Alibi V.22 No.5 • Jan 31-Feb 6, 2013

Resonating at a Higher Frequency

Hector Peña crafts conduits for mojo

Geoffrey Plant reports on maker and musician Hector Peña’s passion for creating useful art and a movement to get the Southwest inducted into Cigar Box Nation.

news

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

The bedbug may be the best known—and feared—pest in the country beside the cockroach. The media commonly reports that they're growing in numbers and spreading across the country. In reality, they've always been around and always will be.

art

Good in the Kitchen

Changing Attitudes Towards Femininity Showcased in Tamarind Exhibition

In Good in the Kitchen, curator John Mulvaney explores the ways in which societal changes in the mid to late 20th century have reshaped the production of contemporary art. Specifically, the exhibition addresses how both men and women portray ideas about domesticity in a post-feminist environment. 

food

Secret No More

B2B Bistronomy arrives in Nob Hill

Nestled into half of the space formerly occupied by now-defunct Vivace, Bistronomy B2B is a small restaurant that specializes in burgers and beer (that’s what the B2B stands for), as well as salads and mixed drinks. Inside, a square bar dominates the dining area. Behind it, a wall of 33 taps pump out an assortment of local microbrews—Marble, Chama River, Turtle Mountain, etc. Bistronomy is yet another proponent of the locavore trend, so the beer and food both call Albuquerque home.

film

Warm Bodies

Dead guy stalks cute girl in conventionally quirky zombie romance

“Cute” is not a word that can be applied to a lot of zombie movies, but it’s the most apt description available for Warm Bodies, a PG-13 undead romance from indie writer-director Jonathan Levine. Levine has spent the last few years making almost-but-not-quite cult films like All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness and 50/50. Warm Bodies follows in that tradition, a likable but imperfect black comedy that will find moderate box office success while infecting a handful of loyal fans.

Reel World

Former Albuquerque television sportscaster Charlie Minn comes into town this weekend to lead an intense seminar and interactive workshop at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy (1101 Lamberton Place NE). On Tuesday, Feb. 5, starting at 6:30 p.m., producer and director Donna Wells and Corrales horse photographer Lynne Pomeranz will present their film “She Had Some Horses” at the Esther Bone Memorial Library.

Once Bitten

“The Taste” on ABC

ABC’s new cooking competition “The Taste” promises—repeatedly, it must be noted—to be a cooking competition “unlike any you’ve ever seen.” This is a completely accurate description—but only if you’ve never seen a food-based show before. For the rest of us, it’s a totally generic, frustratingly unsatisfying taster menu of refried ideas.

music

Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re in the mood for vintage Louisiana dance tracks and Northern soul, a funk-rock-punk-ska amalgam and reggae or witchy psych-folk, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

Alibi V.22 No.4 • Jan 24-30, 2013

Crazy for Pétanque!

New Mexico’s learning a new game.

You need balls of steel to play this game, but don’t let that stop you.

feature

Hey superfreak, it’s the Alibi’s first ever sex survey!

Help us map the love-scape of Albuquerque with your totally anonymous responses

So, I've been meaning to ask you this for a while now: How many dates do you usually go on before having sex? Too personal? That's OK, I won't tell. But have you ever made out with a stranger? What about talking dirty? I mean, you look the type. I'm pretty sure you're down with sex toys, aren't you? No? Well, that's surprising, considering your libertine attitude in other areas. I've got a few other questions, but I guess we should stop beating around the (ahem) bush and (ahem) plunge right in to the Alibi's first ever Sex Survey. Wait, let's make that FIRST EVER SEX SURVEY!!! It's fast, cheap and anonymous, just like your last booty call. Or was that my last booty call? I can't keep it all straight.

music

¡Viva Hyperbole!

Acoustics of a social experiment

Musician and writer Jim Phillips pushes a stroller and braves a bar to bring you the scoop on the Super Awesome Acoustic Show.

December

Author and audiophile Mike Smith shares his December experiences with live music and love-at-first-sight.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Christopher Owens, Feast of the Epiphany and Antoni Maiovvi.

food

Crafting Community

La Cumbre Brewery’s Jeff Erway talks about the camaraderie in Albuquerque’s microbrew scene

Community is a tricky thing. You have to balance a little of this with a little of that to make it work. Beer helps, of course, so it may not come as a surprise to learn that many of the makers of your favorite local beers know each other. In fact many of them learned their trade together and have remained friends even as they've established competing businesses. Jeff Erway, president of La Cumbre Brewing Company, sat down with me at his taproom recently and talked about this camaraderie among brewers. “It's the nature of our industry,” he says. “We as brewers aren't trying to beat each other. Them being successful is a success for me.”

The Bitter Taste of Success

Mixologists have long had a secret behind their bars that most casual drinkers aren’t aware of: small bottles of cocktail bitters. Bitters are intensely aromatic combinations of herbs and spices which give unique flavor profiles to mixed drinks, and they’ve been an important part of cocktail culture since its beginning. In fact, the earliest written definition of a cocktail, from back in 1806, was “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits … sugar, water, and bitters.” You only add a few drops of bitters to a drink, but Bill York, son of a Santa Fe chef, is betting his business on them.

news

Bruise Brothers

Last Thursday, members of the local media were invited to the Jackson/Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts academy in honor of three team members who will be compete for the UFC on Jan. 26 in Chicago. Jesus-haired Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will make his Featherweight (145 lb) debut against Japanese star Hatsu Hioki. Then, in a lightweight (155 lb) bout with important title implications, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will face Anthony Pettis. Headlining the card will be Albuquerque native John “The Magician” Dodson, who battles Demetrius Johnson for the UFC’s Flyweight (125 lb) title.

film

Sundance Goes Under the Sea

“Coral: Rekindling Venus” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History

The world-famous Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah, Jan. 17 through 27. Drive fast, and you can still catch the tail end. Most years, though, the average person has no chance of seeing any of the films being screened in this rarified setting. Movie houses are jam-packed with celebrity guests and studio executives looking for the next indie hit. That leaves little room for average Joes. But this year, you’ve got a chance to see a Sundance premiere. And you don’t even have to go to Utah to catch it.

Reel World

UNM’s Rodey Hall premieres the award-winning documentary feature Bicycle Dreams this Thursday, Jan. 24. Starting at 7 p.m. Professional, New Mexico-based stuntman Kurly Tlapoyawa—who appears in the just-released Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Last Stand —will be teaching a “Film Fighter Stunt Workshop” on Saturday, Jan. 26. The 11th season of “Project Runway” gets underway this Thursday, Jan. 24 on the Lifetime Network. KNME is continuing its Community Cinema series Wednesday, Jan. 30 with a free screening of Soul Food Junkies at the KiMo Theatre from 7 to 9 p.m.

Shoot to Thrill

“Banshee” on Showtime

Cinemax attempts to horn in on the original series sweepstakes with its new attention-grabbing series.

art

The Art of the Narrative @ The Stranger Factory

In the spirit of comic book craze, the Stranger Factory hosted a one-time exhibition curated by Jimmy Palmiotti featuring the art of well known comic book aficionados like Gilbert Hernandez (”Love and Rockets”), Amanda Conner (”Power Girl”), Geoff Darrow (”Shaolin Cowboy”) and many others.

Alibi V.22 No.3 • Jan 17-23, 2013

feature

Hit Me With Your Learning Stick

It’s 2013. Learn a new skill, create a new talent, water some small seed of knowledge with your tears of discontent and let it grow into a monstrous tree of self-congratulatory bluster. The tree can never be taken from you. Instead of a compulsive chip-eater, become a compulsive chip-eater who knows how to fold an origami frog and drive a semi-truck.

Raise Your Own Chickens

How do you go about turning your yard into a pastoral pecking ground for a handful of chooks? The folks over at the Old School have your back. For the incredibly low price of $7, you can sign up for a one-hour class that will introduce you to all the basics of the urban chicken lifestyle.

Storm Bringer: The Dulcimer from Beyond

How I almost learned to play an instrument without trying very hard

For over five decades I've practiced an intense and, I think, quite reasonable refusal to acknowledge the very existence of dulcimers. Yet dulcimers exist, if only in defiance of my will. Also, Cyndi Lauper plays the dulcimer, and I can do anything Lauper can. Anything.

Hack the High Desert

I’m sure some people still think hackers are internet troll-type losers who spend their days cracking codes, infiltrating databases and basically screwing up the system. Well, those people haven’t been to Quelab. Quelab, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is a local hackerspace right here in Burque. If you’re anything like me, who had no preconceived notions of what a hackerspace would entail (minus watching that terrible Angelina Jolie movie in the ’90s), then you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Sew It Goes

Learning to sew again has been on my resolution list for at least five years. Patterns have accumulated, and my browser's DIY sewing project bookmarks have grown unwieldy. After doing a little research, I ended up contacting The Designer's Lounge, whose Facebook page has been a source of inspiration. I messaged co-owner Teresa Romero, and she offered to give me a lesson on the basics. I may have been the most pedal-shy student ever, but Romero's patience and encouragement and her clear demonstrations and descriptions had me anxiously but steadily humming away.

art

food

Hot Dogs in Evening Wear

Street food steps out at Urban Hotdog Company

UHDC opened their doors three months ago in a strip center near Cottonwood Mall. Their approach is to doll up a Nathan’s Famous all-beef frankfurter with everything under the sun—particularly foodie favorites like fancy cheeses, fresh herbs, slaws and sauces.

news

Top Five Reasons to Get a Flu Shot

We’re about mid-way through flu season here in New Mexico, so it’s not too late to get this year’s vaccination, thereby vastly reducing your chances of “catching a bug” that could, at the very least, set you stumbling back and forth on the trail of tears between your bedroom and bathroom for several days while your significant other spends their free time changing sheets, scrubbing the toilet bowl, and trying to figure out which carpet cleaner is most likely to get the vomit stains out of the rug. At worst, a bad case of the flu could see your loved ones spending their free time making funeral arrangements and fighting over who gets your vinyl records. So why take the risk?

film

Rust and Bone

A whale bit my legs off and all I got was sex with a musclebound Belgian

It’s possible the ailments afflicting the French drama Rust and Bone are not the result of anything culturally specific. They could simply be the the sole artistic bias of writer-director Jacques Audiard, with no reflection on his fellow, Sorbonne-educated countrymen. But damned if—in their dark, existential, ennui-riddled self-importance—they don’t feel oh-so-French.

Reel World

The shot-in-New-Mexico drama Warrior Woman by writer-director Julie Reichert will have its debut screening January 19 through 21 at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. The Student Union Building Theater at UNM fires up its projectors for a full seven-day schedule this semester. New Mexico Women in Film will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail) in Santa Fe.

There Can Be Only One

“King of the Nerds” on TBS

TBS’ reality competition “King of the Nerds” isn’t anything television hasn’t seen before. It’s one of those “Survivor”-meets-“The Real World” shows that tosses a bunch of people into a house, gives them some prize money to fight for, then sits back and watches as they bump one another off in their quest to become the last man or woman standing. The show gets major bonus points, however, for going all the way with its concept.

music

Music to Your Ears

Get your jazz, alt.country and local solo fix with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Dark Furs, George Barnett and Coyote Clean Up.