts” picks.

The King’s Acceptance Speech

Examining the scuttlebutt on this year’s Academy Awards

It’s time, once again, for Hollywood to congratulate itself for doing such a wonderful job. The categories have been filled, the hosts have been chosen and sweatshop employees in Thailand are working overtime trying to figure out which red carpet dresses need to be knocked off by Monday. So what will the 2011 ceremony bring?

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Busdriver

An underground MC’s road isn’t paved in gold

Busdriver has never been a superstar. But if someone gave him the keys to the music-industry-mobile, he says he would surely go for a ride.

A Quest for Thursday Night’s Ultimate Downtown Dance Party

By Thursday, most of us are ready for the weekend and eager to release workaday tensions—what better way to accomplish this than to go dancing? Last Thursday I set out on a mission to find the best dance party in Downtown Albuquerque with my sidekick Miss Eva “Badass” Blaylock.

Flyer on the Wall

A transhuman cyborg plays creepy mascot for a show featuring Shoulder Voices, The Glass Menageries and CanyonLands. Witness the free rocking in the not-so-distant future Downtown at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) on Saturday, Feb. 26. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

Song Roulette

Random tracks from Kirsten Allard, drummer for Red Light Cameras

Red Light Cameras is a pretty new Burque rock outfit. Following the band’s last show a couple of weeks ago, murmurs floated about the exterior of Burt’s Tiki Lounge regarding how hard the group rocked. Catch Red Light Cameras again on Thursday, March 3, at Low Spirits with Shoulder Voices and Jenny Invert. We asked Kirsten Allard, the band’s drummer, to put her music library on shuffle. Here is what was found.

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Culture Shock

We all know Alan Arkin as the profane, heroin-snorting grandpa in Little Miss Sunshine. But he was also Ernie Lazarro in The Jerky Boys (worth seeing if only for Tom Jones singing “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz) and Bean in Freebie and the Bean. It’s worth mentioning that he voiced Schmendrick in the classic The Last Unicorn and played the lily-livered George Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross. He’s been a part of your life.

Mr. Black

The pre-eminent mad comedian talks with the Alibi

Lewis Black makes a living being angry on television. On a recent “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show,” he railed against the merchandise tie-ins surrounding Eat Pray Love. On another he lambasted Glenn Beck for his incessant Nazi imagery. Black throws his hands every which way, seemingly in the midst of a nervous breakdown. His eyebrows sink into a sharp V and you can’t help but think: Man, this guy looks pissed.

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Roads Less Traveled

Shops near Yale falter, but construction marches on

Things just went from bad to worse for small business owners in the area of the city's $26.5 million Lead and Coal renovation. On Monday, Feb. 21, the city blocked off Yale between Lead and Avenida César Chávez to rehab a storm drain system.

Don’t Blink

New Mexico can’t flinch in the film contest

Incentive. Rebate. Giveaway. Boon. Whatever you call it, the business of the film business and all its related benefits and pains is heading for a resolution.

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Reel World

Hopefully, you’ll all be watching the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday night out of your pure, unadulterated love for the filmic medium. But honestly, aren’t such contests more exciting when you’ve got a stake in things? Well, the Alibi has teamed up with Regal Entertainment Group to give you a little added incentive this year. Here’s what you need to do: Log on to Alibi’s Oscar Contest page and register your guesses for the winners in 10 select categories. Then, tune in to the big awards show on Feb. 27. If you get the most winners correct, you win some cool movie action. The grand prize is 24 free Regal movie passes—that’s enough for you and a friend to go see a movie a month for an entire year! Second prize is 16 movie passes, and third prize is five movie passes. You need to register your guesses by 4 p.m. Sunday. Winners will be announced in next week’s paper.

The Housemaid

South Korean melodrama gets dirty, but not dirty enough

South Korean director Im Sang-Soo’s new film The Housemaid (Hanyo) is a remake of Kim Ki-Young’s well-regarded 1960 film of the same name. That obscure little factoid probably isn’t going to gain the film much ground here in America. But it’s clear evidence that Hollywood isn’t the only film industry obsessed with remakes and reimaginings.

AMPAS Meets ALT

Watching the Oscars in style

Certain television events demand not merely your attention, but a modicum of ceremony as well. You can’t just casually flip on the Super Bowl one afternoon and watch it while you clean house. No! You’ve got to gather together as many screaming people in football jerseys as possible and devour a Crock-Pot full of nacho cheese while glued to the TV screen. Anything less would be an insult.

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Oscar Snack-Down

When the world is glued to the spectacle of the Academy Awards, I will, as I have for many years, gather a few hours’ worth of top-notch edibles and begin an Oscar snack attack.

Carolina’s

That’s new Mexican, not New Mexican

California-style Mexican means more shredded cabbage, white cheese and guacamole, and less grease.

ABQ Beer Geek

New breweries are popping up in Albuquerque as fast as Vietnamese restaurants in strip malls. Now we even have a strip-mall brewpub.