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V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Write a score to this, Henry Mancini.
Malinda Rust

Culture Shock

The Pink Panther in Repose

When I first started working as the Arts and Literature editor at the Weekly Alibi, I wanted to send out requests for art.

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V.19 No.43 |
Pelicans in Chile.
Paul Rust


Where are all the sand hill cranes?

In the mean time...

What can I say, I have a fairly unhealthy fixation on birds the last year or two, in particular, sand hill cranes.

For the last month I have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the ancient ones to Central New Mexico. I have seen huge flocks of birds flying high above the Rio Grande in recent weeks, coming in for the winter.

They blot out the sky. Some of them look like cranes. I love cranes.

Unfortunately, I am always going 80 mph on the freeway and can’t look too long. For this reason, I cannot confirm whether or not I’ve seen one yet. This is probably how I’m going to die, staring up at the sky trying to identify migrating bird species. I can think of worse ways to go.

I don’t want to say I’ve seen them until I’m sure I’ve seen them. Speculating will get you into trouble fast in this business. For this reason, I’m waiting until the three-foot-tall, dinosaur-like creatures are standing on the ground in a field somewhere, the crimson feathers on their heads plainly visible.

I can’t wait.

In the mean time, here is a picture of some pelicans in Chile, graciously sent by Mr. Paul Rust of Lawton, Okla. Thanks, Paul. You are tiding me over.

V.19 No.41 |


The Daily Word 10.14.10: Chilean miners rescued, Lobos No. 1, Cheney won't apologize

The Daily Word

Albuquerque's Chilean community celebrates the miners' rescue.

Martinez ditches a campaign contribution from a rape joke-making Texan guv candidate.

Is this teen the ninja bandit?

14,000 abandoned mines punched into New Mexico.

Killer pens an apology letter 10 years later.

The Lobos rank No. 1 … on ESPN's Bottom 10 list.

The city will refile charges against a man charged with feeding homeless people Downtown without a permit.

Cheney never apologized to the dude he shot in the face.

Rapper T.I. saves a man threatening to jump from a skyscraper.

Darryl Strawberry sells chicken wings in Queens.

The world's new shortest man.

The McRib is coming back on election day.

Life-sized Lego models.

V.19 No.40 | 10/7/2010
Best Posole: Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
Eric Williams

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

State Treasures

New Mexican cuisine

6230 Fourth Street NW • 345-5339

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Chile ready for roasting
courtesy of Wagner Farms

Mina's Dish

It’s in the Air

A couple of weeks ago I got a whiff of roasting chile. All of a sudden it’s fall, and I am reminded once again of how New Mexico made me her own.

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V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010


The Daily Word 8.23.10: trapped miners, big traffic jam, Neil Patrick Harris.

The Daily Word

There is a deadly Phillipine bus thing.

The world’s largest traffic jam enters its ninth day.

In Chile, 33 trapped miners are ok.

A few bad eggs.

Albuquerque didn’t make the list of ten most-tattooed cities.

Animal-shaped cities!

Unravel the mysteries of Trader Joe’s.

There are reports of Black-Eyed Kids in Ohio.

Anne Frank’s tree fell down.

There are alligators in New York.

We need 12-character passwords now.

Has the Chocolate Cafe closed?

Neil Patrick Harris held a fundraiser for Musical Theater Southwest.

A guy tried to steal a kid’s bike.

New Mexico is getting a bunch of Federal money for broadband improvements.

Happy birthday, Barbara Eden.

V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010
Cocina Azul server Hannah Otis hands out plates of huevos rancheros and chile con queso.
Sergio Salvador

Restaurant Review

Cocina Azul

New Mexican for the old guard

One morning while waiting for a plate of huevos rancheros at Cocina Azul, some sort of meeting started taking place at a group of tables by the piano. Owner Frank Barela told me later that Cocina Azul has become a popular meeting place for local politicians, judges and other operators, and that Henry Tafoya sometimes does his KDEF 1150 AM radio show from the dining room, via cell phone.

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V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010


The Daily Word 7.13.10: Emcore Gunman, George Steinbrenner, Fidel Castro

The Daily Word

The gunman’s name is released in the Emcore shooting.

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies of a massive heart attack at age 80.

There’s a major design flaw in the brand spankin’ new iPhone 4.

A woman gets nine years in prison after having sex with her adopted son.

Guacamole and salsa have been responsible for an increase in food poisoning reports, according to the CDC.

Twittering can get you up to 11 years in prison, like these two Venezuelans.

Fidel Castro to make a public television appearance, predicting the beginning of nuclear war.

A study shows that the position of your belly-button impacts your success in sports.

The burqa ban in France passes the lower house in an overwhelming vote.

Listen to the audio recording of Mel Gibson’s angry rant to ex Oksana Grigorieva.

The chile harvest this year is expected to be later and smaller due to the weird weather patterns.

An Española man thought it was OK to bring a gun into a Chili’s restaurant.

Top-secret Russian spy Anna Chapman’s UK citizenship is revoked.

V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010
Convention turns deliciously on its head with green chile   adovada   and red chile chicken.
Sergio Salvador

Restaurant Review

Rincon del Pollo

It’s got the chicken market cornered

The line between Mexican and New Mexican food has always been thin. Perhaps nowhere in Albuquerque is this border more porous than at Rincon del Pollo, on north Fourth Street near Alameda, where few of the menu items can be ordered without answering the New Mexico state question. But the owners, Rifiel and Ana Rivera, call their food Mexican.

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V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010


Aerosmith Plays the Lottery

After enjoying chile dishes at Duran’s Central Pharmacy this afternoon, my husband and I were cruising around the pharmacy, shopping for chocolate and greeting cards when he spotted a lotto vending machine stocked with Aerosmith scratchers. We scoffed at Aerosmith’s commercial masochism and the low quality of the band’s post-’80s material for a full two minutes, then broke down about bought a ticket.

And guess what: We won $15—well, $10 after you count the cost of the ticket. What will I do to celebrate? Post a video for “Sweet Emotion,” of course. (I might also dig up my tight, ripped Levi’s and pair them with a scarf and faded black and white band shirt.) I actually sort of like this song—the intro is especially nice. There’s a confusing phone sex subplot happening in the video, but otherwise the faux barroom antics and Steven Tyler’s bear trap-sized mouth shot in classic ‘80s high contrast black and white isn’t too bad.

V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010
A parking lot taco burger feast


Burger Talk

Bob’s Burgers’ taco burgers

Earlier this week, my husband and I went to a used appliance store on Central near Atrisco and purchased an early-Aughts Kenmore washer and dryer set. As we made our way back Downtown we passed a Bob’s Burgers and decided to celebrate our thrifty purchase. Having been vegetarian for many, many years until recently, I’ve still not had (or really desired) the chance to feast on the world’s cornucopia of meaty delicacies. Therefore, I’d never eaten a taco burger, which seems like a ridiculous food, so I was skeptical of its reported deliciousness.

I have to say, eating a taco burger for the first time was like when I gave into the fact that Steely Dan is an excellent band—so processed, so cheesy, so good! I wouldn’t indulge in a cheese food and chile-covered hamburger patty inside of a taco shell, or the jazz rock of Can’t Buy a Thrill every day, or every month. Maybe not even every year. But it’s nice knowing these things are there waiting for me.

[By the way, the new appliances are swell, and we spent $300 (with free delivery and a lifetime warranty) instead of $3,000. Go bargains.]

V.19 No.10 |


The Daily Word 03.11.10: Prom, Greece Strikes, Glass Ceiling Intact

The Daily Word

It's Women's History Month. This study reveals that gender pay inequity still exists less because of women becoming mothers and more due to "masculine or patriarchal corporate culture" and a "lack of mentors."

Massive aftershocks rock Chile during presidential inauguration.

Proposed education guidelines would, for the first time, create national standards for all American students.

Except for maybe in Kansas City, where they're closing down just about half of the district's schools to avoid bankruptcy.

Thousands strike in Greece to protest new austerity measures aimed at avoiding economic collapse.

Study shows women feel too guilty; men should feel guilty about not feeling guilty enough.

The awesome Granny D, who walked across country at 89 in support of campaign finance reform, passed away at the age of 100.

Prom canceled rather than let lesbians attend as a couple.

Former head of Britain's MI5 says Bush, Cheney et al. were inspired by the torture/spying antics in "24."

It's Thora Birch's birthday. Ghost World.

V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009
Combo plate with a taco, enchilada and relleno
Sergio Salvador

Restaurant Review

Chili Express

Quirky comfort in Southeast Albuquerque

Chili Express, on the easternmost stretch of Gibson, marches to its own beat. Its spelling of “chili” seems out of place in New Mexico, and even its claim to serve “Mexican food” would be believable anywhere else but here—this is New Mexican to the core. Luckily, this same peculiar approach goes into crafting comfort food with a meticulous sensibility, not to mention the decor of one of the funkiest eateries in town.

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V.18 No.44 | 10/29/2009


Claudia Acuña

Opening a new door in her charmed career

“Oh, you have a dog! Oh. I want a dog so bad,” vocalist Claudia Acuña says after hearing the household canine on the other end of the phone, Rocky, barking at a passing pickup.

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V.18 No.41 | 10/8/2009
Best New Mexican Restaurant:   Sadie’s
Eric Williams


State Treasures

Best New Mexican Restaurant

If massive portions, killer Margaritas and a bustling atmosphere are the criteria for best New Mexican restuarant in Albuquerque, Sadie's is as down-home Land of Enchantment as you can get. Plus, there’s the salsa. Oh, the salsa. Don't be a tourist—get the hot variety. (MD)

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