Alibi V.26 No.49 • Dec 7-13, 2017

Shop Local (Very Local)

Alibi’s Last Minute Gift Guide

Amazon is doing quite well without your holiday help, but local stores impacted by the Great Recession and reeling from the epic ART construction could really use your dollars. Our eagle-eyed staff has combed the metro area, hunting up some great local shops just ripe for the gift giving. Pick your area of town, and you don’t even have to leave your neighborhood.

Ready for the Masquerade?

Local fetish event to take place Jan. 20, 2018

Weekly Alibi Fetish Events is creating a wonderland for your hedonistic delight this January. Our Carnal Carnevale party will be held at a secret location within the Duke City, and we'll all be celebrating behind a mask. Dancing, kinky demonstrations, the finest cocktails, sensual exhibitions and so much more await!

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Nob Hill

Nob Hill shoppers don’t have to leave their neighborhood.

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The Disaster Artist

Actor-director James Franco transforms into actor-director Tommy Wiseau

The Disaster Artist is both a hilarious comedy of errors and a touching love letter to Hollywood. Add to that The Disaster Artist’s meta-humorous “film within a film”/“good actors playing bad actors” japery, and you’ve got the makings of a cult film about making a cult film.

Reel World

See the history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, or Where God Left His Shoes or Baraka.

Motel Hotel Holiday Inn

“Tarantula” on TBS

“Tarantula” isn’t the weirdest, crudest, most wildly conceived piece of animation on TV right now, but it’s got an under-the-radar charm and a cast of loveable-if-not-admirable characters.

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Welcome, 23rd City Council!

New configuration is probably progressive

The first meeting of the newly seated 23rd Albuquerque City Council zipped by in just 68 minutes. That quick convocation included new Mayor Tim Keller stopping by to introduce some of the key players in his budding administration.

Newscity

State auditor questions Environment Department's settling policies, report says N.M.'s education funding is around 12 percent lower than it was before the US economic recession and Wayne Johnson is appointed new state auditor.

Hitting the Reset Button

City police reform begins now

Let’s hope that Geier can look past departmental loyalties, ideological boundaries and learn from the tragic, bloody and unkempt past as he pursues Keller’s vision of community policing and justice for all.

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The City's Living Document

Two Way Street amplifies the voices of community members often unheard

Two Way Street's vendors are hired with minimal barriers. You don't need an ID or a criminal background check. Each vendor receives five donated copies of the paper, which are then sold for a dollar or more each. Vendors can come back with their earnings and buy more copies of the paper for 25 cents each, and hit the street again.

Found Objects

Happening this week: Ugly Sweater Revue, Shaelin Jornigan's paintings and #MeToo Monologues.

Rockin' Around the NHCC

The Duran family is decking the halls and the galleries this holiday season

The Duran family have decided to share their collection of more than 400 handmade Christmas ornaments by more than 130 New Mexican artists, through an exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Making Mead (Honey Wine)

An easy recipe from Jonathan Ortiz of Southwest Grape and Grain

Mead, arguably the first alcoholic beverage that humans created, is surprisingly easy to make if you’re patient.

Weekly Specials

Rail Yards Holiday Market extended, brewery to compost 100% of food waste, four-course beer-paired dinner and more.

Chatting with Campo’s Chef Jonathan Perno

Los Poblanos’ new farm-to-table restaurant opens

Whenever somebody from out of town asks about places worth visiting in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos is always high on my list of recommendations. And now Los Poblanos has opened their new restaurant, Campo, and it’s stunning.

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Alibi V.26 No.48 • Nov 30-Dec 6, 2017

Prepare To Be Complimented

Chocolate Cartel/Van Rixel Bros. Gelato & Sorbet

Whether you’re shopping for a work potluck, family dinners or you’re just looking for some Albuquerque-specific gifts, the Chocolate Cartel/Van Rixel Bros. Gelato & Sorbet deliver insane flavor combinations.

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Spirits of Giving

Boozy Gift Guide

If you’re looking to pass along a little taste of New Mexico this holiday season, particularly to out-of-town friends and relatives, local booze is an increasingly good way to go. After all, what’s more New Mexico than green chile vodka, blue corn bourbon or piñon rum?

Bill Burr on Family, Funnies and the 505

Bill Burr is an irritated comedian whose tone of voice is perpetually stuck in between laughing and yelling. He'll be in town to rile up audiences at the Route 66 Casino (14500 Central Ave. SW) on Friday, Dec. 1. Between his popular Monday Morning Podcast, raising a new kid and filming his new special, “Walk Your Way Out” (currently streaming on Netflix), we were able to get him on the phone to chat about his experiences in the 505, his new show, “F is for Family,” and some conspiracy theories.

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Community Cable Controversy

Access, providers, programming to be decided

In addition to having to deal firsthand with Albuquerque’s crime problem, things have been rocky for Albuquerque’s community cable channels.

Murder Was The Case

City homicide rate reflects bigger issues

Although many will argue that there is no way to prevent murder, much can be done to stem the flow of blood in our streets, beginning with better treatment and reintegration services for our city’s poor and displaced.

Letters

The readers write about holidays, football and corporate personhood.

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Weekly Specials

Vinaigrette expands, Sauce Pizza and Wine has a gift card special, Los Poblanos goes "Field-to-Fork" and Chokolá Bean to Bar is nominated for Good Food award.

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Cozy and Comforted

Minerva mitigates more than ever

Rini Grammer tries Mother's Milk to combat the darkness of winter.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crime doesn’t pay and neither does justice in pitch perfect comedy-drama

Between its corrosive sense of humor, its jaundiced look at small-town Americana and its cynicism about the entire concept of “justice,” Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri probably isn’t for mainstream audiences looking for a simple larf, but those attracted to interesting shadows will find a wealth of rewards here.

Reel World

Get a grant to help with post-production, submit a spec script, attend a foley lecture/workshop or just watch some documentaries.

Kids Watch

YouTube cracks down

Google-owned YouTube is currently reeling from a number of scandals alleging that the video-streaming site has been posting inappropriate content aimed at children, that it’s flooded with obscene comments and that its autocomplete search results have an unfortunate bent toward pedophilia.

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The Water is Evening Now

Heaven’s yours where I live

August March sounds like he’s been reading Ram Dass this week as he urges readers to check out the local concert scene.

Living Music

This week’s “Sonic Reducer” is all about LM Duplication, a recording outfit in Dirt City, New Mexico.

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The True Lens of the Camera

Photographer Chris Cozzone explores the lives playing out in Albuquerque

While Chris Cozzone dedicates his working hours to teaching and administrative responsibilities, he still possesses a relentless drive to photograph the world around him, finding a wellspring of inspiration on the streets of Albuquerque and among his students at the jail.

'Tis the Season for Theater

Local productions are filling aisles and calendars this December

As the nights grow longer and colder with the onset of the last month of the year, the seasonally depressed and the perpetually cold may take heart that there is a wealth of theatrical performances being staged throughout the month by our talented local troupes.

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Thanksgiving with Mr. Keller

New mayor reflects, looks forward

We talked about the city; we talked about solutions, and because it’s that time of year, we talked turkey, too.

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Carnal Carnevale tickets $10 off until December 20

Fetish event to take place Jan. 20, 2018

Looking for something extra special for those explorers in your life? For a limited time Weekly Alibi Fetish Events is offering general admission tickets at a $10 discount so you can bring an extra friend … or three to the upcoming Carnal Carnevale. The event will take place Saturday, January 20 at a secret Albuquerque location. Ticketholders are invited to an evening of sensual entertainment, erotic art, dark demonstrations of deep desires and exploration behind the mask. You have until December 20 to snap up tickets at the special pre-event price of $55.

Have Yourself a Jedi Little Christmas

Holiday Film Guide 2017

The holiday movie season, wedged tightly between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, has arrived, and with it comes something for everyone. There are cartoons for the kids, rude comedies for the teens, Oscar-bait dramas for the adults and a Star Wars movie for just about everyone.

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Lady Bird

Great Gerwig’s witty charm is undiluted in savvy coming-of-age comedy

With her newest, the coming-of-age semi-memoir Lady Bird, Gerwig steps fully behind the camera to write and direct, leaving the acting duties to others.

Reel World

Revenge of the Jedi poster raffle, The Road at the KiMo and Las Cruces wants your film.

Parades and Pigskin

Thanksgiving Day Around the Dial

In terms of beloved family traditions, Thanksgiving ranks several steps below Halloween and a step above Arbor Day. There’s eating involved, certainly. And more eating. And … well, a bunch of TV watching, really. Like the old turkey vs. ham debate, you’ve got two primary choices for the day: parades or football.

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Catching a Buzz with Chicharra

Basses and drums and rocanrol

In Spanish the word for cicada is chicharra—a word that sounds like something the insect might say—but it’s also the name of a local musical project that’s defining the direction rocanrol may likely take in this town. Chicharra is heavy, intricate, informed and affirmatively experimental.

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Cannabis Still Won't Kill You

A sensational story fizzles

I'd just spent six hours at a car dealership trying to look savvy when I read the news that a pair of Colorado doctors had witnessed the first case of fatal cannabis overdose.

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Newscity

Among the topics omitted from the state's standardized test for US history are Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience, Roe v. Wade, Malcolm X and the bombings that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hello Ginger, Goodbye Lewis

22nd Council ends on a positive note

With the flip of a coin and the bang of a gavel, the last meeting of the 22nd Albuquerque City Council came to an end.

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Night Vale descends on Albuquerque

Live show All Hail brings the world of the popular podcast to the KiMo

For a very long time, pinned to the desktop of my computer was a fan rendering of these words: “When life seems dangerous and unmanageable, just remember that it is, and that you can't survive forever.” It's a quote from the waggish writers of Welcome to Night Vale—a podcast that explores, through local radio dispatches, the strange goings-ons of a far flung desert town.

Found Objects

This week: Jason Witter’s Classics (Kind Of), the ASUNM Arts & Crafts Fair and GRAFT's BEDtalks.

Slant Truths

Erin Adair-Hodges' poetry distills experience into verse

Erin Adair-Hodges has a knack for making the particular resonate on a universal pitch, as in one of the opening poems in her first collection, Let's All Die Happy, where she writes of childbirth, “I held him, spent, and knew then there are no truths,/just lungs that labor to form a breath, each one/knocking into the next, until/long trains of them/move a body along, which seems to/need explaining.”

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A Taste of Aztlán

El Sabor de Juarez balances north and south

Meet El Sabor de Juarez, a joint where eaters can relish the best chuleta a la Mexicana ($9.95) in town or feast on a combo plate complete with challengingly piquant carne adovada and perfectly hot, fresh and pillowy sopaipillas.

Burqueños Learn to Cook

Jan’s on 4th owners work as private chef, caterer, cooking instructor, baker and farmer

The cooking school, Jan’s on 4th, is inside a 100-year-old adobe home in the North Valley that Jan’s husband, C.E., renovated when they bought the place. It’s a small house, but taking down a couple walls and installing an industrial oven and six-burner rangetop made it into an ideal spot for small classes of aspiring cooks.

Weekly Specials

The Gastro Obscura database, Laguna Burger, a feast at Pueblo Harvest Cafe and a cup of tea at Marie’s Teas.