Alibi V.22 No.21 • May 23-29, 2013

Fried Tofu and Waffles

Exploring the secrets of Banh Mi Coda

Banh Mi Coda, a Vietnamese sandwich shop, deli and tofu house across the parking lot from Talin Market, is what you'd expect to find in a big-city Asian district. It's the type of place that requires a certain percentage of its clientele to already know what is going on, because while the bright, spotless space is attractive and inviting, the myriad of unusual dishes and absence of explanation can be disorienting to the uninitiated.

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And They’re Off ...

Your guide to 2013 summer film

Devin O’ Leary synopsizes summer 2013 films for eager cinephiles. Some silver screen efforts will sizzle, and some will fizzle, and you get to decide which.

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Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re hankering for noise-rock, dark wave, EBM, Cageian indeterminacy or witch house, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

April 2013 Edition

Author Mike Smith recounts his April 2013 aural adventures, and the Alibi is reminded that hip-hop and witch house can be so rock and roll.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood and Resin Cum and an Adult Swim garage comp.

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Theater Training Ground

Students give Shakespeare full treatment this summer

The Aux Dog Theatre’s youth summer program promises to empower and enlighten students with a range of sophisticated skills.

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Horse Slaughter Raises Hackles

Valley Meat faces backlash from animal activists and politicians

Barron Jones reports on the furor over the likely approval of Valley Meat’s equine inspection application.

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Fast & Furious 6

Latest installment of car porn series goes nowhere fast

There’s a temptation in reviewing the sixth film in the successful The Fast and the Furious series to resort to monosyllabic caveman speak. Something along the lines of: Car fast, girl hot. That’s not precisely an insult, mind you, but more of an acknowledgment of the admirably uncomplicated formula the series has worked out for itself.

Reel World

The staff at the KiMo Theatre has assembled an epic tribute to the most cinematic of directors, Stanley Kubrick. The Stanley Kubrick Retrospective will span the filmmaker’s entire career and will feature 11 of his films—from 1955 to 1999. The event starts this Saturday, May 25, with Kubrick’s first feature, the 1955 film noir Killer’s Kiss.

In With the New

Networks add scads of shows to fall season

Last week, we took a glimpse at all the shows the networks were tossing away at the end of this season. So let’s look over all they’ll be adding in the fall.

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Path to the Sea

Moules frites for desert dwellers

There are few dishes quite so evocative of both shore and field as the Belgian-originated moules frites. Bend your head over a bowl of mussels in the shell, and you are instantly clinging to a salty sea rock on some faraway beach. (I mean in a sexy mer-person way, not an awkward way.)

Alibi V.22 No.20 • May 16-22, 2013

Killer Road Trip

An interview with the husband-and-wife, acting/writing/producing team behind Compound Fracture

Wrestler-turned-actor Tyler Mane brings his new horror film to Albuquerque’s Dark Matters Film Fest.

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The Cult of Homebrew

It must cross every beer aficionado's mind at some point. Halfway into a pint of microbrewed ale, you savor and ruminate on the balance of malt and hops. “This is good,” you think. “But could I do it better?”

Duchess of Ale

Albuquerque’s oldest homebrew shop enters a new generation

Michelle Trujillo proudly carries the torch for her father Victor, who started Victor’s Grape Arbor, Albuquerque’s first (and, for a long time, only) homebrew supply store.

Brewing it for Ourselves

A short guide to the long history of American homebrew

America has a long history with home brewing beer. The pilgrims did it in Plymouth because it was considered safer than the questionable water of their adopted home. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made beer at Mount Vernon and Monticello respectively.

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Reel World

A group of students from Albuquerque’s Public Academy for Performing Arts just got back from Los Angeles where their short dance film “Re-Step” was screened at the 12th Annual Dance Camera West. All told, PAPA won awards in six categories at the April festival for both film and photography. So congratulations are in order all around. If you’re interested in checking out what PAPA has been doing, several works by advanced PAPA film students will be screened alongside professional filmmakers at the N4th theater’s Wild Dancing West celebration this Friday night.

Out With the Old

Networks sweep aside underperforming shows

The last of the 2012-13 season finales are wrapping up, and the networks are in severe “cut our losses” mode. Last weekend, the broadcast networks started announcing their new shows for fall 2013. That means programmers have to make room in their schedules for all the new content. That’s bad news for a lot of folks in Hollywood who got a mess of pink slips last week telling them that their prime time meal tickets had been canceled.

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Mixed Drink Tape

Songs in the key of booze

An obsessive-compulsive editor spent three days soaking in aural alcohol, and it resulted in a lush mixtape.

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Culture Shock

This week is your chance to travel in time, see how dance can fuse with film and take in a thought-provoking art exhibit that explores man’s imprint on the natural world.

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The Green Growler Emerges

Market season brings smoothies

Farmers market season is upon us. Several have already opened for the year, with the big one, the Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market, kicking off on May 18. This is the time of year when we’re reminded of the magic that can happen when rare drops of water are mixed with our abundant New Mexico sunshine. Enjoy the resulting green while it lasts.

Alibi V.22 No.19 • May 9-15, 2013

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.

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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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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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Tetracycline

Bane of both acne and termites

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

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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.

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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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.