Alibi V.22 No.34 • Aug 22-28, 2013

A Tale of Two Probation Offices

Corrections consolidation raises hackles Downtown

Barron Jones reports on a developing controversy over the Corrections Department’s plan to centralize services for Albuquerque probationers.

Gus Pedrotty’s Alibi interview [Video]

Gus Pedrotty—Gus, as he likes to be known—stopped by Alibi Headquarters to discuss a bid for mayor that began as idealistic—and some would say unlikely—but has since been transformed into one of the more vital and remarkable candidacies that have passed through this high desert city in ages.

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Alibi Celebrates Pride

Guests of the N.M. Pride Celebration join Weekly Alibi to party

We would like to thank everyone who visited our booth at the Albuquerque Pride Celebration and the wonderful folx running the beautiful event.

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New Mexico News: Early August 2013

Inspired by Félix Fénéon's Novels in Three Lines, this feature presents news from New Mexico, briefly, written by author Mike Smith and illustrated by ¡Brapola!

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Culture Shock

From va-va-voom to vermin, Culture Shock highlights the week’s artworld finest.

Hiking Literary Hinterlands with Rennie Sparks

Don't get me wrong: I dig the Handsome Family, but my true fandom rests with author Rennie Sparks. Her lyrics and essays walk the fine line between extemporaneous storytelling and preternatural, elegant deconstruction.

Space Opera Hits a High Note

An alien artifact known as the Ring, an intergalactic weapon of unknown power, lies at the heart of this third book in the “Expanse” series.

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The Spectacular Now

Brutally honest high school romance throws cliché under the bus

Dark, deeply felt teenage dramedy (with a heavy emphasis on the “dram” and only faint dustings of “edy”) stands firm as a brutally honest assessment of childhood’s waning days.

Reel World

Bubonicon 45 gets underway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The long-running sci-fi convention will feature art, gaming, lectures and parties—plenty to keep the Star Wars, “Star Trek” and Game of Thrones-loving fans of Albuquerque busy.

Real Fake

When educational TV lies

The fact that the vast majority of “reality” TV shows feature very little that could be considered “real” shouldn’t come as much of a revelation to viewers. Faking reality is a full-time business in Hollywood.

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A Vile Sincerity

Songwriter Kurt Vile talks music, American fiction and fatherhood

Mark Lopez gabbed with Kurt Vile about fame, schnitzel, family and songwriting.

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Sonny & the Sunsets, Willis Earl Beal and Emilíana Torrini.

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Artful Dishes

The smart design of Hartford Square

A new EDo restaurant specializes in local ingredients and artful eating.

Alibi V.22 No.33 • Aug 15-21, 2013

Jack Handey is Real

And he is funnier than you

To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.

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Get Schooled

Study Alibi’s back-to-school survival guide

Our annual back-to-school survival guide offers guidance for students of all stripes, in a variety of subjects: academic, cultural, gastronomic and historical geography; transportation planning; survival strategy; and biology, with a focus on local fauna.

Do It In Public

Study like a Burqueño

Samantha Anne Carrillo shares anecdotal research on and analysis of environmental ambience and a short list of Downtown, Nob Hill and University sugar and caffeine purveyors.

Dirt City Driving for Neophytes

Alibi circulation manager drops native motoring knowledge

Geoffrey Plant is your instructor, and this is everything you always wanted to know about booting, DWI and parking tickets, but were afraid to ask.

Fauna of Burque

A roundup of animals and insects in your new environs

Publisher/editor Carl Petersen turned in an extemporaneous essay on antlions, black widows, New Mexico whiptail lizards and horny toads.

Electives and Incentives

Alibi copy editor/staff writer imparts postsecondary strategy

Mark Lopez presents strategies for succeeding in college: gaining experience in your desired field, getting along with profs, saving money on books and staying well all the while.

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Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new releases from Medicine, Pop. 1280 and Blondes. Now with A/V previews!

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Teenage Protest Pilgrimage Arrives

Young adults bused in to reinforce local pro-life movement

Barron Jones reports on out-of-state teen and young adult anti-abortion protesters and their graphic, controversial nine-day campaign to raise pro-life awareness in Albuquerque.

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Road to Hell Leads to Albuquerque

An interview with prolific B-movie maker Albert Pyun

Starting with his first feature, 1982’s late-night cable TV staple The Sword and The Sorcerer, Albert Pyun established himself as one of the B-movie kings of Hollywood. Now he’s touring the country with Road to Hell, an unofficial sequel to Walter Hill’s 1984 urban fantasy cult film Streets of Fire.

Beware the Internets

Delete on Reelz

Reelz is doing its damnedest to one-up Syfy in the cheap sci-fi disaster movie field. Recent stuff like Ring of Fire and CAT. 8 have proven Reelz is committed to the genre. Now comes Delete, which further hammers home the “we’re all going to die” point.

Week in Sloth

Take a spin around the television dial to see what’s worth killing your brain cells for.

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Alibi V.22 No.32 • Aug 8-14, 2013

Blackfish

Environmental documentary unfolds like marine murder mystery

Blackfish—an attention-grabbing documentary from the newly launched CNN Films—presents some mighty upsetting information about the process of capturing, training and exhibiting killer whales. But the information is offered up in such a gripping manner that other would-be environmental filmmakers would do well to sit up and take notes.

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Growing Pains

Real estate and retail markets spur change in Nob Hill

Barron Jones reports on the convergence and divergence of the real estate and retail markets in Nob Hill.

New Mexico News: July 2013

Every two weeks, author Mike Smith and artist ¡Brapola! will present their fait divers-meets-comic art print collaboration New Mexico News (with expanded online content) in the Alibi.

Beware Poison Pumpers

Why you don’t need toxic pesticides injected into your walls

The Bugman warns against unnecessary pesticide application and consequent toxic exposure.

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My Breaking (Bad) Heart

We really did have great chemistry together, “Breaking Bad.” Stream our BrBa OST Spotify “mixtape” as you prep for your watch party.

Sonic Reducer

This week we listened to new and forthcoming releases from Belle and Sebastian, Julia Holter and Dracula Lewis.

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Reel World

After six years of silence, the venerable Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe is firing up the projectors once again after being purchased earlier this year by famed fantasy author (and longtime Santa Fe resident) George R.R. Martin.

All Bad Things ...

“Breaking Bad” on AMC

All good things must come to an end. So too all bad things. That’s certainly true for the much-loved cable crime series “Breaking Bad,” which begins airing the final eight episodes of its climactic fifth season this weekend.

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Our Bodies, Our Stories

New sex and relationship book empowers everybody

In candidly self-aware comics and essays, Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf explores the spectrum human relationships and sexuality. All of it.

De Profundis and Back

A journalist’s sudden descent into paranoia, seizures, cognitive deterioration and an altered personality--does it make for gripping reading?

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Blacktop Greens

Scoping out the relocated Uptown Growers’ Market

We check in on the newly relocated market and find plenty of greens on the blacktop.