Alibi V.21 No.48 • Nov 29-Dec 5, 2012

SLC Songstress Punks Up the Uke

Jessica Davis on code and categories

We gabbed with uke-thrash soloist Jessica Davis, a.k.a. S.L.F.M., about touring, acronyms, secrets and uncertainty.

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Legal Legacy

Civil rights lawyer’s family sues APD and the city

When a local civil rights lawyer died, 26 people arrived at the scene. APD mishandled the case, say her family members, who are suing the police and the city.

Know Thy Virus

How to avoid a snot-filled winter

From nurse columnist Whitny Doyle’s perch at a busy primary care clinic, the waning daylight is an ominous harbinger of abundant infectious nastiness. Here’s how to prevent illness or know what you’ve caught.

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The Comedy

Abrasive character study is like the Taxi Driver of hipster comedies

In large part, The Comedy is a stumbling tour through New York City with an aimless tour guide. For all its weird meandering and audience off-putting, however, there seems to be a deeper and darker level at play.

Reel World

“The After After Party With Steven Michael Quezada” hosts Bryan Cranston, The 13th annual Santa Fe Film Festival fires up the projectors a night early this year for a special “Festival Eve” presentation and Friends of Film, Video and Arts sponsors a talk on “Trademark Law.”

The New Normal?

NBC No Longer The Biggest Loser

This year’s fall sweeps marks the first time in 10 freaking years that NBC has been the top-rated network.

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Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Rolo Tomassi and Joe Martinez.

Halftone Hoedown

Artist Chelsea Wrightson’s flyer invites fans of women-powered media to shake their groove thing to benefit Neblina.

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The Long Road

Group show weaves together science and mythology

Four artists were called to the desert. They retrace their paths and their DNA in Creation / Migration: Stories of the Journey at FreeStyle Gallery.

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Fertile Ground

More than just plant life thrives in school gardens

On an unusually warm afternoon at Mountain Mahogany Community School, the fourth-grade class is working in a garden under the guidance of teacher Lisa Slavick. The campus feels like a little Eden tucked away from bustling traffic on Fourth Street; fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetable and flower gardens all burst with life.

Alibi V.21 No.47 • Nov 22-28, 2012

Vice Patrol

The people behind new strip club laws and what they’re fighting

Cities around the nation are passing replicas of the same bill designed to clamp down on strip clubs and avoid legal challenges.

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A Simple Majority

Councilors can override the will of the people

Though Burqueños did their civic duty and weighed in on the minimum wage, it’s possible for city politicians to squash their votes. Turns out, it’s pretty easy.

Shop Local

Tax revenues are down, so keep the money circulating in Albuquerque this year by buying gifts from local shops, says Councilor Ken Sanchez.

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Most Likely to Suck Seed

Luigi brings the XXX

Get (really) up close and personal with Punk Bunny front man Luigi in this week’s Show Up!

Music to Your Ears

Whether your post-Thanksgiving weekend finds you craving Afro-Latin and Brazilian grooves, pounding house music or heavy metal, Music to Your Ears has your second helping covered.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new albums by Night Sins, Talk Normal and U.S. Girls.

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The Silver Linings Playbook

Are Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence crazy or in love or both?

Indie auteur David O. Russell’s latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, suggests that all crazy people need is another crazy person to fall in love with.

Reel World

The New Mexico Film Series continues at KiMo Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with a screening of the shot-in-our-state Western 3:10 to Yuma.

American Idle

“Killer Karaoke” on truTV

TruTV’s latest salvo may take the victory in the “so awful it’s awful” wars.

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Illusion Noir

Stage Magician of the Year talks beauty and mentalism

Former Possum Dixon frontman has spent the last decade as a magician. His old-school methods have brought him much acclaim.

Of Swine and Man

Toby, the chief philosopher of the swinish race, escapes the abattoir and embarks on a series of adventures in Pyg.

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Beyond King Corn

In search of maize redemption

Celebrate the diverse world of corn—a world where stalks can grow between two and 20 feet high; ears range in size from salad forks to golf clubs; and kernels span the color wheel in saffron, pomegranate, mauve, rose, black and lavender.

Alibi V.21 No.46 • Nov 15-21, 2012

Home Made

3D artist builds herself a dwelling as her master's thesis

With salvaged scrap materials, artist Bethany Delahunt created a real house for herself as her master’s thesis.

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Gift Guide

Whether you love a good Tweet or don’t believe life can be reduced to a series of status updates, social media provides invaluable holiday gift-finding information. Hit the streets of Albuquerque and support local businesses. Here are some of our favorite presents on shelves in the 505 this year.

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Our favorite Burque vendors on the cottage-industry supersite—just in time for the holidays.

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Avoid the crush of crowds at mega-chain outlets vying for your dollar. Find one-of-a-kind presents and support our local makers at these holiday fairs.

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Articulating The Limbs

Blues-rock revival gets hyper-local

Lizzy Von Stange chats with bluesy rock and roll duo The Limbs about classical training, musical influences and touring aspirations.

Big in South Korea

Danceable Americana duo unveils debut album

Jim Phillips reports on banjo-pop project Todd and the Fox’s stateside album release.

Plenty of Doubt

Racist video mars old band's return to relevance

Marisa Demarco meditates on the many reasons why No Doubt’s “Looking Hot” video is racist and highly offensive.

Gallup / Burque Gallop

This week’s Flyer on the Wall allegorizes the power of community-powered radio and announces a joint birthday party for KNIZ 90.1 FM and Small Engine Gallery.

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Route 66 Malt Shop

Albuquerque’s stretch of the old Mother Road is home to the Route 66 Malt Shop, a restaurant that attempts to capture the spirit of a storied era while also addressing the foodie concerns of the Nob Hill neighborhood it calls home.

A Root Beer with Roots

Root beer has been an important part of American refreshment since colonial times. Back in those days, old-timey settlers would take a break from fighting off bears to boil mixtures of sassafras root and other herbs. Since then, of course, the drink has evolved into yet another mass produced soda pop, but if you've got a hankering for the real deal, why not take part in the great American tradition of brewing your own?

The Spirits of Autumn

Three drinks to sip as temperatures drop

The icy, frosted cocktails of summer take a back seat to heartier liquors in the fall as we seek the warmth of our fireplaces and some drinkable companions for our holiday turkeys and hams.

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Also-Ran

Local GOP reacts to spate of losses

After months of scathing partisan attacks in the most expensive election cycle in U.S. history, spirits were low at the New Mexico GOP results watch party. It wasn’t looking good for Republicans.

Odd Man Out

Election night with the Libertarian presidential candidate

The Libertarian presidential candidate wasn't cloistered inside a room at Hotel Albuquerque waiting to find out whether he'd won or lost. He'd lost. He knew that going in.

Close to Home

UNM halts plans to build a substance abuse clinic after neighbors protest

Longtime reporter Carolyn Carlson pens an opinion column about opiate addiction in Albuquerque.

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The Sessions

Sex-positive dramedy gets between the sheets with two remarkable actors

John Hawkes and Helen Hunt are front-and-center in this based-on-a-true story tale of a severely handicapped man and the professional sex surrogate who kinda loves him.

Reel World

Described as a “live fictitious documentary,” The History of Asking the Wrong Question will have its world premiere on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. in the N4th Theater (4904 Fourth Street NW).

The Other Idiot Box

“BSG: Blood and Chrome” on YouTube

Americans are spending more time staring at iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and other computerized devices and less time watching actual televisions. Networks are well aware of this fact. They’ve been trying to exploit it for years, investing heavily in websites like Hulu.com and producing the occasional web-based mini-series. Now, Syfy is making the unusual move of “premiering” the prequel to its much-loved space opera “Battlestar Galactica” on the Internet.

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Freud vs. C.S. Lewis

Fusion Theatre Company tackles weighty philosophical questions

Fusion Theatre Company tackles a theoretical debate between atheist Freud and Christian C.S. Lewis.

The Hive Minds

Political art group draws up the cost of coal

For two years, members of The Beehive Collective interviewed hundreds of people about how mountaintop removal and coal mining affected their lives. After those conversations, the hive's illustrators drew up visual metaphors and scenes from the stories they'd been told.