Alibi V.22 No.19 • May 9-15, 2013

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. straps on the suit for one more super outing

If nothing else (and there’s plenty else), the record-breaking release of Iron Man 3 proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what last summer’s The Avengers already established: that Marvel has found a perfect way of translating its comic book universe to the big screen. While cross-town rival DC struggles to establish any movie franchise (other than Batman), Marvel has cranked out a string of films (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers) which exist in the same interconnected universe. The ties may be strong or light from one film to the next, but this new wave of Marvel films does what no other movie series has managed.

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Feast on the Northeast

Land of Enchantment corners the market on fun

Calendars Editor Emily Aragon shares romantic memories of Northeast New Mexico.

Go Big and Stay Home

Things to see while remaining close to your own bed

Publisher Carl Petersen shares tips for exploring Central New Mexico.

Road to Somewhere

Tijeras Canyon, the Sandia Mountains—and La Madera Road

Author Mike Smith leads readers on a ghost-town driving tour.

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Reel World

Late last month, the Off Broadway vintage clothing store and costume shop in Nob Hill paid tribute to an appearance by actress Tippi Hedren at the KiMo Theatre. They did so by turning the store’s display window into a fashion show inspired by Hedren’s iconic appearances in classic Alfred Hitchcock movies. Keeping on the cinematic tip, Off Broadway has now transformed their Central Ave. storefront into a salute to director Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby (hitting theaters this Friday, May 10). The display features authentic 1920s fashions inspired by the jazzy film. Check it out throughout May at 3110 Central SE.

Monster Mash

“Hemlock Grove” on Netflix

At the beginning of this month, movie download service Netflix let its contract with Starz expire. The end result was the loss of almost 2,000 films from the Warner Bros., MGM and Universal libraries. This occurred largely because Warner Archive wants to set up its own instant download service. Soon you’ll be able to pay every studio in Hollywood $10 a month to access films out of their library—and only their library. But the other reason for the loss is that Netflix figures nobody wants to watch a bunch of old movies anyway, so who cares? The kids today are only interested in new content. So Netflix is changing its plan to serve as an alternative to video stores (which no longer exist anyway) into something new: serving as an alternative to HBO and Showtime.

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Tetracycline

Bane of both acne and termites

The Bugman tells of an unexpected chemical helpmate for eradicating termites.

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Many Shades of Gray

Shrubsall deconstructs the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism

Steven Robert Allen reports on the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism and Wayne Shrubsall’s 70th birthday party.

MAXIMUMCATERWAUL

Expanded online April 2013 scene report

Music writer, DJ and DIY promoter Derek Caterwaul shares his April 2013 local music memories.

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Fashion season

This week’s Culture Shock covers wearable plans, a doggy benefit and information on registering for this year’s Zine Fest.

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The Case of the Disappearing Taqueria

Rocka Taco demands to be seen

Grass and bare feet. Firecrackers and accidents. Tacos and beer. Here is the short list of classic summer duos. It's not summer yet, but close enough … the heat’s a-coming. Time to pinch shut our eyes, pretend we aren't high desert dwellers and reacquaint ourselves with our favorite street food from balmy, beachy Mexico.

Alibi V.22 No.18 • May 2-8, 2013

West African Delights

Talking Drums has got your goat

West African treasure serves up tastes of the mother continent, including intriguing items with names like “puff-puff” and “fufu.”

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Neighborhood Watch

Mitchell shooting investigation continues

It's been almost seven weeks since a neighborhood standoff left 23-year-old African American Iraq War veteran Jonathan Mitchell dead from a gunshot a few feet from his back door.

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Days of Future Passed

Sad Baby Wolf and the present tense

No, I’m not going there. Sad Baby Wolf has garnered a lot of ink because two of its members were in the most successful band to come out of Burque, but this doesn’t mean they should be forever defined by that.

Music to Your Ears

Avant-garde Americana, a folk art and music festival, an alt. country/indie pop dectet and twangy indie rock. Now that’s Music to Your Ears.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Colin Stetson, Tannhäuser Gate and Thee Oh Sees.

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Room 237

Movie-mad documentary turns theoretical critics into conspiracy theorists

Room 237—the puckish, reflexive, Escher-like documentary by Rodney Ascher—interviews several assumedly learned people who have spent waaaay too much time watching Stanley Kubrick’s loose adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining. These dedicated folks have developed various, often conflicting theories about the 1980 film and its hidden “meaning.” Some theories are perfectly plausible, ohers are far-fetched and some just plain looney.

Reel World

This Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day, an annual orgy of illustrative art in which fair-weather fans descend upon stores to snatch up piles of complimentary comic books. If you’re a true lover of “sequential art” (as comic book genius Scott McCloud calls it), you might want to extend the holiday and head over to Guild Cinema on Sunday, May 5. Local word-and-picture publishing organization 7000 B.C. is sponsoring a special movie screening at 1 p.m. only. The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson looks into the life and art of “Calvin & Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson.

Elegy for Network TV

Q1 ratings say cable crushes

It’s time to have an uncomfortable talk about mortality. Television as we know it is in the process of dying a slow, painful death. The “big” networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and The CW) are scrambling to fix their ratings downturn. But it ain’t gonna happen. Today’s viewers are watching sitcoms on their DVRs, their cell phones, their iPads—anything but a creaky old television set. And cable TV is flat-out kicking broadcast television’s ass in the ratings game.

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From the Ground Up

Two brothers hype community

Warehouse 508 has seen a spike in participation. They have the same number of events and the same facilities as always, but more and more youth are showing up. The difference may be Noah and Simon Kessler de St. Croix, two brothers who work hard to improve their community.

Alibi V.22 No.17 • April 25-May 1, 2013

The Art of War

An interview with writer-director Kim Nguyen of the Academy Award-nominated drama War Witch

Writer-director Kim Nguyen’s deeply affecting drama War Witch spent most of last year on the film fest circuit. Boasting beautiful cinematography and patient artistry, Nguyen’s flick doesn’t merely tell the tale of 12-year-old Komona, an African girl forced into becoming a child soldier. It envelops the audience in an entire world, playing out like a horror film set in paradise. Alibi was lucky enough to speak with the French-Canadian filmmaker prior to the film’s New Mexico premiere.

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Gardening at Night

An ode to the growing season

Brendan Doherty waxes poetic agout the growing season, seed catalogs and Italian kale and shares a recipe for colcannon.

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Powwow Power

Gathering reps Native culture

Celebrate 30 years of Indian tacos, competitive dancing and paying tribute to tradition this year at Albuquerque’s own Gathering of Nations. The Gathering is North America’s most prominent powwow, and it will host tens of thousands of guests and representatives from more than 700 Native and Aboriginal tribes throughout the United States, Canada and all over to honor Indigenous cultures and traditions through dance, music, food and the crowning of the next Miss Indian World

How Now? This is How!

An interview with Augusten Burroughs

The Alibi sits down to talk “self-help” with New York Times-bestselling author.

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Know Your Onions

‘Tis the season for sprouts

Onions can be tricky to grow, which is why a farmer's onions have long been considered a litmus test for agricultural skill. Hence the expression, "he knows his onions," which is like saying, "he knows the ropes." Knowing one's onions in a literal sense is a great thing to aspire to, and this applies as much in the kitchen as it does in the garden.

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Reel World

You’re all probably aware of the fact that the new film Star Trek Into Darkness opens on May 10. If you can’t wait that long for a Trek fix, though, Fathom Events is having a special screening tonight of the much-loved “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Best of Both Worlds.” This two-part episode (the one where Picard becomes a Borg) has been edited together and digitally restored—with new CGI effects. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. at Rio 24, Cottonwood 16 and Downtown 14 theaters. Tickets are available at the box office or through Fathom Events.

Television is Dead

“Zombieland” on Amazon

Network television took another hard hit to the family jewels when Netflix started cranking out original series (“House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove,” the upcoming “Arrested Development”). Now Amazon is getting in on the action as well, producing an entire network’s worth of shows without so much as a television in sight. Is television dead as a medium? Hard to say just yet. But there are now plenty of other places—besides your television set—to watch bad TV.

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Show Up!

Fans of Native rock and roll, jazz, punk and psych-rock all have reason to rejoice.

Last Month in Music

March 2013

Author and music fanatic Mike Smith shares his March 2013 adventures in live, local music. Hip-hop, folk-punk and acts hailing from the City Different get top billing.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Angels and Low on High.