Alibi V.22 No.1 • Jan 3-9, 2013

Backstreet Bistro

Hide from the world at Antiquity

Classy, yet unmistakably Albuquerque, this backstreet bistro transports eaters to a new world with French classics and South American delicacies.

May 19 deadline for 2017 Operation Art Box Submissions

Get hip to the deets

Weekly Alibi is currently accepting artists' design submissions for our Operation Art Box project and May 19 is this year's deadline for arguments and illustrations coherently explaining in some detail why and how you would transform an Alibi box. Throw in some examples of your past and current artistic endeavors while you're at it. Using "art box" in the subject line, email us at or address snail mail to "Art Box" c/o Weekly Alibi Circulation Department, 413 Central NW, ABQ, NM 87102; drop proposals off in person at the same address or hit us up on Facebook. All submissions must include your full name, a working telephone number and the right stuff.


Shop Local, Even at the Last Minute

The nonshoppers guide to more than 30 stores packed with gift-giving goodness

The Alibi’s last minute gift guide has you covered from candy to sausages and beyond.

Gifty Shops

These shops are a last-minute gifter’s secret weapon with an eclectic selection of items for nearly everyone. They’re the Swiss army knife of butt-saving gifty-ness.

Foodie Shops

The artisan food market has taken over pretty much every kitchen in the country, so we’re willing to bet your holiday list has at least one self-declared foodie on it. These shops make it easy to find gourmet gifts that will surprise even the most devoted food connoisseur. Show your friends and family that you know your kale from your kimchee.


Don’t be fooled: Giving clothes as a present isn’t lame. (As long as we’re not talking white tube socks.) Just be smart about fit or ask for a gift receipt if you aren’t sure, and be sincere. Giving something that made you think of the recipient is guaranteed to be well-received. And you really can’t go wrong with shoes. Promise.


Old gems are always in fashion. Swipe up some steals at these choice shops to make your vintage-loving loved ones rosy-cheeked with delight. Since you’re short on time, ask store staff to point out hidden treasures.

Pet Shops & Boutiques

We adore our pets (and their toys and their cuddle blankets and those little bows for their hair), and we know you have more than a few people on your list who do, too. Stock up on fresh-baked treats for Fido’s stocking, or finally get the kids that fish-filled tank they’ve been bugging you about.

Sports & Outdoors

‘Tis the season to shred (or shed, depending on how much turkey you stuffed down your gullet). Hit up these local stores for the actively active or those who want to kick off the New Year with a bit more get-up.

Toy & Comic Stores

Tooooooys! You can’t go wrong with toys. For anyone of any age, they are foolproof gifts.

Breweries & Wineries

Who doesn’t need a drink to get through the holiday season? Gifts from the city’s ever-growing number of craft breweries and wineries will keep friends and family happily tipsy while sleigh bells ring and jingle. Most of the breweries in town offer some sort of club membership that includes discounts, treats and access to special events. Here are a couple of our favorites.

High Adventure

Don’t just give things—give massive adrenaline rushes. While you can’t exactly wrap up pure, heart-throbbing adventure in a tidy red bow, these Albuquerque businesses offer services and products that will make thrill-seekers squeal with delight. Just because you waited until the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t offer the gift of a lifetime.



Hyde Park on Hudson

Whimsically dramatic biopic of FDR asks, “Who’s porking the prez?”

Who among us isn’t intrigued by the prospect of a juicy, between-the-sheets look at the scandal-worthy love life of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt? If you said, “Ick. I don’t want to see that, and I can’t imagine anyone who would,” then you are not among the cast and crew of Hyde Park on Hudson.

Reel World

The Historic KiMo Theatre screens the unprecedented 15-part documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library cracks the spine on another Books to Big Screen film series with Wise Blood.

Same Town, Different Location

“Cougar Town” on TBS

TBS has been bumping up its comedy credentials in the last few years and looks to be the perfect new home to this underappreciated sitcom.


Paseño Nostalgia Grips Burque

Chinese Love Beads’ 17-year reunion hits home

The dream of the ’90s is alive in Burque, as Chinese Love Beads reunite at Captain America’s fifth Garage & Wax Night.

This Month in Music

Belated November edition

Author and music fanatic Mike Smith delivers the first installment of his live music column.


The Most Famous Unknown Queen

Before she went down as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria led a lonely, isolated life controlled by people scheming to use her in their quest for power. Victoria Rebels, the most recent young adult novel by Albuquerque author Carolyn Meyer, renders the repression Victoria endured as a child at the hands of her mother and an unyielding advisor.

Alibi V.21 No.52 • Dec 27-Jan 2, 2012


Reel World

Bottom 10 of 2012

Oogieloves, Woody Allen and Adam Sandler unite for the year’s worst stinkers.

Top of the Box

Best/Worst TV of 2012

Which TV shows were and weren’t worth frying our brain cells for in 2012?


Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Unwound, Fort Hobo and Death Convention Singers.




Pro-Gun, Anti-NRA

Why hunters should stand against the nation’s largest firearm association

Ari LeVaux, hunter and firearm owner, sticks it to the National Rifle Association

Battle of the Food Trucks

Dia de los Takos has its day

Gauchito Catering and Dia De Los Takos duke it out to win the hearts and stomachs of Marble patrons and local judges.

Alibi V.21 No.51 • Dec 20-26, 2012

Follow the Spirit

The unique challenges of a startup distillery

What started out as two friends trying to prevent homegrown apple juice from spoiling grew into something bigger.



Django Unchained

Italian Western meets blaxploitation revenge in Tarantino’s latest B-movie blow-up

Quentin Tarantino may be America’s greatest pulp film historian. He’s certainly the greatest one actually making movies—as opposed to simply writing guidebooks on obscure cinema. His films are crammed with so many in-jokes, homages and references to previous cult films it would take an NYU grad student a week just to alphabetize them.

Reel World

The KiMo Theater hosts a multi-day Holiday Family Film Festival for kids, parents and other magic-minded muggles.

Ho, Ho, Who

Christmas Day Around the Dial

Get your hands on a cold bottle of egg nog, some brandy and a television remote and turn your brain to mush this Christmas.



Charitable Cheer

Multimedia artists pool talents to benefit kids

Curator Josh Jones corrals together an array of talent for the charitable "Winter Daze."