Alibi V.22 No.29 • July 18-24, 2013

The Mayor’s Race Is a Thing

Albuquerque election forum is happening this Wednesday, August 23

All the candidates are jockeying for position as they come around the home bend. Get right up there on the edge of the running, as it were, when the North Valley Coalition and Weekly Alibi present a forum for Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW).

Jurassic Best of Burque Restaurants World

The most ferocious of prehistoric reader polls is back

What's your favorite New Mexican food? What's your favorite dinosaur? Ok, now put them together and what do you get? An Enchiladodon? A Chileopteryx? A Tacoraptor? A Sopaipillatops? Awesome! Get ready for the T. Rex of “Best of City” contests: The original Best of Burque Restaurants will be hitting Weekly Alibi racks and website on Thursday, Oct. 12. The polls are open now. Vote on your favorite Frito pie, vegetarian food, Japanese restaurant and local brewery. Let your voice be heard! Rawr!

news

Prescription for Termination

Medical marijuana laws conflict with employers’ drug testing policies

Barron Jones reports on what happens when employer’s drug testing policies, federal law and state medical marijuana laws clash, and a court case that may set precedent.

music

Get Lit

Get Lit takes on Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue and Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new and forthcoming releases from Soltero, Anna von Hausswolff and Soft Metals.

food

Enter the Nexus

Geeking out at New Mexico’s only soul food brewery

Ty Bannerman reviews New Mexico’s only Star Trek inspired Southwestern soul food brewery.

Bite Sized Edition

The Alibi’s monthly news buffet

Nora Hickey rounds up bite sized news items from around the state.

film

The Way, Way Back

Familiar, funny coming-of-age tale is a tart popsicle amid the summer’s usual sugary offerings

Comedic actors Nat Faxon (“Ben and Kate”) and Jim Rash (“Community”) walked off with a couple of Oscars for their efforts screenwriting director Alexander Payne’s 2011 hit The Descendants. Two years later and they’ve finally capitalized on the Hollywood bonhomie, writing—and directing—their own original feature.

Reel World

Last weekend dozens of film crews raced around Albuquerque attempting to write, shoot and edit dozens of digital shorts in only two days. This was not some form of mass hysteria. Instead it was just another installment of the annual 48 Hour Film Project.

Doin’ Time

“Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix

Netflix has been making news lately, claiming it is no longer a permanent lending library of films—like Blockbuster used to be. Instead it’s now a television station with a rotating selection of movies and some original content—à la HBO. This is disappointing to those of us who really want access to a permanent lending library of films. But the company’s argument is growing ever more solid as it continues to pump out original content like “Hemlock Grove,” “Arrested Development” and what is looking like its biggest breakout, the edgy comedy “Orange Is the New Black.”

art

Let Poetry Be Thy Medicine

Tanaya Winder’s extraordinarily ordinary journey

For many, the word “medicine” conjures images of pills and syrups distributed by doctors cloaked in white. But for poet and editor Tanaya Winder, medicine takes a different form.

Joy Harjo’s Brave Voice

Joy Harjo’s memoir, Crazy Brave, is the story of a woman, and of strength and how “the spirit of poetry” came to her.

Strikingly Entertaining

The fourth installment of Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan Series, The Widow’s Strike, pits Pike Logan, Jennifer Cahill and the other members of the Taskforce team against an imminent apocalyptic terrorist threat, the H5N1 virus.

Alibi V.22 No.28 • July 11-17, 2013

Back of the Bus

Shuttle driver deems same-sex hand-holding “inappropriate”

Barron Jones reports on a pre-Pride incident wherein a Sunport shuttle driver demanded that a gay couple holding hands move to the back of the bus.

news

music

Heartless Bastards Target Albuquerque

Erika Wennerstrom on writing, the desert and spirit animals

Wherein Mark Lopez converses with Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom about music of the now, lyricism, inspiration and—yes—spirit animals.

Sonic Reducer

This week music writer M. Brianna Stallings listened to new albums by Austra, Future Bible Heroes and Lust for Youth.

art

Paints and Needles

Tattoo Fiesta lures big names in ink to Duke City

Master inkers from around the country head to Albuquerque for the Duke City Tattoo Fiesta.

Marketplace of Ideas

Women win at International Folk Art Market

Over 190 artists from 60 countries converge on Santa Fe this weekend—and their good work has international implications.

film

Fill the Void

Matrimonal drama shows off the traditions if not the inner turmoil of ultra-Orthodox Jews

First-time writer-director Rama Burshtein’s moody matrimonial drama Fill the Void takes us into a religious and cultural world so insulated few outside its influence would even recognize it. Shot in Israel among the Haredim (the most conservative of Hasidic Jewish sects), it is a foreign film in every sense of the word.

Reel World

This week’s Reel World takes you across the state, from French Funerals-Cremations in Rio Rancho to the Kimo to the Lensic in Santa Fe.

Major Dome-O

“Under the Dome” on CBS

In a season filled with reruns, reality shows, sub-par Canadian dramas and concert specials, CBS brings a much-welcome change with “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

food

Thai Cuisine Express

It isn’t, and that’s just fine

Ari LeVaux samples the “irreversibly” spicy food at this hard-to-find restaurant.

Alibi V.22 No.27 • July 4-10, 2013

Peril in the Art World

New exhibit aims to alarm

Wear your ear plugs and your eye protection—no one is safe from DANGERshow: Things of Death!

news

The Spice Mustn’t Flow

Law enforcement cracks down on synthetic weed

Barron Jones reports on efforts by law enforcement to eradicate Spice, K2 and other synthetic marijuana substitutes.

art

Four on the Fourth

The American story in fact and fiction

Four writers tackle four recent books that explore our multifaceted nation.

food

Chickpea Paradise

San Pedro Mart and Alquds Middle Eastern Restaurant

The atmosphere may be lacking, but the food is top notch.

Lessons from the Desert

A new book explores sustainable agriculture in in dry climates

Ari LeVaux reviews a new book on sustainable agriculture in dry climates.

film

The Lone Ranger

How the West was lost

The Pirates of the Caribbean crew reunites to show us how the West was lost in The Lone Ranger

Reel World

As if Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, world cinema classics and movie musical film series (all of which are currently underway) weren’t enough, the KiMo Theatre is expanding its weekly movie selections with a documentary film series on Wednesday nights.

music

American Music

Songs in the key of U.S.A.

As Laurie Anderson once noted, “Yankee Doodle” is a surrealist masterpiece. That sentiment inspired me to create this mixtape for ‘Merica.