Alibi V.22 No.14 • April 4-10, 2013

Best of Burque 2013

Dear Best of Burque, you sure are a Lot of Worque.

We all love our Burque, but sometimes we forget to say so out loud. For 20 years and counting, the Weekly Alibi has told the Burque Monster that we love it by counting up thousands and thousands of votes and boiling them down into the definitive things our readers love about living here. Some things are different, some things stay the same. You can think of it as a love letter. To the Burque.

Alibi Kink Events Presents

Carnal Carnevale tickets still on sale

Step outside of the mundane and step into the Carnal Carnevale, an “adults-only” party brought to you by Alibi Fetish Events. Albuquerque, reward yourself for making it through the holiday season with tickets to the Carnal Carnevale; and if you act now, you can stuff those stockings with tickets at at discounted rate. You have until midnight, on Sunday, Dec. 17 to purchase tickets for the still-discounted price of $55. Prices go up after that, and no tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The location of this kink-and-cocktail-filled voyeur’s delight remains top secret, and will only be revealed only to our lucky few ticket holders.

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BOB: Community Pick

Amelia Olson (Neblina founder, musician): “At Forever 21 in Coronado Mall, music plays so loudly from every direction that you’re like a small animal locked in an ill-timed demise. By the time you’re safely in your car, you find yourself with awkward fitting faux silk dresses and weird smelling cardigans. What happened to you? Who were you in those dark moments, aimlessly walking from room to room trying to decipher if you’re an S, M or L?”

LIFE IN BURQUE

Best Bike Trail, Best City Politician to be Awarded a Medal, Best News Anchor We Want to Wear a Cowboy Hat for an Entire Broadcast, Best "Breaking Bad" Location and more winners in essential Burqueñosity.

BOB: Community Pick

Manny Rettinger (Studio recording engineer and music technology lecturer, University of New Mexico): “I'm not sure if Nauman considered the sonic possibilities in his conception of the piece, but I am obsessed with the desire to explore them.”

ARTS & LIT

Best Art Gallery, Best Theater Space, Best Comedy Troupe and Best Pointillist-Cubist-Structuralist Work of Art Created in a Vacuum Tube. Kidding.

BOB: Community Pick

Jessica Billey (Multi-instrumentalist, The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Phantom Lake, Veery and more): “Doing Tai Chi next to hundreds of giant birds on a cold morning, facing east towards the mountains and the climbing sun, turned out to be pure magic.”

LOCAL FLAVOR

Best Bakery, Best Butcher/Meat Counter, Best Liquor Store and other besty tastes—er, tasty bests.

BOB: Community Pick

Gordy Anderson (Guitarist, Black Maria): “In a town where a local band's guarantee is a couple of drink tickets and perhaps a slice of the take at the door, the green room at Sister will help you fulfill your rock star fantasies and momentarily forget you have to lug all your crap back to the practice space at 2:30 a.m.”

THE HIGH LIFE

Best Bar Staff, Best Swanky Bar, Best Bar for Dancing and other bars that are the best, bar none.

BOB: Community Pick

Peter Mezensky (KUNM DJ, Duke City Tech co-founder): “This town is in dire need of more/better tech jobs or any kind of jobs, really. In order to attract those jobs, we need to show off our local talent and help them network with the right people.“

GOODS AND SERVICES

Best Adult Shop, Best Comic Book Store, Best Yoga or Pilates Studio, Best Pest Control and all them other bestests that you pay people for.

BOB: Community Pick

Michael Henningsen (PIO/Media and Marketing Director for Expo New Mexico and Former Alibi Editor/Music Editor): “Bill Richardson is a true craftsman, perhaps the only real one in the whole state. Take your guitars to him or sell them and buy new ones and just hope for the best from the factory. What Bill's got working is a thing called magic.”

BOB: Community Pick

Nora Hickey (Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Mesa Review Literary Magazine): “Winning Coffee has it all: slams, open mics, OUTspoken Word, Works In Progress (UNM creative writing graduate students and professors) and an eclectic cast of regulars.“

BOB: Community Pick

Eric Castillo (Blogger at Followeric.com): “Going in, I never know what I'll end up with, but I always find something fun and funky. I've walked out with everything from a handmade hand warmer to a vintage necktie.”

BOB: Community Pick

Sarah Kennedy and Sarah Mowery (Stand-up comedians, hosts of Broad Humor Comedy Show): “This half-treehouse, half-bar is the perfect atmosphere for wise-cracks and story-telling after shows. If you’re out on a Friday or Saturday night, Dan Rascon is surely standing at the bar. Anodyne’s beer selection and friendly staff make it an obvious pick for energetic, post-show folk.”

BOB: Community Pick

Chris Silva (Weekly Alibi Circulation Driver): “Six bucks will get your tire fixed, and it never takes more than ten minutes. Once, these guys found me a particular and much-needed rim in their salvage pile that the dealer had on backorder for over a month.”

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NO

South of the border political drama sells audiences on the idea of revolution

Your knowledge of late-’80s Central American politics isn’t really an issue when it comes to the new political drama NO. In fact, the less you know about the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the more thrilling the film will be. If your closest connection to the material is Dennis Miller’s “Pinochet Countdown” contest from “Saturday Night Live,” then you’re primed and ready to watch NO spoiler free.

Reel World

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is celebrating the 20th annual César Chávez Day with a free screening of the film Fight in the Fields on Thursday, April 4. This hour-long documentary will help viewers learn more about César Chávez and the movement he inspired among American farmworkers. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local labor union leaders, DREAM activists, clergy and minimum wage campaign organizers.

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Tidbits from Around the Dial

Saint Strikes Back—Leslie Charteris’ long-running book series character “The Saint” is returning to TV. The Robin Hood-esque super-spy/super-thief was brought to life, famously, by Roger Moore in the ’60s. A 1997 movie version starring Val Kilmer failed to revive the franchise. But now a new weekly take is being lensed. It stars Adam Rayner (“Hunted,” “HawthoRNe”) as do-gooder Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”) as his on-again-off-again love interest. No word on where it might be airing, but producers are screening it this month at the MIPTV market in Cannes.

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Stop the Presses

An editorial/mixtape for CNM

Alibi Music Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo editorializes Chronicle-gate and slips a mixtape into CNM’s locker.

Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re hankering for hardcore/hip-hop, world music, psych-rock, surf, Elvis homage, singer-songwriters or acoustic folk inflected with punk and stand-up comedy, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

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With Love, From Me to We

New self-help book takes 250 pages to make the same point every coach makes at halftime: “There’s no ‘I’ in Team!”

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Vermiculture

Thriving and writhing at El Pinto

El Pinto is a busy place and therefore generates a lot of food waste. Owners Jim and John Thomas didn’t want to keep throwing all that biodegradable material into the trash, so about six years ago they started experimenting with a form of composting they’d learned about on a visit to Chihuahua—vermicomposting. Composting with worms.

Leaves and Asphalt

Stanley Crawford and the center of the universe

Stanley Crawford, novelist, memoirist and garlic farmer is telling me about the experience of driving back to his home near Dixon after a day of shopping, movie-going and dinner in Santa Fe. He talks of leaving the barrage of consumer goods and emerging into the Rio Grande canyon; the feeling of being suddenly surrounded by rocks and juniper and piñon.

Alibi V.22 No.13 • March 28-April 3, 2013

Free Art Fridays

Stephanie Galloway on the worldwide art movement right here in the Duke!

What do you get when you cross online social networking with real people in real places making real art—for free?

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No More Grand Juries

New process to evaluate officer-involved fatalities

On March 21, 2013, the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office announced that it will convene a panel of senior DA's to evaluate all officer-involved fatalities. The evaluation process will replace the controversial investigative grand juries banned by Bernalillo County District Court judges. The judges banned the investigative grand jury, citing the appearance that prosecutors were not impartial and that New Mexico law does not support the process.

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Like Someone in Love

Minimalist drama finds Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami peeping on Tokyo trio

When we first meet fresh-faced, girl-next-door type Akiko (actress Takanashi Rin, who played the “pink” team member in several “Power Rangers”-esque TV shows), she’s sitting in a Tokyo cafe arguing with someone on her cell phone. As mere observers, we aren’t privy to the other side of the conversation, but we eventually figure out that Akiko is verbally fencing with her overly jealous boyfriend. This one-sided, information-light style of storytelling is part-and-parcel to Like Someone in Love, the low-key new drama from award-winning Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Certified Copy).

Reel World

Downtown’s historic KiMo Theatre has done a fantastic job of keeping patrons rolling in cinema. In addition to the Hi-Def Hitchcock and the 6 By Tarantino series (both of which continue this Friday and Saturday, respectively), the venerable venue is launching a new Golden Age of Mexican Cinema series.

Check In

“Bates Motel” on A&E

Unbeknownst to all but the most dedicated of TV viewers, NBC tried making a TV series out of director Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1987. That aborted version of “Bates Motel” starred Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) as Norman Bates’ roommate at the lunatic asylum, who gets out and reopens his kill-crazy pal’s old roadside haunt. For better or worse (mostly the former), the pilot movie (still unavailable on DVD) never got picked up for a full series. Now A&E is trying again, rebooting writer Robert Bloch’s familiar oedipal plotline as a weekly cable series.

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Inside Jeff Mangum’s Aeroplane

Jeff Mangum doesn’t do interviews, so Alibi music columnist (and super-fan) Mike Smith penned an essay that deconstructs the Neutral Milk Hotel phenom and serves as a reminder of Mangum’s inimitable voice and persona.

February 2013

Author Mike Smith shares the psychogeography of his February adventures in live music.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Marnie Stern, Dani Shivers and Thalia Zedek Band.

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UNM’s Three Millionth Book

First Edition of Sheriff Pat Garrett’s book on Billy the Kid

On April 1, the Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico campus will hold a celebration officially welcoming the three millionth volume into their collection.

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Alibi V.22 No.12 • March 21-27, 2013

Stoker

Korean filmmaker goes goth in beautiful, baffling psychothriller

This hyper-gothic thriller is one ravishing and confusing chimera—as if Terrence Malick had directed an episode of “Dexter” written by Charlotte Brontë. It’s lurid, eerie and stylish as all get-out. And apt to drive mainstream audiences crazy.

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A Liver’s Tale

This Is How I Might Have Done It If I Had Done It Which I Definitely Did Not Do.

I’m not saying I’d ever do it, but we all know that people have done it, that people do it all the time, that people are doing it right now. Or we know about people who’ve had other people do it for them. Larry Hagman. Or the famous ones that have it done to them like that guy from Masterpiece Theater, Alistair Something-Something. Or Something-Something Alistair. There’s all those straight-to-Netflix-Instant horror movies about young, amoral, taut-bodied Americans boisterously on vacation in exotic locales until they end up on the vivisectionists’ tables.

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Reel World

KiMo Theatre is pulling out the big guns, giving audiences a six-shooter of cult crime films with its “6 By Tarantino” series.

Stop, Thief!

Barabbas on Reelz

Just in time for the Easter season, Reelz Channel offers up a ham-handed, hammily acted mini-series of mostly dubious Biblical provenance. Given that our tolerance for corny, overproduced, excessively long Biblical epics is at a seasonal high, though, perhaps some of us are in the mood for a little ham.

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Music to Your Ears

Get your horrorcore/pornocore, classical violin, Zimbabwean spirituals and Girl Fight on with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

Bragging Rites

Tooth & Nail proves more personal than political

Performance artist, musician and zinester Marya Errin Jones meditates on Billy Bragg’s new album, Tooth & Nail.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Kopecky Family Band, David Bowie and Youth Lagoon.

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Rise Up and Face the Camera

Hayashi’s Levitations at Richard Levy Gallery

Natsumi Hayashi’s blog initially consisted of fairly standard photos of cats, food and her friends. However, in September 2010, images of others (and then more frequently herself) effortlessly floating in mid-air begin to appear. For the better part of a year, she was uploading a new levitation image every single day.

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Pavlova Wars

A dessert from Down Under

Oh, lost opportunities. In 1931, Anna Pavlova, lodestar of the Imperial Russian Ballet and dancer of the “Dying Swan,” refused a surgery that would have cleared her lungs, but rendered her unfit to dance. She died of pleurisy before she hit 50. In 2013, I traveled to New Zealand for two weeks and failed to procure the national meringue-based dessert named for Pavlova. Tragedies both large and small.