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V.22 No.50 | 12/12/2013
Ryan Varsi

Aural Fixation

Nihilist Noël

A bleak Xmas mixtape

Old blues, fire-and-brimstone, spoken word and calypso work as a powerful antidote to seasonal muzak and related depression.
V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013

Arts Feature

Knowing Your Enemies ...

In the War on Christmas

This … this is war! No! No! Oh no! A Christmas war! We’re in a war! A very special Christmas war.
V.22 No.48 |

news

The Daily Word in black Santa, garbage fruit and ruined dog breeds

The Daily Word

Nope, UNM didn't blow up yesterday.

There's a downside to putting your church on wheels: somebody might steal it.

Britain has a special holiday gift for China: £45 million worth of pig semen.

How to be a reverse racist, an instructional video.

Meet the durian, the spiky king of fruits which smells like delicious, delicious garbage.

Eight examples of how purebred dogs have been ruined.

It turns out that asking questions like "If Santa Claus is a black man, wouldn't all the presents be stolen?" doesn't really help the cause of diversity.

Compfight cc via elvissa

Alibi picks

Three Ways to Celebrate Christmas Oversoon in Burque

Whirled joy, a river of lights and Tchaikovsky

Everyone has that friend or family member. The one who unabashedly maneuvers around trick-or-treaters to string up their Christmas lights on Halloween. The one who has been humming Christmas carols for weeks—humming only, because singing aloud can have harsh repercussions. The one who already assembled most of their Christmas presents and will soon wrap them, probably while watching their well-worn Elf DVD.

In my circles, that friend or family member is me. Loved ones recently informed me that Dec. 1 is a more reasonable time to begin decking one's halls with boughs of holly. In my defense, it seems there are more early-bird holiday hounds than ever. To wit, Starbucks released their red cup on Nov. 1, Christmas displays in big-box retailers went up the same day, and I've begun spotting Christmas trees on my Facebook news feed.

Why not engage in early Christmas merriment? Here are a triptych of ho-ho-holiday events that even the Ebenezer Scrooges of your life can dig.

Joy to the Whirled: Cliff’s Magical Christmas

Have you ridden at Uncle Cliff’s for decades, hoping there was a way to make the amusement park even more exhilarating? There is; just add Christmas. Cliff’s Amusement Park hosts Joy to the Whirled, a holiday celebration wherein they decorate the park, sell holiday snacks and invite Old St. Nick to ride the Rattler with other guests. The event begins on Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 23, from 6pm to 9pm daily. Tickets are $10.

River of Lights

The River of Lights tops my list of fave winter treats, along with spending time with family ... and biscochitos. The gardens abound with Christmas lights as you sip hot chocolate. This light show never fails to delight. If you’ve never been, this is a must-do; if you have, you know that walking into the Botanical Gardens this time of year is about as close as you'll ever get to the land of Oz. The River of Lights opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 19, from 6pm to 9pm daily. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The show continues Dec. 20 through Jan. 5, but tickets will cost you $12 for adults and $6 for children. The River of Lights is closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.

The Nutcracker

The New Mexico Ballet Company and the New Mexico Philharmonic inhabit Popejoy for two consecutive weekends to proffer a balletic holiday indulgence, The Nutcracker. While I've never actually seen it, the fact that it's a commonplace holiday topic and is often associated with words like “elegance” and “excellence” leads me to believe even those friends who've been grumbling about your holiday cheer may enjoy this show. The performance series begins Nov. 30 at 7pm and runs through Dec. 8 at 2pm. Tickets start at $11 for adults.

For more info on these events, visit the above-linked websites. If you know of other awesome community events—holiday-themed or otherwise—tell us about 'em via our event submission page at alibi.com/submit.

V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013

Holidays

The Last Most Beautiful Thing Not Yet Ruined

Even 15 years in retail can’t ruin the prospect of this Burque holiday favorite.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013

Feature: Film Guide

Holiday Film Guide 2013

Film Guide: Get the lowdown on all the movies hitting theaters between now and Christmas

V.22 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in chemical explosion, NSA, child tattooing

The Daily Word

One dead and nearly 75 injured after a chemical plant explosion in Louisiana.

Good news, Verizon and T-Mobile users: Your phone might be safe from the watchful eyes of the NSA.

Trio of heroes (like the rhyme?) save a group of people and several dogs from a burning apartment building in the heights.

Albuquerque man charged with illegally tattooing his 3-year-old nephew.

Mega Man, the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Wii Fit Trainer are all joining the Super Smash Bros. crew.

Christmas is saved!

British researchers have solved the mystery of how sea mammals hold their breath for so long.

Southwest Women's Options doctor compares death injection to 'flu shot.'

V.22 No.1 | 1/3/2013

news

The Daily Word in entertainment 2012, pit bulls and bad lip reading

The Daily Word

President Obama and congressional leaders try one more time to make a plan for the fiscal crisis.

Los Lunas police look for leads in Christmas Walmart theft.

Entertainment 2012: The year that nothing really great happened.

Thanks to Pepsi you could join Beyonce on stage at the Super Bowl!

Old temple and ritual vessels found in Tel Motza, Israel.

The fate of two pit bulls in Santa Fe, who fatally mauled a chihuahua, was be decided in court.

I now present, for your viewing pleasure, Kevin Bacon made out of bacon.

It looks like Kate Winslet is headed to space.

The Dark Knight Rises was among the most pirated films of 2012.

Bad lip reading turns a One Direction song into a really awesome trailer for a foreign thriller film.


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